Eclectic original from Cult accordion ensembles, string quartets & Jazz-ska to alt-country, nu-folk, roots & rockabilly.

Want to play a gig at the Wheaty? Email us at: bands@wheatsheafhotel.com.au

PS: no cover bands or ultra-loud combos please

A HISTORY OF EARLY BLUES

Cal Williams Jr and highly acclaimed double bassist Kory Horwood to take the listener on a journey through the early blues. From spirituals and rags to Appalachian folk songs these accomplished musicians promise a night of outstanding musicianship and captivating stories all wrapped up in a true love of the early blues music style. 'A History of Early Blues' follows on from the trio's sell-out 2016 Adelaide Fringe season which earned them a full 5 star rating from Rip It Up Magazine.

$25 Adult

$22 Conc

DURATION: 90 MINS

Date: Sunday 26 February
Time: 4.00 PM
Cost: $25
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A HISTORY OF EARLY BLUES

AFRICA ENTSHA

A smart slick acappella 5-piece who reached a global audience last year performing at the World Cup opening ceremony.

Distinct from the other African music shows that have stormed the Fringe in recent years in that they freely blend western pop elements of the male vocal harmony tradition into their performance.

Won 3 awards in Edinburgh Fringe.

Tix: $25 Full

$20 Conc

$17 Bank SA/Artist/Member

DURATION: 50 MINS

Date: Wednesday 1 March
Time: 8.00 PM
Cost: $25
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AFRICA ENTSHA

AFRICA ENTSHA

A smart slick acappella 5-piece who reached a global audience last year performing at the World Cup opening ceremony.

Distinct from the other African music shows that have stormed the Fringe in recent years in that they freely blend western pop elements of the male vocal harmony tradition into their performance.

Won 3 awards in Edinburgh Fringe.

Tix: $25 Full

$20 Conc

$17 Bank SA/Artist/Member

DURATION: 50 MINS

Date: Thursday 2 March
Time: 8.00 PM
Cost: $25
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AFRICA ENTSHA

BUSH GOTHIC

Rattled by the bones of convicts and steeped in campfire smoke, Bush Gothic perform darker, stranger Australian folk. Defiantly modern, achingly old, this most daring of Australian bush bands perform songs of criminal women and desperate men from an era of transportation, adventure and gold.

Returning to Adelaide for 3 intimate concerts the band has garnered rave responses in the UK for their last album 'The Natural Selection Australian Songbook'. Featuring fiddlesinger Jenny M. Thomas, (piano, spoons and lead vocals), Dan Witton on double bass and vocals Chris Lewis on drumset, piano, glockenspiel and vocals, the band reclaims lost cultural territory, performing dark and beautiful songs of treachery and transportation, dragged them out of the songbooks, ripping them apart then lovingly put back together as a reminder that our history never leaves us.

5 stars - BBC Music Magazine.

"utterly riveting" - Rip it up.

 
$25 ADULT
$20 GROUP+6
$18 CONC/BANKSA/FRINGE MEMBER
$15 ARTIST
$10 CHILD/YEP!
$50 FAMILY
 
DURATION: 60MIN
 
Date: Friday 3 March
Time: 8.00 PM
Cost: $25
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BUSH GOTHIC

BUSH GOTHIC

Rattled by the bones of convicts and steeped in campfire smoke, Bush Gothic perform darker, stranger Australian folk. Defiantly modern, achingly old, this most daring of Australian bush bands perform songs of criminal women and desperate men from an era of transportation, adventure and gold.

Returning to Adelaide for 3 intimate concerts the band has garnered rave responses in the UK for their last album 'The Natural Selection Australian Songbook'. Featuring fiddlesinger Jenny M. Thomas, (piano, spoons and lead vocals), Dan Witton on double bass and vocals Chris Lewis on drumset, piano, glockenspiel and vocals, the band reclaims lost cultural territory, performing dark and beautiful songs of treachery and transportation, dragged them out of the songbooks, ripping them apart then lovingly put back together as a reminder that our history never leaves us.

5 stars - BBC Music Magazine.

"utterly riveting" - Rip it up.

