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Daylesford Gig Guide, February 26

WINNER: Lloyd Spiegel recently scored three Australia Blues Chain Awards for new album Cut and Run.
WINNER: Lloyd Spiegel recently scored three Australia Blues Chain Awards for new album Cut and Run.

Palais-Hepburn

Friday, DJ SACH

Mellow jazz/soundtrack sounds.

Bellinzona

Saturday, Greg Steps

Daylesford Cider

The Twilight Series continues 4-7pm with wood-fired pizza and live music by different artists each week.

Saturday, Nathan Power Duo

Referencing folk, blues and bluegrass, Power's music focuses on childhood stories of growing up Africa, with a comment on modern life. Performing with a bluegrass band including double bass, mandolin and guitar.

Theatre Royal, Castlemaine

Saturday, Lydia Lunch - Retrovirus

American singer, poet, writer and actress, Lydia Lunch returns to Australia with her all-star cast of "sonic brutarians" with an overview of her musical output from 1977 to the present, in her final-ever Australian tour. Having collaborated with musicians such as Nick Cave, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Robert Quine and Rowland S. Howard, Lunch has spent decades exploring everything from hard rock to psychedelia.

Guildford Family Hotel

Friday, Let's Get Lost (Chet Baker tribute) with the Norm Gray Trio

The Norm Gray jazztet perform music by the great American jazz composers from the 1930s-60s.

The sound is smooth, swinging and sophisticated.

For this gig, they will be joined by Wayne Parker on guitar, Norm Gray on flugelhorn, trumpet and vocals and Simon Wigney on double bass.

This time, the focus is on Chet Baker.

Saturday, Night Owl Hollow

Cabaret Club, Ballarat

Saturday, Lloyd Spiegel

Acoustic blues legend Lloyd Spiegel released his 10th album Cut and Run late last year and has extended the launch tour to include Ballarat with an appearance at The Cabaret Club.

From the boogie opener Any Second Now through to the acoustic closing of Old Wounds, the album explores a range of blues styles, from acoustic ballads to blues rock and captures Spiegel at his best as a vocalist.

Says Spiegel: "The last three years I've written one album while touring the previous, so it's a natural progression that each group of songs is a response to the last.

"Cut and Run has a positivity and clarity in it that for me, resolves a great deal of the questions I asked myself on the last two albums. It's definitely the end of a chapter for me both musically and personally."

Lead track Track Her Down has received extensive airplay on ABC, Double J and community stations nationally, hitting number two on the AMRAP regional chart.