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What a fantastic turn out recently when Andy Phillips of Cadillac Walk fame and his partner and manager Heidi LaFaerie hosted their VIP merchandise launch party at the Double G Saloon in Mornington recently. Fans of the Cadillac Walk can now buy T-shirts with the bands new insignia printed on it, get mugs, stubby holders and a host of other cool stuff that acts as a constant reminder of their fav band. “The new logo design by international artist for Harley Davidson, was commissioned with a view that we wanted a cool design for our merchandise that people would want to buy and wear,” LaFaerie said. Double G was packed to capacity with much drinking and eating going down when support musicians, Didi Reyes, Glen Sharpe and Jordie Fitzgerald kicked the party off. By the time Andy Phillips and The Cadillac Walk took to the stage with Scotty WeirSmith on percussion and Brendan Burking on bass, there was considerably more dancing and much more drinking to be seen. During their set the gorgeous Nicole Nehemia, vocals and husband Jason Nehill, bassist from Safari Motel fame joined in and belted out a couple of songs. The party was a fabulous success and Double G Saloon supplied finger food and alcohol could be purchased from the bar. Phillips continues to pull in big crowds and although his touring schedule is extensive both in Australia and overseas, his humble demeanour remains the same. His distinctive style has a chilled ‘feel good’

vibe yet still gets the beat pulsating in your veins. You can’t tire of Phillips superb guitar mastery; in fact on a few occasions in the past when he has morphed into ‘The Zone’ the bloody thing actually sings on its own! Apparently the sign of a true master, unnerving to say the least but awesome when it does and wicked for those fortunate enough to hear and witness it.

To show your support for Andy Phillips and the Cadillac Walk, jump on board and visit their website and get yourself some ‘cool stuff’. Oh, and thanks for my T-Shirt lovelies, I look forward to wearing it. Andy Phillips and The Cadillac Walk perform regularly around Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.




There were so many familiar faces partying; Maria Cassar of Blue Muse, Jim Love from Backyard Brew, Jaci Denman, Greg Fisher who writes Blues Illustrated for Mint Mag and hosts his blues radio show on Southern FM, Louise Castle, Callum Lausberg, guitarist from Lionhouse and Jade Lindsay, vocals who’d earlier entertained with a couple of tunes plus a host of other regular friends and fans of The Cadillac Walk.


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NEW EP FOR R.W. GRACE In a year that has included the release of single ‘Shell’, support slots for Glass Animals and Jarryd James and multiple festival appearances, R.W. Grace returns with a brand new single and the announcement of an EP release for November. A music, arts, events & entertainment magazine for the Peninsula & Bayside.

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The Perth-via-Sydney songstress’s newest single is ‘All The Friends I Lost’. The track began to take shape one New Year’s Eve, as R.W. Grace reflected on relationships gone by. Despite its dark content, the track builds playfully to a full, infectious chorus. The song is an exhausted cry for the people I thought would hold out for me amidst the tunnel vision of my life’s priorities. It’s about everything I gave up and the relationships that suffered because I listened to the beast in my head. But regardless of the consequences, that I am still unwilling to give up on my goals. – R.W. Grace The arrival of the single comes with news of R.W.Grace’s debut EP Love It Need It Miss It Want It, due for release on November 20. Produced by Dann Hume, the EP is resplendent with light and shade – a true testament to the musician herself. Intriguing and emotive, the six tracks on the EP merge bold, futuristic beats, deeply insightful, personal lyrics and luscious grooves to create a stunning first offering, and complement to first single ‘Pluto’.

Miss It Want It, R.W. Grace will take to stages nationally supporting Matt Corby on his November tour. Corby also features on the EP, on the final track ‘#5’.

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HUGO RACE: FROM A UNPLUGGED AND UP CLOSE By Terri Lee Fatouros Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing a number of incredibly talented and highly gifted musicians who create songs in that ethereal, sacred and mystical world inside the music sphere. There never seems to be a name for it and some even say it claims you and it’s a force to be obeyed when it does. Either way when musicians enter this mystical vibration and channel their muse, mind-blowing works are often created. For example, Carlos Santana and Jeff Beck are two musicians who spring to mind who over the years have created music that has moved many people. However, there is one other name whose music delves deep into your soul and takes you journeying into emotional arenas of spiritual discovery. His name is Hugo Race and his band is The True Spirit. Race has been honing his musical signature for many years and has lent his name to numerous bands including a saturated twoyear stint with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. Race’s musical genius and talent is expansive and back in 1986 he played the part of Pierre in one of my all-time favourite Australian movies, Dogs in Space starring Michael Hutchence and Saskia Post. Over the years he has experimented with many creative endeavors. Race’s distinctively deep, sensual voice interchanges between whispered narration and soulful descants dripping with heartfelt emotion that pierces where it should. He’s got an allure that entices you in; its like moths to a scented candle flame, you can’t help but be drawn in with fascination, watching him emote into tunes laden with love and life experiences. Songs layered in textures with complex levels of Moog synthesizer, reverb guitars and ethereal harp, and coated with his sensual voice, all of which clearly demonstrates his superstar quality. And superstar he is, because mention Hugo Race overseas and instantly his celebrity status and musical brilliance is recognised.

embarked on his sold out world tour. As we walked up the back stairway of this old Melbourne gem of a building to do the interview, while all the time exchanging polite chitchat, I couldn’t help but observe Race’s gentle and humble manner. Once settled, I asked Race about his song writing and how he went about it.

Australia is always the last to recognise its own talented musicians. Often it’s only when the rest of the world sings their praises that Australia reluctantly follows.

“I often find that I feel this pressure in the back of my mind when I go into writing mode. It’s hard to identify or to say what that pressure is. I’ve come to recognise that it means I have to write a song and there is something coming through and I have to be available to allow it to breathe and to exit.

Recently, I was fortunate to catch up with Hugo Race at The Toff in Melbourne on the last leg of his Australian tour before he

“I tend to resist it, as I’m not someone who sits around trying to write songs. I don’t rehearse all my instruments.


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“I just get on doing all the things I choose to do, which mostly is some form of creative expression. “I guess when I’m relaxing and creating music I tend to do instrumental pieces and work in electronica and go for hypnotic loop base things that can transport me personally to somewhere that I want to go. So that’s what I do as a kind of pleasure ritual. “But writing songs is not something that I’d say is really fun. It’s more of a sense that a meaning is starting to cluster and is starting to accumulate and I have to submit to it. In fact in the last week I saw the space, time and energy to be able to do that so I went for it and I wrote three songs and I’ve got no idea where they came from,” he chuckles. “I think they are incredible songs and I can’t really explain them. The songs write

themselves once I make myself available. They are difficult taskmasters, as they don’t come through all of a sudden, rather they force me to find a point of departure, that’s the first thing I have to find. It can be a lyrical hook or a chord change or it can be something very simple. However, once I’ve locked into something that resonates in a way that I can’t really explain, I know if I give it time then the song will emerge. And it normally takes somewhere between three to eight hours to bring the song down. “It’s totally there at that point so I don’t often go back and rewrite it very heavily. I tend to finesse around with lyrics and things like that. But I do it very rarely; the act of writing songs, and when I do write, I always do it with consciousness. In a sense that I know during the entire day I won’t be interrupted because I’ve got no other responsibility that bayside & mornington peninsula

BAD SEED TO A TRUE SPIRIT I have to take care of and I can just make my personal space, my studio, and my time available to write songs and then it just happens, it’s an incredible thing.” Race uses a palette of tools in his studio such as Pro Tools to mix because it’s very minimalistic and tends to work with acoustic guitar to write a song. “When I want to realise a song which is a step towards arranging it and creating the mood to embody the song, I work with a lot of other things I have around, such as acoustic, electric, the computer and multimedia production plugs as well.” We chatted about how ‘The True Spirit’ name came about. “It has a long history way back to 1987 when I was playing in a band called The Wreckery. I was approached to do some solo shows in Melbourne and was standing out the front of a night club and had to come up with a name on the spot. I was slightly drunk so I said ‘lets just go with Hugo Race and the True Spirit of God’. It was

kind of a joke and meant to be ironic, but the promoter came back and said, ‘let’s just leave out the God part and just go with The True Spirit’ to which I replied ‘fine’,” laughs Race.

about the songs. They don’t arrive from an abstract place; they come from real things, from everyday things. The point about music is that it has this real genuine capacity to be a bridge between worlds.

