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ISSUE 0019 / February 19th - February 25th 2015


ALSO INSIDE: John Swan, John McCarthy, Helpless Prawnhead, The Vinyls, BPlus, The Bizzo, Fringe Update Plus BOB’s BITS, TOUR GUIDE & LOCAL MUSIC NEWS

AROUND THE TRAPS Adelaide psych rockers Grandma’s Favourite have announced that they will launch their Matt Hills-produced EP at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, on Friday 20 March with Slingshot Dragster as special guests. And it’s free entry from 9pm. Hi, I’m Reclusive Author Thomas Pynchon is launching debut album, Everything Sucks Now That I’m Awesome, with friends Sincerely, Grizzly at the Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St from 4.30pm on Sunday 22 February. It’s free entry and the bands will perform in the beer garden from 5-7pm so you’ll be able to easily get to your place of work, if you have one, the following day. The Dairy Brothers, who now all have lengthy beards, have announced a reunion show at Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Saturday 28 February where they will be joined by Silent Duck and The Tony Font Show. Book quickly at Moshtix. Shamrocks N Shenanigans are 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 with the first of the sessions to feature Ben Searcy, Cale Morgan, Jimmy Marin and Maddy Coutts. There will also be drink specials. Adelaide music legend John ‘Swanee’ Swan will be presenting an up close and personal show on Thursday 26 February at The Royal Oak, 123 O’Connell St, North Adelaide. To win tickets, check out the venue’s Facebook page. John will also be appearing with The Zep Boys, Jac Dalton (with Sonic Divide) and award winning blues act Lazy Eye at Clipsal 500 on Saturday 28 February. Dreamy Adelaide electronica outfit Flamingo have 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, so catch ’em drip away at Arcade Lane on Saturday 21 February with Oscilla and Allume. Book at Moshtix. Music SA is pleased to announce that six South Australian acts have been selected from more than 100 applications to showcase their live performance on the Clipsal 500 concert stage alongside some of Australia’s best live artists. Koolta and URTEKK have been selected to open for Stafford Brothers, Havana Brown, Timmy Trumpet and Ruby Rose on Friday 27 February, while Jac Dalton with Sonic Divide and Lazy Eye will open for The Zep Boys and celebrated rocker John ‘Swanee’ Swan on Saturday 28 February and Grenadiers and Horror My Friend will play alongside Cold Chisel, Spiderbait and 100 Proof on Sunday 1 March. Big bois gotta eat! Jesse Davidson, with a band that includes Ben and Michael Zubreckyj from Brokers, Gus Gardiner from Papa Vs Pretty and Chris Panousakis (AKA Timberwolf), will be launching his new single, Laika, from 5.30pm in the beer garden of The Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, on Saturday 7 March with Brokers as special guests. It’s to be the first of a series of late afternoon Exeter Hotel beer garden shows in the mad month of March. Old school R&B combo Lady Voodoo & The Rituals have announced a free entry residency on Thursday evenings from 8pm commencing on Thursday 26 February at The Publishers Hotel, 110 Franklin St. 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 band’s Journey EP will also be available on the night.  Ghyti has engaged in a February residency on Monday evenings from 9pm at The Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, with the final night, Monday 23 February, boasting the talents of Tom West. Free entry too! Pigeonholed Electronica will present Crease+fold, Little Scale and Tim Koch plus DJ Daddy D at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, in the band room from 9pm on Friday 20 February.


Port Adelaide’s Railway Hotel, 247 St Vincent St, has opened its doors to live music on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. On Friday 20 February, experience the wonders of Don Morrison from 5-8pm and Duke on Friday 27 February, while on Sunday 22 February it will be Big Smoke from 4-7pm as part of The Port Rocks. All gigs are free entry too. Four Crying Out Loud are a local R&B combo who will be playing The Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton, from 8pm on Saturday 21 February with special guest vocalist Nicky T. And, for crying out loud, it’s only $5 entry. New Adelaide three-piece Thanes will be presenting 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. The Lizards will 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. Fresh from yet another European jaunt, much-loved bearded Adelaide band The Beards have announced a show at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, on Saturday 28 March. Tickets via OzTix or at the venue. 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 with Hunky Punks and The Profiteers helping to give them a big, big send off. 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 will undertake a free entry front bar gig at The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, from 9pm on Saturday 21 March. Eight-piece, Adelaide-based reggae and Afro funk outfit Local Revolution will be at Worldsend, 208 Hindley St, on Friday 20 February with special guests Funk Latin Union and Craig Atkins. 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 20 February it will be Meatbeaters and on Friday 27 February, it’ll wind up with Jungle City. The newly refurbished Hampshire Hotel, 110 Grote St, has live music every Sunday from 2-6pm and on you can catch Zkye & Damo on Sunday 22 February. 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.

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. One for your musical 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 26 February. Registration is from 6pm and the festivities conclude at 9pm. Pop along.. 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@>.

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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. Lazy Eye, who are to be congratulated for recently picking up a Chain Award for Australia’s Best Group Or Duo, 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 <>. After releasing his second album Live Simply in 2014, local Sam Brittain went on the road touring and busking the streets of Australia, Europe and the US but has now returned home with an entire new collection of works, 12 Weeks / 12 Songs, inspired by places, people and new connections. Sam will now launch his offering at Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, on Thursday 26 February at which he will have Melbourne’s Amistat as special guests.

ISSUE #0019 February 19th February 25th, 2015


HEADING TO TOWN To promote her new album, Sometimes I Sit & Think & Sometimes I Just Sit, songstress Courtney Barnett has announced that she will kick off a national tour at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 1 May with Teeth & Tongue as special guests. Tickets available now at OzTix or via the venue. Harry Howard is returning to town with his band, Near Death Experience, which features Dave Graney and Clare Moore, and they will once again have a near death experience at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, with The Dunes as special guests on Saturday 21 February. Unfortunately, Charles Bradley and Adam Cohen have cancelled upcoming shows at the Governor Hindmarsh. Adam will announce a future date so hang onto your tickets. More sad news. Influential Virginian rock band Mae were scheduled to be touring the 10th anniversary of The Everglow album but will no longer be proceeding due to unforeseen circumstances. Members of the band and the promoters, Various Artists, are regretful of this decision and are endeavouring to reschedule the Australian tour in 2015, however, although nothing is confirmed as yet. Mae were set to play Adelaide Uni Bar on Friday 13 March with refunds now available a point of purchase. Good news! Swedish guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteem had to postpone his February tour but has now announced that he’ll be hitting HQ, cnr North and West Tces, on Friday 12 June. There are general admission tickets and also VIP packages available now from OzTix.

the road. See Josh Rennie-Hynes, Caitlin Harnett and Liam Gerner play Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Friday 27 March with tickets on sale now via Moshtix. Melbourne band Greenthief have announced a tour that will cause them to be heading over the border to play Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, on Friday 20 March alongside Tork and Lost Cosmonaut. The next A Day On The Green will feature Billy Idol, Cheap Trick, The Angels and The Choirboys and will take place at Leconfield Wines (McLaren Vale) on Sunday 22 March. American metal band Bane have announced their final tour of Australia although the good news is that it will be with fellow US metal act Defeater. See them at Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Saturday 30 May. The Angels have announced two huge shows at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, for Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May. Book quickly via OzTix or at the venue.

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.

Underground hip hop supergroup Deltron 3030, which features Deltron Zero (Del Tha Funky Homosapien), Cantankerous Captain Aptos (producer and remixer Dan ‘The Automator’ Nakamura) and Skiznod The Boy Wonder (turntablist Kid Koala), will make their Australian debut in 2015. In Adelaide they are set to hit the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 26 February with tickets now on sale via OzTix.

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 as produced by Rick Rubin. The tour follows another recent soldout Australian album tour and has the duo playing Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre on Tuesday 24 February with Little May and Jarryd James. Noted Canadian songstress Serena Ryder, who has collected multiple awards during her career, will play the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 12 April at which she’ll have sensational blues guitarist Matt Andersen with her as special guest. Tickets via OzTix or at the venue. Three of Australia’s Americana, folk and country musicians have joined forces to hit


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. Tickets via the venue.

Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick is set to play Bridgeway Hotel, Bridge Rd, Pooraka, on Saturday March 21. Tickets via the venue.

Five Mile Sniper, a Melbourne rock band made up of members of The Icecream Hands and Motor Ace, have launched a new single, Amazing, from their debut album, The Sound Of Trees, and will play Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, on Friday 20 March.

Damian Cowell, formerly of TISM, is bringing his Disco Machine, which features vocal cameos from such people as Shaun Micallef, John Safran, Tim Rogers, Kate Miller Heidke, Tony Martin, Justin Heazlewood (The Bedroom Philosopher), Liz Stringer and more to The Jade Monkey, 160 Flinders St, on Friday 20 March.

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 with him. Tickets available now via Moshtix.

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.

Newcastle’s The Delta Lions will hit The Bluebee Room, Pirie St, on Saturday 21 February where they will be joined by The Brothers Goon and Heath Anthony. Choose your own entry fee.

Entertaining US magician Krendl is bringing his show to Published Arthouse, 11 Cannon St, Adelaide, on Saturday 21 February, Friday 27 February, Saturday 28 February, Friday 6 March and Saturday 7 March. Show time is 8pm by you can also book for dinner via <>. Get your lariats at the ready! Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks will play the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 25 February as part of an Aussie jaunt. Book quickly at OzTix or via the venue.

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.

Conveniently Canadian singer songwriter Steve Poltz, who co-wrote the huge, worldwise hit song You Were Meant For Me with Alaska’s Jewel, has announced a return to the historic SA railway township of Peterborough on Saturday 28 March which will have him marching into Peterborough Football Club for the evening as part of The Peterborough Art & Cultaral Festival. Poltz, who once went nuts in Adelaide, will also play a gig in the big smoke on Sunday 29 March at The Jade Monkey, 160 Flinders St.

More good news! Urban troubadour Darren Hanlon has a announced a national tour to launch a new album which will having him heading to Adelaide to play Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Thursday 2 April. Book at Moshtix.

Californian hip hop legends Jurassic 5, with Cut Chemist back in the fold, are heading to Byron Bay’s Bluesfest at Easter but will also play a sideshow at HQ, cnr North and West Tces, on Thursday 2 April.

in Whyalla and Port Pirie before coming to Hahndorf’s Old Mill Hotel on Saturday 28 March with Kristy Cox as special guest.

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 Louis Blanc, A Ghost Orchestra, Life Pilot and Disaster Path. Melbourne tunesmith Andrew Swift has announced the release of a new single, Sound The Alarm, alongside a host of shows in Melbourne and also Adelaide. Catch him when he sounds the alarm at Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, on Friday 20 March. 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 with special guests Lurch & Chief, The Belligerents and My Echo. Book quickly via OzTix or the venue as Kingswood’s recently shows have usually sold out quickly. After a sold out tour last year, singer songwriter Taylor Henderson, who found his way into the spotlight as a finalist on Australia’s Got Talent in 2010 before becoming a firm fan-favourite and finalist on The X-Factor in 2013, will again be hitting the road and performing some new songs at The Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Tuesday 14 April. Book via OzTix or at the venue. 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. Country combo The McClymonts, who recently won a pair of Golden Guitars at Tamworth, have announced a national tour which will bring them to SA to play shows

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 Melbourne band Flyying Colours. Book via OzTix or the venue if you hadn’t already procured yourself a ticket.

