Van Walker & Shane Reilly play 2 sets from 8pm FREE
Born & raised on the windswept prairies of north-west coast Tasmania, between lashings of hallucinogenic cheese & Magic Johnson, weened on William Blake & Ribald magazine, Van first heard the music of Bob Dylan around adolescence & began picking guitar & writing songs. Some hundreds of songs later and a hell-bent pick, he moved to Melbourne to form the rock’n’roll outfit The Swedish Magazines, and sing his unique hillbilly stuff on the side.
Drawing on the grand storytelling tradition of artists such as Ray Davies, Townes Van Zandt, Leon Payne & John Prine, & the acoustic finger-styles of John Fahey & Mississippi John Hurt, Van creates a sound both old & new, with a laconic familiarity that speaks to the heart with an intimacy more effortless than contrived.
Born in sunny Adelaide, Shane was given a guitar, played in many and varied bands, studied some classical, some jazz, moved to partly sunny but often cloudy Melbourne, and continued playing in many and varied bands. Shane recorded a solo album "Cupids and Cornucopias" in 2009, followed by stint on tour with Tex Perkins. Shane also plays with Matt Walker & Lost Ragas.