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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - May 19, 2018

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips chatted with American piano great Henry Butler while he was in Melbourne, Australia playing some gigs with his wonderful Jambalaya band, which features Fred Cash (bass), Bobby Bryan (guitar) and Adrian Harpham (drums). Henry Butler is considered one of the  finest exponents of the fabled New…

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

Empty your head of thoughts … all the thoughts, kick off your shoes, loosen your shirt, pour a neat whisky, slump helplessly into a recliner, press play and surrender to the sounds of Roadhouses’ self-titled debut album. Soak it all in, you’re going nowhere in a hurry but guaranteed to…

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Posted in Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - May 16, 2018

XPRESSION FX BLACK MAGIC MOTION AUDIO FX CONTROLLER Distributed by Oz Inventions Overview by Reza Nasseri Hi everyone, after a long absence from writing and reviewing I’m excited to have a look at a unique Australian invention, the Xpression FX Black Magic Motion by Oz Inventions. Who are they you…

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - May 16, 2018

Currently on an extensive Australian tour before heading overseas again, Hussy Hicks guitarist Julz Parker spoke to Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips about the band’s ever-increasing global popularity. Photos from Bluesfest by Jason Rosewarne. If you were lucky enough to attend this year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival or Bluesfest in Byron…

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

Less than two weeks after opening, new Melbourne entertainment and dinner club The Hummingbird has been forced to change its name due to a legal threat from another Melbourne club, Bird’s Basement, based on the fact that the venue’s name also features the word ‘Bird’. From henceforth, The Hummingbird, located at 34 Inkerman Street, St.Kilda, downstairs at the Newmarket Hotel will now be known as The Fyrefly

The club had already endured a set back when two days into operation a small fire led to the rescheduling of shows. Now with the name change, the venue’s signage and all of the other art elements involved need to be reprinted to represent the new name.

A defiant co-founder Heather Para has brushed aside the problematic fortnight to assure Melbourne music fans that The Fyrefly will become an important and welcoming live music venue for many years to come.

Upcoming Fyrefly events include
May 17: Phileas Fogg trio
May 18: Sammy J
May 19: Grand Wazoo – Kings of Soul
May 24: Jackie Bornstein
May 25: Soul Cupcake
May 26: Alma Zygier & Emilia Schnall
May 31: Monique Di Mattina with Shannon Bourne
June 1: Renee Geyer
June 15: Sarah Maclaine
June 21-22: Paul McDermott & Steven Gates
June 23: Jack Howard
July 13: Ross Wilson & the Peaceniks
Aug 16: Deborah Conway & Willie Zygier

Phone (03) 9810 0087 for information or click here

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

Barney McAll

Report: Greg Phillips. Photos: Jason Rosewarne

Members of the Australian jazz community convened last night in Melbourne to celebrate the presentation of the 16th annual Australian Jazz Bell Awards, held at Bird’s Basement. Named after the late Australian jazz pioneer, Graeme Bell, AO, “The Bells” were established in 2003 to acknowledge excellence in the performance, creativity, recording and presentation of Jazz in Australia.

A wonderful house band consisting of Phil Turcio on piano, Kim May on bass, and Darren Farrugia on drums provided a top shelf backdrop to the clattering of cutlery and pre-award chatter before the night’s MC, 3PBS Program Manager Owen McKern took to the stage to announce the first award. Acclaimed pianist composer Barney McAll received the first nod of the evening, winning Best Australian Jazz Ensemble. In accepting the award, Barney spoke about the “deep, dark work” all musicians have to do to keep making music. Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album went to Andrea Keller, taking her career Bell Award tally to six. Jazz vocalist Kayleigh Pincott, who was nominated for two awards for her album Solace performed a tune prior to the announcement of Young Australian Jazz Artist of the year, which was won by New York-based Evan Harris.

In a night dominated by Barney McAll, he returned the stage to accept two more awards, Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album and Best Produced Album for his record Hearing the Blood. Expanding upon the ‘deep, dark work’ he spoke of earlier, McAll told of how he had seven vials of blood extracted from himself for use in the design of his album cover. Now there’s dedication to his art!