 
$25 ADULT
$20 GROUP+6
$18 CONC/BANKSA/FRINGE MEMBER
$15 ARTIST
$10 CHILD/YEP!
$50 FAMILY
 
DURATION: 60 MINS
 
Date: Saturday 4 March
Time: 8.00 PM
Cost: $25
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BUSH GOTHIC

A HISTORY OF EARLY BLUES

Cal Williams Jr and highly acclaimed double bassist Kory Horwood to take the listener on a journey through the early blues. From spirituals and rags to Appalachian folk songs these accomplished musicians promise a night of outstanding musicianship and captivating stories all wrapped up in a true love of the early blues music style. 'A History of Early Blues' follows on from the trio's sell-out 2016 Adelaide Fringe season which earned them a full 5 star rating from Rip It Up Magazine.

$25 Adult

$22 Conc

DURATION: 90 MINS

Date: Sunday 5 March
Time: 4.00 PM
Cost: $25
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A HISTORY OF EARLY BLUES

COMA: JAMES MACAULAY 'HOT LUNCH' + MATT OULTON GROUP

The legendary C.O.M.A Sessions have been a fixture at The Wheaty since 2005.

C.O.M.A is a musician-led, musician-focused, member based not-for-profit association. It presents a unique opportunity for the creative development and artistic endeavour of a broad range of Australian composers and performers. It is committed to presenting and raising the profile of original music in Adelaide, and indeed Australia.

 

Date: Monday 6 March
Time: 7.45 PM
Cost: $15
Tickets at the door
COMA: JAMES MACAULAY 'HOT LUNCH' + MATT OULTON GROUP

FACE THE MUSIC

MOSS musicians grew up in an era where songs were media commentary. The stage the podium, the lyrics the speeches. Children of the 60’s and 70’s were considered troublemakers and anti-establishment.  

Songs with a social message and story continue to resonate with MOSS. This multimedia performance is an unapologetic hat tip to the 70’s. 

$20 ADULT

$15 CONC/BANKSA/GROUP+6

$10 CHILD/ARTIST

$45 FAMILY

DURATION: 60MIN

Date: Wednesday 8 March
Time: 8.00 PM
Cost: $20
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ANGEL & GABRIELLE

Manadi "Angel" Lopa, a renowned Ghanaian reggae artist, is from the Northern region of Ghana where indigenous music has a different feel & sound to what you would hear in the city Accra, or along the coastline. The music has more of a traditional folk feel about it. It is rich yet simple & and tells stories of harvest, love, wisdom, peace, & of deep spiritual connections to the land. Lopa's originals are delivered in English & local Ghanaian languages & dialects (Hausa, Sisala, Ga, Twi & Ewe) significant to his connection with different regions.

Gabrielle Lopa is a seasoned Adelaide performer. Having visited Ghana several times for professional development she continues to expand her knowledge of the culture; music, dance, food & languages. Her passion for music & thirst for Ghanaian culture is a perfect balance for the work they create together.

"The universal language of music breaks language barriers, heals & empowers us. We love performing together & we love to share with you."

$18 Adult

$17 BankSA/Group +6

$15 Conc/Fringe Member

$12 Child

$10 YEP!

Family $50

DURATION: 60 MINS

 

Date: Thursday 9 March
Time: 7.00 PM
Cost: $18
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ANGEL & GABRIELLE

Hussy Hicks (QLD)

GCMA Artist of the Year Winners Hussy Hicks have a unique musical approach that spans many genres - from boisterous blues and roots, to contemporary folk fortified with delicious vocal harmonies; alt country inspired tales from the road to 80's style power ballads. The girls, Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz are highly regarded for their musicality by their fellow musicians and punters alike, you can expect lots of interactive jamming, killer guitar licks and soaring vocals, an approach that has seen them on stage in Jams with everyone from Michael Franti and Edward Sharp (Alex Ebert) to John Butler and the Indigo Girls. 


2016 was a big year for the girls gaining  a coveted spot at the Byron Bluesfest,  completing 2 successful European tours ( over 60 dates) and releasing a single that maintained a spot in the Amrap top 5 for weeks.
 
"A not to be missed act that are ready for the world"  - Peter Noble, Bluesfest Director
 
"Hussy Hicks Rock" - Michael Franti
 
“Hussy Hicks has a sound all of its own... endlessly interesting and optimistic yet heartbreakingly honest and raw... and the

music has a real capacity to connect with something universal in each of us.” - Susan Jarvis, Capital News
 
 “...what real world music is all about: sweat, beat, tapping feet, feel, passion...” - Andrea Ballarin, Manne Italy 
 
"Watching Julz Parker play her custom-made acoustic dreadnought is nothing short of breath-taking; a stark reminder of the

huge gap between simply ‘playing guitar’ and the ability to make an instrument the extension of your musical imagination.”

