Venue: Oakleigh RSL, 95-97 Drummond Street, Oakleigh Victoria 3166 Phone: (03) 9568 1432

Rolling Stones 'Black & Blue' Tribute

Featuring NICK BARKER, ASH DAVIES, SHANE O'MARA, BRUCE HAYMES, JUSTIN GARNER & GRANT CUMMERFORD - Celebrating The Rolling Stones' 'Black & Blue' record. Performed live in full (with a set of Stones' gems). NOT TO BE MISSED.

Friday 30 January
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats-$32+bf, General Admission-$25+bf
$25 at the door (If still available)

LIZ STRINGER

With a reputation for utterly captivating live shows and a string of albums already behind her, Liz Stringer has established herself as one of Melbourne’s most exciting and talented musicians. Described by the Herald Sun as “an old-fashioned, Springsteen-style storyteller with a soulful, mature voice”, Stringer combines intimate, complex narratives with haunting vocals to create unique contemporary roots music. With special guests: SWEET JEAN

Stringer spent most of 2012 on the road, touring her fourth studio album Warm In The Darkness nationally as well as several other tours with the likes of Mia Dyson, Van Walker, Suzannah Espie, Chris Altmann and Jordie Lane. Warm In The Darkness earned Liz two Age EG award nominations and was named the best album of 2012 by Brian Wise of Rhythms Magazine.

Warm In The Darkness sees a departure from the intimacy of 2010’s solo record Tides of Time in favour of a bigger, more bombastic sound, with horns, organs and guitars accentuating, the rock-solid foundation of long-time bandmates Tim Keegan (bass) and Adam May (drums) with the addition of Van Walker on guitar. The album was co-produced by Stringer and the Killjoys’ Craig Pilkington, who engineered and played guitar on Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’s renowned debut and has produced/engineered many of Australia’s greats. There were several guest musicians that appeared on the album including Matt Walker, Suzannah Espie, John Bedggood, Steven Teakle and Adam Simmons.

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Saturday 31 January
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $27+bf, General Admission- $20+bf
$22 at the door (if still available)

REBECCA BARNARD & BILLY MILLER’S SINGALONG

It's the 1st Singalong for 2015! Singalong Society is all about relaxed community singing. 1st Wednesday night of every month, the much loved Melbourne Singer/songwriters Rebecca Barnard & Billy Miller will direct things where fun is the prime objective. Not your average choir. So anyone who can hold a tune is welcome.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the huge growth in popularity of this show, to guarantee a seat, it is essential you book your ticket direct with Caravan Music – via online or via email info@caravanmusic.com.au.  Also, the Bistro is a separate business, and a booking for dinner does not guarantee a booking for Singalong, so please book separately – Thank you :-).

You don’t have to come every month just check in when you need a dose of joy and maybe a glass of wine. Rebecca says “Some of the most memorable, intense, fun and therapeutic moments of my life have been when singing and even better when singing with other voices”. The Singalong Society is for people who want to sing Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Rolling Stones and anything great.

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Wednesday 04 February
Doors open: 7pm (Singing starts 7.30pm)
Price: $15+bf (GA) online,
$15 at the door (if still available)
Please book dining reservations separately :-)

Backsliders + Old Grey Mule (USA)

All the way from Sydney, BACKSLIDERS (Dom Turner, Rob Hirst & Broderick Smith) are back in Melbourne after their successful cd launch earlier this year. Their new album "Dark Side" was described by the Australian as maintaining “an enviable history of redefining, refining and diversifying the [blues] genre” and they will be sharing the stage with OLD GREY MULE (USA) - a two-man Mississippi Hill Country and Raw Electric blues wrecking machine.

Backsliders powerhouse live performances are well-known on the Australian festival circuit, and. the band are just back from playing their trademark genre-bending swamp blues to main stage crowds at Byron Bay Bluesfest and Broadbeach blues festival.

In live mode “..Dom Turner’s over-driven steel guitar and Rob Hirst’s hyper-bombastic drumming wield a blues that is much louder, much more raucous, than blues-inspired rock acts like The White Stripes and The Black Keys’  ‘(FasterLouder.com.au)

About Old Grey Mule

All the way from the USA, Old Gray Mule are a two-man Mississippi Hill Country and Raw Electric blues wrecking machine. With five critically acclaimed albums in their catalogue, Old Gray Mule embodies the old school blues ethic: “Keep it simple, it’s for dancing yall.”

