The Maes - 30th June at the candelo town hall
Multi-award-winning Melbourne contemporary folk outfit, The Maes (formerly The Mae Trio) is the brainchild of sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby. Born into the arms of the Folk music community in Australia, both sisters were side of stage at their first folk festival when they were four weeks old and have been absorbing and exploring folk music since that time.
The Maes’ latest, self-titled record set for release in May 2019 is a return to the sisters’ folk music roots. Gentle, intimate and conversational, the album is an unadorned showcase of Maggie and Elsie’s superb songwriting as well as honest, relaxed and stunning vocal and instrumental performances.
The album was born on a two-month tour of Europe and North America in 2018 shortly after the band changed its name from The Mae Trio to The Maes after the departure of founding member Anita Hillman. The sisters started the tour with a recording session in Canada, intending to make a four track EP. Fired up by the changes in the band, inspired and bursting with new music they kept looking for new recording opportunities as the tour progressed. By the end of the tour they had two tracks from Nova Scotia, Canada, two songs from the Isle of Mull in Scotland, two songs from different studios in Ireland and four songs recorded in their home town of Melbourne.
The album features production from top roots music producers from around the world including, Daniel Ledwell (Oh Pep!, Jenn Grant, Good Lovelies), John Fitzgerald (Christy Moore, Crooked Still, Lisa Hannigan) and Brendon Love (Teskey Brothers). The album also features cello and harmony vocals by award-winning Brisbane musician, Monique Clare who regularly tours with The Maes.
“This is the album we never really intended to make” says Maggie (banjo, guitar, vocals) “we were struck by the ease and serendipity with which it came together, like it was just ready to come out of us. I love this record, I’ve never made anything that feels so comfortable and honest. I also reckon it’s our strongest collection of songs to date”.
“We were deep into making this album before we knew we were making an album. There is a beautiful absence of pressure and self-consciousness that happened as a result; like the opposite of having a camera pointing at you while you arrange your face into a ‘normal and happy expression’. We were truly playing in the studio. In a few senses.” ~ Elsie (mandolin, violin, vocals)
Their latest release follows on from their sophomore album, Take Care Take Cover, which was recorded in Nashville by Grammy nominated producer/engineer Erick Jaskowiak (The Waifs, Crooked Still, Darrell Scott) and featuring some of that music town’s finest roots musicians. The record won them the Age, Music Victoria Folk/Roots Album of the Year in 2017 as well as rave reviews in Australia and overseas.
Since 2014, The Maes have been full time touring in Australia and overseas, winning over audiences with their striking songwriting, intricate instrumental arrangements and stunning vocal harmonies. The band’s touring history includes a list of some of the worlds largest and most prestigious music festivals such as, the Woodford and Port Fairy Folk Festivals in Australia, The Edmonton and Vancouver Folk Festivals in Canada, Cambridge Folk and Celtic Connections festivals in the UK and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the USA.
JEFF LANG - SATURDAY 27TH JULY - CANDELO TOWN HALL
Australian guitarist-songwriter-vocalist-producer, Jeff Lang has built a reputation for making startling music that is accomplished, intricate, gutsy, melodic and loaded with soul. Often taking unexpected turns, he has consistently inspired his audiences by creating a stylistically diverse catalog of over 25 albums.
Alone In Bad Company, Jeff’s latest album, presents the most organic union of his talents and influences yet. It’s filled with exquisitely sung stories and melodies, demonstrating that Jeff is nothing if not a lover of song. Each time he steps up to take a solo, his hard‐won style is unmistakable – fluid but with an edge‐of‐the‐seat recklessness. Acoustic fingerpicking, slide guitar, electric lead, banjos and mandolins drop into place like puzzle pieces. Though Jeff plays and writes nearly everything on the album, steadfast cohorts Danny McKenna and Alison Ferrier deliver on cue and master writer Don Walker shares his peerless wit on two songs.
As legions of journalists have written, Jeff is not one to be easily pegged, though in a general sense it’s fair to say he largely trades in roots-oriented rock; wider reaching in collaborations with the likes of roving guitar anthropologist Bob Brozman, American blues-rocker Chris Whitley, India’s desert-dwellers Maru Tarang and world music virtuosos Bobby Singh and Mamadou Diabate. Jeff’s work with the latter won the 2010 ARIA (Australia’s Grammy) for Best World Music Album, while he and Brozman took one home for Best Blues and Roots Music Album in 2002. Jeff received that same award on his own in 2012.
Jeff has mischievously called his music ‘Disturbed Folk.’ One writer referred to him as a “quiet achiever.” But the overall impression one has from observing Jeff’s lengthy career is that of a driven man who keeps his head down, playing and recording music as if his very life depends on it.
Outside of his homeland, Jeff has toured the UK, Europe, Japan, India, China, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada as well as concentrated work in the U.S., where he has played upwards of 300 shows, living there for 6 months at a time. He has appeared on prestigious American radio programs A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage and Acoustic Café.
