BOSSA BRUNSWICK
Jun
24
6:30 pm18:30

BOSSA BRUNSWICK

Free, front bar

We enjoy exploring known and unknown (rarities) songs from the America’s. Where Bossa Nova’s and Samba’s sit alongside some of the finest mainstream Latin/Jazz sounds.

PATRICK WILSON
Jun
29
6:30 pm18:30

PATRICK WILSON

Free, front bar

Patrick Wilson & the Bare River Queens tote an especial sound of traditional and alternative country, all the while drawing comparisons to the groove of The Band and spontaneity of Van Morrison in their live performances. Featuring their music around the trials and tribulations of rural life, front man and songwriter Patrick Wilson knows this first hand having originated from a Victorian surf-coast town where he worked tirelessly as an apprentice butcher. Wilson, now at the forefront of the thriving Melbourne Americana scene is continuing to make waves alongside his band of accomplished instrumentalists.

Originally performing as a solo musician around the Geelong/ Melbourne area for several years prior, The Bare River Queens formed within the halls of their music university over the shared intrigue of country music and its ability to completely tell a story through song. It was there that the group full of twang, nostalgia and the odd hint of 60s Roy Orbison “doo-wop” began.

Since the release of debut EP, ‘Ryan the Moth’, Wilson has graced the stages of Tamworth Country Music Festival 2013 as well as regional music and arts festivals, Spring Fling Festival 2014 and Birregurra Music and Arts 2015. Most noted, the band enjoyed a two night run opening for country royalty, The Bellamy Brothers on their 2014 Australian tour, with the Brothers acknowledging Wilson on his “thoughtful and diligent” song writing. Following this, their 2015 self-titled debut album has allowed the band recognition from seasoned Australian country musician, Bill Chambers.

“I heard Patrick Wilson sing for the first time in a small studio in Melbourne. His voice and his songs blew me away.”- Bill Chambers

facebook.com/patwilsonmusic

FRANCES GUMM FRONTIER
Jul
1
6:30 pm18:30

FRANCES GUMM FRONTIER

Frances Gumm Frontier are a band based out of Melbourne, combining the forces of five established musicians from a swag of musical and artistic projects. Their sound is a whole lot of country with a whole lot of twang and is as catchy in moments as it is heart wrenching in others.

Led by the enticing vocal harmonies of Danny Suran and Erin Fischer; their songs tell the stories of history's lovesick, downtrodden and world weary. Danny’s guitar playing is straight out of Nashville and will get deep under your skin with its edible licks. Renowned pedal steel player Mark Thomas dips and soars throughout the set, creating a dream-like aural landscape that is the essence of country music. Nick Donaldson on drums and Danny Rosner Blay on bass are a tight backline, providing a hallmark rhythm section that has groove and tenderness.

See Frances Gumm Frontier at the Charles Weston Hotel on July 1st performing both an acoustic and full band set. Free in the front bar.

www.francesgummfrontier.com

Jul
6
6:30 pm18:30

LISA CRAWLEY

With a back catalogue that boasts two albums and three EPs, coupled with countless collaborations, tours, television appearances and acclaimed music-based projects, Lisa Crawley has well and truly earned her reputation as one of Australasia’s most well-respected musicians.

Her recently released EP ‘Up In The Air’ five-track EP is produced by sought-after Australian producer Ryan Ritchie(Kimbra, The Rah Project), whose work with Kiwi singer Kimbra on ‘Cameo Lover’ earned him an ARIA.

http://www.lisacrawley.com

BOADZ
Jul
8
6:30 pm18:30

BOADZ

Dale 'Boadz' Boaden has roared onto the Melbourne blues scene over the last 2 years, playing shows to packed rooms throughout Victoria and earning a reputation as one of the most promising up-and-comers working today. Particularly well known for his tribute performance of the 'Complete Works of Robert Johnson', Boadz possesses a deep understanding of the history of the blues. Combined with the background of an accomplished jazz improviser, a sound has emerged that is rough and earthy yet sleek and sophisticated; contemporary while also deeply entrenched in tradition. 

Free, front bar

Check Boadz on Facebook // YouTube

Jul
13
6:30 pm18:30

LISA CRAWLEY

With a back catalogue that boasts two albums and three EPs, coupled with countless collaborations, tours, television appearances and acclaimed music-based projects, Lisa Crawley has well and truly earned her reputation as one of Australasia’s most well-respected musicians.

