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We are delighted to welcome 8 BALL AITKEN back to Bittern with his new album ‘SWAMP BLUES’ 

​This will be a very special, entirely acoustic, up close and personal experience with 8Ball... a rare opportunity.

​As always, AFTERNOON TEA is part of the deal, with gluten/dairy free well catered for.

​Numbers will be kept strictly limited for this special show, so book early to avoid disappointment.


Ex-pat singer-songwriter, 8 Ball Aitken, kicks off 2018 on tour in Australia with the launch of his 10th album, Swamp Blues, a monster of a release strongly influenced by his experiences immersed in the soul of America’s Deep South.

8 Ball says “As a resident of USA, much of my touring is traversing between Texas and Tennessee and travelling through Louisiana, home to the gritty, sub-genre sound I love the most (and birth place of one of my musical heroes, Tony Joe White).

Swamp Blues is a cathartic album, one which I have wanted to write for a long time.  It’s my salute to the rhythms of the Deep South, lyrically inspired by southern themes and is my most stripped back recording to date.  Of the 12 tracks, two were co-written with friend and 100% certified Texas Bluesman, Guthrie Kennard, and it was such a thrill to be creative partners on High Water and Mama’s Cookin’.

Recorded at Yellow Dog Studios in Wimberley, Texas’ Hill Country, the tracks were laid down through an analogue 70’s tape machine for the warm guitar tones and cool Hammond organ with studio musicians from legendary outfits including Tedeschi Trucks drummer JJ Johnson and former Bob Dylan bass player Glenn Fukunaga.”

Swamp Blues is out now on CD, iTunes, vinyl record, and cassette.




JED ROWE is an acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne. His music walks the line between folk, blues and country, and his 4th album A Foreign Country is a richly told collection of stories of Australian life. The songs were finished in a rented apartment above the street in Northern Germany while Rowe was on tour in late 2016, and recorded in Melbourne by multiple ARIA award winner Jeff Lang. Rowe’s sublime slide guitar playing and emotive vocal delivery have earned him a reputation as a standout live performer, and he has toured extensively in Australia and Europe. Rolling Stone described his music as “Heartland alt-country shot through with nostalgia.” In 2017 he was nominated for Best Folk or Roots Album in The Age Music Victoria Awards.
JED will be accompanied by a special guest, to be announced at a later date.

MICHAEL WAUGH is an incredible Melbourne-based singer-songwriter in the storytelling tradition. His uniquely Australian country-inspired folk music evokes a heartfelt contemporary voice. Nominated for Best New Talent at the 2017 Golden Guitar awards, Michael Waugh gives a profound new voice to the Australian experience. His insightful storytelling cuts to the emotional heart of everyday life. A unique, intelligent and emotionally charged performer, Waugh has been compared to the honesty and power of Australian folk and country legends, Mick Thomas, Paul Kelly and John Williamson. He is uniquely Australian and genuine – the real deal. Michael's brand new, just released album, 'The Asphalt & The Oval', has already stirred the hearts and imagination of all who have heard it, sharing honest and emotional stories of real life in an Australian country town. 

​The only question is-: Can your heart cope with the emotional journey that these two artists will take you on?

​Supper is supplied, with tea & Coffee & Finger Food (including gluten/dairy free)