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.
MUSICFEST 2013 has now added cruisy songwriter Mat McHugh and his new(ish) band, the Separatista Sound System to its Saturday line-up.
McHugh, whose music is described by Beat magazine as “surfer-cum-roots”, established his name nationally as a songwriter and performer with his former band The Beautiful Girls. He has toured with John Butler across the United States and Canada, played sell-outs in Japan, toured Europe, the UK and Brazil and recently returned to touring in Australia with his first-ever solo tour.
Nominated for ‘Blues & Roots Work of the Year’ at the APRA Music Awards of 2008 for his song, “I Thought About You” (written by Mat), he has had three further nominations for Blues and Roots work of the year. McHugh’s fourth album with The Beautiful Girls, Spooks, debuted at No. 1 on the Australian Independent Chart and reached No. 7 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.
He has since released two solo albums, Separatista (2008) and Love Come Save Me (2012) and an EP, Go Don’t Stop (2011). Mat McHugh’s style crosses genres – reggae, roots, blues, even folk – and his gritty, direct songwriting has immense appeal for its raw honesty and lean uncluttered musicality. Mat and the Separatista Sound System will be a highlight of MUSICFEST 2013.
With Stonefield, David Bridie and Kira Puru and The Bruise all performing on Saturday March 9th (with an equally impressive line-up on Sunday 10th), MUSICFEST 2013 is an event not to be missed.
To buy tickets, go to www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au, or call PHILLIP ISLAND WINERY, 03 5956 8465
GET ON THE PHONE, or online… bookings are now open for MUSICFEST Phillip Island 2013.
Bigger and better, and now running over two days on the March Labour Day long-weekend, Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10, tickets are still only $40 (inc GST) for a day ticket; and just $60 (inc GST) for a two-day event ticket.
That’s among THE BEST music festival ticket-prices in the land.
To buy tickets, call the winery on 5956 8465, or go to www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au and click on the secure BUY TICKETS link.
The line-up of performers on each day will put some of Australia’s most exciting rising stars on the Phillip Island Winery stage in the natural amphitheatre on the lawns in the old cow paddock next to winery.
Heading the bill is ‘earth-rock’ sister act, the amazing STONEFIELD – four sisters, Amy, Hannah, Sarah, and Holly Findlay from Darraweit Guim. Young they may be, but they’ve played the prestigious Glastonbury Festival in the UK, at Pyramid Rock, and are now signed to Wunderkind/Warner records.
Check them out on this You Tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0HzB8eD3ys
You can see and hear STONEFIELD up close at MUSICFEST, don’t miss this chance… STONEFIELD is headed for the world.
Also heading the bill is the acclaimed songwriter and performer DAVID BRIDIE. Formerly frontman for iconic Australian bands Not Drowning, Waving and My Friend the Chocolate Cake, DAVID BRIDIE has been an indelible a part of the Australian rock music scene for two decades.
The country/bluegrass virtuosity of the DAVIDSON BROTHERS is also on the bill, as is soul/blues ‘Black Arm Band’ performer KUTCHA EDWARDS and his band, plus the amazing voices of KIRA PURU and the BRUISE from Sydney, and O’Neill Surfboards ambassador, songwriter LAURA HILL from SA.
And there is also one more major feature act to also head the bill… but you will have to wait for our next announcement (we’re currently contrained due to other appearances).
There are also local stars from Phillip Island and Bass Coast, including BERN CARROLL, the BREWERS OF DISTINCTION, and more, appearing on the both main stage and the winery stage.
For the full line-up, go to www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au
To hear some of the line-up, click through the following You Tube links:
DAVID BRIDIE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1dPl7ezkBE
LAURA HILL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vezRYSb340w
KUTCHA EDWARDS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKBsWhdpx1Q
THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LMrWbhF5So
KIRA PURU and the BRUISE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kadQrTuGSqM
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.
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.
Running from 12:30pm until 10:30pm – finishing with a bush dance under the stars with Paradiddle – and featuring some of Australia’s finest roots and acoustic musicians, MUSICFEST will be a unique day of classy roots, blues and folk music.
Cleeland Bus Lines is operating a shuttle bus out of Cowes on the hour (and return).
Pick-up points -$15 return ticket ($7.50 one way):
Cowes: Coles bus stop and RSL
Ventnor: Lyall Street and Grossard Point Road
Smith’s Beach: Back Beach Road
Fine Cuts Enviromeat Luncheon ($80 ticket holders) begins 2:00pm
With acoustic legend Mike McClellan, nine-times ARIA-nominated Lisa Miller, plus the amazing indie-folksters, The Little Stevies, with ex-Redgummer Hugh McDonald, and the legendary Broderick Smith joining southern bluesmen Tabasco Tom and Doc White, among a host of other national and local performers, MUSICFEST is a not-to-missed event for Phillip Island.
Wine, food and soft-drinks available from the cellar door, plus food marquees, bring along a picnic lunch, chairs and rug to make a day of it.
Priority parking is available for ticket-holders, tickets will also be available from the gate. Entry is $40.
For tickets, call Phillip Island Winery 5956 8465, or they can be purchased directly from the website: www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au
THE GROUNDS of the cellar door rocked on Australia Day weekend to the classy southern blues of Phillip Island Winery regulars, Tabasco Tom, Doc White and Cres Crisp.
Taking advantage of the beautiful evening and our large undercover courtyard, Tom and the Doc had more than 100 guests tapping along to the irresistible beat and tight harmonies of Louisianna blues and swing.
For tickets, go to www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au or call us on 5956 8465.