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Castlemaine Jazz Festival – Live at The Coolroom

Duration: 8-9 June 2024

Castlemaine Jazz Festival once again comes to The Coolroom at the Northern Arts Hotel. We are just one venue with  38 bands performing in the 6 venues – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine Bowling Club, Phee Broadway Theatre, Coolroom at the Northern Arts Hotel and this year two nights at the Boomtown Winery. 

You can wander from venue to venue at your leisure and enjoy some beautiful Jazz this Kings birthday weekend (June), or you can stay at just one! The Program at The Coolroom at the Northern Arts Hotel includes some current favourites and some new to the venue.

Saturday 8 June | 12-10pm
12.00noon Steamboat Whistlers [T]
1.20 pm The Django Fretts [T]
2.40pm Rebecca Barnard [T]
4.00pm TMT (Tamara Murphy Trio) [C]
5.20pm Meg Corson & Cam Scott [M]
6.40pm Nigel Maclean [C]
8.00pm Hargreaves Jazz Quartet [M]
9.20pm Stat [C]

Sunday 9 June | 12-8pm
12noon Ben Nieuwkerk’s Strange Awakening [C]
1.20pm The Anticlinal Fold [C]
2.40pm The Bird Conference [C]
4.00pm Kind Of Blue Trio [M]
5.20pm. The Clunk Orchestra [F] [cancelled]
6.40pm Maggie Jackson NYJazz Trio [M]


Tickets for the weekend are available from 

The Sentimental Bloke with Live Music

Duration: 16-17 March, 2024

THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE With live music by Jen Anderson and The Larrikins

Saturday 16 March 7.30pm-10pm
Sunday 17 March Matinee 2.30 pm-5pm


The Sentimental Bloke  [1919] will be presented in-cinema with a music score by Jen Anderson, which is performed live by Jen Anderson & The Larrikins [Dave Evans and Dan Warner]. The film, an icon of Australian silent film, is based upon the best-selling verses of C.J. Dennis. It humorously tells the heart-warming story of Bill – the Sentimental Bloke – and his sweetheart Doreen

“The pièce de résistance of Australian feature film-making from the silent era” The Guardian

About the Film

The film is the digitally restored version which incorporates new footage found in the vaults of the George Eastman House (Rochester, New York), and restored with the vibrant colours of the original tinting and toning. Director. Raymond Longford was one of the Australian silent era’s most prolific and successful film directors.

An adaptation of C.J. Dennis’ verse narrative of life set on the backstreets of inner Melbourne in the 1910s, The Sentimental Bloke is a tale of redemption, depicting the social rehabilitation, courtship and marriage of the titular ‘Bloke’, Bill (Arthur Tauchert) to his sweetheart, Doreen (Lottie Lyell). Lyell, an international star of the Australian silent era and a filmmaker in her own right, co-wrote and edited the film with Longford, her partner and key creative collaborator until her premature death in 1925, from tuberculosis. Lyell was 35.

For the film, Longford and Lyell relocated the setting from Melbourne to Sydney, shooting on location in Woolloomooloo, which then enjoyed a well-earned reputation as a tough inner-city neighbourhood, as well as at Manly Beach and the Hornsby Valley (the orchard scene). Longford’s direction – Longford was himself an actor before becoming a director – elicited a remarkable naturalness from his talented cast, which also featured Gilbert Emery in the role of Ginger Mick.

A hit when it opened at Melbourne Town Hall on the 4th of October 1919, The Sentimental Bloke broke domestic box office records and screened to packed houses for some years. It subsequently disappeared without trace once ‘the talkies’ took over until the 1950s when it was rediscovered in a film library in NewYork!.

Saturday 16 March 7.30pm
Sunday 17 March 2.30pm


*The Digitally remastered versions is presented courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


The Band
Jen Anderson and The Larrikans

About The Band
Jen Anderson
Jen has earned an international reputation as a composer and improvising violinist. With a strong classical training background and many years of professional performance  improvising with numerous bands, she has also composed music for film, television, theatre and dance.

Jen has enjoyed national success with her score and live performance of string quartet music to the silent film ‘Pandora’s Box’, and further national and international success with her score for the silent film ‘The Sentimental Bloke’. Jen and her band the Larrikins accompanied the screening of the film at several prestigious screen events including the London International Film Festival (UK), Pordenone Silent Film Festival (Italy), Telluride Film Festival (Colorado USA), Tokyo Film Festival (Japan) and Chungmuro Film Festival (Seoul, Korea).

As a composer for film and television her many credits include Ablaze (documentary feature film, 2021) The Show Must Go On (documentary 2019), Hunt Angels (documentary feature film) The Goddess of 1967, Simone de Beauvoir’s Babies (ABC television mini-series), and the silent movies Pandora’s Box and The Sentimental Bloke.

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The Larrikins
Dave Evans 
Dave Evans is one of Melbourne’s most acclaimed musicians, widely recognised for his mastery of all musical genres. He performs regularly in Northern Europe and has performed and recorded with The Band Who Knew Too Much, Bric-a-brac, and Jen Anderson & The Larrikins. Dave Evans has performed across Australia in mainstream theatre shows and avant-garde works. He played the featured accordionist in the stage musical Warhorse. His interpretations of tango on the accordion bring his jazz improvisation skills to the fore as well as showing an authentic understanding rarely heard outside native Argentina.

