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STRAWBERRY RECORDS By Billy Dixon We all know the music scene on the Mornington Peninsula can be a little... well, let’s just say sparse, from time to time. If you’re one of the few lucky enough to get gigs, it’s highly likely you’re a classic pub-cover band or rock musician. And there’s nothing wrong with that – if you’re making it doing what you love, you’re onto something and should stick with it. But as Seth Sentry pointed out to me in December’s edition of MINT, if your interests lie outside of the Barnesy/Farnesy-inspired sound, you’ll eventually be faed with a decision – get a job doing something else, or leave. So it was with much delight that I caught up with David at Strawberry Records recently. What is Strawberry Records, you ask? It might just be what inspires those creative types to

stay local and make the most of it. Essentially, it’s a new record label based in picturesque Mount Martha, where the view alone is enough to embolden one to put pen to paper. With the tools to record, produce and distribute music – of pretty much any genre you can think of – they might have what you need to make it as an artist without leaving home geographically. Check them out on Facebook under Strawberry Records Australia for a taste of their creative abilities. They’ve also got a SoundCloud page that’s worth checking out, with demonstrations of their talents in electronica, indie, hip-hop and soundscapes. We love our capital city, but I have to say on behalf of Peninsula residents – it’s about time!

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THE ANDY LAYFIELD SOUND By Terri Lee Fatouros Every so often I’m blown away with the extraordinary talent of an individual musician or a band. Recently, my mind was set ablaze with The Andy Layfield Sound, gigging at Musicland in Fawkner. Musicland is definitely worth the drive as the place is pure band/music oriented. You’ve got a decent-sized stage boasting professional lighting and awesome sound with superb video recording/cameras set up. The flashing coloured lights sync with the songs. Darkened atmosphere with seating in nooks and crannies up stairs and downstairs stool and chairs scattered under specially designed shanties create a miniature live concert feel. There’s a good sized bar with adjoined concrete beer garden/smoking area, comfy band room and a decent sized music shop sectioned off by a large glass wall just inside the entrance. Musicland is huge. Out the back in a sound proof room boasting a smaller, intimate stage with focused lighting is The Hume Blues Club ran by Sam Salzone, offering cool blues with jazz overtones every Thursday night. Musicland is definitely worth hitting up for a visit. Contact Cathy Rohotas, the owner if you want to showcase your band or go and enjoy the ambience and music. Mobile: 0412587587. So let’s break down the Andy Layfield Sound. You’ve got the very humble and rather shy Andy Layfield, songwriter, acoustic/electric guitar, lead vocals and harmonica. Peter Ryan’s superb unassumingly confident keys, sax and back up vocals. John Kacar’s intuitive yet powerful bass line and back up vocals. Greg Hayward’s driven groove topped with precise stops, slightly attacking rim shots, short fluid fills with exceptional yet not over done accents on drums.

He hasn’t looked back.

Although Layfield’s music is blues-based, his bent is playing distinctive riffs and grooves with funky jive overtones and variable tempos. His songs are solid and repeat themselves in your head, and you’ll find yourself humming catchy little riffs days later.

The second watershed moment was meeting with Geoff Achison at a time when he felt confident in ditching the rock’n’roll covers. Achison said, “If you really want to play and feel passionate about playing blues, then just do it!

The group’s two albums, Change My Hat and Mad Time absolutely must-have. These albums rival top international bands, I kid you not, and part of the reason they sound so good is ex-Channel 9 sound guru, Steve Vertigan of Soggy Dog Recording Studio.

“I really believe that if you free people up to be creative, then they achieve so much more. It’s loving the finer things in life that remind us how good it is to be alive and to be human and to enjoy music, art, food, new experiences, quality relationships and so forth. Good music sends a tingle down your spine... it’s about passion, emotion, and improvisation. It’s not about perfection.”

In fact, the albums reached no 3 in The Australian Blues and Roots charts, and have achieved international airplay in the UK, Europe and USA, resulting in discussions for a world tour. I have to say, that’s rather impressive for an Aussie band playing entirely original tunes!

And that’s exactly what The Andy Layfield Sound does; sends tingles down your spine. It’s possible that in the not-too-distant future,

other bands may very well want to play covers of The Andy Layfield Sound. Do yourself a favour and check them out – they’re awesome. Make sure you’re cashed up as I can guarantee you’ll want to buy both of their albums. Particularly Mad Time – it’s world class. Peninsula gigs: Mordialloc Food and Wine-Festival, 5th March, 3pm Main Stage. Seaford Hotel, 11th March, 8.30pm Heritage in Balnarring, 3rd April, 3pm Davies Soul Train Frankston, 10th April, 5pm For more information click on www., or check them out on social media at theandylayfieldsound.

Layfield’s story isn’t a typical one either. At the late age of 16 he picked up a guitar and started playing, which eventually led to gigs in rock bands. With the wild fervour of youth, naivety and mixing with the wrong crowd on his side, he tried his hand with a PA audio hire business, getting burnt in the process. However, with fate shining upon him, he met his wife to be, Bronwen, settled down with guitar still in hand, and concentrated on raising a young family, putting his passion for music on hold for 15 years. Luckily for us, a good mate of Layfield’s offered him a gig in 2007, enticing him to start playing seriously again. Thus, Andy Layfield was reborn. But from 2007 to 2012 he played acoustic rock, not feeling all that happy about it. Then two sliding-door moments occurred for him. The first was a conversation with Paul Meaney, a famous jingle writer for several decades up until the late ‘90s. He said, “Why do you keep re-arranging other people’s songs. Why don’t you just write your own?”




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HUGO RACE By Terri Lee Fatouros Hugo Race and his band The True Spirit recently returned from a three-month world tour, which saw them gigging to sell out venues pretty much everywhere. Race has been honing his musical signature for many years, lending his name to numerous bands including world famous, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and The Wreckery. The line up in The True Spirit is rather spectacular, with remarkable musicians who, having experienced the gutsy side of life, can channel this worldly ambience into their music. Brian Colechin plays bass and sings and Brett Poliness is the drummer. But it’s Michelangelo Russo who plays harmonica, trumpet and moog synth who I’d like to give a special mention to. Russo captures you instantly with soulful other-worldly riffs and ethereal harp. He is also a gifted artist and regularly exhibits his works in various galleries around the suburbs. Little wonder, then, that he creates a spellbinding tapestry of liquid art for the ears. Hugo Race has written his memoirs in the form of a rich, kaleidoscopic book full of life, tales, right and wrong turns, ill-fated and successful adventures, that gives readers a subtle look at “life on the road” as a rockstar / musician. The book is called Road Series and was launched recently at the trendy Readings store in Lygon St, Carlton. It’s a fascinating journey into the musician’s world of music, drugs, and the gritty, gutsy lifecycle it encompasses. I’m guessing many musos will have several “ahhh...” moments while reading this book. Road Series is available at Readings Bookstores and other retailers, as well as online from

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VIOLENT SOHO’S WACO Having spent the last eight months recording and mixing their forthcoming record at The Shed studios in Brisbane with producer Bryce Moorhead, it’s fair to say that the four friends from Mansfield that are Violent Soho have been putting in the hard yards to make sure that the follow up to 2013’s breakout album Hungry Ghost is not only up to par with its predecessor, but builds upon it.

RUDIMENTAL RETURN Rudimental will return to Australia and New Zealand this May to play their biggest headline shows to date, joined on tour by fellow UK powerhouse Jess Glynne plus local talent Thandi Phoenix for all Australian shows. The UK four-piece have gone from strength to strength with the release of 2015’s We The Generation, celebrating the album’s release with a near-sell-out global tour that included a string of sold out Australian headline shows, explosive performances at Glastonbury, Governors Ball Music Festival, Bonnaroo and T in the Park, plus a coveted support slot on

Hungry Ghost, released in September 2013 was a huge success for the band and certainly their breakthrough album. The gold selling album peaked at #6 on the ARIA Album Chart and unexpectedly made a return to the charts

in April 2015, some 18 months following its release. The band’s fourth album is titled WACO and is due for release on Friday, 18th March. WACO is named for the small Texas city that was the site of the Koresh-led Branch-Davidian siege/massacre/shootout with the FBI in 1993. WACO, explains singer, guitarist and songwriter Luke Boerdam, is like Hungry Ghost’s older sister. “Hungry Ghost dealt with the spiritual skeleton we’ve become from this spoon-fed reality. WACO is more about control and illusion: what the skeleton is being fed.”

Ed Sheeran’s Australian and New Zealand stadium tour that saw them play to more than 250,000 fans this summer: A cacophony of backup singers and musicians line the stage surrounding Rudimental’s four founding members - Amir Amor, Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden and Leon Rolle - who bring all they’ve got to their performances. With a history of sold out shows in Australia and New Zealand, fans best act quick to secure their tickets to a tour that is guaranteed to be jam-packed with thumping rhythms and mass sing-alongs – don’t miss out!

A WORD FROM THE EDITOR What makes a classic? It’s a question we’ve pondered all too often here at the MINT office. Sigh, the taxing task of sitting in judgment of others... The answer doesn’t really exist, at least not in absolute terms. This month we’ve reviewed The Beatles’ classic eponymous album, colloquially entitled the White Album, a veritable classic by the dictionary definition.

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And yet, it’s an unashamedly-pop album, created in the early years of music’s transformation from art to business. Or perhaps more accurately, an art-business hybrid. You wouldn’t classify today’s leader of the Top 40 charts as a classic, would you? Maybe you would. That’s fine... maybe a really, really good song suddenly and unexpectedly received a great deal or airplay, or an influential social butterfly stumbled across a friend’s music page on social media, going stir-crazy with the Shares and Likes. More likely is that the person who’s finally found a way to get their creation to the masses is actually a talented individual, one who’s been searching for that big break for many years. Everyone can share their stuff now, and it’s making waves for those in the music-as-business camp. How do you turn a well-crafted and freelyshared song into a money-making machine?


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That’s the real question here – much of the music that graces our airwaves, whether commercial or otherwise, is distributed by the artist for free long before the tune gains widespread recognition. That leaves playing to a live audience as the last place one might profitably ply their craft. The music festival scene has grown exponentially, from its once-humble beginnings to its Glastonbury-sized excesses, with dozens of popular artists playing at everything from cultural events to bush doofs to more traditional festive gatherings. It’s not the only way to make a quid in the music business, but I’ll bet it’s a fun one. Get to know yourselves a local organiser or PR doyenne, fire up LinkedIn and put your industry feelers out. At worst, you’ll get a couple of strange emails and a whole lot of nothing, but at best you’ll make contact. Contact with someone who knows exactly how your career in this arty-business-ofa-hobby fits into the world of music as it stands today. Someone who recognises that underlying element of creativity, just enough to help you fly.

