Featuring guest singers; KYLIE AULDIST, SUZANNAH ESPIE, LIAM GERNER, STELLA ANGELICO, CHRIS WILSON & SARAH CARROLL and an all star band including MATT GREEN, GRANT CUMMERFORD, BRENDAN MACMAHON, PETER PUNK, DANNY MCKENNA, & THE DYNAMO HORNS. Get your tix, before they all sell out!
The STAX ON SOUL REVUE BAND was born out of the much loved and anticipated annual soul fest that has been held at Yah Yah’s. It came about from the mutual love and respect everyone had for the music and artist’s that have come off the Stax record label. The nights were a huge success as everyone’s aim was to reproduce and give justice to artist’s such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Carla and Rufus Thomas, Linda Lyndell, Sam and Dave, Albert King, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, Isaac Hayes, Little Milton, Booker T and the MG’s plus many more by inviting the creme of the crop of Melbourne artist’s such as as KYLIE AULDIST (The Bamboo’s), SUZANNAH ESPIE, LIAM GERNER, STELLA ANGELICO, CHRIS WILSON & SARAH CARROLL – all to contributing to their favourite Stax tunes.
We are very excited to have the charismatic Dublin based singer-songwriter Declan O'Rourke visiting the Caravan for the very first time this Sunday. Declan is most well-known for his hits SARAH and GALILEO. Galileo has also been covered and made famous by Eddi Reader and Josh Groban. Paul Weller claimed it was one of the best songs written in the past 20 years. He will be performing an intimate afternoon gig of songs from his acclaimed album “Since Kyabram", his hits and much more.. This is your last chance to catch him before heads off to Sydney, Perth and then back O.S. With special guest: AINE TYRELL.
Declan O’Rourke returns to Australia for the first time in over 5 years this August to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of his critically acclaimed album “Since Kyabram”.
“There is something so simple but overwhelmingly powerful about the melodies and emotive storytelling. Since Kyabram is an album I will listen to for the rest of my life and will probably never tire of.” – Edith Bowman, BBC Radio
He will play only 5 intimate shows across the country showcasing songs from the double-platinum selling album, as well later hits including songs from his latest offering “Mag PaiZai”.
Such was the critical and commercial success of “Since Kyabram” in Ireland that it opened the doors for him internationally, earning him plaudits from the likes of Paul Weller and Jonathan Ross, each of whom were rapturous in their praise of Declan’s deep-honey voice and astute song writing abilities.
Come and sample the finest wines and nibbles provided by: Samuel Smith & Son Treasury Wine Est and enjoy some fine Jazz with a Caravan Favourite: Rebecca Barnard and the Romantics PLACES ARE LIMITED, so book early to ensure your spot!
Live favourites and triple ARIA award winners The Audreys released their fourth studio album ‘Til My Tears Roll Away’ earlier this year to high praise and mumblings about more awards. A tougher, grittier offering than their earlier records, with electric guitars fuzzing and wailing and Taasha Coates’ stunning vocals at the fore, Rolling Stone called the album “a record of abandon and grace”, and Stack Magazine "another winner.” With special guest: DAN LETHRBRIDGE
The Audreys spent a good few months touring the album around Australia through winter, wowing audience with a new band and sound. As well as Taasha and bandmate Tristan Goodall, the new line-up also features long-time producer and collaborator Shane O’Mara on guitar, ex-Nashville dude Rick Plant on bass and familiar face Ben Wiesner on drums. Of the recent tour, The Newcastle Herald wrote:
“Engaging and relaxed as they present, The Audreys are an intense bit of gear. They don’t tour incessantly, like their lives depend on it. But when they’ve got something to say, like their hot new album, ’Til My Tears Roll Away, they hit the road with felonious intentions to make a serious impression.
A bit of folk, a pinch of blues and an exquisite layer of rock’n’roll. It’s an original recipe made by perfectionists and cooked to perfection.”
After such a hugely successful show in June, we are very excited to have Melbourne's champion of Beatles music BILLY MILLER (The Ferrets) and his fabulous band 'The Love Brothers' back at the 'Van to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' one and only tour to Australia.
The afternoon will kick off with a Beatles “Singalong” and after that, the band will step up where you can dance the afternoon away…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
We are very pleased to have Stephen Cummings launching his new album "Nothing To Be Frightened Of" right here at the Caravan Music Club.
