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Tunes around town BATHURST RSL May   12 - Friday  Crushed Ice 13 - Saturday   Midnight Drifters 14 - Sunday    Willie B 19 - Friday  Shuffleboys 20 - Saturday   Venus 2 21 - Sunday    Keys and Strings 26 - Friday  Mud Monkeys 27 - Saturday   One Non Blonde 28 - Sunday    Stephen Cheyney

THE FAMILY HOTEL May   12 - Friday 

Seriously, don’t call me Shirley 13 - Saturday Barrabbas 19 - Friday

RnB and everything in between 20 - Saturday   The Works 26 - Friday  Casey McFarlane 27 - Saturday   Tantrum June   2 - Friday  3 - Saturday

Clancy Pye Nuthin’ 2 Serious

9 - Friday The Nocturnals 10 - Saturday   Under the Radar 16 - Friday 

RnB and everything in between 17 - Saturday   Under the Radar 23 - Friday  DJ Kadense 24 - Saturday   Barrabas 30 - Friday 

Don’t call me Shirley

Does your venue have entertainment coming up in the coming months? Email reception@bclife.com.au with all of the details, for your free listing in Tunes around Town – every week in Bathurst City Life.

Kieran Wicks performs stellar set in

a castle away from his ‘castle’

The Elephant and Castle Hotel was gifted with a remarkable talent last weekend, as Newcastle musician Kieran Wicks brought his journeyman swagger and exceptional musicianship to Bathurst.

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erforming a set of well-known folk/rock covers and his own original music, Wicks displayed a likeable and entertaining persona, and his journeyman image was re�lected in the interesting stories he told, both in song and in speech. Particular highlights of his set were his unique and passionate takes on such songs as Diesel’s ‘Tip of My Tongue’ and Alice In Chains’ ‘No Excuses,’ both which showed off his incredible vocal range and relaxed guitar technique. However, it was in his original numbers where his set really shone, with each song effectively representing Wicks’ fascinating musical palette, whether it be the Dinosaur Jr-esque ‘Cry Wolf,’ ‘Your Lucky Day’s mix of evil and Elvis Presley, or the soaring ‘Crossroads’ that is reminiscent of Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden, Audioslave) more recent solo work. Despite the usual challenge of trying to hold a crowd at the Elephant and Castle, Wicks showed fantastic rapport with those in attendance, and while it perhaps wasn’t the easiest crowd to work with, Wicks kept his cool and powered through his set with poise and passion. A rather sour note, however, was the way Wicks was treated by the venue staff early into his set. About two songs in (and sounding fantastic), the venue staff stopped Wicks’ set to try and plug him into

the house system. This cut his show short by about half an hour, and the venue’s failure to effectively support Wicks with the house PA meant they had wasted his valuable time. From the perspective of an audience member and fellow musician, this was really disrespectful behaviour towards Wicks and it showed a complete disregard for his performance. With that aside, however, Wicks gave an outstanding gig that showcased his natural, organic talent as a musician, and his work ethic (which involves regular travel throughout NSW) to get his music out there is something aspiring musicians can certainly learn a lot from. Wicks has been journeying throughout Australia over the last five years self-promoting his music and living his dream, a dream that has thus far seen the release of his debut EP Hunter and King (To Listen: http://kieranwicks.com/music/) and a second EP (Sticking to My Guns) coming soon.

sam’s picks:

✪ Tip of My Tongue (Johnny Diesel cover) ✪ Crossroads (Original) ✪ Turn the Page (Bob Seger cover) ✪ Your Lucky Day (Original) ✪ No Excuses (Alice In Chains cover) ✪ Cry Wolf (Original)

See Xanadu before it’s too late

THE CARILLON THEATRICAL Society’s production of Xanadu has been wowing local audiences last weekend following the opening four shows of the season. Bathurst City Life was fortunate to attend the first night of the great 1980s musical and was thrilled by the quality of the talent on show and the sheer professionalism of the musical. As an amateur production, the

quality of participants is simply amazing and we are so looking forward to heading back again this weekend for a second show. Do yourself a favour and get along before you miss it. It’s fun, energetic, with great songs and some standout performances. Tickets are available from the BMEC box office.

Allegri takes on the Circle of Life

PREPARATIONS ARE WELL under way musical direction of William Moxey, for Allegri Singers Matinee Concerts on accompanied on piano by Ian Bates. Saturday, 3 June and Sunday, 4 June, at This is a varied and sometimes surprising program which Abercrombie House, Bathurst at 3 pm. The theme for these should delight audiences concerts is The Circle of Life. and send them home Prices are $25, The music will reflect $20 for concession and humming happily. the various stages of The afternoon will students and children are life; childhood, young be complemented by just $10. Tickets are love, reflection, cultural a delicious afternoon available from BooksPlus maturity and old age. tea, which will be at Abercrombie There will be solo vocal served after each House. and instrumental pieces performance, in exchange to augment the many choral for a gold coin donation. Tickets are now available and it is items, with musical styles ranging from Handel to Mozart, Vaughan Williams to recommended to purchase in advance, Lennon/McCartney, and beyond! as there will be only a limited number The concert will be under the available at the door.

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