Borough All Ages Gig feat. Rough River and Guests REVIEW

Posted by: on Sep 29, 2015 | No Comments

The amount of talent throughout the Geelong region is simply astounding. From The Kite Machine to Residual, The Murlocs to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, there is plenty of young musicians around and let’s be honest they are the future of the Australian music scene, so why not nurture them? Recently the local Vet Music class from Bellarine Secondary College headed up by Steve McEwan enhanced their performance chops by playing a gig in Queenscliff.

Chitra Ridwan

Opening the afternoon’s chilled out acoustic almost summer time vibes was Chitra Ridwan. Complete with just acoustic guitar and vocals, her set was riddled with covers, the highlight of which was Matt Corby’s ‘Lighthome’. A difficult song to pull off completely, Ridwan with her silky smooth soulful vocals proved that she isn’t a pushover. Playing an original song that you wrote the week before, is always a risky move at a gig however Ridwan unleashing ‘Still’ on the relaxed audience that were perched on the floor and in beanbags shows that it is definitely a tune to look out for in the future.

Next up on the stage was Rachael Hart who has been playing around locally with Sarah Carroll and supporting the likes of Fezz, and The Tiny Giants. A bold cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Just Like A Woman’ was a highlight early on in the set and allowed for Hart to display her gravely and Janis Joplin-esque vocals. ‘Cant Breathe’ and ‘Head and Heart’ showcased the distinctive writing style of originals by Hart and hopefully will form the basis of an EP in the future.

Fezz and Low Wave brought the psychedelic nature and Tame Impala-esque feels to the table and having only played a handful of shows, the crowd were extremely responsive to their wild stage presence. If nothing else, it’s great to see a bunch of mates get up with their electric guitars and rock out on a Saturday afternoon. Fezz also supported The Tiny Giants at their album launch earlier on in the year and you could read that review here:

Rough River are the recipients of the QMF Young Artist Grant and is definitely and artist to watch, playing at the festival over the last weekend in November, make sure they are on your must see list. A great afternoon of local music and confirmation that the future of the Australian music scene is in good hands.


Rachael Hart

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