Luke Ligtenburg, lead vocalist, bass and didgeridoo player from The Swamp Stompers has been working on some new material and is putting on a solo performance for Flow Bar! Come on down and enjoy a couple of acoustic sets, a mix of new originals and covers.
Josh Needs is a young singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitarist with a musical brilliance far beyond his years. His career highlights have already included collaborations with some of the greatest names in Australian music.
The story of the young singer, songwriter and extraordinary guitarist began as his eleven-year-old self picks up his instrument of choice for the first time after aspiring to play like one of his older brothers. He began playing professionally at 13, writing songs at 14, and throughout his later teens, performing solo, and in bands wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is known for today. Bringing his high energy stage presence to such festivals as Australia’s Woodford, Blues On Broadbeach, Airlie Beach Music Festival, Tamworth and an appearance at the legendary Sydney Opera House. As well as touring and sharing stages with the likes of Diesel, Russell Morris, Jon Stevens, Tommy & Phil Emmanuel, Kevin Borich, Joe Camilleri and The Bushwhackers – all of this while writing, producing and independently releasing two albums, self titled ‘Joshua Needs’ (2012) and ‘Journeys Road’ (2015).
The winner of the Tamworth Country Music Festival Busking competition (2013) graduated from the prestigious Academy of Country Music in Tamworth 2015. The Academy is a rare opportunity for singers, performers and songwriters to work with leading musicians and artists who'll help develop their skills. Additionally, Josh was one of 23 selected out of the entire population of music students in New South Wales who completed the HSC Music course in 2014 to perform at the prestigious Sydney Opera House. This was an incredible honour and will be an experience he’ll never forget.
Kevin Borich (The La De Das, Party Boys & Kevin Borich Express) wrote: “Maturing all the time this young Wiz has the "Hey!! stop, watch & listen" Mojo people can't help but do where ever he performs!”
Russell Morris wrote: “Josh Needs is one of those unique talents that you know is going to succeed. He reminds me of a young Keith Urban - relentless, with his enthusiasm. Ignore him, at your own peril”
Josh is regarded as a leading light in his style of music, with a reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his calloused guitar shredded hands, dropping jaws and stunning audiences wherever he goes. Josh Needs has recently relocated to Sydney where he continues his exciting career as touring and recording artist. Josh has a unique discipline, unfaltering focus and determination and these coupled with his extreme passion and love of music will ensure his musical career is extraordinary.
FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER & SHOW
Local singer/songwriter Jim Bird takes the stage from 6:30pm
Having worked in various Melbourne acts since 1989, Rory started his solo acoustic journey in 1998, working in bars and festivals around Australia. Some include Port Fairy Folk Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, The National Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Blues and Roots, Queenscliff Music Festival and Tamworth Country Music Festival where Rory has performed as part of the Fender Roadcases show alongside Troy Cassar Daley, The McLymonts, Tommy Emmanuel, Gina Jeffreys and countless other country stars.
The incredible response to his live show prompted the release of his first solo album Ride in 2000. It was released to much critical acclaim, a huge spread by Iian Sheddon in The Australian and was lovingly produced by Dave Steel, (ex Weddings Parties Anything, Archie Roach, Kasey Chambers). Lyall Johnson of the Melbourne Age said, “If you’re not deeply moved by this superb debut by Melbourne singer-songwriter Rory Ellis, it’s doubtful you’re human.”
Since that release Rory has gone from strength to strength and It was in 2004 Rory decided to head overseas to England and he has toured there every year since, anywhere from 3-9 months each tour. A real troubadour doing it on floors, couches, shoestrings and human kindness to make it work and deliver his piece of real life Australia, not what they saw on Neighbours.
Whilst in England and more recently Europe his travels have seen him perform alongside many greats including Richie Havens, Robert Cray, Canned Heat, Eric Bibb and has performed at many of the largest UK Blues and Roots Festivals including Great British R&B Festival, Shetland Folk Festival, Larmer Tree Festival, Stokes Bay Festival, Maryport Blues Festival, Eastleigh Festival, Linton Festival, Worthenbury Festival, Midlewich Festival, Chagstock, and countless others, with revisits due to popular demand.
Rory released The Rushes in 2005, where Jeff Glorfeld of the Melbourne Age said, “When the big fella opens up his chest and lets fly with that lusty, rumbling voice, even then it’s as if he’s pulling back on the reins in fear of what might happen to innocent bystanders – it’s that potent.”
To accompany this extensive touring, Rory continued his prolific amount of songwriting and recording leading to the release of his 4th (Two Feathers – 2008), 5th (Perfectly Damaged – 2010) and 6th (Twisted Willow – 2012) studio albums. Each of these releases garnering Rory more fans and more critical acclaim.