Her recently released EP ‘Up In The Air’ five-track EP is produced by sought-after Australian producer Ryan Ritchie(Kimbra, The Rah Project), whose work with Kiwi singer Kimbra on ‘Cameo Lover’ earned him an ARIA.

http://www.lisacrawley.com

BOADZ
Jul
15
6:30 pm18:30

BOADZ

Dale 'Boadz' Boaden has roared onto the Melbourne blues scene over the last 2 years, playing shows to packed rooms throughout Victoria and earning a reputation as one of the most promising up-and-comers working today. Particularly well known for his tribute performance of the 'Complete Works of Robert Johnson', Boadz possesses a deep understanding of the history of the blues. Combined with the background of an accomplished jazz improviser, a sound has emerged that is rough and earthy yet sleek and sophisticated; contemporary while also deeply entrenched in tradition. 

Free, front bar

Check Boadz on Facebook // YouTube

BRETT LEE
Jul
20
6:30 pm18:30

BRETT LEE

A Ngiyaampaa man from the Wangaybon Nation in Western New South Wales, Brett grew up off country next to the Pacific Ocean in a little town called Forster 300km north of Sydney. Having spent his pre-20’s as an athlete, he began his musical journey at the age of 20. He quickly started crafting his own songs and now finds himself residing in the music metropolis of Melbourne, making tunes for the malleable hearted. There will be some special guest performances joining him at different points throughout this mini residency. 

 

Links:

www.reverbnation.com/brettleemusician

www.facbook.com/brettleemusician

SECRET NATIVE
Jul
22
6:30 pm18:30

SECRET NATIVE

Secret Native are a double guitar quartet led by Zeb Vescio. Rooted in the energy and language of bop, the group perform compositions new and old, original and standard, and explore the textures unique to 16 strings in a context where 4 would regularly have been plenty. Expect all things guitar and all things not. Secret Native are Zeb Vescio - Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Nick Kyritsis - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Robbie Finch - Bass, Luke Andresen - Drums. 

Free, front bar

BRETT LEE
Jul
27
6:30 pm18:30

BRETT LEE

A Ngiyaampaa man from the Wangaybon Nation in Western New South Wales, Brett grew up off country next to the Pacific Ocean in a little town called Forster 300km north of Sydney. Having spent his pre-20’s as an athlete, he began his musical journey at the age of 20. He quickly started crafting his own songs and now finds himself residing in the music metropolis of Melbourne, making tunes for the malleable hearted. There will be some special guest performances joining him at different points throughout this mini residency. 

 

 

Links:

www.reverbnation.com/brettleemusician

www.facbook.com/brettleemusician

SECRET NATIVE
Jul
29
6:30 pm18:30

SECRET NATIVE

 

Secret Native are a double guitar quartet led by Zeb Vescio. Rooted in the energy and language of bop, the group perform compositions new and old, original and standard, and explore the textures unique to 16 strings in a context where 4 would regularly have been plenty. Expect all things guitar and all things not. Secret Native are Zeb Vescio - Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Nick Kyritsis - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Robbie Finch - Bass, Luke Andresen - Drums. 

Free, front bar


Dan Watkins & Paddy Montgomery
Jun
22
6:30 pm18:30

Dan Watkins & Paddy Montgomery

Free, front bar. 

Back to back winners of the 2013/2014 winners of the Davidson Brothers Bluegrass scholarship, Dan (guitar, vocals) and Paddy (mandolin, vocals) moved to Melbourne around the same time 6 years ago and found themselves in what became a year and a half residency at The Charles Weston (formerly The Sporting Club Hotel).

DAVID BRAMBLE
Jun
17
6:30 pm18:30

DAVID BRAMBLE

Free, front bar

David Bramble is a singer/songwriter/prosciutto maker from Melbourne. He’s honoured to be playing a variety of original and cover songs for two Saturdays in June at Charles Weston.

REFRACTION
Jun
15
6:30 pm18:30

REFRACTION

Free, front bar

Melbourne-based jazz piano trio Refraction are performing material from their two albums as well as new music recently recorded for a forth-coming album in 2017, in addition to a selection of standards from the jazz repertoire. The trio is Chris Broomhead on drums, Brenton Foster on Piano and Jordan Tarento on double bass.

