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ARETHA FRANKLIN, THE QUEEN OF SOUL HAS DIED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 17, 2018


After a long illness, Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul has died at her home in Detroit surrounded by family.
A family statement read: “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute. In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

Beginning as a teenage gospel singer, the daughter of a preacher carved a career like no other and went on to sell 75 million records. A gifted singer and pianist, in her formative years, Franklin toured with her father’s traveling revival show and later visited New York, where she signed with Columbia Records. Franklin went on to release several popular singles, many of which are now considered classics such as Respect, Chain of Fools, You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman, Think, I Say A Little Prayer and many more. Aretha became the world’s greatest soul singer. No matter what genre she chose to dabble in, it had soul. Her label “the queen of soul” was not record company hype, it was fact. She won 18 Grammy awards, had 77 entries in the US Billboard Hot 100 and 20 No 1 singles on the R&B chart.

Franklin received numerous honours throughout her career, including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, becoming the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, she was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Aretha received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979, had her voice declared a Michigan “natural resource” in 1985

In a statement from former president Barack Obama and wife Michelle, they said, “In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade — our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance.”

Paul McCartney Tweeted, “Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years.”

Barbra Streisand wrote, “Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world.”

Her influence stretched far among female African-American singers, from Tina Turner and Whitney Houston to Ms Lauryn Hill, whom Franklin worked with in 1998, and Beyonce, who sung a version of Precious Lord at the Grammys in 2015.
Franklin suffered from depression and alcoholism over the years, and her health began to decline in 2010, when she had a tumour removed.

On August 13, 2018, Franklin was reported to be gravely ill at her home in Riverfront Towers, Detroit. She was reported to be under hospice care and surrounded by friends and family. Stevie Wonder, Jesse Jackson, and ex-husband Glynn Turman, among others, visited her on her deathbed. Franklin died at home on August 16, 2018, aged 76. The cause was reported to be advanced pancreatic cancer.

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HEART OF ST KILDA CONCERT LINE UP REVEALED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 16, 2018


Sacred Heart Mission has announced another fantastic line-up for its 11th annual fundraiser, The Heart of St Kilda Concert, at the Palais Theatre St Kilda, on Tuesday 23 October.

Performers will include Archie Roach, Kate Ceberano, Tex Perkins & The Fat Rubber Band, Anne Edmonds, CDB, Linda Bull & Sime Nugent: Stardust, Bob Franklin, The Cartridge Family, Thando, Nath Valvo, Alma Zygier, Margret RoadKnight, Loose Tooth, Rebecca Barnard, Billy Miller & The Caravan Choir and The Meltdown

The Heart of St Kilda concert is an annual highlight of the Melbourne live music and comedy calendar. A family-friendly event, it attracts Australia’s finest musicians and comedians who donate their time to support the work of Sacred Heart Mission and its Meals Program, which provides up to 400 hot and hearty meals daily to those in Melbourne experiencing homelessness, social isolation and disadvantage.

The Mission serves over 160,000 meals each year out of its dining hall in Grey St, St Kilda and proceeds from this year’s concert will help to continue this inspirational work.

Once again, the irrepressible RocKwiz co-presenter and ABC Melbourne broadcaster Brian Nankervis will MC the evening.

With more exciting acts still to be announced, along with a few trademark surprises, the show is shaping up to be another wonderful night in the concert’s rich history

Tickets go on sale from 10am on Monday 20 August via Ticketmaster.

EVENT DETAILS
HEART OF ST KILDA CONCERT: Tuesday 23 October
VENUE: Palais Theatre, St Kilda
TICKETS Ticketmaster: 136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au
A-Reserve $99; B-Reserve $79
#heartofstkilda www.sacredheartmission.org

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PAUL KELLY’S MAKING GRAVY RETURNS THIS DECEMBER

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 16, 2018


After debuting with a sold-out show for 12,000 lucky fans last December, Frontier Touring are delighted to confirm that due to overwhelming public demand, Paul Kelly’s Making Gravy will once again kick off the festive season, extending in 2018 with an east coast trio of unmissable outdoor concerts.

