Bell plays Billyroy's

Simon Wooldridge | Bendigo Weekly | 06-May-2016

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Tomorrow, Saturday, May 7 sees Frank Bell launch his debut single White Horse at Billyroy’s BluesBar. 

It’s a swampy, gutsy dirty blues number with a contrasting acoustic folk number, Riverside, on the B-side. Both are Frank Bell originals. 

The ubiquitous Bill Barber produced both tracks and contributed to the percussion on White Horse.

It all kicks off at 7.30pm beneath the Goldmines Hotel. 

We can expect a guest or two joining Bell on stage at different points in the evening.

Claude Hay, self-proclaimed “hillbilly disco aficionado” returns to Bendigo next week promoting his new single Love No More. It’s taken from his fourth album due later this year.

He’s a busy man, Hay, with six European tours under his belt since his last full-length release in 2012. And get this: he makes his own custom guitars for each new release. Accompanying Love No More is “Jerri” – built from a 10-litre jerry can. A true original.

Claude Hay plays the Golden Vine next Thursday, May, 12.

Just announced: The Bennies and Clowns at Musicman on Sunday, July 3. Two of Australia’s most exciting punk bands – albeit proponents of quite different strands of the genre – on the same bill. I’m counting the days already. 

Both bands will have just returned from touring Europe. The Bennies’ new album, Wisdom Machine, showcases their distinct brand of infectious ska-infused pop-punk. Clowns (“dudes with nothing better to do”) are an altogether heavier, darker proposition – though with more than a hint of the self-deprecatory about them.

This one will be fun. 

Groovin the Moo wrap: Last Saturday, at two thirds of the way into autumn, it was interesting to see a pale orange glow emanating from so many tanned GTM punters.

This year’s GTM was Bendigo’s eighth and another 15,000-odd sell-out. 

It’s a brave festival organiser who puts on such an eclectic mix of dance, electronica, indie, hip hop and folk-rock. A couple of times during the day the main stage vibe and flow was interrupted a bit by a marked shift in tempo. But variety, as they say, is the spice of life.

WA hip hop outfit Drapht added some brass to their set and were a mid-afternoon stand-out. DZ Deathrays ticked all the boxes, playing tracks from both albums and rounding their set out with a polished, jump-about rendition of Blur’s Song 2

MS MR invented a genre all their own in 21st century elevator music. 

The Rubens started well but faded into a something a bit like a morose Powderfinger-lite, whilst a polished Boy and Bear set towards the end of the evening offered a more “traditional” festival feel to proceedings. Jarryd James’ sublime vocals unfortunately suffered a bit due to the changing winds. Detroit rapper Danny Brown added an energetic, aggressive vitality to the day.

The weather held out. Kind of.

Simon Wooldridge

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