Entertainment for VineHop


10:30AM – 1:30PM
2PM – 5PM
10:30AM – 1:30PM
2PM – 5PM
Baillieu Estate (Merricks General Wine Store) Maxon Andrea Marr & The Funky Hitmen Sarah Rzek Jesse Valach Presents Blues Mountain
Blue Range Estate Wines DJ Lukas Brock DJ Lukas Brock DJ Nige DJ Nige
Dromana Estate Simon Imrei DJ Nige Maxon Lisa and Tim
Hickinbotham & Hix Beer Tillerman Pete Sammy Owen Blues Band Shaun Kirk Backyard Brew
Mock Red Hill Walt n Swig Brock Shirley Walt n Swig Tim Morrison
Mornington Peninsula Brewery Tiana V Tim Morrison Aimee Francis Han Hunter
Nazaaray Estate Winery Bollywood Dancing Bollywood Dancing Bollywood Dancing Bollywood Dancing
Phaedrus Estate Aimee Francis Miss Rosie Nat Allison Unlimited
Red Hill Brewery Shaun Kirk Jesse Valach Presents Blues Mountain Tiana V Zeon
Red Hill Estate Marmalade Machine Lisa Faithfull & Soul Experience Marmalade Machine Andrea Marr & The Funky Hitmen

Artists Bio’s



Melbourne based singer/songwriter Aimee Francis has toured nationally and internationally with bands and artists including P!NK, Pat Benatar, Steel Panther and Australian legends the Baby Animals, The Superjesus, The Black Sorrows, Daryl Braithwaite and Rose Tattoo. She is a past finalist of the International Songwriting Competition and wrote a song for the Australian Equestrian team that played during the London Olympics.   Aimee’s last single, BONNIE & CLYDE sent her across the east-coast of Australia, starting in Melbourne and 18 shows later ending up in Mackay. In July Aimee toured the UK playing 40 shows including a week at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. All of the above was done as a self managed/booked and independent artist.


Brock Shirley launched into music with countless solo gigs around the Albury/Wodonga region eventually resulting in a short tour around country Victoria in January 2010 for Wind Dancer Music.  It wasn’t long until the locations of gigs extended across regional and Metropolitan Victoria and New South Wales while showcasing his original songs and supporting bands such as NEONCITY, Washington, Littleman, Star Assassin and Peaking Duck.

Early in 2013 Brock took up the bass again along with the opportunity to join the fore mentioned band ‘NEONCITY’. The chance to play in such a professional outfit has been a life dream so the decision was easy. Doing this has allowed Brock to gain new knowledge of what it means to be a professional musician and his solo shows are all the better for it. During this time with NEONCITY, Brock was involved in many headline shows and also supported bands such as Juke Kartel, Veludo and American bands Cartel and Lydia. His band NEONCITY soon placed second in the ‘Rock’ category at the 2013 Australian Independent Music Awards where the boys also closed the show to over 4000 people. The band was doing good things and turning heads until they sadly parted ways in early 2014.

2015 was an exciting year for Brock as he headed into the studio with long time friend and producer Simon Mckenna. Brock’s debut EP was released in October 2015 and is available on iTunes, Spotify and many other music platforms.

Brock is currently touring his own original music, writing, recording and playing shows whenever the chance arises.  Bring on the music.


Since 1999, Andrea Marr has been delivering her brand of feel-good, high energy original funk, groove, blues and soul music around Australia. Through sheer hard work she has earned a place in the thriving Melbourne blues scene as one of its most sought after live acts.

Andrea has established herself as the real deal by winning a number of awards including:
• The 2002 VIC/TAS Female Artist of The Year for her album “Sassified”
• 2005 Blues Performer of The Year Award

With these awards under her belt, Andrea has gone on to become a regular on the Australian Festival Circuit doing headline spots and playing alongside the best acts from Australia and overseas. With the 2005 Blues Performer of The Year Award, she was able to go on to represent Australia in the International Blues challenge in Memphis Tennessee in 2006 to critical acclaim. Her next CD “Watch Me Work It” received international airplay with the title track being included on the US “National Women In Blues” CD that promotes and launches the new wave of US Blues Women. Andrea was the only non-American female included in this compilation.

In 2008, she released her album “Little Sister Got Soul”. The album received rave reviews and international airplay as well as winning the 2009 Australian Female Blues Artist of The Year, the 2009 VIC/TAS Female Blues Artist of The Year and the 2009 VIC/TAS Best Self-Produced Blues CD of The Year. In 2010, Chicago-based blues label “Blue Skunk Music” picked up “Little Sister Got Soul” for re-release in the US and the album hit No.18 on the US Living Blues Charts in February 2011.