Making Gravy will see Kelly perform songs from his four decade career, including the  Christmas classic ‘How To Make Gravy’, with special guests hand-picked by him also joining the festive lineup to perform on the night.

The tour will return to Melbourne’s much-loved Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Friday 14 December before heading to Sydney’s The Domain on Saturday 15 December and Brisbane’s Riverstage on Friday 21 December.

As one of Australia’s greatest performers and songwriters with an incredible career that spans over forty years, Kelly continues to delight music fans across the world. Having recorded 24 studio albums, multiple film soundtracks and two live albums, and a vast array of hit songs including ‘To Her Door’, ‘Dumb Things’, and ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’, Kelly was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997.

Kelly returns this year with new studio album Nature (out 12 October through EMI Australia). Launched by first single ‘With The One I Love’, Nature brings together poems from five literary greats – Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman, Sylvia Plath, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Phillip Larkin alongside poems Kelly wrote himself and his own original songs.

Kelly says, “I think of ‘Nature’ as a companion piece to ‘Life Is Fine’, itself full of moons, rain, rocks, rivers, seas, smells and lovers.”

Kelly released Life is Fine last year, his 23rd studio album and his first ever #1 album on the ARIA Albums chart across the course of his career. He also collected Best Male and Best Adult Contemporary Album, as well as Best Cover Art and Engineer Of The Year for the album at last year’s ARIA Awards. As one of his strongest and most successful albums, Kelly took the album on the road playing an incredible 16-date run of shows for audiences across Australia and New Zealand.

Audiences will be treated to a stellar lineup of musical acts at all Making Gravy shows where Kelly will be joined by special guests Angus & Julia Stone (all shows) and Alex Lahey (all shows), Mojo Juju in Melbourne and Brisbane and D.D Dumbo and Angie McMahon in Sydney.

Siblings Angus & Julia Stone have cemented their status as one of Australia’s most loved acts over the years. They reignited fans and acquired a whole new set in September last year with the release of fourth studio LP Snow, featuring gorgeous lead single ‘Chateau’, which reached No. 3 on triple j’s 2017 Hottest 100.  Their appearances at Making Gravy follow a huge run of sold out metro, regional and international shows earlier this year.

Melbourne-based, singer/songwriter Alex Lahey broke onto the scene with her 2016 debut EP B-Grade University which caught the attention of Tegan and Sara who she supported on their UK tour. Following an outstanding year of success, Lahey released her first album I Love You Like A Brother last year including hit singles ‘Every Day’s The Weekend’ and ‘I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself’.

D.D Dumbo is known for his unique pop sound. Using a 12-string guitar and looping pedals, he draws on a number of influences including Tuvan melodies and various African traditions. His most recent album Utopia Defeated, was released to widespread critical acclaim in 2016 receiving triple j’s Australian Album of the Year award and is a unique, playful and seductive body of work that featured singles ‘Walrus’ and ‘Satan’.

Bursting with incredible talent, Angie McMahon oozes charm and songwriting power. Her incredible vocals and beautiful guitar sounds can be heard on her most recent singles ‘Missing Me’ and ‘Slow Mover’.

Melbourne’s Mojo Juju blends live instrumentation with electronic production. With a strong focus on the human voice, she puts on an a stellar live show with a number of outstanding singles including new track ‘Native Tongue’.

Following the outstanding success of Making Gravy last December, Christmas is coming early for delighted audiences in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Purchase tickets now to avoid missing out on the festive show of the season!

