@Eumundi Coffee Co ♬ General admission $28.60
Since 2016, Hillsborough have been peddling their own brand of alt-country/blues at bars and festivals around Queensland. The culmination of years treading the boards at live music venues around the globe, Phil Usher and Beata Maglai have had the privilege of sharing the stage with a weird and wonderful kaleidoscope of artists – from The Dandy Warhols through to Tina Arena and a whole lot in between.
The name Hillsborough was adopted as a tribute to the region in Western Queensland where Phil’s family have been living since the late 1800’s. Started initially as a side project to Brisbane’s Psych/Garage machine Sacred Shrines, the group has carved out its own corner with the addition of Glen Russell (Double Bass) and Jonathan Pickvance (Drums) to their live shows, to help fully capture the sound of their debut album. Chief songwriter Phil Usher has had his work featured internationally on tv shows and movies, with songs featured on Gossip Girl, Dawson’s Creek, Bondi Rescue, Underbelly and more. With inspiration mined from a wide range of sources – from Outlaw Country to 60’s West Coast Psychedelia and beyond, Hillsborough’s nostalgic cowboy songs feature stripped back guitar wrangling, vintage keys and classic harmonies. Coming soon to a dive bar near you…
Michael Angelheart is a country musician and songwriter living on the Sunshine Coast, QLD.
Coming on to the music scene in Melbourne he made his mark with his debut album as it was shortlisted in the top 3 albums on the 2010 Australian Music Prize and garnered as Melbourne’s best new act by The Age newspaper.
Angelheart then took his then jangle driven guitar music to the international stage and based himself in New York before maturing into a consistent country auteur.
He writes earnestly about his experience (life in a big city, heartbreak of modern living, the loving and losing of everyday life) and approaches country music with honesty and a deep respect for the genre’s traditions.