On Friday night December 10 2021, we'll be throwing open the gates of Dashville (now Drovers Camp, Branxton), rain, hail or shine - there's nothing that's going to stop this determine little community of music lovers; organisers and punters alike. Not even a venue change due to local government red tape.
We've gathered some of our favourite local song birds to breathe life back into our little part of the bush that's been quiet far too long.
With each song of William Crighton's the gum trees will breath a little easier with their old friend back on stage spreading a bit of that relaxing, grounded Dashville magic. Jeff Lang will raise the spirits of our nocturnal possum mob who've missed those flying fingers teasing a tune out of his guitar. With old friends who'll revoke the depth of our shared past, we welcome Imogen Clarke to breathe her fresh perspective and lilting groove that'll get us moving again. With these three artists, Dashville is back with a cracking Dashville Nights.
Working within the inevitable public gathering parameters, we've created this COVID Safe gig to be held out in the spacious confines at Dashville, offering up the opportunity to join us for a relaxing Friday night enjoying a succulent dinner, fully licensed bar, warm fires and what we do best... great live music.
Head out Friday afternoon from 2pm, set up camp, have a few cold ones, catch up with long lost friends and family, enjoy a beautiful summer feast then watch some local live music. Wake up in the morning and let Magpie and the mob cook you a stunning breakfast, roll in to the rest of Saturday when you're ready. We'll have our Christmas party cracking along on Saturday, so stay around for the fun. Info on the Christmas party here.
Sounds pretty good doesn't it?
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Acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter William Crighton is looking forward to bringing his star studded band to Dashville to perform on Friday 10th December.
Earlier in 2021, he released 'This Is Magic' the second single lifted from his highly anticipated new album. The track ‘This Is Magicʼ is the follow up to Crightonʼs powerful ‘Your Countryʼ (feat William Barton & Julieanne Crighton)
His forthcoming third studio album, will finally be released in February 2022, ahead of his performance as part of the rescheduled Dashville Skyline 2021 festival.
“William Crightonʼs new tune defies physics. It manages to walk a tightrope between relaying a powerful and serious message while also using disarming nostalgia and good humour, All the while being as catchy as hell. Iʼm not sure how he does it….itʼs Magic” – Henry Wagons, Double J
Since the release of his 2016 critically acclaimed self-titled debut, William Crighton has established himself as one of Australiaʼs foremost contemporary songsmiths and performers. Darkly majestic follow-up Empire (2018) was named Album of the Year by Hoodoo Gurusʼ Dave Faulkner in the Saturday Paper, while Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst has sung the praises of Crightonʼs deeply resonant, ineffably Australian vocal delivery; a nod to his roots in the NSW Riverina, Wiradjuri Country.
Crighton has performed and been reviewed as a highlight at major festivals both in Australia and across the world including “BluesFest”, “WOMAD”, “Woodford Folk Festival”, “Tonder Festival” (Denmark), “BoomTown” (UK), “Winnipeg Folk Festival” (Canada) and “Cambridge Folk Festival (UK)” as a result of this as well as good support from streaming services such as Spotify and his own live shows, Crighton continues building a dedicated band of followers.
He has also toured with Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, Missy Higgins, CW Stone King, Dan Sultan and The Beach boys. In 2020 Crighton also represented Australia as part of Global Music Match.
Like a lot of touring artists, 2020 was going to be Crightonʼs biggest international touring year including his Glastonbury Festival debut. “Weʼve been working really hard over there and had a lot planned, but so did everyone. Weʼre lucky in Australia to have dodged the worse of it to date, and Iʼm grateful that my family and I are here…weʼre even playing a bit now, hopefully going to be touring a lot more soon”. Crighton returns to the road across Australia in late 2021.
Australian guitarist-songwriter-vocalist-producer, Jeff Lang has built a reputation for making startling music that is accomplished, intricate, gutsy, melodic and loaded with soul. Often taking unexpected turns, he has consistently inspired his audiences by creating a stylistically diverse catalog of over 25 albums.
Alone In Bad Company, Jeff’s latest album, presents the most organic union of his talents and influences yet. It’s filled with exquisitely sung stories and melodies, demonstrating that Jeff is nothing if not a lover of song. Each time he steps up to take a solo, his hard‐won style is unmistakable – fluid but with an edge‐of‐the‐seat recklessness. Acoustic fingerpicking, slide guitar, electric lead, banjos and mandolins drop into place like puzzle pieces. Though Jeff plays and writes nearly everything on the album, steadfast cohorts Danny McKenna and Alison Ferrier deliver on cue and master writer Don Walker shares his peerless wit on two songs.
As legions of journalists have written, Jeff is not one to be easily pegged, though in a general sense it’s fair to say he largely trades in roots-oriented rock; wider reaching in collaborations with the likes of roving guitar anthropologist Bob Brozman, American blues-rocker Chris Whitley, India’s desert-dwellers Maru Tarang and world music virtuosos Bobby Singh and Mamadou Diabate. Jeff’s work with the latter won the 2010 ARIA (Australia’s Grammy) for Best World Music Album, while he and Brozman took one home for Best Blues and Roots Music Album in 2002. Jeff received that same award on his own in 2012.
Jeff has mischievously called his music ‘Disturbed Folk.’ One writer referred to him as a “quiet achiever.” But the overall impression one has from observing Jeff’s lengthy career is that of a driven man who keeps his head down, playing and recording music as if his very life depends on it.
