Friday Night Entertainment

Every Friday night at Bendigo RSL, we have free live music from 7:30pm. Click the button to find out who’s playing

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Cameron Mason
Cameron has been writing and performing Country music since his early teens, over the years Cameron has performed Australia wide with a number of country stars. At the age of eighteen Cameron was signed to Nashville publishing Company “Loose-ends Music”. In later years signing with Warner-Chappell Music Australia. Cameron became a finalist in Tamworth’s Starmaker Quest in 1993 and again in 1995. Cameron now appears on a regular basis at Clubs, Festivals and stages Australia wide following his dream as a Country performer. Whether it be solo or with his band Cameron Mason is one act not to be missed.

Clan Macleod
The Clan Macleod Pipeband was formed in 1953. The band wears the MacLeod of Lewis Tartan and the Coat of Arms Badge of the Chief. The band plays at various street parades, shows and fairs throughout the year, including ANZAC day, Highland Gatherings, Celtic Festivals and has a long relationship with the Bendigo Chinese Association with the Awakening of the Dragon and leading the famous “Sun Loong” dragon through the streets of Bendigo for the Easter Fair Procession. The Band travels extensively through the states from Melbourne to Swan Hill and Ballarat to Corowa and a few members have played at several Tattoos’ in Bendigo and Ballarat. Some members have had the privilege of playing for the Clan’s Chief at Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye in Scotland for the Clan Parliament. The band has played in every Easter Parade in Bendigo since 1954 when they first played at Easter.
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David Turpie
For the past 20 years local Bendigo musician David has been musically entertaining audiences throughout Victoria, SA, NSW & QLD. He has performed at various public performances that include corporate functions, weddings, parties and other local gatherings. The music he covers ranges from Frank Sinatra to the current top 40 to make sure that all musical tastes are met.
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Emma Black
Emma is a professional singer, actress, model and voice over artist, who has been performing for over twenty years. She has trained with institutions such as the National Theatre of Melbourne, the Australian Film and Television Academy and has taken numerous workshops with respected leading casting directors such as Thea McLeod (Neighbours) and Amanda Mitchell (SBS/ABC).
As a singer, Emma has performed on stage as a solo artist, in her acoustic duo with her brother (Pure Black) and with the seven-piece blues band, Trouble in Mind. Emma also works as a singing teacher to all ages in Bendigo. She most recently competed on the PRIME Seven television show, All Together Now.
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Jay Critcher 
Jays love of music and singing, is evident from the moment you first hear him. Jay inherited his love of music from his father.
Like Jay, his father was a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. From an early age his father started teaching him to play guitar, piano, bass, drums and music theory. Years later when Jay was in his early 20s, he was offered a full singing scholarship to one of Australia’s most renowned contemporary singing schools, The Jaanz School of Singing. Under the teaching of Jase Subramaniam, Jay quickly flourished into the singer he is today. Winning many VIP Industry awards, writing for many of the students, as well as teaching song writing. Jay has a lengthy list of accomplishments over his career. Jay has written for artists in Asia (TVXQ/DBSK) who have sold well over 1 million copies of his song.Jays songs have also featured on TV series such as season 4 of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.Jay has appeared many times on TV shows such as Hey Hey Its Saturday and In Melbourne Tonight.
Not only a singer and musician but Jay is also signed to an international publishing deal with Hayden Bell and also Pig Factory. With years of experience behind him, Jay loves what he does, and hopes you will too.
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Jefferson Smith
Since 2007 Jefferson has been performing at events all over Australia. Be it a wedding, birthday or festival. Working either by himself or with his band “Route 66” he is always working on the next event to ensure it will have the right atmosphere. Starting as a trumpet player and guitar player before becoming a singer and performer. Jefferson developed a show that incorporates all his skills to offer a show that will wow any audience. Jefferson and his band are known for their diverse range of music styles that will cruise you through music’s greatest hits.
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KandL is Keith and Lee White, a Bendigo, Victoria-based duo who perform at functions of every imaginable kind and record albums of both covers and original music. They have a wealth of experience in music performance covering five decades, including everything from nursery rhymes to hard rock! Lee’s background in musical theatre provides an element of comedy and drama to their performances, while Keith’s experience with bands of all kinds over many years allows them to take on any project or song and do it well. This experience includes a grounding in ballroom dance music in the very early days, followed by many years of pop/rock cover bands from the early 60s to 1980. With four albums of original music to date, they are accomplished and imaginative songwriters in many styles of music. In case you were wondering about the band name, it’s pronounced “Candle”, just like the ones on a birthday cake, and it’s an abbreviation of “Keith and Lee”.
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Kane Vincent
Genre: Acoustic/Blues/Rock/Country/Pop
About: Kane plays an eclectic mix of acoustic covers, blues, rock, country, pop and a few of those guilty pleasures you’re afraid to admit you love to sing along to. Kane has plenty of videos to check out on Youtube-
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Kim Ritchie
Genre: Country/Gospel/Variety
About: Kim is a Country and Variety singer with a difference. Although she came into the world blind, a love of music and performing has given her a clear view of the world around her.Music has been an integral part of Kim’s life since her early years. She grew up on a farm just out of Pyramid Hill, where she learnt to play the Piano, Violin, Guitar and Organ all by the age of eight. When Kim was only 11, she began her performing career by entering talent quests, having won two grand finals by the time she turned 15.
Kim is a regular performer at many clubs, pubs and country music festivals throughout Central and North Western Victoria, Southern New South Wales and South Australia, where she captivates her audiences with a mixture of country, gospel, rock and even a touch of comedy now and then… “Is anybody interested in a blind date?”
Kim currently resides in Bendigo where she is ably assisted firstly by her sidekick and long time travelling companion, John and secondly (or perhaps the other way around) her beautiful black Labrador Guide Dog, Jed.
It’s an absolute delight to watch Kim perform; music is her life. This becomes obvious when you attend one of her shows, you’ll see the pleasure she gets from sharing her music with others. In her own words: “God didn’t give me sight, but he gave me the ability to sing and play guitar and that obviously makes up for what I haven’t got”

