ISSUE 0018 / February 12th - February 18th 2015
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The Lincolns ALSO INSIDE: Dan Sultan, Nick Waterhouse Old Gray Mule, The Molting Vultures, Headphone Piracy Plus BOB’s BITS, TOUR GUIDE & LOCAL MUSIC NEWS
AROUND THE TRAPS Thrashboard will launch their Journey EP on Friday February 20 from 10pm at Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, and have invited Stolen Youth and Featherweight along for the journey. Copies of the Journey EP will also be available on the night. Fresh from a US jaunt late last year, rootsy Adelaide band SuperCaine will now be making their way to The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 9pm on Saturday 14 February for a free entry Valentine’s Day affair and will be helped out by The Rocketeers. The Lizards are set to launch their second album, Future Life, with a BBQ from 6pm at The Brighton Bar (Brighton Football Club), Highet Ave, Hove, on Saturday 28 February. Western Australia’s Blindspot will also be on a bill that will also include The Motive, Secondhand Squad, No Reality and Line 39. It’s to be an all-ages affair with an entry fee of just 10 clams. Punk garage rockers The Picnic Casket are all set to play their very last ever gig forever and ever at The Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton, on Friday 27 February. Local lads Ry Kemp and Heath Anthony have announced a national tour which will have the pair traipsing around the whole county before coming home to play The Exeter Hotel, 246 Grenfell St, on Saturday 14 March. Rockabilly outfit East Texas have some upcoming gigs and will play The Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton, from 6pm on Sunday 15 February with The Pumpin’ Piano Cats and The Cadillacs and will also undertake a free entry front bar gig at The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, from 9pm on Saturday 21 March. Local rock bands Fritz Dolly and Velvet Moth will undertake a free entry gig at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 9pm on Friday 13 February.
afternoons. On Friday 13 February see David Robinson and on Friday 20 February, experience the wonders of Don Morrison. Vic Conrad & The First Third will be playing from 4-8pm on Sunday 15 February. All gigs are free entry too. Buffalo Boyfriend will be quite colourful when they launch their EP, In Colour, at the Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth St, on Friday 6 March with guests to be announced shortly. Stay tuned. Ghyti has engaged in a February residency on Monday evenings from 9pm at The Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, and each evening will boast a different special guest act. On Monday 16 February it will be Buffalo Boyfriend, while the final night, Monday 23 February, will boast the talents of Tom West. Free entry too! Lazy Eye and Mick Kidd will play a Blues Cruise on Saturday 7 March which will sail off from 7pm at Fisherman’s Wharf, Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide, and return at 11pm. Tickets are now available via <trybooking.com/fzis>. After releasing his second album Live Simply in 2014, local singer songwriter Sam Brittain went on the road touring and busking the streets of Australia, Europe and the US but has now returned home with a entire new collection of works, 12 Weeks / 12 Songs, inspired by places, people and new connections. Sam will now launch his latest offering at Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, on Thursday 26 February at which he will have Melbourne’s Amistat as special guests. Boutique bar Nook Nosh, 111 Unley Rd, Unley, will reopen its door at 3pm on Friday 20 February and will have Short & Sweet performing from 5pm on Sunday 22 February and David Robinson from 5pm on Sunday 1 March. Pop in for sips ‘n’ nibbles. More cowbell please. The Dairy Brothers, who now all have lengthy beards, have announced a reunion show that will happen at Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Saturday 28 February and will be joined by Silent Duck and The Tony Font Show. Book quickly at Moshtix.
Shamrocks N Shenanigans will be presenting a singer songwriter night every Friday evening from Friday 20 February at Crown & Sceptre, 308 King William St. Known as The Sceptre Sessions, they will be free entry and kick off will be around 8pm.
Molting Vultures will play Valentine’s Day Wipe Out! on Saturday 14 February alongside Melbourne’s Wrong Turn and locals Wild Rocket at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St. Free entry, of course, and it kicks off at 9pm.
Adelaide punk trio Grenadiers have released their second full-length recording, Summer, and are on a national tour. The tour will, however, have them home for the final night to play Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, on Saturday 14 February with Melbourne guests My Echo as well as Beaver and Thrashboard.
New Adelaide three-piece Thanes will present their cinematic horror disco musings in the basement of 14-17 Featherstone Place, Adelaide, from 8pm on Thursday 19 February as a free entry affair.
Eight-piece, Adelaide-based reggae and Afro funk outfit Local Revolution have gigs coming up with the first being from 11pm at Casablabla, 12 Leigh St, on Friday 13 February and another at Worldsend, 208 Hindley St, on Friday 20 February with some special guests. Crackling Static Fuzz, a band made up of members of such great Adelaide bands as Screaming Believers, Paradise Interchange, The Ninth Wave and Dandelion Wine, have commenced a free entry Friday evening residency at The Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth St, and on Friday 13 February they will have special guests Green Circles. On Friday 20 February it will be Meatbeaters, while on Friday 27 February, it’ll be Jungle City. The newly refurbished Hampshire Hotel, 110 Grote St, has live music every Sunday from 2-6pm and on Sunday 15 February you can catch The Healers from 2-6pm, while Sunday 22 February will boast the talents of Zkye & Damo for the afternoon. The pub opens from 8.30am for coffee and breakfast and boasts all-day dining from noon with vegan options and also has many great drink specials. Ponytail Kink will be making their debut when they play alongside Last Days Of Kali and Black Coral at a free entry show from 9pm on Saturday 21 February at Crown & Sceptre, 308 King William St. Port Adelaide’s Railway Hotel, 247 St Vincent St, has opened its doors to live music on Friday evenings and Sunday
One for the music diary. Squeaker, who have recently inked an American deal, will launch a new album on Saturday 21 March at Crown & Sceptre, 308 King William St, with guests acts to be announced soon. Local songstress Kelly Brueher is hosting an already successful open mic evening every second week at Café Komodo, 118 Prospect Rd, Prospect, with the next one being held on Thursday 12 February. Registration is from 6pm and the festivities conclude at 9pm. Pop along.
the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, on Saturday 28 March. Tickets via OzTix or at the venue. Shingleback & Red Knot Wine, 3 Stump Hill Rd, McLaren Vale, have commenced their Sundowners At Shingleback music series which happens as a free entry affair on Friday evenings from 5.30pm until 8pm. Expect acts such as Cal Williams Jr, Mike Bevan, Christian Andrew, Sam Brittain and more to be taking part as it continues until Friday 27 March. Food and wine is also available for purchase so check out the winery’s Facebook page for full details. A singer songwriter night takes place at Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton, from 8.30pm on Wednesday evenings. Drawing from SCALA’s large pool of artists and more, the night, known as Midweek Melt, will have local singer songwriters presenting a 30-minute set to showcase their talents. It’s free entry too. Roar Evolution is a new, youth networking initiative that kicks off in 2015 and, as an introduction, are hosting a series of open mic afternoons on Sundays at Voice & Music Studio, 285 South Rd, Mile End. To register, email <john@ voiceandmusicstudio.com.au>. Focus Promotions presents a weekly, allages rock event under the name Northern Exposure every Thursday evening at The Bridgeway Hotel, 18-20 Bridge Rd, Pooraka. Did you know that The Land Of Promise Hotel, 172 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, hosts regular punk and/or metal gigs most Saturday evenings? Entry is via the rear. CONTINUED ON PAGE 13
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Multi-instrumentalist Adam Page has kicked off another month-long Sunday residency at Crown & Anchor Hotel, 246 Grenfell St, with a surprise special guest each week. Kicks off at 5pm and tickets are $10 at the door every Sunday in February. Crown & Sceptre Hotel, 308 King William St, will host the free entry Crown & Sceptre Ball from 9.30pm on Friday 13 February and it will feature 12-piece funk band Funk Latin Union, Headphone Piracy and Jupiter. There will also be a bubble show at 10.30pm from Dr Bubble of Bubble Art. Dreamy Adelaide electronica outfit Flamingo have just announced their first ever headline tour. Last year included spots at Groovin’ The Moo and Splendour In The Grass as well as support slots with Rufus, Bonobo and Classix. Flamingo also released their debut EP, Heavy Load, in July so catch ’em drip away at Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Saturday 21 February. Book at Moshtix. Fresh from yet another European jaunt, much-loved bearded Adelaide band The Beards have announced a show at
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HEADING TO TOWN Here’s a hot one. American country punks Supersuckers have teamed up with California’s soulful garage punks The BellRays for a Rockpocalypse national tour of Australia which will have the US bands taking it in turns each evening to headline. So we wonder who will hit the stage last when they play The Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 30 May. Tickets via OzTix or at the venue. Brisbane’s Ben Salter, of The Gin Club and The Wilson Pickers fame, certainly knows when to pick a busy time to quickly head back to town. Catch him on Thursday 12 February at The Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, from 9pm. Melbourne’s Honey Badgers are heading over to play live and free at Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, from 9pm on Friday February 27 and will be joined by Charlie Monsoon and Athletic Teenage Joggers. Justin Townes Earle will make a welcome return to the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, on Thursday 9 April and will have very special guest Sam Outlaw from the US. Tickets available now via Moshtix. US punks Guttermouth have announced a quick return to Australian soil but on this occasion will be playing in sweaty, intimate mode when they hit Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, on Thursday 2 April. Diesel has announced a tour with his amplified electric band that will bring them to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 23 May. Book quickly via OzTix or the venue. Ottowa’s rock’n’rollin’ outlaws Zex will be playing Worldsend Hotel, 208 Hindley St, alongside Fresh Kills, Shadowolf (formerly Anarkokvlt), Trash and Faith Eater from 8pm on Saturday February 27 with tickets only $6. Good news! Johnny Marr has rescheduled his postponed tour and will now be playing The Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Tuesday 21 July with US band Flying Colors. Book via OzTix or the venue if you hadn’t already procured yourself a ticket. Best known as the singer with popular rock band Grinspoon, Phil Jamieson will embark on a string of solo shows in SA in March. Catch him in action at Golden Grove’s Village Tavern on Wednesday 18 March, Ramsgate Hotel, 128 Henley Beach Rd, Henley Beach on Thursday 19 March, Wallaroo’s Coopers Alehouse on Friday 20 March and Royal Oak Hotel, 123 O’Connell St, North Adelaide, on Sunday 22 March. Tickets via Moshtix or at the venues. Lanky Melbourne person Stan Skyscraper is heading to town with his band, The Commission Flats, to launch their rootsy new album at the Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth St, on the evening of Saturday 4 April. Young pop band Short Stack have announced an all-ages tour that will have them performing at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 19 April which may or may not be a school night. Book very, very quickly, even if it’s only for your young offspring, at OzTix or via the venue. South Carolina-based rock band NEEDTOBREATHE are all shouty with their ALL CAPS about the fact they are in Australia this month playing as part of World Vision Australia’s innovative new fundraising model, Make A Difference Tour, which will bring them to Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday 14 February. Much-respected Melbourne-based hip hop artist Seth Sentry will be making his way to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, for an all-ages show on Saturday 21 March and now also on Sunday 22 March with tickets available at the venue or via OzTix. Melbourne-based masters of lounge swing and sway, The Kahuha Daddies, will be unleashing a wave of coolness when they hit The Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St,
