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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Serenada
Sep
15
3:00 PM15:00

Serenada


Serenada are back at the Bridge with a bag full of fabulous songs from the Great American Songbook. Songs with inspired melodies and sophisticated lyrics written by some of the greatest songsmiths of the twentieth century. Their songs cover the era of the Radio City Music Hall in the Rockefeller Center (the most famous venue in NYC in the 40s and 50s), to the Brill building (where many of the most popular American songs were written) on Broadway next to Tin Pan Alley. The band consists of Gwynn James on clarinet and vocals, Howard Malkin on lead guitar, Jeremy Meaden on trumpet, and John Hannah on rhythm guitar and vocals. ‘...sensitive renderings of cleverly crafted songs’ Denver (Aust) Advocaat 30 Feb. 2018.

3pm | 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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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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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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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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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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Paddy McHugh + Claire Anne Taylor
Aug
11
3:00 PM15:00

Paddy McHugh + Claire Anne Taylor

This August and September lauded singer songwriters Claire Anne Taylor & Paddy McHugh team up for the first time to deliver a run of intimate shows in some of their favourite and new haunts.

Claire Anne Taylor crafts soulful folk songs that capture both the beautiful and dark elements of the human experience. Her music ranges from warm, mesmerising ballads to epic anthems. With vivid storytelling, colossal vocals and a powerfully captivating stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt that they have just witnessed something extraordinary. 

Paddy McHugh is a songwriter who adheres to the time honoured approach of using music to tell a good story. His no nonsense approach to writing and performing has seen him win over audiences, tour the world and share the stage with some of the world’s best local and international acts. Paddy’s latest album ‘City Bound Trains’ was released to critical acclaim and has cemented Paddy’s spot as one of Australia’s most admired songwriters. 

Music from 3pm | Free Entry

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Dela Caye + DJ Randy Castilla - Latin night!
Aug
10
9:00 PM21:00

Dela Caye + DJ Randy Castilla - Latin night!

Seven piece Melbourne cumbia collective Dela Cåye’s distinctive sound blends cumbia, ska, rock, reggae, chicha, clave, quarteto and more to help push boundaries and break the stereotypes of where contemporary latin music can go. Joining the global movement of new cumbia fusions and building on the styles of the past.

Tickets $10 on the door | DJ from 7pm | Live music from 9pm


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HUGO RACE  FATALISTS - “TAKEN BY THE DREAM” ALBUM LAUNCH
Aug
9
9:00 PM21:00

HUGO RACE FATALISTS - “TAKEN BY THE DREAM” ALBUM LAUNCH

Hugo Race, ex- Bad Seed and Wreckery founder, composer, producer and author returns with a new album from his  “Fatalists” project.

Never one to sit still, Race, follows his recent excursions into world electronica (Dirtmusic’s ‘Bu Bir Ruya’ and ‘Gemini 4’), 21st century blues (‘John Lee Hooker’s World Today’) with  a selection of modern folk songs on his latest album, “Taken by a Dream”.

The album is a cinematic tapestry of complex emotional states illuminated by mercurial moments of dazzling light and grace. Recorded in Sicily, Taken by The Dream is an album with a dark, nocturnal mood, characterised by pieces where the melodies, always tinged with a certain melancholic fatalism, float in textural and musical scores, crossing hypnotic rhythms with guitars of all kinds, sounds in reverse, organ, piano, keyboards and violins.

“(This is) a profound and intimate journey, accompanied by an experienced guide who investigates every dark corner of the human soul, an author who should not be missing in any respectable discography.” (Paolo Dordi, Rockerilla, Italy)

 “Race puts into play his deep timbre, Sacri Cuori throw down their sure card of desert folk from another era and from the sowing of these arid lands are born ballads suspended in time.” (Luca Minutolo, Rumore, Italy)

“’24 Hours from Nowhere’ is darker than the darkest Walkabouts song, it’s a scorched earth vision... The songs sound magnificent, the instruments like blocks of grey tones, beautifully picked out, with plenty of room between them... Overall this is a dark Gothic piece that skillfully calls on Lee Hazelwood and Ennio Morricone to create a suite of songs that is beautifully constructed and breathlessly cinematic.” (David Cowling, Americana UK)

“In Australia, Hugo Race is present not only with his music which speaks for itself, but also with a book he has recently published, "Road Series", an autobiographical Road Novel. In it, he processes his travel experiences of the past 30 years - a mixture of Bruce Chatwin and Jack Kerouac. But despite the unexpected literary success, Hugo Race continues to make music. He needs songwriting as the air we breathe, he says.” (Carsten Beyer, Deutschlandradio Kultur)

