Delivering powerful acoustic-folk/alternative rock/grunge inspired songs, Acoustic Foxx reveals a repertoire of material that each evokes an immediate and unmistakable sense of personal connection for both writer and listener.
‘Blustery Winter’ is the second, and brand new release from Acoustic Foxx. An album that takes you on a musical journey like no other, showcasing different genres with heavy emotional undertones on many of the tracks and a fragility that adds to the emotional journey.
Able to capture musically and lyrically the love, hope, anger, loss, and pain that we all feel, whilst creating an intimacy that is rarely found in a performer. “Great songwriting with depth and darkness” says Amnplify.
‘Blustery Winter’ out now.
At just 20 years of age, Bill Barber is already an award winning blues artist and is one of the most exiting young artists in the thriving Victorian Blues scene. Bill took an intrest in Blues at a young age and by 14 was making the rounds, sitting in with Australia’s most respected Blues artists.
In 2012, Bill won the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society’s Youth In Blues Competition and as a result was invited to perform at festivals Across Victoria including the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival and End of the Line. He has since added a nuber of festivals to that list and has even acted as a booker for both Bealiba Blues Festival and the Youth Stage for Bendigo Blues and Roots.
A move to Bendigo (a hub for Victorian Blues) saw Bill take enormous steps towards a career in music, appearing on local television and radio. It’s sround that that time that Bill’s talent caught the eye of multi award winning Blues legends Geoff Achison and Lloyd Spiegel who have since become mentors to bill and had him as both support act and guest at countless shows. He has also played supports For Wolfmother, Claude Hay, Alex Legg and Shaun Kirk among others.
At just four years of age, Frank had already decided he was going to play guitar some day.
Amongst many others, Frank’s influences include country greats Lee Kernigan and Johnny Cash, and Rock ‘n’ Roll legends Bill Haley and the Comets and Elvis.
Whilst he has certainly caught the eye of many in the Blues and Rockabilly scene, Frank is not one to be restricted by genre, in fact this likeable yet mischievous maker of music plays up to the fact, making no excuses for contrasting works, his 2016 single “White Horse” being a perfect example with a gutsy blues track on the A side and a folky acoustic number on the B side.
(Anti Social Commentary / The War of Ideas)
Playing his first gig in Bendigo at the Golden Vine Hotel in 1996, Trevor Petrie has been a mainstay of the local original music scene for over 20 years. During his 20+ year career, Trevor has been the front-man for several local bands including Paranoia, Anti Social Commentary and The War of Ideas and has to date released 5 EP’s and an 8 track album.
Growing up in Kyneton and moving to Bendigo in his early twenties, Trevor was influenced by many bands and songwriters including Violent Femmes, You Am I, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Live, Smashing Pumpkins, Paul Dempsey and Something for Kate and more recently artists like Damien Rice and Glen Hansard, and bands such as Local Natives and Head and the Heart.
Trevor writes highly emotive works, his lyrics cut like a knife and his performances are guaranteed to make you feel the raw emotion behind the songs.
With a focus on playing in the moment, Bridie regularly brings audiences a comforting but emotional experience with just herself and her guitar Inspired by Elle King, Kim Churchill and Angie McMahon.
Bridie has loved music from a young age and her sets regularly reflect this with a mixture of older and modern covers to get you up and dancing as well as her original tracks each bursting with personality.
Bridie’s style and sound comes across similar to Sarah Blasko, Missy Higgins and Julia Stone. Bridie’s original songs have splashes of different genres that all tie in together, moulding Bridie’s personal touch into something unique.
At any of Bridie’s performances fans and newcomers alike will quickly come to understand her through her music and find themselves at home with the friendly atmosphere created by Bridie’s attitude and music together.
(Ergasia, Die In A Dream, Vulture Culture)
Tim Grey is an ever present figure on the Regional Victorian original live music scene.
His band Ergasia are known for their infectious melodies, groove laden riffs and emotive lyrical content. Ergasia is all about heart.
An authentic and down-to-earth storyteller, singer/songwriter Steph Bitter sits beautifully within her alternative, folk, rock and prog influences. From the warm, dulcet tones of Missy Higgins to the anarchic urgency of Delores O’Riordan, her melodies ignite a journey that reflects on life’s diverse highs and lows. Her intelligent and impassioned songs are just ascathartic with a band as they are with only herself and an acoustic guitar, inspired by the songwriting of Josh Pyke.
