Cafe News October


Phil Manning
(plus new ticketing arrangement)

Three events have happened since the last newsletter two music nights and the book launch & exhibition opening. In order, The Flirting Mazurkas flirted with a very appreciative Cockatoo audience until Kate finally declared that she'd had a long night in the kitchen and asked if everyone could go home after yet another encore. Artist William Kelly spoke at the exhibition / book launch to a small but keen group on the Friday night before Kavisha Mazella performed on the Saturday night.

Kavisha demonstrated just why she deserves the reputation she has acquired and charmed the Cocky audience with her songs and stories. A couple of surprise guests arrived to top the evening off - Andy Rigby and Joe Malatji.

And the action keeps happening. Saturday 11th of October we'll have Australian blues phenomenon Phil Manning at the Cockatoo.Many Australians know him as a member of Chain, the legendary blues band whose contribution to Australian music and the development of the blues in this country is unparalleled. Since the mid seventies, Phil has forged a brilliant solo career for himself. He has featured at all the major festivals and venues throughout the country, and the list of international artists he has toured with, performed alongside or recorded with is impressive.

His skillful touch and great passion for the blues have kept him musically progressive, always prepared to interest himself in new musical ideas whilst maintaining his stylistic purpose.

In order to keep attracting top entertainers like Kavisha and Phil Manning to our little café in a country town, we have decided to change our booking arrangements. We have gained an impressive reputation as an acoustic music venue but we do need to accurately know just how many bums are going to turn up to sit on seats, and hence if we are going to be able to pay entertainers their expected fee.

Rather than just take a record of bookings we are going to sell $20 prepaid tickets. Ten dollars will go to the entertainer and ten dollars will go towards the food bill. Its not quite Bass but we do need to reduce the last minute panic about cancellations. Either pay in person, send a cheque or quote a credit card over the phone.

As usual meals are served before and between entertainment. A range of wines and beers is available. Suggested arrival time around is 7.00PM.

Philip for Anna, Kate and Jazz

PS If you're travelling a few ks, think about staying the night -
The Golden Triangle Motel 54 681 166
The Caravan Park with cabins ($49) and on site vans ($27.50) 54 681 262.
The two pubs in town have accommodation but we're not sure what their current star rating is.
The Railway Hotel 54 681 077 and The Royal Hotel 54 681 313
New up-market B&B is Footers Mansion
(PPS Café hours are Friday and Saturday 10am to 9pm, and Sunday 10am till 4pm, Friday Happy Hour 5 - 7pm.)
( PPPS - Andy Irvine in December)


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