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WIN, WIN, WIN! THE WEEPING WILLOWS’ NEW ALBUM PLUS TICKETS TO FLUIR IN MELBOURNE By Billy Dixon Original, high-quality Australian music – not the type styled on American pop, but genuine, original art – is hard to come by. Maybe it’s the small size of the market here, perhaps it’s just that Australians aren’t all that imaginative.

Not only will you be the first to judge how this incredible change of heart, this re-energised second start turns out, but you’ll also be the first to see how the challenges of performing live truly compare with the creative process in a controlled environment.

Actually it’s neither – not according to Fluir’s latest release. If there’s one word that could usefully describe this EP, it’s original. It shamelessly acknowledges its pop roots, it’s collaborative and best of all, it’s a quality listening experience that you’ll read more about in a few pages.

It’s no small order, and I’m sure Fluir knows that, but something I think we could all agree on is that music sounds better when it’s crafted with passion, rather than forced out as part of a nine-to-five gig with irregular hours and little in the way of overtime.

Thanks to Half Brothers Booking, MINT Magazine has 2 double passes to give away to see Fluir performing on Friday, 15th April at Bar 303, High Street, Melbourne supporting FRANKi.! The two lucky winners and their compatriots will be among the first to hear Fluir’s new vibe, having downed the age-old acoustic guitar to experiment with drum loops, vocal effects and electronic music more broadly.

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On top of this fantastic opportunity to get an emerging Australian artist the recognition she deserves, the next prize in our little social media experiment will see you listening to one of two copies of The weeping wIllows’ newest album, Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’. A real, no-foolin’ compact disc, a hard copy, a geuine old-fashioned.

endeavour to see them in such an intimate local setting even before you score a copy of the new record. You’re unlikely to find another such soulful, musical duo experience that’ll rival it (with a helping hand from a host of other instrumental experts, of course) set in such beautiful and appropriately-themed scenery. The album sees Kevin Breit (Rosanne Cash) on banjo, David Piltch (Billy Bragg) on upright bass, Tommy Detamore (Ray Price) on pedal steel, Luke Moller (Kasey Chambers) on fiddle and mandolin, and guest vocals from Melbourne alt. folk duo Sweet Jean. Lead single “River of Gold” is a stunning centrepiece, whilst “The Pale Rider” explores the duo’s darker edges and MINT’s very own

Hip to be Country writer Lachlan Bryan joins them on the aptly-titled “Devil’s Road.” So whether your tastes lean toward electronic pop and alternative indie, or a more laidback, soulful and instrumental alt-country vibe, you’d better jump on MINT’s Facebook and Instagram pages and get your name on the list. With nothing to lose and so much to gain, why wouldn’t you? To enter, simply follow MINT Magazine on Facebook and Instagram and tag MINT Magazine and one friend in a gig or event photo. Winners will be announced on MINT Magazine’s Facebook page @ midday, 21st March, 2016.

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SAMMY OWEN BLUES BAND By Terri Lee Fatouros It’s bound to be a good fit when a left-handed lead guitarist finds a lefty bassist. Enter the Sammy Owen Blues Band. Owen, lead vocalist, met Michael Landells – a left handed Fender Precision 1978 bass player – over six months ago, hitting it off and gigging together since. Being younger musicians, both men endevour to keep the blues tradition alive by expressing the music with their unique bent. Liam Kealy adds magic to the mix with his Hammond B3 and has been with Owens since 2012. They perform along traditional blues lines but add huge amounts of improvisation and literally play “in the moment.” Drummer Jessie Bates adds his fills amongst spontaneous wah-wah riffs and although loud at times, it actually works. Bates reckons they are a cohesive band, listening to each other while jamming and loves bringing his Latin and reggae tunes into the blues. The original material Owen writes is

based on everyday Melbourne life, infused with comical experience and influenced by the likes of Albert King, Buddy Guy, and Albert Collins. Interestingly, Owen feels “you’re not getting it” if you have to rehearse. “The songs are our Melbourne style blues,” claims Owen, who feels he is the “punk” of the Melbourne blues scene. “I write original songs and try to make them a little bit out of box... the traditional influences are there, but we’re writing something a bit more urban, a bit cheeky. “Although my main influence is Buddy Guy, I’m not trying to sing lyrics like I’ve been working all day in steel mills in Chicago. I keep it original... we’re very modern and we are not trying to sound like anyone else – it’s our interpretation of the blues.” Owen enjoys gigging with musicians exuding positive energy, digging a dynamic with “loud, very quiet and everything in between,” which he feels works with any rhythm.

“I look for musicians who can play this style. If we have to rehearse then they’re probably not going to be in the band. Our new song, called Busted, has a jazz-type swing feel to it.” Sammy Owen Blues Band gigs regularly at Double G in Mornington (8 Octavia St, Mornington), where Glen Bryant runs the music operation at the Double G, making bookings, researching bands, and ensuring the venue has top-notch blues & rock every weekend. For all correspondence regarding music, give him a call on 0414 496 654. Glenn Pain looks after the restaurant side of what used to be a little Italian Trattoria, so if you dig wellcrafted food & music, the buzz of electric guitars, and perhaps a frosty Budweiser after hours, the Double G is your next stop. sammyowenbluesband

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SAFARI MOTEL By Terri Lee Fatouros

With Liam Kealy on Hammond keys rocking it and Dean James producing first-class riffs on lead, the four originals of Nicholas Pearce (sax), Jason Nehill (bass), Neil Richardson (percussion) and Nicole Nehemia (vocals) are paramount in sound. Their panache is making waves at the Heritage 3059 on Sunday, 13th March. Safari Motel are seeped in soul, funk and blues and combined with their big band sound is really rocking it. Over the past two years they have been playing regularly at festivals around the state and have attracted a huge and loyal fan base. Their mix of feel-good, high-energy original funk, groove, blues and soul music has earned them a place in the thriving Melbourne music scene as one of its most sought after live acts. The band performs regularly at many major music festivals including Motor City Music, Echuca Winter Blues, Wangaratta Jazz, Blues Train and Docklands plus a heap of others.

Recently, these talented musicians were finalists in the MBAS International Blues Challenge and had their debut album in the Top 30 of the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart. Nehemia’s vocals still hold that intensity of range, and if any change is noticeable after all this time it’s her ability to project her voice; I reckon she could break glass if push came to shove as she can really belt out a song. However, just as easily she can do soft, mellow and sensual lyrics and is perfect as front woman for her band. Safari Motel are pulling no punches; they’ve got the ingredients to go a long way in this industry, they are the real deal in funky soul and a band to watch out for. Catch them up close and personal in Balnarring at the Heritage 3059 this March – they’ll hit the stage at 3pm on Sunday the 13th.

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The Reach Foundation and The Valley are thrilled to announce Moonee Tunes – their first music festival extravaganza – to be held at the The Valley (Moonee Valley Racecourse) on Friday 8th April.

An action-packed, all ages evening of music with all funds raised going towards the Reach Foundation who do amazing work to support young people within the Victorian and New South Wales communities.

HERITAGE BLUES Join us for Blues and Swing on Easter Sunday, 27th March. Come on down to the Mornington Peninsula for some great blues, food, swing dancing, wine and Jive. You’re about to be treated to one of the Peninsula most talented piano and organ players, John Wade, who’ll jump on stage as a special guet. Start your laid back Sunday afternoon wining and dining with friends. Then continue groovin’ into the afternoon with us.

Join Melbourne’s own “UK Top 20 Blues Chart” and internationally acclaimed Hammond B3 quartet, The Jackson Four at the Heritage 3059, Balnarring.

Tickets are on sale right now – grab them direct from the Moonee Tunes website ( or Eventbrite ( while you can! You’ll be supporting the hopes and dreams of vulnerable young people in the process through Reach, too. It’s a huge live music offering, and the day will also include some of Melbourne’s finest food trucks.

Dine from Noon, then get your Groove and Dance on from 3pm. Entry is free, and there’s some great prizes for the best movers and shakers on the floor! Call the Heritage 3059 now on 5983 2597 to book your table. Lunch and tables for the afternoon can book out early, so get in quick!

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KIM CHURCHILL AND THE BRITISH PUB GRUB By Billy Dixon MINT: I heard your track Single Spark on Triple J on the way into work this morning. How important was Triple J to your recent success? It’s aimed at a slightly younger demographic - is that who you were intentionally trying to target, or were you just seizing opportunities as they came along? KIM: To be honest I love most of what is played on Triple J. The more I travel the world, the more I realise how cool it is. Of course I’m stoked to be in amongst all that great music and was very happy that it made sense for the station and for me. I think it helped a lot in Australia... naturally. It was also inspiring for me to move into those kinds of festivals and play to larger audiences. It’s helped me push my music and push myself to make sure I cut it on those bills. M: You started playing to crowds when you were about 19 - was it intimidating playing in front of large crowds at such a young age? K: Haha, yeah! I was more like 16/17 when I really started gigging. I was always so nervous before shows! These days it’s become and bit more manageable, it’s still a huge rush though, every time! It’s wild for a job to consistently give you such a rush. I’m very lucky! M: I read that your old man bought you your first guitar when you were 4 - how on earth did you know what you wanted to do with your life from such a young age? K: I think I just always presumed that music is what I would do; I didn’t start thinking about things like “what I’d do with my life” until I was a lot older. By that time I had been playing for such a long time and really identified myself with music and guitar playing, so I just continued down that path really... M: You’ve got quite a following in Canada and have toured most of North America... and you’re in Germany now. Where do you call home these days, or do you take it with you on the road? K: Well for the last two weeks it’s been “the bottom bunk, third from the right.” Before that I had some time off and was hanging in Newcastle, NSW, before that I was recording in Toronto. Home is no more than a state of mind for me. A set of beliefs and knowledge that accompany me as everything else continue to whirl and spin in different directions. I’m


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happy living in constant transition, it feels kinda homely in its own way. M: Given you’re very instrumental and acoustic, how do you feel about “deep house” and electronic remixes of your songs, like Window to the Sky? K: I love it! I mean the remixes that I have heard of Window to the Sky have been really interesting and some cool creative people have worked on them, for me it’s inspiring! I listen to a crazy amount of music across all genres; so I’m excited by anything that has been inspired by something of mine. M: Where did your inspiration for folksy music come from? Can I assume you own a

few Dylan albums? K: Haha yeah! Dylan hit me really hard. He was the first one to really introduce me to song writing as an art. More than anything though it was growing up on the Far South Coast and going to the Cobargo Folk Festival. That was my first festival experience and I went most years. I always wanted to be like those folk artists. These days I’ve moved into lots of different kinds of music but I’ve always had that soft spot for folk music. M: Finally, some pop-quiz stuff - which country has the best crowds? What about the best food?