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Saturday 07 February
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $35+bf, General Admission- $25+bf
$30 at the door

GUY PEARCE & DARREN MIDDLETON

Hot on the heels of his two sold out album launch shows, GUY PEARCE will join forces with Powderfinger’s DARREN MIDDLETON performing at Caravan Club on their 'Broken / Translations' double headline tour. With special guest KRISTA POLVERE. Tickets are HOT so get in quick!

Best known for his stellar film career, Guy Pearce has recently launched his music career with the album, Broken Bones.

Former Powderfinger guitarist and songwriter extraordinaire, Darren Middleton has garnered acclaim for his solo album, Translations, playing on his melodic strength and taking fans on an intricate journey.

Says Guy, “I’ve been a fan of Darren’s for 20 years. He’s a wonderful storyteller and the idea of getting to perform together is a thrill for me.  He’s a great songwriter and as we know, helped take Powderfinger to the top of the charts many times over.  Apart from getting to sing together, I know we’ll also have a good laugh.”

Says Darren, “The idea of this tour developed from an early conversation between myself and Guy, and I think, gave both of us an unexpected and interesting surprise.  Having been a fan of Guy’s film work and remembering something he said in an interview years ago that framed my own drive for music perfectly – and then listening to his incredibly well constructed album, I’m really excited to be hitting the road for this unique musical adventure.”

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Sunday 08 February
Doors open: 3pm (Showtime 3.30)
Price: Reserved Seats-$45+bf, General Admission-$35+bf
$40 at the door (if still available) - ALL SOLD OUT!
SOLD OUT!

Tex Perkins & the Dark Horses

Last time they performed at the Caravan, tickets were sold out very early in the piece. We are very pleased announce to have Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses are back for an encore performance in 2015. You will need to get in quick if you don't want to miss out!

“Think of it – six mighty men of rock who like to roll tobacco/snares/home, each taking a back seat when they need to, practically doing a Victorian-era “After you, my good man,” when only a slide guitar is needed, or a shimmering organ or a lightly-shaken tambourine.” Herald Sun

Tex Perkins has shown us many faces over the journey.

Front man for the evocative soundscapes of The Cruel Sea and the hard edged pub rock of The Beasts of Bourbon, collaborator on the Tex, Don and Charlie outings, and compadre to Tim Rogers on the TnT project and more recently fronting the rock band The Ape, Tex is now back once again to the mysterious moody groove of The Dark Horses, returning this October / November with a select run of tour dates in support.

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Friday 13 February
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $52+bf, General Admission- $37+bf
$40 at the door if still available

BEN WATERS & BAND (UK)

Jools Holland described Ben Waters as being one of his favourite ten pianists in history, having played alongside Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, Shakin’ Stevens, Procul Harum, Mick Hucknall, Ray Davies, Jools Holland, and many others.

Ben Watershas has had a remarkable apprenticeship, having worked and recorded with many of the legendary greats of the rock ‘n roll world – The Rolling Stones. Chuck Berry; Jerry Lee Lewis; Shakin’ Stevens; Jools Holland; Ray Davies; and many others.
Ben recorded his album “Boogie for Stu” at Jools Hollands studio (which Jools donated freely) – it is a commemorative album in honour of the late Ian Stewart, family friend and founder of The Rolling Stones , all of whom, along with Jools and P-J Harvey are featured in the CD. It has topped blues and rock ‘n roll charts world wide with proceeds from sales and Ben’s advance going to the British Heart Foundation in Stu’s memory.
The Ben Waters Band play amazing rock ‘n roll, blues and boogie numbers from this and other albums, along with ground breaking original numbers which are attracting world wide interest.

