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

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.

 

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.

Magical Madrigals At Phillip Island Winery

THE COSY CELLAR DOOR of Phillip Island Winery will be humming to the sounds of local ‘a cappella’ group, VIVACE, this Saturday evening, 10th September, 5:30pm-8:30pm.

The third in the Phillip Island Winery’s Twilight Concert series, VIVACE will be presenting a repertoire of film classics with a mix of medieval and madrigal standards. Lead by Ross Fairhurst, VIVACE brings a completely different style of performance to the winery.

This is a musical performance you will never see in a hotel or typical music venue (that’s why we like to put on events like this).

Last Saturday, more than 80 patrons crammed into the cellar door to enjoy the classy southern-blues sounds of Tabasco Tom and Doc White.

They were backed up by Steve Williams on sax and harmonica (Steve has been a member of the John Farnham band since 1990), and also by Tom’s astonishing 16 year-old daughter Kaitlin on fiddle and vocal harmonies. It was a memorable night, one ‘out of the box’. (Tabasco Tom and Doc White are returning to the winery soon, watch the site for details and dates.)

Light dinners are available including a Ploughman’s platter of fresh-sliced meats, local cheeses and crusty breads, plus the usual delicious fare of cheese platters, dips, fresh salads and smoked trout. 

Admission free; bookings accepted. Phone: 5956 8465. 

Come and see us and relax with VIVACE  - or join in if you like. Don’t forget we also have LIVE ACOUSTIC music on every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Black Comedy: A Double Bill Of Murder

THE SECOND SEASON in our series of radio plays, presented in conjunction with Phillip Island’s Offshore Theatre, brought a double-bill of murder to the Phillip Island Winery.

To full houses over six nights, Offshore Theatre presented two ’black comedy’ radio plays, each with a twist to intrigue and entertain.

Directed by Stephanie Daniel, who also directed and adapted the summer season of Blithe Spirit, the first of the two features was set in gangland Chicago; the other, ‘Only a Rose’, brought mayhem and murder to a gardening club.

With local actors, Nina, Simon, Julie and Babs in the lead roles, and Pip Cleeland on sound effects, it was old time ‘steam driven radio’ at the winery – lots of fun, and with everyone close to the action.

With a wintery May blast outside, guests to our snug cellar door enjoyed a hot crock-pot chunky beef pie, spinach and ricotta rolls, delicious Gippsland cheeses and salads, and tea and coffee with homemade shortbreads, fruitcake and Turkish delights.

Watch for our next season of radio-play theatre. We’re planning on a spring season.

Twilight Ukulele Concert Sunday 23rd January At Winery

AJ Leonard's Tropical Lounge

UKULELE MASTER, A J LEONARD, and his band the Tropical Lounge are returning to the Phillip Island Winery on Sunday, 23rd January (Australia Day week), for a twilight concert from 5:30pm. If you missed AJ Leonard and the Tropical Lounge’s last visit, don’t miss this one.

Playing both old and latter-day classics, the breezy sound of ukuleles, cello, fiddle and accordion, and with wonderful tight harmonies, is absolutely irresistible. 

Recognised as one of Australia’s pre-eminent exponents of the ukulele, A J Leonard has been a feature performer at the Ukulele Picnic of Hawaii, Illawarra Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and Cairns Ukulele Festival.

Featuring classic, swing and island music from the 20’s and 30’s, and originals, the Tropical Lounge’s unique blend of ukuleles, strings, vocal harmonies and percussion will have the winery hopping.

Come along, enjoy some delicious wines, and generous cheese and fresh food platters, and while away the summer evening to the liquid sounds of the ukulele. Admission is free (no cover charge) – this is an evening not to be missed.

With Jenny Rowlands on cello, Wendy Rowlands on accordion, violin and vocals, and David Billings on ukulele, guitar and vocals, it will be huge fun and a great evening of music, wine and fine food.

Music kicks off at 5:30.