Skyscraper Stan
Oct
19
9:00 PM21:00

Skyscraper Stan

“Skyscraper” Stan Woodhouse is a songwriter lauded for his observational lyricism - a cocktail of wit and grit delivered in a versatile baritone. His touring band The Commission Flats have developed a reputation as one of the more dynamic live bands in Victoria today. They have shared bills with artists such as Marlon Williams, The Troggs, The Animals, The Church and C W Stoneking and appeared at major festivals around Australia.Their second studio album has been released in May 2019.

Tickets $18 plus BF available HERE | $20 on the door

9pm Start.

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Ryan Downey
Oct
20
3:00 PM15:00

Ryan Downey

Captivating audiences here and abroad with breathtaking live performances, Ryan Downey and his band are excited to perform their first (and last!) headline shows for 2019 this October.

Following an exciting year of touring, including a UK/EU tour supporting Marlon Williams, a national tour with Tiny Ruins, a string of sold-out solo shows and a forthcoming tour supporting Emma Louise - and having spent recent months writing his new album - the Melbourne Art-folk artist and his band look forward to sharing the first glimpse of forthcoming material and favourites from his 2018 acclaimed debut Running.

Free Entry | 3pm


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Wednesday Trivia!
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

Highly affable hosts Kate and Adam will guide your team through two rounds of cognitive tussle as we find out who really got the brains in this here town. So gather your mates and your wits and head on down for some good old quizmaking. Two Rounds. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential | 4406 6730

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Cool Sounds
Oct
25
9:00 PM21:00

Cool Sounds

Box Hill guitar pop band Cool Sounds bring you their third full length record 'More To Enjoy'. Out September 20th, Cool Sounds will be playing some choice cuts from the album across the East Coast of Australia over October and November. Hear the singles here.

Tickets $10 plus BF available HERE | $15 on the door
9pm start

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Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird + David M Western
Oct
26
9:00 PM21:00

Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird + David M Western

Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird – New Romancer Tour

Much loved Melbourne chameleons Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird have just unleashed their second album into the world. As distinctive as it is diverse; as idiosyncratic as it is musical, New Romancer is a record that shows no interest in passing trends or the prevailing landscape around it. Somehow both more adventurous and more cohesive than last year’s debut LP "Electric Brown", these beautifully crafted songs have an air of both timelessness and uniqueness about them. 

This October and November, the 'bird will take 'New Romancer' on the road. Known as one of Melbourne's most impressive, joyous and consistent live bands, Cousin Tony will showcase their new LP alongside favourites from their two popular EPs and first album 'Electric Brown'. With special guests in tow, these shows are not to be missed.

Tickets $15 plus BF available HERE | $20 on door
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Louis Valentine & The Golden Age
Oct
27
3:00 PM15:00

Louis Valentine & The Golden Age

Cow bell, shakers, güiro and congas star alongside smoky vocals, tremolo guitar and dry humour in Melbourne’s Louis Valentine & The Golden Age, a band whose four-piece rhythm section seems to grow by the day. Drawing heavily on Motown, 60s rock ‘n’ roll and Brit Pop bands from the turn of the century, they play soul-pop tunes infused with latin rhythms, sung by a bloke who fancies himself as a "young Joe Cocker, without sideburns".

For the first time in 2019, Louis Valentine & The Golden Age are heading outside of Melbourne to play and to boogie in some of Victoria's awesome country towns. On Sunday, 27th October 2019, they'll be at The Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine. Join them for an afternoon of rhythm, revelry and rock 'n' roll.

Free Entry | 3pm

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Wednesday Trivia!
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

Highly affable hosts Kate and Adam will guide your team through two rounds of cognitive tussle as we find out who really got the brains in this here town. So gather your mates and your wits and head on down for some good old quizmaking. Two Rounds. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential | 4406 6730

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Dan Parsons
Nov
3
3:00 PM15:00

Dan Parsons

Returning from a three-month joint tour, navigating the wild mountains roads and Great Lakes of Canada with fellow singer/songwriter Tracy McNeil, Dan Parsons returns home from a North American summer to play The Bridge Hotel with his trio.

Brisbane-raised, Melbourne-based and LA country-inspired, Parsons evokes the classic West Coast folk-rock sound with precision, forging his own personal version of the Americana troubadour style.

His latest album Sunday Morning Cinema appeared on many fellow artists' and industry favourite lists (Top 10 Australian Albums of the Year Rhythms Readers' Poll, The Teskey Brothers Favourite Albums of 2018 for Songpickr, Basement Discs Best Australian Albums of 2018), and his songs landed on multiple sought-after playlists, gaining him avid fans worldwide.

