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Jack’s Music

Posted in MGS Exhibitor Profile    //    Post Date - July 20, 2018

About the Exhibitor: For Players, Since 1974. Jack’s Music is an independent musical instrument specialty store located in Newcastle, NSW Australia. MGS Highlights: G&L Guitars, D’Angelico Guitars, Larrivee Guitars, John Page Classic Guitars, Rivera Amplification, Carr Amplifiers, Two-Rock Amplifiers, Henriksen Amplifiers.

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 18, 2018

Shannon Bourne chats to us about what led to him to pick up the guitar and who the players were that influenced him. Shannon has just released a new instrumental guitar album, Words Fail and will play tracks from it at the 2018 Melbourne Guitar Show at 11am on Sunday August 5  Caulfield Racecourse. You can also see Shannon later in the day in the Triple M jam.
Ticket info:

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - July 18, 2018

You’re either a fan of fantasy, horror TV show Twin Peaks or you’re not, there’s rarely any middle ground and If you are a fan, you’re probably obsessed with it! It all began with the discovery of the dead body of local girl Laura Palmer … on the edge of…

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Gibson Epiphone

Posted in MGS Exhibitor Profile    //    Post Date - July 17, 2018

About the Exhibitor: With a history stretching back to the 1900’s, Gibson Guitars are one of the world’s premier guitar brands that are proudly back in Australia. Models designed with elegance, sophistication, quality materials and craftsmanship with superior playability. The models whose designs have become sought after classics – ES-175,…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 15, 2018

IRON MAIDEN singer, BRUCE DICKINSON, today announces a special one-man speaking tour of Australia this October to support his autobiography, What Does This Button Do? Delivering compelling excerpts from the book, slides and a Q&A, fans will finally get the chance to ask questions of the heavy metal icon in truly intimate venues. An Australian first, and a must for heavy music lovers, Dickinson will make five East Coast Australian appearances, including a night at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Thursday 18th October. Ticket purchasers will also receive a signed copy of the New York Times Best-Selling autobiography.

Bruce Dickinson is considered one of the world’s most storied musicians. Aside from decades spent delivering high-octane performances with his larger-than-life persona in Iron Maiden, Bruce has lived an extraordinary off-stage existence too. A true polymath, Bruce is, or has been, an airline pilot and captain, an aviation entrepreneur, a beer brewer, motivational speaker, film scriptwriter, twice-published novelist and best-selling author, radio presenter, TV actor and international fencer.

Over the last couple of years, during Iron Maiden’s The Book Of Souls World Tour, Bruce turned his unbridled creativity to writing his memoirs, longhand (in seven A4 notebooks no less). In What Does This Button Do? Bruce (a man who famously never gives interviews about his personal life) shares, for the first time, the most fascinating recollections, including his thirty years with Maiden, the early days, his childhood within the eccentric British school system, going solo, realising his dream of flying jumbo jets and his recent battle with tongue cancer.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to witness one of Rock & Roll’s most captivating icons when Bruce Dickinson tours Australia this October.


Thursday 18th October – Enmore Theatre (All Ages)

Friday 19th October – Palais Theatre (All Ages)

Sunday 21st October – Llewellyn Hall (All Ages)

Tuesday 23rd October – Civic Theatre (All Ages)

Wednesday 24th October – Eatons Hill Hotel (All Ages)

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 14, 2018

Ross Wilson and The Peaceniks – The Fyrefly. St. Kilda July 13, 2018

Report and photos: Greg Phillips

On a cold Melbourne winter night, a near full house experienced the warm hospitality of St Kilda’s Fyrefly night club and a hot set from Australian music legend Ross Wilson and his crackin’ band The Peaceniks. Wilson is one of those unique performers who can draw material from various eras of a stellar career and tonight it was all on display, from The Pink Finks and Mighty Kong to Mondo Rock and Daddy Cool, as well as several tunes from an acclaimed solo catalogue.

For many in the audience it was a trip back in time to the soundtrack of their lives and it took no encouragement at all for the majority of the audience to break into dance. Classic hits songs such as Summer of 81 and Hi Honey Ho lifted the energy of the room immediately and a superb version of The Fugitive Kind sealed the deal, with Brett Kingman perfectly recreating the guitar parts by double tracking the solos, normally played by two guitarists. Wilson’s amiable stage patter connects so easily with an audience and everyone knows that there’s a 100% guarantee that the next song coming off the stage is either going to be a chart topper or a perfect example of quality songwriting.

With a barrage of musical gold, including Cool World, Come Said The Boy, and Daddy Cool finishing off the set, there were very few in the audience who weren’t spontaneously propelled onto the dancefloor, as the house management responded accordingly by switching on the disco balls. Unsurprisingly, the band and crowd rocked out the evening with our unofficial national anthem Eagle Rock. Ross Wilson is indeed a national treasure and as many discovered tonight, The Fyrefly is an ideal venue to wine, dine and experience such world class music in a comfortable, classy and welcoming atmosphere.



