Ah, Autumn Days… (not yet a distant memory)

WINERY busy day

AUTUMN DAYS MAY BE SLIPPING BEHIND US, but we’ve got the fire to add some cosy appeal to an afternoon at the cellar door.

We’re open weekends from 12:00 till 6:00pm, with the usual fare of crisp, fresh platters – ploughman’s, cheeses, smoked trout, dips and crusty breads (and the like) – and laid-back live acoustic music.

Why not call by and sample a red or two of Phillip Island Winery’s peppery fare, and chill out on ‘the quiet side of the island’.

We’re easily found at 414 Berry’s Beach Road if you’re new to the island.

(And if you’re planning a wedding, maybe come and check us out.)

Two Acclaimed Irish Singer-songwriters, Roesy and Gallie, At Phillip Island Winery, Thursday February 2.

ROESY, FROM COUNTY OFFALY, comes to Phillip Island with an international reputation as a powerful performer and songwriter. He has shared stages with the likes of Billy Bragg, the great Bert Jansch, Ron Sexsmith, Paul Brady, John Martyn, Davy Spillane, Donovan, and Shane MacGowan of the Pogues.

A singer of extraordinary intensity, he can still the heart with his searing vocals and windswept lyrics. His debut album “Sketch the Day, Paint the Night” (2001) was followed by “The Spirit Store” in 2003 and “Only Love is Real” in 2004.

Also in 2004, Roesy was nominated for Best New Irish Act in the Meteor Music Awards of that year. His song “Potosi Mine” was included in the “Diamond Mountain Session Presents” compilation CD, which also featured Sinéad O’Connor, Steve Earle, Natalie Merchant and Sharon Shannon.

He is joined at Phillip Island Winery by Irish-Australian singer Darren Gallagher, Gallie.

In Gallie’s 20-year musical career, he has worked alongside international artists Santana, Chris Isaak and Jimmy Cliff and Australian performers Liz Stringer, Suzannah Espie, Chris Wilson and Shane Howard. He has also opened for Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, KT Tunstall, Glen Tilbrook, Squeeze, Newton Faulkner, Glen Hansard and The Frames.

Gallie’s album, The Occoquan River, was described by Paul Gough, The Inside Sleeve, ABC Radio National, as “brilliant”, and “one of the outstanding releases this year”.

Brian Wise, Off The Record, Triple R, described the title song as “one of the best songs of the year – Australian or International”.

In Australia, each has headlined at major music festivals including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Nannup Music Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival, Fleurieu Folk Festival, Moyston Music Fest, Deni Blues and Roots Festival and the Turning Wave Festival.

This will be a special ‘folk club night’ featuring two very special talents.

Roesy and Gallie in Concert
Where: Phillip Island Winery
When: Thursday February 2
Time: from 6:30pm
Admission: $20
Call: 5956 8465 or email: enq@phillipIslandwines.com.au

Legendary Bluesman Phil Manning At The Winery Australia Day Weekend

SATURDAY 28th OF JANUARY, from 6:30pm, a great night of classic Aussie blues at Phillip Island Winery with Phil Manning and his trio – an opportunity to see ‘one of the greats’ in action, and playing better than ever.

A founding member of the classic raw blues band Chain, Phil is widely recognised as one of Australia’s finest bluesmen, and spellbinding on either acoustic or electric guitar.

In case you missed Chain ‘back in the day’, click on the link following for a clip from the ABC’s pre-Countdown music program, GTK (Phil opening on vocals, Matt Taylor on harp).

This is Phil’s second trip to Phillip Island Winery. His last appearance, three years ago, blew everyone away. This is one not to be missed… give us a call.

Also, to light the fuse on a great night of blues and R&B, we have the gritty, stylish sounds of Simon Curphey (founding member of Aussie R&B outfit, the Phantom Band) opening the show.

Where: Phillip Island Winery
When: Saturday 28th January (from 6:30pm)
Admission: $20
Call: 5956 8465 or email enq@phillipislandwines.com.au if you’d like to book
(We’ll be serving food and choices of drinks)

US Bluegrass Band SONORAN DOGS In Concert Wednesday November 23

ALL THE WAY FROM TUCSON, Arizona, we have touring US bluegrass band The Sonoran Dogs performing in concert in the cosy, rustic confines of Phillip Island Winery on Wednesday November 23.

This is a ONCE ONLY opportunity to catch the acclaimed bluegrass picking and tight harmonies of “the Dogs” on this leg of their Australian tour.

Formed in 2011, the Sonoran Dogs headlined the 2014 and 2015 Prescott Bluegrass Festivals, as well as the 2014 Tucson Folk Festival and the 2016 Laguna Beach CA ‘Bluegrass BBQ’.

