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December 29 , 2005

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Auld Lang's Eyne at WGW

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Whiskey Gully Wines music night at Severnlea will head outdoors on Saturday night to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Artists including Danny Habermann, Lee Williams, Adrian Hobba and Emily Arlidge are aiming to play and sing in the new year under the stars.

Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge, said the night would be casual. “Some people will be there to listen but anyone who wants to perform should just let me know and I shall schedule them in.

“We are busy cooking up curries for the evening and there will be a warm fire if the night gets cool. Adrian Hobba, master blacksmith, is bringing a couple of his wonderful braziers too.”

Prominent among the “old acquaintances” who will be remembered during Auld Langs Eyne, will be Chris Birdsall, a music night stalwart and Jimmy Buffet fan who recently died and Bill Scott, the poet and songwriter, who died in Warwick last week.

Mr Arlidge said music nights during 2005 featured over 100 artists.

“Most of them were locals from the Granite Belt and Warwick districts. Several came from much further away – as far as Sydney. We never cease to be amazed at the enthusiasm they have and the wealth of talent there is locally in folk, blues and rock music.”

The night will begin at 7.30pm. A five dollar cover charge includes a glass of wine and a bar will operate. “Come and enjoy the music or bring an instrument and join in.”

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Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

 

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December 13 , 2005

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Iron Chef Gets Raw Prawn at WGW

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What can an iron chef do with a bucket of prawns?

Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ Night patrons will find out this Friday when guest chef, Alec Piovesan, takes up a Christmas challenge.

“We advertised that we would serve a bucket of prawns for our last What’s Cookin’ night of the year,” explained Whiskey Gully Wines’ proprietor, John Arlidge. “But then Alec, a well known Stanthorpe chef, said he would like to be our celebrity.”

John said okay “But why not make it an iron chef challenge to see what you can make of a bucket of prawns?”

“Done,” replied Alec, who has recently been taking a break from the kitchen to pursue a venture cutting timber near Inglewood. “I was getting stale and I felt like a change,” said Alec, “but now I am hanging out to do some cooking again.”

He said the bucket of prawns would be a challenge. “The trick will be in the presentation, the accompanying dishes and the secret sauces.”

Alec specialises in modern Australian dishes with an Italian twist.

“It should be great,” said John Arlidge. “A wonderful meal by an excellent chef centred on a bucket of prawns for just $30 per person. What a great way to celebrate Christmas.”

The Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ nights at the Severnlea winery, which explore the food and other interests of local celebrities, have become very popular.

“Thanks to all our supporters, said John.” Friday should be a great night led, as always, by entertainer Lee Williams who is sure to devise a cunning and very silly competition.”

 

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December 20 , 2005

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New Year's Salute at WGW

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The New Year’s Eve Music Night at Whiskey Gully Wines will salute Chris Birdsall, who died recently in Stanthorpe.

Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge, said Chris, a great supporter of the music nights, was a quiet bloke who loved music and, apparently, making models.

At his funeral, a friend from Toowoomba revealed that Chris was famous among Queenland’s modelling community for his train sets and replicas of ships.

“I understand he was once approached to contribute a model as a raffle prize for a charitable function. In a few weeks Chris built an amazing and complex train set that he cheerfully donated,” said John.

Chris owned and played several instruments - a mother of pearl inlaid guitar, a bronze tone ring banjo, and an f-style mandolin. He loved Jimmy Buffet, Willy Nelson, early bluegrass music and anything about trains.

“Lee Williams sent him off with a railway song but anyone who knows any of that stuff should come and play some. If Chris is listening I’m sure he’ll enjoy it,” said John.

So on New Year’s Eve join local musicians to remember Chris from 7pm at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea. Entry of five dollars includes a glass of wine and meals will be available.

Just come and enjoy or bring an instrument and join in. There will be no music night this Friday, December 23.

 

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Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

 

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December 7 , 2005

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Friday double-feature at WGW

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Whiskey Gully Wines Music night this Friday at Severnlea will have a double feature - David Hume’s guitar students and, later, the Granite Belt Choir.

“For most of my students it will be the first time they have ever performed solo in public, so it will be a special night for them,” comments David.

David and his wife Sarah moved to Eukey five years ago. His reputation for being able to teach all styles of guitar from classical to rock and roll has built him a big following.

“There is a lot of talent around here. The key is to let kids play the stuff they want to,” says David.

When students have a piece they want to learn they take a recording to David, who works it out and transcribes it. “It is usually fairly easy although some of classical and jazz pieces are a challenge.”

David’s students will start the music night and then, fresh from their Carols By Candlelight gig, the Granite Belt Choir will arrive to do it all over again and carol up a storm!

On a sad note, Chris Birdsall, a great supporter of the Music Nights passed away last week.

Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge, says Chris will be sadly missed. “We’ll sing a railway song or two for him on Friday and we are planning to make the New Year’s eve music night a tribute to Chris and the music he loved.”

This Friday, join David Hume’s students, the Granite Belt Choir and lots of other talented locals from 7pm, at Turner Lane, Severnlea.

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine and meals will be available. Just come and watch or bring an instrument and join in.

 

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November 30, 2005

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From Farm & Garden at WGW

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“Find a job you love,” declares this Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ Night, Severnlea, “and you will never work a day of your life.”

David Goebel’s guiding philosophy has led him to become a professional gardener, tending the yards and plots of others with care and passion.

David lives in Stanthorpe and also looks after the family farm at Eukey.

His other great passions are the theatre – he played three brilliant roles for Stanthorpe Little Theatre this year – and family history.

One side of David’s family traces its roots to 839, the other to 1468.

His paternal grandmother’s family produced “an alleged Italian princess” sometime in the 1800s, a cardinal of the Catholic Church in the 1600s and a Italian count two centuries later.

“We have a very interesting history,” David observes.

Since 1864 David’s direct relations have been connected to the Granite Belt and, specifically, its national parks.

On his mother’s side, the Walsh family once settled most of what is now Sundown National Park, while his uncle, Bill Goebel, a well known naturalist, still lives on part of a small selection next to the Pyramids at Girraween National Park, that his great grandfather, Harry Goebel, took up after World War One.

