James McCann & The New Vindictives + Happy Lonesome
Apr
27
9:00 PM21:00

James McCann & The New Vindictives + Happy Lonesome

James McCann grew up in a small country town in Western Australia, five hundred kilometres outside of Perth, the most remote capital city in the world. As a teenager McCann was captivated by the classic Australian punk rock sound of The Saints, X, Radio Birdman and the Celibate Rifles. By the early 1990s McCann was in Sydney, where he enjoyed a small taste of commercial attention with his band Harpoon.

In the late 1990s McCann returned to Perth, playing in Maurice Flavel’s Gutterville Splendour Six, a loose collective of like-minded musicians that included Brendan Humphries (Kill Devil Hills) and Gareth Liddiard and Rui Pereira (The Drones). Shortly after McCann formed the first incarnation of The Drones with Liddiard and Pereira.

Leaving The Drones behind, McCann’s rock’n’roll journey took him to Sydney, 3000 kilometres away on the other side of the vast Australian continent, and then south to Melbourne, the fertile home of Australian music.

With his Dirty Skirt Band, his ‘Other Band’ and more recently the New Vindictives, McCann has traversed the rock’n’roll spectrum, from dirty blues jams, to country, to abrasive 70s rock. McCann has also found time to collaborate with Spencer P Jones (Beasts of Bourbon), produced a track for the Violent Femmes , recorded with Alejandro Escovedo , sung with Nunchukka Superfly (featuring Ray Ahn and Peter Black from the Hard Ons , look out for a 2019 release with James on vocals ) , Damo Suzuki (Can), Brian Hooper (Beasts of Bourbon) and Penny Ikinger (Wet Taxis). McCann has co written and had his songs covered by artists such as Garry Gray (Sacred Cowboys ‘ Diamond in the Forehead ) The Drones ( This Time ) Johnny Casino and Brad Shepherd ( Drunk and Tired )

McCann’s latest album with the New Vindictives, Gotta Lotta Move - Boom!, released on vinyl on French label Beast Records and on CD on Australian label Off the Hip, sees McCann return to the punk rock roots that inspired him as a teenager. Featuring a co-write with Penny Ikinger (I Can Control Your Mind) and a cover of Spencer P Jones’ Life in Jail, Gotta Love Move - Boom! is nine doses of punk-spiked rock’n’roll guaranteed to kick you into excitement. This is a record awash with the punk attitude of the Sex Pistols, the rhythmic brutality of Feedtime and the leather-clad rock’n’roll passion of Motörhead.

In October 2017 James McCann returned to Europe for a four-week tour that saw McCann play gigs across France and Spain. Joining him on the tour was The New Vindictives, comprising Tim Deane (Ron Peno and the Superstitions, Hired Guns) on guitar, Sam Fiddian (Mick Daley and the Corporate Raiders ) on bass and Jackson Kite on drums.

2018 saw the band play up and down the East Coast , James and band in 2019 are working on a follow up to Gotta Lotta Move – Boom!

Tickets $10 at the door | 9pm


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Matthew Colin
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Matthew Colin

Matthew Colin returns once again to the Bridge Hotel stage. Bringing with him the values of histories great ramblers, 'a song and a friend for every mile behind'. It'll only take listening to one or two lines and you will find he is a writer of considered craft, his values nested in a time of country folk music where all that mattered was the song itself.

3PM | Free Entry

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The Rattlers + Madeline Hudson
May
2
8:30 PM20:30

The Rattlers + Madeline Hudson

The Rattlers pair together sensitive harmonies with gypsy-style folk, telling stories of being on the road and tales of rural Australia (past and present). The Rattlers EP (released 2018) reveals a journey through past heartache and a longing for far off places. The band’s recent demo release “Fire In The City” is an epic tale of post-colonial terror, with haunting vocal wails and densely layered acoustic sounds.

The Rattlers will be joined by the lovely (and local) Madeline Hudson.

Entry by donation | 8.30pm start

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World Turtle World + Junior Fiction + Bruiser
May
3
9:00 PM21:00

World Turtle World + Junior Fiction + Bruiser

On the day of the new moon, in the month of Hiyar, the Sun was put to shame, and went down in the daytime, with Mars in attendance."

