Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Jan Dandridge

Jan Dandridge has performed at many functions as a solo artist and as a duo Act with Don Gula, She also plays with her band "Little Miss Country and the Kick Ass Kowboys" as well as many other musicians. Jan started singing at a young age, starting out at the Presbyterian Church in Drouin and the BP Revue in Warragul. After a very long break from singing (where she was square dance caller, running a few square dancing clubs) She has been back singing mainly Country for the past 4 years. Performing regularly at Father’s In The Chapel (in Cranbourne), BAD Folk (Berwick), Peninsular, Outer East and Gippsland Country Music Clubs, The Entertainers Club and the Newport RSL. She has also performed at Festivals, Open Mic Nights, Nursing Homes, Over 55’s villages and private functions. Her repertoire includes anything from both Old and New Country, to Sing-A-Longs, to Folk etc. Playing guitar and singing both her own original songs and covers. She has recently released her debut album, “Holiday From Hell” in December 2007 which was recorded at the Hugh McDonald Studios in Kew, with her first CD launch in January 2008. the album includes 7 originals and 5 covers. Jan just loves to sing and perform and she says it's is a great joy to see smiles on the audience faces as they sing along.

Check out Jans myspace page Little Miss Country and the Kick Ass Kowboys

Fat Chance & Bluegrass Playboys

Fat Chance & Bluegrass Playboys are (left to right):

Monty Oliver (aka David Aumann) on mandolin and vocals. The mandolin that David plays is one of the many musical instruments that he has made himself. David Aumann is a well known local instrument maker, he makes beautiful stringed instruments - mandolins, mandolas, guitars and ukeleles. If you are interested in a getting a custom (and locally) made instrument please give David a call on (03) 8711-4421.

Snuffles Beddoe (aka Andrew Barcham) on 5 string banjo and vocals. It's all his fault!

Rolf Rosshire (aka Don Gula) on double bass and vocals.

Jet Laurell (aka Blair Webb) on guitar and vocals. The Bluegrass Playboys also perform some of the songs which Blair has written himself and with his wife Claire.

Fat Chance & Bluegrass Playboys have been well received at the Entertainers' Club, Harrietville Bluegrass Convention and the Newport RSL. If you would like to have the Bluegrass Playboys perform at your function please give Rolf (aka Don) a call on (03) 9391-9749.

Unwanted Men in Black and a Lady

Howdy Folks. With a genre variously described as Hillbilly Boogie,Cowboy,Roots,Folk, the Unwanted gang have now completed their third year of meanderings out from the stunted wastelands of the bleached bone & rock strewn , stringybark & wattle littered, drought stricken plains of the old Victorian goldfields. Apart from the usual pub and club gigs, the band more than acquitted themselves endearingly at no less than 10 Festivals, both large & small, through 2007 & 2008. From the pristine blue waters of the Port Fairy Folk Festival Fringe , to the headwaters of the Loddon River at Glenlyon (Glenfest), the local Guildford Blues & Roots Festival, Mt Beauty Music Festival in the lush north east, Barham Bush Bash (2 years running) on the Murray’s green banks, Guildford Banjo Jamboree (every year), Girgarre Moosic Muster and lastly, their hometown, 34th & 35 Maldon Folk Festivals. With irreverence, confusion and sometimes just plain class, they bullocked their way through the genuine old cowdy songs of yesteryear (the ones no one else has got the guts or ability to do!), and a liberal sprinkling of tunes from the great Mr Cash, as well as a few heartbreakers of their own. Festival goers were agog to finally discover a band with audacity, verve and uninhibited dribbling. The crowds just kept growing with each performance, and, despite the efforts of some so called professional sound engineers, both on and off stage, the encores were more than forthcoming ! The Unwanted gang have got so serious now that Mick Coates , continuously outdressed by the sartorial elegance of Ms Kitty’s plethora of 18th & 19th century petticoats, has even purchased himself, all the way from Arizona, a black pinstripe suit that Gary Cooper could’nt look more dapper in on his wedding day in "High Noon". As a matter of fact they are virtually identical. With Tex Turkey’s hair, appetite and sleep requirements getting longer, Tony the Lawman's badge being outshone only by his spurs, Waldo's beard getting tangled in his Tea chest bass, and Uncle Arthur refusing to wear his 1950s tie with the picture of Diana Dors on the back, they’ve just completed a 95min DVD of a live performance at the famed My Moliagul pub. Catch em at a gig and buy one. The best $25 you'll ever spend.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008


