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This year, the Paynesville Music Festival will have a changed name and a changed format – the 2022 Paynesville Music Weekend!
Late last year, the Paynesville Business & Tourism Association reluctantly made the difficult decision to cancel the 2022 festival due to ongoing issues, rules, requirements and restrictions due to COVID, however, the committee still wanted to put something on in Paynesville for the local community and to attract visitors to the area on the last weekend in February.
The Music Festival Committee has been able to pull together a weekend of live music in Paynesville with most venues, cafes and restaurants featuring bands and musicians from Friday 25th February through to Sunday 27th February.
Whilst there will not be a main stage on Gilsenan Reserve, there will still be a huge variety of bands, solos and duos performing in Paynesville over the Music Weekend.
This also gives musicians an opportunity to be able to perform live again after having almost every gig and event cancelled due to COVID over the past 2 years.
H2O Tours & Adventures will host Lady Jodie Music Cruises with Joe Cool on the Saturday, there will be live music on The Floating Tin Shed across the weekend, local and school bands performing at the Rotary Club Foreshore Market on Saturday, and a band at Raymond Island Ferry Park on Sunday.

Mayor Cr Mark Reeves said he was thrilled to see live music return to Paynesville.
“The Paynesville Music Weekend is such a well-loved event, so it’s fantastic that we can go ahead at this challenging time with a line-up of amazing artists and iconic venues,” Cr Reeves said.
“The weekend will bring much-needed energy back to Paynesville and helps us support local businesses and showcase the Gippsland Lakes,” Cr Reeves said.
“I encourage everyone to make a weekend of it and enjoy the music, the artists, great food, local hospitality and everything Paynesville has to offer.”

Most of the entertainment will be free, and further booking information is available on the website. There will be something for everyone, including local school bands, The Soultanas, Sing n’ Swing, The Piano Wizard, Stu Hughes & The Blues Cruise, Kizzy Davies, Xtra Cover and Beats Workin’, just to name a few.
The weekend is proudly sponsored by the fabulous Paynesville Op Shop in Wellington Street, East Gippsland Shire Council and the Paynesville Business & Tourism Association.
Without the support of our generous sponsors, the weekend wouldn’t be able to go ahead.
The committee appreciates their support and that of the local community who are keen to see live music back in Paynesville this year!

The Soultanas * Joe Cool * Kizzy Davies * Olivia Lay
Doc White, Pete Howell, & Winston Galea * The Shady Frockers
Bairnsdale S.C. Swing Band * Whiskey Moon * Add Lib
Orbost S.C Swing Band * Jamie Lee & Geoff Stagg * Extra Cover
Beats Workin’ * The Piano Wizard * Screaming Stue and The Blues Cruise
Lady Luck & The Kings * East Gippsland Symphonia
Sing N’ Swing * The Bar Essentials * Auricular
Eric Lebon Trio * Moore Fiddling Around

Check back here or on our Facebook page for the program, event information and booking details.

Our Sponsors

This Weekend is proudly brought to you with the support of our sponsors – Paynesville Opp Shop, East Gippsland Shire Council, H2O Tours & Adventures, Paynesville Business & Tourism Association.

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Friday 25th February

Venue Band Time Cost Bookings Required Phone
Paynesville Wine Bar Doc White, Pete Howell & Winston Galea 7:00pm-10:00pm $20 entry (pre-payment essential) yes 5156 1395
Three double8zero Pizza Bar & Grill Kizzy Davies & Olivia Lay 6.30pm-9.30pm no cover charge yes 5156 6747
Paynesville Hotel Add Lib Music from 8pm free no 5156 6442
Bairnsdale Golf Club Bairnsdale Secondary College Swing Band 7pm-10pm $35 Per person includes 2 course meal yes 5156 6252
Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club The Soultanas 8pm – 11pm $25 per head
Bookings: TryBooking
yes 0438 800 266
The Floating Tin Shed Whiskey Moon 6pm – 8pm free no

