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CRANBOURNE MUSIC’S 2018 ROCKFEST NATIONAL FINAL

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 31, 2018


Australian Musician headed out to Templestowe College in Melbourne yesterday to attend the annual Rockfest National final, a school band competition run by Cranbourne Music. As usual, the standard of acts was amazing and the styles of music eclectic.

Performing in the senior band section were: Empire (Wangaratta High), Dropout Paradise (Carranballac College), Sounds of Unity (Woodridge State High), Common Boys (Cranbourne Secondary) , Disgruntled Architect (Templestowe College), Nana Klumpp (Camden Haven High ), and The Leftovers (Trafalgar High).

Performing in the Junior section were: Amplified (Caranballac College), Splinter Kiss (Euroa Secondary), Snake Rope  (Trafalgar High), In the Works (Templestowe College), and Next Generation (Narre Sth P12). Also worth mentioning were Zen, and Matt Broome, showcase solo artists who appeared in the heats.

Best Senior Band, The Leftovers won themselves a Gretsch drum kit and Fender Stratocaster, while the Best Junior Band, In The Works were rewarded with a PDP drum kit and Fender Rumble 200ww bass amp.

Taking time out from preparations for his national solo tour, guest judge Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson was generous with his time and words.

Congratulations to Luc Travers and his team at Cranbourne Music for fostering young Australian talent through this wonderful project.

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FALLS FESTIVAL LINEUP INCLUDES LEGENDARY ROCKERS TOTO

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 30, 2018


Hold the line! The 2018/19 Falls Festival line up has been announced and includes a surprise visit from legendary, Grammy winning rockers Toto, mixed in with state of the art chart toppers such as Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Chvrches, Catfish and the Bottlemen and more.

Underneath the Falls hood you’ll find: world class music · creative installations · visual arts performances · pop-up bars and beer gardens · passouts all festival long · thoughtful camping facilities · comedy clubs · daily beach access · glorious gourmet fare · makers’ markets · local traders · beauty parlours · holistic yoga and well-being, plus loads more to be announced!

A line-up packed to the brim with red hot international and national artists has been carefully curated and the sites in Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle will be whipped into shape in readiness for another New Year’s special. With every show selling out last year, there’s no doubt that after two and a half decades, Falls remains as vital as the summer sun.

THE FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2018/19 NATIONAL LINE-UP:

ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS · CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN (ONLY AUS SHOWS) · VANCE JOY · CHVRCHES · HILLTOP HOODS · TOTO · INTERPOL · 88RISING FEAT. RICH BRIAN, JOJI, NIKI & AUGUST 08 (ONLY AUS SHOWS) · FLIGHT FACILITIES · AMY SHARK · DMA’S · KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD · GOLDEN FEATURES · FIRST AID KIT (ONLY AUS SHOWS) · OCEAN ALLEY · HOCKEY DAD · CASHMERE CAT (ONLY AUS SHOWS) · THE VACCINES · CUB SPORT · RUEL · JACK RIVER · BISHOP BRIGGS · MALLRAT · BRIGGS · TOUCH SENSITIVE · TKAY MAIDZA · DERMOT KENNEDY · TIRED LION · HOBO JOHNSON & THE LOVEMAKERS · SOCCER MOMMY · ODETTE · MAHALIA · HATCHIE · WEST THEBARTON · SAM FENDER · TIA GOSTELOW · KOTA BANKS · TRIPLE ONE · ALICE SKYE · HEAPS GAY DJ’S & FRIENDS

+ PLUS LOADS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED +

2018/19 EVENTS: 
Lorne VIC: 28 Dec, 29 Dec, 30 Dec, 31 Dec (est. 1993) 18+ event
Marion Bay TAS: 29 Dec, 30 Dec, 31 Dec (est. 2003) All ages
Byron Bay NSW: 31 Dec, 01 Jan, 02 Jan (est. 2013) 18+ event
Fremantle WA: 05 Jan, 06 Jan (est. 2016) 18+ event

TICKETS TO FALLS:
Friends of Falls pre-sales will commence at 12pm (local time) Friday 31 August
VISA Checkout pre-sales will commence at 9am (local time) Monday 03 September
General Sales will commence at 9am (local time) Thursday 06 September
Local Tasmanian in store sales will commence at 9am (local time) Thursday 06 September
All details and pricing can be found at: fallsfestival.com

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2nd ANNUAL AUSTRALIAN AMERICANA MUSIC HONOURS FOR OCTOBER

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 29, 2018


Details of the second annual AUSTRALIAN AMERICANA MUSIC HONOURS have today been revealed, with Melbourne’s stunning Thornbury Theatre to play host to the event on Thursday 11th October.

Presented by Michael Chugg, Nash Chambers and the international Americana Music Association, the Australian Americana Honours Night is a celebration of Americana music in Australia, and will showcase a sensational array of the best local and international artists that the genre has to offer.

An explosive line-up will take the stage on October 11, led by Nashville powerhouse Margo Price, who was discovered and signed by Jack White. Joining Margo will be fellow Statesider Joshua Hedley, along with local talents Diesel, Little Georgia, Shane Howard, Kevin Welch, Weeping Willows and Kasey Chambers featuring Alan Pigram.

With Triple R’s Denise Hylands and the Americana Music Association’s Jed Hilly set to host proceedings, the Australian Americana Honours Night will deliver an unparalleled evening of music for Roots and Americana fans for the second consecutive year.

“Americana is that sweet spot between folk and country, rock and blues. More than roots, it pulls in almost all the strands of American music whether it’s made with acoustic or electric instruments, is as modern as Dixie Chicks covering Beyonce, as old as a cotton field work song played on a crackling shellac 78, and can be made in Memphis, Manchester or Melbourne.

“Margo Price can cut from Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, Joshua Hedley feels like the early 60s reincarnated, while Kasey Chambers makes a modern desert campfire song sound timeless”. – Bernard Zuel

The Americana Music Association will present two honours during the course of this special musical event. Brian Wise will receive a Vanguard Award for his continued commitment to the genre through his magazine, Rhythms, and Triple R radio program, On The Record. Seminal recording artist Shane Howard will be honoured for his influence on Australian poetic and folk music traditions. “(He) captures something essential of the spirit of Australia in words and music… his songs have a global reach and explore universal themes”. – Aziz Choudry

Last year recognised for his decade-long commitment to Americana, Out on the Weekend festival founder, Brian “BT” Taranto, said, “It was a great maiden event to celebrate a style of music I’m very passionate about. There seemed to be a genuine collaborative spirit in the room, which is just the thing needed for this emerging genre in Australia to become widely recognised and accepted”.

“We have rounded up a fantastic group of artists to celebrate Americana and Roots music in Australia in 2018. It’s an incredibly exciting genre, and based on the buzz after last year’s event, we’ll be doing this for many years to come”, said Michael Chugg.

“It’s a thrill to be a part of the second Annual Australia Americana Honours event”, said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association and Executive Producer of the Critically Acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program in Nashville. “Last year’s event connected the community not just in Australia but around the globe, with a spirit that was and continues to be contagious. I can’t wait to get back to Melbourne.”

THE SECOND ANNUAL 
AUSTRALIAN AMERICANA MUSIC HONOURS

THURSDAY 11TH OCTOBER – THE THORNBURY THEATRE, MELBOURNE VIC
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 31ST AUGUST, 10AM AEST
OZTIX.COM.AU OR 1300 762 545

In association with the US Americana Music Association, Chugg Entertainment, Essence Group, Virgin, Nashville Music City, TN Tourism, Triple R, Show Group, Sounds of the City, Rhythms Magazine

WITH PERFORMANCES FROM…
MARGO PRICE (USA) – DIESEL – JOSHUA HEDLEY (USA) – LITTLE GEORGIA
KASEY CHAMBERS FEATURING ALAN PIGRAM – SHANE HOWARD
KEVIN WELCH – WEEPING WILLOWS

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MOORE BLUES FOR GARY – A TRIBUTE TO GARY MOORE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 29, 2018

The sky was crying when Gary Moore passed away on 6th February 2011.  From Thin Lizzy to Colosseum II, together with his solo hits ‘Parisienne Walkways’ and ‘Out In The Fields’, Gary influenced a whole generation of guitar players and guitar playing.

The bass player/producer Bob Daisley had played with Gary since the 1980’s, and is known for suggesting to Gary that he should make a blues album – the rest is history, ‘Still Got The Blues’ was an immense hit, followed by a series of classic modern blues albums. Bob, also known for his contributions to Rainbow and Ozzy Osbourne, was the driving force behind “Moore Blues For Gary”.

“In my opinion, Gary was one of the best guitarists who ever lived”, says Bob Daisley. “It was an honour for me to have worked with him and to have known him so well. When Gary passed away in 2011 the world lost one of the all-time greats. I don’t think that enough was said or done at the time to acknowledge the loss of such a great player so I took it upon myself to pay personal tribute to the man and record some new versions of his music, mostly from his blues catalogue.

I asked many members of the Gary Moore family tree, and some other great players, to contribute to the project. The response was not only encouraging, but very moving. It seems that the name Gary Moore is also synonymous with the words ‘respect’, ‘honour’ and ‘greatness’. I didn’t set out to recreate anything that Gary had done, or to compete in any way, these arrangements and performances represent a ‘hats off’ to Gary and nothing more. Long live the memory of Robert William Gary Moore. Yes, he was an­other ‘Bob’ – something that I wasn’t aware of for all of those years that I worked with him. I feel such gratitude towards the people who contributed to this album and I’m honoured to have worked with them all.”

John Sykes (ex-Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) makes a triumphant return after a long absence with an uber-emotional rendition of ‘Still Got The Blues’, with the soulful vocals by Daniel Bowes (Thunder) complementing each other.
‘Parisienne Walkways’ is played by Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs) and Ricky Warwick (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders, The Almighty), with the unlikely pair resulting in a miraculous chemistry.

Gary’s friends are here – his rocking keyboard / guitar / vocal sidekick Neil Carter sings ‘Empty Rooms’, which he co-wrote with Gary. Don Airey (Deep Purple, Rainbow) and Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) had joined forces with Gary on numerous occasions, together with Eric Singer (Kiss) and Darrin Mooney (Primal Scream). Brush Shiels, the leader of Gary’s first professional band Skid Row, also makes an appearance.

Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), Steve Lukather (Toto), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Damon Johnson (Black Star Riders, Alice Cooper) and Stan Webb (Chicken Shack) also unsparingly pour all their emotions to show their appreciation to Gary.

Gary’s sons Jack and Gus are also involved, playing guitar and singing on ‘This One’s For You’, showing that the ‘Blood Of Emeralds’ still runs their veins.
During his blues days, Gary made two albums to thank the guitarists that made him who he was: “Blues For Greeny” for Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac, and “Blues For Jimi” for Jimi Hendrix. Now this is his turn to be rewarded with an album full of love and respect.  We still got the blues for you.

 “Moore Blues For Gary”, due for a release on October 26th, 2018, is available to pre-order HERE

Tracklist
1. ‘THAT’S WHY I PLAY THE BLUES’
VOCALS – JON C. BUTLER; GUITARS – TIM GAZE; BASS GUITAR – BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS – ROB GROSSER;    KEYBOARDS – CLAYTON DOLEY

2. ‘THE BLUES JUST GOT SADDER’
VOCALS – JOE LYNN TURNER; LEAD GUITAR – STEVE LUKATHER; RHYTHM GUITAR AND SLIDE GUITAR – TIM GAZE; BASS GUITAR – BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS – ROB GROSSER; KEYBOARDS – CLAYTON DOLEY

3. ‘EMPTY ROOMS’
LEAD VOCAL, KEYBOARDS – NEIL CARTER; BASS GUITAR, HARMONICA, BACKING VOCALS – BOB DAISLEY;    DRUMS – ROB GROSSER;  GUITARS – ILLYA SZWEC; BACKING VOCALS – ROSANNA DAISLEY

4. ‘STILL GOT THE BLUES (FOR YOU)’
VOCALS – DANNY BOWES; GUITARS – JOHN SYKES; KEYBOARDS – DON AIREY; BASS GUITAR – BOB DAISLEY;    DRUMS – ROB GROSSER

5. ‘TEXAS STRUT’
VOCALS – BRUSH SHIELS; BASS GUITAR – BOB DAISLEY; GUITARS – TIM GAZE; DRUMS – ROB GROSSER

6. ‘NOTHING’S THE SAME’
VOCALS – GLENN HUGHES; FRETLESS ACOUSTIC BASS – BOB DAISLEY; CELLO – ANA LENCHANTIN; GUITARS – LUIS MALDONADO

7. ‘THE LONER’
GUITARS – DOUG ALDRICH; DRUMS – ERIC SINGER; BASS GUITAR – BOB DAISLEY; KEYBOARDS – DON AIREY

8. ‘TORN INSIDE’
VOCALS, LEAD GUITAR – STAN WEBB; BASS GUITAR, RIFF GUITAR – BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS – DARRIN MOONEY;    KEYBOARDS – LACHLAN DOLEY

9. ‘DON’T BELIEVE A WORD’
VOCALS, LEAD GUITAR – DAMON JOHNSON; BASS GUITAR – BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS – ROB GROSSER; RHYTHM GUITAR – ILLYA SZWEC

10. ‘STORY OF THE BLUES’
LEAD VOCAL – JON C. BUTLER; BASS GUITAR, RIFF GUITAR, BACKING VOCALS – BOB DAISLEY; LEAD AND RHYTHM GUITAR – TIM GAZE; DRUMS – ROB GROSSER; KEYBOARDS – LACHLAN DOLEY; BACKING VOCALS – ROSANNA DAISLEY

11. ‘THIS ONE’S FOR YOU’
VOCALS – GUS MOORE; LEAD GUITAR – JACK MOORE; BASS GUITAR – BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS – ROB GROSSER;    RHYTHM GUITAR – ILLYA SZWEC

12. ‘POWER OF THE BLUES’
VOCALS – JOE LYNN TURNER; LEAD GUITAR – JEFF WATSON; BASS GUITAR, RIFF GUITAR – BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS – DARRIN MOONEY; RHYTHM GUITAR – ILLYA SZWEC

13. ‘PARISIENNE WALKWAYS’
GUITARS – STEVE MORSE; VOCALS – RICKY WARWICK; BASS GUITAR – BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS – ROB GROSSER;    KEYBOARDS – CLAYTON DOLEY

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MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW 2018 HIGHLIGHTS REEL

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 29, 2018

The 4th annual Melbourne Guitar Show, presented by Australian Musician and Triple M was yet another success with thousands of guitar lovers heading out to Caulfield Racecourse to check out a huge array of gear and experience some wonderful performances and information sessions from world class musicians. See you back at Caulfield Racecourse on August 4&5 in 2019!

Here’s a highlights reel we’ve put together, featuring a Triple M Jam performance from Brett Garsed, Rod Bustos, Marcus Ryan and Phil Turcio #MGS2018.

Thanks to Advanced Audio, Sam Tan and Jason Rosewarne for their contributions to this reel

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MAROON 5 ANNOUNCE ‘RED PILL BLUES’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 29, 2018

Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum band MAROON 5 will bring their RED PILL BLUES WORLD TOUR to Australia in February 2019 for three exclusive concerts.

The band will play live at Brisbane’s Entertainment Centre on February 19, Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on February 21 and Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on February 22. Tickets for all shows go on sale at 11am Monday, September 10.

Maroon 5 stand out as not only one of pop music’s most enduring artists, but also one of the 21st century’s biggest acts. To date, the universally renowned Los Angeles band have achieved three GRAMMY® Awards and become “the most successful group in the history of the Billboard Hot 100” with 12 Top 10 entries, earned 20 Top 40 hits making them the only band to ever do so, sold over 36 million albums, 48 million singles worldwide, and earned gold and platinum certifications in more than 35 countries.

The band won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album, “Songs About Jane” and their double platinum album, “It Won’t be Soon Before Long”. Maroon 5 went on to release studio albums, “Hands All Over”, which featured the anthemic ‘Moves Like Jagger,’ and ‘Overexposed’. The band’s fifth studio album, “V”, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and featured the #1 hit singles ‘Maps,’ ‘Animals’ and ‘Sugar,’ helping the band set a record for the most #1’s by a group in the Top 40 chart’s 20-year history, with 9 in total. The music video for the album’s GRAMMY- nominated single ‘Sugar’ has notably logged a record setting 2+ billion views to date.

Maroon 5 released their 6th studio album, “Red Pill Blues”, in late 2017 via Interscope/ Universal Music Australia. The debut single off the album, ‘What Lovers Do,’ [feat. SZA] introduced the band’s latest body of work with a proverbial bang; accumulating over 574 million Spotify streams and 252 millionYouTube/VEVO views.

‘Girls Like You,’ Maroon 5’s most recent single, spent its fifth consecutive week at #1 on Top 40, #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #1 on iTunes and Spotify, all while accumulating almost 300 million Spotify streams and 679 million YouTube/ VEVO views.

RED PILL BLUES WORLD TOUR
AUSTRALIA 2019
ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, BRISBANE               TUESDAY FEBRUARY 19
QUDOS BAND ARENA, SYDNEY                            THURSDAY FEBRUARY 21
ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE                       FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22

TICKETS ON SALE 11AM MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
My Live Nation pre-sale begins 11am Friday, September 7 until 5pm Sunday, September 9

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: maroon5.comlivenation.com.au  

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VINTAGE MOOG RAFFLE TO HELP CREATE MOOGSEUM

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 27, 2018

Today the Bob Moog Foundation announces their fall raffle featuring three fully restored vintage Moog synthesizers: A Memorymoog, Moog Source, and Moog Rogue will be offered as first, second, and third prizes, respectively. The Moog Trifecta Raffle marks the first time in the Foundation’s history that it is offering more than one raffle prize.

The raffle begins on August 27, 2018 at 12:01am EDT, and ends on September 24, 2018 at 11:59pm EDT, or when all 5500 tickets sell out, whichever comes first. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100, and can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/MoogTrifectaRaffle

Funding raised from the raffle will be used to expand the Foundation’s hallmark educational project, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, and to help fund its newest project, the Moogseum, which was announced last week. The Moogseum, a planned interactive, immersive facility that will bring Bob Moog’s legacy and the science of sound and synthesis alive for people of all ages, will be located in downtown Asheville, NC. It is expected to open in April 2019, with an online Moogseum to follow later that year.

The Memorymoog, serial number 1460, has an estimated value of $7,500. It combines six voice polyphony to create a unique polysynth with three voltage controlled, articulated oscillators. Each voice has its own 24dB voltage controlled filter. It is often referred to architecturally as six Minimoogs, and is renowned for its rich sound.

The Memorymoog being offered has been retrofitted with a sequencer and MIDI capabilities, normally found only in Memorymoog Plus models. It has been meticulously serviced by vintage synth specialist Wes Taggart, a lauded technician for Memorymoog restoration.

The Moog Source is a 37 key, two oscillator synthesizer with unique features such as patch memory storage, flat-panel membrane buttons, single data wheel assignment, and more. It has two voltage controlled analog oscillators and the legendary 24 dB Moog filter. The unit being offered is serial number 2221 and has an estimated value of $2,400. The Source has been used by such legends as Tangerine Dream, Jan Hammer, Depeche Mode, Devo, and Vince Clarke.
The Moog Rogue is a compact, two oscillator monophonic synthesizer often referred to as “small but mighty” for its legendary powerful bass sounds. Versatile and user-friendly enough to be used as the Taurus II Bass Pedal synth, the Rogue has been used by Will Butler of Arcade Fire, Vince Clarke, Peter Gabriel, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Howard Jones, and more. The unit being offered, serial number 4462, has been restored by acclaimed restoration house Tone Tweakers, and is valued at $2,000.

Tickets will go on sale at 12:01am EDT on August 27, 2018, and will be available here http://bit.ly/MoogTrifectaRaffle

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MOJO JUJU’S NATIVE TONGUE RELEASED. TOUR ANNOUNCED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 23, 2018

Today marks the release of Melbourne artist Mojo Juju’s highly anticipated and incredibly personal third studio album Native Tongue out via ABC Music / UMA. Garnering rave reviews for her brutally honest title track ‘Native Tongue’, and amassing new fans along the way, Mojo’s star is on the rise with NATIVE TONGUE picking up feature albums across Double J, PBS, RTR and Edge Radio, as well as just being announced as support for Paul Kelly’s ‘Making Gravy’ Tour in Brisbane & Melbourne.

Sitting down with SBS The Feed, Mojo discussed the importance of telling her family story through the album to gain a better understanding of who she is as a person and as an artist.

Mojo explains: “This album is about my relationships with Ancestry and Elders and how family history has informed a great deal of who I am. In a lot of ways, I wrote this album for my younger self, because as a kid growing up in regional Australia, I would have benefit so greatly from having heard more stories from, by or about other people of colour, queer people, people like me. I wanted this to be an album for First Nations People, 1st generations, 2nd generations and 3rd Culture kids.”

To coincide with the release, she has announced a massive 21 date national tour which sees her set off across the country from September through November, playing major cities and regional towns.

Mojo has partnered up with PLUS1 for the tour, a charity that supports Aboriginal Legal Service, working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to provide culturally appropriate legal services, influence positive change, and increase access to justice. For each ticket sold, there will be $1 added on which will go towards PLUS1 to help make a difference.

NATIVE TONGUE is a fitting title for the third studio album from Mojo Juju and it is her very essence laid bare. It is raw, honest, emotional and intrinsically political. It is also brutal and relentlessly real.

Through the telling of family history and her own personal experiences, Juju explores her relationships with Elders and Ancestry and how that informs her own identity. Contemplating her Mother’s Indigenous heritage, her Father’s experience as a Filipino immigrant and her own place in the cultural landscape of modern Australia, it is an album about self-discovery and it is her most sincere, heartfelt and personal offering to date.

Stylistically, Juju once again embarks on new territory through collaborations with multiple producers; Steven Schram (Paul Kelly), Joel Ma (a.k.a. Joelistics), jnbo (The Cactus Channel) and Jamieson Shaw (Netflix series ‘The Get Down’) and includes a number of features from an eclectic array of guests; Hip Hop MC Mirrah (L-Fresh The Lion), soul music royalty Joshua Tavares and spoken word artist Lay the Mystic.

This time around Juju has taken her eclectic influences and created a seamless and authentically original sound, continuing her dedication to bucking labels, bending genres and doing her own thing. Perhaps the manifold musical incarnations of Juju are symbolic of the manifold pieces that make up her identity. Perhaps this unique blend of soul, r’n’b, blues & hip-hop is in fact her ‘Native Tongue’.
NATIVE TONGUE is OUT NOW via ABC Music / Universal

MOJO JUJU
NATIONAL ALBUM TOUR DATES
mojojuju.net

THU 27 SEP NIGHTFEST CANBERRA NSW

FRI OCT 19 REPUBLIC BAR HOBART TAS

SAT OCT 20 BRIDGE HOTEL FORTH TAS

SUN OCT 21 WORKERS CLUB GEELONG VIC

SAT OCT 27 DREAM FESTIVAL MUSIC & ARTS DUBBO NSW
FREE ENTRY

SUN OCT 28 DREAM FESTIVAL ZOOCOUSTIC DUBBO NSW
FREE ENTRY

THU NOV 01 BLACK BEAR LODGE BRISBANE QLD

FRI NOV 02 NIGHTQUARTER GOLD COAST QLD
FREE ENTRY

SAT NOV 03 IMPERIAL HOTEL EUMUNDI QLD

SUN NOV 04 KINGSCLIFF BEACH HOTEL KINGSCLIFF NSW
FREE ENTRY

THU NOV 08 THE BRIDGE HOTEL CASTLEMAINE VIC

FRI NOV 09 HOWLER MELBOURNE VIC

SAT NOV 10 MEENIYAN TOWN HALL MEENIYAN VIC

SUN NOV 11 SOOKI LOUNGE BELGRAVE VIC

THU NOV 15 JIVE ADELAIDE SA

FRI NOV 16 JACK RABBIT SLIMS PERTH WA

SAT NOV 17 MOJO’S FREMANTLE WA

THU NOV 22 OXFORD ART FACTORY SYDNEY NSW

FRI NOV 23 SMALL BALLROOM NEWCASTLE NSW

SAT NOV 24 HOTEL GEARIN KATOOMBA NSW

SUN NOV 25 HERITAGE HOTEL WOLLONGONG NSW

ALSO PERFORMING AT:
PAUL KELLY ‘MAKING GRAVY’ TOUR
SUPPORT IN MELBOURNE & BRISBANE

FRI DEC 14 SIDNEY MYER MUSIC BOWL MELBOURNE VIC

FRI DEC 21 RIVERSTAGE BOTANIC GARDENS BRISBANE QLD

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MELBOURNE GUITAR FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR CLASSICAL GUITAR FANS

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 23, 2018

Melbourne Guitar Festival 
Sept 21-23, 2018
Classical guitar lovers will be thrilled to hear that the Melbourne Guitar Festival returns to Melba Hall, The University of Melbourne this September for its fourth iteration. Since beginning in 2015, it has grown to see its concert artists, competition entrants and festival guests hailing from all corners of the globe. The festival this year is especially proud to be presenting a large number of Australian performers, who are considered to be in the top echelon of classical guitarists in the world.

The opening act for this year’s festival is Stephanie Jones, a young virtuoso who has taken the internet and concert stage by storm. Her youtube videos were the highest viewed of any classical guitarist in 2017, and for good reason! After a Wigmore Hall debut and several international tours, Stephanie will present favourite works by Regondi, Bach, Tarrega, Walton and fiery tangos by Piazzolla in an opening concert which includes complimentary beer, wine and cheese during intermission.

The Gothenburg Combo is one of Sweden’s finest and most original contemporary musical acts. Accessible, humorous, breathtaking ensemble-playing and a highly innovative way of using the guitars have made their concerts unique in the contemporary music world today. 15 years of intense touring has made their performances tight and dynamic. Their concert will feature favourites such as Rossini’s Overture from “The Barber of Seville”, Manuel de Falla: Danza Espanola No. 1 (La Vida Bréve), Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in A-major and arrangements of ABBA and Michael Jackson! Plus more!

Matt Withers’ career to date has seen him perform with highly esteemed artists of the likes of William Barton, Sally Whitwell and many national orchestras as well as maintaining strong commitments in the leading Australian chamber music groups Guitar Trek and The Brew Guitar Duo. At this year’s festival Matt will be teaming up with the illustrious Acacia Quartet (multiple ARIA nominated string quartet) performing works by Robert Davidson, Phil Houghton, a new commission by Richard Charlton plus the winning works from the 2018 Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition.

Harold Gretton brings a diverse mix of masterpieces to life with an interpretive approach founded as much on raw passion and imagination as on thorough research. He has won numerous international competitions, both as a soloist and in various chamber music combinations. He has been invited to perform concerts all over Europe, as well as in the USA, Mexico, Vietnam, and all over Australia. He has performed with orchestras in Australia and Europe, and gave the world première of Westlake’s concerto Shadow Dances under the composer’s baton.  Harold’s concert will include Sor’s well-loved Introduction and Variations on a theme from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”, Mertz’s virtuosic show piece “Hungarian Fantasy”, Koshkin’s highly colourful, imaginative and story telling “The Princes Toys”, 3 charming works by Weiss and a set of Latin classics. Harold is also a very gifted composer, and will also present his piece “Black Mountain”. Harold’s concert includes complimentary beer, wine and cheese during intermission.

Dan McKay is one of Australia’s most loved guitarists, and a familiar face for many, having performed extensively over the years in Guitar Trek and most recently as a permanent member of the Melbourne Guitar Quartet.  Dan has given numerous solo, concerto and chamber music recitals across Australia, New Zealand and Europe. His festival concert entitled “Australian Composer’s Hour” will celebrate new and favourite works by established and emerging Australian composers.

Winner of the 2017 MGF International Concert Artist Competition, Callum Henshaw has been invited to give the closing concert at this year’s festival. Considered one of Australia’s leading young players, he has had success in a number of major national and international competitions, including First Prize Winner at competitions in Spain, Albania and Australia. His program will feature arrangements of keyboard sonatas by Scarlatti, the major work ‘Mosstrooper Peak’ by Australian composer Nigel Westlake, and favourites by Ponce and Barrios.

Each year this festival hosts a competition open to all ages and abilities. With Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Concert Artist categories available, the competition sees guitarists from all over Australia and the World visiting Melbourne to perform on stage. Large cash and product prizes are available in each category with a $1000 cash prize and a paid 8-concert tour of Australia available to the winner of the Concert Artist competition. The winner of the Advanced category takes home a handmade guitar by Andrew Doriean ($6800 value), the winner of the Intermediate Category receives a Katoh DF-69 guitar ($2500 value) and the winner of the Beginner Category receives a Katoh MCG 85S guitar ($700 value).
There will be a number of masterclasses and presentations taking place across the weekend with masterclasses by Harold Gretton, Stephanie Jones, Callum Henshaw and the Gothenburg Combo. Andrew Doriean will be giving a presentation on his guitar building methods and luthier Chris Wynne will give a presentation on guitar construction using Australian Tonewoods.

There will be a large number of displays featuring notable guitar makers, dealers and music stores including Yamaha Music, Katoh Guitars, Hans Music, Thomas Lloyd Guitars, Hannabach Strings, Admira Guitars, Augustine Strings, Zoom recorders, Sony Products, and luthiers Andrew Doriean, Jayson Elazzi, Kim Lissarrague, Dan Kellaway, Cary Pedicini, Andrew Doriean, Derek Pendavingh, David Chin, Simon Rovis-Hermann and Sean Langelier.

The Melbourne Guitar Foundation was founded in 2014 by local guitarists Michael MacManus (Melbourne Guitar Quartet) M.Mus and Evan Hopkins M.Mus, with a mission to promote and cultivate the classical guitar in Australia. This festival is the largest event on the MGF calendar and is all about creating an inclusive and vibrant community event centered around world class performances.

The Melbourne Guitar Foundation would like to acknowledge The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, as main sponsors for the Melbourne Guitar Festival.

Concerts:
Tickets: www.melbourneguitarfestival.com

Stephanie Jones
7PM, Friday 21 September
Melba Hall, University of Melbourne
$50 (adult)/$45 (concession)
$60 At the door

Gothenburg Combo
1PM, Saturday 22 September
Melba Hall, University of Melbourne
$40 (adult)/$35 (concession)
$50 At the door

Matt Withers with Acacia Quartet
5PM, Saturday 22 September
Melba Hall, University of Melbourne
$40 (adult)/$35 (concession)
$50 At the door

Harold Gretton
7:30PM, Saturday 22 September
Melba Hall, University of Melbourne
$50 (adult)/$45 (concession)
$60 At the door

Festival Gala
10:30AM, Sunday 23 September
Melba Hall, University of Melbourne
“Pay-what-you-like”

Dan McKay (Australian Composers Hour)
12:30PM, Sunday 23 September
Melba Hall, University of Melbourne
$40 (adult)/$35 (concession)
$50 At the door

Concert Artist Competition
2:30PM, Sunday 23 September
Melba Hall, University of Melbourne
“Pay-what-you-like”

Callum Henshaw
4PM, Sunday 23 September
Melba Hall, University of Melbourne
$40 (adult)/$35 (concession)
$50 At the door

 

 

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CARAVANA SUN ‘COME BACK’ FOR NATIONAL TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 21, 2018

Currently winding up their HUGE 21 date European tour, Sydney four piece Caravãna Sun, have wasted no time in releasing their new single Come Back  from their hotly anticipated EP Silver Linings out September 14.  Keen to continue playing to the masses, these indie surf rockers have also announced a 15 date Australian tour kicking off in mid September with a variety of headline and festival slots including Wave Rock Festival in WA, Under The Trees Festival in Boyne Island and Celebrate Gold Coast on Chevron Island, both in QLD.

Their latest offering, Come Back is a beautiful ode to a friend who sadly lost his life in the ocean, surfing the reefs of Indonesia, Jae Hayden.  Dedicated to Jae and those lucky enough to have known him, Come Back is a little more subtle than previous single Beauty and The Pain, however it’s still got that same memorability, the same energy and the same musicality that fans have come to expect from Caravãna Sun.

The Silver Linings EP, recorded at Sound Park Studio in Melbourne, with renowned producer Stephen Schram (Paul Kelly, The Cat Empire, San Cisco) sees the band draw upon the personal connections within their lives; in love, perception and ultimately death, providing a full body experience release of dancing and self-reflection.  It is a clear and eloquent collection of six songs, each with saturated guitars, driving percussion and thoughtful lyrics, providing that endless summer driving soundtrack.

‘SILVER LININGS’ NATIONAL EP TOUR
FRI 14 SEP | DENMARK CIVIC CENTRE, DENMARK WA | ALL AGES
SAT 15 SEP | THE RIVER, MARGARET RIVER WA | 18+
FRI 21 SEP | DIVERS TAVERN, BROOME WA | 18+
SAT 22 SEP | MOJO’S, FREMANTLE WA | 18+
SUN 23 SEP | WAVE ROCK FESTIVAL, WA | 18+
FRI 28 SEP | THE NORTHERN, BYRON BAY NSW | 18+
FRI 5 OCT | THE FOUNDRY, BRISBANE QLD | 18+
SAT 6 OCT | UNDER THE TREES FESTIVAL, BOYNE ISLAND QLD | ALL AGES
SUN 7 OCT | CELEBRATE GOLD COAST, CHEVRON ISLAND QLD | ALL AGES
FRI 12 OCT | THE JACK, CAIRNS QLD | 18+
SAT 13 OCT | MAGNUMS, AIRLIE BEACH QLD | 18+
FRI 19 OCT | OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW | 18+
SAT 20 OCT | UOW UNIBAR, WOLLONGONG NSW | 18+
FRI 26 OCT | HOWLER, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+
SAT 27 OCT | TORQUAY HOTEL, TORQUAY VIC | 18+

http://www.caravanasun.com/

 

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