Has it been that long already! 2645 year since the Solar eclipse seen at Ugarit by Mesopotamian astronomers, OMG! To celebrate this momentous occasion World Turtle World team up with Junior Fiction and Castlemaine's newest kids on the block Bruiser. A night of fun Rock n Roll with synths and wah wah pedals. Free entry, Door Price, Special Guests and the usual invoking of Deities from the White Lodge!

World Turtle World:
https://worldturtleworld.bandcamp.com/

Junior Fiction:
https://soundcloud.com/james-mclean-625046116/sets/junior-fiction-the-past

Bruiser:
https://www.facebook.com/brusier/

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Laura Imbruglia + Loose Tooth
May
4
9:00 PM21:00

Laura Imbruglia + Loose Tooth

Laura Imbruglia and band are thrilled to finally be touring in support of Laura's fourth album "Scared of You". 

Featuring a recently revitalised band lineup of Alex MacRae (Sons of Rico) on lead guitar, Kelly Dingeldei (Loobs) on bass & backing vocals, and James Trewenack (Glass Diamonds) on drums, Laura Imbruglia and her band have been garnering new and returning fans with an utterly impressive live show. The outfit supported Teenage Fanclub back in Feb and are playing both Shivoostock and Boogie Festival in April. 

You can expect a diverse mix of sounds - traversing realms of pub rock, brooding indie pop, classic country, shoegaze, grunge and even yacht rock. 

They'll be joined by the most excellent Loose Tooth.

Don't miss it!

TICKETS $12 plus BF HERE | $15 on the door | 9pm

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Joshua Seymour + Teresa Dixon
May
5
3:00 PM15:00

Joshua Seymour + Teresa Dixon

Joshua Seymour (Cherrywood), Teresa Dixon (the Stragglers) & Kat Mear (Cash Savage & the Last Drinks) will be teaming up for a one off special performance as 3 piece old time folk supergroup 'Hill Billie Holiday', performing a mix of Seymour and Dixon's original material with Kat Mear on Violin. Polish off your boots and get ready for some old timey alt-country folk! 

Free Entry | 3pm

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Mick Thomas' Roving Commission
May
9
9:00 PM21:00

Mick Thomas' Roving Commission


COLDWATER ROADSONGS TOUR

Coldwater DFU - the album Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission made in Memphis last year is finally out and the band are keen to get around the country and play it to people. Like its predecessor The Big Don’t Argue - the album Mick and Wally recorded with weddings, Parties, Anything  in Memphis thirty years ago - this is shaping up to be a record that finds its identity on the live stage.

The Roving Commission 2019 is firing with the inclusion of lap steel maestro Nick O’Mara and alt-folk songbird Jac Tonks (otherwise known as Amarillo) and this run of dates sees Mick and his core band (Sqeezebox Wally, Dave Folley and Ben Franz) right up for the task of showing the country the fruits of their labour in studios of Tennessee. These are songs that will stand the test of time and what better place to blood them than in the pubs and clubs of Australia alongside the songs that have served Mick and his compatriots so well, for so long.

Coldwater DFU is out March 8 on Bloodlines Music

TICKETS $30 plus booking fee HERE | $35 on door | 9PM start

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Cedric Burnside (USA)
May
11
9:00 PM21:00

Cedric Burnside (USA)

Renowned bluesman Cedric Burnside, returns to Australia and New Zealand this May, in support of his latest album BENTON COUNTY RELIC.  

The grandson of legendary R.L. Burnside,Cedric Burnside draws upon a tradition that’s decades old, yet cuts deeper than any other artists recent attempt to interpret the blues. Burnside will showcase his electric and acoustic guitar prowess joined by his full band for a string of special intimate shows.

The tour will kick off with a performance in Auckland on May 10, followed by six headline dates in Australia taking in Castlemaine, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

TICKETS HERE | 9pm

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shaun Kirk
Jun
21
9:00 PM21:00

Shaun Kirk

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

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

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Jess Ribeiro
Aug
3
9:00 PM21:00

Jess Ribeiro

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 Guests TBC.

