Music Entertainment

Friday Entertainment

Bill Gray

After Bill’s first performance with the Geelong Bellarine Country Music Club, Vic, in February 2012, Bill has hit the Country Music scene with a Bang.In 2013 Bill achieved over 250 live performances alone. Currently he has released 4 cd’s, with his first all original Album due out the end of 2015.With show and festival bookings now spreading throughout Victoria, NSW and South Australia well into 2016, Bill, along with his live band, bring to life a great Rockabilly sound. Just perfect for the younger crowds that gather to enjoy B&S Balls, Live Cubs and great dance music.Also playing many RSL’s, Bill’s style of music, can easily entertain the older crowd or audience wanting laid back easy listening music, from acoustic sets, to pub Covers.Bill spent January 2014 in Tamworth NSW, attending the Academy of Country Music after winning a scholarship through Country Music South Australia; The Academy was a great steeping stone for Bill’s soon to be released all original album. For more information visit www.billgraymusic.com

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Safari Motel

Melbourne blues, funk and soul band “Safari Motel”, has covered a lot of ground in a short time.Hailing from the Mornington Peninsula, Safari Motel have entertained their fans locally and with such passion and enthusiasm that their popularity has spread all the way around to the other side of the bay which is fine for singer Nicole Nehemia and bassist Jason Nehill who have family all throughout Geelong and as far west as Colac and Apollo Bay.Safari Motel is still relatively new on the scene but individually they have decades of experience from Nick Pearce’s intricate, uplifting sax licks, Dean James’ driving rhythms and scorching solos to Neil Richardson’s mind blowing drumming. Since getting on board The Blues Train, the guys in Safari Motel now also have an amazing sense of balance as well. “It’s easily our favourite gig.”, says lead vocalist, Nicole Nehemia,”The crowd is there to dig tunes and party hard which makes us work so much harder. It’s a great challenge and we always walk away with grins from ear to ear!”.Safari Motel also featured at The Geelong Motor City Festival, are booked for The Echuca Blues Festival and have several dates lined up on The Blues Train along with their other regular gig spots on the Mornington Peninsula and around Melbourne.With a live album already enjoying regular airplay throughout Melbourne and a studio album on the way, Safari Motel is quickly becoming a household name and the one to watch!Experience two unique elements at once, Safari Motel and The Blues Train and be blown away.

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Peter Chapman


Peter Chapman is one of Aus indie music’s best kept secrets.
An accomplished and acclaimed singer songwriter, Peter has engaged audiences across the country with his melodic pop/roots tunes that are equally at home in an electric or unplugged setting.His independent albums Cleanskin and No Music, No Soul have enjoyed both community and commercial network airplay. With strong song writing and storytelling Peter mixes rock, pop, roots, folk with occasional touches of reggae and hip hop. The unmistakable theme drawing them all together; smacks both of summer and optimism. A musical encounter with Peter will have you using your head and tapping your feet with equal parts enthusiasm!PC creates roots inspired, string toting, organic lush electronica kissed, choir and mighty, acoustic-electric-groove-pop!

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Saturday Kids Entertainment

Andy Magee


Andy Magee Comedy Award Winning Children’s / Kids Party Entertainer / Magician
 His Comedy Magic show, disco, fun & games Party Shows have entertained children and adults, for over 15 years.An outstanding children magical entertainer and Comedy Act, Andy Magee specialises in bringing laughter to people of all ages Andy has the ability and versatility to provide a day fun filled Comedy experience suitable and adaptable for any cliental and for any specific occasion With Balloons, comedy magic, stilt walking a fun filled kids comedy show.

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Funky Mummies


Join in the  interactive fun with the Funky Mummies.   The children will get a chance to play with the band, sing on stage and dance throughout the show.
If your child likes fun, music and dance…. don’t miss the Funky Mummies

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The Gems


The Gem’s  and Nails will play you a selection of songs sure to get you singing and dancing, from Country Pop to modern Rock  they will  have you up in the aisle  and full of smiles.

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Willow Star


Performing since a child herself, Brooke Leal has redirected her country music background to that of children’s performer, Willow Star. Willow Star is based in Torquay, Victoria and is a big part of her local community, performing at community events and kids parties.

