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