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Saturday 14 February
Doors open: 8 pm
Price: $30 + bf Reserved Seat $23 + bf General Admission
$25 at the door if available

VINCE JONES

It is so fantastic to have Australian Jazz legend Vince Jones breaking the ice at Caravan backed by an amazing quartet of musicians

Quite apart from Vince Jones being Australia’s premier Jazz interpreter, to hear his reading of Van Morrison’s “Ballerina’ or Iris De Ment’s “Our Town”, is to understand that those interpretive skills cross all genres. He’s just a great singer. He makes his first visit to The Caravan in quartet mode and he’s excited to be playing a club that he’s heard so much about. There’s much more that can be said about his 30+-year career in Australia across continents but none of it will capture the magic of the live performance. Powerful, gentle, swinging, smiling, controversial and generous – a Vince Jones performance is always special. And this one’s not to be missed!

Sunday 15 February
Doors open: 3.00 pm
Price: Reserved Seats $42 +bf General Admission $32 + bf
$35 At Door If Still Available

Tángalo - From Buenos Aires With Love

Fresh from their successful tour in Buenos Aires, the international capital of tango, Tángalo are full of tango fire and ready to thrill at the Caravan Club. Their band will also feature the Grammy-Nominated "Duo Ramirez-Satorre" instrumentalists. The show will open with a beginners Tango Lesson by Doni and Renee (Tango Melbourne). It's definitely a show with lots of action - NOT TO BE MISSED!

The Tángalo band will feature bandoneon, flute, guitar, violin, double-bass, piano and vocals, the group is known for their flair in performance and refined group sound.

One of Australia’s most popular tango ensembles, Tángalo, join forces with the Latin-grammy nominated Duo Ramírez-Satorre direct from Buenos Aires to create an experience like no other at the Caravan Club. The evening will feature sublime dance by Doni & Renee, from Tango Melbourne, http://tangomelbourne.com.au/, and there will even be a beginners tango lesson included, so bring your best dancing shoes.

The Grammy-Nominated Duo Ramírez-Satorre are masters of their craft, capturing the essence of the Argentine spirit with their interpretations of classic and contemporary repertoire. Featuring Hugo Satorre on bandoneon and Adrian Ramírez on guitar, the duo have recently completed a new album, the Latin-Grammy nominated ‘Piazzolla de Camara’.

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Saturday 21 February
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40pm
Price: Reserved Seats- $40+bf, General Admission- $30+bf
$35 at the door (if still available)

RUSSELL MORRIS & BAND

We are very excited to have Australian music legend RUSSELL MORRIS back at the Caravan Club. He will be performing songs from his ARIA award winning album "Sharks Mouth" as well as hits throughout his vast musical career

Russell Morris is one of Australia’s most enduring singers. A major pop star in the late ’60s, he went on to become one of the country’s first singer/songwriters. Both ends of his career feature predominantly in the soundtrack to the movie The Dish.

Morris’ career started in September 1966 with the formation of the Melbourne group Somebody’s Image, which rose to prominence with a local hit version of the Joe South song “Hush.” Morris was convinced to leave Somebody’s Image for a solo career. His manager/producer, local music identity Ian Meldrum, spent unprecedented hours and money to create a seven-minute production extravaganza around a song called “The Real Thing.” Once the result was released to shocked radio programmers who had never been asked to play such a long Australian single before, it was up to Morris’ personality, singing, and performing talents to make the record work. It reached Australia’s number one spot in June 1969. Without any promotional support from Morris, “The Real Thing” reached number one in Chicago, Houston, and New York. The second single — “Part Three Into Paper Walls” (“The Real Thing” revisited) and “The Girl That I Love” (a pop ballad more indicative of what was to come) — became a double-sided number one hit, the first time an Australian artist had scored consecutive number ones with their first two singles.

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Sunday 22 February
Doors open: 3 pm
Price: $42 + BF Reserved Seating $30 + BF General Admission
$33 At The Door If Available

Chain

The originators of Oz-Blues, CHAIN will return to the Caravan Music Club after a sell-out show in 2014.

Having formed 46 years ago, Chain went on to have a number of hits in the early 70’s -‘Black ‘n Blue’, Judgment’ and Matt Taylor’s ‘I Remember When I Was Young’

Their double gold album ‘Toward the Blues’ is a landmark recording in Australian music history and has influenced the direction of blues and roots performers in this country since. Renowned for their onstage chemistry and their unique blues/rock style of music, Chain is a great musical experience and non-stop entertainment.

