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Mental As Anything.


Mental As Anything – June 2017

Forty years of recording and touring and the show goes on. A fresh 5 track EP release titled “Mental
as Anything – 5 Track EP” and a prime slot on the national Apia Good Times Tour sees Mentals
rocketing into the future.

Van The Man

“VAN THE MAN” had its roots in the highly successful Sydney wine bar circuit of the 1970’s. “Hogan & The Becketts” (the backbone of Van the Man) played all the hits through the 80’s and 90’s, with Van Morrison being one of the favourites. In 1999 “Van the Man” was formed and started its career with a bang, being invited to perform at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. According to Richard Jinman of “The Age” ….. “sound right … oh yes! Van the Man do the business. Hogan has Van’s jazzy vocal phrasing and gruff irish burr down pat. Hit or miss? Absolute HIT!“

“Van the Man” has gone on to perform for State of Origin fixtures, Bledisloe Cup Finals and sold out one of Sydney’s premier live music venues, The Basement. Other premium venues include Blue Beat Live Club at Double Bay, all three Lizotte’s Live Music Venues and a sellout show on New Year’s Eve at the highly acclaimed international musicians’ venue of The Clarendon Guesthouse in Katoomba. With exclusive appearances for the Packer family at their country retreat Ellerston, seven highly acclaimed tours of New Zealand and a recent triumphant performance at Norway’s Music Festival in Kjollefjord, “Van the Man” is a must see for all Van Morrison fans, both young and old.

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"Still Got the Blues" The Gary Moore Experience

"Still Got The Blues" The Gary Moore Experience pays homage to the

music and guitar virtuosity of Irish born guitarist Gary Moore.

 

Spanning a career of over 4 decades Gary Moore influenced and inspired countless musicians and fans around the world.

“Still Got The Blues” The Gary Moore Experience delivers the best of Gary Moore.

Playing all the songs that made him a house hold name giving the audience the ultimate Gary Moore live experience.  

Incorporated into the set the band performs Gary’s most notable and identifiable album “Still Got The Blues” in it’s entirety.

“Still Got The Blues” also perform some of Gary’s most popular 80’s gems such as Parisienne Walkways, Out In The Fields, Friday On My Mind, Over The Hills & Far Away, The Loner and more.

 

THE BAND

Michael Katselos - Guitars (Segression -  Gary Moore Remembered)

Dan Markovina - Lead Vocals (The Buble Experience & George Michael Relived)

Greg Griffiths - Bass (Jayne Denham - Matt Roberts Trio)

Borce Todorovski - Keyboards ( INXS, Cold Chisel Shows)

Tony Boyd - Drums (Mal Eastick - Simon Kinny Lewis Band)

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THE DELUSIONS

What started as a small garage band of a few dads with many delusions, has evolved over the years into what can only be described as a large garage band with more delusions and an even bigger fun factor.  By bringing youth with talent into the group,  The Delusions have grown to a 13 member band that has raised the average musical standard of the dads purely by association.  They will cover many of the songs that the dads have grown up with and introduce the younger generation to what real pub music was all about.  Playing almost 2 sell-out gigs a year, including The Heritage and The Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel,  this rare opportunity to see The Delusions perform should not be missed.
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Jeff Martin (Tea Party)

Jeff Martin, lead singer, guitarist, engineer, and producer of the iconic Canadian rock band, The Tea Party, has sold over 2 million records and gained the distinction of being the youngest producer of a multi platinum record for EMI worldwide at the age of 23.

Fresh from performing at the 2017 Summer festivals in Canada with The Tea Party, Jeff will perform a few solo acoustic shows which will be the last chance for Australian fans to share this intimate experience until next year.

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Mark Olson (The Jayhawks)

Kaleidoscope Music presents Mark Olson (ex-Jayhawks/Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers) and Ingunn Ringvold in support of their new album 'Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun', this will see them comprehensively tour Australia playing intimate venues in many cities for the first time

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Scarecrow People play The Music of XTC

The Scarecrow People will soon be gathering their drums and wires for a loving tribute to Swindon's finest. The mighty XTC's evolution ran the gamut from pogo to pastoral to stratospheric. XTC are gone now, but Scarecrow People would like to provide the salve for those feeling the loss. Not at all from Swindon, Scarecrow People play the music of XTC for one very good reason - because XTC won’t. Containing various members of several well known acts, the band cover music from the entire catalogue, beginning to end, picking choice cuts to present to the public. Please join them in a celebration of the music of XTC in an orderly manner.

