This Month ...
* Rouseabout Records and GetUp! say STAND UP & SHOUT!
* The Lovetones reach Axiom with new album & tour
* Gary Shearston Anthology is Here & Now
* Telemetry Orchestra Reach Out for mental health
* CODA heading to Bangkok via Melbourne
* Fiddlers Feast to appear at Toyota 2007 Muster
* Herb Superb to present award at 2007 GMMA's
STAND UP & SHOUT
Hard-Hitting Songs For Social Change and a New Australia
STAND UP & SHOUT! brings together some of Australia's most talented songwriters and singers who all have something to shout about! STAND UP & SHOUT! was born of troubled parents: disappointment and frustration. Disappointment that our great country has seemingly abandoned its heard-earned values, turned its back on unionism, refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, incarcerated refugees seeking asylum, led us into undeclared wars, introduced draconian workplace legislation, sold our media and culture down the drain and encouraged rampant commercial greed. Frustration that we have not moved closer to a Republic, (other than the United States of America), and frustrated that we stand under a cloud of conservatism that defies our larrikin spirit of independence and fair play.
STAND UP & SHOUT! is a testament to the continuing role of song in political activism and would never have happened without the enthusiasm of the songwriters and singers including Mike McClellan, Eric Bogle, Touchwood, Judy Small, Pat Drummond and Bernard Carney, who set the ball rolling and all of whom have donated their artist royalties to GetUp! because they believe the politically unaligned grassroots organization does an effective job in communicating issues that effect one and all of us. We are not telling people how to vote but to vote with their hearts, not pockets. We hope this collection opens some minds to a new Australia.
Issued to provoke airplay and debate in the lead up to the 2007 Federal Election, GetUp! will promote through their membership, with Greenpeace and Green Left Weekly also carrying stories and advertisements about the album.
STAND UP & SHOUT! (RRR43) is released 18th August, 2007 on Rouseabout Records through MGM Distributiuon.
For more information, visit: www.getup.org.au and www.unionsong.com
Here & There, Now & Then - An Anthology of Gary Shearston (RRR41) has been released to rave reviews. Anyone who heard John Nutting's fantastic feature interview with Gary on ABC Local Radio's seminal Saturday Night Country last month would have gotten a feel for the true genius of this legendary Australian singer/songwriter and music stylist.
If you missed it, have a read of part of Bruce Elder's forthcoming SMH review. "Gary Shearston was the closest Australia ever came to producing a local version of Bob Dylan. Not only was he an influential singer of traditional folk songs during the 1960s heyday of the folk boom but he was also a hugely gifted songwriter, a radical re-interpreter of the folk tradition (who else thought of using reggae as a backing for Australian songs as early as 1974?) and, if you need any further evidence, had he not been banned from travelling to the United States due to his involvement in the anti-Vietnam movement, he would have ended up being managed by Dylan's manager, Albert Grossman.
By any measure Shearston's career has been an enviable journey. From Jim Carter's Troubadour folk club in Sydney to London then back to Australia where, having written a novel, he recorded the remarkable
'Aussie Blue' before joining the Anglican clergy. This 42-track double CD has been long overdue. It brings together the essence of Shearston's remarkable career. All the bases are covered.
The difference between Shearston and Dylan is essentially cultural. Dylan's influences were Woody Guthrie and the poetry of the Beat Generation. Shearston is unashamedly Australian. He is a modern Henry
Lawson whose music is infused with a "love of country" that makes it unique to this continent. He has felt the rhythms rising from the land and has turned them into timeless music."
Look and listen out for Gary Shearston in the following media: Capital News, SMH, Herald Sun, ACMF, folkaustralia.com, Folk Alliance, 2HHH, Country Community, Helen Kay Show, Folk Trax, 5EBI, Trad & Now, Blarney Bulletin, 4EB, Planet Radio, ABC Local Radio & Radio National, 2SER, All Kinds Of Country, Country Capers, Tamworth City News, CBAA and community radio nationwide courtesy of Amrap.
Stay tuned for an announcement about a very special performance by Gary at next year's Tamworth Country Music Festival!!
Here & There, Now & Then (RRR41) is OUT NOW on Rouseabout Records through MGM Distributiuon
For more information visit:
www.garyshearston.com or the artist's page here.
Fiddlers Feast are performing at the Toyota 2007 Country Muster last weekend of this month with Graeme Connors. They'll be performing on the main stage on the Saturday afternoon. Tinkers Way Part 2 from
their Frenzee LP has been licensed for the Toyota Muster Compilation Album being released to coincide. The band's previous work under the name Fiddlers Feastival will soon be available as downloads through MGM Distributiuon's various online partners.
Herb Superb maker of the most hilarious pot music on the planet has been invited to present an award at the 2007 Global Marijuana Music Awards to be held in Sydney in September. The Rouseabout Records crew were once again thrilled to be asked to judge four of this years categories. Superb's Potsongs LP has been a previous winner of the best comedy category.
For more information visit www.potsongs.com.au or the artists page here.
Potsongs (RRR30) is OUT NOW on Rouseabout Records through MGM is out now through MGM Distributiuon