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ANDREW SWIFT returns to Bittern for this eagerly anticipated House Concert. Much loved, Andrew Swift made a big first impression on the country music world when he performed as a Toyota Starmaker grand finalist in 2017. Despite not taking home the title of Starmaker, Swift has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years with the release of his album 'Call Out For The Cavalry' debuting at #1 on the ARIA Australian Country Charts & singles taken from the album receiving national airplay a chart placements including 'Runaway Train', 'King of the Sky' & 'Fire & Ice' featuring Catherine Britt.
Swift is no stranger to the road either, aside from constantly touring Australia either solo or with The Wolfe Brothers, Shannon Noll & Lyn Bowtell, he also teamed up with Gretta Ziller to develop the alternative touring concept of the Caravan Park Country Music Showcase, which sees Swift & Ziller take their music & stories to holiday goers as they make their way along the coast from Melbourne to the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
At the 2019 Golden Guitar Awards, the country music industry recognised his hard work and saw Swift take home the Golden Guitar Awards for Qantas New Talent of the Year & for Alternative Country Album of the Year.
" Australian songwriting heavyweight - with a powerfully evocative voice to match." - Country Update Magazine.
2 x 2019 Golden Guitar Winner
Alt Country Album of the Year - Call Out For The Cavalry
Qantas New Talent of the Year
#1 on CMC - Fire & Ice feat. Catherine Britt 23.3.2019
Andrew Swift - Call Out For The Cavalry released 2nd March 2018 debuted at:
#1 ARIA Australian Country Chart
#3 ARIA Country Albums Chart
#12 ARIA Australian Albums Chart
#13 ARIA Digital Albums Chart
#1 iTunes Country Album Chart
#7 iTunes Overall Albums Chart
#3 AIR Independent Label Albums Chart

MATT JOE GOW has also made a prior visit to Bayview Country Art Club, delighting the audience at this year’s Picnic Festival in January. It is with great pleasure that we welcome him back to warm up the room for Andrew.
From Queenscliff festival to boutique Americana festivals, from supporting Chris Isaak to Justin Townes Earle, Matt Joe Gow has built a simmering credibility to go along side the authentic Alt Country tones. After a full band tour of his acclaimed latest album 'Break, Rattle And Roll', Matt has been focusing on more intimate acoustic shows, hinting at a stripped back acoustic album in the future... His last single "Running Up That Hill" sees the Melbourne troubadour laid bare both sonically and visually in the video clip singing honestly to camera without props, actors, band or even guitar... This intimate solo acoustic performance will look to expand on that theme.

As always, you will be served Supper, an assortment of bought and home-baked goodies, including many gluten/dairy free options. BYO is also permitted.


HAYLEY MARSTEN will launch her hotly anticipated debut album, ‘Spectacular Heartbreak’ in Bittern at The Bayview Country Art Club. This is Marsten’s first full length release, after the success of her EP ‘Lonestar’, which debuted at #8 on the ARIA Country Charts and #1 on the AIR charts and spawned 4 singles all reaching top 40 on Country Radio, the last of which went to #1 on the Kix chart.
The album’s lead single ‘Wendy’ has had an amazing response from country and mainstream fans gaining over 150,000 streams on Spotify and being added to radio playlists across the nation, including ABC Country and ABC National, getting played by the likes of Myf Warhurst.
This album is the natural progression of Marsten as an artist, songwriter and young woman. Being both brutally honest and vulnerable, as well as combining the sass and wit she has become known for.
Hayley will be joined by up and coming alt-country superstar KATIE BATES.

As always, supper will be provided, with several varieties of tea on offer, as well as coffee and tasty home made treats (including a selection of gluten/dairy free).
Tickets on sale now.


Fresh from his regular appearances on the hit ABC TV series The Recording Studio, triple ARIA award winner Shane Nicholson returns to Bittern on Sunday 15th September.
From his early days with Brisbane’s Pretty Violet Stain to his current status as a leading proponent of Australia’s Alternative Country / Americana scene, Shane Nicholson has become a steady and constant figure in the Australian music industry. He is highly regarded in the Alternative Country field both in Australia and the USA, and has been nominated several times at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville.
Shane has received three ARIA awards – most recently for his solo album Hell Breaks Loose in 2015 and for his hit collaborations with Kasey Chambers - Rattlin’ Bones and Wreck and Ruin. He has also won CMAA 10 Golden Guitar Awards, including 2018 Male Artist of the Year, and an APRA award.
He is also in demand as a record producer with credits including Alex Lloyd, Beccy Cole, and Tori Forsyth.
"Nicholson's is a uniquely compelling voice in Australian songwriting – it lives and breathes in the songsmith's singular melodies, crooked humour, and short, pithy lines gently delivered." Rolling Stone Magazine
"One of the country's finest songwriters" Rhythms Magazine
“I have real admiration for Shane Nicholson's musical sensibilities; I felt honoured to have a hand in the making of One Big Mess." Rodney Crowell
“Shane Nicholson doesn't fool me with his tough guy exterior and his refusal to smile in photographs, the guy is a marshmallow, a poet, a genius. This album is a game changer, his best yet, it'll get into bits of you that you didn't know you had. Also, this album makes me weep. Bastard.” Beccy Cole
“My current favourite album…he paints pictures, he sets the scenes, and he takes me to special places in my imagination.” Russell Morris
Shane recently appeared on ABC TV’s The Recording Studio.
Shane will release the follow up to his highly acclaimed Love And Blood on Lost Highway / Universal Music Australia in early 2020.

As always, you will be treated to a good country afternoon tea, with plenty of options for those who are gluten/dairy intolerant. BYO is also welcomed.