Brooke has performed all across Australia in schools, at rodeos, hospitals & homes. At the age of 13, she sang to 20,000 people at the Sydney Harbor Tunnel opening!

Brooke has done several stints overseas singing at theme parks and hotels in Taiwan, Japan, America & New Zealand. Willow Star’s debut album is due for release at the end of the month. You can catch Willow Star playing around the Surf Coast, Geelong & Bellarine regions.

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Alister Turrill



Alister is a songwriter of the highest order and a sign that the future of Australian blues is in good hands.” – Lloyd Spiegel, Premier Endorsee Cole Clark Guitars.”It’s refreshing to witness live a craftsman at work and Alister Turrill playing his lap steel guitar is one of those unique experiences.” Michael Carrucan, Former Director of Queenscliff Music Festival.It would be a generalisation to group 23 year old Alister Turrill with other young roots players. His playing style blends a true form of blues with complex song writing seldom seen in someone so young. Alister won the 2011 Melbourne Youth in Blues award and as a result has been taking guidance from Australia’s most respected blues artists. He’s shared the stage with Jeff Lang, Geoff Achison and Lloyd Spiegel on several occasions and has supported the likes of Charlie Parr (US), Ash Grunwald, Kim Churchill, Steve Smyth, Tim Freedman and Shane Howard.The raw, uninhibited honesty of his song writing became evident upon the release of his 2013 debut album Reverence & Resonance (produced by Australian blues legend Lloyd Spiegel), and saw him begin to charm crowd after crowd at each of his performances.2015 has sparked the formation of Alister Turrill & The Vagabond Brothers, a trio made complete with the addition of Toby Johnson on Drums and Jaron Mulholland on Bass. The energetic new single ‘Road To The Grave’ was released at this year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival.
With passion, drive and a life long love for authentic music, the best is truly yet to come for Alister Turrill & The Vagabond Brothers.

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Sunday Entertainment

Sarah Carroll

Sarah CarrollSarah Carroll is an original singer/songwriter, well known for her work with The Junes, The Cartridge Family, The Pirates Of Beer and partner Chris Wilson, amongst others. She specialises in country, but loves the bossa nova and has rhythm and blues in her heart!Sarah’s music reverberates with her wide and various influences; her coastal residence, home life with family, pets and friends, touring around Australia and the USA, and many, many years in the business! She is known for her earthy, wry and heartfelt songs and calm, clear delivery.Sarah teaches ukulele and guitar to kids and grown ups around the Bellarine Peninsula and performs with her students at community events whenever possible. She is a tutor in the highly successful Blues Boot Camp program, now in its seventh year, which engages regional teenagers in performance and collaboration in an intensive three day program.In November 2014, Sarah was the inaugural recipient of the Ross Lipson Award, given to Geelong-based female musicians who have achieved excellence in their own careers and who have worked to help others along the way. Ross Lipson was director of Sweethearts, Australia’s only school based, all-girl soul and pop band, for 25 years.Sarah’s recent career highlights include a return visit to the USA in 2014, with Mezray Tours, where she and fellow travellers visited Nashville, Austin and San Francisco to take part in festivals and perform at clubs and on the streets. Rekindling friendships with the likes of Bill Kirchen, James Intveld, Rosie Flores and Tommy Womack made the trip an absolute delight. 
Closer to home, Sarah has also enjoyed recent support spots at shows by national treasure Mic Conway, rock legend Tim Rogers, Scotland’s Eddi Reader, Canadian folk musician Old Man Luedecke and our own country songman, the great Neil Murray.Sarah’s current releases include Country Con Queso, the latest all-singin’ all swinging’ manifesto from The Junes, and Soft Gold, and an album of duets with Marcel Borrack. These songs were described by Marty Jones of Rhythms as “pretty, plaintive and exquisite…classic”. She is writing solo album no. 4 to be recorded later this year.

