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Harper & Midwest Kind Return To Australia

English-born, Australian-raised and now Detroit-based blues muso Peter D. Harper will return to his ‘home’ country later this month, to play a run of club and festival dates, a year or so after he was supposed to be here last. Life gets in the way however, as Harper says. “Yes I was supposed to tour Oz last year. Two days before I was due to fly out [though], I was involved in a serious car accident. The other car went through a red light and hit us hard. I was pretty banged up – some broken ribs, a bit of concussion – so I was forced to cancel. I was […]

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Mia Dyson Returns Home To Tour With Waifs, Releases New Single

The sublime Mia Dyson, having spent the past year living and touring in the US off the back of acclaimed fifth record Idyllwild, is returning home to Australia this month to join The Waifs on their Beautiful You tour. In 2014, Dyson was named Double J’s Artist Of The Year, an accolade which added to a stellar year for one of this country’s favourite roots artists. Since the release of her debut, Cold Water, in 2003, Dyson has gone from strength to strength, branching out around the world, garnering fans wherever she’s gone. Early 2016 then, will see Dyson release a new EP, adding yet another cut to her already large back […]

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Melbourne’s Docklands To Host Free Blues Festival

The impending long weekend may have left some wondering what to do with themselves, given there’s an extra day off in there. Enter The Docklands Blues Music Festival, a one-day event based in Melbourne’s Docklands area, featuring a veritable who’s who of Australian, and international, blues artists. Running from 10:30am to 10:30pm on Sunday October 4, the DBMF is a free event hosting live blues over four stages, including the Wonderland Spiegeltent. Add to this a plethora of southern style food and the attractions in the neighbouring Wonderland Fun Park, and you’ve got your long weekend sorted. Filling out a bill of over 20 artists is the legendary Lloyd Spiegel, Chris Cain […]


Port Fairy Announce First Artist Lineup

The festival announcements are coming thick and fast as we approach summer and the ubiquitous musical events which grace the months between October and Easter. The Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, which will run for the 40th time in 2016, today announces its initial lineup, featuring the cream of roots music from around the world. Topping the bill thus far are Moxie (Ire) and Mary Black (Ire), along with Canadians The East Pointers, DakhaBrakha (Ukr), Katie Noonan’s Vanguard (Aust) and John McCutcheon (US), known around the world as “folk music’s renaissance man.” For more information and earlybird tickets, head to the PFFF website here. The Port Fairy Folk Music Festival […]


WOMADelaide Announce First Lineup

Festival season is just around the corner, and the first announcements are in full swing, WOMADelaide being no exception. Running for the 24th time in 2016, over the Labour Day long weekend in March (11-14) at Adelaide’s iconic Botanic Park, WOMAD announces today its initial lineup of artists and speakers, giving an early glimpse at one of the country’s perennially strong lineups. Heading the bill is Angelique Kidjo (Benin) playing with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Sth Africa); Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria); and Mali’s Songhoy Blues, also here for Bluesfest. The local contingent brings Marlon Williams and The Cat Empire, with many more to be announced. […]

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Narooma 2015

The Great Southern Blues Festival – aka Narooma – bid farewell for now with a spectacular last hurrah this weekend. And to top things off, Neil Mumme’s beloved Hawks won the AFL Grand Final! Here is Chris Lambie’s review of Narooma 2015. Great Southern Blues Festival, October 2-4 2015 ‘The Friendly Festival’ lived up to the label. So it was especially sad for regulars of the Narooma (formerly ‘Great Southern’) Blues (‘& Rockabilly’) Festival to see it end… in the current format, as head honcho Neil Mumme hinted. Indeed, everyone in the pretty coastal town and on-site bid a warm welcome to visitors. Same deal at Festival Central where the mood […]

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LIVE REVIEW – Bigsound 2015

Bigsound 2015 Fortitude Valley, Brisbane September 9-11   Review by Samuel J. Fell   Bigsound is not for the faint of heart, nor the weak of will or constitution. It’s not for the shy, the retiring, the reticent or the meek, make no mistake, three days of music industry talk and chat, a wave of noise and being seen, a temporary networking mecca set in the reasonably insalubrious surrounds of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, this year running for the 14th time. Of course, this constant swirl – an unchoreographed mashup of human movement – plays an important role, people coming together in order to, hopefully, nut out solutions to any number […]

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Blue Heat – One Day Too Long

Blue Heat One Day Too Long Independent blues   An undeniable groove is what Victorian ensemble Blue Heat bring to proceedings, a slick and smooth groove, a well-honed groove, all tipped-forward fedoras and seamless dancefloor moves. Wreathed in brass, accompanied by a Gibraltic rhythm section with stabs of razor-sharp guitar is where we find them on latest release, One Day Too Long, a lesson in foot-tappin’, loose-lipped blues and R&B, ten tracks (most of them originals) that show these cats have it running through their veins, dripping from brows, scooped up by the schooner-load and swallowed whole. Marco Goldsmith’s voice perfectly captures the mood, whether reigning it in or letting […]

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LIVE REVIEW – Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Melbourne

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell June 25, Palais Theatre, Melbourne Review by Chris Lambie   I’m always excited to hear live music when the featured artists are so perfectly matched to the romance of an historic venue. American songbird Emmylou Harris spoke warmly of the bayside theatre’s elegant beauty. The Grand Ole Opry member and current partner in song Rodney Crowell made themselves at home among the acoustics and atmosphere of the grand old Palais. So too, support act Harmony James with fine country vocals, guitar and original songs from her own two albums. Both Harris and Crowell graced the stage in black – she in a long layered ensemble, […]


Igor Prado Band

Delta Groove/Only Blues Music blues American West Coast blues first evolved in the early post-war years from jump blues influences brought by musicians relocating from New Orleans, Kansas City, Houston, and various other centres around the South West. It was originally characterised by cut-back, piano-and-horn-dominated swing bands that often featured jazzy guitar solos and either blues crooners or shouters. But as more blues artists migrated to California from cities further afield like Memphis and Chicago,the genre has since expanded to embrace many different blues styles. This Sao Paulo, Brazil-based blues band led by left-handed, upside-down guitar player Igor Prado are widely acclaimed as South America’s leading practitioners of traditional West […]