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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 13, 2018

An array of Australian guitar heroes and music icons will come together on Tuesday August 7th at The Tivoli in Brisbane to  honour their fallen mate, Phil Emmanuel.

Tommy and Phil “The Wiz” Emmanuel have been the benchmark of acoustic and electric guitar playing for over five decades,  gracing the national and world stage with cheekiness and talent that made them both, the guitarist’s guitarist.

On the 24th May, the world lost “The Wiz”, and Tommy lost his big brother to an asthma attack.

To the music industry, Phil was always there when someone needed a hand, and now some of Phil’s friends and colleagues, will come together in a memorial concert to pay tribute to their mate.

The concert will be hosted by Phil’s good friend and comedian, Chris Franklin and the evening will be a gathering of Aussie music icons that have shared the journey, including Tommy Emmanuel, Doug Parkinson, Graeme Connors, James Blundell, Normie Rowe, Mick Pealing (Stars), Peter Cupples (Stylus), Doc Span (USA) and Judah Kelly (The Voice).   The “Fargone Beauties” are reforming for this concert with their original drummer – Tommy Emmanuel.

As expected, there will be wall-to-wall guitarists including Rex Goh (Air Supply), Mal Eastick (Stars), Tim Gaze (Tamam Shud/Ariel/Stevie Wright band), Phil Manning (Chain), Terry Murray (Fargone Beauties/MMM), China (John Paul Young and the Allstar Band) and of course, younger brother and internationally acclaimed Tommy Emmanuel.

Joining Phil’s musical colleagues on stage, will be his daughter Jesse who has taken up the baton for the next generation of the talented Emmanuel family.   It will be a bitter-sweet moment for Jesse, as the last time she graced The Tivoli, it was in full musical flight, together with her father and her Uncle Tommy.

“Circumstances did not permit a public memorial for Phil at the time…” says concert organiser, Michael “China” Walker from John Paul Young’s Allstar Band, “so after the dust had settled, Mandy (Phil’s wife) asked me if I could help put something together that would be fitting to publicly honour him.   Once we started making enquiries about who might want to be part of this, the floodgates opened – everyone wanted to show the world, what Phil meant to them, and to be part of the send-off from his musical family.”

The concert will be a chronicle of Phil’s journey, with bands and colleagues from the beginning, to music icons he shared the stage with, to some of the super-talented young guns he was fostering.   It will be a roller-coaster of emotions for cast and audience alike, but above all it will be just like Phil : no bullshit, cheeky, super-talented, and LOUD.     Phil’s brother Darcy summed up Phil at his funeral –   “Phil didn’t chase fame – it chased him … but he managed to get away.” Not this time mate. Gotcha. Your turn in the spotlight.

Tuesday 7th August 2018   ǀ   Doors at 7pm for an 8pm start
The Tivoli,   52 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley,   BRISBANE   QLD    ǀ   (07) 3852 1711

All profits will go direct to SUPPORT ACT LIMITED


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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 13, 2018

Alex Acuna

The 2018 AUDW is almost here and is one that percussion fans won’t want to miss. This year marks the milestone 25th anniversary of ‘Australia’s Ultimate Drummers Weekend’, a credit to its founder, passionate local drum identity Frank Corniola.  From its inception as ‘The Drummers Day’ and evolution into the ‘Drummers Weekend’ in 1996, AUDW
has since become an institution in Australia and is highly recognised the world over as the premiere
Drumming event within the broader world community. Boasting workshops, concert performances and a
comprehensive Drum & Percussion Expo of existing and all new products, AUDW is unique, and this year
another great event has been added to the program.

The highly anticipated return of AUDW in 2018 sees the event back with a line up that promises to impress! International drumming stars Alex Acuna, Benny Greb, Eric Moore, David Jones, Vera Figueiredo, Mark Colenburg, Dom Famularo, Andy Gander, Pete Lockett, Lucius Borich, Stan Bicknell and Gary France head an incredible cast of both local and international artists – a new incredible line up that will have fans fighting for a ticket to this year’s event!

Returning once again to the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre in Preston, Melbourne.
The 2018 AUDW will be held on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August.

For ticket info, full show details and artist bios download a pdf HERE or visit the WEBSITE  Ph 03 9482 5550

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - July 12, 2018

Tasmania’s own Emma Anglesey goes Six Quix with us. Emma is back with a typically striking new single Swells My Heart, a lush offering that puts a magnifying glass to uncontrollable passion and its repercussions, out now. To celebrate, Emma Anglesey will be hitting the road with Some Things Can’t…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 12, 2018

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite

Hamer Hall, July 11, 2018
Review: Garry Chapman Photos: Jason Rosewarne

Ben Harper is no stranger to our shores. Charlie Musselwhite is a regular visitor too. This year they’re touring Australia together to promote their latest blues album, No Mercy In This Land. They’ll play seven shows, beginning with last night’s Melbourne performance and ending their brief tour at the Sydney Opera House on July 22. You can also catch them in Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and at Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay.

