July line ups

Music on the Hill, Friday 1 July, Red Hill Pavilion, doors open 7pm.

Sweet Jean, Harrison Storm

Sweet Jean (Sime Nugent and Alice Keath) kick off their National launch tour in support of their much anticipated sophomore album, Monday to Friday with a special performance in duo mode at MOTH on Friday July 1. The new album builds on the duo’s reputation for evocative songwriting and razor-sharp harmonies, with a grittier approach to the studio. The songs range from expansive, vintage synth-driven stories about space exploration, to jangly, deadpan narratives about loss, longing the minutiae of everyday life.
 
Sweet Jean “can break your heart one minute and mend it the next. The duo has a natural ability to transport their audience to the heart of their songs”. The Au Review

Doors open 7pm. Tasty food, local wines and beer available. Tickets available here. 

 

SWEET JEAN – Shiver and Shake

HARRISON STORM – Sense of Home

 

MOTH Acoustic Club, Sunday 31 July, Red Hill Pavilion, doors open 5pm (show 5.30pm – 7.30pm)

MOTH ACOUSTIC CLUB

William Crighton and Claire Anne Taylor

MOTH brings a new music event in an intimate environment. Singer songwriters performing original songs – often unplugged, usually acoustic, always different.
The first Acoustic Club will be a double headline show featuring two of Australia’s newest singer songwriter talents. William Crighton and Claire Anne Taylor will perform songs from their debut albums accompanied by double bass and snare drum.
” It looks like it’s gonna be a big year for Claire Anne Taylor… what a voice!” Sarah Howells, Triple J
William Crighton – Mesmerising debut album ****1/2 stars. The Music.
Crighton is a major talent. ****1/2 stars. Courier Mail

Doors open 7pm. Tasty food (Helen and Bec’s Winter Chilli), local wines and beer available. Tickets available here.

WILLIAM CRIGHTON – Woman Like You

 

CLAIRE ANNE TAYLOR – My Mother the Mountain

June line up

Music on the Hill, Friday 3 June, Red Hill Pavilion, doors open 7pm.

Mick Thomas, Áine Tyrrell.

Raconteur, troubadour, balladeer and poet, Mick Thomas is best known as the song master of pub-rock icons Weddings Parties Anything. Featuring Squeezebox Wally on Piano Accordion this show will present Micks unique mix of folk, roots and country. Support will be by female Irish singer songwriter Áine Tyrrell.

Doors open 7pm. Tasty food, local wines and beer available.

Fri 6 May: Ben Salter, Leah Senior

Music on the Hill, Friday 6 May, Red Hill Pavilion, doors open 7pm.

Ben Salter, Leah Senior

Ben Salter is coming to perform at Music On The Hill for the first time this May. A seasoned campaigner, Salter has been relentlessly touring both around Australia and abroad for the best part of ten years. As well as releasing two critically acclaimed solo albums, Salter is a founding member of Giants of Science, The Gin Club and the ARIA Award nominated Wilson Pickers, and has collaborated with Gareth Liddiard, Mick Thomas and Tim Rogers, amongst many others. Don’t miss his intimate solo performance at Music On The Hill, Friday the 6th of May.

Ben will be supported by young Melbourne based singer songwriter Leah SeniorLeah grew up in the country listening to her mother singing arias whilst blasting rock and roll from her bedroom. Her music now falls between these worlds with elegant lyrical prose and a distinctive dusky, rain slicked tone reaching back to the coffee houses of 1960s Britain. Her debut album “Summer’s On The Ground” was released late last year to critical acclaim, Rolling Stone giving it four stars saying “This is insular and intimate music, akin to eavesdropping on someone else’s private, prettily conveyed thoughts.” 

Doors open 7pm. Tasty food, local wines and beer available. Tickets available here.

Fri 1 April: Jordie Lane Duo, Ling Marra

Music on the Hill, Friday 1 April, Red Hill Pavilion, doors open 7pm.

Jordie Lane Duo, Ling Marra

Thornbury born-now Los Angeles transplant, Jordie Lane, returns to Australia to release ‘Frederick Steele McNeil Ferguson’, the first single from his eagerly awaited third album which is slated for release later this year. Since his critically acclaimed folk/blues inspired ‘Blood Thinner’ album back in 2011, Jordie has gone on to tour the world several times over, with appearances at Philadelphia, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Celtic Connections folk festivals, and tours with Billy Bragg, Old Crow Medicine Show and The Moody Blues to name a few. Accompanied by the incomparable Clare Reynolds on Vocals, Keys and percussion, they have created a duo show that’s garnering huge praise worldwide.

