Friday Busby Marou
Australian duo Busby Marou will play The Palais in support of their fourth studio album "The Great Divide". It's been a huge year of summer performances and new songwriting material from Tom Busby (Queensland) and Jeremy Marou (Torres Strait Islands). The duo rounded off 2018 with their biggest headline show, playing to more than 3000 people at their One Hot Night festival in Rockhampton.
Tom and Jeremy's success over the past decade includes millions of global streams, Top 20 airplay, three ARIA-charting albums and twice winning the APRA Blues and Roots Work of the Year.
Joining Busby Marou on tour is Gold Coast born-and-bred singer and multi-instrumentalist Bobby Alu, whose chilled out, ukulele-driven tunes connect to a strong family lineage of Polynesian performance.
Saturday Oh Solo Me Show, with accompanist David Kran on piano.
"Oh Solo Me Show - A European Odyssey" is an original concept show created and produced by Opera Van Diemensland.
Blue Bean Cafe
Friday Girl Friday
Saturday Buck Jr
Sunday Open mic.
Join the staff at Blue Bean Love for their monthly open mic night. Kicking off at 5pm and welcoming all walks of life, whatever your skill level, you can write your name on the board, pre book a spot or just come and encourage the talent.
To book a set (approx 15 mins) please phone the venue on (03) 5348 2297.
Saturday India Havers
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
Sunday Shane Howard Trio
For more than 35 years Shane Howard's songs have been part of the Australian musical landscape. He has just released his 13th album, "Deeper South", inspired by the Southern Ocean near the place of his birth and upbringing on the south west Victorian coast. "Deeper South" is an album that draws on Australian folk music, jazz, blues, country and traditional Celtic music. On this album, Howard is accompanied by John Hudson (guitar/dobro) and Ewen Baker (fiddle/mandolin). The live show rocks and rolls alongside gentler songs with Irish and Scottish influences. Howard's songs have been recorded by numerous artists as diverse as Ireland's Mary Black and Australia's John Farnham and Troy Cassar-Daley. He has spent much of his musical life working with Aboriginal musicians, as well as touring Ireland and forging Irish-Australian connections.
SAVE THE DATE
Queenscliff Music Festival
Fenn Wilson comes from a fine musical pedigree, and like Jakob Dylan and Justin Townes Earle, he may have to deal with that being mentioned in articles for some time, although he is sure to begin to forge his own identity with his first full length album "Ghost Heroin", released on November 14.
You see, Fenn is the offspring of the late Australian music legend Chris Wilson and Sarah Carroll of "Git", "The Junes" and "Cartridge Family" fame.
Fenn played a series of gigs at The Old Hepburn Hotel (sigh!), where us locals got to view the early development of an artist with a booming baritone, performing soulful versions of Elvis's "Can't help falling in love with you" and obscure Big Star material.
In a phone interview, Fenn tells me of the genesis of "Ghost Heroin", recorded in Adelaide, in a "bleak period of his life, featuring some personal heartache, two to three years ago". The album was re-recorded, and if you listen closely, you can hear the two sides of the heartache, as he emerges from the difficult circumstances.
Fenn describes the original work as a "self contained revolution", recorded on multi-track with cello, piano, lead guitar and backing vocal.
The album is produced by guitar legend Shannon Bourne, largely crowd-funded with support from Queenscliff Music Festival.
Fenn will be playing twice at the festival, with full band, including younger brother George on bass. Fenn plays guitar and his baritone and his mature song-writing are a highlight.
Have a listen to the first two singles from the album "Eye on you" and "Lost my way" .