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Claire Anne Taylor
Luke Plumb and Kate Burke

An evening of fine folk music performed by renowned performers in a special double bill show.


Doors at 7.30pm
delicious food available (made with love by the fine folks at Cowsnest)

Claire Anne Taylor is a rare Australian artist. She is a force of nature. Born into her Father's hands in the family barn in Tasmania's ancient Tarkine rainforest, Taylor and her five siblings were raised in a quaint bush home, rich with creativity and music. During her childhood, the Taylor barn was home to a family of Tasmanian Devils and some say that Taylor developed her unique, gravelly singing style from nights spent listening to the devils growling beneath the floorboards. Her 2016 Debut alum 'Elemental' was loved and lauded: “It's one of the CDs I keep going back to.” - Paul Gough, Radio National  

Her new album 'All The Words' is as impressive, if not more. Her poetic storytelling has never been more potent. Don't Miss Claire Anne Taylor with her new band as they celebrate the launch of 'All The Words' a very welcome addition to our musical heritage.

Kate and Luke share a love for 1970s Irish folk revival music, having obsessively absorbed the music of the era - in particular Planxty’s revolutionary treatments of traditional songs. Kate & Luke now bring their formidable instrumental skills, strong vocals and creative minds to making groove-based, complex interpretations of traditional song.

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Show : 7:30 - 10:30'ish
Dinner & Drinks available before the show!
Price : $20

Award winning Canadian artist Dana Sipos brings her hypnotic, nuanced songs to Candelo General Store Cafe. Candelo local David Ross Macdonald will be opening the show and jumping on drums for Dana's set.

Award winning Canadian artist Dana Sipos is a songwriter's songwriter and her hypnotic, nuanced songs are filled with a wild wind. Often drawing comparisons to Natalie Merchant, Gillian Welch and Nick Drake, Sipos’ rhythmic fingerstyle guitar playing is textured and immersive, and her true strength lies as a songwriter. Currently on a 3 month Australia tour. 

David Ross Macdonald will be opening the show and jumping on drums for Dana's set. 
"[David Ross Macdonald] ... one of those few songwriters like Nick Drake, Conor Orbost (Bright Eyes), and Josh Ritter that can captivate his listeners armed only with a voice and guitar". American Songwriter Magazine


Anactoria, joined by grim tilla

Bega Valley folks who appreciate original music - your love will be vehemently returned on Friday 19th October at Candelo General Store: your very own electric-harp/human-heart-string plucking Anactoria is joined by one of Canberra's finest solo acts, the fiercely original and subversively calm Grim Tilla.

Read more on and listen to Grim Tilla here:

And check out Anactoria at this address:

Otherwise, come down and be with other people and the living power of music on Friday 19th October - music starts 7.30PM sharp.

Everyone's favourite food and drinks will be available from 5PM, so you might as well get in early, get nourished, and get a good seat. Yes!!

Tickets $15 / $10 concession/CAS members, get them here:, or bring cash for the door.

September 2018

Roll up, roll up! Open Mic Night - or maybe that's Mike's night? Either way, it's going to be FUN! Candelo's legendary Music & Variety Night will be happening on Friday the 21st September from 7.30pm and you're ALL welcome - whether you have something to perform or you just feel like being amazed & entertained. Tell your friends!


Melanie Horsnell will be home from her European tour and ready to launch her new album with a beautiful 'home town' show for us all on October 27th at the Candelo Town Hall. No doubt she'll have some local special guests join her on stage (and maybe even some from out of town too - who knows!?). SAVE THE DATE. You won't want to miss this one! 

The Next Kameruka Bush Dance will be held on November the 3rd, 2018. Pen that one in, too! :)

The Next Candelo Village Festival will be back in 2019 - so save the dates now and we'll have more details soon. April 26th-28th!

P.P.S. Some time ago, we lost access to our long-time CAS Facebook page. We have a new one - and we're slowly looking up our old friends online, but if you happen to be on social media - you can find us and "like" us here


Den Hanrahan and The Roadsiders

August 17 at the Candelo Bowling Club. $15 entry. 8pm Start. Wear your dancing shoes! :)



Friends of the Candelo Arts Society - shows coming up we think you should see!