DJ NITA
Jun
11
Jun 12

DJ NITA

DJ Nita weaves together the kind of threads that connect Enya to The Knife or The Cramps to Rufus Thomas. With a soft spot for new wave gems, garage rock and local indie magic, her sets are always eclectic and fun with a rock n roll heart. 

free x

BOSSA BRUNSWICK
Jun
10
6:30 pm18:30

BOSSA BRUNSWICK

Free, front bar

We enjoy exploring known and unknown (rarities) songs from the America’s. Where Bossa Nova’s and Samba’s sit alongside some of the finest mainstream Latin/Jazz sounds.

DAVID BRAMBLE
Jun
3
6:30 pm18:30

DAVID BRAMBLE

Free, front bar

David Bramble is a singer/songwriter/prosciutto maker from Melbourne. He’s honoured to be playing a variety of original and cover songs for two Saturdays in June at Charles Weston.

REFRACTION
Jun
1
6:30 pm18:30

REFRACTION

Free, front bar

Melbourne-based jazz piano trio Refraction are performing material from their two albums as well as new music recently recorded for a forth-coming album in 2017, in addition to a selection of standards from the jazz repertoire. The trio is Chris Broomhead on drums, Brenton Foster on Piano and Jordan Tarento on double bass.

KHRISTIAN MIZZI & MEGAN BERNARD
May
27
6:30 pm18:30

KHRISTIAN MIZZI & MEGAN BERNARD

Folk Troubadour brings his new songs to Brunswick.

To celebrate the release of his newest EP, award-winning songwriter Khristian Mizzi will appear at the Charles Weston Hotel, performing his hypnotic, and soul stirring songs. He has been described as “a genuine troubadour of our times…with songs for the heart sung with a voice like a warm hug”. Khristian has a folk sound that recalls the greats of the 1970’s Contemporary Folk movements, creating a connection with the past while offering a fresh new voice to the 'words and chords' tradition.

Khristian will be joined by Art Pop songwriter/guitarist Megan Bernard. Bernards catchy and mesmerizing tunes display a depth and beauty that is uniquely her own. An angelic voice and a world class electric guitar style, she is a must see.

Khristian Mizzi and Megan Bernard will be appearing at the Charles Weston Hotel on the 6th and 27th of May.

TIARYN
May
25
6:30 pm18:30

TIARYN

From as early as she can remember, Tiaryn has been deeply connected to the emotional power of song and the art of expressing the human experience. Her effortless stage presence and soaring voice gracefully combines pop, electronic, and soul elements. Along with her 5 piece band, Tiaryn has a unique and modern sound featuring catchy synths, lush harmonies, dirty beats and compelling stories..

Free Entry

ANNIE-ROSE MALONEY
May
20
6:30 pm18:30

ANNIE-ROSE MALONEY

Annie-Rose Maloney is re-connecting with the Melbourne music scene this May as she embarks on a new solo project.  Currently living in the Sunraysia town of Robinvale and working on an Almond Farm, the former Murdena front-woman is going to be quietly easing back into the swing of things with her guitar and her harmonica. Join Annie at The Charles Weston Hotel in Brunswick on the 20th May for a couple of sets of old and new acoustic tunes, as you munch through some quality pub grub.

Free Entry

TIARYN
May
18
6:30 pm18:30

TIARYN

From as early as she can remember, Tiaryn has been deeply connected to the emotional power of song and the art of expressing the human experience. Her effortless stage presence and soaring voice gracefully combines pop, electronic, and soul elements. Along with her 5 piece band, Tiaryn has a unique and modern sound featuring catchy synths, lush harmonies, dirty beats and compelling stories..

Free Entry

TIM GUY
May
13
6:30 pm18:30

TIM GUY

Tim Guy’s five richly varied albums (from the assured debut of 2004’s Blazey, up to the polished, faceted gem that is 2015’s ‘Chords’) chart the growth of one of Australia’s most unique songwriting voices.

He’s lived and played throughout Australia, Europe and an extended stint in New Zealand, before settling back in Melbourne.

Rolling Stone says “There’s a honeyed overlap of AM-radio twang…   reanimated with giddy enthusiasm and a rare lightness of touch”.