K: Hmm... Best crowds… I will be biased and say Australia. Sure I’ve probably got sounder knowledge to draw from but we’re a good bunch and we make a great audience! If I can’t choose Australia, I’d say Quebec, Canada. Crazy bunch of very wonderful people there! Best food... I’m a sucker for English food. Bangers & Mash with minted peas in a huge Yorkshire pudding, drowned in gravy. I could eat it forever! So yeah, believe it or not I’m going for British pub grub! bayside & mornington peninsula


“I don’t know if anyone really thinks five years ahead in any tangible way… I’ve taken a long term approach to being a musician and my career with this band.” It’s a solid answer to a seemingly innocuous question asking what Rai Thistlethwayte has been doing with his life over the last half-decade or so. Far from laying low, hiding from the spotlight in some small outback town, Rai’s been immersing himself in the musical culture and cultural music of Los Angeles. “Like any lengthy project, you’ve gotta do a little reinvention, a bit of maintenance along the way, and sometimes that actually means stepping away from it all for a little while.” Away from Australia and Thirsty Merc, perhaps, though there have been rendezvous. But not away from music altogether. It’s this continued contact with the creative process, coupled with an old-fashioned travelling holiday, that’s filled the tank of their well-tuned musical hot rod. Thirsty Merc are back for a follow-up tour to last year’s album launch gigs. “The overseas travel was something I never got to do in my 20s… while my high school mates went overseas, I had my head down in a music project.” Living in Los Angeles between 2012 and 2014 for the bulk of the time, Rai never left the band, and the band never left him. “I did a few solo gigs and a bit of song writing, and I worked as a session musician as well… part of it was somehow tied to the music career, I

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got to step away and get a bit more perspective on things, which really helped me have a fresh head when I came back for the fourth full-length album.” Hey, we all need a holiday from time to time, and he gracefully acknowledges missing out on the globe-trotting Aussie cliché in his 20s. But is Shifting Gears a new chapter in the book, or another adventure entirely? “You know that old saying, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” Clearly, a new chapter is the choice description. Explaining the reasons, it makes perfect sense. “There’s a lot of good things going on with this band. We’re great musicians, great friends, we have a great synergy sonically when we play live… and because I’m a bit older than before, maybe I’ve added a bit of maturity to some of the song writing. In other areas, possibly not, I might even have devolved… but your scope definitely opens up with more experience.” Despite calling the tour Back to the Grind, Rai insists they’ve “turned a corner into 2016… the gigs will be great, we’re still in the game, we’re still playing live, it’s been the busiest 18 months of my life!” It’s definitely a positive for the band’s collective psyche, especially after the tragic loss of their stage manager Shane Cooper in a traffic accident while touring Victoria late last year. It nearly claimed drummer Mick Skelton, too, who was comatose for five days after the incident. Their Warrnambool show was rescheduled and the

twisted irony of Thirsty Merc’s Good Life Tour fell on the band like a pallet of bricks. “…in a way, we bonded through it,” Rai says. Despite his brush with death just weeks ago, tour drummer Mick Skelton is back in the hot seat. “He’s made an incredible recovery and he’s actually going to be playing drums with us at The Grand! I hung out with him the other night, and he said ‘this is the tour I never got to do’.” Loss, or rather the shared pain that it carries, is a powerful force, one that’s only strengthened the bonds between the elements of Thirsty Merc. “He’s got the most inspiring attitude ever and I’ve been blown away by how well he’s doing. You’re never going to change what happened, but we’re thinking pas positively as possible and we’re moving forward.” The show at The Grand in Mornington will be part of their second tour for Shifting Gears, this time under the second single The Grind. The album took some doing, so it’ll be interesting to see whether the intervening years and events have changed their stage dynamic. Rai insists not, highlighting their revamped creative process. “Entertainment and information being so global does have an influence, but another factor was doing the previous three albums with a record label – Warner Music. They’re a fantastic company, but we decided to go out on our own for the acoustic album… that was such a great experience that we took it further, doing this

whole new album independently. That required a little creativity, the kind some well-established musicians forget is their stock-in-trade. “We did a crowd funding campaign, all the organisation and financial backing for it ourselves and we put it all together. That can be daunting, even terrifying on certain levels because you’ve got to foot the bill for everything yourself, and you’ve got to be organised.” As to which method is more productive? “The jury’s still out on that one. I’m still learning all the time, but I’ve also been pleasantly surprised by how much you can really do – I strongly believe that you can make as good, if not a better product on your own, if you’re prepared to do the work. That’s not saying labels are bad or that you can’t make a good album with a label, any scenario is possible either way. But at our particular time, age and stage in our development as a band, we were ready. When I started the band with my best mate Phil, I was 22 – now I’m 35.” You have to be willing to take a risk some time. As a “slightly more responsible human being,” it’s paid off for Rai. “I know more about the industry, I can make sure we’re getting everything done and I can still remain passionate about the music and keep the creativity at full-pump. See it in the flesh at The Grand Hotel in Mornington on Friday, 22nd April.

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PIERCE BROTHERS @ THE GRAND Pierce Brothers have taken their music from busking on the streets of Melbourne to the world. Their irresistible energy and world-class live shows have generated a word-of-mouth buzz not seen for some time. The acclaimed live act has been shaking dance floors and selling out rooms across UK, Europe, Canada and the United States, and they’re about to go off again in their native land of Oz. Comprising twin brothers Jack and Pat Pierce, the multi-instrumentalists have sold over 50,000 EPs without signing to a major label

– a phenomenal achievement in the age of iTunes and streaming services. Pierce Brothers are returning to Australia to play a select run of shows, launching their latest EP Into The Dirt – already a top-10 ARIA record. Together, they spent the majority of 2015 touring the world, playing over 50 shows across 15 different countries selling out multiple shows and performing at some of the world’s largest festivals. They hit the Grand Hotel in Mornington on Friday, 11th March – tickets are selling fast!


Four years on from her critically acclaimed album Sugaring Season, Beth Orton announces the release of her 6th studio album, Kidsticks. Co-produced by Beth and Andrew Hung and mixed by David Wrench, Kidsticks reframes Beth’s unmistakable voice inside ten pure, audacious, playful and kinetic songs. A resolutely focused album, it represents a rare chance to hear an established artist get plugged in and completely rework her songwriting process with wide-eyed, open-minded glee. The album is led by first single, Moon.

Beth Orton has been one of the most unique and beguiling voices in music for the past two decades. Her debut LP Trailer Park pioneered a synthesis of electronic and acoustic songs to huge acclaim. The follow up, Central Reservation, brought international success and the Brit Award for best British female. Further albums like the Jim O’Rourke-produced Comfort of Strangers and 2012’s Sugaring Season served only to deepen the breadth of her craft, showcasing her seemingly effortless mode of expression.



“The very first time I set my fingers upon my dad’s vinyl player, it was awesome scratching the shit out of his good records... haha!” And thus was born Rhys Riley, Mornington Peninsula local and long-time music lover of many genres. “...then I got involved with CDJs and mixers. Wow... it was endless what I could do – I feel in love straight away. Everyday I practiced,” much to the chagrin of neighbours, no doubt. But the hard work paid off - he’s been doing the rounds locally for years now, gaining enough acclaim to get slots at bars and festivals all over the world. This year he’ll be headlining Melbourne and Sydney’s biggest boat party, Fleet Beat. But what is it about the creative process that saw him drop the guitar and hit the decks? “Being a solo DJ, you have the advantage of being able to cut, change, and improvise on the fly. With a band, there are of course multiple people involved, you really need to work together to build that platform from the beginning before you even head to a studio.” His latest Mixcloud Chillout Sessions made it to #22 on their 2016 charts. “This year, people can look forward to continuous mixtapes and tracks to follow up Chillout Sessions, as well as ElectroHouse music for those big nights out on the weekends.” For bookings, email rhys. or contact him on social media.

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LEFTFIELD IN MELBOURNE Frontier Touring have confirmed Australian club shows for iconic British electronic outfit Leftfield, playing Melbourne’s 170 Russell and Sydney’s Metro Theatre this month. These performances replace previously announced Melbourne and Sydney winery shows by an alternative promoter which have been cancelled due to circumstances beyond the artist’s control. Leftfield’s already announced Perth and New Zealand shows will proceed as scheduled.

just had to come to Australia. I didn’t want to let down any Leftfield fans. Now that we are going to be in the cities, we just want to pack these rooms out and come together with our fans whom we haven’t seen for 5 years.” – Neil Barnes

behemoth sound system, which aimed to replicate the cataclysmic bass effect of reggae sound systems, resulted in a ban from Brixton Academy when plaster started flaking from the ceiling.

Since their emergence in 1991, Leftfield have been untouchable both live and on record, breaking electronic music from the underground alongside outfits like Orbital, Underworld and the Dust/Chemical Brothers.

Of Leftfield’s most recent UK tour, The Guardian said “In 2015, they haven’t so much moved forward so much as waited for everyone to catch up…say it loud, they’re back and absolutely deafening.” Don’t miss the wonder for yourself when Leftfield play Melbourne and Sydney later this month – tickets on sale this Thursday 11 February.

“We had various options on what to do when we found out about the cancellation of the two events, but as far as I was concerned we

Their now infamous Liveism tour (1995) cemented Leftfield as one of the most talked about live acts in British Dance Music. The

It’s been a little while between drinks for Bundy’s most notorious thrash party duo, DZ Deathrays, but today it is with great pleasure that we reveal their brand new single ‘Blood On My Leather’. The track, which is a standalone single, had its world wide premiere on triple j this afternoon and will be available for purchase and streaming this Thursday 11 February.

almost as a warning for the impending chaos, which is only moments away. Before listeners have a chance to gather their thoughts, Parsons enters the track with his riff heavy guitar work and trademark scowl vocal like a somewhat uninvited but absolutely necessary gate crasher. The song itself continues to twist and turn, revealing moments of melodic calmness that are only too quickly swallowed up and spat out by full throttle party riffs and lyrical ferocity.


Late last year the pair decided to head back into the studio with producer/friend Burke Reid (of Gerling) to record a one-off single titled Blood On My Leather. Bursting through your headphones from the first bars, Blood On My Leather opens with Ridley’s blown out drum kit bellowing through your speakers

West Australian friends, don’t miss DZ this month playing Raised In The City at The Metro and Hyperfest in City of Swan. The duo will again be on the road this April and May blowing minds and ear drums through

TIDBITS & TALES Interesting bit of goss floating through the ether at the moment in the shape of the gorgeous Alex Pavlis; he’s no longer the front man for HouseWreckers Band. Instead, this dynamic cool dude now fronts his own band called Blues Alley and they have hit the Melbourne Blues scene, big time! Joining Alex is life long friend, Darren McColl on Drums, who incidentally gigged in Alex’s old band, The Vague Sensations for over 13 years, as well as stints with Andy Phillips & the Cadillac Walk and Phil Para.