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. 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 which is now sold out now but there is now also another show announced for 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. 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. 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. 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. Renowned magician Cosentino, recently awarded the title of International Magician

Of The Year, will amaze and astound when he does his trickery at Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, on Wednesday 15 April. Book quickly at BASS before all the tickets disappear. 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

(Melbourne), Tork and Lost Cosmonaut at Crown & Anchor Damian Cowell (Melbourne) at The Jade Monkey Five Mile Sniper (Melbourne) at Hotel Metro 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 THURSDAY 19 FEBRUARY Bud Petal (Sydney) at Grace Emily 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 (Newcastle), The Brothers Goon and Heath Anthony at The Bluebee Room Soundwave at Bonython Pk Matt Taylor’s Chain (Melbourne) and Spectrum (Melbourne) at Woodcroft Tavern SUNDAY 22 FEBRUARY Matt Taylor’s Chain (Melbourne) and Spectrum (Melbourne) at Woodcroft Tavern Soundwave at Bonython Pk TUESDAY 24 FEBRUARY Angus & Julia Stone (Sydney) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre WEDNESDAY 25 FEBRUARY Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks (US) at Governor Hindmarsh Aaron Thomas (Sydney) at The Deli 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 Stafford Brothers, Havana Brown, Timmy Trumpet, Ruby Rose, Koolta and URTEKK at Clipsal Zep Boys, John Swan, Lazy Eye and Jac Dalton at Clipsal 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)

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 (Sydney), Menagerie, Ghyti, Cabin Cults, Luke Carlino and No Birds & Thee Dub Division at The Promethean Bondi Cigars (Bondi) at Beach House Café (Victor Harbor) 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 Sun Of Man (Sydney), Inwoods and Filthy Lucre at Worldsend 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 THURSDAY 12 MARCH Tech N9ne (US) at Governor Hindmarsh Dallas Royal (Melbourne) at Surviving Sharks at Royal Oak FRIDAY 13 MARCH 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 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

SUNDAY 1 MARCH Cold Chisel, Spiderbait (Melbourne), 100 Proof, Grenadiers and Horror My Friend 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)

TUESDAY 17 MARCH Kylie Minogue (Melbourne) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre

WEDNESDAY 4 MARCH Foo Fighters (US) and Rise Against (US) at Coopers Stadium (Hindmarsh) Greg Koch (US) at Governor Hindmarsh (Fender Guitar Clinic) Aaron Thomas (Sydney) at The Deli

THURSDAY 19 MARCH Phil Jamieson (Lismore) at Ramsgate Hotel

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

WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH Phil Jamieson (Lismore) at Village Tavern (Golden Grove) Jessie J (Sydney) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre

FRIDAY 20 MARCH Kingswood (Melbourne), Lurch & Chief, The Belligerents and My Echo 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) Andrew Swift (Melbourne), Greenthief

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 Josh Rennie-Hynes, Caitlin Harnett and Liam Gerner at Jive SATURDAY 28 MARCH Jordie Lane (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Hotel Steve Poltz (Canada/US) at Peterborough Football Club The McClymonts (Sydney) and Kristy Cox at Old Mill Hotel (Hanhdorf) SUNDAY 29 MARCH Rod Stewart (UK) and James Reyne (Melbourne) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre TUESDAY 31 MARCH Mavis Staples (US) 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 Darren Hanlon (Sydney) at Jive 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 4 APRIL Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats (Melbourne) at Grace Emily SUNDAY 5 APRIL Counting Crows (US) at Thebarton Theatre Horrorshow (Sydney) and MC Tuka (Blue Mountains) at Goverenor 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



THE MARINA By Robert Dunstan

For The Marina occasion, Wheaty Brewing Corps will also be launching a new brew, Goodbye Stranger.

The Marina is set to be a smooth sailing yacht rock experience when it sails into Thebarton’s Wheatsheaf Hotel for four performances only as part of Adelaide Fringe.

“Yeah, it’s a golden ale,” Brandy says of the beverage named after a song by Supertramp.

Thus, BSide Magazine caught up with the ship’s captain, Chip, as well as Herman Mandez and Brandy Alexander to find out what audiences are in store for.

“But then I don’t necessarily think of Supertramp as being yacht rock,” Chip decides over another sip of ale. “They are more in the prog rock camp. They had a bit more of an edge than most yacht rock groups.”

“It came about when our good friends [Adelaide band] Doctor DeSoto played a gig one night and one night in a cheap hotel and some late night whisky, we were playing cards,” Chip begins just as the sun sets over the yardarm and immediately calls for drinks. “And when you are doing that, what else do you do apart from putting some yacht rock on?

“Ah, no, I reckon Supertramp are right up there in terms of yacht rock,” Herman counters. “They get mentioned alongside all the Steely Dans and that.”

“Actually all we had to do was turn the radio on and it was all there,” he says of songs by The Eagles, Christopher Cross, Steely Dan, Hall & Oates and Toto.

“And they are all beautifully written songs,” he suggests. “And you just can’t write lyrics like that anymore because some of them are quite questionable and you’d never get away with it. They are not quite politically correct as there is often mention of lingerie and making love in the dunes. There’s a lot of soft-lovin’ goin’ on.

“So one thing led to another and we dared Doctor DeSoto to put on a show for Adelaide Fringe and play yacht rock songs,” Chip continues. “But they started using lots of incredibly big words such as ‘credibility’ and ‘authenticity’ and dared us to do it instead. “And is it turns out, the girls who runs The Wheatsheaf are all huge yacht rock fans,” he says, “so they were more than happy to have us.” “So once we got a venue sorted, there was really no changing tack,” Herman Mandez says with a noticeable sigh. “And we now also have Leonardo Di Cappucino on guitar, Gerry McCasserole on keyboards, Victor Stroganoff on guitar and Gloria Fernlover on vocals,” Chip adds. “And, we also have another member who’s going to known as Bernard Le Jatz Cracker if he doesn’t come up with a decent enough name before the show,” Brandy snickers. Marlin Quench is going to be brave and serve as master of ceremonies and will also be playing some trombone. “Marlin is also the only member who actually has a yacht,” Chip announces. “So that’s been handy. I asked if anyone had a foghorn and he immediately said yes. And then I thought it would be a good idea if we used a sail to screen some old commercials from the ’70s. “So Marlin said, ‘Would a storm jib do the job?’, so I had to ask him exactly what a storm jib was,” he laughs. “Anyway, it seems a storm jib will work really well as a screen. He also has a lifebuoy as well. “He does think, though, that the lifebuoy might be a bit too modern to use,” Herman adds with a sigh. “But you never know, he may come to the gig in his yacht and park it out the front.”


Chip then goes on to say that rehearsals were sounding very good as the band began to sail its merry way through the yacht rock back catalogue.

“And one that quickly comes to mind is Rupert Holmes’ Escape (The Piña Colada Song),” Chips says of the 1979 song originally just named Escape until people started requesting, ‘That piña colada song’ as it began to sail up the charts to the number one position and was the last song to hit that spot in the ’70s. “And we also found that we had too many songs because, once again, we’d had a few too many beers over at Brandy’s house and ended up with a huge list,” he says. “But there were certain songs we knew we had to do so that we’d please everyone,” Chips continues. “So it’ll be a mix of songs by The Eagles, Toto, Hall & Oates, Christopher Cross and even some Little River Band. “We’ve also thrown in one big, big ballad,” he adds as an afterthought. “We’re doing one song by Chicago.” “And some of them are also incredibly hard to play,” Herman than adds with yet another sigh. ‘They are actually quite challenging to actually play, especially some of the Steely Dan songs.” “Ah, yes, we’ve found with the Steely Dan stuff that we are sailing straight into jazz territory,” Chip also sighs. “But their songs are great and good fun to play and sing. Steely Dan really were the clever, smart arses of the whole yacht rock scene. Some of the other yacht rockers were a little bit superficial shall we just say.” The venue will also be fully decked out for the four nights with plastic ferns, the occasional pink flamingo and the vague possibility of some bits of pineapple and cheese on a stick.

“Oh, there will definitely be lots of cheese,” Chip announces with a cheesy grin. “And there will be lots of other silly stuff going on as well including lots of tropical fruits. We will be transforming the Wheaty’s tin shed into a tropical paradise. “And we also need to get some of those tiny cocktail umbrellas to pop into the special brew, the new Goodbye Stranger golden ale,” he continues. “It’s also a contractual agreement with the hotel that we take some kind of 15-minute break so that people can actually top up some of those drinks. “But while that’s happening the entertainment certainly won’t stop,” Chip says. “We’ll be going around acknowledging everyone who has come dressed up in their ’70s gear.” “Yeah, and we’ve also been digging around for some great vintage television commercials to screen during the break,” Herman states. “And we’ve found some beauties so for many it will be a trip down memory lane. We might also have some smooth music in the background.” “The whole idea of course is take the piss out of that whole culture surrounding that late ’70s yacht rock scene,” Chip, who says that the shows will be filmed for prosperity, then suggests. “Having said that, we also need to pay the music as much respect as we can. And at the end of the day, if you scratch the surface of any musician they’ll have a bit of love somewhere for yacht rock. “Hey, it’s also likely to be the best show in Adelaide Fringe where you’ll get to see nonactors acting,” he says. “We’ve all had to learn big words such as ‘plot’ and ‘script’. So while there’s a fair bit of carry on, at the end of the day it’s a gig at a themed party. “We also think that if we make enough money from these shows, we’ll get on a cruise ship and sail off to Edinburgh Fringe and do it there,” Chips reasons. “And while I don’t really expect this will become our new

career, it could lead to some highly-paid corporate work. “Then we’d really be selling our souls,” Brandy reasons. “But if people come along and don’t like it, then it doesn’t matter as no one will recognise us anyway,” Chip offers. “’No, you’re mistaken, that definitely wasn’t me’, I’ll have to say to people,” Herman says. “I’d never have anything to do with something like that.” The Marina sails into The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, as part of Adelaide Fringe. It launches from 8pm on Thursday 19 February and sails through until Sunday 22 February from 4pm. Dressing ’70s-style is greatly encouraged as is booking tickets via FringeTix.



JOHN SWAN Compiled by Robert Dunstan Adelaide legend John ‘Swanee’ Swan will be presenting an up close and personal show before heading to Clipsal 500. John is set to play an intimate gig at The Royal Oak on Thursday 26 February and will then be appearing alongside The Zep Boys, Jac Dalton (with Sonic Divide) and award winning blues act Lazy Eye at Clipsal 500 on Saturday 28 February. The singer, who is the older brother of Cold Chisel’s Jimmy Barnes and therefore David Campbell’s uncle, was born in Glasgow but migrated to the satellite city of Elizabeth in the early ’60s. John, who could have made a career as a pugilist such was his talent at the sport, started drumming with the band Happiness at the tender age of 14 before becoming drummer with Adelaide band James Wright after spending two years in the armed forces. He then briefly sang with Fraternity, as did brother Jimmy, before heading to Sydney and fronting Feather, a band that came from the ashes of Blackfeather. John then embarked on a solo career under the name Swanee which yielded such hits as If I Were A Carpenter, Temporary Heartache and Lady What’s Your Name.

Angry Anderson and the band soon scored huge, nationwide hits with a remake of John Kongos’ 1971 top selling song He’s Gonna Step On You Again and a version of Argent’s Hold Your Head Up. John, who has now been sober for well over a decade, struggled with various addictions, and his output dwindled unto he ventured to Nashville, US, to record the album Have A Little Faith under the guidance of producer Mark Moffat with some high profile session players featuring on the album. The singer, who recently picked up an Australia Day award for Senior Australian Of The Year due to his ongoing charity work, recently hit the studio to record a brand new album, One Day At A Time. Produced by Darren Mullan, the album features the musical talents of James Muller on guitar, Cam Blokland on guitar, Damian Steele Scott on bass and Andrew Bignall behind the kit with the producer on keyboards. Diana Corcoron and Toney Minnecon also provide backing vocals. John Swan will play an intimate up close and personal show on Thursday 26 February at The Royal Oak, 123 O’Connell St, North Adelaide. To win tickets, check out the venue’s Facebook page. John will also be appearing with The Zep Boys, Jac Dalton (with Sonic Divide) and award winning blues act Lazy Eye at Clipsal 500 on Saturday 28 February.

