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Friday Night Musicians 21-22

Entertainment List July- Dec 22

Want to know a bit more about the musicians? Here’s some more information:

Solo Performers

Boh Dower

Solo acoustic covers performer from Central Victoria, playing 60’s to new songs. Available to play at your Pub, Club, Wedding, Party or Private Events.

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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.


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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Chris DeAraugo

Chris DeAraugo has a motto that “music is fun” and it’s all about aiming to entertain people who come along so that they have fun and get to sing along and make their requests. He’s happiest when people are smiling, singing and enjoying the music.

Chris focusses on classics from across many eras 60’s, 70’s 80’s and through to some current great songs. He’s been doing this for awhile and it shows in his broad repertoire of songs – and did I say he likes to take request!

You’ll probably know every song he plays and it will bring back nice memories and make your night even more fun.

So if you think music is fun and to be enjoyed, you’ll most likely have a good time too.

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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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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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Mariah McCarthy 

Mariah McCarthy is an enchanting and honest folk singer-songwriter, whose captivating story-telling and serene voice captures every ear in the room. Mariah is joined by fellow singer/songwriters Ben Langdon (The Bean Project, Grand Baxter) and Cassie Ward (Cass). The seamless blend of Mariah and Cassie’s voices is something that can only be created through years of singing together, which for them began early on in primary school. With the addition of Ben’s smooth vocals and intricate guitar work, the trio creates something very special. With a string of new songs under her belt, 2022 is bound to be a rewarding year as Mariah is set to release her debut album.

“Mariah’s voice is just beautiful. It’s backed up by some emotional and pointed lyrics.”  – Dave Ruby Howe (Triple J).

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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

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Amy Tie 

Name : The Amy Tie Duo

Bio: Journeying with you across worldly landscapes and through the stories of life, the Alt-Folk sounds of Amy Tie seek to capture the heartfelt essence of adventure travel. Accompanied by blues enthusiast Brandon Trickey, the acoustic duo combine to create the magic in music they both love.

Winner of the 2021 Bendigo Battle of the Bands, and local artist in The Push – All Ages Tour, the newly formed duo are humbly excited to continue sharing their sound so close to home.

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George Farnham

is a renowned country music singer who has performed in bands, as a duo and a solo
George has been a supporting artist to Chad Morgan, Donna Fisk, Wayne Horsborough, and many other well-known artists. George has performed at Tamworth, Mildura, and another Country Music Festivals throughout Victoria and New South Wales, where it is often suggested that his deep voice is not unlike that of George’s idol Johnny Cash. George also enjoys singing songs made popular by Don Williams and Tom T Hall.

The highlight of George’s music career was when he travelled through outback New South Wales, Queensland, and the Northern Territory, singing and playing his music at many of the little outback pubs. He has also visited Nashville, where he was fortunate to sing on stage on Music Row and JA’S Saloon. George has been responsible for the sound and stage management at the County Music Festivals at Barham, Tooleybuc and Corowa. He has produced a number of popular cd’s and has a recording studio at his home in Mooroopna.

George is now performing in a duo with Jimmy Johnson

Jimmy Johnson

Jimmy has been performing throughout Victoria and Southern NSW for many years. He is a

well- known favourite who has a wide range of popular songs in his repertoire. Jimmy loves to involve audiences in his performances, and always gets feet tapping and people singing.

Rock and Rollers, Line Dancers and New Voguers are always tempted onto the dance floor.

Jimmy plays many of the best songs of the 50s, 60s and 70s and loves the style of many of great artists of those eras.

Jimmy really loves his musical work, and his happiness is contagious. He likes nothing better than to bring a smile to every face.


Kim Ritchie

Music helps Kim Ritchie see things in a different light. 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 has five albums under her belt. Her first CD Ambition, released in 2004, featured her favourite country songs and was recorded in New Zealand. 2010 saw the release of From Me to You, which was recorded in Bendigo by internationally recognised country music artist Doug Bruce, followed by her 2013 album, The Power of Love. In 2014 Kim released A Different Side of Me featuring her favourite rock ‘n’ roll songs. Now 2015 sees Kim team up with
Doug once again for Suds in the Bucket, a twelve-track album featuring an eclectic mix of beloved country songs.

Kim currently resides in Bendigo where she is ably assisted firstly by her sidekick and much loved travelling companion, Emily and secondly (or perhaps the other way around) her handsome 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”

For Bookings and Enquiries
Phone: (03) 5443 7453 or 0458 474363






SWITCH is one of Bendigo’s hardest working cover bands. Playing gigs all over Vic and NSW. Specialising in Australian rock classics mixed with modern rock radio favourites. You’ll hear everything from Cold Chisel to Ed Sheeran at a SWITCH show.




Harlem band feature father and son duo Chris and Josh DeAraugo on guitars and vocals with Andrew McCardy on drums and Bradley Bradford on bass guitar. Harlem are well known for playing a great selection of well known songs from across many decades of good music. They tend to not just play covers but their own version of classic rock songs with plenty of guitar playing! They love it when people dance and sing along and aim to make each Harlem show as much fun as possible.

More info: (1) Harlem Band | Facebook


Soul Contact

Soul Contact is a 4 piece Bendigo band that plays a variety of music from R&B, Blues, Rock and Pop. Perfect band for any occasion and any age group.

(3) Soul Contact | Facebook



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.

Previous entertainers 

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
More: Click here to find RayDar on FACEBOOK


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


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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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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