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

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Wednesday Trivia!
Apr
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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H.R + Happy Axe + Julia Johnson
Apr
18
8:30 PM20:30

H.R + Happy Axe + Julia Johnson

3 Gorgeous acts from Castlemaine, Sydney and Canberra come together for a night of music at the Bridge Hotel.

Hilary Hutchinson (HR) is dark, soulful country-inspired guitar jams melding sensual, ethereal harmonies over rumbling layers of rhythmic ambience.

https://soundcloud.com/h-rsounds

Happy Axe
Canberra musician Emma Kelly AKA Happy Axe brings her unique brand of Ambient Pop to Castlemaine. Using violin, musical saw, voice and digital manipulation, listening to Happy Axe is a hypnotic experience. Deft melodies and atmospheric loops cascade and fold themselves around you. Entrancing patterns form and then dissolve.
"You're an alternate reality Happy Axe. The strings consume this with drama, it'll leave you feeling unsettled and wanting more to explore. This is next level." - Claire Mooney, Triple J
"...she crafts an experimental electronic soundscape that feels intangible in its pristine, strange beauty, similar to a Paul Thomas Anderson film or BJÖRK’s work on Homogenic." - Kyle Fensom, Purple Sneakers

Julia Johnson
Julia Johnson is an Australian singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist. Autumn 2017 saw Johnson’s first musical release “Melissa” since folding her long-standing country-folk band, the Deep Sea Sirens.
Keeping hold of her menagerie of traditional folk instruments, Julia has put down her guitar to delve further in to autoharp, synths, banjo, and her vintage Casiotone MT-65.
The past few years have been spent between Johnson’s hometown Canberra, Berlin and Sydney, where she is currently based.
“Love the playful guitar plucking and that lilt of Julia’s voice” – Zan Rowe, TripleJ
“This confidently straddles the lines between slightly folk-tinged, rustic sounds and a bright-eyed pop sensibility, with good lyrics to boot. Can see this going nuts with a slightly older triple j crowd.” Al Newstead, TripleJ

$10 entry | 8.30PM

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Wednesday Trivia!
Apr
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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Jess Parker & The Troubled Waters + Eve Morden
Apr
13
9:00 PM21:00

Jess Parker & The Troubled Waters + Eve Morden

Since their inception in early 2017, Jess Parker & The Troubled Waters have been cooking up a unique brew of Tarantino-esque desert blues and dark Australiana, captivating and possessing audiences along the way. Their debut EP 'Goin' Swimming' released in March 2018, received wide support on community radio incl. a live in-studio performance on 3CR. Highlights in their short time include sold out shows supporting Cash Savage & The Last Drinks and Cable Ties, and King Wolf, and playing 3 packed shows at the Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival all while writing and honing their sound in countless dimly lit bars across Australia. Their live show is a spectacle that’s impossible to forget. Jess's howling fuzzed out guitar and mesmerising, powerful vocal delivery pairs seamlessly with Sean Figgers' animalistic drums, delivering a truly hypnotic musical assault. 

Tickets $10 on the door | 9pm start


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Wednesday Trivia!
Apr
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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Jo Jo Smith + Lucie Thorne
Apr
7
3:00 PM15:00

Jo Jo Smith + Lucie Thorne


Jo Jo Smith is one of Australia's greatest musical treasures, a sexagenarian pocket-rocket, soul-singing, groove-driving tour de force, who "drops jaws and melts hearts with every performance" (Colin Thompson, Bendigo Blues Festival Director). Across her 50 year career Jo Jo Smith has worked with the cream of the crop, and her capacity to move her listeners through tears and joy with the power of music is stronger than ever. 

“I've been lucky enough to grow up with Jo Jo's music. But I do remember a specific moment at an intimate show when it hit me how brilliant she was. There was this deft capturing of the crowd with her rich vocals, they flowed over us almost visibly (like amber, like honey, like the love light she sings about!) Then prickles of joy. I realised I was in the presence of a master. And boy did it feel good” - Ella Hooper

Lauded for writing "some of the most simple and beautiful songs you will hear" (**** The Age), Lucie Thorne has earned her place as one of Australia’s most striking contemporary songsmiths. With eleven releases to her name and a prodigious touring schedule, Lucie Thorne continues to carve out an extraordinary creative career. From spacious gritty rock n roll to dark and delicate folk, Thorne conjures "exquisitely impressionistic... poetry in motion" (**** Rolling Stone Magazine) with an intimacy and warmth for which her live shows have become so renowned. 

