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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 17, 2014

PKELLYPaul Kelly Presents – The Merri Soul Sessions
Following the recent releases of his groundbreaking song cycles, ‘Spring and Fall’ and ‘Conversations with Ghosts’, Paul Kelly is pleased to announce another innovative chapter in his long-standing career. Earlier this year, Paul assembled his touring band and an exciting group of singers to record a set of new songs as well as one old classic. The tracks were performed live in the studio by Clairy Browne, Vika and Linda Bull, Dan Sultan, Kira Puru and himself.

Dubbed ‘The Merri Soul Sessions’, the music will be released via PledgeMusic as a series of four 7-inch vinyl singles (double A-side) over six months from July 2014. This will be followed by an album in early 2015 containing all of the singles and three more songs.

Each vinyl single can be bought individually or combined in a limited edition Box Set. Only 1,000 of the 7-inch Box Sets will be manufactured. They will also be available as digital downloads. More details are available via PledgeMusic at

The first single is Keep On Coming Back For More, featuring Clairy Browne, and What You Want, featuring Vika Bull.

See below for the full schedule of dates and releases and a sneak preview of the artwork, designed by Peter Salmon-Lomas at Salmon Design.

 Paul Kelly explains …
“In recent years doing band shows with Vika and Linda, Vika had been singing Sweet Guy, an old song of mine, and bringing the house down each time. I was keen to record her version and thought, naturally, that if we were going into the studio we should try and get some other songs on tape as well. I had a song in mind for Linda. I wrote a couple of songs with Dan Sultan that had a soul kind of feeling. And a couple of recent songs of mine, as yet unrecorded, came back into view. They seemed to fit well with the others. Having half a dozen songs now that were talking to each other helped me write a couple more. This is how it goes. One thing leads to another. You never quite know what’s happening ‘til you’re in the middle of it.

I started to imagine a soul revue type record performed live in the studio with a variety of singers and the one band. I’d fallen in love with Clairy Browne and The Bangin’ Rackettes’ Love Letter, the sound of it as well as the song, so invited Clairy and the producer of that record, Steve Schram, to get involved. I’d seen Kira Puru perform One Eye Open live on YouTube and thought she might be the one to nail I Don’t Know What I’d Do, a song left off ‘Spring and Fall’ because I couldn’t sing it myself yet. It needed a torch singer who could balance light and dark. Plus, I loved the way she sang with a big glass of red wine never out of her hand. She, Clairy and Steve, thankfully, all said yes. Meanwhile Vika and Linda had started singing live the two songs Dan and I had written. The stew was simmering on the stove.

From February 17th to March 1st this year we camped in Soundpark Studios, Northcote, right by Merri Creek and recorded a song a day. Sundays off. Our general routine was to rehearse with the band in the morning, getting the song into some kind of shape sonically and piecing out a rough arrangement. The singers would come in later and take it home. We finished all the songs we had in mind a day early so I had time to write a gospel song Hasn’t It Rained as an album closer.

The band comprises Peter Luscombe, drums and percussion; Bill McDonald, bass; Ash Naylor guitar, electric mainly; Cam Bruce, piano and organ; Vika and Linda, harmonies when they aren’t singing lead; and me on rhythm guitar. Dan Kelly guests on one song Keep On Coming Back For More.”      PK July 1, 2014

 Paul Kelly presents – The Merri Soul Sessions, the full album, will be available through regular retail channels from February 2015. Prior to that, fans will have the opportunity to pre-order and receive the special collector’s editions detailed below.

A five-minute film by Andy Doherty featuring live footage with an insight into the sessions can be viewed here:

7-inch vinyl singles (available in retail outlets, iTunes and via PledgeMusic).
A series of four 7-inch vinyl records will be released, one every two months from July. Each 7-inch features two tracks from the forthcoming album and a digital download of the single.

7-inch vinyl Box Set (limited edition and available exclusively via PledgeMusic).
Fans who purchase the special collectors’ box will receive the first 7-inch single when it is released in July. Each of the subsequent 7-inch singles will be automatically mailed to them every two months thereafter. Only 1,000 Box Sets will be manufactured. Purchasers will also be entitled to a free digital download of the full album released in February 2015.

12-inch vinyl Deluxe Edition (available exclusively via PledgeMusic).
For those seeking something a little extra, the Deluxe Edition will be released in conjunction with the full album in February 2015. This will feature special packaging and exclusive extras along with a heavyweight 12-inch vinyl record and a digital download of the full album. Stay tuned to the website for more information.