“The name has kind of stuck cause what I started doing in those solo concerts in the 80s evolved into the first solo album. Since then Hugo Race and The True Spirit has gone through drastic personality and personal changes, been relocated around the world, based in different cities, and as a band with a long history, has been divided into several periods. Right now we are kind of in the beginning of the next period due to this new album called The Spirit. It’s the first album we have made in seven or eight years due to a hiatus. Three years ago it felt like the moment was right between me and my colleagues in the band to start working on a new album and so we did.”

I asked him if he had a name for his world tour and he laughed and said that his world tour doesn’t really have a name. Originally it was going to be called Australian Spirit Tour, then when in Europe the European Spirit Tour, then the American Spirit Tour to which he said “we can’t do this”.

Race explained that when he writes lyrics he’s either talking to himself or to a real person, so there is something conversational

“But in all seriousness, the kind of spirit we are talking about doesn’t have a nationality and definitely is not patriotic so in the end the tour has no name.” It’s a very new thing that the True Spirit is playing again. Race’s lyrical content is rich and dense and with such a long history, he can’t really find a way to break this down for people. The only thing he can say is: “open your mind and come and experience this thing we

do. Maybe it’s for you and maybe it’s not. Whatever the case is that’s fine, we do it for other reasons and its not for a careerist notion. It’s always been about the magic and mystery and the beauty of the whole thing. That’s what drives the project’. Hugo Race and The True Spirit is: Hugo Race – vocals/electroacoustic guitar. Brett Poliness – drums/percussion/vocals. Bryan Colechin – bass/vocals. Michelangelo Russo – harmonicas/trumpet/ vocals. This story is not quite finished because I want to make mention of Russo’s superb hauntingly yet ethereal harmonica playing, intermingled with his soulful moog riffs. Colechin’s guitar mastery, producing phenomenal, complicated riffs and Poliness tight, succinct, well-toned drumming. With all of this combined, Hugo Race and The True Spirit is exactly that… Spirit expressing itself in music.

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EDEN CREATES A NIGHT OF ETHEREAL MAGIC By Terri Lee Fatouros From dark waves to dream pop a soiree of enchanting-psychedelic and neo-medieval serenades took place at the Old Bar in Johnston St Fitzroy last month. Inside the dimly lit otherworldly atmosphere people floated by dressed in gothic come vampirish garb. A handsome man with alluring black lined eyes and long black hair perfectly groomed, dressed in an impeccable muted silver lounge jacket with black embroidery stood chatting besides an equally stunning woman with dark brooding eyes dressed in black feathers. Red plumes or white stripes moved amongst the sea of black along with the occasional green or purple hair style nodding in agreement to what was being said. Which brought one’s attention to the reality that although there was a tangible thread running between all of the bands playing on the night there were actually two shows happening; people watching and the extraordinary otherworldly music being performed. Both were equally fascinating. My plus one was Angie Campagna and because we took our time in getting there we came in at the last song of Friends of Alice Ivy. However, the second act, singer-songwriter, Plum Green was stunning. Her rich vocals and poignant lyrics added to the ethereal


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ambiance, and in my opinion her album Rushes is remarkable and rather lovely to listen to. Keep an eye out for this one.

in-dream popish dark wave’, was actually a damn fine way to describe Eden’s unique sound.

The third, Dandelion Wine, composed of a longhaired beauty playing electric cello, while another long green haired beauty sang with moody vocals. Adding to their exotic, medieval mix was a pony-tailed gent sporting an eccentric moustache playing a vamped electro German lute with medieval beats. Their distinctive sound was unique and I just loved it.

Bowley doesn’t like to categorise Eden, because it’s like a lot of bands from the 60s to the present whom he loves and the commonality he’s trying to point out is that the music is a happy accident and creative by nature. Eden’s music is from the landscape of dreams and very fantastical as during play they tend to improvise and go with the flow of the vibe being felt.

The fourth band, which was the band I came to see, was Eden, which incidentally was going to be their second gig in 17 years. Their reputation and whispered echoes of past brilliance had been preceding them all night.

Throughout their set they performed a mix of new and old material and were joined by first time bassist, Matt Sigley, formerly of The Earthmen and The Mavis’s.

Sean Bowley was frontman lead vocalist and played lead electric 12 and 6-string guitar. Andrew Kutzer played acoustic 12 strings while Matt Sigley played bass and drum machine. Talie Helene played keys. Their performance was refreshing, versatile, and all original. With ethereal sounding guitars, lots of reverb and in Bowley’s words ‘quirky devices that he took a long time in finding’, to achieved the sound he wanted, which is ‘non standard, non rockist alternative

I had a chat to Bowley and this is what he had to say. “I get my creative inspiration from life itself and feel that for creative people, this feeling is just in them. It is like you are dammed if you don’t do it and kind of damned in another way if you do do it. If music is in you, you will know and you’ll just have to follow it,” laughs Bowley. For him song writing comes from a place beyond self and channels it as its own entity and says there is no set way of going about

writing a song as it can come at four in the morning for example. Eden broke their 17-year hiatus earlier this year in February by gigging with Mark Steiner in Melbourne, which incidentally was made possible through filmmaker and friend, Robert Brokenmouth. Bowley’s hope for Eden’s future is to continue writing and recording new creative, highly crafted exceptional albums, and if the past is anything to go by then I believe this is exactly what they’ll do. Next year, Eden is going into the studio to record a group of songs, which out of that will be released a digital single and will be available through Bandcamp and iTunes early May. Which is to be followed by a full length Cd later in the year, so it’s probably a good idea to friend Eden’s FB page for updates. It is really great to see new and more established Indi bands show casing their forte in eccentric little haunts like The Old Bar. Its doors are open seven nights a week to a myriad of music, which, in my book is a bonus for musicians as well as music lovers. For more info on Eden see: bayside & mornington peninsula

PUTTING THE SHOW INTO SHOW BUSINESS By Terri Lee Fatouros “So how do you turn a duck into a soul singer”? “You put it into the oven until it’s Bill Withers”

and the multi-media for Hoyt’s which in turn represented over 50 radio stations, along with the individual design for numerous musician’s CDs and DVDs.

With a happy laugh and a contagious smile show biz music man Dominic Barbuto opened up our delightful conversation.

In fact, Barbuto has even designed logos for TV shows such as Blind Date, The Price Is Right, Family Feud and heaps of others.

As a fellow Debonair, I’ve known Dominic for some time and on occasions attend the music and television industry lunches known as The Debonairs Club, originally started by Brian Cadd and Amanda Pellman in 2003. It’s a lunch where famous faces of music and television rub shoulders, drink, eat and catch up on goss and take a little time out from their busy schedules. Back in the day to become a Debonair you had to get up and do a monologue and one could just imagine what it would have been like when the likes of Denise Drysdale, Frankie Holden, Wilbur Wilde or Peter Noble who runs the Byron Bay Bluesfest got up and bespoke their hilarious tale. However, after Brian Cadd moved back to Sydney and set up the Sydney Chapter of the Debonairs Club, the charming Mr Barbuto took over and has continued to run these lunches ever since. In fact, last year I took Andy Phillips of the Cadillac Walk fame to a Debs lunch and like me he has been a regular Debonair ever since.

He has designed for Def Leppard, Liza Minnelli, Andrew McMannis, Motley Crue, Stevie Nicks, Joan Collins, Hale and Pace, Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom, The Bolshoi Ballet, Jimmy Barnes, UB 40, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Lenny Kravitz, Wolfmother, Joe Cocker, Fiddler on The Roof, David Copperfield, and nearly everyone else who has toured here.

Nowadays there are over 2000 entertainers in five states around Australia on The Debonairs books. Two years ago Barbuto, along with Max Merritt and Gavin Wood and a couple of others ex pats set up the LA branch of Debonairs in America. Which is fantastic for Australian based Debonair musician members, as it’s a good networking base for them while over there. The Debonairs have raised over half a million dollars for various charities since

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Barbuto knows everyone! beginning and were instrumental in ‘Concert For Max’ raising over $280,000 in a concert for Max Merritt who went through an illness recently.

I asked Barbuto how the Australian music industry is now compared to 30 years ago and whether it still strong.

Barbuto’s been involved in the music business forever and a day and literally knows everyone. He is the kind of guy that helps a struggling ‘up and coming’ musician to a well-known artist; and this is the reason why he’s so loved. Dominic Barbuto is one of those really lovely guys whose passion for music and his craft just oozes through.

