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)

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

 

 

Summer Music Program: Col Matthews, Andy Stewart and ‘EJ’ Friday 11th January

SONGWRITER AND GUITARIST Col Matthews will be performing at Phillip Island Winery with ‘EJ’ on banjo and Andy Stewart on percussion and guitar for a twilight concert from 6:30 pm on Friday 11th January.

Equally at home on an acoustic guitar as electric, Col plays a laid-back folk/country style with songs from Dylan and Neil Young punctuating his own classy compositions.

Andy Stewart, a multi-instrumentalist who recently mixed Paul Kelly’s latest album at his Archie’s Creek Mill Road Studios, also plays across a number of genres. He and Col are joined by EJ on Banjo for an evening of roots classics old and new, and originals.

There is no cover charge – just come along and enjoy the music, our fresh food platters and fine wines.

Col and Andy will also be performing at MUSICFEST 2013, alongside well-known national acts, The Davidson Brothers, Stonefield, Kira Puru, Mat McHugh, Laura King, Lisa Miller and others.

For the full line-up, go to: http://www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au/TheLineUp.aspx but buy tickets early or you will miss out.

 

‘A Cappella’ Sounds of VIVACE Fill Cellar Door

VIVACE, Phillip Island’s own ‘a cappella’ madrigal group, lifted the roof at the Phillip Island Winery’s cellar door in the third of our springtime Twilight Concerts.

Under the direction of arranger Ross Fairhurst, VIVACE performed a magical mix of medieval and modern classics. 

The 16th century Latin ’Gaudete’ bookended a three-set performance of madrigal standards, some ribald ‘Chaucerian-style’ English and Scot folk-songs, a Gaelic blessing, and some latter day classics that even included Redgum’s rousing ‘Poor Ned Kelly’ (written by Trevor Lucas).    

With a full house, and then some, the surreal colours of a stormy sky over a twilight sea provided the perfect ‘other-world’ backdrop for VIVACE’s swelling choral harmonies and tight professional performance.

We’re constantly surprised by the depth of talent and by the diverse music and creative arts we find on Phillip Island.

 

Ross Fairhurst 'in the moment'

We’re also very pleased to have the opportunity to showcase local performers like VIVACE alongside the eclectic mix of visiting artists we bring to the winery.

Our thanks to Ross and VIVACE for a memorable evening of music.

Watch out for our next Twilight Concert series.

We’ve got a night of balladeers with Mike Cleeland coming up – a tribute to The Great McGonagall; acclaimed as the worst poet in British history. 

On September 30 and October 1, two nights or repertory featuring three well-known professional actors (one an ‘Islander’), and also bluesmen Tabasco Tom and Doc White returning soon.

If you’d like to know more about William McGonagall, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_McGonagall

Magical Madrigals At Phillip Island Winery

THE COSY CELLAR DOOR of Phillip Island Winery will be humming to the sounds of local ‘a cappella’ group, VIVACE, this Saturday evening, 10th September, 5:30pm-8:30pm.

The third in the Phillip Island Winery’s Twilight Concert series, VIVACE will be presenting a repertoire of film classics with a mix of medieval and madrigal standards. Lead by Ross Fairhurst, VIVACE brings a completely different style of performance to the winery.

This is a musical performance you will never see in a hotel or typical music venue (that’s why we like to put on events like this).

Last Saturday, more than 80 patrons crammed into the cellar door to enjoy the classy southern-blues sounds of Tabasco Tom and Doc White.

They were backed up by Steve Williams on sax and harmonica (Steve has been a member of the John Farnham band since 1990), and also by Tom’s astonishing 16 year-old daughter Kaitlin on fiddle and vocal harmonies. It was a memorable night, one ‘out of the box’. (Tabasco Tom and Doc White are returning to the winery soon, watch the site for details and dates.)

Light dinners are available including a Ploughman’s platter of fresh-sliced meats, local cheeses and crusty breads, plus the usual delicious fare of cheese platters, dips, fresh salads and smoked trout. 

Admission free; bookings accepted. Phone: 5956 8465. 

Come and see us and relax with VIVACE  - or join in if you like. Don’t forget we also have LIVE ACOUSTIC music on every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.