Brompton, on Saturday 14 March with tickets available now via OzTix or the venue. Bass player Peter Hook has seen the light and departed ways with New Order and is coming to town with his own band, The Light. Check them out at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 15 February with tickets on sale at the venue or via OzTix. Gwyn Ashton, a Welsh-born, award winning guitar player who spent his formative years in Adelaide before relocating to Sydney and then Europe, will play McLaren Vale’s The Singing Gallery (with special guest Chris Finnen) on Thursday 12 February. Gwyn will also be inducted in the SA Music Hall Of Fame as part of his visit. Legendary band Dragon will be presenting their Body & The Beat album of 1983 in its entirety along with crowd favourites when they hit the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 16 May. Book via OzTix or at the venue. Brisbane’s Plan Of Attack are heading to town to play a 50th birthday party of a well-known local lad which will take place at Land Of Promise Hotel, 172 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 14 February with The Northern Drinking Cult and Soberphobia as special guests. Megan Washington has announced Montaigne and Greg Chapello as special guests when she brings her There There album tour to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 27 February. Book via OzTix or at the venue. Canadian DIY band Slates have announced an Australian tour that will bring them to Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, on Sunday 15 February to play alongside Post War, Speech Patterns and Charlie Monsoon. Hard rockin’ Aussie band Evol Walks are now based in Hollywood, USA, but are coming home for an extensive tour that will bring them to The Promethean, 116 Grote St from 7.30pm on Thursday 12 February where they will be joined by a top local lineup of The Motive and Dusty Lee’s Wasted Wanderers. Tickets will be $10 at the door. Melbourne rock band Empra like to think of Adelaide as a second home and the threepiece band will make yet another return to perform at The Promethean, 116 Grote St, from 7.30pm on Friday 20 February alongside Angels Of Gung Ho, SuperCaine, Koral & The Goodbye Hores and Filthy Lucre. to raise funds for a planned US venture with an entry fee of $10. American electronic violin sensation Lindsey Stirling is set to return to Australia next year. Picking up the violin at five-years-old, classically trained Lindsey has created a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, garnering huge attention with more than half a billion views on YouTube and with Billboard chart-topping hits and sell-out world tours. Catch her at Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Monday 16 February for a licensed all-ages affair. Boasting a huge line-up of international, national and local glam rockers and hard rock bands, L.O.U.D. Fest 2015 will feature Dellacoma Rio (US), Love Cream, White Widdow (from Melbourne), Sisters Doll (Melbourne), Speedmachine, Sweet Anarchy, Trash City, Odysey, Canephora, Hi Speed Life and more at The Bridgeway Hotel, Bridge Rd, Pooraka, on Saturday 14 February. Harry Howard is set to return to town with his band, Near Death Experience, which features Dave Graney and Clare Moore, and they will once again play Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, with The Dunes as special guests on Saturday 21 February. CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
SATURDAY 14 MARCH The New Dead Festival: Psycroptic (Tasmania) and more at Fowler’s Live Brooke Fraser (New Zealand) at Governor Hindmarsh Kustom Kulture Weekender: Big Sandy (US), Los Straitjackets (US), The Saucermen, The Satellites and Madeleine DeVille at Highway Inn Sumeru (Sydney) at Worldsend The Kahuha Daddies (Melbourne) at Gaslight Tavern SUNDAY 15 MARCH Bonobo (UK) at Royal Croquet Club THURSDAY 12 FEBRUARY Gwyn Ashton (UK) and Chris Finnen at The Singing Gallery (McLaren Vale) Evol Walks (Hollywood), The Motive, Dusty Lee’s Wasted Wanderers at The Promethean Ben Salter (Brisbane) at Exeter Hotel FRIDAY 13 FEBRUARY The Backsliders (Sydney) and Old Gray Mule (US) at Governor Hindmarsh Barbarion (Melbourne), Hidden Intent and Emergency Rule at Worldsend SATURDAY 14 FEBRUARY Grenadiers (CD launch), My Echo (Melbourne), Beaver and Thrashboard at Crown & Anchor The Veronicas (Brisbane) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre NEEDTOBREATHE (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre L.O.U.D. Fest 2015: Dellacoma Rio (US), Love Cream, White Widdow (Melbourne), Sisters Doll (Melbourne), Speedmachine, Sweet Anarchy, Trash City, Odysey, Canephora, Hi Speed Life and more at Bridgeway Hotel Plan Of Attack (Brisbane), The Northern Drinking Cult and Soberphobia at Land Of Promise Hotel Motherslug (Melbourne), Inwoods, The Volume and Eyes More Than Skull at Worldsend Bernard Fanning (Brisbane) at Bird In Hand Winery Chocolate Starfish (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh The Molting Vultures, Wrong Turn (Melbourne) and Wild Rocket at Grace Emily SUNDAY 15 FEBRUARY Peter Hook & The Light (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh Slates (Canada), Post War, Speech Patterns and Charlie Monsoon at Hotel Metro MONDAY 16 FEBRUARY Lindsey Stirling (US) at Fowler’s Live TUESDAY 17 FEBRUARY One Direction (UK) at AAMI Stadium Roxette (Sweden) and Boom Crash Opera at Adelaide Entertainment Centre FRIDAY 20 FEBRUARY Jo Quail (UK) at The Trinity Sessions Aled Jones (Wales) at Her Majesty’s Theatre Matt Taylor’s Chain (Melbourne) and Spectrum (Melbourne) at Semaphore Workers Club Empra (Melbourne), Angels Of Gung Ho, SuperCain, Koral & The Goodbye Horses and Filthy Lucre at The Promethean SATURDAY 21 FEBRUARY Jo Quail (UK) at The Trinity Sessions Harry Howard’s Near Death Experience (Melbourne) at Hotel Metro The Delta Lions (Melbourne) at The Bluebee Room SUNDAY 22 FEBRUARY Matt Taylor’s Chain (Melbourne) and Spectrum (Melbourne) at Bridgeway Hotel TUESDAY 24 FEBRUARY Angus & Julia Stone (Sydney) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre WEDNESDAY 25 FEBRUARY Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks (US) at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 26 FEBRUARY Ruth Moody (US) at The Trinity Sessions Deltron 3030 (US) at Governor Hindmarsh Sam Brittain and Amistat (Melbourne) at Grace Emily Break Even (Perth), Hopeless, Endless Heights and Postblue at Enigma Bar FRIDAY 27 FEBRUARY Megan Washington (Melbourne),
Montaigne and Greg Chapello at Governor Hindmarsh The Ugly Kings (Melbourne) at Glenelg Backpackers Honey Badgers, Charlie Monsoon and Athletic Teenage Joggers at Crown & Anchor Zex (Canada), Fresh Kills, Shadowolf, Trash and Faith Eater at Worldsend SATURDAY 28 FEBRUARY The Smith Street Band (Melbourne), Pup (Canada), Great Cynics (UK) and Apart From This at Governor Hindmarsh The Ugly Kings (Melbourne) at Worldsend Blindspot (WA), The Lizards, The Motive, Secondhand Squad, Line 39 and No Reality at Brighton Football Club (Hove) SUNDAY 1 MARCH Cold Chisel and Spiderbait (Melbourne) at Clipsal The Smith Street Band (Melbourne), Pup (Canada), Great Cynics (UK) and Apart From This at Governor Hindmarsh Husky (Sydney) at Brian Nadilo Reserve (Glenelg) WEDNESDAY 4 MARCH Foo Fighters (US) and Rise Against (US) at Coopers Stadium (Hindmarsh) Greg Koch (US) at Governor Hindmarsh (Fender Guitar Clinic)
TUESDAY 17 MARCH Kylie Minogue (Melbourne) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH Phil Jamieson (Lismore) at Village Tavern (Golden Grove) Jessie J (Sydney) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre THURSDAY 19 MARCH Phil Jamieson (Lismore) at Ramsgate Hotel FRIDAY 20 MARCH Kingswood (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh Luca Brasi (Tasmania), Gnarwolves (UK) and Tired Lion (Perth) at Rocket Bar Hellions (Sydney) at Enigma Bar Phil Jamieson (Lismore) at Coopers Alehouse (Wallaroo) SATURDAY 21 MARCH Bruce Kulick (US) at Bridgeway Hotel Vance Joy (Melbourne) at Thebarton Theatre Seth Sentry (Melbourne), Citizen Kay (ACT) and Colin Banks (Perth) at Governor Hindmarsh Kasey Chambers (NSW) at Her Majesty’s Theatre CONTINUED ON PAGE 13
THURSDAY 5 MARCH DZ Deathrays (Brisbane), Bass Drum Of Death (US) and Hockey Dad at Fowler’s Live Royal Chant (Sydney) at Royal Oak FRIDAY 6 MARCH – MONDAY 9 MARCH WOMADelaide: Youssou N’Dour (Senegal), Rufus Wainwright, Neneh Cherry & RocketNumberNine+, The Gloaming, Abdullah Ibrahim Quartet, Balkan Beat Box, Public Broadcasting Service and so many, many more at Botanic Park FRIDAY 6 MARCH River Of Snakes (Melbourne), Filthy Lucre and Gun It at Worldsend Aaron Thomas (Melbourne, Menagerie, Ghyti, Cabin Cults, Luke Carlino and No Birds & Thee Dub Division at The Promethean SATURDAY 7 MARCH Crash & Burn (Melbourne), Speedmachine, The Menace, Hi Speed Life and Mark Bowley at Bridgeway Hotel Client Liason (Sydney) and Retiree (Sydney) at Prie & Co Social Club Bondi Cigars (Bondi) at Governor Hindmarsh Lil Jon (US) at Red Square SUNDAY 8 MARCH Sunnyboys (Sydney) and Bad//Dreems at Governor Hindmarsh Bondi Cigars (Bondi) at Old Clarendon Inn MONDAY 9 MARCH Future Music Festival: Adelaide Showgrounds WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH Macy Gray (US) at Adelaide Convention Centre Adam Cohen (Canada) at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 12 MARCH Tech N9ne (US) at Governor Hindmarsh Dallas Royal (Melbourne) at Surviving Sharks at Royal Oak FRIDAY 13 MARCH Mae (US) at Adelaide Uni Bar Dean Ray (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Kustom Kulture Weekender: The Allniters (Sydney) Fistful Of Trojans and Young Offenders at Highway Inn Tequila Mockingbyrd (Melbourne) I Am Mine (Melbourne) and Jungle City at Worldsend Lewis Watson (UK) at Fowler’s Live
FEATURED INTERVIEW: THE LINCOLNS
THE LINCOLNS By Robert Dunstan The Port Rocks returns to the heritage pubs of Port Adelaide on Sunday 22 February, but a special event as part of the festival is set to take place at Waterside Workers Hall, 11 Nile St, which will feature The Lincolns and The Satellites. “The Port Rocks has, from the start, had an emphasis on rockabilly and the pubs seemed to have grabbed hold of that idea and helped to develop it further,” organiser Debra Thorsen, who also helms the annual Semaphore Music Festival in October, says. “And a lot of the pubs have since had rockabilly and rock’n’roll bands such as The Party Cats at their venues on a regular basis. “But the most exiting thing about this year’s event is staging a show at Waterside Workers Hall because it has a huge, wooden dancefloor,” she continues. “Last year we did something at Black Diamond Square near the old Port lighthouse and The Lighthouse Hotel and while it was fabulous, the feedback we got was that rock’n’roll dancers don’t like dancing on concrete. And that time of year can also be incredibly hot. “So, we’ve given the people what they want,” Debra adds with a laugh. “A show at The Port Rocks in a lovely old air-conditioned venue with a massive wooden dance floor with two of the best rockabilly bands in town, The Lincolns and The Satellites.” The Lincolns – Lee Lincoln on guitar and vocals, Tony Lincoln on lead guitar and vocals, Walter Lincoln on drums and vocals and new member Kingsley Lincoln on bass and vocals – have been a going concern since 2011 and have steadily built up a huge following. They have also released a couple of CDs, including Teddy Boy Rock N Roll, and have toured interstate with an overseas trip coming up this year. “Yeah, we’ve been invited over to play a Teddy Boy Weekender in Blackpool, England, in September,” Lee Lincoln announces over a beer. “So we may try and slip in another couple of gigs while we are over there as we are not booked to come back until the end of October,” he says. “And our last album, Teddy Boy Rock N Roll, has now been released over in the UK by Raucous Records,” Lee says. “So it may have picked up a bit of momentum by the time we get over there. “Maybe our song Teddy Boy Rock N Roll might became some kind of anthem for the festival,” Tony Lincoln suggests with a laugh before adding that a trip to New Zealand had almost happened. “We’d been trying to get over there for a while,” the guitarist says with a sigh, “but
when they finally got back to us with some dates in March we were already booked to play a friend’s party here in Adelaide. So when you are locked in, you are locked in. “And it’s for a really, really good friend,” Lee reveals. “In fact, he’s such a good friend he’s coming over the UK to see us play. “I think about 20 people from Adelaide have booked to go over to the UK to see us play,” Tony laughs. “They’ve already booked their tickets and accommodation. “Yeah, we were hoping to go over there and expose ourselves to a whole new crowd of people but it’ll just be like playing to the same old faces back here in Adelaide,” Lee decides with another laugh. “Except, being September, it’ll be bloody cold.” Kingsley Lincoln has only recently joined the fold after their former bass player unexpectedly departed ways. “I first met Kingsley when he did our sound when we played Semaphore Music Festival although Tony knew him long before that through various bands,” Lee says. “And he was so good [at doing the sound], we’ve since booked him to do a lot of our other gigs. So when our bass player left, just a few days later as it happened, and we heard that Kingsley could play bass…” “And Kingsley, as we’ve discovered, is also a bit of a dark horse,” Tony then says. “He’s a quiet achiever and he’s been in more bands than all of us put together.” “And, not only does he play bass and sing really well, he can also play guitar,” Lee states. “And Kingsley is supposedly a pretty good clarinet player too. Kingsley is what you might call an all-round musician. “And I feel right at home with The Lincolns,” Kingsley states with a knowing smile. “And it’s funny because when I did the sound for them at Semaphore Music Festival I remember thinking to myself, ‘Hmm, if I ever joined another band, I wouldn’t mind it being this one’. Of all the bands I’ve done sound for over the last 20 years or so, The Lincolns are the only ones I’ve ever felt like I’d actually want to join.” Well after the interview is over, Kingsley quietly tells me that he graced the Grace Emily Hotel for a number of years doing the sound. “I actually recorded The Satellites there for their Live At The Grace Emily CD,” he says wistfully. “And do you know they’ve now sold something like 20,000 copies of that CD?” Speaking of CD, The Lincolns are already working on what will be their third CD. “We’ve just got to finish off a few original songs,” Lee says. “So as soon as they’re done we’ll start recording in April. “And the good thing is, we can now get Kingsley to engineer it,” Tony enthuses. “And I think we’ve now got about eight originals for this one.