‘Hugo Race’s ‘ Fatalists’. An atmosphere combining a David Lynch film with a Cormac McCarthy novel...’ (- Lost Highways, Italy)

TICKETS $20 plus BF HERE | $25 on door | 9PM start

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Finding Fanny Finch
Aug
8
8:00 PM20:00

Finding Fanny Finch

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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Jess Ribeiro + Leah Senior + Galaxy Hop
Aug
3
9:00 PM21:00

Jess Ribeiro + Leah Senior + Galaxy Hop

Jess Ribeiro’s third album LOVE HATE is out now – via Barely Dressed Records/Remote Control Records. Arriving four years after the release of her acclaimed second album Kill It Yourself the wait for a new body of work has well and truly been worthwhile.

LOVE HATE is confirmation (if ever it was needed) that Ribeiro is one of this country’s most gifted and enigmatic songwriters, a master of genre, nonchalance, double-entendre, intuition and melody – she makes it sound so easy to get under your skin.

For Ribeiro, making a record is a lot like falling in love: it’s a dive into the unknown buoyed only by the belief that the currents will carry you somewhere new. With album number three, the analogy could not be more apt. On LOVE HATE Ribeiro traverses the landscapes of love: its amorous peaks, its turbulent rivers, and its dark valleys. While writing the album, Ribeiro discovered that Arabic literature divides love into stages; attraction, passion, infatuation, adulation, longing, submissiveness, and madness. Seven phases were also defined by the 19th-century French writer Stendhal, whose De l’amour was written while half-deranged with desire. What if an album could chart a similar life-cycle?

Producer Ben Edwards (Aldous Harding, Julia Jacklin, Marlon Williams) immediately took to the idea. “We had ten days to make it so I wanted to enjoy it.” What resulted was an entirely new sound. Ribeiro kissed the swampy humidity of the Australian Music Prize-nominated Kill It Yourself goodbye, and embraced the precise down-strokes and valve-amp hum of a very New York lineage, from the Velvets through to Blondie and Talking Heads. It’s capped by those lethally cool vocals for which she is revered.

Fellow Melburnian multi-instrumentalists Jade McInally (Jade Imagine) and Dave Mudie (Courtney Barnett) were recruited for their nimble pop chops, and recording commenced in February 2017 at Edwards’ studio in Lyttelton, on the South Island of New Zealand. Lyttelton is an industrial seaport that never sleeps, and the sirens, which sound every few hours, can be heard on one of the album’s three vignettes, ‘You Should Be with Me’. You could say that the album’s vignettes are the ghosts of unrequited love, rising out of silence, and then fading away. ‘Spirit in White’ could be a lost Lou Reed jam, while ‘Cry Baby’ is a shard of what was a raw, 15-minute post-breakup rant.

Opening track ‘Stranger’ echoes the infatuation of our poet Stendhal, and his recognition that “This is a love that lives only through the imagination”; Ribeiro’s voice a narcotic purr. In ‘Love is the Score of Nothing’, she nails Nico at her most unphased: “Sometimes you have to admit romantic defeat / I’m back on the street, alone this time / Singing ‘Love is the score of nothing’”. But LOVE HATE is also powered by pure energy at times. Take third single ‘Chair Stare’ – a primal scream from the libido, written on a creative jaunt in Berlin. ‘Goodbye Heart’, recorded in the same city with Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke, pays homage to Suicide’s Alan Vega, who had died the day before. It may have the balm of Ribeiro’s soporific delivery, but it feels as though there’s something more sinister lurking beneath the surface. The centrepiece is ‘Young Love’, about a teenage couple Ribeiro saw entwined at a tram stop. With the guitar swapped out for a Nord, and the beats spare and dramatic, it’s the synth soundtrack for a doomed romance movie.

Love of a more transcendent kind is honoured in ‘Lay Down with the Earth’. It’s inspired by Tamil refugees who shared their stories of connecting with the earth when sick or grieving, and features a guest spot from theremin player Miles Brown. LOVE HATE closes with the woozy, Dusty Springfield-like ‘Crawling Back to You’, in which a former lover is protected and avenged: “Don’t worry … she’ll be crawling back to you when I’m through with her”. It’s a reminder that even when we’ve experienced a love bigger than ourselves, the kind that puts everything into perspective, it’s easy to slip back into the minutiae and the drama. Perhaps it’s the sign that we’re ready to begin the cycle again.

Special G\guests Leah Senior & Galaxy Hop.

