MUSICFEST Phillip Island – A Day Of Roots, Blues and Folk Music: March 11

Mike McClellan at The Basement

Zebra Crossing

MUSICFEST PHILLIP ISLAND, a day of folk-roots-blues acoustic music is coming to PHILLIP ISLAND WINERY on Sunday 11th March, Labour Day long-weekend.

Check the website at www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au

With a 10-hour line-up of national and local acts from an all-weather stage in our beautiful grounds, and finishing with a BUSH DANCE under the stars, this is an event not to be missed.

Ticket sales are now open; you can buy tickets at:

The artist LINE-UP includes:

  • Country music legend MIKE McCLELLAN,
  • Pop-folk sensations THE LITTLE STEVIES,
  • Singer-songwriter and multi-ARIA nominated LISA MILLER,
  • Australian ukulele master AJ LEONARD’S TROPICAL LOUNGE,
  • Former Redgum frontman HUGH McDONALD,
  • Southern bluesmen TABASCO TOM and DOC WHITE,
  • The African rhythms of Zebra Crossing with VALANGA KHOZA, RAY PEREIRA and LEO DALE,
  • Local powerhouse vocalist BERN CARROLL,
  • Former Byron Bay singer-songwriter JACQUI STERLING,
  • With more to come…
  • And with PARADIDDLE BUSH BAND to finish the night with a BUSH DANCE under the stars.

Overlooking Bass Strait, on Phillip Island’s beautiful southern coastline, and only a stone’s throw from Pyramid Rock and the Penguin Parade, music begins at 12:30pm with continuous acts through the afternoon and evening, concluding at 10:00pm.

MUSICFEST PHILLIP ISLAND is a regional umbrella event under the 2012 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, concert patrons can also choose a fine-cuts enviromeat meal, three courses plus a complimentary glass of Phillip Island Winery’s finest, enjoyed from a ‘long-barbecue’ marquee right in the thick of the action.

Tickets are on sale now, numbers are limited, click on the link to BUY TICKETS.

Concert tickets: $40

Concert plus fine-cuts enviromeat meal: $80

Springtime Twilight Concert Series

Bluesmen Tabasco Tom and Doc White

SHAKE OFF WINTER chills to the breezy sounds of springtime blues, ukes and country at the Phillip Island Winery with its springtime twilight concert series.

The program kicks off this Saturday 27th August with a return to the cellar door of the amazing ukulele sounds of AJ Leonard.

If you missed AJ Leonard’s last visit to the winery, don’t miss this one. Recognised as one of Australia’s masters of the instrument, and having featured at international ukulele concerts and conventions, AJ Leonard transforms the sound of the ‘uke’. This Saturday he will be joined by cello accompanist and partner Jenny Rowlands. 

Whether playing a rock ‘lead-guitar’ solo or jazz standard, his virtuosity and command of the instrument is simply amazing.

Equally at home playing Beatles as he is playing trad classics, AJ is also a versatile singer with an easy rapport and engaging style. This Saturday, you can catch up with AJ Leonard from 5:30pm till 8:30pm at the cellar door.

And, on Sunday afternoon starting at 1:30pm, local folk/country trio, The Usual Suspects, are performing, playing until 4:30pm. With Andy on guitar, Linda on mandolin and ukulele, and Tom on bass, The Usual Suspects will be bringing their own easy-listening folk and country style to our cosy cellar door.

Also pencil in Saturday 3rd September when the winery will be jumping to the classy blues and country of expatriate US ‘bluesmen’ Tabasco Tom and Doc White. With Tom’s daughter on fiddle, Tom and Doc play tight authentic southern blues.

 Tim O’Brien plays every Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the Phillip Island Winery. Admission is free; twilight concerts kick off at 5:30pm, but best to arrive around 5:00pm. Light dinner platters are also available.

Singer Songwriter Returns For Twilight Concert

SINGER SONGWRITER Jacqui Sterling returns to the Phillip Island Winery this coming Saturday afternoon, 30th July, for a ‘twilight concert’ from 5:30pm.

Jacqui’s last appearance at the winery had the cellar door packed out; all enthralled by her warm and engaging style and gorgeous voice.

Formerly of Byron Bay, now San Remo, Jacqui’s ‘gypsy spirit’ has seen her playing her songs to audiences all over the world. She has toured Australia as well as Europe – touring England, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal.

With a strong, rhythmic, acoustic guitar style, Jacqui’s music and delivery crosses a number of acoustic music genres. Her songs – melodic, finely crafted and beautifully sung – are immensely appealing.

Her current CD, Bird in the Hand, is a stylish collection of original songs telling stories of her journey. “I have lived and breathed music for as long as I can remember,” Jacqui said. “Music and yoga have been my constant in life and song writing has been my tool of self expression, healing and connection.”

Jacqui Sterling, ‘up close and personal’ and returning to the casual laid-back atmosphere of the Phillip Island Winery, is a performance not to be missed.

Jacqui will be performing from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Saturday evening only. Admission is free.

Former Golden Guitar nominee Tim O’Brien will also perform. Call in for a wine, a delicious fresh food platter and some classy acoustic music.

Jacqui Sterling, Live At The Cellar Door

SINGER SONGWRITER Jacqui Sterling brings her delightful acoustic soul music to the Phillip Island Winery this Queen’s Birthday weekend, Saturday afternoon.

Formerly of Byron Bay, but now calling San Remo home, Jacqui Sterling has built a strong following around Australia for her compositions and gorgeous voice.

Her CD, Bird in the Hand, is a stylish collection of original songs showing her fine musicianship and versatile vocal style. Her songs - finely crafted and beautifully sung – are immensely appealing.

There is something of a Sandy Denny quality to Jacqui’s voice, a breathy earthiness that lends a searing honesty to her singing, and timeless appeal.

With a strong, rhythmic, acoustic guitar style, Jacqui’s music and delivery crosses a number of acoustic music genres – she would fit as comfortably at a roots/blues concert as a folk festival.

Jacqui Sterling, ‘up close and personal’ in the casual laid-back atmosphere of the Phillip Island Winery, is a performance not to be missed.

Jacqui will be performing between 1:30 – 4:30pm, Saturday only.

Sunday and Monday afternoon, resident folksinger, winery owner and former Golden Guitar nominee Tim O’Brien will be performing. Call in for a wine, a delicious fresh food platter and some classy acoustic music.