“Yeah, it’ll be seven or eight originals on this one and about half a dozen rock’n’roll covers,” Lee reveals. “We’ll see how we go. “But people seem to really like our originals,” Tony suggests. “Our second CD, Teddy Boy Rock N Roll, did pretty well as far as the original songs were concerned.” Prior to The Port Rocks event, The Lincolns will have played Ballarat Beat Festival over in Victoria for the second year in a row. “It’s a good little festival,” Lee says. “We played there last year and really enjoyed it because everything is really close together – the music venues, the accommodation and all that – so it’s all within walking distance. And there’s always some really good bands on the bill although there won’t be any internationals this year. “And we’ve been invited to play Camperdown Cruise Rockabilly Festival this year but had to decline because we’ll be in the UK,” he adds. “But we are now booked for that for 2016.” With The Port Rocks incorporating a rockabilly theme, it gives way to the event having punters dressing for the occasion as well as boasting a custom car event that has become more popular each year. “We hold that in the car park that’s formerly known as North Parade Car Park which is near the British Hotel – which is where The Memphis Suns are playing that afternoon – and Birkenhead Bridge,” Debra explains. “So people can just rock up on the day at 10am. Or just contact Charlie at The Wanderers Rock’N’Roll Car Club to let him know. “And Port Adelaide & Enfield Council who sponsor the event reckon The Port Rocks is great for the local area,” she concludes. “It gives the pubs a local identity as well as attracting people from other areas to come down and enjoy a day in the Port.
The Port Rocks returns to various heritage Port Adelaide live music venues on Sunday 22 February and once again boasts a stellar line-up as well as food trucks, retro fashion and classic cars. Come see a sensational line-up of Adelaide’s hip bands starting off at 11am with Prawnhead in Black Diamond Sq and The Memphis Suns at The British Hotel. Around the corner at 11 Nile St, check out ticketed event The Satellites and The Lincolns at Waterside Worker’s Hall which features a wooden dance floor, stage and bar. Or join the pub crawl and catch Marlene Richards at Newmarket Hotel, The Dirty Roots Band at Port Dock Brewery, The Rustlers at First Commercial Hotel, The Party Cats at Dockside Tavern, In Like Flynn at Lighthouse Hotel and Big Smoke at Railway Hotel. Head to <facebook.com/ThePortRocks> for further information. Special thanks to Liv Parker for the front page cover photo
DAN SULTAN By Catherine Blanch
naturally. Paul is a pleasure to spend time with, let alone to be writing with him. He’s very inspirational.”
Singer Songwriter Dan Sultan is embarking on a new album tour with the release of his Dirty Ground EP. The title track comes from a song he wrote with legendary songwriter Paul Kelly, while the recording also contains some of Dan’s favourite songs from his own repertoire as well as a co-write with Something For Kate’s Paul Dempsey.
Dirty Ground has been recorded in acoustic mode, which is how you will be touring for much of 2015. Having worked with a band for so long, are you feeling a little exposed to be playing solo as a singer/songwriter? Will it allow you to tell stories about the songs and about yourself more?
Performing two shows only at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights’ Aurora Spiegeltent, we speak with Dan Sultan and ask if the intention for recording the EP in one day was capture a live organic sound or if it just happened that way? “A bit of both,” he begins. “A couple of the songs had been recorded previously but we definitely wanted to go for something a bit raw with this EP. Gullible Few is on the Blackbird album, as well as an acoustic version of a song from the same album, which I really enjoyed doing the first time around, so I wanted to give that a bit of a Guernsey as well. “We recorded four of the songs here in Melbourne with producer Jan Skubizewski at Way Of The Eagle studios. We set up the room with some mics and just went for it. We only did a few takes of each song, which was a nice way to spend the evening. “Blackbird has a lot of production and overdubs done on the recording, which was an incredible experience to be working in such an amazing place with such talented musicians, but I think it was good to look at the other side of the coin and get that raw sound with Dirty Ground,” Dan says. “The album also enabled me to bring out some new work as well as take a re-look at some of my older tracks. I’m really proud of it and Jan is a great producer who always gets a really great sound. We know each other very well; he’s one of my dear friends and he knows what it is that I’m trying to get out of my music and songs. “After not having anything out for a few year and then two things out in twelve months, as well as quite a few tours; it’s been a busy year and I’ve enjoyed working hard again – especially in the industry that I’m in. It’s nice that people are interested enough to keep me busy.”
“I love playing with my band but I really enjoy performing solo as well,” he says. “They’re both great for different reasons. It’s been about a year since I toured solo, and that one turned out to be a storytelling tour; I talked about the writing and recording process mixed with some little anecdotes. “It was good fun, had a few laughs and even had a bit of a script down midway through the tour; I knew what did and didn’t work as far as the stories and jokes about recording and travelling were concerned. “That all came about organically and whether that happens again on this tour, I’m not sure. I don’t like to plan things out too much. But I think it’s good to have a bit of a yarn with your audience – within reason,” Dan laughs. “I still get nervous before going onstage anyway, so when you’re up there on your own it can be pretty intense and a little soul exposing – which can also be a good thing. “One thing I don’t do on the road anymore is drink, so that brings out the rawness even more. A drink can really take the edge off, as they say. I really enjoy going on the road, it’s a big tour and it’s always great to be heading back to The Garden Of Unearthly Delights again. “It’s a good scene, and I love that time of the year in Adelaide. It’s a great place to be. I’ve got family and friends there so it will be great to catch up with them all. And the Aurora Spiegeltent is such an iconic place to perform in.” Dan Sultan performs his Dirty Ground Tour at The Garden Of Unearthly Delight’s Aurora Spiegeltent from 7pm on Thursday 19 February and Friday 20 February. Book at FringeTIX.
Working with both Paul Kelly and Paul Dempsey would be enough to make any musician feel small pangs of envy. “Absolutely!” he agrees. “I’ve been a fan of them both for a long time. Paul Kelly and I helped each other out with a few songs a while back, and a couple of our co-writes are on something that he’ll be bringing out in the not-too-distant future. A couple of others are also on the Dirty Ground EP so it worked out well for both of us. “Paul Dempsey and I wrote Mountaintop together. It was originally intended to go on Blackbird but for one reason or another it didn’t make it, so it’s good to get it down, have it recorded. “There’s something really beautiful about co-writing and creating a song from start to finish,” Dan adds. “With Mountaintop, Paul and I sat down in the morning, ran through a few ideas and it wasn’t very long before that song to come around. It happened very
THE MAGNETS by Catherine Blanch. The Magnets are bringing their euphonic sounds back to The Garden Of Unearthly Delights for a fourth consecutive season. The a Cappella sextet’s sell-out shows in Europe, Asia, America and Australia are all a far cry from their humble beginnings as street performers 20 years ago. The Clothesline speaks with Michael Welton via Skype from his UK home, who is delighted to be soaking up another Aussie summer in The Garden. He tells us this will be the group’s first year as a fully independent touring act. We ask about the extensive travelling that The Magnets have been doing over the past 12 months. “After Fringe last year, we headed to Barbados, which was a lot of fun.” I bet that was a hard gig! “Yeah, really tough,” he laughs, “but a very nice first gig back in after having missed Australia. We then did the summer festivals circuit and the Edinburgh Fringe, which is where we developed this new show. But the highlight of the year was our first tour of China.” How did that go? “It was a real eye-opener,” Michael says. “The cities over there are so huge. In an area the size of the UK there were five or six cities, each the size of London or bigger. But the people were really receptive, which was great because we had no idea what the audiences were going to be like. They were very much like a European audience in their appreciation of the show… up until the last couple of songs where they all piled up down the front and there was much slapping of hands. All of a sudden we were feeling like rock stars [laughs].” Even though The Magnets are an a Cappella group, their sound is so full that listeners could be forgiven for thinking there were some instruments playing out of sight. We ask Michael if he feels their sound occasionally surpasses traditional a Cappella? “Sometimes in the show we have to break it down to remind people that our music is made by our voices only,” he explains. “That’s why we’ll do a number with just three of us or we’ll start a song with a single vocal and build it up. Very often, when doing a short gig, there will be people at the end who will tell us that they spent half the gig thinking there was a backing track playing. “All of the songs that we are doing this year were pretty big hits in the UK,” Michael adds, “so it will be interesting to see if people will recognise them in Adelaide. It’s funny to think that we could be doing a set of upto-date hits if they weren’t actually hits in Australia. But if people don’t know them, then they are originals [laughs]. Our set list includes OneRepublic’s Counting Stars, Hey Brother by Avicii, Pharrell Williams’ Happy,
Problem by Ariana Grande and Sam Smith’s Stay With Me.” Michael imparts that The Magnets have been recording their fifth album in Fraser’s home studio, which will be available at their Garden shows. “It’s the first time that a member of the band has produced a full album for The Magnets, so it’s been an interesting experience. Most of us haven’t heard the finished tracks yet; we just went in and recorded our parts, so this album is going to be very much The Magnets as Fraser hears them.” This is your fifth time to Adelaide, your fourth to The Garden. What is it about Adelaide that keeps you coming back? “Honestly, it’s really about how friendly everyone is. Leaving London and then suddenly being in Adelaide where people actually talk to you and smile and are generally really happy, it’s quite a shock and takes a few days to get used to having eye contact with people,” Michael chuckles. “And, when we are handing flyers out, we can genuinely persuade people to come to our show; they chat to us and we tell them what we do, and the next minute you’ll see them sitting in the audience. That and the feedback afterwards, are really satisfying. That’s just one of the things that make it a really lovely festival.” And, of course, the warm weather. “Absolutely! And just being outdoors really,” he concludes. “It’s winter here in the UK and everyone is inside trying to keep warm.” The Magnets perform at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights’ Vagabond from 7pm on Friday 13 February until Sunday 15 March. Book at FringeTIX
ARCHIE ROACH By David Robinson Archie Roach’s songs, telling stories of himself and of his people, have compelled a generation of Australians to sit up and take notice. In 2012, after enduring a period of loss, grief and illhealth, he stormed back into the public’s consciousness with the release of Into The Bloodstream. The album was universally lauded and provided further proof of Roach’s credentials as a storytelling genius. Admired by his peers, loved by his fans, and acclaimed by critics, he continues to impress audiences at concert venues around the country. We catch up with Archie as he prepares to visit Adelaide for one show only in The Garden Of Unearthly Delights’ Aurora Spiegeltent, and ask about his memories of the Adelaide Fringe. “We did the Fringe Festival many years ago, many moons ago now,” he recalls. “I can’t even remember the year but it was a while back. It was good to be asked to play at there again [this year] because, back in those days, they’d give you a go at a Fringe Festival before you got to play the bigger festivals.” Your recent CREATION concerts at the Sydney Festival were in a similar style of venue. Will you be performing the same sort of show in Adelaide? Will it be mainly songs from Into The Bloodstream or more of a retrospective showcase? “It will be probably be a bit of a retrospective set but we’ll do some songs from Into The Bloodstream too,” Archie says. “It will be good to do some other things, but it will probably be similar to Sydney. Young Ellie [Lovegrove] is going to get up on stage before us so I suppose that’s a little bit different. She’ll get up with another young girl, Angie Bates, and then they will be joining me on stage with the other musicians.” Speaking of the other musicians, who else is in the band? “There’s Steve Hadley, the bass player, but he’s playing a double bass. Jen Anderson plays mandolin and ukulele and Craig Pilkington is on guitar.” For well-known reasons, you came to the writing and recording of Into The Bloodstream album having dealt with a lot of personal pain. Yet, coming from that place, you made an optimistic, hopeful album, describing it as ‘good medicine’ for you. Was the recording process difficult? “Once you start, and get into writing the songs and then recording them, I think it becomes easier,” Archie explains. “I remember I had my oxygen bottle with me, in the studio, and after each track I’d probably need some oxygen. But really, it was just so good; it was such a great experience, coming through all that. Like I’ve said before, it really was good therapy.”