Luke Owens
Genre: Pop/Rock/Solo/Acoustic
About: Luke Owens is a talented singer/guitarist from Bendigo. His devotion, enthusiam and passion for both music and people has led him to become one of the most in-demand solo acoustic performers throughout Central Victoria. In 2008 he started taking guitar lessons with his friend and local musician Chris Morley and began performing regularly in charity concerts
around Bendigo. Since then Luke’s musical career has flourished and in conjunction with his profession as a school integration aide, he works part time as a public speaker and solo acoustic entertainer
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Genre: 50’s/60’s/70’s Rock and Roll
About: Mantel is a duo consisting of Glen Suratman and Jimmy Johnson. The two met many years ago and have shared an interest in music ever since. They played together in a Shepparton band which eventually led to the formation of “Mantel”. This time around they have been playing in the current format for almost two years.
Jimmy and Glen like to play the music they know best, the hits of the 60s and 70s. Glen is a very skilled lead guitarist, and his guitar style fits perfectly with the music they love. Jimmy is a very versatile singer and knows lots of songs. Their harmonies are always a highlight of their performances.
Most importantly Glen and Jimmy just love their musical work, and, this happiness is contagious. They like nothing better than to bring smiles to the faces of everyone who comes to see and hear them.
SPECIAL MEMORIES include being the opening act on shows for many international and top Aussie artists.
These include: Blondie, and Del Shannon from the USA, Skyhooks, Sherbet (with Daryl Braithwaite), John Paul Young, Ted Mulry gang, Ol’55, Jade Hurley, Johnny O’Keefe, Jon English and many others.

Mariah McCarthy 
Genre: Folk
About: Mariah McCarthy is Heathcote born, Bendigo based, folk singer/songwriter. Influenced by the story telling of Dylan and Young, with femininity reminiscent of Joni. This combined with her unique folk style makes for a captivating, intimate performance from the young artist. Mariah has spent four years in Melbourne, at which time she played in folk duo “Deer Prudence”. The pair played countless festivals in Victoria, QLD and NSW and were the recipients of the Ros Hales Memorial Award for Young Women in Music
More: Click here to find Mariah on FACEBOOK

Martin Myles
Genre: Variety
About: Local man Martin is a songwriter and solo performer with a cool demeanor and extensive musical repertoire, he’s one not to be missed

Genre: Band/Country/Popular Covers
About: RayDar are a duo performing hits from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and Country music. RayDar, whose name is partly made up of Keith and Ray’s first names and surnames, was born in 2009 when they started to play for the caravan club members (at the Caravan Club they had met at some years previously) and then volunteering at various Aged Care Centres around the district, soon graduating to private parties, pubs and anywhere else available
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Rhyley McGrath
Genre: Rock/Blues/Funk/Originals
About: Rhyley McGrath plays rock, blues, funk and jazz covers and originals. His style is similar to that of Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher and Robbern Ford. An exceptional young talent, Rhyley has a wide repertoire, and plays with a maturity beyond his years
More: Click here to find Rhyley on FACEBOOK

Sean Orr
Genre: Folk/Pop/Blues/Soul
About: Sean Orr is a singer/songwriter from Echuca in regional Victoria. Sean’s onstage presence is full of energy and engaging to the audience. He shows he enjoys and takes pride in his music. His style is a blend of pop, folk, blues and soul and he has recently released his EP “Eyes Wide Open”
More: Click here to find Sean on FACEBOOK

Spots of Bother
Genre: Jazz/Blues
About: Spots of Bother are a 4 piece band from Bendigo who love to play in their downtime from everyday life

Tim Richards
Genre: Acoustic/Originals
About: Tim is a solo musician from Northern Victoria who is experienced in a variety of settings ranging from formal functions, weddings, to a range of hotels around Australia, his song list has adapted over time to suit almost any crowd. Covering songs from a mix of genres and eras he provides entertainment that can suit late night dancing or laid back relaxing
afternoon sessions
More: Click here to find Tim on FACEBOOK

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