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April News

Welcome to this month's Latest News and Gig Guide.


This month’s edition of UCM Radio features songs from the new Gary Shearston album Renegade, Eric Bogle, Fiddlers Feast, The Lovetones, Russell Morris, Telemetry Orchestra, CODA, Warren Fahey plus a bawdy gem from The Celebrated Knackers & Knockers Band and their mate…

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Gary Shearston

Gary Shearston has been a major influence on Australian music for some five decades. In a society where we are conditioned to take music for granted, as yet another dismissible commodity, Gary's music has stood the biggest test of all - the test of time.

“This new collection of songs by the doyen of Australian folkies will not disappoint. Here are marvellous songs about Shearston’s trouble-laden career (Truth Is), his deep affection for the artist Martin Sharp (Paint Me A Painting, Painter) and the great writer and folklorist Edgar Waters (His Name Was Edgar Waters), all sung with Shearston’s distinctive delivery and saturated with Australian imagery. Shearston is a genuinely great songwriter. Anyone who can write something as persuasive as And a Butcherbird Overhead Sang, a very Australian song about suicide, is a national treasure.” (Bruce Elder, SMH, February 2011)

Juck Humphrys from Australian Options concurs “Gary Shearston keeps turning out entertaining and educative music at regular intervals. This 16 track CD is no exception, as he continues the theme of recent releases, proclaiming the universal values of love, peace with justice, righteousness and a less stressed and simpler lifestyle.”

Declares Simply Australia’s Jim Low “let’s hope that Gary Shearston continues to write and sing his songs and “keep tabs on all the wrongs” for many years to come.”

The first ‘single’ from Renegade ‘A Change of Circumstance’ will feature on the next CRS Publicity (previously NFS Publicity) sampler whilst Renegade was recently ‘Album of the week’ on 5EFM.

Look & listen out for Gary Shearston in the Sydney Morning Herald, Trad & Now, Australian Options, Simply Australia and on CRS Publicity, Spectrum FM, 2CH, 2BAB, 2BAR, 2BAY, 2BBB, 2BLU, 2BOB, 2BRW, 2CBD, 2CCC, 2CCR, 2CHR, 2COW, 2EAR, 2GCR, 2GLF, 2HHH, 2MAX, 2MCE, 2SER, 2TEN, Tune! FM, 2UUU, 2VOX, 2WET, 2WKT, 2YOU, 2MNO, 2NSB, 2PSR, 2RDJ, 2RES, 2RRR, Artsound FM, 1CMS, 1VFM, 3BBB, 3CH, 3EON, 3NOW, 3PBS, Triple R, 3SER, 4BAY, 4BVR, 4NAG, 5EBI, 5AA, 5EFM, 5DDD, Radio Adelaide, 6MKA, 6RTR, 7DBS, 4NSA, 4FCR & 3WAY.

Renegade (RRR53) is out now through MGM Distribution or directly from Undercover Music via mail order along with Shearston’s other Rouseabout releases The Best Of All Trades (RRR46), Here & There, Now & Then (RRR41) and Only Love Survives (RRR3).

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Warren Fahey

Warren Fahey's latest Bodgie Newsletter contains information on his latest book to be released at the ABC's first ever 'enhanced' e-book with over 280 sound bites, a dozen videos and loads of technology to amaze and amuse. ABC Books/Harper Collins will release Vol. 1 in the first week of April and Vol. 2 in the first week of May. The books are designed for Apple iPad and (hopefully) Amazon Kindle.

There is news on two new one-day extended talks for the Worker's Educational Association/ WEA Sydney tracking Warren Fahey's history of music - including Larrikin Records, Folkways Music and a whole world of music stories; plus details of upcoming performances including solo and with The Larrikins at the National Folk Festival, Fairbridge Festival Perth and the opening of South Australia History Week, and a lot of other fascinating puff stuff!

Warren Fahey’s disgustingly funny albums Sing Us Anothery, Dirty As Buggery (RRR50) and Rooted In The Country (RRR51) released under the collective guise of The Celebrated Knackers & Knockers Band are the first comprehensive collection of Australian bawdy songs and verse ever released. They, along with his Diggers (RRH42) album of songs of the Australians at War are available through MGM Distribution or directly from Undercover Music via mail order.

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Eric Bogle

Don’t forget to catch Eric headlining the 45th National Folk Festival which is being held during the Easter long weekend in April 2011. Bogle will grace the ANZAC Day Concert with his timeless songs, 32 of which hand picked by him are featured on his latest digital releaseA Few Old Songs for Very New Times (RRR54).