“It’s strong but different and a lot more professional. It depends what level you are talking about. I mean there was a huge excitement in Melbourne way back in the pub scene, but with the introduction of pokies, well that tore the guts out of the live music scene. Unfortunately the government made a mistake by not saying you can have pokies as long as you have a live band room too.

Originally trained as a graphic artist, Barbuto also realised entertainers needed excellent art work, so created his company, Visible Ink over 29 years ago. During this time, Visible Ink has provided much needed art work and design for logos, production design, front of house, promotional material, ticketing, outdoor and press advertising, merchandising for many national and international tours, theatre productions

“So a lot of the pubs looked at making money with pokies rather than making money with live bands. But it’s slowly been creeping back and people, in particular in the northern suburbs, actually care about live music and there’s a lot of these live bands playing at cool little bars around Northcote, Fitzroy, Collingwood, and Richmond that draw new wonderful acts. This is what used to happen in the past.

The young acts performing now are a way to earn their ‘chops’ and get tight and practice their music.” Barbuto is a man that ‘sees but never tells’, and this is an honorable trait, particularly in the music scene; because there is always a lot of ‘telling’ that could be told. However a funny anecdote came to mind while we were talking and this is what he shared. “In the early 70s I was working at Canopus at Box Hill Town Hall, one of the last Town Hall dances in Melbourne. In those days Billy Thorpe, Angry Anderson, Hush and Kush to name a few played there regularly. They were so loud we had to drop insulation bats down the back of the hall to stop the sound bouncing back and forth. Being 20 and naïve, I thought everyone lived this way. At the end of the night Billy Thorpe or Lobby Lloyd would invite me back with the band for an after party, which would rage until the early hours. Many years later I asked Billy what he thought of me back then cause I was so young and naïve, to which he replied ‘You showed potential.’” Words of wisdom from the late man himself because Dominic Barbuto has had a huge influence on our music industry, not just with his ability of putting people together but with design, logos and the visual aspect of so many events and concerts. He’s very giving like that and no doubt will continue to do so. If you are a band and are looking for artwork for your CD, DVD or anything else for that matter, then Visibleink may be worth checking out. Email:

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NEW SINGLE FOR EMMA LOUISE ‘I wrote Underflow about that feeling that swells up inside of you when you know that things in your life are about to change. It’s like an undercurrent that at first you ignore, and it builds and builds until you know you need to make a decision, albeit hard and scary at the time. Then the change comes, and everything is new and different.’ – Emma Louise

THE BAMBOOS RELEASE BEST OF ALBUM Celebrating 15 years of making music in 2015, Australia’s The Bamboos have long established themselves as one of the leading soul band on the global scene. Tru Thoughts mark this milestone on 27th November with this compilation of some of the bands greatest moments on the label, handpicked by the band, as well as three exclusive live tracks. The Bamboos recorded some of their most beloved and classic works while signed to esteemed UK label Tru Thoughts for seven years

between 2005 and 2012. Over five albums for the imprint, they refined and evolved their sound with a progressive approach, shedding the ‘retro’ label along the way but also retaining the warmth, rawness and soul of their roots. Compiled on ‘Best Of The Tru Thoughts Years’ are 13 songs that shine a light on this evolution – a fitting companion piece for The Bamboos’ 15 year anniversary in 2015, and a celebration of one of the most beloved, cherished and respected soul/ funk bands of the 21st century.

Such is the sentiment that underpins Emma Louise’s stunning new single, ‘Underflow’. Produced by Pascal Gabriel (Goldfrapp, Ladyhawke) and premiered by Beats 1, the song offers an insight into the artist’s world and a glimpse at her new album – due for release in early 2016 – also marking her first official release with Liberation Music. Talents like Emma Louise are rare. A true artist in every sense of the word, the Brisbane songstress’s music is closely entwined with her being. Her music draws you in, urging you to dig deeper, creating a long-lasting impression. Like much of Emma’s work, her new single ‘Underflow’ captures a very real feeling and emotion, building lusciously to a glorious crescendo that washes over the listener in soft, cascading waves. Emma herself created the single artwork for ‘Underflow’, a testament to the fact that everything she releases is 110% Emma Louise. She

painted the single cover’s protagonist bald, and in a classic case of life imitating art, later had to shave her own head due to a mishap during the making of the video. Emma has just finished writing and recording her second album, and is now immersed in creating the artwork, images, videos and costumes that will accompany this very exciting next chapter. A fiercely independent, creative and inspiring musician.



Melbourne artists have a reputation for making interesting, enlightening music and Dan Kelly is no exception. The nephew of legendary Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, Dan’s musical output could be considered fairly experimental – though he undoubtedly shares his uncle’s pop sensibility. Born and brought up in Brisbane, Kelly moved to Melbourne twenty years ago to study and make music, going under the name Dank Alley to avoid any accusation of cashing in on the family name. It was a brave move, but an understandable one, given the obvious opportunities for comparison (just ask Jakob Dylan or Liam Finn). Eventually the pseudonym was dropped (wisely perhaps) and he began performing live and making records as part of the band Dan Kelly and The Alpha Males. By 2006, Kelly had established himself as one of Australia’s most respected performers, earning an ARIA nomination for Best Male Artist, an achievement that he repeated a year later. Now, in 2015, he has a new band and has released a new album (his seventh) through ABC. The record’s called Leisure Panic! and the first single is the effortlessly catchy Never Stop the Rot. Look out for Kelly on tour in 2016, or pick up the album at your nearest good record store. Lachlan Bryan


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Since hitting the music scene in 2012 The Rubens rise to fame has been quite a trip for the five lads from the small NSW country town of Menangle, and band member Elliott Margin says they are grateful and blown away by their success. “There’s heaps of good bands out there that don’t make it so we’re well aware that it’s part timing and luck,” says Elliott, whose good looks have been compared to One Direction’s Harry. “It’s been full on since we started but when it happens it’s a dream come true. I was 17 when we played our first gig and I wasn’t allowed in the venue so had to have a wristband at Candies nightclub in Sydney. We played to about 30 friends and family.” After that gig the band started getting gigs here and there, and by the time they had played 15 shows, were on a plane to New York to record their first album. “New York was fantastic, we were there for maybe two months recording. I’d been overseas but nothing like that. It was so much fun, but we had no money, survived on about $10 dollars a day just eating pizza. We came back and had lost weight cos we couldn’t afford music  arts  events  entertainment

food. I remember mum was freaking out when we got off the plane, we were white and pasty and skinny,” says Elliott.

to. When we released the first album no one really knew us but this time we had to do it even better,” said Elliott.

A far cry from today with The Rubens shows selling out across the country in the wake of the release of their second album Hoops which has already been nominated for awards, including Triple J Album of the Year.

The Rubens first album reached certified Platinum sales in Australia, the lead single winning the APRA award for Best Rock Work, and received five ARIA Award Nominations, so for the guys Hoops had a lot to live up to.

“The album has had a good response but you work on it for so long then have a release date and it takes time for people to listen to the songs and see how they feel about it. By the time this tour rolled around and we started playing shows we realised the positive feedback,” said Elliott.

But fame and fortune hasn’t changed the laidback attitude of the band, consisting of three brothers, Zaac, Sam and Elliott Margin, and their mates Scott Baldwin and William Zeglis.

“We play at big venues with 2500 people and smaller more intimate places but they are all fun.”

“We still live at home with mum and dad, it’s just easier for us when were so busy writing or out on the road,” says Elliott, whose parents are so proud and love going to gigs to see the boys play.

For the boys the process of writing the new album was a lot more cruisy, with the band taking off to a coastal hideaway to concentrate on writing.

“Mum and dad always made sure we learnt music when we were kids but when I was younger mum had to bribe me with a lolly to learn piano,” he says with a laugh.

“When we started writing songs for Hoops we decided to take some time out so went to a house on the NSW coast and stayed there and wrote. We knew we had a bit to live up

“Eventually I really got into it and just kept going,” says Elliott, admitting they all get treated exactly the same at home . “I know they are so happy for us, and understand how unlikely

it is to be successful. They love coming to see the boys on stage.” The songs on Hoops are more assured and show a greater range of what The Rubens can do. The lyrics telling tales collected over two years spent on the road, fuelled by boozy late nights (The Night Is On My Side, Hold Me Back) and that old chestnut, love (Hoops, Bitter End, Cut Me Loose). With Hoops, The Rubens have shown that their previous success was not a fluke. Through months spent on the road and tucked away writing relentlessly and never taking themselves too seriously, it’s no wonder they’ve managed to write an album full of timeless rock tunes. The Urban Spread Hoops Australian tour will be hitting Chelsea Heights Hotel on Friday 20 November with the lads playing an great selection from both albums. “The tour has been going great, 23 shows and the best we’ve ever played in terms of crowd reaction. We have a pretty broad mix of fans these days, from the young kids to even noticing groups of guys having an awesome time singing along to all the songs.”