In view of David’s interests, the ‘Farm and Garden’ theme of Friday’s What’s Cookin’ Night will reflect David’s work, while entertainer Lee Williams’ competition will focus on Granite Belt history.

“David is a great contributor and an interesting bloke,” notes Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge. “At just nineteen he already plays active roles with the Granite Belt Choir and the Little Theatre. He’s a natural singer and actor.”

Join David and Lee this Friday at 7pm to find out What’s Cookin’. The price is just $25 for a great three course meal featuring wonderful local produce.

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November 21, 2005

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Sentimental Severnlea Journey for The Goodwills

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Popular Maleney folk group The Goodwills will make a sentimental journey to Severnlea this Friday as the featured act at the Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night.

Laurel and Bob Wilson, who make up The Goodwills, first met at a birthday party at Severnlea, within sight of Whiskey Gully Wines’ famous Beverley Homestead.

“That was in 1978 and we’ve been singing together ever since,” Laurel explains.

So it will be a romantic homecoming for them.

In the last six months, Laurel and Bob have clocked up 11,000 kilometres touring three states with their witty and entertaining music.

They toured with the ABC’s Ian McNamara, including a gig at Stanthorpe Civic centre, during July and August. Since then they have been to numerous places in New South Wales and Victoria, among them the not-so-famous town of Dalgety.

“Dalgety could have been the nation’s capital,” Laurel notes. Instead, Canberra was chosen and Dalgety now boasts a pub, a cricket pitch and little else.

Bob’s writing gift has produced gems such as At The Dentist, Courting The Net and Under The Story Bridge – all of them set off beautifully by Laurel’s dry humour and lilting voice.

Join Bob and his guitar, Laurel and her Kazoobugle this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines from 7pm. All the regulars will be there and new performers are always welcome.

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine and meals will be available. Just come and watch or bring an instrument and join in.

 

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November , 2005

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Fay Helwig pops into WGW for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is an American tradition but that has never stopped the internationally-minded Fay Helwig from enjoying it.

The well known Granite Belt identity will be doing so as the celebrity chef at this Friday’s What’s Cooking Night at Whiskey Gully Wines, at Severnlea.

“My American friends make a wonderful fuss over the Thanksgiving meal in November that celebrates, as the Pilgrim Fathers did, the end of harvest with turkey, cranberry sauce and a dessert of pumpkin pie,” says Fay.

So, no real guesses as to what Friday’s mystery menu will be!

Fay and husband Eberhard have lived on the Granite Belt for thirteen years, since establishing Das Helwig Haus, a luxurious holiday B&B at Glen Aplin.

They are famous locally for establishing a field of red poppies at Das Helwig Haus and promoting the Armistice Way through Amiens, Passchendaele, Pozieres, Baupaume, Messines, Bullecourt and Fleurbaix.

“They were railway sidings, named by the Queensland Railway surveyor,” Fay explains. “After the first world war about 500 returned servicemen – many injured by mustard gas in France – were granted land selections there and the names chosen were all famous French battlefields.”

Since the branch railway line was ripped up and the station buildings removed, most of the locations were in danger of being lost until Fay and Eberhard’s public campaign to save them.

November is a huge month for the Helwigs – the poppy field is in full flower and their Red November promotion is as popular as ever. So join Fay and Eberhard this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines to celebrate Thanksgiving and to thank them for their contributions to our community.

The cost is just $30 per person for a sumptuous Thanksgiving meal and entertainer Lee Williams – another international personality - will lead festivities.

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November 9, 2005

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Not so shy performer at WGW

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Tuesday, 08 November 2005

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Not so shy featured artist at Whiskey Gully Wines

This Friday’s featured artist at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night is John Grinham, of Toowoomba, who until five years ago, never plucked up the courage to perform publicly.

When he finally did, performing with a Toowoomba band called Slow Train Coming, he was amazed to find that he wasn’t nervous at all.

“It was a huge leap for me to play in a band. I guess I was just hesitant to try something new. Now you can’t stop me. I just love the rush you get when you connect with an audience.”

John has evolved from a painfully shy performer to one who cannot get enough of the stage. From his first tentative attempts at backup vocals, he now plays rhythm guitar and sings and performs several numbers solo.

While he finds acoustic playing not quite as big a rush as rock and roll, John loves to play smooth, easy listening pieces, such as material by James Taylor, Don McLean and The Eagles.

While most people haven’t yet heard of John, two of his daughters are stamping their own authority on the public. Rachel Grinham is women’s number one ranked Squash player and younger sister Natalie is number five!

John, himself a former A grade squash player, used to coach them.

See John and other talented local performers this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea from 7pm.

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine and meals will be available. Just come and watch or bring an instrument and join in.

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November 2, 2005

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Short-listed, Shanghied and Shakespeared at WGW

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Veronica Hammond: Short-listed, Shanghaied, Shakespeared

The effervescent Veronica Hammond will star in a gourmet production entitled “Director’s Cut”, as celebrity chef at Friday’s Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ Night.

She and the cast will reflect on the recent short season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Veronica will explain what madness persuaded her to direct it.

“There were so many obstacles: a huge cast including children and animals, Shakespearean language to negotiate, rehearsals at which, occasionally, only four people were present.” It was, she admits, a director’s nightmare.

In her youth in Britain, Veronica was short-listed to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Marriage and children pleasantly shanghaied her career until she moved to Australia, where she took up amateur productions in Maryborough, acting and directing.

In her fifties she returned to college in Brisbane to gain an associate diploma of Performing Arts and Theatre and subsequently founded the Beechmont Amateur Theatre (BAD) Company. There, she first directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

A year ago she moved to Stanthorpe and decided to give it another go.

“It was a wonderful experience. People gave so much and there was a great feeling of community,” she concludes.

“A week before the performance I vowed I would never do it again,” she confesses. “Now I am flicking through “As You Like It” and “Twelfth Night”, wondering which one to do next!”

Everyone is welcome to swap yarns with Veronica this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea, where chef will theatrically produce some treats.

