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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 29, 2014

Heloise at the MMB final

The 2014 Melbourne Music Bank competition final was held last night at Salon, the Melbourne Recital Centre’s smaller boutique venue. Four finalists performed their songs inspired by the city of Melbourne with folk-rocker Heloise taking out the major prize for her song ‘This Is Home’. Hip Hop artist NY (Nyoun Thong) won second prize and the admiration of many in the audience for his energetic performance. Other acts to perform on the night included Under The Arch, a band which was only formed in February this year and Selki, who relocated to Melbourne from Byron Bay recently.  Melbourne Music Bank ambassador and the night’s host, Ella Hooper also performed two songs from her soon to be released (Nov 21) solo album, In Tongues.

As the winning artist, Heloise has earned herself two days recording at Sing Sing Studios, a video clip by film maker Wilk, live gigs, album artwork, 500 CDs, PR and marketing advice and her song to be used in a Bank of Melbourne advertising campaign.

Judges on the night featured an all-female panel including; Melbourne Music Bank ambassador Ella Hooper, Kirsten Siddle Director of Programming at Melbourne Recital Centre, Beat Magazine Music Editor Cara Williams, Jac Phillips head of brand and marketing at Bank of Melbourne, and PBS 106.7FM Music Director Chelsea Wilson.

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - October 29, 2014

  Sydney based singer, songwriter Rachel Collis, who released her new album Nightlight in September, chats with Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips about the creation of it. “For me the song is always about the lyric and what it’s saying,” says singer songwriter Rachel Collis of the most important aspect of…

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Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - October 28, 2014

Every single Sigma guitar proudly features the words “Sigma Guitars Est. 1970” on its headstock. It’s the year the company was founded to counteract a flood of inferior budget-priced acoustic guitars which had negatively impacted the American market at the time. Those who own Sigma guitars are quite fanatical about…

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Posted in Artists, Special Features, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - October 26, 2014

Missed flights, missing merch, an ailing drummer, a trip to a hospital emergency ward, a non-landing plane, backline in a state other than the one they were going to play, and a demanding 2014 My Kitchen Rules contestant. As The Mercy Kills explain, it’s all in a fortnight’s work for…

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Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - October 26, 2014

  Gifted Melbourne guitarist and lyrical wordsmith, Hamish Anderson’s career is on an upward trajectory that seems impossible of stopping. He has recently released a new single, Burn from his forthcoming EP, Restless (out November 7) and is currently touring America, with some of those gigs supporting the great BB…

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Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - October 26, 2014

Dakota Striplin is a young Queensland-based singer/songwriter whose passionate, heart-felt vocal delivery defies his age. He’s also a talented guitar picker and songwriter, writing his first song at 12. Dakota has played weddings, parties, cafes and graduated to theatre shows around Brisbane including a lead role in Hairspray. He is…

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Richard Thompson Electric Trio Australian Tour

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 22, 2014

richardthompsonRichard Thompson is one of the UK’s most outstanding songwriters, and an astonishing guitar player whose versatility allows him to adapt his style as each song requires. In this unique Australian appearance, Richard will be performing an intimate solo set as well as performing with his electric trio – Michael Jerome (drums) Taras Prodaniuk (bass/vocals).

Thompson says of his fellow trio members: “Michael Jerome has been with me for about 12 years. He’s actually from Texas; he is a great musician, able to respond to anything that’s put in front of him.  Taras Prodaniuk worked a lot with Dwight Yoakam, and more recently with Lucinda Williams. His roots may be in country music, but he’s another extremely gifted and versatile musician.”

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic- from the  Americanas  in Nashville to Britain’s  BBC Awards,  and  the prestigious Ivor Novellos. In 2011 Thompson was the recipient of the OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

Having co-founded the ground breaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 60’s, Richard Thompson and his mates virtually  invented British Folk Rock.

By the age of 21 he left the band to pursue his own career, followed by a decade long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, to over 30 years as a highly successful solo artist.

A wide range of musicians have recorded Thompson’s music including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, David Byrne, Don Henley, Blair Dunlop and many others.

Thompson’s massive body of work includes over 40 albums, many Grammy nominations, as well as numerous soundtracks, including Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man. His recent CD, Electric, was produced by the great Nashville musician Buddy Miller (Band of Joy, Patty Griffin.). Electric continues to receive positive praise with Rolling Stone declaring, “…the excellence is undeniable.”

Thompson’s genre defying mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar along with dizzying energy and onstage wit continue to earn Richard Thompson massive new fans and a place as one of the most distinctive virtuosos in folk rock history.


Wednesday 4th
March Melbourne Recital Centre Melbourne, VIC
TICKETS: PH: 03 9699 3333

Thursday 5th March
Adelaide Festival – Her Majesty’s Theatre Adelaide, SA
TICKETS: PH: 131 246

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March
Port Fairy Folk Festival Port Fairy, VIC
TICKETS: PH: 03 5568 2227

Wednesday 11th March
City Recital Hall Sydney, NSW
TICKETS: PH: 02 8256 2222

Friday 13th March
TICKETS: PH: 0800 327 484

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 21, 2014


This year, Gibson celebrates their 120th anniversary. The history of Gibson, simply put, is one of the great stories of American enterprise. From its humble beginnings more than a century ago, to its “golden age” in the ‘50s and ‘60s, to its phoenix-like return to glory in the late ‘80s, the company’s iconic reputation and inventive spirit have made it an American institution. Gibson now moves forward into 2014 with its eyes trained firmly on the future while also paying homage to its illustrious past.

To celebrate the anniversary, some of Australia’s finest guitarists will present a special two-day event at Lizotte’s in Sydney. Diesel, The Brewster Brothers, Brad Shepherd of Hoodoo Gurus, Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges, Grammy-nominated acid jazz pioneer Albare, Nathan Cavaleri, Rai Thistlethwayte, Simon Meli and Caitlin Harnett will be joined by even more songwriters and guitarists yet to be announced.

Events include guitar clinics, a Gibson guitar display, panel discussions and an open jam session. The second night will be capped off with a performance from The Brewster Brothers (from The Angels, known in some countries as The Keystone Angels) followed by Diesel.

The Gibson 120th Anniversary event takes place on Saturday November 1 and Sunday November 2.

For ticket info click here.

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - October 19, 2014

Michael Witheford looks back on the 35 five year career of Australian independent guitarist, singer, songwriter Kim Salmon The perpetually restless Kim Salmon has been, along with Nick Cave and Dave Graney perhaps, the most ever-present (35 years) and eclectically productive Australian artist you could name. And he’s still working…

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - October 19, 2014

Lanie Lane’s second album, Night Shade will surprise many. Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips caught up with Lanie to find out how it all came together. On a brisk but sunny Melbourne morning in the courtyard of an Albert Park cafe, the amiable Lanie Lane sits in anticipation of her second…

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