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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bill Chambers + JP D'Antonio
Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

Bill Chambers + JP D'Antonio

A.P D'Antonio, South Australia's finalist on the voice 2018 works within the boundaries of the old folk masters to deliver an authentic take on 1920's-1940's country, folk and blues. His one man show has taken him all over the country playing bar rooms and festivals including Woodford folk festival, Cygnet folk festival, Majors creek folk festival and more. Packing along a banjo and guitar, a.p sings songs of rambling, brawling, gambling, up's and down's, love had and lost and some traditional favourites. His freewheeling, raw style has won over crowds across the country and he has become a favourite at festivals and venues alike!

Bill continues to tour the world playing in daughter Kasey’s band and also his own solo shows, playing anything from house concerts and coffee lounges to major festivals. If you’ve been in the audience at a Bill Chambers concert you’ll notice he always travels with a swag of guitars showcasing his connection to different styles of music that he’s been influenced by over the years. “I grew up listening to the Hillbilly music my mum and dad played when i was a kid. I discovered early Rock’n’Roll, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. In recent times I’ve been particularly influenced by the Texas Singer/Songwriters”. When he's not on the road you'll most likely find Bill producing and playing on some other artists album. “I consider myself lucky to have worked in the studio with so many talented people over the years, it's always exciting to discover new artists and work on great songs”. Bill has produced albums for Catherine Britt, Audrey Auld, Amos Morris, Jessica Belle, Sandra Humphries and HalleyAnna Finlay from Texas. When you see Bill Chambers live on stage its evident that his music reflects his early influences and resonates with stories of his life on the road.

3PM Start | TICKETS HERE
$20 + BF pre-sale (standing) | $25 on door (standing)
$25 + BF pre-sale (seated)     | $30 on door (seated)

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The Fauves + Lloyd Meadows
Jun
15
9:00 PM21:00

The Fauves + Lloyd Meadows

The Fauves’ lengthy tenure has resulted in them outlasting several generations of bands. Long have they posed like big game hunters on the African savannah with their feet astride the lifeless neck of the music industry. Now, forgotten but not gone, the band releases its new double album Driveway Heart Attack in May, a 22-song journey into darkness and light.  The band been likened to a North Queensland cult. For those who have been indoctrinated, membership is a revelatory experience. Others tend to just walk past the large cyclone fence and peer through occasionally. If you only see one show in Castlemaine on 15 June this year, you might consider attending this one.

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

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ROB SNARSKI with Shane O’Mara
Jun
14
9:00 PM21:00

ROB SNARSKI with Shane O’Mara

Since the release of Snarski’s acclaimed debut solo album “Wounded Bird” there’s been an album of cover songs (by request | recorded on an iphone)~ “Low Fidelity”, then the return to his beloved band The Blackeyed Susans for the album “Close Your Eyes and See” ...and in-between a set of short whimsical, music and family related tales within his sweet memoir “You’re Not Rob Snarski ~ Crumbs from the Cake”.

So it makes perfect sense “Sparrow & Swan” (his second solo album) sees a gravitational pull towards the narrative, a change in direction and the song writing process. Conversation turns into song, late night tales become tunes ~ there are stories here from Brisbane cab drivers, girls from Belfast ‘74 in search of Van Morrison, football players and their protégés, relationships sparked in TABs, sightings of Robert Mitchum at Mitcham Station, a sailor in search of Helsinki ...and the weather ~ there’s always the weather, the extremities ~ the sun burning a hole in the sky or snow falling upon ancient ice ...and birds, what’s with the birds?

The album was recorded over spring and summer at Yikesville Studios in Yarraville with maestro guitarist Shane O’Mara at the helm along with Snarski whispering instructions.

A delightful cast of musicians contributed to the recording including the vocal talents of Rebecca Barnard, acclaimed gal duo “Broads”, the wandering hands of Kiernan Box on piano, both Ben Franz and Rosie Westbrook on double bass and Ben Wiesner on drums and percussion.

The musical palette lies somewhere between Havana and Helsinki ~ think a Cuban cigar with a licorice ice cream.

Have You Ever Been To Helsinki? Nor have I.

Snarski will perform two sets from 9PM.

TICKETS HERE

http://www.robsnarski.com/

https://www.facebook.com/RobSnarski

 

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Wednesday Trivia!
Jun
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. 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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Brain Romance + Clio
Jun
9
4:00 PM16:00

Brain Romance + Clio

Double headline single launch happening in Castlemaine!!

Melbourne artist Hannah Cameron and Canadian-born Sydney musician Brian Campeau have long shared a mutual admiration and nurturing of one another’s musical journeys. Having released solo albums two and four respectively in 2018; Cameron’s I Lay Where You Lie and Campeau’s BBC 6Music endorsed Old Dog, New Tricks, the full-time friends, part-time collaborators are now teaming up as brand new outfit, Brain Romance. They launch their band and debut single "Honest Words" at The Gasometer Upstairs on May 23rd and The Bridge Hotel on June 9th.

