Two Acclaimed Irish Singer-songwriters, Roesy and Gallie, At Phillip Island Winery, Thursday February 2.

ROESY, FROM COUNTY OFFALY, comes to Phillip Island with an international reputation as a powerful performer and songwriter. He has shared stages with the likes of Billy Bragg, the great Bert Jansch, Ron Sexsmith, Paul Brady, John Martyn, Davy Spillane, Donovan, and Shane MacGowan of the Pogues.

A singer of extraordinary intensity, he can still the heart with his searing vocals and windswept lyrics. His debut album “Sketch the Day, Paint the Night” (2001) was followed by “The Spirit Store” in 2003 and “Only Love is Real” in 2004.

Also in 2004, Roesy was nominated for Best New Irish Act in the Meteor Music Awards of that year. His song “Potosi Mine” was included in the “Diamond Mountain Session Presents” compilation CD, which also featured Sinéad O’Connor, Steve Earle, Natalie Merchant and Sharon Shannon.

He is joined at Phillip Island Winery by Irish-Australian singer Darren Gallagher, Gallie.

In Gallie’s 20-year musical career, he has worked alongside international artists Santana, Chris Isaak and Jimmy Cliff and Australian performers Liz Stringer, Suzannah Espie, Chris Wilson and Shane Howard. He has also opened for Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, KT Tunstall, Glen Tilbrook, Squeeze, Newton Faulkner, Glen Hansard and The Frames.

Gallie’s album, The Occoquan River, was described by Paul Gough, The Inside Sleeve, ABC Radio National, as “brilliant”, and “one of the outstanding releases this year”.

Brian Wise, Off The Record, Triple R, described the title song as “one of the best songs of the year – Australian or International”.

In Australia, each has headlined at major music festivals including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Nannup Music Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival, Fleurieu Folk Festival, Moyston Music Fest, Deni Blues and Roots Festival and the Turning Wave Festival.

This will be a special ‘folk club night’ featuring two very special talents.

Roesy and Gallie in Concert
Where: Phillip Island Winery
When: Thursday February 2
Time: from 6:30pm
Admission: $20
Call: 5956 8465 or email: enq@phillipIslandwines.com.au

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…)

Three Acclaimed Irish Singer/Songwriters, This Friday Evening, 17th June

Aine Tyrrell

THIS FRIDAY EVENING, 17th June, Phillip Island Winery is proud to host three acclaimed Irish Singer/Songwriters – Aine Tyrrell, Roesy and Darren Gallagher – for a great night of intimate music in our cosy cellar door.

As part of their 2016 Tour of Australia, having played at Port Fairy Folk Festival and other key Australian festivals and acoustic music venues, these three fine performers will bring the rustic cosy surrounds of Phillip Ireland winery to life (and provide the perfect accompaniment to a warm fire and a nice red wine).

Each brings their own style, sensibilities and approach to songwriting and storytelling. Wonderful voices, and brilliant Irish style, and with a critically acclaimed first album, launched last year.

We’ll be inside; it’s $20 on the door and the usual Phillip Island Winery fare of fresh food platters, fine wines, beers and softdrinks.

The evening kicks off from 7:00pm, with a support set from Jacqui Sterling. Don’t miss it. (Get some friends together, and book a table.)

Call 5956 8465 to book, or email:
enq@phillipislandwines.com.au

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

MUSICFEST Phillip Island 2013 – Buy tickets now

Iconic Oz songwriter and producer, David Bridie

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:

STONEFIELD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPTVbWvW240

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

Hello Mr Echidna… wildlife booming across the island

HERE AT THE WINERY we’ve recently been visited by a passing echidna that found its way right up to the cellar door. It tucked itself into the base of a boobiella when I started following it with the camera – their defence of tucking into a ball under a stump, or even partly burying themselves in the open, is pretty effective against marauding dogs.

Echidna numbers seem to be on the rise across the island; they’re commonly seen hanging about on the road verges. If you’re heading to the island, watch out for them. Echidnas don’t move very quickly and have nil awareness of approaching cars.

It is really upsetting to see them killed by cars; they’re easily avoided.

The Cape Barren Geece of course are strutting around the place everywhere, now with young chicks mostly fully grown. They’re amusing birds: they seem to establish ownership on roundabouts and intersections and spend their days ambling gravely and with serious intent back and forth – from one side of the road to the other.

Sometimes, like in the accompanying photo, you’ll see them holding station on rooftops, sheds, or any raised surface. 

 Call in one day and acquaint yourself with our swamp hens, a buff-banded rail family (if you’ve got quick eyes), brown hawks and, if you’re lucky, the occasional passing echidna – like our friend above.

We’ve also got lots of young wallabies in the vineyard. We’re prepared to share but we wish that they would develop a taste for something other than the vine shoots. They pick their ways along the rows, reaching up and pulling down the new growth to nibble at the leaves.

Winery packed for ‘SUN DOG’ CD launch

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.

Live Acoustic Music Every Saturday And Sunday Over Winter

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.

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.

 

‘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