Honky Tonk Jubilee
Jul
7
8:30 PM20:30

Honky Tonk Jubilee

Save the date for this celebration of all things honky tonk! If you love honky tonk and western swing music and dance, James Ellis and the Jealous Guys, Bakersfield Glee Club and the Canyon Callers, you are in for a special treat.

Ticketing, starting times and other info coming shortly, 

So, spread the word and don't forget to tell your buddies who haven't come to Honky Tonk HQ classes for a while (a long while, or never ever, even). Everyone will be welcome and the night will start with an easy two-stepping class.

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Joshua Hedley with Lillie Mae, Freya Josephine Hollick & Bakersfield Glee Club
Jul
22
1:30 PM13:30

Joshua Hedley with Lillie Mae, Freya Josephine Hollick & Bakersfield Glee Club

It is with great delight that Love Police Touring announce the beloved Joshua Hedley, this time with his crackin’ 5 piece band, will tour Australia in July 2018 along with Lillie Mae. Together they will play multiple shows in Sydney, Melbourne plus Castlemaine and the Groundwater Festival on the Gold Coast.

Joshua Hedley is a welcome frequent vistor having toured here so many times he is on a first name basis with Australian Customs officials, tattoo parlours, good coffee shops and bad bars. Australia has almost become his second home, and with good reason as audiences here have embraced him like no other since he was first pushed to the first of stage at Melbourne’s Out On The Weekend festival in 2014. He is a well defined front man these days, enough to catch the eyes of Jack White’s Third Man Records who quickly added him to their enviable roster.

Every few years a tour comes along that will redefine what you thought traditional country should be or was all about. This is that tour.

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James Ellis and the Jealous Guys Album Launch
Jul
28
7:00 PM19:00

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys Album Launch

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys launch their new country and honky tonk album, It Ain’t Texas (But It Ain’t Bad) at the Spotted Mallard on Saturday 28 July 2018

Put on your best dancing boots because James Ellis and the Jealous Guys are launching their debut album, It Ain't Texas (But It Ain't Bad). 

Released through Blind Date Records, this country and honky tonk record will take listeners on a journey through West Texas romance, two-stepping dance halls and Victorian country towns.

Support on the night will be from western swing group, the Canyon Callers.

Emma-Bee will also be running a two-stepping dance class for beginners and seasoned dancers alike.

Ticket packages including the purchase of the album are available.

For all ticket / album (vinyl or CD) package purchases, the album will be available to collect on the night of the show.

Doors from 6pm for dinner

Emma-Bee Dance Class: 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Canyon Callers: 9.00pm - 9.45pm
James Ellis and the Jealous Guys: 10:15pm - 11:15pm

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James Ellis and the Jealous Guys at the Bridge Hotel
Jun
2
6:30 PM18:30

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys at the Bridge Hotel

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys will be bringing their country and honky tonk show to The Bridge Hotel on Saturday 2 June 2018.

Joining them will be Honky Tonk HQ (Emma-Bee's Americana Dance), the best two-step teacher this side of the Rio Grande. She'll be giving two-stepping lessons before the gig so you can learn a few moves and dance all night long.

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Sean McMahon at The Pinnacle
May
19
5:00 PM17:00

Sean McMahon at The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle is excited to welcome back one of Melbourne's finest songwriters for two sets from 5pm this Saturday the 19th of May. Free entry.

"Sean McMahon continues his run of world-class albums with his latest outfit the MoonMen. Over the past decade (he) has been responsible for delivering some of the tastiest guitar playing and songwriting around….a cracking rock record bristling with gritty guitar tones and even grittier lyrics." – Marty Jones, Rhythms magazine

"From stripped back casual charm to royally rocking, McMahon has built a bespoke musical home of his own"- Chris Lambie , Rhythms

"A gorgeously warm release. Based in the country idiom but completely unafraid to meander down a myriad other paths - dalliances with rock, folk and pop - Shiner has properly unearthed a contender, Sean McMahon shown as a master of his craft."
- Samuel Fell, Sydney Morning Herald

"There is something reminiscent of Eels’ Mark Oliver Everret to McMahon’s vocal, and indeed were you to cross Eels with The Band you might have something resembling Shiner."
- Beat magazine

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Steve Poltz (USA) w/ Freya Josephine Hollick
Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

Steve Poltz (USA) w/ Freya Josephine Hollick

He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) but has lived most of his life in Southern California and those geographic poles are quite likely responsible for his unhinged genius. He is a dual citizen – Canada/USA – but has often said that, “should a hostage situation arise, I become conveniently Canadian.”

