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

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.








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.




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.


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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