BSide Magazine #105

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Boyz will be making a welcome appearance on Friday 2 February at the first of City Of Prospect’s Twilight Sessions which will be taking place at Prospect Memorial Gardens, Menzies Crs, Prospect, every Friday from then until Friday 23 February with food and drink available or BYO picnic, live bands and other entertainment each session.

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THEBARTONIA Mark this one in your diary! From 3pm until midnight on Saturday 3 February, Albert St, Thebarton, will be blocked off for a massive street party Port Lincoln’s long-running duo outside the Wheatsheaf Hotel Ill Starred Captain will have for a free event with an outdoor hometown friend Eli Iannucci stage, markets, food trucks with them when they play the and stalls, bars and loads of Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, SALVY & THE HIRED HELP entertainment from Exeter Thebarton, from 9pm on Friday Rock’n’rollers Salvy & The Hired Blues, Adam Page & Django 9 February and also Willunga’s Help have invited brand new Rowe, Kelly Menhennett Middle Pub on Saturday 10 mod band Mode to join them for Band, Kings & Associates, February. a free entry affair at the Grace Hana Brenecki, Didier Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Kumalo, The Baker Suite and HIGHTIME Adelaide, from 9pm on Saturday Cosmo Thundercat. 10 February. MINNESOTA FATS Minnesota Fats (formerly Shotz), 192 Pirie St, Adelaide, is set to host a night of metal from 6pm until late on Saturday 27 January as a licensed, all-ages evening which will feature Gorlapse, Born Of Dust, Suffer The Evenue, Aftashok, Massix and Ouroboric with drink specials, pool tables, beer garden and an entry fee of an easy $10.

Hightime have been on hiatus but will make a return from 7pm on Friday 9 February when RONNIE TAHENY they play Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, alongside Dr Piffle & The Burlap Band, The Brothers Goon and All In with $15 tickets at the door. STONE PONY Nancy Bates and Corey Theatre will be performing at Stone Pony’s first event of the year on Friday 10 February at Wirra Creek Music, 175 Main Rd, Willunga. PAULA STANDING Paula Standing will have her band accompanying her when she plays SCALA from 8pm on Thursday 1 February at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, alongside Don Morrison and Andrew Gardner with entry being free to member of the organisation or $5 for those who are yet to join. TWILIGHT SESSIONS Bad Jelly DJs and Zkye & The

Following a successful concert earlier this year, Ronnie Taheney has just announced another show at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 3 February with special guest Zac Eden and is also advising that it will be her final live outing with tickets via the venue and bound to sell fast. KAURNA CRONIN Kaurna Cronin will have his band with him when he returns from yet another overseas tour and plays the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 7pm on Sunday 25 March with some soon to be announced


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Exeter Blues (the duo of guitarist, singer and harp player Dave O’Leary and drummer BJ Barker) have an EP launch for their debut offering, Mumbo Jumbo Deluxe, and it will be at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 9pm on Saturday 27 January as a free entry affair with special guests Nate & Rubes and ARIA award winning musician Mikey G joining the headlining act to play some fiddle. ADELAIDE 500 The Adelaide acts to play Adelaide 500 have been announced by Music SA’s Bands On Track with Hana & Jessie Lee and Donnarumma to play on Friday 2 March alongside Cold Chisel, Kasey Chambers and Bad// Dreems, Kitchen Witch and Young Offenders to play on Saturday 3 March alongside Live and Birds Of Tokyo and



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Heaps Good Friends have a busy weekend coming up at the tail end of February.

“Yeah, we do,” Nick says. “We do O’Fiesta on the Friday night at Flinders Uni and then fly over to Perth on Saturday to play Hyperfest – that’s a youth-focused event – and then come straight back to do Grounded’s Supermassive on Sunday. So, yeah, a big weekend.” At the end of March, they will march off on a huge national tour.

HEAPS GOOD FRIENDS By Robert Dunstan Things have taken off heaps quickly for effervescent Adelaide synth pop trio Heaps Good Friends (photographed above and on the front cover of this issue by Kate Potter) as they have already toured around the country with Jungle Giants and made only their second live appearance at Groovin’ The Moo after having scored considerable radio support from triple j and then being selected by the station for the Unearthed slot at the festival. The trio (Nick, Emma and Dan on drums) are now set to open for Holy Holy at the Governor Hindmarsh in coming weeks, perform at Flinders University’s O’Fiesta alongside Dune Rats and San Cisco before appearing as part of Grounded’s Supermassive event alongside Sarah Blasko as part of Adelaide Fringe at Victoria Square. (Tarntanyangga).

The trio’s gestation, however, can be traced back to almost a decade ago when Nick first encountered Emma. “About 10 years ago I was working with Carclew Youth Arts on a kind of dance theatre production for young people in Port Pirie and Emma was one of those young

people,” Nick says. “She and I hit it off right away and then started mucking around with music and then, it must have been a week later, Emma said, ‘Hey, can I play you some of my songs?’ “And I was like, ‘What! You never told me you wrote songs’, and she came out with these really intense adolescent anthems while playing on an old nylon string,” he continues. “So we recorded some demos in the G Wing of Gladstone Gaol and then we did an EP at Broadcast Studios in the city and she launched at the Exeter Hotel.

“It’s the first one on our own two feet,” Nick calmly announces “And it’s quite exciting because it’s all come about due to that initial triple j support. It was a big jump for us to go from Unearthed to being put on high rotation. And being picked by triple j to play Groovin’ The Moo led to us touring around the country with Jungle Giants and playing some amazing venues.

“I sometimes think we may have a skewed perspective of what it’s like to be in a band because it’s all pretty much been a high for us,” he says. ‘There’s a nice buzz about us at “I sometimes the moment and people are interested in what we are doing.

think we may have a skewed perspective of what it’s like to be in a band because it’s all pretty much been a high for us.”

“Emma then took off on an adventure overseas and was away for about seven years but she moved back to Brisbane the year before last and I said, ‘Let’s get together and write some songs’. So she was coming down from Brisbane every six or so weeks and it was the fourth song we wrote, Let’s Hug Longer, that got a lot of traction on triple j. So it’s all gone from there. And now it’s Heaps Good Friends.” Heaps Good Friends’ latest offering, I Could Eat A Whole Packet Of Yo Yo’s, comes with a vibrant video filmed at Goodwood’s art deco Capri Theatre.

“I lived in the Goodwood area for a while and could never get over what a beautiful building that theatre is,” Nick enthuses. “And also how wonderful that Wurlitzer theatre organ is. So when it came time to shoot a video, I thought we couldn’t go wrong swinging some video cameras around in there.

“We also have a handful of new tunes that we’ll be testing out,” Nick concludes. “There’s no set date for an album yet as there are no so many ways of doing that. Do you release a heap of single and then put out a a full album? We haven’t consolidated that yet because we think it will depend on the songs in terms of how they sound when placed together.”

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“And there will be more overseas stuff coming up later in the year,” he notes. “And it is mostly festivals as they are a good way to get yourself known. You reach people who, because they don’t really know what you do, think twice about going to a club gig.” Lachy reckons he has about four brand new songs pretty much set to go.

THE LACHY DOLEY GROUP By Robert Dunstan Hammond and Whammy Clavinet player and singer Lachey Doley, currently based in Sydney, is greatly looking forward to making a return to his hometown with his group (drummer Jackie Barnes and bass player Joel Burton) for another show at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel which follows a successful venture about a year ago at the award winning live music venue. “I can’t wait to get back because the last show there was awesome,” he says. “We’d only pre-sold about 60 tickets for that but it turned into a ripper show with about 150 people rolling up. But for this one we’ve already pre-sold close to that already so it should go really well.” Lachy was speaking from his hotel room in Thredbo, NSW, where he was playing three shows over the weekend at Thredbo Blues Festival.

“And from my hotel room, I can hear Gail Page playing,” he says of the Adelaide-based singer who was also on the line-up. “I’ll nip down and say hello later.”

Lachy was born and raised in Adelaide where he played with various bands, including The Blues Brothers & Sisters Of Soul and power soul combo Double Wammy, as well as fronting his own acid jazz combo. He then got a call to replace his keyboardplaying brother, Clayton, in a Sydney band for a few shows and never returned home. He has since played keyboards in Jimmy Barnes’ band, toured internationally as the unofficial sixth member of Powderfinger after being invited to play on the band’s

Vulture Street album and forged his own career.

Last year was a pretty big one for the musician as he once again toured overseas where he received a huge response and also played around this country – unfortunately not in Adelaide – as a member of Glenn Hughes’ band who were presenting Deep Purple material.

“I’ll finish them off and then get straight into the studio to get them done for a new release,” he says. “It will be studio record number five and I’ll self-fund it the oldfashioned way. Pozible works for some – I used it to get over to Memphis a few years ago – and I reckon it’s a great way to bring artists and their audience together but it’s something I’ll only use for something really special.”

Lachy doesn’t expect the new songs will get an airing at his Adelaide show although, ‘There will be some songs I didn’t play last time’.

