Port Fairy Folk Festival 2017 – Artist Update #2

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Dori Freeman performing in Nashville September 2016

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The much-loved annual Port Fairy Folk Festival has reeled off another list of artists to join the bill, running from 10 – 13 March 2017.

Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, The Warsaw Village Band, Melody Pool, Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies, Low Down Riders, Cookin’ on 3 Burners with Tex Perkins & Stella Angelico and Ashley Davies’ The Expedition Burke and Wills will play at next year’s event. Continue reading

Archie Roach’s Charcoal Lane, 25 Years On – A Review

Archie Roach’s iconic 1990 debut Charcoal Lane is celebrating twenty-five years and has been given an impressive make-over by Festival Records and Warner Music Australia.

This November saw the release of a new edition of Charcoal Lane, a double CD which includes the remastered version of the original album.

A second disc includes five acoustic tracks (recorded live for Triple j’s Live at the Wireless in 1990), and some new recordings of Charcoal Lane material by other artists.  The unlikely but successful pairing of Paul Kelly and Courtney Barnett on the song “Charcoal Lane” is a highlight, as is the blistering take on “The Children Came Back” by Briggs & Gurrumul & Dewayne Everettsmith.  The complete list of covers follows: Continue reading

Lucinda Williams – Australian Tour 2015 Details

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Lucinda Williams – Photo By Jim Jacob

One of the best songwriters around (named America’s best songwriter by Time Magazine in 2002) and one of the most passionate and soulful singers you will ever hear – three-time Grammy winner, alt.country and Americana troubadour Lucinda Williams will return to Australia later in the year for a national tour.

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Barunga Festival 2015

Barunga, Australia’s most important Indigenous festival is back for its thirty year anniversary June 5 to 7 2015, with its headline musical acts Paul Kelly, Gurrumul, Sammy Butcher and Neil Murray (ex-Warumpi Band) announced today. 

The site of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s Barunga Statement in 1988 where he famously committed the Australian government to a treaty with its Indigenous people within the life of the then-current parliament, the music, sport and cultural festival holds a special place in the still-ongoing history of reconciliation. 

A small town two hours south of Katherine in the Northern Territory, Barunga is a thriving Indigenous community and the festival is a unique attraction—an event that welcomes non-Indigenous people to experience the culture and customs of both traditional and modern Aboriginal life, but that is focused on presenting a program for Indigenous people as its core mandate. 

“Barunga Festival is a celebration of culture,” said festival director and Skinnyfish Music CEO Mark Grose.  “The event is stronger than ever and attracts Indigenous clans from across the Northern Territory and beyond where they can meet, compete, discuss and celebrate their links and their diversity.  It’s also a place for non-Indigenous people to come and get a taste of the real Australia with their families”. 

The Festival has a strong history of showcasing the Katherine region and supporting remote indigenous communities to come together and celebrate the positive aspects of community life through football, basketball, softball, music (contemporary and traditional), traditional arts and culture.  Visitors of all ages are encouraged to join in the festivities and enjoy this unique opportunity to engage with a remote Indigenous community.

“The Barunga Festival is a great event and is part of the Government’s FestivalsNT calendar of cultural and sporting events.  The Northern Territory Government is proud to be supporting this event with a total of $110,000 in support to the festival, the inaugural Road Safety Short Film Competition and the Festival sports program,” Chief Minister Adam Giles said. 

The 2014 Festival attracted around 3,000 visitors from far and wide, and garnered national and international media coverage.  In 2015, this much-loved Territory event promises to deliver a diverse program of music, sport, culture, art, dance, circus, kids’ activities, workshops and healthy foods. 

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Melbourne Zoo Twilight Concerts 2015

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Melbourne Zoo Twilights Concerts 2015

Second Paul Kelly Show Added – Febraury 8

The Zoo has invited some of the best local and international musical talent to join it in the fight against wildlife extinction.  Whatever your musical tastes, there’s something for everyone at Zoo Twilights, with your favourite artists performing every Friday and Saturday night from 30 January to 7 March 2015.

Line-up and support artists are listed below.

