21st August 2015
the four piece Celtic Country band from Melbourne, Australia, was
formed in 1992 by Corkman Kieran O’Connell. Their
debut original album, Weeds and Wildflowers, was released in 2013, earning
the band an award at the 2014 Australian Celtic Music Awards.
the years, Shanakee has been home to some of Australia’s finest musicians
and the current lineup of Kieran on vocals, guitar and bodhran, Greg Hunt on
fiddle and mandolin, Mark McNeilly on bass, five string banjo, whistle,
guitar and vocals and Dave Walker on vocals, guitar and mandolin.
bring a vast and varied range of musical experiences to the table and have
impressive touring and recording resumes. Monthly
residencies at The Celtic Club in Melbourne and the Bay Hotel in Mornington,
along with regular special concerts and festival appearances have cemented
Shanakee’s place as one of Australia’s premiere Celtic acts.
formula is a simple one – have a good time, enjoy each other’s company
and play great music.
something greater than the sum of its parts when they take to the stage, an
energy that has been beautifully captured on Weeds and Wildflowers.
a front man, Kieran is a born storyteller and entertainer. His
songs are tales of experiences, emotions and events, written in his
inimitable style, frank, forthright and utterly engaging. It’s
little wonder he chose the name Shanakee for his band. In Gaelic, Shanakee
is written Seanchaí and is the name given to a storyteller or a bearer of
old lore; someone who keeps the stories and legends alive.
The Rat Award went to Hirou & Nori
AGM done and
dusted for another 12 months - Welcome the new committee.
17th July 2015
27 years entertaining around Australia and overseas! Jugularity's
brand of madcap musical comedy successfully combines skilled, inspiring
musicianship with comedy cabaret. Jugularity includes
lively, upbeat, eclectic versions of jazz, folk, blues, rap, country, gypsy
and other styles of songs they've written, borrowed or parodied.
Surprise, audience involvement, great music, fun and spontaneity make Jugularity
popular with all ages.
great costumes range from formal lounge jackets to plastic multi-coloured
club outfits to bush band attire. "Talented, funny and highly
professional" - Port Fairy Folk Festival. "Witty, zany and
extremely popular" - Woodford Festival". “Jugularity
worked hard and must be recognized as the best ingredient for an Australian
event of any kind" - Cygnet Festival.
Matthew Arnold - fiddle, hypo-vocals, toilet seat.
Gavan McCarthy - double bass, pseudo-vocals, cappuccino machine.
Bruce Stephens - guitar, vocals, klassical kazoo.
Vadiveloo - percussion, hyper-vocals, sex cymbal.
bravissimo bass, fantabulous fiddling, grandiloquent guitar, pulsating
percussion and verisimilitudinous vocals. Different, but kind of
you can do with a tooth brush!!
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The Rat Award went to
19th June 2015
Songwriter, singer, comedian and radio presenter, Greg Champion
combines a unique blend of comedy, sport parodies and country/folk music.
Born in Benalla, Victoria and raised in South Australia, Champs has
become known as a writer of AFL and cricket-themed songs, with a swag of
Aussie Rules hits since the 80s. However his musical versatility extends
beyond the sport fields to include more moving and descriptive songs, which
explore what makes us Australian, drawing links to the work of John
Williamson, Eric Bogle and Ted Egan.
Having grown up in Adelaide, Champs moved to Melbourne in 1979. By 1980
he was fronting one of Melbourne’s most popular bands, the
rock-cabaret-fun outfit The Fabulaires. He then joined The Young Homebuyers,
along the way performing with Aussie legends Wayne Burt (Black Sorrows, The
Falcons), JJ Hackett (Stars, Mondo Rock) and later in the 80s with Wayne
Duncan and Ross Hannaford, both of Daddy Cool.
Champs’ rise to national prominence also came through his radio work.
In 1983 he drifted into a community radio show, the Coodabeen Champions,
which has now become an institution on ABC and commercial radio after an
amazing 34 years.
Another great night as was expected
The Rat Award went to
15th May 2015
Acoustic ripples upon a sea of
imagination" - Classical/Celtic meet Folk/Country. Barbara
Jeffrey and José Garcia combine a hybrid Celtic/Paraguayan harp and
soaring soprano vocals, with the timbre of José's voice and guitar, to form
Tidal Moon. The result is a sound akin to bringing the mountains to
the sea, minus mudslides or any tsunami-like effects.
a flute, charango or bodhran get thrown into the mix, so the story can
unfold from the sounds of calming seas to the heavy rumble of 'Fionn'
tossing basalt cabers. Barbara's classical and Celtic background
harpoons José's country-influenced folk to produce a beast that would snare
Captain Ahab's attention. Beautiful traditional, original and contemporary
Winning Filipino Guitarist from Melbourne, Victoria, offering a selection of
unique music that reflect the true Mediterranean culture: bossa nova, rumba
flamenca, boleros (Spanish love songs), Latin and pop tunes. He has enjoyed
enormous success in guitar competitions around the world. In October 1981,
he won first prize in the "Concourso de Guitarra" from the Centro
Cultural de la Embajada de Espana in celebration of La Semana de Hispanidad.