Many of your friends helped you on that record, and continue to do so in your live performances. It must be affirming to have good people around you. “Jill Shelton, my manager, has been with me ever since things started to take a wrong turn and she has seen me through a lot of that. She’s a good friend as well.” On the back of the album’s success, 2013 turned out very well for you. That must have been a wonderful thing. How did you feel after the album, and your touring, was so highly rated by so many people? “Just very happy, I think,” Archie says. “I’ve been doing this for a long time. To come through it all and get that kind of response from the people who come and see me and hear me, it’s so uplifting. Older fans, and the new ones as well, I really appreciate them. We have this great relationship; that’s the most important thing, for an artist, to have a great relationship with their audience. It’s good; we’re in a good place now.” Do you have many musical irons in the fire for 2015? “I will record this year. We are going into the studio again and I’m looking forward to the recording process. We’re already writing; I just wrote a new song yesterday, so that was good. The songs are coming, probably not as quick as they used to, but they are still there,” Archie concludes. “You know when you’ve written something good.” Archie Roach performs at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights’ Aurora Spiegeltent from 7pm on Tuesday 24 February. Book at FringeTIX.
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UPDATE Sydney band Royal Chant are heading to town to play Adelaide Fringe and will hit Royal Oak, 123 O’Connell St, North Adelaide, from 7pm on Thursday 5 March to play a free entry royal musical shindig. Melbourne rock band Barbarion are heading to town for Adelaide Fringe and you can catch them after Adelaide Fringe Parade at Worldsend Hotel, 208 Hindley St, on Friday 13 February alongside Hidden Intent and Emergency Rule. Melbourne’s Rob Snarksi, the honey-voiced vocalist of much-loved band The Blackeyed Susans, played to a sold out Adelaide crowd when he launched his latest solo album, Wounded Bird, last year. Be sure not to miss him when he plays Adelaide Fringe with JP Shiloh in The Garden Of Unearthly Delights in Aurora Spielgeltent from 7pm on Monday 1 March. Tickets via FringeTix. The Love Live Of The Ordinary, a folk opera without equal, was written by Rob De Kok and has music by Terry Bradford and Stuart Day. As part of Adelaide Fringe, the show will run from 8.30pm on Wednesday 4 March, Tuesday 10 March and Wednesday 11 March inside a building located at 129 Currie St. Tickets via FringeTix. Melbourne’s Motherslug are coming to town to take part in Adelaide Fringe and will slide into Worldsend Hotel, 208 Hindley St, on Saturday 14 February to rock out alongside Inwoods, The Volume and Eyes More Than Skulls. The Marina will be a smooth sailing yacht rock experience when it sails into The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, at part of Adelaide Fringe. It launches from 8pm on Thursday 19 February and sails through until Sunday 22 February from 4pm and along the journey you can expect an array of classic rock hits. Dressing ‘70s-style is greatly encouraged as is booking tickets via FringeTix. As part of Adelaide Fringe, international traveller Dr Bubble, who blows amazing bubbles, has returned home to presents some childrens’ shows which will take place from Sunday 15 February until Sunday 18 March at various times during daylight hours at The Jade Monkey, 160 Flinders St. Book quickly at FringeTix. The Somebuddies are the harmonious trio of Ben Ford-Davies, Ria Loof and Dave Hudson, and they will be playing a show as part of Adelaide Fringe at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 7.30pm on Friday 27 February. Book via FringeTix. Evoletah will have guest singer Katie Underwood with them when they undertake an Adelaide Fringe show at Osmond Terrace Function Centre (part of Norwood Hotel), 97 Osmond Tce, Norwood, from 8.30pm on Saturday 14 March. Tickets via FringeTix. WA’s John McCarty will be presenting songs that range from folk through to blues and country when he does an acoustic storytelling show as part of Adelaide Fringe at John Harvey Gallery (part of Salisbury Secret Garden), 12 James St, Salisbury, from 4.30pm on Saturday 20 February. Tickets via FringeTix. Adelaide-based The Germein Sisters, the internationally acclaimed pop, folk and rock sister band of Georgia (lead vocals, piano and guitar), Ella (electric cello and bass guitar) and Clara (drums and guitar), will perform songs from their latest album, Because You Breathe, which was recorded in Ireland with The Corrs’ and Hozier’s
producer, as part of Adelaide Fringe. See them at The Aurora Spiegeltent in The Garden Of Unearthly Delights from 7pm on Friday 6 March with tickets via FringeTix. As part of Adelaide Fringe, Sydney’s legendary power pop band Sunnyboys have announced a huge national tour that will bring them to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 8 March with soon to be legendary local band Bad//Dreems as special guests. Book quickly via FringeTix. Adelaide’s Gorilla Jones promise an extended line-up and special guests when they launch debut album, Third In The First World, at Arcade Lane on Friday 13 February as part of Adelaide Fringe. It’s free entry prior to 10pm and the CD will set you back a mere $10. Melbourne rockers Dallas Royal are heading over to play a free entry gig as part of Adelaide Fringe and it will take place from 9pm on Thursday 12 March at The Royal Oak, 123 O’Connell St, North Adelaide, with Surviving Sharks as special guests. Daddy Cool legend Ross Hannaford, who has recently been making a name for himself by busking the streets, will bring his guitar to Semaphore Workers Club, 93 The Esplanade, Semaphore, from 8pm on Friday 13 March. Book at FringeTix. Sympathy Orchestra, in conjunction with SoundTeam, will be presenting their progressive musical stylings in quadrophonic sound as part of Adelaide Fringe. It all happens over two nights, Friday 13 March and Sunday 15 March at 8.30pm at The Garage International, North Adelaide Community Centre, 176 Tynte St, North Adelaide. Book via FringeTix. The Audreys have just issued their fourth album, ’Til My Tears Roll Away, on vinyl and you can see them in action on Wednesday 4 March at Aurora Spiegeltent, The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, as part of Adelaide Fringe with tickets on sale via FringeTix. As part of Adelaide Fringe, local singers Tom West, Todd Sibbin, Ryan Oliver and Ryan Hutcheson will be presenting the songs of Neil Young in a show called Helpless at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, from 7pm on Sunday 22 February. Tickets via FringeTix. Courtney Robb and Soursob Bob are set to play a series of Adelaide Fringe shows at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, from 4pm on Sunday 15 February, Sunday 22 February and Sunday 1 March along with regional shows in Mylor and Clare Valley. Book via FringeTix. The Port Rocks, now a regular Adelaide Fringe event, returns to various heritage Port Adelaide live music venues on Sunday 22 February and once again boasts as stellar line-up as well as food trucks, retro fashion and classic cars. Come see a sensational line-up of Adelaide’s hip bands starting off at 11am with Prawnhead in Black Diamond Sq and The Memphis Suns at The British Hotel. Around the corner at 11 Nile St, check out ticketed event The Satellites and The Lincolns at Waterside Worker’s Hall which features a wooden dance floor, stage and bar. Or join the pub crawl and catch Marlene Richards at Newmarket Hotel, The Dirty Roots Band at Port Dock Brewery, The Rustlers at First Commercial Hotel, The Party Cats at Dockside Tavern, In Like Flynn at Lighthouse Hotel and Big Smoke at Railway Hotel. Head to <facebook.com/ ThePortRocks> for further information.
OLD GRAY MULE By Robert Dunstan
Billy Bob and Steve and the BBQ fellas and we asked if he would sit in with us – the rest is history.
As part of Adelaide Fringe, US duo Old Gray Mule (CR Humphrey, pictured right, on guitars and vocals and drummer and vocalist JJ Wilburn pictured on the left) have organised to come to town with esteemed Sydney blues duo The Backsliders.
“Hell, Snooks has even been to my house here in Texas an’ I took him to Mississippi to play the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale with us back in 2013. He’s a hell of a musician, but he’s got weird as hell taste in boots though!”
So we emailed ol’ CR some questions and began by asking many times Old Gray Mule had now ventured down to Australia. “This will be our third tour of Australia. We seem to be hitting the odd years! We first came in 2011 and in 2013 and now we’re returning twice in 2015. We were invited that first time in 2011 to come [especially] to Adelaide for Backwater Blues Festival and were fortunate enough to also land shows in Melbourne courtesy of Chris Russell of Chicken Walk fame as well.” What do you most enjoy about touring Australia? “That’s a hard one, but to pick just one thing it would have to be the people we meet at shows and on the road. Y’all have welcomed us like no other place we’ve ever played and it’s our sincerest wish to return that affection at the shows. We try to make those shows as joyful as possible so that everyone goes home happy, tired and possibly a lil’ drunk.” How did you hook up with The Backsliders (Rob Hirst of Midnight Oil and Dom Turner] for this tour? Had you worked with them previously? “We met Dom and Rob at Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival back in 2013 when we opened for them on the Friday night buton Saturday night we asked Dom and Ian [Collard] if they’d be interested in sitting in with us as well as Jeff Lang and Snooks La Vie on a slow blues. “They agreed and we all had a blast. Then last year while we were recording the new albums in New Orleans, Dom was over so we asked if he’d be interested in being on the album and luckily enough he made it onto both of them! “While we were recording we started talking about the possibility of touring together and the stars aligned and here we are again.” You’ve made a lot of friends down here. Why do you suspect that is? “Ha! I don’t know, maybe because I’m a jackass! All kidding aside, I think it’s because folks have had a good time at our shows and we’ve had a great time playing for ’em. Kinda makes it one of those deals where we all share a memory of a good experience maybe?” How did it come to be that Mr Snooks La Vie played on one of your rekkids?