Tickets $15 plus BF HERE | $20 on the door | 9pm

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Maya Rose + Strawberryjamz
Aug
2
9:00 PM21:00

Maya Rose + Strawberryjamz

Emerging Castlemaine R&B singer-songwriter Maya Rose returns to the scene with fresh beats, accompanying new band and debut EP 'Time' after unleashing single 'See You Again'. With soulful vocals, moving lyrics and mesmerising sounds of her keyboard Maya Rose will be taking her band to hit the road in celebration of her forthcoming EP. Her sounds are instantly welcoming; compelling the listener to lose themselves in each beat and vocal sway of this talented 20 year-old.

'Time’ is about there being different chapters in life and wishing to go back to an easier place. Not wanting to waste any time. To be present in the here and now, making the most of life, but still being pulled back through memories or forward in hopes and dreams.

Dynamic Bendigo jazz duo StrawberryJamz will be joining Maya Rose in Castlemaine, Bendigo and Melbourne bringing reinterpreted cover songs that crowds know and love.

TICKETS $8 plus BF HERE | $10 on the door | 9PM Start

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Wednesday Trivia!
Jul
31
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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Andy White & The Scans + Kavisha Mazzella
Jul
28
3:00 PM15:00

Andy White & The Scans + Kavisha Mazzella

Irish songwriter Andy White with Leonardo Caltabiano on bass, Cassie Kumashov drums and Matthew Arnold on violin are The Scans and this is their first show in Castlemaine. A freewheelin' poetry-poppin' afternoon of punky folk with the magic of Kavisha Mazzella opening proceedings.

Matthew is playing with Kavisha as well, and Kavisha and Andy have sung and played together many times in many places - Andy produced Kavisha's 'Riturnella' album - but never at The Bridge! Italian Girls on Mopeds, Street Scenes, James Joyce's Grave - This is most definitely not a Television Show! We hope you can make it to this special afternoon.

Music from 3pm | Free Entry


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Shane Nicholson + Michael Waugh
Jul
27
9:00 PM21:00

Shane Nicholson + Michael Waugh

TRIPLE ARIA WINNER SHANE NICHOLSON PLAYS THE BRIDGE HOTEL, CASTLEMAINE!

Fresh from his regular appearances on the hit ABC TV series The Recording Studio, triple ARIA award winner Shane Nicholson plays The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine on July 27.

From his early days with Brisbane’s Pretty Violet Stain to his current status as a leading proponent of Australia’s Alternative Country / Americana scene, Shane Nicholson has become a steady and constant figure in the Australian music industry. He is highly regarded in the Alternative Country field both in Australia and the USA, and has been nominated several times at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville.

Shane has received three ARIA awards – most recently for his solo album Hell Breaks Loose in 2015 and for his hit collaborations with Kasey Chambers - Rattlin’ Bones and Wreck and Ruin. He has also won CMAA 10 Golden Guitar Awards, including 2018 Male Artist of the Year, and an APRA award.

He is also in demand as a record producer with credits including Alex Lloyd, Beccy Cole, and Tori Forsyth.

Nicholson's is a uniquely compelling voice in Australian songwriting – it lives and breathes in the songsmith's singular melodies, crooked humour, and short, pithy lines gently delivered - Rolling Stone Magazine

One of the country’s finest songwriters. - Rhythms Magazine

(Hell Breaks Loose is) my current favourite album…he paints me pictures, he sets the scenes, and he takes me to special places in my imagination.” - Russell Morris

I have real admiration for Shane Nicholson's musical sensibilities. I felt honored to have a hand in the making of "One Big Mess." - Rodney Crowell

Shane Nicholson doesn't fool me with his tough guy exterior and his refusal to smile in photographs, the guy is a marshmallow, a poet, a genius. - Beccy Cole

Shane will release the follow up to his highly acclaimed Love And Blood on Lost Highway / Universal Music Australia in early 2020.

Shane will be supported by critically acclaimed songwriter, Michael Waugh.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE - $27.00+BF (Standing) | $30.00+BF (Seated) | 9pm Start

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Skyscraper Stan - Golden Boy Album Launch
Jul
26
9:00 PM21:00

Skyscraper Stan - Golden Boy Album Launch


Revered for his piercing observational lyricism and thrilling live performance Stan has once again teamed up with long time touring band the Commission Flats and engineer/producer Richard Stolz (Paul Kelly, HUSKY) to create a rollercoaster of a record. 

Following on from 2015’s Last Year’s Tune, Golden Boy is tender, angry, introspective and political over the course of its 10 tracks. Split into two 5 track volumes the full length LP first tackles themes of privilege, masculinity, crime and ambition before moving into an introspective and autobiographical exploration of lessons learned (or not).

