Jazz, blues and bluegrass

UNMISSABLE: Michael Hurley will bring his unique take on folk music to Castlemaine this Friday night.
UNMISSABLE: Michael Hurley will bring his unique take on folk music to Castlemaine this Friday night.

Wednesday, Moodswing @ Spa Bar, Daylesford

The band’s repertoire spans early swing, jive and blues to modern jazz.

Creating a balance of vocal and instrumental swing , jazz and blues numbers, including a cover of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Blues captured in a swing jazz rhythm. The band loves to switch instruments throughout their set, a rich selection of up-tempo tunes suitable for dancing and toe-tapping.

Saturday, Black and Blue @ Spa Bar, Daylesford

Black and Blue are promoted as Melbourne’s rootsiest five-piece blues rock band.  The band’s members boast of stints recording and playing with a range of bands and artists including Pat Wilson, Paul Norton, Rhonda Burchmore and Tinsley Waterhouse. Rock, gritty blues groove, blending Aussie tracks from artists like Chain and the Bondi Cigars with classics from Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top and BB King.

Sunday, Phil and Trudi Edgeley @ Spa Bar, Daylesford

Friday, Friday Frivolities @ Old Hepburn Hotel 

The usual Friday night festivities. Happy Hour from 6-8pm, cocktails, plus trivia, Joker Poker, Bar Wars, community raffle and footy tips.

Saturday, Gilly and Terry @ Old Hepburn Hotel 

Friday, Ellerby @ Blue Bean Cafe

Saturday, Cal Darke @ Blue Bean Cafe

Saturday, Arkie T Williams @ Blue Bean Cafe

Arkie T Williams plays solo, or with her band as Arkie T Williams and the Mudlarks. The influence of bluegrass and folk in her work is evident. Songs like The Bastard Waltz introduced with prose about her fatherless beginnings are gutsy, raw and sorrowful.

Friday, Michael Hurley @ Theatre Royal, Castlemaine

Michael Hurley grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

As a teenager in the 1950s, he fell in love hearing the music of Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley blast from the radio, and was enthralled by the records of Blind Willie McTell, Hank Williams and Uncle Dave Macon that he sought for his own.

This love for music, true and unvarnished, supplied him with a finely tuned musical compass he has not wavered from for 50 years and counting.

Hurley’s early records were released on Folkways, Warner Brothers/Raccoon and Rounder. In 1975, he released the impossibly excellent Have Moicy!, which Robert Christgau called the greatest folk album of the rock era.  A new album on the Mississippi label is due this spring. Besides being a  unique musician, Hurley is also a cartoonist and watercolor artist of note — the instantly recognisable results of which grace his album covers.