"Atmospheric, innovative... brilliance" (**** Sydney Morning Herald)  

“a demonstration of power through grace and subtlety. World Class.” (Roots Down) 

“Australia’s PJ Harvey… possessing the punch of Cat Power and the wise words of Joni Mitchell” (The Courier Mail)

Pre-sale tickets $18 plus booking fee available HERE | $25 on door

3pm

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Aplegate + Lloyd Meadows
Apr
6
9:00 PM21:00

Aplegate + Lloyd Meadows

Returning once more to The Bridge, APLEGATE bravely wield their highly improvised flat-earth psychedelia, working as one to explore exciting unknown musical territory and ergonomic grooves. Featuring JACK TELFORD on guitar, BRODIE ROGERS on drum kit, DECLAN LEEVERS on bass, SPIKE CARTER-SOUTH on guitar and DECLAN KENNEDY on keyboard.

Lloyd Meadows’ debut release, Oxford Synthesiser Club, was released in late 2018 and was favourably reviewed by US music blog Austin Town Hall. The songs are heartfelt, intelligent and danceable. The music is hook-laden, synth-heavy and epic. Lloyd’s 4-piece band debuted at Newstead Live in January. This gig at the Bridge is the band’s first public performance in hometown Castlemaine. Not to be missed. Don’t be late.

Tickets $10 on the door | 9PM

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Skyscraper Stan (Solo) + James Kenyon
Apr
5
9:00 PM21:00

Skyscraper Stan (Solo) + James Kenyon



Skyscraper Stan is swinging by the Bridge Hotel for a hometown show as part of his April solo tour. Sometimes morbid, sometimes sweet, and often hilarious, Stan's solo performances around Australia have established him as one of the leading troubadours in Australian contemporary music. Joining Stan on the night is James Kenyon - another of Victoria's more accomplished lyricists and storytellers. 

Tickets $8 plus BF HERE | $10 on the door | Doors 9PM

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Wednesday Trivia!
Apr
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 Orbweavers
Mar
31
3:00 PM15:00

The Orbweavers

The Orbweavers are heading to Castlemaine via many bridges, including the Malmsbury viaduct, to play a Sunday afternoon double set here at The Bridge Hotel.  There will be waterway songs, quarry songs, invertebrate songs, sewing songs and bridge songs.

The Orbweavers are playing the Bridge in full band mode and will play two sets from 3pm. Free Entry!

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The Soul Movers
Mar
29
9:00 PM21:00

The Soul Movers

The Soul Movers are super-gassed about playing The Bridge!

With a swag of awesome new tunes off their new album 'Bona Fide' - cut with legendary US groove merchants the Swampers (Muscle Shoals, AL) across seven Southern US studios from Memphis to Nashville and beyond - their rockin' Soul and Groovin' Pop sound has become even more powerful. Come join the 'Movers again for an all-out arvo of Soul moving and uplifting fun, hijinks, singing along and dancing. A 'not to be missed' show with the fabulous (ex-Red Wiggle) Murray Cook,  accomplice Lizzie Mack and the awesome 'Movers. Come shake it loose!

The Soul Movers will play two sets from 9pm.
TICKETS $10 Pre-sale HERE | $15 on door

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Ayleen O - Video Clip Launch Party
Mar
24
3:00 PM15:00

Ayleen O - Video Clip Launch Party

Ayleen O and her band celebrate the video clip release for recent single 'Good As Gold' with a Sunday arvo show at The Bridge in Castlemaine!

Directed by Blind Date Records’ label head, Tim McCormack, the clip was shot in half a day in the the dim-lit basement of a Melbourne city car park.

Enlisting a crew of volunteer back-up dancers, O choreographed a routine that starts with small, group movements and builds to an erratic, close-up solo performance, all driven by a blistering track.

Backing her up are the much-loved dance troupe from Castlemaine, called Lady Fun Times: Crotch of Dancers, known for their gregarious and carefree performances.