- Sabian Wilde, X Press Magazine
 
 “a swirling blend of dreamy country twang and soulful blues influences” - Scott Templeton, Esperanto
 
 "You won't find a finer female lead guitarist than Julz Parker, who switched from acoustic to electric with ease. As for the

voice of Leesa Gentz, it soars and screams yet can be as gentle as a feather tickling your back."

- Derrick Cromb, Blues Radio
 
"probably the best band you've never heard of" - Planet London


Date: Thursday 9 March
Time: 9.00 PM
Cost: $10
Tickets at the door
Hussy Hicks (QLD)

Glenn Suthorpe Album Launch + John Baker, Chris Parkinson and Nathan May

With four highly-regarded albums to his name and music featured in documentaries such as John Pilger’s Utopia (No More Whispering), international touring singer songwriter Glenn Skuthorpe announces a fifth independent album 'See My World’. To celebrate, Glenn will set off on the road with his band for the 'Taking It Home' tour. The first metro show at the Wheaty promises to be a special night with Glenn joined on stage by John Baker, Chris Parkinson and Nathan May for SA songwriters-in-the-round.

$11 all tix

$33 CD + Entry package

Door prices are slightly more.

Date: Friday 10 March
Time: 8.30 PM
Cost: $10
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Glenn Suthorpe Album Launch + John Baker, Chris Parkinson and Nathan May

Stu Thomas Paradox duo (VIC)

Voodoo-surf groove merchant Stu Thomas has been gallivanting around the world, wowing audiences with cool rocking’ music for 25 years. He’s released a slew of his own fine records, and appeared onstage and on record with Dave Graney (13 years), with Kim Salmon & The Surrealists (21 years), plus many more acts besides. 
 
Most recently he was central to the massive Bowie in Berlin shows, directed by Mick Harvey (Bad Seeds).
 
Stu & co last appeared at The Wheaty performing their Lee Hazlewood show. This time around in duo mode, Stu brings more good times, playing baritone guitar with long-time collaborator, fellow Surrealist and vibe-master Phil Collings on drums. 
 
Expect some incendiary new tunes plus movie songs, and other surprises from the Paradox treasure trove. 
 
“Iggy & Tom Jones meet The Cramps on a Tarantino film set....” - Glenn A. Baker.
 
 
Date: Saturday 11 March
Time: 9.00 PM
Cost: $0
Stu Thomas Paradox duo (VIC)

FACE THE MUSIC

MOSS musicians grew up in an era where songs were media commentary. The stage the podium, the lyrics the speeches. Children of the 60’s and 70’s were considered troublemakers and anti-establishment.  

Songs with a social message and story continue to resonate with MOSS. This multimedia performance is an unapologetic hat tip to the 70’s. 

$20 ADULT

$15 CONC/BANKSA/GROUP+6

$10 CHILD/ARTIST

$45 FAMILY

DURATION: 60 MINS

Date: Sunday 12 March
Time: 6.30 PM
Cost: $20
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FACE THE MUSIC

Gwyn Ashton & SPECIAL GUESTS

 Ashton has spent the past 30 years touring Australia and Europe, recording with some of the biggest names in blues and rock including musicians from Deep Purple, Robert Plant’s and Rory Gallagher’s bands and touring with names such as Buddy Guy, Mick Taylor, Peter Green and many more. His contribution to this album includes material he has written on the road from Poland, Czech Republic and the UK.

Date: Thursday 16 March
Time: 9.00 PM
Cost: $15
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Gwyn Ashton & SPECIAL GUESTS

ISAAC WALLACE AND OZAFRO with special guests: Frans Kat and the Kifa Kifa ensemble

Isaac Wallace has come from Ghana for the 2016 Fringe Festival and has performed his authentic music both within Adelaide and country regions, as well as interstate. He is well known in Ghana for his talent and versatility. Isaac has 2 CD's and his songs are played on radio and ringtones, his videos televised and his story featured in newspapers. 
Isaac's music is an invigorating fusion of hi-life, salsa and jazz, created out of a strong spirituality that entwines music and art to produce authentic, most distinctive compositions.

