MUSICFEST: 830 ON THE LAWNS… BACK AGAIN 2013

MUSICFEST PHILLIP ISLAND will be back again in 2013 – put a circle around Sunday March 10. With a final tally of 830 for this year’s inaugural event, including the 113 diners in the Enviromeat big marquee, we’re pleased to declare the event a big success!

It was the perfect day. The eclectic mix of rootsy folk and acoustic music and the bush dance in the evening with Paradiddle (that absolutely went off!), plus perfect weather, combined to make a really fun event. Our huge thanks to all the performers who made the day such a success – and MC Gaeton who ran the main stage all day and kept the vibe nice and breezy.

We’ve started booking for next year and considering running a little longer into the evening – we’ll keep you posted (there was a large ’late shift’ who made the trip out to the concert at dusk this year - for Mike McClellan and the Bushdance with Paradiddle).

Our thanks also to all our friends and local business people who helped – to Jeff at Island Marquees, Phillip Island Skip and Toilet Hire, the Davies family (Richie and Sharon) and Enviromeat, Simon and the crew at OptimAV (for the brilliant sound), Trevor and Megan Ryan for the stage, also Rod (for all his help setting up and on the gate) and Jim Barnes from Tallangatta, Greg Price for his ‘second stage’, Dazzle signs, Miekle’s paella’s, Carole and Mary on the gate and our three French backpackers (Louis, Antona and Pierre), Cleeland Bus Lines for the shuttle service, and huge, huge thanks to our classy MC Gaeton and all the fabulous musicians.

Thanks also to Kim, Kathryn and the team at Destination Phillip Island, and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

The fabulous Lisa Miller

Lastly, thanks to the cheerful staff at Phillip Island Winery for all their hard work in making the day such a success.

We’ll be back again next year, bigger and even better – you can bank on it – with another eclectic mix of brilliant ‘rootsy’ songwriters and bands.

Put a circle around Sunday March 10 2013 (Labour Day Weekend) and keep watching this site for news and for details.

 

Ukuleles Return For Winter Concert

FRESH FROM A TOUR performing across the USA, internationally recognised ukulele master, AJ Leonard, returns to the Phillip Island Winery for a twilight indoor concert this Saturday evening, 18th June, from 5:30-8:30pm.

His recent US tour included performances at the New York Ukulele Festival and the Ukulele Academy of North Carolina. He also performed on the West Coast at Santa Cruz (host to the largest ukulele club in the world) and at San Francisco, before appearing at the Monterey Wine Country Ukulele Retreat.

There, AJ was one of a feature group of well-known tutors and ukulele performers including James Hill, Andy Roberts, Del Ray, Brooke Adams and Gerald Moore.

Equally at home playing Beatles classics as he is with popular 40’s and 50’s ukulele standards, AJ Leonard is well known by ukulele devotees around Australia for his amazing dexterity, finely-crafted arrangements and breezy singing style. 

“The renaissance of interest in the ukulele in the USA is amazing, and it’s catching on everywhere,” AJ said.

“The highlight of our recent tour however was a meeting in Honolulu with Roy Sakuma, the legendary teacher and organiser of the world’s longest running ukulele festival at Waikiki.” 

 At the Phillip Island Winery, AJ Leonard will be supported on cello by his partner, Jenny Rowlings – an accomplished and polished performer in her own right.

This is a not-to-be-missed concert, admission is free. Come and enjoy the warm fire, delicious wines and a light platter menu to the cheerful strains of the ukulele.

Resident folk-singer and winery owner, Tim O’Brien, will also perform.

Ukulele Concert from 5:30pm; to book, call 5956 8465.

Twilight Ukulele Concert Sunday 23rd January At Winery

AJ Leonard's Tropical Lounge

UKULELE MASTER, A J LEONARD, and his band the Tropical Lounge are returning to the Phillip Island Winery on Sunday, 23rd January (Australia Day week), for a twilight concert from 5:30pm. If you missed AJ Leonard and the Tropical Lounge’s last visit, don’t miss this one.

Playing both old and latter-day classics, the breezy sound of ukuleles, cello, fiddle and accordion, and with wonderful tight harmonies, is absolutely irresistible. 

Recognised as one of Australia’s pre-eminent exponents of the ukulele, A J Leonard has been a feature performer at the Ukulele Picnic of Hawaii, Illawarra Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and Cairns Ukulele Festival.

Featuring classic, swing and island music from the 20’s and 30’s, and originals, the Tropical Lounge’s unique blend of ukuleles, strings, vocal harmonies and percussion will have the winery hopping.

Come along, enjoy some delicious wines, and generous cheese and fresh food platters, and while away the summer evening to the liquid sounds of the ukulele. Admission is free (no cover charge) – this is an evening not to be missed.

With Jenny Rowlands on cello, Wendy Rowlands on accordion, violin and vocals, and David Billings on ukulele, guitar and vocals, it will be huge fun and a great evening of music, wine and fine food.

Music kicks off at 5:30.

Phillip Island Winery Warms To The Tropical Sounds Of The Ukulele

Ukulele master, AJ Leonard

DESPITE A DELUGE, the Phillip Island Winery fell under the spell of ukuleles, cello, fiddle and accordian, when AJ Leonard’s Tropical Lounge charmed the grey from a soggy Sunday afternoon. 

God knows how we all managed to fit in (and to serve food). But, having to cancel plans of holding the event outside, more than 80 guests crammed into the cellar door over the afternoon to tap along to ukulele master AJ Leonard and his band.

Playing swing and popular classics from the 1930s, ’50s, and to the Beatles and beyond, the Tropical Lounge brought the sunshine in for an afternoon of great music and the astonishing versatile sounds of the ‘uke’.  

Featuring AJ Leonard and Dave Billings on ukuleles, and Wendy and Jenny Rowlands on cello, fiddle and accordion, the Tropical Lounge will be coming back to the Phillip Island Winery over January (watch out for our next concert).

Ukulele Master At Phillip Island Winery

UKULELE MASTER, A J LEONARD, and his band the Tropical Lounge are appearing at the Phillip Island Winery on Sunday, 31st October (Cup Weekend).

AJ LEONARD'S TROPICAL LOUNGE

 
Featuring classic, swing and island music from the 20’s and 30’s, and originals, the Tropical Lounge’s unique blend of ukuleles, strings, vocal harmonies and percussion will have the winery hopping.

Come along, enjoy some delicious wines, cheese platter or, Sunday only, our bar-b-que spit roast. There is no cover charge.

Recognised as one of Australia’s pre-eminent exponents of the ukulele, A J Leonard has been a feature performer at the Ukulele Picnic of Hawaii, Illawarra Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and Cairns Ukulele Festival.

Now he is adding the Phillip Island Winery to the list. With Jenny Rowlands on cello, Wendy Rowlands, accordion, violin and vocals, and David Billings on ukulele, guitar and vocals, it will be huge fun and a great afternoon of music, wine and fine food.

Music kicks off at 1:30.