0428 854 913/carrollwilson@bigpond.com


 

Canyon 


Signature four part harmonies, classic songs about deserts, forests, raging water, open highways and broken hearts… cue Canyon!  For the coolest acoustic-driven, harmony fuelled music this side of the West Coast!  Performing the songs of Eagles, America, Linda Ronstadt, The Band, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Brothers, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell and more; spanning America’s rich West to East coast tradition, this acoustic band will take you on a musical road trip like no other.  Canyon features the vocally formidable Peter Chapman and Louise Dempsey (yes, Paul’s sister), as well as Robert James Kirk (RJK & The Sisters of Sin) and Bruce Packard (Coolgrass, Concordia Mandolin Orchestra).  Together, Canyon blends harmony and instruments including guitars, mandolin and bass.  Canyon transports the audience to a time and place alive and rich in synchronicity and steeped in the best acoustic traditions.  Canyon sings some of the greatest songs ever written creating a potent mix combining the elements, history and the weathering over time of musical storms…

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Michael Stangel


Growing up in Geelong Victoria, Michael began his musical career playing in local bands,
at festivals and school events. Michael progressed into more professional bands in his
early teens and was earning more money than his school teachers from his music by the
time he was 16. This mix of artist and entrepreneur would become a common themethroughout Michael’s career.At age 19, Michael received his first real opportunity overseas when he signed a deal witha European label based out of Spain. Michael moved to Europe to begin working on hisnew deal. After a few minor successes, it was decided that it would be best for Michael to return to Australia to focus on his writing and production skills. In 2001, Michael teamed up
with well respected producer, Paul Wiltshire, to work on projects for Sony Music and
Universal Music Australia. During this period Michael met ARIA winning producer and
engineer David Nicholas who had worked as a producer and engineer with world famous
artists like The Pretenders, INXS, Elton John, Brian Adams and Shakespeare’s Sister and
also locally with Cold Chisel, George, and Delta Goodrem. Michael began as a Pro Tools
operator for David and went on to become a writing and production partner. Michael and
David also went on to form Jellyfish Records and signed many up-and-coming acts at the
time.
During his time at Jellyfish Michael wrote songs with the likes of Nikki Chinn, Steve
Booker, Bridget Benenate and Kevin Savigar (who between them have credits including
Tina Turner, Duffy, Kelly Clarkson and Rod Stewart). Locally Michael has written, produced
and played on tracks for songs for artists such as Shannon Noll, The Veronicas, Dean
Geyer, Human Nature and The Androids.
In 2005 Michael produced and mixed an album called “Loss of Signal” by the Melbourne
band “Borne”, that rose to #14 on the USA Billboard album charts. From this and his many
other achievements Michael became high in demand from major labels to work on up-andcoming
projects. He worked on projects with Sony/BMG , UMA, Festival Records, EMI and
Warner Brothers.
In 2011 During a performance Michael experienced a small seizure which he thought
nothing of at the time. However it turned out to much more serious than first thought.
Michael was told he had a tumor lodged in one of his heart valves and would need to have
emergency surgery to remove it or risk imminent death. The tumor, although rare, was not
thought to be an issue moving forward once removed and Michael soon returned to normal
life until another bout of double vision and stroke like symptoms revealed six tumors in his
brain that were thought to be aggressive melanoma. Michael was told to get his affairs in
order as his life expectancy was not thought to be very long. However, after 2 months of
living with this reality a new diagnosis was made. The tumors were now believed to be of
the same matter as the one in his heart. This was extremely rare and there was no known
prognosis for treatment for this as there had only been only 20 or so known cases
documented that had no common thread.
Michael then endured a number of brain surgeries to remove the tumors in his brain.
During the recovery from one of these surgeries in 2012 a friend suggested the he should
try out for The Voice as a distraction from the operations. With much persuasion from his
family Michael decided to try out and became a member of team Delta after the Blind
Auditions. He lost his battle in the Battle Round but was saved by all of the other judges
and decided to join with Joel Madden. Michael and Joel had a great kinship that was well
documented in front of the entire nation and the pair’s friendship grew.
Michael ended up making top 3 in Joel team and received adulation for his attitude
towards life. Joel would tell the nation that “Michael you represent Australia well, you’re a
fighter and a good man, the kind of man I would like to think I am to my family”.
Michael’s success on The Voice has been amazing and he has had many opportunities
since. Michael suffered another seizure as the result of an aneurysm 2 weeks after The
Voice finished, which required further surgery, but again has recovered well. He went on to
sing the national anthem in front of 40,000 people and to over a million viewers live at the
EJ Whitten AFL Legends game, only 8 days after his operation.
Michael is currently working on his forthcoming Album “An Aussie Spirit” due for release in
late 2013.

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