‘Paul Kelly presents – The Merri Soul Sessions’ Schedule of releases

 7-inch vinyl box set (limited edition available exclusively via PledgeMusic – ): from July 2014  

 7″ Single number 1: July 2014
Keep On Coming Back For More, featuring Clairy Browne
What You Want, featuring Vika Bull

7″ Single number 2:  September 2014
I Don’t Know What I’d Do, featuring Kira Puru
Thank You, featuring Paul Kelly

 7″ Single number 3: November 2014
Smells Like Rain, featuring Linda Bull
Don’t Let A Good Thing Go, featuring Dan Sultan

 7″ Single number 4: January 2015
Sweet Guy, featuring Vika Bull
Down On The Jetty, featuring Vika and Linda Bull

 The Album on 12” Vinyl Deluxe, 12″ Vinyl, CD and Digital: February 2015
Contains 11 tracks, including 3 never before released.

 For more information about Paul Kelly presents – The Merri Soul Sessions please go to: 



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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 16, 2014

Andy BullRottofest 2014, the sixth annual weekend festival of comedy, film and music on Rottnest Island, WA curated by Vulture Culture is proud to announce its best line-up yet, with over 25 comedy performers and 12 music acts set to perform across 5 venues on the island with an exciting new opening comedy gala on Friday 19 September through to Sunday 21 September 2014.

This year’s headline comedy acts features Chappelle’s Show writer and performer Donnell Rawlings (AKA Ashy Larry), documentary filmmaker, broadcaster and author John Safran performing his special literary show Murder in Mississippi, Troy Kinne host and creator of the new 7mate comedy sketch show “Kinne”, Aussie comedy favourite Claire Hooper, YouTube sensation Neel Kolhatkar (NSW), Triple J Raw Comedy Winner 2011 Dayne Rathbone (ACT), as well as Cam Knight (NSW), Sean Woodland (NSW), Sami Shah (Pakistan), Janelle Koenig (WA) and local favourites Suns of Fred (WA).

Rottofest prides itself on showcasing the best up and coming local and national musicians and this year’s music acts include singer-songwriter Andy Bull (NSW) as part of his Sea of Approval album tour. Joining Bull will be Panama (NSW), Coin Banks (WA), Woodlock (VIC), Rainy Day Women (WA), Deja (VIC), Bootleg Rascal (NSW), Our Man in Berlin (WA), Lyall Moloney (NSW), plus DJ’s Micah (WA), NDORSE (WA) and Paradise Paul (WA).

Australia’s Funniest Shorts will feature a curated selection of Australia’s funniest short films and filmed sketches.
Special events include: The Big Hoo Haa, Bogan Bingo & Tomas Ford’s Crap Disco.
Rottofest Early Bird priced tickets are now on sale here (until 7st August or whilst stocks last). Rottofest is an 18+ event.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 14, 2014

JTEFORPRESSRELEASE.223301Local promoter Brian Taranto (Love Police) has had a long-term love affair with alternative country music. On October 18, he will be realising a dream when he presents Out On The Weekend, a one day music festival featuring a classy line-up of Americana style acts. Headlining will be Justin Townes Earle, son of Steve Earle and commonly regarded as one of the coolest musicians on the planet. Also featured on the bill are: Henry Wagons, Ryan Bingham, Robert Ellis, Lindi Ortega, Nikki Lane, The Delines, Jonny Fritz, Emma Swift, Chris Altmann, Raised By Eagles, and The Morrisons.

Delicious music for your mouth will be provided by Sydney’s leading renegade chef’s, Ben Milgate & Elvis Abrahanowicz of Porteño/Bodega fame and Raph Rashid – Melbourne’s Street Food King of Beatbox Kitchen, Taco Truck and All Day Donuts. Stay tuned as the mouthwatering lineup of gourmet food and beverages will be revealed soon!

Early Bird tickets $79 (inc. all fees) on sale Friday 25th July from or phone 1300 724 867Doors 11:30am. Free entry for kids under 12 years old.

Very limited Cripple Creek Ferry Packages available for $199 (inc. all fees) including:
– Return Ferry transfer from Dockland to the event with live entertainment aboard!
– Entry to Out on the Weekend
– 2 x meal vouchers (for main dishes)
– 4 x beverage vouchers
– Limited edition ‘Cripple Creek Ferry Package’ screen printed poster (distributed to you on the return ferry ride after the event) 
Ferry departs Docklands at 11:00am and returns after the event.

