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)

 

Music on the Hill (MOTH) Jan 2 line up

Music on the Hill, Friday 2 January, Red Hill Pavilion from 7.00pm.

Rob Snarski, Ruby Whiting and David O’Connell.

We are proud to announce that Rob Snarski will be playing MOTH on Friday 2 January 2015.

After 25 years as the honey-voiced singer of the Blackeyed Susans who boast multiple ARIA nominations, tours with Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and Wilco, Rob Snarski has finally released his debut solo album, “Wounded Bird”. Produced by Rob and longtime bandmate and collaborator Dan Luscombe with Yikesville studio boss Shane O’Mara, “Wounded Bird” foregoes the lush arrangements of The Blackeyed Susans for a stripped-back and intimate sound palette. 

Think Ricky Nelson meets Mazzy Star or the Everly Brothers if they’d been raised on a diet of Big Star’s Third.
“Wounded Bird” may be as pure an expression of Rob Snarski’s oeuvre as we are yet to hear. His first solo album may have been a long time coming, but it is worth the wait already earning him rave reviews and a nomination at the Age Music Awards for Best Male Performer.

“One of the great romantic singers. A Costello-like knack for rhyming couplets…. the perfect solo album: satisfying the rusted-on fans and hopefully gaining the wider audience he deserves.”     – FOUR AND A HALF STARS Jeff Jenkins, STACK

Rob will be playing songs from “Wounded Bird” and Blackeyed Susans favourites at MOTH.

Support will be by Peninsula singer songwriters Ruby Whiting and David O’Connell.

Tickets available here.

 

ROB SNARSKI – Johnny Only

 

RUBY WHITING – Bloodline

 

 

 

Music on the Hill (MOTH) Fri 5 Dec line up

Music on the Hill, Friday 5 December, Red Hill Pavilion from 7.00pm.

Jackson McLaren, Charm of Finches and Jeff Wall.

Exciting young singer songwriter Jackson McLaren headlines the next MOTH on Friday 5 December.

At the early age of 17 Warnambool’s Jackson McLaren’s folk-inflected songcraft had caught the ear of Josh Pyke, who produced Jackson’s debut self-titled EP. A move to Melbourne later, the breakthrough came with ‘A Whole Day Nearer’ from 2011’s Mirrors and Strings EP.

In 2013 it was followed by the haunting single ‘Some of My Friends’ – a waltz-time tribute to the way that life changes us all, driven by an insistent fiddle and a melody Mumford & Sons would have killed for – and now McLaren and his trusty sidemen, the Triple Threat, have recorded their debut full length album: Songs to Greet the Dawn. Produced by John Castle (Josh Pyke, Washington, Gossling) the album maps the development of one of Australia’s most exciting young songwriters.

Jackson will play solo and mainly acoustic at MOTH.

Support act Charm of Finches are the new kids on the folk block. Literally. Aged 12 and 14, siblings Mabel and Ivy peddle seamless harmonies and songwriting beyond their years. They released their debut EP “Home” in August this year.

Local singer songwriter Jeff Wall will open the night.

Tickets can be purchased here.

JACKSON MCLAREN

 

CHARM OF FINCHES

MOTH Fri 7 Nov: addition to line up

Music on the Hill, Friday 7 November, Red Hill Pavilion from 7.00 pm.

Paul Dillon added to MOTH line up

Local singer songwriter Paul Dillon brings his troubadour spirit to MOTH on Friday 7 November.

Paul replaces Jo Meares who can not make the November gig but will appear at a future MOTH in 2015.

Paul will start the night off and will be followed by The Land (Tash Parker and Emma Anglesey) with James Kenyon headlining with bass player Luke Richardson.

Tickets are available here. We are expecting a large audience so book early to avoid disappointment.

Music on the Hill (MOTH) Fri 7 November line up

Friday 7 November, Red Hill Pavilion from 7.00 pm.

James Kenyon, Jo Meares, The Land (Tash Parker and Emma Anglesey).

We are excited to announce that the third MOTH line up will feature five artists from as far apart as Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart.

Singer songwriter James Kenyon was born and raised in South Australia and is now based in Melbourne. His song writing is a view from a car or a busted metal bridge or a window in a hall. James’ debut album The North Pole is available now at www.vitamin.net.au.