Clio's new single, 'Silly Girls', is out on May 3. It is a song for anyone whose love of silliness and absurdity has ever been hijacked and used as a pretext to reduce, rein in and patronize; for all the ‘silly girls’ who have been made to feel trivial, given help they didn’t want and advice they didn’t need.

4pm | Free Entry

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Jen Cloher (solo) + Hachiku
Jun
8
9:00 PM21:00

Jen Cloher (solo) + Hachiku

"A modern day Patti Smith whose brutally honest, politically charged lyrics mark her out as one of the most interesting and important artists of her day.” - The Independent (UK)

“It’s self-titled.” The three-word answer is all that Jen Cloher requires to describe her fourth album, a letter in triplicate addressed to themes of Love, Music and Australia.

Jen Cloher is the culmination of a period of artistic and personal growth in which the artist took her rightful place as the figurehead of Melbourne’s famous DIY music scene. It’s a rare thing for an artist on her 4th album, 15 years into her career, to break new ground but 2017 was the year Jen Cloher confirmed she’s one of this country’s most important musicians. The NIDA Graduate is an outspoken advocate for artist rights and the co-founder of the incredible Milk! Records label (Courtney Barnett, Loose Tooth, Jade Imagine, East Brunswick All Girls Choir). Cloher’s self titled album received 5-Star Reviews from The Guardian, The Herald Sun and The Independent (UK). It was shortlisted for The AMP and also listed in Rough Trade’s Top Albums of 2017. She was crowned Double J’s Australian Artist Of The Year.

“ Her best yet... incredible” – The Guardian ★★★★★

"...her magnum opus. " - The Herald Sun ★★★★★

Jen Cloher plays the Bridge Hotel , solo on Saturday June 8th, 2019 and will be supported by brilliant Milk! Records label mate, Hachiku.

TICKETS $30 PLUS BF HERE | 9pm Start

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Jen Cloher (solo) + Hachiku
Jun
7
9:00 PM21:00

Jen Cloher (solo) + Hachiku

"A modern day Patti Smith whose brutally honest, politically charged lyrics mark her out as one of the most interesting and important artists of her day.” - The Independent (UK)

“It’s self-titled.” The three-word answer is all that Jen Cloher requires to describe her fourth album, a letter in triplicate addressed to themes of Love, Music and Australia.

Jen Cloher is the culmination of a period of artistic and personal growth in which the artist took her rightful place as the figurehead of Melbourne’s famous DIY music scene. It’s a rare thing for an artist on her 4th album, 15 years into her career, to break new ground but 2017 was the year Jen Cloher confirmed she’s one of this country’s most important musicians. The NIDA Graduate is an outspoken advocate for artist rights and the co-founder of the incredible Milk! Records label (Courtney Barnett, Loose Tooth, Jade Imagine, East Brunswick All Girls Choir). Cloher’s self titled album received 5-Star Reviews from The Guardian, The Herald Sun and The Independent (UK). It was shortlisted for The AMP and also listed in Rough Trade’s Top Albums of 2017. She was crowned Double J’s Australian Artist Of The Year.

“ Her best yet... incredible” – The Guardian ★★★★★

"...her magnum opus. " - The Herald Sun ★★★★★

Jen Cloher plays the Bridge Hotel , solo on Saturday June 8th, 2019 and will be supported by brilliant Milk! Records label mate, Hachiku.

TICKETS $30 PLUS BF HERE | 9pm Start

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Wednesday Trivia!
Jun
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. 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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Luke Watt
Jun
2
3:00 PM15:00

Luke Watt

Folk/blues singer-songwriter, Luke Watt is "the real deal...so real you feel you already know him" (Tim Ritchie, ABC Radio). With influences including Chris Whitley, Richard Thompson and Kelly Joe Phelps, he draws on elements of folk and blues to convey stories both dark and uplifting. He has appeared at festivals including the Gympie Music Muster, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Brunswick Music festival, as well as several tours across Europe and abroad. Luke's current record Wild Graces is a collection of songs inspired by tales past and present including stories of failed gold diggers and small town tragedy.

Luke will play one solo set, and then a band set featuring Danny McKenna and Andy Fry.

Free Entry | 3pm

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Wednesday Trivia!
May
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. 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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Moonee Valley Drifters
May
26
3:00 PM15:00

Moonee Valley Drifters

The Drifters mix ‘Crucial country, Cajun & roots music” with originals.

Members played from Byron Bay to Lubbock supporting FLACO JIMINEZ,  and Sara Mc Lachlan. They play ‘Honky Tonk swing’  cajun, and rockabilly in their ’ style calling it “hill & range music”

With 3 lead singers, harmonies, workshops- NASHVILLE TO BAKERSFIELD”  they cover a lot of musical territory and people listen and dance to them.  Their 6th CD OUT now called “Hill & range music” has had great reviews from Tamworth, Brisbane papers, the AGE, Australian, Rhythms Magazine and more.  