Eric Bogle’s songs are as relevant today as when they were written and this compilation is a must have for any Bogle fan!

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Russell Morris

Russell Morris’ classic ‘The Real Thing’ is to be featured in the upcoming ABC TV drama ‘Cleo’ which will screen later this year.

Produced by John Edwards Southern Star, Cleo is an adult drama looking at the Whitlam era through the eyes of former Cleo editor, Ita Buttrose and her boss Kerry Packer. It's a story of the optimism in Australia in the 70s, with the changing of government and the rise of feminism. Starring Asher Keddie as Ita Buttrose and Rob Carlton as Kerry Packer, the drama follows the death of Sir Frank Packer and the rise of his second son, who defies even family expectation to succeed.

In the meantime Russell is touring extensively and working on two new albums, one country and the other blues based.

The Real Thing (RRR34) is out through MGM Distribution or directly from Undercover Music via mail order.

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Fiddlers Feast

How exciting and what a thrill it was for Fiddlers Feast to play at the Blue Mountains & Port Fairy Folk Festivals. For all those who sent their best wishes and/or bought CDs etc, a very hearty thanks!

Wrote Timber and, “Fiddlers Feast are the perfect festival band. Their collection of fiddle tunes, folk-jazz improvisations and reconstructed pop tunes is exactly what an audience is looking for on a Saturday morning. We were particularly impressed with the way Fiddlers Feast managed to utilize their three violinists in a way that was complimentary without being overpowering. The highlight of the set would have been their jazz-folk cover of “Down Under” by Men at Work, proving the song still has legs after its high rotation on the playlists of “classic hits” radio stations.”

Read the full review of all the music at the Blue Mountains Folk Festival here.

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The Lovetones

The Lovetones cover of 'The Party's Over' which is to feature on a new 'Talk Talk' tribute album to be released later this year is done and dusted and sounding magnificent.

The tribute album will also feature contributions from Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode), Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie), Turin Brakes, and Stars of the Lid amongst many others.

Front man Matthew Tow has just announced details of his first ever solo show in Paris at Les Disquaires on Monday May 16 and is looking forward to catching up with all his friends in France.

Stay tuned for ‘Wrapped Up In You’ from The Lovetones Meditations album in the exciting new series of Channel Ten’s smash hit drama ‘Offspring’ which goes to air on Channel Ten later this year.

Look out for The Lovetones in Trespass & Lip Magazine.

Tour Dates: See top right of this page

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Congratulations to CODA’s Jared Underwood for winning ‘Best Original Score’ at this year’s TROPFEST, ‘The world's biggest short film festival’ for the film A Desperate Deed by director Matt Bird of Chesterfilm.

A Desperate Deed tells the story of a family living on the brink, and a father who sets out to commit a crime, while his wife waits anxiously for his return. As well as winning ‘Best Original Score’, the film also won ‘Best Editing’. 

The director and composer recently collaborated together on another short film titled Cold Sore that had its Australian Premiere at the Byron Bay Film Festival in March. 

As a member of Sydney cinematic pop band CODA he has been twice nominated for an ARIA award. 

Jared has also composed and performed original music for the 2010 Australian Fashion Week catwalk parade for designer Konstantina Mittasand art gallery installations in collaboration with artists Gemma O’ Brienat The Object Gallery and Lauren Brincat at Anna Schwartz Gallery in Sydney.

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Telemetry Orchestra

Telemetry Orchestra continues to be in high demand for television & movie synchronization.

‘Hole in the Roof’, ‘Suburban Harmony’ & ‘Swingers International’ are all included in US director George Pappy’s feature film “A Few Options” which will be screened at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival and has already been sold to numerous territories around the globe.

Meanwhile you will also hear ‘Shine’ from their Empire LP in the exciting new series of Channel Ten’s smash hit drama ‘Offspring’ thanks to our good mates at Level Two Music along with Undercover stable mates The Lovetones.

Children Stay Free (SIL010) and Empire (SIL014) are out through Vitamin Records and also directly from Undercover Music via mail order.

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Big Pond Music

Undercover Music releases are also available online through BigPond Music


The Lovetones

  1. Monday 16th May, Les Disquaires, Paris, France (Matt Tow Solo)

Mic Conway's National Junk Band

  1. Thursday 21st – Monday 25th April, BluesFest, Byron Bay, NSW (The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band Show)
  2. Saturday 7th May, The Cell Block Theatre, East Sydney, NSW (The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band Show)
  3. Friday 3rd June, Ormond Hall, Melbourne, VIC (The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band Show)
  4. Saturday 4th June, Ormond Hall, Melbourne, VIC (The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band Show)