Anactori (alter-ego of Candelo singer/songwriter/harpist Tamlyn Lee Mage) will launch her debut EP on Friday, 11th May supported by Candelo legends David Ross Macdonal and Kate Burke in the cosy comfort of the General Store Cafe. Entitled Twentythree, the new record captures five years worth of song-writing, and showcases the development of an intrinsically unique musical style. Produced by award-winning producer and electronic musician Dave Crowe (Resin Moon), it features an all-star cast of Alice Springs creatives who lend lush string, percussion and synth sounds to intricate harp and vocal arrangements.
About the live show: A current of electric harp runs underneath thoughtful lyrics within the unique arrangements of Anactoria’s original songs. Embellished by elegant but earthy effects and, for the first time ever, live percussion and strings, the songs take on a life of their own. "Simultaneously plucking her harp strings and the heart-strings of her audience, Anactoria is a fierce, yet gentle force... In my ten years of touring the country, I have not yet seen or heard anything like the unique magic she possesses. She crafts and presents her material as if channeling a beautiful and ethereal force.” Candice McCleod. 
Also not to be missed, David Ross MacDonald will open the evening. Acoustic Guitar Magazine likened MacDonald’s vocals, lyrics, and intricate fingerstyle guitar style to “a collaboration between Nick Drake and a mid-1970s Bruce Cockburn”. Ross deals in subtlety, intimacy and nuance with a tunesmiths hand that coins songs and music with a haunting and poignant quality.
The General Store Cafe will be serving drinks and exquisite snacks from 6pm. Music starts at 7.30pm - be early to get a good seat!
On Friday 11 May 2018 at 7:30pm
Candelo General Store Cafe
William Street, Candelo, NSW 2550

Recommend pre-purchasing your tickets for this one

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It's time for the Autumn Bush Dance with the Kameruka Bush Orchestra.
Sat MAY 5th @ Kameruka Hall. 7:30 ish.
It won't be cold when you're dancing. See you there!



What's On april 2018

Candelo Arts Society Present

Paco Lara and Damien Wright

supported our very own Guitarama.

Candelo Town Hall
Sat 14th April 7.30
Adults $25 Concession $20
Under 18 Free, Children welcome

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Embodying the unmistakeable Jerez style of flamenco guitar playing, PACO LARA has toured Internationally alongside Maestro Paco Cepero, one of flamenco’s most legendary guitarists and composers. Paco Lara has also been at the vanguard of Flamenco Fusion with hugely sucessful groups such as El Barrio (años 2000 a 2003) y Los Delinqüentes (años 2007 a 2011).

Apart from his skill as a formidable soloist Paco is also revered for his ability as an acompaniest in the specialised world of flamenco singing (cante). This is evident in his having recorded and/or performed with Flamenco’s most significant artists including Beni de Cádiz, Juan Moneo “El Torta”, Miguel Flores “El Capullo de Jerez”, Tomasa Guerrero “La Macanita”, Remedios Amaya, José de los Camarones, etc.

As an accompaniest to flamenco dance (Baile) Paco has participated in many European tours with famed Flamenco dancer Merecedes Ruiz from Jerez, in her concerts Dibujos en el aire, Gestos de mujer y Perspectivas. The later was awarded the “Critics Choice” at The Festival de Jerez in 2011 and this project has been represented in prestigious programs and festivals across Europe including Festival de guitarra de Córdoba, Spain (7 Julio 2012), Teatro Compac Gran Vía de Madrid, Spain (22 al 26 Agosto 2012), Bienal de Sevilla, Spain (15 de Septiembre 2012), Beziers (Francia), Casa de la Música de Moscú, Russia y S. Petesburgo, Russia (Marzo/2013).

In 2014 DAMIAN WRIGHT was invited to perform as a SOLO artist at The Rajasthan International Folk Festival, INDIA and in 2016 performed at The Shanghai Fringe Festival, CHINA. Damian's flamenco ensemble BANDALUZIA were invited to perform at the biannual Adelaide International Guitar Festival curated by Slava Grigoryan. Bandaluzia was also recently awarded "The Pick Of the Sydney Fringe" at The Sydney Fringe Festival and performed to a sold out Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as an invited artist to TEDX Sydney 2014.

"Damian Wright is a brilliant flamenco guitarist...Wright showed what a captivating solo player he is on his own "In Time", and elsewhere his articulation of complex lines was fluid and dripping with conviction" - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald.

Friday april 20th, 2018.