Good As Gold is out on 7” vinyl through bandcamp and streaming on all platforms

Directed by Tim McCormack
Assistant videographer Tajette O’Halloran
Make-up by Amy Kenny
Dancing by Ayleen O and Lady Fun-Times: Crotch of Dancers

3pm | Free Entry

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Fringe Festival Art Debate - That Artists Must Suffer For Their Art
Mar
20
8:00 PM20:00

Fringe Festival Art Debate - That Artists Must Suffer For Their Art

THE GREAT ART DEBATE returns!! Presented by the Castlemaine Fringe Festival 2019 and hosted by the Bridge Hotel.

The topic for debate is ' ARTISTS MUST SUFFER FOR THEIR ART'
Is the struggle par for the course? Come hear what will undoubtedly be very entertaining proposals, and decide for yourself!

Chaired by Siobhan Collie-McLaughlin - Teams to be announced.

8pm start

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Leah Senior + Anna Cordell
Mar
17
3:00 PM15:00

Leah Senior + Anna Cordell

Leah Senior and Anna Cordell will be sharing the stage at The Bridge, playing a relaxed afternoon show together. Both Sharing new songs, and collaborating on on some together as well.

Leah Senior silences audiences with her other-worldly presence and unique lyricism. Her songs evoke the familiar and the peculiar, the poetic and the plain. Her last album ‘Pretty Faces’ came out through Flightless Records in 2017 and her distinctive voice also featured on King Gizzards apocalyptic album Murder of The Universe, as the omnipresent female narrator.

Her latest single “Graves” is a shimmering expansion on the 60’s folk palette of Senior's previous two albums, featuring sublime harmonies and jangling 12-string guitar. Shying away the studio, the song has the quirkiness and warmth of a lounge-room recording, tracked at her home in Melbourne with collaborator Jesse Williams.

https://youtu.be/-R30wogqnhU

Anna Cordell's rich folk music straddles that place between light and dark, where true human emotion exists. Her penchant for the minor key coupled with her intricate nylon and electric guitar playing and haunting yet uplifting voice make for an incredibly enthralling performance.
“Delicate and haunting, this song comes from a patient and knowing heart and will stir a yearning in yours.” Caz Tran, TRIPLE J

Anna has recently completed recording her debut record with acclaimed NZ Producer, Ben Edwards and will be releasing her first single in June this year.

https://youtu.be/JNPwkh0CUOk

Special thanks to Lucy Jean Roleff for the artwork!

Free Entry | 3pm

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The Tommyhawks + Black Bats
Mar
16
9:00 PM21:00

The Tommyhawks + Black Bats

An unassuming scruffy bunch with a penchant for dogs, chooks, the beach and pizza; don’t be fooled by their chilled demeanour; once they hit that stage; these girls play hard. A fierce femme-fatale foursome with a knack for picking the shittest camper van to tour in; The Tommyhawks are  a loveable rogue of a band who will intoxicate your every sense and leave you wondering whaaaat?!

Perhaps it comes from all their time on the road sharing toothbrushes and tinnies; but there’s a magic that happens when these women let loose on stage that’s earned them a reputation of being one of the best live acts in Australia.

Renowned on the west coast for their super-tight, explosive live shows; they’ve got 30 festivals under their belt; more than a dozen ventures to the east coast, 3 EPs; 2 WAM song of the year nominations, and are finally releasing their debut Album “Underground Raptor” this March.

Their alt-pop style draws from the band’s diverse background and the result is a raw, and powerful album; Underground Raptor”. Lyrically, there’s a whole lot of anxiety going on; but don’t be put off by the panic; such of is the nature of the band’s playful song-writing that the rest of the band were initially  oblivious to the lyrics (observant bunch they are - hence why they’re in the album sleeve this time). Themes range from Addison’s personal brand of black mirror paranoia, social media apocalypse; and general doom. this the girls did their best to convince her that “anxious 1” “anxious 2” “anxious 3” etc were probably not the most alluring song titles. 