Driven by Stan’s intricate lyrics and underpinned by the dynamic Commission Flats, Golden Boy flies between such disparate influences as Stax era soul, Melbourne post-punk, Tin-pan Alley songwriters and rambling folk tales - a menagerie of mismatched musical muses coalescing into something unique, melodic and unexpected.

Over July and August Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats are touring Golden Boy through VIC, NSW, SA, QLD, WA and NZ with fifteen opportunities around Australasia to see and songwriter and band at the top of their game.

Stan will be supported by Mon Coeur

TICKETS $10 plus BF HERE | $15 on the door | 9pm Start

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Wednesday Trivia!
Jul
24
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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Wednesday Trivia!
Jul
17
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 Finks + Susie Scurry
Jul
14
3:00 PM15:00

The Finks + Susie Scurry

This is rare chance to see strange birds The Finks and Susie Scurry when they fly north (to Castlemaine) with new songs and age-old wisdom.

Intimate, precise and sweetly melancholy, OM and SS will each play a solo set in the cosy surrounds of the Bridge Hotel on a Sunday afternoon.

Free Entry | Music from 3pm

SS 3.15-4pm
OM 4.15-5pm

Pre-show listening:
SS https://susiescurry.bandcamp.com
OM https://thefinks.bandcamp.com

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Wednesday Trivia!
Jul
10
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 Audreys
Jul
5
9:00 PM21:00

The Audreys

Live favourites and multiple ARIA award winners The Audreys have graced almost every major festival in Australia and played more gigs than they can count.

They’ve rocked festivals and clubs in Europe and North America, sold songs to films and tv shows far and wide, written music for theatre, won awards, hit the charts, gone gold and pawned their very hearts for rock and roll. This July they return to Castlemaine to strike gold from their 4 studio albums + the odd cover and some new gems. The Audreys will play two sets from 9PM.

Tickets $30 + booking fee available HERE | $35 on the door | 9PM start

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Wednesday Trivia!
Jul
3
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 Sockettes
Jun
30
3:00 PM15:00

The Sockettes

The Sockettes weave together a wide range of musical influences to deliver a unique sound. From Irish fiddle, mandolin to folk guitar, The Sockettes unify their learnings, individual genre's and personal experiences to create a range of warm and engaging song writing. Storytelling is delivered with mellifluous three-piece harmonies adorned with strings and keys. Close to finishing their first album, the live show is intimate and emotive.

3pm | Free Entry

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Gun Barrel Straights
Jun
29
9:00 PM21:00

Gun Barrel Straights

Back with unfinished business (several boxes of the stuff), Gun Barrel Straights return for a couple of totally unasked for shows! And where else but the Bridge Hotel!

GBS will attack your ear with a watertight set of absolute swinging hits.* Also present will be an attack on your funny bone, as they unleash their trademark wit, painfully awkward banter about cricket, and uncomfortable silences. There is also the potential for a total clusterfuck. Just like old times.

Tickets $10 on the door | 9pm Start

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Porpoise Spit + Candy
Jun
28
9:00 PM21:00

Porpoise Spit + Candy

Porpoise Spit will be celebrating the release of their brand spankin’ new single 'MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT' by heading to their country home away from home - The Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine.

Beautiful angel mates, 'Candy' will be delighting them on this leg of the adventure as well as a surprise local Castlemainia act.

Get ya butts to North Northcote and toast your tootsies by the fire- this is going to be as wholesome as they come.

Tickets $10 on the door | 9pm start

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Wednesday Trivia!
Jun
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. 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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Shaun Kirk + No Better
Jun
21
9:00 PM21:00

Shaun Kirk + No Better

Following a huge 2018 which saw the release of two brand new singles ‘Howlin at the Moon’ and ‘Save My Soul’, some 20 sold out headline shows across Australia & New Zealand, and another billing at the world famous Bluesfest, Byron Bay alongside the likes of Robert Plant, John Butler Trio, and Tash Sultana; one man blues/soul troubadour Shaun Kirk is pleased to announce a 13 date regional tour across Australia this coming winter season.

The tour is a rare opportunity for rural areas to catch Kirk’s world class live show in the flesh and will come off the back of numerous upcoming Bluesfest sideshows supporting Fantastic Negrito (2019 Grammy Award Winner for ‘Best Contemporary Blues Album’), US party band The California Honeydrops; two co-headline shows with guitar prodigy Nathan Cavaleri; as well as a maiden North American appearance at the East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown, Canada this May.

Tickets are limited and on sale now through the link below or through www.shaunkirk.com

Shaun will be supported by No Better.

Tickets $15+BF HERE | $20 on the door | 9pm

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Wednesday Trivia!
Jun
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. 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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