In the ’80s, he joined Aussie supergroup The Party Boys as the replacement for


THE VINYLS By Robert Dunstan

internet, I saw an advertisement about auditioning for The Vinyls. So I applied, came back here and the rest is history.”

Adelaide’s The Vinyls are a band made up of seasoned players who pay tribute to the music of Chrissy Amphlett & The Divinyls.

Jess was always a big fan of the band she is now enjoying paying tribute to.

With their debut show under their belt – a huge fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis which, along with lung cancer, caused Chrissy Amphlett to pass away in 2013 – the band are now going to be setting sail as part of Platinum Event Agency’s The Boat That Rocked as part of their Summer Cruise Series on the Port River. We spoke over the telephone to singer Jessie Jean and cheekily began by asking if she is prone to any seasickness. “I actually have been seasick the past,” she responds with a laugh, “but I think I’ll cope as this is just on the river. But yeah, I’m really looking forward to it. “I’d auditioned as a backing singer and keyboard player but ended up as the lead singer,” Jess, who was born and raised in Shepparton, Victoria, reveals when asked how she became involved in The Vinyls. “And prior to that I’d been living in Europe for two years where I was touring with a cabaret show,” she says “We were based in Holland but did a fair bit of touring to places like England and we also went up to Edinburgh. “And then I was thinking of coming back to Australia anyway and then, over the













“Oh, Chrissy was an icon of mine from when I was growing up and my favourite song by The Dinvyls wA I’m Jealous,” she say. “I literally used to record the song from the radio onto a cassette tape each time it came on until I had both sides of the tape filled with just that one song. And then I would play it over and over again in my bedroom. Jess never got to see The Divinyls play live but did get to see Chrissy perform on stage. “Yeah, I saw Chrissy when she was in the musical theatre show The Boy From Oz playing Judy Garland and she was just magical.” The Vinyls undertook their debut gig at the Governor Hindmarsh – the aforementioned MS fundraiser – and I happened to drop in at the tail end after being elsewhere and noted the huge Sunday evening crowd. “Oh, that was massive and such a great first gig for us,” Jess enthuses. “ The tribute band is now hoping to repeat that success when they play the Gov again next month at which they will have Dusty Lee Stephenson as special guest. “Oh absolutely,” Jess conclues. “And I reckon it’ll be even better this time.” The Vinyls will perform alongside Acoustic Blonde at Platinum Event Agency’s The Boat That Rocked as part of their Summer Cruise Series on the Port River on Saturday 21 February. Tickets via <>. The Vinyls and Dusty Lee Stephenson also play The Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 19 March with tickets via OzTix.









RUSSELL MORRIS By David Robinson The legendary Russell Morris is headed back to town to play an Adelaide Fringe show in The Garden Of Unearthly Delights’ Aurora Spiegeltent. His personal rediscovery of blues music has been the key to his recent resurgence in popularity, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. On the back of the two most successful albums of his career, he has been touring relentlessly, regularly appearing at roots and blues-type music festivals. We talk with Russell on the eve of his visit to town and ask if he is looking forward to being part of Adelaide’s annual month of mayhem? “I really love the way Adelaide puts these things together,” he begins. “Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and all the other festivals that go on there - it has a real boutique feel about it, which I really like. At one stage I was thinking of living in Adelaide; I like the feel of the city. “When Adelaide puts things on they are a little bit more quirky than other cities, so I think it should be an enormous amount of fun,” Russell says. What have you been up to in recent months? How did 2014 finish up for you? “I continued to tour; I never really stopped for the whole of 2014,” Russell says. “We really got lucky; we were nominated again for an ARIA award and also won the Leading Edge Album Of The Year. “In between touring, I’ve been writing songs for the new album. I won’t start recording it until the end of May. This one will be the last in the trilogy, because I don’t want to become known as a ‘professional Australian’. I will have done three Australiana albums, and that will be the end of the history stuff. It will get tired if I keep dragging that sort of thing out. I’ll still play blues and roots music, just not with the historical content.” Are you still diggin’ the blues or are you finding yourself looking at other styles, both as a writer and performer? “Writing blues music comes more naturally to me than trying to write a pop song,” he says. “That’s how I started, singing the blues, but I got seduced by the pop market. I had some hits and headed in that direction. When I was writing and doing psychedelic stuff, it was putting round pegs in square holes. I really like psychedelic music but writing it didn’t come easily.” Last time you spoke with The Clothesline, you were busy writing songs for the third album in the trilogy. Where are you finding the inspiration for your writing? Has it been relatively painless? “Yes, it has, because I knew what I wanted to do,’ he explains. “The first album was an urban album, and the second album was about some of the really important things that affected Australia, a bigger picture.



“The third album is really about the red dirt of Australia. I thought that if I was going to write a trilogy about the history of Australia I’d better include the people that were here before all of us white folks, so there will be a bit about indigenous culture.” Russell Morris performs in Aurora Spiegeltent in The Garden Of Unearthly Delights from 7pm on Saturday 28 February. Book at FringeTix.

BRIEFS: THE SECOND COMING By Bobby Goudie From their humble beginnings in Brisbane’s alternative variety scene, Briefs has grown into a national and international touring company who seem to pick up fans wherever they perform. Encompassing circus, physical theatre, drag, boylesque, dance and cabaret, Briefs ensures there is an act for every taste. The Briefs Factory is an Australian creative collective who create and present evocative physical performance, paying respect to the traditions of circus, the extremities of physical theatre, the artistry of drag, the guts of burlesque, the imagery of theatre and the showmanship of cabaret. Briefs were last at the Adelaide Fringe in 2010 and now they have returned this year with Briefs: The Second Coming with new international acts and more cohesion. The Clothesline speaks on the phone with Bearded Lady and host Fez Fa’anana, who whips all the diverse acts into line on stage each night and is one of the only original cast members. Recently in Perth for Fringe World, we begin by asking Fez about how Perth audiences reacted to Briefs? “We sold out all 12 shows before we even got there!” she begins excitedly. “It’s been crazy crazy times and we’ve been fitting in as many people as possible every night. The audiences in Perth are pretty mental and on to it. We’ve been coming to Perth for the last four years so we’ve got a good following here and they sort of know what to expect.” Tell us about the history of Briefs? “The company is based in Brisbane,” Fez says. “The current show we’re touring has some amazingly talented artists from Sydney and Western Australia, and one of the performers – Evil Hate Monkey – is from New York. So we’ve got a bit of a mix this time; the company was originally all from Brisbane but now it’s from all over. We’ve kind of extended our invitation out and have found some amazing talent by doing so.” Why do people love Briefs so much and keep coming back? “I think with our cast, there’s always somebody that audiences can relate to. There’s a mix of talents and personalities that make up the troupe. It’s a variety show with circus, comedy, dance and drag. We combine all these things so that people can fall in love and escape into the world we create.” How is Second Coming different to your previous shows? “Second Coming is less of a hosted show and has a real flow about it,” she replies. “The first show was more of a simple variety format. When we made the first show it was a combination of individuals and their acts

whereas ‘Second Coming’ has a combination of really solid group acts. “We’ve got some pretty crazy group numbers like our big opening, which I think is one of the highlights of the show. There is one number where the drag queens have the boys on leashes like dogs. If you see the image on our website, you’ll get a good idea of what I mean. It is a great picture with the pups with their masters.” The Briefs Factory is made up of boylesque king Mark ‘Captain Kidd’ Winmill, avantgarde drag performer and costume designer Dallas Dellaforce, acrobat Evil Hate Monkey and the 21-year-old baby of the group, trapeze artist, Louis Biggs. Fez discusses the high level of skill and precision within the group. “I think that people are pleasantly surprised by the show,” she says. “Some come in with low expectations about a big ‘camp’ circus show, but then they are really surprised by the amazing mix of highly skilled performers. Audience members latch on to their favourite individual performers, but in the end people love the combination and how all of us work together. It is a lovely mix of performers.” The Briefs Factory is also co-producing two other Adelaide Fringe shows, including Trixie & Monkey: The Time Is Ripe and hip hop circus cabaret Hot Brown Honey. “We’re really excited because it’s the first time we’ve presented these; both of them are really exciting projects. The company is growing and we really want Adelaide Fringe audiences to get the chance to see these scintillating shows so we’re co-producing them. “All of the shows are at Royal Croquet Club,” Fez concludes. “We’re excited about coming to play and seeing how Adelaide audiences react. We are really excited to perform at the Royal Croquet Club and seeing the new Victoria Square.” Briefs: The Second Coming runs at Royal Croquet Club’s The Menagerie from 9.15pm on Saturday 28 February until Sunday 15 March. Book at FringeTIX.


UPDATE Trinity Sessions at Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwod Rd, Clarence Pk, will be busy during Adelaide Fringe as they will be playing host to London-based cellist and composer Jo Quail on Friday 20 February and Saturday 21 February and Ruth Moody of The Wailin’ Jennys on Thursday 26 February. The venue will also have Ireland’s Edwina Hayes performing on Sunday 22 March. Trinity Sessions also has a brand new website! Check it out at <>. 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 < ThePortRocks> for further information. As part of Adelaide Fringe, Motown Connection, who pay respect to the Motown era, will be performing a special show at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 21 February. Book quickly at FringeTix or via the venue as these shows sell out rather quickly. Steph Acraman will be presenting a tribute to jazz legend Julie London with her show, Nice Girls Don’t Stay For Breakfast, as part of Adelaide Fringe. Backed by a stellar band that includes members of Lucky Seven, it runs at Published Arthouse, 11 Cannon St, Adelaide, from Thursday 12 March until Saturday 14 March. Book for 6.30pm dinner and show or 8pm show only via FringeTix. 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, quite royal musical shindig. Fashionably Late will be presenting Truth, Beauty & Delusions Of Grandeur that will feature Malaysian belly dancing sensation Aiza in a blend of song, satire, comedy and burlesque along with tequila-inspired sing-along bits. Catch it as part of Adelaide Fringe from 8pm on Friday 27 February and Saturday 28 February at 7pm and also 9pm at The Office On Pire, 110 Pirie St. Book at FringeTix. Busy Adelaide booking agency Twisted Echidna, in conjunction with Worldsend Hotel, 208 Hindley St, is presenting a host of music gigs for Adelaide Fringe. On Friday February 20 it’s to be Local Revolution, Funk Latin Union and Craig Atkins, on Saturday 28 February it’ll be Melbourne’s Ugly Kings alongside Slick Arnold and Rat Ta’Mango, on Friday 6 March it’ll be Melbourne’s River Of Snakes with Filthy Lucre and Gun It and on Saturday 7 March it’s to be Sydney’s Sun Of Man with Inwoods and Filthy Lucre. Eight-piece Adelaide Latin band Ah Hum! are playing Aurora Spielgeltent in Rundle Pk’s The Garden Of Unearthly Delights on Sunday 1 March at 8.30pm. Book via FringeTix.

