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C.W. STONEKING

FRIDAY 18 JUNE 2021


Enjoy an evening with C.W. Stoneking at Northern Republic Euroa. 

There are multitudes in Stoneking’s music. It’s probably easiest to describe him as a ‘blues artist,’ but the term disguises what makes his music special. There’s so much in there. A 1920s pre-war blues sound is key, but there’s almost equal helpings of New Orleans jazz, jug band music, hokum, country and calypso, and he’s lately brought in elements of jump jive, early rock’n’roll and gospel. His gift is that he brings them all together without anything sounding out of place. He finds the strands that connect all of these different styles and gently braids them together. It’s what he values more than anything: “It’s getting everything to unify really. The music, the flow of it, keeping it moving, with no dead spots. Then I guess having the lyrics and the meaning that flows in that too, you know? Getting it all to knit together in a way that, if you didn’t speak English maybe, you’d still be able to feel the melody, or the sounds of the words. If you did, then the meaning would also flow. That’s sort of what I’m trying to do, I guess.” When so many on the blues scene are trying to sound ‘authentic’ – whatever that is – it’s that unity of sound that allows Stoneking to actually achieve it, and with apparent ease, too. Back in the day, no-one was ‘just’ a blues musician, or a jazz or country musician, and so neither is he. 

Stoneking’s work can never really be second-guessed; you never know what you’re going to get. After charming his audiences with acoustic parlour guitars, National resonators, tenor banjos and a band laden with brass on his first two albums, he dropped all of that to go electric with his latest, 2014’s Gon’ Boogaloo, which was all about his Fender Jazzmaster and doo-wop backing vocals. While acoustic is still in his plans (his most recent tour was a solo affair: just him and a gorgeous 1937 Epiphone Deluxe), it seems like he’s ditched the banjo for good; he’s been known to go on the occasional but vicious anti-banjo tirade. When I try to ask him about it, he suffices with “I have to be careful with what I say. People get angry about that sort of stuff.” Maybe he’s been advised by his lawyers. Maybe it’s just part of his own epic, enigmatic legend. 

THE DETAILS
 

Ticket price of $110 plus booking fee, includes C.W. Stoneking solo show plus a mediterranean feast. Doors open from 6pm with the feast commencing at 7PM. C. W. Stoneking's performance from 9PM. The event will take place in Northern Republic's old wine hall. Communal tables will apply. Any dietary requirements need to be sent to hello@northernrepublic.com.au 7 days prior to event.

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ITALY'S INFLUENCE 

FRIDAY 16 JULY 2021

Join us for an Italian inspired four course meal accompanied

by matching local and Italian wines. You'll be joined by world travelled wine connoisseur Greg Lightfoot who will be providing an intrgiuing  insight into the wines to be shared.

After a 25-year career in all facets of hospitality, Greg is one of the more well-versed wine distributors.

With formal qualifications in waiting, commercial cookery and wine, a rare combination, he specialises in matching food and wine and has a passion for sharing knowledge to inspire and educate customers. 

Greg’s experience was honed at some of Melbourne’s top restaurants including Rosetta Ristorante, Rockpool Bar and Grill and Vue de Monde.

His extensive international experience spreads from London to Vancouver, and vintage experience in France, Macedon, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley and Harcourt. 

Italian food and wines are one of Greg’s greatest passions, in 2015 he toured Italy and focussed on the wine regions of Tuscany, Chianti and Montalcino, and Sicily around Mt Etna.

Ticket includes;
- 4 course Italian inspired dinner
- wines matched to food by Sante Wines 

Ticket price is $125PP plus booking fee. 

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NEW EXCHANGE

SATURDAY 30TH JULY 2021

Excited to be hosting a night of jazz with emerging three piece New Exchange.
 

And what better way to do it than to incorporate great mediterranean food, and amazing King Valley wines.
 

With only a limited number of seats available we're urge you to book early to avoid dissappointment.
 

Ticket includes;

- entertainment from New Exchange
- 3 course mediterranean dinner
- wines matched to food from Politini Wines (King Valley)

Ticket price is $85PP plus booking fee.