Where are you guys up to recording-wise. “We have seven albums now. The first three released by Stobie Sounds in Adelaide, the next two self-released, these latest two, Have Mercy and Hump Night 55, were released last October by New Orleans-based label Cash Munkey Records.” And how did you guys first get together? “JJ was playing drums for Lightnin’ Malcolm on one of his trips through Austin back in 2012. I was playing bass for Malcolm that night and due to a couple big dogs, two big ass boa constrictors and one beautiful lady, JJ ended up spending the weekend at my house. And then my kids adopted him. “JJ and I jammed for about five minutes at the house then went to the studio to record two songs for the Like An Apple album and he’s been family ever since. “He came to Oz with me last time and it was his first ever trip outside the US. I’m proud as hell that he plays music with me.” And what have been some of the highlights of your ‘career’? “Opening for Robert Randolph & The Family Band in front of thousands and thousands of people and owning the joint is a performing highlight, having [New Orleans accordion legend] Buckwheat Zydeco record with us last year on the Have Mercy album is a recording highlight and being invited to Australia three times is a personal highlight.” What are the plans for 2015 as I note you are heading back this way in May to do Blues On Broadbeach up in sunny Queensland. “Yes sir we’re headed back to Oz again in May but I believe that’ll be a Queensland only tour with, possibly, a side trip to NSW or Melbourne depending on our visa. “But as soon as we get back home from this tour we’ll be playing up in Austin for SXSW stuff, the Lone Star Grand Prix After Party and then hitting Mississippi again for The Juke Joint Festival. “And it sounds like we’ll also be back in the studio soon helping some folks out and stuff like that,” CR concludes. Old Gray Mule and The Backsliders play the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 13 February with tickets at the door.
“Ah, Snooks. He’s actually on two albums! He’s on 2012’s Like A Apple On A Tree and then we re-mixed and re-mastered two songs from the Apple album and released them on last year’s Hump Night 55. “We actually met Snooks that first night we played in Adelaide back in 2011 at the Stobie Sounds Super Secret House Party at the old TPI mansion on the corner of Hutt and South Terrace. He was playing harp with
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Worldsend Hotel – Motherslug (Melb), Inwoods, The Volume + Eyes More Skull Than Eyes SUNDAY 15 FEBRUARY Arkaba – Vogue Duo (Lounge Bar) Crown & Anchor – Sunday Rubdown and Adam Page and Paul White from 5pm Crown & Sceptre – DJ Samnation from 3pm Exeter – Dear Pilgrim Franklin – Jaye Holly (from 3pm) Gaslight Tavern – East Texas, Pumpin’ Piano Cats and The Cadillacs from 6-10pm Governor Hindmarsh – Peter Hook & The Light (UK) Grace Emily Hotel – Soursob Bob & Courtney Robb
HAMPSHIRE HOTEL 110 GROTE STREET CITY THE HEALERS (2-6) BLUES/ROOTS Hotel Metro – Slates (Canada), Speech Patterns, Post War and Charlie Monsoon Marion Hotel – George Grifsas Quartet Pretoria Hotel (Mannum) – Thom Lion 1:30pm Railway Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – Vic Conrad & The First Third Semaphore Workers Club – live blues Tonsley Hotel – Josh Morphett Wheatsheaf Hotel – Songs Of The Delta Blues: Chris Finnen and Cal Williams Jr MONDAY 16 FEBRUARY Crown & Anchor – Ben David plus guests Exeter – Ghyti and guests Fowler’s Live – Lindsey Stirling (US) Grace Emily Hotel – Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam Wheatsheaf – COMA Winter Sessions: Jazzflip! with Crump Cake Orchestra and Voicerom TUESDAY 17 FEBRUARY AAMI Stadium – One Direction (UK) Adelaide Entertainment Centre – Roxette (Sweden) and Boom Crash Opera Crown & Anchor – CJ Ramone (US), Hightime and Pro Tools Exeter – Bitches Of Zeus DJs Gaslight Tavern – Blues Lounge Blues Jam with special guests Gilbert St Hotel – The Airbenders Governor Hindmarsh – Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society Hotel Metro – Acoustic Club Tuesday WEDNESDAY 18 FEBRUARY Crown & Anchor – DJ Tr!p Exeter – DJ Oisima Gaslight Tavern – Midweek Melt Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Front Bar: Open Mic Night
Kiwi Marlon Williams, who spends much of his time in Melbourne, has announced an Australian tour with his band, The Yarra Benders, and in Adelaide you can catch them at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, from 8pm on Thursday 16 April with tickets on sale now via OzTix. Hurry though as this is sure to be a sold out show given Marlon’s recent successful visits. UK ska legends Bad Manners will hit Australian soil mid-year and on Wednesday 3 June will skank away at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh. Tickets are now on sale via OzTix or the venue. Renowned Irish group Heartstring Quartet have announced another Australian tour which will have them visiting South Australia to play Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Saturday 28 March. Young UK singer songwriter Lewis Watson, who already has two albums to his credit, will have a full band with him when he drops into Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Friday March 13. Book via Moshtix. One of the hardest partying artists in the US, Lil Jon is making his way back to Australia in March for one of his notorious DJ tours and will hit Red Square on Saturday 7 March with tickets via Moshtix. Ace news! Ace Frehley, a founding member and original lead guitarist of KISS, is returning for his first Australian shows in five years and will be joined by Richie Scarlet (Sebastian Bach), Chris Wyse (Ozzy Osbourne and The Cult) and Scot Coogan (Lita Ford and Nikki Sixx). Catch the ace guitarist at The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 6 May with tickets on sale now via OzTix and the venue. Melbourne’s Aaron Thomas will be a special guest when Menagerie, Luke Carlino, Ghyti, Cabin Cults and No Birds & Thee Dub Division play The Promethean, 116 Grote St, from 7.30pm on Friday March 6. Tickets at the door for $10. Groovin’ The Moo returns to Oakbank Racecourse on Saturday 25 April and will have A$AP Ferg, Ball Park Music, Broods, Carmada, Charli XCX, The Delta Riggs, DMA’s, Flight Facilities, Hermitude, Hilltop Hoods, Hot Dub Time Machine, Meg Mac, Northlane, One Day, Peace, Peaches, The Preatures, RL Grime, San Cisco, Saskwatch, Sticky Fingers, Tkay Maidza, Wolfmother and You Me At Six. Tickets are now available via the Goovin’ The Moo website. Sydney blues legends Bondi Cigars will be serving up songs from their new studio album, Child In The Desert, when they play the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 7 March. Book via Oztix or at the venue. The quartet, which boasts two lef-handed guitar players, will also play Clarendon’s Old Clarendon Inn on Sunday 8 March. WOMADelaide, which will take place in Botanic Pk from Friday 6 March until Monday 9 March, have added acclaimed reggae, hip hop and dancehall producer Mista Savona, Sydney-based nine-piece brass ensemble Hi Tops Brass Band (featuring Shazza T) and CW Stoneking to its already extensive bill that includes Balkan Beat Box, Youssou N’Dour, The Gloaming, Che Sudaka, Neneh Cherry, Lake Street Dive, Rufus Wainwright, Sinead O’Connor, Toumani Diabate & Sidiki Diabate, The Painted Ladies, Astronomy Class, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Emma Donovan, Robyn Hitchcock, Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club, Emma Swift, First Aid Kit, FourPlay String Quartet, Max Savage & The False Idols and Robert Forster. Book at BASS. Matt Taylor’s Chain and legendary Aussie band Spectrum will hit Semaphore
Workers Club, The Esplanade, Semaphore, on Friday 20 February and Bridgeway Hotel, Bridge Rd, Pooraka, from 4pm on Sunday 22 February with $25 tickets at the door or via Moshtix for the Sunday arvo show. Following the release of their much-awaited new album, Melbourne’s Augie March are hitting the road on a huge national tour that will bring them to Grote St’s Her Majesty’s Theatre on Friday 27 March. Book quickly at BASS. Barefooted troubadour Xavier Rudd has announced a new band, The United Nations, and that they will play songs from their Nanna album at HQ Complex, cnr North and West Tces, on Friday 27 March. Tasmania’s rockin’ The Sin & Tonics and Yesterday’s Gentlemen are both heading to town to play the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 25 July and have invited local swing band Lucky Seven to be their special guests. Tickets via OzTix or at the venue. Canadian post hardcore pioneers, Silverstein have sold over one million records in their 15-year career and this year their breakthrough album Discovering The Waterfront turns 10! To celebrate such an important milestone, Silverstein will be playing Discovering The Waterfront in full along with their greatest hits at Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Saturday 9 May with special guests Dream On Dreamer and Young Lions. Tickets are now on sale via Moshtix. Sydney hip hop duo Horrorshow recently asked fans, via Facebook, if they’d like an Adelaide acoustic show. Over 600 people responded positively so it’s on. Catch the duo when they bring their acoustic horror show to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 5 April with MC Tuka of Thundamentals as a special guest. Tickets via OzTix or at the venue. Guitar legend Greg Koch is heading to town to conduct a Fender Roadshsow. Presented by John Reynolds Music City, the event will take place at The Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 4 March. Popular American punk outfit Against Me!, joined by Californian band Joyce Manor, will return to Australia to play Adelaide Uni Bar on Friday 5 June. Welsh post hardcore act Funeral For A Friend have announced a tour to promote new studio album, Chapter & Verse, that will bring them to Fowler’s Live, 66-68 North Tce, on Thursday 23 April at which Sydney’s Vices will be their special touring guests. Tickets on sale now via Moshtix. Melbourne bands Tequila Mockingbyrd and I Am Mine are getting together to head over the border and hit Worldsend Hotel, 208 Hindley St, on Friday March 13 at which they’ll have Jungle City as special guests.
Aggressive Sydney punks Hellions have announced a national tour to coincide with the release of Indian Summer and they will play Enigma Bar, 173 Hindley St, on Friday 20 March. Sumeru are a five-piece rock band from Sydney featuring members of Blkout, Lomera, Firearms, Shake Your Blood and No Apologies will hit Worldsend Hotel, 208 Hindley St, on Saturday 14 March. Stayed tuned for special local guest bands. The date for the next Blues On The Parade has been announced for the Norwood Hotel, Norwood, and it’s to be held from 4pm on Sunday 12 April with US act Donavon Frankenreiter as the super guest headliner with Dusty Lee’s Wasted Wanderers, Gab Hyde, Craig Atkins and China Doll also on the bill. Tickets via Moshtix or at the venue.
American soul singer and Daptone Records recording artist Charles Bradley, who wowed people at Adelaide Festival earlier in the year, has announced that he will be performing at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Monday 30 March. Tickets via OzTix or at the venue.
Folk rockers The Rumjacks are about to go out on a national tour which will take them everywhere before they wind it all up at Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, on Saturday 18 April. Here’s an interesting one for all you fallen down monsters out there. The Baby Animals and The Superjesus will be playing The Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, SA, on Friday 19 June with tickets on sale now via OzTix or at the venue. Melbourne rock band Crash & Burn will hit Bridgeway Hotel, Bridge Rd, Pooraka, on Saturday 7 March with doors at 6.30pm and a stellar line-up of Speedmachine, The Menace, Hi Speed Life and Mark Bowley. Germany’s premier post metal act The Ocean are returning to Australia to play their highly acclaimed record Pelagial in full for the very first time in this country. Get set to experience The Ocean when they play Jive, 181 Hindley St, with Caligula’s Horse on Thursday 16 April. Book at Moshtix. Melbourne-based blues rockers The Ugly Kings are returning to town and will play Glenelg Backpackers with special guests on Friday 27 February and Worldsend, 208 Hindley St, on Saturday 28 February also with special guests. Melbourne punk rockers The Bennies are out on a national tour to further promote their Heavy Disco EP and will hit Enigma Bar, 173 Hindley St, on Thursday 19 March. Atlanta-based hardcore act Norma Jean will visit Australia for the first time in a couple of years and are set to play Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Saturday 11 April with special guests to be announced soon. Israeli psytrance act Infected Mushroom have nine albums to their credit and are known for legendary live shows. Catch ’em at the Govenror Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 11 February. Book via OzTix or at the venue. The Getaway Plan will spend time finishing off a new album, Dark Horses, at Melbourne’s Sing Sing Studios before embarking on a huge national tour that will bring them to Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Friday 29 May. Tickets via OzTix. Noel Fielding, star of multi-award winning comedy duo The Mighty Boosh, will return to Australia for a national tour in April of 2015. Expect a magical mix of his unique brand of stand up comedy, live animation, music and some of Fielding’s best-known television characters including The Moon and Fantasy Man. There will also be muscular support from the loose stylings of Mike Fielding of Naboo/Smooth. Catch all the action at Thebarton Theatre on Friday April 17 with tickets on sale now via <ticketmaster.com.au>.