“Andrea is an incredible artist to work with and she has such a powerful soul-filled voice. International success is just around the corner and, with songs like “Summer Love” and working with producers like Danny Saber, everyone is starting to realise just how great a singer Andrea is. We are honoured to be working with her.” – Damien Reilly.


The boys from Backyard Brew have been individually entertaining people for decades. in clubs, cafes & bars from here to Alice Springs. Various UK, European & North American tours. Big Day Out, Livid, Homebake, Glastonbury Reading festival, Roskilde & many more. Covering The Stones, Clapton, Winwood, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gay, Rev Al Green, The Kinks, The Who, Black Crowes, Bob Marley, Joe Cocker  Dr John, Van Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Donavon Frankenwrieter etc.


From vinyl to CD to digital, Nigel Beck has DJ’d for the people of Gippsland and Victoria since 1977. Nige brought disco to Warragul playing at the Railway Hotel (now the Sports Bar) three times a week and soon became a familiar face behind the decks at weddings, birthdays, debutante balls, festivals and restaurants. Nige has made his reputation on being able to play to audiences of any age and musical preference. An expert on reading crowds, he curates only the best playlists to match any environment or brief. Calling on his background in radio and marketing, Nige not only creates nights on the dance floor you’ll never forget, but can also act as a professional MC at any event.  In his day job Nige lives and breathes the music industry booking DJ’S and bands, so he’s not only up to date with the latest trends,  but also loves playing the classics from the last three decades. Deirdre is a beautifully restored 1970 Volkswagen Kombi Lowlight who attracts attention everywhere she goes. Dressed in turquoise and white, Deirdre is sure to be a stand out guest at your next event.


Although only in his mid-twenties, Lukas Brock already has a long history in the music industry. Whilst working in the live band scene as a teenager, this coupled up with a healthy dosage of Ministry of Sound, it was only inevitable that he would one day become a DJ. Lukas has held residencies around the Mornington Peninsula since 2012 and has steadily been making his way towards the CBD. He has played his take on House/Commerical tunes at venues all over Melbourne including The Deck, Room 680, The Palace Hotel and many more. Skilled as both a multi-instrumentalist and producer, when he’s not playing at clubs he is busy experimenting with different sounds and styles in his home studio. Being influenced by artists such as Eric Prydz, Bob Sinclair and Frankie Knuckles, Lukas is starting to develop his own personal and definitive twist on Funk/House. Lukas is available for clubs, pubs, weddings, birthdays, corporate functions and anything in between.


Han Hunter is a singer songwriter based on the Mornington Peninsula. At a young age she got her hands on a keyboard and ever since then has only ever wanted to write and perform. Han has a soulful and jazzy style combining organic and electronic elements.


Jesse Valach is a fiery Melbourne based blues/soul infused, reggae/roots inspired, singer/songwriter, and lead guitarist who has performed alongside some of Australia’s biggest names in blues music including Russell Morris, Geoff Achison, Jeff Lang, Lloyd Spiegel, Jimi Hocking, Ray Beadle and on numerous occasions he has been the dynamic guitarist behind renowned harmonica player Mr Chris Wilson. Weaving together intense guitar and soulful vocals Mr Valach takes you on a journey from lights down low soul ballads to energetic shuffle romps delivered in demanding fashion. Mr Valach first made a name for himself honing his craft at local blues jams and after being selected to perform on the “Unearthed Stage” at The Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival and Winter Blues Festival in Echuca by the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society alongside his outfit Blues Mountain their sound caught the rapt attention of everyone from the loyal traditional blues followers to the casual-part time listener. After 4 years sitting just below the radar he is now starting to attract the attention he richly deserves.

With an unmatched dedication, hard work, devotion, and a killer rhythm section to boot Jesse Valach and Blues Mountain have produced a tight riveting live show and with their self-tiled debut album and newly released ‘Separation Street’ both coming in at #3 on the Australian Blues and Roots it is a definite testimony to that. ‘Separation Street’ also received a nomination for Best Blues/roots Album at The Age Victorian Music Awards 2015 and carries the honour of being Melbourne Blues Performer of the year 2016 where he will represent the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in January 2017. With jam-packed album launches at the GH Hotel-St Kilda and The Catfish-Fitzroy including very successful overseas tours in New Zealand and Fiji Jesse Valach has proven that from local blues jams to the international stage he is a musician who is indeed on the rise.



After a sell-out show at this years Winter Jazz & Blues Festival, soul siren Lisa Faithfull and her band Soul Experience perform a sultry tribute to the greats including Aretha, Etta, Ella, Chaka Khan and many more.

