Variety of acts for Rex Theatre fundraiser

Friday, February 8, Dolly Diamond Fundraiser @ Rex Theatre, Daylesford
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This is a major fundraiser for the Rex Theatre featuring performances by Dolly Diamond and Luke Gallagher, including drinks, nibbles and an auction of art works by a range of artists.

Cabaret icon Dolly Diamond will return to the region, with a story to share, titled Welcome to my Lady Garden. She will be backed by her three-piece band, including Cameron Thomas on piano, and also featuring backing vocalists Clare Hendry and Bek Chapman of The Nymphs.

This is a chance to be entertained in an informal atmosphere and to raise money for this valuable asset.

Friday, February 8, The Zaporozhets @ The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine

The Zaporozhets formed in Melbourne in 2011 from a common love of Eastern European music and Spaghetti Western themes and have incorporated these influences in their own compositions.

The band explores elements found in Russian Folk, Klezmer and Balkan music, blended with Jazz and Latin.

The band features Justin Marshall on accordion (Zulya and the Children of the Underground), Michael Timcke on clarinet (Ballarat Ska Orchestra), Matt Saunders on guitar (The FS McCrakins), Fran Evans on double bass (The Slivovich Orchestra, Oculus Quartet) and Rory McDougal on Drums (Black Arm Band).

Saturday, February 9, Richard Perso @ Horvat’s Wine Bar

Richard Perso is musician currently making an impression on the music festivals of Australia.

His instruments on stage immediately attract your attention, including three didgeridoos, four acoustic guitars, a stomp box (foot kick drum) a tambourine, guitar pedal board, and Marshall amplifier.

To make life even more interesting, each guitar has two pickups, one acoustic, and a second magnetic pickup allowing both lead and rhythm guitar to be played simultaneously.

Sunday, February 10, Rory Ellis @ Old Hepburn Hotel

Rory is a veteran of the festival circuit, easily slotting into a country festival such as Tamworth or a more eclectic affair such as Port Fairy.

Alternatively Rory can hold his own in a more blues-based environment, an endorsee of Guild guitars with some impressive guitar skills.

In fact, as demonstrated on his latest album, Twisted Willow, he also has skills on a range of instruments including banjo, harmonica and drums on a collection of blues and country tinged tunes, where he even designed the album art.

Observational heartfelt laments (I’ve Laid Here), humorous folk songs (Too Fat To Do That) and very personal reflections (Twisted Willow), make this a compelling collection of tunes.

Most of the other tracks take inspiration from suburban street culture, where characters are based upon his experience examining and frequenting Melbourne’s seedier hotels, and are brought to life with his powerful voice and subtle instrumentation.

Diary Dates

A pretty big weekend at The Old Hepburn is coming up with Mia Dyson returning on February 15 (do book), and Chris Wilson appearing on February 17.

Rory Ellis

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