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regional towns and centres on the Groovin’ The Moo festival run. Be sure to catch their set! With two ARIA wins under their belt for Best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Album two years running for their 2013 debut Bloodstreams and follow up 2014’s Black Rat, we’re psyched the guys have been back in the studio producing the kind of face-melting sounds we’ve become accustomed to expect from DZ Deathrays. We can’t wait to hear more! Tickets to GTM have already sold out in some other states, so don’t miss music’s biggest all-ages event – book your tickets now for the shows in Bendigo for the 30th April.

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Ron Vincent will be joining the boys on bass when not busy with his solo work. For the times when Ron is absent, the boys plan to use various other top Melbourne bass players to fill in.

a funky groove from the likes of Muddy Waters, Rolling Stones, Hendrix, Beatles, Howling Wolfe plus a whole bunch more. Most thrillingly, Pavlis will be writing a few original tunes too.

When you get the chance, go check him out, especially at the quaint and rather charming Kilcunda Pub. It has glorious ocean views and makes you feel like you are on a road trip.

Look like its exciting times ahead for Blues Alley, in fact their calendar is booking out already with gigs lined up at Double G Mornington, Soundbar in Rosebud, Pistol Pete’s Geelong, Saints And Sailors in Port Arlington and many more in negotiations.

Andy Phillips of Cadillac Walk Fame has been doing some solo acoustic performances around the burbs and outer Melbourne of late. Recently I had the pleasure of spending the day with Andy and his manager and partner Heidi at the Kilcunda Pub near Phillip Island.

Ok friends, keep dancing, laughing and smiling and if you ever bump into me, please say hello.

Alex told me that Blues Alley is looking forward to establishing a following by playing a great mix of Blues Rock with

It was a lovely afternoon and a chance to enjoy the softer tones of Andy’s voice.

If you have any interesting music events you reckon I should check out, shoot an email to

Cheers, lovelies!

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FLUIR ON TOUR By Billy Dixon

Vocally breathtaking and sophistically arranged, Fluir’s debut EP The Way openly explores the loss, purpose and reawakening of her love for music. Creatively exhausted, a new found inspiration and energy sourced from Australia’s live music scene gave rise to the birth of Fluir. There’s a lot to be said for original music coming out of Australia, and more specifically, Victoria. Music is a business and many artists fall into the trap of finding early success and then try to produce more of the same in an attempt to garner new fans without losing those who brought them success. Fluir’s creative journey has taken a different fork in the road. Three years ago, the Melbourne singersongwriter Siobhan Krelle put down her guitar. Only days earlier she had released an album. The recording process had left her burnt out, with no energy to continue her music career. She was uninspired;

she had lost the urge to create and the will to perform. She was left with no desire for writing, singing or producing. Believe it or not, the antidote came through last summer’s music festival season, which as we know is ripe to the point of overexposure in Australia. It brought about a transformation; the myriad festivals and conglomerate musical and cultural events showed her that music could, in fact, be fun again. The Way explores the emotional side of the creative process, boldly documenting Fluir’s personal journey from writers block to the elation and triumph of writing again. The music video for “Destination,” the first single taken from the EP, symbolises Fluir’s subconscious pursuit of stability in search for a greater purpose and destination in a world where everything appears seamlessly attainable. “I’ve Gotta Have You,” the track behind

the most recent Australis campaign was co-written with producer Jesse Marantz, and reinforces Fluir’s place in Australia’s music scene, showing off her ability to write infectious, feel-good music at the dawn of her return. Inspired by the indie pop sounds of strong female vocalists like Alison Wonderland, Broods and CHVRCHES, The Way explores Fluir’s new love for synths, drum loops and effect racks. The Way is filled with warm glowing synth lines, intricate rhythms and Fluir’s beautiful crooning voice. She’s touring Victoria soon after the EP drops, so be sure to catch her in voice and in flesh at the following venues over the next few weeks. 10th March: Shebeen, Melbourne 15th April: Bar 303, Northcoste (featuring FRANKi) 16th April: Laser Highway (featurig Jordan F)



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McCLELLAND JAZZ Head on down to Cruden Farm on Saturday, 19th March and experience the sanguine tunes and thrilling beats of Twilight Jazz. Artists playing on the day include Mrs. Mippy Dixieland Jazz Band, Dukes of Debonaire, the Beckitt Brothers & The Frankston High School Senior Stage Band, directed by Leon de Bruin. Music will fill the evening from 4.00pm to 8.00pm, but the gates open at 3.00pm for the early birds looking to score a seat up close. Entry is via Cranhaven Road, Langwarrin It’s the only event at Cruden Farm that takes in the gardens at twilight. Bring your picnic basket, rug, table & chairs and sit back and enjoy the ambience and surrounds of the beautiful gardens and lakes whilst being

entertained by a variety of bands across two locations within the grounds of Cruden Farm. Browse the gift stall or purchase Elgee Park wines, soft drinks, tea, coffee or the ever popular gourmet sausage sizzle. Tickets cost $20 if prepurchased, which includes a $3 non-refundable booking fee. You’ll have the opportunity to pre-purchase right up until 3pm on the Friday, For those who rock up on the day, tickets will be $25 at the gate, but either way your purchase includes a free coffee at McClelland Cafe, valid from 20th March to 30th April. Children under 12 get in free! Call 03 9789 1671 for bookings or further information.

Twilight Jazz at Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s Cruden Farm Saturday 19 March 2016 4pm to 8pm

Enter via Cranhaven Road (Mel Ref 103 G6) Featuring: mrs sippy dixieland jazz band, Dukes of Debonaire, the Beckitt Brothers & The Frankston High School Senior Stage Band – Directed by Leon de Bruin Bring your picnic basket, rug, table and chairs and sit back and enjoy the ambience of the beautiful Cruden Farm garden and lakes. Wine, soft drink, tea, coffee and gourmet sausages available for purchase.

Tickets: $20 pre purchased on 03 9789 1671 or $25 on the day at the gate. Ticket price includes a free coffee from the McClelland cafe, valid 20 March - 30 April 2016. Children under 12 free 20

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SASKWATCH HIT THE ROAD Melbourne indie-soul band Saskwatch are heading out on a huge national tour to support their acclaimed third album, Sorry I Let It Come Between Us (Northside Records/ Remote Control), taking in every major capital city and a plethora of country and regional towns along the way. The new album was recorded over a monthlong period at Mount Slippery – an old silversmith warehouse-come-recording studio on the outskirts of Philadelphia in the United States. It’s the studio of Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken and Nathan Sabatino, who together produced the album. Saskwatch have long been fans of Dr. Dog, both musically and in their work

as producers, and relished the chance to head overseas and work alongside them. The result: a raw, solemn and sparse collection of genre-jumping songs. Fresh off their main support for The Rubens’ national tour this year and Groovin’ The Moo festival, Saskwatch smash out their live show, hard, rough and tight. Leading the pack is singer Nkechi Anele, taking audiences from the depths of heartache to overwhelming joy in a single show. Check them out at the Grand Hotel in Mornington on Friday, 15th April – tickets available from OzTix,

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Rhett May owes his rare musical sound and style to the unique environment that he grew up in. Born in 1950, in Calcutta, India, and living in an orphanage at age 7, he was immediately immersed in a magical, musical melting pot. Carnatic and Hindustani music and instruments such as the Sitar and Tabla were always providing melody and percussion against a daily backdrop of lifting and soaring voices of Ragas. Ragas especially played a vital part of Rhett’s musical experience with their series of five or more musical notes forming melody. However, this environment of classical Indian music wasn’t the only sounds floating about Calcutta in the 50s and 60s and by the time he begun boarding school in the Himalayan foothills, western music had begun its invasion. May’s commercially successful band, The Flint Stones, was one of India’s most successful pop groups back in the day and


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attracted the attention of George Harrison and Apple Records, who invited them to the UK to double bill with legendary jazz guitarist, Charlie Bird. It was during this fervent period that May and his band performed a private concert for the Queen of Bhutan and her family. Fast track to present day and May still has his finger on the pulse writing topical subjects with hard-core lyrics. Take his song, The Violence of Ice, for example. May wholeheartedly tackles the issue of the ice epidemic head on and makes certain his music video leaves you questioning your stance on drugs. Revealing intimately the dangers that come with the consumption and abuse of Ice and how it wrecks families, relationships and ultimately pulls apart the seams of a stable society. May’s quirky Indian roots blends rock & roll fever. Whether you like guitars or sitars, John

Lennon or Ravi Shankar—in the words of Billy Joel “It’s still rock and roll to me.” And May does a beautiful job of blending the two worlds together on his latest album Fast Cars And Sitars. As one scribe puts it…”It’s hypnotic…it’s infectious…rock/pop songs with an edge that go round and round inside your head…. very Haight Ashbury”…. Rhett May is a voice of experience in a rock world that has become increasingly shallow. He’s toured the world, opened for bands like Queen and Ray Charles, seen the music industry from the inside, and watched the dark side of the business consume those around him. Throughout those experiences, Rhett May continually turned away the excesses of the industry, choosing instead to write his own story as opposed to those who fell into the clutches of addiction.

Rhett’s new album, Fast Cars and Sitars, takes you to another level of his passion and creativity. His guitar songs are infused with the sounds of the Indian street, giving his music a different flavour to the majority of current, cookie-cutter rock music. By blending classic sensibilities with a twist of Indian culture, he has created a string of upcoming singles, the first of which is The Violence of Ice, followed by Rich Bitch, Drifting Dreaming, So Delicious, followed by his controversial new song, Keep off the Grass to produce classic rock at its best. It’s rare to have a rock singer with such a strong stance on drug use, and this is exactly the point May aims to make; that change is a necessity. For more information on Rhett May’s gigs and music, go to bayside & mornington peninsula


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The Peninsula’s premier race day features exciting additions to the Mornington Racecourse menus that will satisfy every budget and Relaxed Racing has arrived on the the tastebuds of every racegoer Peninsula and the 2016 Mornington – big or small. BMW Cup is simply drooling with great dining packages. For a relaxing day in the gardens, DON’T miss the Mornington Peninsula’s premier race day Saturday 2 April!


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the newly upgraded Garden Bar will now be located Trackside with hawker-style food stalls providing a unique food offering.

luxurious Pommery Saddle Club - a must for anyone looking for the ultimate trackside dining experience.