Legendary UK progressive rock band Uriah Heep will play the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 25 March with tickets now on sale via OzTix or at the venue. Megadeth’s bass player and founding member, David Ellefson, will amuse fans with tales from the road and studio as part of a spoken word tour that will bring him to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 22 March. Tickets via OzTix or at the venue. Fresh from a completely sold out caper at the Governor Hindmarsh recently, Melbourne punks The Smith Street Band will make a quick return to play the Port Rd venue on Saturday 28 February and also Sunday 1 March. Not only that, they will also have Canada’s Pup, the UK’s Great Cynics and Melbourne band Apart From This helping make it a great rock gig. Tickets via OzTix or the venue. Much-loved Tasmanian punk ruffians Luca Brasi have announced a national tour and will play Rocket Bar, 142 Hindley St, on Friday 20 March with special guests being the UK’s Gnarwolves as well as Perth’s Tired Lion. Here’s an odd one. Melbourne band Chocolate Starfish, who were huge in the ’90s, will be playing the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 14 February. Not only that, the band will be presenting Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell album in its entirety. Book at OzTix or via the venue. Highly popular Melbourne-based rock band Kingswood have announced an extensive national tour for 2015 which will have them playing the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 20 March. Book quickly via OzTix or the venue as Kingswood’s recently shows have usually sold out quickly. American band Counting Crows are bringing their Somewhere Under Wonderland tour to Australia next year which will have the rootsy rock group performing at Thebarton Theatre, Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville, on Sunday 5 April following their appearance at this year’s Bluesfest. Bookings can be made from 10am on Wednesday 3 December via livenation.com.au. Metalum Manifestatione MMXV will feature American band Suffocation alongside Poland’s Decapitation and will hit the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Tuesday 5 May. Tickets, which can include a meet and great component, are now available via Oztix or via the venue. UK punk minstrel Frank Turner will be bringing his band, The Sleeping Souls, to Adelaide Uni Bar on Wednesday 8 April as a sideshow for their Byron Bay Bluesfest appearance. Grab tickets via Moshtix or OzTix. All we need to type in is that Nickelback will play Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Monday 18 May and then move on to the next item.
After recently taking home their second ARIA for Best Heavy/Hard Rock Release, Brisbane thrashers DZ Deathrays will hit the road again next year. See ’em at Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Thursday 5 March with US band Bass Drum Of Death as well as Hockey Dad. Canada’s Adam Cohen, son of Laughing Lenny, has announced a tour that will bring him to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, SA, on Wednesday 11 March. Book at Oztix or via the venue.
Angus & Julia Stone will return to Australia in February and will be touring nationally in support of their latest release, their self-titled third album. The tour follows their recent sold-out Australian album tour and has the duo playing Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre on Tuesday 24 February with Little May and Jarryd James. Identical twins The Veronicas, whose latest single, You Ruin Me, hit the number one spot on the ARIA charts in September, have chosen Valentine’s Day on which to hit our city as part of their national Sanctified tour which will have them playing Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre in intimate mode.
BSIDE TOUR GUIDE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 SUNDAY 22 MARCH Phil Jamieson (Lismore) at Royal Oak Seth Sentry (Melbourne), Citizen Kay (ACT) and Colin Banks (Perth) at Governor Hindmarsh Edwina Hayes (Ireland) at The Trinity Sessions A Day On The Green: Billy Idol (UK), Cheap Trick (US), The Angels and The Choirboys (Sydney) at Leconfield Wines (McLaren Vale) David Ellefson (US) at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH Uriah Heep (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh FRIDAY 27 MARCH Augie March (Melbourne) at Her Majesty’s Theatre Xavier Rudd & The United Nations (Melbourne) at HQ Complex SATURDAY 28 MARCH Jordie Lane (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Hotel Steve Poltz (Canada/US) at Peterborough Football Club
Theatre (Adelaide Festival Centre) The Ocean (Germany) at Jive Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders (Melbourne/NZ) at Grace Emily FRIDAY 17 APRIL Atilla (US) at Fowler’s Live SATURDAY 18 APRIL The Rumjacks (Sydney) at Crown & Anchor SUNDAY 19 APRIL Citizen (US) at Adelaide Uni Bar Short Stack (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh THRUSDAY 23 APRIL Funeral For A Friend (Wales) and Vices (Sydney) at Fowler’s Live SATURDAY 25 APRIL Mick Pealing’s Stars (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh Groovin’ The Moo: A$AP Ferg, Ball Park Music, Broods (NZ), Carmada, Charli XCX (UK), The Delta Riggs, DMA’s, Flight Facilities, Hermitude, Hilltop Hoods, Hot Dub Time Machine, Meg Mac, Northlane, One Day, Peace (UK), Peaches (Canada), The Preatures, RL Grime (US), San Cisco, Saskwatch, Sticky Fingers, Tkay Maidza, Wolfmother and You Me At Six (UK) at Oakbank Racecourse
SUNDAY 29 MARCH Rod Stewart (UK) and James Reyne (Melbourne) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Steve Poltz (Canada/US) at The Jade Monkey
FRIDAY 1 MAY Sam Smith (UK) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre Thundamentals (Blue Mountains) at Fowler’s Live
MONDAY 30 MARCH Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires (US) at Governor Hindmarsh
SATURDAY 2 MAY The Australian Doors Show (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh
TUESDAY 31 MARCH Mavis Staples (US) at Governor Hindmarsh
TUESDAY 5 MAY Ricky Martin at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Metalum Manifestatione MMXV: Suffocation (US) and Decapitation (Poland) at Governor Hindmarsh
WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL Ed Sheeran (UK) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre THURSDAY 2 APRIL Ed Sheeran (UK) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Jurassic 5 (US) at HQ Complex Guttermouth (US) at Crown & Anchor
WEDNESDAY 6 MAY Ace Frehley (US) at Governor Hindmarsh
FRIDAY 3 APRIL Blenheim Music & Camping Festival: Tony Joe White (US), Z Star (UK), Marlon Williams (NZ), Timberwolf, Jay Hoad, The Shaolin Afronauts and so many, many more at Blenheim (Clare Valley)
SATURDAY 9 MAY Silverstein (Canada), Dream On Dreamer and Young Lions at Fowler’s Live
SATURDAY 4 APRIL Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats (Melbourne) at Grace Emily
THURSDAY 14 MAY Paloma Faith (UK) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre
SUNDAY 5 APRIL Counting Crows (US) at Thebarton Theatre Horrorshow (Sydney) and MC Tuka (Blue Mountains) at Goverenor Hindmarsh
SATURDAY 16 MAY Dragon (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh
MONDAY 6 APRIL Jimmy Cliff (Jamaica) at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 7 APRIL Mariachi El Bronx (US) at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 8 APRIL Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (UK) at Adelaide Uni Bar THURSDAY 9 APRIL Justin Townes Earle (US) and Sam Outlaw at Grace Emily FRIDAY 10 APRIL Jake Shimabukuro (Hawaii) at Governor Hindmarsh Architects (US), Stick To Your Guns (US), Being As An Ocean (US) and Stories at HQ Complex SATURDAY 11 APRIL John Farnham (Melbourne) and Olivia Newton-John (Sydney) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Gypsy Kings (US) at Thebarton Theatre Norma Jean (US) at Fowler’s Live SUNDAY 12 APRIL Blues On The Parade: Donavon Frankenreiter (US) and more at Norwood Live THURSDAY 16 APRIL The Black Keys (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Nana Mouskouri (Greece) at Festival
FRIDAY 8 MAY Anastacia (US) at Festival Theatre
MONDAY 11 MAY America (US) at Thebarton Theatre
MONDAY 18 MAY Nickelback (Canada) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre WEDNESDAY 20 MAY Enter Shakira (UK) at HQ Complex FRIDAY 22 MAY Shaggy (UK) at HQ SATURDAY 23 MAY Diesel (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh FRIDAY 29 MAY The Getaway Plan (Melbourne) at Fowler’s Live sleepmakeswaves (Sydney) at Adelaide Uni Bar WEDNESDAY 3 JUNE Bad Manners (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh FRIDAY 5 JUNE Against Me! (US) and Joyce Manor (US) at Adelaide Uni Bar SUNDAY 7 JUNE Karise Eden (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh FRIDAY 19 JUNE Baby Animals (Perth) and Superjesus at Governor Hindmarsh SATURDAY 27 JUNE 5 Seconds Of Summer (Sydney) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre TUESDAY 30 JUNE Title Fight (US) at Adelaide Uni Bar
IMOGEN BRAVE Fall or Fly Reviewer: Craig Atkins 4/5
LOUIS DONNARUMMA Hint of Light Reviewer: Savvy 5/5
Local 4 piece Imogen Brave have been rocking the Adelaide scene for a few years now, and have just released their second EP ‘Fall or Fly’.
One of the great things about being a reviewer is discovering new talent, and when I listened to this EP, I was in for quite the pleasant surprise.
On offer is strong, tight and punchy rock, laden with chunky riffs (courtesy of Mick McClounan), and supported by a killer, driving rhythm section (Andy Cienciala on Drums and Jake Brackenridge on Bass). ‘Fall or Fly’ also showcases the immense, powerhouse vocals of Stef Crowley.
Move over John Butler Trio, Louis Donnarumma is here!
This is a solid recording, produced by Mick McClounan at ‘Mick’s Studio’, with drums recorded/engineered by James ‘Jimmy’ Balderstone at Capital Sound Studios. A faultless mix & mastering comes from Adelaide’s Mick Wordley of Mixmasters Studio.
This five track EP opens with the song “Broken Strings”, a track that is not only well put together, recorded and produced, but the melody and lyrics are simply captivating.
Eye-catching packaging includes a booklet with lyrics, photography by Stef Crowley, and a collage of live shots taken by local legend Spoz. There is a familiar, underlying “old school” rock feel to this collection of music, yet you’ll also find a modern twist that gives it that unique sound Imogen Brave have developed over the years. While the recording is consistent in quality of production and performance, take note of the subtle changes in arrangements; the crafted break downs and build ups across all tracks give each their own sound and colour. These individual personalities amongst the songs become clearer after a few listens, and you’ll want to take the time to get know each one.
Louis is a solo artist specialising in the Folk, and wow…just wow! This guy has a gift when it comes to the creation of music. His style is delicate, unique and full of emotion.
This is a simple one to listen to, with a small array of instruments, and yet the way it has been constructed, together with the flow of the arrangements, keeps you enthralled. It’s soothing on the ears. The other thing I enjoyed is the way Louis can change his delivery style in this genre. “Broken Strings” was a relaxing, feel good track whereas “Guilt” is more upbeat and has a great hook to it. Louis also has a very distinctive voice that fits the songs and style of music perfectly. If you want to hear a natural musician who makes music from the soul, you need to hear this EP. Well done Louis.
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STRANGE NEW FOLK Self Titled Reviewer: Savvy 4/5 If you’re a lover of Folk/Jazz music, then you’ve just got to check out these guys. Strange New Folk are a 4-piece outfit consisting of keys, guitar, bass, and drums, and the first thing I noticed while listening to this EP was the way these guys gel together as musicians. They create a tight sound, and are clearly all on the same wavelength. The second thing of note was the drumming style. It’s a bit different from your typical “folk” rhythm... It’s a very upbeat with lots of forward momentum that keeps the songs flowing nicely. Combine this drum sound and technique with the awesome keys, guitar and the nice, even bass, and you have a winning formula. On the production front, the mix had good body to it, but I would of pushed those unique drums up in the mix a bit more. They’re a bit distant in the mix, whereas I feel it’s important to hear them more clearly to give a bit of punch overall. However, for a first EP, this is definitely well above par. I look forward to hearing what Strange New Folk have in store for us in 2015.
