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

Justin Bernasconi + William Alexander

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Hannah Cameron Album Launch + Merpire

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

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

Special Guest Merpire

Tickets - $5 (+BF)

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

Sime Nugent & Friends

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

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

 

 

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Wednesday Trivia!
Aug
22
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

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

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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

An evening with The Audreys

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

Tickets on sale now

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

Charm of Finches - Single launch

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.charmoffinchesband.com/

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

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Wednesday Trivia!
Aug
29
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

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

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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

Hot Sludge Fundae + Fishmonger

 

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

Support from Fishmonger

Free Entry
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

TICKETS HERE!  - Don't miss out! 

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Eddie Nuardo
Sep
2
3:00 PM15:00

Eddie Nuardo

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

2 Sets, Free Entry.

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Wednesday Trivia!
Sep
5
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

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

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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

Felicity Cripps Band September Residency

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday Trivia!
Sep
12
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

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

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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

Felicity Cripps Band September Residency

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

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

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

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

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

Country Daze '18

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

LOOSE TOOTH | MOODY BEACHES | DIANAS | DARK FAIR

Tickets on sale now from here.

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

SEAN SIMMONS & BRONWYN HENDERSON (The Spoils)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free Entry / 3pm

 

 

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Wednesday Trivia!
Sep
19
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

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

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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

Felicity Cripps Band September Residency

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday Trivia!
Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

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

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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

Felicity Cripps Band September Residency

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

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

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

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

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Stephen Grady
Sep
30
3:00 PM15:00

Stephen Grady

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

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

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

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

Don McGlashan + Skyscraper Stan - Dinner & Show

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ‘Johnny Can’t Dance’ Cajun Band

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

Craig Woodward. Accordion/fiddle/vocal, Susan Shaw. Guitar/vocal/ti’ fir, Campbell Shaw. Fiddle & Jeremy Marcotte. Drums

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

Free Entry / 3-5pm

 

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

East Brunswick All Girls Choir

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

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

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

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

9pm 

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Freya Josephine Hollick
Dec
2
3:00 PM15:00

Freya Josephine Hollick

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

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

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

Freya plays two sets from 3pm/Free Entry 

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Wednesday Trivia!
Aug
15
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

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

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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

Delsinki + Rex Watts

Shape-shifting uncategorizable post-colonialist DELSINKI will release his debut album, “And No Place Was Found for Them” an amalgam of honest and compelling narratives about war, loss, ageing, tribalism, emotions, nature, the futility of urban life and the perils of conformity.

Delsinki has a crack band, including Justin Brady from Things of Stone and Wood, a top notch rhythm section and vocalists Ruby, Brooke Taylor and Coby Grant, all of whom share the spotlight on this stunning album.

Support from local legend, Rex Watts

9pm - Free Entry

 

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

Warped (Album Launch) + Hoss + Grindhouse

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

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

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

*waterproof ponchos are suggested during performances.

TICKETS HERE

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Wednesday Trivia!
Aug
8
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

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

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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Wednesday Trivia!
Aug
1
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

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

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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Frances Gumm Frontier
Jul
29
3:00 PM15:00

Frances Gumm Frontier

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

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

Free Entry / 3pm

 

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

The Hot Springs + Oscar Lush

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

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

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

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

Listen       Watch

Free entry
9pm

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Wednesday Trivia!
Jul
25
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

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

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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Empat Lima Album Launch
Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

Empat Lima Album Launch

 

To herald the June 28 release of their album 'Cling, Clang Clutter', Melbourne garage-pop trio Empat Lima play a special show at the Bridge Hotel.

Over the five years they’ve been together the band has participated in 24-hour art installations, played with seminal Indonesian post-punk heroes in rice fields, and inadvertently induced labour with their music. 

Empat Lima continue to draw upon the inspiration of the great women in music before them, mixing in their own unique style of overlapping melodies and driving dance beats.

Free Entry / 3pm

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Joshua Hedley with Lillie Mae
Jul
21
8:30 PM20:30

Joshua Hedley with Lillie Mae

It is with great delight that Love Police Touring announce the beloved Joshua Hedley, this time with his crackin’ 5 piece band, will tour Australia in July 2018 along with Lillie Mae. Together they will play multiple shows in Sydney, Melbourne plus Castlemaine and the Groundwater Festival on the Gold Coast.

Joshua Hedley is a welcome frequent vistor having toured here so many times he is on a first name basis with Australian Customs officials, tattoo parlours, good coffee shops and bad bars. Australia has almost become his second home, and with good reason as  audiences here have embraced him like no other since he was first pushed to the first of stage at Melbourne’s Out On The Weekend festival in 2014. He is a well defined front man these days, enough to catch the eyes of Jack White’s Third Man Records who quickly added him to their enviable roster.

