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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 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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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 6, 2018

Grammy Award winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He has won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. Grammy nominated over a dozen times, Elling has also been honored with international jazz awards, including the prestigious Edison Jazz Oeuvreprijs (Lifetime Achievement Award). In late May, Elling returns to Australia for a series of concerts which you won’t want to miss.

Elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry.

Kurt Elling has been widely praised as one of the most exciting and popular jazz performers of our time. He has been hailed as the standout male vocalist of our time by The New York Times, whilst the Sydney Morning Herald described him as processing “a rare and remarkable virtuosity used in the cause of daring sonic adventures and intelligent, wide-ranging musical enterprises.” Kurt Elling breathes new life into old favorites for today’s audiences. He is undoubtedly the most influential jazz vocalist of our time.

Joining Kurt Elling on his 2018 tour is Australia’s queen of Jazz Emma Pask, best known for her collaboration with James Morrison and her performances on The Voice.

Sunday 27 May     Adelaide – The Gov  TICKETS
Wed 6th June       Perth  – Astor Theatre  TICKETS
Thurs 7th June   Canberra -Southern Cross Club  TICKETS 
Friday 8th June    Sydney  – City Recital Hall  TICKETS 
Saturday 9th June  Brisbane  – The Tivoli  TICKETS         

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 4, 2018

Alma Zygier Quintet. All photos by

Last Wednesday night, VIPs and a few lucky public ticket holders gathered together to welcome The Hummingbird, a brand new classy, dining and entertainment room to Melbourne’s music scene. The new venue is located at 34 Inkerman Street, St.Kilda, downstairs at the Newmarket Hotel.

Guests on the night were wined and dined in style with feisty MC Bev Killick providing the laughs. Special musical guest for the evening was the wonderful Alma Zygier and band, playing pre-war American Songbook jazz standards. Heavily influenced by the female vocal greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, Alma and quintet delivered a truly memorable performance.

The club actually had an unofficial opening last Monday night when Australian sax legend Joe Camilleri joined local outfit Jazz Funk Collective in a jam. American guitarist Tori Ruffin (Morris Day & The Time, Freak Juice), who was in town with the Nothing Compares 2 Prince tour also hit the stage for a jam.

Other artists performing at The Hummingbird this month include; Nina Ferro, Lake Minnetonka, The Badloves, Phileas Fogg Trio, Sammy J, Grand Wazoo, Renee Geyer and many more

Check out The Hummingbird’s Facebook page for more events
Bookings phone 03 9810 0087

Bev Killick

Alma Zygier Quintet

Alma with her mum, Deborah Conway

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 3, 2018


THE ONES WE LOVE is a unique series of concerts in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne Celebrating R.E.M. featuring an All-Star line-up of singers –
Jeff Martin (The Tea Party)
Steve Kilbey (The Church)
Ron S. Peno (Died Pretty)
Trish Young (The Clouds)
Alannah Russack (The Hummingbirds)
Ashley Naylor (Even)
Greg Atkinson (Ups & Downs)
Peter Fenton (Crow)
With special guest Amanda Brown (The Go-Betweens)

Together they will pay tribute to R.E.M. by performing songs from R.E.M’s rich back catalog from the period 1982 to 1992 including – Losing My Religion, The One I Love, Man on the Moon, It’s The End of the World, Radio Free Europe, Drive, Orange Crush, Everybody Hurts, The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight, Nightswimming, Stand, Fall on Me, Driver 8, Shiny Happy People plus plenty more. Backing them will be some of Australia’s finest musicians who will honour the sound that was uniquely and undeniably R.E.M.

THE ONES WE LOVE: Celebrating R.E.M. promises to be a rare opportunity to experience your favourite R.E.M. songs live

THE ONES WE LOVE: Celebrating R.E.M. Dates:
Friday 31st August Brisbane, Tivoli Theatre
Thursday 6th September Melbourne, Palais Theatre
Friday 7th September Sydney, State Theatre

Pre Sale: Friday May 4th, 9am Local Times
On Sale:  Monday May 7th, 9am Local Times

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 3, 2018

Mary Coughlan is arguably one of Ireland’s greatest female jazz and blues singers, a true artist who has carved out a timeless and highly regarded career and a legion of devoted fans worldwide. Described as “Ireland’s Billie Holiday” Mary has overcome childhood trauma, alcoholism & drug addiction to become a musical force like no other.