You only have until Saturday 21 February to catch brilliant UK comic Gordon Southern at Adelaide Fringe when he presents his show each night, including Thursday 19 February and Friday 20 February, at Rhino Room, Frome St, from 8.45pm. Book quickly via FringeTix. Canberra’s John McCarthy will be presenting his original 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. 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 with Melbourne’s Olmeg as part of Adelaide Fringe. Melbourne bands Tequila Mockingbyrd and I Am Mine are getting together to head over the border and hit Worldsend Hotel, 208 Hindley St, for Adelaide Fringe on Friday March 13 at which they’ll have Jungle City as special guests. Brendan Fitzgerald Quartet will present Take Five: The Dave Brubeck Story at Brighton Concert Hall (Brighton Secondary School), 305 Brighton Rd, Brighton, at various times (7.30pm and 8pm) on Thursday 19 February, Friday 21 February and Saturday 22 February as well as on Saturday 14 March. Book at FringeTix. 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 2 March. Tickets via FringeTix. Ottowa’s rock’n’rollin’ outlaws Zex will be playing Worldsend Hotel, 208 Hindley St, for Adelaide Fringe alongside Fresh Kills, Shadowolf (formerly Anarkokvlt), Trash and Faith Eater from 8pm on Saturday February 27 with tickets only $6 at the door. 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. 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 present some childrens’ shows which will take place until Sunday 18 March at various times during daylight hours at The Jade Monkey, 160 Flinders St. Book quickly at FringeTix.

JOHN MCCARTHY By Robert Dunstan Canberra’s John McCarthy is bringing his songs and stories to Adelaide Fringe which will have him performing at Salisbury Secret Garden. The performer, who will be presenting his original songs and telling the stories about how they came about, is no stranger to Adelaide or indeed Adelaide Fringe. “I lived in Adelaide in my youth – my family is still living there in fact – and as a teenager I played in various bands on and off,” John, who started playing guitar at age 12, announces. “And, at the time, Melbourne was the place to go so I went over there before moving back to Adelaide for a while. “And it must have been around about 1972 that I started doing folk and blues and one of the places I do remember playing was The Brecknock Hotel. It had a folk club so I used to play there a lot. And then I moved to Canberra where I’ve been since 1998. “But I came over with [Canberra-based] singer Mike Lyons and some of our students to play Adelaide Fringe in 2012 and again in 2013,” John says. “Here in Canberra Mike and I teach vocals and guitar and so we brought some of the students with us for group performances as The Other Side,” he says of the musical project that made its way to Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 when they scored some good reviews. “And we did those The Other Side shows in a few places for Adelaide Fringe,” he then recalls. “I remember one of them being in one of the rooms at Norwood Town Hall. We also played a show for Folk Federation Of SA at Prospect Town Hall. “And I just love the atmosphere of Adelaide Fringe,” John then enthusiastically adds. “There’s such a lot going on and a huge variety of acts and performances. It’s just wonderful really.” John says his own Adelaide Fringe show is special as he doesn’t often perform in solo mode these days. “Yeah it’s not something I do often although I have been to Tamworth Country Music Festival a few times and performed solo,” he states. “But normally I play with others so this time I thought I’d come over on my own and try something new. So the show is a brief overview of my last 10 years of writing songs. “It’ll give people a bit of background about how I came to write the songs so it’s a bit of a history lesson really. But it’s all original material.

“I’d seen that they were looking for artists to play so I requested a spot,” he says of the northern suburbs Adelaide Fringe event that will showcase a plethora of performances from Thursday 19 February until Monday 1 March. The event ambassador is Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello from Channel 9’s South Aussie With Cosi and Salisbury Secret Garden will feature more than 100 free and ticketed performances across 10 venues within a five-minute walk of the Salisbury City Centre. All venues, which include St Jay’s Recreation Centre, John Harvey Gallery, Salisbury Institute and Café Maranello, are also easily accessible by foot, pushbike, bus or train. John was also a founding member of folk rock group Tar ‘N’ Feather who performed in and around Canberra as well as various festivals including Tamworth Country Music Festival. “And we also recorded an album [First Brew] of original material and then, when the band dissolved, the flautist from that group and I formed a jazz duo, Diversité, and recorded an album of jazz standards,” he says of the pair who also performed at festivals such as Wagga Wagga Jazz Festival and The Canberra Festival of Wine, Roses & All That Jazz. “But since Diversité I haven’t done any recording at all as I have been too busy teaching guitar as it has now become a fulltime job,” he reveals. “But as I now have enough material for another album, possibly even two, that’s something that I am going to try and do this year. I just need to find the time.” Alongside vocalist Mike Lyons, John is involved in recording studio, Cubby House. “And it’s called that because it looks like a cubby house,” he laughs. “We set it up to encourage young, up and coming artists to record their original material. So, if my students show promise in performance and composition, I encourage them to record what they are doing. “And once a month we also put on a gig at a little bookshop called Beyond Q and Mike and I invite our students to join us,” John adds. “There are not a lot of performance opportunities in Canberra due to its small size.” Canberra’s John McCarthy will be presenting his original songs that range from folk through to blues and country when he presents 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.

“It’s also a show for people who like taking a bit of a risk,” John continues with a chuckle, “because I’m not all that well-known in Adelaide. But if people want to hear some original music that’s a bit different to the mainstream and also want to hear some acoustic guitar and some stories, they will likely enjoy it. Some of them also have a political bent and others deal with social issues. And even though some of the songs were written 10 years ago, they are still relevant to what’s happening today.” John chose to present his Adelaide Fringe show at Salisbury Secret Garden after noting that the council was requesting artists to be involved.


HEADING TO TOWN CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 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. Sydney’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 $10. Aaron is also undertaking a month-long Wednesday evening residency at The Deli, 54A George St, Thebarton, which kicked off a week or so ago. Call The Deli on 8354 4878 to make a booking. Groovin’ The Moo returns to Oakbank Racecourse on Saturday 25 April and will have A$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.

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 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.

American soft rock band America, who actually formed on a German air force base, have announced their 45th anniversary tour which will bring them to Thebarton Theatre on Monday 11 May. Expect to hear such classics as Horse With No Name, Ventura Highway, Sandman, Muskrat Love and more with tickets now available via VenueTix.

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.

Shaggy, once the ragga king of dancehall, has just dropped a new album, Out Of Many One Music, and will be hitting HQ Complex on Friday 22 May. Tickets are available now via Metropolis Touring at <>.

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 <>.

Chet Faker (AKA Melbourne’s Nicholas Murphy) is pleased to announce details of his biggest Australian tour to date and the final tour for his award-winning, breakthrough debut, Built On Glass. Chet, who recently topped triple’s j’s Hottest 100, will hit Thebarton Theatre on Saturday 28 February accompanied by Melbourne producer Roland Tings and rising cosmic funk revivalists GL.

on Friday 27 February and Worldsend, 208 Hindley St, on Saturday 28 February also with special guests.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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 band Counting Crows are bringing their Somewhere Under Wonderland tour to Australia 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 via < au>.

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.

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.

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.

Matt Taylor’s Chain, featuring Adelaide legend Chris Finnen, and quite legendary Aussie band Spectrum will hit Semaphore Workers Club, The Esplanade, Semaphore, on Friday 20 February, Woodcroft Tavern on Saturday 21 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.

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.

Sydney blues legends Bondi Cigars will be serving up songs from their new studio album, Child In The Desert, when they play Victor Harbor’s Beach House Café on Friday 6 March and the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 7 March. Book via Oztix or at the venue. The quartet, which boasts two left-handed guitar players, will also play Clarendon’s Old Clarendon Inn on Sunday 8 March.


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.

Melbourne-based blues rockers The Ugly Kings are returning to town and will play Glenelg Backpackers with special guests

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. The Australian Doors Show, once endorsed by the late Ray Manzarek and who tour the world to much acclaim, will be heading to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 2 May. Book at OzTix or via the venue with the doors opening at 7.30pm. Sorry, couldn’t resist popping that in.

Bluesfest sideshows have been announced for Adelaide with soul legend Mavis Staples set to play the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, on Tuesday 31 March, Jimmy Cliff set to play the Gov on Monday 6 April, Jake Shimabukuro to play the same venue on Friday 10 April and Gypsy Kings (featuring Nicola Reyes and Tonino Baliardo) to perform at Thebarton Theatre on Saturday 1 April. Foo Fighters, after an absence from Aussie soil for several years, will now play Coopers Stadium (Hindmarsh) on Wednesday 4 March with special guests Rise Against as part of a world tour. Tickets went on sale via Ticketmaster from Thursday 13 November.


Both rapidly approaching their forties, Libby and Matt have found it easy to find fodder to ridicule and celebrate. Basing the show around finding the beauty in the world, despite the many things we complain about, the couple have written songs they hope people will relate to. “We’ve picked on a few topics that are delusions people might recognise. We have a bit of fun with the delusion that home renovation is going to make your life and your marriage better, the allusion that online shopping will fill the hole in your life and the delusion of beauty and what makes someone beautiful,” Matt says.

TRUTH, BEAUTY & DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR By Sally Doyle Following the success of last year’s TVinspired cabaret, Box Set Blues, husband and wife team Fashionably Late are returning to the Adelaide Fringe. The couple who, last year wrote an entire show about marathon-watching TV series, have this time teamed up with a third member for the festival. Matt and Libby will be joined by Malaysian belly dancer Aiza as they sing about their own talents, flaws, the grand design of life, and politics.

“We enjoyed the dynamic of that and had sold-out audiences and really positive reactions so we redid it at the Cabaret Fringe. We liked the concept and style of show, so we’ve written another one, but this time the focus is a little broader.” Truth, Beauty & Delusions Of Grandeur blends comedy, music, satire and burlesque, and pokes fun at the couple getting older but no wiser, and the state of our world today. As with 2014’s Box Set Blues, Matt says 2015’s offering was born in the couple’s lounge room, and inspired by wine and an exotic dancer.

Matt (guitar and vocals) says he and Libby (bass and vocals) were both new to the cabaret genre last year, but are looking forward to showcasing what they’ve created this year.

“The last show came from the lounge room. A lot of the writing process is just us sitting around throwing around ideas, making each other laugh and drinking wine. Some ideas make the show and other ideas we look at the next day and realise they’re not as inspired as we thought they were at the time,” he laughs.

“The show last year was something completely different for both of us. We both have a theatre background and have worked together in theatre but I also have a bit of a music background. We had never done it before, but and we took the opportunity to combine the two in a cabaret act,” he says.

“Also this time, we were in conversation with Aiza who is a belly dancer from Malaysia. She wanted to come over and put something on at the Fringe so we thought combining our cabaret show with her dancing would make for a really interesting show and something different for us.”

“We look at love songs and the grand metaphors in them and whether there’s any truth in them. We have a bit of fun with 50 Shades Of Grey because it’s an easy target. We also talk about the grandest delusion of all, which is politics.” As well as poking fun at all the cracks in the walls of the world, Fashionable Late recognise the beauty, which Aiza will demonstrate. “We poke fun at a lot of the delusions that we have, but in terms of truth and beauty Aiza will be bringing her dance routines into the show which will highlight that. Our last show was broadly comic and this time, there’s a lot of that as well, but we’ve added this extra element so that’s exciting. It’s nice to work in a slightly different genre.” Rehearsing in the lounge room with Aiza over Skype while she’s overseas helped to bring the show together, but so too did Matt and Libby’s cohesion as a team. “Working with Libby is great. She’s a very funny person so she brings a lot of spontaneity and the fun that comes with that; we complement each other well in that regard,” Matt says. But despite the couple working well together, the show hit a hiccup recently when the political climate almost sabotaged one of their songs.