Lisa Faithfull is the impressive front woman of profile funk outfit Soul Safari and also featured in the recent touring show Women Of Soul.  Her larger than life personality pours through her powerful voice and commanding stage presence. Lisa’s voice can channel the rough gutsy sound of Janis Joplin and Etta James, yet can also be as innocent as a young Aretha Franklin – all sometimes within the same song.  With a youthful energy that radiates so much joy her live shows feel like a celebration, even when she is singing about social justice and street life.  Her voice seems to carry an optimism and lightness that gives even the most heartbreaking ballad a hopeful energy.


Tim a singer song writer fronting his original band ‘Tim Smyth & Holy Trash’ has been and still is involved in a number of musical projects, playing alongside artists like: Them crooked vultures, dead letter circus, Phil Jamieson, John too good (shihad) and many more. Lisa fulfils her creative needs through ‘Poppy’ her solo project, a pop princess meets hard hitting soulful vocals. With this particular mix of male and female vocal, these two show their love and passion for music by creating a beautiful presence and musical ability onstage. Presenting new takes on top 40 with some well loved classics and originals added to the mix, this duo finds a way to keep everyone entertained.


Marmalade Machine are a six piece Soul/Disco dance band lead by Lady Marmalade’s Mish Wookey and Lori Knight.  If you ‘love the nightlife’ and ‘love to boogie’ then ‘you should be dancin’’ so ‘get up offa that thing’ and ‘shake your groove thang’ to The Magical Marmalade Machine!

Featuring Justin McLaren on guitar, Jon De Robillard on keys, Neil McDonald on the funky bass and Norbert Mancusi on drums. Get ready to ‘shake your booty’ when The Magical Marmalade Machine ‘play that funky music’ at a ‘disco inferno’ near you!


With a voice that will capture your attention and a performance that will leave not a single dry eye, Australian pop artist from the Mornington Peninsula, Maxon, is ticking all of the right boxes. Sassy, but also classy, Maxon presents an all-new brand of self-empowering pop whilst remaining true to a refreshing and raw style of songwriting.

2016 has presented the artist with an array of opportunities. A collection of six heartfelt songs was released in APRIL 16’ as her debut EP ‘New World’ – a first look into the musical world of Maxon. Challenging themes like unconditional love, heartbreak, change, and human strength, ‘New World’ gives us freedom and reminds us to keep life simple.

Following the release of ‘New World’ Maxon appeared on The Voice Australia, successfully auditioning with her own rendition of Delta Goodrem’s ‘Wings’. Due to her appearance on the show, and nothing Maxon regrets being apart of, ‘New World’ was almost impossible to find on the big wide web. With time to then write new music and develop her live show, Maxon describes the year as a blessing in disguise. Now we all get to experience ‘THE REAL MAXON’. Those lucky enough to see this live show and officially hear these songs live for the very first time will witness a stirring the Australian music scene is yet to encounter.


Miss Rosie is a Rock/Pop/Rockabilly band from Melbourne taking the scene by storm and eager to offer something different to the music world.

With the powerful voice of Miss Rosie Conforto, Miss Rosie offer a new flavour and diversity that’s keeping fans entertained and on their feet from start to finish. Featuring all the traditional Stray Cats shuffles and thumping rockabilly tunes of Imelda May and Devil Doll, Miss Rosie bring a bag of unexpected twists on songs from bands like Aerosmith, The Beastie Boys, Violent Femmes and even Cold Chisel, for an adrenaline pumping rockabilly mash to some 80’s classics along the way.

The band have been packing the crowds into some of Melbourne’s hippest venues since 2013 including The Prince of Wales, The Cherry Bar, Yah Yahs, The Vineyard, The Espy and The Elephant and Wheelbarrow. This year Miss Rosie hit the road touring Rockabilly festivals and car shows all over Australia including the Hot Rod Nationals at Phillip Island, Ballarat Beat and Cooly Rocks on the Gold Coast.


From the Studio to the stage, Nat Allison delivers a pitch-perfect scream, strut antics and evil guitar showboat. A high energy, guitar heavy performance with tough lyrics, powerful vocals and guitar solos to match.