Days prior to hitting Adelaide, Lachy will be performing in Pt Lincoln as “I just have to work part of the regional township’s Such was Lachy’s proficiency out which one is long weekend celebrations. on his instrument it caused the former Deep Purple bass going to work best “So I’m going stay in Adelaide player, and who is currently with the three- for a few days after that,” he touring the US with Joe piece but I reckon says. “I’ll get out and see some Satriani, to announce that Lachy was, ‘The world’s best we’ll have a pretty gigs – I’m hoping to get to back from Lincoln in time to rock’n’roll keyboard player’. cool one. It’s going go to the Grace Emily on the to be a surprise on Monday for Billy Bob’s BBQ “It was good fun because Jam – and I will try and catch the night.” Glenn is such a legend and up with Zkye and Damo at a such an amazing singer and gig somewhere.” bass player,” he says. “So, yeah, it was fun to do but I don’t know if it will happen again. And, yeah, it’s a real shame Adelaide wasn’t part of that tour.”

Lachy has hand-picked Adelaide’s Stefan Hauk, who just launched his debut CD Long Road, as the opening act and the guitar player and singer will be joined on the night by a rhythm section. “He’s nice player,” Lachy says, “And it’s good to hear that he’s doing so well with his music.”

Lachy recently suggested via Facebook that he was seeking an iconic South Australian song to perform at his Adelaide show and was overwhelmed with suggestions. “I’ve whittled it down and got a few ideas,” he says. “I just have to work out which one is going to work best with the three-piece but I reckon we’ll have a pretty cool one. It’s going to be a surprise on the night.” Lachy will head off overseas again in May for some European festival dates.

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February alongside Mortal Wombat, Duck Dive and Stone Eyes with drink specials, pool tables, beer garden and an entry fee of an easy $10.

THE FLEURIEU BLUESBREAKERS Seasoned rhythm and blues band The Fleurieu Bluesbreakers, who have risen from the still smouldering ashes of Indiana Phoenix, have a new, 11-song album, The Devil Lives Down My Street, in the can and a run MINNESOTA FATS of shows coming up including Minnesota Fats (formerly Yankalilla Hotel on Saturday 3 Shotz), 192 Pirie St, Adelaide, February, Pt Adelaide’s Railway is set to host a night of punk Hotel on Sunday 11 February, rock from 7pm until late on Wheatsheaf Hotel on Friday Friday 9 February as a licensed, 16 February, Macclesfield’s all-ages evening which will Three Brothers Arms on Friday feature Strigoaicia, Full Dose, 23 February, Mt Compass Guter Bong and Pigasus with Tavern on Saturday 10 March, drink specials, pool tables, beer Adelaide’s Baddog (63 Hyde garden, chill area and an entry St) on Friday 16 March and fee of an easy $10. Christies Beach Sailing Club on Sunday 25 March. HAYSTACKS CALHOON Haystacks Calhoon have HUMBLE BEE announced the launch of their Humble Bee, who have not debut EP, Good Good Night actually played a gig since 2011, Out, and it’s to be a free entry will be celebrating their 10th good night out at the Grace anniversary by presenting a Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, free entry show at the Grace Adelaide, from 9pm on Saturday Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, 3 February with special guests Adelaide, from 8pm on Sunday Jimmy Mountain and Coops & 25 February with Hannah The Bird. Fairlamb and Ben Revi as special guests. DOCTOR DESOTO Doctor DeSoto have invited MAX SAVAGE Snooks La Vie and Courtney Max Savage has announced a Robb to join them for a free shindig at Grace Emily Hotel, entry show at the Wheatsheaf 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 8.30pm on Saturday 27 from 9pm on Saturday 17 January at which he has invited February. The Yearlings to take part with tickets at $15 via Eventbrite. PODS Pods are set to headline a DHARMA CAFÉ licensed, all-ages rock show Dharma Café, a world music jam at Minnesota Fats (formerly band, will be taking to the front Shotz), 192 Pirie St, Adelaide, bar of the Governor Hindmarh, from 7pm on Saturday 3

59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, for a free entry show from 8.30pm on Saturday 3 February to present their eclectic blend of music.

HIGHTIME Hightime have been on hiatus but will make a return from 7pm on Friday 9 February when they play Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, alongside Dr Piffle & The Burlap Band, The Brothers Goon and All In with $15 tickets at the door. LITTLE MISS

Donnarumma will be winding up a free entry Friday evening residency at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 9pm on on Friday 26 January with special guests The Empty Threats and Attila My Honey. THE GOV’S VARIETY SHOW

The Gov’s Variety Show takes place in the front bar of the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on the first Saturday of each month and features an array or performers of all persuasions, a 9pm start and entry via donation. FLAT CAP PRODUCTIONS

Little Miss have invited Billy The Tree to join them for a free entry musical affair at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 8.30pm on Friday 2 February. GRENADIERS Grenadiers will be launching their new album, Find Something You Love & Let It Kill You, at Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell st, Adelaide, on Saturday 17 March (also known as Election Day and St Patrick’s Day) with tickets selling fast via Moshtix. SUNSET SESSIONS Adelaide Festival Centre has free entry Sunset Sessions for 2018 with an array of local performers. Catch Cosmo Thundercat (6.20pm) on Saturday 27 January, Ryan Martin John (6.20pm) on Friday 9 February, Sitara (from 5.50pm) on Saturday 10 February, Alison Coppe and David Mazzarelli from 5.50pm on Friday 16 February and Sitara from 3.20pm on Saturday 17 February.

Helmed by Darren Lane, Adelaide-based Flat Cap Productions can offer affordable merchandise in the form of badges, stickers and stubby holders for bands and venues along with the filming of live gigs and interviews for promotional purposes. Contact Darren on 0425 085 449 or via email at flatcapprod@ with a nice discount if you make mention of BSide Magazine. AUDIOISM

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Sean Kemp, who has played in various local bands and continues to perform around town with Surviving Sharks, has announced that the launch of his debut solo offering will be at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 15 April (which just happens to be his birthday) with special guests Bullfight. THE RED SKULL The Red Skull will be presenting a Big Night Out when they take to the stage of the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 2 March to pay tribute to Big Day Out bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers as well as a special set showcasing the best of the Aussie BDO bands such as Powderfinger, Grinspoon and, of course, The Living End. THE SOUND GARAGE Got a gig coming up and need a set-up? The Sound Garage, 1/179 Hindley St, Adelaide, is offering a 25% discount to those who have a show that week. Contact Jordan on 0481 155 892 or just pop in.

CAFÉ TROPPO Café Troppo, 42 Whitmore Sq, Adelaide, boasts great organic food, craft beer, a fresh new wine list, old-fashioned cocktails, seasonal tapas, a new bar menu and, as well as regular events, has live acoustic music and a brand new menu on Friday evenings from 6pm. NOOK NOSH Boutique small bar Nook

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THE BURNSIDE LIBRARY The Burnside Library, 401 Greenhill Rd, Tusmore, is starting a local music collection and looking for any South Australian musicians or bands Nosh, 111 Unley Rd, Unley, that would be willing to donate features live acoustic sounds a copy of their EP or album. from 5pm on Sundays and has It can be any genre of music. a courtyard area at the rear. Pop In fact, the more diverse, the in for sips ‘n’ nibbles from 3pm better! Please contact the on Wednesdays through to library on 08 8366 4280 for Sundays (open from 4pm). more information. LONELY STRETCH Lonely Stretch, a side-project from Matt Reiner who plays guitar in Adelaide psych rock outfit The Dunes, have just released a brand new song, Not Very Much, which stormed into the number two position in the current Three D Radio’s Top 20+1 chart in its first week of release. Check it out via Bandcamp.

DAVE HUDSON Adelaide’s Dave Hudson, an enigma even to himself, has his musical journey pretty organised as he’s announced a show on Friday 2 March at which he will be presenting songs from his The Journey album at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, with his five-piece band, The Eclectic Collective, and Ben FordDavies as his very special guest. MOVE2LIVE Move2Live at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, Here’s the deal. Meet prior to 6pm on Wednesday evenings and then head off for a 40-minute walk, run or whatever with a bunch of lovely people and then head back to the pub for refreshments and a natter about this and that.

SPINE 96 Spine 96, an Adelaide rock quartet who dabble in the absurd, cynical and darker sides of life with a touch of surrealism thrown in, have just released a self-titled album via boutique Melbourne label Off The Hip and is now available via all good record stores – think Rock Therapy, 536 Goodwood Rd, Daw Park, Clarity Records,

FRIDAY NIGHT FREE FOR ALL The front bar of the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, now has a new open mic evening known as Friday Night Free For All with free entry and all welcome from 8pm. If you’d like to get onstage, email <fridayfreeforall@> to reserve a spot. VINYL SOUL

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ACOUSTIC CLUB TUESDAY Acoustic Club Tuesday is a free entry acoustic showcase plus open mic that takes place in the front bar of Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, from 8pm on Tuesday evenings. Check out their Facebook page for details about the weekly line-up.

PROTON PILL Long-running Adelaide band Proton Pill have their longrunning Wednesday evening residency at The Lion Hotel, 181 Melbourne St, North Adelaide, with the introduction of three flavours of 25c chicken wings, $6 Coopers Pints and $5 Fireball shots. How do they do it, ladies and gentlemen? GUMBO ROOM BLUES JAM The weekly free entry Thursday evening Gumbo Room Blues Jam in the front bar of the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, has a new stage, a new backdrop, drink specials, an ARBA information stand and a jammer’s board.