Saturday 26th February


Venue Band Time Cost Bookings Required Phone
Paynesville Farmer’s & Makers Foreshore Market
Moved to the Community Hall behind the Library
Orbost Secondary College Swing Band
Bairnsdale Secondary College Swing Band
The Shady Frockers
9am – 10am
10:30am – 11:30am
12noon – 1pm
free no
Paynesville Wine Bar The Piano Wizard 7pm – 10pm $20 entry (pre-payment essential) yes 5156 1395
H2O Tours & Adventures present
Music Cruises on the “Lady Jodie”
2 cruise times available
“Joe Cool”
One Hour Music Cruises departing from
progress Jetty (near foreshore Craft Centre)
11am – 12noon
1:00pm – 2:00pm
3:00pm – 4:00pm
$25 per head
Bookings: TryBooking
yes 0438 800 266
Three double8zero Pizza Bar & Grill Moore Fiddling Around 11am to 2pm no cover charge no 5156 6747
Paynesville Hotel Xtra Cover Music from 8.30pm no cover charge no 5156 6442
Three double8zero Pizza Bar & Grill Beats Workin’ 7pm-10pm no cover charge yes 5156 6747
Paynesville Motor Cruiser Club Sing n’ Swing 6.30pm – 9.30pm no cover charge yes 5156 1340
The Floating Tin Shed Screaming Stue and The Blues Cruise 1pm – 3pm free no
Alma’s Restaurant Jamie-Lee & Geoff Stagg 6pm – 9pm no cover charge yes 5156 7888

Sunday 27th February

Venue Band Time Cost Bookings Required Phone
Alma’s Restaurant Jamie-Lee & Geoff Stagg 11am – 2pm no cover charge yes 5156 7888
St Peters by the Lake East Gippsland Symphonia 11.00am free no
Three double8zero Pizza Bar & Grill Kizzy Davies
Eric Lebon Trio
Joe Cool
2pm – 5pm no cover charge yes 5156 6747
The Floating Tin Shed Auricular 11am – 1pm free no
Raymond Island Ferry Park Lady Luck & The Kings 1pm – 3pm free no
Paynesville Wine Bar Jo & The Bar Essentials 4pm – 7pm $15 per head (pre-payment essential) yes 5156 1395


Moore Fiddling Around

Don and Kay have been playing together as “Moore Fiddling Around” for the past 10 years. “We have developed our own style, encouraging experimentation and spontaneity whilst blending instruments with vocals covering genres such as; light Classical, Irish, Bluegrass, Swing, 60’s,& 70’s & Country.” Don and Kay perform regularly at venues in Gippsland and while touring around Australia. Hear Kay play hot and fast and haunting fiddle while her mandolin lead solos bring out the power of a tune. Don brings a “rock” influence to the sound with his melodic style on guitar. His vocals will capture everyones attention. Kay contributes with harmonies to Dons vocals.
We hope you enjoy our music. Cheers !
Saturday – Three double8zero Pizza Bar & Grill – 11am to 2pm


XtraCover is all about great classic rock music. What could be more classic than The Who, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bad Company, Eagles, Tom Petty, The Hollies Neil Young, just to name a few? Throw in great Oz Rock acts like Men at Work, LRB, Daddy Cool, Crowded House, Sunnyboys, The Angels, AC/DC, Paul Kelly, H&C and Aussie Crawl and you’ve got one great night of songs to sing and dance along to. Mitch, Pete, Brandon, Grant and Macca give each song the XtraCover treatment which means, as Grant says, “The best cover band you’ve seen, since your last one!”
Saturday – Paynesville Hotel – From 8.30pm

Beats Workin’