He has performed at festivals across Australia and internationally at Out On The Weekend (VIC), Bello Winter Music (NSW), Fairbridge Folk Festival (WA), Folk Alliance International (CAN), Musexpo (US), Liverpool Sound City (UK) and AmericanaFest (US) with Sounds Australia.

“This is music to revel in. There are no gimmicks here and a note is never wasted - just brilliant storytelling; tight, bright and polished and utterly captivating” Americana UK

“A glorious admixture of songwriting mastery, powerful vocal precision, and palpable reverence for West Coast country’s golden age” Country Update Magazine

“A modern slice of old-school…” Henry Wagons, Double J

FREE ENTRY | 3pm

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D.C Cross / Darren Cross (Gerling / Jep and Dep) album launch
Nov
10
3:00 PM15:00

D.C Cross / Darren Cross (Gerling / Jep and Dep) album launch

Ecstatic Racquet is the new Darren Cross album, the first album under the moniker of D.C Cross and is completely instrumental folk guitar with influences far reaching from John Fahey to Bert Jansch, Nick Drake to Enya and Tangerine Dream.

Darren founded Sydney band Gerling and were together for 14 years - working with everyone from Kylie Minogue, The Avalanches to US Rapper Kool Keith. More recently playing beautiful ethereal folk noir with Jessica Cassar in Jep and Dep, the duo have supported everyone from Jonny Marr, Cash Savage, Mia Dyson, Courtney Barnett, Jessica Pratt, Blackeyed Susans to Aldous Harding.

Darren has released two solo albums under is own name on a French Record label and has toured Europe 3 times, most recently at the beginning of 2019 with a headline show at David Lynch's SIlencio bar in Paris.

Johhny Marr himself suggested Darren to study the guitar master Bert Jansch, when his folk duo Jep and Dep supported Marr in Sydney.

Darren will be selling Ecstatic Racquet on vinyl, cd on the night and also special edition 'Ecstatic Racquet' t-shirts, 30 only.

Album pre-orders August 15th at www.darrencross.bandcamp.com

Come along and support real independent music.

That's all folk.

Darren plays two sets from 3pm | Free Entry


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Amplified 2.0
Nov
22
9:00 PM21:00

Amplified 2.0

Artificial Limb (X) The Rev Al and The Bridge Hotel present a night of Electronica bliss, starting from the soothing, euphonic sounds of software-entwicklungskit rising to the big ol' rave beats n tunes of Artificial Limb (X) The Rev Al. The Boyz are back together in town again after last year's successful night Amplified at Boomtown Winery cellar door.

The Artificial Limb is a Melbourne electronic music producer who creates electro sounds and angular rhythms built from influences right across the musical spectrum.

The Rev Al is the co-owner with his wife Jessie Stanley of Saint Florian Cafe at the Old Fire Station in Castlemaine. The Rev plays live drums to Artificial Limbs sonic melodies, from atmospheric and tribal to driving beats.

Together they face off each other against a backdrop of visuals by acclaimed Melbourne designer and artist Sean Hogan (Trampoline), local Castlemaine artist and designer Jessie Stanley and Marc Eiden, along with lasers and smoke!

Opening the night is......

software-entwicklungskit
Geelong based producer using digital hardware to spin out tech house and minimal techno journeys intertwined with drones and melodic beats.

I am code, I binary, I am energy.
I am software, I am development, I am kit.

Doors 9PM |

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Lost Ragas
Nov
29
9:00 PM21:00

Lost Ragas

Pioneering new realms of modern, psychedelic sounds, Lost Ragas celebrate the release of their third album, This Is Not A Dream with a special live show at The Bridge Hotel on 29th November. Three years in the making, between busy touring and recording schedules, this new collection of stellar tunes is out 2nd September, and showcases the mastery of the band at a whole new level. Cosmic flight, a psychedelic jungle, imprisoned men and boxing legends, dance amongst wild guitars, interstellar pedal steel and triumphant orchestral arrangements. Becoming something of a legend in Melbourne, Lost Ragas electrifying live shows are something to behold and their recent Union Hotel residency saw the pub packed to capacity each week with palpable excitement. Don't miss this exciting night! Support TBA.

http://lostragas.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thelostragas

Tickets $15 plus BF available HERE | $20 on the door

9PM Start

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Dan Kelly & The Alpha Males + Galaxy Hop
Dec
6
9:00 PM21:00

Dan Kelly & The Alpha Males + Galaxy Hop

2019 marks the 15th anniversary of Dan Kelly & the Alpha Males, ‘Sing the Tabloid Blues’, which saw Dan joining forces with a storied cast of emerging Melbourne-based musicians to form the Alpha Males and create a critically acclaimed masterpiece, redefining the 2000s Melbourne sound all over again.