Friday January 30James Reyne Plays Australian Crawl with special guest Jack Carty
Saturday January 31Bernard Fanning with special guests Little May
Friday February 6Sarah Blasko with special guest Luluc
Saturday February 7Paul Kelly presents the Merri Soul Sessions featuring Clairy Browne, Kira Puru and Vika & Linda Bull with special guests Hiatus Kaiyote
Sunday February 8Paul Kelly presents the Merri Soul Sessions featuring Clairy Browne, Kira Puru and Vika & Linda Bull with special guests Hiatus Kaiyote
Friday February 13Dan Sultan with special guest Benny Walker
Saturday February 14Boys In The Band
Friday February 20The Budos Band and The Bombay Royale
Saturday February 21Spiderbait with special guest Jen Cloher
Friday February 27Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks with special guests Twerps
Saturday February 28Conor Oberst with special guests The Felice Brothers
Friday March 6Village People with special guest DJ Andee Frost
Saturday March 7The Cat Empire with special guests Dorsal Fins

Explore the Zoo at dusk with animal exhibits open exclusively for Zoo Twilights guests until 7pm.  The Zoo will also be hosting a special Keeper presentation for the lions and elephants on each of the concert nights.  After enjoying your time visiting the amazing wildlife, head to the lawns to settle under the stars so you can listen to your favourite tunes.

Food and beverage options are covered too, with a selection of meals and snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase on the night in the Taste of Twilights dining zone.  You can also pre-purchase a food hamper at the ticket checkout to collect on arrival.  Zoo Twilights is a fully licensed event (BYO alcohol not permitted).

Book tickets online by clicking HERE or phone 1300 966 784.

Zoo members receive a 10% discount.  Become a member.

All Zoo Twilights proceeds help Zoos Victoria fight wildlife extinction.  Learn more about its campaign to help save the Eastern Barred Bandicoot.

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James Reyne Plays Australian Crawl, with Jack Carty

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Bernard Fanning, with Little May

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Sarah Blasko, with Luluc

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Paul Kelly presents the Merri Soul Sessions featuring Clairy Browne, Kira Puru & Vika and Linda Bull – support Hiatus Kaiyote

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Dan Sultan, with Benny Walker

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Boys In The Band

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The Budos Band & The Bombay Royale

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Spiderbait, with Jen Cloher

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Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, with Twerps

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Conor Oberst, with The Felice Brothers

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Village People, with DJ Andee Frost

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The Cat Empire, with Dorsal Fins

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Melbourne Zoo Twilight Concerts 2015

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Melbourne Zoo Twilights Concerts 2015

The Zoo has invited some of the best local and international musical talent to join it in the fight against wildlife extinction.  Whatever your musical tastes, there’s something for everyone at Zoo Twilights, with your favourite artists performing every Friday and Saturday night from 30 January to 7 March 2015.

Line-up and support artists are listed below.

Explore the Zoo at dusk with animal exhibits open exclusively for Zoo Twilights guests until 7pm.  The Zoo will also be hosting a special Keeper presentation for the lions and elephants on each of the concert nights.  After enjoying your time visiting the amazing wildlife, head to the lawns to settle under the stars so you can listen to your favourite tunes.

Food and beverage options are covered too, with a selection of meals and snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase on the night in the Taste of Twilights dining zone.  You can also pre-purchase a food hamper at the ticket checkout to collect on arrival.  Zoo Twilights is a fully licensed event (BYO alcohol not permitted).

Book tickets online by clicking HERE or phone 1300 966 784.

Zoo members receive a 10% discount.  Become a member.

All Zoo Twilights proceeds help Zoos Victoria fight wildlife extinction.  Learn more about its campaign to help save the Eastern Barred Bandicoot.

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James Reyne Plays Australian Crawl, with Jack Carty

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Bernard Fanning, with Little May

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Sarah Blasko, with Luluc

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Paul Kelly presents the Merri Soul Sessions featuring Clairy Browne, Kira Puru & Vika and Linda Bull – support Hiatus Kaiyote

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Dan Sultan, with Benny Walker

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Boys In The Band

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The Budos Band & The Bombay Royale

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Spiderbait, with Jen Cloher

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Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, with Twerps

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Conor Oberst, with The Felice Brothers

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Village People, with DJ Andee Frost

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The Cat Empire, with Dorsal Fins

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Today’s Top Tune – 24Dec13 -“Christmas Must Be Tonight”

Best Wishes of the Festive Season

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