‘The finest guitar player of his generation’
~ Acoustic Guitar Magazine, USA
‘The word prodigy seems to entirely fall short of this soft spoken young mans skills. It’s no wonder he’s toured the world with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Rodrigo y Gabriela, John Butler and Kiki King – Champagne puts on a blockbuster live show that simply needs to be seen to be believed’
~ The Calgary Herald, CANADA
‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’ (themusic.com.au)
The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one of a kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five year old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.
The next several years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing such festivals as California WorldFest, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest.
He has toured and shared stages with Jake Shimabukuro, Jesse Cook, Roderigo Y Gabriela, Richard Shindell, The Ragbirds, The Waifs, Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco.
As one reviewer recently wrote, “still in his early twenties, the distances he has been would bemore frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene” (The Dwarf).
Now regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws and breaking guitars wherever he goes. Daniel Champagne has relocated to North America where he continues his exciting career as an international touring and recording artist.
“A guitar-slinging chanteuse with a voice that could lay the Southern Ocean down to rest.”
‘Secrets’ gently unwraps Laura’s beautiful gift as a songwriter. She writes whimsical songs with intriguing intimacy, full of love and purpose. With hints of youthful wisdom Laura’s song writing is matched with a stunning clarity and tone to create a beautiful soundscape.
Laura’s newest studio album ‘Secrets’ infinitely defines her stunning sound. Her fourth studio recording, it demonstrates a deviation from the somewhat laid back demeanour of her earlier albums Guava Tree and Blue Skiesand greatly compliments her best selling solo release Powdered Sunshinefrom 2014. The songs here are emotionally raw, painfully honest and yet threaded with a singular bright positivity… swung from the heartfelt letter that didn’t get through, to ballads of stargazing, shoe-gazing and road-tripping.
After touring nationally and with new found pride in her sense of place, Laura’s home on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula helps define her impeccable indie folk sound.
Our artist in residence for this show is wildlife specialist Kerryn Hocking
Animals, drawing and painting have been Kerryn’s lifelong passions.
She began drawing horses, which then led to a deeper interest and respect for all other animals and their inter-relationships. Kerryn believes colour, light, nature, plants and animals can bring so much pleasure if one takes the time to notice.
Her art is directed towards bringing attention to the necessity for protecting all living plants and animals. She admires Nature’s remarkable diversity and hopes to encourage people towards an appreciation, respect, responsibility and understanding of the need to protect all of it in order for man and our planet to survive.
Kerryn is the Secretary of the Pastel Artist’s Society, a co-operative member of the Off the Slate Gallery at Willunga, a member of the Hills Arts Collective, a member of the Painters of the Flinders Ranges and a member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists.
We have Wood Oven Pizzas, Ricca Terra Wines, BVB beer, soft drinks, hot drinks for you to purchase on the night. NO BYO FOOD OR DRINK PLEASE.
Gates open 5:30pm / Show 7:00pm