November 1981, first prize in the "National Music Competition for Young
Artist" (category A), Philippines. October 1982, Grand Prix winner at
the Sixth Philippine Guitar Festival. November 1982, second prize in the
Southeast Asia Guitar Festival, held in Jakarta, Indonesia. November 1987,
first prize in the National Music Competition for Young Artist (category C),
Philippines. November 1988 he represented the Philippines at the "Concourso
Internacional de Ejucacion Musical Dr. Luis Sigall", held at Vina del
Mar, Chile. In 1994, he represented the Philippines at the "Primer
Concourso Internacional de Guitarra Augustin Barrios", held in
Asuncion, Paraguay. Throughout his student years he participated in master
classes with famous guitarist, namely: John Williams, David Russel, Manuel
Barrueco, David Tanenbaum, Stephen Rak, Leo Witozinski, and Timothy Walker.
He has performed all over the Philippines, Indonesia, South America, United
States of America, and Australia. Bernardo Soler can rise to any occasion;
ranging from concert settings, jazz venues, clubs, restaurants, weddings,
corporate events, and private functions. For bookings: Contact: Bernardo
Soler 0413 749 883
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The Rat Award went to Chester
This was a
night of world class entertainment. Bernardo's guitar skills are second to
none - see him if you get the chance.
The same with
Tidal Moon. Barbara sings with the Ten Sopranos doing national tours
regularly. Teamed with Jose they are terrific entertainers.
We had a great
line up of spot acts as well.
17th April 2015
Michael Waugh gives a profound new voice to the Australian experience. His insightful storytelling cuts to the emotional heart of
A unique, intelligent and emotionally charged performer – inviting audiences into the moment, and inviting one audience member to
comment that Michael’s ‘words in every song, struck at my core’.
Sometimes compared to the honesty and power of Australian folk and country legends such as Mick Thomas, Paul Kelly and John Williamson,
Michael’s voice is emerging as one of the rarest and most original of
talents in the Australian roots music scene – he is the real deal. His songs
and stories are gut-wrenchingly honest, emotionally brave and compellingly beautiful. He sings about growing up in an East Gippsland
dairy farming community, working and living in inner city Melbourne and of being a dad – moving audiences to laugh, cry and sing along
to songs where they recognise their own lives in the music.
He has already delighted festival audiences at Port Fairy, Maldon, Newstead, Cygnet and Mount Beauty. Whether accompanying himself
on guitar or performing with Australian root’s music legends Dave Steel (lap steel guitar and mandolin), Lindsay Martin (mandolin and fiddle)
and Sandy Brady (acoustic bass), Michael is quickly becoming a staple of music festivals and roots music clubs across Australia.
Michael’s songwriting has earned him numerous awards as mentioned above.
He delivers every song with passion from the heart.
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The Rat Award went to Steve
20th March 2015
Two Sisters. Two guitars, two attitudes, two minds and two voices in sync.
It was 2008 when sisters Jess and Sarah Renehan woke up their sleepy little
town in South Australia with a deafening harmony; a call for Utopia. As many
who’ve grown up in a small town will know, isolation can be the ultimate
catalyst for imagination. Yours is a choice between walking in circles on
that familiar road to nowhere or taking what you know, re-mixing it with
your dreams and paving your own yellow brick road to somewhere new,
somewhere where change isn’t a battle but an inevitability. For the
Renehan sisters, music infused more than their dreams, it was in the air
they breathed. From school choirs to national youth choirs, teen rock bands
to recording studios, they both knew that when life hit a bump in the road
they could find and each other, and their sense of purpose, in rock’n'roll.
