It’s another cracking month of live music at the Stag & Hunter Hotel in Mayfield. We’re really excited about this month’s line-up which includes some of the most exciting new artists touring around Australia at the moment.
1 July – Tracy Mcneil & The Goodlife
Tracy McNeil and her band The GoodLife blend a fresh new sound infusing her Canadian roots with the heart and grit of Melbourne’s thriving Americana/Alt-Country scene. Add to this the pop-soaked splendor of 1970’s West-Coast California, and you’ll be coasting the musical landscape that she calls home.
With her latest release Nobody Ever Leaves (2014), Tracy and her band receive two nominations in The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards (Best Country Album/Best Folk Album) and were named Australian Artist/Band Of the Year in the Rhythms Magazine 2014 Reader’s Poll, editor Martin Jones describing their live show as “world-class country rock”.
The album also garnered international response with Americana UK affirming “Nobody Ever Leaves is a very accomplished and beautiful album…the atmosphere it creates is often magical, and the tunes are often to die for. Tracy McNeil and her band are a real cut above the crowd”. It was also named PBS FM’s Feature Record, The Brag’s Indie Album Of the Week and enjoyed a spot at #1 on the Polyester Charts.
2 July – Wasted Wanderers W/ William John Jr
Formed on stage during a jam session at the Grace Emily Hotel in Adelaide in 2014, Wasted Wanderers have gone on to release a critically acclaimed EP (Goddamn Anything), played shows and festivals nationally, have shared the stage with some of Australia’s greats and have just released new single ‘In Your Fire’ which also see’s them embark on their first national tour to support the release.
3 July – Youngsmith
Youngsmith‘s music is about getting you in touch with parts of your soul you don’t want to talk to. If you want to remember the song and sing it as loud as you can in your car and actually feel something through the lyrics, its for you. If you want to tap your feet to something, cry to something, hurt to something… this music is for you.
7 July – Merewether Fats Blues Jam
8 July – Chris Cavill & The Prospectors
In 2015 singer/songwriter Chris Cavill made a successful return to the Australian music scene releasing his most ambitious record to date, ‘Know Your Destiny’. Reinvigorated after a lengthy break from the music business, Cavill re-emerged with his new band, The Prospectors, and toured the album to critical acclaim in the Australian folk/blues scene.
Twelve months later, Chris Cavill & The Prospectors are back, louder and plugged-in. Shifting from the folk sounds into a more blues-rock direction, the band has gone full electric, translating the high-energy intensity of their live shows into a powerful recording. Musically inspired by the 70’s rock/grunge era of Neil Young, Tom Petty and Led Zeppelin, their 2016 EP, ‘All That You Got’ yields dirty blues anthems, crunchy rock ballads and a pair of crowd-pleasing and band-favourite covers. ‘All That You Got’ goes beyond the folk stylings illustrated on last year’s release, showcasing the depth of the band’s influences and abilities.
9 July – Mick Hart
10 years after being ARIA nominated for “Best Blues and Roots” 2002, Mick Hart is back with a brand new release, his 7th studio album “SIDE BY SIDE” . The album features Mick and bandmates Damian Leonard (bass) and Tony Chubb (drums), in a beautiful indie folk journey. 13 tracks in all, including the 60s inspired “Just Another Daydream”, the sweet and intimate “Fall Into Me” and of course some brilliant slide guitar moments including “Cut You Up” and the title track “Side By Side”.
15 July – Jackson
16 July – Imogen Clark W/ Support
In the last few years, Imogen Clark has been touted as one of the most promising young songwriters in Australia. Now, with a CMC nomination for New Oz Artist Of The Year in her back pocket, she’s on the cusp of converting those accolades into wider critical acclaim with the forthcoming release of her debut album, Love & Lovely Lies.
Still only 21, Imogen’s musical journey began when she picked up her dad’s old Maton acoustic guitar as an 8-year-old and took her first tentative steps toward a fascination with the instrument and the possibility of writing her own songs. Inspiration also came in the form of her father’s own original songs, adding further fuel to that songwriting and performing desire.
22 July – Lead Finger W/ Rangers Of The Universe
Over the years Leadfinger have built a reputation for dynamic, twin guitar rock and heart on sleeve delivery of great songs. On Friday Night Heroes they push their musicianship, sound and writing into new realms, bringing in some guest players and changing the method of writing to a more direct ‘in the rehearsal room’ approach.
23 July – The Hurricanes W/ The Donkey Browns And The Not Nots
The Hurricanes formed in late 2012. Harry and Deano had previously worked on some newly penned songs with other musicians before introducing their friends Shame and Andy to the material. The four guys realised they worked well together and started rehearsing and honing their sound.
Harry’s songwriting is inspired by a wide range of rock music, from The Stones, T Rex, Stooges, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, New York Dolls, The Kinks,Alice Cooper and surf guitar greats like Dick Dale and Link Wray. Tight, powerful and melodic, The Hurricanes punch out a high-energy set of catchy original tunes interspersed with some classic covers like ‘Heart Full Of Soul’ by The Yardbirds, ‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else’ by The Kinks and ‘Now I Wanna Be Your Dog’ by The Stooges
24 July – The Justin Yap Band
With The Justin Yap Band‘s first album ‘Long Way From Home’ debuting at No. 3 on the Australian Blues Charts, the Justin Yap Band plays a potent blend of Deep Blues, Sanctified Soul, and Down-Home Funk. Led by guitarist Justin Yap, the band delivers electrifying and dynamic performances, bringing out their chemistry and energy in full force at every show.
29 July – Ruckus Band
Following on from last year’s debut EP ‘Let’s Get Weird’, genre bending three piece The Ruckus have well and truly kicked things up a notch with new single ‘Fever’ and are set to launch the sucker Thursday June 16 at SLYFOX in Enmore. Ever so proud of the sonic intensity and passion they bring to their live shows, The Ruckus have dug deep to create a new body of work that they’ve been able to capture in the studio. The band and long time producer Phan Sjarif bunkered down in a secluded house in the mountains of regional NSW where they began a six month process of breaking down their sound and building it back up again, resulting in first taster ‘Fever’.
30 July – The Lazy’s
The Lazy’s journey began in 2007 when the boys hit the road with fellow Central Coast band Something with Numbers. Quickly building a loyal fan base further national tours followed with The Lazys sharing the stage with bands such as Against Me (US), Hollywood’s Ms Juliette Lewis, UK’s The Answer and Aussie bands such as Gyroscope, The Living End, Grinspoon and more. They also secured many of their own headline tours and made festival appearances at both Come Together and Coaster festival.
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