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…)

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

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.

Frankie J Holden’s ‘What’s Up Downunder’ Visits Phillip Island Winery

FRANKIE J HOLDEN might not have been ‘looking for an echo’ when he and crew from What’s Up Downunder visited the Phillip Island Winery, but that’s what he found.

When producer Col Parrot contacted us to do a feature segment of the show at the winery, we thought about it for a nano-second, possibly less… who’s going to look publicity like that in the eye?

He also asked us if we could ‘ambush’ Frankie J with an Old ’55 song. So, after the obligatory chat about the wines and a bit of a look at the vineyard, we launched into “Looking for an echo” over the meal. (Might not have been the best rendition Frankie has heard this month but the sing-along went for an hour or two afterwards.)

It’s an interesting show – What’s Up Downunder. It’s got a really good focus on things to do with the whole family when travelling, and Frankie and Michelle give it an easy-going and genuine warmth. It’s on Channel 7 on Saturday afternoons.

Phillip Island and its attractions gets a two-week feature; we had a terrific time with Frankie, Michelle, Georgia, Col, Warren, Andrea, the crew and kids at the winery. (Dunno whether we made much sense; you can check the segment out on this link to the show.