The trademark Trackside Marquees and Marina Marquees will be returning as well as the

With the refurbishment of the members’ facilities now complete, there is no better time bayside & mornington peninsula

to join the Mornington Racing Club as a member and receive all the benefits of being part of this exciting club. Reductions in price in the Silver Bounty Lounge and Gunnamatta Restaurant will ensure an affordable experience on what is a fantastic, relaxed day of racing. Kick back and chill out – this is racing at a different pace. Book now and relax later at

BAYSIDE SHOPPING CENTRE FASHIONS ON THE FIELD RETURNS TO MORNINGTON Bayside Shopping Centre Fashions on the Field returns to Mornington Racecourse on Saturday 2 April at Mornington BMW Cup Day. Fashionistas and milliners are invited to showcase their fashionforward looks during the annual Bayside Fashion on the Field Competition and enter the Stylish Ladies, Stylish Men, Stylish Teen and Professional Milliners categories. With Relaxed Racing in full swing on Mornington BMW Cup Day, stylist Lana Wilkinson says it’s important to leave the Spring Carnival behind and go for a more relaxed look. “Remember to swap your stiletto for a block heel or a wedge,” Wilkinson said. Setting new standards every year, the Stylish Ladies category will look to ‘wow’ the crowds with an innate sense of styling. “I think one of the great things about Relaxed Racing is that you can wear a lot of maxi dresses and jumpsuits and look like the cool kid if you’re wearing them,” Wilkinson added. With colours and boat shoes now a regular on men’s fashion catwalks, the Stylish Men category will be looking for men of all ages who have a keen eye for dapper fashion but also a hint of that effortlessly casual racing style. When asked about fashion advice music | arts | events | entertainment

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for gentlemen, Wilkinson says “a bowtie is quite cool and fun and you can wear a shirt with your sleeves rolled up, wear a blazer, mix colours and have a bit of fun.” In this year’s Stylish Teens category, we’re seeking aspiring fashionistas of the racecourse to join in the fun. One of the most exciting Bayside Shopping Centre Fashions on the Field categories this year will be the Professional Milliner’s Category. Some of Melbourne’s best milliners will put their creative work forward for the judges and crowd alike. Here’s your chance to win great prizes, come along and dazzle the crowd and judges, and enjoy a wonderful Mornington BMW Cup Day.

SOCIALISE IN STYLE AT THE GARDEN BAR! The revamped Garden Bar is the hot spot on Mornington BMW Cup Day. With a change in location to situated right on the rails of the home straight, guests will be entertained with live music while they kick back and relax on casual garden bar seating with umbrellas in a private oasis amongst the busy crowd of the day. The change in food will see items such as calamari, wood fired pizzas and slider burgers part of the all inclusive package as well as the private bar that will be serving drinks all day. A funky, relaxed spot, the Garden Bar will be the place to be seen on Mornington BMW Cup Day. Book online now and be part of the Mornington BMW Cup at


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own Ray Reid. Tune in to GALAXY 107FM to hear the Australian Blues Experience broadcast into New Zealand and locally (6pm to 10pm STD NZ time & 4pm to 8pm local time). Episodes of the Australian Blues Experience are also available for replay on their Podcast using the QR code.


Miss Whiskey (pictured) is a Melbournebased Women in Blues duo putting their raw and original stamp on blues music. Formed in 2014 as an avenue to focus on the music they love, they are quickly making their mark on the blues scene. Winning the 2015 MBAS Blues Challenge in the Solo/Duo category, they hit the stage at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2016. With Anna Scionti on guitar and vocals and Julie Noble on harmonica, this gritty female duo mix up their own original music with classic blues standards from the greats like Junior Wells, Slim Harpo and Big Mama Thornton. Their new live CD is now available at all live shows around town.

MBAS IS MOVING After nearly 6 years, the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society (MBAS) House of Blues is relocating from the Royal Standard Hotel in West Melbourne to brand new pastures


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in Flemington. The Flemington/Kensington Bowls club will become the new home of the MBAS from March 22.

IN THE STUDIO What do you get when Nardia Brancatisano, Chiara Browne and Iseula Hingano get together for some three part harmonies? Standby and check the Justin Yapp Band website for release details of their new CD release. This is going to be a must have for your Blues collection. That wonderful Celtic Blues duo, HAT FITX CARA has also been back in the studio in recent weeks working on their fourth album before their tour of Canada. If the first three albums serve as a guide this is going to be another success. Please check their website for CD release and tour dates.

AUSTRALIAN BLUES EXPERIENCE The Australian Blues Experience is a new Blues radio show hosted by the Peninsula’s

The 32nd International Blues Challenge was held January 26-30, in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee in the Beale Street Historic District. The Opening Night of the 32nd Annual International Blues Challenge featured the International Showcase with bands from Australia, Finland, Norway, Germany, Italy, Israel, Croatia, Canada and the Netherlands. Approximately 1000 registered entrants across 256 Blues acts, representing 128 Blues Societies from 13 different countries are all competing in the challenge with only 8 acts getting through to the IBC grand finals. Congratulations to Dreamboogie representing the MBAS and the Matt Roberts Trio from Sydney who made it to the semi final round of 32.

NATIONAL BLUES & ROOTS AIRPLAY CHART The National Blues & Roots Airplay Chart is a true reflection of the Australian Blues & Roots music that is being played on radio. The Blues & Roots Airplay chart is published

monthly at ozchart.htm. Please support our local artists and purchase their CDs whenever you can via the web or at the live shows.

BALNARRING MUSO NIGHT Balnarring Music Nights are back for 2016 at the Balnarring Hall, Frankston-Flinders Rd Balnarring. Doors open at 7 PM and the music starts at 8PM. Anyone who enjoys music can be a part of Balnarring’s music night. For more details please check the Balnarring Music Night’s Facebook page.

PENINSULA BLUES CLUB The Peninsula Blues Club is the home of the Blues on the Mornington Peninsula and presents live music on the second Sunday of each month at the Frankston Bowling Club, 64 Yuillie Steet (Cnr Yuille & William St) Frankston South. Sunday 13th March will host the return of Dave Diprose as the feature act. Doors open at 6PM.

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EDITOR’S PLAYLIST Hilltop Hoods ft. Montaigne, Tom Thum & Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Fatima Al Qadiri Battery Brute

Matt Corby

Bloc Party

Knife Edge

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The latest from Matt Corby is airy on the vocals but dense on the riffs. If you’re expecting more of his classic acoustic work, look elsewhere, because this track has production valued that exceed everthing else he’s done. That’s not to suggest he’s gone pop or lost the feeling. The folksy charm that underpins his lyrics is still there, there’s just... well, a lot more of it. Layer after layer is laid over his consistently catchy tunes, so much so that his vocal chords are the instrument that makes the track. With Telluric scheduled for release at appproximately the same time as this magazine, it’ll be interesting to gauge its critical reception, especially given Knife Edge is his second single from the yet-to-be-released debut album. Unhappy with his first record a couple of years ago, Matt Corby is back with a clear head and bluesy sound that’ll only grow his fanbase.

One new drummer (Louise Bartle) and another new bassist (Justin Harris) later, and Bloc Party are once again borderlineunrecognisable to age-old fans. What started out as an Indie Rock project with just a smattering of punk, morphed quickly into a high-speed electronica outfit and has now arrived at the station of Blues and Gospel. It’s a confusing song, and as you might have guessed, not one that I immediately recognised as Bloc Party. Whether or not that’s due to their brand new creative influences and inspirations is anyone’s guess, but after the third listen, I began to like what I heard. Not so much lyrically, but to hear a slide guitar on contemporary radio is a unique experience in and of itself, so five stars for intrigue and reinvention.


A very fresh take on electro tunes, Fatima Al Qadiri is literally pioneering house music with a middle-eastern vibe. It’s not exactly a dance tune, and wouldn’t be out of place on low volume in a restaurant, though it’s perhaps a little eerie for mood music. More of a soundscape than a song, Battery serves as a purely instrumental - if you’d call it that - track by which to judge the rest of her coming record Brute. Her tracks bear an underlying similarity and yet each explores a little further into the wilderness when viewed from the comfort of your average nightclub. So don’t expect to hear her gracing your favourite venue any time soon, but do expect Fatima Al Qadiri’s music to play a larger part in the evolution of electronica as time goes by. If only Bloc Party had heard her work a few years ago...

Drinking From the Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung The Hilltop Hoods are an Australian hiphop icon, with more than two decades of lyrical and musical experience under their belts. It’s no surprise that their sound has evolved over the years, but it is indeed a surprise to hear the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra backing them up! Released just days ago on Friday, 19th February, their latest album is a remix record, a veritable clipshow of their best and brightest work from the last five years. It’s not their first remix album, but there’s enough original content in each of their reimagined songs to warrant its place in your iTunes library. It also warms my heart to know there’s no end in sight for the Hoods, who start each year on a new high.

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DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR After winning the hearts of more than 2 million Australians, the soundtrack Molly: Do Yourself A Favour, to the hit TV mini-series Molly (Channel Seven) leapt to number one on the national ARIA Album chart and has already been certified platinum, with sales over 70,000. The man of the moment – Molly Meldrum – received the news that the album had topped the charts while recovering from broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder after falling in a Bangkok street recently. “Talk about Pleasure & Pain!” he said, referring to one of his favourite Divinyls songs. Molly actually went to Thailand in anticipation of the mini-series, part of an effort to avoid all the hype surrounding the show.

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“I wanted to be Out of Mind, Out of Sight,” he joked, “but my One Night In Bangkok didn’t turn out exactly as planned. I’ve now got to learn to Walk Like An Egyptian again. “All jokes aside, I’m so pleased that people have embraced this album. For me, it’s always been all about the music and it’s fantastic that these great songs are bringing back so many memories for so many people, as well as being enjoyed by a new generation of fans. “As the Village People said … you Can’t Stop The Music.” Michael Gudinski, Chairman Mushroom Group & Mushroom Pictures said of the result: “Not only am I delighted at the response to MOLLY the mini-series, but I’m thrilled that so much great Australian music is back in the

spotlight again. The Molly project has been a great passion of mine and Mushroom’s for some time now and it has been amazing to see the overwhelming love that Molly, the series and the music has received. “If you don’t already have the number one album in the country, then I’m going to borrow my good friend Molly’s phrase – Do Yourself A Favour.” If you missed the series on Channel Seven, you can always watch it on catch-up. Do yourself a favour and check out the story behind the man behind the music – at the very least you’ll find a treasure trove of nostalgia, memories made to some of the greatest Australian music to grace the airwaves.