PRAISE FOR THE TOMMYHAWKS

“The Tommyhawks are a band on the rise … Their songs are infectious and well written. They can be airy, spacey and all noise. They can be dirty, emotive, and straight up rock. These girls have it all and talent to burn. Four complete individuals that effortlessly come together as one on stage. A must see.” The Rockpit

“raucous and angelic…endearing…perfect.” The Guardian

“choppy guitar chords, danceable bass lines… orchestral drumming, smooth sexy sax and honey husky vocals the incredible gifted individuals meld into a musical unit.” ausland181.com

The Tommyhawks are not only becoming a well-known highlight of the Perth music scene but also throughout the festival scene of Australia. Along with their captivating stage presence, their ability to pivot between thunderous vibes and reflective melodies provides a glimpse into their intriguing musical vocabulary. For high energy, folk/punk/blues spliced, gutsy and hard-hitting music - this is a band you need to see.

PRAISE FOR SINGLE ‘CRITICAL’
“This is so quirky and unique! Cool vibe!”
Bridget Hustwaite TRIPLE J UNEARTHED

“A strong new one from this band. They seem to galvanised by their venomous subject matter. It's sharpened their blade - henceforth dubbed Troll Slayer. Extra points for the brass solo.”
Dave Ruby Howe, TRIPLE J UNEARTHED

“Bratty, 90s energy in all the right ways. We’re gonna need some bandages here cause this one is bleeding confidence” Tommy Faith, TRIPLE J UNEARTHED

9PM | FREE ENTRY

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Lydia Cole + Mimi Gilbert + Matthew Colin
Mar
14
8:00 PM20:00

Lydia Cole + Mimi Gilbert + Matthew Colin

Lydia Cole has been living in Berlin since the release of her 2017 album The Lay of the Land. In this time she has been performing throughout Europe and the UK, where audiences have received her with great warmth.

"In these new environments I've become reacquainted with that feeling of complete vulnerability, both on and off stage." she reflects.
On stage her new bandmate Timothy Armstrong gently adds harmony, rhythm and texture.

Joining them on this southern string of shows is the captivating California-born songwriter Mimi Gilbert, who these days calls Melbourne home.

After a run of SOLD OUT shows in New Zealand and before stopping briefly in Melbourne (Notcote Social Club) on the way back to Berlin, Matthew Colin has invited them to Castlemaine for a really special and intimate evening.

"Where other similarly inspired artists hide behind metaphors and their faults, Cole is not afraid to expose her soul and shines with restraint and sincerity on record and stage.”
- Carsten Wohlfeld, www.gaesteliste.de

TICKETS $10 on the door | 8pm

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Georgia State Line + Patrick Wilson + William Alexander
Mar
10
3:00 PM15:00

Georgia State Line + Patrick Wilson + William Alexander

Front person of Melbourne based band Georgia State Line; Georgia Delves, alongside songwriters Patrick Wilson and William Alexander are teaming up for a short run of tour dates across March. 

There’s a tender, unmistakable charm that lingers in the work of natural-born storyteller, Patrick Wilson. Rich in craftsmanship, Wilson’s trademark sound and approach to songwriting are gifts only strengthened by the life he breathes into performance.

Paired alongside Georgia State Line’s unique brand of country-infused melancholy yields music that’s equal parts heartsick and hopeful. Delves’ voice is effortlessly colourful, lyrical and textural with a depth and grace to rival even the most revered of talents.

All the while crooning troubadour and old time folk singer, William Alexander (the kid from Bourke), brings back the songs of hillbilly and country musics greatest figures as well as his own songs of the new world and all its trials and tragedies.

Free Entry | 3-5pm

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Mia Dyson
Mar
9
to Mar 10

Mia Dyson

LA-based award-winning Australian singer-songwriter, Mia Dyson will return to Australia this March for a special run of headline dates accompanied by her full band.

Since self-releasing her debut album at age 22, Australian singer/songwriter Mia Dyson has instilled her music with raw passion and timeless vitality, along with the sharp musicianship she’s shown in opening for the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, and Eric Clapton. 

In creating her sixth highly acclaimed album If I Said Only So Far I Take It Back, the L.A.-based artist deepened the connection to her musical roots by recording at Portside Sound: a studio in the same Muscle Shoals building where legendary records by the Bob Dylan and Joe Cocker came to life. 

