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