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The Villains

The Villains - a non- stop riot of energy and music, they bring to life on stage, your favourite Villains including The Riddler, Captain Jack Sparrow, The Joker, Darth Vadar, Darth Maul, Beetlejuice and Hannibal Lecter.

Visually spectacular, they take their audience on a mesmerising journey through the 80’s and beyond. The Band prides itself on its professionalism and Villainising fantastic songs that everyone loves. From Depeche Mode, Devo, Simple Minds to Frankie goes to Hollywood and many more, The Villains will have everyone up on the dance floor from the time they take to the stage.
Thrilling generations of audiences with its exhilarating blend of mayhem and madness, The Villains have built up a huge following over the 5 years they have been performing. Now with 2 new Villains joining the band, the show will be bigger, better and madder than ever. The show is forever evolving and the band is constantly coming up with new ideas, such as, theme nights to keep their fans entertained. With dozens of sell out shows in and around the Illawarra, their fan base continues to grow.

The Villains provide full production for every show, courtesy of Andrew West at Signals Systems. Using only high quality audio systems, for a mind blowing sound and a light show that has been designed especially to suit The Villains show. The crew does what it takes to make sure the show will be a huge hit.

The Production team also considers lines of sight and stage presentation for audience impression with a professional ‘can do’ attitude.

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Cass Eager

‘One to watch’ Sam Fell, Rhythms

File under: roots, soul, alt-country, blues

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Named by Timber and Steel as ‘Janis Joplin and Ben Harper’s love-child’, Cass Eager’s mix of raw blues, husky soul and light-hearted ditties are all punctuated with her unique whisky-soaked vocals. In 2015/2016 Cass supported Michael Franti & Spearhead, G Love & Special Sauce and JJ Grey & Mofro, performing with Kristy Lee and Irish Mythen on their Bluesfest shows/sideshows. A finalist for Best Group and Best Female Vocalist in the Australian Blues ‘Chain’ Awards and Best Blues/Roots Artist in the MusicOz Awards, Cass' EP ‘Down On My Knees’ was voted ‘Top 10 Album’ of the year in Rhythms Magazine.

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Named by folk-blog Timber and Steel as ‘Janis Joplin and Ben Harper’s love-child’, Cass Eager’s mix of raw blues, husky soul and light-hearted ditties are all punctuated with her unique whisky-soaked vocals.

 Internationally renowned but defiantly grassroots, Cass is one of those rare artists that’s mastered everything from the foot-stomping blues to a sensual slow burner. She’s been called ‘one of the best female singers in Australia’ by Richard Glover (ABC), and Diesel claims she could ‘sing the phone book to you and you wouldn’t get bored’.

 Cass has entertained Australian troops from The Middle East to East Timor. She’s toured the US and Canada - solo; alongside Ash Grunwald; and with Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo; ex-Wilco). She performed for Prince Harry and gave him guitar lessons. 

 In 2015/2016 Cass supported Michael Franti & Spearhead, G Love & Special Sauce and JJ Grey & Mofro, performing with Kristy Lee and Irish Mythen on their Bluesfest shows and sideshows.

 A finalist for Best Group and Best Female Vocalist in the Australian Blues ‘Chain’ Awards and Best Blues/Roots Artist in the MusicOz Awards, Cass' EP ‘Down On My Knees’ was voted ‘Top 10 Album’ of the year in Rhythms Magazine

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The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men

A great Father’s day gift idea!

