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Welcome to Undercover Music News for April 2010...

This Month...

+  Eric BogleNational Tour with Latest Album + First Ever Live DVD
+  Warren FaheyWins Australia's Top Music Prize
+  The Celebrated Knackers & Knockers BandTwo Restricted 'RRR' CDs
+  Gary ShearstonTour Recap and News
+  Russell MorrisTour Dates
+  Telemetry OrchestraIn ‘Das Cinema’ & ‘TollBooth’
+  Saints of IndiaThe Ship Has Landed!
+  Southend‘Take Me Up’ Remixed
+  The LovetonesFeatured on Episode 6 of ‘I Rock’

This month’s edition of UCM Radio features Eric Bogle, Shearston, Russell Morris, Telemetry Orchestra, Southend, Saints of India, The Lovetones along with some bawdy gems from Major Bumsore & The Celebrated Knackers & Knockers Band.

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Eric Bogle's Small Pot

One of Australia’s eminent singer-songwriters to undertake his final tour!?

Eric Bogle is probably best known for his song ‘The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’, which confirmed its iconic status by appearing as a question in the Australian version of Trivial Pursuit!  But he is far from being a one-hit wonder. Some of his other songs: ‘No Man's Land (The Green Fields of France)’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Now I'm Easy’, ‘Shelter’, ‘My Youngest Son Came Home Toady’ and ‘If Wishes were Fishes’ are now beginning to rival “Matilda” in the icon stakes.

After years of non-stop touring, which has included no less than eight tours of North America, 10 times round Europe and multiple Australian shows, Eric has decided that it is time to take it easy.  Eric’s Bogle’s Small POT (Pension Optimisation Tour) will be his last extensive tour in Australia.

With 15 albums to his credit, appearances at every major Folk & Country Music Festival in Australia and overseas including Port Fairy, Woodford, Tamworth, Gympie Muster, Philadelphia Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Toronto, New Orleans, Vancouver, Edinburgh. You name it, he's done them all, and many times as well. A recipient of an Order of Australia medal for services to the entertainment industry Eric was also awarded a United Nations Peace Medal for his efforts, through music, to promote peace and racial harmony.

His songs have been recorded by artists as varied as Joan Baez, Mary Black, Donovan, Slim Dusty, John Williamson, The Dubliners, Peter Paul & Mary, Billy Bragg, The Pogues and The Dropkick Murphy’s just to name a few. The Fureys’ rendition of ‘No Man's Land’ (Green Fields of France) spent 26 weeks on the Irish music charts, including ten weeks at the #1 position.

Country Music Capital News correspondent Jon Wolfe said recently, “I recommend that if you haven’t seen him live, put it on your to-do list and immerse yourself in the majesty of Eric Bogle and his music.” Editor Mike Smith also comments “Bogle’s songs are what so strongly define this master songsmith. His latest (and 15th album) The Dreamer is again testament to this consummate communicator – incisive, eloquent and masterful. It’s what stands him apart from the crowd, yet brings him close to his audience” (Capital News feature article, April 2010 incl. Front Cover Image)

Eric Small Pot tour is proudly presented by Laing Entertainment in association with Square One Entertainment.

Eric will be a special guest on ABC Sydney’s Drive Program with Richard Glover on Tuesday April 27th.

Look and listen out for Eric Bogle in Capital News, Messenger Community News, The Murray Pioneer, The Sunday Mail, JB Hi-Fi Mag, Country Update, Rhythms Magazine, Trad & Now, WA’s Irish Scene, The Border Mail, Herald Sun, Sydney Morning Herald, Blarney Bulletin, Tsunami Magazine, 2010 NFF Program, Simply Australia, ACMLA News and on 2GB, ABC Local Radio, Radio National and community radio nationwide especially 2BAY, 2OCN, 6NR, 3RRR, 2BLU, 3PVR, 2REM, 2BAB, 3INR, 4BAY, 3WYN, 2SEA, 2LVR, 2BAR, 2WET, 3SCB, 2EAR, 2RDJ, 6MKA, 1VFM, 1XXR, 2BAR, 7LTN, 4TTT, 4NSA, 4NAG, 4BCR, 3RPC, 3PBS, 3MBR, 3CH, 2CCC & 2MBS.

Both The Dreamer (RRR47) and Live at Stonyfell Winery (RRR48) are available at retail through MGM Distribution as well as Folk Trax, Trad & Now and directly from Undercover Music via mail order. Fans can also now download the best of Bogle’s back catalogue Singing The Spirit Home which has been released online through MGM.

