SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND
Every Sunday from 6.30pm. Live and Free in the Wenty Lounge. Join us in celebrating Australia’s Best Singer Songwriters.
Sunday 22 October Songwriters in the Round will feature:
Luke O’Shea (Host), Bill Chambers and Rachel Whitchurch
Celebrated Storyteller – Singer Songwriter – Luke O’Shea – spent decades touring Australia and the world absorbing insights and inspirations that he now weaves throughout his fine crafted songs. A recipient of The Bush Laureates ‘Golden Gumleaf’, 7 Golden Guitars and twice named the Australian Independent Country Music Artist of the Year -Luke O’Shea, with or without his exceptional band ‘Medicine Wheel’ – has a powerful – yet classic Australian sound. Drawing inspiration from the unique and everyday characters he meets or the heartbreaking and significant events of the past, O’Shea designs and delivers his songs to cut straight through the listener’s defences – and whilst there – respectfully enlightens and entertains. Luke’s sixth album ‘Caught Up In The Dreaming’ was recently announced a three-time finalist in the 2017 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards – for Album of the Year, Heritage Song of the Year and Male Artist of the Year – an award he won previously in 2015. Deeply passionate about this incredible country of ours – Luke’s determination to Sing Up Australia – and it’s people- is at the absolute heart of his songs. Combine this with his uncanny ability to disarm and engage audiences – evoking fierce patriotism, tears and laughter – all within a matter of minutes- Luke O’Shea is master craftsman. “With his trademark green felt hat and five o’clock shadow, O’Shea is a fitting heir to the bush troubadours and laconic larrikins of history past. The punter can almost taste the dust and haze of eucalyptus oil that hang so vibrantly in the singer’s imagination.” Gareth Hipwell. Country Update, 2016.
Bill Chambers New Album ‘Cold Trail’ is his first studio album in 4 Years. Although in the meantime he’s released the Live @ The Pub Tamworth DVD and CD. Bill has left anything but a ‘Cold Trail, he continues to tour the world playing in daughter Kasey’s band and also his own solo shows, playing anything from house concerts and coffee lounges to major festivals. If you’ve been in the audience at a Bill Chambers concert you’ll notice he always travels with a swag of guitars showcasing his connection to different styles of music that he’s been influenced by over the years. “I grew up listening to the Hillbilly music my mum and dad played when I was a kid. I discovered early Rock’n’Roll, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. In recent times I’ve been particularly influenced by the Texas Singer/Songwriters”. When he’s not on the road you’ll most likely find Bill producing and playing on some other artists album. ‘I consider myself lucky to have worked in the studio with so many talented people over the years, it’s always exciting to discover new artists and work on great songs’. Bill has produced albums for Catherine Britt, Audrey Auld, Amos Morris, Jessica Belle, Sandra Humphries and Halley Anna Finlay from Texas. When you see Bill Chambers live on stage its evident that his music reflects his early influences and resonates with stories of his life on the road.
For most people, there is a point when they decide that they’d like to play an instrument or learn to sing, and what follows is years of lessons and not a lot of performing. For Raechel Whitchurch, it was exactly the opposite. She took up mandolin at the age of eight to help out in the family business. It wasn’t a hobby – it was a way to make a living. The fact that she fell in love with making music was just the cherry on top. Raechel grew up in an eclectic family of six who travelled to the most remote parts of Australia, lived in an old, green Millard caravan, and paid their bills by playing music at pubs on the weekends. Raechel, her parents and three younger siblings travelled from town to town, performing in a country family band that was slightly left of centre. Naturally, music is all she has known for as long as she remembers. Many years of touring and performing have earned Raechel the right to step onto a stage with a natural confidence that makes you immediately feel at ease. She shares stories of her life that are hilariously relatable, and in the next breath is able to sing a song that can break your heart in a matter of minutes. Her big personality, skilful songwriting, and sincerely raw voice, has given her the opportunity to perform with many incredible artists, such as Kasey Chambers, Lisa Mitchell and Ruby Boots.as part of Sounds Australia in Americanafest.
Sunday 29 October Luke O’Shea (Host), Ben Gunn and Alison Forbes