"Music is the Reason!" – Williamstown RSL – The Cnr of Melbourne Rd & Ferguson Street Williamstown – 03 9397 7642

Blues News

Monday Feb 6th

Have a look at our gig guide for 2012 and you will see a sensational line-up of musicians both national and international. It is a testament to our Club that we have a near on a full book for 2012 and we are still fielding enquiries from artists hoping to play at Way Out West.

It was a pleasure to host Dom Turner and Ian Collard last week for a night of authentic Delta Blues stripped back to guitar, harp and vocals and the support by Chris Russell just added to the night.

I was most impressed also with Nick Barker. What a brilliant performer and great guy to boot. We were very disappointed with the crowd but as my good friend Mick Newington often says ‘well that was one out of the box’ and pity the punters that missed out on something very special. Please do not become spoilt and only attend the bigger names as you are doing yourself a great misservice. I don’t think there is anywhere else in Melbourne where you can attend a club that is as welcoming, friendly has incredible sound production, where you can be up close and personal and not get ripped off for drinks. Way Out West is there for the musician, no other reason.

Stay tuned for a special announcement for a big gig in October.

We have had to cancel the Trivia Night due to the fact that my wife and daughter Cara are flying back from France that night and if I am not at the airport to greet them then I may never see another gig!


Sunday Jan 8th

Well were did that last year go? Well done to Jennie Brocko for organising the fantastic  New Years Eve Blues Cruise with our part band Collard Greens and Gravy. It must have been agreat night as I can’t remember the trip back from Docklands! I do recall though (somewhat hesitantly) that our Vice Prez had improved his pole dancing this year.

The gig calendar for 2012 is well under way. Keep checking back as there will be many more updates.  I am holding back for confirmation on an exciting event in March so stay tuned.

Can you mark your diary for a very special and important benefit gig at the Caravan Club Oakleigh for Sunday 26th of February 2012 (3pm-8.30pm.)


Aussie Rock Legend

“Rises from the Ashes”

Neale Johns (founder & lead vocalist of Blackfeather), with the assistance of fellow musicians, friends & Blackfeather fans, is rising from the ashes after his home and nearly all his possessions were recently destroyed in an “horrific” fire.

A Benefit to assist Neale and his family will be held at The Caravan Music Club 95-97 Drummond St, Oakleigh

On Sunday 26th of February 2012 (3pm-8.30pm.)

You and your Baby Boomer friends – Gen Xers & GenYs are more than welcome to party along as well  – are invited to come enjoy an absolute raging hoot of a day and give support to one of our great Australian artists whose No 1 hit “Boppin The Blues” is an anthem.

The big news is that ‘Blackfeather’ will perform on the day along with The Acoustic Beatles, The Bornstein Ultimatum – who will perform as “House Band” – along with Bobby Bright, Ken Murdoch, the outrageous Club Kenny and…..wait for it……Ross Wilson & Eric McCusker….along with Spectrum (Mike Rudd & Bill Putt), Wilbur Wilde, Dale Ryder, Brian Mannix and unique comedian Elliot Goblet……with other guests being announced in coming days…………

$20 entry – with ALL $20 going to Neale and his family in there time of greatest need.

* Your $20 ticket will put you in A DRAW to win Accommodation for 2 nites at ‘The Vue Grand” in Queenscliff (Valued at $500 – so hold on to your ticket)

At this stage we are looking at running ONE SUPER RAFFLE during the afternoon with a stunning Major Prize.

Tickets are being booked up as you read this…..and you are urged not to miss out by securing your tickets as early as possible after 9th January 2012!

Enquiries/Bookings to: Woody Wilson – (03) 9523 2254

Shane Laffy – (03) 9529 5981

Michelle Newman – (03) 9529 5981

Vicki Murdoch – 0425 702 371

July 26th 2011

We are just over half way through the year and our Gig diary is pretty much complete for the remainder of 2011. I can confidently say we have a stellar line-up of artists for your enjoyment. I would also hazard a guess that we would be the envy of any venue in Melbourne with what we have in store. Check out the gig page.

