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The Stag & Hunter Hotel just keeps pumping them out with another sensational line up of original live music this week. 

Thursday, September 1st – The Best Of Chess Records, this one will be heaven for Newcastle’s Blue’s lovers with some of Australia’s best Blues-men on stage showcasing some of the best tunes from the iconic label. Features Ray Beadle, Charlie A’Court, Chris Wilson and a fabulous rhythm section with Rosscoe Clark on Drums and Benny Edwards on Double Bass.

Get your tickets here 


Friday, September 2nd – Magpie Diaries, Join Matt Johnston ‘Mr Dashville himself’ will be on stage for a laid back night of cool tunes. You’ll be hard pressed to find much on ol’ Magpie, so it could be easy to forget that Magpie has been writing and performing songs for over 15 years.

Joined by his drummer and life partner Jessica, in 2015 they took a spell from all other things to concentrate on themselves a bit more. Driving a measly 16000k’s across the United States from Seattle to Austin. Rather fortuitously on one fine day, they landed in acclaimed dude and producer Matt Sherrod’s Nashville studio to lay but two songs down. Two songs which would form part of his first independent release ever under the Magpie moniker. The other songs coming from earlier live recordings from Erle Dennis’s kitchen which were mix/mastered in Robbie Long’s Funky Lizard Studio. The exciting new 7 track EP is now available on all good streaming site such as iTunes and Spotify.

Magpie loves to play at Dashville, the epicentre of his love affair with music and life, any chance to play on home soil is rarely left alone. Come feel the passion, with an ever-evolving band of equally talented souls, Magpie perched up among’st his family trees, is always a special moment to see.


Sunday, September 4th – Heat 4 of Passport To Airlie kicks off with another killer lineup including Rose & The Sea, Midnight MoversShawn LidsterSarah Christine and  Georgina Grimshaw

kicks off at 3.00pm, come along, support the bands and enjoy a great afternoon of live music. There are some great prizes for the punters as well, just purchase a beverage or a meal at any of the Passport To Airlie heats / finals for weekly $50.00 bar tabs and major prizes drawn at the final including a ticket to Airlie Beach Music Festival and a killer Gretsch Guitar.