Jeff has shared stages with Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Richard Thompson, Bonnie Raitt, Ani Di Franco, Chris Whitley, Albert Collins, Loudon Wainwright III, Greg Brown, John Butler, AR Rahman and Bob Geldolf, among many others.
Jeff has delivered show-stopping performances at festivals all across the globe: The Dublin Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Quebec City Music Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival, Fuji Rock, Glastonbury, Echo Park China, Ottawa BluesFest as well as on his home turf at Port Fairy, Woodford, Bluesfest Byron Bay and Womadelaide.
Jeff Lang’s unique musical vision easily finds a home in myriad settings, from large festival stages to the intimate, long-running Ann Arbor, Michigan club The Ark to the Sydney Opera House. Most importantly, Jeff Lang has achieved what is a rarity in the cluttered world of contemporary sounds: his own voice.
Alone In Bad Company captures one of Australia’s most inspired musicians – and songwriters – at the peak of his exceptional powers.
“Jeff Lang is, in my humble opinion, a national treasure, a truly gifted songwriter and an
outstanding guitarist. He has been inspiration to countless Australian and internationally
renowned roots artists and surely has a place in history as one of this generation’s finest.
He has really touched me and musically, I had a kind of revelation…”
– John Butler, John Butler Trio
Claire Anne Taylor
Luke Plumb and Kate Burke
An evening of fine folk music performed by renowned performers in a special double bill show.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15TH
THE CANDELO TOWN HALL
Doors at 7.30pm
delicious food available (made with love by the fine folks at Cowsnest)
Claire Anne Taylor is a rare Australian artist. She is a force of nature. Born into her Father's hands in the family barn in Tasmania's ancient Tarkine rainforest, Taylor and her five siblings were raised in a quaint bush home, rich with creativity and music. During her childhood, the Taylor barn was home to a family of Tasmanian Devils and some say that Taylor developed her unique, gravelly singing style from nights spent listening to the devils growling beneath the floorboards. Her 2016 Debut alum 'Elemental' was loved and lauded: “It's one of the CDs I keep going back to.” - Paul Gough, Radio National
Her new album 'All The Words' is as impressive, if not more. Her poetic storytelling has never been more potent. Don't Miss Claire Anne Taylor with her new band as they celebrate the launch of 'All The Words' a very welcome addition to our musical heritage.
Kate and Luke share a love for 1970s Irish folk revival music, having obsessively absorbed the music of the era - in particular Planxty’s revolutionary treatments of traditional songs. Kate & Luke now bring their formidable instrumental skills, strong vocals and creative minds to making groove-based, complex interpretations of traditional song.
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Anactoria, joined by grim tilla
Bega Valley folks who appreciate original music - your love will be vehemently returned on Friday 19th October at Candelo General Store: your very own electric-harp/human-heart-string plucking Anactoria is joined by one of Canberra's finest solo acts, the fiercely original and subversively calm Grim Tilla.
Read more on and listen to Grim Tilla here: https://hhhhappy.com/grim-tilla-track-by-track/
And check out Anactoria at this address: www.anactoria.com
Otherwise, come down and be with other people and the living power of music on Friday 19th October - music starts 7.30PM sharp.
Everyone's favourite food and drinks will be available from 5PM, so you might as well get in early, get nourished, and get a good seat. Yes!!
Tickets $15 / $10 concession/CAS members, get them here:
https://www.trybooking.com/YRGR, or bring cash for the door.
SAVE THE DATES
Melanie Horsnell will be home from her European tour and ready to launch her new album with a beautiful 'home town' show for us all on October 27th at the Candelo Town Hall. No doubt she'll have some local special guests join her on stage (and maybe even some from out of town too - who knows!?). SAVE THE DATE. You won't want to miss this one!
The Next Kameruka Bush Dance will be held on November the 3rd, 2018. Pen that one in, too! :)
The Next Candelo Village Festival will be back in 2019 - so save the dates now and we'll have more details soon. April 26th-28th!
P.P.S. Some time ago, we lost access to our long-time CAS Facebook page. We have a new one - and we're slowly looking up our old friends online, but if you happen to be on social media - you can find us and "like" us here
Den Hanrahan and The Roadsiders
August 17 at the Candelo Bowling Club. $15 entry. 8pm Start. Wear your dancing shoes! :)
Friends of the Candelo Arts Society - shows coming up we think you should see!
Anactori (alter-ego of Candelo singer/songwriter/harpist Tamlyn Lee Mage) will launch her debut EP on Friday, 11th May supported by Candelo legends David Ross Macdonal and Kate Burke in the cosy comfort of the General Store Cafe. Entitled Twentythree, the new record captures five years worth of song-writing, and showcases the development of an intrinsically unique musical style. Produced by award-winning producer and electronic musician Dave Crowe (Resin Moon), it features an all-star cast of Alice Springs creatives who lend lush string, percussion and synth sounds to intricate harp and vocal arrangements.