Mat Jodrell (trumpet) and Carl Mackey (Sax) of respected quintet Speedball accepted their award for Best Australian Jazz Song (Judgement Day), then joined the house band for an inspiring performance. Noted businessman and political power broker Michael Kroger had the honour of introducing this year’s Australian Jazz Bell Awards Hall of Fame inductee, the much loved Bob Sedergreen. The amiable Sedergreen told the audience that “Charts were for Captain Cook and scales are to weigh yourself”, suggesting that more than the music, the highlight of his career in Australian jazz has been the long standing friendships he has developed over the years. Bob also paid tribute to his wife of 50 years, Rae and their three children Mal, Steve and Tammy. Wrapping up his heartfelt speech Bob quoted an old blue song to describe what he does, “I’m not sure what jazz is but I’m willing to learn… and that’s sums me up to a tee. I am still willing to learn.”

The 2018 winners are:
Best Australian Jazz Ensemble of the year, presented by Monash University – Barney McAll
Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album, presented by TarraWarra Winery Estate – Andrea Keller ‘Still Night: Music in Poetry’
Young Australian Jazz Artist of the year, presented by Fender Katsalidis Architects – Evan Harris
Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album, presented by Brand Partners Commercial Lawyers – Barney McAll, ‘Hearing the blood’
Best Australian Jazz Song of the year, presented by APRA/AMCOS – Speedball ‘ Judgement Day’
Best Produced Album, presented by ALFi records – Barney McAll ‘ Hearing the blood’
Pianist Bob Sedergreen was inducted into Graeme Bell Hall of Fame this year.

Carl Mackey- Speedball

Barney McAll



Owen McKern 3PBS

Bob Sedergreen with Michael Kroger

Bob Sedergreen

Bob Sedergreen


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

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra leads Australia’s first international Make Music Day event with global livestream of Verdi’s Requiem concert

In celebration of international Make Music Day, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will share a global broadcast of its performance of Verdi’s Requiem on 21 June live from the Sydney Opera House.  With the support of Create NSW, ABC Classics, Sydney Opera House Creative Learning, Music Australia and the Australian Music Association, the livestream will be the flagship event in Australia’s first participation in the worldwide music festivities.
In an unprecedented event for Make Music Day, the global Sydney Symphony Orchestra livestream will be accessible free of charge at and will be available for 24 hours from 6.30pm, Thursday 21 June AEST.

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - May 14, 2018

“When you haven’t seen anybody for 20 something years, you don’t just show up and say hello, they gotta slap you in the face first and say where you been?” Extreme’s guitar legend Nuno Bettencourt tells James Ryan ahead of the upcoming Extreme and Mr Big June Australian tour. Australian…

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

Chugg Entertainment is proud to announce that the legendary Bob Dylan will return to Australia this August for a string of arena shows. The cross-generational icon will take in capital cities across Australia, plus special one-off shows in Newcastle and Wollongong. See full tour dates below.

In a career spanning six decades, Bob Dylan’s impact on popular music and culture is immeasurable. He is responsible for some of the most influential albums of all time, including The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde, and his socially and politically charged singles, ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ and ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’’, are widely considered among the most important songs in modern music. The ‘voice of a generation’ boasts an unparalleled repertoire, including timeless classics, ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, ‘Tangled Up In Blue’, ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ and ‘Girl From The North Country’.

With a catalogue of more than 50 albums, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records globally, received 11 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for ‘Things Have Changed’ (Best Original Song), and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2012, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, and in 2016, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Last in Australia for a month-long run of sold-out theatre shows in 2014, Bob Dylan and his band are a commanding force on stage. “There’s no doubt that seeing Bob Dylan brilliantly on song is a near spiritual experience”, the Sydney Morning Herald noted of his most recent Australian shows, while The Guardian declared, “the band were at one with Dylan – you’d swear they could play a fade-out if he wanted them to”.

To experience Bob Dylan live in concert is an opportunity to share an encounter with one of the last remaining musical legends of the modern era. Don’t miss out on what promises be a performance for the ages.