Each seasoned veterans, the Dogs have performed at California’s Summergrass, at Parkfield, Susanville, and Blythe Bluegrass Festivals, and for the San Diego Folk Heritage as well as the Reno Nevada Bower’s Mansion Festival and Colorado’s Fruita Fall Festival. The Sonoran Dogs are regulars at Arizona festivals in Flagstaff, Sedona, Marana, Wickenburg, Lake Havasu, and Casa Grande.

They play a collection of traditional bluegrass standards, new-grass, Americana, folk, Celtic, and original compositions. Dynamic and entertaining, the Sonoran Dogs are not-to-be-missed.

Doors open at 6:30pm (we’ll have our platter, dips and salads menu available), with the show kicking off at 7:30pm.

Date: Wednesday 23 November
To book: 5956 8465
or: enq@phillipislandwines.com.au
Admission is $20
PHILLIP ISLAND WINERY
414 Berrys Beach Road
VENTNOR

(And what is a Sonoran Dog? It’s a Mexican-inspired culinary treat particular to Tucson and surrounds and described as “the most delicious hot-dog of all time”.

A Sonoran hot-dog comes wrapped in bacon and grilled until crispy. It’s then stuffed into a split-top roll called a bolillo (pronouced boh-lee-yoh) and topped with pinto beans, chopped tomatoes, grilled and raw onions, mayonnaise, mustard and jalapeño salsa.

Hmmm… might have to add it to the PI Winery menu…)

Three Acclaimed Irish Singer/Songwriters, This Friday Evening, 17th June

Aine Tyrrell

THIS FRIDAY EVENING, 17th June, Phillip Island Winery is proud to host three acclaimed Irish Singer/Songwriters – Aine Tyrrell, Roesy and Darren Gallagher – for a great night of intimate music in our cosy cellar door.

As part of their 2016 Tour of Australia, having played at Port Fairy Folk Festival and other key Australian festivals and acoustic music venues, these three fine performers will bring the rustic cosy surrounds of Phillip Ireland winery to life (and provide the perfect accompaniment to a warm fire and a nice red wine).

Each brings their own style, sensibilities and approach to songwriting and storytelling. Wonderful voices, and brilliant Irish style, and with a critically acclaimed first album, launched last year.

We’ll be inside; it’s $20 on the door and the usual Phillip Island Winery fare of fresh food platters, fine wines, beers and softdrinks.

The evening kicks off from 7:00pm, with a support set from Jacqui Sterling. Don’t miss it. (Get some friends together, and book a table.)

Call 5956 8465 to book, or email:
enq@phillipislandwines.com.au

Australia Day Weekend ‘Festivus’ Concert At Phillip Island Winery, Sunday January 24 2016 from 5:00pm

Bluegrass wizards, THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS

Bluegrass wizards, THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS

Bluegrass/Country wizards, The Davidson Brothers, will join acoustic guitar wizard Ricki Wood, local ‘all-stars’ band, The Small Town Big Band, and local chanteuse Imogen Price at the Phillip Island Winery on Sunday January 24th.

Music will kick off from 5:00pm from the Phillip Island Winery stage.

The Davidson Brothers, led by Yinnar brothers Hamish and Lachlan, are multi-golden guitar winners and known widely around Australia (and in Nashville). They play a sensational high-energy style of country bluegrass swing, and are not to be missed for this ‘once off’ visit to the winery.

Ricki Wood, well known to many on ‘the Island’, is a powerful master of the acoustic guitar and totally extraordinary singer (he lit up the stage at MusicFest 2013). The Small Town Big Band, led by local studio producer Andy Stewart, brings together some of Bass Coast’s best musicians with a superbly arranged and performed set of Neil Young, John Prine, and acoustic classics.

And getting the show underway is young local singer, Imogen Price, fresh from the Cool Summer Festival (Hotham) and who plays and sings with a beautiful maturity and feel.

Cost of admission is $20 per head; bring a rug or chairs. Aside from our platter menu, we’ll be running a barbeque with local meats from Ted’s, and lots of salads and crusty breads.

Bring your family along and “tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year” (quote: Frank Costanzo, Festivus).

Andy Stewart and The Small Town Big Band

Andy Stewart leading The Small Town Big Band

Enjoying the music at Phillip Island Winery's MUSICFEST

Enjoying the music at Phillip Island Winery’s MUSICFEST

Nick Charles Returning Saturday 21st February: One Concert Only

AUSTRALIAN roots/acoustic guitarist and bluesman Nick Charles is playing at the winery this Saturday afternoon.