But it’s a long way to the top, as fellow Aussie rocker Bon Scott so
wisely decreed some 30 years before their time. In Sarah and Jess's case
they kicked off that rock’n'roll journey in late 2009 with a 1631km drive
north up Australia’s East Coast to the city of Brisbane. If these three
likely adventurers had set off to see the wizard, they found him in the form
of Brisbane record producer James North. After an intense month of recording
and arranging 13 tracks, refining a unique image and exploring the wilds of
the city, Calling Utopia’s debut album ‘XIII’ was locked, loaded and
ready for release in 2010. In 2011 however, the bands musical journey got
put on hold as one of the sisters, Sarah, suffered medical issues resulting
in her having brain surgery 4 times within three months. Determined not to
let this stop them though, Calling Utopia finished off 2011 with a bang and
kick started 2012 headlining Mount Gambiers New Years Eve Festival.
Throughout 2012 the band have made the most of the year with getting in top
100, top 40 and top 10 charts on Ourstage, acoustic tours, headlining
National Youth Week, traveling to Melbourne to record their new single with
producer Dave Carr and filming a music video in Sydney with director Darko
It’s no surprise that the prestigious Black Rose
Acoustic Society in Colorado USA describes Australian guitarist, Nick
Charles, as “a world class stylist and composer”.
His dazzling, melodic fingerpicking on 6 and 12 string guitars,
stinging slide and a lifetime’s stories and songs from the musical highway
has him labelled by the Melbourne Age as “
’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues”
During an extensive and acclaimed career, Nick has
released many albums on major roots and guitar music labels. He has garnered
world-wide recognition for a series of releases on Black
Market Music, beginning with “My Place” and now his most recent
albums, “Closer to Home” and “Return of the Travelling
Fingerpicker”. This recognition has succeeded in having Nick signed to the
Grammy award winning label, Solid Air Records USA (“Home
of the world’s finest guitarists”).
Averaging 150 shows a year in
, his music encompasses an eclectic mix of acoustic roots including blues,
folk and early ragtime jazz.
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The Rat Award went to Alan
20th February 2015
Mizzi and the Sirens
aching, harmonised folk-rock speaks of Australian history, underpinned by a
wonderful melodic sensibility. Stirring stuff....... Anthea Palmer.
In the vein of great storytellers before him, Khristian’s songs are
engaging, dynamic and promise to stay with you long after your first
Recent time in the
studio has followed tours of Canada and the East Coast of Australia, and
with life as his muse, Khristian has created a new album that speaks of both
challenges and triumphs with a voice that speaks to all walks of life.
Uplifting and positive Folk music sentiments backed by masterful and subtle
group of musicians who surround Khristian’s warm and ‘down-to-earth’
songs with a blanket of ethereal soundscapes. An award-winning songwriter
and guitarist, Khristian has a special talent for drawing the listener into
his world and making them feel at home within the music he creates with
his band. Now ready to reignite the following he has built over the
years, Khristian and his band 'The Sirens' are preparing to once again
capture the imagination of audiences with the release of their brand new
album 'Midwinter Spring' which is available now at www.khristianmizzi.com.
The Rat Award went to Edward
January 18th 2015
Another year ends - another year starts. We
have had the BBQ at Upper Beaconsfield fro the past few years. This year we
tried some thing different. It was a great afternoon. Very relaxed and
enjoyed by all.
December 19th 2014
Its Christmas time again
It's laid back and have a casually good time night.
It's open stage (with a guest performance). This close to Christmas it's a
good way to take a break from madsville. Very friendly night.
Christmas and a Happy New Year!
November 21st 2014
Long and Short of It
The Long and Short of It’s David Baird (the
short) sings “It circles the whole wide world from
China to Peru / ain't it amazing how it found me and you / when there’s
so many lovers and just one moon” with his smooth
tenor voice on “Just One Moon”,
a track off the duo’s new album You Made Me
Stronger. But the same line could be used to describe the happenstance
surrounding how David met his songwriting partner, Patsy Toop (the long),
who five years ago summoned the courage to approach David at a charity gig
he was performing and ask him if she might be able to sing along. Fast
forward 5 years and the duo has made a name for themselves with their well
rounded country sound consisting of smart, non-formulaic songwriting, honest
lyrics, and “honey coated chocolate”
harmonies. It’s these ingredients that have
seen David and Patsy earn the adoration of fans and critics.
Great harmonies from this pair. Songs in the charts. What more could you
The Rat Award went to Mats
October 17th 2014
Gretta Ziller is
an Alt Country Roots Singer/Songwriter with an ever-growing list of musical
accolades. Most notable are her highly regarded & memorable performance
during the 2013 Telstra Road to Discovery Grand Finals at the Tamworth
Country Music Festival, as well as her 2013 TSA/APRA New Songwriter of the
Gretta Ziller released her debut EP
"Hell’s Half Acre" on the 8th August. The 5-track EP was written
by the Alt Country artist and included one co-write with Jasper Hollis.
