Wednesday Trivia!
Sep
19
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. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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Felicity Cripps Band September Residency
Sep
20
8:30 PM20:30

Felicity Cripps Band September Residency

Felicity Cripps spent her twenties playing around Australia and internationally in various Melbourne-based bands. After moving to Castlemaine and taking a step back from her various collaborations, Cripps began the move in solo territory and before too long, FCB was born. The FCB (Felicity Cripps Band) soon released an LP in 2017. A second record is currently underway.

Cripps regularly performs with her band and also plays as a solo artist. More than a singer/songwriter, as performer she harbours an other-worldliness and embodies the spirit of her songs - her voice a force of strength and character.

Cripps and her band play every Thursday in September. $5 entry.

Supports:
September 6th - Luke Brennan
September 13th - Hilary Hutchinson
September 20th - Luke Watt
September 27th - Amaya Laucirica

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Raised by Eagles + Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells
Sep
21
9:00 PM21:00

Raised by Eagles + Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells

Fresh off the back of their winter run which took in TAS, NSW, QLD and VIC, award winning alt country act, Raised By Eagles are taking a break from the road until December when they'll head west again to round out their year in SA.

In the meantime they're maintaining some match-fitness by playing a few intimate shows closer to home. Catch them back at the Bridge with support from Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells.

Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells will take you on a trip through 60s surf, 70s pop, and their unique brand of ‘Femmericana’ twang. Influenced by Bonnie Raitt and Patsy Cline, Madeline captivates audiences with stories of strong women who ramble their way through the mundane and the profound. The Desert Swells will be performing songs from their forthcoming debut album Nobody’s Fool, a collection of Americana classics, that together present as Leman’s own feminist manifesto. Featuring the vocals of Leah Senior, her band creates the perfect backdrop of 1970s women’s lib-nostalgia met head on with a fresh take on country songwriting.  Leman’s strong vocals and playful pop sentiment provide a powerful listening experience not to be missed!

TICKETS HERE | Showtime from 9pm

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Wednesday Trivia!
Sep
26
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. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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Felicity Cripps Band September Residency
Sep
27
8:30 PM20:30

Felicity Cripps Band September Residency

Felicity Cripps spent her twenties playing around Australia and internationally in various Melbourne-based bands. After moving to Castlemaine and taking a step back from her various collaborations, Cripps began the move in solo territory and before too long, FCB was born. The FCB (Felicity Cripps Band) soon released an LP in 2017. A second record is currently underway.

Cripps regularly performs with her band and also plays as a solo artist. More than a singer/songwriter, as performer she harbours an other-worldliness and embodies the spirit of her songs - her voice a force of strength and character.

Cripps and her band play every Thursday in September. $5 entry.

Supports:
September 6th - Luke Brennan
September 13th - Hilary Hutchinson
September 20th - Luke Watt
September 27th - Amaya Laucirica

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Stephen Grady
Sep
30
3:00 PM15:00

Stephen Grady

Stephen Grady is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician living in Melbourne. 

In 2016, Grady formed folk-duo ‘The Ahern Brothers’ with Josh Rennie-Hynes, with the pair releasing their self-titled album to critical acclaim and playing over 70 shows around Australia in 2017/18. Stephen is now performing solo and will be releasing a new single just prior to playing the Bridge Hotel. 

Stephen was also recently included in Paul Gough's Tone Deaf article 'The 8 incredible Australian artists you need to hear this week': 

Stephen plays two sets from 3-5pm.
Free entry.  

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Two if by Sea featuring members of Klok (Austria)
Oct
11
9:00 PM21:00

Two if by Sea featuring members of Klok (Austria)

If you are a lover of vocal harmony and rich soul folk music this is one not to be missed.

Two If By Sea play original and traditional tunes that draw on their breadth of experience as multi genre musicians.

Built upon the wonderfully virtuosic sounds of Rachel Johnston and Trent Arkleysmith on cellos, Mandolins and Guitar they are joined by the brilliant rhythm section of Joerg Reissner (Guitar) and Roman Britschgi (Double bass) of Vienna based Trio Klok. 