Brett Callwood of UK’s major roots publication Acoustic magazine said “Rory Ellis is one of those singer/songwriters, like Leonard Cohen, who makes the hairs on your arms stand up by simply opening his mouth and uttering a few throaty words.” Twisted Willow, received a 4 star review in the Melbourne Age, with Jeff Glorgeld saying, “Ellis’ songs are full of keen impressions and feelings, sung in a voicethat is always true and expressive.”
Followed up by more intense touring here and abroad in 2013 and 2014, and a 3 month UK stint at the end of 2014 and into 2015, early 2015 saw the release of Yellow, a dedication of 15 brilliantly crafted songs to the life of his mum. Something that will resonate with everyone. Sam Fell of Rhythms Magazine stated of this “Rarely does someone put such truth and honesty into their music.”
Kelsey Berrington is a singer/songwriter with a passion for music as fiery as his red hair. His soft, folk storytelling style can captivate an audience and melt your heart Kelsey has spent the last 3 years travelling and sharing his music. From London to Melbourne he has played venues large and small, singing about his experiences and his reflections about life and love.
Kelsey’s music is influenced by the gorgeous lyrics of Passenger and Damien Rice‘s rich earthy sounds. Over the years he has developed his own hauntingly beautiful style with an unique voice that connects deeply with an audience. As an independent musician Kelsey relies completely on his performance and songwriting to survive and has been honing his skills through busking for the last few years. Along with street performing he has also played to festival crowds at Woodford Folk Festival and Samford Animating Spaces Festival and venues such as: Spice Of Life (UK), Blue Berry Bar (UK), 1001 (UK), Milk Factory (Aus) and the Balaclava Hotel (Aus) to name just a few. After recording and releasing his first EP- The Little One in 2015, Kelsey set to work on his debut album which was recorded over the course of 2017.
Collaborating with many talented and passionate musicians including Jamie and Sam Hogg, the album explores the pain and joys of life, being broke and falling in and out of love. Although a solo artist, the album features a full band on many of the 11 tracks, but stays true to his folk roots with a number of solo acoustic songs.
BagHead is the songwriting project of Dashville native, Daniel T Johnston. His songs deliver an emotional fire, with big choruses, stirring lyrics and a powerful voice. When accompanied by his star studded band of 8, including a beautiful 4-piece choir, the songs take flight to another musical realm. (The Old Bar show will be a 5 piece band)
"Baghead have been slowly but surely building a cult following around the pub and festival circuit with their anthemic, sweetly swaying yet classically muscular brand of rock & roll that owes as much to the subtleties of vocal doo-wop groups of the 60s as it does to the sledgehammer barn-burners of Springsteen and Seger. The measure of an original band is how they can hook a new crowd with that familiar warm and fuzzy feeling, even though they are hearing the tunes for the first time. Baghead have that feelgood juice in bucketsful."
Local singer/songwriter Dave Ball. Stoked to have him back on the Flow Bar stage, swing by and say G'day.
With the soon to be released live EP entitled 'Butterfly', the open road has never looked more exciting!
Music that is fun, positively creative and accompanied by interesting life tales, James Ross
brings a vibrant collage of sound which bridges blues, pop, folk, jazz, rock and electronica using guitar, voice and electro tools.
This project, in its infancy, growing organically is bound to push James far into the horizon!
THE SUNDAY SESSION FROM 12:30PM - LUNCH & SHOW
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"When you have a passion for something, it becomes you."
For local singer/songwriter Jake Davey, music isn’t just a hobby. He may be a singer, song-writer, producer and performer, but for Jake, music isn’t just what he does – it’s who he is.
Jake’s fate was sealed the moment his father placed a guitar in his hands when he was six years old. He’s rarely had it out of his hands since. He began writing songs at age 12, and by the time he’d reached his mid-teens, Jake was being booked for shows frequently.
Pete's initial efforts of song writing were fed by influences of his four older brothers to include Metallica, Gunner’s, Zeppelin, Sabbath and Pearl Jam. After discovering Pink Floyd, David Gray and David Bridie his approach to writing originals became more self-reflective.
Pete’s lyrics are sung with immediacy yet warm tones that invite listeners to connect with every message. Blending genres of a rock, folk, ballad, roots scope with intriguing loops of instruments, Pete offers a journey to listeners that is evocative, magnetic and meaningful.