This December, the Alpha Males are re-forming to celebrate the album’s release for one very special show on Saturday December 7 at Melbourne’s Gasometer.

Dan and the Alpha Males will be playing ‘Sing the Tabloid Blues’ in its entirety as well as hits and favourites including ‘Drunk on Election Night’ that have become part of the soundtrack to modern Australia.

Fans who witnessed the band’s only previous reunion show in 2016 will attest that the blend of raucous guitar-driven energy and the misfit perspective of Dan’s unique lyrics were as potent a force as ever, with an infectious celebratory spirit in the crowd that will no doubt be present again this December.

Released on In-Fidelity Recordings in 2004, ‘Sing the Tabloid Blues’ was Dan Kelly’s debut album, quickly achieving critical acclaim and leading to three ARIA nominations and performances at the Big Day Out and Falls Festival. The Sydney Morning Herald lauded its lyricism, comparing it to a ‘book of short stories” with “nuggets of melodic gold”.

From the jangly guitar pop of ‘Check Out Cutie’ to the blues-infused balladry of ‘Step Forward’ through to the melancholic acoustic closer ‘River O Tears’, ‘Sing the Tabloid Blues’ takes you on a journey through Melbourne in 2004 and set the scene for the career of a modern Australian troubadour.

The Alpha Males are Christian Strybosch, Aaron Cupples, Lewis Boyes, Tom Carlyon and Steve Hesketh.

“I wrote these songs in a rambling share house in Elwood,” recalls Dan. “I’d just moved down from Brisbane and found myself writing about general lack of direction, bushfires, celebrities, wine, boys and girls in transit and sort of in love, sub tropical geography… there was definitely a ‘Saturn returns’ angle in there too.

“They started out quite gentle and jokey, then once I started playing them with the guys, they mutated into something tough and swinging. My dining table acoustic numbers turned into crazed guitar music. I was terrified.

“To come back to these songs fifteen years on, with some perspective and a lot more miles under all of our belts, it’s gonna be an adventure.”


Tickets $15 plus BF available HERE | $20 on the door
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Ben Salter
Dec
19
8:30 PM20:30

Ben Salter

Lock up your PlayStations and hide your Antiques Roadshow DVDs Castlemaine, because Australia's third favourite adult entertainment icon Ben Salter is returning to The Bridge Hotel, just in time for the festive season. He will be launching his fourth solo album, "The Mythic Plane", which he is releasing himself. It's a collection of twelve songs concerning the nature of reality and such, recorded mostly in a rather haphazard fashion by Salter himself, with a little help from a few choice collaborators. It's another esoteric entry into the already arcane catalogue of one of Australia's most unique performers.

Salter will be joined by his old friend and band mate Bridget Lewis on the cello. Special guests to be announced.

Tickets $10 plus BF available HERE | $15 on the door

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Above The Bit + Felicity Cripps
Oct
17
8:30 PM20:30

Above The Bit + Felicity Cripps

Lauded songwriters in their own right, Luke Watt & Nigel Wearne join forces to go Above The Bit. Skirting the fringes of blues, country and outlaw folk, their diverse influences include Richard Thompson, Tom Waits and the spirit of Woody Guthrie. Above The Bit shines a light on true tales of mutiny and civil disobedience that lie in the shadows of Australian history.

Nigel Wearne is "one of Australia's emerging songwriters" (Tone Deaf) and Luke Watt is "the real deal... so real you feel you already know him" (ABC Radio). Together, they tap into the psyche and emotive fabric of their subjects, harnessing the power of narrative and verse with an informed historical approach and social conscience.

Produced and recorded by Matt Walker and featuring Danny McKenna (drums) and Steve Hadley (bass), Land of Equal Share is the debut single from Above The Bit’s forthcoming self-titled album. Land of Equal Share will be officially released on October 18, with a limited edition 7” vinyl.

Tickets $15 plus BF available HERE | 8.30PM

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THE JONNY FRITZ & JOSHUA HEDLEY SHOW
Oct
16
8:30 PM20:30

THE JONNY FRITZ & JOSHUA HEDLEY SHOW

Good times and fine fine music come to Castlemaine. Experience the real deal in cosmic Americana vibes at the Bridge Hotel on Wednesday October 16 with the sublime traditionalism meets today combo THE JONNY FRITZ & JOSHUA HEDLEY SHOW featuring these two remarkable talents performing together. Individually they are amongst the finest artists in contemporary Americana and combined they are something else again. In a very good way. Throw in the superb Californian duo THE EASY LEAVES and you have a pretty remarkable evening. This promises to be a gathering of some awesomeness with some truly wondrous sounds.