Collectively their music is infused with Celtic, Scandinavian, Eastern European folk and Americana sounds and together they create a sublime collaboration that is more than the sum of its parts, something contemporary and rare.  

Doors 9pm | $12 / $8 concession


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The Outdoor Type + World Turtle World
Oct
19
9:00 PM21:00

The Outdoor Type + World Turtle World


The Outdoor Type return with ‘Dirty Water’, their latest slice of Australiana guitar-pop. Released on September 7th through Nettwerk Music.

It’s been a huge 12 months for The Outdoor Type, from breaking the top 40 Triple-A charts in the U.S and playing their first international shows, to sharing the stage with the likes of Vance Joy and Portugal. the Man. After signing with Paradigm booking agency for North America, the band turned its attention to recording their debut album with producer John Castle (Josh Pyke, Vance Joy, Cub Sport). Ending the year on a high note, the release of the ‘Perspectives’ EP and the lead track ‘Middle of the Road’ received extensive praise from local radio.

With a debut album ready for release and burgeoning international presence, 2018 is shaping up to be the year for The Outdoor Type.

To promote the release of ‘Dirty Water’ The Outdoor Type will be embarking on a regional tour, playing here at The Bridge on Friday October 19th with support from local legends, World Turtle World. Not to be missed!

9pm | FREE Entry

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Don McGlashan + Skyscraper Stan - Dinner & Show
Oct
28
7:30 PM19:30

Don McGlashan + Skyscraper Stan - Dinner & Show

 

One of Aotearoa’s most beloved songwriters, Don McGlashan, has announced a return to Australia for 4 intimate shows in October.  

Don McGlashan is one of New Zealand’s best known and loved songwriters. His career spans from the seminal post-pop-punk band Blam Blam Blam, to The Front Lawn (duo), to platinum selling and internationally recognised band The Mutton Birds. Their album “Envy Of Angels” made the UK Sunday Times ten best albums list. Since The Mutton Birds, this extraordinary crafter of song has made three acclaimed solo albums, “Warm Hand”, “Marvellous Year” and "Lucky Stars". His 2006 gospel anthem “Bathe In The River” - sung by Hollie Smith, has become one of the biggest NZ singles of all time.

He delivers his songs - extraordinary tales of ordinary lives  - with vulnerability, grace and hope, conjuring transcendent moments, navigating us through breath-taking beauty, the dark and the deep. McGlashan has worked with Paul Kelly, Crowded House, Johnny Marr, Wilco and members of Radiohead, scored many feature films including Jane Campion's "An Angel At My Table", received two Silver Scroll awards and five of his compositions are in APRA’s "100 Best NZ Songs of All Time".   His solo albums are rich collections of highly personal songs exploring love, regret and mortality, infused with optimism and deep joy.  

During this tour of NZ and OZ, McGlashan will be performing recent songs, along with plenty of gems from his sprawling back catalogue, McGlashan will play a string of solo shows, joined on a handful of dates by legendary drummer / percussionist Chris O’Connor (Phoenix Foundation) to give you an up-close and unique concert experience. 

For an added treat, Skyscaper Stan will open the curtains for the Melbourne and Castlemaine shows.  

"A masterclass in song craft... with an inner world all his own."  ★★★★½  ~ Rolling Stone. 

"An absolute pleasure... Rich, perfectly measured." ."  ★★★★½  ~ Sydney Morning Herald / The Age.  

"Poetic honesty... shared with compassion. Quite exceptional."  ★★★★ ~ Stack (NZ) 

"No one else gets close to writing songs like that, and making them work."  ~ Metro Mag. 

Tickets
Dinner & Show - $45 + Booking Fee
Show only - $20 + Booking Fee
 

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Broderick Smith
Nov
4
3:00 PM15:00

Broderick Smith

After decades on the Australian music stage, Brod has a long list of credits to his name most notably as chief dog for Australian legends, “The Dingoes”.  He is considered to be a legend by his legion of fans, a consummate performer by many of his contemporaries and an elder statesman by the new guard of fellow musicians.