To try to combat this, Matt wrote to the Liberal Party seeking their help. “Leading up to the show, I’d written a song about Prime Minister Tony Abbott and I was really quite happy with the song. Then it looked like Tony Abbott might not be the Prime Minister by the time our show came around, which threw up questions about whether we could still use the song, whether we should rewrite it, or whether Abbot had just completely ruined our show,” Matt says. “I realised it would be easier if he just stayed PM, at least until the end of our show so I wrote to every member of the parliamentary Liberal Party letting them know I would be very happy if they would keep Tony until the end of our season. I promised them that if they did, I would send them the hilarious Tony Abbott masks we are using in the show to use at their Christmas party; they can share them around and play a fun game of ‘Who’s Tony?’ while they’re having their punch.” Despite not hearing back from any of the politicians, Matt’s wish came true and the show will go on as planned. But our PM is not the only one who may make an appearance on the stage at The Office on Pirie, where Truth, Beauty and Delusions of Grandeur will play. “I can’t give away too much,” Matt says. “But we will have some important, powerful figures who will be visiting us during the show. Some bigger than others and doing things you may not expect, in a way you’ve never seen before.” “And The Office is a great venue for this show. It’s well-located down near the east end, close to the heart of things. It’s a great space and it’s got a good bar. We encourage drinking during our show. The more the audience drinks, the funnier we’ll be. “ Truth, Beauty & Delusions Of Grandeur runs from 8pm on Friday 27 February and Saturday 28 February at 7pm and also 9pm at The Office On Pire, 110 Pirie St.. Tickets are available through FringeTix.


FEBRUARY 19TH - FEBRUARY 25TH THURSDAY 19 FEBRUARY Austral – SCALA Bridgeway Hotel – Northern Exposure (allages rock event) Crown & Anchor – Racoon City Police Department, Millimeter and Be Calm Crown & Sceptre – The Chance Effective, The Raging Monkeys and Irradescent Exeter – Lucas Keeley (acoustic) Gaslight Tavern – The Groove Factory Jam Governor Hindmarsh – Front Bar: Gumbo Room Blues Jam with host Billy Bob Grace Emily – Bud Petal (Sydney) Hotel Metro – The New Yorks and Downplayed Wheatsheaf – The Marina Whitmore – Rainbow Jam FRIDAY 20 FEBRUARY Arkaba Hotel – Sean Robertson (Lounge Bar) Crown & Anchor – Thrashboard (EP launch), Stolen Youth and Featherweight Crown & Sceptre – Sceptre Sessions: Ben Searcy, Cale Morgan, Jimmy Marin and Maddy Coutts Exeter Hotel – The British Robots, Jungle City and Avenue Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room: Mau Power and Saloon Bar: Irish Sessions Front Bar: Appalachian Sessions Gaslight Tavern – Shamrock: The Shambolics, Steve O’Malley of The Saucermen and special guests Grace Emily Hotel – Crackling Static Fuzz and Meatbeaters Her Majesty’s Theatre – Aled Jones (Wales) Hotel Metro – Pigeonholed Electronica: Crease+fold, Little Scale + Tim Koch and DJ Daddy D Marion Hotel – Graham Lawrence Railway Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – Don Morrison (from 5pm) Ramsgate Hotel – Live Bands Semaphore Workers Club – Matt Taylor’s Chain and Spectrum The Promethean – Empra (Melbourne), Angels Of Gung Ho, SuperCain, Koral & The Goodbye Horses and Filthy Lucre The Trinity Sessions – Jo Quail (UK) Tonsley Hotel – Paul Smith Duo @ Tavern Bar, Sundy Mantis (5pm), The Incredibles (9:30) @ Chrysler Bar Wheatsheaf – The Marina Worldsend – Local Revolution, Funk Latin Union and Craig Atkins SATURDAY 21 FEBRUARY Arkaba Hotel – The B-Sharps (Sporty’s Bar) Bluebee Room – The Delta Lions (Newcastle), The Brothers Goon and Heath Anthony Crown & Anchor – Foley! (Melbourne), Tiger Can Smile and Bec Stevens Crown & Sceptre – Ponytail Kink, Last Days Of Kali and Black Coral Exeter – Gaslight Tavern – Four Crying Out Loud with Nicky T Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room: The Motown Story and Front Bar: James Abberley (free) Grace Emily – Hotel Metro – Harry Howard & The NDE (Melbourne) and The Dunes Marion Hotel – Franky F (5:30), Flaming Sambuccas (8:30) Pretoria Hotel (Mannum) – Animal House Sacred Heart Senior Grounds (Somerton Park) – A Night On The Green: Ronnie Taheny, David Robinson, Ben Ford-Davies and guests from 7pm The Trinity Sessions – Jo Quail (UK) Tonsley Hotel – One Planet Wheatsheaf Hotel – The Marina Worldsend – Alkira and Amoderndeath from 11pm after Soundwave SUNDAY 22 FEBRUARY Arkaba Hotel – Vogue Duo with Antonio Villano & Kate Lara (Lounge Bar) Black Diamond Square (Pt Adelaide) – The Port Rocks: Prawnhead from 11am


Commercial Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – The Port Rocks: The Rustlers from 3pm Crown & Anchor – Sunday Rubdown Crown & Sceptre – DJ Samnation from 3pm Dockside Tavern (Pt Adelaide) – The Port Rocks: The Party Cats from 3.30pm Exeter – Hi, I’m Reclusive Author Thomas Pynchon (CD launch) and Sincerely, Grizzly from 4.30pm Franklin – JB3 (from 3pm) Gaslight Tavern – The Jazz Hands from 6pm Governor Hindmarsh – Helpless: The Songs Of Neil Young with Tom West and Todd Sibbin from 7pm Grace Emily Hotel – Soursob Bob, Courtney Robb and Emma Woolcock from 4pm Hampshire Hotel – Zkye & Damo from 2-6pm Hotel Metro – DJ LL Cool Gay from 4pm Nook Nosh – Short & Sweet from 5pm Railway Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – The Port Rocks: Big Smoke from 4pm Newmarket Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – The Port Rocks: Marlene Richards from 1pm Port Dock Brewery (Pt Adelaide) – The Port Rocks: The Dirty Roots Band from 2pm Semaphore Workers Club – live blues The British (Pt Adelaide) – The Memphis Suns from 1pm Tonsley Hotel – Georgia Carey Wheatsheaf Hotel – The Marina (4pm) MONDAY 23 FEBRUARY Crown & Anchor – Ben David plus guests Exeter – Ghyti and Tom West Grace Emily Hotel – Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam Wheatsheaf – COMA Fringe Sessions: Jazzflip! TUESDAY 24 FEBRUARY Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre – Angus & Julia Stone (Sydney) 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 25 FEBRUARY Crown & Anchor – DJ Tr!p Exeter – DJ Oisima Gaslight Tavern – Midweek Melt Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Main Room: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks (US) and Front Bar: Open Mic Night The Deli – Aaron Thomas (Sydney)


YANA ALANA By Libby Parker The Garden Of Unearthly Delights is now open for business as the Adelaide Fringe Festival launches into action for another mad season. And what better way to celebrate SA’s favourite time of year than with a cabaret show by the incomparable, fabulous and exquisitely bouffant clown, Yana Alana? Starring in her new show, Between The Cracks, which sees her dressed only in blue body paint and glitter, Yana Alana tells us how she slipped between the cracks and came out the other side. Played by Helpmann Award winning actress Sarah Ward, Yana Alana’s Between The Cracks promises a night of blues, burlesque and blame where Yana opens up and bares all – quite literally – through song, eccentric dance, poetry and tantrums. Melbourne-based actress Sarah is excited to be returning to Adelaide and introducing the Fringe Festival to Yana and vice versa. “I’ve never done the Adelaide Fringe as Yana Alana. I’m excited to perform, not just to the Adelaide locals but to all the people who come to Adelaide for the Festival. There’s so many artists and crew who come to Adelaide because it’s one of the biggest festivals in the world. There’s going to be some incredible people in town. I’m looking forward to performing for everyone,” she says. Although Yana Alana is making her debut at this year’s Festival, Sarah Ward has a wealth of experience under her belt. “I studied acting in Sydney but when I graduated, I decided I didn’t want to be an actor and I found myself in a hip hop cabaret act called Sista She. We toured around and went to Adelaide a fair bit. We had a bit of a fan base in Adelaide which was nice,” she says. “I created Yana Alana in Melbourne about seven years ago and won quite a few awards for her, which was great. Then I joined Circus Oz for two years. After that, I created this show, and it won me a Helpmann Award and two Greenroom awards and I’m really happy about that. It’s my first big tour as Yana Alana so I’m very excited.” Yana Alana was born out of Sarah’s desire to go further with her creative arts and to express her lack of satisfaction with the current happenings in government and society. “Coming out of hip hop cabaret, I really wanted to use my voice; I wanted to sing and I wanted to write songs. So out of that yearning, and displeasure at the government and at society in general, and what was considered normal, and the push for a homogenising of cultures – like this idea of what is male, what is female, what is gay, what is straight, what is white and what is normal and what is abnormal – made me want to create a character that blurs those lines,” she says. As well as being a protest against societal ‘norms’, Between The Cracks was created from Sarah’s state of mind at the time. “It was where felt emotionally; I felt as though I’d fallen between the cracks in many ways. I premiered it at Midsumma Festival in Melbourne at a really great underground venue called The Substation in Melbourne’s west and it sold out. It’s evolved a lot since then, in that I’m confident


in the show now. I’m not as anxious as I was. There’s something very nerve racking about appearing on stage just in blue paint and it’s exposing content as well,” she says. Compared to her previous Yana Alana shows, Sarah says this one is a little different as it also reflects her very recent battle, and subsequent victory, with cancer. “In the other Yana shows, she’s fabulous and a diva extraordinaire, but in this show, she’s a bit more vulnerable. In this one, Yana is a little bit depressed, she’s a little bit anxious and she goes on a journey. As she falls apart, she comes together, so you see all the paint coming off and you see all the bedazzles falling off her and at the very end, she’s singing a song by Leonard Cohen called Anthem where the chorus is: ‘there’s a crack in everything/that’s how the light gets in’ so there’s something about her accepting who she is, accepting her dysfunctions and letting go,” she says. “Humans are really strong, and for me, the main thing [after battling cancer] that was getting to me was my anxiety and my fear. Anxiety is debilitating and if you can get on top of it then you can get on top of how you feel about things in your life. I am inspired by people who are able to pull themselves through those things with dignity and without being riddled with terror; controlling everything they can control and letting go of things they can’t. That’s the kind of person I’d like to be.” And indeed, that is exactly the kind of person Sarah Ward is; Yana Alana, however, is the total opposite, which Sarah says gives the audience a chance to connect with her and have a laugh at her expense, and their own. “Yana Alana blames everyone!” she laughs. “She’s not accountable for her own feelings and that’s why she’s so funny, because she’s really outspoken and preachy, because she reads self-help books, and she’s so selfobsessed and dysfunctional. People can identify things in Yana within themselves which makes them laugh at themselves. It’s really fun and I love the show.” The multilayered show, which uses music, dance and metaphor to celebrate the fabulous Yana Alana’s journey, is set to entice, confront and excite. Choosing to perform completely naked, aside from blue body paint, is a decision Sarah says came easily within the context of the show. “I made the decision to do it because it made so much sense theatrically. The very first song is called I’m Blue and it’s Yana talking about depression. Also, Blue Shows are nude shows so it’s, ‘I’m naked, I’m depressed’. When I wrote that song, I spoke with my designer and I said I would start the show naked and she said, ‘No let’s go even more literal than that and have you in blue paint’, and it just made so much sense,” she says. “It’s made to look like a body suit, so some people think she’s wearing a very, very tightfitting, see-through body-stocking; but it is, indeed, body paint. And there’s a lot of me so I don’t think people are used to seeing other people’s naked bodies on stage unless they’re very, very fit so I think it’s comforting for a lot of people because there’s a bit of wobble!” Yana Alan’s Between The Cracks runs at Deluxe in the Garden Of Unearthly Delights at 9.45pm until Sunday 1 March. Tickets via FringeTix but PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS RATED R18+

