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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 18, 2017


Just a couple of hours’ drive from the big smoke, where the trees are tall and the locals inviting, the idyllic township of Marysville is ready to bring together locals and visitors alike for its third annual Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend taking place from Friday 20 October – Sunday 22 October.

With winter out of the way, the award-winning festival – celebrating music, food, wine, and community – boasts an incredible line-up of over twenty-five local and internationally acclaimed artists, making it one of the biggest events on the local calendar and the perfect springtime escape for the broader community.

What was initially the idea of a local Marysville resident Peter Guest, the first Jazz and Blues Weekend event was established in 2015 with the help of the community. Since then the 2016 and 2017 events are organised by a small and dedicated hard working community committee assisted by local volunteers, which lead to the Murrindindi Shire and Victorian Government awarding the Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend “Best Community Event Of The Year” in 2015 and 2016.

From its humble beginnings the Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend, is now in its third year and is proud to present over twenty-five Jazz and Blues greats for the 2017 festival, including ARIA award-winner and Australian blues and roots legend Russell Morris who will open this year’s Festival on the Friday evening with music commencing from 7pm.

Joining Russell is festival favourite all-round Aussie blues heavyweight Geoff Achison & the Soul Diggers, who will have just returned from at US tour. The 2005 Australian Blues Music Festival and Male Artist of the Year and Cole Clark Guitar Ambassador to the world Lloyd Spiegel will return along with Mike Rudd and his every evolving and eclectic band Spectrum playing quirky material from the original Spectrum days, The Indelible Murtceps and Ariel.

Bringing the Jazz to Marysville will be The Tracey Roberts Quartet with their joyful, vibrant jazz-folk-funk, laced with dynamic and sophisticated lyrics, along with Anita Harris who has been described by Australian Jazz Scene as “One of those very rare vocal stylists who have a wide appeal to a range of age groups and jazz preferences in her audiences.”

Other highlights will be transcendent diva cabaret artiste, jazz singer Mama Alto, who draws upon legacies of vintage torch singers for sharing her sublime storytelling, Shirazz, Eva To Diva, Bo Jenkins and much more.

Situated in the foothills of the Yarra Valley and near to Melbourne’s closest Alpine Resort, is the beautiful township of Marysville. The town is just a 90min drive from Melbourne that takes visitors on a journey from Healesville through the majestic Black Spur. Marysville was originally established as a stopping point on the Yarra Track, the horse-drawn route to the Jordan goldfields in the Great Divide. After some time, cutters realised the potential of the region and so large timber mills were built, logging the giant trees. By 1920s, Marysville had become a tourist destination offering walking tracks to Steavenson Falls as well as scenic views of fern loaded gullies and tall trees. Many guesthouses became established at this time and Marysville became popular as a honeymoon destination.

marysvillelogoMarysville Jazz and Blues Weekend 2017
Friday 20 – Sunday 22 October
Russell Morris
Geoff Achison & The Soul Diggers
Lloyd Spiegel
Mama Alto
The Tracey Roberts Quartet
Australian Hammond Quartet
Anita Harris
Billy Dettmer
Blind Creek Rhythm & Blues
Blue Like That
Blue Tango
Bo Jenkins
Charlie Bedford
Dandenong Ranges Hot Orchestra
Eva To Diva
Hey Gringo
Jackson Four
Justin Thomas
Justin Yapp
Line Matter
Patrick Evans
Rob Papp
Simon Levick and more!

4 stages.  3 days.
Workshops. Concerts. A Street Parade of Performers. Food. Wine.
Right in the middle of spring, in the heart of Marysville.

$125 – Three day Pass (unlimited access Friday – Sunday)
$100 – Two Day Pass (Unlimited access Saturday and Sunday)
*This ticket does not include Friday night
$75  – One Day Pass (Your choice of Saturday or Sunday only)
$50 – Friday Evening Pass (Friday night only, from 7pm)

Accommodation packages are available from Vibe Hotel Marysville, Saladin Lodge, Marysville Garden Cottages, Marysville Caravan and Holiday Park and Camp Marysville.