Dan Warner
Dan Warner is a songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. In the 80s and 90s, Dan sang and played rhythm guitar in several local bands including The Warner Brothers, Overnight Jones, Dan & Al and The Largest Living Things. Dan now plays with his band The Night Parrots featuring Marcel Borrack, Clio Renner, Nathan Farrelly, Adam Simmons and Ash Davies. Dan has contributed to The Sentimental Bloke project as one half of The Larrikans with Dave Evans.


Magic Lantern Music Show

Duration: 10-11, February 2024

A biunial magic lantern built from mahogany and brass in the nineteenth century by Newton & Co.

Article from Castlemaine Mail Feb 2024
Some of the most intense experiences to be had at the turn of the last century were produced by the magic lantern apparatus as people sat together, shoulder to shoulder, in the dark.  Head to the Coolroom at the Northern Arts Hotel this February as Crank Williams, Patsy Decline and Martyn Jolly work their magic, reconjuring the same sensations and emotions felt by Australian audiences over a hundred years ago. 

Colours will swirl and twist in the dark, stories of heartache, despair and desire will be vividly rendered on the screen.  They will be performing a series of authentic, original chro- matropes — optical devices where a handle and a cog spin concentrically patterned discs of glass in opposite directions to generate psychedelic pulses of pure colour sensation. 

They will also be performing a series of ‘dissolving views’, where hand-coloured squares of glass made from ‘life models’ photographed against painted backdrops, are dissolved one into another to illustrate a story or a song.

Crank Williams will be performing vocals; reel-to-reel tape recorder from the 1960’s with its original magnetic heads, a heavily used RCA 1/4 inch tape recorder from the late 1960’s; 1951 National Chicagoan six string lap steel guitar; Hagstrom six string hollow body electric guitar; and a1965 fender tube reverb tank.  Patsy Decline will be performing vocals; and playing a Moog theremin (a modern-day model of a classic instrument de- signed by Leon Theremin in the 1920’s).

Martyn Jolly uses slides from the 1800s and early 1900s including; the Lights of London Town, and hand-tinted life models magic lantern slides, to recreate the magic experienced by audiences more than 100 years ago.

7.30pm, Saturday, February 10 and 2.30pm Sunday, Febru- ary 11 at the Coolroom- Northern Arts Hotel 359 Barker Street Castlemaine. 

Tickets: $20/$15 or $55/$45 for a share package (two tickets plus bottle wine). 

Seating is limited so bookings are essential – 


Castlemaine Safe Space Raffle

Duration: 26 November 2023

Big shout out to over 60 amazing businesses who have donated goods and vouchers to our three big raffle baskets. Over $1600 in value!  Fundraising is part of the  It’s Almost Christmas Spectacular Fundraising Concert on Sunday 26 November from 5pm-7pm. All money raised goes to Castlemaine Safe Space. Two will be drawn at the event and one will be drawn on 17th December at our final event for 2023. @followers

you can buy tickets online:

And here is the list!
Aolita, Art Supplies Castlemaine, Bakers Delight, Beehave, Blackbird Cafe, BMS Mower Service, Boomtown, Bubble & Squeak Pet store, Castlemaine Floristry, Castlemaine FRESH, Castlemaine Noodle, Castlemaine Office Supplies, Central Wine Store, Chapmans Picture Framing, Clifford’s Quality Cuts, Computers Sales & repairs, Desa Shoes, Extremity, Fasom Plumbing, Green Green Goes the Grocer, Hip Pocket workwear, Home Timber & Hardware, Hot Variety, IGA Supermarket, Ivy & Grace, JM Leech Jewellers, Little General Kids, Love Shack, Lyall Eales Store McShanags Pie Shop, Maine Second-hand, Maine Shoes & Accessories, MAXI Supermarket, McKenzie Davey Amcal Chemist , Mensland, Merchants of Mostyn, Midland Pet Supplies, Miss Maisie, Moxie Café, Mulberrys, Nem Viet, News Lotto, ONI Streetwear, Origini Cafe, Pet Stock, Pyrenees Premium Meats, Ritchies, Saint Florian Café, Shoestring Market, Stocks Gifts & Gallery, Stoneman’s Book Room, Taste Of the Orient, Terry White Pharmacy, The Corner Store, The Cumberland Hotel, The Moon-Massage, The Tea Dispensary, Theatre Royal, Togs Place, Travellers Choice,Tribe, WILD Food & Wine.

Thanks to staff member Claire Perry  [left in photo with Safe Space member Rose] for her hard work in getting such an amazing groups of donations together.



TimeOut Melbourne Magazine Feature

Duration: May 2023

The best natural wonders to find in  Bendigo, Castlemaine and surrounds 

Less than two hours from Melbourne, Victoria’s beautiful goldfields region has stunning landscapes as well as a wealth of history, culture and great eats. 

By Matthew Kennedy in association with Visit Victoria and Bendigo Regional Tourism Friday 5 May 2023 Northern Arts Hotel | Photographs: Carmen Zammit 


Experience high art on the hilltop at Northern Arts Hotel 

Castlemaine has long been celebrated for its commitment to the arts, and the Northern Arts Hotel is no exception. While rooms here are warm, charming and steeped in history, it’s the atmosphere that made us fall in love with this hotel – owned and operated by Maggie Fooke, whose now-closed Brooklyn Arts Hotel was a Fitzroy institution. Arriving on a Saturday afternoon, we catch the tail end of a poetry reading & workshop (sorry for the interruption, guys!). After ducking out for dinner, we join the locals in the main room for some slow jazz and wine by the fire. It’s great to see Maggie’s dedication to the arts is as strong as ever with such a diverse roster of salons, screenings, talks & performances. 

Download a copy of the story here



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