Louie and the Pride
May
26
6:30 PM18:30

Louie and the Pride

On the eve of beginning their 2nd studio recording, Louie and the Pride are gearing up to play the beloved Charles Weston on Saturday 26th of May. Performing their new originals and tracks from their debut album Wake Me Up, and covering songs by their favourite artists, they will let loose at one of their favourite venues.

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Secret Native
May
31
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 performs compositions by each of the members and explore the sonic possibilities unique to 16 strings in a context where 4 would regularly have been plenty. Expect all things guitar and all things not.

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Madi Leeds
Jun
2
6:30 PM18:30

Madi Leeds

Melbourne’s Indie-pop ‘alien girl’ MADI LEEDS is heading over to Charles Weston for a killer night of intergalactic jams.

LEEDS will be playing with various musicians on the night on some new songs, as well as songs off her debut EP ‘Spinning’.

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Great Aunt
Jun
7
6:30 PM18:30

Great Aunt

Great Aunt is an Americana/nu-grass duo from Melbourne, rambling a musical line between the plaintive and the joyous. They write and play happy-sad music about life: grief and joy, whiskey and wine, disappointment and love. The group features the talents of Megan Bird (mandolin, guitar, vocals) and Chelsea Allen (double bass, vocals, drums and percussion).

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Grand Baxter
Jun
9
6:30 PM18:30

Grand Baxter

Grand Baxter will be gracing the front bar of the Charles Weston Hotel singing a new collection of songs inspired by love, from infatuation to deflation. The Grand Baxter story so far is short, being formed by friends from various touring bands in late 2016 as a means of getting over an ex. Their songs are somber and true, watermarked with a musicality and lyrical intent driven by their diverse jazz and country influences. Inspired by artists such as James Taylor and Jose Gonzales, Grand Baxter are best described as 'a bold hamper of charisma, musicality and country folk charm.'

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Crumhorn
Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

Crumhorn

Come and spend an evening with ambient artefacts, minimalism & curled clarinets…..Crumhorn.

Solo electro-acoustic outfit - Crumhorn, a project of George Worthys’, will be playing live 2 sets of new works and improvisations, playing with sound, manipulating clarinet, bassoon, zither, effects, and samplers in 2x 45min sets.

Crumhorn combines electronica, jazz, classical, and experimentalism to find new sonic spheres. Step out of the cold and warm your ears with Crumhorn.

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James Hickey Trio
Jun
16
6:30 PM18:30

James Hickey Trio

Hickey is a bold performer who strives to go beyond the realm of public recital and into the spectrum of entertainer. He is both light-hearted and heavy handed in his approach to song writing, throwing the first punch and taking the last hit. Watch the pop-groove flow down the sidewalk, feel your toes tap out the inner urban rhythm and catch yourself humming his tunes all the way home.

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Angus Roy & PJ Orr
Jun
21
6:30 PM18:30

Angus Roy & PJ Orr

Two travellers, Angus Roy and PJ Orr, four years estranged…

Once fused through the decade-band, Hailer, the two have taken their songs on parallel journeys in recent years. Cutting their own solo long-player’s, continuing to wield the guitar at the creative core. Songs and songs and songs have flowed and movements made to new albums, but shows have been sparse… That is about to change.

This June, AR’s stretched out tales of love and loss will travel up from Melbourne and piggy back PJ’s psychedelic, Sydney-membrane on a revolving-headline run of shows between their two hometowns. There’ll be plenty of new tunes floating along, with the shows acting as pre-cursor to their respective sophomore LPs.

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Dan Flynn
Jun
23
6:30 PM18:30

Dan Flynn

Since 2003, folk musician and producer Dan Flynn has released nine albums under his previous moniker Major Chord, folk/noise duo Children of the Wave and, more recently, under his own name. Always flying somewhat under the radar, Dan has been recognized as one of Melbourne finest songwriters. In 2013 he won the Darebin Music Feast Songwriter's Award and his albums have always received critical acclaim.

Although Dan has a tendency to live as a musical hermit, he's stepping out this winter with long term collaborator Kate Connor (violin), showcasing some brand new tunes and delving into his extensive back catalog.   