To date Nat has played some 5000 gigs, including festivals and opening for big names such as Jimmy Barnes, The Screaming Jets, Martha Davis and The Motels, Invertigo and numerous others. Journeying to New York more than twenty times to write and record with Producer/Songwriter Mike Chapman (Blondie, Suzi Quatro, The Sweet, Smokey and countless others). The partnership has produced exciting material with Allison and Chapman continuing to add to their already impressive catalogue. Nat’s song ‘Anyone For Tennis’ was chosen by Channel Seven as the theme song for the 2010 Australian Open ad campaign and at the same time the single was released on iTunes (Australia) through Standard/Universal records. ‘Anyone For Tennis’ was also used by Eurosport in the U.K for the coverage of the Australian Open in 2012. One of Nat’s career highlights was in 2010 when she was invited to London to play guitar on legendary ‘Suzi Quatro’s’ latest album titled ‘In The Spotlight’ as well as being a guest on stage with Suzi on her 2011 Australian tour. Since then, Nat has toured the country playing in Suzi Q’s band for the Red Hot Summer tour and has only just arrived back from a second National Tour with Suzi concluding in February. Prior to that Nat played guitar for one of Australia’s most amazing vocalists ‘Vanessa Amorosi’. From interstate to international tours, TV performances and the video for Vanessa’s 2007 come back single ‘Kiss Your Mama’. Nat has also been seen gracing our TV screens when she was chosen to be the Hero Talent in Country Racing Victoria’s advertising campaign from 2010 to 2012. Keep an eye out for Nat’s EP which will be out later this year (2016) and she is currently touring the U.K & Europe.

‘Rock ’n’ Roll is not just about the clothes you wear, it’s about a hook, it’s about that guitar riff that hits you deep down in your soul and it’s about lyrics you’ll never forget.’ – Nat Allison



He comes on givin’ lip like your younger brother after a night on the turps. He’s all cheek and twists and a wry smile to keep you fooled. Then launches into some of the best driving blues you’ll hear in yonks.  Sammy Owen jumps and jives like a young George Thorogood, he shreds, his lyrics tease, and soon you’ll be yellin’ for more.

It’s always a good fit when you are a left- handed lead guitarist in your own band and luck it in with a left handed bass player. Such was the case with the Sammy Owen Blues Band. Owen, lead vocals and left handed guitar player met Michael Landells, a left handed ’78 Fender Precision bass player some time back and the two hit it off instantly and have been gigging together since. Both guys love playing in the blues vein and being younger musicians, endevour to keep this tradition alive by being traditional, yet expressing the music in their unique bent. Adding magic to the mix with his Hammond B3 is Liam Kealy who has been with Owen since 2012. They perform songs to certain traditional blues guidelines but add huge amounts of improv and literally play ‘in the moment’ with the vibe of their audience. They all feel this is what blues music is all about. Jessie Bates is the drummer whose Latin and reggae rhythm influence adds a unique version with his smooth rim shots and easy fills among spontaneous waw waw riffs, thus making the combo work really well. The Sammy Owen Blues Band plays energetic on the edge style with influences of Albert King, Buddy Guy, and Albert Collins. The original material written is based on everyday Melbourne life with the occasional comical experiences infused, so expect to hear exciting tunes laced with contemporary, funky, lively blues.


Sarah Rzek is an old musical soul in a young body. The fresh faced Melbourne Bayside singer/songwriter with a unique, soulful voice has been recording music for over five years and described as a fresh faced talent and has appeared on shows such as Australia’s Got Talent and the Planet Unearth TV show.  More recently, influential music writer Cameron Adams from the Herald-Sun named her among only 3 musicians that he identified as being hot in 2016!  It was in 2015 when Sarah first came to the attention of one Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum who has lost none of his talent for hearing a great voice and recognising amazing talent when a demo recording of ‘This Town’ found its way to him.  Within weeks, Molly was recording the song with Sarah and her band at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne with the assistance of renowned violinist Sally Cooper, the divine Colleen Hewitt with the Wesley College Elsternwick Choir and talented young engineer Matt Neighbour.


Independent blues/soul troubadour Shaun Kirk has come a long way since his debut release in 2010, earning him accolades such as “one of the most explosive solo acts Australia has to offer” and “one of the finest blues voices this country has ever heard”.   His latest album ‘Steer the Wheel’ debuted at #1 on the Australian Blues iTunes Charts and is Kirk’s most electrified record to date.

Shaun’s profile and recognition as a talented performer has steadily grown, supporting artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Allen Stone, JJ Grey & MOFRO, Big Bill Morganfield (son of the late great Muddy Waters), Diesel, Ash Grunwald and Mia Dyson as well as appearing in the line-up at many of Australia’s top festivals; Woodford Folk Festival, St Kilda Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and Byron Bay Bluesfest where he has been billed with the likes of Robert Plant, Taj Mahal, John Mayer, Ben Harper, Bonnie Raitt, Gary Clark Jr and Santana. He was voted the ‘Youth People’s Choice Award’ at the 2012 Blues at Bridgetown Festival, as well as winning the public’s vote for ‘Best New Artist’ at the 2013 St Kilda Festival, substantiating his increasing popularity with the punters. Shaun Kirk’s multi-instrument approach is a real stand-out. Playing individual drums with his feet, while he singing, playing guitar and wailing on his blues harp. Seeing is believing.