In 2018, Broderick releases his brand new album ‘Man Out of Time released simultaneously with his very first book. A study in vivid storytelling and mature restraint, Man Out of Time arrives 10 years since Brod’s last solo album, Unknown Country, and eight since Tracks, his brief return to his legendary ‘70s band, the Dingoes.

It’s fair to say that much has changed, not least in the spellbinding tone that can only come with the patience of a seasoned master craftsman.

And after all these years, there is still nobody to compare with Broderick Smith. 

In a special intimate performance Broderick plays his home town Castlemaine accompanied by Richard Tankard.

http://www.brodericksmith.com/

https://www.facebook.com/broderick.smith.37

3pm | Free Entry

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Mojo Juju - Native Tongue Album Tour
Nov
8
8:30 PM20:30

Mojo Juju - Native Tongue Album Tour

NATIVE TONGUE is a fitting title for the third studio album from Mojo Juju and it is her very essence laid bare. It is raw, honest, emotional and intrinsically political. It is also brutal and relentlessly real. Since cutting her teeth and making a name for herself on the Australian touring circuit in the late 2000s, Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga, a.k.a Mojo Juju, has been many things to many people. She's been a troubadour, a soothsayer, a shapeshifter and a darn good songwriter.

Now, after a decade honing the art of story-telling, she's made the boldest move imaginable; she has decided to finally just be the story. 'Native Tongue' is exactly that; Through the telling of family history and her own personal experiences, Juju explores her relationships with Elders and Ancestry and how that informs her own identity. Contemplating her Mother’s Indigenous heritage, her Father’s experience as a Filipino immigrant and her own place in the cultural landscape of modern Australia, it is an album about self-discovery and it is her most sincere, heartfelt and personal offering to date. “One of the most crucial elements in order to know who you are is to know where you’ve come from, to know your roots. We’ve all heard it before but it really started to resonate with me. I started to think about the importance of oral traditions, how songs are such a huge part of that. I wanted to document these stories from my family, as well as my own experiences with identity and culture. So, delving into my family history is only the beginning of the story, but I think it’s a very good place to start. ”Stylistically, Juju once again embarks on new territory through collaborations with multiple  producers – Steven Schram (Paul  Kelly), Joel Ma  (a.k.a. Joelistics), jnbo (The Cactus Channel) and Jamieson Shaw (Netflix series ‘The  Get  Down’), and includes a number of features from an eclectic array of guests; Hip Hop MC Mirrah (L-Fresh The Lion), Soul music royalty Joshua Tavares and spoken word artist Lay the Mystic. The album opens with the latest single and title track to her new album, 'Native  Tongue’, and it cuts directly to the bone.

Lead by an absolutely mesmerising beat (courtesy of Joelistics) and the haunting vocal work of the Pasefika Vitoria Choir, Juju treats these opening moments like a live exorcism; she takes a hand over either side of her chest and turns herself completely inside out, laying her innermost workings bare for all to see. She pulls no punches and offers no quarter, tearing at the foundations of the institutionalised prejudices she has had to face as a mixed race, queer woman, growing up in a country with no place for her, never feeling enough a part of any one community to be accepted. It is a song that manages to be so  personal and painful, yet simultaneously empowering and anthemic, as though it were written for every mixed race or Indigenous person who has ever felt like they did not belong. This time around Juju has taken her eclectic influences and created a seamless and authentically original sound, continuing her dedication to bucking labels, bending  genres  and  doing  her  own  thing.  Perhaps  the  manifold  musical  incarnations  of  Juju  are  symbolic  of  the  manifold  pieces  that  make  up  her  identity.  Perhaps  this  unique  blend  of  Soul,  RnB,  Blues  &  Hip  Hop is in  fact  her  ‘Native  Tongue’. 