Out On The Weekend
11:30am – 10:30pm
Saturday 18th October 2014

Seaworks: 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown, VIC 3106
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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 13, 2014

cold_chisel_650Word on the street (and Jimmy Barnes’ wife Jane’s Twitter page) is that legendary Australian band Cold Chisel is in the studio and working on demos for a new album. Kevin ‘The Caveman’ Shirley who produced their last two studio albums, No Plans in 2012 and The Last Wave of Summer in 1998, is thought to be producing this one with Jean-Paul Fung engineering. The band’s last output was  “The Live Tapes”, the live recordings of their 2012 tour at the end of 2013. An album of new material would be the first Chisel record without input from original drummer Steve Prestwich, who tragically died during the recording of No Plans. Some of Steve’s drum takes appeared on that album, the remainder were played by Charlie Drayton, husband of the late Chrissy Amphlett. At this point, Cold Chisel’s Facebook page merely reads “Some exciting news on the horizon”

janebarnesProducer, Kevin Shirley has also been working on both Jimmy Barnes’ 30/30 Anniversary album (released August 29) as well as Jim’s daughter Mahalia’s album (to be released in early 2015). Shirley made his name working on projects for bands like Rush, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin.

The 30/30 album sees Jimmy re-recording 15 of his biggest hits as collaborations with some of his favourite artists; Keith Urban, John Farnham, Bernard Fanning, Journey, Little Steven Van Zandt, Shihad, Tina Arena, Baby Animals and Jon Stevens plus more.

Barnes has also just announced a November/December A Day On The Green tour along with The Living End. The tour will feature a Greatest Hits Spinning Wheel, whereby fans will be invited on stage to have a spin and help decide the set list. The Baby Animals, You Am I, Ian Moss, Troy Cassar-Daley, Mahalia Barnes and Nick Barker  – some of whom have recorded duets with Jimmy for the album – will play variously across the shows


And here they all are! Posted to Jean-Paul Fung’s (Engineer) Instagram 14 July 2014

Jimmy Barnes’ brother John Swan, more commonly known as Swanee released his new album ‘One Day At A Time’ last week too. It includes ten tracks co-written with producer Darren Mullan and features  some incredible guitar licks from James Muller. The hero of the album however, is definitely Swanee’s powerful and soulful voice.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 12, 2014

Sydney’s band of the moment Sticky Fingers are ready to launch their sophomore album, Land of Pleasure. To celebrate, Australian Musician features the video from the single ‘Just For You’, a rollicking tune with 90’s rave beats & soaring guitar lines. Sticky Fingers continues to prove impossible to pigeonhole, while maintaining that instantly recognisable and authentically “sticky” sound. Swaggering bass, psychedelic soundscapes, and of course the dreamy vocals of Dylan Frost.

stickyfingers_landofpleasureBorn in a fitting landscape, Land Of Pleasure was recorded in in the tropical paradise of Rocking Horse Studios, 20 mins inland from Byron Bay, NSW. Arriving in the studio only one day after returning home from touring Europe, the band further proved they are the hardest working band in Australia. It was here the lads lived and played in isolation until the album was complete – “We worked obsessively in that studio day and night. You couldn’t have pulled us out of there if you tried”, Paddy Cornwall (Bass, Vocals).

Sticky Fingers highly anticipated sophomore album Land of Pleasure drops August 1st worldwide, and are touring it around Australia, Europe, & the UK later this year.

Sat, 26th JUL
Splendour In The Grass – Byron Bay, NSW

Thurs, 4th SEP – Transit Bar – Canberra, ACT
Fri, 5th SEP – The Gov – Adelaide, SA
Sat, 6th SEP – The Gov – Adelaide, SA
Fri, 12th SEP – The Hi-Fi – Brisbane, QLD
Sat, 13th SEP – Originals Music Festival – Noosa AFL Grounds, QLD
Sun, 14th SEP – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Thurs, 18th SEP – Prince Of Wales – Bunbury, WA
Fri, 19th SEP – Settlers Tavern – Margaret River, WA
Sat, 20th SEP – The Bakery – Perth, WA
Fri, 26th SEP – The Metro – Sydney, NSW
Sat, 27th SEP – The Metro – Sydney, NSW
Thurs, 2nd OCT – The Beachcomber – Central Coast, NSW
Fri, 3rd OCT – The Cambridge – Newcastle, NSW
Fri, 4th OCT – TBA – Wollongong, NSW
Fri, 10th OCT – 170 – Melbourne, VIC
Fri, 17th OCT – Hoey Moey – Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sat, 18th OCT – The Great Northern – Byron Bay, NSW

Tickets on sale via venue websites

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 10, 2014

The Barnes clan is clicking into action this year with several recording and touring projects emanating from the rock n roll dynasty. Included in the 2014 studio activity are recordings by Jimmy Barnes, Mahalia Barnes, and Swanee.