TIM MOORE Songs for Little People Reviewer: Phil Catley 5/5 These days, children’s musical interests progress straight from the preschool pop of “The Wiggles” (I’m a fan) to the Saturday morning sleazy video hits shows (I’m not a fan). Tim Moore has identified this gap in children’s musical exposure and produced an album of acoustic folk songs that will appeal to children and parents alike. I played “Songs for the Little People” in the car as I drove my boys to school, and they were captivated from the first note. “What does the song mean?” “How do you write a song like that?” “Who is Tim Moore?” They clearly recognised a depth of meaning and talent that was beyond the regular commercial music they were exposed to. These are songs with melody and meaning, written by Tim, and also by some familiar old names like Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, and Henry Mancini. It takes me back to my school days when we sang along to ABC radio broadcasts of songs by “Peter Paul and Mary”, “The Seekers”, and of course Bob Dylan. This album is not just for children though. The songs are timeless in their own right, and Tim has a beautiful voice, which is supported by Stacey Lamb and Brett Taylor throughout the Album. For me, “Peace Like a River” was the standout, not because it is the best song, but because it clearly moved my 9 year old, and I will always remember his emotional response when I hear that song. For other listeners it may be a different song that appeals. Tim has a commitment to music and children, and he has delivered for both in this Album. (Note: Part proceeds from sales will be donated to children in underprivileged communities)
Oh, I can smell it in the air. It must be Adelaide Fringe time.
NICK WATERHOUSE By Libby Parker In little less than a month, dozens of performers from all over the world will arrive on our shores for WOMADelaide. One such traveller from afar will be Nick Waterhouse, a young man who plays oldstyle R&B. Born in Southern California, Nick plays music reminiscent of the pre-rock sounds of the 1950s with modern energy and panache. Chatting to BSide Mag from his car in Los Angeles, the rocker with Buddy Holly styling and a suave demeanor, explains his choice to make authentic R&B. “Maybe I’m a contrarian by nature,” Nick laughs. “But I think mostly it’s just about the feel of it; I just grew up really interested in it. God knows why I wanted to chase that sound but I was definitely way more entranced by, and identified with, bands like The Animals and The Rolling Stones and John Lee Hooker and all that stuff.” “I felt a lot more kinship with them musically. What came across in their tunes really spoke to me in a way that was a lot different than most contemporary rock and roll, or hip hop. I just didn’t feel any of that. It never felt like me.” Nick started playing music from a very young age, but he wasn’t always the dedicated guitarist he is now. “I started playing trumpet when I was seven and then I switched to guitar when I was 12; I think because guitar seems a lot cooler when you’re a twelve-year-old boy,” he laughs. “The irony is that I’ve come back around to using a lot of horns on all my stuff. Now I really wish I had kept up with trumpet and played guitar as well, but at the time I remember it was a deal with my folks. We weren’t particularly wealthy so it was one or the other; so we traded the trumpet for the guitar.” Skip forward to 2015 and Nick Waterhouse is heading to Australia for the first time to take on WOMADelaide, a festival that suits his heterogeneous style and approach. “I’m very fortunate in that I don’t feel beholden to any particular scene. Some of my friends tour in indie rock bands and only want to play festivals that make them hip or something. But I have fans from so many different communities that it’s really great to be a part of an eclectic thing. I’ve played jazz festivals, rock’n’roll festivals and folk festivals, so for me it’s another notch in my belt, so to speak, as far as eclecticism goes,” Nick says.
musician, you get to be surrounded by a culture without making the kind of commitment you do when you’re budgeting to make a vacation. Before I was a musician, I never travelled because I never had any money. I could have never left the town, and now it’s my job to travel and I’m travelling there without the pressure of having to see everything. It’s a great way, I feel, to get to know the people.”
Yes, it’s that time of year when Adelaide comes alive due to hosting what has become the largest Fringe Festival in the world (in the southern hemisphere at least). And it seems, now I am older to come around quicker and quicker although I am hoping that may be because it’s recently become an annual event from 2007 rather than being held every two years.
Having been told Mad March is the best time of year to visit Adelaide, Nick will be exercising his favourite way to be a tourist, which is inspired by French poets.
For those not aware, the very first Adelaide Fringe was held in 1960 when a group of artistic dissidents were displeased they had not been included in the bi-annual, curated Adelaide Festival Of Arts and elected to stage a protest in the form of their own festival to run concurrently with the proper festival.
“I am a big advocate of the term ‘Flâneur’ - a very literary thing. French poets talked about it. It’s people who wander the city to happen upon random things that occur,” he says.
It was established as an open access festival which anyone – and I do mean anyone including some who thought they were more talented at bending spoons rather than guitar notes – could be involved.
“So when I’m in a town, that’s what I do. I go out for a walk, a really long walk. If I see a bar that looks cool, I’ll walk in, if I see a café or somewhere to eat, I go in and I talk to strangers. I just want to be in a town and take it all in without needing to have a game plan. I’ve been told that Adelaide’s going to be really alive then so it’s a really cool way to get some exposure. I will probably get a double dosage of what I’d normally get, right?”
Apparently the first Adelaide Fringe only boasted a handful of official events as part of its program although these had risen to just over 50 four years later. So it’s interesting and a mark of its success that it now has over 900 events in 2015.
That’s probably an understatement, but he’ll find out when he gets here. Following WOMADelaide, Nick will be taking his band to play some dates in Perth and Victoria, amongst others, before heading back to the USA. “I’m touring across Australia after the festival. I’m hitting up most of the major cities. I think I’m there for about nine days doing dates almost every night,” he says. “After that I’ll be working on a record of my own and two other records; one is from a singer named Ural Thomas from Portland, Oregon who’s a soul singer - he’s really phenomenal. Then there’s one with Paul Bergmann. I’m working on his album which is great.” But before that, Nick will hit WOMADelaide, where he’ll be playing his signature R&B to get people moving.
I reason I would have gone to my first Adelaide Fringe event some time in the ’70s but as that’s a hazy period, I now don’t really know what it was. I do have reason to think it might have been something the late Rik Mayall was involved in as I seem to recall that when the television show The Young Ones first aired, I seem to vaguely recall vaguely pointing at the television with a pointed stick and saying, “Hey, isn’t that the funny bloke I saw at Adelaide Fringe?” I could well be wrong, however, as I now can’t even remember ever owning a pointed stick. But I do more readily recall attending Adelaide Fringe back in the ‘80s when its main hub was at The Lion Arts Centre on North Tce. It was a hub of activity every night with what is now Fowler’s Live serving as a theatre space and the bar area serving as a place for crazy late night entertainment that went long after any 3am lockout. And I do, in particular, recall one night when, having sat in the front row, I’d been dragged up on stage to help out a comedian with his rather routine comic routine. Such was my
embarrassment I vowed never to sit in the front row of any performance ever again. And I do recall one year they had a thing adjacent to Lion Arts Centre called The Star Club – which must be where the City Campus is now – and that Scotland’s The Battlefield Band played there one night. I recall this as it was reported that a certain Bob Dylan had gone along to the Scots’ late night concert following his own performance at Adelaide Entertainment Centre earlier that same evening with Bonnie Raitt, Marc Cohen and Adelaide duo Stomp. I also fondly recall when what it now known as The Garden Of Unearthy Delights first came to town. That was back in 2000 and I remember that all it had was The Famous Spiegeltent and that was about it. I can’t even recall it having a fence of any kind but I do recall Amanda Palmer, later of Dresden Dolls, being there dressed all in white as a statue. I only know this because Amanda told me when I interviewed her and I easily recalled the life-like statue dressed all in white standing outside The Famous Spiegeltent. “Oh, that was you?” I said to her. “Cool.” I am also under the quite deluded impression that I was the very, very first person in Adelaide to have a drink (of beer) inside The Famous Spiegeltent when it first landed in Adelaide. I had been down there late in the afternoon to undertake an interview with British magician Paul Zenon and following the chatty chat, was asked by the tent’s operator if I would like a beer. It took me ages to decide whether to or not – it was late afternoon after all – but I finally agreed and it was only then she announced that I was the very first person to have a beer in The Famous Spiegeltent which was set to open later that evening. And, would you know, I’ve never actually ever been able to spell Spiegeltent properly without the aid of spell-bindingly good UK magician Paul Zenon’s spell checker. Anyway, a collective crowd of comedians who are Adelaide Fringe bound would have breathed a collective sigh of relief last Monday morning when it was revealed that Tony Abbott would remain as Australia’s prime minister for the next few days at least. So, get out there are experience something new during Adelaide Fringe even it it’s just seeing a comedian you have never seen on television before.
“A lot of rhythm and blues. You get those two things when you see me. I let the band stretch out and I like to showcase a lot of the players, but I always keep things heavy so people can dance,” he says. WOMADelaide takes place from Friday 6 March until Monday 9 March in Botanic Park. Nick Waterhouse will perform on Monday 9 March from 4pm on SC7. Book at BASS.
And with this being his first time in our country, Nick is keen to be a part of our way of life, even if it’s just for a short time. “I just want to see the whole culture. One of my really great friends, who’s actually touring with me playing horns, she’s from Australia - from Perth. And so it’s a mysterious, large place and I haven’t been immersed in the culture,” he says. “That’s part of the fun of being a touring
THE MOLTING VULTURES
THE MOLTING VULTURES By Robert Dunstan
Phil goes on to say that due to Nick living in Melbourne, The Molting Vultures, however, now undertake fewer gigs.
Adelaide-based surf and garage rockers The Molting Vultures have decided that the best way to spend this year’s Valentine’s Day would be to invite Melbourne’s Wrong Turn to leave their loved ones and come over to play and also ask Wild Rocket to take part in a gig billed as Valentine’s Day Wipeout.
“But that’s not actually such a bad thing,” he decides, “because when we now play a show it’s a bit more special. That’s a big lesson to be learnt – if you play fewer gigs, more people come along when you do. The amount of times you play certainly has an impact on the numbers at gigs.
“We’re really looking forward to it,” Phil Vulture announces, “because we are playing with Wild Rocket, a great local band as well as Wrong Turn. “And Wrong Turn are really interesting as they feature [guitarist, vocalist and harmonica player] Ian Wettenhall who used to be in The Philisteins.” The Philisteins were a very troubled pyschedelic rock band that formed in Hobart in the late ’80s but ended up in Adelaide where they gigged regularly and also released a series of very well-received recordings via Doug Thomas’ Greasy Pop label. “But Ian’s being doing Wrong Turn for a few years and they’ve been over to Adelaide a few times now,” Phil reveals. “That’s not been with their current line-up although Ian has always been the mainstay. “Other than Wrong Turn, Ian does stuff for Mickser’s Off The Hip label [which has just released The Villenettes’ Lady Luck album] and Myles [Gallagher], Wrong Turn’s drummer, has been over in the past with The Double Agents. “And Wrong Turn have now filled out their sound by adding a bass player, Pip [McMullan], who also plays with [Melbourne’s] The Interceptors,” he continues. “Pip’s a bit of a heavyweight in the Melbourne music scene. “And if I was going to describe their sound, I’d make mention of a band out of Boston in the ’70s called The Real Kids,” Phil says. “Wrong Turn have that same really edgy rock’n’roll style. “And they were keen to come over,” he adds, “because there’s a bit of an association and they were particularly keen to do the Grace Emily. Nick Vulture, who now lives in Melbourne, knows them pretty well and Danielle from Wild Rocket is good friends with Myles from Wrong Turn. And we’ve gigged with Wild Rocket in the past. I think we did that gig together at what was known as Pharoahs out in Kent Town a few years ago.” The Molting Vultures celebrated their 10th anniversary last year. “Yeah, it’s been a decade of fuzz,” Phil laughs in reference to a gig they put under that name at the Grace Emily Hotel with St Morris Sinners and Craig Division. “It was really a celebration of just playing gigs and also going to gigs because everyone in the Vultures loves going out to see other bands and meeting other people. “And now that Nick is living over in Melbourne, we’ve made even friends because he’d made lots of contacts,” he adds. “And it’s been easier for us to arrange gigs over there. And also arrange for other bands to come over to Adelaide and play with us.”