Tickets $30 plus BF available HERE | $35 on door | 8.30PM Start

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The Sugarfoot Ramblers
Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

The Sugarfoot Ramblers

The Sugarfoot Ramblers are a group of young musicians from Melbourne who have studied and played contemporary jazz styles, but also share a love of traditional jazz. After spending time in New Orleans, Travis Woods and Daniel Berry decided to form this band to explore the classic traditional jazz repertoire. The Sugarfoot Ramblers are Travis Woods (trumpet), Chris Vizard (trombone), Brennan Hamilton-Smith (clarinet), Matt Hayes (banjo), Hiroki Hoshino (bass) and Daniel Berry (drums).

The group has performed around town quite regularly over the years including appearances at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Newcastle Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival, Bellingen Jazz Festival, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, The Paris Cat, Fitzroy Pinnacle and Uptown Jazz Cafe.

Travis says, “We all love the music of Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton, as well as local legends and personal heroes, The Red Onions and The Hoodangers. So that’s the music we enjoy playing in this band.”

3pm | Free Entry

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Phil Para Band
Oct
12
9:00 PM21:00

Phil Para Band

Guitar great Phil Para comes to the Bridge this Saturday. Known for his classic rock and blues guitarist repertoire - Hendrix, Santana, Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, etc. - Phil also adds his own originals to the sets for a great nights rockin’ entertainment.

Phil Para Band play two sets from 9pm

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DEAD + Babymachine + K5
Oct
11
9:00 PM21:00

DEAD + Babymachine + K5

Oozing DIY spirit, this triple header makes its way from the Goldfields to the Coast, and ends up in the Big Smoke, bringing the smells and riffs of spring to ears hungry for loud, raw and sublime rock’n’roll.

It’s the triple bill you can’t afford to miss and can afford a ticket to!

DEAD: Relentless power duo; riffing and singing in perfect (interracial) harmony between mowing the lawns and feeding the people of the Mt Alexander Shire. First shows in ages. Fresh out of recording album number 7ish with award winning producer Toshi Kasai.

Babymachine: Possibly Wollongong’s greatest export of the last 20 years. A recent lineup change has seen the power trio morph into a quadraphonic powerhouse. The roar of a thousand births!

K5: New supergroup based out of Castlemaine featuring Kill Rock Star’s Zeb Olsen (Matrimony), Nicole Tadpole (Triple R’s ‘Respect The Rock’) and Julz, who works at your local library.

TICKETS Presale $11.70 plus BF available HERE | $15 on the door

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Coda Chroma 'Inside The Still Life' Album Launch + Clio Renner
Oct
10
8:30 PM20:30

Coda Chroma 'Inside The Still Life' Album Launch + Clio Renner

With more than a fistful of hits and heartbreaks, Coda Chroma’s second album Inside The Still Life is a major progression from the debut, self-titled album. Kate Lucas has once again teamed up with producer Damien Charles, pulling together this diverse set of songs to create a vivid and immersive listening experience.

The album is being released on limited edition double vinyl, CD and all streaming platforms Friday Sept 27th

Coda Chroma launches "Inside the Still Life" with a National Tour starting @ the Bridge Hotel Castlemaine on Thurs 10th October with support from Clio Renner (Rockwiz/Alex Lahey)

Tickets $8+BF available HERE | $12 on the door

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LOVE POLICE PRESENT  MOLLY TUTTLE & DEE WHITE (USA)
Oct
9
8:30 PM20:30

LOVE POLICE PRESENT MOLLY TUTTLE & DEE WHITE (USA)

For the first ever time in Australia, please welcome award winning flat pickin’ guitar hero, confessional songwriter MOLLY TUTTLE. Raised in California, now Nashville based, Molly realesed her debut album, “When You’re Ready” in 2018. Joining her will be Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) discovery from rural Alabama, DEE WHITE. Dee White makes classic-minded country music for the modern world. This isn't a throwback act. Instead, it's a contemporary, ageless take on country music — one that packs just as strong a punch today as it would've 50 years ago.

Tickets $25 plus BF available HERE | $30 on door

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Cat & Clint Album Launch
Oct
6
3:00 PM15:00

Cat & Clint Album Launch

Cat and Clint are launching their Vinyl Record - The Days That Used To Be, a product of legendary local studio - Sound Recordings! After 10 years of performing Old Time Mountain Music on the folk circuit in Australia and overseas, the duo are proud to present this album as their finest body of work to date. The album was recorded live, straight to tape, and pressed direct to 12" vinyl. Come along and get yourself a dose of some top quality Old Time, Hillbilly, Vintage Country Music!