Stephen Cumming is arguably the best vocalist in Australia. He’s written two novels and a memoir. This memoir, ‘Will It Be Funny Tomorrow Billy?’ has recently been made into a feature documentary. Two original albums of his former group The Sports are to be released on Warner’s in 2014 with 40 additional songs. Stephen hasn’t recorded for about three years, the urge came to him – a new record, a new attitude, make it in a day with Shane O’Mara, soul & more soul. Stephen feels it’s his best album for some time. Nothing To Be Frightened Of will be launched at The CARAVAN CLUB. Shane & Stephen will play a mess of sad songs they’ve written together over years of playing together & Clare Moore & Bill MacDonald will join for a rocking set of deep soul and the new album, “Nothing To Be Frightened Of”.
Due to popular demand, they're back & they're a great Melbourne cult band featuring THE REV. IAN STEPHEN out the front. UNMISSABLE!
The Slaughtermen began back in 1984 in a beat up bar in Port Melbourne called The Rising Sun Hotel. There were three people and a dog the first night they played. Within a month the place was packed to the rafters with the curious, the hip, those in the know, and those who just wanted to be there to hear the apocalyptic “God’s Not Dead” pounded out on the wooden stage with that Hazel Motes kind of religious fervor that is the Slaughtemen trademark. Within a year the band had become an underground cult sensation, where it largely remains still. Today, the band plays on, with the original members. Mark Ferrie, bass, Andrew Pendlebury, guitar, Terry Doolan, guitar, Des Hefner, drums, and Ian Stephen vocals. To see the Slaughtermen play is to see something special, and rare, since the band has played few live shows in the past twenty years.
Due to popular demand Joe Creighton and his eight piece band (including The Belfast Horns) return to the Caravan Club to present Into the Mystic - The Music of Van Morrison. Every show at the Caravan has been an absolute sellout, so you'd better get in quick! ALL SOLD OUT
This line-up have been performing to sell out venues for 2yrs and with lead singer Creighton, born and raised in Belfast, he brings a tremendous authenticity to the show.
Creighton grew up in Belfast, at the same time and on the same streets as Morrison and he would often watch Van perform live in the early days of his first band “Them” at the Maritime Club in Belfast.
It is this connection that allows Creighton to bring a raw honesty to his show which results in a palpable world class act not able to be matched.
Legendary Australian singer and bassist Creighton grew up in Belfast during the late 1960s under the backdrop of the civil rights movement, riots, religious and social unrest – remarkable times played out to the soundtrack of Van Morrison and a band simply known as Them.
Ray Beadle is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and gifted guitarists, possessing a voice resplendent with soul and rich with life experience and we're so pleased to have him back to perform 2 rockin' (solo & band) sets at the Caravan once again!
Picking up a guitar at the age of nine and with a career spanning more than 14 years, Ray Beadle is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and gifted guitarists, possessing a voice resplendent with soul and rich with life experience.
On his impressive resume – a three month residency at BB Kings Club, Memphis, winner of the 2007 Sydney Blues Challenge, Sydney representative in the International Blues Challenge, Memphis, three Australian Blues Music Awards, awards for Best Male Vocalist, Best Album (Loaded), Best Song (Somebody Let Me Down), a showcase at the 2012 East Coat Music Awards, and a performance at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.
Most recently, Ray headlined the Blues Caravan Tour (May 2012) with Matt Andersen (Canada) and Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges (USA) and joined Henry Wagons as the Australian participants in this years AUSCAN program at the 2012 APRA Song Summit.
Due do an overwhelming response to his show in August, Canadian bluesman Harry Manx returns to the Caravan to perform a second intimate show in September. Joining Harry onstage will be multi-award winning keyboardist Clayton Doley. UNMISSABLE!
Harry forged his distinctive style by studying at the feet of the masters, first as a sound man in the blues clubs of Toronto during his formative years and then under a rigorous tutelage with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in India. Bhatt is the inventor of the 20-stringed Mohan Veena, which has become Harry’s signature instrument.
Harry played slide guitar for many years before meeting Bhatt in Rajasthan,in fact he had been living in another part of India for many years already, but he started at the beginning under Bhatt’s tutelage, unlearning most of what he knew about playing a slide instrument. He learned Eastern scales and eventually ragas, deceptively complex and regimented musical patterns that form the basis of Indian composition. Learning the voicings of Indian music is a subtle art that comes with time. Harry spent most of twelve years in India learning that. It was later on that Harry decided to explore the connection between Indian ragas and blues scales which eventually led to the Indo-blues hybrid that has become his style.
