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We 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.

 

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PA Hire

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 you.

Open Stage

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 be advised.
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 performance.
Enjoy - We are a listening audience.
Anything else - Ask.............

   
19th June 2015
Greg Champion
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 years.

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 the nation.

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

Jugularity
Over 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.

Their 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. 

Jugularity
Matthew Arnold - fiddle, hypo-vocals, toilet seat.
Gavan McCarthy - double bass, pseudo-vocals, cappuccino machine.

Bruce Stephens - guitar, vocals, klassical kazoo.
Peter Vadiveloo - percussion, hyper-vocals, sex cymbal.

Jugularity - bravissimo bass, fantabulous fiddling, grandiloquent guitar, pulsating percussion and verisimilitudinous vocals.   Different, but kind of cool!

21st August 2015

Shanakee
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.

Over 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.

They 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.

Their formula is a simple one – have a good time, enjoy each other’s company and play great music.

The 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.

There’s 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.

As 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.

It’s 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.

Shanakee 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.