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Port Fairy Fourth Announcement

The Fourth Announcement for the Fortieth Port Fairy (yep that’s right, Port Fairy Folk  Music Festival turns forty years old next year!!), has just been made with  US alt country outfit The Mastersons (also Steve Earle’s backing band) leading the charge. Also joining PFFF’s fortieth are: Aine Tyrell, Bobby Alu & The Palm Royale, Bullhorn, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Greg Champion, Little Georgia, The Morrisons, Oh Pep!, The Paper Kites, Mick McHugh & The Gathering and The Grand Magoozi. They join the likes of Steve Earle & The Dukes, Archie Roach, Cedric Burnside Project, Colin Hay, Steve Poltz, DakhaBrakha and stacks more with a further lineup announcement to be […]

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Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings Machine Tour!!

Believe it or not, it was 11 years ago that Gillian Welch and David Rawlings last toured Australia, a tour still remembered by witnesses as one of the most significant to ever hit these shores. After years of imploring the Nashville based duo to return, Love Police have finally secured a commitment for not one, but two tours in January/February next year. The pair will travel from Perth around the coast up to Brisbane for a Gillian Welch tour, then turn around and head back down the coast for a Dave Rawlings Machine jaunt with extra band members Willie Watson, Paul Kowert and Brittany Haas. Welch and Rawlings were given […]


Fleetwood Mac Deluxe Tusk Stream

Fleetwood Mac are releasing a 5CD/2LP/1DVD box set version of their mammoth 1979 album, Tusk.  The Deluxe Edition of Tusk collates a selection of unreleased outtakes and alternative versions along with singles, remixes, demos and some momentous live performances from that era. Here’s a previously unreleased version of the title track, ‘Tusk’. As well as the multi-format Deluxe Edition, the Tusk reissues are also available in 3CD and single disc remastered format through Warner on December 11, click HERE to buy.


NZ Singer-Songwriter Louis Baker To Tour, New Single

Kiwi troubadour Louis Baker later this month will embark on a four-date mini-tour of Australia, including shows at the Queenscliff Music Festival. A former student of the Red Bull Music Academy in New York, Baker tops off a strong year with the re-release of ‘The Way’, remixed by close friend Devin Abrams, a track which originally appeared on his self-titled debut EP. The song is “inspired by the concept of what it is like for a human being to accept change in their lifetime.” “To hear ‘The Way’ evolve through working with my bro’ Devin has been an absolute pleasure. I added new guitar parts and vocals while Devin worked […]

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Port Fairy Director To Retire

Jamie McKew, the Director of Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, today announced that he will retire after next year’s 40th Anniversary event. McKew was a co-founder of the festival in 1977 and he has sold out the event in each and every year of his time as Director. When asked how the landscape had changed over the past forty years, McKew replied, “Compared to 1977 it’s like being on another planet!” Did he ever doubt that the Festival would reach its 40th year? “We had no serious scares or scars along the way, so not really. I certainly had doubts that I would make it!” The Festival Committee announced it would advertise […]

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LIVE REVIEW – Mullum Music Festival, 2015

Mullum Music Festival Mullumbimby, NSW November 19-22, 2015  After each of the five Mullum Music Fest’s I’ve attended, I find myself writing the same thing – what a perfect little festival. Set in various venues in ‘The Biggest Little Town In Australia’, Mullumbimby, it’s three days and nights of musical discovery, always something new to find and dig on, along with your favourites and old friends, a real community type of event. Running this year for the seventh time, hot weather prevailed once again, but this did little to dampen the enthusiasm of those in attendance – people throng down the town’s narrow streets, the Magic Bus doing laps dropping […]

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GOTRASAWALA: West Java Cultural & Performing Arts Festival (Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia) October 30 – November 1, 2015 By Chris Lambie A program listing the attendance of VVIPs might suggest PR exaggeration. But when guests include a Sultan and his wife, I defer. Gotrasawala was originally a global cultural gathering organized by the Prince Wangsakerta in the 17th century. Special permission from the palace in Cirebon was sought to use the term ‘Gotrasawala’ for this event. The holy city recently hosted the third such gathering under the direction of founder Franki Raden Ph.D. Raden developed the program – concerts, displays, seminar, food and workshops – to introduce West Javanese arts […]

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Desdemona – Shakespeare Malian Style

Desdemona Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay, Sydney October 23, 2015 Reviewed by Seth Jordan Shakespeare – Malian style, that’s the best way to sum up this impressive music-theatre production, presented as a special pre-event by the Sydney Festival. An unusual collaboration between eccentric American theatre director Peter Sellars, Nobel/Pulitzer prize-winning African-American author Toni Morrison and Malian singer Rokia Traore, the resulting work is part drama, part musical performance – and a totally mesmerising experience. Taking Shakespeare’s well-known tragedy Othello as its starting point, Morrison’s contemporary text focuses instead on giving added voice to the play’s central female character, Desdemona, the Venetian wife of Moorish general Othello. It also explores Desdemona’s […]

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LIVE REVIEW – ACL Festival, Austin, Texas

Austin City Limits Music Festival Zilker Park, Austin, Texas October 9-11 (Weekend Two)   Review by Samuel J. Fell   They say everything is bigger in Texas, and they’re right – whether you’re talking about meal sizes, trucks, beers or music festivals, things have a way of looming large and engulfing you, swallowing you up with little more than a slight belch to show for the effort, before you even know what’s happened. Another thing I noticed about the Lone Star State, as I sat on the grass early on the Friday afternoon of the second weekend of Austin’s gargantuan ACL Festival, was the amount of civic pride exhibited – […]


John McLaughlin, The Tivoli, Brisbane

John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension October 10, 2015, The Tivoli       By TONY HILLIER                                                                               Sashaying across the stage as gracefully as a tai chi master, swapping rapier runs and quicksilver licks with three brilliant bandmates while smiling and nodding beatifically at them like some benevolent uncle, John McLaughlin was palpably having a proverbial ball in Brisbane on Saturday night. At an age when he could be forgiven for opting to bask in the embers of a stellar half-century career at the coalface of jazz-rock, the legendary guitarist — looking at least a decade younger than his 73 years and playing with the energy of a man half […]