Friday 13th July 2018 – we caught up with Ian Bland as the Melbourne based singer/songwriter and poet paid his first visit to the Hinckley ACT.
“Bland’s gnarled, world weary voice is unaffected, emotive and genuine, a true voice of Australia. He’s Jack Thompson in ‘Sunday Too Far Away’ and Bill Hunter in ‘Newsfront’; he is also essential listening.”
Trevor J. Leedon – Rhythms Magazine
With special guest appearance by Rob Armstrong and Sheila Rigg.
With a career spanning over thirty years, the words and music of Ian Bland are an intrinsic part of the fabric of Melbourne’s music scene.
He has been playing and recording his own unique brand of music in various guises since the late seventies, most recently with “The Lamington Drive Orchestra” a veritable who’s who of Melbourne musicians.
Since 2007 Ian has penned and presented a poem each Sunday on “The JVG Radio Method” on Triple R, and has performed his poetry at venues as diverse as The National Gallery of Victoria, The Palais and recently as a spokesperson for saving live music in Melbourne, on the steps of Parliament House.
His music blends a lifetime of musical influences including country, celtic, and folk with insightful stories drawn from contemporary rural and urban Australia, topics as diverse as drought, lawyers and the demise of suburban pubs. He has an innate way of getting to the heart of the matter through his evocative songwriting and a way of connecting with the audience which is both disarming and captivating.
The entrance fee for the evening was £5 for members and £6 for non-members.
The event started at 8.00 pm, with doors opening at 7.30 p.m.
Based in the Sketchley Meadows Business Park, Hinckley ACT is a high quality music venue that offers an informal and intimate atmosphere for concerts and for the monthly club nights, where musicians can come along and ‘take the stage.’ Established by company chairman, Keith London, on the premises of his firm Advanced Carbide Tooling (A.C.T.), the venue provides full stage and seating facilities, plus top quality sound and lighting equipment.
There is a licensed bar and ample free car parking.