have other events happening from time to time so check the listings below
or better yet, come on down - announcements are made on club nights and by email.
Certificate from CHARM for our involvement in Australia
Day Events over the past 5 years.
For Non Profit Organisations. We have a PA available for your event at a
very reasonable cost, operated by us. Give us a call to see if we can assist
A video recording of your performance will be
available if you ask before you perform. There is a nominal charge. Collect
it on the next club night.
We start the night with an open stage segment. As there should be only 6
spots we find we can showcase more if you follow -------
The Rules : -
Put your name down at the door when you arrive. Order of performance will
2 songs per spot (must finish with in 10 minutes).
Be professional in your performance - It is a chance for you to
develop/present your skills.
Tune your instrument before you go on stage.
Microphones are for speaking/singing into - Not tapping.
Leads are supplied on stage - Sound people will assist you setting up.
Ask for more/less fold back. Be comfortable on stage - It's your
Enjoy - We are a listening audience.
Anything else - Ask.............
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.
Parallel to his parody and comedy work on radio and in live
entertainment, Champs established himself as a songwriter with the reaction
to his first,1985 single I Made a Hundred In The Backyard At Mum’s.
I made a Hundred then became the opening track on Macca’s
first Australia All Over album, a record which went on to sell over
150,000. In 1994, Channel 7 took up Greg’s anthem That’s TheThing
About Football as the theme for their AFL broadcasts, for several
A second album which is closing on 150,000 sales is Aussie
Christmas with Bucko & Champs. In 1996 Greg teamed up with
renowned songwriter Colin Buchanan to create a double album of Aussie-flavoured
Christmas songs which are now sung annually at school carol nights across
Greg has performed nationally at dozens of Folk and Country Festivals
since the Eighties – and his corporate comedy appearances have kept him
busy for 25 years. He’s played in Weipa and Albany and most points
between. He and his pals have performed at 3 AFL Grand Finals, several
one-day cricket finals, and two SANFL Grand Finals. Along the way there has
been a Golden Guitar Award, two Tamworth Songwriting Awards, two ARIA comedy
nominations and several Victorian Country Awards.
Champs continues to carve a broad trail through the Country, Folk and
live music scenes. He’s now viewed as a noted Australian songwriter, while
also having published three books. Forging his own distinctive path through
the Oz musical landscape, it’s been said of Greg that he has contributed
to the fabric of Australian culture.
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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
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.
appeal of Shanakee stretches across generations and cultures and brings
together people from all walks of life, people who are connected by a mutual
love of the Celtic heartbeat at the core of Shanakee’s music and are drawn
to the spirit of the band.
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.
an apt description for this Irish expat, a man who has wholeheartedly
embraced his adopted land through his life, his story and his song, while
still honouring the Celtic spirit that burns deep within.
are: Kieran O’Connell, vocals, guitar, bodhran | Greg Hunt: Fiddle,
mandolin | Mark McNeilly: bass, vocals, whistle, five string banjo, guitar |
Dave Walker: guitar, vocals, mandolin, tenor banjo, bass.