The Days That Used To Be is the highly anticipated latest release by Cat & Clint. After 10 years of performing Old Time Mountain Music on the folk circuit in Australia and overseas, the duo are proud to present this album as their finest body of work to date. The album was recorded live, straight to tape, at the beautiful analogue studio Sound Recordings in Castlemaine, Vic. Listeners should expect a raw and un-produced quality reminiscent of Old Time recordings made in the early 20th century. The warm, earthy sound of hand-made acoustic instruments shines through on this record. The vocals come across as pure and unpretentious. The Days That Used To Be features a range of instrumentation and various styles within the broad genre of Old Time music. If you listen closely, you might hear the roots of the Blues, Ragtime and Jazz, and a multitude of cultural influences from Africa, Native America, Ireland, Scotland, England and more. This album will transport you to a bygone era of country dance halls and wind-up gramophones. Cat & Clint prove that traditional music played in it’s most pared back, raw form with minimal arrangements, can be all that you need.

Music from 3pm | Free Entry

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Wednesday Trivia!
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

Highly affable hosts Kate and Adam will guide your team through two rounds of cognitive tussle as we find out who really got the brains in this here town. So gather your mates and your wits and head on down for some good old quizmaking. Two Rounds. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential | 4406 6730

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Leo Rondeau (USA) w/ James Ellis
Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

Leo Rondeau (USA) w/ James Ellis

Leo Rondeau deals in stories candid and honest and plainspoken. Based in Nashville TN, his own story finds root in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota, where Rondeau grew up surrounded by country music listeners and pickers spanning three generations. “It was always around me,” he says.

This aspect of his adolescence bolstered an unwavering sense of self and place in his work that sets Rondeau apart from peer musicians. A child of the rural American west and owning family lineage within the Turtle Mountain band of the Chippewa Indian tribe, his own history and worldview are engrained in the lines of his songs. This is about a type of honesty that means more than simply telling the truth. It’s a voice that either lives within you or does not.

Early on, Rondeau found and dug into such contemporary mainstream artists as Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam, gleaning from them a penchant for up-tempo numbers geared toward the dance hall. But Leo Rondeau is a country dance band with a folk singer’s heart. If there's a dance floor you'll find it in full swing when Leo's playing, but you’ll also find bar sitters turned on their stools watching the stage.

Rondeau is first and foremost a songwriter. As a boy, he took immediate interest in writing and has maintained a deep respect for studying one’s own life through song. He calls himself a lifelong musician, and to hear him play will take the wind out of anyone who says otherwise. In his writing, Rondeau has been heavily influenced by the dolorous and at times bleak illustrations of Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and Townes Van Zandt. His marked presence within the scenes of his stories is even reminiscent of early Tom Waits tunes in their somber appreciation of the darker realities of life.

This is Rondeau’s third visit to Australia, having been invited back to play the incomparable Dashville Skyline Festival in NSW, and will be touring with full band, the East Coast with Melbourne’s Prince of Honky Tonk James Ellis and the Jealous Guys.

So bring your dancing shoes & your twirling partner to The Bridge Hotel and show us your finest Texas two step.

Free Entry | 3pm

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Benny Walker (solo) + Maya Rose
Sep
27
9:00 PM21:00

Benny Walker (solo) + Maya Rose

After hibernating through winter Benny Walker emerges with a fresh new vibe and album produced by Jan Skubiszewski. The first track from the album to see the light of day will be dropped on August 16th. A cracker neo-blues track All Ya Gotta Do Is Call is a story about men, about bromances and brothers.

To support the new song Benny will step into the Spring with show dates to air his new material. Always one for the sisterhood he will be supported by emerging female artists Alana Willkinson [Northern Social Club and Moama Bowling Club] and 20 year old emerging singer/songwriter Maya Rose [The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine].

Tickets $15 plus BF available HERE | $20 on the door | 9PM Start

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Wednesday Trivia!
Sep
25
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

Highly affable hosts Kate and Adam will guide your team through two rounds of cognitive tussle as we find out who really got the brains in this here town. So gather your mates and your wits and head on down for some good old quizmaking. Two Rounds. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential | 4406 6730

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'The Johnny Can’t Dance’ Cajun Band
Sep
22
3:00 PM15:00

'The Johnny Can’t Dance’ Cajun Band

Returning to the Bridge Hotel Castlemaine Sunday September 22nd! Melbourne’s own ‘Johnny Can’t Dance’ Cajun Band. One of Australia’s leading Cajun/Creole music ensembles and dedicated practitioners of the tradition dance and social music of Rural Southwest Louisiana. Performing live for your listening and dancing pleasure!

Craig Woodward - Accordion/fiddle/vocal. Susan Shaw - Guitar/vocal/ti’ fir.
Johnny Wilson - Fiddle & Jeremy Marcotte - Drums

Two-Steps, One-Steps, Waltzes, Blues and Stomps from the Swamps!