Candelo Arts Society Presents 'Bushranging Music & Variety Night' - featuring 'The Daughters of the Rum Rebellion', Gleny Rae & Ilona Harker <3 . Friday 20th April from 7.30pm at the Candelo General Store. Food and drinks available from 6pm. Limited Music & Variety spots available - if you want to line one up, contact Mike Martin. This is going to be FUN! A Musical Tale of Daring & Adventure... How can you miss out on that! :)


Wednesday, March 28th, 2018.
Scott Cook & Corin Raymond

Canadian folk troubadours Corin Raymond and Scott Cook are bringing their honest road tales and hand carved tunes across the Australian countryside. Scott's ninth Australian tour (including HUGELY successful shows at the Candelo Village Festival and the Cobargo Folk Festival) and Corin's third, promises heartwarming tales, unique perspectives, road-worn guitars and some of the best Canadian folk music around today. Tell your friends! :)

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The Trickster and Candelo Arts Society present...


Featuring Rhys Nicholson, with The Trickster, Joshua Strachan & Benton Adams-Walker, Footprint theatre and The Great Zamboni.

18th & 19th November, doors at 7:30

Candelo Town Hall

Tickets 25/30, BYO, recommended for ages 16+

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OCTOBER, 2016.

October 21st M&V, Candelo Town Hall 7:30pm

What do you call a field of Irishmen? Answer; a Paddy Field. 

             What do you call a paddock full of Aussies? Answer; a Vacant Lot.

The October Music and Variety night will once again feature some great local talent with the feature artists being

The Vacant Lot

Paul Dion, Rob Smallwood and John Moffatt regularly play music in the rural setting of Nethercote and being Aussies aptly call themselves “The Vacant Lot”.

Pies, pasties, pizzas and beer go hand in hand with their rehearsals as they cover popular jazz standards. It’s a drum-less trio so makes for easy listening. With Paul on keyboards, sax, clarinet and flute, Rob on electric guitar and John on double bass and occasionally sousaphone, the musical sounds they produce are quite varied indeed. They like to have a fun time and you will too when you share an evening of music and frivolities with them.

William Murrungurk Buckley
The white man who went black and came back
Saturday 29th October 7:30pm
Candelo Town Hall

Tickets $25/20 

Most Australians have heard the saying You’ve got Buckley’s. And many know that William Buckley was an escaped convict who for 32 years from 1803-1835 lived with Aboriginal people. But few have heard what happened next, when Buckley became the go-between in the birth of Melbourne.

In The Go-Between: William Murrungurk Buckley storyteller and musician Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky re-tells the epic adventures of convict William Buckley (1780-1856): his escape from the farthest outpost of the British Empire – Sullivan Bay (Sorrento) on Port Phillip; his 32 years with Wada Wurrung people where he became Murrungurk, a spirit returned from the dead; and then the little known, treacherous, political end game where he became the go-between – the Interpreter between the traditional owners and the invading colonists who established Melbourne.

Weaving Buckley’s ghosted 1852 biography with Wada Wurrung language, historic documents, archival images, music and poetry, The Go-Between: William Murrungurk Buckley takes audiences into the not-so-black-and-white world of colonial Victoria: of murder, massacre, and Buckley’s bruising encounters with the famous and infamous characters of early Melbourne – Batman, Fawkner, Gellibrand and Derrimut.

Told by Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky in savage, humorous fashion, The Go-Between:

William Murrungurk Buckley is the story of an outsider who attempted to be an early agent of reconciliation.

And where does the saying You’ve got Buckley’s come from? You’ll be surprised!

Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky

Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky is a storyteller musician who considers the heart of our history to be the relationship between black and white Australians. A founder of The Bushwackers Band in 1971, Jan went on to write bestselling books such as Born Under The Paperbark Tree with Wardaman songman Yidumduma Bill Harney, Me & Phar Lap with Tommy Woodcock, award-winning television documentaries Buwarrala Akarriya: Journey East (ABC) and Aeroplane Dance (SBS) with Yanyuwa, Garrwa and Mara people of the Gulf of Carpentaria, and to devise the Wominjeka Ceremony with Dja Dja Wurrung people of central Victoria for the Castlemaine State Festival. Jan’s other solo shows include Bilarni – a hit at the National Folk Festival – and and Gallipoli Canakkale which played to 8000 people awaiting the Dawn Service at Anzac Cove.