Chain rekindles the spirit of the sixties and seventies plus bring a thoroughly modern approach with the tight sound they are known for.
While Matt Taylor and Phil Manning each have successful solo careers, it is with Chain that the fusion of harmonica, guitar, bass and drums combined with their unique songwriting results in an immediately recognizable sound.

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Saturday 28 February
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $35+bf, General Admission- $28+bf
$30 at the door (if still available)

REBECCA BARNARD & BILLY MILLER’S SINGALONG

Singalong Society is all about relaxed community singing. 1st Wednesday night of every month, the much loved Melbourne Singer/songwriters Rebecca Barnard & Billy Miller will direct things where fun is the prime objective. Not your average choir. So anyone who can hold a tune is welcome.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the huge growth in popularity of this show, to guarantee a seat, it is essential you book your ticket direct with Caravan Music – via online or via email info@caravanmusic.com.au.  Also, the Bistro is a separate business, and a booking for dinner does not guarantee a booking for Singalong, so please book separately – Thank you :-).

You don’t have to come every month just check in when you need a dose of joy and maybe a glass of wine. Rebecca says “Some of the most memorable, intense, fun and therapeutic moments of my life have been when singing and even better when singing with other voices”. The Singalong Society is for people who want to sing Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Rolling Stones and anything great.

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Wednesday 04 March
Doors open: 7pm (Singing starts 7.30pm)
Price: $15+bf (GA) online,
$15 at the door (if still available)
Please book dining reservations separately :-)

Ruth Moody

Although best known for her work with The Wailin Jennys, Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and insightful songwriting and we're so pleased to have her perform at the Caravan. "I can't take her off my jukebox." --Mark Knopfler

Ruth Moody is an Australian born, two-time Juno Award winning songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. Founding and current member of the internationally-renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin’ Jennys, she has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and has appeared more than a dozen times on the popular American radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. 2013 saw Ruth embark on a world tour in support of her sophomore solo album, These Wilder Things, which included 12 European shows opening for Mark Knopfler.

This is Ruth’s first time touring Australia with her own band, and her first appearance back in the country since 2006 when she was here with The Wailin’ Jennys.

“A voice as lovely as springtime’s freshest daisy” –Huffington Post

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Thursday 05 March
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.30)
Price: Reserved Seats-$35+bf, General Admission-$28+bf
$30 at the door (if available)

Kevin Bennett (The Flood)

Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Australia’s great singer-songwriters performing at the Caravan Music Club. Better known as the voice and front man for legendary Sydney roots band The Flood, Kevin Bennett will be performing songs from all corners of his acclaimed career. Joining KB for this very special night are one of Melbourne's best alt-country and blues acts THE DISTANCE

Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Australia’s great singer-songwriters performing at the Caravan Music Club. Better known as the voice and front man for legendary Sydney roots band The Flood, CMAA Gold Guitar winner in 2006 (with The Flood for Best Group) and 2011 (with Kasey Chambers for Vocal Collaboration) also Aria Nominee for 2006, KB writes relevant, contemporary Australian music containing elements of Blues, Rock and Country – telling stories of where he’s from and where he might be going. He sings his life.

Having served his apprenticeship in rock bands – Moving Pictures, The Honeymoon and Chasin The Train, KB began The Flood as a vehicle for his own songs. Kevin Bennett ploughs the same fields as Don Walker, The Dingoes and Paul Kelly with an ‘Australian-ness’ that flows naturally through the songs.

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Friday 06 March
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $32+bf, General Admission- $26+bf
$28 at the door (if still available)

Wayne 'The Train' Hancock (USA)

Wayne 'The Train' Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing--that alchemist's dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. You won't even notice that he doesn't have a drummer. And when Wayne steps on stage, he owns it. All the way from the USA, we are absolutely delighted to have him right here at the Caravan Club in March 2015.

Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Wayne’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never “retro;” bare bones but bone shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Wayne is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie.

Wayne makes music fit for any road house anywhere. With his unmistakable voice, The Train’s reckless honky-tonk can move the dead. If you see him live (and he is ALWAYS touring), you’ll surely work up some sweat stains on that snazzy Rayon shirt you’re wearing. If you buy his records, you’ll be rolling up your carpets, spreading sawdust on the hardwood, and dancing until the downstairs neighbors are banging their brooms on the ceiling. Call him a throwback if you want, Wayne just wants to ENTERTAIN you, and what’s wrong with that?