Harper and Musselwhite first paired up on 2013’s Get Up! Album. The album featured ten new songs, a collection of blues, roots and rocking tunes that earned them a Grammy for Best Blues Album the following year.

No Mercy In This Land, their second collaboration, was released in March this year. There are ten more new songs, also in the blues-roots genre, with nods to folk, gospel, country and soul, that showcase Harper’s superb songwriting, vocal and instrumental talents and Musselwhite’s masterful blues harp playing.

Harper’s band from the recording sessions joined them on this tour. They are Jason Mozersky on electric guitar, Jesse Ingalls on bass (and piano on All That Matters Now), and Jimmy Paxson on drums. The band played tight bluesy rhythms and the groove they created kept the Hamer Hall audience’s toes tapping throughout the set.

But it was Harper’s stellar guitar playing and soulful vocals and Musselwhite’s deft harmonica artistry that stole the show. Harper played a range of instruments during the evening, and Musselwhite alternated between a selection of harmonicas from his well-travelled silver instrument case. Harper has crafted the tunes for the pair’s two albums to draw on the wealth of Musselwhite’s harp playing skills, honed over the years from playing with legends like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and John Lee Hooker.

It was only on The Blues Overtook Me and I’m Going Home that Musselwhite provided lead vocals, and he shared vocal duties with Harper on the first song of the encore, No Mercy In This Land. Harper’s singing on the other numbers was at times gutsy and raw, at times delicate and sweet, and always soulful and charged with emotion. On the slow When Love is Not Enough, as the band brought the mood in the hall down, Harper removed his hat and stood with hands in his pockets at the microphone, closed his eyes and sang from the heart. It was powerful, live performance at its best.

I Ride At Dawn, from Get Up!, was a rocking track that gave the band members a great opportunity to strut their stuff. At its conclusion, Harper announced that it was time for dedications. “I’ll have one,” yelled a patron, but Harper smiled and responded, “No, you deserve better!” He then proceeded to dedicate the next song to “the next Ex-President of the United States. I can’t even say his name!”, before launching into the spirited I Don’t Believe a Word You Say.

Other numbers that had the feet tapping were I’m In, I’m Out and I’m Gone from Get Up!, (which features a strong groove reminiscent of the familiar riff from Bowie’s Jean Genie), Yer Blues (a Beatles cover from the White Album) and the rollicking blues of Musselwhite’s Long Legged Woman.

The final number of the main set was When the Levee Breaks, first written and performed almost ninety years ago by Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy, and more recently featuring in the Led Zeppelin repertoire. Despite its long history, this song’s upbeat treatment by Harper, Musselwhite and companions made this classic blues song sound as contemporary as anything written for the new album. “If it keeps on raining,” Harper growled, “levee’s gonna break,” his menacing vocals eerily connecting the patrons with the fears that had gripped the world earlier in the week as the threat of rain hampered rescue efforts in Thailand. It was a stunning performance, with thundering rhythms behind Musselwhite’s wailing harp, that brought the main set to a close.

“It’s a privilege to be back here,” Harper offered as the band returned for the encore. The first song, the title track of the new album, No Mercy In This Land, returned to the political agenda, asking the question so relevant in Trump’s America, “Won’t you help me to understand … Is there no mercy in this land?”

For the final number, All That Matters Now, Ingalls set aside his bass and moved to the piano. Harper put down his guitar, removed his hat, and stood at the microphone once more, hands in pockets, and sang in a soulful voice, backed by the plaintive strains of Musselwhite’s harmonica. The patrons dancing in the aisles returned to their seats as the tempo slowed. Harper pushed away the microphone. He stood at the front of the stage, closed his eyes and sang, raw with emotion, and his voice carried to every corner of the hall. His connection with the audience was undeniable. They stood in unison to applaud the performance of these two giants of blues roots music. It was an evening to remember.

Ben Harper – electric guitar, slide guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, vocals
Charlie Musselwhite – harmonica, vocals
Jimmy Paxson – drums
Jason Mozersky – electric guitar
Jesse Ingalls – bass, piano

When I Go
Bad Habits
The Blues Overtook Me
Love and Trust
I Ride at Dawn
I Don’t Believe a Word You Say
I’m In, I’m Out and I’m Gone
Nothing at All
Trust You to Dig My Grave
Found the One
I’m Going Home
Blood Side Out
When Love is Not Enough
When the Levee Breaks
No Mercy in This Land
The Bottle Wins Again (Blues)
Long Legged Woman
Yer Blues
All That Matters Now

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