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SOLO GOMEZ By Lachlan Bryan For the musical children of the 90s and early 2000s, British band Gomez stand tall as one of the most innovative and eclectic indie rock acts of the era. Still active today, the band began in 1996 and quickly achieved success with the help of Virgin Records and Britain’s taste-making BBC 1 radio station. In 1998 the band won The Mercury Prize for Music (Britain’s top musical award) and all of their seven albums have reached the album charts in both the UK and Australia, where they’ve always enjoyed the support of Triple J. Gomez are unique among modern acts in that they employ three lead singers. One of these, Ben Ottewell, is on his way to Australia and will perform at Belgrave’s Sooki Lounge on Thursday 12 November and Elsternwick’s Flying Saucer Club on Friday 13 November, showcasing material from his two solo albums, Shapes and Shadows and Rattlebag. Ottewell has been described by Rolling Stone magazine as Gomez’s “not so secret weapon”, with his mesmerising acoustic guitar playing and gravelly baritone voice providing the bedrock of a band whose adventurous catalogue stretches into psychedelic and electronic sounds. The Victorian shows form part of an extensive Australian tour that takes in Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney and Brisbane. Tickets are available now.


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He redefined modern music as the cofounder of seminal New York City no wave four-piece Sonic Youth, a band who paved the way for Nirvana and were instrumental in the alt-rock US scene. Now the Thurston Moore Band will hit Australia and New Zealand this December. From his own critically acclaimed solo albums, to signing artists like Andrew WK, Violent Soho and Be Your Own Pet to his Ecstatic Peace! record label, to collaborations with icons such as Yoko Ono and Beck, and compositions preserved by the US Library of Congress (Sonic Youth’s

Daydream Nation), Thurston Moore is a true sonic explorer. Live on stage, Moore will be performing tracks from The Best Day as well as older favourites including much-loved Sonic Youth songs, meaning fans will get their first chance to see Moore and Shelley up on stage together since the group’s final Daydream Nation tour back in 2007. The Thurston Moore Band will hit the Prince Bandroom on Thursday 10 December. Tickets from or call 1300 762 545. bayside & mornington peninsula

JAMES REYNE ALL THE HITS  LIVE “Everybody said, ‘What’s that sound?’” For more than three decades, James Reyne’s songs have been the sound of the Australian summer. His unforgettable hits conjure images of sun, surf, sand and sex. And James has now delivered the album that will be the soundtrack to this summer: All The Hits - Live. For James Reyne fans, this is the ultimate gig. His entire career is encapsulated in two discs, from Australian Crawl’s debut single, “Beautiful People”, to his first solo single, “Fall of Rome”, and songs that are part of our culture, such as “The Boys Light Up”, “Reckless”, “Downhearted”, “Errol” and “Hammerhead”. After Australian Crawl called it quits in the mid-’80s, James rarely played many Crawl songs live, preferring to focus on his solo material. Fun fact: Just one Australian Crawl single reached the Top 10 (1983’s chart-topping “Reckless” from the Semantics EP), whereas this album features five Top 10 solo hits: “Fall of Rome”, “Hammerhead”, “Motor’s Too Fast”, “Slave” and James’s cover of The Dingoes’ “Way Out West” (which he originally did as a duet with James Blundell in 1992). Thirty years after Aussie Crawl announced their split, James has embraced his old band’s remarkable catalogue. Every Crawl album is represented here, with songs from The Boys Light Up, Sirocco, Sons of Beaches and Between A Rock And A Hard Place. And there’s even a nod to the band’s much-loved first live album, 1983’s Phalanx, with a new version of live favourite “La Califusa”.

James also revisits “Sweet Love” – a forgotten gem from Company of Strangers’ self-titled set, a Top 10 album in 1992 – and dusts off long-time fan favourite “Hoochie Gucci Fiorucci Mama”. Fittingly, All The Hits - Live was recorded in Perth, where Australian Crawl said farewell to the world in February 1986. This album was recorded at Perth’s Astor Theatre on Saturday, September 5, 2015. “Such a time was had by all, we figured we’d be foolish not to commit it to tape,” James says. “So herewith the results, recorded one hot September night way out west.” This is James Reyne playing the songs the way he always wanted to play them, backed by a killer band: Brett Kingman and Phil Ceberano on guitar, Andy McIvor on bass, and former Aussie Crawl member John Watson on drums. James says the tour not only invoked “great memories but also the spirit of dear Brad [Robinson, who died in 1996] and Guy [McDonough, who died in 1984], and the rest of Crawl, of course, as we revisited some of their fabulous and, dare I say it, timeless tunes”. As James remarks when introducing “Indisposed”, “If you want to sing along or join in, feel free.” Of course, you’ll know the words. These are songs that provide the soundtrack to the endless Australian summer. James Reyne – A Day In The Sun National Tour with Moving Pictures will be hitting Chelsea Heights Hotel on 4 December. Tickets at or 1300 762 545 or at the venue.

TIDBITS & TALES With the warmer weather upon us, there is a lot of good music to check out at many interesting venues. With the success of Andy Phillips and the Cadillac Walk VIP Merchandise launch party still echoing in my ears from the night before, I opted for a relaxing Sunday arvo coffee and catch up with swing, jazz and blues husband and wife duo Jon and Wendy Wade who were performing their monthly ‘Jazz and Shiraz’ at the Leaf and Bean in Mornington. I’ve been a fan of Wendy’s charming vocals and Jon’s versatile keyboard playing since music  arts  events  entertainment

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first reviewing them last year. Their sound is extremely professional and polished. However, I’m complaining out loud because as a music journalist, I’ve discovered there is so much great talent out there that’s simply not recognised, and it’s frustrating to say the least.

I’ve seen people instantly get caught up in their sound and easy appeal and then rave about them.

In the past, the Wades have had a rich history gigging with international greats like Cleo Lane, our very own Johnny Young and numerous other giants within the swing jazz world, and yes they do have a reasonable fanbase and are known within the corporate world, yet it makes me wonder why they are little known amongst the general populous.

For now we’ve got the Wades doing their beautiful ‘thing’ regularly at The Leaf and Bean in Mornington and numerous other venues around the ‘burbs.

Personally I think the Wades talent is wasted in the café scene and should be entertaining in upmarket venues.

Oh incidentally, Manningham City Council heard about Wendy’s prodigious voice so invited her to sing at their Carols by Candle Light in Doncaster East on Friday 11 December. I guess word is getting out after all. If you want to share goss, info or anything else music wise then send me an email to:

But if I get my way I’ll be making damn sure the Wades start gigging in first class venues where they belong.

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I’d been meaning to catch up with Safari Motel and check out their new band line up for some time now and circumstances had prevented it. However, recently the God’s shone down on me and cleared my way to share a relaxing Sunday afternoon session with them at The Heritage in Balnarring. Got to say, I was gob smacked. Don’t get me wrong, they were good two years ago but man they’ve become polished and in Nicole Nehemia’s words, “we have found our belonging together and now have a tight, full big sound”. Damn right with that, Nicole. With new man Liam Kealy on Hammond keys rocking it and Dean James producing first class riffs on lead, the four originals of Nicholas Pearce-Sax, Jason Nehillbass, Neil Richardson-percussion and Nicole Nehemia-vocals are paramount in sound and their panache is making huge


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accomplishment to be proud of.

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.

With a growing and demanding fan base they were inspired to release their second album called Safari Motel Live @The Factory.

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.

Nehemia’s vocals still holds that intensity of range, and if any change is noticeable after all this time, it is her ability to project her voice more so; 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.

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; a tremendous

Its sophisticated, sexy sound doesn’t disappoint, especially with the teaser of an original song thrown in the mix entitled Trouble, which ultimately is preparing everyone for their third album consisting of all originals. Can’t wait for that one.