Andrew and Duncan are both ‘noteable’ local musicians having each been involved in our region’s music scene for many decades. Recently they have joined together to form a tight, musical, and fun duo who continue to entertain audiences with their favourite classic and popular songs. Having an extensive and diverse song list they select songs ‘at the gig’ to suit the audience and are also pleased to take requests. This flexibility enables ‘Beats Workin’ to perform to a pub crowd one night and fully adapt to the needs of a wedding or restaurant the next. In many situations they provide both subtle, non-intrusive music in the background for audiences at mealtimes and later when ready, ‘rev it up’ for a night of fun and dancing. Andrew & Duncan are looking forward to a great, fun Saturday night for the Paynesville Music Festival weekend. 3 Double 8 Zero is one of their favourite local venues…Come along and join the fun!
Saturday – Three double8zero Pizza Bar & Grill – 7pm to 10pm

Kizzy Davies – Possum

Naarm based singer-songwriter Possum offers her contribution to the Australian folk canon with lyrical storytelling and earnest vocals. Definitely best listened to with a pint.
Possum is the solo project of Kizzy Davies, based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. The songs are inspired by folk storytelling and utilise pop influenced forms and harmony, contrasting the gentleness of the folk style with more abrasive stories which explore themes of alcoholism and generational cycles.
Skilfully shifting between cheeky and poignant, Possum’s intricate and evocative songwriting is consistently full of love for the stories it tells. Combined with traditional Australian folk song covers, her music captures a snapshot of Australia that threads cultural narratives through time and place; from the historical to a surreal present.
Friday & Sunday – Three double8zero Pizza Bar & Grill


Local singing teacher Shahnaz Pendergast and guitarist Jason Maidorn have been entertaining the residents of East Gippsland for 2 years, covering songs from the 70’s- now! Shahnaz has been running a singing school for 19 years and has been singing for 35 years, with all her musical knowledge and experience, Shahnaz offers through her singing school, private tuition, music therapy for kids and adults who have disabilities and band and artist mentoring. In 2019 Shahnaz brought Jason Maidorn on board to offer guitar tuition through her singing school. Shahnaz and Jason decided to work together and form acoustic duo, “Auricular”. Auricular are excited to part of this great music weekend and they look forward to entertaining you in the future.
Sunday – The Floating Tin Shed – 11am to 1pm

Whiskey Moon

Whiskey MoonWhiskey Moon, the fun duo of husband and wife, Mardi and Kevin Edwards, play the rock, pop, folk and country songs that have influenced their lives. Both have a long history in music with Mardi’s background in classical music and Kevin fronting bands going back to the early 70s. If you have as much fun listening as we have playing, you’ll have had a very good time indeed!
Friday – The Floating Tin Shed – 6pm to 8pm

Joe Cool

Joe CoolJoe Cool is an acoustic duo who have played together for 10 years. The boys play a variety of music genres including Aussie rock, country and western, pop, rhythm and blues. Joe regularly join forces with other musicians to cater for gigs. Joe Cool will be playing on the “Lady Jodie” for a one hour cruise around Paynesville and at threedouble8zero pizza bar & grill. Expect a fun time with audience participation a must!
Saturday – Music Cruises on the H2O Tours & Adventures “Lady Jodie” – 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Sunday – Three double8zero Pizza Bar & Grill

The Shady Frockers

The Shady Frockers
“The Shady Frockers” is a Jazz Band which rehearses in Swan Reach in the home of Pianist and Vocalist, Trevor Jones.
It includes the players:
Trevor Jones (leader) – Piano and vocals
Marion Clarke – Guitar and vocals
Al Chapman – Guitar
Saab Hardjo – Saxophones/Flute
James Newman – Saxophones/Clarinet
Steve Mizzi – Drums
Kees Dogger – Bass
The playlist is based in the Jazz era of the 1940s to 70s with tunes made famous by Miles Davis and John Coltrane but includes some nice Blues and early Rock & Roll classics.
The two vocalists, Trevor and Marion, are nicely balanced by the Woodwind playing of Saab and James with a swinging rhythm section driving it all along. Everyone is adept at soloing and the overall result is a perfectly balanced Jazzy performance.
Saturday – Paynesville Farmer’s and Maker’s Market on the Foreshore – 12 noon to 1pm
Saturday – The Community Hall (behind the Library) – 12 noon to 1pm

Orbost Secondary College Swing Band

Orbost Secondary College Swing Band
Orbost Secondary College Swing Band is a small jazz combo that plays mostly jazz standards in big band style. They also play jazz arrangements of rock and popular songs, and other genres such as funk. The group rehearse weekly before school and are ably led by teachers Sue Taylor and Gerry Ciavarella.