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Saturday 07 March
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.30)
Price: Reserved Seats-$47+bf, General Admission-$40+bf
$40 at the door if still available

REBECCA & BILLY'S SINGALONG - A SPECIAL 'OAKLEIGH MUSIC FESTIVAL' EVENT

It's an Oakleigh Music Festival extra Singalong Society and it's all about relaxed community singing. 1st Wednesday night of every month, the much loved Melbourne Singer/songwriters Rebecca Barnard & Billy Miller will direct things where fun is the prime objective. Not your average choir. So anyone who can hold a tune is welcome.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the huge growth in popularity of this show, to guarantee a seat, it is essential you book your ticket direct with Caravan Music – via online or via email info@caravanmusic.com.au.  Also, the Bistro is a separate business, and a booking for dinner does not guarantee a booking for Singalong, so please book separately – Thank you :-).

You don’t have to come every month just check in when you need a dose of joy and maybe a glass of wine. Rebecca says “Some of the most memorable, intense, fun and therapeutic moments of my life have been when singing and even better when singing with other voices”. The Singalong Society is for people who want to sing Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Rolling Stones and anything great.

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Wednesday 11 March
Doors open: 7pm (Singing starts 7.30pm)
Price: $15+bf (GA) online,
$15 at the door (if still available)
Please book dining reservations separately :-)

Depedro (Spain)

Spanish singer/songwriter/guitarist Jairo Zavala formed Depedro as a solo project after years spent performing with Calexico, Vacazul and 3000 Hombres. Reflecting the Madrid native's love of Latin folk, flamenco, Afro-beat and rock, Depedro’s third album features input from seminal afrobeat drummer Tony Allen, Joey Burns and John Convertino from Calexico and Australia’s Bernard Fanning.

Depedro is the artistic name of Spanish musician Jairo Zavala and also the title of Zavala’s debut album. Zavala developed a lengthy career as a singer and guitar player, including many years as a session musician and founding rock band Vacazul, with 5 albums released, and soul band 3000 Hombres, with 4 albums released.

The album Depedro was recorded in Tucson, Arizona from October 27th to November 15th 2007 with the legendary American border roots band Calexico as a backing band. Jairo had already recorded and performed live with Calexico in the past. The track “Don’t Leave Me Now” featured in Depedro was written by Jairo and Amparo Sánchez (Amparanoia), was recorded together with Calexico and Amparanoia in Brussels, and it was released on albums by both artists. Jairo works regularly with Amparanoia both in the studio and live.

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Thursday 12 March
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.30)
Price: Reserved Seats- $40+bf General Admission- $33+bf
$35 at the door (if still available)

Adam Cohen

The son of acclaimed musician and noted inspiration Leonard, three years ago Cohen almost quit the music business altogether. Talked into giving it one last go, he released what would be his most acclaimed album to date – the powerful and elegant 'Like A Man', an intimate album of romantic poetic folk-pop that has echoes of his father Leonard’s finest work. We are absolutely delighted to have him grace the Caravan Club stage. This is a rare opportunity not to be missed!

Frontier Touring is delighted to confirm that Canadian singer-songwriter Adam Cohen will head to Australia for an intimate and captivating 10-date series of shows across the country in March 2015.

Cohen recently released his fifth studio album We Go Home(through Cooking Vinyl Australia, watch the clip for single ‘We Go Home’). We Go Home was made inthe Greek island of Hydra and in Montreal, both of which he had spent much of his childhood in;”making an album in the comfort of home on makeshift equipment with this band of touring musicians who had become my family immediately offered a beacon of hope that no studio, or session players or priceless gear ever could”.

We Go Homecontinues the themes of album Like A Manbut takes a departure in tone – making the most of the three-piece band and three-piece string section from his live performances, the album is richer, fuller and more diverse. The nylon-string guitar is still there, but there are also piano songs – the title track’s tenderness and self-effacing humour recallhis other great musical influence, Randy Newman.We Go Home continued the high standard set by his previous albums:

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Friday 13 March
Doors open: 8pm (showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats-$59.50+bf, General Admission-$49.50+bf
ON SALE: Mon 8 Dec -10am

Nick Waterhouse (USA)

We are very pleased to have 60s soul / RnB revivalist from California - NICK WATERHOUSE with his 7 piece band perform at the Caravan Club for the very first time on his Australiasian Summer Tour.