During the break while Nehemia and

myself chatted, we were constantly interrupted with fans buying their second album, and I guess it’s no wonder cause they have cleared that first hurdle and are truly on the up and coming with a sound seeped in funky, rock imbued soul indeed. As the day drew to an end, Safari Motel ended their set by singing Stevie Wonder’s song Very Superstitious but afterwards an encore was literally demanded. Nehemia asked “You want fast, slow or sleazy?” and of course sleazy won out. In true Safari Motel style, they did a superb rendition of Rock Me Baby All Night Long, and yes it was sung sleazy but loaded with class. 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. bayside & mornington peninsula

THE PENINSULA PICNIC RETURNS IN 2016 picnic.” The Guardian

The picnic basket just got tastier! We are excited to welcome the incredibly talented multi ARIA Award winner Missy Higgins, bringing with her a catalogue of sweet hits for picnickers in 2016. Joining this year’s menu of music, with his blues and roots flavour will be sonic virtuoso Kim Churchill, Powderfinger guitarist extraordinaire Darren Middleton giving the Peninsula a taste of his solo offerings, rising Adelaide folk star Timberwolf and Shoreham local singer songwriter Ruby Whiting.

“The sight of discovering such quirky finds like witty signs to make you smile and food that had be created with love and passion and had you licking your lip has us excited for 2016!!” Wicked Child “The first non-race day event at the racecourse was a complete success, with a sell out crowd of over 4,500…wine flowed from all four corners of the festival…The perfect weather, combined with some ice cold Pimms made the day one of the most unique and memorable festivals of 2015 … Keep an eye out for The Peninsula Picnic, because it is going to get bigger and bigger each year.” Adam Not Eve

Roll out your picnic rug, and relax to the sweet sounds of some of Australia’s finest acts, while taking your taste buds on a trip to heaven discovering the best food, wine and produce from Peninsula favourites, our full list of food and wine providores will be announced in the coming weeks. After a sold-out inaugural event, the Mornington Peninsula’s most extensive food, wine and music gathering, The Peninsula Picnic, is returning this March with a bigger line-up, a larger site, plus even more gourmet restaurants, decadent wineries, fresh local produce and quality artisan wares.

“A lovely day, and one I won’t forget for some time to come.” Cargo Art Magazine

With a country harvest atmosphere, The Peninsula Picnic takes place over one unique day in the leafy and sea-salted surrounds of Mornington Racecourse, and is the recipe for that perfect regional escape or family day out. “The Mornington Peninsula, about an hour

from Melbourne, is beautiful with its boutique wineries, rolling hills and long beach walks. Increasingly it’s known for its gourmet food too. Put it all together and it’s a stylish place, indeed. With this new venture, it may just redefine the very idea of a simple Sunday

Stay tuned for the 2016 Peninsula Picnic food and wine announcement over the coming weeks! Tickets on Sale Now From www.

THE SPIEGELTENT IN SORRENTO IS BACK Now in its second year, the Sorrento Spiegel Zelt is celebrating with a show that is even bigger and more spectacular! This summer, the very special Spiegeltent is presenting a hit show that has wowed audiences in more than a dozen countries around the world - LIMBO UP CLOSE! After a sell out season last year, make sure you book early and secure your tickets for this amazing night of theatre. You are guaranteed to be blown away by the world of cabaret, burlesque, circus, music, dancers, acrobats and singers, all contained in a fast-moving show in the glorious and much loved 97 year old Spiegeltent in the main street of Sorrento.

154 Ocean Beach Road, next to Claret & Co @ Three Palms. Tickets available now! Opens 8 Dec, 2015. Shows: Tuesday to Sunday at 6.30pm and 8.30pm from only $65.90 136 100 Tickets are also available at the Box Office Spiegel Zelt. “An irresistable cocktail of circus skills, live music and sexy humour.” Time Out London


“A truly unmissable delight” Time Out Sydney

Heaven can wait. This is one hell of a party!

“Sexy and can’t take your eyes off it” Sunday Express (UK)

Presented by Mini Garage Melbourne.

Come along and join in the fun!

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There’s something undeniably authentic about The California Honeydrops. Hailing from the Bay Area (Oakland, CA), the band draw on a diverse range of archetypal American influences from funk, soul and R’n’B to Delta Blues and New Orleans second line. Having toured regularly throughout the USA

and Europe, appearing at dozens of music festivals and supporting the likes of BB King, Buddy Guy, Alain Toussant and Dr John, The California Honeydrops have honed a dynamic and dancefloor-filling show, led by Polish born and bred frontman Lech Wierzynkski on vocals, trumpet and guitar. Wierzynski learned his trade in his homeland, listening to pirated

copies of records by the likes of Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong. The rest of the band is made up of founding member and drummer Ben Malament, Johnny Bones on tenor sax and clarinet, Lorenzo Loera on keyboards and Beau Bradbury on bass. It’s hardly a surprise to learn that on their first

Australian visit, The California Honeydrops will be appearing at The Caravan Music Club, a venue that is building a reputation as the first port of call for interesting new (and old) American acts. The show takes place on Wednesday 25 November and tickets are available now at

THE JACKSON FOUR CRUISE INTO THE HERITAGE The Jackson Four kicks off their 201516 summer season when they cruise down to their long running regular gig at the Heritage Tavern, Balnarring, 3pm Sunday, 22nd November. Where they’ll be introducing a whole new set of songs and grooves inspired from their recent visits to New Orleans, Chicago and Europe. So why not cruise down to the Heritage and Join them.


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BRINGING BACK ‘THE BOSS’ By Melissa Walsh If you love Bruce Springsteen then you don’t want to miss Thunder Road ‘The songs of Bruce Springsteen’ at The Grand Hotel on November 20. Without a doubt Australia’s number one Bruce Springsteen tribute band, Thunder Road capture the magic of a true live Bruce Springsteen show in all its rocking glory. Thunder Road take their audiences on a musical journey through Bruce’s entire career. Playing all of Bruce’s classic hits from ‘Born to Run’ and ‘Born in the USA’ through to his current day releases. Talented Mornington musician, Gavin Leadbetter from Nepean Music heads up a full seven piece ‘E-street’ style backing band and they don’t cut any corners on their way to giving Springsteen fans, a show as good as it gets. “It all came about after we had a successful country rock band which is still going, and decided to have a break from that,” says Leadbetter. “We realized we played Springsteen music together really well and we added a couple of different members to the band to make up like the E-string band with an organ and saxophone and female vocal to give it that big authentic sound. It was about 2012 when we started putting this band together.” Along with Leadbetter on lead vocals and guitar, the Thunder Road band includes Mitch

Dean, backing vocals, guitar and harmonica, Darren Shiels, drums, Dean Harris, bass, Simon Leveret, piano and organ, Dave Hedges, saxophone, brass instruments, organ, and Natalie Mincher, backing vocals. “Our very first gig was in 2012 and we simply spread the word we were doing Bruce Springsteen songs and the work started pouring in. I am not Bruce Springsteen but we do put the energy across the songs across and that’s how we do it,” says Leadbetter. “We

do all his hits, everything from Born to Run to Born in the USA and everything in between, all the big album tracks and all the crazy hits in between.” With an audience following of the old faithful Springsteen fans that have been loving his music since the 70s and young kids who have just started getting into the classic Springsteen vibe, the show at the Grand is sure to be epic. “We sill be doing two big one hour sets on the

night, starting around 8.30pm, and we can’t wait,” says Leadbetter. But tickets online or at the door. This is an 18+ event. Thunder Road ‘Songs of Bruce Springsteen’ is at The Grand Hotel, 124 Main Street, Mornington, Friday November 20 from 8pm till midnight. Phone 5975 2001.

STRIKING CHORDS AND HITTING NOTES FOR CASH BUSKERS by the score will be on the streets of Rosebud on Saturday 14 November. Musicians and other entertainers have been invited onto the streets and outside Rosebud Plaza for the annual Buskfest. Spots were limited to 35, but organisers say more than double that number applied for Saturday’s gig, perhaps attracted by the $1000 cash prize. The competition includes performances by solo vocalists, duos, bands, pianists, harpist, African drummers, dancers, jugglers, comedians and quick draw artists. The shows starts at 10am and ends at 1pm. A panel of judges will be out and about among the audiences to see who takes home the money.

Fan following: musicians Lily Short, Madison Bailey and Andy Phillips busk their way along the streets of Rosebud with some of their fans. Picture: Yanni


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HIP TO BE COUNTRY By Lachlan Bryan

It’s tempting to say that November marks the start of festival season, but in truth, for country fans at least, the festivals happen all year round. At the time of writing, I’m making my way from the Mildura Country Music Festival on the Victoria/NSW border to the Dashville Skyline Festival in the Hunter Valley. I’ll follow these two immediately with an appearance at The Murwillumbah Country and Roots Fest (just inland from the Gold Coast) and will then board the Radiance of the Seas for “Cruisin’ Country” – a floating Australian Country Festival that makes its way from Sydney to Vanuatu and back. But while festival tickets often come at a premium price, fans can rejoice at the prospect of cheaper ‘sideshows’, where major acts (particularly those coming from overseas) music  arts  events  entertainment

play at local venues. In the past month, three such acts visited Melbourne. Sam Outlaw, Dawes and The Jamestown Revival were all in Australia for the Out on the Weekend festival, which took place in Williamstown and was headlined by local legends Tex, Don and Charlie. These are all acts that sit squarely within the Americana genre that I bang on about so often in this column – it’s the ‘cool’ end of country that has more in common with Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash than Garth Brooks and Shania Twain. But enough of looking back – there is plenty to look forward to for Americana, roots and country music fans. First on the list is the brilliant bluegrass mandolin-player Chris Henry. Keen observers will know Henry as a key member of the acclaimed Peter

Rowan Bluegrass Band – veterans of several Australian tours and amongst the finest purveyors of the bluegrass form in the world. Henry’s own band is known as The Hardcore Grass, and they’ll be bringing their virtuosity to Elsternwick’s Flying Saucer Club on Thursday 12 November. Tickets are available now. At the very same venue in November you can also catch Canyon – West Coast Sound. These guys are more than just a covers band – they have mastered the works the great west coast artists of the 1970s – Jackson Browne, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Band, Emmylou Harris and The Doobie Brothers, just to name a few. Canyon nail the vocal harmonies and the iconic guitar riffs to take you on a nostalgic

musical road trip not to be missed. Finally, a heads up for fans of great songwriting. Ron Sexsmith is a Canadian songwriter of the highest order, and he’ll be at The Caravan Music Club on Friday 27 November. This show is certain to sell out – so be sure to get online now and grab your tickets. You won’t be sorry! Lachlan Bryan is primarily a singer-songwriter. His third album Black Coffee is out now. He also moonlights as a gifted observer and music journalist, writing monthly for mint magazine on all things folk/country/ bluegrass. If you’ve got a new release, upcoming show or you’d like to get in touch with Lachlan, drop him a line at lachlan@

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LACHY DOLEY Lachy Doley (pictured above) is often dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond organ; he is a player who can generate the most unbelievable sounds from his keyboard. In 2010 the Lachy Doley Group was formed and they have been recording and touring ever since. The group’s latest album Conviction has enjoyed considerable success reaching number 5 on the UK Blues Broadcasters Charts, number 1 on the Australian iTunes Blues Charts and number 1 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts. The Lachy Doley Group is a power trio with a unique sound consisting of bass, drums and Lachy Doley working his Hammond C3 organ and the incredibly rare Hohner D6 Whammy Clavinet (a 70 stringed keyboard with a huge Whammy Bar). Over his career Lachy has worked with acts as diverse as Bernard Fanning, Jimmy Barnes, Powderfinger, The Beautiful Girls, Jimmy Little, and The Widowbirds. In early 2013 Lachy was sought out by Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes to record a new version of Highway Star as a tribute to Deep Purple’s legendary organ player Jon Lord. Now having recently recorded on a new Joe Bonamassa album, Lachy Doley has truly cemented his place as an international artist.

BENDIGO BLUES & ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows will headline the ever growing Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival in an exclusive concert at the new Ulumburra Theatre on Saturday 7 November. The Sorrows will share the bill with the Backsliders and Hat Fitz and Cara as the festival marks its fifth year with no fewer than 180 acts over four days across 40+ venues around Bendigo. This year the festival will be hosting an all day family friendly concert featuring 16 acts at two stages at Rosalind Park on Saturday 7 November, plus a special tribute show to the great B.B King in the


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Federation room at the Hotel Shamrock. The festival also plays host to music workshops, clinics and jam sessions right across the weekend. For more details about the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival please scan this QR code:

2015 MBAS VIC/TAS BLUES AWARDS The Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society (MBAS) Artist of the Year was awarded to Fiona Boyes; MBAS Emerging Act of the year was awarded to the John Williams Doubleshot Blues Band; MBAS Solo act of the Year was awarded to Lloyd Spiegel and the MBAS Band of the Year was awarded to Greg Dodd &The Hoodoo Men. Congratulations to all the winners.


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The Festival of the Blues (aka Wodonga Bluesfest) is presented by Edwards Tavern every November and hosts two days of Australia’s finest blues musicians. Now in its third year, this annual blues festival has a new name and massive headline acts in Diesel as well as securing the Australian Blues institution, Chain. Also appearing at the Festival over the November 21-22 weekend are the Chris Wilson Band, the Fiona Boyes Trio, Lloyd Spiegel, Chris Finnen, Shaun Kirk, Sweet Felicia & The Honeytones, Greg Dodd & the Hoodoo Men and Dreamboogie. For ticketing and other details please go to


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TThe 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 November 8 will host the legendary Phil Manning (pictured) as the feature act. Doors open at 6PM.

NATIONAL BLUES & ROOTS AIRPLAY CHART This month’s Top 5 Albums on the National Blues & Roots Airplay chart are: • Wards Express - The Back Roads

• Greg Dodd & The Hoodoo Men - Movin’ On • Lloyd Spiegel - Double Live Set

INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE Each year Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society hosts the MBAS Blues Challenge (formerly Blues Performer of the Year competition). The aim of the event is to select the finest Blues artist/s to represent the MBAS at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee. The MBAS entrants for the 2016 IBC are Miss Whisky in the Solo/duo category and Dreamboogie in the Band category. The 32nd International Blues Challenge will be held January 26-30, 2016 in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee in the Beale Street Historic District with the finals hosted in the beautiful Orpheum Theatre.

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By Ray McGrotty (Record City)

Not many solo artists have two classic albums in a row but in 1971 John Lennon released his much acclaimed Imagine album.

disassociation with certain aspects of life which Lennon feels less than enthusiastic about.

The title track would virtually become his signature song, (well, one of them - we all remember Happy Xmas (War Is Over) and Give Peace A Chance).

I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier reflects political dissatisfaction with certain roles such as being a soldier and having to kill people or be killed.

The album, whilst retaining the personal emotion of his previous John Lennon & the Plastic Ono band album, is more polished and commercially friendly and contains some of Lennons’ greatest solo works.

But the angriest track on the album by far is How Do You Sleep? which is a scathingly direct attack on Paul McCartney who was in the process of suing The Beatles in order to legally dissolve the band.

Tracks such as Crippled Inside, How and It’s So Hard are examples of his continuing emotional cleansing, as are the classic Gimme Some Truth and Jealous Guy which was covered by Roxy Music in 1981 as a tribute to Lennon after his death.

‘So Sgt. Pepper took you by surprise’, is the opening line of the song, then continues with lines such as ‘a pretty face may last a year or two but pretty soon we’ll see what you can do’, and ‘the only thing you’ve done was Yesterday and now you’re just another day’.

Lennon somehow manages to deliver a ballad with total rock genius credibility, no matter how soppy or romantic the lyrics may be.

