One of Australia's true International stars, Eric Bogle hits the road this month for more installments of his ‘Small Pot Pension Optimisation Tour’ playing all his iconic tunes (a selection of which are featured in this month’s Undercover Radio) as well as songs from his latest album ‘The Dreamer’.
Author of five songbooks and star of more than a dozen albums and an acclaimed video, Eric is a magnetic concert performer who fills concert halls wherever he appears. As Capital Music’s Jon Wolfe puts it ‘if you haven’t seen him life, put it on your to-do list and immerse yourself in the majesty of Eric Bogle and his music’.
Eric will also be performing at the Gympie Muster and is featured on iTunes promotional sampler cards that are to be handed out to attendees at the event.
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Pat Drummond has inked a wonderful expose on Gary Shearston (‘one of the seminal influences in the development of Australian Country/ Folk’) in the latest issue of Country Update, giving a marvelous account of a career which ‘occupies a singular place in Australian music history’ according to The Australian’s Keith Glass.
Writes Drummond ‘In the late 1950s, at a time when most Australian Folk Singers were performing their repertoires in unnaturally broad Irish accents; Gary pioneered a style that somehow managed to drag the Australian Accent, kicking and screaming, into the light of popular music.
It is no exaggeration to say that without his influence the musical culture which spawned and supported the rise of The Bushwackers, Redgum and John Williamson would probably never have existed.
His stances on Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War and on Australian Settler Culture’s treatment of our Indigenous people were set to put him in conflict with many of those who, at the time, controlled the Recording and Media Markets. It even led to death threats against him.
One night, at a packed concert at The Sydney Town Hall, Shearston was warned by Police that they had received credible information that there might be an attempt to assassinate him on-stage and, since they could not guarantee his safety, he should cancel his appearance.
Shearston refused to be silenced by such threats of violence. The courage it must have taken to step unprotected into that spotlight; to perform passionately and to speak clearly and uncompromisingly of his beliefs was an enormous inspiration to anyone who witnessed it.
Shearston’s latest offering represents the completion of a circle; but it is also clearly the beginning of a new and exciting musical chapter in the life of a man who is rightly acknowledged as an Australian Music Legend.’
Check out the full article here [Insert Link] and listen to this month’s edition of Undercover Radio to hear songs from ‘Renegade’.
Look out for Gary Shearston this month in Country Update, New England Country Living & Capital News.
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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Australian Radio Serials
Part of the Yesterday's Australia Series
Australian nostalgic music is not easy to come by but a great place to start is in the Yesterday’s Australia Artists Section.
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One of the most popular titles ‘Australian Radio Serials’ (RRHD13) which contains much loved programs such as ‘Hoppalong Cassidy’, ‘Biggles’, ‘Ada & Elsie’, ‘Dr Mac’ and many more will be available digitally through iTunes for the first time ever later this month.
From the extensive booklet notes … ‘The Air Adventures of Biggles’ was the first of the many action/adventure serials for younger listeners that were enormously popular on radio in the latter half of the 1940s and through the 1950s. Over a thousand episodes were produced, and it was heard on many stations throughout Australia.
Listen to the episode featured on ‘Australian Radio Serials’ on this month’s Undercover Radio.