We are very please to have Jon Stevens make is return to the Caravan Music Club, this time on his "Take Me Back" Aussie Tour. Get in quick if you don't want to miss out!
For over 30 years, Jon Stevens remarkable career as a singer, songwriter and performer has seen him achieve so much. This includes ARIA chart-topping success as the front man of legendary Australian bands Noiseworks and INXS, and now, with another band on the rise, The Dead Daisies.
Jon’s musical journey started off with success in his birthplace New Zealand, where he released his number one debut album, with two of the singles also hitting the top spot.
After expanding internationally to record his second album in Los Angeles, Stevens performed alongside Elton John. It was here that Jon met his future manager – who soon after would relocate him to Australia.
Once on Australian shores Stevens wasted no time forming the rock band, Noiseworks. Over the next five years the band produced three Top 10 singles and four Australian Top 10 albums.
Featuring JON VON GOES, BILLY MILLER, REBECCA BARNARD,and a host of other Melbourne football fanatics TBA
The 7th Annual Grand Final Eve Pie Night is a night for footy fans and it’s a night for those who tend to wander in and out of the TV room on grand final day. It’s about the hoopla more than the game itself. It’s more than a gig. It’s theatre and cabaret. It’s a pie night. It’s an occasion. It’s CULTURE!!
Grand final weekend is a high point on Melbourne’s cultural calendar. Whether you like footy or not you can’t escape it so you may as well embrace it. Not necessarily the game itself but the carnival feel of the weekend.
On grand final day you’ll inevitably end up at someone’s house. A BBQ will be sssssizzling, the telly will be on and the talk will be equal parts football and bullshit. Even if you don’t know anything about footy you’ll be compelled to pontificate.
We are excited to have Mark Seymour with his rockin band The Undertow grace the Caravan Stage once again to perform Mark's good old classics we've all known to love and much much more!
Acclaimed singer / songwriter MARK SEYMOUR has followed up his successful 18 years with Hunters & Collectors with a vibrant solo recording career. Mark’s song – writing ever evolves, he continually produces songs that resonate and permeate one’s consciousness. This evolution is due in part to the diversity of his activities, which include composition of film scores, writing and performing music for theatrical productions and acting. Internationally regarded as one of Australia’s best singer / songwriters, Mark continues to draw audiences with his intense, passionate vocals delivered with a measure of wry humour. Currently, Mark is touring his 7th solo album, titled ‘The Seventh Heaven Club’.
At the Caravan Club, Mark Seymour & the Undertow will be performing songs from his new album “Seventh Heaven Club” (a collection of songs Mark has performed at his shows written by other artists over the years) as well as performing his classic hits such as “Throw Your Arms Around Me” and “Say Goodbye” & more!
Mia Dyson has gone from strength to strength with the successful release of her album “Idyllwild” in May this year, scoring Double J’s feature album, a premiere on US industry bible Billboard, multiple four star reviews and airplay for the acclaimed single “When We’re Older”. On October 11th we can't wait have Mia drive the Caravan stage on the tour of her second single “Idyllwild”.
Focusing its attention prominently on the grey-area between youth and fully fledged adulthood, Idyllwild follows on from Dyson’s acclaimed album “The Moment” which led to an ARIA nomination and complete reinvention of her career. From her 2003 debut “Cold Water” Dyson impressed audiences around the country with her first three albums leading to national airplay via triple j and opening slots for the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Chris Isaak, Joe Cocker, Stevie Nicks and Donavon Frankenreiter.
Moving to the US in 2010, Dyson started again, playing everything from cafes to pubs, building a new career in the world’s biggest music market and re-crafting her sound, leading to “The Moment” in 2012 and its big single “When The Moment Comes” which achieved ad placements on both sides of the Pacific and landed spots as the US Premier League theme as well as TV placement on network favourites including Elementary, Bones and Hart of Dixie.
Mick and his five piece band return to the “Van” to celebrate the music of Stars and Andy Durant. From the 70’s albums Paradise, Land of Fortune, 1157 and the magnificent Andy Durant Memorial Concert. You’ll hear such classics as “Look After Yourself”, “Last Of The Riverboats”, “Mighty Rock” and “Quick On The Draw”.
Get in early for this one as it is bound to be sell out!!
" He's amazing, he's one of the best guitarists I've heard" (says SANTANA)... and we are very pleased to have KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS back at the Caravan in October...