$20 Adult

$15 Conc/ArtistPass

$10 Child/BankSA

DURATION: 2 HOURS


Date: Friday 17 March
Time: 9.00 PM
Cost: $20
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ISAAC WALLACE AND OZAFRO with special guests: Frans Kat and the Kifa Kifa ensemble

THE FIDDLE CHICKS PRESENTS: THE FAR PARADISE

The charismatic, creative duo The Fiddle Chicks are back performing a tribute to entrepreneurial Australian women. An all violin live soundtrack brings to life the iconic silent film 'The Far Paradise'. Filmed, funded, directed and starred in by inspirational silent film pioneers the McDonagh sisters. 

The beautiful compositions of The Fiddle Chicks add warmth, colour and drama, immersing you in the forbidden love of Cherry and Peter, unfolding in iconic Australian settings of the 1920s. Dress up and enjoy! 

 
$23 Adult
$20 Conc/BankSA/Grou+6/Artistpass
$18 Child
$70 Family
 
DURATION: 120 MINS
 
 
Date: Saturday 18 March
Time: 8.00 PM
Cost: $23
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THE FIDDLE CHICKS PRESENTS: THE FAR PARADISE

CARAMIGO 'UNRAVEL' + THE TANGERINES

'Unravel' is Caramigo's 2nd album. After an intimate release late last year at the Jade, Caramigo is looking forward to promote Unravel with a full band line up during 2017. There will be special guest opening the show. https://www.facebook.com/caramigomusic Tales of love, life and longing interwoven with a sweet, funky and South American feel.

$18 ADULT

$12 CONC

$3.50 CHILD

DURATION: 3 HOURS


Date: Sunday 19 March
Time: 4.00 PM
Cost: $18
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CARAMIGO 'UNRAVEL' + THE TANGERINES

COMA: TONELIST + LUKE WHITE

The legendary C.O.M.A Sessions have been a fixture at The Wheaty since 2005.

C.O.M.A is a musician-led, musician-focused, member based not-for-profit association. It presents a unique opportunity for the creative development and artistic endeavour of a broad range of Australian composers and performers. It is committed to presenting and raising the profile of original music in Adelaide, and indeed Australia.

 

Date: Monday 20 March
Time: 7.45 PM
Cost: $15
Tickets at the door
COMA: TONELIST + LUKE WHITE

Sympathy Orchestra + Roddy Gordon Band

Adelaide based SYMPATHY ORCHESTRA, originally a six piece with two drummers and two keyboard players formed in 1999 and held down a Thursday night residency at the Union Hotel for an unprecedented 6 years, packing in as many as 100 punters on a regular basis. Their first album, Rest In Pieces was released to criCcal acclaim in 2000, followed by performances at the Adelaide Fes8val with Simi Roche’s Diwali Dance House and the Centre For Performing Arts producCon of West Side Story. Members were also involved with the soundtrack to Rolf De Heer’s film “Tracker”.

Since that Cme SO have had residencies at the Lady Daly and Whitmore hotels. A second album – Sword Machine was released in 2013.

AMer losing long serving keyboard player Ray Smith, SO made the dramaCc change of introducing a second guitarist, in Lyndon Gordon. The band have been working on an acousCc set as well as electric, which with two guitars has taken the music into a totally different sphere

Renowned for their high calibre of musicianship and originality,
Sympathy Orchestra is:
Julian BarneM: Guitar, John Appleby: Drums/Percussion Istvan Nemeth: Basses, Lyndon Gordon: Guitar 


Date: Friday 24 March
Time: 9.00 PM
Cost: $0
Sympathy Orchestra + Roddy Gordon Band

B.J & The Big Hippie + Cal Williams Jnr.

Ben Ford-Davies and Chris Davies have extensive, individual musical histories...but that is past...

Joining forces as the inevitable father/son team, they bring new workings of Chris' unique and brilliant songwriting.

Date: Saturday 25 March
Time: 9.00 PM
Cost: $10
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B.J & The Big Hippie + Cal Williams Jnr.