The cost is just $20 per person for the three course meal and entertainer Lee Williams, who brilliantly played Bottom, will lead festivities.

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October 26 2005

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Practice Makes Perfect at WGW

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The search for meaning in music is the hallmark of this Friday’s featured artist at the Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night at Severnlea, Stephen Kemp.

“Music connects to the emotions,” Stephen, who lives in Warwick, explains, “and exploring the meaning of music is enriching.”

In his case it has led him to practice his singing and guitar work almost every morning and night. He has done this for well over a generation.

“My style is to interpret other people’s songs and I do this my own way. I like to understand what I am playing and put my own slant on things. I like to know what the songwriter meant when they wrote the words. I also like to observe how listeners connect to the music and I want to understand what they hear.”

For Stephen, music is a hobby. While he plays gigs around Warwick he has never been tempted to turn professional as he perceives it would result in compromises. “I would have to play stuff I don’t want to.”

Stephen is a workplace health and safety officer with Warwick City Council. For blowing away the pressures of a day’s work, music is a great therapy.

“People say I am a fairly unstressed sort of person and I think music helps and provides balance in my life.”

“Stephen is a really good musician,” says Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor John Arlidge. “He plays with a lot of feeling and great care.”

See Stephen and other talented performers from Toowoomba, Warwick and the Granite Belt this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea.

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine and meals will be available. Just come and watch or bring an instrument and join in.

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October 19 2005

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Off to Shakespeare

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Music Night at Whiskey Gully Wines will defer to Shakespeare at Bungawarra Wines this Friday, for the Stanthorpe Little Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The production – four months in the making – has been quite an effort for a small town theatre group, for it involves a large cast, most of whom have day jobs and nine of whom are school children.

Director Veronica Hammond says the play has been a revelation to the grade eleven and twelve students. “They were shocked to see how Shakespeare wrote about people of their own age and how men treated women.”

Veronica says the teenagers at first showed mild interest, then were surprised and irritated at how much work they had to do to make their parts work. “Finally, they now see the fruits of it. They are proud of their achievements and titillated by the play.”

For Veronica, directing an amateur, voluntary production has had its share of worries, since rehearsals have had to accommodate work and social obligations.

“Not once have we had the whole cast involved and that includes Tuesday’s dress rehearsal. Friday’s opening will be the first time – God willing – everyone is present.”

Whiskey Gully Wines’ own John Arlidge is playing Peter Quince. “The role of country yokel suits me well,” he notes.

John had to juggle business commitments to make rehearsals. He missed several and cut short a business trip to Gladstone to attend dress rehearsal.

“I wouldn’t have missed this for quids. Shakespeare may be well over 400 years old but he is still my hero. This is a great play and people who are lucky enough to see it will get some great laughs from an enthusiastic cast.”

Tickets for the three performances – Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights - are available from Granite News or by calling Bungawarra Wines on 4684 1128.

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October 11, 2005

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Pauline gives her regards to Broadway

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This Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night has been involved in theatre and music all her life.

Now forty-something with two adult children and another at high school, Stanthorpe identity Pauline Leigh is completing the speech and drama course she started in Warwick as a schoolgirl many years ago.

“Speech and drama are so important to me and I felt that there was something unfinished, so I am currently studying grade six speech and drama,” says Pauline. She hopes this will eventually lead to a teaching diploma.

Through the Granite Belt Choir, Stanthorpe Little Theatre and St Joseph’s School, Pauline has been involved in dozens of productions over the years. She has also nurtured her talented son Matthew’s musical career.

“I just love music and the stage and I feel my life has been blessed in these things,” she says. So, does she harbour a secret longing to have made it big in London or Broadway?

“Sometimes I have wondered,” she confesses, “but I am very happy here and, really, who needs fame or the high price that usually goes with it?”

So Pauline is content to tread the boards at the Little Theatre. She is a little daunted by her gig as celebrity chef this Friday at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ Night, at Turner Lane, Severnlea.

“I always worry when I have to cook for a dinner party so I am not sure how I will go with a whole restaurant to feed!”

“Don’t worry, we will help,” says Whiskey Gully Wines’ chef, John Arlidge. “Pauline likes summer salads and stylish, tasty dishes so the menu will reflect that.”

Everyone is welcome and the cost is $30 per person for the three course meal. Entertainer Lee Williams will think up a suitably dramatic competition.

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October 3, 2005

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Sunrise at night at WGW

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Talented jazz and folk duo Sunrise Road will be featured act at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night, at Severnlea, this Friday.

Sunrise Road consists of Peter Dobe and Julie Witney, both of them well known musicians: Peter a professional saxophonist and flautist (who toured Queensland and New Zealand with “Hair”); Julie a folk singer and guitarist with the famous Witneys in the 80’s and nineties.

In recent times they have been touring, playing at the Warwick Jumpers and Jazz Festival, the Gympie Muster, Jondaryan Heritage Festival and the Mungindi Music Festival.

While these days they live a peripatetic existence in their camper van, Gympie was their most recent home where Peter conducted the local Cooloola Community Orchestra and Julie played double bass.

“The orchestra has been great fun,” Peter said, “The thirty or so members are all volunteers and very enthusiastic.”

Although they were a little daunted, they played as backing to Sunrise Road at the Gympie Muster before hundreds of people. “It was wonderful fun,” Peter recalls.

See Peter and Julie and other talented performers from Toowoomba, Warwick and the Granite Belt this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea.

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine and meals will be available. Just come and watch or bring an instrument and join in.

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September 26, 2005

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Celtic Knees Up At WGW

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This Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cooking night, Severnlea, must be one of the busiest retirees in Stanthorpe.

John Draper came to the Granite Belt two years ago from Brisbane and since then has made himself a more or less permanent presence at the Stanthorpe Little Theatre as stage manager.

He is also an enthusiastic member of the Woodwork Club and loves cooking, travelling, gardening, good music and renovating his old Queenslander.

“I had forty years in the fresh food industry, mainly with Woolworths,” John explained. “I do a fair bit of gourmet cooking these days for family and friends and I really enjoy that.”