Tour Dates: See the Gig Guide for dates and venues (top right).

More Information:  Artist Page

Gary Shearston

Gary Shearston returned to the stage in February with two shows in Sydney as well as an amazing house concert hosted by Greg & Lynne Hudson in the Blue Mountains, staged to the backdrop of one of the most torrential downpours in the area in living memory. That didn’t stop a healthy turn out of adoring fans that were treated to a spell binding show of Shearston’s repertoire spanning a wonderful five decade career.

Gary then appeared at the Museum of Sydney as part of the Martin Sharp Artist exhibition before returning to the Harp Hotel in Tempe.

Whilst his guitar picking fingers aren’t as nimble as they once were and by his own admission his hair is a little thinner and belly a little thicker, all three shows were a resounding success and testament that there is plenty of life in him yet.

Gary debuted brand new material at the gigs and in an interview and live performance on 702 ABC Sydney’s afternoon ‘Drive’ program hosted by Richard Glover which led to a host of listener calls including ‘Monica’ who exclaimed “Gary Shearston was to folk what Johnny O’Keefe was to rock!”

Moves are now afoot for a new album and national tour in the first half of 2011.

In the meantime, if you haven’t heard Gary Shearston’s latest double album The Best Of All Trades then you are missing out on what Capital News’ Keith Glass describes as‘a document that should finally place Shearston in the pantheon of our greatest song commentators.’

Look and listen out for Gary Shearston in Blarney Bulletin & the 2010 NFF Program.

Dr Peter Mills, Senior Lecturer in Media and Popular Culture at Leeds Metropolitan University in England is also doing an essay on Gary's work later this year.

The Best Of All Trades (RRR46), Here & There, Now & Then – An Anthology of Gary Shearston (RRR41) and Only Love Survives (RRR3) are available at retail through MGM Distribution as well as Folk Trax, Trad & Now and directly from Undercover Music via mail order.

More Information:  Artist Page

Warren Fahey

A larrikin honoured with Australia’s top music prize (MEDIA RELEASE from the Australia Council for the Arts)

The nation’s most valuable individual music prize – the Australia Council Don Banks Music Award 2010 – goes to Australian folk icon Warren Fahey.

Minister for the Arts, Peter Garrett, will present the $60,000 Australia Council for the Arts award in Canberra tonight at the opening concert of the National Folk Festival in front of Warren’s friends, family, peers and an audience of 2,000 people.

Warren’s humour, endless curiosity, irreverence and bottomless swag of songs, poems and stories have been acknowledged for bringing our collective history alive. His pioneering record company, Larrikin Records, and legendary retail outlet, Folkways Music, changed the face of music in Australia.

Chair of the Australia Council Music Board, composer Matthew Hindson says, ‘Warren’s passion for music and storytelling is contagious; he enthuses everyone around him. Something that stands out about Warren’s career is his ability to find different ways to share that passion.’
‘He is a highly respected writer, broadcaster, music publisher and performer. He has written more than a dozen books on music, folklore and history, and spent countless hours on the road collecting material – all with the aim of sharing this vibrant history with others. Warren has made an immeasurable contribution to the preservation of our folk heritage.’

In 1971, Warren hit the road in a Kombi Van with the slogan ‘Australian Folklore Unit’ emblazoned on the side, on a mission to tape record old bush songs, stories and oral histories. Over the past 40 years, he has gathered a collection of extraordinary material including songs that he still sings today.

Back in Sydney, Warren opened the doors of Folkways music in 1973. The store became internationally recognised as the destination for Australian music and specialist music from around the world, complete with a major mail order business and internationally popular annual catalogues.

Warren Fahey then established Larrikin Records in 1974, a label that has released over 500 recordings of Australian artists, including Eric Bogle, The Bushwackers Band, Redgum and Robyn Archer. Larrikin pioneered the release of Indigenous music with nearly 90 recordings and was the first record company to pay royalties to Indigenous communities.

Warren sold Larrikin Records in 1995 and took on the role of Deputy Managing Director at the Festival Mushroom Group for four years. In 2001, he established Undercover Music and Rouseabout Records.

He has also served as a Governor on the ARIA Awards Board and a Director at the Australian Recording Industry Association. In 2008/9 he was Chair of Folk Alliance Australia.
He has received the Order of Australia, the Centennial Medal and the Advance Australia Award and the Republican of the Year Award.