Presented by Chugg Entertainment

Wednesday 8th August – Perth Arena (All Ages)

Saturday 11th August – Botanic Park, Under The Grand Marquee (All Ages)

Monday 13th August – Margaret Court Arena (All Ages)

Saturday 18th August – ICC Sydney Theatre (All Ages)

Monday 20th August – WIN Entertainment Centre (All Ages)

Wednesday 22nd August – Entertainment Centre (All Ages)

Friday 24th August – Entertainment Centre (All Ages)

Sunday 26th August – Spark Arena (All Ages)

Tuesday 28th August – Horncastle Arena (All Ages)

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

Over the last five years, ONE ELECTRIC DAY has become one of Melbourne’s favourite festivals. Celebrating its sixth annual event in 2018, the day at Werribee Park has sold-out every year, with ticket allocations exhausted within minutes in 2017. Sporting one of the biggest line-ups yet, the 2018 ONE ELECTRIC DAY will certainly follow suit. Headlined by Australian rock icon Jimmy Barnes, and including the legendary The Angels, Ian Moss, Jon Stevens, Richard Clapton and Thirsty Merc, this is the epitome of an Oz rock festival.

Promoter Duane McDonald says the buzz surrounding the event has been building all year and he can’t wait to share the line-up with fans. “ONE ELECTRIC DAY is such a great family event that we see people adding it to their calendar year-after-year,” he says. “It is such a good feeling to see familiar faces each year – many of whom have been attending since day one. Last year sold-out so quickly and we anticipate this year will be the same. The 2018 line-up includes the best of the best of Australian music royalty and we are proud to bring them all to the ONE ELECTRIC DAY stage.”

Jimmy Barnes needs no introduction to Aussie rock music lovers. As a legend both from his time fronting Cold Chisel and his top charting solo career, he has an enviable back catalogue that makes for incredible live performances with songs like Working Class Man, When Your Love Is Gone and No Second Prize to name a few. Recently he has been on the road with the Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories and Songs celebrating his career and best-selling memoir. No stranger to performing at ONE ELECTRIC DAY, Jimmy returns in 2018 by popular demand.

When it comes to great Aussie rock, it doesn’t come much better than The Angels. It’s been over four decades since brothers Rick and John Brewster co-founded the iconic band and have penned some of Australia’s most anthemic tracks. The Angels are widely reputed for their killer live shows. With hits like Long Line, Marseille, Be With You, After the Rain, Shadow Boxer and Mr Damage to name a few. In 2018 The Angels are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their seminal album Face To Face. Audiences need to get ready to rock when The Angels take to the stage at ONE ELECTRIC DAY.

Ian Moss is one of the most celebrated guitarists in Australian rock history and is equally renowned for his songwriting, vocals and his live performance. Both with Cold Chisel and in his solo career, he has written some of the songs that have become part of the psyche of Australia. Songs like Tucker’s Daughter and Telephone Booth in his solo career ensured Ian Moss will always be a household name. With a swag of ARIA awards to his name, international tours to pretty much everywhere, and too many #1 hits to mention, he is an icon in the Australian music industry.

For lovers of great music, a concert experience with Jon Stevens is up there with the best. From his Noiseworks days – and hits such as Welcome To The World, No Lies, Touch and Hot Chilli Woman – to fronting The Dead Daisies and INXS, he has made an indelible impact with his amazing vocals. Jon also has an incredible solo catalogue, the most recent of which Starlight saw him do a run of sold-out dates last year. His live shows are dynamic, high energy and will keep audiences on their feet.

Richard Clapton is one of Australia’s legendary rock artists. With songs such as Deep Water, Capricorn Dancer and Girls On The Avenue in his arsenal, Richard has captivated audiences for decades. He released his debut Prussian Blue in 1973 and has never looked back. Still making music and still performing to packed houses, he is a true pioneer of the rock scene.

It’s hard to believe it has been over 15 years since Thirsty Merc smashed onto the scene with his such as Someday Someday and In The Summertime. Lead singer Rai Thistlethwayte proved himself to be a world-class songwriter and the trio performed far and wide. Having recently celebrated their 15-year anniversary with a national tour, the return of Thirsty Merc on the festival circuit will be embraced by audiences.

General public tickets go on sale 11am on Friday 18th May 2018 through Ticketmaster.
Sunday 25th November 2018| from 11am
One Electric Day featuring Jimmy Barnes, The Angels, Ian Moss, Jon Stevens, Richard Clapton & Thirsty Merc
Werribee Park on the Great Lawn, WERRIBEE VIC

Ticketmaster 136 100 |
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