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 17, 2017


The 2017 Melbourne Guitar Show was great but we’d like to make it even better. If you attended this year, we’d appreciate your feedback. You will also go into the draw to win some fab BOSS pedals including the MO-2 Multi overdrive, BC-2 Combo Drive and TU-3 Chromatic Tuner.
Click through to survey here:

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - August 16, 2017

Want something done? ‘Ask a busy person’, goes the saying. Melbourne based singer songwriter Jen Cloher, is one of those busy people who achieves a lot. As co-founder of Milk Records, she has been able to position the label so that it could function along with the best of them…

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - August 15, 2017

As bass player for Pantera and Down, Rex Brown has laid down some of the heaviest, punchiest bass notes in metal history. But as his recently released solo album Smoke On This … proves, there’s more to Brown than holding down a solid bottom end. Australian Musician Reza Nasseri spoke…

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 13, 2017

The Melbourne Guitar Show is done and dusted for another year. Thanks so much for everyone who came along. Here’s a little video highlights reel we put together. See you next year!

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Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - August 11, 2017

Electronic newcomer Hansaa, otherwise known as Vinay Matta, has been honing his craft as a producer and producer in Los Angeles for the past two years; but has recently announced his debut single Need To Know, co-produced with LA-based production duo soso and featuring the stirring vocals of Oliver Tank….

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 11, 2017


Live and Local, your free winter music festival runs from 19-26 August across the City of Port Phillip. One of the must see sessions for any artist this year is called the ‘Muso’s Guide for Living Lawfully’

As a preview to the session, the fine folks at Arts Law Centre of Australia have sent us this list of the top 3 things muso’s need to know before releasing your music.

Three Things Musicians Need to Know Before Releasing Their Music

1. Have Your Agreements in Place
Contracts and agreements might seem extremely boring and/or serious but they really are the best way to make sure you’re getting a good deal for yourself and to make sure you are protected in case anything goes wrong. We love when clients come to us with their agreements in writing because it means there will be clear ways we can help them enforce their rights and resolve the issue. Any working relationships you have with others around your music should be clear: band partnerships, recording studio arrangements, session musicians and distribution deals – get it all in writing!

2.Know your rights, who owns what?
Song writing can be a solo activity or a collaborative effort. In some writing partnerships it’s clear who writes the musical work who writes the lyrics. Alternatively, it may be that each person has made an equal contribution to the authorship of the particular musical work or lyrics so you want to allocate different percentages of ownership and shares of revenue. Before you release your music into the world make sure you know who owns what rights in each song to avoid difficult conversations later down the line…

3. Register with collecting societies to collect your royalties
Get to know how to make money from copyright licensing. Registering with collecting societies is crucial so you can get those royalties once your music is out in the world. APRA|AMCOS collect royalties for the performance, communication and some reproduction of musical works and lyrics and pays the copyright owners in accordance with the distribution polices of APRA|AMCOS. APRA|AMCOS also has relationships with international collecting societies so they collect royalties from the overseas use of the work of their members. PPCA provides licences covering the public performance of sound recordings and collects the licence fees from broadcasters and businesses publicly playing recorded music or music videos, and distributes the money to copyright holders. This is a revenue stream you do not want to miss out on, especially when your song is being played in every café in the country.

For more information on the ‘Muso’s Guide for Living Lawfully’ session click here

For the full festival line up, click here


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Posted in Interviews, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 10, 2017

We were honoured to have Washburn’s Chief Designer, Jonathan Lee attend the Melbourne Guitar Show last weekend, where he presented an informative session on America’s guitar making history, along with Washburn artist Kirk Lorange. Kirk Lorange is an acclaimed Australian slide guitarist who has played with some of our greatest…

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Posted in Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 8, 2017

Thanks to everyone who came down to the Melbourne Guitar Show and entered our competitions. Here’s a list of our winners. Dream Theater Meet & Greet: Dabel Alvarez Dream Theater tickets:  Andrea Valent EasyFever tickets: Shane Sala Easyfever tickets: Craig Harrison Boss pedals: BOSS MO-2 Ian Speechley BOSS…

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Posted in Interviews, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 7, 2017

After wrapping up a year long tour in support of his Americana album, Diesel is now about to embark on a national tour to celebrate 25 years since the release of his classic Hepfidelity album. It will be a 2 part show showcasing hits from Diesel’s 30 year career to…

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