Support will be provided by local 8-piece, all-female, world music outfit Ling Marra.

Doors open 7pm. Tasty food, local wines and beer available.

March line up

Fri 4 March: Sally Seltmann, Younis Clare, Jessie Lloyd, Tash Parker

To celebrate International Women’s Day (8th March), MOTH on Friday 4 March will feature an all-female line up.

Sally Seltmann is the award-winning Australian singer/songwriter behind intoxicating albums such as ‘Heart That’s Pounding’, ‘Somewhere, Anywhere’ and ‘The Last Beautiful Day. Co-writer of the hit song ‘1234’, performed by Feist, Sally Seltmann’s tunes are indie pop gems, deliciously wicked, melodic, whimsical and quirky. Seltmann’s fourth studio album ‘Hey Daydreamer’ (2014) was described by Rolling Stone as ‘a beguiling listen, a pop album with a vibrant twist, embellished by dream-like string arrangements’. From 200-2009 Sally was also known as New Buffalo. She is one third of the indie-rock ‘supergroup’ Seeker Lover Keeper (with Sarah Blasko and Holly Throsby). Sally will be performing solo at MOTH.
(Content: City of Melbourne – What’s On).

Support will feature Younis Clare, Jessie Lloyd, Tash Parker performing songs ‘in the round.’

Doors open 7pm. Tasty platters, local wines and beer available.

Tickets available here.

 

Sally Seltmann – Harmony To My Heartbeat

February line up

Fri 5 February: David Bridie, Demi Louise, Jeff Wall

Fri 15 Jan: Darren Hanlon, Gretta Ray

Music OFF the Hill, Fri 15 January: Hickinbotham of Dromana, doors 6pm for dinner and snacks

Darren Hanlon, Gretta Ray

On the third Friday of January MOTH presents a special Summer show at Hickenbotham of Dromana.

A veteran of the Australian music scene, having completed stints as a supporting guitarist and keyboard player for the Lucksmiths, the Simpletons, the Deerhunters and Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), singer/songwriter Darren Hanlon officially stepped out on his own in 1999. A charming and clever songwriter, drawing comparisons to Evan Dando and Billy Bragg, Hanlon wasted little time in establishing himself as a compelling storyteller and prolific songwriter with his observational wit and memorable pop hooks.

Known for his engagement with his audiences, through his down-to-earth storytelling at his live shows, Darren has toured with Billy Bragg, the Magnetic Fields, Violent Femmes and continues to tour across the globe.

Support for the evening will be Melbourne singer songwriter Gretta Ray.

Doors open 6pm for dinner and snacks (reservations essential). Performance 7.30pm.

Tickets available here.

Darren Hanlon – When You Go

Friday 5 February: David Bridie, Demi Louise, Jeff Wall

Music on the Hill, Red Hill Pavilion, doors 7pm. Tickets available here.

Friday 1 Jan: New Year’s Day Recovery with Rob

Music on the Hill, Friday 1 January, Red Hill Pavilion, doors open 7pm.

Rob Snarski, Madeleine Duke

MOTH begins its 2016 calendar on New Year’s Day (Friday 1 January) when Rob Snarski returns a year after his first MOTH appearance, which was a sell-out. He will be supported by Mount Martha singer songwriter Madeleine Duke.

‘Recovery with Rob’ will be the theme of the show. We’re not promising hangover cures, but music from Rob’s solo repertoire and his latest, successful covers album Lo-Fidelity will certainly make people feel good. The album is made up of recordings made by Rob in his home, singing songs requested by fans. From the hills of Tecoma, the recordings made their way to Yikesville, home of studio boss and guitarist (and MOTH favourite) Shane O’Mara for studio augmentation and mixing. The result is an album of 18 hand made tracks from Nina Simone to Lou Reed to Spiritualized, that are warm and rich and deliciously stripped back and honest.

“This collection of songs were requested by fans and friends and all were recorded at home in the kitchen, office and bedroom on my iPhone. I didn’t really set about recording the songs meticulously and it wasn’t until late into the project it dawned on me I was gathering quite an interesting collection of song requests and perhaps other likeminded lo-fi music loving folk may enjoy them as well.”