Jimmy-Barnes-6007370Recently announced was Jimmy’s A Day On The Green tour with The Living End and special guests. The tour coincides with the release of his ‘30/30 Anniversary’ album which sees Jimmy re-recording 15 of his biggest hits as collaborations with some of his favourite artists; Keith Urban, John Farnham, Bernard Fanning, Journey, Little Steven Van Zandt, Shihad, Tina Arena, Baby Animals and Jon Stevens. It also features his children Mahalia, Jackie, Eliza Jane, Elly May and David Campbell. The album is released on August 29.

mahaliaMeanwhile, Barnes’ daughter Mahalia has been recording an album with her own band, The Soul Mates. The album will contain 12 tracks and is being produced by the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Journey, Aerosmith) with  Jean-Paul Fung engineering (Both worked on the Barnes album too). Mahalia’s band, The Soul Mates features some of Australia’s finest musicians including Mahalia’s husband Ben Rodgers, Lachlan Doley, Clayton Doley, Dave Hibbard and Franco Raggatt. Contributing vocals are Jade MacRae, Juanita Tippins and Darren Percival. It also features guest guitarist Joe Bonamassa. The album should be released in early 2015.

swanee_karisma-480x280Jimmy Barnes’ brother John Swan, more commonly known as Swanee releases his new album ‘One Day At A Time’ this week too. It includes ten tracks co-written with producer Darren Mullan and features  some incredible guitar licks from James Muller. The hero of the album however, is definitely Swanee’s powerful and soulful voice. It’s one of Swanee’s strongest albums to date and offers up many potential singles.  Visit to purchase the album.

A full interview with Swanee will be posted to Australian Musician next week.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 9, 2014

rickenbackerbassThere are 2 separate reports of stolen goods today. Guitar Brothers in Red Hill, Qld has reported a Rickenbacker Bass shoplifted (see picture above). Model: 4003
Colour: Jet Glow
Serial Number: 0037873. If you have any information, please contact Guitar Brothers (07 3367 3558) or the Red Hill police.

In another incident, Guitar Factory in Gladesville, NSW has reported their customer, Max Carpenter, had his Collings CJ sunburst in case guitar stolen out of his car last week.
Serial number: 17966

If you have any information, please contact Max ( or the Gladesville police (Police report E55353064).

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 8, 2014

STEVENIEVE copySteve Nieve has been playing keyboards for Elvis Costello for more than thirty years, firstly as a member of The Attractions, and in more recent times with The Imposters. Steve also has worked on Costello’s solo albums and alongside Elvis and Burt Bacharach as part of the Painted From Memory album and tour.

Perhaps the most intimate performances, however, were those where Elvis and Steve toured together creating a spellbinding tour-de-force of piano, guitar and voice. Anybody who has witnessed these or indeed any of Elvis Costello’s live shows will appreciate the special magic that occurs when Steve Nieve is let loose to solo on the piano.

Now, finally, Australia will get to experience a full evening of this magic as Steve and his piano take centre stage. Steve Nieve was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 as a member of Elvis Costello and the Attractions.

He has performed on stage or recorded with such greats including- Sting, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Madness, Squeeze, Burt Bacharach, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Morressey, Lou Reed, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Vanessa Paradis, Robert Wyatt, Francois Hardy, Jane Birkin, Sandy Shaw, Allen Toussaint, Paul Weller, Kirsty Maccoll, Mick Jagger, Smokey Robinson, Barbara Bonney, Laurie Anderson and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
He has released eight solo albums since 1983.  His most recent, critically acclaimed,  ToGetHer features duets with Elvis Costello, Sting, Ron Sexsmith, Joe Sumner,  Muriel Teddori, Glenn Tilbrook, Tall Ulyss, Vanessa Paradis,  and Laurie Anderson.
His Australian shows will feature a set list covering his entire career with Elvis Costello .

