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JIMMY WEBB AUSTRALIAN TOUR INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - May 31, 2017

There’s no questioning this man’s songwriting credentials, Jimmy Webb has been crafting wonderful songs for over forty years, many of which have become treasured standards. His platinum selling songs include: “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Galveston,” “The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress,” “All I Know,” “The Highwayman,”…

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SYDNEY DRUM & PERCUSSION SHOW: SUNDAY

Posted in Blog, Sydney Drum Show News    //    Post Date - May 28, 2017

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Day 2 of the Sydney Drum & Percussion Show was as lively and inspiring as the opening day. Sydney turned on another gorgeous sunny day which brought the kids out in large numbers. It was all about the next generation today as numerous hands on workshops were presented and enthusiastically attended. DrumFill, Dynasty Drumline, Bek Wermut and Alex West, plus Taikoz all got the audience involved. Inside there was much knowledge and wisdom to be gained with some great sessions by Dave Goodman, Stan Bicknell, Optimum Percussion and Pete Drummond. Pete had the additional pressure of performing in front of yesterday’s headliners, Thomas Lang and Virgil Donati, who came back to visit again. On the main stage Lozz Benson’s band That Redhead put in a fantastic rockabilly performance. Next up Taikoz performed an exhilarating set of exotic percussion. Michael Schack returned to the main stage to take up where he left off yesterday, leaving the audience spellbound with his energy and commitment. Buddy Siolo and his Gang of Brothers then closed the show with their brand of quality funk of soul. On the trade floor, the house was full of drums and all of them were being played .. all at once! By 5pm folks were all drummed out but glad they came, saw, conquered, banged, and beat their way through a great weekend.

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SYDNEY DRUM & PERCUSSION SHOW: SATURDAY

Posted in Blog, Sydney Drum Show News    //    Post Date - May 27, 2017

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The inaugural Sydney Drum & Percussion Show kicked off today at Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion and the NSW drum community welcomed it with open arms. On stage there were heavy hitters, electronic drum aficionados, exotic percussion ensembles and genuine drum legends. Inside the sweet sound of toms, snares and bass drums permeated the air, with a massive range of drums, cymbals, hardware and accessories available to see, try and buy. Vibrantly coloured kits, cajons, congas and all manner of hand percussion was on view. Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of the show was the amount of kids in the house, wide-eyed and totally inspired by the gear and seeing their drum heroes in action. It was also a delight to witness how kind and generous legends like Virgil Donati, Thomas Lang, Slim Jim Phantom, and Michael Schack were with their time and energy.

Kicking off their national DW TV Show tour this afternoon, Virgil and Thomas were spellbinding in the way they shared complex rhythms and thunderous beats. If you can catch them elsewhere around the country on this tour, do so! The Schack, the crazy Belgian was incredibly contagious in his enthusiasm and energy. He’s back tomorrow so come on down and check his show out.

During the Australian Musician Pro Players panel, Virgil, Thomas, Slim and Yamaha’s Ben Ellingworth were intriguing with their stories on how they made it in the business and what’s required to get to their level of skill. The guys also didn’t mind revealing the times when things didn’t go so well, such as Slim Jim’s tale of falling off drum stools and Thomas being hit in the head with a beer bottle.

Questions to the panel from the floor were treated with the utmost respect and I get the feeling more than a few kids in the audience had a spark ignited today.

It wasn’t all about the headliners, drum circles were attended enthusiastically and the Sydney Conservatorium Percussion Ensemble was mighty impressive.

If you missed today, don’t even think about missing the Sunday lineup of entertainment, which includes a repeat performance by Michael Schack, Stan Bicknell revealing secrets of his bass drum technique, the incredible Synergy Percussion and Taikoz percussion ensembles, the thrilling Lozz Benson trio (Called That Redhead), and more drum circle opportunities … plus all of that beautiful drum gear to see try and buy. Come on down 10am-5pm tomorrow May 28. TICKETS AT DOOR

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SYDNEY DRUM SHOW SET UP DAY

Posted in Blog, Sydney Drum Show News    //    Post Date - May 26, 2017

The inaugural Sydney Drum & Percussion Show is ready to roll as exhibitors set up their stands today and artists sound checked. The drum show, which runs Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28 at Rosehill Gardens racetrack is already looking like a winner!

As sparkly new drums, shiny cymbals and exotic percussion instruments began to fill the main hall, outside drum wizards such as Virgil Donati and Thomas Lang were perfecting their massive sound outside on the main stage. Here’s a little photo action from set up day.

Tickets to the Sydney Drum & Percussion Show can be purchased at the door or here There’s plenty of parking and the train stops right outside.

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BILL EVANS IN TOWN FOR SOME FESTIVE SAX

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - May 24, 2017

Bill Evans is an American jazz saxophonist who first came to prominence as a member of the Miles Davis group in the 1980s as well as the fusion band Elements. Evans has recorded over 17 solo albums and received two Grammy Award nominations. Deeply intrigued and ultimately inspired by American…

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JUSTIN BERNASCONI: ‘BAREFOOT WONDERLAND’ INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - May 24, 2017

  Cambridgeshire-bred, Melbourne-based fingerpicker, singer and songwriter Justin Bernasconi has just released his second solo album Barefoot Wonderland. The follow up to his acclaimed 2015 record Winter Pick,  Barefoot Wonderland is a wonderful, feel-good journey through Justin’s eclectic musical tastes featuring nods and winks to the Delta Blues, Appalachian Bluegrass…

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10 REASONS TO BEAT IT TO THE SYDNEY DRUM & PERCUSSION SHOW

Posted in Sydney Drum Show News    //    Post Date - May 22, 2017

There are many reasons why you should check out the Sydney Drum & Percussion Show on May 27 & 28 at Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion. Here are ten great ones! The Schack! The Schack is back. Courtesy of Roland V-Drums, Belgian drum wizard Michael Schack returns to Australia to perform…

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BERNARD FANNING BRUTAL DAWN TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 21, 2017

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With the imminent release of Brutal Dawn, companion album to 2016’s Civil Dusk, Bernard Fanning and The Black Fins are again pulling out the road cases to showcase new songs live in some of Australia’s most cherished and revered rock venues.

