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Tickets selling quick for Daniel Champagne with The Inner Vision – Sat May 4 in Yackandandah

Daniel Champagne hits North-East Victoria on Saturday May 4 as he brings his guitar showmanship and exquisite songs to Yackandandah Public Hall.

When Indigo FM caught up with Daniel earlier this week he was on a short break on his tour schedule that began on 1 March at the Cobargo Folk Festival in NSW and has taken him all over New Zealand and back in Australia playing shows in the various cities and towns of Tasmania and South Australia.

Daniel has just commenced a run of dates in Victoria and had this to say about his upcoming Yackandandah show.

‘Five weeks into the Australia / New Zealand tour and what an amazing time it’s been! Lots of new places I never thought I’d get to play in, wonderful people and happy music making! I’m excited to get back into Victoria playing some some of my favorite towns along the way. For Yackandandah, it’s always one that I look forward to in the beautiful Public Hall. Also I’m excited that we’ve added some special guests from Beechworth The Inner Vision for the show!’

The Inner Vision will play songs from their just released debut EP ‘Understand’ and had this to say about their support slot for Daniel.“Playing with Daniel Champagne will be an experience unlike any other we have had before. We are so grateful for this offer and are extremely excited to be a part of it”.

On the morning of the gig The Inner Vision will play live in our Yackandandah Studios around 9am on Scott’s show ‘Everyone Deserves Music’. Shortly after this gig, they embark on a trip to the UK as part of a Dreamfields creative youth exchange.

Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 (plus booking fee) online. To get your ticket click here.

Also Indigo FM is holding it’s second ever Record Fair the same day from 9am – 3pm in the same venue Yackandandah Public Hall.  Details can be viewed through Facebook Events here

Indigo FM secures $3,000 AusNet grant to stream and link sites

Indigo FM Vice-President Bernie Jovaras was on hand to accept the grant cheque from AusNet

Indigo FM have received a $3,000 cheque as a recipient of AusNet’s ‘Energising Your Community’ Development Program. This grant will enable the local radio station to provide a streaming version of Indigo FM as well as providing links between each site to share content.

President Scott Landells explained that streaming and sharing content are key long-term strategic goals. “We are thrilled with the receipt of this grant, which will enable us to take on board a project that for us is very exciting and quite challenging. We wish to thank AusNet for making the grant available as well as Indigo Shire for partnering with AusNet and encouraging community groups such as ourselves to apply.”

“Our licence category limits the power wattage that we can transmit with and we are very much aware that audiences on the fringe of the towns where we operate – Beechworth, Tangambalanga and Yackandandah (and shortly Chiltern) are currently unable to receive our signal. Being able to stream Indigo FM will enable us to connect with those audiences and help in continuing our quest to be a local voice for communities of Indigo Shire.”

“This grant will also allow us to share content – such as radio shows, specials, interviews, announcements, community, tourism and event promotion between our sites. Whilst some of Indigo FM’s content is site specific, a lot can be shared to our other sites, which we feel will add significantly to the Indigo FM listening experience.”

Indigo FM can be tuned into on 88.0 FM in Beechworth, Tangambalanga and Yackandandah. A Chiltern site is planned to be up and running before mid-year on 87.6 FM.


Volunteer spotlight – Felicity Rule

In 2019 we will be shedding a bit of light on the various volunteers at Indigo FM who contribute so much behind the scenes.  Felicity Rule  – Fizz to her many friends – is one of those volunteers. A collage of Fizz’s work can be viewed here – as well as her interviewing a couple of musos at By The Banks 2019.

Some of the tasks Felicity does quietly in her spare time include –

  • Taking notes for Beechworth Presenters Meetings and Sub-Committees
    Marketing Sub-Committee (core member along with Doug Wallen, Scott Landells and Phil Fraser)
  • Designed event posters and social media images for Radiothon and Music Trivia
  • Handles the cash and ticket arrivals at Events like Music Trivia Nights and Concerts
  • Designs Gig Guide logos
  • Does the Gig Guide as a back-up
  • Designed the Indigo FM Presents banner
  • Conducted phone interviews and created podcasts in support of:
    A Hitch To The Sticks – interviewed Ella Hooper from Killing Heidi
    Beechworth Celtic Festival – interviewed William Hutton from Claymore
    By The Banks Music Festival – interviewed organiser James Eggleston

Here is Fizz’s story in her own words.