Nick Waterhouse’s art springs from a simple idea: everybody wants to be somebody else. One of his heroes, Van Morrison, got his start covering Bobby Bland, whose own musical idol was Nat “King” Cole. In Waterhouse’s view, emulation is a journey; you never truly succeed, but as the singer, guitarist and songwriter puts it, “You become something on the way there.”

Nick was born in 1986 and grew up in Huntington Beach, a place known predominantly for its tanning salons, commercial surf culture, and UFC fighters. In his early teens, he established his musical sensibilities in the midst of the burgeoning Southern California DIY scene (Burger Records, Ty Segall, McHugh’s Distillery studio), through which he refined his own idiosyncratic perspective on the spirit of American Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll.

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Saturday 14 March
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $49.50+bf, General Admission- $37+bf
$40 at the door (if still available)

Diesel

A man with over 25 years in the industry, over 35 singles, 13 albums and 6 ARIA awards is coming to make his mark performing his remarkable solo show at the Caravan. With a sax-playing electronic technician father, Diesel clearly has blues music in his DNA and has blended styles to come up with a truly unique sound, punctuated with his distinct guitar playing and vocals. Presenting the songs he's best known for, as well as new tunes from his latest album "Let It Fly", come along and give this diverse musician the warm welcome to Oakleigh he deserves.

World, meet Diesel.

After 25 years in rock n roll, the artist otherwise known as Mark Lizotte has delivered an album that melds together all the varied sides of his musical personality (and reveals a few new ones).

World, meet Let It Fly.

“It’s all of my life’s work so far brought to fruition, in many ways. It’s pretty encompassing,” says Diesel. “There’s a lot of stuff I’ve never tried before either – like, there are folk elements that are quite different for me … I guess when you start using mandolin and fiddle, it’s gonna happen!”

Let It Fly is his eleventh album, give or take, and his first studio set of originals since 2008. The album “started out as a bit of a hodge-podge”–

“I thought, while I’ve got a bit of a flow happening, just get back in there quick and put a few things down. For some of the songs, it’s been two years since we recorded them – they were put in the back of the bottom drawer. It was quite a different process, but we got there in the end.”

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Sunday 15 March
Doors open: 3pm (Showtime 3.30)
Price: Reserved Seats- $45+bf, General Admission- $35+bf
$40 at the door (if still available)

PHIL WIGGINS & DOM TURNER Album Launch

Arguably America’s foremost harmonica virtuoso, Phil Wiggins, first met, shared stages and became friends with Dom Turner in the late 1980’s on the first ‘Cephas & Wiggins’ Australian tour and have had a mutual musical appreciation ever since. Guitarist / Vocalist, Dom Turner is well-known for his almost 3 decades of work with one of Australia’s leading blues acts, Backsliders. Together they are launching their new acclaimed album at the Caravan Club in March. UNMISSABLE

The duo performed a series of East Coast USA concerts in June 2014, and featured at the Great Southern Blues Festival in Narooma, Australia, their first formal collaborations and included set-lists packed with Piedmont, Delta, & Hill Country blues from artists such as Skip James, Robert Johnson and Lead Belly as well as original songs.

Phil Wiggins born in Washington, D.C., and began his musical career with some of Washington’s leading blues artists, including the locally noted slide guitarist and gospel singer Flora Molton. Phil is most well-known for his partnership with legendary guitarist & vocalist John Cephas. The WC Handy award winning duo toured the world as ‘Cephas & Wiggins’ playing every continent except Antarctica for over 30 years. Aside from his masterful harmonica playing, Phil is also a gifted songwriter and teacher and has managed and presented workshops across the US and internationally.