In the mid 2000’s Pete performed in Newcastle as a solo artist and front-man of fourpiece alternative rock band Geisha Blue. Pete lost his focus with his music after starting work as a teacher but decided late last year that he’s been ‘in-hiding’ too long. Pete now lives in the quite town of Kendall in Camden Haven and has been building up his repertoire to record and deliver originals on stage. Pete aims to secure regular spots at local venues and play other coastal and regional venues as the year progresses.
Craig Atkins is a unique 'one-man band' performer, with his set up consisting of various Acoustic Guitars & Lap Slide, Didgeridoos, Foot percussion, Loop & Effect pedals, Harmonica.
With influences such as Paul Kelly, Xavier Rudd, Joe Purdy, Harry Manx, and Old Blues Masters, Atkins seamlessly blends various styles with dynamics ranging from chilled finger-picking folk stories, to delta slide blues standards, through to rollicking country folk foot tappers, stomping jumping roots and dirty swamp blues, covering his observations of life, love and loss of the world we all live in.
Craig has toured and performed solo and in other music projects in Adelaide, Regional SA, Tasmania, Melbourne, Regional Victoria, Darwin, Alice Springs, Newcastle, Brisbane, Regional QLD & Kangaroo Island, and various festivals including Byron Bay Guitar Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Open Space Festival (NT), Peats Ridge Festival (NSW), Caloundra Music Festival (QLD), Stringybark Sustainability Festival (VIC), Common Roots Festival (SA) Port Fairy Festival (VIC), & Newport Folk Festival (VIC).
Helen is a passionate guitarist, singer, world traveller and educator, currently involved in many musical projects ranging from jazz and improvised world music, to large scale productions, festivals and corporate entertainment.
Helen has been fortunate to have the opportunity to perform alongside some of Australia's most accomplished musicians including James Morrison, Kristin Berardi, Gus Cereijo, EllyHoyt, Katie Noonan and Emma Dean.
Helen’s current project is her debut solo EP, featuring original pieces written across the globe. Her music strongly influenced by jazz, blues, and the many nations and cultures that she has seen, experienced and grown to love.
Susie Scurry (formerly The Grand Magoozi) is a singer-songwriter from Melbourne. Her voice delivers lament and subtle wit in equal measure, singing about life, lost love and a modern world gone awry. Her style and sound has been described by the press as ‘nostalgic’, ’dreamy folk’ that lies ‘somewhere between the jazz club and the barnyard.’ Susie will be joined on stage by fellow band members Lochie Bradfield on bass, Craig Woodward on fiddle /mandolin and Holly Thomas on drums.
Katie J White took out the 2016 West Australian Music Industry (WAMI)
Song Of The Year Award for the Blues and Roots category with her song
'River'. 'Warrior', another track of her EP, was also nominated last year,
following a double nomination in 2015 with her song 'Gypsy'. This makes
three out of five tracks on her third EP WAMI nominated. In January 2017 her 4th album, ‘Red Cloud’ was released.
Originally from Denmark WA, Katie’s music has taken her as far as London
and she has played nearly every venue in WA from Albany to Broome. With
her band, Katie has played at all the main folk festivals in WA, included full
house performances at Western Australia's renowned Fairbridge Festival,
Nukara Music Festival, Nannup Music Festival and Perth International Arts Festival.
Katie plays in a duo with her partner Daniel Hearn, a tasteful and impressive
guitarist. Together they play folk/roots toning it up or down to suit the venue.
Their repertoire is extensive featuring many classics and songs everyone
loves, across a wide age group. They also play their own original songs,
showcasing Katie's voice which she has become renowned for in the West.
Katie's original songs are always deeply poetic and melodically moving.
We invite you to join us for the annual Christmas in July weekend. Come celebrate with family, friends or staff over a scrumptious 5 course dinner. Warm your hearts and bellies fireside whilst enjoying this wonderfully festive feast.
Friday 27 July & Sat 28 July 2018 with live music 6:30pm.
Menu details will be updated closer to the date of the event.
Please email email@example.com if you would like to make a reservation or be added to the contact list once the details have been confirmed.
CLOSED 1:30 PM - LATE. PRIVATE DINNER FUNCTION
Saturday 22 September 2018
*Flow Bar will be open to the public for Breakfast and Lunch reservations only (02 6557 4224)
CLOSED 1:30 PM - LATE. PRIVATE DINNER FUNCTION
Saturday 20 October 2018
*Flow Bar will be open to the public for Breakfast and Lunch reservations only (02 6557 4224)
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Flow Bar and say hello 2019 in style!
More info and ticket information to be release closer to the date of the event.
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GF available | Doors Open at 5:30pm | Dinner from 6pm | Extended License till 1am.