PAUL KELLY – MAKING GRAVY
AUSTRALIAN TOUR
DECEMBER 2018
With special guests Angus & Julia Stone, Alex Lahey,
D.D Dumbo (Syd), Angie McMahon (Syd) & Mojo Juju (Mel & Bris)
Presented by Frontier Touring, Triple M & MAX

FRONTIER MEMBERS PRE-SALE
via frontiertouring.com/makinggravy
Begins: Monday 20 August (2pm AEST)
Ends: Tuesday 21 August (2pm AEST)
or until pre-sale allocation exhausted

GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE
Begins: Thursday 23 August (10am local)

Friday 14 December 
Sidney Myer Music Bowl | Melbourne, VIC
With special guests Angus & Julia Stone, Alex Lahey and Mojo Juju
All Ages
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100

Saturday 15 December   
The Domain | Sydney, NSW
With special guests Angus & Julia Stone, Alex Lahey, D.D Dumbo & Angie McMahon
18+*
*U18s must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100

Friday 21 December   
Riverstage | Brisbane, QLD
With special guests Angus & Julia Stone, Alex Lahey and Mojo Juju
All Ages
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100

 

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NEW SINGLE & ALBUM, TOUR ANNOUNCE FOR ESKIE’S KAV TEMPERELY

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 16, 2018


Frontman of west coast Australian rock n roll luminaires, Eskimo Joe, acclaimed songwriter Kav Temperley is stepping out solo.  The first taste of his upcoming album dropped this week in the form of new single, Pollyanna – an ominous reflection on the relativity of happiness – the single will be received instantly with all digital album pre-orders.  Pollyanna precedes Kav Temperley’s highly anticipated debut solo album All Your Devotion, a collection of ruminating, thoughtful, and effecting songs from one of this country’s greatest talents, set for release digitally and on vinyl on September 28.  To celebrate what is the culmination of years of hard work, Kav will be hitting the road in October and November this year, kicking off on October 5 at The Milk Factory in Brisbane, and moving through the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Belgrave, Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Fremantle, Margaret River, before wrapping up in Bunbury at Prince of Wales on November 3.

Pollyanna is not quite as happy-go-lucky as its namesake, but despite a moody demeanour, there is a tenacious, almost stubborn sense of positivity that lurks throughout.  With careful, considered instrumentation and an arrangement that allows deep strings, plucky piano and sparkling guitar to each complement the other, Pollyanna is a deeply effecting piece of music, made even more so with Kav’s idiosyncratic, expressive vocal delivery and lyricism.  Kav reflects on the inspiration behind the track, saying, “A friend once told me that our happiness is always relative, whether we live in a war zone or paradise – our happiness always swings back to the same place.
I had just lost my marriage and the band had decided to take a break, all of these things that defined me were now no longer around.  It was one of the first times in my life I felt like a stranger just rolling along, but I realised that amongst all of this I was a Pollyanna, someone despite the bad news always looks on the bright side.  This was a song I was singing to myself to remember to stay light.”

All Your Devotion is, quite simply, a daring testament of renewal.  Produced alongside Pip Norman (Troye Sivan, Jarryd James, Urthboy) and John Castle (Megan Washington, Vance Joy, Bertie Blackman), the album delicately outlines the arc of newfound romance; the rapture, with Pollyanna and Queen Of My Heart, the hesitation, with This Is The Love and Devotion, and the surrender, with High and When You Run.  All Your Devotion explores new sonic territory for Kav, as sparse and uncluttered production, reminiscent of pop and folk conventions, takes precendence over rock n roll ways.  Kav reflects on some of the inspiration behind the album, saying, “We spend our lives building barricades to protect us, both physical and emotional.  But, as well as protect, these barricades can also isolate and suffocate.  All Your Devotion is about tearing those down and starting over, through all the fears and hope…It’s about growing up and moving on. It’s being courageous enough to live and to love again.”

Kav Templerley is set to perform tracks from All Your Devotion live to audiences across the country come October and November this year, as Eskimo Joe also prepare to hit the stage for the Under The Southern Stars festival run.  It’s going to be a busy few months for the skilled musician, but anticipation is high, as Kav says, “(For the All Your Devotion tour,) it’s just going to be me with an acoustic guitar and kick drum strapped to my back.  I want these shows to be raw and real so people feel like they’ve been there right next to me through the writing of this record.”

