The Stag & Hunter continue to deliver. From the best of the local bunch to the creme of Australia’s touring artists, these guys take live music seriously. Here’s the line up of live music at the hotel for September.
Mick Hart – Friday Sept 4
Australian singer/songwriter MICK HART has been touring the world for the past 15 years, playing festivals and concerts all over Australia, France, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, England, Ireland, Scotland, Japan and the USA. Praised all over the globe by critics and fans including BEN HARPER and JEFF BUCKLEY’s ex-manager DAVE LORY, MICK has played support to BOB DYLAN, COLDPLAY, STING, VAN MORRISON, PAUL WELLER, GOMEZ, TAJ MAHAL, ZWAN, THE PRETENDERS, PAUL KELLY, JOHN BUTLER TRIO and many more. 10 years after being ARIA nominated for “Best Blues and Roots” 2002, Mick 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”.
Claude Hay – Saturday Sept 5
Hailing from the Blue Mountains near Sydney, awardwinning Australian solo artist Claude Hay blends slide guitar, sitar, bass and drums to create music that invokes the best of stomping traditional blues, hard rock and booty-shaking funk, all delivered with chops to burn and a vocal range to match. Claude is perhaps the world’s ultimate Do-It-Yourself musician – forging his live sound on the back of looping technology which allows him to create a band vibe without the band. This appoach has seen this fiercely independent artist build an audience for his music globally with the release of three award-winning home-made albums.Taking DIY a step further than most, Claude has built all his own equipment: there’s ‘Betty’, his doublenecked guitar which he made out of a kitchen benchtop; there’s Stella, his new ‘Cigar Box’ guitar which started its life as a six dollar baking tin. He’s also built his own dome house and studio from the ground up,and pimped out his tour van with a shower and bar(a great move when you consider how much time he spends on the road).
The Widowbirds – Friday Sept 11
THE WIDOWBIRDS were born in late 2010 from a song writing project and calling of heart for long-time brothers in arms Simon Meli and Tony Kvesic. The co-writing pair instantly fell into a world that would see the band share stages with International greats, such as Paul Weller (The Jam/Style Council), Tony Joe White (USA) & Jeff Martin (The Tea Party) at the beginning of the bands journey. Proudly living with the inspirations of classics such as Otis Redding, Frankie Miller & The Band ~ merged with their modern day musical love affairs with The Black Keys, The Black Crowes and everyday riff raff, THE WIDOWBIRDS deliver a deep soulfulness and truth, long missed in today’s music. Their songs are a gritty back-boned rhythm and blues that often takes you down to the river in a sweaty gospel rant, however only first via a very solid and well-formed mystique and texture woven sound. Armed with a dangerous array of live performers, The Widowbirds stand shoulder to shoulder with the best the world has to offer.
Lennie Tranter and the Bagism Revelation – Saturday Sept 12
Melodic pop rock, inspired by the great British bands of the 60s, 70s and 90s. Catchy, sing-alongs with harmonies and guitars, bass, drums – the whole she-bang. “A rolling, great time,” as one (possibly over) enthusiastic audience member has put it. After finding himself without a band for the first time in years, former Havelocks’ front-guy and songwriter Lennie Tranter decided to have a year or two off “just to write some songs and work on my alcoholism a bit more.” During this downtime Lennie filled in here and there with various bands and met, amongst others, drummer Sam Smith, and prodigious Thorpe brothers, Alex and Nick. The boys got to jamming on Lennie’s songs and realised they enjoyed it so they kept at it. As it turns out, they recorded a song, Molly May, played a gig in honour of it and people liked it, so they booked more gigs – played them in and about Newcastle, and more people liked it. So now it’s a thing and they’ll be doing more of the like and the same.
Method – Friday Sept 18
Oz roots music in it’s purest form, Method bridge the gap between Americana Swamp and the Celts, evoking the journey folk music has made across the Atlantic and Pacific to end up with a unique Australian sound. These are soundscapes and songs locked firmly in a gravely groove, delivering a rhythm driven roots experience with a lyrical heart. A new Australian Alt. Folk, played by two master musicians with humour, sensitivity and world class Method.
Eddie Boyd and the Phatapillars – Saturday Sept 19
Rootsy indie 3-piece Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars have just withstood 12 months of recording, touring, sleeping on the beach, breaking down in the van, and generally living out the lyrics of ACDC’s ‘Long Way To The Top’. Through all of this they’ve still managed to put together a new EP, due for release at Bluesfest in Byron Bay this Easter. Eddie writes and plays from the heart, absolutely shreds on the acoustic guitar, and delivers it all with a huge vocal range with just the right amount of gravel. The rhythm section kicks it hard, and with each new performance The Phatapillars are gaining a family of loyal devotees along their way.
Mace and the Motor – Friday Sept 25
Mace & The Motor’s Unearthed profile captured our attention with tunes that nimbly shift from no-shits-given rock and roll, with a definite Phil Jamieson & co influence, to a weathered, bluesy twang. It was difficult to ignore the trio and the rocking grunt they’ll add to the One Night Stand line-up. Most notably to date, the band has supported Aussie rock legends You Am I and The Hard-On’s. They have also supported College Fall (Sydney) and The Shake Up (Sydney) and have played with local acts Suicide Swans, One Dirty Bird, Project 62 and The Fuss.
The Kava Kings – Saturday Sept 26
Hailing from the South of Sydney, The Kava Kings bring a fresh new sound with their loose mash up of Gypsy, Ska, Reggae and Dub. Within just a year, The Kava Kings have been headlining shows all over the country and their highly energetic performances have helped them to earn a solid reputation amongst the punters. Amongst these shows they have played with many great International and Australian acts such as Mat McHugh and the Beautiful Girls, The Skatalites, Ash Grunwald, Bobby Alu and many more.