By Michelle Pini
Published in Warrandyte Diary
IF you live in the greater Warrandyte area and live music is your thing, then forget the Corner Hotel (too far), Rod Laver Arena (too crowded) or the Palace (no longer operating) and take a short drive to Wellers of Kangaroo Ground to cure the winter blues and caress the soul.
Even mid-week, which can seem like a big effort, top Australian musicians play to a packed house in a cozy, relaxed and unpretentious setting.
On the night fellow Diary reporter Cherie Moselen and I went along, we were treated to the pure, baritone sounds and untamed sex appeal of Tex Perkins, accompanied by Charlie Owen’s crisp, resonant guitar tones.
Sprinkling breaks between songs with his mischievous, suggestive charm, Perkins joked about the intense heat of the stage lighting, but managed to raise the temperature in the room by oozing intimacy with every song.
A menu of mainly comfort-style food is prepared with care, served on time (top acts won’t be kept waiting) and complemented by a small, but considered wine list, which pays tribute to the Yarra Valley. Or, you can have an early dinner at home and turn up just for the show and a few after-dinner drinks from the well-stocked bar.
Icon acts coming to Wellers include: Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, Diesel, Mark Seymour and Wendy Matthews.
- Wellers is open Wednesday to Sunday from Noon till late. Phone 9712 0266 or visit http://www.wellers