Nick is well known nationally and internationally, has toured with ‘the greats’ and is now signed to Californian label, Solid Air Records.

Described by The Age as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots guitar,” this is a concert performance not to be missed.

Nick will be on at around 4:00pm, we’ve also got Rob Wilson bringing his Latin duo, Cheese and Greens, and Imogen Price is also doing a feature spot (only 13 years-old, prepare to be very surprised).

Join us on the lawn for a platter and wine at the outside stage (if the weather is good) for some blues and roots music in the fading light of the afternoon. We’ll kick off around 3:00pm, music inside prior to that.

Admission is free, departure tax one bottle of wine.

Guitar virtuoso, Nick Charles

Guitar virtuoso, Nick Charles

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Two International Guitar Masters At the Winery – One Show Only!

Michael Fix: acoustic guitar master

Michael Fix joining Nick Charles: two Australian acoustic guitar masters

THIS COMING SUNDAY AFTERNOON, 17th August, the internationally acclaimed guitar master Michael Fix is joining Australian acoustic roots and blues virtuoso, Nick Charles, for an intimate concert at Phillip Island Winery.

The Winery is opening for this one day very special event.

Michael Fix, originally from Wollongong NSW is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s finest acoustic guitarists. He has toured with some of the great international stars like Leo Kottke, Tommy Emmanuel, Anne Murray and Joe Robinson and won three Golden Guitars.

He is also an internationally recognised composer with film and TV scores to his credit.

Nick Charles has a critically-acclaimed career of over twenty-five years, and released dozen albums on major Australian and US roots music labels.

The Age newspaper described Nick as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues” and Australian Guitar magazine labelled him “an awesome talent!”

Together with Nick Charles, who played to a packed house at Phillip Island Winery last month, this concert of Australian acoustic guitar greats, who are internationally recognised for their mastery, is not to be missed.

This tandem performance will encompass a mix of folk, blues and early ragtime jazz.

WHERE: Phillip Island Winery, Berrys Beach Road.WHEN: Sunday 17th August
WHAT TIME: 2:30 – 4:30pm
ADMISSION: Free (but a departure tax of one bottle of wine)

This coming Sunday, Nick Charles, Blues Virtuoso At Winery

Nick Charles compressed LANDSCAPE
THIS COMING SUNDAY AFTERNOON, 20th July, Australian acoustic roots and blues virtuoso, Nick Charles, is visiting Phillip Island Winery for an intimate concert at the cellar door.

We’ve been closed for the winter months, but opening for this one day very special event.

In a critically-acclaimed career of over twenty-five years, Nick Charles has released a dozen albums on major Australian and US roots music labels.

His latest, Into the Blues, won ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’ in the Australian blues scene in 2013; Nick was also recognised as the ‘Port Fairy Folk Festival 2014 Artist of the Year’.

The Age newspaper described Nick as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues” and Australian Guitar magazine labelled him “an awesome talent!”

Nick Charles travels extensively, averaging more than 150 shows a year in the US and Australia. He has toured with international stars Guy Clarke, John Hammond, Robyn Ford, Junior Wells, BB King, Ralph McTell and many more.

His performances encompass a mix of folk, blues and early ragtime jazz. Not only one of Australia’s virtuosos of the guitar, Nick has an appealing laid-back and moody singing style.

This is a concert not be missed.

ADMISSION IS FREE, but there’s a departure tax of one bottle of wine

WHEN: Sunday 20th July
WHAT TIME: 2:30 – 4:30pm

WINGDING at the winery: PHIL MANNING and more

WE’RE HAVING anwingding POSTER COMPRESSED wingding at the winery, and you’re invited!

With legendary Aussie bluesman Phil Manning (and his trio) heading the bill, it’s going to be a great evening of music.

It’s FREE, it’s on the grass outside our covered courtyard, it’s next Saturday and it will be huge fun (there might be a significant birthday involved).

Aside from ex-Chain frontman Phil Manning, we’ve got blues guitarist/singer Tom Richardson coming, R&B diva,  Andrea Marr and band, punkish rockers The Love Bombs, songwriter Laurence Szucs, Andy Stewart, Libby Shields, and local country/swing band, Bent Street.

 

There is Phillip Island Winery’s fine wine and craft beer available, strictly NO BYO (it’s a breach of our licence conditions), and we’ll also have a barbeque and spit-roast on the go.

Bring a rug, and make a picnic of it.

DETAILS:
Date: Saturday February 15th
Time: From 4:30pm – 10:30pm.
Admission: FREE
Departure tax: 1 (one) bottle of wine