Highlighting the music of Dylan, Cohen, Waits, Young, Morrison, Petty, Segar, Cave, Cash, Mellencamp and more.
What happens when you join the poets, the troubadours, the singers and songwriters who gave us something to think about?
Introducing a brand new production from the writer producer of Pearl - The Janis Joplin Story and starring Jeremy Edwards ( MD and Guitar) Brad Johns ( Guitar) Wayne Kellett ( Bass) Di Solomon ( Keys) George Brugmans ( Drums)

“The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men”.
The music that defined an era and gave those baby boomers and the world the best music ever.
It’s pure, organic and simply great rock and roll. With a good few tales thrown in!  Featuring a set list like no other !
The Rockumentary Series delivers in words, music and imagery, The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men.

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AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH HOLLY THROSBY

Following a quickly sold out Sydney show in March (in support of her sixth solo album After a Time), Sydney musician and novelist, Holly Throsby, has announced a run of shows in WollongongSydneyNewcastle and Cronulla for October/November. These will be intimate solo performances, of songs both new and old. This is Holly's first solo tour since 2009.
 
After a Time received a mountain of praise, including rave reviews from the The Sydney Morning Herald, Rolling StoneStereogum, Yen and The Music among many others. The first single 'What Do You Say?' (ft. Mark Kozelek) has racked up 1 million+ streams on Spotify, and the second single 'Aeroplane' has had a staggering 4 million+ streams.

News of the tour comes just as Holly is about to release 'Mountain', the third single from After A Time, on July 10th
[Download here]

Amid touring After A Time, Holly has been on the book circuit, speaking at the major writer's festivals in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Newcastle and, up next, Byron Bay. Her debut novel,Goodwood, was shortlisted for an Indie Book Award and two Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). She is currently working on a second book.

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Lloyd Spiegel

Lloyd Spiegel Announces New Album and East Coast Tour
Australian Blues master and acoustic guitarist extraordinaire Lloyd Spiegel is delighted to announce the release of his ninth album ‘This Time Tomorrow’ and is headed on an extensive tour to celebrate.

‘This Time Tomorrow’ is an album written as Lloyd travelled through Europe, Central and North America and delivers driving rhythms that return Spiegel to his gut bucket blues roots. Shady and colourful characters spread out over continents and decades, through places forgotten and familiar. ‘This Time Tomorrow' is a return in fine form from an artist at the top of his game and lead track ‘Devil On My Shoulder’ sets the mood of the album right from the get go. 

Says Spiegel of the new songs,

“I’ve never written at home. I find it hard to be creative in my lounge room looking at bills and checking footy scores and find that the inspiration to write comes from those few quiet hours in a hotel room on tour, the airport transit lounge or the long bus ride is where I can reflect and put those experiences into lyric. I've travelled most of my life so really, they're like letters home."

 It’s been a while since Spiegel’s last studio album - 2010’s Tangled Brew – but he’s been far from idle in that time. He's toured the world relentlessly, launched his own signature model guitars and cemented his position as a bona fide festival headliner in Australia, with his recent performance at Bluesfest in Byron Bay the cherry on top. 

In Australia, Spiegel is approaching icon status among guitar lovers and his 2015 double live album ‘Double Live Set’ won a swag of Australian blues ‘chain awards’, peaking at number 7 in the APRA independent charts. 
With European and North American tours under his belt, along with recent showcases at Folk Alliance in Kansas City, the ECMAs in Canada and AMW in Sydney, Spiegel has many years on the road ahead of him. 
‘This Time Tomorrow’ is available in stores July 3 through Only Blues Music.
“Australian blues and roots icon Lloyd Spiegel, in his first Bluesfest appearance, holds his own full house in the palm of his hand, just him and his trusty Cole Clark, a full swag of songs, a full tote of stories told with humour and aplomb, the man able to make his guitar do anything at all as he tells tales both tall and true, his own superbly written material marrying with blues standards in a way few others are able to manage. The man is a mountain, he’ll surely be back.” Sam Fell – Rolling Stone

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Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Hitting Australian shores with his Absolute Monster Gentlem
en for the first time since his
2016 Grammy Award win for new album
GoGo Juice
, Jon Cleary has officially announced
the Australian leg of his World Tour for this November.
A hot ticket on Australian shores where he has sold out everywh
ere from Sydney's Opera
House (Legends of New Orleans tour) to The Corner Hotel and to
rn up festival stages across
the country from Bluesfest and WOMADelaide to Wangaratta Jazz, th
is is a Grammy Award
winning album tour not to be missed.
A respected peer of such New Orleans R&B icons as Dr. John and t
he late Allen Toussaint
(who wrote most of the horn arrangements for GoGo Juice) Jon
Cleary came to international
fame through his work in the bands of Taj Mahal, John Scofiel
d, Dr. John and Bonnie Raitt,
with Raitt unabashedly dubbing him
the ninth wonder of the world