Produced by the current CMAA Producer Of The Year Matt Fell, the title track
and second single tells the story of a "getting out of the bed you
made" situation. It's a tale of self-realisation, how you got yourself
into this pickle, and how you got the hell out!
With vocals that range from sweet folk to
gritty blues you’d never know Gretta started off her career as a Classical
singer, and songwriting idols like Steve Earle, Jim Lauderdale and Holly
Williams, Gretta is finding a multitude of welcoming arms for her blend of Country Roots &
Singer-songwriter and guitarist, Kaitlyn
guides you to a fresh and unique world of music. Winning the Australian
Youth Songwriter of the Year with the Australian Song writing Association
she is becoming one of Australia's fastest growing singers and is quickly
cementing her place in the Australian Music Scene as an artist to watch. Her
blend of country/pop music appeals to all as she takes you on a journey
through the mind of a teenager with her beautifully-crafted award winning
songs. She is guaranteed to get your feet tapping and your hearts racing
with her lively and personality driven performances. She has been known to
take her audiences from laughter to tears in one fleeting moment with her
powerful voice and sweet presence on stage, singing with a maturity far
beyond her years.
Another great night for our Country Night.
The Rat Award went to Jan
September 19th 2014
Rose Bygrave had to cancel due to illness so we had
The beautiful voice of Clem Sedgeman
The talents of Cathy Dobson
The harmonies of Pete and Pat
Members Draw went to Huan
The Rat Award went to David
August 30th 2014
Bluegrass Bonanza Part 2
with The Stetson Family and Faux Grass
Sponsored by Folk Victoria and Hosted by Badfolk. Part 2 features The
Stetson Family Band and Faux Grass. Supported by the Mountain Pickers, PFC
and Fat Chance
You don't get any better bluegrass music in one place than this. What a
held at the Balla Balla Centre, Cranbourne.
August 15th 2014
In 1994, Fong was asked to play with Denver in a private performance in
Malaysia for the Sultan of Kedah. "I was humbled in John Denver's
presence and and was inspired by that meeting with him," Fong said.
Born in Penang, an island off the West Malaysian Coast, Jimmy Fong has
been strumming his guitar since T.V was in black and white. 42 years and
thousands of performances later, it's fair to say Jimmy has never been a
Right now, he is widely accepted as one of the finest acoustic
guitarists/entertainers in both home countries – Australia and Malaysia.
Just like John Denver and James Taylor did for the generation of the late
60's & 70's, Jimmy inspires his audience. Creating a new and exciting
musical genre that can be enjoyed by all. "The audience was thrilled
with Jimmy and he has a great following. He writes quite a few of his own
songs which are a credit to him and are most entertaining.His "Jonker
Street", which tells the tale of his cultural background, is wonderful
& we hope it reaches out to all his fans. Jimmy is currently working on
his latest project – Jonker Street. It's a candid but beautiful snapshot
of Malacca through song.
Jimmy is a very entertaining performer - check him out.
The new committee was elected at our AGM as well.
Members Draw went to Alex
The Rat Award went to Paul
July 18th 2014
It's Australiana Geoffrey Graham
of the Giants of Verse?
classic poem of reckless bravado, Mulga Bill’s Bicycle may be etched into
your brain from school days. Was the Banjo our greatest ever poet? Not so,
say some supporters of Henry Lawson and the fans of CJ Dennis may step up to
have their eloquent say. The three camps could mount the stage with their
best examples and adjudicators could argue well into the night on their way
to a torturous decision. Who would win such battle of verse? Thankfully it
doesn’t come down to that as each “bard” has a lot to say in their own
way. And they did it convincingly, eloquently, humorously and so often with
the ability to move emotionally.
Geoffrey W Graham’s Show Three
Bards and Me
is a performance unlike any other. With a track record as a tried and true
presenter of verse, song and repartee, Geoffrey presents verse examples,
powerfully put, to thrill the enthusiast and move the hardest of hearts. His
stock in trade appears to be an ability to do what most presenters of this
kind don’t: involve the audience. The outcome is tear-jerking, side
splitting and downright memorable. Geoffrey
says, “I don’t have a formula, I simply try to make them feel that they
are part of the story.”
Audiences will delight in the romance, the pathos, and the one-upmanship.
Asked about the “Me” part of Three
Bards and Me, Geoffrey said “I will draw from original material and
occasionally a contemporary song to balance the performance.”
Mr Walker has lived in Narre Warren for many years and has a strong
involvement with the local community.
He has performed at the City of Casey’s Mayoral Charity Concert and was
also a finalist in the Casey Idol competition.