“As a volunteer presenter for over a year now, I’d like to take the time to thank our local radio station Indigo FM, our President, my fellow presenters/volunteers and everyone who is tirelessly and creatively involved with the station on all levels. A massive thank you also to our open-minded listeners, who take a chance listening to our shows, be it live or via podcasts.

We voluntarily give up our time and creative energy for the Indigo Shire community, supporting and mentoring each other as volunteers along the way. Our music features more variety than your daily commercial radio and I am proud of this. It’s what makes us unique. Our Trivia nights and special concert events are so much fun, and we delight in bringing you the weekend Gig Guide each Friday.

We have overcome every hurdle thrown in front of us and also never waver in our focus to provide a voice to our local community.

Music is universal, it’s sure to be about the one thing we all have in common. Music brings people together, even as our music tastes may be different. Which is okay, because not everyone can like the same artists, bands and genres. You can always ‘turn the dial’ so to speak if some music isn’t to your liking.

I made several mistakes when I first started (and sometimes still do) which I admit, own, leave behind me and laugh about later. That is always a possibility when you are presenting a show live. But the show goes on!

I must say I was trained incredibly well and taught not to draw attention to my mistakes, but to push on gracefully. After all, I am an imperfect human being who is bound to make error from time to time (as we all know, no one on this earth is perfect). I am not my mistakes and neither is The Nostalgia Hour.

As someone who was struggling personally in 2017, Indigo FM welcomed me and allowed me to utilise my creativity as an artistic person, which is often stifled by the routine of adult life. I have never been a part of such a mature team of people who work in respectful cohesion with one another.

If not for Indigo FM, I would not have had so many creative opportunities and experiences. I am so proud of the station‘s reputation, which is thanks in part to those out there in our community, who truly know us by our efforts and presence.

I get to do what I’ve always wanted to do: to live my life creatively on a regular basis and I could not be more thankful.

We do all this for you and will continue to do so.

Much respect and love

– Felicity (volunteer presenter of The Nostalgia Hour since May 2017)

The Inner Vision to support Daniel Champagne

Popular young Beechworth duo The Inner Vision have been confirmed as the support act for Daniel Champagne’s Yackandandah Public Hall Concert on Saturday May 4.

Asha and Indigo from The Inner Vision

The Inner Vision formed in 2017 and have been enjoying a steady rise in popularity performing at various venues and events within Indigo Shire including Beechworth Music Festival, old Beechworth Gaol, Battle of the Bands, Bridge Road Brewers and the Empire Hotel. They are are a two-piece consisting of Asha (guitar / vocals) and Indigo (piano).

“Playing with Daniel Champagne will be an experience unlike any other we have had before. We are so grateful for this offer and are extremely excited to be a part of it”, said Asha.

Shortly after this gig, The Inner Vision are very excited to be embarking on a trip to the UK as part of a Dreamfields creative youth exchange.  They will also release an EP in April 2019.  Their music is available on Triple J Unearthed and can be heard here


Indigo FM Presents Daniel Champagne in Concert – Yackandandah 4 May

Daniel Champagne on stage at Yackandandah Public Hall in 2018. Photos courtesy of Tracey Hawkins

Indigo FM Presents ace guitarist singer songwriter Daniel Champagne who will grace the stage again at Yackandandah Public Hall on Saturday 4 May.

“We are honoured to have the opportunity to host a date on Daniel Champagne’s 2019 Australian tour promoting his Satellite City EP. Last year’s concert was a simply breathtaking performance and we are very excited that Daniel will take to the stage at Yackandandah Public Hall on Saturday 4 May,” said Indigo FM President Scott Landells.