Support TBC

IF I SAID ONLY SO FAR I TAKE IT BACK AVAILABLE HERE

TICKETS HERE $25 plus BF | $30 Door | 9PM

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Peter and The Wolves + Christy Gordon-Smith
Mar
1
9:00 PM21:00

Peter and The Wolves + Christy Gordon-Smith


“Peter and the Wolves” are a Castlemaine based acoustic trio comprising Pete Bodin, Greg Neale and Rohan Souter. They write and play original songs with a distinctive vocal and instrumental style and flare. Prepare to be be moved, amused, provoked and cajoled; sometimes all in the same song…...

Support from Christy Gordon-Smith

TICKETS $7/$10 | 9PM start

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Tek Tek Ensemble
Feb
23
9:00 PM21:00

Tek Tek Ensemble

TEK TEK perform virtuosic and original music inspired by tropical jungles, late night Balkan weddings, 1960s chic, and shamanistic desert rituals.

The balance of three guys and three girls captivate audiences with exclamatory trumpet; hedonistic violins and organ; deeply pulsating drums and bass; wild psychedelic electric guitar and synthesizer; and a rich smearing of harmonized singing (and wailing) thrown on top.

The band is representative of the fine quality music coming out of Melbourne and features members of: The Bombay Royale, Vulgargrad, The Cumbia Cosmonauts, Papa Chango,
The Sugar Fed Leopards and Johnnie and the Johnnie Johnnies.

Tek Tek Ensemble will play two HUGE sets.

9PM | TICKETS HERE

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Tomgirl + Sofala + Aplegate
Feb
22
9:00 PM21:00

Tomgirl + Sofala + Aplegate

After a highly successful east coast tour, Melbourne's sister-brother band TomGirl and Sofala join forces once again for round two - a five stop tour through February and March.

TomGirl burst onto the local scene with their debut 7 inch release through Melbourne’s Northside Records.They have since supported the likes of Mildlife, Godtet as well as being festival favourites this summer gifting audiences at Strawberry Fields, Kennedy’s Creek Music Festival and the upcoming Party in the Paddock.

Sofala are a seven piece psych-groove outfit, known for their wild and highly immersive live performance. They are coming off the release of their debut single and sold out single launch as well as festival appearances such as Party in the Paddock and Kennedy’s Creek Music Festival in 2018.

Sofala and TomGirl will be bringing their variations of psych and groove joined by the amazing local talent of Aplegate!

TICKETS $8 plus Booking Fee HERE | $10 on the door | 9pm start

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Matthew Colin
Feb
17
3:00 PM15:00

Matthew Colin

Matthew Colin returns once more to the Bridge Hotel beer garden stage. Bringing with him the values of histories great ramblers, 'a song and a friend for every mile behind'. It'll only take listening to one or two lines and you will find he is a writer of considered craft, his values nested in a time of country folk music where all that mattered was the song itself.   

Free Entry | 3pm

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Matt Walker
Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

Matt Walker

Matt Walker is one of the most respected musicians on the Australian scene. His work as a songwriter, guitarist, producer and composer is credited on dozens of albums, films and documentary scores, and among his peers he enjoys the status of a true cult legend. He has toured with people such as Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Dirty Three, Nick Cave, Tony Joe White, Cat Power, The Black Keys and Joe Cocker. Matt has also written, recorded and performed with an eclectic bunch of outstanding artists including Brod Smith, Mick Harvey, Rob Hirst and Jim Mogine (both from Midnight Oil), Archie Roach, Tex Perkins, Kim Salmon, Henry Wagons and Ashley Davies...the list goes on.

His commitment to other projects has, at times overshadowed his own work, but he has nevertheless won an ARIA award for his music, and it goes without saying that, within the Australian music industry, there is much respect for Matt Walker.

Although Matt may currently be found out front of the band, Lost Ragas, a collective of songwriters, he still ventures out to play in solo mode. Experimenting with guitar improvisation and often taking his songs out into cinematic realms. His latest solo album 'In Echoes of Dawn' is a stunning, uplifting piece of work that moves from swamp-soul through to harmony-rich country blues and lilting piano-driven balladry. Matt's voice is haunting, effortless and pure and his songwriting here is nothing short of a revelation.

