Macleay Valley 

Arts Council inc

Coming soon to the HOT CLUB! Book NOW!

    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 76

    Two for the price of one!

    Come and hear two of Canada's favourite traveling troubadors at the HOT CLUB!

    Corin Raymond ( is a legendary Canadian songwriter in the style of Johnny Cash or John Prine, whose songs are covered by a far flung community of established roots musicians and campfire enthusiasts. Acoustic Guitar calls Raymond's latest JUNO award-nominated album Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams "a hypnotic, literate collection of dark tall tales... Romantic, immediate, and narcotic”, while The Globe and Mail says “Corin Raymond is a storyteller who by the end of the night you'll have known your whole life."

    Scott Cook ( has distilled the stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse.  He has already completed five tours of Australia, including talked-about performances at Woodford, Cobargo, Candelo, Cygnet, Newstead, Illawarra, the National, and Yackandandah folk festivals.  In the words of the UK's RnR Magazine, "there's nothing flash about Canada's Cook. He sings his heart and soul, and in doing so lets light flood into your own... truly one of Woody Guthrie's children."


    • 20 May 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, West Kempsey
    • 80

    Be swept away in an imaginative take on the folk idiom. Vanishing Shapes fuses old sounds of traditional folk music with modern influences such as electronic dance, progressive rock and classical, uniquely traversing from large cinematic soundscapes to twisted dance tunes all on acoustic instruments.

    Endearingly dubbed ‘fairy music’ during an early tour, their unique sound has found a home in some unexpected places, receiving support from Newcastle’s warehouse scenes as well as sharing the stage with diverse national and international acts including Afenginn, The Crooked Fiddle Band and Asta. The band has kept themselves busy touring independently, releasing an EP and full length album and playing festivals including St Albans Folk Festival, Wollombi Music Festival and Regrowth Festival.

    Highly energetic live performances are a bit humorous whilst bouncing from being playful, harrowing and ethereal creating moments that appeal to urges of dance, crying and escaping to other dimensions.


    • 01 Jul 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, West Kempsey
    • 80

    Bluesmaster Lloyd Spiegel is coming to the HOT CLUB!

    Lloyd Spiegel has always forged his own path throughout his long career. A lifetime performing has seen him blend his grounding in the blues with storytelling and dazzling acoustic guitar technique to create a unique show and sound that is launching him onto festival and theatre stages around the globe as a true master of his craft.

    His new album ‘Backroads’ is a hard-edged, brutally honest account of Spiegel's life outside of music and reinvents his sound for new audiences, delivering more punch in his most powerful studio performance to date. 

    Along with Cole Clark guitars, Lloyd designed guitars specifically for the recording and a new duo show with drummer Tim Burnham promises to deliver his biggest stage sound yet. 

    Says Spiegel of the new album "So much of what I've written in the past is focussed on where I'm going. Both literally and figuratively. I'm a driven person and never really paused to think about the sacrifices, what I've left behind till I sat for a moment and started writing."

    "The plan to step outside of what people might expect from me, sound fresh and push harder made it feel like I had no boundaries placed on me and I had a sense of creative freedom with this one that I hadn't felt before. I hadn't really let loose with an electric guitar on record since I was a teenager.... it felt good." 

    The Album ‘Backroads’ is available for presale from April 16, and in store from May 15 through Only Blues Music.

    • 24 Aug 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 80

    A Mark Oats and Matty Zarb show is full of laughs, lots of fun and exciting musicianship. Mark and Matty have been great friends and musical mates since 1986 and never tire of playing together. 
    Like kids with toys it’s always fresh and totally entertaining!
    Mark is without a doubt Australia’s most loved rascal fiddler with a style that is all his own that has taken him all around the world. Mark has been in the iconic Aussie band the Bushwackers line up for over 23 years now and is a favorite go see in whatever outfit he is playing with. His happy go lucky way is signature of what you see is what you get in total entertainment. He is an exceptional musician and a must see! 

    Matty has had a very colorful history to bring him into this act.
    Matty is an accomplished guitar player and the perfect match to play alongside Mark. Matty has picked his way around the world too on his 23 year old Maton and just loves to entertain and sing his songs and tell his yarns. His ability to create beautiful music from his old Maton guitar is certainly grown out from his own style and sound. The two lads together is a very unique sound and a wonderful experience. 
    This coming year they will be out on the road playing festivals and events and can’t wait for every single gig With an eclectic mix of Celtic/Folk/Bushgrass type music with a feel only they can get together it’s a must see and hear. 
    Here is a showreel to give you a snippet of what you can expect in any show with them. 

    • 07 Sep 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp Street, West Kempsey
    • 80
    Exquisitely intimate performance of bossa nova, jazz and samba. 

    Anna woos audiences with her vocal artistry and natural feel for the music of Rio de Janeiro, while Guy's guitar sings with dazzling virtuosity and a deeply expressive, almost romantic strain. 

    Beyond 'The Girl from Ipanema', come on a deeper journey into the heart of Brazilian music ...and more. 
    • 19 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 80

    Multiple award-winning Australian Blues musician Darren Jack has been electrifying audiences with his signature powerhouse Rock ‘n’ Blues and original music for over twenty years.

    Darren has appeared in most major Blues Festivals in Australia, including: East Coast Blues Festival – Byron Bay, Great Southern Blues Festival – Narooma, Thredbo Blues Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Australian Blues Music Festival – Goulburn, Southern Blues and Roots Festival – Hobart, Gympie Music Festival, Cross Roads Festival – Central Coast, Manly Jazz Festival, Blues on Broadbeach – Broadbeach, Bridgetown Blues Festival W.A. & The Forth Valley Blues Festival Launceston, Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival and the Sydney Blues and Roots Festival.

    And now, at the HOT CLUB right here in West Kempsey!

    • 23 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 80

    The Date Brothers are Ian Date on guitar, trumpet and vocals, and Nigel Date on guitar. They are Australia’s leading exponents of the gypsy jazz guitar style.

    Ian is a world renowned guitarist who’s shared the stage with many of the greatest international jazz musicians over his 40 odd year career.

    The brothers get together in Australia once or twice a year as well as overseas, and that's about to happen here at the HOT CLUB in Kempsey.

    Ian is the musical patron of the Oz Manouche gypsy guitar festival held in Brisbane each November which brings together the best of Australian Django style players as well as international guests.

    The brothers have performed at a stack of music festivals and held concerts all over the place.

    Recent recording collaborations for the Date Brothers include Tommy Emmanuel and James Morrison.

    You won't want to miss this! BOOK NOW!

The Date Brothers

George Washingmachine

Tricia Evy & Dan Barnett

Geoff Turnbull

Paul Robert Burton

Joe Robinson

Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson

Aunty Hu Hu & the Big Lazy

Kristina Olsen

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