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February News 2013

Welcome to Undercover Music News for February 2013!

This month’s edition of Undercover Radio showcases the new single from Antenna featuring Matt Thomas (The Mavis’s) plus songs from the new Fiddlers Feast album Caravan & Gary Shearston’s The Great Australian Groove. It also features Jim Low, Bondi Cigars, Mop & the Dropouts from the very popular Best of Koori Classics collection, a bawdy gem from The Celebrated Knackers & Knockers Band featuring Major Bumsore (aka Warren Fahey) before closing out on a completely different tangent with The Lovetones, Antenna plus Outsider’s Remix of Projekt Inertia’s Bangkok.

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Fiddlers Feast

The new Fiddlers Feast album ‘Caravan’ hit the road last month with the band launching the album at their annual concert series at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. The madcap first single ‘The Devil Went Down To Tamworth’ appropriately found its mark with the Super Radio Network picking up the song thanks to support from the man behind the golden microphone John Laws along with a host of Community Radio stations nationwide.

As legendary Australian country music presenter John Nutting (Australian Country) comments “you have my complete support... I love these blokes!” Bay FM’s Jan Naryadds lovely album, they’re sooooo versatile and switch so effortlessly and well from one style to the next. Caravan’s on rotation!”

Look and listen out for Fiddlers Feast on the Super Radio Network, ZFM and the Power Country Network, 90.1 Happy FM, 2Bobradio 104.7FM, 2MAX, Hobart FM 96.1 / 92.1, Radio Adelaide, Original Country Radio, Country Roads One FM Shepparton, 1629am Newcastle, 2NUR, Australian Country, Bay FM 100.3, 98.9 North West FM, 2SNR, 99.9 Voice FM & in Capital News, Country Update Magazine & Trad & Now.

Caravan (RRR58) is OUT NOW through MGM Distribution and also directly from Undercover Music via ‘Mail Order’.

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Eric Bogle

Bondi Cigars

Bondi Cigars have just finished headlining the Australian Blues Music Festival along with Jeff Lang.

If you missed Australia’s foremost Rhythm & Blues outfit, don’t fret!

Their definitive live collection Down in the Valley is still available on 2CD and now also digitally through iTunes. Check out this month’s edition of Undercover Radio to hear more.

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Jim Low

Jim Low

Australian Bush Laureate Awards finalistJim Low’s new album Across the Blue Mountains is now ready for production.

The album is being released to help commemorate the region’s Bicentennial, celebrations of which are planned continually for the next 3 years (2013-15) taking in the explorers' crossing, the road building and Macquarie's first use of the road. The highlight will be the re-enactment of the crossing in May 2013. Blue Mountains Council has a site specifically for the Crossings.

In the meantime if you haven’t already, discover The Further I Travel songs from which can be heard at the Undercover Music Soundcloud page. The album is still enjoying plenty of radio support from folk and country programs alike with Ian ‘Macca’ McNamara recently playing Towns on the Castlereagh (featured in this month’s edition of Undercover Radio) on his Australia All Over show.

Look out for Jim Low inLe Cri du Coyote Magazine thanks to our good mate Roland Lanzarone who suggests Jim is certainly a man of reflection who nicely writes his songs recalling Australian historical events in the form of country ballads.

Finally check our gig guide (top right) for Jim’s upcoming shows.

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Warren Fahey

Warren Fahey

Warren Fahey has been invited to perform at the National Folk Festival this Easter - this is Australia's premier folk festival and great fun.

Warren is currently cruising New Zealand with Seabourn and will be doing more cruises as guest speaker with this terrific line - and why not! More books – Fahey is determined to finish his series of books on local history - there will be separate books for Woolloomooloo, Elizabeth Bay, Potts Point and Rushcutters Bay.

Recording projects – Warren is currently in talks with ABC Music about further historical albums. There will also be more Rouseabout releases where he is Executive Producer. 2013 will also see the publication of his long-overdue e-book 'Sing Us Anothery, Dirty As Buggery' .. the definitive book on Australian bawdry and the perfect accompaniment to the two CD releases by The Celebrated Knackers & Knockers Band featuring Warren Fahey’s alter ego Major Bumsore. As Warren says himself “the person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused!”