3-5pm | Free Entry

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Neil Murray -“Blood & Longing” Album Launch + Rachel Taylor
Sep
20
9:00 PM21:00

Neil Murray -“Blood & Longing” Album Launch + Rachel Taylor

Founding member of the pioneering Warumpi Band and now a maverick songman in his own right, Neil Murray will launch his 9th original solo album -“Blood & Longing” onto the Castlemaine public at the Bridge Hotel on Sept 20.

With more than 35 years of performing and recording behind him, Neil is an influential and award winning songwriter who has made a substantial contribution to the nation’s music heritage.

“Blood & Longing” offers 13 new tracks and was recorded and mixed by Roger Bergodaz, who is playing drums, along with Damien Neil ( guitar) and Craig Kelly (bass) with Neil at the Bridge Show. Rachel Taylor is also guesting on backing vocals.

The cover art of “Blood & Longing” and title to one of two singles is “Byjantic Man”. The track was inspired by a sculpture of hand-forged iron bolts and wire by the artist Trevor Flinn, that stands in a paddock on Peter Redfearn’s farm near Moulamein, NSW. The other single released is “Cry My Darling”- about the plight of the Darling River.

Of relevance to people in the Castlemaine district is the track “Dja Dja Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung” – which Neil originally wrote as part of Community Music Victoria’s “Singing from Country” project in 2016.

Along with the new material, Neil has an extensive back catalogue of landmark songs –( My Island Home, Blackfella Whitefella, Good Light In Broome etc) - to draw from. As Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie says “Neil Murray sings from the heart of the country”

Don’t miss one of Australia’s most respected songmen in concert with his band on September 20 at the Bridge Hotel.

Supported by Rachel Taylor.

Tickets $35 plus BF (seated) or $30 plus BF (standing) available HERE
$40 seated or $35 standing on the door
9pm start

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Wednesday Trivia!
Sep
18
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

Highly affable hosts Kate and Adam will guide your team through two rounds of cognitive tussle as we find out who really got the brains in this here town. So gather your mates and your wits and head on down for some good old quizmaking. Two Rounds. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential | 4406 6730

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Broads - ‘Stay Connected’ Album Launch
Sep
14
9:00 PM21:00

Broads - ‘Stay Connected’ Album Launch

Melbourne queens of indie-noir, Broads, will release their highly anticipated album ‘Stay Connected’ on Friday August 23. They will be launching it at The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine on Saturday 14 September as part of their national album launch tour.

Fresh off the Tim Rogers 'Liquid Nights' tourbus, Broads return to Castlemaine with their sophomore album ‘Stay Connected’. Self produced, Broads have pushed their sound from their acoustic roots into a wider spectrum of colour - with hints at 60s pop, 70s folk, a little 80s new wave. Tying the album together is the duo's disarming vocals and lyricism, defying any obvious comparisons.

Special Guests TBA

Tickets $10 on the door | 9pm start


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Wednesday Trivia!
Sep
11
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

Highly affable hosts Kate and Adam will guide your team through two rounds of cognitive tussle as we find out who really got the brains in this here town. So gather your mates and your wits and head on down for some good old quizmaking. Two Rounds. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential | 4406 6730

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The Shady River Strays
Sep
8
3:00 PM15:00

The Shady River Strays

The Shady River Strays emerged when Drew Gallus & Elly McKinnon began creating and performing together after discovering a mutual appreciation for authentic country music. With the recent addition of Marcy Taylor this acoustic trio deliver faultless harmonies and flawless guitar plus harmonica, resonator and fiddle, producing Alt-Country/Americana tunes instilled with vintage and contemporary country sounds.

Free entry | 3pm

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ED KUEPPER (SOLO) : NEW AND OLD DREAMS (UNEDITED / UNHINGED)
Sep
7
9:00 PM21:00

ED KUEPPER (SOLO) : NEW AND OLD DREAMS (UNEDITED / UNHINGED)

In addition to his just announced shows with The Aints! Ed Kuepper will also take to the road for a series of regional dates as he starts preparing material for a new solo album.

I'm hitting the road again this September and doing a pretty select number of mainly solo shows [mainly solo because there is a good chance of some very special guests popping up from time to time]. I'll be debuting a swag of new material which will hopefully see light of day on my planned next solo album ''Electricity, the High Priest of all Security'' plus pulling apart some familiar and some not so familiar tunes from my past catalogue to see what makes it all tick… I'm looking forward to it. Hope to see you there. 