Pollyanna will be available from today and will be received instantly with all digital album pre-orders.  All Your Devotion is set for release digitally and on vinyl on September 28.
ALL YOUR DEVOTION NATIONAL ALBUM TOUR

FRI 5 OCT | THE MILK FACTORY, BRISBANE QLD | 18+
Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
SAT 6 OCT | VILLA NOOSA HOTEL, SUNSHINE COAST QLD | 18+
Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.oztix.com.au| 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
SUN 7 OCT | PUBLIC BAR @ COOLANGATTA HOTEL, GOLD COAST QLD | 18+ | Free show
THU 11 OCT | GRACE EMILY, ADELAIDE SA | 18+
Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
FRI 12 OCT | SOOKI LOUNGE, BELGRAVE VIC | 18+
Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
SAT 13 OCT | THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+
Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets
FRI 19 OCT | LEADBELLY, SYDNEY NSW | 18+
Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets
SAT 20 OCT | LIZOTTES, NEWCASTLE NSW | 18+
Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.lizottes.com.au | (02) 4956 2066
SAT 27 OCT | MOJOS, FREMANTLE WA | 18+
Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
FRI 2 NOV | RIVER HOTEL, MARGARET RIVER WA | 18+
Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
SAT 3 NOV | PRINCE OF WALES, BUNBURY WA | 18+
Tickets available from www.kavtemperley.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

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REVIEW: MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 16, 2018

Van Larkins

Australian Musician and the Melbourne Guitar Show in conjunction with the Australian production team behind the acclaimed music documentary Acoustic Uprising, supported by the Australian Music Association and NAMM launched the first Melbourne International Guitar Night last night at the Toff in Town. Greg Phillips reports

The large opening night audience enjoyed wonderful performances from Janine Marshall, Van Larkins, Malcura, and Thomas Leeb. Marshall opened proceedings with a mix of originals and covers, owning the stage and displaying a command of her instrument. A highlight was her stunning version of The Doobie Brothers’ hit, What A Fool Believes with an inventive take on the song’s instrumental parts.

Brisbane based composer, Van Larkins opened his set bravely with a beautifully melodic, instrumental version of John Farnham’s You’re The Voice. Larkins, who heads to Nashville for performances next week, not only showcased his ample fingerstyle skills but also paraded his songwriting talent with fabulous versions of self-penned tunes such as Orion and Cold Fusion (See his performance below). Clearly Larkins was enjoying himself too, a vibe which was reflected back to him by the audience.

Melbourne based trio Malcura hit the stage next. Billed as ‘heavy flamenco’, it was more their gypsy flavours which really connected with the crowd. With Josh Voce on lead guitar and Steven Angell taking on more of a rhythm role, the huge sound this trio creates, really comes into full force once drummer and engine driver Simon Wood kicks in. Malcura is an emerging Melbourne act you don’t want to miss.

Californian based, Austrian-bred headliner Thomas Leeb finished up the evening with his amiable stage patter and an incredibly delicate touch on the fretboard. His mastery of harmonics tonight was something to treasure.

Many of the performers tonight including Larkins, Malcura and headliner Leeb played at The Melbourne Guitar Show and also toured together in a mini MIGN roadshow before this gig, so it’s not surprising there was a sense of bonding between the musicians. Show curator Drew Roller has done a fabulous job in putting together these shows with a mix of artists that really click. In one final encore, Leeb and Larkins came together off stage but in front of the crowd to perform a heartfelt farewell tune.

The grand plan for the Melbourne International Guitar Night is to become a leading destination for guitar music of all kinds in Australia and a place for international acts to come and perform. It will also be a great forum to foster and develop new guitar talent. Stay tuned for news on the next Melbourne International Guitar Night.

www.australianmusician.com.au

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OUR BIAS DELAY & BIAS MOD PEDAL MGS SURVEY WINNERS!