BRISBANE                BRISBANE FESTIVAL          Wednesday September 10
SYDNEY                     THE BASEMENT                  Saturday September  13
PERTH                       STATE THEATRE                Wednesday September 17
MELBOURNE          RECITAL CENTRE                Friday September  19

For all booking details, go to
On Sale Friday July 11

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 7, 2014
JEFF 'TAIN' WATTS 4 - 4 credit Oliver Link

Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts

The 2014 lineup for the Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival has just been announced. Now in its 25th year, the Festival has grown to become an internationally renowned event, attracting around 20,000 visitors each year and more than 200 jazz and blues artists from the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Across the four days and nights of the pre-Melbourne Cup Day long weekend – Friday 31 October to Monday 3 November, the city will jump to the sounds of jazz and blues, from more than 300 musicians in over 80 concerts on the main program, and over 30 concerts on the Main Street free stages; as well as artist talks and masterclasses, all in venues in walking distance within the township and at nearby wineries

Headliners announced for this year’s festival include: Enrico Rava (Italy), Joe Louis Walker (USA), Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts (USA), Laura Watts (USA), Roger Manins (NZ), Lisa Parrot (Aus/USA) and blues harp master Harper (Aus/USA).

Plus you can add a vast line-up of Australia’s finest musicians to the list too, including: Allan Browne, Bob Sedergreen, Bondi Cigars, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, Emma Pask, Fiona Boyes, James Muller, Mike Nock, Paul Grabowsky, Ray Beadle, Sam Keevers, and a whole heap more.

Venues include the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, local restaurants, the Blues Marquee by the river and the two Reid Street Community Stages. The Festival also features food, wine and free concerts all weekend in the centre of town. Wangaratta is renowned for locally grown produce and wines from the region’s family-owned vineyards, all of which are on display at the Sunday Market. Other activities in the area include the wineries along Prosecco Road in the King Valley, bike rides from Beechworth to Wangaratta and a shuttle bus service to the Milawa Gourmet region

Artistic director Adrian Jackson said, “25 years is a landmark that no-one would have been willing to bet on back when the Festival began as a relatively modest but ambitious event in 1990. The fact that we have made it this far is due to the incredible support the Festival has received from the local community, and the way it has been embraced so enthusiastically by musicians and music lovers from around Australia and overseas.”

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 6, 2014


Any die-hard Australian indie rock ‘n’ roll fan might want to make their way to Melbourne this weekend to honour three local guitar legends. Melbourne’s Leaps and Bounds Music Festival proudly presents the Living Legends series across three consecutive nights honouring three renowned Melbourne based musicians with worldwide reputations. They rarely receive the attention they duly deserve and the lack of commercial expectation has allowed them to continue to grow creatively and produce music on their own terms, inspiring and mentoring other musicians. All three regularly gig in various Melbourne venues, usually to a much smaller crowd than they deserve but that is not why they do it.  Leaps & Bounds salutes Kim Salmon, Spencer P Jones and Charlie Owen.

It is a coincidence that the three are or have been guitarists in the Australian super-group the Beasts of Bourbon, each player has been prolific for over 30 years and have an incredible musical catalogue. The three shows will be take place at the Tote Hotel in Collingwood over one weekend, Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July.

Each night will have a focus on one of the ‘living legends’:

First up is Kim Salmon on Friday 11th July with a cool cast of musicians playing from his catalogue which includes the Scientists, Kim Salmon & the Surrealists, Antenna, the Business, the Darling Downs, Salmon and Beasts of Bourbon. The Scientists, formed by Kim Salmon in the late 70s, are considered precursors of grunge.

Saturday 12th July sees interstate musicians, peers, young bands and some of his own band members on the Tote’s stage in appreciation of Spencer P Jones.  The music of the Johnnys, Beasts of Bourbon, Hell to Pay, as well as Spencer P Jones with the Last Gasp, Cow Penalty, the Escape Committee and the Nothing Butts will be performed.

The final night, Sunday 13th July is all about Charlie Owen, one of Australia’s most revered guitarists and wingmen. The live showcase of Owen’s career includes material by Louis Tillet & His Cast of Aspersions, the New Christs, the Divinyls, the Working Class Ringos, Tex, Don & Charlie, Tendrils, the Dark Horses, Beasts of Bourbon and more.

The honoured musicians themselves will not be performing on the night – but they will be there.
With Gareth Liddiard, Mick Harvey, Dan Kelly, Caroline Kennedy, Brian Hooper, Penny Ikinger, Tex Napalm, Machine Translations, the Bulls, Midnight Scavengers, Marilyn Rose and the Thorns, Teenage Libido, the Braves and many more to be announced.

The Living Legends Series at the Tote, 71 Johnston St, Collingwood. Presented by Leaps and Bounds Music Festival, PBS FM and Beat.
Tickets are $25 for each night or $60 for all three.


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