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CLASSIC CUTS to issue a double album due to the increased price tag which, it was theorised, would affect sales. It was also the first time such extravagance had been employed in the physical packaging of an album. It included 4 glossy photos, one of each member, and a double-sided poster with a collage of pictures on one side and all of the songs’ lyrics on the other. This, on top of presenting the album in nothing but a plain white cover, would normally have been career suicide for bands of the era. Only the Beatles could have pulled this off. Despite no singles being issued from the album in either England or America, it is amazing how well most of the songs have become known, although it did go straight to number one on the charts and sold over 4,000,000 copies in the first month. From the opening sound of an aeroplane taking off , which launches into Paul McCartneys’ classic rock song Back in the U.S.S.R., to the lament of Lennons’ Dear Prudence, a ballad featuring Lennon playing a Travis picking-style acoustic guitar, the album lays bare the sheer genius in the song writing skills of each member. Glass Onion is a tongue-in-cheek mocking of the fans who had been claiming to find messages in their songs. “Here’s another clue for you all, the walrus was Paul...” George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps has become a classic in its own right, receiving much praise from musicians and fans alike. Happiness is a Warm Gun was written by Lennon, having just read an advertisement about guns in a magazine. Similarly, Harrisons’ Savoy Truffle was written after visiting his friend Eric Clapton, who had a box of “Good News” chocolates on his table. The Beatles’ self titled 1968 double album, better known as “The white album,” is possibly the most classic album of all time.

Their record producer, George Martin, was less than enthused with the squabbling, making himself scarce.

It has virtually every emotion you can think of. Aggression, sadness, anger, hope, despair and plenty of attitude.

Their engineer, Geoff Emerick, decided to quit and even drummer Ringo Starr left the band – though it was only a short period before he returned.

Many of the songs were written in India, where The Beatles had retreated for a bit of transcendental meditation, a means of escape from the manic lifestyle they had been forced to endure. Upon returning to England for the recording of what was to become the White album sessions, many creative disagreements rose to the surface. They intensified when John Lennon decided to bring his girlfriend, the infamous Yoko Ono, to the recording sessions.


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As tensions grew, it was clear that a very fragmented and less collaborative project was coming. Most of the songs were an individual effort, with the other band members being used only as required, and often not in the studio at the same time. In fact, only 16 of the 30 songs on the album feature all four Beatles. It was a groundbreaking album in many ways. It was the first time any rock group had dared

Clapton had a bit of a sweet tooth, which inspired the line “...but you’ll have to have them all pulled out after the savoy truffle.”

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become something of an anthem. Some other great tracks on the album include Lennon’s caustic ballad Sexy Sadie and the powerful blues rocker Yer blues. Harrison’s Long Long Long is also considered by many to be one of his finest ballads. When we talk about daring and risky moves, there is nothing compared to that of including of Lennon’s Revolution 9. This strange piece of abstract art became one of the most controversial tracks ever to be released. A chaotic cacophony of hysteria, sirens, riots and eerie noises interspersed with demented laughter and barely-audible dialogue. Most people just lifted the stylus off the record at this point and went back to the start of side one. No radio station was ever going to play this eight-and-a-half minute psycho-abstract piece of noise. It did, however, give license to those who came later and were wanting to dip their toe in creative waters where they’d not dared to venture previously. Helter Skelter has become one of the most iconic tracks on the album, one of the wildest, dirtiest and loudest songs they’d ever done. Black Sabbath are widely and correctly recognised as the very first heavy metal band. However, front man Ozzy Osbourne has sited Helter skelter as the very first heavy metal song, noting the track is what inspired Sabbaths’ musical style. The Beatles’ white album has to be considered one of the most influential and inspiring in rock history, born out of some of the biggest turmoil and difficulty imaginable. This is definitely the album I would choose to take to a deserted island!

Even the throw-away songs have a place on the album. Songs such as Blackbird, Rocky Raccoon, Wild Honey Pie and Why Don’t We Do It in the Road all add important character to the album. There is a haunting ballad about Lennons’ late mother, Julia, which closes side one immediately after McCartneys ballad I Will which interestingly has no bass instrument. If you listen carefully, you may notice that the bass is actually McCartney vocalising... doomp, doomp, doomp. Birthday, which opens side three, was made up on-the-spot in the studio and has since bayside & mornington peninsula

MISSED THE MARK Milli Vanilli: Girl You Know It’s True The whole thing’s a dirty lie. Despite the title - which audaciously protests its authenticity - the entire album is no more than a fabrication. It’s rare for an album that sold millions of copies and resulted in the “Best New Artist” Grammy to be considered a failure. But when you consider the catastrophic impact it had on those involved, there’s no other way to view Milli Vanilli’s album from 1989, Girl, You Know It’s True. Fame is more than just fickle. Sometimes it’s a deal with the devil. Or, as in this case, a bloke called Frank. In the world of German pop music, Frank Farian was a titan, having already produced a slew of hits with Boney M (If that doesn’t convince you of his genius, I can only say that it takes a special kind of talent to produce a hit song about Genghis Khan). Looking for a new project, Frank created Milli Vanilli. Generally speaking, bands get together before making an album. In this instance, however, the usual pattern was reversed. Girl You Know It’s True was made with studio musicians. But something was missing. The music was beautiful but the musicians that made it were deemed to be insufficiently so. In contrast, Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus were

two very good-looking dancers who were duly recruited as the lead singers for the new group. Paid an advance, the duo quickly spent the money on clothes and hair. They were then told that they would be miming the songs rather than performing them and, if that was not acceptable, they’d need to repay the advance they’d already spent. They were trapped. Thus, Fab and Rob were forced to promote a recording on which neither of them had actually sung. Not that this was made clear to the broader public. The album was wildly successful. It sold millions of copies, even landing the band a Grammy Award for “Best New Artist.” Singles such as Blame it on the Rain rocketed to the top of the charts and the video showed the pair dressed in the finest accoutrements of the era, staring off pensively into the middle distance. Doubtless, their pictures appeared on the walls of teenage bedrooms right across the globe. Trouble was, it was all a lie. Doubts arose when the pair could barely speak English, notwithstanding that all their songs were in that very language. Worse was to come. To get away with lip-synching, you need everything to go just right. All it takes is one technical malfunction to bring you horrifically unstuck. For Milli Vanilli, this occurred at a concert in Connecticut during which the recorded version of Girl You Know It’s True began to skip, with the same phrase repeated over and over. Being professionals,

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the boys responded to this potentially embarrassing situation by pretending nothing was wrong before running off stage. Their world was about to collapse around them. When allegations of fraud arose, the band overcompensated, claiming instead that they were more talented than Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney. It was to no avail. Sales stalled and fame was soon replaced by ignominy. They were even forced to return their Grammy award. The album Girl You Know It’s True was taken out of print.

Both projects failed.

It was one of the greatest scandals in pop music history. It also exacted a terrible toll on those involved. Rob and Fab attempted to relaunch themselves whilst their old producer tried to make hay despite the fact the sun no longer shone with “The Real Milli Vanilli.”

After a time, Rob and Fab teamed up once more with Frank Farian to release a comeback album called ‘Back and In Attack’. Sadly, Rob Pilatus was found dead in a Frankfurt hotel room in 1998. The finished album was never to be released. There would be no redemption. An outrage.

Who’s playing what in the coming weeks, and where Friday, 11 March: Pierce Brothers @ Grand Hotel, Mornington

Towers Dinner Dance @ Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights

Blue Eyes Cry @ Baha, Rye

Friday, 18 March: Seven Sisters Festival @ Mount Martha

Friday, 1 April: Frenzal Rhomb

Strung Out & PEARS @ Pelly Bar, Frankston

Friday, 8 April: Rodney Rude

Absolut & DJ Craig Williams @ One Fourteen, Mentone Casey & Adam @ Berwick Inn Hotel, Berwick Saturday, 12 March: Alex Jozsa @ Continental Hotel, Sorrento The Kava Kings @ Baha, Rye Rob & Tarquin Live @ Bay Hotel, Mornington Sunday, 13 March: Absolutely ‘80s @ Grand Hotel, Mornington Carrie Oaky ft. Brutus Betula & Ricardo Gelato @ Mordy Super Club, Mordialloc Thursday 17 March: Fawlty music | arts | events | entertainment

Sunday, 20 March: Peninsula Picnic ft. Missy Higgins @ Mornington Racecourse, Mornington Tuesday, 22 March: Rodney Rude @ Pelly Bar, Frankston Wednesday, 23 March: Rodney Rude @ Hallam Hotel, Hallam

Winery, Main Ridge Easter Palooza @ Portsea Hotel, Portsea @ Pelly Bar, Frankston @ Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights Friday, 15 April: Saskwatch @ Grand Hotel, Mornington Friday, 22 April: Shannon Noll @ Hallam Hotel, Hallam Sunday, 24 April: The Oz Rock Tribute Concert @ Chelsea

Thursday, 24 March: British India @ Grand Hotel, Mornington

Heights Hotel, Chelsea

Sunday, 27 March: The Weeping Willows @ T’Gallant

Friday, 6 May: The Screaming

Heights Jets @ Hallam Hotel, Hallam

The Weeping Willows are playing at T’Gallant Winery in Main Ridge on Sunday, 27th March.

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YOUTUBE GEMS Crazy covers, asinine antics and other stuff POTATO WAFFLE ALCATRAZ

Grimsby (10 Mar) An interesting new assignment forces a top secret agent to team up with his jock brother.


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Kung Fu Panda 3 (24 Mar) Continuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness,” Po must face two epic threats, one supernatural and the other at home. -----------------------------------------------------------------------STARRING Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan

London has Fallen (17 Mar) Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the world leaders attending the UK Prime Minister’s funeral. -----------------------------------------------------------------------STARRING Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (24 Mar) The continued adventures of the Portokalos family, following up on the original 2002 comedy. -----------------------------------------------------------------------STARRING John Corbett, Nia Vardalos, Elena Kampouris

The Daughter (17 Mar) A man returns to his family home and discovers a secret that’s been buried for years, but his attemps to set things right put his friends in danger. -----------------------------------------------------------------------STARRING Sam Neill, Anna Torv, Geoffrey Rush

Rams (24 Mar) Two remote Icelandic farming brothers come together for the first time in years to save what’s dearest to them - their sheep. -----------------------------------------------------------------------STARRING Sigurdur Sigurjonsson, Theodor Juliusson, Charlotte Boving

Zootopia (17 Mar) In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run after being framed for a crime he didn’t commit. -----------------------------------------------------------------------STARRING Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman

Wide Open Sky (24 Mar) The heart-warming story of an outback children’s choir, chronicling their auditions and the challenges of performing in communities of remote disadvantage.

A Bigger Splash (24 Mar) An American couple in Italy vacation in a villa near St. Tropez, but wife Marianne invites her former lover and his teenage daughter to stay with them. -----------------------------------------------------------------------STARRING Dakota Johnson, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton

Rings (31 Mar) Samara returns with a familiar video tape, striking terror into the hearts of those present. The third film in The Ring franchise. -----------------------------------------------------------------------STARRING Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki, David Dorfman

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If you’ve never seen Noel Fielding’s comedy in action, this introduction sums it up pretty well. Here, he plays Jenga. With fish fingers. Then Helen Daniels arrives and all hell breaks loose!

ENGLAND’S BEST TOILETS As Kenny once said, “someone’s gotta do it.” With a video camera in every phone and an internet connection in every... everything, it was only a matter of time before these reviews arrived.