                         https://timguymusic.bandcamp.com/

                       https://www.facebook.com/timguymusic/

Free Entry

STEPH BRETT
May
11
6:30 pm18:30

STEPH BRETT

Steph Brett plays sings and plays a nylon string guitar. Taking inspiration from folk music, bossa nova, western swing, old country blues, italian romantics, hot rancheros, soul, disco and jazz standards, she brings a large and meandering repertoire. She is currently working on an album of original material helped along by the talent of special local musicians. Free Entry.

KHRISTIAN MIZZI & MEGAN BERNARD
May
6
6:30 pm18:30

KHRISTIAN MIZZI & MEGAN BERNARD

Folk Troubadour brings his new songs to Brunswick.

To celebrate the release of his newest EP, award-winning songwriter Khristian Mizzi will appear at the Charles Weston Hotel, performing his hypnotic, and soul stirring songs. He has been described as “a genuine troubadour of our times…with songs for the heart sung with a voice like a warm hug”. Khristian has a folk sound that recalls the greats of the 1970’s Contemporary Folk movements, creating a connection with the past while offering a fresh new voice to the 'words and chords' tradition.

Khristian will be joined by Art Pop songwriter/guitarist Megan Bernard. Bernards catchy and mesmerizing tunes display a depth and beauty that is uniquely her own. An angelic voice and a world class electric guitar style, she is a must see.

Khristian Mizzi and Megan Bernard will be appearing at the Charles Weston Hotel on the 6th and 27th of May.

STEPH BRETT
May
4
6:30 pm18:30

STEPH BRETT

Steph Brett plays sings and plays a nylon string guitar. Taking inspiration from folk music, bossa nova, western swing, old country blues, italian romantics, hot rancheros, soul, disco and jazz standards, she brings a large and meandering repertoire. She is currently working on an album of original material helped along by the talent of special local musicians. Free Entry.

LOSUMO
Apr
29
6:30 pm18:30

LOSUMO

Losumo is an ever evolving singer and songwriter, whom embodies a ceaseless streaming source of creative energy that flows into all art forms the world provides framework for. The organic, the abnormal, and irregular come naturally to Losumo, she speaks through her essence with an unadulterated stream of consciousness that can be compared to no other.

Free Entry

MAX FOTHERINGHAM
Apr
27
6:30 pm18:30

MAX FOTHERINGHAM

Amber Isles' front man Max Fotheringham strips back the band tracks to their smooth, emotive fundamentals, with a hint of the band's signature shoegaze flavour thrown in for good measure.

Free Entry

LOSUMO
Apr
22
6:30 pm18:30

LOSUMO

Losumo is an ever evolving singer and songwriter, whom embodies a ceaseless streaming source of creative energy that flows into all art forms the world provides framework for. The organic, the abnormal, and irregular come naturally to Losumo, she speaks through her essence with an unadulterated stream of consciousness that can be compared to no other.

Free Entry

SODA EAVES
Apr
20
6:30 pm18:30

SODA EAVES

$FREE

Soda Eaves is the loose musical vision of Jake Core. He plays smudged interpretations of dream folk and warped atmospheric blues. Over the last 5 years he has released two LPs and three collections of poetry, and toured regularly throughout Australia.

BEN MASTWYK
Apr
13
6:30 pm18:30

BEN MASTWYK

$FREE

When a borrowed guitar and a southern American road trip spawned flood of songwriting, elbourne Country artist Ben Mastwyk's debut album was born. Traversing the Appalachian Mountains and the honky tonks of Nashville "Mornin Evenin" received strong reviews and a nomination for The Age's Best Country Album. Further US travels saw Mastwyk play Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Cafe and pen another round of travelling songs. As a writer, vocalist and banjo player Mastwyk has been integral to numerous musical projects from touring and recording in Australia and the US with Jemma Rowlands, to producing a tribute to his musical hero George Jones. 2017 sees Mastwyk embark on an Australasian tour and put the finishing touches on his followup album.

