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.

Winter Nights With Noel Coward At The Winery

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.

Radio Play Ways and Means

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, enq@phillipislandwines.com.au

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.

 

MUSICFEST… it’s on – last minute tickets available

COUNTRY. BLUES AND FOLK music stars will be shining at Phillip Island Winery this Sunday 11 March for the first annual MUSICFEST Phillip Island.

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

Performance times:
Main stage:

12:30 Rob Fairbairn and friends
1:15 Jacqui Sterling
1:50 Hugh McDonald
2:40 Little Stevies
3:30 Tropical Lounge
4:15 Lisa Miller Trio 
5:05 Zebra Crossing 
5:55 Tabasco Tom, Doc White and Broderick Smith 
6:45 Bern Carroll and Mrs Brown 
7:30 Mike McClellan 
9:00-10:30 Paradiddle Bush Band
Cellar Door Stage
3:15 Jacqui Sterling
4:00 The Plovers
4:45 Vampire Boogie
5:30 Vivace
6:15 Tropical Lounge 

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

MUSICFEST Phillip Island – A Day Of Roots, Blues and Folk Music: March 11

Mike McClellan at The Basement

Zebra Crossing

MUSICFEST PHILLIP ISLAND, a day of folk-roots-blues acoustic music is coming to PHILLIP ISLAND WINERY on Sunday 11th March, Labour Day long-weekend.

Check the website at www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au

With a 10-hour line-up of national and local acts from an all-weather stage in our beautiful grounds, and finishing with a BUSH DANCE under the stars, this is an event not to be missed.

Ticket sales are now open; you can buy tickets at:

The artist LINE-UP includes:

  • Country music legend MIKE McCLELLAN,
  • Pop-folk sensations THE LITTLE STEVIES,
  • Singer-songwriter and multi-ARIA nominated LISA MILLER,
  • Australian ukulele master AJ LEONARD’S TROPICAL LOUNGE,
  • Former Redgum frontman HUGH McDONALD,
  • Southern bluesmen TABASCO TOM and DOC WHITE,
  • The African rhythms of Zebra Crossing with VALANGA KHOZA, RAY PEREIRA and LEO DALE,
  • Local powerhouse vocalist BERN CARROLL,
  • Former Byron Bay singer-songwriter JACQUI STERLING,
  • With more to come…
  • And with PARADIDDLE BUSH BAND to finish the night with a BUSH DANCE under the stars.

Overlooking Bass Strait, on Phillip Island’s beautiful southern coastline, and only a stone’s throw from Pyramid Rock and the Penguin Parade, music begins at 12:30pm with continuous acts through the afternoon and evening, concluding at 10:00pm.

MUSICFEST PHILLIP ISLAND is a regional umbrella event under the 2012 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, concert patrons can also choose a fine-cuts enviromeat meal, three courses plus a complimentary glass of Phillip Island Winery’s finest, enjoyed from a ‘long-barbecue’ marquee right in the thick of the action.

Tickets are on sale now, numbers are limited, click on the link to BUY TICKETS.

Concert tickets: $40

Concert plus fine-cuts enviromeat meal: $80

Bluesmen Rock The Cellar Door

Tom, Broderick Smith and the Doc

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.

Tom and Doc, and joined by Australian music legend Broderick Smith, will be playing at MusicFest Phillip Island at the winery on Sunday March 11th.

For tickets, go to www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au  or call us on 5956 8465.

The Little Stevies Hit ‘The Island’ This Wednesday

POP-FOLK SENSATIONS, The Little Stevies, are performing at Phillip Island Winery this coming Wednesday 11th January at 7:30pm.

With catchy pop melodies, and tight harmonies, the internationally-recognised Little Stevies have a string of ‘indie’ hits to their credit, including Accidentally, and Come to Miss You.

They were were a sensation at Port Fairy Music Festival in 2011 and have toured the US and Canada to wide acclaim, recording in LA and appearing at New York’s CMJ and Ottawa’s OCFF music conferences.

With a breezy style reflecting a long line of great Australian ‘Alt-pop acts’ such as Frente, Ben Lee and Dan Kelly, they have stunned audiences everywhere with their delicious harmonies, musicianship and catchy and accessible songs.

The Little Stevies now have a string of successful albums behind them; their latest, Attention Shoppers, was recorded in LA with producer Ethan Allen.

Cost of entry to The Little Stevies is $10. Light platter meals, delicious Phillip Island Wines and soft-drinks are available.

The Little Stevies are also a feature act at MUSICFEST Phillip Island (www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au), to be staged at Phillip Island Winery on Sunday March 11 (the long weekend).

They’ll be joined by a mighty line-up of roots and acoustic music acts like Mike McClellan, Lisa Miller, Hugh McDonald and many more – with an old time bush dance with Paradiddle to finish off the night.

Phillip Island Winery

414 Berrys Beach Road

Ventnor

ph: 5956 8465

www.phillipislandwines.com.au

‘Red Hot Lovers’ And ‘Little Stevies’ At Winery

IT’S A MONTH of ‘radio’ theatre and music at Phillip Island Winery.

Now into its second week and with a short five night season, Phillip Island’s Offshore Theatre is staging Neil Simon’s classic comedy, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, as a radio play at the cellar door.

Directed by Stephanie Daniel, Last of the Red Hot Lovers is a very funny set-piece from the swinging ’60s. It follows the exploits of Barney Cashman, who wants to join the sexual revolution but fails hilariously in seduction with Elaine, a sexpot, Bobbi, an actress, and his wife’s best friend, Jeanette.

We began the radio-play series last summer with Noel Coward’s comedy, Blithe Spirit. It was huge fun. It’s like the old days of the ABC when audiences would flock to Gordon Street to see actors playing their parts into a microphone.

It is now sold out for all nights, but we are looking at a return season at the end of the month. If we can arrange it with the actors, tickets will again be $30, which includes a light platter meal.

Splitting the play dates, pop-folk sensations The Little Stevies are performing at the winery this Wednesday 11th January at 7:30pm.

With catchy pop melodies, and tight harmonies, the internationally-recognised Little Stevies have a string of ‘indie’ hits to their credit, including Accidentally, and Come to Miss You. Cost of entry to The Little Stevies is $10.