The single ‘Native Tongue’ is streaming from July 6th.  New Album ‘Native Tongue’ is due out through ABC Music / Universal August 24th.

Mojo Juju has partnered with PLUS1 to support the Aboriginal Legal Service who provide culturally appropriate legal services for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT and fight for justice for Aboriginal communities.

PLUS1 is an initiative that channels the collective energy of a concert to catalyse social change.  By partnering with performing artists, PLUS1 raises and grants millions of dollars to high impact nonprofits addressing our most serious global challenges around Access, Equity, and Dignity. The work begins with a $1 per ticket add-on that makes fundraising simple and seamless. Beyond the dollar, PLUS1 supports artists as educators and advocates, fuelling their passion, reach, impact. To date, PLUS1 has raised and granted over $6 million, and served as the connective tissue between over 75 artists, millions of their fans, and 100s of leading social justice organisations tackling global injustice.

8.30 PM | TICKETS

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New War
Nov
10
9:00 PM21:00

New War

New War returns!

The cult group’s laid relatively low the last few years, passing through the same refining fire that marked the songs on their debut, including the epic nine-minute ‘Ghostwalking’, which had 9 lives & 4 different labels over 2011-14. The group toured Australia & the UK, played 3 ATP Festivals, a Rough Trade in-store & much more. 

Long awaited 2nd LP ‘Coin’ - out 21/9 on underground stalwart It Records - was recorded with longtime live engineer Lachlan Wooden at Sing Sing Studios’ original Cremorne location, one of the last albums made there. First single ‘Get in the Boot’ was premiered by respected UK tastemakers The Quietus in June. 

‘Coin’ is astonishing, a more immediate, potent sister to the debut & as recent shows attest, the group has hit its stride again, taking the album & audience ever higher. Don’t miss these album launches by one of Australia’s consensus best live acts. 
 
NEW FILM CLIP  |   IT RECORDS

TICKETS HERE | 9pm

 

 

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Eliza Hull EP Launch + Julia Johnson
Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

Eliza Hull EP Launch + Julia Johnson

Eliza Hull’s music is not for the weak hearted. A stirring and captivating songwriter, Eliza has been responsible for the creation of music that hits straight at the core of the listener. After a recent shift to Castlemaine, Eliza's music has developed into a rich soundscape of indie, folk tinged tracks, which showcase her development as a songwriter.

Eliza’s upcoming EP ‘How We Disappeared’ is due for release in October 2018. These five new songs were taken into the studio and recorded live with Engineer/ Producer Jono Steer (Gretta Ray, Ainslie Wills) and were brought to life organically with a five-piece band. Singles from the release included ‘Hard Way’ and ‘Rewind.’

Come and witness Eliza launch ‘How We Disappeared’ with a full band. Supports from Julia Johnson.

TICKETS HERE | 7pm

 

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The ‘Johnny Can’t Dance’ Cajun Band
Nov
25
3:00 PM15:00

The ‘Johnny Can’t Dance’ Cajun Band

Returning to the Bridge Hotel, 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, Campbell Shaw. Fiddle & Jeremy Marcotte. Drums

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

Free Entry / 3-5pm

 

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East Brunswick All Girls Choir
Dec
1
9:00 PM21:00

East Brunswick All Girls Choir

Following on from a sold out album launch in July, Australian and New Zealand tour supporting Courtney Barnett in August and BIGSOUND showcases in September, East Brunswick All Girls Choir have announced their Teddywaddy album tour this November. Don't miss out on this chance to catch one of this countries most captivating live acts

"Teddywaddy is stressful, vivid, temperate and gratifying. East Brunswick All Girls Choir offer a listening experience that's missing in much Australian music at the moment" The Australian ★★★★

The follow up to their 2014 Australian Music Prize-long listed Seven Drummers, Teddywaddy is the most profound and riotous statement of the band's career, anchored at every turn by the ragged glory of Hobbs' eruptive singing and the piercing details of his lyrics.