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.“I felt I needed a fresh start as I’d been doing the same thing for a long time,” she suggests. “It was in my best interests – mentally, physically and health-wise – to step away and do my own thing. I’m much happier now and enjoying doing music again but will be forever grateful for the opportunities I had and the valuable lessons I learnt with Bellusira over those eight years.

“The wonderful thing is I still have all those US contacts I had – and more – from when I was with Bellusira,” Crystal says. “It’s like I’m picking up from where I left off.” Old mates Squeaker will be on the four-way bill when Crystal hits town.

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“I’m also going to throw on a cover,” she then reveals. “But I haven’t decided what to cover apart from knowing I want to do an Australian song that the whole world knows. It might have to be something older but it will be a song American audiences know. Whenever I go over to the US I always feel like I am representing Australia.

Former Bellusira front woman Crystal Ignite (photographed here by Carl Neumann Photography) is returning to Adelaide for a final show before leaving for the USA armed with a soon to be “The cover song I do will be to pay respect released debut solo album, to my Aussie roots because that’s always been pretty special to me,” “I haven’t Infinite Alchemy. says. “And the album decided what Crystal will definitely come out later to cover apart this year after I’ve sorted out Crystal spent almost a decade with Bellusira before launching from knowing the details of the record deals been offered. Whatever a solo project early last year I want to do I’ve company I sign with will be with the release of the single an Australian done carefully because Bellusira Everything You Break which song that the got signed and I learnt a lot from boasts Evanescence’s Ben Moody on guitar. whole world that. knows. It will Her self-produced debut album “And I feel more confident about be a song is currently being mixed by Los my solo album and reckon that Angeles-based producer Jared American it’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” Scott who has worked with Dr audiences she then proudly remarks. “It Dre, Rhianna, John Legend and was written mostly in the US, know.” P!nk. “So the plan is to head back to the US in April although I am still finalising all that,” Crystal announces. “I get my first lot of mixes sent through for the album this week. Most of the album is done – seven songs will be ready to go after being mixed – but a couple of songs need me to add my vocals. And then I need to write one more song because I’ve pretty much decided to cull one of the songs.

recorded here and is being mixed in the US. So it’s kinda like an Australian and US type of thing. But I think there are more opportunities for my sound over there but I will never forget my Australian roots. The plan is to come back to Australia and tour when it’s our summer.” Crystal suggests that Bellusira had pretty much run its course after almost a decade

“We played with Squeaker once or twice back in the old days,” Crystal says. “And if they weren’t playing at our shows, they were there in the audience watching or providing us with accommodation for the night. So they’ve been awesome.” It also ties in nicely with the fact Squeaker will be launching at new single, The Touch, when they serve as one of Crystal’s three special guest acts.

“Yeah, that is awesome,” Crystal enthuses. “And I’m glad that Tabula Rasa are on the bill because, back in the day, Bellusira played with them as well. So it’s going to be really good. And it’s been ages since I last played the Crown & Anchor.

“It’ll be just like old times,” she concludes with a laugh. “And I love Adelaide because the crowd really gets into it and everyone is really nice. And, yeah, unless I am suddenly offered some kind of support slot on an international artist’s Australian tour, it will be the last time I will be playing in Adelaide for quite a while.”

Crystal Ignite will play Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Saturday 10 February with special guests Squeaker, Tabula Rasa and Nuseum and $15 tickets at the door.

“And it’s generally worked well because in all my years I’ve only ever miscast somebody once,” he laughs. “I have one rule. And that’s if an actor doesn’t turn up for a performance then the only excuse is a death. And it must be the actor’s death. But I had someone once who…”

“Anyway, we now have a lovely, lovely cast,” Allen merrily continues. “Wil is playing Robert and the lead role of Bernard is being played by Robert Donnarumma, Nikki Souvertjis is playing the obnoxious French maid, Jacqueline is being played by Anna Marin, Noni Pandey is playing Barbara and Juliette, Robert’s wife, is being played by Petra Taylor.

DING DONG By Robert Dunstan Adelaide’s Unmasked Theatre are set to present the play Ding Dong, from the successful French play Sexe et Jalousie by Marc Camoletti that was first produced in France in 1995 and England in 2005 as adapted for the English stage by Tudor Gates. BSide Magazine spoke to director Allen Puttock who says that Unmasked Theatre has been around for about 10 years. “But about six years ago I got very busy with work and [producer] Michael PageSharp and I put it on hold,” he begins. “And then last year, the Lithuanian Club asked if we wanted to put on another play. And Mike and I looked at each other and said, ‘It looks like we are back into the theatre world again’.” How did Unmasked Theatre go about selecting Ding Dong to present as their comeback run?

“Over the years I’ve done quite a number of plays with Blackwood Players and have directed all over the country so am familiar with a lot of plays,” Allen says. “And the last play Unmasked did was a Camoletti play. It was one that went under various names when translated from French – Pyjamas For Six was one – but we put it on as Lovers, Liars & Leftovers. So we knew his work and we

Allen considers that the company have found a suitable home at the licensed Lithuanian House in leafy Norwood

“I first went there about eight years ago for lunch,” he says. “But we’ve formed a nice relationship with them and they are such lovely people. A delightful group. And they The play begins with Bernard discovering have a traditional theatre stage which is sloping upstage from downstage. So it’s a real that his wife, Jacqueline, is having an theatre and a joy to work on. affair with Robert. Being a businessman, Bernard gives Robert two options to “We feel quite blessed being able to be in compensate for the affair. Either he will there,” Allen says. “And we are hoping to do sleep with Robert’s wife to keep things another of Camoletti’s plays later this year. It’s even or will have him killed. going to Boeing-Boeing which the Americans made into a really awful film but the play ran From there, the farcical fun and games successfully in Europe for a long, long time. begin in earnest with other characters becoming involved. “We’re hopeful of starting rehearsals for that in July with performances from the end of Unmasked Theatre put out a Facebook September,” he concludes. post when seeking actors to be involved. like comedy – well, Ding Dong is more of a farce really – and we also like comedies that involve murder.”

“We had a strong, core group of actors to choose from in the beginning but, because we took a break, many of them have fallen away,” Allen says. “So we did that Facebook thing and got a good response.”

One budding person who responded was Wil Oakeshott who is well-known as a contemporary music writer who has also done stand up comedy. “Wil had responded saying that he wasn’t quite in the right age group,” Allen says. “But I said come along anyway and I think he was the second person we signed on. “And I tend to audition people in a very different way to most directors. Rather than give them a set piece to read, I just sit down and talk to them and can generally gather from that whether they would be suitable for the role or not.

Adelaide’s Unmasked Theatre will present Ding Dong at Lithuanian House, 6 Eastry St, Norwood, at 8pm on Friday 2 February, Saturday 3 February, Friday 9 February, Saturday 10 February, Friday 16 February, Saturday 17 February, Friday 23 February and Saturday 24 February with a 3pm matinee on Saturday 10 February. For more information, please visit https://

MOJO JUJU Ready for a dose of futuristic soul funk? Melbourne’s Mojo Juju has you covered with her bold and seemingly effortless sound. She will take you on a musical journey exploring unending musical odyssey that has so far seen the soul-steeped singer swing from the Bayou to the heaving Nuyorican clubs of the ’60s and ’70s with fluid ease and matchless cool.

Blenheim Music & Camping Festival, held a working farm in the Clare Valley just an hour and a half north of Adelaide, is back for 2018 and boasts its biggest line-up yet over the coming Easter long weekend and will have two days of music, dancing, camping and all round good vibes. The festival will kick off from 5.30pm on Thursday 29 March featuring seven artists (West Thebarton, Mia Dyson, Karl S Williams, Ukulele Death Squad, Kelly Brouhaha, The Skeleton Club and The Shambolics).

Good Friday (Friday 30 March) will then roll in the festival’s traditional day filled with 15 artists (The Black Seeds (NZ), Mojo Juju, Timberwolf, Bootleg Rascals, Z-Star Delta (UK), Kings & Associates, Wanderers, eMDee, Amaru Tribe, Donnarumma,

Akoustic Odyssey, Gorilla Jones, Headphone Piracy, Courtney Robb & Snooks, Joe Man Murphy and Trav Collins) alternating between two stage areas.

As always, no two artists will play at once so punters can catch all 23 sets of the festival. Gates on Thursday will be opening at 3pm for two-day partygoers or at 10am on Friday for those who are joining for the one-day fiesta. BlenheimFest is a volunteer run, not-forprofit festival held annually on Good Friday. Located on a working farm with stunning views of the lush Clare Valley region, BlenheimFest is a unique and boutique

TIMBERWOLF Timberwolf is the moniker for Christopher Panousakis, an Adelaide-based singer music festival featuring some of the songwriter who has taken a step up in recent best South Australian, national and times with the release of his debut album international bands and musicians. Íkaros. Having taken influences from psych rock and hip hop sounds dating back to In 2017, 1,800 punters came to play the ’60s, his soundscapes and inspirations, under the whimsical full moon and raised explore discovering the true meaning of $23,000 for the New Hope Cambodia vulnerability through simple songwriting charity and the local region. Blenheim is and life experiences.

truly a feel-good festival where you can play and pay it forward for a great cause which has raised near $76,000 so far. The festival is family friendly and welcomes kids to come dance the weekend away with those under 12 years old gaining free entry to the festival. Blenheim aims to support all things local. This includes the billing of 14 of South Australia’s greatest musicians, the local wine, cider and beer, local food vendors who supply delicious local produce and local traders in the Trumpet Lane marketplace. They also like to treat their punters as family and so to top off this music and camping experience there is a BYO licence. The line-up this year will focus on local South Australian artists but there will also be some bands from interstate and overseas.

MIA DYSON Mia Dyson is a four-time ARIA nominated and award winning Australian singer songwriter and guitarist, originally from Melbourne and currently living in Los Angeles. She’s toured with the likes of Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Chris Isaak and Joe Cocker. She has just released her second American made album Idyllwild, that finds her continuing to explore the boundaries of what one woman can do with a rock’n’roll band and a guitar built by her father. WEST THEBARTON Still flushed from their recent name change and the addition of smashing new drummer Caitlin Thomas, Adelaide’s seven-headed rock-hydra West Thebarton are fresh back from joining soul rock faves Polish Club on their national tour in late 2017. West Thebarton are also right on the edge of letting new tunes spill outta their locker. Reverend Ray and the gang have been committing their suburban homilies to tape and they’re sounding tip top. Jammed with even more charm and excitement than their Moving Out and Red Or White singles. This year is going to be a big one for the band.

BlenheimFest was nominated as finalists for the Best Music Festival/Event award at the THE BLACK SEEDS 2017 South Australian Music Award and Long established as one of New Zealand’s also ar the 2017 Australian Music awards. finest bands, The Black Seeds’ sound It was an honour for BlenheimFest to casts a wide net, layering funk, soul, be nominated and recognised at such Afrobeat and other eclectic elements over prestigious events in this division and look their dub reggae foundations. Described forward to more nominations and a possible recently by the German Rolling Stone gong in the future. as, ‘The best reggae band in the world right now’, The Black Seeds supremely danceable live show infuses raw energy and good vibes wherever they go making Tickets are on sale now from the band a regular fixture at the world’s leading music festivals.

sensibility. Even the lack of effects on the guitars and bass, and the whole production in general, gives a sonic simplicity allowing the songs to breathe.

Distraction in 2016 we now have an even more mature and tightened UTC with their EP Intuition.

Released at The Old Bar in Melbourne this month to a sold-out and encore-demanding crowd, and with some recent and upcoming big shows in Melbourne, UTC seem to be finding the place they deserve on the music hierarchy.

Under The Cut / Intuition Independent by Ian Messenger Melbourne post-punk quartet Under The Cut have released another strong piece of work. After a little known but highly listenable LP Weapons of Mass

Fronted by Chris Debono of the once highly popular Identity Theft and featuring Lucy Wilson of The Smith Street Band along with other highly experienced musicians, UTC know what they are doing. Experience begets cutting to the bone, and the Intuition EP moves forward happily with unadorned

Powerful lyrical images of personal relationships to unexpected catchiness in guitar licks as well as choruses, Intuition EP ticks a lot of boxes. Overall it is genuine music that is highly listenable. Recorded at Holes and Corners, engineered by Sam Johnson and with the helping hand of Adrian Lombardy, Intuition is released by the bands own label Riffbear Records.

In the live arena things are quickly building up for Under The Cut, and they are certainly a band to watch for 2018. Playing with The Bennies and Iron Chic very soon, in the coming week they have an announcement of stellar proportions – hmm, watch this space!

Click here to listen to or purchase Intuition

“And it doesn’t apply solely to musos,” she warns. “There is a general and underlying basic thing of people not planning their lives. People don’t plan stuff – they just expect it to happen – and I don’t know where people get that from. Look, I know other things come into play, but really, you just get one go at life so it needs to have some kind of plan.”

RONNIE TAHENY By Robert Dunstan Following some three decades of live performances that have taken her around the world and back again, Ronnie Taheny has announced her annual outing with news that it’s to be the last of its kind. That is not to say, however, that she won’t ever tread the boards again in the future. “Look, if someone asks me to be on their event, I will certainly consider it,” Ronnie begins. “It’s just that I don’t want to do it myself anymore. It’s not that I’m afraid of hard work but it’s time for me to look at other things.

“But yes, if someone else wants to put me onto their event or festival, then I will look at it because it would seem like a breeze to roll up to a gig and not have to worry about a PA, the publicity, the production, the posters and all that. So I am not retiring from live work. I am just retiring from presenting my own shows.”

Ronnie’s Arty Records successfully toured American artist SONiA (disappear fear) at the beginning of the year and says it’s something she may possibly consider doing more of. “Since then I’ve been approached by other overseas indie artists about doing something for them,” she says. “It’s something I’ll look at but I don’t want to get too bogged down with becoming a tour promoter.” Ronnie also mentors young up and coming artists and has a number of clients. “It can take quite a while for a young artist to become established,” she reasons. “But I

Ronnie, who enjoys a long association with award winning live music venue the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel and is full of praise for the Tonkin family (Brian, Viv, Joanne, Melissa and Richard), says tickets for her The Last Swim show are, as expected, selling quickly.

think, with my experience and guidance, “There are now just standing only tickets I can make it happen quicker for them. remaining – all the seats and tables are gone,” So I think that sort of thing is my calling she announces before going on to say how and I now have a bunch of clients but I the finale will run. don’t ‘manage’ anyone as such because I’ve never really wanted to be involved in “Zac Eden will play a 30-minute opening that side of things. It’s a big package of set and then I’ll come on for a solo set as an responsibility and a lot “Basically, I just anthology,” Ronnie reveals. “And of work. we finish the night off with teach them how then myself and a band a few special “Basically, I just teach to fish and then guests.” them how to fish and they go out and then they go out and do also organised for people it themselves,” Ronnie do it themselves. Ronnie to ask for requests with the results laughs. “I give them a I give them a few finalised in December. few tools and some tips tools and some tips on how to avoid any that’s done and dusted now,” troubles and send them and send them off “So she says. “And I got to have vote off with a strategy to with a strategy to too. Some of the requested songs execute.” are more solo-based so they will execute.” feature in my opening set and then She also suggests that a certain number will feature in today’s crop of upcoming artists seem much more focussed than in the second set with the band. the distant past. “And, luckily, there always seem to be 15 of my songs that are a given as a request so it’s “Most of them seem to live quite healthy lifestyles,” Ronnie says. “There’s certainly not like the band had to learn and rehearse 100 songs,” Ronnie concludes with a laugh. not the excessive drinking, smoking and drug-taking like there often was in Ronnie Taheny will present the past. “Zac Eden, for example, is really good in that regard,” she enthuses. “He’s also becoming very good at placing himself and people are going to see a lot more of him in 2018. His CD launch last year at The Jade Monkey went very well. That’s a nice spot anyway but Zac was well-rehearsed and, together, we had thought of everything.

“He also had a novel way of selling his CD,” Ronnie says. “He had the download link written on pieces of paper that he had put into small bottles. So people felt they were still getting something tangible because it was something to slip into their pocket.” She goes on to suggest there are some common mistakes made by budding musicians.

The Last Swim at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 3 February with special guest Zac Eden and with standing room only tickets via the venue or Oztix. au/Default.aspx?event=80306

are able to go back there is that we were once booked to play and they asked if we could cancel to make way for an important interstate act on short notice. So rather than kick up a big fuss, we said, ‘Sure. We understand’. And I think they appreciated that and we gained some brownie points due to the fact they saw that we were a pretty easy bunch to get on with.”

THE FLUERIEU BLUSBREAKERS By Robert Dunstan Hailing from the southern vales, The Fleurieu Bluesbreakers came into being when vocalist and harmonica player Brian Cain returned to the area after spending some 15 years working in the Hunter Valley. The blues-influenced band have already recorded an album, The Devil Lives Down My Street, and have lost no time in securing a healthy number of gigs including a monthly, Sunday afternoon residency. “I had a band n the Hunter Valley, Indian Phoenix, who were predominately a heavy boogie-based band but when I move back to SA, I wanted to put together something that was a bit more traditional.”

guy saying that. It just meant I knew the deal and could move on without any mucking around.

“But whenever we do score a gig, we back it up with lots of promotion and posters and stuff,” Brian adds. “And we have a pretty healthy internet following. We want to help the venues that help us and get a crowd along for our gigs.”

Brian concludes by suggesting there is still some life left yet in his old band, Indiana Phoenix.

“We had recorded stuff but never put them it properly,” he sighs. “It was out there – Down Under went to number one on a radio station in Texas – but, due to my ignorance at the time, nothing was ever promoted properly.

“So we’re going to release Laugh At The Devil as well as The Devil Lives Down My Street and The band have also scored a monthly, promote them both at gigs,” Brian says. “We Sunday afternoon residency at Pt do a set of Indiana Phoenix material Adelaide’s Railway Hotel. “At one place and finish off with the new stuff.” “They gave us an initial go and really loved us so have been really good to us,” Brian says. “And we recorded the album there and are going to record the next one at the Railway as well.

the guy said, ‘You’ll never get a gig here’, so I just moved on to the next one and got a gig there.”

“The pub is closed on Monday nights so we asked if we could go in and record,” he continues. “The owners were quite open to that and because we played there a few times already we knew the room. But it was interesting setting up to do a recording. Where in the room shall we put the drums? And I had to go off miles away so there was no spill.

Brian said he had little trouble enticing Ross “But we got some great results,” Brian Brennan (vocals and guitar), Peter Nixon adds. “And we used three producers (vocals and bass guitar) including Tony and Jim Judd (drums) into Mikajewski who runs being part of the band. the pub but has been involved in music Rather than launch their himself for a long debut with a big gig, The time. Tony could only Fleurieu Bluesbreakers do a couple of sessions have taken a different as he’s short of time. approach in promoting the So Peter, our bass release of their album. player, did a couple as he’s done that kind “We asked a couple of big of thing before. And venues about a launch but for the rest we used didn’t get much response,” Brian sighs. “So Doobie Whitehorn from Victor Harbor. we’ve taken a left of centre approach by He’s been around for yonks.” doing a whole heap of gigs over the next couple of months. The band, who will record a second album this year and will then take “And I did that by going directly from venue their musical wares interstate, are to venue and pub to pub and asking,” he looking forward to making a return to continues. “And at one place the guy said, Thebarton’s Wheatsheaf Hotel. ‘You’ll never get a gig here’, so I just moved on to the next one and got a gig there. But “We had a good show there last time,” I did appreciate the honesty with the first Brian notes. “And one of the reasons we

The Fleurieu Bluesbreakers have shows coming up at Yankalilla Hotel from 2pm on Saturday 3 February, Pt Adelaide’s Railway Hotel on Sunday 11 February, Thebarton’s Wheatsheaf Hotel on Friday 16 February, Macclesfield’s Three Brothers Arms on Friday 23 February, Mt Compass Tavern on Saturday 10 March, Adelaide’s Baddog (63 Hyde St) on Friday 16 March, Pt Adelaide’s Railway Hotel from 2pm on Sunday 18 March and Christies Beach Sailing Club on Sunday 25 March. For more information, please visit http://www.

into making a heap of crowd noise so it’ll make the recording sound like there were lots of people there.”

Haystacks calhoon

Also featuring at the launch will be likeminded band Jimmy Mountain.

“I’ve known Phil from Jimmy Mountain for a long time because he used to book The Hoodoo Voodoo Dolls and then, by chance, we saw them play at Semaphore Music Festival,” Eddie says. “And we all get along very well.

HAYSTACKS CALHOON By Robert Dunstan Haystacks Calhoon, who formed from the ashes of psychobilly combo The Hoodoo Voodoo Dolls, came into being in November of 2016 and last year recorded an EP, Good Good Night Out, which they are all set to unleash upon the world. The lively quartet, brothers Jake (AKA J-Mo Stax on guitar) and double bass player Eddie Morrison (AKA The Colonel), Matt ‘ToneWolf’ Gregan and Antoine ‘One Tonne’ Jelk, were invited to take part in the official program launch of last year’s Semaphore Music Festival and have since played numerous gigs in an around Adelaide. Good Good Night Out has come up at treat.’

“Yeah,” Eddie agrees. “We did it with Brett Sody at Sody Pop out at Norwood and he’s done all of my dad’s stuff [Don Morrison’s albums] over the years. So recording at Sody Pop has become a bit of a tradition and has become a a bit of a home away from home.” How long did you spend with Brett at Sody Pop?

“I’m not sure why we choose Coops & The Bird to play at the launch though,” he then sighs. “Bianca is such a great, great singer it’s awkward going on after she’s played. So I think there will be a long gap before we go on stage so that people have a few drinks and forget just how good she was.”

live as we could using vintage equipment like in the early days of rock’n’roll. Eddie’s uncle, graphic designer Geoff, designs all the band’s gig posters with each “The problem with that is that it’s then harking back to the previous one. hard to resist the temptation “I’ve press- “I think he’s now got a series of to start fiddling around with stuff and tweaking it,” he ganged them Haystacks’ templates he uses,” Eddie laughs. “So while we wanted into making says. “But they are a work of art – he it to sound like an old school knows what we like – and we are a heap of R&B or rockabilly record, going to keep them all and just keep crowd noise recycling the design in the future.” once you start fiddling with it… so it’ll make “But it still sounds pretty raw and we’re pretty happy with it,” Eddie then decides. “It’s very close to how we sound when we play live.”

the recording sound like there were lots of people there.”

The band, of course, took their name from gargantuan professional wrestler Haystacks Calhoun.

‘Yeah, and it was funny because when we played Semaphore Workers Club, an older guy came up to us – Eddie, who also plays with he’s a regular there we were told his dad in Don Morrison’s Raging Thirst later – and said he used to wrestle Haystacks and Prawnhead (who give a rockabilly back in the old days,” Eddie laughs. “Whether spin to contemporary songs) as well as that actually true or not is another thing but alongside his uncle, Brian Morrison, in it makes a good story.” Dead Lucky, says it was always a given they would launch a Haystacks Calhoon will launch of recording at the Grace their debut EP, Good Good Night Emily Hotel. “It’s one of the best pubs around, I reckon, for live original music,” he says with conviction. “And you get treated really, really well. We have also been talking to them about recording the launch to release a Live At The Grace Emily album further down the track. But it may just be an EP if it all goes to shit.

“It’s also the weekend of my 30th birthday – it’s a couple of days before the launch – so all my friends and family “We recorded it over two days but are required to come along and make didn’t do it on consecutive days,” Eddie responds. “We had this idea of doing like a lot of crowd noise for the recording,” an old timey recording with us all being as Eddie laughs. “I’ve press-ganged them

Out, at free entry good night out at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Saturday 3 February with special guests Jimmy Mountain and Coops & The Bird.

SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY The Australian Motley Crue Show at Fowler’s Live Gang Of Youths and Middle Kids at Bird In Hand Winery (Woodside) THURSDAY 18 JANUARY Stick To Your Guns (New York) and Being as An Ocean at Fowler’s Live FRIDAY 19 JANUARY Painters & Dockers (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh

WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY Parkway Drive (Byron Bay) and Polaris (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh

THURSDAY 25 JANUARY Leprous (Norway) at Jive Nancy Ruth (Canada) at Wheatsheaf Hotel Mt. Mountain (Perth), The Dunes and The Howling Fog at Grace Emily FRIDAY 26 JANUARY Phoenix Mini Festival: Chris Webby, Complete, Kogz and Sever at Governor Hindmarsh Kim Churchill (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Hotel SATURDAY 27 JANUARY Drunk Mums (Melbourne) at Edinburgh Castle Hotel

SUNDAY 28 JANUARY Naomi Keyte, Leah Senior (Melbourne) and Mary Webb at Wheatsheaf Hotel

WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY The Maine (US) at Fowler’s Live THURSDAY 1 FEBRUARY Die! Die! Die! (NZ) and Horror My Friend at Jive FRIDAY 2 FEBRUARY Laneway Festival at Hart’s Mill (Pt Adelaide) The Lachey Doley Group (Sydney) and Stefan Hauk at Governor Hindmarsh Alpha Wolf (Melbourne) at Enigma Bar SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY Hotter Then Hell: Grinspoon, The Superjesus, 28 Days and Rackett at Coopers Alehouse (Gepps Cross) SUNDAY 4 FEBRUARY AlfanAnt (Sunshine Coast) at

Wheatsheaf Hotel Cog (Sydney) and iliah at HQ

TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (US) and Cancer Bats (Canada) at Fowler’s Live

WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY We The Kings (US). Across The Atlas and Something To Rescue at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 8 FEBRUARY Iron Chic (New York) at Edinburgh Castle Hotel

FRIDAY 9 FEBRUARY Ne Obliviscaris (Melbourne) at Fowler’s Live Rise Against (US) at Thebarton Theatre Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers (Texas), The Saucermen and Pumpin’ Piano Cats at Gaslight Tavern SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY Crystal Ignite (Melbourne), Squeaker, Tabula Rosa and Nuseum at Crown & Anchor The Stranglers (UK) and Ruts DC (UK) at Thebarton Theatre Slim Dime (Melbourne) and Cherry Pickers at Wheatsheaf Hotel SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY R&B Vine Days: Boyz II Men, TLC, Shaggy, DJ Horizon and more at Leconfield Wines WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY Saliva (US) at Fowler’s Live Tromboranga (Brazil) at Governor Hindmarsh

THURSDAY 15 FEBRUARY The Ahern Brothers (Melbourne) at Grace Emily Jon Stevens (Sydney) and Dino Jag at Governor Hindmarsh FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY Holy Holy and Heaps Good Friends at Governor Hindmarsh Primal Scream (UK) at HQ Roger Waters (UK) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Neil & Liam Finn (NZ) at Bird In Hand winery (Woodside)

SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY BHG (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

MONDAY 19 FEBRUARY Chris Botti (US) at Her Majesty’s Theatre

TUESDAY 20 FEBRUARY Stiff Little Fingers (Northern Ireland) at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY Unwritten Law (US) at Fowler’s Live

SUNDAY 4 MARCH Robbie Williams (UK), Sheppard, Neon Tetra and Ollie English at Adelaide 500 WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH Steve Poltz (Can/US) at Trinity Sessions

THURSDAY 8 MARCH The Lemonheads (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

FRIDAY 9 MARCH 360 (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Kate Miller-Heidke and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at Adelaide Town Hall

SATURDAY 10 MARCH Greenleaf (Sweden), Filthy FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY Lucre, Sons Of Zoku and Dirty George Maple (London/Aus) at Pagans at Jive Governor Hindmarsh Prljavo Kazaliste (Croatia) at SUNDAY 11 MARCH Fowler’s Live Big Country (Scotland) at Sarah McLeod (Sydney) and Governor Hindmarsh Sean Kemp at Jive Mike McClennan (Sydney) at TUESDAY 13 MARCH Trinity Sessions Thursday (US) and Quicksand at Governor SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY Hindmarsh The Young Folk (Ireland) at Trinity Sessions FRIDAY 16 MARCH Merkules (Canada) at Fowler’s Jose Feliciano (US) at Live Governor Hindmarsh Cub Sport (Brisbane) at Fat Controller SATURDAY 17 MARCH A Day On The Green: The SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY Living End, Spiderbait, Dweezil Zappa (US) at Veruca Salt, Tumbleweed Governor Hindmarsh and The Fauves at Leconfield Wines (McLaren Vale) WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY Overkill (New York) at Fowler’s TUESDAY 20 MARCH Live Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Queen (UK) at Adelaide (US) at Governor Hindmarsh Entertainment Centre Gilbert O’Sullivan (Ireland) at Festival Theatre THURSDAY 1 MARCH Ball Park Music (Sydney), Ali THURSDAY 22 MARCH Barter and Hatchie at Governor Andrew Strong (Northern Ireland) at Governor FRIDAY 1 MARCH Hindmarsh Cold Chisel, Kasey Chambers, Jackson Browne (US) at Bad/Dreems, Hana & Jessie- Adelaide Entertainment Centre Lee and Donnarummaat Theatre Adelaide 500 Limp Bizkit (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre SATURDAY 3 MARCH Slick Rick (US) at Fowler’s Lamine Sonko & The African Live Intelligence and Ajak Kwai at Jive FRIDAY 23 MARCH Live (US), Birds Of Tokyo Harry Manx (Canada) at (Perth), Young Offenders and Goveror Hindmarsh Kitchen Witch at Adelaide 500 Hockey Dad (Wingdang), Dear SATURDAY 24 MARCH Seattle and Boat Show at GoldLink (US) at Governor Governor Hindmarsh Hindmarsh

SUNDAY 25 MARCH Neck Deep (Wales) at Governor Hindmarsh MONDAY 26 MARCH Bruno Mars (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre TUESDAY 27 MARCH Arch Enemy (Sweden) at Fowler’s Live Gomez (UK) at Old Adelaide Gaol

WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH Canned Heat (US) at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 29 MARCH Thundamentals (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Japanese Wallpaper (Melbourne) at Old Adelaide Gaol WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL Ke$ha (US) at Thebarton Theatre

THURSDAY 5 APRIL John Waite (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh Robert Plant & The Sensational Shape Shifters (UK) at Thebarton Theatre

FRIDAY 6 APRIL Newton Faulkner (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh

SATURDAY 7 APRIL Pludo (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh The Smith Street Band (Melbourne), Bec Sandridge and Press Club at Thebarton Theatre Horrorshow (Melbourne) at Rocket Bar

WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL Primus (US) and The Dean Ween Group (US) at Thebarton Theatre Neil Diamond (US) at Botanic Pk THURSDAY 12 APRIL Don Walker & The Suave Fucks (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh

SUNDAY 15 APRIL Counterparts (US) and Stray From The Path at Fowler’s Live WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL P.O.D. (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

THURSDAY 19 APRIL Polaris (Sydney), The Plot In You, Alpha Wolf and Ambleside at Fowler’s Live

FRIDAY 20 APRIL Rose Tattoo (Sydney) and Dallas Crane (Melbourne)at Governor Hindmarsh SATURDAY 21 APRIL Destruction (Germany) at Fowler’s Live

SUNDAY 22 APRIL Jimmy Barnes at Thebarton Theatre FRIDAY 27 APRIL Shaun Kirk (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Hotel

MONDAY 30 APRIL Squeeze (UK) and John Cooper Clarke (Manchester) at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 3 MAY Dr Feelgood (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 8 MAY The Killers (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre

FRIDAY 11 MAY Shannon Noll (Cobdogla) at Governor Hindmarsh

MONDAY 14 MAY Marlon Williams (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh

TUESDAY 15 MAY Silverstein (Canada) and Comeback Kid at Fowler’s Live WEDNESDAY 16 MAY Sepultura (Brazil) and Death

Angel (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

THURSDAY 24 MAY Pain (Sweden) at Fowler’s Live

FRIDAY 25 MAY Bad Manners (UK) and Jennie Belle Star (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh Angus & Julia Stone at Flinders Uni Plaza


17 March with tickets via Ticketmaster. NANCY RUTH


Perth’s Mt. Mountain will be mounting a welcome return to the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on Thursday 25 January with The Dunes and The Howling Fog as special guests.

PHOENIX MINI-FESTIVAL Adelaide will receive a big spark of hip hop when Phoenix MiniFestival, headlined by Chris Webby and featuring Complete, Kogz and Sever, heads to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, from 6pm on Friday 26 January with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

FRANK CARTER & THE RATLLESNAKES UK rock band Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes will be touring in 2018 with Canada’s Cancer Bats and will be playing Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Tuesday 6 February with tickets via Moshtix. THE CLOUDS

The Clouds have recently reformed and requested that Falling Joys also reform and join them for a run of shows including the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh,

on Sunday 11 February with tickets via Oztiz.

THE LACHY DOLEY GROUP Lachy Doley, recently named by no less than Glenn Hughes as, ‘the world’s best rock’n’roll keyboard player, is bringing his group to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 2 February with tickets via the venue or Oztix and Stefan Hauk as special guest. ALFANANT

Pop rock sensations We The Kings are set to return to New Zealand and Australia to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their breakthrough self-titled debut album and will be playing it in full when they hit the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hndmarsh, on Wednesday 7 February for a licensed all-ages show with special guests Across The Atlas and Something To Rescue with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

Nancy Ruth is a Canadian-born singer, songwriter and recording artist with a powerful stage presence who will be cooking up a very tasty brew of jazz, Latin, and flamenco when she performs at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Thursday 25 January with ticket details via her website. IRON CHIC


AlfanAnt (Ant and Alf) hail from the Sunshine Coast but will be enjoying some SA sunshine when they their lively alternative country ditties at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 4 February to promote their Lucky EP. THE MAINE

Folk rocker Kim Churchill will have just completed a tour of the UK and Europe when he drops into the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Friday 26 January. LEPROUS

New York-based punk rockers Iron Chic will be rollin’ into the Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 233 Currie St, Adelaide, on Thursday 8 February. NECK DEEP Welsh pop punksters Neck Deep are bringing a Download Festival sideshow to The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmars on Sunday 25 March with tickets from the venue or Oztix. DON WALKER

American rockers The Maine are on a tour that will bring them to Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Wednesday 31 January for a licensed, all-ages affair with pop punk band Watermarks as special guests and tickets via Moshtix. LEAH SENOIR Melbourne’s Leah Senior will be the guest of Naomi Keyte when she plays the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 28 January with Mary Webb also on the bill.

Norwegain prog rockers Leprous, who will be in the country to headline Prog Fest in the eastern states, will be playing a sideshow at Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, on Thursday 25 January with AlithiA and Dyssidia as special guests and tickets via Moshtix. A DAY ON THE GREEN The Living End, Spiderbait, Veruca Salt, Tumbleweed and The Fauves will be playing Leconfield Wines, McLaren Vale, on Saturday

Don Walker, of Cold Chisel fame, has announced the release of a vinyl boxset, Blacktop, of solo material and a national tour that will have him playing the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 12 April with tickets via the venue or Oztix. PRIMUS Primus will be joined by no less that The Dean Ween

Group when they present their Ambushing The Storm Tour at Thebarton Theatre on Wednesday 11 April with tickets bound to sell fast via usual outlets. BHG

announced a show at Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Tuesday 27 March with tickets via Moshtix. STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO American rock and ska exponents Streetlight Manifesto have been quick to announce a show at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 27 June with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 8 May. DESTRUCTION Germany’s Destruction will be weaving a path of thrash metal destruction when they head out on a national tour that will include a show at Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Saturday 21 April with tickets via Moshtix.

CANNED HEAT Legendary American blues band SHAUN KIRK Canned Heat, who famously BHG is saxophone player Blues, soul and roots artist performed at Woodstock Michael Blicher, pianist Dan Shaun Kirk will be howling at back in 1969, are on the road Hemmer and drummer Dr Steve the moon when he launches again and will be playing Gadd and, armed with a new his new album, Howlin’ At The their hard-edged blues at the album, will be performing at the Moon, at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port 39 George St, Thebarton, from Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 18 9pm on Friday 27 April. 28 March with tickets via the February with tickets via the venue or Oztix. venue or Oztix. P.O.D. Esteemed American rock ON WONDER THUNDAMENTALS band P.O.D. will be playing Oh Wonder, in Australia to play songs from Satellite and more with Beck, Phoenix and Grace when they hit the Governor Jones in Sydney, will be taking Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, a wonderful detour to play the Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 18 Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, April with tickets via the venue 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on or Oztix. Wednesday 28 February with tickets via the venue or Oztix. ALBERT LEE Much-loved and respected ANDREW STRONG English guitar player Albert Andrew Strong, who came to Lee has been announced for fame when he featured strongly Adelaide Guitar Festival in the film The Commitments, and will be playing Adelaide will be performing the classic Festival Centre’s Festival soundtrack with his band in full Thundamentals have announced Theatre on Saturday 11 at the Governor Hindmarsh, their 10th anniversary hip hop August with tickets via BASS. 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh on tour which will bring them to the Thursday 22 March with Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port PAIN tickets via the venue or Oztix. Rd, Hindmarsh, SA, on Thursday Sweden’s industrial metal 29 March with B-Wise as special exponents Pain, led by JACKSON BROWNE guest and tickets via the venue or Peter Tagtgren, will have American singer songwriter Oztix. Witchgrinder as special guests Jackson Browne will have his when they play Fowler’s Live, full band with him when he DR FEELGOOD 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on plays Adelaide Entertainment Legendary UK R&B group Dr Thursday 24 May with tickets Centre Theatre on Thursday Feelgood will make everyone via Moshtix. 22 March. feel good when they play their classics at the Governor THE LEMONHEADS SEPULTURA Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Those disappointed that The Presented by Metropolis Hindmarsh, on Thursday 3 May Lemonheads would not be Touring, Brazilian metal band with tickets via the venue or coming to Adelaide for A Day Sepultura are heading to the Oztix. On The Green can now rejoice Governor Hindmarsh, 59 in the fact they will be playing Port Rd, Hindmarsh, SA, on ROBERT PLANT & THE the Governor Hindmarsh Wednesday 16 May as part of SENSATIONAL SHAPE SHIFTERS Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, an Australian tour with special Due to demand, Robert Plant & on Thursday 8 March with guests Death Angel from San The Sensational Shape Shifters Immigrant Union as special Francisco and tickets via the have added a concert in Adelaide guests and tickets via the venue venue or Oztix. to their Australia tour and will or Oztix. play Thebarton Theatre on ROY ORBISON Thursday 5 April. THE KILLERS Late American singer Roy Due to unprecedented Orbison will be in dazzling ARCH ENEMY demand, The Killers have hologram format when he sings Sweden’s Arch Enemy have announced a show at Adelaide all his hits with a 40-piece

orchestra at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Sunday 13 May with tickets via TickeTek.

UNDERGROUND LOVERS Melbourne’s legendary Underground Lovers have announced a visit with news they will be performing in The Garden Of Unearthly Delights as part of Adelaide Fringe 2018 with tickets going on sale soon. SALIVA American hard rockers Saliva are embarking on their first tour of Australia and will be playing Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Wednesday 14 February with tickets via Moshtix. GREENLEAF Sweden’s Greenleaf are heading to Australia and will be playing Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Saturday 10 March alongside Filthy Lucre, Sons Of Zoku and Dirty Pagans with tickets via Moshtix. KATE MILLER-HEIDKE Kate Miller-Heidke will be performing with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on Friday 9 March at Adelaide Town Hall with bookings via BASS.

GOLDLINK Hip hop artist GoldLink spans a variety of genres with his highly danceable music and he’s heading to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 24 March with tickets via the venue or Oztix. CHRIS BOTTI American jazz trumpeter Chris Botti has announced that he will be playing music from his many albums at Grote St’s Her Majesty’s Theatre on Monday 19 February with tickets via BASS.

But what about getting them all in the same place at the same time? They’re all busy people and surely Kylie mostly lives in England?

It was a logistical nightmare!... I was talking with them, like with Guy, who does a lot of big movies, and they all said that rehearsals in movie productions are a thing of the past, they’re gone. And that could be partly why so many movies are so bad, because sometimes the actors don’t even meet each other until the first day of shooting… Where did you wind up shooting the film?

swinging safari SWINGING SAFARI by MDB Stephan Elliott was in Melbourne (“Um, I think I am!”) when he recently spoke by phone to BSide about his latest effort, Swinging Safari, and discussed the difficulties in casting six big Aussie stars, the complexities of music licensing nowadays, and just how much of the movie is drawn from his actual experiences as a lad back in those wonderfully chaotic ’70s.

The aspiring filmmaker teenager is you then? You betcha.

And so your parents were friendly sometimes very friendly - with the neighbours like that? To my knowledge yes, the cul-de-sac was a bit like that… In those days you mingled with the neighbours, the people who lived closest to you, and your parents mingled with the parents of the kids you went to school with. It was a very tight-knit street and all sorts of shenanigans were going on…

Could you also confirm that the film was originally called Flammable Children?

“Are you kidding? Do you know how much it cost to get that in the movie? A quarter of a million dollars!”

My parents have said, ‘That didn’t happen!’, to parts of this but, you know, the wife-swapping parties, they really Well, I only make a movie every five or six did happen. And with my Super 8 camera I certainly saw a few things I years, as most writers and directors do. shouldn’t have seen. And what have you been up to? Did you always want Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Asher Keddie, Jeremy Sims, Trying to get this bastard made! People can’t seem to get their heads around that Radha Mitchell and Julian McMahon to be the six stars? but, when you’re writing and directing and sometimes silently producing, you I’ve learned that there’s no point in know, you’ve got to carry all the hats, writing with specific actors in mind… and so the time goes. You get the ideas, I concentrate on the characters and you put them down on paper, you raise when I’ve got them right then I send the the money, you spend a year shooting script out to my perfect wish-list cast. it, another six months go on post [-production], and then you get out there But, in this case, every one of them said and do all of the press. And then six years yes!... - gone! And they were all perfect because I wanted them to have all grown up How much of the finished film is seriously in Australia and to all be about the drawn from your own ‘70s childhood? same age. It was a gift and it’s never Except for the dead whale almost all of it, happened to me in all my years of making movies. really… It’s pretty accurate. It’s been a while since your last feature, A Few Best Men…

We were going to shoot in Dee Why in New South Wales but it wasn’t right and so we wound up shooting on the Gold Coast, which was great! The developers haven’t quite got their hands on a lot of it… Guy and Kylie’s house, well, we were the last living things in it, and on the second to last day the wrecking balls were turning up.

It was, and it was always called that in my mind, but we went out and tested it and everyone thought we were making a horror film. So it was retitled Swinging Safari after the Bert Kaempfert instrumental [which is actually called A Swingin’ Safari]? Although it’s not the original Bert version in the movie, right?

Are you kidding? Do you know how much it cost to get that in the movie? A quarter of a million dollars! You’ve got to understand that now that no one buys CDs anymore and you can just download everything, that means that music licensing in the last five years has exploded! If I did the Priscilla soundtrack now it would cost at least 11 million dollars! Okay Stephan, sorry about that. And after Swinging Safari what do you do now? Mate, I’ve got to say that this has been such a labour of love, and it’s been so personal and I’ve really put my head on the chopping block for it, what I really want to do next is have a really, really good lie-down. Swinging Safari is now screening at cinemas everywhere.

MARY WEBB 'LOVE LIKE PLANETS' ALBUM LAUNCH Sunday 4th February, 3pm with Alana Jagt & Aidan 'Jazzy' Jones Chateau Apollo - 74 Frome st, Adelaide Tickets from

MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE (M) **1/2 THE COMMUTER (M) ***1/2 Liam Neeson’s surprising and pleasing rebirth as an older action star continues with this, his fourth action-thriller for Barcelona-born producer/ director Jaume Collet-Sera, and while Liam has announced that he’s not going to be doing any more of these sort of pics (he’s 66 this year and wants to do serious dramatic films again), he’s going out on a high note.

worries about his son, chats with people on the train (one’s Jonathan Banks from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul) and, finally, tries to do his job in an ethical fashion, which seems pretty hard to swallow. One day, however, he’s fired and, after a drink with his former police partner Alex Murphy (Patrick Wilson), takes the train home and is approached by a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga, glamourous but chilly).

This third and fortunately last in the MR series (again drawn from James Dashner’s ‘young adult’ books) should please diehard fans, who’ll rejoice at the reappearance of longabsent characters and wail at the demise of a few faves, but others will baulk at the 142 minute running time and endless screaming - although, of course, only diehard fans of the first two films would be sitting through it anyway.

Thomas agonises about the fact that the traitorous Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) has joined with Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson) and is assisting with the technological torture of young ‘uns and hopes to both put a stop to it plus, somehow, save his friends, some of whom are exhibiting symptoms. And are agonising about it at length.