He believes the key is to use fresh, top quality ingredients.

Somehow, amid his industrious retirement, John has found time to be Whiskey Gully Wines celebrity chef.

He has settled on a Celtic menu to reflect his own roots. “I am of Irish, Scottish and English descent and the meal will reflect that Celtic flavour.”

MC Lee Williams is getting quite excited about Friday. “I have Celtic blood myself,” he notes: “Breton on my mum’s side, Welsh on my father’s and I lived in Cornwall for a time. So I can eat this meal with authority.”

Lee is putting his mind to dreaming up a cunning Celtic-flavoured competition for the occasion.

Join John Draper and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday night at the cellar door in Turner Lane, Severnlea. The cost is $30 a head. Wear your kilt if you have one.

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September 21, 2005

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Executive decision brings Neil to WGW

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For over forty years, music has been a constant companion for this Friday’s featured artist at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night at Severnlea.

Neil Oloman and his brother Alan picked up guitars and formed a band in 1961, when they lived at Lithgow in New South Wales.

When the band moved to Sydney, Neil, who was recently married, stayed behind. Alan went to on become part of the Executives, an enormously successful band in the sixties and seventies with a string of hits, including “Let The World Go Round”.

Neil was in those days never quite sure whether he should have accompanied his brother to the bright lights. He played with local bands and eventually moved north to Goomburra, near Warwick, to start a farm.

“The farm didn’t work out so I fell back on the engineering trade that I had learnt working at a Department of Defence factory,” says Neil. “I started Wellbrook Engineering, making specialised meteorological equipment for weather stations.”

The engineering business was successful and after work, Neil pursued his passion, writing music and playing with a string of bands “not for the money but for the love of it.” Meanwhile, brother Alan went on to establish a recording studio at Blackheath, in the Blue Mountains.

Reflecting on the past, Neil is happy these days that things went the way they did. “Music is still a big part of my life. I still play with bands and, even when I am working, I spend a lot of time singing.”

He is a gifted singer and songwriter with impressive guitar skills and you can join Neil and other talented local musicians this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea, from 7pm.

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine and light meals are available. “Come and enjoy the atmosphere or, if you can, bring an instrument and join in,” says John.

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September 12, 2005

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Mayoral cook-up at WGW

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Polish your pearls; pare your finger nails – his Worship the Mayor of Stanthorpe is to be celebrity chef at this Friday’s What’s Cookin’ Night at Whiskey Gully Wines, Severnlea.

“We’ve never had a guest chef this important before,” said Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge. “I am seriously thinking about wearing my dinner suit!”

In honour of the occasion, John has invited people to adopt fancy dress for the night: “As fancy as you think fit for dining with the Mayor,” said John.

“Glen has promised to bring the mayoral chain, if he can find it. It is probably in the mayoral loo.”

Glen’s council duties do not leave much time for cooking. “I shall be relying on the Whiskey Gully Wines staff to help me out there, which will possibly come as a great relief to some people,” said Glen.

He will, however, be setting the menu and in view of his close association with parsley for the past couple of years, Glen is keen to use a bit of it. “I can get my hands on anything up to two and a half tonnes!”

Master of Ceremonies, Lee Williams, doesn’t think they will need quite that much.

“The emphasis is on fun at the What’s Cookin’ nights,” Lee said. “There will be a prize for the most appropriately dressed person and our competition this week will be for the table that can draft the best by-law. It will be a great chance to get even with your neighbours and/or the council.”

So, see the mayor as you have never seen him before and join the fun this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea, from 7pm. Cost is $30 per person and bookings can be made by calling 4683 5100.

View the What’s Cooking gallery: www.whiskeygullywines.com.au/wgw/wgw02.html

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September 7, 2005

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Rose blooms at WGW

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This Friday’s featured act at the Whiskey Gully Wines Music night conquered a bad case of stage fright on her way to getting there.

Rosemary Paget has loved music all of her life and has played piano since her school days.

“I have always been part of the chorus,” she confesses. “It was never really in me to take a lead role.”

That changed earlier this year when she was persuaded to take the part of the Duchess in the Granite Belt Choir’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Gondoliers.

“Persuaded? Get away. They talked me into auditioning but then said I had the part because no-one else nominated!”

The record shows that Rose, as the Duchess with the Very Big Hair-Do, went on to be a wonderful success in the leading role.

When Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge, who played the Duke in the same production, asked that she be the featured performer this Friday and lead a sing-along, she could hardly refuse!

“Inside that shy body resides a showbiz soul just yearning to breakout,” John Arlidge comments.

Rose, who has lived all her life in the Granite Belt and has rarely traveled, agrees. “I just need a push now and then, I think.”

See Rose at the keyboard and a host of other talented local musicians this Friday at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night, Turner Lane, Severnlea, from 7pm.

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine and light meals are available. “Come and enjoy the atmosphere or, if you can, bring an instrument and join in,” says John.

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August 30, 2005

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Sicilian love affair at WGW

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This Friday’s What’s Cookin’ Night at Whiskey Gully Wines is themed as a Sicilian love affair.

Guest cook is Whiskey Gully Wines’ property manager, Angelo Cutuli, who, with his wife Zina, will prepare a traditional Sicilian meal.

Angelo and Zina both come from Sicily, she from Giarre and he from the nearby village of Riposto, though they never knew each other there.

When Angelo moved to Australia to work at Proserpine, in far north Queensland, he did a stint of apple picking at Stanthorpe and the two were introduced, their eyes met…. you know the rest.

Zina persuaded Angelo that Stanthorpe was more hospitable than Proserpine so he moved and they married. “She is still very persuasive,” Angelo remarks.

“We Sicilians love our food,” says Angelo. “We like simple food – meats and vegetables and plenty of them with bread to accompany and coffee afterwards.”

Add generous embellishments of garlic, basil, flat-leafed parsley and olive oil and the native hills of Sicily seem just next door.

Two of Angelo and Zina’s three sons are qualified chefs, reflecting a family tradition of good food and cooking.

Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor John Arlidge says it is sure to be “bonissima”, so come and join the fun with Angelo, Zina and the MC Lee Williams. “Lee is experimenting with some Italian tunes so we may have a little competition,” John says.

What’s Cookin’ gets underway at 7pm this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea and the cost is $25 per person. Call 4683 5100 for bookings.

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August 23, 2005

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Art from Kate's heart at WGW

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This Friday’s featured artist at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night can genuinely claim to be a poet, an artist, a musician and a playwright.

Kate Seaton is not well known outside of the district, yet she has held exhibitions of her paintings, published a book of poetry and recorded several music CDs.

“What I do comes from the heart and I want other people to experience it,” she says.

While her art has not made her rich in a monetary sense it has enriched her life. Her latest project, started upon her return from eighteen months in Brisbane, is a full length screenplay.

“I’ve written the first half and I know what the end is but I have writers’ block at the moment and can’t figure out the beginning of the end!” Let’s hope her Music Night gig shifts the block.

Kate is a self-confessed mix of gentle emotions and creative ambition. “I am also a bit accident prone and I laugh a lot.”

Her latest musical effort, “The Hate Song” is out of character but very amusing. All in all it should be a fun night.

Join Kate and other talented local musicians this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner lane, Severnlea, from 7pm.

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine and light meals are available. “We encourage people to come and enjoy the atmosphere or, if they can, bring an instrument and join in,” said John.

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August 16, 2005

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Luscious pears sure to be saucy at WGW

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A saucy theme will combine pears and life drawing at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night this Friday.

Acclaimed Granite Belt artist Carey-Lee Downs is to be the celebrity chef and she will be encouraging participants to not only enjoy their food but to try their hand at drawing using a live model.

“I’m pretty sure he is alive,” said Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge. “For some reason Carey-Lee wants to draw our master of ceremonies, Lee Williams. He must remind her of faraway hills and craggy outcrops.”

“Not a bit of it,” said Carey-Lee, pointing out that artists always prefer subjects with “voluptuous character”.

Carey-Lee and husband David have lived in Stanthorpe for twenty years during which time they have fondly restored their home, El Arish, formerly owned by the famous Charles Chauvel film-making family and which used to be part of the Scholtz property.

This is where the theme for the night came from as El Arish still has on it one of the district’s first William pear trees, believed to have been planted in the 1860s. The ancient tree still bears fruit.

“I thought it would be fun to make “Luscious pears” the theme for the evening,” said Carey-Lee, who is almost as enthusiastic about cooking as she is about painting.

So, Luscious Pears it is! Join the entertainment at the What’s Cookin’ night this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines from 7pm.

For bookings call 4683 5100. The meal (including drawing crayons) is just $30 a head and the restaurant is licensed.

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August 9, 2005

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Lyrical local lass at WGW

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Being raised in a small Granite Belt village played a big role in talented teenager, Clare O’Keefe, learning the guitar.

“I was fourteen,” recalled Clare, “and there was no other girl my age within ten kilometres.” The guitar became a surrogate friend. She played it often and increasingly well.

Clare is to be the feature act at this Friday’s Whiskey Gully Wines music night.

Her parents were Irish folk music fans and played for many years with the Border Bush Band.

Clare’s direction is different. “ I liked hard rock and metal and I leant towards more alternative bands and music. So, that’s what I do.”

But with a difference – again, there were no likely band members around at the time so Clare transformed the band music to solo, acoustic pieces which she accompanied with her lilting Joni Mitchell-style voice.

Clare started writing her own songs this year. They are notable for having intelligent, socially relevant lyrics occasionally punctuated by nonsense, made-up words. Her style is unique and haunting.

Come and see Clare and other talented local musicians this Friday from 7pm at Whiskey Gully Wines. “Clare has a new guitar so it will be a double celebration,” said Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge.

Five dollars entry for adults includes a glass of wine and light meals are available. “Just come and enjoy or bring an instrument and join in,” said John.

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August 2, 2005

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Journo's cooking deadline at WGW

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Stanthorpe Border Post editor, Nadia Cavallaro, will test her skills in the kitchen as this Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night.

While at school and university, Nadia worked casually in the Whiskey Gully Wines kitchen, so she is no stranger to restaurant cooking.

Proprietor John Arlidge, observes that chefs and journos have something in common: they both work to deadlines.

“In both jobs, deadlines create pressure and that is not something that everyone likes,” he said.

Nadia is up for the challenge. “You bet,” she said, happy to be hands-on.

A couple of years ago, Nadia’s adventurous spirit took her trekking in Thailand seeking the legendary hill tribes.

“Food was a feature of the trip. The tribespeople live simply and they cook great food with basic ingredients.” The meal she is planning for Friday draws on this influence.

Come and enjoy Nadia’s adventurous menu this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner lane, Severnlea, from 7pm.

The MC, Lee Williams, has some creative ideas to get the food debate going – last time it was limericks; this time it may be Confucian sayings.

“What’s Cookin’ nights are events,” Lee said. “We cook food, eat food, talk food and sing about it. What, I ask you, could be better?”

For bookings call 4683 5100. The meal is just $25 a head and the restaurant is licensed.

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July 26, 2005

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Dig the Carrot at WGW

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After early stage adventures as a witch and a carrot, Emily Arlidge is to take on a new role as the featured act at this Friday’s Whiskey Gully Wines music night.

“Even at the tender age of fourteen we are fairly certain that Emily is destined for the stage,” says her dad, proprietor of Whiskey Gully Wines, John Arlidge.

“She played a witch in the Stanthorpe Little Theatre’s Hansel and Gretel production two years ago and she was a singing carrot in a school review last year, so I think she is ready for this.”

Emily usually takes a back seat role at music nights but she has been singing with her father in the restaurant for three years and is comfortable performing before an audience.

“She is a confident singer. She does some difficult songs and tricky harmonies these days, so I think she is ready to be our youngest ever feature act,” says John.

“Bring it on,” says Emily.

Shyness seems to have given Emily a very big miss. “I love singing and entertaining people,” she says. “And, let’s face it, dad would be nothing without me!”