FLAVIA COELHO By Libby Parker WOMADelaide is famous for offering a taste of music from all over the world, but there are few with as rich an array of flavours as Flavia Coelho. Bazillion-born singer Flavia is bringing her Catalan rumba, samba, bossa nova, ragamuffin hip hop style to Adelaide for WOMADelaide this year. Currently living in Paris, the singer who began making music when she was 14 years old, made the move to the romantic city for opportunity and inspiration. “I decided to come to Paris because I came here for here first time in 2002 when I made a show with a completely different group. I fell in love with Paris city,” she says. “First because there’s a lot of history and I studied that in school. And second because all my favourite artists lived here in Paris; like Miles Davis, Jim Morrison and Youssou N’dour. For me and my inspiration when I made the albums, it was very important. Not just for my albums but also to grow up as a true girl. It was an important separation for me from my family, my country, for the chance to grow up.” Flavia speaks fluent French, so we are speaking through a translator, however the high-spirited, warm-natured singer enjoys using her excellent skills in English, often jumping ahead of our translator to answer the questions herself. Having had the opportunity to play at and enjoy other WOMAD festivals around the world, Flavia is looking forward to coming to Australia for the first time for WOMADelaide. “I went to New Caledonia which was great for the WOMAD festival but it’s my first time in Australia. I am so excited. The WOMAD festival is really, really big and I want to see a maximum of artists. I want to talk with all artists. I want to talk with people from Australia and people visiting Australia. In a place like WOMAD, I think people have spirits that are open and I think that is a good time and I want to live that,” she says.

I wanted to travel, meet people, go to the United States, to France. My family is very simple family. They work. My mother cuts hair. I have a poor family. All my life. Then when I was 14, I decided I wanted to become a true singer. “Nobody in my family played music; nothing, nothing. And I said, we need to have one first started!” she laughs. “A lot of things and people helped me become like that. I learned the music from the people and the musicians. I didn’t go to the music school because I was poor. My career is completely because of people helping because I have no problem asking, ‘Can you help me here? Can you learn me that?’ It’s not a problem for me.” The WOMADelaide, Flavia will be playing songs from her previous recording but she’ll be sharing a lot of her new work, Mundo Meu, a cathartic album for her that helped her through a difficult time. “The second album, I wrote because I had a love story that didn’t end very well. So to cure and help me going through that experience, I wrote the album. I’m a very positive and happy person. I want to be happy in life. Writing the songs helped me to be very happy and to be better and I love being happy and making people happy,” she says. “Mundo Meu means ‘my intimate world’ or ‘my own world’. With this album, and the writing of it, I thought a lot of Brazil. I grew up in Brazil and spent my whole life in Brazil. But the album isn’t just for people of Brazil. It’s for all people in the world. All people everywhere have the problem with family, money and love.” WOMADelaide takes place from Friday 6 March until Monday 9 March in Botanic Park. Flavia Coelho will perform on Stage 2 at 7pm on Saturday 7 March and on Stage 3 at 3pm on Sunday 8 March. Book via <>.

“I had the opportunity to go to the WOMAD festival in London. I really like the principle and the feel of the festival with people helping each other and making people aware of all the issues in the planet and the mix of all the music in the world. Of course the fact that WOMAD was created by Peter Gabriel as well. I’m a great fan of his. So very happy to join WOMAD.” Speaking to BSide Magazine from chilly Paris, Flavia is also looking forward to seeing the sun again. “You have very good weather. Beautiful weather like Brazil. I need that. I don’t have a problem with the cold weather but when you are here a long time and: never sun, never sun, open a window, never sun, one more time, never sun! You give me the sun!” she laughs. A genuinely positive person and self-made musician, Flavia has grabbed on to all the opportunities her life has presented her. Having grown up in a working class family in Brazil, Flavia made the bold decision to become the first musician in her family, and was not shy to ask for help along the way. “I’m a musician because nobody in my family made music and I wanted to travel. When I was so young, a child, I had dreams.



CD REVIEWS Whether or not alternative rock is something you normally listen to, the Raging Serfs having something with a wide appeal on offer here with a solid mix of creative three to four minute tracks. If anything I think the addition of a few more songs would have capitalised on this appeal and solidified their sound.

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RAGING SERFS EP Self Titled Reviewed by Kyle Opie 4/5 Hailing from Smokey Bay on SA’s remote west coast, five piece outfit Raging Serfs’ debut four track EP is a journey of fun, infectious surf-influenced alternative rock. Having only just played their first gig in Adelaide after recording this EP, they backed it up touring Sydney and Melbourne too. Most of the all male band can be found sporting flowing locks and some level of facial hair that is well suited to their quirky ethic. This look can be spotted on their nifty YouTube video for the EP’s first track ‘Two Sides of Me’. Bursting in with the surfy sounds of tremolopicked, reverb-drenched guitar and a lilting line played through an octave pedal, their uplifting sensibility hooks you in even before the drums kick in with a driving groove. A very catchy vocal melody soon enters with a befitting shrill backing vocal that elaborates on its raw timbre. A bright bass sound, like that of a P-Bass, is very prominent in the mix, reflecting the bouncy alt. rock groove, alongside a handclap sound which is often heard in place of the snare drum. The second track, “Jimi Wonders Theme” takes a more serious turn and makes a clever use of metaphor to tie in the surf theme with “We’re getting on this wave”. This track introduces the use of a solemn organ-like keyboard sound and a warm acoustic guitar, though the overall band sound is congruent to the other tracks, maintaining a cohesive Raging Serfs stamp with bright guitar sounds and tambourine. “Whitey” adds a funkier, yet looser element lead by an ambling guitar riff that is heard throughout. This particular tune is a perfect example of their raw, garage band factor without sounding unprofessional. It gains a fuller character through a higher register guitar part that harmonises the main riff. Closing out with an acoustic track, “I’m the Sun” is a showcase of the band’s mastery of the simpler elements of songwriting, with fantastic creative lyrics, the attractive colour of the lead vocals and well placed deep, coarse backing vocals. This is a really great sounding debut from this group, which ought to do well on an alternate rock section of the likes of Triple J. The instrument sounds and effects and the overall recording production are very well suited to their musical style.


FELL AT TEN Bamboozled Reviewer: Craig Atkins 4/5 Three piece rock band “Fell At Ten”, consisting of Darren Chalker (Drums), Jake Daulby (Vocals/Bass) and Timmy Raspe (Guitar/Vocals), describe themselves as ‘melodic, riff driven and loud’…’known for their harmonies and thumping beats’… with influences such as Rise Against, Foo Fighters and System Of A Down to name a few. Within the first listen to their debut 5 track (16 mins) EP ‘Bamboozled’, I would have to concur with that opening statement! With this EP being my introduction to the band, coupled with the list of influences I am into, I was keen to throw on the headphones. I always enjoy listening to a band with a tight, fat sound, great beats and riffs, a vocalist with a distinct voice, as well as crafted rock songs with dynamics, light & shade and, for me personally, the groove! The EP consists of three studio and two live tracks, and can be downloadable via their Bandcamp site. The 5 tracks offer an insight into their sound, energy and their groove together… this is one local band for which I will definitely be keeping an eye on the gig guide, so I can catch a set. The opening and title track ‘Bamboozled’ comes out swinging straight away with a punk left and a rocking right. ‘Disgrace’ is a stand out track for me, starting with a great intro featuring a bass riff, then drum beat with overtones of guitar, all setting a great vibe. It is a well crafted and arranged track. Track 3 ‘Will of The Wicked’ is an interesting soundscape of repeating bass lines, reverb washed vocals, semi-tribal drums and distorted guitar feedback / riffs that rise and fall. The two live tracks ‘The River’ and ‘Take Me Away’ (no mistaking a Foo Fighters influence with the intro) are well mixed and performed, and a great inclusion on the EP. Overall it is a solid debut recording to offer up, so to all fans of straight up rock bands I recommend you take a trip online, take a listen and download it for yourself.



FEB 12-MAR 15 2015





The Port Rocks!

PRAWNHEAD By Robert Dunstan

Don is pleased that his offspring have chosen the arts as a career.

Adelaide trio Prawnhead, who play what the call ‘bluebilly’, will kick off The Port Rocks from 11am on Sunday 22 February when they perform in busking mode in Black Diamond Sq.

“But I’m really just happy that they are doing what they want to do,” he says. “As long as they are doing something they like doing, it’s fine by me. And people ask me all the time what it’s like playing music with your kids.

“We actually really enjoy doing the buskingstyle thing,” author, luthier, guitarist, songwriter and band leader Don Morrison says after he’s got off the blower to his overseas booking agent in downtown Los Angeles.

“But it’s like when you say, ‘C’mon kids, ‘let’s go camping this weekend’, and they say, ‘Nah, nah, nah, don’t wanna do that’. But if you say, ‘C’mon kids let’s go busking and play a few gigs’, and they are like, ‘Sure. Let’s go’.

“Busking is how Prawnhead started off and it seems to work best,” Don then says of the trio he plays in alongside his sons Eddie on slap bass and Jake on guitar. “And the kids – well they are actually all grown up now and not kids anymore – play quite loudly anyway.

“But it think the main thing is that we are very musically compatible,” he adds. “Musically, we all get on very well and make a good sound that’s better than the sum of its parts. We really believe we have something to offer and that makes it really rewarding.”

“So we’ll be playing down near the Port markets – that big tin shed thing – on Black Diamond Sq from 11am,” he adds.

Eddie and Jake are also involved in a debut album by Don’s new band, Raging Thirst.

Prawnhead, who have an album to their credit called The World’s Premiere Bluebilly Band, have been around for a while now and play soup-ed up versions of popular songs. “It started when the kids were much younger,” Don says. “Eddie had just started playing upright bass and I suggested we go busking in Adelaide Central Market and Rundle Mall. So we did that and it went really well and we enjoyed playing together. “So we took quite famous songs, then took out the hard bits and sped them up, so we were quite popular as buskers,” he continues. “And we played a lot and became very tight. “And then we started getting gigs all over the place and have been over to Perth, played Bridgetown Blues Festival and have even been down to the Coonawarra,” Don adds with a laugh. Don then says the Prawnhead CD has also proven to be very popular. “We did it really quickly – we recorded it and mixed it in one day – but we were selling quite a few when we busked or played gigs,” he reveals. “And I reckon I’ve sold more Prawnhead CDs than any other CD I’ve made. “But it’s all slowed down a bit now because we don’t play as much as both Eddie and Jake are pretty busy with other things. The young boys were once playing together in psychobilly outfit The Voodoo Hoodoo Dolls. “They wound that up a while ago,” Don says, “but Eddie sometimes plays with Dead Lucky. And he also works with a comedy troupe, Golden Phung, and they are doing something big for Adelaide Fringe [Golden Phung’s Go To Hell at Channel 9 Kevin Crease Studios, North Adelaide, at various times until Sunday 1 March]. “And Eddie also does some work with Patch Theatre because he really loves acting,” he adds. “And Jake’s studying at university and also teaching music. He also pops up in a number of bands around town that seem to suddenly appear and then just as quickly disappear.”