With a professional career spanning over 40 years, Kevin Borich has delivered his talents with his band, the Kevin Borich Express to audiences all over the globe. Kevin is well known for his high-energy electric guitar style and his performance is hailed throughout the music industry as world class. A special moment in 1979 saw Kevin jam with Carlos Santana before 80,000 at the Rock Arena mega shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Santana praised Kevin, saying “He’s amazing! He sounds so much like Jimi Hendrix yet has an individual style. He presents his music honestly and is one of the best guitarists I’ve heard.”
Calling all Rude boys and girls! 2-Tone Legends THE SELECTOR will return to Australia in October on their 'Too Much Pressure' 35th Anniversary Tour!
One of the most vital, visceral and important ska / 2-Tone acts ever, The Selecter are fronted by the female icon of the 2-Tone era, Pauline Black (cited as a prime influence by No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani) and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson. Mixing punk, ska and reggae, The Selecter reflected the social and political issues of the early Thatcher years in Britain and gave a voice to disaffected youth across the racial divide that still rings true today.
The Selecter burst onto the ska scene in March 1979 with the self titled song on the flipside of The Specials Gangsters (the debut release on 2-Tone Records). They followed that in October with their own single, the skankin’classic On My Radio. And in February 1980 they released their classic debut album “Too Much Pressure” which spawned the timeless – ‘Three Minute Hero’, ‘Missing Words’ and of course ‘Too Much Pressure’. It will be played IN FULL along with a special encore of all your favourites from their extensive back catalogue!
Although FourPlay began life playing mostly covers with originals appearing in the mix, 'This Machine' sees the evolution of the string quartet as songwriters. In fact, it’s their first album of 100% original material, and arguably their finest, most intriguing long-player to date.
What’s in store? Epic soundscapes, rock ‘n’ roll, chainsawing violas, jazz, eastern influences, pop songs. It’s been eighteen years since the first FourPlay album, and the band has certainly come of age. The four members (brothers Peter and Tim Hollo, Lara Goodridge and Shenzo Gregorio) have lived their lives together, played at some of the world’s most famous venues and festivals, and spent countless hours writing and jamming together – all of which has created a rare synergy and an unspoken understanding in how they go about their work. FourPlay’s sound and musicality has matured and evolved, resulting in a truly original album, which does nothing to diminish their growing national and international reputation as an eclectic and diverse musical tour de force.
We are very pleased to have Tex with his band The Dark Horses perform together at the Caravan for the very first time.
“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.
Its almost THAT time of year when The Melbourne Cup holiday comes galloping into view. Which means sunshine, champers and reckless betting plunges preceded by the SURE THING that is Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks' 3rd annual Spring Rockin' Carnival . Combine all your guilty pleasures at once during the most decadent week on the calendar - see you at Ross Wilson's Spring Rockin' Carnival!
From the time Ross Wilson, the future Daddy of Cool began to Mondo Rock out of suburban Hampton with the 1960′s outfit The Pink Finks, he was intrinsically aware of the heritage of growing up on the fringes of a major city. When he performed in 1966 at The Onion Patch, home of the Red Onions Jazz Band, little did he know he would be returning 48 years later to the very same stage, now The Caravan Club, to perform a homage to the streets of his youth. The semi-acoustic, pared back Ross Wilson Quartet’s Oakleigh debut will highlight the locality references in many of his songs and introduce a parochial spin to songs that have hitherto had a more worldly connotation. Not only expect to hear songs of place from his latest I Come In Peace CD like Fishin’ on a Rainy Day and Land of Contentment, but reworkings of classics like Living In The Land Of Oz and maybe even the Wilson produced Skyhooks classic anthem Carlton. No Mr Eagle Rock show would be complete without all the classic hits of Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock that have become the soundtrack to our lives. Come Said The Boy to the Spring Rockin’ Carnival.
After his hugely successful sold out 'Hully Gully' CD Launch earlier in the year, we are so pleased to have Don back at the Caravan on his 'Perfect Crime' Tour. “...He is among the best – the most Australian – of songwriters...” – The Music 2013. With special guest: SUZANNAH ESPIE
Tango night, Norton St., Ashfield. Black tie. Masque. In the penultimate tanda of the evening the dancers hang on for the weary pause till the bandoneon comes keening in again. This is old Sydney. The ghost of Johnny Garfield haunts the side-stage shadows. Down in the car-park, under a supermoon, the Suave Fucks are soft on the radio, and Don Walker sings “Baby, We’ll Be, The Perfect Crime.”
Don Walker and his band will return live in October and November showcasing their new single, ‘The Perfect Crime’, and other songs from the acclaimed album Hully Gully.
