Marlon Williams: 7:00pm-7:50pm
C.W. Stoneking: 8:10pm-9:40pm
Playing times are approximate, venue closes at 10:00pm
C.W. Stoneking is the embodiment of what some would say is a bygone era of music. From his rasping jungle-rock-blues, to his well-oiled locks, and his familiar all white clothing ensemble, he has converted fans across the world to his unique style.
A first generation Australian of American-descent, C.W. Stoneking was born in the top end of Australia’s Northern Territory and spent his childhood growing up in Central Australia, Sydney and rural Victoria. He has travelled the world from Egypt to New Orleans (where he worked as a hoodoo doctor’s assistant) to Trinidad, where he learned about Calypso music. He has lived in isolated farmhouses working as a handyman, and been involved in and survived a shipwreck, spending time in Africa, and touring internationally as a recording artist.
After spending the past half of a decade stamping his inimitable stylings across the UK and Europe, C.W. Stoneking once again settled down in the Northern Victorian countryside to record his latest release, Gon’Boogaloo. Far from the sepia toned tales of marooned adventures in the tropics of his last release, Jungle Blues, C.W. entered into the world of electricity –replacing his much-loved Banjo with a shiny gold Fender.
Released to critical acclaim in May 2015, Gon’ Boogaloo has seen C.W. embark on multiple jaunts across Australia and Europe with his delightful band in tow, including singers Vika & Linda Bull stepping in as backing vocalists. He’s set a pacethat is not looking like it will slow down any time soon, as C.W. continues to entertain and delight crowds of all ages.
“Oozes energy, chemistry and a wild imagination. It’s thoroughly charming.” The Australian
“Immaculate, old-world musicianship.” Rolling Stone
Marlon Williams and the Yarra Benders
Williams grew up singing in the Christchurch cathedral choir, before his punk rock dad turned him onto country music in his teens.
He founded The Unfaithful Ways at 17, with his high school friends and their science teacher, and quickly gained national attention, playing the Big Day Out, touring with Band of Horses and Justin Townes Earle, and picking up a Critics Choice award nomination at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards for their debut album Free Rein.
Williams met acclaimed country singer Delaney Davidson in 2011, and the pair began performing as a duo. Over two years they released three volumes of the series, Sad But True: The Secret History Of Country Music Songwriting, garnering critical acclaim, including the New Zealand country song and country album of the year in 2013.
Relocating to Melbourne in mid-2013, Williams began performing solo around town and built a cult following playing a residency at local venue the Yarra Hotel. The buzz built nationally in 2014, with major festival and television appearances leading to sold out tours of Australia and New Zealand.He releases his highly anticipated debut album on April 24th via Caroline Australia/Universal NZ.
“Expect to see and hear a lot more from this man with the voice of an angel” Billboard Magazine
“Marlon Williams is currently the finest in his field” The Music
“Williams picks his marks and hits them…captivating” Rolling Stone