Every few years a tour comes along that will redefine what you thought traditional country should be or was all about. This is that tour.

Tickets onsale now right here.

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Liam Linley & The Louvres + Felicity Cripps Band
Jul
20
9:00 PM21:00

Liam Linley & The Louvres + Felicity Cripps Band

Liam Linley released his debut EP 'In the Course of Love' in May and is currently recording his first bunch of music with his band, The Louvres (Chris Valdemarin, CJ Rhodes & Ceci Dowling).
https://www.liamlinley.com

Legendary locals, Felicity Cripps Band released their debut LP in 2017 and are now recording new music!
https://www.felicitycripps.com

From 9pm - $5

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Wednesday Trivia!
Jul
18
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

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

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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Winter Warmers featuring Loose Tooth, Jaala & East Brunswick All Girls Choir
Jul
15
4:00 PM16:00

Winter Warmers featuring Loose Tooth, Jaala & East Brunswick All Girls Choir

Not content with staying home huddled in front of a faulty heater this Winter, the good folk at Poison City and Bedroom Suck Records have cooked up the perfect Rock N Roll bus adventure; a Sunday bus ride into the country that departs The Tote Hotel at midday, stopping in at Major Tom’s burger bar (Kyneton) and Red Hill Hotel (Chewton) on route to The Bridge Hotel where you’ll be treated to the supreme sounds of JAALA, LOOSE TOOTH and EAST BRUNSWICK ALL GIRLS CHOIR. Tickets are available for the full bus round-trip via Poison City www.poisoncityestore.com & Bedroom Suck www.bedroomsuckrecords.com -

OR you can purchase tickets for The Bridge Hotel show only HERE.

 

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S.M. Jenkins + Cool Sounds
Jul
14
9:00 PM21:00

S.M. Jenkins + Cool Sounds

Melbourne's S.M. Jenkins launch their second EP, "Campbelltown" with friends (and part Castlemaine locals), Cool Sounds. 

S.M. Jenkins consists of main-man Steve Bourke plus Jo Syme of Big Scary on the drums, Jimmy Gallagher of Dumb Punts on the bass, and Shanna Watson (Kira Puru, Handsome) on bass and lead guitar.

$5 entry

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Baby Blue + Georgia Spain
Jul
13
9:00 PM21:00

Baby Blue + Georgia Spain

Establishing themselves as a live force to be reckoned with, Baby Blue have played relentlessly around town in their short time together as a band, with a strong fan base continuing to build in tow. Having performed alongside an impressive list of both local and international outfits such as Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Benjamin Booker, Husky, The Ocean Party, The Courtney's, Chastity Belt, Leah Senior and more, Baby Blue have become a powerful and compelling live act. 

Join Baby Blue in launching 'Do What You Like' with special guests Georgia Spain and band.

Tickets here


www.babybluemelbourne.com
www.georgiaspainmusic.bandcamp.com

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Wednesday Trivia!
Jul
11
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

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

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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JoJo Rainwater
Jul
8
3:00 PM15:00

JoJo Rainwater

Born in Tennessee USA,
JoJo Rainwater is a Singer, Guitar player

JoJo Rainwater has captured the sound and voice of his culture/country and people. Songs and story telling on a deep level that captivates your heart.

 Listen to JoJo Rainwater.

JoJo plays two sets from 3pm.

 

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Didirri
Jul
7
9:00 PM21:00

Didirri

Didirri’s challenging and thoughtful writing, combined with on-stage charisma and relatable depth has continually won over listeners around the world. Simultaneously heartbreaking and healing, and approaching real issues with smile and charm, Didirri is an artist with something to say. His uninhibited lyrics tug at raw nerves, while his charming melodies soothe your heart - all at once provoking a wild thought and calming your heady mind.

Join Didirri on this special goldfields outing on Saturday 7th July with special guests Moreton and Kat Edwards. Tickets onsale now here.

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Jess Parker & The Troubled Waters + Skyscraper Stan (solo)
Jul
6
9:00 PM21:00

Jess Parker & The Troubled Waters + Skyscraper Stan (solo)

With their unique brew of dark Australiana and shaky Louisiana swamp blues, Jess Parker & The Troubled Waters have been serenading and possessing audiences all over Victoria since their inception in early 2017. After the release of their debut EP 'Goin' Swimming' in April and receiving an invitation to play this years Echuca Winter Blues Festival, they will be bringing their sassy rock n roll gumbo to The Bridge Hotel, with very special guest Skyscraper Stan (solo). 

Free entry.
 