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Danny Walsh
Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

Danny Walsh

Australian songwriter and bandleader Danny Walsh plays music for your inner fugitive. Perhaps Melbourne’s answer to Joe Cocker’s ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ tour of the 1970s, ‘The Danny Walsh Banned’ have been performing unmissable shows since 2011.

Their latest album – The Dirt and the Sky – features special guests such as Talei Wolfgramm and Ian Collard and has the harshest of Melbourne music critics raving. From swamp blues to piano-driven rock ‘n’ roll, Aussie boogie, and southern soul, the album needs to be played loud and preferably through an old pair of speakers on the back verandah as the sun goes down.

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The Pheasantry
Jun
30
6:30 PM18:30

The Pheasantry

Americana country electric with an original set list that started back in 1993. Swampy grooves, blues, and country rock n roll with an alternative grassy harmony. Upright bass pins it all down with lead guitar that always tells a story. There's so many bar gigs around the Melbourne music precinct and these guys have played just about all of 'em.

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Secret Native
May
24
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 performs compositions by each of the members and explore the sonic possibilities unique to 16 strings in a context where 4 would regularly have been plenty. Expect all things guitar and all things not.

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Jeremiah Rose
May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Jeremiah Rose

Jeremiah Rose is the banjo player and songwriter in Australian folk-jazz band The Willie Wagtails, and an accomplished solo performer. His music is dry and Australian, telling stories that are locally inspired, personal, working class, and smelling like the bush. His music breaks from folk norms by taking inspiration from a long career as a jazz trumpet player, and he plays the jazz tenor banjo in a slow swing style.

You can catch him performing 2 sets live in the Charles Weston front bar on Thursday 17th May from 6:30-8:30.

Free entry.

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David Holmes Gang
May
12
6:30 PM18:30

David Holmes Gang

David Holmes has played and recorded his original songs with Jeff Burstin (Black Sorrows) and Nicki Bomba (John Butler Trio).

His songs capture the atmosphere on the street, laneways and bars in his home town of Melbourne.

The Dave Holmes Gang recorded an EP and Video last year titled "Rock N Roll Pub" protesting against the illegal demolition of the Corkman Hotel the ever changing landscape and the slow demise of the humble pub.

With Dave Adam playing fine country pick, and George Kirov on bass,come and check out the Dave Holmes Gang doing their Urban Country Rock.

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Citrus Jam
May
10
6:30 PM18:30

Citrus Jam

Citrus Jam returns to the Charles Weston on Thursday 10th May to shred his Frankenstein-ed blend of Sci-Fi Flamenco Metal.

He'll be performing all the tracks from recently released MacGyver Science record, unleashing fresh material from the upcoming 'Grand Theft Otter' Space Rock Opera plus all the cheesey Flamencelectro guitar antics.

You can catch him performing 2 sets live in the front bar from 6:30-8:30.

Free entry.

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Mat Black
May
5
6:30 PM18:30

Mat Black

Mat Black is a Melbourne based singer/songwriter. He sings deeply honest and personal songs about love, loss and longing.

Combining Americana and country-noir stylings with swampy blues, Mat is regularly backed by a talented band of local musicians who bring a life and energy to his heartfelt lyrics and melancholy turn of phrase.

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Front Porch
Apr
28
6:30 PM18:30

Front Porch

Melbourne based Bluegrass and Western Swing outfit Front Porch will be bringing their ragtime vibes to The Charles Weston! Toe tapping music from the 1850s to now -- it's bound to be an evening of great music, food, beverages and company! Featuring -- flat pickin' guitar (Brother Steve) -- mandolin (Cousin Rob) -- upright bass (Sister Maxine) -- trombone and washboard (Uncle Bonesy) -- 5 string banjo (Reverend Pete).

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Nancy Cole
Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

Nancy Cole

In the last few years Nancy Cole’s songwriting has emerged from her bedroom and onto the small stages of Melbourne. Her songs tell stories of love, bitterness and melancholy and are embellished with the skills of bassist Chris Hughes and the sweet and breezy backing vocals of Nicki Williams.  She plays for the first time at the Charles Weston.

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Tom and Jerry
Apr
21
6:30 PM18:30

Tom and Jerry

Tom & Jerry are coming to the The Charles Weston hotel in Brunswick for two saturdays in April! Trading their singlets and shorts for more refined attire, the boys will have something to sing about after a long day working for the man. Choice cuts of Bluegrass, Old Time & Country will be served to your liking with a side of jibber jabber and jovia innuendo. Also worth a gander is the fine array of ales and vitality tonics available for purchase at the bar. Do join us for a few!