Saturday – Paynesville Farmer’s and Maker’s Market on the Foreshore – 9am to 10am
Saturday – The Community Hall (behind the Library) – 9am to 10am

Olivia Lay

Olivia Lay is a 21 year old musician living in Lakes Entrance and plays a primarily acoustic set comprised of original instrumental pieces as well as cover songs with vocals. Some of her career highlights include supporting Ruby Fields, Baker Boy, Nathan Cavaleri and Shaun Kirk, as well as winning the regional battle of the bands competition and playing at prominent venues such as The Tote Collingwood and The Palais Hepburn-Springs. Her musical inspirations include Newton Faulkner, John Mayer and John Butler.
Friday – Three double8zero Pizza Bar & Grill

Sing ‘n’ Swing

Sing ‘n’ Swing perform a great range of material from smooth jazz ballads to up-tempo swing and dance music – even rock and roll – Ideal for hotels, restaurants, parties, corporate functions, weddings, etc.
Gerry Ciavarella – Gerry has a Diploma in Jazz from the Victorian College Of The Arts and a Bachelor of teaching from Melbourne University. In Melbourne he played with many bands and toured nationally and internationally with artists such as Kylie Minogue and the Legends Of Motown: The Four Tops And Temptations.
He moved to Paynesville in 1995 to take up Instrumental Music teaching at Bairnsdale Secondary College. He was in charge of the popular swing band and became the music coordinator for some time. After spending 26 years at Bairnsdale SC it was time for change. He is now the Instrumental Music Co-ordinator at Maffra SC.
Gerry continues to play an active role in organising numerous functions throughout the community, providing music for fundraisers and other special events.
Starting Sing ‘n’ Swing with Jeff has been lots of fun – adding fills and solos on the sax. If you listen closely you might hear the odd vocal harmony.
Jeff Parkes – Jeff began his life in Jazz at fifteen, playing sousaphone with The New Harlem Jazz Band in Melbourne in the early 70s. He later became a founder member of Radio Days, a seven piece ‘little swing band’ in the late 80s, singing and playing sax and guitar.
A sea-change in 2002 brought Jeff to Raymond Island, then Mount Taylor where he recorded his solo CD ‘Look At Me’ which was released at the Raymond Island Hall in 2007. From there it was a natural progression to performing solo at hotels, bars, restaurants and private functions.
Jeff occasionally sang with Gerry’s various groups over the years and Gerry performed with Jeff but they decided to form Sing ‘n’ Swing as a Jazz Duo in 2017 and haven’t looked back.
Saturday – Paynesville Motor Cruiser Club – 6.30pm to 9.30pm

The Soultanas

The Soultanas started out in 2008 with a mix of music teachers and one off shore worker. The aim was to use a line up of musicians who had a large knowledge of different genres and could therefore play many musical styles very well. The 3 piece horn section (Trumpet, Alto sax, Tenor Sax) compliment a traditional pop band line up (Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keyboard), combing to produce a wide range of musical colours and tastes.