Walker has few peers, if any, in illuminating the darker underbelly of the Australian psyche, whether he’s performing with Cold Chisel, Tex, Don and Charlie or solo. Young girls, angry women, luck-chasers, grader drivers, phone-sex tycoons, identity thieves and switchers, heartbroken prodigals who don’t smell good and anyone who just wants to throw the afternoon away on a game of pool – they’re all still there.
After launching his first solo album "Wanderer" with a hauntingly beautiful show at the Caravan Club in 2013, we are very excited to have Broome's favourite musical Son - Stephen Pigram drive Caravan stage once again.
“Songs are out there somewhere – sometimes so close you can’t focus on ‘em, sometimes so far you gotta go hunting for ‘em- as long you don’t make too much racket that you scare ‘em away. Maybe you snare a piece of song and the other bit gets away – handy then to have a little holding cell for limbo songs that may complete themselves one day…” Stephen Pigram
At last, enlisting the aid of old friend and producer Kerryn Tolhurst (who produced the “JIIR” album for Broome’s Pigram Brothers) ten new songs comprise Stephen’s first solo venture, the “WANDERER” CD. In addition to Stephen’s vocals, guitar and ukelele performances, this bluesy/folk album features cameos by guest musicians including Jim Conway, Alan Pigram, Lucky Oceans, Broderick Smith and Kerryn Tolhurst.
Take two legends of Australian Rock and Roll who also just happen to be legends of television shows like IN MELBOURNE TONIGHT, UNDERBELLY and HEY HEY IT’S SATURDAY, put them on stage with a cracking five piece band, and you have the recipe for superb, crowd pleasing entertainment.
Back doing what they do best, Frankie and Wilbur will have you dancing and singing along to the hit songs of OL’55, the multi-platinum band that launched them onto Australian show business and into the hearts of Australian audiences, and a whole lot more.
Songs like ON THE PROWL, LOOKING FOR AN ECHO, DIANA, THE WANDERER, GET A JOB, THIS LITTLE GIRL, TWISTIN’ THE NIGHT AWAY and much more great Rock and Roll, presented in a energetic and hugely entertaining stage show that can best be described as “controlled mayhem”.
Frankie J. and Wilbur have enjoyed careers that have traversed the entire spectrum of show business- film, television, stage, theatre and radio, but now they are returning to where it all began, live on stage playing great rock and roll.
More information coming soon...
Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound – not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice, ringing with clarity and resonating with pure soul... and we're very much looking forward to him driving The Caravan on the 30th of November for the very first time!
Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound – not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice, ringing with clarity and resonating with pure soul. While primarily recognised as an axeman of unusual tenacity and sweet melodic sensibility, Ian’s distinctive vocal is the essential signature of his soulful, bluesy muse – as it has been since his first tentative foray into music during the early 1970s.
Born and raised in Alice Springs, Mossy started playing guitar in local teenage bands but moved to Adelaide after failing one of his high school years, planning to repeat in the big city. Fate intervened when he answered an advertisement for a guitarist in a shop window in 1973, joining the band that was to become a legend in Australia – Cold Chisel. After Moss joined organist and principal songwriter Don Walker and drummer Steve Prestwich, the group took shape with singer Jimmy Barnes and eventually bass player Phil Small, starting the hard grind of playing gigs on the back of flatbed trucks and in suburban hotels. Barnes remembered young Mossy as “a boy from the bush who didn’t wear shoes but played fantastic”. They hit the road and paid their dues, playing countless one-night stands across the country.
Australia’s biggest pop star of the sixties is back at the Caravan by popular demand. He will be performing is greatest hits including “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, “I Who Have Nothing”, “Que Sera Sera”, “Shakin’ All Over” and much more. NOT TO BE MISSED!
Normie & The Playboys have never sounded better and they’ve never had more fun. In December 1964 they were playing dances in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne, experimenting with sounds and songs. Within months they were appearing on the GO!! Show and Normie was about to become the most successful Pop artist in Australian music history. An extra-ordinary run of hit singles followed – “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, “Que Sera Sera”, “I Who Have Nothing” and “Shakin’ All Over” were the monsters but then there was “Pride & Joy”, “Stubborn Kinda Guy”, and on…on it went to England and “It’s Not Easy” and “Ooh La La”. Last year they got back together for shows at The Caravan and Flying Saucer Clubs and had a ball. The audiences were terrific and they couldn’t wait to get back!