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Friday 27 March
Doors open: 8pm (Showtime 8.40pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $30+bf, General Admission- $23+bf
$25 at the door (if still available)

KEVIN WELCH

Kevin Welch returns to The Caravan with very special company,his son DUSTIN WELCH

THE WELCH BOYS
Many of you may know Kevin Welch from his frequent visits to Australia, whether solo, or with his old partners Kieran Kane and Fats Kaplin, (Kane Welch Kaplin).
Over the years Kevin has written songs for Waylon Jennings (one of which was covered by the Highwaymen), Roger Miller, the great Solomon Burke, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Don Williams, Linda Ronstadt, TimO’Brien, etc.
Considered by many to be one of the founding forces behind the alt.country and Americana movements,Welch now resides in the Hill Country outside of Austin Texas and continues to record, produce, write, and tour the world as a performer.
Dustin Welch grew up in Nashville, surrounded by writers, singers, pickers, and artists of all kinds. His formed his first kid band with the Welch’s neighbor, Cary Ann Hearst, who grew up and became half of the acclaimed Shovels and Rope. His next kid band was with other Music Row offspring including Justin Townes Earle and Cory Younts (who now plays with Old
Crow Medicine Show as well as with Jack White). Soon after, Dustin joined the West Coast Celtic punk rock band Scotch Greens playing banjo, and toured all over the world, before settling in Austin to start his solo career.
Writing for Music Connection, journalist Dan Kimpel said: In the hands of Dustin Welch a banjo possesses the ferocious firepower to confront abrasive electric guitars and hardhitting staccato snares. “It can do a lot more than the three-finger bluegrass type stuff,” says Welch. “It can have a pretty evil sound if you want it to.” A consumate slide player as well, and an intensely literate songwriter, his first two solo records, Whisky Priest and Tijuana Bible put him into the upper realm of Austin rockers.
Now the Welch boys have joined forces, and this collaboration, the result of years of hard work and dreams, is on the road and coming to The Caravan.

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Saturday 28 March
Doors open: 8 pm
Price: Reserved Seats $36 plus bf General Admission $30 plus bf
$32 at The Door If Available

Jon Stevens

ARIA chart-topping successful front man of legendary Australian bands Noiseworks and INXS, Jon Stevens will showcase his musical journey throughout his 30 year music career.

Sunday 29 March
Doors open: 3 pm (Show Starts 3.30 pm)
Price: Reserved Seats- $45+bf, General Admission- $33+bf
$35 at the door (if still available)

Pokey Lafarge

Pokey LaFarge is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator and preservationist, whose arsenal of talents has placed him at the forefront of American music. Over the last decade, Pokey has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing. After signing with Jack White’s Third Man Records to release his fifth full-length album (Pokey LaFarge) in 2013, he performed as a musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show on Ireland’s RTÉ One network. Pokey’s rendition of “Lovesick Blues” with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, featured on an episode of Boardwalk Empire, was selected for inclusion on the series’ official soundtrack (Vol. 2). Additionally, Pokey appeared in Disney’s The Lone Ranger (both on screen and on the original score), was featured on A Prairie Home Companion and NPR’s World Cafe, and recorded a song for ATO Records’ Divided & United: Songs of the Civil War, produced by Randall Poster.

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Wednesday 08 April
Doors open: 8pm (showtime 8.30)
Price: All Tickets - $49.90+bf

CHARLIE PARR

“Charlie Parr is one of the greatest musicians and human beings I know. So many country-blues artists are crippled with retro-ism and purism, but he has brought wonder and excitement to this music. Even Charlie’s foot coming down on the floor boards screams with more soul and life than most anything – past or future” Alan Sparhawk (Low)

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Inspired by greats such as Charley Patton, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Reverend Gary Davis, Woody Guthrie and  Leadbelly Charlie Parr is one of the most authentic American blues artists produced in recent times. With  sparks flying off his National resonator, 12-string guitar and banjo Parr’s spellbinding finger picking and slide  techniques place him among the worlds foremost string-benders. His lovingly executed East Coast Blues style  comes across as authentic, organic and honed from a deep-rooted love of the music, which has invited  collaborations from the likes of Mimi Parker & Alan Sparhawk from indie darlings Low and progressive  bluegrass outfit Trampled By Turtles.

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Saturday 16 May
Doors open: 8 pm
Price: $35 + bf Reserved Seating $28 + bf General Admission
$30 At Door If Available