There will be more library concerts, talks, Australian Folklore Unit website updates and research, and, when Waz gets time, some time playing his concertina. Warren Fahey just keeps on keeping on!
(Source: Warren Fahey’s Bodgie Newsletter

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Gary Shearston

Gary Shearston

Australian music legend Gary Shearston has just returned home to Tenterfield after appearances on the Macca On Tour concert series hosted by Ian ‘Macca’ McNamara.

Shearston performed to capacity houses at South Grafton, Tweed Heads, Toowoomba & Caloundra as well as doing a guest spot on Macca’s very popular Sunday morning radio show Australia All Over out of ABC Brisbane. 

Shearston also recently completed a half-hour interview with Jordie Kilby for his program Rare Collections which is broadcast on ABC Local Radio nationally and which, as of this month, will also be carried on Radio National. 

Country Harvest’s well respected host Raymond Phillips also adds Gary is a priority artist on his program.

Look & Listen out for Gary Shearston on ABC Local Radio & Radio National, Triple U FM, Radio Eastern 98.1, Country Harvest, RCF-Haute Normandie Radio (France), COW FM Casino & in Le Cri du Coyote Magazine.

The Great Australian Groove (RRR57) is OUT NOW through MGM Distribution and also directly from Undercover Music via ‘Mail Order’.

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Gary Shearston


Previously unreleased remixes of ‘All Rise’ from Antenna’s Installation album will be available digitally through iTunes later this month. The song features The Mavis’s front man Matt Thomas who has been a busy boy of late reforming the band with sister Beki for an intimate show and brand new EP. The show is set to take place at Melbourne venue Yah Yah's on Saturday 16 February.

Matt Thomas performed the original version of ‘All Rise’ with Antenna at Melbourne Big Day Out 1999.

If you haven’t already done so, check out Undercover Music’s YouTube Channel to watch Antenna performing live at Big Day Out at Sydney in 1999 plus their live performance of ‘Come On Spring’ on ABC TV’s Recovery as well as the new mash up video for ‘10-4’ conceived and edited by Gary Hillberg.

Oh and by the way, stay tuned for a new musical collaboration between Antenna’s Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus), Stu McCarthy & Justin Frew that is certain to surprise and enthrall!!

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The Lovetones

We have said it time & time again and often been castigated but The Lovetones are probably Australia’s most underrated music commodity who enjoy infinitely more success overseas than they do in their homeland.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Jonno Seidler recently had this to say about their Provenance collection. Even if, like this reviewer, you have never heard the Lovetones before, testimonials from the Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe and members of various Australian bands give a proper indication of what we've been missing. This collects the best of the group's five records and is a revelation. A timeless sound that pursues classic songwriting, rather than pandering to the popular; the Lovetones' output is instantly endearing, as is the performance of singer Matt Tow.
(Jonno Seidler, SMH, February 2013)

Front man Matt Tow is currently touring his new solo album The Way Of Things along the USA West Coast.

Provenance (YEP014) is OUT NOW through MGM Distribution and also directly from Undercover Music via ‘Mail Order’, along with The Lovetones entire back catalogue. Check out their artist page for all the details.

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Jim Low

  1. Saturday 23rd February, National Trust concert at Woodford Academy, Blue Mountains (NSW)
  2. Saturday 2nd March, A Bushfire Benefit Concert at Coonabarabran (NSW)
  3. Saturday 25th May, Loaded Dog Folk Club Annandale Sydney (NSW)
  4. Saturday 15th June, Oberon Community Hall (NSW)

Eric Bogle

  1. Thursday 7th March, Peace Concert, Warrnambool (VIC)
  2. Friday 8th March, Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC)
  3. Saturday 9th March, Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC)
  4. Sunday 10th March, Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC)
  5. Saturday 17th March, Brunswick Music Festival (VIC)

Warren Fahey

  1. Saturday 23rd February, Seabourn Odyssey New Zealand Tour
  2. Tuesday 12th March, Ashfield Library Concert (10.30am), NSW
  3. Thursday 28th March, National Folklore Conference, National Library, Canberra, ACT
  4. Friday 29th – Sunday 31st March, National Folk Festival Canberra (various concerts and workshops), ACT
  5. Saturday 6th April, Newcastle & Hunter River Folk Club, NSW
  6. Tuesday 23rd April, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, NSW