Newstead Live Sessions

AOQR is a webseries of interviews and duets hosted by Mandy Connell. The Newstead Sessions were shot in January 2019 and feature Skip Gorman, Enda Kenny, Above the Bit, Well Into Winter, Sarah Koshcak Ceramics, Kelly Skinner (Director of Newstead Live). Shot, recorded and edited by Bob Hutchison. Logo by 16th Floor Designs.

Newstead Live is located in central Victoria and takes place each year over the last weekend in January, featuring The Troubadour live music venue & wine bar, concerts, sessions, blackboard spots, workshops, Australia’s original trad disco and pool party, good food, camping, spacious setting & no sound spill between venues. It has been running for over fifteen years, the first six years as Chewton Folk Festival.

A range of diverse and highly regarded international and national artists perform in live music venues, concert spaces, workshops, impromptu sessions, spoken word performances and open-mic sessions. Music for all ages and genres, view our performer page to find out more. 

Newstead Live is managed by a voluntary body of members working together to develop their community.

Australian folk-roots music festival in the historic country town of Newstead, near Castlemaine, Central Victoria.

​An Otherwise Quiet Room acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we are located and where we conduct our business. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present. AOQR is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.