The John Flanagan Trio
Combining 60s and 70s folk singer/songwriter influences with a contemporary Americana/bluegrass sound, “John Flanagan has proven himself a songwriting force to keep an eye on” (Timber and Steel). John recently released his latest album, ‘There’s Another Way to Where You’re Going’ which was recorded in Nashville with producer Viktor Krauss and he has been playing to full houses around Australia in a double album tour with Sal Kimber. He recorded the album with the best of the best, including grammy award winning engineer Neal Cappellino and musicians who have played on records with Willie Nelson, Robert Plant and Emmylou Harris, to name a few. The album debuted in the top 10 iTunes singer/songwriter charts and has received regular national radio play and rave reviews:
“★★★★” –The Brag Magazine
“The music is just gorgeous, I absolutely love it” Felicity Urquhart, Saturday Night Country ABC Radio
“I think it is a wonderful record, it’s one that grabbed me from the opening bars.. and then kept me captivated all the way through” -The International Americana Music Show (US)
His engaging, honest lyricism and timeless melodies have seen him pick up song-writing awards all over and win over fans at many major music festivals around the country. John won the respect of the Australian roots music scene when he took out the prestigious Gympie Music Muster Talent Search in 2013. John currently plays alongside festival favourite Liz Frencham and bluegrass virtuoso Dan Watkins in a dynamic trio characterised by warm vocal harmonies and impressive acoustic arrangements. During 2016 John will be touring his new album all across Australia and Canada.
“John Flanagan has written the best story song of the year … has proven himself a songwriting force to keep an eye on” Timber and Steel
“Wow … absolutely fantastic …” -Lindy Burns (ABC 774 Radio)
“In the midst of its boundless beauty (the album) makes the listener slow down and actually listen” –Sydney City Hub
“John Flanagan has a gentle gravity in his voice and words, the kind that makes you stop and listen” -Wally De Backer (gotye)
“Gorgeous… what a beautiful blend of voices, space and music and song and lyrics… it’s lovely… voices that just blend so nicely, it just makes you feel good.” -Darren Middleton (Powderfinger)
“Its storytelling via bluegrass and folk music, with classic-yet-refreshing songwriting and captivating lyricism”
“What’s the Australian version of Americana?… This EP encapsulates it”
Axe and the Ivory
Equine artist Yvette Frahn
The Barn @ Wombat Flat aims to pair visual artists with our events and we are thrilled to be able to introduce all of you to renowned equine artist Yvette Frahn. We have our fingers crossed that she will be able to exhibit some of the works she will be taking to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame’s art exposition in Texas in August 2018.
“My passion for drawing horses started when I was 4 and saw my first live horse outside the kindergarten gates. I can honestly say they became the most important thing in my life for many years after that and the are still integral to who I am now. I started drawing them constantly from that age and improved my work every time I saw another horse.
Eventually my parents decided that the only way to stop my significant pestering was to give me one for my 12th birthday. Little did they know just what they’d gotten into. From that time on my drive to be involved with horses grew into a competitiveness which resulted in success I’d never considered myself capable of. We progressed through a few horses until ‘Blue Jasper’ arrived – leading to a 22 year love affair, significant success in showjumping (culminating with winning the Balharry Cup, the trophy for highest points achieved by a south Australian Showjumper) and a string of extraordinary drawings. (No other horse since has had the same life changing effect on me)
I studied horse husbandry at Roseworthy Agricultural College and became heavily involved in anatomy – dissecting, and became the ‘go to’ girl for anatomical drawings from class. My insatiable artistic needs were met a few years later when I did a Degree in Visual Arts with Ballarat University (my graduand exhibition was a collection of large pastel equine closeups), followed by a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education with the same uni. I have also studied Remedial Massage (for humans), enhancing my anatomical knowledge. My comprehensive understanding of equine anatomy allows me to see inside the horse, the muscularity and hardness of bones under the skin, the extraordinary play of light on a metallic sheen of a fine coat. The character of each equine through movement and frozen moments. I consider myself a colourist and combine my anatomical knowledge with an ability to see and interpret details and colours which only seem to exist through my eyes.
I combine this collection of knowledge with my emotional response to the subject matter, creating drawings and paintings which contain the true spirit of the equine. It is for me the ultimate way to connect to my horses. My commissioned work is all about capturing this intimate relationship which only comes from being completely at one with the horse.”
Ricca Terra Wines
Our partner for this event is Ricca Terra Farms. Ricca Terra Vintners is 16 years in the making. Ashley & Holly Ratcliff have grown and sold their grapes to some of the greatest winemakers in Australia. Today, Ricca Terra Vintners has established the mantra to blend grape varieties in the vineyard rather than in the winery….and make wines of interest with stories to tell!
Forage Supply Co
We’ve teamed up with Scott Rogasch and Justin Westhoff for good reasons! Not only will Forage Supply Co serve you awesome, delicious food but their commitment to sustainability shows that even the smallest of changes can make a big difference. This month they saved 1,105,594L of water, saved 4460m2 of land and donated 328 plant-based meals to the homeless. Check them out at www.foragesupply.co
Gates open 5:30pm, music at 7:00pm. Great wines from Ricca Terra and Fabulous food from Forage Supply Co will be available for purchase. No BYO food or drink please…..you’ll thank us!