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
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.
Date: Saturday February 15th
Time: From 4:30pm – 10:30pm.
Departure tax: 1 (one) bottle of wine
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.
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:
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 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
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.
IT WILL BE A NIGHT of old-fashioned ‘steam-driven radio’ at the Phillip Island Winery when the Offshore Theatre Group presents its winter radio play: Noel Coward’s very funny deco set-piece, Ways and Means.
Performed like an old-time radio show (remember The Goons and Blue Hills?) Ways and Means is the second of Noel Coward’s play to be featured at the winery, the first being the very successful Blithe Spirit.
Directed by Stephanie Daniel, Ways and Means is limited to just five performances, beginning Friday 27th July.
Bookings are essential; the cost is $30 which includes both a light meal and the show. Tickets sell out, so best to book early to ensure a place. Group bookings are also welcome.
Play dates are Friday 27th July, Saturday 28th July, Thursday 2nd August, Friday 3rd August, Saturday 4th August 2012, starting each night at 7:00pm.
Ways and Means is one of Noel Coward’s best-loved short plays: a comic set-piece about an heiress and her gambling husband, plagued by debt and with everything in their lives going haywire.
With a strong cast of Darren George, Nina Prideaux, Simon Furniss, Amanda Price, Wayne Moloney, Anna van Caem and Sylvia Owers taking to the ‘airwaves’ at the winery, it promises to be a season of huge fun.
Tickets are selling out fast. To book call us on 5956 8465, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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