“Yeah, Eddie’s playing bass and Jake’s playing guitar and keyboards,” Don reveals. “And, just yesterday, we finished recording a CD of original material but are going to wait a while before we launch it. We’ll do that well after Adelaide Fringe has finished. “And I’m really proud of it because Jake and Eddie had a really big input into the making of it and how it sounds,” he says. “It was just going to be a solo album but they put in so many ideas and added so much in the way of creativity, we’ve decided to make it a band album as Raging Thirst.” Don is also set to play an early evening set on Friday 20 February at St Vincent St’s Railway Hotel which will also serve as a venue for The Port Rocks when it has Big Smoke from 4pm on Sunday 22 February. “Yeah, The Railway reopened just before Christmas and Prawnhead have already played a couple of gigs there,” Don announces. “It’s good that it’s open again because so many of the old pubs in this area are still closed. So I’m glad the hotel is trying to make a go of it.” Prawnhead will kick off The Port Rocks at 11am on Sunday 22 February in Black Diamond Sq.

Such a clever title for a rockabilly-fuelled music festival happening in Port Adelaide from 10am with a Show & Shine custom motor car thingie at North Parade Car Park on Sunday 22 February at a host of heritage pubs (The Port Dock Brewery featuring The Dirty Roots Band from 2pm, The British featuring The Memphis Suns from noon, Newmarket Hotel featuring Marlene Richards from 1pm, Railway Hotel featuring Big Smoke from 4pm, Dockside Tavern featuring The Party Cats from 3.30pm, Lighthouse Hotel featuring In Like Flynn from 4pm and First Commerical Hotel featuring The Rustlers from 3pm) as well as having a special ticketed event featuring two of this city’s finest rock’n’roll and rockabilly bands, The Satellites and The Lincolns. This very special, ticketed gig (with tickets via <>) will take place at Waterside Workers Hall, 11 Nile St, Port Adelaide, from high noon until 4pm on Sunday 22 February and the great news is that the venue has a wooden dance floor. This will delight the many rock’n’roll dancers as I’m told that they love doing their thing on wooden floors. I’m told the place, home to theatre company Vitalstatistix, even has a bar and is air-conditioned! Prawnhead, who play what they call ‘bluebilly’ music, will kick off The Port Rocks proceedings in busking mode from 11am when they play at Black Diamond Square which is nearby the lovely white and red lighthouse which you can’t really miss unless it’s a foggy day. No chance of that, however, as the long range weather forecast done by those nice folks out at Kent Town is is predicting Sunday 22 February will be a particularly sunny Sunday with an estimated maximum temperature of 33 degrees celcius. Perfect, especially if it comes with a free sea breeze. Anyway, it came to be that your truly had a chat with the esteemed Mr Don Morrison about him playing The Port Rocks as Prawnhead alongside his two sons, Jake and Eddie. The interview with Don is featured somewhere within this publication – try quickly casting your eyes to the left of this column – and as well as chatting away about Prawnhead and assorted other things I mentioned to Don that I was still a big fan of his autobiography, This Could Be Big.

As a matter of course, I tend to read a lot of autobiographies and even some biographies about assorted rock’n’rollers and must say, without a shadow of porky pie, that I’ve found This Could Be Big to be one of the most entertaining and is quite honest. Perhaps it’s because I know some of the persons mentioned in the shortish tome or perhaps it’s because it’s a very funny and highly amusing read about the Australian music industry. “I still have a few copies left,” Don tells me, “but I’m not sure I’ll do another run once they are all gone. My projection based on current sales is that they will all be gone by the end of this year. “So I don’t know whether to put in a couple of more chapters about what’s happened over the last few years, or not,” he says. “I dunno. But I still get a lot of good feedback about it. “I really enjoyed writing This Could Be Big,” Don then states, “and I really wish I could think of a way of adding to it. “And then I though that perhaps I could write a totally fictional story because I think I have a few good ideas,” he continues. “The trouble is, after putting in all that work, you’d want to be totally convinced that it was going to come out okay. “I’m sure I quite have the confidence to put in heaps of work and end up with a pile of crap,” Don adds with a sigh. Don is also a renowned luthier and his Donmo guitars have sold around the world. “When I first started the Australian dollar was worth about 70c overseas or even less so I was selling a lot of stuff to America,” Don says. “But that all stopped when the dollar went up but now that it’s dropped down again, I’m getting more and more enquiries from the US,” he adds. “So I am now making as many as I want to make without making a fulltime job of it.” Prawnhead will kick off the music at The Port Rocks at 11am on Sunday 22 February in Black Diamond Sq and the festivities then continue at various Port Adelaide heritage pubs until 8pm. Head to <> for further information or check out the colourful advertisement in this issue of BSide Magazine on page 17 in the bottom right hand corner.

The festivities then continue with The Memphis Suns at The British Hotel and around the corner at 11 Nile St, check out ticketed event The Satellites and The Lincolns at Waterside Worker’s Hall from noon 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 The Railway Hotel. Head to <> for further information.




HELPLESS By Robert Dunstan A bunch of Adelaide musicians, including Tom West (pictured right) and Todd Sibbins (left) along with Ryan Hutcheson, Alister Douglas and Kev Van Der Zwaag, will be presenting Helpless; The Songs Of Neil Young at part of Adelaide Fringe. All involved are very busy with their own music but have come together to pay homage to the much-loved Canadian singer songwriter. How did the show come about? Were you all sitting around after a gig one night and thought, ‘Hey let’s put on a tribute show to Neil Young’. “Yeah, something like that,” Tom West laughs when we hook up via the modern wonders of the telephone. “I don’t know when we first got the idea – maybe last year sometime – but I’d been a fan of Neil Young for a long time. Probably since I was a kid from when I first started listening to music. “And we knew some people had already had success with similar shows with different artists,” he continues. “People now seem to be doing tribute shows all the time, especially around Adelaide Fringe time, so it struck me that a show using Neil Young’s songs would work really well. “And I’m not really aware of any other shows that have concentrated solely on just Neil Young,” Tom, who recorded his debut album, A Spark In The Dark in a shed in the Adelaide hills, adds. “So the idea was formed last year and I raised it with Toddy and it’s all come together.” Helpless will feature a band as well as the singers. ‘Yeah, it’s a full band thing,” Tom confirms, “although there will be a couple of songs that I will play on my own and Toddy might also play one or two by himself. “But the rest will be a five-piece band going for the whole thing with a backline of drums and bass and a couple of guitars with Kev Van Der Zwaag on keyboards,” he continues. “And that’s because we wanted to do the whole spectrum of Neil Young’s songs. “I saw Neil when he was at Adelaide Entertainment Centre with Crazy Horse a while back which was awesome but actually found myself yearning for some of the nonCrazy Horse stuff. “And I’d also seen Neil play solo with just an acoustic guitar at Big Day Out some years before that show and really enjoyed it but found myself also wanting to hear some of the grungy Crazy Horse stuff,” Tom then states with a laugh. “So with Helpless we really wanted to put something together that’d be a good mix of the two sides of the Neil Young story,” he says. “And I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised. I reckon so anyway.

“So it covers Neil’s early work and goes through to a little bit of his later stuff although that really only goes up to the ’90s,” he continues. “So there will be the long songs, the shorts songs, some acoustic stuff and some of the more grungy stuff. That was the overriding principle. “And while it’s a tribute show we are really just paying homage to Neil Young because we are not trying to be Neil and are just playing his songs using our own interpretations,” Tom suggests. “And I’ve noticed over the years that people come out of the woodwork for Adelaide Fringe,” he adds. “So, if you put a show on while it’s on, you seem to get a bigger audience than if you were to do it at any other time.’ The show is to be staged early on a Sunday evening at award winning live music venue The Governor Hindmarsh “The Gov just seemed like a really good fit for what we wanted to do for Helpless and they were up for it,” Tom states. “I’ve played there before and the sound is always great and it’s big enough and comfortable enough to have a sit-down kind of show “It’s now also such a well-known venue. So I think that even the people who don’t get out very much – maybe just once a year to see a gig – would have heard of the Governor Hindmarsh.” Tom, who has just released the song Easy Love – recorded with Melbourne producer John Castle who has helmed work by Vance Joy, Megan Washington, Josh Pyke and The Bamboos – which comes from an EP, Oncoming Storm, to be released at the end of April, will be making a return trip overseas this year. “Yeah, I was overseas last year to do a music networking thing [CMJ in New York] which turned out really well so I am heading back to North America in May with my new EP,” the bearded, finger picking guitarist says. “In fact everyone who’s involved in Helpless also has something else on the go,” he then reasons. “I know that Todd is just finishing up a new recording with his band, The Arcadian Driftwood, and Kev [Van Der Zwaag] always has something on the go as does [drummer] Alister Douglas and [bass player] Ryan Hutcheson.” As part of Adelaide Fringe, local singer songwriters Tom West, Todd Sibbin alongside a band of talented musicians will be presenting the songs of Neil Young in Helpless at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, from 7pm on Sunday 22 February. Tickets via FringeTix. Tom West will also be special guest on Monday 23 February when Gyti undertakes the final show of a free entry February residency on Monday evenings at The Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, from 9pm.

“And the songs we chose just came about naturally,” Tom continues. “But I certainly picked a couple of songs I really liked and wanted to include because they are personal favourites.



HANS IN DAS HAUS By Libby Parker Returning to Adelaide Fringe this year is SA’s favourite German import; more popular than kransky, Shutzenfest and Hahndorf. Gracing Aurora Spiegeltent again this year is, of course, Hans The Boy Wonder From Berlin (AKA Matt Gilbertson) with his new show Hans in Das Haus. Speaking to us from his car on the way to the gym to shake off the shock of Madonna’s Grammy performance, Hans is feeling inspired, impressed and a little alarmed. “Honey, I’m on my way to the gym after recovering from Madonna’s Grammy performance. I’m wearing a conical bra and I’m blown away. She was amazing,” he says. “I’m sick of everyone saying she’s too old to be wearing that because nobody had a problem when Tony Bennett got on stage! Correct me if I’m wrong but he’s a little older than Madonna. Although, who can really be sure? Parts of him and parts of her are probably the same age.” Hans in Das Haus is The Boy Wonder’s latest creation and it promises to be a high energy, gangsta hip hop extravaganza. Showing in The Garden of Unearthly Delight’s Aurora Spiegeltent, Hans is excited about getting back into the iconic venue and getting down with his homies. Hans during last year’s sell out season of Like A German. “Last year was the first year we did our show in the Aurora Spiegeltent and it’s beautiful. I loved it, so I’m really looking forward to that. Most of all I’m looking forward to doing my show. It’s a little bit different this year because it’s a hip hop theme, so no more Kylie Minogue songs for me! This is pretty gangsta. Well, there are echoes of gangsta in it,” he says. Bringing dance, song and his signature instrument of choice, the piano accordion, Hans is putting the ‘original’ in Original Gangsta. “Darling, I think nothing says ‘street-wise’ like an instrument from the turn of the century, don’t you agree? I’m bringing a little class to hip hop and rap. I like to call it ‘Cabarap’, darling. I’m developing quite a new genre,” he says. “ I’ve decided that Jay Z needs a new showgirl. Beyoncé is alright though. Thank God he’s got her. I have a feeling she’s wearing the trousers in that relationship. Not always though; most of the time she’s not wearing trousers at all.” And speaking of Beyoncé, and her lack of trouser, Hans’ scantily attired personage is costumed by his mother, much like the Destiny’s Child songstress. Hans’ costumes are designed by his mother. “ Like Beyoncé my costumes are made by my mother. Now it’s been a little bit of a stretch to tell her what I want. I mean, if you’ve seen the poster, you’ll understand the kind of look I’m going for. Normally, we buy our fabric from DK Fabrics. But this year, I would say most of the fabric for the costumes will