“Daniel has especially written a tune for us too – one of the 3 tracks on his Satellite City EP is titled “Indigo” – a 2 minute instrumental that Champagne described thus “I named an instrumental piece ‘Indigo’ after the word jumped out at me driving to town for my 2018 show”.

“Champagne is based in Nashville Tennessee, and securing his agreement to again include Yackandandah on his National tour was a case of him approaching us which says a lot about the enthusiastic reception he received in Yackandandah last year as well as support from the Yackandandah Folk Festival early on in his touring career,” Landells said.

Doors open from 6:30pm, Music from 7:30pm.

Tickets are $20 pre-sale (aged 15 and over, children under 15 are free) and can be booked on-line from the link below.

Get your tickets here

Tracks from Champagne’s Satellite City EP can be heard here

Support act for the night will be announced shortly.

Want to know a bit more about Daniel Champagne? Take a read of his BIO




One reviewer recently wrote – ‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’ (

The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today.

At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road. The next five years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing such festivals as Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest.

As well as touring and sharing stages with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco, Jake Shimabukuro, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Tommy Emmanuel, Albert Lee and Kaki King – all of this while writing, producing and independently releasing two Eps,  Gypsy Moon Volumes 1 and 2,  his first long player ‘Pint of Mystery’ (2011)  ‘My Own Design’ (2009) and ‘Wide Eyed and Open’ (2010), and the ‘Real Live’ offering in 2012.

His latest full length release “Fault Lines” (2017) is available now and his new project, Satellite City EP (2018) is comprised of three singles, Satellite City (out Sept 14), Indigo (out Oct 12), and The Great Divide (out Nov 1).

As one reviewer recently wrote, “still in his early twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene” (The Dwarf).

Doug keen to meet the challenge at Beechworth

Indigo FM Beechworth has a new Site Co-ordinator with Doug Wallen stepping into the role in early January.

“I’m honoured to take on the role of Site Co-ordinator for Beechworth. I’ve loved being involved with Indigo FM since moving to the region two years ago, and I look forward to fostering more engagement with the community and welcoming more diverse voices to our local airwaves”, Wallen said.

Each Indigo FM site is co-ordinated by a volunteer Site Co-ordinator whose role is to connect and engage the local community and members / presenters as well as provide an important conduit to the Committee of Management and Sub-Committees.

President Scott Landells is excited with Wallen’s appointment. “Our Committee of Management are rapt that Doug has agreed to take on the role. It can be a challenging role at times, however we’re very confident that with the support of our off-air team and local members that Doug will add to the great work that has been contributed in previous years by the likes of Daniel Goonan and Mark Alcock”, Landells said.

Wallen has been an active contributor to Indigo FM’s Marketing and Events push these past couple of years, since joining as a presenter in early 2017.

As well as the off-air role, Wallen’s popular Waste The Alphabet show – which airs Tuesday nights from 7pm and shines a spotlight on Australian independent pop and rock tunes continues into its third year.

To contact Doug please email [email protected] or call 0488 277 703.

Playlist Launch 13.0 – December 2018 – “Most Diverse to date”

Our latest playlist has launched in recent days at each site. It has 600 songs with 60% Australian content and features music from many of the artists from both upcoming and recent Music Festivals throughout the region as well as a number of live to air performances.

This Playlist will run through the first half of 2019 and is quite likely our most diverse playlist to date. The 600 songs are provided by 550 different musical artists.

Big thanks to all our contributors. On this occasion we had members and presenters from each of our Beechworth, Chiltern, Tangambalanga and Yackandandah sites contribute.

n a few weeks we will record a two hour preview of the playlist to go to air at each site which will be available as a podcast.

To view what is on our playlist click here

88.0 Kiewa-Tangam hits the airwaves

With the opening strains of Simon and Garfunkel’s classic hit Cecilia, 88.0 Indigo FM Kiewa-Tangam was launched Sunday evening 25 November around 7pm.

We’re so excited to announce that the culmination of several months of work behind the scenes from the Indigo FM Committee of Management and local community has us on the airwaves in Kiewa-Tangam on 88.0FM.

