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The Stag & Hunter Hotel will rock this October Long weekend with four killer nights of original live music-

Thursday, September 29th – Alt Country/Americana singer songwriter Josh Rennie-Hynes, Josh lives and breathes his music, and his passion for his craft burns bright for all to see. He combines his love of honest and raw storytelling with deep introspection to create songs that are timeless and familiar, yet uniquely his own. Special guest on the night will be Newcastle’s very own De’May.

You can also catch Josh this weekend at:

Smith’s Alternative, Canberra with Callum Wylie  – Friday, September 29th
LazyBones Lounge Marrickville with Elwood Myre – Sunday, October 2nd

Friday, September 30th – Dog The Duke with Arcades and LionsDog the Duke is a 4 piece (Dave Plenty-drums, Kurtis Russell-keys, Doug Evans- bass & Glenn Whitehall- vox/guitar) late in 2014 to play a short show of unfinished songs and shitty banter for an original music showcase in Bondi, the last 18 months have seen DTD add guitarist/singers Steve Tonge & Jono Lim to the lineup, play supports for Russell Morris, Marshall O’Kell, Ray Beadle and Melbourne’s Chris Cavill & The Prospectors, headline shows around Sydney, make the semi’s of the ANZ Bluestage series for the 2016 Spectrum Now Festival and score a slot at Surry Hills festival 2015.

The band headed into Matt Fell’s Love Hz studios to complete their first release “THE BREAKER EP”, with singles “The Breaker” briefly snagging #1 on the iTunes Australia blues chart, and “Secondhand Blues” spending 5 weeks in the Amrap Regional Top 10. Musically the band is a “bitsa”, the overall blues sound combining garage rock, funk and gritty old soul music with “great playing and killer voice” (Michael Carpenter).



Saturday, October 1st – Ben Whiting was born by the sea in Northern NSW, Ben Whiting started writing songs at age 11 and formed his first band at age 12 with recording, writing and constant touring already under his belt. His love of songwriting has constantly been nurtured and is ever evolving. Ben turns his musings into songs that delve into topics of everyday life, nostalgia, thoughts, memories and the future. His harmonies and lyrics resonate with those who stumble across him. Ben is eagerly working on his new EP and is joined by friends new & old from all musical backgrounds, Ben is proud to say “We have crafted an eclectic sound that is truly unique” from Latin inspired beats, Folk, Rock and Orchestrated pieces.

Checkout Ben’s music here

New EP coming later this year!


Sunday, October 2nd – The Brothers Comatose is an expansive, uplifting, and just downright beautiful, City Painted Gold is one of the most anticipated records of the coming year – at least amongst the loyal fans The Brothers Comatose had won while touring across the country in support of their past two releases. Infused with a sense of relaxed, experienced confidence, The Brothers Comatose offer a southwestern-tinged, rowdy stringband sound that might just make this your new favorite record before you turn it over to side B. Walking lockstep with their undeniable top-flight musicianship is an easy humility. “It’s just one, big, extended Morrison music party,” they say. Brothers Ben and Alex Morrison, guitar and banjo, and lead vocalists, front this rocking string band that has become a West coast headliner and national touring act in a mere handful of years. With bassmaster Gio Benedetti and stellar accompanists Philip Brezina on fiddle and Ryan Avellone on mandolin, their high energy, audience engaging shows have caught fire with fans from San Diego to Seattle to Salt Lake to Silk Hope, NC and beyond.

“It all sort of started before we ever picked up instruments” explains Ben. “Our mom was in a folk quartet that sang beautiful songs in harmony. Alex and I would watch them rehearse for hours when we were kids.” Growing up around band rehearsals and music parties, the Morrison brothers eventually found themselves with instruments in their hands. Ben started playing on his dad’s acoustic guitar and Alex happened upon a banjo that someone had left behind after a household music party.

The brothers learned a mess of classic rock covers, playing casually in their living room and around campfires (and at those famous Morrison music parties) for the next few years. Eventually their genre of choice drifted to broad-stoke Americana and a buddy asked them to come record a few tunes in his garage. Their friend Benedetti had been studying upright bass and they called him up for the session. He couldn’t make it that day but shortly after they all began playing together. They needed a few more good players to round out their sound, and the brothers put up fliers all around San Francisco. A few people answered, including Philip Brezina, at the time pursuing a Master’s degree in violin performance at the Conservatory of Music. “When he showed up, I thought, who the hell is this guy?” says Ben. “He’s kind of a redneck but he’s getting his masters in classical violin. Turned out to work pretty well.” Avellone had shared bills with the Brothers a few times over the years in other bands and was a perfect fit. Ben called him up, and “next thing you know, he’s our mandolin player.”

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