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 16, 2018

The Melbourne Guitar Show has wrapped up for another year. Thanks to the artists, exhibitors and you the public for making it great. Thanks also to those who filled in our online survey to give us your thoughts on the show.

The winners of the  BIAS Delay and BIAS Modulation pedal, courtesy of Positive Grid and their Australian distributor Link Audio.

Emma Wilson BIAS Delay twin pedal
Conan Greenway BIAS Modulation Twin pedal

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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT

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


Melbourne is about to get a brand new regular night of quality music celebrating the guitar. Australian Musician, in conjunction with the Australian Production team behind the acclaimed music documentary Acoustic Uprising, supported by the Australian Music Association and NAMM are proud to announce the Melbourne International Guitar Night.

Van Larkins

The night will launch at the Melbourne Guitar Show weekend but will actually take place on Wednesday August 15 at the Toff in Town, Swanston St Melbourne. The opening night will feature Janine Marshall, Van Larkins, Malcura, and Thomas Leeb. The Melbourne International Guitar Night will then occur on a regular monthly basis thereafter. Those attending the Melbourne Guitar Show on August 4 &5 at Caulfield Racecourse will get a taste of what the Melbourne International Guitar Night will be like, when Thomas Leeb and Van Larkins will be performing on the main acoustic stage, as well as making appearances at the guitar show booth. You can also purchase tickets to the Melbourne International Guitar Night from the booth at the Melbourne Guitar Show.

The guy who has been assigned to put the Melbourne International Guitar Night together is Drew Roller, who is no stranger to the local and international guitar community. Those who attended the Melbourne Guitar Show last year may have seen Drew’s wonderful movie, Acoustic Uprising, which is essentially a love song to the acoustic guitar. Roller is also a guitar player himself. “I started out like most guitarists wanting to be a rock god, grow the hair and do the poses. Over the years my playing has evolved and I’m now predominantly acoustic. I’ve been obsessed with modern fingerstyle for last 3 or 4 years. I remember when I first saw a performance by Jon Gomm, a leading player in the scene. I wanted to throw my guitar in the bin. It was like I had no idea what an acoustic guitar was capable of until then. The next day I practised harder than ever before. The Melbourne International Guitar Night will feature some of those amazing talents as well as players from a range of diverse styles.”

Drew’s movie Acoustic Uprising has found much success both here and overseas. It’s a film exploring the innovative world of acoustic fingerstyle guitar, featuring interviews with many leading players including Andy McKee, Kaki King, Newton Faulkner and Tommy Emmanuel. Acoustic Uprising looks at the rich history of fingerstyle and the fusion of musical ideas the style has become known for. “We released online independently in December and it has gone on to sell in 37 countries,” Drew says of the film’s recent developments. “We are currently sitting on 9.6 (rating) on imdb.com. The film has screened around the world and is available on DVD, Blu-ray and download now. We will be releasing an education version of the film in August with an accompanying study guide.”

For Roller, the Melbourne International Guitar Night is an extension of what he’d already been doing and he’s put together a night of virtuosity that is as exciting to watch as it is to listen to. An absolute firecracker of a lineup to kick off the series.
“We have four acts in a range of styles, starting with Melbourne based blues/rock singer-songwriter and all round guitar bad arse Janine Marshall. We have a modern finger style player from Brisbane, Van Larkins, who has played with the likes of Phil Emmanuel and toured internationally. There’s Flamenco metal trio Malcura, who are a Melbourne based act, and also international virtuoso Thomas Leeb, a modern fingerstyle player with a world music, percussive approach.”