2 sets from 6.30!

Free entry

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Gob Iron String Band
Apr
19
6:30 PM18:30

Gob Iron String Band

Cajun music straight out of the Port Phillip Bayou!

The Gob-Iron String Band emerged from Melbourne's back-yard and beer-garden Old Timey scene. Forged on a shared love of early Cajun songs and dance tunes, the incorporation of the harmonica (or Gob-Iron) gives this band a 'honk' that make folks want to stomp and waltz. The Gob-Iron String Band are Nara DeMason, Charlie Sandford, Peter Graham, Moira Hanrahan and Tobias Hengeveld.

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Tom and Jerry
Apr
14
6:30 PM18:30

Tom and Jerry

Tom & Jerry are coming to the The Charles Weston hotel in Brunswick for two saturdays in April! Trading their singlets and shorts for more refined attire, the boys will have something to sing about after a long day working for the man. Choice cuts of Bluegrass, Old Time & Country will be served to your liking with a side of jibber jabber and jovia innuendo. Also worth a gander is the fine array of ales and vitality tonics available for purchase at the bar. Do join us for a few!

2 sets from 6.30!

Free entry

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Steven Grady
Apr
12
6:30 PM18:30

Steven Grady

Stephen Grady is an Australian singer songwriter now living in Melbourne. His musical influences ranges from classic folk, rock, to americana. He has been writing and performing his original music since he could hold a guitar in his hands, and most recently as part of the folk duo 'The Ahern Brothers'. Their debut album has received incredible reviews including four stars from Rolling Stone and The Courier Mail.

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Joshua from Jericho
Apr
7
6:30 PM18:30

Joshua from Jericho

Born in Hobart and raised in the mainland, Joshua has been travelling Australia and the world, collecting stories and writing songs from his unique and often philosophical perspective on life and love. Inspired by the likes of Tom Petty and Neil Young, Joshua has a back catalogue of original material that he is taking to the studio in 2017/18.

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The Tipplers
Apr
5
6:30 PM18:30

The Tipplers

Gaudy, bawdy and borderline boozy, the Tipplers are a Melbourne based Irish band consisting of guitar, mandolin, fiddle and cello. Performing a mix of old Irish traditional folk tunes and some newer favourites they are sure to get tongues tippling and toes tapping. The band provides a platform to present a musical culture spanning centuries.

Since forming in mid 2013 the Tipplers have been playing consistently around Melbourne. They’ve played numerous gigs locally, played festivals around Melbourne and regional Victoria and have been featured in an advertising campaign for Black Swan dips.

The music is shrouded in sorrow, sentiment and hilarity, with a reproachful gaze at melancholy and a watchful eye on optimism, much like Mother Ireland herself. Upbeat and down and dirty this is one Irish outfit that won't leave you feeling green.

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Ian Bland
Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

Ian Bland

Melbourne songwriter/poet Ian Bland and fiddle player Greg Hunt blend a diverse range of musical influences with insightful stories drawn from rural and urban Australia and beyond; topics as diverse as drought and the demise of suburban pubs.

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Peny Bohan
Mar
24
6:30 PM18:30

Peny Bohan

Peny Bohan is a Melbourne based songwriter whose sweet croonings will make you want to stay, buy a drink and let yourself be wrapped up in her melodies.

Usually found fronting local band The Featherheads, this is a chance to hear Peny's solo more folk influenced songs.

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Merpire
Mar
22
6:30 PM18:30

Merpire

Merpire fashions soundscapes of macabre dream-pop that explore the fluidity of life, death, relationships and the human condition. The brainchild of singer songwriter Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt, Merpire’s honest and captivating refrains have piqued the interests of industry professionals aplenty since winning the Telstra Road to Discovery in 2015.

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Maja
Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

Maja

Telling her honest story to the Australian music scene, Serbian-born singer-songwriter Maja is gaining quite a reputation for her eccentric character and glittering performances. Thought- provoking and deeply-personal, the songs are vulnerable and relatable, displaying a depth and maturity far beyond her age. Looking to the past for inspiration, her songs possess a sound quality and nostalgia that her audiences know so well, echoing soul, blues and folk music. Her diverse ranges of styles come to highlight her fierce vocal performance and direct song-writing style, channelling the likes of Otis Redding, Clairy Browne and the Banging Rackettes, Laura Marling and Fiona Apple.

