Performance: The Loft will be the venue for Stephen Grady’s Warrnambool debut. The Melbourne singer-songwriter is being supported by Woodford musician Nigel Wearne.
Grady said the pair have met at a couple of festivals this year, including the iconic Port Fairy Folk Festival, where they both played.
Grady played at the festival as one half of The Ahern Brothers, with Josh Rennie-Hynes making up the other half.
The Ahern Brothers toured nationally during 2017 and early this year, and also recorded a self-titled album.
Friday night’s show at The Loft is part of a national tour Grady is embarking on to promote his new single, Happy When You’re High.
He will have just his guitar for company on stage, something he said works well.
“If you get the right environment with a crowd who are keen to listen, it can be a pretty powerful way to present your songs,” Grady said.
“I’m looking forward to playing in Warrnambool, I enjoy playing in regional Victoria.
“There is a different feel than Melbourne, audiences are usually very welcoming and appreciative.”
Ahern’s set list for Friday’s show will include original compositions, plus some Ahern Brothers’ offerings.
He is hoping to return to the recording studio later this year.
Superhero: Musicians Mick Ferguson, Gabby Steel, Wade Northcott and Russell Moody will headline at a Muscular Dystrophy fundraiser on Friday night at Lady Bay Resort in Warrnambool. The event will include raffles, prizes, nibbles and drinks from 7pm.
Music: Parma For A Farmer feat. Russ Goodear and Bob Stewart, Simon’s Waterfront, 6pm.
Charmaine Wilson-The Australian Medium, Lighthouse Theatre Warrnambool, 7.30pm.
Gault McCluggage, The Last Coach, 8-11pm.
Stephen Grady, support Nigel Wearne, The Loft, 8pm.
Glenn Kelly, Rafferty’s Tavern, 8pm.
Sounds: Warrnambool’s annual organ festival will feature events across the weekend. The festival begins on Friday night with local musician Richard Tankard providing an organ soundtrack to the hour-long screening of five short silent films at the Mozart Hall. The event will follow with workshops, children’s events and performances at several venues across Warrnambool culminating in a performance by guest organist Calvin Bowman on Sunday afternoon at St Joseph’s church.
Spring: Saturday is the first day of spring.
Music: DJ Spinners, Hotel Warrnambool, 2-7pm.
Swing Man, Lighthouse Theatre Warrnambool, 7.30pm.
WOY, The Dart & Marlin, 8pm.
Toejam, The Loft, 8pm.
Adam Bennett, Seanchai Irish Bar, 10pm.
Fathers: Sunday is Father’s Day.
Music: Mick Ferguson, Warrnambool Bowls Club, 3-6pm.
DJ Spinners, Hotel Warrnambool, 2-7pm.
Christo Rook, Hotel Warrnambool, 3pm.
Markets: The Fresh Market is back at Warrnambool’s Lake Pertobe on Sunday. Food, live music, gifts, coffee, cakes and fresh produce will be on offer from 9am to 1pm.
Film: The Divine Order-Bethany Arthouse Film, Lighthouse Theatre Warrnambool, 8pm.
Music: You’re My World-The Cilla Black Story: Lighthouse Theatre Warrnambool, 11am.
Theatre: Paris Underground: Lighthouse Theatre Warrnambool, 8pm.
Music: Jazz Combo, Hotel Warrnambool, 8.30pm.
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