Melbourne singer/songwriter Simon Imrei returns with Let Go, the first single off his forthcoming second studio album, The Sum of ScenesA seasoned live performer who has toured with the likes of The Basics, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, The Weeping Willows & more, 2017 marks a welcome return for Imrei to performing his original music and reconnecting with audiences in both intimate acoustic settings, as well as in venues and at festivals with his full band lineup.

Since his debut, Imrei has performed around Victoria both solo acoustic and in a trio format, bringing a mix of unique blues and soul inspired cover versions and songs from his catalogue – including two independently released acoustic EP’s – to life onstage. In addition, he’s continued to pursue his long-standing passion for supporting local grassroots talent, organising regional showcase gigs, creating a hugely successful Open Mic Night at Side Street Lounge (Mordialloc) and hosting community radio programs on 88.3 Southern FM.


Tiana V was just 8 years old, when she picked up her father’s guitar for the first time she taught herself to play by reading chord charts and the rolling stones music books! From this she literally and metaphorically discovered her voice. Tiana V, with her soulfully unique urban acoustic style, has been a regular on the Melbourne music scene for 20 years. She has played a range of venues from private functions to The Esplanade Hotel St Kilda, the Workers Club Brunswick, The Delux Bar in Moonee Ponds, special events and charity functions. Her songwriting, originality and vocal ability continues to make her a highly sought after performer. Her voice and music has been compared to the likes of Jewel, Adele, Tracey Chapman and Sia. Tiana V cites her influences as Natalie Marchant, Tori Amos, Heather Nova and Jewel.


After years of gigging under various guises and in several formats, Tillerman Pete has emerged with his roots and blues infused solo work. With a blend of stomping slide guitar and acoustic story telling, Tillerman Pete draws on elements of the Blues, dirty indie and folky fingerpicking to create his own colourful take on life. Get your Hickinbotham on, Tillerman Pete’s providing a harvest for the sampling Sat 18th Nov.


Tim Morrison’s been back in the spotlight since re-appearing on The Voice and becoming one of the top four finalists on Delta Goodrem’s team. Before moving in a solo-music direction, Tim toured extensively out front for Melbourne rock outfit Trial Kennedy Signing a major record deal, Tim and Trial Kennedy toured and recorded overseas supporting bands including Silverchair, Good Charlotte, The Living End and Fall Out Boy just to name a few.  There are few places Tim feels more at home than on stage, with a great groove and a captive audience.


Melbourne’s power pop cover sensation Un-Limited continue to thrill crowds in some of the largest party venues and main events all around town.  Front man Daniel Argus is not only an established musician performing on multiple instruments, he’s also a season performer and renowned for keeping the dance floor full.  Combining the amazing vocals of Alyssa Comito, Un-Limited provide the biggest party starters including all the latest hits and classic anthems.


Local legends Matthew Schweiger and Walter Scott burst in to the local live scene with rave reviews from gigs at Gods Kitchen, Portsea Hotel and Revolver.  With their own special blend of acoustic rootsy rock and familiar faves…be sure to check out Walt n Swig!


Not even in Ireland would you hear a sound as rich, full bodied and unique as Zeon. Like a fine Irish single malt, their liberated melodies were distilled in the streets of Ireland and matured in the laneways and bars of Melbourne, Australia. The four piece, which fuses traditional and modern Irish tunes, with hints of folk, bluegrass and country, consist of: Zenita O’Neill on vocals, bodhrán and guitar; Tommy O’Neill on fiddle; James McKenzie on guitar, vocals, mandolin and banjo; and Tyler Campbell on drums. A shared love for playing folk music has seen Zeon evolve into a formidable live act. Playing small venues throughout Melbourne has led to the release of their popular EPs ‘Time Flies’ and ‘Drifter’ and appearances at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, National Celtic Festival, Hyde Park in Sydney and Melbourne Raw Revolution showcase. Now in their sixth year, Zeon are gathering momentum with a widespread following. Zeon’s commitment to their performance will make you stomp and sing and shed a tear as you hear new tunes and old favourites. With a musical style to savour, and a distinctly Irish flavour, Zeon will bring the old country to life in new and unexpected ways.