Emily (who still needs her long suffering father to accompany her on guitar) plans to do some Jimmy Hendrix and Sting material, plus a Nora Jones number she has been practicing with Lee Williams.

She will join other talented local musicians at this Friday’s music night from 7pm at Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea.

Come and watch or bring an instrument and join in. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine. A bar will operate and light meals will be served.

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July 18, 2005

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Best of British at WGW

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Britain has had its share of tribulations recently with terrorist bombings and trouble with European partners, so Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night this Friday aims to revive the old bulldog spirit.

The idea for a “Best of British” night came from Lee Williams, master of ceremonies for What’s Cookin’, and an expatriate Londoner.

“I was incensed when the French president, Jacques Chirac, said recently the English cuisine was terrible,” Lee explained. “I thought: we’ll show ‘im.”

So, will it be bangers and mash followed by spotted dick, or will our erudite MC plum for whelks and jellied eels? (“Oh, gosh I wouldn’t do that”: erudite MC), or perhaps something posh like Roast Pheasant, perhaps?

“Who knows?” said Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge. “The only way to find out is to come along and join the fun.”

John said the inaugural What’s Cooking night with Sam Marino as guest chef was a great success and got people talking about food and cooking.

“I have a feeling the Best of British will continue the debate because, let’s face it, the Brits do get an ear-bashing about food.”

What’s Cooking is on this Friday, 7pm, $25 per person. Bookings can be made by calling 4683 5100. Bowler hats and brollies are desirable but not essential.

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13 July 2005

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Korner’s corner at Whiskey Gully Wines

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He is exuberant, on the loud side and one of the Stanthorpe Border Post’s very own!

Journalist Andrew Korner is the feature act at this Friday’s music night at Whiskey Gully Wines.

Andrew does most things well and with passion – his work, his soccer (he is a striker for first Brisbane first division team, the Ipswich Knights), and his music.

“My grandmother was a church organist and that is maybe where my musical side came from.” She would have been a swinging granny if she was anything like Andrew!

“The big influence was the music of the 1980s. My first memories are of stuff by the Mentals, B52s and Madonna.”

Andrew has written many songs but, oddly, few for the instrument he plays, the guitar.

Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge, is looking forward to Andrew’s gig. “He is an exciting performer. He likes to connect with his audience and get them to participate.”

Andrew told John to expect fireworks, extra volume, confetti and animal costumes.

“I shall probably adjust the volume knob so he doesn’t damage my ancient ears but I can’t wait for the animal costumes,” said John.

See Andrew and other great local musicians this Friday night from 7pm at Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea. Come and watch or bring an instrument and join in. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine. A bar will operate and light meals will be served.

 

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July 1, 2005

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Sam’s the man at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Excitement is building at Whiskey Gully Wines for the first ever What’s Cookin’ Night this Friday.

Sam Marino is the inaugural featured cook and, while he has not yet finalised the three course menu, we can reveal that it does not all reflect his Italian background.

What the mystery menu will reflect is someone who loves food and loves to cook.

Sam, well known in Stanthorpe as the enthusiastic proprietor of Samuel’s Gourmet Foods and Kitchenware, is one of those cooks who loves to look in the pantry and see what’s there.

“Then I love to make something up on the spot. That’s the way we were brought up,” explains Sam. “Good, simple ingredients and making something even better out of them.”

Sam says that when he was young his family ate a lot of game: casseroles of rabbits and birds, for example. As well as traditional pasta dishes his mother used to do great things with lamb, veal, beef and pork. “Rolling it and stuffing it. That sort of thing.”

Hmm. Some clues there but maybe misleading! And what does Sam favour for desserts? “I like simple, sweet, fruity desserts,” says Sam. Ooh. So do we.

“I can’t wait,” says John Arlidge, the Whiskey Gully Wines chef. “Sam’s got some great ideas and we plan to keep the guests guessing about the menu until the very last moment.”

He says the idea is to create an informal forum for people who love cooking and food in the great atmosphere of the old Beverley Homestead. There will be music and entertainment as well.

“We are starting to fill up so don’t miss out,” John says. The cost is $35 per head and people can book tables by calling Whiskey Gully Wines on 4683 5100.

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28 June 2005

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Hush for Haunting Hunt at WGW

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Few people can hush a room with a single note but Jenel Hunt can.

In previous appearances at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night, her strong and expressive mezzo soprano voice has transfixed her audience.

“From my earliest days I wanted to write and sing,” Jenel explains. In a busy career she has managed both: “Writing for a living and singing for the joy of it!”

She is a journalist, having worked for various newspapers including the Gold Coast Bulletin and the Warwick Daily News. She currently writes and edits two travel magazines.

When work stops, music starts. For twenty years Jenel has been a valued member of the Stanthorpe choir and attended an impressive number of local and national choral events. Indeed, she will soon travel to Tasmania to workshop Haydn’s Requiem at the Festival of Voices.

With musical tastes she describes as “eclectic”, she seizes every opportunity to sing for her own and others’ pleasure.

The great news for Jenel Hunt fans is that she has (finally) agreed to be the featured act at the Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night at Turner Lane, Severnlea, this Friday from 7pm.

“Come and just listen or bring an instrument and join in,” says John Arlidge, proprietor of Whiskey Gully Wines. “The idea is to have fun and enjoy great local musical talent, which Jenel epitomises. Her voice is magical. She is a nightingale.”

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine. A bar will operate and light meals will be served.

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27 June 2005

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What’s Cookin’ at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Whiskey Gully Wines, at Severnlea, famous for its music nights, is about to launch a new concept inviting talented locals who love cooking to prepare a restaurant standard meal for an appreciative audience.

To be called the Whiskey Gully Wines “What’s Cookin’ Night”, the event will happen once or twice a month, with the first to be held on July 8.

“It should be a hoot,” says proprietor John Arlidge. “While it promises to be a combination of flavours and comedy, our aim is to also provide a forum for food lovers to share and discuss ideas, triumphs and disasters.