“I’ve always been aware of the Aussie spirit – I can feel the
strength, courage and compassion that emanates from it and it influences
Australians from all walks of life in so many different ways.”
“I see it everywhere from the humble Aussie battler, to our elite
sportsmen and sportswomen.
“From the kind volunteers that help the underprivileged, to the paramedics
who are so caring to those in need of urgent help.”
Members Draw went to Des
The Rat Award went to Alan
June 20th 2014
Andy Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates are a couple of old souls,
steeped in bluegrass tradition and draped in gothic Americana imagery.
That kind of description might make them sound like some carefully contrived
concept-act, but there’s something truly different about The Weeping
Willows: they really mean it.
Just like their old timey forefathers, Laura and Andy
see themselves as simply contributors. They are cogs in the wheel;
part of a long music tradition that emerged years before their own existence
and will survive them by hook or by crook. The old songs they sing are
plucked from the canon, the new ones they write are simply added to the
book. The origin of each track is almost irrelevant, as all are
performed with an authenticity and vibrancy befitting this most dignified
and welcoming genre. A Weeping Willows performance, whether live on
location or caught on tape, will always delight.
“The Weeping Willows – a new duo that draws inspiration from the
fragile, Gospel-tinged work of Johnny and June Cash as well as more modern
boy-girl outfits like The Handsome Family or Gillian Welch/Dave
Rawlings…” ~’Pearl’ Magazine – July 2012.
The Rat Award went to Daniel
June 7th 2014
Bluegrass Bonanza Pt 1 - with Hard Drive Bluegrass Band and Coolgrass
Folk Victoria, in association, with Badfolk is hosting a night of bluegrass supported by local
Two main acts - - too much
talent to miss.
We had a great turn up for this. Part 2 is booked for the 30th August
May 16th 2014 Songwriters in the Round
We have four songwriters who have released CD's recently. Songwriters
in the round fills in gaps. Provides the stories behind the songs and gives
them more meaning to them.
- Late Night Movie
Wildewood - Things that go Bump in the Night
Sandy Rassmussen - Halfway north (My Journey)
Edward Nass - Doing Nothing
This was a great night of music. Don't pass these events as low key.
Members Draw went to
The Rat Award went to
Its Good Friday. No club this month. A Happy Easter to you
21st March 2014
Steve Romig - Mama
Blue (and Son)
Two years ago I said to my Mum “I’m not getting you
anything for Christmas, I’m going to record you.”
Originally I wanted to do this to preserve a record of her doing something
She had been recorded before but with backing tracks in cheap studios and I
didn’t think these reflected
what she was capable of so the process began.
She decided it would be a good idea to do some old blues songs by Dinah
Washington, Sippie Wallace and
Nina Simone and I decided to add some originals in the same vein. So I wrote
Look at my baby dance, Nothin’ to do but sing the blues and Body on my
Mind. We also added Georgia
Olive has been singing for giggles in various wine bars around the
Mornington Peninsula for years and is greatly
admired by fellow entertainers and patrons alike. Steve, in spite of being actively discouraged by his step father, went on to
become a musician. He started learning guitar
at the age of 15 and began writing songs around the same time because he
thought “if the Beatles can do it so can I”.
And he certainly did it. A fabulous act and if you do get a chance to see
them, don't delay.
Members Draw went to Lynette
The Rat Award went to June
21st February 2014 Patrick Evans
singer and fiddle player Patrick Evans grew up playing folk music in the
Geelong area before relocating to Melbourne where he has become a well known
figure due to his work for Maton Guitars. Over
the years he has worked alongside many great artists including Danny
Spooner, Ross Ryan, Hugh McDonald, Janette Geri, Marcia Howard and recently
Suzette Herft. Patrick is also well known for his time in various bands
including Fiddlestix, Pure Genius and The Wrenboys. Patrick’s musical
roots are firmly in the Celtic music tradition but he is equally at home
playing a Beatles song or jazz standard. He is also an accomplished
songwriter and solo performer with the broad repertoire that comes from such
a depth of musical experience..
Curly Haired Folker From Dover)
Stuart Pendrill is a singer songwriter who has long been entertaining
audiences in folk clubs in and around the southeast of England, he is now
gaining wider recognition through his performances at festivals and clubs
across the country. With a large repertoire of self penned, classic and familiar songs,
amassed over many years of performing, he delivers a relaxed and humorous
We were in the Chapel. A great turnout - Alarms went off (caused by a
mouse) but the show went on. A special mention to the spot acts - all high
quality and entertaining.
Members Draw went to Paul
The Lisa Dean Award went to Tony
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