Starting from humble beginnings writing fantastical stories in her childhood bedroom, Steph took her storytelling to a different plain when she picked up a guitar at 14. With one EP and three singles under her belt, Steph released her second EP on April 1st 2022.
Poppet Head Records, Bendigo’s independent, artist-run music label, describes Steph’s music as, “intimate, personal, and gorgeously dynamic.” She is gaining traction around regional Victoria, having performed at various venues including festivals like World Vegan Day Melbourne, Bendigo White Night, Macedon Ranges Music Festival, and the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival – the latter at which she was awarded the ‘Up and Coming’ award in 2015.
There are the animals, the cannibals, the healer, the dreamer, the lover and the deadbeat god.
But, it begins with a child.
A Musical, Poetic, Science-Fiction Immersion Art Rock, Space Rock, Future Folk + permaculture + #multiverse exploration 麻雀 #psychrock
(Temple of Tunes)
T E M P L E OF T U N E S are a 3 piece Powerhouse of Footstompin, Blues Roots, Funk and Progressive Acoustic Rock powered by 12 String Guitar, Bass and Percussion!
Imagine a cross, a fusion if you like of Blues, Roots, Rock and Grunge! Improbable as descriptions may sound, it is exactly what this band achieve with their highly distinctive sound.
Based on the songcraft and unique 12 string acoustic stylings of frontman Brett Franke, this band put themselves together in 2006, and have achieved much since. Including a full length album release in 2010, extremely well received appearances at the Anglesea, Glenfest and StKilda Music Festivals and gigs at The Espy and Prince of Wales in St Kilda, The Penny Black and several key Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland regional live music venues. The band also won a prestigious Californian FM Radio song contest in 2009, which is testament to the power and quality of their songwriting.
(The Wooden Lions)
Jenna Ward has been making music and recording more than half of her life. Born in Bendigo, and growing up in multiple towns on the Murray River, no matter where home has been a home studio has always been her first priority.
As the natural blueprint of existence is to experience patches of life to be nonlinear, this has given Jenna the inspiration behind her music, creating ambient soft rock music with haunting vocals to deliver songs that rattle emotions.
After being a solo musician for so long, Jenna formed the band ‘The Wooden Lions’ which gigging was based in Bendigo. The once acoustic songs breathed new life with the collaboration of the band, turning the tunes into a tasty grunge rock performance.
As Jenna has reconnected with her true love and relocated to the Mornington Peninsula, her focus has narrowed, focussing on recording and mixing, though this time with fresh ideas, expanding her songs by collaborating with a piano player in Indonesia. Her songs are becoming shaped by how she envisions her emotions towards the theme of the song.
Jenna’s goal is to tailor her music to capture the rawness of feelings in the moment, to deliver a sentimental experience and connect emotionally with others.
(Something Once Forgotten/Alien Lard/GIGGONS/What the Fun Will Be)
To use a loose cooking metaphor, Dan is like a starving chef staring into an overflowing pantry. To satisfy the hunger, he has the choice of whipping up some tried-and-true classic flavour combinations, or experimenting with a bunch of ingredients to see what they will taste like. Or, he could just do both.
Dan has several pots on the boil at once. His band, Something Once Forgotten, deliver a wide range of hard/prog rock stylings (like a good steak but smothered with some fancy sauce). Despite members living in various parts of Australia, their 25 years of playing together makes writing and recording from a far not as difficult as it may sound.
He also cooks up an eclectic range of solo and collaborative musical meals from his home studio/kitchen, Rubberman Studios. The relentless riffage and aggression of “Alien Lard” (like good old kebab with good helping of spicy chilli and garlic sauce), the sonically diverse and light hearted synth pop of “What the Fun Will Be” (like a stack of pancakes with maple syrup, seven types of fruit and maybe even some bacon) and the epically designed, orchestral hard rock of GIGGONS (like of those dishes that you see at a fancy restaurant where, other than the parsley, you are not too sure what it is you are eating), are all on the menu.
We hope you are hungry. Please note, however, outside of the metaphor, Dan isn’t much of a cook.