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

Two International Guitar Masters At the Winery – One Show Only!

Michael Fix: acoustic guitar master

Michael Fix joining Nick Charles: two Australian acoustic guitar masters

THIS COMING SUNDAY AFTERNOON, 17th August, the internationally acclaimed guitar master Michael Fix is joining Australian acoustic roots and blues virtuoso, Nick Charles, for an intimate concert at Phillip Island Winery.

The Winery is opening for this one day very special event.

Michael Fix, originally from Wollongong NSW is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s finest acoustic guitarists. He has toured with some of the great international stars like Leo Kottke, Tommy Emmanuel, Anne Murray and Joe Robinson and won three Golden Guitars.

He is also an internationally recognised composer with film and TV scores to his credit.

Nick Charles has a critically-acclaimed career of over twenty-five years, and released dozen albums on major Australian and US roots music labels.

The Age newspaper described Nick as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues” and Australian Guitar magazine labelled him “an awesome talent!”

Together with Nick Charles, who played to a packed house at Phillip Island Winery last month, this concert of Australian acoustic guitar greats, who are internationally recognised for their mastery, is not to be missed.

This tandem performance will encompass a mix of folk, blues and early ragtime jazz.

WHERE: Phillip Island Winery, Berrys Beach Road.WHEN: Sunday 17th August
WHAT TIME: 2:30 – 4:30pm
ADMISSION: Free (but a departure tax of one bottle of wine)

This coming Sunday, Nick Charles, Blues Virtuoso At Winery

Nick Charles compressed LANDSCAPE
THIS COMING SUNDAY AFTERNOON, 20th July, Australian acoustic roots and blues virtuoso, Nick Charles, is visiting Phillip Island Winery for an intimate concert at the cellar door.

We’ve been closed for the winter months, but opening for this one day very special event.

In a critically-acclaimed career of over twenty-five years, Nick Charles has released a dozen albums on major Australian and US roots music labels.

His latest, Into the Blues, won ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’ in the Australian blues scene in 2013; Nick was also recognised as the ‘Port Fairy Folk Festival 2014 Artist of the Year’.

The Age newspaper described Nick as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues” and Australian Guitar magazine labelled him “an awesome talent!”

Nick Charles travels extensively, averaging more than 150 shows a year in the US and Australia. He has toured with international stars Guy Clarke, John Hammond, Robyn Ford, Junior Wells, BB King, Ralph McTell and many more.

His performances encompass a mix of folk, blues and early ragtime jazz. Not only one of Australia’s virtuosos of the guitar, Nick has an appealing laid-back and moody singing style.

This is a concert not be missed.

ADMISSION IS FREE, but there’s a departure tax of one bottle of wine

WHEN: Sunday 20th July
WHAT TIME: 2:30 – 4:30pm

WINGDING at the winery: PHIL MANNING and more

WE’RE HAVING anwingding POSTER COMPRESSED wingding at the winery, and you’re invited!

With legendary Aussie bluesman Phil Manning (and his trio) heading the bill, it’s going to be a great evening of music.

It’s FREE, it’s on the grass outside our covered courtyard, it’s next Saturday and it will be huge fun (there might be a significant birthday involved).

Aside from ex-Chain frontman Phil Manning, we’ve got blues guitarist/singer Tom Richardson coming, R&B diva,  Andrea Marr and band, punkish rockers The Love Bombs, songwriter Laurence Szucs, Andy Stewart, Libby Shields, and local country/swing band, Bent Street.

 

There is Phillip Island Winery’s fine wine and craft beer available, strictly NO BYO (it’s a breach of our licence conditions), and we’ll also have a barbeque and spit-roast on the go.

Bring a rug, and make a picnic of it.

DETAILS:
Date: Saturday February 15th
Time: From 4:30pm – 10:30pm.
Admission: FREE
Departure tax: 1 (one) bottle of wine

 

 

Countdown: Four Weeks To MusicFest 2013

It’s a big bill of acts, but still just $40 (inc GST) entry for a single day ticket, or $60 for a two-day event ticket (inc. GST).

Heading the MUSICFEST 2013 line-up on March 9 is STONEFIELD, the amazing (and now ‘discovered’) earth-rock sister act. They’ve played Galstonbury in the UK, are now signed to Wunderkind/Warner records and are headed for the world.

Bluegrass wizards, THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS

This will be your last chance to see this young band close-up at a laid-back small venue like Phillip Island Winery.

STONEFIELD are joined on Saturday by the equally amazing soul/blues of KIRA PURU and THE BRUISE from Sydney, cruisy reggae-rocker MAT McHUGH and the SEPERATISTA SOUND SYSTEM, local acoustic roots band THE BREWERS OF DISTINCTION, exciting Spanish flamenco band, KARAVANA FLAMENCA, the madhouse folksy junkyard LILY and KING, and iconic Australian songwriter and producer DAVID BRIDIE.

The Sunday concert shifts the focus to a more acoustic/folk-country sound, with Australia’s leading bluegrass exponents, the fabulous DAVIDSON BROTHERS heading the bill, with beautiful songwriter LAURA HILL from SA, multi-aria nominated LISA MILLER, ex-Redgummer HUGH McDONALD, local rockabilly outfit, VAMPIRE BOOGIE, the soul/blues mastery of KUTCHA EDWARDS and Irish Celtic bother/sister combo  THE SIMPSON THREE.Check out STONEFIELD on this You Tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0HzB8eD3ys

Want to hear more? 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

The Amazing Laura Hill To Perform At Phillip Island Winery

 

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:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vezRYSb340w 

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.

http://www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au/TheLineUp.aspx

Mat McHugh and Separatista Sound System join Stonefield in MUSICFEST line-up

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 GirlsHe 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

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.