Former ARIA award winner, Saint, Laughing Clown and owner of some fifty + albums bearing his name Ed Kuepper will take in first time appearances at Red Hill and Old Bar as well as the less frequented Castlemaine, Bellingen, Katoomba and more. 

Tickets $40 plus BF (seated) | $30 plus BF (standing) available HERE | 9PM Start

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Wednesday Trivia!
Sep
4
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

Highly affable hosts Kate and Adam will guide your team through two rounds of cognitive tussle as we find out who really got the brains in this here town. So gather your mates and your wits and head on down for some good old quizmaking. Two Rounds. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential | 4406 6730

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Sean McMahon & The Owls
Sep
1
3:00 PM15:00

Sean McMahon & The Owls

Following the launch of the stunning new record 'You Will Know When You're There', Sean McMahon plays a run of shows through NSW and Vic in late August with his band, the Owls.

Over the past decade, the Melbourne artist has honed his unique voice with a poetic, melodic style of song writing, weaving vivid storytelling, confessional narratives and lyrical beauty with elements of folk, rock’n’roll and alt-country.  On the new LP, McMahon has distilled his influences into an exceptional selection of songs that are full of life and straight from the heart.

From the stark confession of the album’s openers ‘One Foot Out The Door’ and ‘Angel At Your Back’s reflections of ‘Waiting For My Man’, to the sheer intimacy of ‘Outsider Blues’ or ‘Just For An Hour’, McMahon brings a quiet yet commanding authority.  Amid wry and poignant observational lyricism lies the utter timbre of McMahon’s voice; a gentle ache that coaxes delicate, earworm-like melodies in a way that’s wholly believable and moving.

Uncluttered and focused in its arrangement, this is a confident record that ebbs and flows lightly, yet displays immense character and weight with each pressing moment.

There’s a captivating intimacy and authenticity to his music that sets him apart as a truly outstanding voice, and with his killer band to back him, this is a show not to be missed. 

Sean & The Owls play TWO sets from 3pm | Free Entry

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Rocket Science Album Launch
Aug
31
9:00 PM21:00

Rocket Science Album Launch

It’s been 10 years since their last album and they’re back from outer-space: tougher, wilder and sharper than ever. Snake sees ROCKET SCIENCE at the height of their powers, charged with a cosmic energy born of a unique alignment between four exceptional musicians. A truly collaborative work, recorded by the band’s guitarist Paul Maybury. Mixing improvised moments with post-punk, garage, space rock and dark imagery. The songs reflect a decaying post-postmodern world, that is both self-destructive and in denial.

Rocket Science celebrate the release of Snake with a run of east coast shows. Pushing the new material further out with their billowing live sound, evergreen energy and a deep commitment to existing in the present.

Special guests tba

Snake will be released on LP, CD and digital through Melbourne label IT Records on August 16.

TICKETS $10+bf presale available HERE | $15 on the door | 9PM Start

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Triple Bill! Mon Coeur + Ruby Gill + Billy Barker.
Aug
29
8:00 PM20:00

Triple Bill! Mon Coeur + Ruby Gill + Billy Barker.


Oh my Oh my. Lookeee here ey? Seems like we have a tasty triple bill on our hands for one night only!

Join MonCoeur, Ruby Gill and Billy Barker for a free show out in Castlemaine. Mon's home stomp and a chance for Ruby and Bill to head up the Calder and say g'day.

It'll be nearing the end of winter and what better way see it out than spend some time with three songwriters doing what they love for a room full of people who will love it too.

MON COEUR:

The voice of Mon Coeur is an idiosyncratic journey through melody and lyricism. Tales of love, loss, the search and the journey delivered in a resonant alto.

With Influences ranging from Karen Dalton, Feist, The Everly Brothers, Sharon Van Etten to Florence and the Machine; Mon Coeur’s songwriting and vocalisation harks back to her years spent at choir.

https://www.moncoeurmusic.com/


RUBY GILL:

Ruby Gill may not cook like your mum, but she is leaving permanent potholes in the status quo with career-defining grit, overwhelming honesty and unique insight into the worlds of birds, border security and panic attacks. Off the back of a sold-out tour of motherland South Africa, the songwriter unleashed gritty debut single "Your Mum" in November 2018 to hundreds of thousands of streams, playlists, radio rotation and rave global reviews from the likes of Triple J and The Wild Honey Pie in its first week. With a debut album in the works, Ruby's immense voice, heavy Jaguar, heavier piano and scarily vulnerable stage presence have been appearing on festivals around the world, from Oppikoppi to Woodford. In the words of Triple J’s Zan Rowe, “excuse me while I scrape myself off the floor.”

https://rubygill.me/

BILLY BARKER:

Billy Barker's live show can leave you feeling amused and heartbroken within the same pint of beer. Not afraid to cover the pointy ends of life, this relatively new folk singer is approaching the genre with a bold contemporary edge.

https://billybarker.bandcamp.com/releases

FREE ENTRY | 8.30PM

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Wednesday Trivia!
Aug
28
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

Highly affable hosts Kate and Adam will guide your team through two rounds of cognitive tussle as we find out who really got the brains in this here town. So gather your mates and your wits and head on down for some good old quizmaking. Two Rounds. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential | 4406 6730

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Shaky Stills
Aug
25
3:00 PM15:00

Shaky Stills

Shaky Stills are hitting the road and celebrating their just released single "Freaking Out" at The Bridge Hotel Sunday 25th of August.