Over the course of his life he’s met Elvis Presley (who hugged his sister for far too long), trick or treated at Liberace’s house (each finger had a diamond ring), was Bob Hope’s favourite altar boy (according to him), bravely traveled the world busking before he knew how to do it, pissed off David Cassidy and can count some of the world’s coolest people as fans.

As good as his albums are, STEVE POLTZ positively owns a crowd when he’s on stage. His shows are the stuff of legend. He can take an unsuspecting audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a single song. He is a master of improvisational songwriting and works without a set list to be free to react instantly to the mood of a room.

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Freya Josephine Hollick at The Bison Bar
Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

Freya Josephine Hollick at The Bison Bar

Freya Josephine Hollick finished 2017 with a new e.p, new single, 3 Age Music Victoria Award Nominations, a tour with Justin Townes Earle plus festival appearances at Nannup Music Festival, Boogie Festival , Gumball, Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Gympie Music Muster, Kyneton Music Festival, Dorrigo Folk Bluegrass Festival, Out on the Weekend & Queenscliff Music Festival

In her first full band show for 2018, the old-timey country songbird brings blues and honky tonk goodness that transports you back to early Appalachia, through wartime romance, the golden era of country music and into a cosmic hootenanny.

With a voice that floats between Maybelle Carter, Dolly Parton and Skip James, Freya Josephine Hollick is a lady not to be missed.
 

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NSC Freya Josephine Hollick, Archer, Leah Senior
Feb
24
6:00 PM18:00

NSC Freya Josephine Hollick, Archer, Leah Senior

Epic triple header at NSC

Freya Josephine Hollick + Leah Senior + Archer

Freya's first show with Opal's dad since 2014, and sharing the stage with the ethereal Leah Senior. Sure to be a wonderful night!

Freya Josephine Hollick finished 2017 with a new E.P, new single (recorded with Texans Robert Ellis, Tank Lisenbe and Geoffrey Muller), 3 Age Music Victoria Award Nominations, a tour with Justin Townes Earle plus festival appearances at Nannup Music Festival, Boogie Festival , Gumball, Broadbeach Country Music Festival,Gympie Music Muster, Kyneton Music Festival, Dorrigo Folk Bluegrass Festival, Out on the Weekend & Queenscliff Music Festival.

In her first full band show for 2018, the old-timey country songbird brings blues and honky tonk goodness that transports you back to early Appalachia, through wartime romance, the golden era of country music and into a cosmic hootenanny.

With a voice that floats between Maybelle Carter, Dolly Parton and Skip James, Freya Josephine Hollick is a lady not to be missed. Hollick will share the stage with old flame Archer, for the first time since December of 2014, along with the third big hitter, the wonderful Leah Senior.

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Ramblin' Nights Feat: Freya Josephine Hollick at The Leadbelly
Feb
16
8:30 PM20:30

Ramblin' Nights Feat: Freya Josephine Hollick at The Leadbelly

February brings the honk to your tonk with an all-star lineup who will get you dancing in your favorite worn in cowboy boots.

Freya Josephine Hollick, the old-timey country songbird brings blues and honky tonk goodness that transports you back to early Appalachia, through wartime romance, the golden era of country music and into a cosmic hootenanny. With a voice that floats between Maybelle Carter, Dolly Parton and Skip James, Hollick has toured with the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Willie Watson, Joshua Hedley and Joe Pug and appearing as a guest singer with Robert Ellis and The Perfect Strangers plus festival appearances at Nannup Music Festival, Boogie Festival, Broadbeach Country Music Festival & Gympie Music Muster, Queenscliff Music Festival, Kyneton Music Festival, Out on the Weekend & Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival. Freya will have her band accompanying her on this visit to add a bigger sound to her irresistible voice.