Thirty four years and still going strong and they are looking forward to playing again at the Bridge hotel in Castlemaine and catching up with friends there.

3pm | Free Entry 

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Monnone Alone + Truffle Pigs (Steph and Al from Dick Diver) + The Steinbecks
May
25
9:00 PM21:00

Monnone Alone + Truffle Pigs (Steph and Al from Dick Diver) + The Steinbecks

Melbourne four-piece Monnone Alone take to the road this May/June to launch their new album entitled (perhaps with some seasonal confusion) Summer of the Mosquito. Landing plumb in the sweet spot where jangle and power-pop collide Summer of the Mosquito is the second album by former Lucksmith Mark Monnone, this time ‘round featuring his band which is made up of members of Architecture in Helsinki, Mid-State Orange and Aleks & the Ramps. Very special guests for this show are Truffle Pigs (AKA Steph and Al of Dick Diver) and legendary indie-poppers The Steinbecks. 

Tickets $10 plus BF HERE | $13 on the door | 9PM

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Black Rock Band
May
24
9:00 PM21:00

Black Rock Band

Black Rock Band are rising stars out of remote West Arnhem Land from the Northern Territory, producing a unique rock fusion of traditional and contemporary music. They are in Victoria for shows supporting The Teskey Brothers and are making a special headline appearance at The Bridge Hotel.

Weaving their language, Kunwinjku and English, these talented musicians celebrate their connection to country, their fight for social justice and speak about their future and the future they want to see for the next generation of children.

“Most of our songs speak about people I see in my family, with my own eyes. I see them having hard times and it’s good for someone to speak about it – give my community a voice when they can never speak it out. Give them a voice to say “enough is enough”.” - Richie Guymala (lead singer)

Their captivating on-stage presence has won over audiences, picking up the prize for the Best Community Band at Barunga Festival and playing to a sold-out show in Melbourne’s Spiegel Tent alongside emerging Arnhem superstar Yirrmal (Yirrkala) and The Mae Trio.

The Black Rock Band speak of their families cultural richness as well as the social and political issues that recollect their experiences as First Nations peoples.

“The music that I sing about, I think of it as a message and a reminder for people, what’s happening in the real world. Not only about the rich and famous, it’s about the poor too.” (Guymala)
Their snappy debut single ‘Bininj Kunborrk’ (translating to traditional song and dance) has already garnered some attention with its inclusion on the Bush Bands 2017 compilation, featured on triple J Unearthed, at the Barunga Festival and on Byron Bay’s BAY FM.

The growing buzz about this out t is evident with upcoming performances at MONA FOMA Festival, TAS and the Nannup Music Festival, WA.

Special guest TBA

Tickets onsale now: https://bit.ly/2WOqKG1

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Wednesday Trivia!
May
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. 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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Tobias Hengeveld + Closet Straights
May
19
3:00 PM15:00

Tobias Hengeveld + Closet Straights

Castlemaine Album Launch of 'Naughts & Ones'

Tobias Hengeveld writes melodically vivid songs, riddled with unexpected pop-hooks. A distinctively sylvan voice, plumbing personal experiences with a wry lyrical candor.

A longtime Melbourne songwriter, his 2014 album ‘The Daylight Express’ was nominated for an Age Music Victoria Award. 

This May, Tobias releases his anticipated third solo release ‘Naughts & Ones’, a triumphant mirror-maze of snappy pop tunes set in a hinterland of darker rock ballads. With his immaculate band, Tobias delves deeper into the sounds of childhood radio hits by the likes of XTC, Splits Enz, The Stranglers, Roxy Music and The Church. Formative musical influences that moulded his signature bent for song construction.

 “Hengeveld casts some uncanny spell over the ears - not to mention the heart and head as well.” (Dom Alessio – Triple J) 

Tobias will be supported by Melbourne band, Closet Straights.

Music from 3pm | Free Entry

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Ferla + Saint Jude
May
18
9:00 PM21:00

Ferla + Saint Jude

They dug deep. They bled. They wept. They got to work. Melbourne’s after-dark pop darlings FERLA are coming to Castlemaine to celebrate the launch of their debut album It’s Personal at The Bridge Hotel on Saturday 18th of May with support from Saint Jude. Be a babe and come down.

Tickets $10 plus BF HERE | 9pm start

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On Diamond + Jaala
May
17
9:00 PM21:00

On Diamond + Jaala

Experimental pop band On Diamond celebrate the release of their highly anticipated debut album with their first ever show in Castlemaine. Led by songwriter/vocalist Lisa Salvo, the group's energetic sound is made up of cascading melodies, unfettered effects and an interactive group dynamic. Featuring members of Grand Salvo, Jaala and Jazz Party, this super-group create an on stage synergy that is at once beautiful and chaotic, and is completely arresting.

They will joined by enigmatic powerhouse, the one and only: Jaala, in solo mode. 

Tickets $8 plus BF pre-sale HERE | $10 on the door | 9pm start

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