Mary said, “I Iove love love Australia. I honestly think about it most days! I’m so looking forward to being back down under and this whole tour. It’ll be great to be back and these shows are very special to me.”

Her seminal first album Tired and Emotional rocketed her to overnight fame in 1985, and fifteen albums later, her ability to deeply connect with both the song & her audience remains undiminished, a testament to her inner strength and to the power of transformation & redemption. Mary live is in a league of her own, her glorious husky voice pulling every ounce of emotion from the music. This is the real thing, sung from the depths of a woman’s heart and soul, a survivor who (to paraphrase Leonard Cohen’s famous words) “was born with the gift of a golden voice.” This is why she is so loved.

As The Observer rightly said, “Mary Coughlan’s talent is awesome.” Resonant with the grief of Billie Holiday, the soul of Van Morrison and the defiance of Edith Piaf, to hear Mary sing is to be at the core of the human heart.

Witness Mary Coughlan live at:
12 May Saturday
Paddington RSL Club, 8PM, 220-232 Oxford St, Paddington NSW
Jack Duggans Irish Pub, 7.30PM,135 George Street, Bathurst, NSW
19 MAY SATURDAY Petersham Bowling Club, 8PM, 77 Brighton St, Petersham NSW
Canberra Irish Club, 
6 Parkinson St, Weston ACT
The JazzLab, 
8PM, 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick, Melbourne Victoria

Perth Fly By Night , 7.30PM, Victoria Hall Building, 179 High Street, Freemantle WA.
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, 7:30PM, The Boardwalk, Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah WA

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 3, 2018

Acclaimed Modernist Art-Rock architect Steven Wilson returns to Australia and New Zealand to present his most spectacular show yet, with four astonishing audio-visual extravaganzas.

Following the release of ‘To The Bone’, his most successful album to date, Steven will perform 3hrs of mesmerising music drawn from both his recent catalogue, as well as classic Porcupine Tree songs, some of which have never previously been performed by his solo band.

Those whom have previously witnessed Steven Wilson live in concert will already be acquainted with the breathtaking wonderment and beauty of Steven’s lavish mindscape, which provides a perfect adjunct to his otherworldly music. Steven has outdone even the magnificence of previous tours to present an awe-inspiring kaleidoscope of evocative imagery and colour.

As well as cinematic visuals and driving futurist rock, aficionados will be treated to the astounding musicianship of Steven’s band. Spectral electronics, gut wrenching sub-harmonics, pounding drums, elegiac hyper-space ambience and dizzying, squalling guitars are a staple of Steven’s concerts. Steven’s band for these dates is: Nick Beggs (Bass), Craig Blundell (Drums), Adam Holzman (Keyboards) & Alex Hutchings (Guitar).

Join Steven Wilson this November for what will uncountably be a series of concerts never to be forgotten

Steven Wilson Tour Dates
Brisbane – Thursday 8th November – Eatons
Sydney – Friday 9th November – Enmore Theatre
Saturday 10th November – Melbourne, Palais Theatre
Monday 12th November – Auckland, Bruce Mason Centre

Presale Start – Tuesday 8th May – 10.00am local time
Presale End – Thursday 10th May –  9am
General Onsale – Thursday 10th May – 10.00am local time

Tickets available from

VIP tickets are available for purchase as an additional ticket for this tour.

Gold VIP includes:
Admission to Q&A Session
Limited edition A3 Thick Card Poster
Official commemorative Steven Wilson guitar pick
Official commemorative Steven Wilson VIP Laminate
Priority Access to the Venue

Platinum VIP (limited to 20 per show) includes:
Meet Steven Wilson
Photo with Steven Wilson
2 items signed by Steven Wilson
Admission to Q&A Session
Limited edition A3 Thick Card Poster
Official commemorative Steven Wilson guitar pick
Official commemorative Steven Wilson VIP Laminate
Priority Access to the Venue

Questions for Q&A will be selected from those submitted to DRW  Entertainment by VIPs via email and will be proffered by a moderator. Steven’s band will not attend Meet and Greet, nor Q&A session.

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