Outside of his homeland, Jeff has toured the UK, Europe, Japan, India, China, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada as well as concentrated work in the U.S., where he has played upwards of 300 shows, living there for 6 months at a time. He has appeared on prestigious American radio programs A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage and Acoustic Café.
Jeff has shared stages with Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Richard Thompson, Bonnie Raitt, Ani Di Franco, Chris Whitley, Albert Collins, Loudon Wainwright III, Greg Brown, John Butler, AR Rahman and Bob Geldolf, among many others.
Jeff has delivered show-stopping performances at festivals all across the globe: The Dublin Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Quebec City Music Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival, Fuji Rock, Glastonbury, Echo Park China, Ottawa BluesFest as well as on his home turf at Port Fairy, Woodford, Bluesfest Byron Bay and Womadelaide.
Jeff Lang’s unique musical vision easily finds a home in myriad settings, from large festival stages to the intimate, long-running Ann Arbor, Michigan club The Ark to the Sydney Opera House. Most importantly, Jeff Lang has achieved what is a rarity in the cluttered world of contemporary sounds: his own voice.
Alone In Bad Company captures one of Australia’s most inspired musicians – and songwriters – at the peak of his exceptional powers.
Dashville Skyline is thrilled to bring Jeff Lang onto the bill, knowing this performance will be one to remember for years to come.
Imogen Clark is an Australian indie rock artist, hailing from the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. Her music ranges from the intimate to the arena-ready, rock anthems with the soul of a confessional singer-songwriter.
Despite the myriad challenges that 2020 brought to the music industry, Imogen had a banner year - she released a critically acclaimed EP, played a sold-out livestream concert series, performed back-to-back sold-out Sydney launch shows in September, dropped a nostalgic Christmas single, and wrapped it all up with an epic First Annual Holiday Hootenanny gig with her musical mates – including Montaigne, Jack Moffitt (The Preatures), Lindsay McDougall (Frenzal Rhomb) and more.
The 26-year-old has lost none of her momentum in 2021, with her powerful new EP ‘Bastards’. The six-track collection, begun in person in LA with a cast of rock legends, then later finished remotely over Zoom during the pandemic, is the most raw and intense music Clark has released to date.
“If The Making of Me was about embracing all of who I am, this album is about me confronting and processing the impact relationships with the people in my life have had on me – family, lovers and friends, losing people, being betrayed and learning how and when to cut the cord,” says Imogen. “I really put my heart through the meat grinder and challenged myself to make this record, and I’m so proud to put this music out into the world”.
Reteaming with LA-based producer Mike Bloom (Julian Casablancas, Jenny Lewis), Imogen builds on the rich, dynamic sound of her last EP, taking everything to a new level – the drums hit harder, the guitars are louder, the emotions more intimate and transparent. Across the six songs, Imogen sings about betrayal in love (Forget About London), a couple too afraid to end a doomed relationship (Casualty), her family’s history of addiction (Never This Time), the loss of her mentor to suicide (First Class Man) and the men in the industry who refuse to see women as their equals (Bastards).
Amongst the murderer’s row of collaborators on the record include Men at Work’s Colin Hay, Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith, Rilo Kiley’s Jason Boesel and Melbourne indie-pop artist Eilish Gilligan as co-writers, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and Elvis Costello and the Attractions drummer Pete Thomas lending their legendary chops to the recordings.
Cutting her teeth playing in local pubs in the Blue Mountains during her teen years before touring and recording around the world, from the US to Europe to the UK, Imogen brings the depth and confidence of a seasoned rocker to the stage despite her youth. Taking inspiration from legends like Bruce Springsteen and Joni Mitchell as much as contemporary heroes Gang of Youths and Phoebe Bridgers, Imogen’s music continues to dissolve the barriers between her emotions and her audience, even as her music and shows get bigger in size and scope.
Released in August of last year, Imogen Clark’s The Making Of Me EP garnered widespread acclaim both in Australia and North America. Praised for its raw honesty by fans and critics, the six-track offering showcased Imogen’s powerful vocal and reflective lyrics.
The Making Of Me features a star-studded line-up with players from some of the world’s greatest rock bands, and local artists Alex Lahey, Clare Bowen, Emma Swift, Anita Lester and more can be found across EP singles ‘Found Me’, ‘My Own Worst Enemy’, ‘The Making Of Me’, and ‘Paper Boat’.
2021 has already been the biggest year of Imogen’s career to date, including a sold-out Sydney residency, a packed-out secret EP launch show streamed around the world, regional touring, rave reviews for Bastards and now the release of her first ever live record Not A Little Girl, a tantalising taste of what to expect when she takes the stage with her electrifying band for headline shows in November.
Venue is now Drovers Camp, Branxton.
The option to camp onsite is included with your ticket.
Campground/venue open from 2pm
Live Music kicks off around 7pm.
The (remote) Swoop Inn will be providing Friday night dinner between 6-9pm and a lazy Saturday breakfast from 8-11am. On Saturday we'll have our Christmas party with portraits. As this is now a ticketed event to stay for Saturday you'll either need a Saturday camping ticket OR a Christmas portrait package. More info here.
The event is fully licensed, so no BYO is permitted. Children under the age of 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
Food and beverage items are not included in your ticket but you can select and pay on arrival. (not purchasable via credit - we encourage you to pre-purchase picnic hampers though).
We look forward to welcoming you back to Dashville (at Drovers!).
More events are anticipated to go on sale in coming weeks.
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