Alongside Marcus Hobbs who pens the songs is bassist/keyboardist Rie Nakayama, drummer Jen Sholakis and guitarist Rob Wrigley. Co-produced with Anna Laverty (Courtney Barnett, The Peep Tempel), the album is etched deeply with such contrasts. For every spacious swath of majesty like 'Rounds' or 'Never/Never', there's some punked-up exorcism like the calm-to-squall 'Dog FM', the nerves-fraying 'Cicada Chirps the Chicane' or first single 'Essendon 1986', an old song revisited and accelerated.

TICKETS HERE | 9pm 

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Freya Josephine Hollick
Dec
2
3:00 PM15:00

Freya Josephine Hollick

Freya Josephine Hollick finished 2017 with a new e.p, new single, 3 Age Music Victoria Award Nominations, a tour with Justin Townes Earle plus festival appearances at Nannup Music Festival, Boogie Festival , Gumball, Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Gympie Music Muster, Kyneton Music Festival, Dorrigo Folk Bluegrass Festival, Out on the Weekend & Queenscliff Music Festival             

Having just released and launched her brand new album “Feral Fusion”, the old-timey country songbird brings blues and honky tonk goodness that transports you back to early Appalachia, through wartime romance, the golden era of country music and into a cosmic hootenanny.

With a voice that floats between Maybelle Carter, Dolly Parton and Skip James, Freya Josephine Hollick is a lady not to be missed.

Freya plays two sets from 3pm/Free Entry 

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SEAN SIMMONS & BRONWYN HENDERSON (The Spoils)
Sep
16
3:00 PM15:00

SEAN SIMMONS & BRONWYN HENDERSON (The Spoils)

Sean Simmons & Bronwyn Henderson sing songs of pursuit, regret & hope.

They have released 3 studio albums with their band The Spoils, played with the likes of Bonnie Prince Billy, Catpower, Mick Harvey, The Church, Tex Perkins, The Drones, Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey BirdsThe Flying Burrito Brothers and toured the world.

They have slept on Sydney floors and performed in Swiss castles.

Simmons has moonlighted with The Dumb Earth and Chris Russell while Henderson has also performed and arranged for some of Australia’s best musicians including Mick Harvey (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds/PJ Harvey), James Cruickshank (The Cruel Sea) & Marty Willson-Piper (The Church).

Comprising of vocals, guitar, violin, accordion, musical saw, glockenspiel and an Indian drone box, the pair return with their first national tour in 4 years playing songs old and new.

“Simmons & Henderson are a musical pairing difficult to fault in both instrumentation and style” 
The Music, Brisbane ****

Free Entry / 3pm

 

 

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Country Daze '18
Sep
14
8:30 PM20:30

Country Daze '18

After a wonderful first outing last year, Country Daze returns to Castlemaine as a full weekend of rock 'n' roll wonder this Septmeber. Spread across two days and packed to the gills with some of Victoria's finest noise-makers, Poison City's Country Daze fest is a great chance to escape the city with friends old and new in the welcoming surrounds of Castlemaine and it’s cosy live music hot spot, The Bridge Hotel. Friday September 14th line-up features: 

LOOSE TOOTH | MOODY BEACHES | DIANAS | DARK FAIR

Tickets on sale now from here.

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Felicity Cripps Band September Residency
Sep
13
8:30 PM20:30

Felicity Cripps Band September Residency

Felicity Cripps spent her twenties playing around Australia and internationally in various Melbourne-based bands. After moving to Castlemaine and taking a step back from her various collaborations, Cripps began the move in solo territory and before too long, FCB was born. The FCB (Felicity Cripps Band) soon released an LP in 2017. A second record is currently underway.

Cripps regularly performs with her band and also plays as a solo artist. More than a singer/songwriter, as performer she harbours an other-worldliness and embodies the spirit of her songs - her voice a force of strength and character.

Cripps and her band play every Thursday in September. $5 entry.