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Ben Carter
Mar
10
6:30 PM18:30

Ben Carter

Having recently released his debut album 'These Winters they howl' Ben J. Carter is spreading his mix of blues/folk and Americana around Melbourne and Regional Victoria.  Ben`s one man band approach consisting of finger picking guitar and foot stomp goes from soaring slide guitar and blues hollers to folk song ballads.

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Ramblin' Ash & Ruby Gilbert
Mar
8
6:30 PM18:30

Ramblin' Ash & Ruby Gilbert

Following the success of their 2017 tour, folk troubadour Ramblin' Ash and americana songstress Ruby Gilbert are on the road again - joined by bassist Phillbilly Jenkins - heading from Brisbane, down the east coast of Australia and back again. Come along for a healthy dose of folk, americana, country and blues. x

 

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Ben Carter
Mar
3
6:30 PM18:30

Ben Carter

Having recently released his debut album 'These Winters they howl' Ben J. Carter is spreading his mix of blues/folk and Americana around Melbourne and Regional Victoria.  Ben`s one man band approach consisting of finger picking guitar and foot stomp goes from soaring slide guitar and blues hollers to folk song ballads.

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Greg Steps
Mar
1
6:30 PM18:30

Greg Steps

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.

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Girl Friday
Feb
24
6:30 PM18:30

Girl Friday

Tracey Hogue (Girl Friday) was brought up on Billie, Ella, Fred and Ginger with a dash of Riot Grrrl. Armed with a mellow voice and electric uke, in 2013 she gave herself a challenge: to learn, record and perform songs that are no longer under copyright. Thus, The Girl Friday Public Domain Project was born. These hidden gems include blues, jazz and, the delightfully titled, parlour songs. 

She has since crafted her own songs that strive to soothe, express the deep stirrings of the heart, and essentially be honest. Girl Friday's songs, both old and new evoke a sense of nostalgia, innocence and the realisation that people have felt and sung about the same things forever and a day.

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City of Union
Feb
22
6:30 PM18:30

City of Union

"The many facets of Campbell from City of Union are as plentiful as the blades on a swiss army knife. And every artist that he has been influenced by shows…as if they were shiny knife blades, sticking out and cutting through the barriers that once separated genres of music in the ‘90s and early 2000’s. He’s Matthew Campbell, a 22-year-old from Missouri, who grew up taking voice lessons, piano lessons and guitar lessons as a kid. But it wasn’t until he reinvented himself, as a young man living in Melbourne, Australia, that he later became known as City of Union. Call him a solo artist in the vein of Beck, and also a performer whose honest feel pulls on your heart strings, as if he were Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam."

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Burrowing
Feb
17
6:30 PM18:30

Burrowing

BURROWING is now Melbourne based indie/folk artist Adam Eaton. The last 6 years BURROWING has been performing, writing, and recording up in Norway, with releases put out through Norwegian label Pisco Records, and the single ‘Will You Want Me’ being A listed on radio throughout the country.

In Norway, BURROWING opened for artists such as M.WARD, Gill Landry (Old Crow Medicine Show), and sang on stage at Piknik i Parken festival with Marit Larsen, formerly from 90’s teenage pop duo M2M. After some tours here and there back in Australia and shows with Deer Tick(US) and Two Gallants(US), 2018 will see BURROWING releasing a record along with solo and band performances.

Saturday 3rd and 17th February you can see BURROWING stripped back, performing two sets on both evenings from 6:30pm. Free Entry.

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Louis and Grant
Feb
15
6:30 PM18:30

Louis and Grant

Louis King and Grant Arthur have become one of the most prolific partnerships to emerge from the Melbourne Country andJazz scenes in recent times. In 2017 they launched Western Swing band King Arthur with two celebrated shows featuring grammy award winning pedal steel player Lucky Oceans, and cemented themselves as a fixture of Melbourne’s Bluegrass scene with The Collingwood Casanovas. For these duo gigs, Louis and Grant will play some of their favorite Country andBluegrass duets from the likes of Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt, The Stanley Brothers, and The Louvin Brothers.

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