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Wednesday Trivia!
Jul
4
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

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

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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Nigel Wearne
Jul
1
3:00 PM15:00

Nigel Wearne

Nigel Wearne is a folk/country singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner. Equipped with personally handcrafted instruments, his music melds finger-style guitar, clawhammer banjo, folk and honest storytelling. Gleaning diverse influence from Kelly Joe Phelps, Townes Van Zandt and Sun Kil Moon, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and his love of eggs. His 2012 album, Black Crow garnered wide critical acclaim including a 4 star review in Rolling Stone and a nomination for Best Country Album at The Age Music Victoria Awards. Nigel’s current album Drawing Circles is a solo record that’s raw, compelling and reflective. A storyteller at heart, he paints lyrical pictures with “the narrative-fuelled prose of Paul Kelly” - Beat Magazine. “One of Australia’s emerging songwriters” - Tone Deaf. “Warmth flecked with grit… beauty awaits” 4 Stars – Rolling Stone.

Nigel Wearne brings his finger pickin', folk country singin' to The Bridge, Castlemaine – playing 2 sets from 3 – 5PM on SUNDAY 1ST JULY...and it's free!

www.nigelwearne.com

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Raised By Eagles
Jun
30
9:00 PM21:00

Raised By Eagles

After the release of their award winning, third album ‘I Must Be Somewhere’ in mid-2017, Raised By Eagles are hitting the road again this winter to play a string of national dates, and return to Castlemaine for a very special show at the The Bridge Hotel on June 30th.

“Raised by Eagles opened for us on our national tour in 2017. I watched ‘em every night and was taken in by their wide-eyed commitment to their craft. Their music soars and meanders, takes you to familiar places you’ve never been. To call them alt-country only tells half the story” – MICK THOMAS

Tickets available now right here.

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MAINfm Radio Party - Bench Press + Leon & The freedom Cage + H.R.
Jun
29
8:30 PM20:30

MAINfm Radio Party - Bench Press + Leon & The freedom Cage + H.R.

MAINfm Radio Party! 

To celebrate a huuuuuuge month of radiothon and fundraising events we wanna party with you!

The Inaugural Radio Party featuring...

Bench Press - https://poisoncityrecords.bandcamp.com/album/bench-press

Leon & The Freedom Cage - https://leonstackpole.bandcamp.com/releases

H.R
https://soundcloud.com/h-rsounds

8:30pm
Tickets at the door: $7 MAINfm subscribers / $10 general 

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Wednesday Trivia!
Jun
27
8:00 PM20:00

Wednesday Trivia!

Wednesday night trivia is back at The Bridge!

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

Max team size 8 people.

Starts 8pm sharp.

Bookings essential ring 4406 6730

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Trouble Peach
Jun
24
5:00 PM17:00

Trouble Peach

Trouble Peach are a five piece country band from Melbourne featuring former and current members of The Toot Toot Toots, Saint Jude and Oh! Mercy. The band formed in 2017 and released a few original singles over the past 12 months. Trouble Peach recently completed their debut album, 'El Avíon Sobre El Mar', a tribute to cult lofi folk band 'Neutral Milk Hotel' performed entirely in Spanish. The band will launching the album in Melbourne, Kyneton and Castlemaine this June!

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Gabriella Cohen
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Gabriella Cohen

Australia’s sweetheart, Gabriella Cohen, returns with her sophomore album, Pink Is The Colour Of Unconditional Love. The album’s opener and first single ‘Baby’ was born in the graveyard of unrequited love, yet morphs into a remarkably catchy, feel good number.

On Pink Is The Colour, Cohen pays homage to her musical influences by inviting the listener on a journey: from the grooves of bossa nova, to the lilting sentimentality of strings, to kicking it back on the sprawling highways of rock ‘n’ roll. Honest heartache is woven into glory throughout the record, and during eleven tracks a candid, almost ethereal self-portrait of its songwriter emerges. For Gabriella Cohen, it’s an epitaph of electric wonder, and a definitive fact: Pink is the Colour of Unconditional Love.

Cohen moved to a farm in countryside Victoria, Australia in summer of 2017 to record and self-produce the album with engineer and partner-in-crime, Kate “Babyshakes” Dillon. There, amidst flocks of screeching white cockatoos and herds of Black Angus cows, they etched the beginning of Pink Is The Colour Of Unconditional Love. The record was almost complete when the band was invited to join Foxygen’s US tour, compelling the girls to finish the album on the road. Armed with a microphone and an interface, Dillon and Cohen captured the final touches of the album on a boat in England, and the coast of Portugal; in the mountains of Southern Italy, cafes of Mexico, and finally in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.

Throughout the new album Cohen (flanked by a choir of imaginary dolls that exist in her head) creates complex and sugary backing vocals. These signature vocal arrangements – contoured with classic harmonies and nostalgic melodies – form songs remarkable in their originality.

Tickets here


 

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