Nestled among layers of strings – acoustic guitar, double bass, banjo and fiddle – Kenyon’s stories provide a powerful reminder of the places and spaces that make the Australian experience unique:

The broad skies, passing wheat silos, river crossings, grey suburbs and power lines merge memory and imagination in song.

James will play a duo set at MOTH with double bass player Luke Richardson.

Jo Meares, from surf city Sydney, in his new album creates haunting atmospheres telling stories of outsiders, loss, confusion, love and failure.

Jo’s first solo album ‘A Handful of Smoke’ was awarded Australian Album of the year on the highly respected radio show Outpost on 2SER.

It was recorded over 2 years in France, Sydney and Melbourne involving members of Charles Jenkins and the Zhivagos, French pianist Lisa Barel and what were to become his band the Honeyriders.

Jo’s second solo album ‘One More Time’ was made with the Honeyriders and involves a sixteen piece string section, beautiful backing vocals and lush guitar sounds.

Jo plays most years in France, Spain and Finland and is gradually building his following there.

His June 2014 release of the album ‘King of the Crystal Mountain’ in Australia was followed by an extensive tour of Europe involving France, Spain, and Finland.

Jo will play a solo mainly acoustic set at MOTH.

The Land is place of delicious harmonies, whimsical story telling, rhythmic guitars, ukulele, dolcimer and strange and wonderful percussion that will have your feet tapping and body moving. In The Land you are free to imagine, to play, to let go, to begin.

Tash Parker is from the ancient, steep-sided mountain ranges and cracking clays of the Kimberley in North Western Australia, and Emma Anglesey grew up in the high, rocky, dolerite cliffs and fertile valleys of the Great Western Tiers in Tasmania. Both established singer songwriters and musicians in their own right, together they’ve formed The Land

Tash and Emma will play a duo set at MOTH.

 

JAMES KENYON – South Troy Against the World

JO MEARES – King of Crystal Mountain

TASH PARKER – Somers

 

Music on the Hill (MOTH) Friday 3 October line up

Friday 3 October – Red Hill Pavilion

Tobias Hengeveld, The Grand Magoozi and Tim Stout.

We are excited to announce that the second MOTH line up will be an eclectic mix of singer songwriting talent.

Tobias has been a consistent presence in the Melbourne Indie-folk scene over the past decade, as one half of the duo Scout Hall, principle songsmith of The Night Bell and then under his own name. With an approach to lyric and melody that is distinctly his own, his voice calls through a landscape of situations that ring familiar with Australian audiences.

He recently released his third solo album The Daylight Express, the much anticipated follow-up to his 2009 release All The Lines Are Downwith which he toured nationally and internationally.

The Daylight Express was written in the old freight room of the Brunswick Railway Station (inner-Melbourne), through the winter of 2012. As resident artist there, Tobias spent many hours wrangling words and ideas with amps up really loud, or otherwise just huddled over a crappy heater with a parlor guitar.

Recorded through 2013 with producer Robbie Rowlands, Tobias turned his front room into a make-shift recording studio. He was joined by local music luminaries Ash Davies on drums, Andy Papadopoulos (Ron S Peno & the Superstitions) on bass and Steve Hesketh (the Drones) on keys, among a host of other special guests.

Tobias will be performing mainly solo and acoustic at MOTH.

Support will be provided by Melbourne-based The Grand Magoozi (aka Susie Scurry). She writes and sings romantic, witty and nostalgic songs that grapple with the frivolous nature of current times. Her lonesome voice and serenading guitar compositions are reminiscent of artists such as Karen Dalton, Jolie Holland and Patsy Cline.

Local singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim Stout will start proceedings.

Doors open at 7.00pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.

Don’t forget ‘AfterMoth’ for drinks and nibbles at The Long Table restaurant from 10.30pm–Midnight.

Music on the Hill launch: MOTH takes off

Friday 5 September – Red Hill Pavilion

Friday night saw the Red Hill Pavilion transformed into a traditional folk club. Around 50 music aficionados from the Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne and beyond enjoyed an evening of original acoustic songs performed by Nathan Lomas, Alexandra Pye and Charles Jenkins.