Tickets available here

Rob Snarski – Tender Like a Bruise

Fri 15 Jan: Darren Hanlon, Gretta Ray

Hickenbotham of Dromana (Music OFF the Hill)

On the third Friday of January MOTH presents a special Summer show at Hickenbotham of Dromana.

A veteran of the Australian music scene, having completed stints as a supporting guitarist and keyboard player for the Lucksmiths, the Simpletons, the Deerhunters and Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), singer/songwriter Darren Hanlon officially stepped out on his own in 1999. A charming and clever songwriter, drawing comparisons to Evan Dando and Billy Bragg, Hanlon wasted little time in establishing himself as a compelling storyteller and prolific songwriter with his observational wit and memorable pop hooks.

Known for his engagement with his audiences, through his down-to-earth storytelling at his live shows, Darren has toured with Billy Bragg, the Magnetic Fields, Violent Femmes and continues to tour across the globe.

Support for the evening will be Melbourne singer-songwriter Gretta Ray.

Doors open 6pm for dinner and snacks (reservations essential). Performance 7.30pm.

Tickets available here.

Darren Hanlon – When You Go

Friday 4 December line up

Music on the Hill, Friday 4 December, Red Hill Pavilion, doors open 7pm.

The Mae Trio, Broads, Sam O’Connell

Multi-award-winning, Melbourne-based contemporary folk trio The Mae Trio are Maggie Rigby (banjo, ukuleles, guitar, marimba and vocals), Elsie Rigby (violin, ukulele, banjo and vocals) and Anita Hillman (cello, bass and vocals).

Incorporating stellar three-part harmonies, complex arrangements and lyrical sophistication, these youngsters are on a rapid rise. Recipients of the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award, the prestigious Maton Class Act Award and the NFSA Folk Recording of the Year for their debut album Housewarming, The Mae Trio have made a colourful splash globally including international performances from Celtic Connections to Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, MIDEM Festival in Cannes and Americana Festival in Nashville, not to mention a string of shows at Australia’s leading festivals from Port Fairy Folk Festival to Blue Mountains Music Festival.

It is a rare treat to experience such unique instrumentation and spine-tingling harmonies, and The Mae Trio deliver bucketloads
of both.

“The Mae Trio has made a meteoric mark on the national acoustic music scene” Rhythms Magazine

“spine-tingling harmonies”  The Scotsman

Kelly Day and Jane Hendry (both of Melbourne vocal gals The Nymphs) have a shared love of face-melting harmonies and murder mysteries. They bring these together in their new project ‘Broads‘, which delivers a new, slightly criminally-minded take on the acoustic folk duo.

a seductive duo of virtuistic, harmonised simplicity: 2 women, 2 guitars, 2 voices and the sublime result, a pair of soaring angels descending down to us from the heavens awakening our party weary spirits.”  Natalie Thomas–Boogie: Music Festival or Cult

Local singer songwriter and Bank of Melbourne Music Bank 2015 finalist Sam O’Connell will open the night at 7.30pm.

 

Tickets available here.

 

The Mae Trio – Caroline

Broads – How to Make a Hero

Friday 6 November SOLD OUT

Music on the Hill, Friday 6 November, Red Hill Pavilion, doors open 7pm.

Suzannah Espie, The Yearlings, Chris Commerford SOLD OUT!

Suzannah Espie is touring her brand new critically acclaimed album Mother’s Not Feeling Herself Today, a collection of songs about her experience of motherhood. She will be joined at MOTH by guitarist Sean McMahon.

“A singer and storyteller of real gravity” The Age

“Espie’s latest is an honest, heart-wrenching and life-affirming affair” The Music

“Suzannah Espie is one of Australia’s most enchanting artists” JB Hi-Fi Stack Mag.

South Australians Robyn Chalken and Chris Parkinson are The Yearlings. They play a unique brand of Australian alt. country, steeped in Americana traditions. Brooding ballads, rolling roots and haunting harmonies.

Dark and sparse, yet full to the brim with imagery and atmosphere. With Parkinson’s signature guitar tones and Chalklen’s hypnotic prose they deliver their tunes with a confidence that carries an addictive fragility.

Their fifth studio album All The Wandering ended up on many 2014 albums of the year lists.

“One of the best roots rock records I’ve heard from Australia, or anywhere, this year.” Noel Mangel, Courier Mail

“This is the record I’ve been waiting for.” Marty Jones, Rhythms Magazine.

Local singer songwriter Chris Commerford will open the night at 7.30pm.

 

Suzannah Espie – I Wish I Had a Sister

The Yearlings – Drive All Night