THE UBER-DELIGHTFUL South Australian singer songwriter Laura Hill will be performing at the Phillip Island Winery this coming Sunday, 20th January, beginning 1:15pm.
Laura, an ambassador for the O’Neill surfboards brand, and signed to MGM records, has built a national profile for her superbly crafted songs and ‘Eva-Cassidy-like’ vocal style.
With a simply beautiful voice, and stylish acoustic guitar accompaniment, Laura’s songs have a timeless appeal and her arrangements (with her band the Tuesday Bandits) are very engaging and brilliantly constructed.
Laura’s new CD, The Guava Tree (MGM) is superb listening with thoughtful and though-provoking lyrics, laid-back style and beautiful melodies and backing.
It follows her earlier successful CD Over My Shoulder (MGM) which introduced her to a national following. We think she is destined for big things once word gets out.
For a taste of Laura’s music, you can check her You Tube vids. This one, By My Side, is typical of the quality and appeal of her work:
Admission is free to see and hear Laura Hill, bookings will be accepted.
Laura is also performing at MUSICFEST Phillip Island on Sunday March 10. She will be joining a bill with the likes of Stonefield, Mat McHugh, David Bridie, The Davidson Brothers, Kira Puru and the Bruise, and many others performing over the two days.
Tickets are just $40 for each day, or $60 for a two-day event ticket. Click on the link for the full LINE UP and to buy tickets.
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.
AN ALL-STAR band of local musicians took to Phillip Island Winery’s courtyard stage for the launch of Ventnor singer-songwriter Rob Gray’s new CD, ‘Sun Dog’.
On a cold, clear night, with the smoke from the braziers hanging like a surreal thin blanket overhead, and with the winery packed to the rafters, the band lit up – picking one by one through Rob’s searing and beautiful songs.
With Andy Stewart on drums, guitar and vocals (and fresh from mixing Paul Kelly’s new album at his Mill Road studio), Zac Ablett on keyboards and acoustic guitar, Col Matthews playing lead guitar (and drums), Bernadette Carroll on vocals, Kevin Woods, steel guitar, Rob Wilson, double Bass and Frank Coletta on percussion, the sound and musicianship was sensational.
Our friend Rob Gray’s face told the story: too ill to play, surrounded by family and friends, and with his songs in the best of hands, he beamed.
Bern Carroll, her vocals always brilliant, brought the crowd to life with the eponymous “On The Island”, and belting out “Talkin’ Politician Blues”. And Col Matthews’ lead guitar – spare, wirey, melodic – sat absolutely perfectly with Zac Ablett’s haunting rendition of “We’re All The Same”.
But the anchor for the night was band leader, drummer, guitarist and organiser, Andy Stewart. Rob’s intense resonant lyrics and beautiful melodies were stylishly interpreted by Andy’s classy accompaniment and restrained vocal style.
More than 200 CDs were sold at the launch, which was also a fundraiser to help with Rob’s cancer treatment.
The Mayor of Ventnor, local Estate Agent and Auctioneer Greg Price (who has his own definition for the term “party faithful”, and has the party paraphernalia to prove it), raised over $600 with an auction of wine and original artwork from the CD cover (by Zac Ablett).
Our thanks and wishes to Rob and Cathie for letting us be a part of this night, and for Rob’s wonderful songs. Our thanks also to Sierra Dunton and Andy for pulling it all together, and to all in the band.
Again, our thanks to our very special staff and friends, Deb and Mike Justice, Nadia, Sue Box, Pip Cleeland (who also made bread), Emma Powles, Annette and Chris Hilton, Clive and all others who helped and donated their time. Lastly, our warm thanks to Ted and Chris from ‘Paddock to Plate’ who generously donated the pork and beef spit roasts (enough to feed 140) and sausages for the night.
We’ve got stocks of Rob’s CD ‘Sun Dog’ at the winery for anyone who wishes to pick up a copy. It’s a wonderful CD; evocative, deeply thoughful, and superbly written and performed.
A COSY FIRE, fine wines, fresh food platters and live laid-back acoustic music… that’s the recipe for winter weekends at Phillip Island Winery.
If you’re looking for an escape from the winter chills, why not warm the spirit to the breezy sounds of live acoustic music while taking your time over a big, chewy cabernet merlot or a crisp mouth-filling sauvignon blanc.
There are usually tables available ‘on spec’, but best you book for Saturday or Sunday afternoons – after having been featured on Channel 9′s Postcards, Channel 7′s What’s Up Downunder, and in The Age and Herald Sun, there’s a bit of pressure on the ‘premium seating’ (closest to the fire).
We also have occasional concerts featuring local and visiting acts. Best you keep your eye on the website or our Facebook page for details.
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.
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
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.
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.
WELL-KNOWN GUITARIST AND VOCALIST Hugh McDonald is appearing at the Phillip Island Winery this Saturday, July 16th, for an ‘up close and personal’ twilight concert in our cosy, warm cellar door.
A multi-instrumentalist, Hugh is one of the hottest players around (and an engaging performer). He enjoyed a successful career touring Australia and the world with one of the leading bands of the 1980s, Redgum. He has since been a headline act at numerous concerts and festivals around Australia.
Redgum remains one of Australia’s best-known bands, remembered for the number one hit and Vietnam veteran tribute, “I Was Only Nineteen”.
Hugh wrote many of Redgum’s popular songs, most notably “The Diamantina Drover” which has since been recorded by Lee Kernigan, John Williamson, and Christy Moore, one of Ireland’s most popular singer/songwriters.
He is also a skilled record producer, arranger and session musician who has worked and recorded with many of Australia’s leading acts and soloists.
Phillip Island Winery’s resident musician (and winery owner) Tim O’Brien will also perform. Admission is free. A warm fire, five-star wines, delicious light platters and ‘up close and personal’ with Hugh McDonald, this Saturday, July 16th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
Where: Phillip Island Winery, Berry’s Beach Road, Phillip Island.
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
Admission is free, bookings accepted. Call: 5956 8465