“I CAN’T WAIT ANYMORE” This bloke doesn’t have a care in the world, and the special effects behind him getting his groove on would put the makers of Avatar to shame.

GESUNDHEIT Perhaps one of the shortest films in the world at a mere 14 seconds, Gesundheit depicts the truest form of the German word.

THE CAN OPENER An ample demonstration of the classic can-opening multitool. The comments are equally as amusing as the rant video itself, and the music is incredibly annoying.

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TRULY UNIQUE TINCTURES By Billy Dixon If you’re looking for a uniquely special gift this March, Dromana’s Sea Breeze Cellars has shelves upon shelves of the finest alcoholic goodies – more than enough to cross a few names of your “to do” list of birthday presents and other gifts. Widely regarded by patrons and indeed many of their suppliers as one of the top stores in Victoria for the sheer variety of spirits on offer, Sea Breeze has cemented its position as the best Bottle-O on the Peninsula, with not only the biggest premium selection, but a high quality range featuring highly-sought out products and ranges. For a relatively small-time, family-owned operation, it’ll impress even the most discerning connoiseurs. Over 800 Whiskeys, Bourbons, Tequilas, Vodkas, Rums, Gins, Liqueurs and more can all be found at Sea Breeze Cellars Bottle-O, and they haven’t skimped on the more traditional cellar offerings, either. Though they specialise in imported and

premium spirits, you’ll find plenty of good wine gracing their shelves too. After all, a meal without wine is called breakfast! Find them at 244 Boundary Road, Dromana. For all the latest info on their fine products and upcoming events like whisky evenings, visit SeaBreezeCellars. It’ll also give you a solid image of just what surprises await you in store. If you can’t make it down there in person, check out their website at www. – they have over 1500 individual products available and 99% of the spirits they stock are listed on the website. They’re working on an interactive online shopping page, but for now you can peruse their site and place your order by phone. For any other enquiries, phone 5987 0877, or email

THAT PIZZA SHOP By Billy Dixon Nobody does pizza like That Pizza Shop. Sitting on the outskirts of Dromana, they cook their bases to a wood-fired standard of perfection, with a hearty topping that’ll beat anything else the Mornington Peninsula has to offer. Unlike some of the fast food pizzerias, That Pizza Shop uses real ingredients for a freshness and quality of taste that can’t be matched. They’ll happily whip you up a half-and-half – just as well, because their menu makes it difficult to settle on just one flavour! Check them out on Facebook at www. or head on down to their little corner of the woods at 234 Boundary Road, Dromana. They close on Mondays and Tuesdays to take some time out, but are ready and waiting for your order Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.


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THE HIDDEN KITCHEN: DRAWING A CROWD By Melissa Walsh The Hidden Kitchen is rather difficult to classify in terms of food outlets. Tucked away in the Rye/ Tootgarook residential area on Mathis Avenue, it’s not quite a restaurant, but not a fast food outlet or milk bar either. And yet you’ll find all your traditional corner-store conveniences – from the local newspapers to bags of ice, even a post box! But it’s Bob’s specialty food offerings that’ll keep you coming back. Thursday nights ring in the Curry Club, with everything from the mild

and creamy to rich and spicy. Unfortunately you’ve missed their five-star fish and chips, which have apparently retreated south for the winter but are sure to return later in the year. “Marinated overnight in our special spice rub, slow smoked over charcoal and local fruit tree wood shavings for roughly nine hours, hand shredded and mixed with a homemade barbeque sauce,” Bob’s BBQ pulled pork fills the village with scents of delight. No wonder he sets up the grill out front!

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A passion for travel, good coffee and great design Home to a host of super talented artists, designers and makers 345 Point Nepean Road, Dromana | Ph: 5907 3177 Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm – Saturday to Sunday 8am to 3pm y p @ @style.pirate


COFFEE AND CULTURE UNDER ONE ROOF By Billy Dixon Stylepirate isn’t another suburban coffee shop. Even from the street, it has the feel of a boutique coffee and homewares outlet, with some of the most interesting and well-crafted items available in the state of Victoria. The vast majority of it comes from right here on the Mornington Peninsula. But there’s more to it. Using specialty coffee locally roasted by the guys at Commonfolk Coffee Company in Mornington, they serve a fine cuppa. The store has a chilled, comfortable, relaxed

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atmosphere where everybody is welcome, whether you’re popping in for a takeaway coffee or having a chat while checking out some of the beautiful wares on display. They also serve delicious cakes, cookies and other home baked sweets by Bunhead Bakery and Rosemarie’s Cakes – the perfect complement to some of the best hot beverages on the Peninsula. Charlotte and John have a business ethos of supporting local makers and artists. They’ve travelled extensively and have been inspired by the

places they’ve been, bringing these influences into their store. It might sound clichéd, but it really is the perfect place to find a gift for every occasion. A loved one’s birthday, your best mate’s housewarming party or even a wedding. The brief wait for your coffee is the perfect time to peruse their homewares, and beverage or not it’s a sensory experience. This isn’t Ikea or Starbucks – this is a place to find something truly unique. Photography by Billy-Belle, see more at

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TRIPLE THREAT By Andrea Louise Thomas

Stephen Multari is what is known in show business as a triple threat. He’s an actor who can dance and sing. He works in television, on stage, in commercials and film as well as voiceover. This versatile young actor also runs a theatre production company (MopHead) with fellow actor Eloise Snape. He’s currently starring as Leo in Amy Herzog’s multi-award-winning, Pulitzer Prize nominated play, 4000 Miles. A beautifully written family drama, it traverses the entire spectrum of human emotion. I caught up with Multari before he heads to Frankston and Parkdale.

genius when it comes to contemporary American writing. My character gets to go through the gamut of emotions from happiness to heartbreak. He gets to get stoned with his Grandma! It’s a relationship on stage that is exciting because you don’t get to see an older character as three dimensional as Vera. Seeing a relationship between a grandmother and a grandson on stage like this is rare and beautiful.

young playwright. What do you think makes her writing work so well on stage?

MINT: Leo (21) and Vera (91) are seven decades apart. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this cross-generational relationship?

MINT: What’s the most enjoyable aspect of being in a stage production?

MINT: You are the quintessential triple threat. Of the three, which do you like best?

MULTARI: Sometimes when you skip a generation the two people have potential to be closer. Leo doesn’t have a very good relationship with his mother. He has a much better relationship with his grandmother and they connect because of that. They share the same political views. They’re kind of lefties. Leo learns to respect what his Grandma has gone through and learns from her. The disadvantage is that the generation gap causes a lot of misunderstanding, but that provides a lot of the humour in the play.

MULTARI: I got to a point where a love of acting took over and I started putting more of my energy into that. I started getting more work in that arena so I naturally focused on it more. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss dancing and singing. MINT: This is your third reprise of Leo in 4000 Miles. What draws you to this character? MULTARI: It’s a bit of a dream role because the writing is incredible. Amy Herzog is a


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MINT: Amy Herzog is such a well-respected

MULTARI: She’s very good at observing human behaviour. The dialogue is so real, so normal and natural. The great thing about her writing is that she never lets it get too sentimental. The character Vera is based on her own grandmother so she had a lot to draw on. I think that’s why Vera is such a three-dimensional character.

MULTARI: It’s the immediacy. You have that instant gratification when something works and an immediate relationship with the audience. They are as much a part of the production as the players on stage. You can’t really beat that. Every night is different and being in a touring production, every venue is different and that dictates the performance style in a way. MINT: If you could write the ideal theatrical role for yourself, what would your character be like? MULTARI: Recently I’ve played some really meaty roles so maybe an amalgamation of all of them together - a role that

encapsulates all emotions. Leo’s pretty great. I get to get drunk, laugh, cry. They only thing I would add to that is maybe some psychopathic element. MINT: If you had to advise a newcomer to show business, where would you tell them to begin? MULTARI: Community theatre. 100%. It allows you to engage with all facets of theatre in a holistic way. It’s the best kind of training. MINT: Can you talk a bit about MopHead Productions? MULTARI: So far we have a reputation for staging international works that are either Sydney or Aussie premieres. 4000 Miles was one of our first shows. I’m looking to be moved and genuinely affected when I look for a play to produce. The plays that usually do that for me are family drama driven. You want to leave a theatre changed or thinking. Otherwise, what’s the point? See 4000 Miles at the Frankston Arts Centre on Tuesday, March 22nd at 8.00pm, or at the Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale on Wednesday, March 23rd at 8.00pm. bayside & mornington peninsula

THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL RETURNS The joint venture tour de force of More Comedy and Frontier Comedy are proud to announce performances from our stable at the much lauded Melbourne International Comedy Festival of 2016 by comedy legends Ciel and the prolific Brit Jeff Green; multi-talented YouTube juggernauts Alex Williamson, Neel Kolhatkar and Frenchy; huge ticket selling, critically adored phenomenons Joel Creasey and Em Rusciano; critic and audience favourites Alice Fraser and Emily Tresidder with hotly anticipated brand-new stand-up shows; and squeezing in shows amidst movie-shooting and TV & radiohosting duties, hot young stars Khaled Khalafalla, Ash Williams and Amos Gill! ALEX WILLIAMSON: OPEN UP He has 2.5 million social media followers but who is Alex really? International

philanthropist? Depressed soul? Child slave trafficker? Luckily Alex prefers a room full of strangers over a shrink for outpouring his hilarious interpretations of a f*cked up world.



Ash Williams is back from doing bad things in the USA to play the major Australian comedy festivals! We’ve all gotta make money right?

Who do you stand with when the chips are down? How do you stand up to what’s wrong in the world? Can you build sound walls from broken pieces? Alice (SBS Comedy, ABC) brings you a new show full of silly songs, jokes & devastatingly funny human truths.

Hilarious stories from one of Australia’s most uniquely original talents. Ash (#ASHWILLIAMSLIVE, Hughesy & Kate, The Project) takes you on a multi-media, musical ride astride tips, tickling, and “how to make fast cash from strangers on the internet”



Come hang out, I’ll tell you jokes. Not looking for anything else. Whatever happens, happens. 1-hr comedy show, no strings attached.

From bogan rocketfuel to bearded boys in hipster bars, join Ciel’s big night before the morning after. I’m never drinking again & other lies…. Warning: this show contains alcohol.

By Andrea Louise Thomas Vincent is a contemporary dance production visually articulating the inner turmoil of Impressionist painter, Vincent Van Gogh. It’s a mesmerizing and thought provoking work of exceptional beauty and breathtaking physicality. Melisa Lanham of LissaJane Dance has created something totally unique. While using the letters exchanged between Van Gogh and his brother Theo as its dialogue, the body of the story is expressed through dance. Van Gogh wrote, “There is a darkness inside me that compels me to paint.” Both the

darkness and the light shine through in this entrancing theatrical work. Uplifting, evocative and heart breaking, Vincent explores the bredth of human experience. It’s a tour de force of acting and dance accompanied by captivating musical score. Colourful, bold and dramatic, this is theatre that simply should not be missed. See Vincent at Frankston Arts Centre Saturday, April 2 at 8:30 pm. Bookings: 9784 1060 or Pictures by Austin-Zande Imagery.