"The songs are slow and steady, rich with meaning and truth. This is good stuff, real and raw, just as true country music should be”. Samuel J. FellRhythms Magazine

“Straight-up country from the Hank Williams school via Townes Van Zandt and Willie Nelson. Mastwyk’s voice has a rich imperfection reminiscent of Gram Parsons." Unpaved

“If you like your whiskey neat and your country classic then Mornin Evenin is for you. The debut album from Ben Mastwyk conjures up the spirits of Conway Twitty and George Jones through a set of well told stories of the heart.”  Tracy McNeil

Mastwyk’s beautifully crafted debut album is full of gems, the songs gently pushes and pulls you all the way from Texas to Melbourne’s inner north in one long dance.” Justin Bernasconi

mastwyk.bandcamp.com

soundcloud.com/mastwyk

facebook.com/mastwykben

THE HACK ENSEMBLE
Apr
8
6:30 pm18:30

THE HACK ENSEMBLE

$FREE

Hack is a 3-piece improvisation collective, with Harry Cooper on sax, Arty Witherby on bass and Chris Tito Uson on drums/percussion.  Having played together in various groups for many years, Hack has a dynamic sound drawing together a diverse range of influences from Jazz, Trad Soul, Hip-Hop and contemporary groove.

BEN MASTWYK
Apr
6
6:30 pm18:30

BEN MASTWYK

$FREE

When a borrowed guitar and a southern American road trip spawned flood of songwriting, elbourne Country artist Ben Mastwyk's debut album was born. Traversing the Appalachian Mountains and the honky tonks of Nashville "Mornin Evenin" received strong reviews and a nomination for The Age's Best Country Album. Further US travels saw Mastwyk play Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Cafe and pen another round of travelling songs. As a writer, vocalist and banjo player Mastwyk has been integral to numerous musical projects from touring and recording in Australia and the US with Jemma Rowlands, to producing a tribute to his musical hero George Jones. 2017 sees Mastwyk embark on an Australasian tour and put the finishing touches on his followup album.

"The songs are slow and steady, rich with meaning and truth. This is good stuff, real and raw, just as true country music should be”. Samuel J. FellRhythms Magazine

“Straight-up country from the Hank Williams school via Townes Van Zandt and Willie Nelson. Mastwyk’s voice has a rich imperfection reminiscent of Gram Parsons." Unpaved

“If you like your whiskey neat and your country classic then Mornin Evenin is for you. The debut album from Ben Mastwyk conjures up the spirits of Conway Twitty and George Jones through a set of well told stories of the heart.”  Tracy McNeil

Mastwyk’s beautifully crafted debut album is full of gems, the songs gently pushes and pulls you all the way from Texas to Melbourne’s inner north in one long dance.” Justin Bernasconi

mastwyk.bandcamp.com

soundcloud.com/mastwyk

facebook.com/mastwykben

ORPHFUND CHARITY GIG
Apr
2
1:00 pm13:00

ORPHFUND CHARITY GIG

$5

Northside Projects and Orphfund are teaming up with the Charles weston hotel to put on an amazing fundraising relief concert. 100% of the funds raised on the day will go towards the Uganda/kenya/sierra leone project in may 2017. 

 

This project involves revitalising previous project infrastructure, working with the children on sponsorship profiles and coming up with great ideas to make their lives better for their growing future. If funds become available we will also be looking to extend some dormitories for more children in Karasundara, one of main projects. This means building/constructing and organising using the money that we raised prior to commencing the volunteer program.

 

We have put together a special line up of musicians to perform for your enjoyment, a selection or market stalls and a group of artists to exhibit and auction their pieces throughout the day. Come get yourself down to the Cee Dub on the 2nd of april. The charles Weston is whats happening in brunswick. 

Music line up:

  • Selki
  • The Strains
  • Joe Oppenheimer
  • Tim Hulsman
  • James Hickey
EDDIE NUARDO DUO
Apr
1
6:30 pm18:30

EDDIE NUARDO DUO

$FREE

Eddie Nuardo is a singer/songwriter who performs songs in the alt-country and folk traditions. Nuardo’s songs are based in the storytelling of both those genres, often with an idiosyncratic twist. The influence of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, The Dubliners, and the mighty Bakersfield sound can all be heard in his music.