Matt plays 2 sets from 3pm | Free Entry 

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Galaxy Hop 'Old Gold' Album Launch + Sweet Whirl + Hotep & Rose
Feb
9
9:00 PM21:00

Galaxy Hop 'Old Gold' Album Launch + Sweet Whirl + Hotep & Rose

Galaxy Hop is the electronic song writings of Tommy Norton, former drummer of Felicity Cripps Band and Citizen Sex. Born out of a long cold German winter in 2012, Galaxy Hop has developed from a solo act with a loop pedal into a three-piece band summoning the talents of multi instrumentalists Nigel Tilbrook and Sam Mackisack.

The tail end of 2018 has seen the release of their first full length LP titled ‘Old Gold’ and a brand new click of the lid live show. Galaxy Hop use pulsating tempos created from arpeggiators along with samples and found sounds to build songs into big goodtime crescendos. There are also a couple love songs about nice people.

They are joined onstage by diamonds of the highest order Sweet Whirl and Hotep & Rose.

Tickets $10 on door | 9pm start


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Rain of Animals + Bluegrass Jam
Feb
3
3:00 PM15:00

Rain of Animals + Bluegrass Jam


Rain Of Animals is the euphonious collaboration between Pepita Emmerichs (Oh Pep!) and Theodore Barnard (Wire & Wool) and their love of all things mandolin, fiddle, guitar, harmony vocals, bluegrass, oldtime, swing, tunes and songs. Spanning originals to arrangements of classics and gems of rarities you wish you had discovered earlier, their sound is both new and old, unique in it's instrumental wizardry and musical integrity all at once. 

After their set Pepi and Theo will be playing all manner of bluegrass, country, folk, oldtime and swing tunes and songs to jam along with. All welcome! Bring your best banjo face and favourite instrument!

Free Entry | 3pm


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Pink Wool Press + Mon Coeur
Jan
27
3:00 PM15:00

Pink Wool Press + Mon Coeur

Off the back of their debut EP Clumsy, pink wool press tackle the stage at The Bridge Hotel to hand deliver a vibrant set of original compositions and share their latest single ‘I really hate to bring it up again’ with the good folk of Castlemaine.

pink wool press is made up of 5 Australian native fauna, Mike (guitar and yodelling yabby), Tom Robinson (recording engineer and lead guitar galah), Shaun Fogarty (vocals and woodwind wallaby), Callum Barker (bass bandicoot) and Finton Hocking (percussion platypus). 

The Melbourne/Geelong/Ballarat group navigate a viscous blend of folk and indie-rock to provide a familiar yet quirky musical presence that holds just about something for everyone. Their comforting sound and presence is attributed to the rich arrangements, lively rhythms, animated lyricism, warm clarinet, twinkly glockenspiel, jangly guitars and a well rounded bass.

With local legend and ray of sunshine Mon Coeur playing goal assist at 3PM and pink wool press taking goal attack at 4PM, you will be in excellent company for a Sunday afternoon worth bragging about to your work mates in the tea room.

Free Entry | 3pm

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The Woodland Hunters
Jan
13
3:00 PM15:00

The Woodland Hunters

The Woodland Hunters are a guitar band from Melbourne, Australia. Two members also play in flower punk outfit The Sand Pebbles. Their freewheeling sound owes a debt to 60’s psychedelia, 70’s jam bands and 80’s underground scenes. They can channel ragged epic guitar workouts and subtle country tinged confessionals, often in the same set.

For this appearance at The Bridge Hotel the band will be bringing a Sunday afternoon beer garden vibe, playing stripped back versions of songs from their brand new album, ‘The Thoughts of Chairman Jim’, produced by Shane O’Mara at his legendary Yikesville Studios. Their previous album ‘Let’s Fall Apart’ was voted into ‘The Top 10 Australian Albums of 2017’ 3RRR Off The Record listeners poll and ‘Best Australian Albums 2017’ for Basement Discs end of year selections. Skull Cave’s Stephen Walker said of their 2015 EP “The cream of the crop of new releases… this album is just terrific”.

The Woodland Hunters play two sets. 3-5pm. Free entry!

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