Each gig is a journey through the past 50 years of pop songs from all walks of life with emphases on crowd pleasing favourites through to semi forgotten gems. The idea is to create a musical experience that is special, memorable and above all, FUN!
Friday – Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club – 8pm to 11pm

The Eric Lebon Trio

The Eric Lebon Trio features Eric on Piano, Gerry Ciavarella on saxophone and David Clark on Percussion. The trio play a mix of latin standards and swing classics. They enjoy making music together and can’t wait to play at the music weekend in Paynesville. The trio will be performing at threedouble8zero from 2pm on Sunday 27th February. We hope you can come along and catch this exciting new group.
Sunday – Three double8zero Pizza Bar & Grill

Lady Luck and the Kings

Lady Luck and the Kings are a Melbourne Band. They have been performing since 2014 at festivals, private parties, cafes, corporate functions, pubs and wine bars.
Their repertoire consists of a variety of light rock, alternative country, songs by Lucinda Williams, including some classics such as Folsom Prison, These Boots are Made for Walking
and Bang, Bang and original songs.
Lady Luck and the Kings are a family-friendly band with a variety of good fun and easy listening to songs and provide a unique and enjoyable atmosphere wherever they perform.
Sunday – Raymond Island Ferry Park – 1pm to 3pm

Add Lib

Add Lib are well known throughout Gippsland and are Libby Mead vocals and Duncan Clark guitar. They have been playing together for over 20 years, as a duo or with a full band at various venues and functions. Their Rhythm section has changed over time but joining them for this performance is Ant Capobianco on drums and Frank Morgan on bass.
They play a variety of music genres from Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz standards and pub rock n roll favourites, something for everyone.
Friday – Paynesville Hotel – From 8pm

Bairnsdale Secondary College Swing Band

The Bairnsdale Secondary College swing band has been a staple presence at music festivals in the East Gippsland area and beyond, since its establishment in 1984. These include the Paynesville Music Festival, the Mount Gambier Jazz Festival, and the Merimbula Jazz Festival, all of which were annual gigs for the band up until two years ago. On Friday, February 25th the band is performing at the Bairnsdale Golf Club and on Saturday morning it will be playing at the Foreshore Market. The band’s leader, James Newman, is very excited by the band’s prospects. In his words, “These kids just love playing. Their attendance at after school rehearsals is exemplary and, what’s more, they concentrate hard to get the finer musical points right. I think they are terrific representatives for their school and the local community.”
Friday – Bairnsdale Golf Club – 7pm to 10pm
Saturday – Paynesville Farmer’s & Makers Foreshore Market – 10.30am to 11.30am
Saturday – The Community Hall (behind the Library) – 10.30am to 11.30am

Screaming Stue and The Blues Cruise

Screaming Stue and The Blues Cruise are a professional blues band with a rich history of involvement in the Australian blues scene. Between them the members of the band have toured, played, recorded, (and continue to do so), with the very best musicians this country has to offer.
Screaming Stue and The Blues Cruise was formed on Raymond Island 20 years ago and are:

Stue Hughes – vocals and guitars. A very accomplished musician, Stue is highly regarded as one of Australia’s best blues guitarists by both musicians and audiences. He was a founding member of the very popular Melbourne blues band Rocket 88 and for 15 years hosted the “Bluescruise” radio program on 3PBS.

Colin Wilson – keyboards. Colin “Possum” Wilson is definitely one of the finest piano players around. From solo to band gigs to recording sessions there is none like the Possum. A Sale local too!

Pete Howell – double bass. Regarded as one of Australia’s top bassplayers, Pete has played bass for many of this country’s best blues musicians – Dutch Tilders, Phil Manning, Broderick Smith, Kelly Auty and Margret Roadknight to name but some.

Winston Galea – drums. Winston is one of the top go to drummers in the blues scene. He has toured extensively in Australia and overseas (Europe and USA) with artists such as Phil Manning, Dutch Tilders & the Blues Club, Lloyd Speigel, Jeff Duff, Peter Cupples, Brownie McGhee, Lonnie Mack, Lonnie Brooks, Kirk Fletcher, Albert Collins, Hubert Sumlin, The Meters.
Saturday – The Floating Tin Shed – 1pm to 3pm

East Gippsland Symphonia

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About us

The festival is organised as a community event through the Paynesville Business and Tourism Association.