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VINCENT Saturday 2 April, 7.30pm A cast of three and an amazing set depict the genius of Vincent van Gogh and his inner thoughts.


“ exhilarating dance work that is entertaining to watch and interesting to think about...” Sydney Morning Herald

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Tickets: Member $33, Full $39, Conc $35, U30 $30, Group 10+ $35

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Warning: Mild adult themes. Recommended 14+ years. Frankston Arts Centre is a Business Unit of Frankston City Council

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For new mums, it’s not easy to find time to socialise, or make the most of meet-andgreet opportunities when they arise. In fact, no matter how far we’ve come there’s still a lot more social clubs for “the boys” than there are for women. Enter The Peninsula Dance Project, an initiative started by Mornington Peninsula resident Lolly Belle. An award-winning choreographer as well as public relations manager, Lolly also has skills in marketing, herbal medicine, change management and entertainment production. The best part is she wants to share her passions with the community. She’s been dancing all over the world for 35 years, so it should also come as no surprise that her cultural influences are wide and varied. She’s been teaching all over the country too, in her own words “from 3 year olds doing classical ballet to 70 year olds doing pole dancing, and everything in between!” music | arts | events | entertainment

The project’s just starting out, with Lolly holding her first classes earlier this month, and people are already talking about it. Given she also runs Blueberry Communications and Bombshell PR and has a cute-as-hell two-year-old daughter, she’s sticking to introductory burlesque, Fit & Fab Mummies classes and Ballet Barre (starting in May) for now. How Lolly – official name Laura – could possibly juggle this serious skillset whilst being a “stay at home mum” (her words, not mine!) is phenomenal, and well and truly beyond me. She’s obviously got a keen empathy for new and new-ish mums, providing classes for those who want to get away for an hour or two and leave the kids at home in addition to those who want to bring them along. As co-founder of the Voodoo Trash Dolls, she bears partial responsibility for the rise of neo-burlesque, which puts a contemporary twist on the more traditional

art form of American burlesque. Yet when presented, it stands alone as a genre of dance and art – watching the Voodoo Trash Dolls’ performance to a Marilyn Manson soundtrack and comparing it to almostnaked women with feathers is apples-andoranges – it just doesn’t compute. That’s not to say that Lolly’s form of burlesque is devoid of eroticism, not by a long shot. It’s her way of giving new mums an injection of self-esteem, something often lost after pregnancy’s toll on the body. It’s best to come prepared, and that means opening your mind and stepping out of your comfort zone. Whether you’re looking to meet other new mums, get fit while having fun or find new ways to express yourself through art, Lolly Belle is someone you should meet, no matter what class happens to be in session. Her first week saw three courses completely sold out, and the Project’s only going to grow from here.

I’d recommend getting onto www. and securing yourself a spot with the neat online booking form (another of Lolly’s specialties happens to be web development and creative design). The Peninsula Dance Project is located right on the Rosebud foreshore, in the Memorial Hall, so parking is plentiful and the beach just a stone’s throw away. You’re guaranteed a fun-filled session and a casual way to meet other like-minded individuals, with or without the company of your kids. You’ll also have the pleasure of meeting a highly-skilled, well-trained and socially active woman who’s travelled the world, studied a staggering number of disciplines and now started a dance company on the Mornington Peninsula, all the while nurturing her child and sharing her ways with the world around her. That’s someone worth knowing, even if you decide that dance isn’t your thing.

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WRITE ON By Andrea Louise Thomas Free to join and open to writers of all kinds, The Peninsula Writers’ Club meets monthly to socialise, share resources, network and support one another in a friendly environment over informal dinner and drinks. Each month the PWC brings a new guest speaker to the table to discuss publishing, genre, digital media, book selling, career achievements and tips on how to be successful as a professional writer. Most recently, author Wendy Orr spoke about her writing career and her soon to be released book, Dragonfly Song. In May, Sandi Sieger, Director and Editor-in-Chief of Onya Magazine, an online publication, will speak about the magazine, her work as a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent and her personal development program for Australian teens, Camp Awakenings. PWC meets the first Tuesday of the month, except during school holidays, at Cakes and Ale, 102 Beach Road, Sorrento at 6:30 pm. See their facebook page for information and updates:

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linocuts and will speak at the gallery on May 1. Saltwater Country is a touring exhibition of contemporary art from Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders showcasing the work of 16 of Queensland’s most acclaimed Indigenous artists. Saltwater Country refers to Queensland’s coastline, sea and waterways. Artists, Vernon Ah Kee, will speak at the gallery on April 26 about politics, race, ideology and how these issues impact his work.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery presents a trio of interesting exhibitions this quarter. In the foyer is Flowers in the Field - Waiting for the Sunrise. In the main gallery is Saltwater Country. Also in the main gallery find Australians Will Be There – Victorians in the First World War.

Marion Manifold is a printmaker interested in identity and women’s’ body image. In Flowers in the Field - Waiting for Sunrise she recognizes women in the Anzac centenary drawing attention to how women served in the field and at home. Coming from a family with a long service history, their stories and experiences have always fascinated her. She is working on a new series of World War One



Sunday 3 April, 7.30pm 60-minutes of stand-up comedy that dishes the dirt on the world of children’s entertainment.

Monday 4 April, 11am Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, Sean Murphy with a hilarious stand-up, story-telling kids show.

Tickets: All tickets $20

Tickets: All tickets $15; includes 1 hour balloon making workshop

Warning: Adult themes. Recommended 15+ years.

A COSY NIGHT IN Saturday 9 April, 7.30pm Join Jazz diva Nichaud Fitzgibbon and the “Voice of Summer” Adam Dunning for an intimate night of classic duets – cabaret style. Tickets: Member $40, Full $45, Conc $42, U30 $30

Suitable for: Ages 5-12 years


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Come to Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery to see these three intriguing exhibitions from 11th March to 1st May. Book in to hear a talk or participate in one of several public programs at MPRG, Civic Reserve, Mornington. 5975 4395.



Pictures: Marion Manifold’s Flowersof the Field (top, 2015) and Laurie Nilsen’s Once Were Fishermen (bottom, 2014) are just two of the works on display at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. Exhibits include Saltwater Country, Australians Will Be There: Victorians in the First World War and Flowers in the Field: Waiting for the Sunrise.

Australia Will Be There focuses on historical photographs and personal war stories to piece together the experience of those who lived through WW1. Tales of triumph and hardship in overseas campaigns and work on the home front offer insights. Exhibition visitors are encouraged to share their own WW1 stories via web link: Remembrance/Share-Your-Story.

03 9784 1060 Tickets:

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WINNER’S SHOW By Andrea Louise Thomas

Artist, Kevin Chin, won the 2015 inaugural Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize adding to an impressive list of other prizes and grants. He returns to The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre to present his solo exhibition, Worlds Away. Chin’s work combines fantasy and reality in intriguing ways. In his own words, his work is about, “a sense of alienation and how that connects us to a sense of belonging we create for ourselves.” There are seemingly incongruous elements in his work that leave the viewer to imagine their place in the landscape as they are drawn in to ethereal worlds both foreign and familiar. Chin is particularly interested in

themes of travel and the migrant experience. Educated at the Victorian College of the Arts in oil painting, Chin mixes his own colours and applies them in transparent layers to create depth and an otherworldly feel. This approach is reminiscent of the Chinese watercolours he saw at home growing up. See Worlds Away at The Gallery @BACC, located on the corner of Carpenter and Wilson Streets, Brighton. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission is free. 9261 7111.

Pictures: Kevin Chin’s Airlift (Top) and No Rest (below) won him the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize.

PARTY TIME! By Andrea Louise Thomas Frankston’s CBD will be taken over by the dance, music, food and arts of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese cultures. The annual Ventana Festival is a highlight of the city’s arts and culture calendar providing genuine insights into the cultural diversity of Spanish speaking countries. Ventana’s Street Fiesta on March 12 is a dazzling display of colourful dance, joyous song and delightful music. The ‘Queen of the Sea’ procession kicks it off with Carnival dancers in spectacular costumes


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sashaying their way from the beach into the CBD. Music and dance continue until sunset. A food, drink and craft bazaar on Wells Street offers the tastes and scents of handicrafts of Latin America. Try the pupusa from El Salvador for something different and delicious. Don’t miss the 10th annual Ventana Fiesta Saturday, March 12 starting at 11:45 am from the beach at Playne Street to Wells Street plaza. The party continues until 8 pm. Info:

WRITE TO RECITE By Andrea Louise Thomas Frankston Library is offering quarterly poetry workshops (Poetry for Page or Stage). Participants have an opportunity to learn about poetry, write poetry and if they choose to, they can perform their work to the group with coaching tips from established local performance poet, Andrea Louise Thomas. A three-time finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam Victorian State Finals and Poetry Idol at The Melbourne Writer’s Festival, Thomas has a wealth of experience to draw on.

She holds a degree in English Language and Literature (University of California, Berkeley) and has had a wide range of poems published. Come write some poems and find your voice at Frankston Library (Long Room) on Tuesday, March 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Free, but bookings appreciated. Ring 9784 1020 for further information. bayside & mornington peninsula

McCLELLAND ON DISPLAY By Andrea Louise Thomas Comprising more than 2000 works of art across painting, photography, sculpture and works on paper, McClelland Gallery’s permanent collection is an extraordinary cultural asset. In their latest exhibition, McClelland draws upon key works in its contemporary art collection. Nearly twenty artists are featured in this show. Two other exhibitions are running concurrently: David Jensz: Sculpture and Jacqui Stockdale: Drawing the Labyrinth. Canberra-based David Jensz (right) is one of Australia’s leading public sculptors with his trademark inventive style. Using industrial materials, such as corrugated iron, inner tubes, plastic pipe and 44 gallon drums in unusual configurations, he makes sculptures that bemuse and amuse. His installation at McClelland explores physics and the laws

of nature while investigating the interconnection of everything. Melbourne’s Jacqui Stockdale has created an unfolding installation. Drawing the Labyrinth covers more than one hundred continuous metres of drawing folded into an extensive concertina sketchbook. Inspired by overseas travel, the people she knows and strangers too, she has connected these people and places into a free flowing narrative exploring themes of serendipity and connectedness. See this intriguing trio of exhibitions from Sunday, March 20 to Sunday, June 19 at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin. Open from Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. 9789 1671. Entry by donation - for more information check out

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