“We want to create a stimulating event as well as great meals. Featured cooks will be drawn from the community – people who love food and have an interest in it. They will choose the theme and the dishes to be served.”

John says hundreds of excellent cooks in the community normally don’t get a chance to test their abilities in a restaurant or commercial kitchen.

“Our featured cooks need not get ulcers about preparing food for so many people. Chefs and staff will work with them to help and advise. I am confident that all of the meals will reflect the enthusiasm and talent of the cooks as well as a wealth of cultures and tastes.”

Musician and entertainer Lee Williams will MC the nights and he will call for comments from the audience as well as the featured cooks. He may even make up the occasional song!

Fine details are still being worked on but Sam Marino, of Samuel’s Deli, Stanthorpe, will be the first featured cook.

Sam Marino ponders what dishes to prepare as the first ever What's Cookin' Featured Cook

“I think it is a fair bet we’ll get some great nosh with a strong Italian influence,” says Lee.

Bookings for the July 8 What’s Cookin’night can be made by calling Denice on 4683 5100 or by emailing: denice@whiskeygullywines.com.au.

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17 June 2005

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News Release– Dirt Scratcher at Whiskey Gully Wines
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Like many of Stanthorpe’s talented musicians, Friday’s featured performer at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night plays because he likes to not because he has to.

Mario Costanzo, of Ballandean, has had country music in his blood since he and the Torrisi brothers, Mario and Frank, began entertaining people at the age of fifteen in the 1960s.

“I love the guitar and singing,” says Mario who, with typical self-effacement, describes himself as a “dirt-scratcher.” He farms and owns a nursery business.

Mario has resisted the urge to make a living from music, even though he has had opportunities to do so.

“Around thirteen years ago,” Mario won the CCMA (Capital Country Music Association) Talent Contest at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

He sang with a professional band in front of twelve hundred people and was presented with the award in the famous Tamworth Town Hall .

“I loved every bit of that,” says Mario “but I knew that for every musician that makes the big time there are fifty good ones who struggle.”

For Mario, music remains an important hobby. He has a relaxed style and he plays tunes that make people want to sing along.

See Mario and other musicians this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane , Severnlea from 7pm. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine. A bar will operate and light meals will be served. Come and enjoy or bring a much loved instrument and join in.

 

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It is womanly, round-bodied and he bought it on e-bay.

Okay, before anyone gets carried away we are talking about a Lamaq guitar that Stanthorpe musician, Lee Williams , bought on e-bay and collected in Britain so he could play at his parents’ sixtieth wedding anniversary in Norwich.

In honour of this, Whiskey Gully Wines, at Severnlea, will feature, for the very first time, an instrument at its Music Night this Friday.

“I went to Britain to celebrate my parent’s ann iversary,” explains Lee. “I was asked to play at the party but I didn’t want to carry a guitar half way around the world with me so I bought one on e-bay and collected it there.”

Anyone who knows Lee knows that he buys many more guitars than he sells, and now he is back home (after carrying a guitar half way around the world) with the Lemaq.

It is an instrument made by Antonio Lemaq, luthier (maker of stringed instruments): solid spruce top, blonde (yes, blonde) maple back and sides, acoustic, Fishman pick up… we’ll spare you the rest. Sounds great! Welcome back Lee and happy ann iversary Lee’s mum and dad.

See the Lemaq and other great instruments this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane , Severnlea from 7pm. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine. A bar will operate and light meals will be served. Come and enjoy or bring a much loved instrument and join in.

 

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17 May 2005

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There will be a loose canon at Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night this Friday, though it is unlikely to injure anyone.

Canon (with two n’s not three) is used in its musical sense, that being, decrees Chambers Dictionary, “a species of musical composition constructed according to a rule”.

In this case the “rule” is a roundelay or a song which repeats itself. Loose Canon - Stanthorpe’s very own a cappella choir – have made roundelays a specialty and they sound wonderful.

“We are fairly eclectic,” says Penny Davies, under whose talented baton (well, actually she wags her finger) the group performs. “We do songs from Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, England – you name it.”

The choir was originally led by Maree Hennesey, but when she moved on, Penny took up the challenge, finding conducting to be not quite as easy as most people reckon.

“It is tricky. You can't just wave your arms around! I have been to two summer schools on conducting and musicianship since I took over the job. My ability to read music has improved,” says she with typical modesty.

As well as being gifted singers, the outstanding feature of the Loose Canon is infectious enthusiasm.

So, see Loose Canon and other talented local singers and musicians this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane , Severnlea, from 7pm . There will be blues, folk, possibly grunge and maybe even a bit of left wing poetry if Seamus Duffy turns up!

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine. A bar will operate and light meals will be served. Come and watch or bring an instrument and join in.

 

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03 May 2005

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News Release– Food and music connection at Whiskey Gully Wines
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The featured act at this Friday’s Whiskey Gully Wines music night at Severnlea connects with his audience in more ways than one.

Talented local singer and guitarist Alec Piovesan has a day job as a chef.

He regularly travels to far western Queensland feeding the fly-in-fly-out oil and gas crews.

On Saturday nights, after he has fed them, he entertains the workers with a blend of folk, country, blues and popular music.

“There’s a great atmosphere at the camp and they enjoy hearing and making music. It is mainly country but they like blues. In fact, they have a lot of blues!”

The food and music connection has served Alec well, securing him joint employment at several Queensland resorts and pubs.

So which is his greatest love? “Music,” Alec confesses. “It does something for the soul that even great food cannot do.”

This Friday Alec will premiere a couple of original numbers he has been working on.

Join him and other talented local musicians at Whiskey Gully Wines from 7pm .

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine. A bar will operate and light meals will be served. Come and watch or bring an instrument and join in.

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05 April 2005

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News Release– Insight and humour at Whiskey Gully Wines music night

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Songwriters say that hard times and personal pain produce better music than a life of peaceful bliss.

Thus it is with Terry Clark, the featured artist at this Friday’s music night at Whiskey Gully Wines, Severnlea.

Terry writes and presents songs of dark humour and piercing insight. Some of his inspiration, he reveals, emanates from his experience of depression.

