Music News

Harp at heart
Steve Kendall
ALANA CONWAY still calls Bendigo home. Despite heading off to the wide world of music, she is very pleased to be playing Bendigo on October 12 as part of her debut album tour. Harpist and singer Alana has been signed to ABC Music for at least two albums, the first of which is officially l..
19-Sep-2013
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Blues and Roots is back at the Rifle
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival’s fifth fundraiser event for the year is on Sunday. This will be a showcase with a difference, as the second stage on the day will specifically host an line-up of local singer/songwriters, while the Carpark stage will host a brilliant array of blues an..
19-Sep-2013
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Millie hits right note
Steve Kendall
Pianist Millie Heinrich “wasn’t in it to win it” but did anyway. The 17 year old has been crowned Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s Musician of the Year after a performance at the Capital Theatre last week. Millie was one of 12 performers at the concert, which is ..
06-Sep-2013
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Stillsons tighten up
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne outfit The Stillsons is heading our way. They are releasing their third album Never Go Your Way on Friday, September 6 at the Bendigo Folk Club. Through two years of touring regional towns across Australia, the musical dial on Never Go Your Way is definitely set towards the rockier si..
30-Aug-2013
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The Dames a class act
Bendigo Weekly
The Dames carry a rich pedigree of musicians comprising of Clare Moore on drums, songs and vocals, Kaye Louise Patterson on keys, songs and vocals and Rosie Westbrook on bass and backing vocals. Their debut, self titled album was recorded at Atlantis in Melbourne and has been mixed by acclaimed, ..
23-Aug-2013
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Welcome Fire from Wendy
Steve Kendall
FOR the past two years, Wendy Matthews has been working on her new album. The Welcome Fire is released today and Wendy said she was pleased to be able to take the time to do it properly. From her home base in the north coast of New South Wales where she lives with her dog, Wendy has been ..
22-Aug-2013
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Harrison Craig is the Voice of Australia
Bendigo Weekly
By STEVE KENDALL FANS of Harrison Craig will be close to bursting point with the anouncement of his tour. The performer’s trip includes Bendigo, where he’ll be showing us what made him The Voice of Australia. Harrison was selected from an initial 40,000 audition tapes to hit th..
18-Jul-2013
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Women rockers take to the stage
Bendigo Weekly
By PAULA HUBERT She may only be 14, but drummer Tara Crosbie is on a mission to prove females have what it takes to play rock and roll. The Huntly teenager and her band Chase the Ace have been invited to take part in Queens of Noize, a two-night event celebrating female musicians at the Newmarke..
28-Jun-2013
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Capital date for Kate
Bendigo Weekly
Kate Miller-Heidke will be playing Bendigo later this month. “Of course I love playing in the capital cities, but there is something very special about the audiences in regional areas,” Kate said “It has been more than three years since my last big regional tour, so this one is..
07-Jun-2013
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Stayin’alive with Aussie Bee Gees
Bendigo Weekly
The Australian Bee Gees Show will return to Bendigo for The Trilogy Tour, a brand new show for 2013. Trilogy traces the amazing career of The Brothers Gibb from their first performances in Australia right through to the amazing One Night Only concert in Las Vegas. The show will feature all of ..
07-Jun-2013
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Live act with a twist
Bendigo Weekly
Regional Roulette is a collective of Victoria’s best heavy music acts taking a unique approach to touring regional areas. Tonight’s instalment at the Newmarket sees Frankenbok, Dreadnaught, Heaven the Axe and ABREACT bring their live shows to Bendigo. The Roulette facet of the tour..
30-May-2013
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Take it to the streets
Bendigo Weekly
Through four decades, Rick and John Brewster, The Angels guitarists, co-founders and its most prolific songwriters, have seen lineups change and the band’s musical styles rearrange. But through it all they’ve maintained the pure Australian rock guitar sound that’s driven The Ange..
30-May-2013
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Laura’s a real treat
Bendigo Weekly
By STEVE KENDALL TAKE one peek at Laura Imbruglia’s promotional material and you can see she can laugh at herself. It’s a trait she likes to see in other performers too. Dressed up and quirky, Laura insists this all stops when it comes to songwriting. “I take it seriousl..
03-May-2013
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Byrne still fired up
Bendigo Weekly
By Rosemary Sorensen The uplifting gospel music that inspired the rock opera Last Man Standing is perfect for Debra Byrne. “I’m in heaven with this music,” the long-time singer says. “People know me for singing the diva stuff, but this sits in a genre I’m more tha..
26-Apr-2013
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Blues are back
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of Australia’s finest blues acts, Shannon Bourne, is back in Bendigo. Bourne is featured at Big Hill Vineyard Family Day on Sunday for the second Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival Fundraiser. Event director Colin Thompson is full of praise for the performer. “Shannon Bourn..
12-Apr-2013
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Catch a peep at a great live show
Bendigo Weekly
The Peep Tempel has built an enviable reputation on its explosive live shows and excellent self-titled debut album. Last year saw the band described by Rolling Stone as having one of the best live shows in Melbourne and their self-titled debut album being nominated as one of the best Punk/Hard Ro..
12-Apr-2013
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Heavy rollers play The Bridge
Bendigo Weekly
Regional Roulette, a collective of Victoria’s best heavy music acts, is taking a unique approach to touring regional areas. This instalment sees Frankenbok, King Parrot, Heaven the Axe and Abreact bring their live shows to Castlemaine for the first time. The Roulette facet of the tour me..
12-Apr-2013
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Heidke out of hiding
Steve Kendall
Building on the announcement of her metro tour of churches and cathedrals, Kate Miller-Heidke will be playing Bendigo as part of a regional tour. Kate’s third studio album Nightflight was released last year, debuting at number two on the ARIA album charts. Previously Kate’s first a..
05-Apr-2013
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Owl Eyes releases debut
Bendigo Weekly
Australian singer songwriter Owl Eyes has been on the music scene for nearly three years. The 22-year-old has had both national and international success. Her debut album Night Swim was released in February this year and is a collaboration of electro-pop songs. Their orignial synth melodies..
05-Apr-2013
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Herman’s Hermits back in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
It is 50 years since Herman’s Hermits first hit the stage, and with songs such as Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter and I’m Henry The Eighth I Am they become one of the biggest selling acts of the 1960s. They managed a level of success in the USA they couldn’t match at..
04-Apr-2013
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