About the live show: A current of electric harp runs underneath thoughtful lyrics within the unique arrangements of Anactoria’s original songs. Embellished by elegant but earthy effects and, for the first time ever, live percussion and strings, the songs take on a life of their own. "Simultaneously plucking her harp strings and the heart-strings of her audience, Anactoria is a fierce, yet gentle force... In my ten years of touring the country, I have not yet seen or heard anything like the unique magic she possesses. She crafts and presents her material as if channeling a beautiful and ethereal force.” Candice McCleod.
Also not to be missed, David Ross MacDonald will open the evening. Acoustic Guitar Magazine likened MacDonald’s vocals, lyrics, and intricate fingerstyle guitar style to “a collaboration between Nick Drake and a mid-1970s Bruce Cockburn”. Ross deals in subtlety, intimacy and nuance with a tunesmiths hand that coins songs and music with a haunting and poignant quality.
The General Store Cafe will be serving drinks and exquisite snacks from 6pm. Music starts at 7.30pm - be early to get a good seat!
On Friday 11 May 2018 at 7:30pm
Candelo General Store Cafe
William Street, Candelo, NSW 2550
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It's time for the Autumn Bush Dance with the Kameruka Bush Orchestra.
Sat MAY 5th @ Kameruka Hall. 7:30 ish.
It won't be cold when you're dancing. See you there!
What's On april 2018
Candelo Arts Society Present
Paco Lara and Damien Wright
supported our very own Guitarama.
Candelo Town Hall
Sat 14th April 7.30
Adults $25 Concession $20
Under 18 Free, Children welcome
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Embodying the unmistakeable Jerez style of flamenco guitar playing, PACO LARA has toured Internationally alongside Maestro Paco Cepero, one of flamenco’s most legendary guitarists and composers. Paco Lara has also been at the vanguard of Flamenco Fusion with hugely sucessful groups such as El Barrio (años 2000 a 2003) y Los Delinqüentes (años 2007 a 2011).
Apart from his skill as a formidable soloist Paco is also revered for his ability as an acompaniest in the specialised world of flamenco singing (cante). This is evident in his having recorded and/or performed with Flamenco’s most significant artists including Beni de Cádiz, Juan Moneo “El Torta”, Miguel Flores “El Capullo de Jerez”, Tomasa Guerrero “La Macanita”, Remedios Amaya, José de los Camarones, etc.
As an accompaniest to flamenco dance (Baile) Paco has participated in many European tours with famed Flamenco dancer Merecedes Ruiz from Jerez, in her concerts Dibujos en el aire, Gestos de mujer y Perspectivas. The later was awarded the “Critics Choice” at The Festival de Jerez in 2011 and this project has been represented in prestigious programs and festivals across Europe including Festival de guitarra de Córdoba, Spain (7 Julio 2012), Teatro Compac Gran Vía de Madrid, Spain (22 al 26 Agosto 2012), Bienal de Sevilla, Spain (15 de Septiembre 2012), Beziers (Francia), Casa de la Música de Moscú, Russia y S. Petesburgo, Russia (Marzo/2013).
In 2014 DAMIAN WRIGHT was invited to perform as a SOLO artist at The Rajasthan International Folk Festival, INDIA and in 2016 performed at The Shanghai Fringe Festival, CHINA. Damian's flamenco ensemble BANDALUZIA were invited to perform at the biannual Adelaide International Guitar Festival curated by Slava Grigoryan. Bandaluzia was also recently awarded "The Pick Of the Sydney Fringe" at The Sydney Fringe Festival and performed to a sold out Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as an invited artist to TEDX Sydney 2014.
"Damian Wright is a brilliant flamenco guitarist...Wright showed what a captivating solo player he is on his own "In Time", and elsewhere his articulation of complex lines was fluid and dripping with conviction" - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald.
Friday april 20th, 2018.
Candelo Arts Society Presents 'Bushranging Music & Variety Night' - featuring 'The Daughters of the Rum Rebellion', Gleny Rae & Ilona Harker <3 . Friday 20th April from 7.30pm at the Candelo General Store. Food and drinks available from 6pm. Limited Music & Variety spots available - if you want to line one up, contact Mike Martin. This is going to be FUN! A Musical Tale of Daring & Adventure... How can you miss out on that! :)
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018.
Scott Cook & Corin Raymond
Canadian folk troubadours Corin Raymond and Scott Cook are bringing their honest road tales and hand carved tunes across the Australian countryside. Scott's ninth Australian tour (including HUGELY successful shows at the Candelo Village Festival and the Cobargo Folk Festival) and Corin's third, promises heartwarming tales, unique perspectives, road-worn guitars and some of the best Canadian folk music around today. Tell your friends! :)