Supports:
September 6th - Luke Brennan
September 13th - Hilary Hutchinson
September 20th - Luke Watt
September 27th - Amaya Laucirica

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Wednesday Trivia!
Sep
12
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. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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Aplegate + Secret Towns
Sep
7
9:00 PM21:00

Aplegate + Secret Towns

Returning once again with slight lineup modifications, APLEGATE will deliver an unpredictable, mesmerizing set of original songs and rhythmic, hypnotic improvisations. JACK TELFORD and SPIKE CARTER-SOUTH handle the electric guitar responsibilities, DECLAN LEEVERS provides the low end on bass guitar, BRODIE ROGERS gets his mitts around the drumsticks, while DECLAN KENNEDY sings, and pounds on the ivory.

Secret Towns are an indie three piece from Castlemaine mapping out sounds in the jangly pop tradition with a nod to loopy krautrock and wily garage punk. Secret Towns features Matt Rolfe (Lanewaves) on guitar and vocals, Josh Meadows (Steinbecks, The Sugargliders) on bass and vocals and Lloyd Meadows (The Wilsons) on drums. Check out Secret Towns latest releases on bandcamp.

Facebook event here

9pm | $5

 

 

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Felicity Cripps Band September Residency
Sep
6
8:30 PM20:30

Felicity Cripps Band September Residency

Felicity Cripps spent her twenties playing around Australia and internationally in various Melbourne-based bands. After moving to Castlemaine and taking a step back from her various collaborations, Cripps began the move in solo territory and before too long, FCB was born. The FCB (Felicity Cripps Band) soon released an LP in 2017. A second record is currently underway.

Cripps regularly performs with her band and also plays as a solo artist. More than a singer/songwriter, as performer she harbours an other-worldliness and embodies the spirit of her songs - her voice a force of strength and character.

Cripps and her band play every Thursday in September. $5 entry.

Supports:
September 6th - Luke Brennan
September 13th - Hilary Hutchinson
September 20th - Luke Watt
September 27th - Amaya Laucirica

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Wednesday Trivia!
Sep
5
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. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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Eddie Nuardo
Sep
2
3:00 PM15:00

Eddie Nuardo

Having recently launched his debut album 'The Good Whiskey Never Lasts', Eddie Nuardo and band head out to The Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine for an afternoon of alt-country, folk and old-time songs. Recorded in early 2018 by Myles Mumford, his album features stellar instrumental performances by bluegrass musician Pete Fidler (Bluestone Junction), fiddle player John Bedggood (The Wilson Pickers) and Melbourne country stalwart Luke Richardson (The Stetson Family, Raised By Eagles), with the sweet harmony vocals of Helena Plazza rounding out the album's sound. Performing two sets of originals alongside some old favourites, fans of acoustic alt-country music are sure to find something to like.

2 Sets, Free Entry.

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James Ellis & The Jealous Guys + Emma-Bee Two-Step Dance Lesson
Sep
1
8:30 PM20:30

James Ellis & The Jealous Guys + Emma-Bee Two-Step Dance Lesson

After a hugely successful honky tonk dance night at the Bridge Hotel in June 2018, James Ellis & The Jealous Guys and Emma-Bee have decided to team up again to put on another show.

Emma-Bee will be leading a two-step lesson before the show and between sets. 

James Ellis & The Jealous Guys will be playing the best honky tonk tunes to get your feet and partner moving. 

Together, they'll put on an unforgettable night of honky tonk music and dance. 

TICKETS HERE!  - Don't miss out! 

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Hot Sludge Fundae + Fishmonger
Aug
31
9:00 PM21:00

Hot Sludge Fundae + Fishmonger

 

Melbourne 6-piece Hot Sludge Fundae tour Victoria in support of their recently released debut album "Put It On". “This is high-energy, super fun party music of the highest order.” – Pilerats. From driving post-punk to disco/funk to straight-up fist-pumping, group-chanting Aussie rock and roll. A serious band for a serious party.

Support from Fishmonger

Free Entry
 

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Wednesday Trivia!
Aug
29
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. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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Charm of Finches - Single launch
Aug
26
3:00 PM15:00

Charm of Finches - Single launch

Melbourne harmony weaving sister duo, Charm of Finches come to The Bridge Hotel, CASTLEMAINE, as part of their "The Bridge" single launch tour.

