Who are we?...
Our Club supports acoustic music
in our local region. We do this by engaging a variety of different styles
of music and always recognising traditional cultures. We foster a listening
audience. This acknowledges our undivided support to both established and
Friday 23 October 2015
Alison Ferrier and Van Walker - big double header
Sadly, this gig has had to be cancelled. Despite our securing this date over two months ago, a day night cricket match has recently been scheduled for the QEO on the 23rd making this event untenable.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
Friday 13 November 2015
Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass (USA)
Chris Henry first impressed Australian audiences when he toured here in March 2014 as a member of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Trio. As a result of that tour he was invited back with his own band to headline the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival in October 2014. The Bendigo Folk Club attempted to book Chris and his band at that time but unfortunately we couldn't find a date that suited our calendar and his touring schedule. We were very happy to have been able to fix a 2015 date.
As well as his considerable skills on the mandolin, Chris is recognized as a brilliant guitarist, great singer, music teacher, and a prolific and talented songwriter. He received an International Bluegrass Music Association nomination for Song of the Year in 2011 for writing "Walkin' West to Memphis", which has also been recorded by other artists, including the Gibson Brothers, whose version of the song went on to be a top five hit. He has released a number of CDs, including solo albums "Monroe Approved", "Making My Way To You", and his 2015 solo release, "Im Gonna Wait On Jesus", together with his 2014 Oz tour band album, "Walkin' West To Memphis".
This year Chris is touring with a new five-piece version of his band, The Hardcore Grass, consisting of himself on mandolin and vocals, Keith Tuttle (USA) on banjo, George Jackson (AUS) on fiddle/vocals, Dan Watkins (AUS) guitar/vocals and Andrew Small (USA) on double bass.
Chris Henry grew up in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA, the son of veteran bluegrass musicians, Red and Murphy Henry. He moved to Nashville about ten years ago, and has been making quite a name for himself as one of the most highly regarded and sought-after young musicians on the American bluegrass scene. The International Bluegrass Music Association has labelled Chris Henry as "the premier Monroe-style mandolinist of his generation",while US Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan describes him as "a bright young star in Bluegrass Music", and has made him a full-time member of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.
Kyle Tuttle is a Nashville-based banjo-player, currently playing with Jenni Lynn & The Palmetto Bluegrass Band, Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run, and with Chris Henry. New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based, George Jackson, is a brilliant young fiddle and banjo-player, winner of many awards, including the 2012 Tamworth Golden Fiddle Award, and the Banjo Competition at the 2013 Rockygrass Festival in Colorado. George also joined Peter Rowan and Chris Henry on the 2014 Peter Rowan Bluegrass Trio Australian tour. Daniel Watkins is a strong vocalist and master-guitarist from Newcastle, NSW, while Andrew Small, who hails from North Carolina, and is a Yale School of Music masters graduate, is a highly regarded double bass-player on the Nashville music scene. George, Dan and Andrew are also known to Australian audiences as the trio, One Up Two Down.
A taste of some Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass:
Thinkin' About drinkin'
Fresh As The Dew
West Dakota Rose
Tickets available at the door - $25 or $20 members and concession.
Under the Grandstand, Queen Elizabeth Oval View Street, 8:00pm for an 8:15pm start.