Fado (translated as destiny or fate) is a music genre that can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. In popular belief, Fado is a form of music characterised by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor. However, in reality Fado is simply a form of song that can be about anything, but must follow a certain structure.
The fado is undoubtedly Portugal's most famous music. One theory states that Fado had its origin in Moorish songs, which were preserved in the quarter of Mouraria in Lisbon. The melancholy of those songs and the references in many fado lyrics to this part of Lisbon support that theory. Musicological research connects the first fado performances to modinhas, which were a kind of Brazilian hall music that was successful among middle-class social circles in the later 18th century in Lisbon and Porto

There are two main varieties of Fado, namely those of the cities of Lisbon and Coimbra. The Lisbon style is the most popular, while Coimbra's is the more refined style. Modern fado is popular in Portugal, and has produced many renowned musicians. Mariza (Marisa dos Reis Nunes) featured in the clip above is considered to be one of the best fado singers of the new generation.

Mainstream fado performances during the 20th century included only a singer, a Portuguese guitar player and a classical guitar player but more recent settings range from singer and string quartet to full orchestra.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Luke R Davies

Luke is a singer a guitar player and an excellent blues harmonica player and has been performing off and on for over 20 years.
Originally from Sydney West, Luke has been living and performing in Victoria's Northeast for several years, where he has gained the respect of fellow musicians and music lovers alike for his abilities as a singer/songwriter and harmonica player.

As a solo act Luke performs his own songs along with a blend of interesting covers, playing guitars, home made stomp box and harmonica in his special designed rack/stand. He also uses some interesting home made stringed instruments including his unique tea tin 3-string guitar with the aim of giving the listener something to think about, something to laugh about, and get their feet moving.

In recent years Luke has been in the popular duo Good Medicine playing acoustic blues/roots covers and originals. The duo has built a strong following in the North East of Victorian and one of their tunes was placed in the Australian Songwriters Association 25th song writing competition, blues section. Luke was included on the Murray Arts Music Club CD that featured original material selected from artists that have performed at the Music Club.

Luke has expressed an interest in running a workshop on blues harmonica and will also be preforming at the open mike sessions.
You can contact Luke by Email

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thank you Leader

Rather than hand out tickets for the muster this year we have decided that an ear tagging system would be better suited to the country feel of the program. To this end we have obtained a supply of tags especially made for the Girgarre Moosic Muster from Leader Products, Australian
As these tags will be applied with a tagging gun we will require that all patrons bring their own sticking plaster and pain killers. For those that already have pierced ears the procedure will only require a simple enlarging process (not painful at all).
Under no circumstance will we be doing nipple or bellybutton piercing.
The tags allow entry to all of the venues, the dinner on the Saturday night and the breakfast and fruit juice on the Sunday. So please make sure that they are securely attached and don’t get caught in fences or removed by cattle or sheep rustlers.

Leader Australian a solely Australian owned and operated company is a specialist manufacturer and distributor of livestock identification systems and wholesale distributor of an extensive range of veterinary and animal husbandry products. In 1950 Leader entered the livestock identification business in Australia by introducing the first plastic ear tags for sheep. By 1956, they had established themselves as the predominant supplier of tags to the Australian and New Zealand sheep industries. In the 1960s, they ventured into the production of cattle tags, culminating in the patenting of their own two-piece ear tag in the 1980s. Since then, they have been instrumental in incorporating technology into all types of livestock identification tags, making them a recognised world leader in this arena.