Patrick Carr fronts an unmistakable sound & style, with Ed Bates' pedal steel driving Country & Western, Tex Mex, Rhythm n Blues, Western Swing & Americana shuffles to dance along to.

There's plenty of inspired soloing from Ed Bates and Matt Rodd on pedal steel and Telecaster guitars. With Tombob Rodd's exquisitely natural style on the double bass and Scott Bennett's famous & well loved drumming style and sound. 

Shaky Stills will perform 2 sets from 3pm | Free Entry

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Hot Wings Album Launch + World Turtle World
Aug
23
9:00 PM21:00

Hot Wings Album Launch + World Turtle World

Hot Wings are very excited to launch their second album DARK IS THE NIGHT. An epic highly energetic journey into Instrumental Dark Surf. Music to drive across the country to, as long as there are no speed limits.

It is the soundtrack for the rest of your natural life. Powerful, emotive, provocative. High energy soundscapes, never resting until the edge of time.

Hot Wings hit the Bridge hotel this Friday night with local legends, World Turtle World.

Tickets $10 on the door | 9pm


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Charles Jenkins (solo)
Aug
18
3:00 PM15:00

Charles Jenkins (solo)

Legendary Australian songwriter, Charles Jenkins (Ice Cream Hands, Charles Jenkins and the Zhivagos) is coming to play The Bridge THIS SUNDAY August 18th!

This is definitely one you don’t want to miss.

"A songwriting artisan of the highest calibre" - The Age
"He's too good a writer not to be in your life" Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald.

FREE ENTRY | 2 SETS | 3-5pm

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Castlemaine Theatre Company 60th Birthday with music from The Seduceaphones
Aug
17
8:30 PM20:30

Castlemaine Theatre Company 60th Birthday with music from The Seduceaphones

Castlemaine Theatre Company Celebrates 60 Years of Theatre and they are throwing a sexy Sci-Fi Birthday Bacchanal to celebrate!

Dancing and revelry a must with special musical guests: “The Seduceaphones” who will make you dance ‘til ya feet hurt with their ‘Balkan Trash’ brass extravaganza. Get on it!

Best dressed prizes up for grabs! Think David Bowie meets Flash Gordon and you are good to go!

Oh! And did we mention cake? There will be cake and you can eat it too!

Tickets $10 plus BF available HERE | $10 on the door | 8.30PM Start

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Finding Fanny Finch - Second Show Announced
Aug
11
7:30 PM19:30

Finding Fanny Finch - Second Show Announced

Accompanied by the music of Friends of Wendy Cotton, three historians untangle the remarkable story of the ‘notorious’ Fanny Finch.

Fanny’s great-great-great granddaughter Alice Garner and great-great grandson Bill Garner will come together with local historian Kacey Sinclair in performing Finding Fanny Finchat The Bridge Hotel on Thursday July 11 at 8pm.

Alice is best known as a film and television actor (Sea Change, The Secret Life of Us) and as a presenter on Coast Australia but she also holds a doctorate in history. As does her father Bill Garner, also a playwright and screenwriter. Kacey is currently writing a PhD on Fanny and the show is based on her ever-expanding research. Together they will tease out the twists and turns of the largely unknown story of early Castlemaine’s most famous female personality. 

 Hailed as Castlemaine’s first successful businesswoman Fanny Finch started out selling sly grog and then ran restaurants and boarding houses at Forest Creek, Castlemaine and Amherst. She was also one of the first women to vote in Australia in the first municipal elections here. She was bold and outspoken, writing to the local press and taking her enemies to task despite constant attacks on her reputation as a sly grogger and brothel keeper.

Fanny’s story, from her arrival in South Australia in 1837, the year after Adelaide was founded, to her arrival alone at the Mount Alexander diggings in 1852, is the more remarkable because she was the illegitimate coloured daughter of a London servant. 

Even for those who believe they are familiar with the Fanny story, the show promises to be full of surprises.

Tickets $10 plus BF available HERE | $12 on the door | 8PM start

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