be bought from the dental floss aisle at Coles. Hence the trip to the gym,” he says. “I’ve got to get fit. There’s so much dancing in this show, I don’t know what I was thinking! The opening number of this show goes for about six minutes and it leaves me quite out of breath. I might just do the opening number and that’s it. You’re getting your $33 worth in the opening number, let me just say that.” Proving that he twerks hard for the money, Hans in Das Haus will be an interactive musical spectacular, showcasing Hans’ natural abilities. “The twerking, believe it or not, is something that has come quite naturally to me. I feel that twerking, like the accordion, is a gift from above. It feels like it has just landed in my lap, like my twerking will probably land in the lap of an audience member,” he says. “There will be some special guests in this show as well. There may even be a very special ensemble coming to join me on stage. Some people in the audience may find themselves as special guests of my show. There’s no refunds though, but you could probably invoice me for your performance if you’re any good.” As well as bringing a whole lot of hip hoppin’ good fun to Aurora Spiegeltent, Hans is also taking the opportunity to reconnect with his roots. “Obviously I’ve always been someone who is known as being down with the kids; down with the word on the street – well, a few back lanes of Burnside, at least. So I’m really using this show to get back to my roots, of which I have none in the ghetto community, but I’m looking forward to exploring them, darling. And lastly, I’m just doing it because I just want to dance to all the songs I like at the clubs.” Having been described as ‘God’ by the incomparable Kate Ceberano, Hans is humbled by people’s admiration for him and his connection with the Divine. “I think if God was walking the earth and maybe he is, he would probably be at the Spiegeltent starting from February 23. You know, I’m just trying to live my life as simply as I can. The thing is, darling, I’m just like everyone else, only better,” he says. “This year, the Adelaide Fringe say, ‘Experience something new’. I say forget that and just come back and see me,” Hans concludes. Hans will be in das Aurora Spiegeltent in The Garden Of Unearhtly Delights for three shows only on Monday 23 February, Monday 2 March and Monday 9 March from 7pm. Tickets via FringeTix. Photo courtesy of Hans and Matt Gilbertson.

LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT By Libby Parker He has performed for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, was voted by Time Out London as a Top Ten Cabaret star and performed solo at the Sydney Opera House. Now, returning to The Garden Of Unearthly Delights in 2015, Le Gateau Chocolat brings us Icons, his new work, which explores relationships with the people, moments and relationships that shape us. Through song and storytelling, Le Gateau visits his past to rediscover the moments and figures that have made him the iconic opera singer and drag diva he is today. “This show is speaking about icons, some of which might be familiar to the people who are watching the show and some of which might just be mine; friends or influences who’ve come in and changed my life,” he says. “I was looking for an interesting way to create a vehicle for telling the story and it finally dawned on me that most of our icons and the things that we hold dear that go on to shape the people that we’re called to become happen in our formative years. So, I’m setting the show in my bedroom – Le Gateau Chocolat as a young boy; like the Scrooge story – the juxtaposition of who I am now with the beard, the lashes and the makeup visiting my bedroom as a child when I was discovering all these people and the music.” From the music that inspired him, to words of wisdom from his father, through to his emotional distress at being dropped off at boarding school by his mother, Icons will be a raw and honest look at how we become who we are. Raised as a Christian in Nigeria, Le Gateau struggled to come to terms with some of the teachings, which played a part in some of the life decisions he ended up making. “I was raised a devout Christian in Nigeria; supremely Catholic from my dad and Pentecostal from my mum. I had to marry a lot of the ideas of what I was taught into the person I was becoming because I was taught that being a homosexual was wrong,” he says. “I didn’t want to throw out the baby with the bathwater though, I just wanted to try to make sense of religion myself. In Icons, I’ll be talking about my relationship with the bible.” Le Gateau was born in London and spent his childhood in Nigeria before moving back to London to study law. Now a professional and highly acclaimed performer, Le Gateau enjoys coming back to Adelaide Fringe and is thrilled to be bringing his new work here in 2015. “It’s kind of a spiritual welcoming each time I come. I have written four shows now, and three of them have debuted in Adelaide so it feels very comfortable and safe that I’m tackling an audience I know,” he says. “I haven’t done a full Adelaide season since 2011 but that show went on to have a very critically acclaimed life and went around the globe so I’m quite excited about bringing a new work to Adelaide, in terms of my

evolution and growth and what it is that I want to say now.” The baritone with the sequins and sass won’t allow you to be fooled though, this is not your ordinary drag show. “I think my work has always been about subverting the expected and going towards something people understand, that our points of difference are easily recognisable,” he says. “If you look at the poster of my show, one could look at it as tokenistic but that’s who I am. The image isn’t made up; it’s who I am as a performer. But most importantly, the point of difference for my show isn’t just my look. It’s not the fact that I’m big, black, bearded and gay, it’s that I love opera and I want to share that love of opera with you. I also want to sit down with you and tell you the things that make us the same.” Telling his story through a mix of music from pop to opera, Kate Bush to Elvis and Whitney to Pavarotti, audiences should expect honesty, passion and quite a bit of gorgeous. “Whenever I do anything, I always throw my whole self in to it. I try to leave my heart on the stage and show I’m more than the makeup, the wigs and the lashes. I think it’s important for people to see that we’re all human first,” he says. “That’s what’s made the work prolific, is that I’ve been able to speak to people both cross-generational, cross-racial and in terms of musical genre; I’ve approached it whole heartedly but always try to transcend the obvious and speak the truth. “And that’s put me in good stead from playing Poland to London, Adelaide to Edinburgh. I’m really thankful and really grateful. I love my work.” Le Gateau Chocolat’s ICONS runs until Sunday 15 March at 8.30pm in The Deluxe in The Garden Of Unearthly Delights. Tickets are now on sale via FringeTix.


THE FOUR TYPES OF PEOPLE AT YOUR GIGS By Corey Stewart It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, if you’re asking people to pay you for a service that you provide it always comes down to them asking of you this question “Well, what’s in it for me?” Now they might not as forthright as that but they will ask themselves that question in their own mind and whether they pay you or not depends on the answer you give them so, as a performing musician let me ask you this... “How would YOU answer that question?” Think about that for a minute because you playing to a full house or just the bar staff at your next gig will hinge on your answer. For almost seven years I ran an acoustic music night at a local venue every Wednesday night and over that time, I noticed that the number of people attending would go up or down depending on a wide spectrum of reasons ranging from who was playing on a particular night to how good or bad the weather was at that time. This inspired me to think about the different things a musician needs to do to convert someone who has had no idea about their existence to being an evangelically rabid “fan” of them. I worked out that if you’re playing at a local venue, at any given time, there are four different types of people that would generally make up the listening audience. 1. Your Fans You might not have too many of these types of people at your first gigs but these are the one eyed supporters of your music. They come to every show, know all the words to your songs and they might even buy a lock your hair if given half the chance. It’s safe to say that the more of these you have in your fan base the better. 2. People That Know You Personally/ Professionally These people might be your friends, family, work colleagues, acquaintances, next door neighbours and anyone who is not a total stranger to you. 3. General Punters These are people that don’t know you but will go out and experience live music anyway just because they just love it. A crowd full of punters will give you a great opportunities for fan conversion. 4. Everybody Else These are people who are at the venue because it’s their local hangout, not because they want to hear you (or anybody else for that matter).


They can be apathetic to any musician setting up for a gig they weren’t aware of beforehand. I came to the conclusion that the way to convert more fans is to have in your own mind the answer to the various questions that the people in groups 2, 3 and 4 would ask of themselves while experiencing your live show. Questions such as: “What’s in it for me?” “Why should I listen to you?” “What am I going to get out of this?” “What is the benefit of me staying?” “Why I should care about you and your art?” I hear all the time that it’s getting harder and harder for musicians to get people to gigs and because of this, venues are not taking them seriously. I really believe that if you don’t answer these questions that your audience is asking of you then why should people come to your shows? We, as performing live musicians are constantly having to sell ourselves to the public through the way we present ourselves, and the way we conduct our live shows and the promotion that surrounds it. - We need to cultivate our networks regularly - We need to have our posters and flyers sorted out - We need to have our CD and other merchandise ready to go - We need to be up with what’s happening with social media - We need to be updating our website and posting to our blogs regularly The general public today is bombarded with more information and choice than ever before and we need to stand out if we are to gain the audience that we deserve. The secret to getting more converted fans is to give them a reason to want be converted. Make them give a damn about you. Touch, move and inspire your audience and give them an experience that they will not forget in a hurry. Whether they wanted to be there or not.

BPLUS: KATE LEWIS By Libby Parker This week’s feature BPlus artist is Kate Lewis who has recently finished school and joined a band on the recommendation of her teachers, one of whom is in the band. Kate graduated from St Aloysius College at the end of last year, around the time she began singing with the band, A Party With Kate. A Party With Kate was formed for a specific gig, but Kate, a young woman with powerhouse vocals, says the group intends to take the band further. “The band was formed only for a charity gig in November of 2014 but five of us just decided to become a regular band because we had so much fun! A few of them had played in bands together before but never this combo,” she says. Now frontwoman for A Party With Kate, Kate says at school she was initially too afraid to perform, despite her love of singing. “I started singing lessons in year six when I moved to SAC but was too scared to audition for the choir. I auditioned in year seven and got a solo and my love for singing and performing began to grow from there,” she says.

“We are playing at Club 5082 in Prospect on Friday 6 March, and then Worldsend Hotel on Saturday 21 March. We are also hoping to get more gigs out in the country so we can go on regular road trips!” Kate says. Keen to continue her career as a singer, Kate is passionate about music and wants to keep singing while she still loves it. “My goal is to make sure I am always enjoying it. I don’t want to get to a point in my life where I am just doing music because I think I have to, or it becomes my job and I only do it for the money. I do it because I love it and it’s my passion so I always want it to be like that,” she says. “It has been such a rewarding experience so far and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. I can already feel myself growing as a performer and we only just got started. I have been extremely lucky to land myself in a band full of experienced musos. I feel as though we wouldn’t be this organised if we were all 18. I consider myself very lucky!” Kate and her band will be starting the party at Club 5082 and Worldsend next month so check them out to hear this young woman with a great voice and a load of potential.

At the moment, A Party With Kate play a range of covers at parties and events. “We basically play fun party music! Anything from AC?DC through to Madonna, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus. We play a wide range of music to cater for all types of audiences and we gig at pubs, weddings, functions, or basically anywhere that wants fun, wellknown music that people can dance to,” she says. After singing at school, Kate developed a reputation as a strong performer, which is why, one of her teachers asked her to join the band. Currently about to start studying at university, Kate says she’s really enjoying playing in a band with her former teacher. “Nicole Wedding is the drummer in the band and she was my PE teacher in Year 12. When we started rehearsing, she was still my teacher. Now that I am finished school, I’ve kind of forgotten that she ever taught me! I still call her Ms Wedding sometimes, which she doesn’t like! It’s a hard habit to break after five years of calling her that!” she says. A Party With Kate have a few gigs coming up so far this year, and intend to play a lot more around town and even regionally.


Abdullah Ibrahim





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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“When he plays, melodies tumble out effortlessly, as he slides from theme to theme like a laid-back South African reincarnation of Thelonious Monk.” The Guardian

Tuesday 10 March, 8pm Adelaide Town Hall


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