The city is a poor stand-in for the Maze and the postapocalyptic ‘Scorch’ and yet we spend an inordinate amount of time with Thomas, Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and And if it feels like a while since others improbably running This entertaining, slightly Part 2 in 2015, that’s because around inside, falling into Michael is then tasked to find unlikely but cleverly twisty someone on the train who has production was held up due the hands of WCKD, and piece (which has glimmers to star Dylan O’Brien’s onset something important (who out, and in, and out, and hoof Collet-Sera and Neeson’s accident, which is a surprise and what he’ll have to work hum, as familiar faces have Non-Stop) has a nice cast, because as nothing here is real, little to do. The older Jorge out), and eyes are on him at good performances and some every stop as the tension rises, surely the chance of anyone (Giancarlo Esposito) looks on real tension, and to show that actually being in danger is violent action begins and the concernedly, Minho (Ki Hong Liam is getting on a bit he, zilch. comparisons to the films of Lee) must be rescued and somewhat shockingly, allows Alfred Hitchcock stack up (the it’s hardly a spoiler to reveal himself to be bashed the Hell Directed by Wes Ball (who setting, the fairly ordinary that Gally also turns up, even up quite a lot. handled the three pics hero, the extraordinary though Will Poulter (of those consecutively), this has a circumstances, the insistence amazing arched eyebrows) is His Michael MacCauley is bunch of ‘Gladers’ led by that the police will never now off making serious pics a cop-turned-insuranceO’Brien’s Thomas forced to get for adult adults like Detroit. understand), as Liam looks salesman who lives outside suitably stressed - and beaten. into the WCKD-run walled city New York and catches the train in which the same sorts are A moment’s silence to reflect every day to work, and we still unethically experimenting upon the bitter end of the MR With credibility gaps that open with a smart montage probably won’t properly niggle to try and find a cure for ‘Flare’, series please, and for general that shows the seasonthe virus that turns sufferers until after the curtains close, amazement that we made it changing to-and-fro commute this is certainly more fun than into vaguely 28 Days Later through alive and weren’t all as he argues with and adores uglies and should spell the end bored to death. trying to navigate Adelaide his wife (Elizabeth McGovern), Metro routes. of humanity. MDB

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up on YouTube. We’ll also have Nate & Rubes opening the night up for us.

“They’ve been on a bit of break – Nathan was doing a fair bit of full band stuff for a while – but they are back again. And I really like their sound – it’s really cool.”

Exeter Blues recently performed an early morning show in Pt Adelaide as part of Tour Down Under and are also set to take part in free entry street party Thebartonia outside the Wheatsheaf Hotel on Saturday 3 February from 3pm.

EXETER BLUES By Robert dunstan Exeter Blues is the duo of Dave O’Leary on guitar, vocals and harmonica and Beej Barker on drums and percussion and they are about to launch a new offering, Mumbo Jumbo Deluxe, so we got on the blower to Dave and discovered that while the act is relatively new to this state, they were a going concern for some years when he lived interstate.

“I knew Keith because we used to play together in Sydney and he was the one who put me in touch with Robbie Souter – the late Robbie Souter of Dynamic Hepnotics – and we then did and album together,” Dave explains. “And then when I moved back to Adelaide, Keith said I should get in contact with Beej which has worked out well. “He’s a great muso and a nice bloke too,” he says of Beej who spent many years touring with Kasey Chambers. “So it’s always great to work with people like that because it makes everything so easy going.”

Dave says the duo have quite a repertoire upon which to draw as there are now four releases under the name Exeter Blues, two under the name Exeter Groove and a couple of solo offerings. “And I used to do heaps of blues covers in the old days,” he says. “You sometimes had to throw a few in but I always modified them. But now, it’s mostly originals and the occasional cover. “And we’ve done the Wheatsheaf before and it’s gone well there,” Dave concludes. “And the nice thing about what we do is that Beej gets to be very expressive. There’s only the two of us, so the drums are not just sitting at the back.”

Exeter Blues (the duo of guitarist, singer and harp player “Yeah, I was born in the south east Dave O’Leary and drummer BJ around Naracoorte way but have Barker) have an EP launch for moved around a fair bit,” he begins. “At their debut offering, Mumbo 19, I moved to the Northern Territory Jumbo Deluxe, and it will be and then Melbourne and was then in at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 New South Wales for about 20 years. “Yeah, Beej has been involved in a George St, Thebarton, from stack of recordings up there,” Dave “But I moved back here about three confirms. “So it was the place to go 9pm on Saturday 27 January as years ago for family reasons,” he adds. and Mick is such a great engineer and a free entry affair with special Mixmasters is such a great space.” guests Nate & Rubes and ARIA Dave formed Exeter Blues almost 20 award winning musician Mikey years ago when he was interstate. For the night of their launch, Exeter G joining the headlining act to Blues will be joined by guest fiddle “That was a four-piece and we played player Michael Green, formerly of The play some fiddle. around the place and recorded and then, in about 2002, it ended up just being me and a drummer,” he says. “So that was how it became the duo thing. And we did a stack of gigs around New South Wales as a duo.” Dave hooked up with local lad Beej Barker due to a mutual friend, Keith Newman, who lives in WA.

Mumbo Jumbo Deluxe was recorded and mixed at Mick Wordley’s Mixmasters Studios and I suggest that may have come about due to Beej’s long association with the Adelaide Hills studio.

Audreys and now of Doctor DeSoto.

“Mikey has played a few shows we’ve done,” Dave says. “And it works well because it’s not like bringing in another guitar player. He adds a really lovely element on fiddle because he’s such a fine musician as well. And Mikey’s in some of the videos we have

At the heart of the GROUNDED experience GROUNDED is a new pop-up are the international theatrical events The Secret Life Of Suitcases and Saltbush – precinct created in Victoria Cheering Carpet. Catering to children Square/Tarntanyangga during Children’s aged approximately from 3-10 years of age, the Adelaide Fringe 2018 and these joyful shows offer delightful interactive experiences for young children in purposethis- much loved community built theatres. space will transform The Secret Life Of Suitcases is, “A charming, into GROUNDED from Friday ingenious piece of puppet theatre infused with 16 February through until a spirit of adventure” – The List. Larry’s world Sunday 25 February of 2018. gets turned upside down by a fantastical flying suitcase that suddenly appears at this door. It’s irreverent, creative, unique, cool and This suitcase has a mission and takes Larry daring, GROUNDED is all about being in further than he ever thought possible. Ailie the heart of Adelaide in summer and Cohen’s Puppet Makers first staged this funny connecting young people and their and enchanting puppet production in London adults to great experiences – a music in 2014. The Adelaide season will feature Ailie festival, a film screening, theatre shows, Cohen and Samuel Watson. interactive art installations, and great participatory workshops to name a few! Saltbush – Children’s Cheering Carpet is an There are plenty of free activities to be enjoyed interactive journey through the culture and at GROUNDED along with great value and landscape of Aboriginal Australia, celebrated affordable event ticket prices for individuals, through live dance, music, song and stories. families and groups. Adults watch on as children are invited to explore, play and dance with the performers GROUNDED is the creative concept of David as the landscape unfolds around them on a Sefton, the four-time artistic director of visually beautiful journey. An ensemble of Adelaide Festival and Unsound Adelaide Aboriginal artists including Lou Bennett, and Insite Arts, the Adelaide-based producers Deon Hastie and Delwyn Mannix collaborated of Unsound and MONA’s Festival of Music and with Insite Arts and internationally acclaimed Art MONA FOMA in Tasmania. Compagnia TPO to create another beautiful piece in this highly-acclaimed series. Liverpool-born Sefton felt that there should Premiering in Adelaide in 2009, Saltbush has be a dedicated family friendly Adelaide Fringe since been staged in theatres around the world precinct in 2018 that offers a broad and in more than 20 other countries. contemporary program of events for young families. Finishing off the two-week event on the final day at GROUNDED will be Supermassive, a “Victoria Square, the city central popular space music festival programmed specifically for located in the heart of Adelaide is its natural families with a packed and unique program home and we are excited to be working with that ranges from slam poetry, music, dance the support of the City Of Adelaide as a key and climbing gyms to art up close, installations partner in its delivery on this site,” David said. that inspire, creative workshops, activities PLUS delicious food and great coffee! There “We’re also delighted to be working with will be something for everyone kicking off Carclew, South Australia’s leading provider from 11am on Sunday 25 February and of creative opportunities for children and offering a full day of entertainment through families, who, among other things, are a to 7pm. key partner in delivering the participatory program for GROUNDED”. Headlining will be highly acclaimed Australian singer songwriter Sarah Blasko who is Significant support from Arts SA, Adelaide bringing an exclusive performance to Adelaide City Council and Adelaide Fringe has made it for the festival as it is to feature songs from her possible to bring about this vision in 2018. brand new sixth studio album, Depth Of Field.

Sarah’s genre-defining indie-rock and artpop have made her a three-time ARIA Award winner and Depth Of Field will be released nationally in late February. Also appearing at Supermassive will be Heaps Good Friends, Adam Page, 13 year old Australian slam poet champion Solli Raphael and DJ TR!P with more to be announced soon. Throughout the two weeks of GROUNDED, Adelaide Fringe goers can enjoy many free events which includes the opening night on Friday 16 February. The opening of the precinct will feature a strong indigenous cultural presentation on Kaurna country at Tarntanyangga (The Dreaming Place Of The Red Kangaroo). Experience the Welcome to Country, cultural performances and presentations by Kurruru and Of Desert & Sea Dance and much more. The first performance of Saltbush – Children’s Cheering Carpet will take place at 6pm. On Saturday 24 February, GROUNDED will present an exclusive free outdoor screening of the movie Girl Asleep. Based on the critically acclaimed production by Windmill Theatre, Girl Asleep is a journey into the absurd, scary and beautiful heart of the teenage mind. The movie was first released in 2015 at the Adelaide Film Festival and has become highly awarded, most recently taking out Best Film as voted by the 2017 Australian Film Critics Association. As the sun goes down over GROUNDED, families are invited to attend the pop up outdoor cinema and get amongst the summer vibes under a moonlit sky. 2018’s coolest one stop family Fringe precinct will offer an amazing array of delicious local food and beverages through a partnership with Adelaide Central Market traders. GROUNDED will provide several shaded areas suitable for families to enjoy the fun during the heat of the summer days... stay cool is the only rule at GROUNDED!

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