The Sweet Jelly Rolls are no strangers to Ramblin’ Nights with their catchy tunes & old time favorites. They seamlessly blend country & blues with an amped up sound to create one heck of a live show. Their energy is infectious, with banjo, guitar, kick drum driven rhythms & thunderous harmonica solos till the cows come home. 

Shelley’s Murder Boys from Sydney are a simple devil-lovin’ family playing bluegrass/folk tunes about the hills and rivers they’ve roamed, the things they’ve seen and stories they have been told. With a haunting fiddle, rollicking guitar and a twanging banjo, Shelley and the boys will take you on a journey to their porch in the backwoods.

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Heartaches & Hangovers featuring James Ellis & the Jealous Guys
Feb
10
8:00 PM20:00

Heartaches & Hangovers featuring James Ellis & the Jealous Guys

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys are excited to announce the launch of their new single, Valentine’s Day, at Melbourne’s one-and-only monthly country night, Heartaches and Hangovers, at the Thornbury Theatre on Saturday 10 February 2018.

DJ Dave Heard (Acid Country, PBS) and DJ Denise Hylands (Twang, RRR) will be spinning only the best country tunes before, after and in between two sets from the band.

The band has recently impressed crowds with multiple sets at Out on the Weekend and New Year’s Evie with their interpretation of country and honky tonk. In 2017, they also supported US bands, the Deslondes and Lillie Mae.

The debut album, It Ain’t Texas (But It Ain’t Bad), will be released through Blind Date Records in April 2018.

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New Years Evie
Dec
31
to Jan 2

New Years Evie

We’re having another lovely little New Year’s Eve party and you’re all invited. Gather your friends, load up the wheels and skip on down the highway for a magical old time amongst the Tallarook hills. There’ll be killer music throughout, excellent food and booze on offer and the best vibes going round.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever * jade imagine * The Senegambian Jazz Band * Good Morning * MOD CON * LOOBS * Malcura * Hi-Tec Emotions * James Ellis and the Jealous Guys Revue (featuring Freya, Sean, Georgia, Pat and Kel) * Daydreams DJs * DJ Ethan Manchild plus THE BIGGEST WATERSLIDE EVER SEEN THIS SIDE OF SEYMOUR and much more gold to be announced!!
 

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A Very Country Chistmas
Dec
24
8:00 PM20:00

A Very Country Chistmas

Public Bookings, The Spotted Mallard & The Bakersfield Glee Club present ‘A Very Country Christmas’.

Returning from 6 months of a variety of travels and other projects, the Bakersfield Glee Club have assembled some of the finest country acts around Melbourne to send 2017 off with a bang. Roz Girvan has released one of the country albums of the year with ‘East’, lauded far and wide. Rocking Hillbilly Twangsters Cold Heart are based on an old school stripped back country rockabilly outfit. Three members only, one on vocals and acoustic guitar, one on the electric Gretsch guitar and another on double bass, that’s it. James Ellis has been blowing people away with his band The Jealous Guys, and will be opening the night.

Doors 6pm
James Ellis 8pm
Cold Heart 8:45pm
Roz Girvan 9:45pm
Bakersfield Glee Club 10:45pm

$10 EARLY BIRD - $12 PRESALE - $15 ON THE DOOR

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Sean McMahon and band at the Bridge, Castlemaine
Dec
10
4:30 PM16:30

Sean McMahon and band at the Bridge, Castlemaine

On dec 10 my gang and I will be hitting the Calder and bringing the tunes to the Bridge Hotel for a sun-drenched session in the beer garden. Get your afternoon beer buz on and catch the cosmic-country vibrations)))))))))((((((((((at the source and let them pass through you on their way across the central goldfields
 

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