John Durr of Black Market music sent me through some information about the inaugural Blues Music Day (see attached PDF). I totally agree with John in that the Blues music scene is does not get the kudos it deserves and hopefully the initiative of having a day dedicated to the blues
will help to get more mainstream representation.

WOW will be sponsoring a category in the years Vic-Tas Blues (MBAS) awards which will be held this year at the Royal Standard Sunday 21st August 5 – 9pm. The MBAS and President Gary Jones are great supporters of our club and it is terrific to be able to reciprocate in this small way.

We have collected our new WOW postcards which we intend to distribute at various venues and events around town. Thanks to Chris Wilson for allowing us to use his image in helping to promote the club. Plus a big thanks to committee member Judith Prigg for arranging the artwork.


July 1st 2011

Thanks for having a look  at the new web page. Many thanks to our multi-talented photographer Bruce Davis  for putting it all together. We hope that you find the new site more  interactive and we encourage your participation and comments. We will have  video and punter vox pops as well as polls and special surprises so come back  regularly. I would like to thank Greg Branson for putting together our previous  site which served us very well over the years and the only reason for the change is to have greater visitor participation.

The club continues to go  from strength to strength and we are already taking bookings into the New Year.  I won’t let the cat out of the bag with whom we have booked, suffice to say we  have a couple of big names already pencilled in. Having said that I do encourage to come out as often as you can even though you may not have heard of  the band/artist. One thing I can assure you of is that we always have quality  and there is nothing better than seeing a band/artist for the first time and  getting that WOW factor.

As you know we are a Not for Profit organisation and  the cost of entry goes to the band. The artist is the most important thing to us  (apart from our beautiful punters!) and it is tough being a muso. What would life be without live music and you have the very best of the best local and  live. No Music, No Life, No Audience, No Club.

There are now many venues that have taken our lead and are putting on live Sunday music but I question their  motives sometimes. Is it the musician that is important to them or is it the bar takings. With us it is the muso first and foremost and your continued  support ensures we stay viable.

The Williamstown RSL proper will be putting on some gigs over the next few months. We do get a lot of expressions of interest for gigs and some of those do not fit with our Roots and Blues charter. Neither the less they are great acts and again if you can get down to the club to help keep the RSL as the premier entertainment venue in the West then I encourage you to do so. Coming up will be the AC/DC tribute night and later in the year Glen Shorrock plus Cotton, Keys and Morris.

That’s all from me for now. Please leave a comment and any suggestions as we want the new site to be a forum for all. Cheers the Prez


5 responses

  1. james mcfarlane

    Well done Bruce and wow this update is top notch.. jmcf

    July 15, 2011 at 6:36 am

  2. Di Wedding

    It was my first time there Sunday, and it was great to bop to Madder Lake again. It’s been over 30yrs but still thoroughly enjoyed it. The support act ( not for much longer) can really hold their own. They must be the main attraction next time. I think they were Sims’ Holiday Adventure. Anyway, those famous words I’ll be back. Di

    July 19, 2011 at 11:32 am

  3. Dennis Hanrahan

    looking foward to seeing John Hammond when he comes to town, thats me and about 20 friends that have been listening to his music for about 40years. last time we saw him live was at the Continental in Prahan, in the dark ages.Could you keep me informed as to when tickets will be available as I will want heaps. Cheers, Dennis Hanrahan.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:16 am

  4. Terry Lockwood and Susie Ross

    we came to our first wow afternoon last weekend and loved it. Jeff Lang and all were fabulous. The welcoming atmosphere was brilliant. As residents of Bright who visit Melbourne a lot, we plan to finish off our big smoke weekends this way again. And we were tucked up in bed only three and a half hours after the show. Still grinning.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    • Hi Guys
      We sure are glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon and make sure you come up and say hello

      October 19, 2011 at 2:14 am

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