Nothing emphasises this more than in Oh My Love, which has to be one of his most gentle and romantic songs ever. The last track on side one of the original vinyl album release is a song that reveals

MISSED THE MARK It’s always so unedifying. A bandwagon trundles into view and everyone falls over themselves to climb aboard. Even those whom you’d think should know better are not immune. Whether it’s a rush of blood to the head or sheer opportunism, the entire spectacle is little more than a grubby grab for cash. Of all the bandwagons to ever emerge, disco stands apart. Anyone (and I mean anyone), including those who couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, thought they were entitled to make a disco record. The results were predictably dire. But of all the terrible disco albums to ever emerge from the muck, one was especially heinous. That it should be produced by a much-loved children’s character only serves to deepen the sense of betrayal. Mickey Mouse Disco is, to be blunt, an abomination. As befits an album entitled Mickey Mouse Disco, the first track is Disco Mickey Mouse. However, that they altered the order of the words does nothing to disguise the fact that this is music on autopilot, that bypasses the lowest common denominator in favour of something far less noble and a good deal more pungent. The record continues

with Welcome to Rio, presumably because Welcome to Hell would have alarmed children, before providing us with a master class in irony with the song The Greatest Band. But as bad as side one of Mickey Mouse Disco is, side two is so much worse. It opens with the song Macho Duck, which is every bit as bleak as it sounds. The song Watch Out for Goofy! is, disappointingly, not an ode to a beloved character who, sick to the back teeth with disco music, has gone on some kind of

Lennon’s attack on McCartney in How Do You Sleep was partially fuelled from McCartney’s apparent dig at Lennon on his recently

released Ram album which featured a cover of Paul holding a ram by its horns – Lennon mimicked this with his Imagine album by including a postcard of himself holding a pig by the ears. McCartney’s song Too Many People had the line ‘too many people going underground, too many people reaching for a piece of cake. Too many people pulled and pushed around, too many waiting for that lucky break. That was your first mistake, you took your luck break, and broke it in two’. Lennon saw this as a direct jab at him and retaliated accordingly. The rivalry between Lennon and McCartney at this stage did provide for some great song writing though, and Imagine is still one the greatest albums of all time and remains very relevant to this day.

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rampage. The whole debacle then closes with a double punch to the guts with bona fide Disney classics, It’s a Small World and Chim Chim Cher-e put through the disco mincer and desecrated for all time.

Cookie Monster must take the remnants of his shattered life and attempt to carry on. There’s no other way to describe it, other than as a truly inspirational tale. It is, frankly, something you don’t get with Macho Duck.

Once heard, it cannot be unheard. The tragedy is, it could have been so much better. The Disney crew were far from the only ones to scramble aboard the disco bandwagon. Others, however, managed to a much better job of it. I’m speaking, of course, of the Cookie Monster.

It’s been a long time since Mickey released a disco album. It’s notable too, that he is yet to release another ‘genre-specific’ album. That the world has been spared Mickey Mouse Death Metal is, I suspect, something of a relief to everyone.

Cookie Monster’s I Left Me Cookie at the Disco is so much more than a mere disco novelty jingo. Rather, it is an exploration of the human condition, centered around the consequences of hedonism. Specifically, if you get too carried away at your local discothèque, you may well lose something of yourself that you may never get back. Whether it is a biscuit or a piece of your soul, the message is unmistakable. Beneath the jaunty tune and infectious beat lurks a heart of darkness, as a tragedy of operatic dimensions unfolds. Loaded with grief and the loss of his beloved snack food,

This is in stark contrast to Cookie Monster who, although abandoning the disco genre, has since been moonlighting as Tom Waits (and the evidence is on YouTube). So, Mickey, as much as I love you, on this occasion you were led dreadfully awry. Personally, I blame Goofy. Promise me that you will never betray me like that again. Ever.

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BROOKLANDS TAKE TOP RESTAURANT TITLE WHETHER celebrating Christmas with family and friends, planning a social Christmas event or bringing in the New Year in style, Brooklands of Mornington has your festive season all wrapped up!

number one restaurant in Mornington on Trip Advisor. Celebrate and treat your friends and colleagues to a meal like no other with our Chef’s 5 course tasting menu for $55.00 per person.

with more funny old bags and gags. Gather your friends and join us for a night full of gut gripping hilarity you’ll never forget. Three course dinner and show $69.00 per person.

Brooklands of Mornington boasts several versatile function venues perfect for cool cocktail celebrations and lunches and dinners from 10 to 150 guests. For smaller groups why not try our magificent restaurant Eighteen78, recently rated the

How about spicing up your festive season with some caberet. Queenie and the Roniques will be hitting Brooklands on Saturday 12 December 2015. Following the success of sell out shows last year, Queenie Kent is back again this Christmas

This New Years Eve Brooklands will be hosting an event like no other. Tranforming our ballroom into a time machine and taking our guests on a trip through different eras of music, starting back in the roaring 20’s with the wonderful


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Swingland Dance Orchestra, and finishing in the modern day as we count down the new year. $130.00 per person inclusive of 3 course dinner, beverages and live entertainment. Brooklands experienced events team will tailor make a package to suit your party needs, event theme and budget. Call them on 5973 9200. bayside & mornington peninsula

CASUAL AND CREATIVE AT COUNTING HOUSE By Melissa Walsh A sunny modern deck, a fresh coat of paint and new menu and the Counting House is back with a relaunch; with owner Max Griffin breathing new life into the circa 1912 bank building.

the times, we decided to stay true to our quality produce and dishes, but create a more casual menu that offers full meals as well as grazing plates and nibbles.” Enjoy the best of both worlds with the Counting House offering delicious specials every day like the Counting House pie, or the Bank Sandwich. There is gnocchi with broad beans and peas, pork sausages with chargrilled apple and mash, and scotch fillet with fries. For those who like to graze, you can’t go past the pork sliders, duck liver pate, or pumpkin and goats cheese croquettes.

Relax on the front terrace looking over the park and bay, with a wine, a beer or just a coffee and cake, or enjoy some tasty delights from the new Counting House menu. Inside the bleached wood décor and timber floors provide the perfect backdrop for the stunning new artworks that light up the rooms, so there’s still plenty of French charm to enjoy, from the restaurant that sits on the promenade. With an extensive background in hospitality, Max has developed his skills whilst working in restaurants overseas and currently owning inner city bars. After moving to the Mornington Peninsula with his family, and teaming up with head chef Gavin Ong, he was finally able to fulfill his dream of owning a restaurant by the ocean when he purchased the 100 year old building. “The historic building was previously the state savings bank, which is why it has the name Counting House,” says Max. “It has heaps of original features and even

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the repainting had to be done in heritage colors. We have the original building’s fireplace, pressed metal ceilings, and bank vault, which has been converted into a wine cellar. The blackbird silhouette is the emblem of the counting house and is historically significant.” With dishes sourced from mainly local

suppliers and a seasonal menu, Counting House always offers gastronomic surprises. “Part of the refurbishment has been to change the menu to a more casual fare,” explains Max. “We had previously been more a la carte with classic French dishes and a more upmarket vibe. In moving with

For a special dinner or catching up with friends, the evening menu is mouth watering, including oysters with shallot and red wine vinegar, pork, chicken, pistachio and prune terrine for starters, or clam linguine with white wine sauce, and smoked duck salad with beets and feta to name a few. Counting House is fully licensed and offers a comprehensive wine list that showcases local wineries, and breweries in Red Hill and Mornington. Counting House is at 787 Esplanade, Mornington. Phone 5975 2055.

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BEAUTY OF SIMPLICITY By Andrea Louise Thomas

Sandi Faulkner works quietly away in her idyllic Mount Martha pottery studio. Over the course of her career, she’s worked with some of the finest masters in the ceramics field from Europe, the UK, Japan and Australia pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with clay, porcelain, heat and glazing. In addition to ceramics she also teaches and practices Sumi-e; the Zen way of the brush, a Japanese technique dating back centuries. ‘It’s the most honest of all art,’ she says and that’s why she loves it. There is only one brush stroke to get it right. No second chances. No corrections. MINT: When and where did your career as an artist begin? FAULKNER: I studied art and design at Prahran College of the Arts. Ceramics was only a very small section. In my second year I got the opportunity to do an apprenticeship with Viennese master potter Franz Kukowitz of Terra Nigra Studios who had come to Australia to work for five years. Because of my profound deafness, it was easier for me to work with someone one on one so I left school to work with him. MINT: Why did you choose ceramics? FAULKNER: Because it is tactile. I love the sensation of the clay. It’s very therapeutic. It’s a kind of magic – it swirls in my hands and becomes something. Now I have a fascination with the flame and the glazing. MINT: You worked in London with Chelsea Pottery. What did you do there? FAULKNER: I was making cheese bells for Harrod’s Department stores. Then I was asked to run the Chelsea Pottery Club after hours. They told me a group was coming from Japan to observe and they asked me to demonstrate that same day! MINT: You have a deep interest in Mingei pottery technique. How did you discover this technique and what drew you to it? FAULKNER: I studied with Paul Davis who was Head of Ceramics at Monash University before he went to Japan on a fellowship. When he returned he introduced me to Japanese techniques and glazes. Through Chisholm, I studied with him at his Japanese teahouse studio in Red Hill. MINT: You also practice Sumi-e painting. Where did that come from? Paul suggested I study with Zen master and Sumi-e painter, André Sollier. I spent six years working with him. I guess that lead to my deep appreciation of mingei. It embraces simplicity, utility and timeless beauty. Mingei music  arts  events  entertainment

and Zen philosophy have informed the aesthetic in both my sumi-e painting and ceramic practice. MINT: What has been the greatest influence on your practice? FAULKNER: Initially it was French and Italian Majolica ware. I loved the vibrant colours, but Paul challenged my work to a higher level. Now I am most interested in

the chemistry of the glazes. I only work with pure oxides and reduction flame for muted colours. I want to make things that last and are useful. Majolica ware is beautiful, but it’s too soft and it chips. MINT: If you could chose to work on something you haven’t done yet, what would it be? FAULKNER: Possibly glass. I spent a lot of

time in Venice and I love what they do. Visit Faulkner’s gorgeous light filled studio at 12 Glenisla Drive, Mount Martha when she opens it to the public as part of the Peninsula Studio Trail’s Open Studio weekends Saturday and Sunday, November 14, 15 and November 21, 22 from 10am to 5pm. Her work can be viewed online at:

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IT’S NOW OR NEVER By Andrea Louise Thomas

Southern Peninsula Players take on Miles Treddnick’s madcap comedy It’s Now or Never. With Dan Ellis in the director’s chair, he’ll have audiences laughing right out of their seats. Set in Spain during wedding preparations for Tom, an Elvis Presley fanatic, and his not so Elvis-mad fiancée Alice. Tom meets fellow Elvis enthusiast, Keith, who has offered them the use of his villa while he is away in London. But, prior to their arrival Keith is convinced he has seen the real Elvis, alive and well, hiding out in a nearby villa! Little does Alice know, the two impersonators decide they are going to kidnap the real Elvis hoping to make millions selling their story to the tabloid press. Much confusion and a modicum of hysteria make for a fastpaced laugh out loud comedy of errors and mistaken identities. See It’s Now or Never on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, November 12, 13 or 14th at 8pm at Rosebud Memorial Hall, 994 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud. Bookings: or 0404 607 130.


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WOMEN ON THE FRINGE By Andrea Louise Thomas Melbourne Fringe Festival On Tour serves up a killer double bill featuring two onewoman plays that are sure to give their audiences pause – full stop and lots of laughs too. So take note… Reception: The Musical, voted Best Cabaret 2014 at The Melbourne Fringe Festival stars writer/performer Bethany Simons and leading Melbourne composer Peter de Jager in a quick-witted toetapping musical comedy. Playing a permanent part-time receptionist at The Classical Music Academy, she breaks the monotony of her work at the front desk by singing from her swivel chair. Inspired by true stories from the office, this thoroughly original comedy is honest, uplifting and full of comic energy.

Tessa Waters, aka Womanz, entertains in a whole different kind of cabaret with sassy costume, booty shakin’ and hilarious anecdotes about her womanhood. Dressed like a playboy bunny without the ears and tail it’s what comes out of her mouth that is so unexpected and hilarious. Crackerjack one-liners abound. For a wicked night of feminine fringe, see Melbourne Fringe on Tour at Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, 245 Eastbourne Road, Rosebud on Saturday 14 November at 7.30pm. Bookings:

TIPTOE THROUGH THE TOMBSTONES By Andrea Louise Thomas Exemplifying all the best aspects of community theatre, the ever-versatile Frankston Theatre Group never disappoints. Comedies are a particular strength, so one can be sure that there will be lots of laughs when Joyce Sedunary directs Tiptoe Through the Tombstones, a hilarious spoof from UK playwright, Norman Robbins. It all begins with a rather bad smell at Monument House, the site of some pretty ghastly goings on. A crusty old lawyer and his secretary call together the remaining members of the oddball Tomb family to discuss the terms of the family will, but the lawyer has his own nefarious intentions. When the fog descends all matter of macabre ensues.

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“It’s a real caricature piece. It’s quirky with surprising sets at odd angles. It’s got an Addams Family tone – over the top. I love the twists and turns of the show, which keep everyone guessing until the end. It’s got a really fresh feel,” Sedunary shared. Enjoy a night of laughter cabaret style at Tiptoe through the Tombstones playing Fridays and Saturdays November 20,21, 27 & 28, December 4 & 5 at 8pm and Sundays, November 29 and December 6 at 2pm in Mt. Eliza Community Centre, Canadian Bay Road, Mt. Eliza. BYO drinks and nibbles. Bookings: 1300 665 377.

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WORD UP In her two-hour workshops, local performance poet, Andrea Louise Thomas defines poetry, breaks it down into its finer elements and gives tips for successful writing and performance of spoken word. Participants are given time to write two poems in different forms and are encouraged to read or perform them to the group. Coaching tips are provided so that each person can find his/her own authentic voice.

Writer’s Festival three years running. She’s published numerous poems and won poetry prizes. With a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, she’s well versed in verse. Come try your hand at writing poetry and performing it at Frankston Library (Long Room) on Wednesday 18 November from 5.30 to 7.30pm. Free, but bookings appreciated. Call 9784 1020.

Andrea was a state finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam three times, as well as being a finalist in Poetry Idol at the Melbourne

CHRISTMAS AT THE STUDIO FAREWELL By Andrea Louise Thomas Christmas at the Studio is a popular twoday annual arts market hosted by glass blower Leisa Wharington held on the idyllic acreage of Tanglewood Estate Winery. It’s a celebration of handmade craft and original art. Once a year Warrington opens the barn gates to the public allowing visitors to peruse the beautifully displayed stalls and see the mud brick studio she shares with painter Julie Neikamp. She invites talented artists and craft artisans to showcase and sell all kinds of beautiful things. Most


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of the artists and artisans hail from the Mornington Peninsula, but some arrive from farther afield having created work exclusively for this event. Don’t miss the very last Christmas at the Studio, a truly original, family friendly craft and artisan fair. Find something genuinely unique to give as a Christmas gift or for yourself on Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28 from 10am to 4pm at Bulldog Creek Road, Merricks North. P.S. Don’t rely on your GPS - follow the signs.

ARTISTS’ INSIGHT By Andrea Louise Thomas

Painter Cathy Van Ee and textile artist, Tina Whiteley invite the public to see the world and its beauty from the artist’s perspective. They’ll offer insights into their methodology and creative processes in their joint exhibition, Insight: The Pursuit of Beauty. Van Ee is a celebrated career artist who works in oil and pastel making portraits and landscapes. Whitely specialises in creating her own hand dyed signature fabrics sourced from local plants and flowers. She uses freestyle machine embroidery and hand stitching to craft distinctive and unique textile artworks. Both artists teach workshops and classes. See Insight: The Pursuit of Beauty on exhibition until Tuesday 17 November at G1 Gallery, Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabin. Admission Free. Van

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WANDER THE PENINSULA STUDIO TRAIL By Andrea Louise Thomas Through their Open Studio Weekends, Peninsula Studio Trail artists give visitors a rare opportunity to meet member artists and see them in action in their art studios. Their twenty member artists represent a broad range of disciplines from pottery to painting, textile art to photography. This is a highly diverse and tremendously talented group of professional artists. Peninsula Studio Trail’s Open Studio weekends are Saturday and Sunday, November 14, 15 and November 21, 22 from 10am to 5pm. For more information on PST and to download a map, visit:

SHORT FILM FOR EVERYONE By Andrea Louise Thomas Thanks to modern technology, anyone with a vision can translate their creative ideas into short film using a mobile phone or tablet. Peninsula Short Film Festival Director and actor Steve Bastoni (The Water Diviner, Underbelly, Neighbours) is hosting two filmmaking workshops teaching the basics of how to plan, structure and shoot a short film. The first workshop focuses on live action filming on a mobile device. In the second workshop, he teams up with award-winning animator and expert Justine Wallace to take keen animators through the process of producing a stop motion animated short film on a mobile device employing props, such as, Lego, clay and puppets. Even better, both workshops are offered just in time for the submission deadline to the Peninsula Short Film Festival on 18 December. Budding filmmakers should come to Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre, on Sunday, 22 November from 10am to 4pm for the live action film workshop or Sunday 6 December for the stop motion animation film workshop. Limited spaces. Ages 12+. BYO Lunch. Don’t forget your phone or tablet! Enquiries: 9784 1896. Bookings: 9784 1060 or at music  arts  events  entertainment

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