BEN MASTWYK
Mar
30
6:30 pm18:30

BEN MASTWYK

$FREE

When a borrowed guitar and a southern American road trip spawned flood of songwriting, elbourne Country artist Ben Mastwyk's debut album was born. Traversing the Appalachian Mountains and the honky tonks of Nashville "Mornin Evenin" received strong reviews and a nomination for The Age's Best Country Album. Further US travels saw Mastwyk play Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Cafe and pen another round of travelling songs. As a writer, vocalist and banjo player Mastwyk has been integral to numerous musical projects from touring and recording in Australia and the US with Jemma Rowlands, to producing a tribute to his musical hero George Jones. 2017 sees Mastwyk embark on an Australasian tour and put the finishing touches on his followup album.

"The songs are slow and steady, rich with meaning and truth. This is good stuff, real and raw, just as true country music should be”. Samuel J. FellRhythms Magazine

“Straight-up country from the Hank Williams school via Townes Van Zandt and Willie Nelson. Mastwyk’s voice has a rich imperfection reminiscent of Gram Parsons." Unpaved

“If you like your whiskey neat and your country classic then Mornin Evenin is for you. The debut album from Ben Mastwyk conjures up the spirits of Conway Twitty and George Jones through a set of well told stories of the heart.”  Tracy McNeil

Mastwyk’s beautifully crafted debut album is full of gems, the songs gently pushes and pulls you all the way from Texas to Melbourne’s inner north in one long dance.” Justin Bernasconi

mastwyk.bandcamp.com

soundcloud.com/mastwyk

facebook.com/mastwykben

LACH LANEOUS & ZIGGY ZEITGEIST
Mar
25
6:30 pm18:30

LACH LANEOUS & ZIGGY ZEITGEIST

$FREE

Gurus of Groove Lach Laneous and Ziggy Zeitgeist unite for a series of intimate improvisations covering the spectrum of sweet soul, punk jazz and hip-hop.

GREG STEPS
Mar
23
6:30 pm18:30

GREG STEPS

$FREE

Greg Steps is a Brisbane born folk singer-songwriter, currently residing in Melbourne. Having just released his debut EP ‘Always a Drifter’ he has undertaken a string of shows in Melbourne and regional Victoria, where he has won over crowds both large and small. Accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica, Steps is a modern day story teller with songs that evoke the vast desolate landscape of Australia’s barren interior. With his distinctive voice, unique songs and unconventional between-song banter, he has proven himself to be a true original.

LACH LANEOUS & ZIGGY ZEITGEIST
Mar
18
6:30 pm18:30

LACH LANEOUS & ZIGGY ZEITGEIST

$FREE

Gurus of Groove Lach Laneous and Ziggy Zeitgeist unite for a series of intimate improvisations covering the spectrum of sweet soul, punk jazz and hip-hop.

MIJO BISCAN
Mar
16
6:30 pm18:30

MIJO BISCAN

$FREE 

Mijo is recently back from a song writing journey to the far north wilderness of Iceland where he crafted lyrical songs from the hidden geographies of worlds inner and outer. Mijo’s live show travels from the intimate prose in music to the more enlivening chant anthems, enough to inspire an epiphany and perhaps even a genuine singalong.

Mijo has performed with Gotye, Clare Bowditch, Missy Higgins, Tommy Emmanuel among many other wonderful Australian and international artists. Although references are made to Jeff Buckley, Wainwright, Fleet Foxes and Cohen among others, Mijo continues to eludes pigeon-holes with his distinctive voice in the world of song writing and vocal delivery.

“Moody, heartbreaking, stunning, f#$king epic.” – Beat Magazine

“Lamplight and a sold-out Northcote Social Club travelled an intense nautically themed journey that was part sea-shanty, part thrash, part croon, and completely fucking breathtaking. The night saw an aggressive and vivid live beast unleashed after many months of recording.” – Beat Magazine

“Fantastic haunting pop. There are Buckley-esque tones to the vocals - perfect for the soaring melodies. Lovely warm, acoustic instrumentation. Defo one for fans of Augie March, Mum, Beirut etc.” - Dan Buhagiar, Triple J Radio

UNPAINTED PROSPECTS
Mar
11
6:30 pm18:30

UNPAINTED PROSPECTS

$FREE

Unpainted Prospects are intimate alt-folk storytellers, weaving keenly observed tales from the personal to the political. As a trio, they'll be showcasing songs from their upcoming EP 'Night & Day' and their recent single 'Boxing Day's Ails', which songwriter Matthew Daniel calls 'a protest song against myself'