The Fleurieu Bluesbreakers

The Fleurieu Bluesbreakers play traditional swing and shuffle blues likes of Little Walter, Muddy Water and BB King, accompanied by a final set of contemporary up tempo tunes similar to Dave Edmunds. The band is fronted by Brian Cain on blues harp and vocals with the guitar of Ross Brennan and rhythm section of Peter Nixon and Jim Judd, the band only recently expanded it's repertoire to become an independent act from the SA Rhythm and Blues Review featuring three very different delivery of blues based music all delivered by Cain with vocal assistance from Ross Brennan, Peter Jenkins and Dave Reid. Cain an X member of The Others and Terra Firma from the late 70s and early eighties, and is the singer on The Others album 'Collectors Item' 1980. Adelaide has seen little of the RnB front man play more traditional blues repertoires as his bands from previous era's in Adelaide were mainly heavy RnB and Boogie. Cain formed Indiana Phoenix on the east coast of Australia in 2007, the band recorded two boogie albums produced by Design to Rock in Germany mixed and mastered by prominent German producer Andy Volk, the albums did very well in Europe and the US. Cain was born profoundly deaf but he did not find out until 1994, surgery restored a birth defect and a new world of sound opened up for him. His voice and harp playing was forged by his disability, with the restoration of his hearing he could not even walk down the street without ear protection until he became used to the change some two years between having surgery on both ears. He was a student of Maria Borreli of the Rome Opera who spent time in Adelaide with her Italian family in the late 70s. Cain returned to classical performance and has been a member of several choirs on the Eastern seaboard one being the Orange Male Choir where he was a lead tenor in 2012. With his hearing restored playing traditional blues harp became a pleasant experience and he now performs many of the tunes that taught him the craft, he was Australian open harmonica champion in 2010 and won the only East Coast blues harp showdown ever conducted in two categories, he is 64 and started playing at the age of 12. In November 2016 he produced an acoustic blues album with X Terra Firma guitarist Dave Reid called Fusion featuring blues standards and originals, another to be released later this year. The Fleurieu Bluesbreakers will record an album mid this year.     


Date: Sunday 26 March
Time: 4.00 PM
Cost: $0
The Fleurieu Bluesbreakers

River Lane Band + Rob Edwards

Indie/Rock musician, River Lane, offers an interplay of finger-style guitar and haunting vocals accompanied by soulful electric guitar. 
 
Date: Friday 31 March
Time: 9.00 PM
Cost: $0
River Lane Band + Rob Edwards

The New Savages (VIC)

The New Savages play Melbourne Hill Country Blues.

It’s a groovy, modern kind of blues, deeply influenced by the tradition of 1930s Mississippi Hill Country blues. Lead singer Milan Milutinovic’s baritone vocals draw comparison to Jim Morrison and Johnny Cash, and his guitar playing is driven by an archaic slide style derived from old masters like Son House and Fred McDowell. Nathan Power fills out the sound with a deep groove derived from the study of early big band drumming.

The New Savages had a busy 2016, recording and releasing their second EP “Down The River Blues” which debuted at #4 on the AMRAP’s regional charts.. “Down The River Blues” was also nominated for the best blues album by The Age & Music Victoria and hit top 25 on ABARAC’s Blues and Roots Airplay Chart. The New Savages played over 100 shows in 2016, including three national tours and a myriad of festivals (St Kilda Festival, White Night, Melbourne Music Week, Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Ballarat Beer Festival).

Date: Sunday 2 April
Time: 4.00 PM
Cost: $0
The New Savages (VIC)

Gemma Ray & Band (UK)

Berlin-based, British-born Gemma Ray will bring her unique torch song psychedelia to Australia in April tour in support of her latest album The Exodus Suite. Released in mid 2016 – The Exodus Suite has earned Ray international praise, including Paste (“shadowy beauty”), Mother Jones (“Spine-tingling”), American Songwriter (“riveting”),  Mojo (“beautiful, as ever”), Uncut (“a moving collision of past and present”),  Rolling Stone Australia (“deep and meaningful seduction”), and Rhythms Australia ("Trademark Gemma Ray, all space and luxurious, shimmering and ominous") among others. Her sideways blues is cinematic and brooding, and sit more comfortably in the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds/PJ Harvey school, “blowing sugary femme-pop out of the water” (NME). It should come as no surprise that Ray has collaborated with members of the Bad Seeds, as well as the late great Alan Vega of Suicide, Howe Gelb, Sparks, and the Filmorchester Babelsberg, among others.

https://www.facebook.com/gemmaraymusic/ 

New album THE EXODUS SUITE: https://gemmaray.bandcamp.com/album/the-exodus-suite

THE ORIGINAL ONE Filmclip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQuCJ_tZd_E

ROCKWIZ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhPschNZSDQ

SPICKS N’ SPECKS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu_RwxtdkbE 

$25 on the door

Date: Saturday 22 April
Time: 8.30 PM
Cost: $20
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Gemma Ray & Band (UK)