“If some bands want to play every night of the week, that’s also fine,” Phil continues. “But, as a music community, I think we all have an obligation to the venues that support live original music as well as the bands playing it, to make it work well for everyone involved. And if an extra 10 people or so went to each band playing a gig every week, it’s gonna make the scene much better. It could even make it explode in a good way. “And, generally, I reckon the Adelaide music community is very supportive like that,” he adds. “There’s certainly a lot of stuff going on and a lot of great Adelaide bands out there.” Phil Vulture also presents the program Lawnmower Music on Three D Radio every Sunday afternoon. “I’ve been involved officially with Three D Radio for about six years now although I used to listen to it going back to the old days when it was known as Triple M,” he says. “And community radio plays a very important role in helping promote local music. “I know there’s Facebook and all that which is really helpful, but community radio is where a lot of people get their information about the gigs happening around the place “That and street press, of course,” Phil quickly adds. Perhaps the only drawback of The Molting Vultures’ guitarist Nick being a one-hour plane ride away is the opportunity to work up any new material. “But while we have certainly talked about it, there are no plans at the moment to do any more recording,” Phil says. “I can’t see that happening this year anyway. We’ve never looked much past the next gig anyway but I guess when we’ve got enough new material, we’ll record again. “But the band will never stop playing gigs – why would we? We are all great friends who all love music.” In closing, I politely ask Phil if he’d like to discuss in great length his instrument of choice. “No, we don’t need to do that,” he responds. The Valentine’s Day Wipeout, featuring The Molting Vultures, Melbourne’s Wrong Turn and Wild Rocket, takes place as a free entry affair from 9pm on Saturday 14 February at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St.
HEADPHONE PIRACY By Libby Parker This Friday 13 February, grab your glass slippers and head to the ball –The Crown & Sceptre Ball that is. After Adelaide Fringe Parade, The Crown & Sceptre on King William Street in the CBD, is holding a massive Fringe opening party. Featuring local bands Funk Latin Union, Jupiter and Headphone Piracy, the event is set to be a night of smooth grooves with a definite party vibe. Steve Dedz from Headphone Piracy reckons the venue and line-up are the perfect combination for a great night out. “We haven’t played at the Crown & Sceptre since it reopened so we’re really looking forward to it,” he enthuses. “Jupiter are like funky, acoustic, soul, hip hop, jazzy style and they’re actually good friends of ours. Alyssa [Fletcher] and Jack [Franceschin of Jupiter] are just awesome. I haven’t heard Funk Latin Union [Noni, Cynthia, Jaime, Jose, Andre, Stix, Dave, Clarrie, Richard and Lachlan] but I’ve heard good things about them. It seems like Crown & Sceptre is going back to its old days, which is a really good thing.” Headphone Piracy, made up of Steve and his brother Sean (Krave Kemistry) are reemerging after a bit of a break and this gig is getting them back out on the scene. “We haven’t played a show for a little while and we’re pretty much reintroducing ourselves to the Crown & Sceptre. Me and my brother Sean both played for many years in Poetical Justice and we did a lot of shows there. So to actually do it again is pretty exciting and a lot of our friends and followers are excited too. “We’re really looking forward to it,” Steve adds.
With some of the best names in hip hop at the moment hailing from our fair city, Steve says it’s a good place to be if you want to make that style of music. “The Adelaide hip hop scene is definitely up there. Obviously I’m biased because I’m from here but it’s gone through phases and changes and I think it’s in a really good place; there are some really good acts coming out of Adelaide and a variety of hip hop rather than just one sort of hip hop,” he says. “That’s what I’m digging about Adelaide. I was always into old school hip hop and seeing a lot of those acts come up and then we got on the scene in Poetical Justice. We weren’t really in the hip hop scene but because we MCd but we felt part of it, but I think there’s a big range of diversity coming up at the moment which is good to see.” Despite the ups and downs of the industry and its incumbents, Steve says this city during Adelaide Fringe is always the best time to enjoy the whole arts scene. “Adelaide at Fringe time? I always say to people interstate or internationally it’s the best time to come to Adelaide so check it out because it’s so vibing! Especially recently with all the new pop up bars and the new street food stuff and the live music, live arts, live drama; it’s just a good place to be. I dig it,” he says. After the Crown & Sceptre Ball, Headphone Piracy have secured a spot on the bill for a festival, which they are completely stoked about. “At Easter, we’ve got a gig at Blenheim Festival which is going to be our next big show and we’re really looking forward to it. It’s in Clare Valley. It’s getting bigger and bigger each year and this year they’ve got some international acts like Tony Joe White [from the USA] and Z Star [UK].
Having taken on a couple of different forms since its conception, Headphone Piracy is very much a passion project from the brothers who just love making music.
“They’ve got a heap of local and interstate acts too. It’s going to be really good and they’ve got us on the night shift too so it’s going to be a really good night. Apart from that, we’ll probably just keep recording some tracks and see where it takes us,” Steve says.
“Sean is the creative beat-maker and we write the songs together. I come up with vocal hooks or vocal lines and he also comes up with hooks.
Get along to The Crown & Sceptre after the Fringe Parade before you turn into a pumpkin because Headphone Piracy are bringing the fun.
“Headphone Piracy came from the fact that Poetical Justice weren’t doing many gigs anymore and we’d sort of gone into a retirement/hiatus sort of state and me and my brother really wanted to keep doing music. He was really getting into his electronic beats and creating beats and producing beats and I was still writing a lot of songs and lyrics,” Steve says.
“It’ll be a live, energetic show. Get ready to dance, get ready to enjoy yourself, get a drink before we start. We’re bringing the vibes, we’re bringing the grooves and I think people will have a really good night,” Steve says.
“One summer we put together some stuff and then three months later we had about three or four tracks we wanted to do. We got a live band going with us and then we sort of evolved into being able to do a live show, then just being us two. We’ve always been in the live music scene but this has sort of come to fruition from us wanting to carry on music and being really keen to work together on it.”
The free entry Crown & Sceptre Ball takes place from 9.30pm on Friday 13 February and will feature the bands Headphone Piracy, Jupiter and Funk Latin Union.
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THREE THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN WRITING YOUR BIO By Corey Stewart
When describing your music, the last thing you want to be doing is being too vague. Give the reader a really good sense of what you and your music is about by using comparison the reader would be familiar with.
One of the main things that I’ve noticed most musicians struggle with is writing their biography for either their website, electronic press kit, one sheet or their CD.
If you feel that your music is the lovechild of Nirvana and Jane’s Addiction conceived while holidaying in New Orleans then write it in the bio.
Writing positive things about oneself can be hard for some people but here are some, which would be helpful.
3. Make Sure Your Bio Flows By Being Easy To Read When you’re telling your story, make sure there is a flow to it and that it isn’t too wordy.
1. Don’t Be Afraid To List Your Achievements. Anything noteworthy that you’ve accomplished in your career so far can go into the bio, as this will create much needed credibility you’ll need to stand from the crowd. Have a think about the following questions. Have you ever... - Supported any known artists? - Been played on commercial radio? - Won any songwriting/music awards? - Received a grant from ArtsSA? - Been funded through crowdfunding? If you’ve answered YES to any of these then write it in your bio. 2. Describe Your Music Through Comparisons
Bios that are easy on the eye but are full of information at the same time are more likely to be read than overly wordy, complex ones. You would want your bio to be a great resource for event hosts to go when they need a small paragraph about you to post on their website, in a Facebook invite, or in a program. If you are attempting to write your bio and you’re a little stuck on what to say, you can always give us at BSide Media (publishers of BSide Magazine) a call on 8346 9899 or email us at email@example.com. au and we will be able to help you out. It’s one of the services that we provide for the Adelaide Music Community. Now go and get writing!
BPLUS: JASMINE ELLIOT By Libby Parker This week’s BPlus feature artist is Year 12 solo performer Jasmine Elliot from Peterborough High School. Jasmine writes and performs her own music and has won prizes for her performance at the Port Pirie and Burra Country Music Festivals. Although she only picked up her first guitar a few years ago, Jasmine has been experimenting with music since she was a young kid. “When I was in primary school, I used to always muck around singing random lyrics in different accents; most of the time it was in a strong, southern American accent. I used to pretend I was a huge country music star,” she says. “I got my first guitar when I was 14 and started to take music more seriously, messing around with chords and lyrics, finding out who I am musically. I performed my first original song with a band that year.” Currently a Year 12 student, Jasmine is learning to juggle her music with her studies to work towards her musical goals, even if it means burning the midnight oil. “I stay up at night playing, writing and practising until the early hours of the morning, usually knowing it’s time to stop when I get an angry text from my mum telling me to be quiet,” Jasmine says. “Along with school, I work a casual job at the local supermarket and not only coach calisthenics here. but I also do it myself. But I know as long as I have a passion for music, I will always find time for it.” Last year, Jasmine Elliot had the opportunity to move to Adelaide to study a Certificate III in Music at Tafe SA Salisbury Campus, which was both a blessing and a challenge for her. “I was crammed with theory information, that I lacked, but I met some of the most talented people. Being one of the youngest students there, I felt like everyone was willing to help me in every aspect, whether it be musically or just with everyday life. The
support I was given over those six months was absolutely overwhelming,” she says. “It was definitely a culture shock! Going from a small country town where you knew everyone to a city where people give you strange looks for having short hair; it really put things in perspective for me. I had no idea how to catch a bus! I was waiting at my bus stop and I saw my bus coming. It just drove straight past me. I assumed the driver just didn’t see me. An hour later my bus came past and again it didn’t stop. No one informed me I had to wave a bus down!” This year, Jasmine is back at school in Peterborough and she’s writing and recording an EP as part of her SACE. “I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone, so I’m using one of my music assignments to create an EP. I plan to have all original songs. It’ll be just a little taste of who I am. I’m all about tensed chords like F#9. I feel they give songs some depth and emotion. I have a little book that I constantly have on me just in case inspiration strikes, but usually I just sit down at night and mess around with chords on my guitar and sing. I love telling stories through music,” she says. The ambitious young student, who would love to support Meat Loaf one day, plays regular gigs around her hometown and is holding a charity event in April this year in her role as Youth Ambassador. “For the past two years, myself along with a small group of music students from Peterborough, Orroroo and Jamestown have gone on a weeklong tour along the west coast of SA and the Yorke Peninsular, playing at schools and living the tour life,” Jasmine says. “On the 10 of April I’ll be holding a charity concert in Peterborough at 229 On Main Cafe [Old Capitol Theatre]. It’ll be a donation entry; all profits made on the night will go towards the Global Volunteer Network who have selected me to be a Youth Ambassador for the next 24 months.” So, if you’re in Peterborough in April, call in and check out Jasmine’s work as she’s a smart young woman with a lovely voice and will surely reappear on a stage in Adelaide in the near future.
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Revered pianist and composer, Abdullah Ibrahim has been hailed as the greatest exponent of Cape jazz. His solo concerts create a very special and intimate atmosphere, heart-stopping melody combined with a powerful spirituality. Presented by Arts Projects Australia in association with Adelaide Festival.
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You are cordially invited to a tea party that you will never forget… A mesmerising mix of circus and theatre, inspired by the work of Pina Bausch.
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A splash-ﬁlled fusion of contemporary circus, comedy and cabaret.
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14 Feb –14 Mar 2015 Royal Croquet Club — The Panama Club Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga