Friday 2 October line up

Music on the Hill, Friday 2 October, Red Hill Pavilion, doors open 7pm.

Andy White, Ruby Whiting.

Irish singer-songwriter and author Andy White carries a 12-string guitar under his arm and wears his particular brand of charm on his sleeve. With the political edge of Billy Bragg, the romance of David Gray and the Celtic lyricism of the Waterboys. Andy is a fully paid up 21st Century Troubadour (and that’s the title of his journal-memoir published by Lagan Press in Ireland and last year’s ‘album of the book’ compilation on his UK label, Floating World). Belfast born and raised, now living in Melbourne, White has earned a global following for blending folk and pop stylings with a poet’s sensibility. Working with the great names of Irish music – Sinead O’Connor, Donal Lunny, Van Morrison – and writing with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Neil and Tim Finn, Andy has won Ireland’s top songwriting awards and toured the world many times over.

Local singer songwriter Ruby Whiting will open the night at 7.30pm. Tasty light platters, wines and beer available.

Tickets available here.

 

Andy White – If You Want It

Friday 4 September: 1st birthday bash sold out!

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

MOTH 1st birthday celebration show is now sold out. (Featuring Rob Snarski, Lisa Miller, Shane O’Mara, James Kenyon, Tobias Hengeveld, Al Parkinson, Cookie Baker, Charm of Finches, Marty Nelson-Williams, Paul Dillon, Tim Stout and special guests).

Several artists that have graced the MOTH stage over our first twelve months are returning to Red Hill to help us celebrate
our first birthday.

This will be a fund-raising event and proceeds will go towards much-needed equipment and to help local music students.

The next MOTH takes place on Friday 2 October featuring Belfast troubadour Andy White and local singer songwriter Ruby Whiting.

Tickets available here.

 

 

MOTH Friday 7 August line up

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

Shane Nicholson, The Weeping Willows, Trudi and the Saturday Cowboys.

ARIA Award winner Shane Nicholson is coming to MOTH on Friday August 7th showcasing songs from his brand new album Hell Breaks Loose which is released on the day of the show.

Hell Breaks Loose is the first solo album in four years from Nicholson, widely regarded as one of Australia’s most masterful songwriters.

Nicholson first made waves with rock band Pretty Violet Stain and released his debut solo album It’s A Movie in 2002. Since then he has explored everything from folk to country, bluegrass and rock, picking up 8 Golden Guitars, 2 APRA awards and 2 ARIA Awards along the way.

The Weeping Willows, Andrew Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates, are a couple of old souls, steeped in bluegrass tradition and draped in gothic Americana imagery.

To Andrew, the acoustic guitar is the object that hangs permanently from his shoulders. Laura, for her part, stays as busy as a post-war housewife; complementing her partner’s skill with a voice that ranges from sugar-sweet to evangelically piercing, whilst regularly adding a little accordion or autoharp on the side. They regale their audience with stories of sunshine and romance, God and The Devil, murder and decay. Real music.

Locals Trudi and the Saturday Cowboys will open the night at 7.30pm.

Tickets available here.

Tasty platters, local wines and beer will be available. No BYO.

 

SHANE NICHOLSON – Second Hand Man

 

SHANE NICHOLSON – Short Fuse

 

THE WEEPING WILLOWS – Hold On

 

MOTH Friday 3 July line up

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

Fraser A. Gorman, Thomas Hugh w/ Shannon Bourne, James Avent.

Fraser A. Gorman has included MOTH on his debut album release Australian tour. He is playing Red Hill, Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Geelong and Darwin.

After playing a flawless series of shows at SXSW (US) and The Great Escape (UK) festivals 2015, and tearing apart an opening slot for best mate Courtney Barnett through her sold out UK tour, Fraser A. Gorman’s collection of cool-as-f***, funny, heartfelt and super-infectious tunes have finally come to fruition on his debut album titled ‘SLOW GUM’ – which will be released in Australia through Milk! Records and Caroline Australia on the day of the show.

Fraser A. Gorman’s story is a captivating one. A 23 year old kid who looks like a teenage Bob Dylan, a full time carpenter obsessed with the history of American rock n’ roll, expressing himself through wry poetry, bent tropicalia, country-soul and rock. Fraser will be playing as part of his 3-piece band at MOTH.

Support will be by Melbourne-based Thomas Hugh with guitarist Shannon Bourne. Coming off the release of ‘Sum =’, Thomas and Shannon will be heading to MOTH in support of the latest single Them Dams Never Break. The response has been over-whelming and has recently taken Thomas and Shannon to Sydney and around Victoria with Thomas’ unique and moody sense of story-telling and Shannon’s otherworldly guitar touch to match.

Local artist James Avent will start the night off at 7.30pm.

Tickets available here.

See videos below

 


Shane Nicholson playing MOTH Fri 7 August!

ARIA Award winner Shane Nicholson is coming to MOTH on Friday August 7th showcasing songs from his brand new album Hell Breaks Loose.

We expect tickets to this show to sell quickly. Tickets are available now to 2015 MOTH members only and will be available to non-members very soon if still available.

2015 MOTH membership is now $15 here and entitles members to a $5 discount on MOTH tickets and exclusive line up announcements until 2016.

SHANE NICHOLSON – Short Fuse


 

 

FRASER A. GORMAN – Broken Hands

 

THOMAS HUGH – Them Dams Never Break

 

 

MOTH Friday 5 June line up

Music on the Hill, Friday 5 June, Red Hill Pavilion, doors open 7.00pm

NSW-based singer songwriter Melody Pool is coming to MOTH on the first Friday in June.

One of Australia’s most exciting young singer songwriters, Melody won the Telstra Road to Discovery (Best Songwriter Category) in 2013 and has since released her first album ‘The Hurting Scene’, toured the US and Europe with The Milk Carton Kids and recently supported the Eagles on their Australian tour with her band.

Melody made the album The Hurting Scene in Nashville alongside US singer Jace Everett and producer Brad Jones, with a bunch of local musicians helping out. It was quite an experience for the versatile singer who veers into folk territory and has been compared to Laura Marling and Joni Mitchell.

Melody will play solo at MOTH.

Support will be by Lachlan Bryan. Originally from Mount Eliza, Lachlan has earned a reputation as a serious songwriter with a unique gift for plunging the depths of despair and depravity, only to emerge with a heart full of hope and tongue placed firmly in cheek.

He has released two albums. ‘Ballad of a Young Married Man’ in 2009 with his band The Wildes and ‘Shadow of the Gun’ as a solo project.

Recently he’s shared stages with legends such as Steve Earle and John Hiatt, and appeared at major festivals from Byron Bay’s famous Bluesfest to Gympie’s infamous annual Music Muster.

Tickets are available here.

Line up change for Friday (May 1)

Due to unforeseen family circumstances, Liz Stringer is unable to perform at MOTH this Friday. She sends her apologies and hopes to return to MOTH as soon as possible.

However the wonderful Van Walker will will be playing the show with his brother Cal. They will perform as a duo.

The Weeping Willows have been added to the bill and will be supporting Van and Cal. Heidi Luckhurst will open the night at 7.30pm.

 

If you have purchased tickets and would like a refund please contact robin@musiconthehill.com.au

MOTH May 1 May line up

Music on the Hill, Friday 1 May, Red Hill Pavilion, doors open 7.00pm.

Liz Stringer and Van Walker, Heidi Luckhurst

Liz Stringer and Van Walker, two of Australia’s most respected singer songwriters come together for the first time since their latest European tour in September 2014, trading song for song in an intimate acoustic show of stories & harmony.

With a reputation for utterly captivating live shows and a string of albums already behind her, singer songwriter Liz Stringer has established herself as one of Melbourne’s most exciting and talented musicians. Described by the Herald Sun as “an old-fashioned, Springsteen-style storyteller with a soulful, mature voice”, Stringer combines intimate, complex narratives with haunting vocals to create unique contemporary roots music.

Described by the Music Australia Guide as ‘a true wordsmith’, Liz Stringer has carved out a unique place in the Australian music landscape, inspiring a passionate and loyal following around the country over a short space of time. Her latest studio album, Warm in the Darkness, was shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize, and named Best Album of 2012 by Brian Wise of Rhythms Magazine and Off The Record RRR. Her previous studio albums – Soon (2006), Pendulum (2008), and Tides of Time (2010) – have also been acclaimed by peers and punters alike, showcasing Stringer’s sharp ear for a tale, swooping vocals and formidable skills on acoustic and electric guitars in both solo and full-band format.

‘Songwriting isn’t so much something Van Walker does – it’s more something that defines what he is. From the way he works at his guitar playing, the way he structures his performance, his records and his life in general – it all seems to be a means geared toward the end that is some sort of ideal of an illusive classic song. Already he has scraped far closer to this end than many could ever, or will ever hope to get; in my opinion he has already penned a number of minor classics. The only album you’ll find with a better bunch of songs on it than this is his next one.’ Mick Thomas

Having been on the road over countless Australian and now European tours, this special duo format promises to deliver an intimate and engaging showcase of top shelf songwriting and musicianship.

Local singer songwriter Heidi Luckhurst will open the night at 7.30pm.

Tickets available here.

LIZ STRINGER – High Open Hills

 

VAN WALKER AND LIZ STRINGER – Wildgrass

MOTH Saturday April 4 line up

Music on the Hill, Saturday 4 April, Red Hill Pavilion doors open 7.00pm.

Lisa Miller and Shane O’Mara, Cookie Baker, Brendon Mellere.

Due to the first Friday of April being on Good Friday, The next MOTH takes place on SATURDAY 4 April.

Lisa Miller and Shane O’Mara will be the headline act with support by female singer songwriter Cookie Baker.

Lisa Miller is acclaimed by critics and fans alike throughout Australia as a sublime songwriter, possessed of a blue-eyed, broken-hearted voice which is utterly distinctive. 

9 times ARIA nominee, Lisa Miller does more than just deliver words and a tuneful melody, she gives the songs she sing a colour and a pathos that is utterly distinctive. There are very few others with the ability to convey such a degree of soulful feeling, and who are able to write songs that cut so close to the heart of the matter. To listen to Lisa Miller is to hear your very own story put to song.

“A songwriter par excellence” The Age 
“Such grace and simplicity, with such intimacy and honesty – lyrical and musical – that it insinuates itself into your life completely” Sydney Morning Herald 
“Sublime vocal skills” Herald Sun

Lisa will be accompanied by long time guitarist and producer Shane O’Mara.

Singer/songwriter Cookie Baker is a pint-sized force to be reckoned with. She has a heart as big as the raven hair on her head, and she’ll spoil you rotten with heartbreaking tales of lost love, found habits and suddenly finding your best friend REALLY attractive. If you like your toes to curl with pleasure whilst you bawl into your cup of tea (or absinthe), you’ll do just fine with Cookie Baker.

Local singer songwriter Brendon Mellere will open the night at 7.30pm.

Tickets available here.

LISA MILLER AND SHANE O’MARA – Hang My Head

 

COOKIE BAKER – Little Engine

Music on the Hill (MOTH) March 6 line up

Music on the Hill, Friday 6 March, Red Hill Pavilion from 7.00pm.

Al Parkinson, Marty Nelson-Williams

We are pleased to announce that singer songwriters Al Parkinson and Marty Nelson-Williams will be playing MOTH on Friday 6 March 2015.

Simply watching Al Parkinson perform, you immediately feel like she is an old friend. Her relaxed presence and hilarious on stage banter is the perfect complement to her soulful voice and wonderfully constructed songs of love and loss.

Al is gearing up for the release of her second EP which will feature some old favourites and new songs with harmonies and swag from her 3 backing babes.
 
Al has shared the stage with some of Australia’s most highly regarded acts including Matt Corby (Communion Melbourne), Liz Stringer, Bonjah, Jordie Lane and Mia Dyson. She has also secured international supports with David Ryan Harris (USA) and Ryan Keen (UK), to name a few.


Stripped back like old time blues, her music is what music should be; Honest and real.
 
 

“Every now and then someone special comes along, and I think she’s one of them.” – Liz Stringer



“Her bluesy, soulful voice is not what you expect from the casual girl in jeans, and it has the crowd transfixed from start to end.” – Monique Sebire (Tonedeaf)

Sharing the bill and opening the night will be Peninsula-based singer songwriter Marty Nelson-Williams.

Marty has been championing original music on this land for well over a decade, and his songs from the heart are filled with community spirit, love, and passion for the environment and our ancient sacred heritage. You can only leave one
of his gigs feeling uplifted and inspired.

Tickets available here.

2015 MOTH membership now available!

Membership $25 for 2015 (all ages). You will get a $5 discount on every MOTH gig ticket* and exclusive line up announcements.

Become a 2015 MOTH member here.

*One discount per membership per gig only. MOTH memberships are not transferable.

 

AL PARKINSON – The One That Got Away

AL PARKINSON – Like This

MARTY NELSON – WILLIAMS – Coming Home

 

 

Music on the Hill (MOTH) Feb 6 line up

Music on the Hill, Friday 6 February, Red Hill Pavilion from 7.00pm.

The Little Stevies w support by Paul Dillon.

We are excited to announce that female duo The Little Stevies will be headlining MOTH on Friday 6 February 2015.

Rarely will you see a band with the ability to connect with their audience as The Little Stevies’. Their unique blend of emotive and honest songwriting, combined with catchy pop melodies and beautiful harmonies do what so many others claim to, they give their audience license to really identify with them and to feel that they’re sharing something of themselves.

The Little Stevies have existed as a band for many years and have taken on many incarnations. They started in 2005 as a trio, they were a quartet for many years, and their live show currently switches between a duo or a 5-piece.

But the steadfast sisters (Beth and Byll Stephen) have always been the heart and soul and they continue to write and make music as The Little Stevies

Over the years they’ve toured Australia, Canada and the US extensively and have five releases thus far; three full-length studio albums.

The most recent release, Diamonds for Your Tea was recorded over 12 months in ‘the spare room’ at nights and on weekends between completing a Masters Degree (Beth) and becoming a mother (Byll).

“The Little Stevies and producer Jono Steer should stand up and take a bow. What has just landed on these ears is a welcome respite from the daily rough and tumble, made possible by the sisters’ song-writing and confident, sweet, layered roots harmonies.”
The Age

“A honed, confident album of folk-influenced pop that ornaments the vocal and compositional flair of Sibylla & Bethany Stephen. Here the Melbourne duo are like a rootsier, more down home version of Azure Ray, with their atmospheric harmonies & ethereal sense of romance.”
Rolling Stone

See videos below.

Support will be local singer songwriter Paul Dillon who returns to by popular demand after he impressed with his short set at MOTH #3.

Tickets available here.

2015 MOTH membership now available!

Membership $25 for 2015 (all ages). You will get a $5 discount on every MOTH gig ticket* and exclusive line up announcements.

Become a 2015 MOTH member here.

*One discount per membership per gig only. MOTH memberships are not transferable.

 

THE LITTLE STEVIES – Diamonds for Your Tea

THE LITTLE STEVIES – Canadia (Take Me)