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Kyle Lionhart

After playing sold out headline shows around the country earlier this year, and then a 17 date European tour with Xavier Rudd, Kyle Lionhart returns to Australia to showcase "Eleven And Two" a collection of personal and heartfelt new tracks.  His stripped back guitar and smooth vocals warm the soul, and it’s easy to see why fans latch themselves onto Kyle’s journey as an artist. This 19 date tour kicks off in Victoria on 9 November hitting major cities and new regional locations. Kyle Lionhart’s Eleven And Two tour will be sure to please his growing fanbase, with his stunning sounds of soul and folk 

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Lyn Bowtell

She has one of the most amazing voices in this country, I love this beautiful woman and her talent” - Kasey Chambers

Lyn Bowtell is one of Australia’s finest Singer/Songwriters, possessing a powerful, emotional and evocative voice recognised by her peers as one of the best in the business.
Six time Golden Guitar winner Lyn Bowtell first came to prominence as songwriter and singer for multi award winning Country Pop trio Bella, since then she has released two critically acclaimed solo albums, ’Secret Songs' (WJO) in 2012, and 'Heart of Sorrow' (Maven/Sony) in 2014.

An innovative and creative songwriter Lyn defies musical constraint and easy classification. With influences reaching from pure Country to Blues and Jazz to Reggae and Pop, Lyn has her own distinctive musical identity and voice.

Lyn is currently writing for her third solo album, performing her own shows, and collaborating with Felicity Urquhart and Kevin Bennett on their ‘Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart’ side project.

In 2017 Lyn was nominated for seven Golden Guitars awards, five with Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart and two for ‘Vocal Collaboration of the Year’, winning two with Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart for ‘Best Alternative Country Album’ and ‘Group or Duo of the Year’ and one herself for ‘Vocal Collaboration of the Year’.

Join Lyn for an evening of stunning, heartfelt vocals and beautifully crafted songs in this entrancing acoustic show.

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Lets Spend the Night Together – A Tribute to The Rolling Stones

This tribute's set list celebrates the full gamut of the Stone’s career from the early blues period to today with many influential gems along the way. You can expect the hits from Satisfaction, Paint It Black, Can’t Always Get What You Want, Tumbling Dice and Start Me Up as well as the Blues tracks that started the Stones on their 50 year journey. With guest singers from the Sydney music scene this is the penultimate show for Stone’s fans…


Lineup:
Damien Lovelock - vocals
Floyd Vincent - vocals
Amanda Easton - vocals
Rex Goh - guitar
Gary Fredericks - guitar
Lloyd G - drums
Steve Bull - Icehouse - bass
Tim Wedde - Keys

DOORS OPEN AT 7PM

George Michael Relived

George Michael Relived” is an electrically charged show which covers all of the great George Michael eras taking you on a journey from the early years of Wham through to today.

George Michael Relived performs the songs we all know and love such as: Faith, Careless Whisper, Fast Love, Outside, Last Christmas, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, I’m Your Man, Freedom and Everything She Wants, to name just a few.

A fantastic musical experience performing the best of singer songwriter George Michael from the 80s and spanning the last 3 decades. George’s music is iconic and his songs are recognised all over the world.

Presented by Smooth Jazz Australia who have introduced us to Men of Soul, Ladies of Soul, The Unforgettable Experience, George Benson/Al Jarreau Experience, 80’s Dance Grooves and others are preparing the dance floor and giving it up to the music of George Michael.

With the recent loss of George Michael, his music is more moving, than ever. These songs have stayed within our hearts and our minds.

Featuring tight harmonies from some of Sydney’s best singers and a killer band, this will be a Funky Saturday night to remember.

So get ready to dance and sing along to all your favourite songs.

Hey your just to funky for me!

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