Drew’s grand plan is for the Melbourne International Guitar Night to become a leading destination for guitar music of all kinds in Australia and a place for international acts to come and perform. It will also be a great forum to foster and develop new guitar talent. As well as the main Melbourne International Guitar Night at the Toff, the MIGN showcase is also touring regional Victoria with events in Warrnambool and Belgrave preceding the official launch at the Toff in Melbourne August 15th”

You can stay up to date with all things Melbourne International Guitar Night by joining the official Melbourne International Guitar Night Facebook Group and also keep an eye on developments at www.australianmusician.com.au and its social media pages.
Buy tickets for the Melbourne International Guitar Night at this link:
https://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/melbourne-guitar-night-showcase/105153

More about the first Melbourne International Guitar Night artists:
THOMAS LEEB
Headlining is Austrian acoustic virtuoso Thomas Leeb who brings his powerhouse brand of modern fingerstyle guitar to Australian shores for the first time ever. With over 4 million views on Youtube, Leeb is known for his groove driven percussive compositions and as one of the forefathers of modern acoustic techniques. Thomas is supported by a range of modern acoustic and flamenco metal from across Australia.
Austrian acoustic virtuoso Thomas Leeb brings his powerhouse brand of modern fingerstyle guitar to Australian shores for the first time ever. With over 4 million views on Youtube, Leeb is a true pioneer of the acoustic guitar with decades at the forefront of modern percussive fingerstyle.   “What Thomas does on an acoustic shouldn’t be legal” – Guthrie Govan

MALCURA
Malcura are an exhilarating acoustic trio from Melbourne with a distinctive sound that fuses Flamenco instrumentation with Latin rhythms and a Rock’n’roll mentality. Weaving intricate arrangements with virtuoso musicianship, their performances are alive with spirit and gusto. Voted “Best Global/Reggae Album” in the 2016 Age Music Victoria Awards.

VAN LARKINS
Australia’s number 1 modern acoustic guitarist… Van Larkins exudes a rare balance of expression and technique. A meticulous craftsman, his music is an inspiring mix of rich textures and soundscapes. A true master of the instrument.   “Sheds new light to the term ear candy” – Phil Emmanuel

JANINE MARSHALL
Guitarist and singer, Janine Marshall, plays groove driven old school guitar interpretations and complex originals. Her music is a combination of soulful, rich-toned vocals mixed with virtuosic guitar technique.

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MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW: SET UP DAY – THE GEAR

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News, Special Features    //    Post Date - August 3, 2018

The Melbourne Guitar Show kicks off tomorrow morning at 1oam. Today the exhibitors were setting up and we offer you this pictorial preview of an amazing array of hear. Melbourne Guitar Show August 4 &5 Caulfield Racecourse

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REVIEW: SNOW PATROL – MELBOURNE

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


Review: Snow Patrol / Husky – Melbourne
Review: Joshua Batten Photos: Jason Rosewarne

Six years on from their last visit to Australia, and twelve years on from reaching the top of the ARIA charts with the mega-hit album Eyes Open, Northern Irish Alt-Rockers Snow Patrol are back with a new album, and if tonight’s show was anything to go by, they won’t be going away any time soon.

Support act Husky have been on the Melbourne music scene for nearly ten years and were a pleasant choice to open up the evening. Performing tonight as a duo, lead singer/guitarist Husky Gawinda and keyboard player Gideon Preiss played stripped-back versions of material from their back catalogue, full of hypnotic melodies, lush chords and close harmonies. Gawinda has a natural clarity and lightness to his voice, and his lyrics came through clearly and strong, while his guitar playing had a soft attack but a strong output, with individual notes ringing out on top of strummed chords. Opening with the poetic “Tidal Wave” and finishing with the upbeat “Saint Joan”, this was a set where there was enough variety despite limited instrumentation, and I was quite happy to sit back and let the music wash over me.

Within minutes of frontman Gary Lightbody taking the stage, he had the audience in the palm of his hand. Opening with two back-to-back classics – “Chocolate” and “Take Back the City” – he immediately turned into an energetic, animated performer, with exaggerated shaky movements, powerful rhythm guitar playing and a huge smile on his face. He really just seemed like a guy who was happy to be there and was relishing every moment of being onstage.

Lead guitarist Nathan Connolly also had a hard time standing still for the duration of the show. In every song, he was swaying to the beat while taking a laid-back approach to his playing, emphasizing colour and emotion over technical prowess, a technique similar to that of The Edge or Coldplay’s Johnny Buckland. Drummer Jonny Quinn had a deep, resonant drum sound on par with any studio recording, Paul Wilson played basslines across every octave, and ‘new guy’ Johnny McDaid added soulful piano and backing vocals to the overall sound, occasionally stepping out front with aggressive rhythm guitar.

The 16 songs chosen tonight could easily be split into three categories – five songs each from the band’s new album Wildness and the aforementioned Eyes Open, with the remaining six tracks taken from the rest of their career. The audience was full of die-hard fans who sang along for all the most popular tunes, including “Run”, “Shut Your Eyes”, “Open Your Eyes” and of course “Chasing Cars”, which was played faithfully to its original arrangement and sounded just as fresh as it did twelve years ago. The newer tracks fit into the set well, and in some cases actually surpassed their studio counterparts – highlights in particular were “Don’t Give In”, which was transposed down a whole step and sounded more relaxed as a result, and the anthemic “Life On Earth”, which Lightbody said took him five years to write.

The final song of the main set was “You’re All I Have”, the opener from Eyes Open. Any claims that Snow Patrol are a ‘slow band’ were proven false with this last song, which was an up-tempo rocker that everybody could dance to. After waiting two minutes for the ‘spontaneous encore’ (Even Lightbody admitted that this trope is getting tiresome), Lightbody and McDaid returned to the stage to play “What if This Is All the Love You’ll Ever Get?”. Even with the long title, this is a track that should be getting flogged on contemporary pop radio, as it has all the hallmarks of a great emotional piano ballad. With no guitar, Lightbody put all his dramatic energy into his performance and vocal delivery for this song, saving the euphoric joy for the closing number of the night, the disco inspired “Just Say Yes” which once again served as a great crowd sing-along number. There was no group bow as the band left the stage, but Lightfoot promised that they would be returning next year and invited everyone to come along.

Snow Patrol are a band I’d never really looked into before I was asked to do this review, but I’m glad I did. Their show tonight was a perfect example of ‘less is more’. No flashy guitar solos or rear screen projections, and nothing too fancy with the light show. However, they are very competent songwriters and give of great vibes with their stage presence. I highly recommend them to fans of Coldplay or U2, and if you can’t afford tickets to either of those bands but still want to see a band with emotion, you could do a lot worse than spend an evening with Snow Patrol.

 

 

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ALL THE MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW LINKS YOU NEED

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 2, 2018

Jen Costello from The Mercy Kills at MGS 2017. pic by Jason Rosewarne

It’s on this weekend, Australia’s biggest pop-up guitar shop, performances, clinics and more!
Melbourne Guitar Show
August 4&5, 2018
Caulfield Racecourse.

Times:
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

Weather: It’s a totally weather-proof, indoor event! Hot deals on cool guitars with warm tones

Here are the other links you’ll need.
Ticket sales and information
Exhibitor list and stand profiles
Venue Floor Plan
Performer list and profiles
Weekend program listing stage times

Australian Musician’s MGS2018 giveaways
Where to enter:
Positive Grid BIAS MINI Guitar amp.
Book your ticket online for automatic entry. Drawn at Link Audio stand Saturday at 5pm
Joe Satriani Meet & Greet ticket competition for his Melbourne concert AND
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Meet & Greet ticket competition for his Melbourne concert
The Joe Satriani and Kenny Wayne Shepherd Meet & Greet entry box will sit between stands #51 (George Evans amps) and #52 (APurla guitars) on ground level. Fill in form on the spot or scan the QR code to fill in online
Boss MS-30 Multi Effects Switcher competition
This is an exit survey competition and you can fill out a form when you exit or scan the QR code to fill in online at your leisure

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