THE BRODIE GRAHAM BAND – Thursday 30th October

The Brodie Graham Band

Brodie Graham is one of the hottest emerging talents in the Australian Blues scene. An amazing dexterity on the guitar is combined with a sensibility and taste that shows incredible maturity for such a young player. The rich history of the blues is reflected yet modernised in his live performances with toe-tapping swings, infectious shuffles, clever funk, awe-inspiring jazz, and heart wrenching soul tunes all illustrated with Brodie’s unbelievable feel for the guitar.

Nick Saxon – Saturday 1st November

Nick Saxon

  • NICK SAXON
  • Live in the lounge Bar
  • 7-9 pm Saturday 1st November
  • FREE ENTRY
  • nicksaxon.com/

Atmospheric troubadour Nick Saxon announces new single ‘Sherpa’ and east coast tour.

This November sees Nick Saxon take some rare time off from his day job as guitarist from rootsy touring machine Benjalu and hit the road in support of new track ‘Sherpa’, bringing his acoustic guitar and delay pedal to Solbar on November 1.

Produced by David Skeet (The Church, Chase The Sun, Sophie Hanlon) Sherpa is Nick’s personal reaction to a man he met while trekking the Himalayas, on one of his numerous world trips while working in his other day job as adventure reporter for National Geographic Channel.

There is a precedent to his heartfelt surf/folk style but few artists have emerged with such an essential Australian character, and with such potential to reach far further. His relaxed style belies a deeper intent, an intrinsic searching that his audience, and importantly, his demographic, understand.

LEPERS AND CROOKS + BAREFOOT ALLEY – Saturday 1st November

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While at the after party of a special screening of the INXS mini-series “Never Tear Us Apart”, two of Australia’s most exciting young rock bands, Lepers & Crooks and Barefoot Alley met and were inspired at how INXS took to the road playing every city and town in Australia, often playing 300 shows in a single year.

Both bands agreed that they would each buy a van and hit the road at whatever cost, as INXS once did, to rock cities and towns across Australia. They approached CM Murphy, the maverick music manager who took that same band to the top of the mountain, to ask for his support and having just witnessed both bands impressive live shows he gladly agreed. The result is their extensive 30 date Raw tour, taking in capital cities and regional towns from Melbourne to Mount Gambier and Newcastle to Nimbin.

CM Murphy believes (as he always has) that “Stadium bands are created from non-stop touring, phenomenal live shows and intense work ethic.”

Sam Baker, lead singer of Lepers & Crooks said “We are extremely excited to meet and perform for as many music fans and media as possible all over Australia, on our biggest tour yet!”

Hayden Miller from Barefoot Alley also said “We are looking forward to joining our great friends Lepers & Crooks to present our high octane music on the Raw Tour!”.

BEARFOOT – Sunday 2nd November

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You know that moment that was a great idea at the time, and then becomes a brilliant one? That’s Bearfoot.
A collaboration of like-minded musicians, Bearfoot emerged from a few jams at open mic nights, to quickly gain a reputation as a bunch of groovy lads with catchy roots/reggae tunes, often jamming out the songs that go off into ska or dub tangents. Bearfoot by name, barefoot on stage. Tasty roots/reggae tunes from a bunch of musically-talented dudes.

HAT FITZ AND CARA – Thursday 6th November

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DO TELL is the follow-up to Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson’s ‘acclaimed-in-all-the right-quarters, for all-the-right-reasons’ WILEY WAYS album (2012) which followed on from the pair’s first offering BEAUTY & THE BEAST (2011).

The delightful husband and wife duo recently landed back in Australia after 2 months away touring Canada, The UK and several other European countries, taking advantage of the Northern Hemisphere’s summer festival circuit and grabbing the opportunity to build further on the growing international profile their earlier releases and European tours had earned them. Continue reading