The song was inspired by an experience the two had while on tour last Christmas, heading up to play the Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland. 

"We were walking across a bridge when we came upon a group of people, probably not much older than us, who were obviously grieving. There were flowers and beer cans hanging from the bridge, and we found out their friend had jumped off the bridge during a party and didn't make it.
This stayed with us all day. As a young person, how do you deal with losing someone who was so young and had their whole life ahead of them? We had also been through this experience and it's very intense and complex. That evening we wrote a song as a kind of ode to our experience that day."

The song was recorded in Point Lonsdale, Victoria, with producer Nick Huggins (Two Bright Lakes) and with its chamber folk feel of piano, glockenspiel, cello, violin, guitar and uke (all played by Mabel and Ivy) it is awash angelic vocal harmonies.

Watch out for the music video shot by Adalita (Magic Dirt) and featuring 7 teenagers on location in the Salt Lake country near Colac and the Otways forest.

http://www.charmoffinchesband.com/

The band will play two sets from 3pm. Free entry.

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An evening with The Audreys
Aug
25
9:00 PM21:00

An evening with The Audreys

At the end of 2017, live favourites and multiple ARIA award winners The Audreys completed a sell-out national tour performing their award winning debut album “Between Last Night & Us” to celebrate 11 years since its release. So well received it was, that they decided to go back out on the road adding the rest of their illustrious repertoire to the show earlier in 2018 as part of a special Spiegeltent tour.
They are now back again in your town for the 2nd half of 2018 pawning their very hearts for rock and roll.

Tickets on sale now

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Wednesday Trivia!
Aug
22
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. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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Sime Nugent & Friends
Aug
19
3:00 PM15:00

Sime Nugent & Friends

Since finishing high school in Castlemaine back when dinosaurs walked the earth, Sime Nugent has toured nationally and internationally throughout Australia, Europe and America and released more than a dozen albums with a range of bands in his 20 year career. 
Sime’s work under his own name; with indie folk duo Sweet Jean and 3 time ARIA nominated band, The Wilson Pickers has received both critical and popular acclaim. 
He travels now with an extensive repertoire as a soloist , band leader and band member and returns to the Bridge Hotel with Shane Reilly (Lost Ragas, Man in Black) for two sets of new, old and borrowed songs.

“Devastatingly powerful, highly listenable roots and pop influenced music”. Rhythms

 

 

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Hannah Cameron Album Launch + Merpire
Aug
18
9:00 PM21:00

Hannah Cameron Album Launch + Merpire

Hannah Cameron’s music possesses a power that is immediately arresting. Based in Melbourne, Cameron has established herself as a captivating musician to watch. Through evocative lyrics, she explores a range of themes and emotions, maintaining a voice that is both assured and insightful. 

To celebrate the release of her sophomore LP ‘I Lay Where You Lie’ (out June 8th), Cameron will play a Castlemaine launch at the Bridge Hotel

Special Guest Merpire

Tickets - $5 (+BF)

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Justin Bernasconi + William Alexander
Aug
16
8:30 PM20:30

Justin Bernasconi + William Alexander

Justin Bernasconi
Justin Bernasconi (rural Cambridgeshire, UK) and William Alexander (the Kid from Bourke) team up to play a night of country story telling. 

Named as ‘One of this country’s most interesting guitar talents’ by Australian Guitar Magazine, Justin Bernasconi is a rarity among guitarists and songwriters. Straddling styles and sounds from the Delta Blues, Appalachian Bluegrass, English Folk and all stops in between, his highly original tunes are infused with exciting and soulful guitar playing.

