June 21, 2023

Music is the best medicine

With a soul stirring Indigenous singer-songwriter, a power punk trio and an 8-time golden guitar country queen all coming to Anglesea on the last weekend in July, The Sound Doctor promises one mighty winter weekend of music!

The Sound Doctor is a group of music loving Surf Coast residents who bring some of the best music in the country (and from overseas) to Anglesea on four weekends a year. They turn the Memorial Hall into an intimate music venue, transforming it into a thumping rock space, a chilled-out club or a stunning concert hall depending on the act. The project, which started in 2017, has been going from strength to strength (with a decent hiccough in 2020 and 2021 thanks to COVID) and already this year has seen music fans treated to music from the likes of Ty Segall (USA), Tex Perkins and Jen Cloher.

For their next shows on 28, 29 & 30 July they have three very different acts all playing in Anglesea as part of their latest album tours – including a Melbourne trio who will blow the roof off the hall, a sublime singer who has collaborated with the likes of Paul Kelly and an effervescent and entertaining country star. There really is something for everyone.

If you like your music to rock hard, but with a social conscience, then Cable Ties on Friday 28 July is the gig you want to be at.

This fierce Melbourne trio have just released their latest album All Her Plans, and they’re taking it across the country and around the world, with a stop in at Anglesea a real treat.

Melbourne-based Indigenous singer-songwriter Jess Hitchcock is a genre-defying force with a powerful voice and knack for storytelling that has seen her shine across pop, country, folk, opera and music theatre.

She is probably best known for her collaborations with Paul Kelly but Jess Hitchcock is a stunning artist in her own right, and is bringing a full band to the Surf Coast on Saturday 29 July to launch her album Unbreakable.

In what will be an incredible night of music, Jem Cassar-Daley, a rising star on the indie-folk scene, will support.

The final concert of this Sound Doctor weekend is one for the whole family – on Sunday 30 July at 4.30pm. ARIA and Golden Guitar award-winning sensation Fanny Lumsden and her band The Prawn Stars hit the road to celebrate her 4th studio album Hey Dawn fresh from performing at the legendary Glastonbury Festival in the UK.

This Sunday session of alt-country will have a whole lot of heart – and will be a whole lot of fun!

Check out upcoming Surf Coast music events here for more information and links to book your tickets.

Photo credit: image of Jen Cloher, photographer Patrick Callow.

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