Oakleigh RSL, 95-97 Drummond Street, Oakleigh Victoria 3166

Ian Bland “Angel in Reverse” Album Launch

“This is music that sits on your aural palette like a deep red wine, warming your soul and inspiring reflection in the listener” Jarrod Watt - ABC Radio. With Special Guest, ANGIE HART

No stranger to The Caravan Music Club, Melbourne singer songwriter and poet Ian Bland has gained a loyal following for his weekly poem on Melbourne Radio 3RRR and his contributions to the annual Grand Final Eve Pie Night and JVG’s Stopping All Stations (Except East Richmond).

While poetry has taken him to stages as varied as The National Gallery of Victoria, The Palais and the steps of Parliament House, he has been playing and recording his own unique brand of music in various guises since the late seventies, releasing his first solo album “Drifter” in 2008.

This new offering “Angel in Reverse” presents a more serious side to his writing, blending country, folk and rock influences with insightful stories drawn from contemporary rural and urban Australia. Topics as diverse as single’s bars, life on the streets, and the trenches of the Somme, sit comfortably with a healthy smattering of murder ballads – everybody loves a good hanging!

Backed by the fabulous “Lamington Drive Orchestra” featuring Ed Bates (guitar & pedal steel), Greg Hunt (fiddle & mandolin), Pete Anderson (Accordion), John Edgar (Bass), Mark Stanley (Drums) and Julie Buxton (Vocals) Bland will be performing a mix of poetry and music, including all tracks from the new album.

“A strong singer-songwriter of the old school …. bearing a narrative worthy of a Banjo Paterson or Henry Lawson” Rhythms Magazine

Saturday 10 November
Doors open at 8pm (Music starts 8.40pm)
Price: $25 + b/f (Reserved Seats), $18 + b/f (GA)
$20 at the Door