Bernasconi’s 2017 album Barefoot Wonderland has been embraced by fans and critics with Acoustic Magazine describing it as ‘a dazzling gumbo of songs’ and was equally acclaimed by Rolling Stone, and The Age. Justin embarked on nationwide Australian tour, and flew to the UK launch the album in London. UK mag fRoots simply wrote “like Leo Kottke and John Fahey on the instrumentals and John Prine on the songs’.
William Alexander
He's been called many things in his short life, such as the 'Gentleman of the Bush' , 'The kid from Bourke', 'Young William' and a few profanities. William is most at home when close to a river and surrounded by the plants and animals that bring life to this country. William sings about the stuff of life - of love gone wrong (and right), living on the road, and working in the sun, he does this with both his original works and through the words of others. For William, folk songs are the perfect coupling of his twin loves of history and story-telling. If heart touching (breaking) tales from the Appalachian mountains interest you, or the stories told through early Australian and American country music inspire you, then perhaps William Alexander is your man.

Tickets $15 pre-sale / $17 on the door

 

 

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Wednesday Trivia!
Aug
15
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. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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Delsinki + Rex Watts
Aug
11
9:00 PM21:00

Delsinki + Rex Watts

Shape-shifting uncategorizable post-colonialist DELSINKI will release his debut album, “And No Place Was Found for Them” 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 crack band, including Justin Brady from Things of Stone and Wood, a top notch rhythm section and vocalists Ruby, Brooke Taylor and Coby Grant, all of whom share the spotlight on this stunning album.

Support from local legend, Rex Watts

9pm - Free Entry

 

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Warped (Album Launch) + Hoss + Grindhouse
Aug
10
9:00 PM21:00

Warped (Album Launch) + Hoss + Grindhouse

Cop this for a sweet, sweet line up!
It’s been a loooong time between drinks! 

As part of their string of shows launching the long awaited release BOLT FROM THE BLUE.
WARPED are honored to be hitting the Calder Freeway with Melbourne’s finest sonic crafts persons- HOSS, for one of their very rare outings. 

Joining their sparkling little faces is the inimitable girth and glisten of everyone’s favourite kabana masticating good guys- GRINDHOUSE.

*waterproof ponchos are suggested during performances.

TICKETS HERE

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Wednesday Trivia!
Aug
8
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. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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Wednesday Trivia!
Aug
1
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. Free entry. Many great prizes to be won.

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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Frances Gumm Frontier
Jul
29
3:00 PM15:00

Frances Gumm Frontier

Frances Gumm Frontier's music tips its hat to those who have come before and celebrates all that is great about country; laying heavy on the twang and letting the pedal steel have its way with you. 

Join them for an afternoon of honky tonk country covers and originals at The Bridge Hotel. The band will be playing two sets featuring uniquely arranged classics by Merle, Waylon, Sturgill, Dell, Dwight, Loretta, Buford and more, plus their own tunes. 

Free Entry / 3pm

 

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The Hot Springs + Oscar Lush
Jul
28
9:00 PM21:00

The Hot Springs + Oscar Lush

Join The Hot Springs in celebrating the release of their debut EP returning to the illustrious Bridge Hotel, with support from locals Oscar Lush & band.

Released through kitchen-table label Hangout, The Hot Springs have mixed elements of romantic poetry, country and grunge into their debut EP. 

Recorded with Andy White at Ferntree Gully studio The Growlery, the EP is a culmination of songs written by Georgia Knight and Adam Heath over the past year, as well as two tracks formed in the studio. Inspired by the likes of gothic-country flagships Neko Case and Grant Lee-Buffalo as well as elements of classic and Aussie rock, the EP showcases the band’s balance of lead saxophone (Renn Picard) and guitar (Adam Heath) alongside Louis Majiwa on bass and Cassie Kumaschow on drums, with the lyrical storytelling of Knight, whose vocals have earned comparisons to Patti Smith and Chris Isaac.

After returning from a European tour in late 2016 Oscar Lush took a break from live performing, and has just finished crowd funding the release of his new record 'Black Dog', recorded with Alex Bennett at Sound Recordings in Campbells Creek. Slowly returning to the stage, he will be performing songs from 'Black Dog' among others.

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Free entry
9pm

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