This October, touring will take in all Australian states in venues handpicked to showcase the on-stage musical chemistry between Bernard and The Black Fins; Salliana Campbell on fiddle and backing vocals, Matt Engelbrecht on bass, Andrew Morris on guitar and Declan Kelly on drums.

In addition, every state will feature a different powerhouse local female artist to open the show. Making waves in not only their local scene, but internationally, Oh Pep! will help kick off the tour in Adelaide on Friday 6 October and also join the Melbourne shows, followed by Teischa in Perth, Tia Gostelow and Sahara Beck in Brisbane, Sahara Beck for an encore in Sydney and winding up with Maddy Jane in Hobart.

This tour is a culmination of a busy two years for Bernard Fanning – writing Civil Dusk and its follow up Brutal Dawn – and recording with producer Nick DiDia and the Black Fins in La Cueva studio in Byron Bay.

Brutal Dawn is out May 26, 2017 via Dew Process / Universal Music Australia

Brutal Dawn Australian Tour 
With Special Guests
Pre-Sale Tickets On Sale 9am Thursday May 25 from bernardfanning.com
General Tickets On Sale 9am Friday May 26 from bernardfanning.com

FRI 6 OCT THE GOV ADELAIDE SA
With special guests Oh Pep!

WED 11 OCT ROSEMOUNT PERTH WA
With special guests Teischa

FRI 13 OCT ROSEMOUNT PERTH WA
With special guests Teischa

WED 18 OCT THE TRIFFID BRISBANE QLD
With special guest Tia Gostelow

FRI 20 OCT THE TRIFFID BRISBANE QLD
With special guest Sahara Beck

THU 26 OCT THE CROXTON MELBOURNE VIC
With special guest Oh Pep!

FRI 27 OCT THE CROXTON MELBOURNE VIC
With special guest Oh Pep!

SAT 28 OCT THE FACTORY SYDNEY NSW
With special guest Sahara Beck

SUN 29 OCT THE FACTORY SYDNEY NSW
With special guest Sahara Beck

FRI NOV 24 GRANADA TAVERN HOBART TAS
With special guest Maddy Jane

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AUSTRALIAN EXCLUSIVE: SONNY LANDRETH VIDEO PREMIERE & ALBUM ANNOUNCE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 19, 2017

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Australian Musician Sonny Landreth album announce and video exclusive!
Australian Musician is thrilled to announce a new live album from the King of Slydeco Sonny Landreth, his first live recording in 12 years. It’s called Recorded Live In Lafayette and includes two unique sets, one acoustic and one electric and will be released on June 30.

We’re also pleased to offer the Australian premiere of the first video from the album, ‘Blues Attack’

After a dozen acclaimed albums, virtuoso slide guitarist and bandleader Sonny Landreth found himself at an artistic crossroads. He finally wanted to create the full-length acoustic collection his fans had long requested, but he was also itching to capture the sound of his stalwart electric trio augmented by a couple of his favorite collaborators. And the time was certainly right for an elastic, career-spanning double-live album.

So Landreth and his longtime friends decided to do it all. ‘Recorded Live in Lafayette’ is a 16-song opus that covers more musical ground than any single album ever could, as the singer and songwriter’s work stretches and twists across 93 minutes of full-band acoustic and electric bottleneck lightning.

The double CD and vinyl release on Provogue, which includes the most extensive acoustic set ever recorded by Landreth, opens with acoustic arrangements of the artist’s tunes dating back to the 1981 title cut of his debut album, ‘Blues Attack.’ “It gives you a chance to explore those songs in a different way,” Landreth says, describing the textures created by the intersection of Dave Ranson’s ukulele bass, Brian Brignac’s cajón, Steve Conn’s accordion and Sam Broussard’s acoustic guitar. “The familiarity is there,” he adds, “but I also wanted to turn those guys loose as much as possible.”

The double album arrives on the heels of the Grammy nominee’s back-to-back Blues Music Awards for Best Guitarist and Best Blues Album for ‘Bound by the Blues.’ Live favorites “Hell at Home” and “U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile” also get the unplugged treatment, alongside a rare rendition of “Creole Angel” and an evergreen 6:47 amble through “Key to the Highway.” “If I’ve ever had a theme song, that would be it,” Landreth explains. “All of my heroes have done it, and it’s still to me one of the greatest blues tunes ever written. It’s kind of like coming home.”

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Disc 1 – Acoustic
1.       Blues Attack
2.       Hell At Home
3.       Key To The Highway
4.       Creole Angel
5.       A World Away
6.       The High Side
7.       Bound By The Blues
8.       The U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile

Disc 2 – Electric
1.         Back To Bayou Teche
2.         True Blue
3.         The Milky Way Home
4.         Brave New Girl
5.         Überesso
6.         Soul Salvation
7.         Walkin’ Blues
8.         The One And Only Truth

Release Date: June 30, 2017 on Provogue / Mascot Label Group
Available formats: 2CD, 2LP and Digital

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VIRGIL DONATI: DW TV SHOW TOUR INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Sydney Drum Show News    //    Post Date - May 18, 2017

He may blush at being reminded these days but we first saw a teenage Virgil Donati behind the drum kit in satin pants on ABC TV’s Countdown in glam rock/pop band Taste in the 70s. Stints followed in commercial rock bands like Southern Sons and The State in the 90s…

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