Thursday, Sean Dixon @ Spa Bar Daylesford
A singer-songwriter from Melbourne, self-taught on guitar and piano, Dixon has spent substantial parts of his youth travelling the world sharing his songs.
From teaching guitar to kids in an orphanage in northern India, to busking in the old town of Stockholm, he has shared his musical rhythm among many.
Friday, DJ Beats with Zolly Gold @ Spa Bar Daylesford, 9-11pm
Saturday, Suitcase Full of Blues @ Spa Bar Daylesford
Featuring blues, jump, jazz, Latin, R & B, this group promises to get all punters up on their feet.
The band is made up of a collection of seasoned musicians from Maldon/Castlemaine featuring Fran Sylvester Cox on vocals; Bronwen Algate on piano, keyboards and flute; Nicolas Cathary on guitar; James Cox on sax clarinet, bongos and general honks; Ken Holden on drums; and Kevin Zibell on bass.
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, Gruesome Twosome @ Old Hepburn Hotel
Featuring Cam Burnside (acoustic guitar and vocals) and Stewart Crosely (drums), Gruesome Twosome performs party favourites from the 1960s to present.
Artists covered include The Beatles, Pete Murray, Pearl Jam, Hunters & Collectors, Bryan Adams, Blink 182, George Michael and plenty more.
Friday, Paige Duggan @ Blue Bean Cafe
Ballarat jazz performer Paige Duggan is joined by guitarist and bassist, performing an ecelectic mix of jazz standards.
While Duggan’s style references the jazz greats, contemporary and classic, her years as a singer-songwriter crossing genres as a vocal performer has evolved her voice into a unique and exciting one.
While her voice is unique, it also pays tribute to the early great ladies of jazz, as well as contemporary jazz and blues stars.
Saturday, Greg Steps @ Blue Bean Cafe
Sunday, Open Mic @ Blue Bean Cafe
Saturday, Delsinki and Rex Watts @ Bridge Hotel Castlemaine
Shape-shifting “uncategorisable post-colonialist”, Delsinki will release his debut album And No Place Was Found for Them.
It’s an amalgam of honest and compelling narratives about war, loss, ageing, tribalism, emotions, nature, the futility of urban life and the perils of conformity.
Delsinki has a great band, including Justin Brady from Things of Stone and Wood, rhythm section and vocalists Ruby, Brooke Taylor and Coby Grant – all of whom share the spotlight on this album.
His approach contains traces of Leonard Cohen, Tim Winton and John Brack.
Support is from local legend, Rex Watts.
Railroad Rex performs on guitar, mandolin and vocals with a vast songbook of great country songs.