One of the nation's most eulogized singer/songwriters, Gary Shearston "...occupies a singular place in Australian music history" (Keith Glass, The Australian) and his work has been likened to that of both Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. On his new double album The Best Of All Trades he delivers 24 previously unreleased songs that are among the best he has ever written or recorded.
Accompanied by David Hume on acoustic, slide and electric guitars, the production is deliberately stripped back, allowing the songs and Shearston's unique vocal style to take centre stage, and that they do in their most inimitable style.
Gary will be featured throughout February on ‘Australia All Over’ with Ian McNamara who traveled all the way to his home town of Tenterfield to catch up with the great man.
The Best of All Trades (RRR46) has been some time in the making and will not disappoint. It is due for release this month.
Listen to this month’s edition of UCM Radio to hear songs from the 2CD release.
Mic Conway's National Junk Band
Australia’s king of vaudeville continues wowing audiences everywhere he performs with his National Junk Band having just been invited to the Blue Mountains festival on the back of recent shows in Sydney & Newcastle.
Mic has also been performing in stripped back duo mode with one of Australia's finest guitarists and driest wits - Robbie Long (The Lawnmowers, Kate Fagan band). They wowed audiences at the Illawarra Folk Festival with their idiosyncratic tunes that will make your jaw drop and toes tap. A circus of comedy, magic and music - featuring some Matchbox songs (including their hilarious version of "Masochism Tango") and many more that Mic has been holding close to his chest until now.
The duo have been invited to Darwin Festival (August 2009), following a storming festival tour by Mic Conway's National Junk Band that included Woodford Folk Festival (QLD), Cygnet Festival (TAS) and EastCoast Bluesfest (Byron Bay 2009). Stripped back, irreverent and shameless, Mic Conway and Robbie Long will give you their Blues while taking yours away.
Check our gig guide (right) for all the latest Mic Conway tour dates.
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Eric’s latest studio masterpiece The Dreamer has landed in the Undercover Music hood and will surely please his adoring fan base built up over more than 30 years thanks to his extraordinary songs such as 'And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda' which is just one of hundreds he has written and given wings. On The Dreamer eleven more gems take flight.
You can hear two of them on this month’s edition of UCM Radio.
If that’s not enough, after year’s of harassment Eric has finally been captured live on DVD which to quote the great man himself has “scrubbed up pretty well considering the subject matter, I'm happy enough with it. 21 songs in all plus an interview with John Munro and I on the end of it. Otherwise it's all concert, no silly graphics, smoke bombs or quotes from Bono....”
The Dreamer (RRR47) will be released in May 2009 on Rouseabout Records through MGM Distribution with Eric Bogle: Live at Stoneyfell Winery (RRR48) released later this year. In the meantime the best of Bogle’s classic back catalogue Singing The Spirit Home goes online this month.
Eric performed earlier this month at a special SOLD OUT concert of the same name held at Sydney’s Seymour Centre to help promote the BRIDGE FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS FOUNDATION. Also on the bill were Colcannon, Chris While & Julie Matthews (UK), Martyn Wyndham-Read (UK), John Williamson, Judy Small, Graeme Connors and Redgum’s John Schumann.
For more information: www.asylumseekersfoundation.com.
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2009 marks Warren’s 40th year of collecting and performing bush songs and stories and he is delighted to advise he has what looks like his busiest year to date.
The highlight will undoubtedly be the release of ‘Australia: Folk Songs and Bush Verse’ – a 10 CD series – which will be released by ABC Music and launched at the National Folk Festival this Easter. His diary is already looking solid, especially for performances with my musical larrikin mates.
Art Gallery of NSW. Gallery After Dark Concert for the Archibald Prize.
The Larrikins return to the wonderful Art Gallery of NSW for a concert inspired by Mr Archibald and his famous art prize.
Kings Cross Library. Free concert in the library celebrating its 50th anniversary.
University of the Third Age. Lecture on Folklore.
The Harp. The Larrikins – the Sydney launch of the 10 CD set.
As part of the WEA Autumn adult education program Warren will be presenting two short, three week courses on folklore. ‘Tucker Track’ will look at the folklore and curious history of Australian food – from colonial days to takeaways. ‘Ratbags & Rabblerousers’ will deal with 20th century eccentrics, politicians and social change as seen through parody.
For more information on Warren Fahey and Australian Folklore please visit the Australian Folklore Unit website.
Warren Fahey can be contacted via email.
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