In his fight to overcome it, music has played an increasingly major role in his life. He is a brilliant guitarist and a gifted singer.

The songs he writes have an edge of naked truth that set them apart, such as “Its My Party And I’ll Die If I Want To”, that explores the difficult subject of euthanasia.

Yet another of our region’s gifted songsters – he and his wife have been building a stone cottage in the hills outside Warwick for the past eight years – it is a pleasure to welcome him to the music night.

See Terry and other great local musicians from 7pm this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane , Severnlea.

Five dollars entry includes a glass of red or white wine. Come and watch or bring an instrument and join in. Either way, its great fun.

 

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23 March 2005

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News Release– Take a Captain Cook at the Music Night

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It’s a long way from Yorkshire to Australia but Captain Cook made the trip and so did Bob Townshend, the featured act at this Friday’s Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night.

They were both born in Whitby , though their journeys were 204 years apart. Bob says he came “to see what you blokes are doing wi’ the language.” Aye, Bob, pull t’other one; it’s got bells on’t.

Britain ’s loss is Stanthorpe’s gain – yet another wonderful musician. Bob is a great folk enthusiast and has a list of numbers as long as his guitar – well, that’s what the list is stuck on, anyway.

Bob admired and ocassionally played on the same bill as such luminaries as ‘Steel Eye Span’ and ‘The Yettis’.

Somewhere in the north of England , Bob liked a song that Ralph McTell played and learnt it. It was “Streets of London”, which McTell later made into a huge hit. It remains one of Bob’s favourites.

You can see him and other great local musicians at Whiskey Gully Wines from 7pm this Friday.

Five dollars entry includes a snack. Because it is Good Friday, alcohol will be served only with meals. Come and watch or bring an instrument and join in.

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08 March 2005

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News Release–Dr Bruce to play new tunes at Whiskey Gully

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Since the release of his first album “Fire”, local guitarist, singer and music shop proprietor, Bruce (The doctor) Jones, has not been relaxing.

Word has it that he has almost enough material for a second album.

Bruce will play three new numbers as the feature act at this Friday’s Music Night at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane , Severnlea.

Tentative titles of the songs are ‘Friends’, ‘River’ and ‘You’. Tentative? “Well, I have never been very good at titles,” Bruce confesses.

The songs are typically thoughtful.

“’Friends’ is about some weird and wonderful people I have known; ‘River’ is the mid-life crisis I have never had; and, ‘You’ is about someone going in a bad direction that those who love them are powerless to stop.”

Bruce says he writes and performs to entertain and to communicate. He is good at that, being a sounding board and adviser for many local musicians who pop in for a cup of tea and new guitar strings and Kingfisher Music.

He is also an enthusiastic member of the Stanthorpe Baptist church and organises many local events, including music nights at the CWA rooms.

See Bruce and other great local musicians at Whiskey Gully Wines from 7pm this Friday.

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine and light meals are available. Come and watch or bring an instrument and join in.

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Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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20 February 2005

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News Release–Clive strikes up a tune at Whiskey Gully Wines

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One of the Granite Belt’s newest residents, Clive Powell , is a great contributor to the local music scene and he is the feature act at this Friday’s Music Night at Whiskey Gully Wines, Severnlea.

Clive, a naturopath, was a weekend visitor to his 100 acre property at Greenlands until late last year. The lure of the Granite Belt proved too powerful and he and wife Vicki left a thriving business to live full time up on the plateau.

His love of music has traveled with him. Having owned a music store in Sydney (famous among opera singers in the 1970s) and played in the Mallee Scrub Bushband in Brisbane , he has now turned solo and is a regular act at O’Mara’s pub.

“I started playing the guitar in my thirties,” says Clive. “I wanted to be able to play Jimmy Buffet and John Denver stuff.”

Well, he sure can these days! If you would like to hear Clive then get along to Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea, this Friday from seven o’clock.

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine and light meals are available. Come and watch or bring an instrument and join in.

 

 

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Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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09 February 2005

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News Release– Vic Hush at Whiskey Gully Wines this Friday

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One of Stanthorpe’s excellent country and western singers, Vic Hush, will be a star attraction at this Friday’s Whiskey Gully Wines’ Music Night at Severnlea.

Vic’s first guitar was purchased from an army pal who wanted a wild weekend with a girlfriend and hounded Vic to part with twenty pounds.

The bushfires of 2002 nearly put paid to Vic and partner Lyn’s love of music. They were in semi-retirement and building a new home off Grienke Lane , Glen Aplin.

Their worldly belongings, including Vic’s three guitars and Lyn’s mandolin and banjo, were in bulk containers on the property when the fire raced through and destroyed everything.

“All I needed was a robe and a begging bowl and I could have become a monk, because everything else I ever had was gone,” recalls Vic.

Three years later their home is nearly finished; their lives are back together; and their possessions include a new guitar and banjo.

See Vic and some of the Granite Belt’s other wonderful musicians this Friday night from 7pm at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane , Severnlea. Lyn will be there is spirit. She’s with her mum in the UK .

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine and light meals are available. Come and watch or bring an instrument and join in.

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Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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04 January 2005

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News Release – Music night raises money for Tsunami victims

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A New Year’s eve music night at Whiskey Gully Wines at Severnlea raised $730 for the tsunami disaster victims.

Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge , said the decision to make the night a benefit for tsunami victims was spontaneous and people contributed generously.

“Special thanks are due to all of the wonderful musicians who performed and made the night so special for everyone who came,” said Mr Arlidge .

They included Lee Williams , Penny Davies, Roger Illot, their son Jordy, Bruce Jones , Clive Powell , Jen el Hunt , Karen Luck, Woody Melcher, Teri Welles, Adrian Hobba, Vic and Lyn Hush.

“It was brilliant music and visitors from Brisbane and elsewhere who attended were amazed that a small place like Stanthorpe could assemble such an array of talent,” Mr Arlidge said.

“Our staff donated their wages, which was a lovely and generous gesture and Grant Casley contributed additional wine for the event,” Mr Arlidge said.

Funds will be forwarded to Care Australia .

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Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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