88.0 Indigo FM Kiewa-Tangam now joins our sites at Beechworth and Yackandandah as a full-time radio site, open for business. A fourth station at Chiltern is aiming to be on air early in 2019.

Our site is based right next to O’Neill’s Butchers at the Lion’s Den which is managed by the Lions Club of Kiewa-Tangambalanga. Indigo FM wishes to thank Peter Croucher for his efforts to secure this site.

If you’ve ever harboured a secret ambition to have your own radio show, well we want to talk to you about making that happen. We would love for you to become a regular presenter on 88.0 Indigo FM Kiewa-Tangam. Your show might be about music that you love – or films, IT, cars, gardening, sport etc. Talk to us about your passion and we will train you up to make it a reality.

Membership of Indigo FM ranges from $14 if you’re a student or pensioner/concession to $80 per annum for a business. That will get you two 30 second recorded announcements per day on our airwaves indicating your support of Indigo FM. Full Membership details are available here.

We’re also keen to take on volunteers who wish to support Indigo FM in a range of behind the scenes roles.

For all enquiries please email us on [email protected] or call Greg on 0448 110 212.

88.0 Indigo FM Kiewa-Tangam will be on air 24 hours a day, 7 days per week and plays a unique mix of music interspersed with announcements for local businesses and events. Musically we are very proud of the fact that our sites embrace diversity and play a minimum 50% Australian content, including a focus on current, independent Australian artists, many of whom are either based locally or have toured through the Indigo Shire playing at local festivals, pubs, wineries, cafes, halls etc. We mix this in with some familiar tunes and then change our playlist every 6 months to keep things sounding fresh.

Our licence category is a essentially a narrowcast licence which means low power and a very local transmission – approx 5km radius from the studio site. For this reason we are technically classed as “local radio” – as distinct from community radio.

This site is a true partnership between the Lions Club (for the site), Indigo Shire Council (whose recent Community Grant has enabled the purchase of equipment), Indigo FM members (whose funds allowed the investment of a licence purchase) and your community (who have been very generous to date with the donation of many pieces of equipment and furniture).

Tune in now!

2018 Radiothon Prize Winners Announced

Our 2018 Radiothon Prize Draw was conducted on air last night at our Beechworth studio. Scott was assisted by Lex and Rikki from Beechworth Music Festival – one of our Radiothon Sponsors. Prizes up for grabs included:
  • A Major Prize of 1 x Double Pass to the upcoming Beechworth Music Festival (BMF) – Jan 25/26 2019 @ Madman’s Gully, Mayday Hills
  • 3 x Single Pass prizes to upcoming By the Banks Music Festival – Saturday Nov 24 @ Willowbank in Albury
  • 3 x Single Pass prizes to the upcoming Beechworth Music Festival (BMF) – Jan 25/26 2019
The Major Prize was won by Sandy and Anne Geddes of Beechworth. Congratulations guys!
Other prize winners are listed below:
  • Nigel Smith and Gab Prior (Beechworth) – choice of a single pass to either BMF or By the Banks
  • Phil Buerckner (Yackandandah) – choice of a single pass to either BMF or By the Banks
  • Bernie Jovaras (Beechworth) – choice of a single pass to either BMF or By the Banks
Leftover prize winners (dependent on above choices):
  • Felicity Rule (Wangaratta) – a single pass to either BMF or By the Banks
  • Andrea Leonard (Rutherglen) – a single pass to either BMF or By the Banks
  • Bron Howlett (Yackandandah) – a single pass to either BMF or By the Banks
3 back-up/emergency names were also drawn out in the event that winners are unable to take up their prizes. Names drawn out in order were
  • Michael Curtin / Lesley Milne (Beechworth)
  • Jason Panlook (Chiltern)
  • John / Kay Thawley (Beechworth)
We wish to thank our two major sponsors By The Banks and Beechworth Music Festival  for their ongoing and generous support of Indigo FM as well as all who signed up as new members or renewed their Membership since 1 October. If you are yet to do this, then please do so when you get a chance via our website –