And Warren isn’t slowing down. He continues to spend his considerable energy furthering his collecting and research work and performing with his group, The Larrikins. In 2009, he released an ARIA nominated 10 disc collection of Australian folk songs and this year releases a further two CDs and a new music book.

As he receives this top Australia Council award, Warren’s passion finds yet another outlet with an extensive installation marrying Australian folk song with archival film, photographs and illustrations to create an immersive journey through the convict and industrial history of Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. Damned Souls & Turning Wheels opens in May as a highlight of the 2010 Biennale of Sydney.

Warren was recently featured on ABC TV’s Collectors, ABC Radio National’s The Music Show and in The Australian and Sydney Morning Herald.

For more information about Warren and The Australian Folklore unit check out

Warren Fahey’s Diggers (RRH42), songs of the Australians at war is available at retail through MGM Distribution and directly from Undercover Music via mail order.

More Information:  Artist Page

The Celebrated Knackers + Knockers Band

In May 2010 Rouseabout will be releasing two restricted triple-R CDs of bawdy songs by The Celebrated Knackers and Knockers Band.

Titled Sing Us Anothery, Dirty As Buggery and Rooted in the Country, the songs on the albums are very politically incorrect - racist, homophobic, sexist and every other taboo - and all collected from Australia’s rugby, bushwalking and rabblerousing past, and an important record of our disappearing colloquial language. These albums are sure to offend, shock (and entertain) whilst saluting our musical past as they represent the first comprehensive collection of Australian bawdy songs and verse.
The CDs are accompanied by scholarly (and hilarious) booklet notes and feature sensational cover art by James P. Gilmour who has also produced two flash cartoons that will be used as part of a viral email campaign.
It has been confirmed that The Celebrated Knackers & Knockers front man Major Bumsore (who bares a striking resemblance to our favourite larrikin Warren Fahey) made a brief cameo at the opening concert of the National Folk Festival in front of 3000 people including the Minister for Arts to rapturous applause!

Major Bumsore also appeared on ABC Radio National’s The Music Show on Saturday April 10.

More Information:  Artist Page

Russell Morris

Check our gig guide for where you can catch Russell Morris live along with either Brian Cadd or Daryl Cotton and Jim Keays in April through to June.

Tour Dates: See the Gig Guide for dates and venues (top right).

More Information:  Artist Page

Telemetry Orchestra

In demand Telemetry Orchestra’s ‘Pimlico’ from their Empire LP has been licensed by online TV station "Das Cinema" to be used in related promotional trailers aired between March and June 2010. Listen to the track on this month’s edition of UCM Radio.

The T.O’s ‘Under the Cherry Tree’ again from Empire has also chalked up yet another license in the short film “TollBooth” which has received funding from Film Victoria and is to be screened at Nova Melbourne.

More Information:  Artist Page

Saints of India

Saints of India’s debut release ‘Mothership’ is certainly generating some interest in the whole Mother Shipton story. The title track is an adaptation of the writings of Mother Shipton who was burnt at the stake for practicing witchcraft in 1561. It's amazing how much of what she wrote has come true and a little chilling if all of it eventually comes to pass!?

The Australian Financial Review suggests “Saints of India’s debut release ‘Mothership’ is worthy of repeat listens – it just keeps giving. Both tracks are quite different but equally generous. Well played Saints’ – looking forward to hearing more.” Indeed you will!

‘Mothership’ scored ‘Religious Song of the Week’ on Triple J’s Sunday Night Safran upon release and is spinning along with ‘B side’ ‘Weakness’ on 2SER, FBi, 3RRR & 4ZzZ. Both tracks will soon be available to community radio nationwide through Amrap’s Airplay Project AirIt.

Mothership (YEP013) is available online through iTunes, at retail through MGM Distribution and directly from Undercover Music via mail order.

Curious? Check out Saints’ new and improved MySpace Site courtesy of Milc Studio.

More Information:  Artist Page   |   Artist MySpace


Southend were back behind the decks last month supporting UK house legends Black Box at their Sydney show held at the SMC Function & Convention Centre.

Their set included Binary Finary’s brand spanking new remix of ‘Take Me Up’ which you can hear in this month’s edition of UCM Radio. The remix will soon be available as a free download, stay tuned for details.
The crowd favourite is also being reconstructed by Australia’s still undisputed queen of hard house BeXta as well as Perth’s electronic duo deluxe Projekt Inertia with all mixes to be released on Yep! Records.

Southend’s entire catalogue is available digitally on iTunes. As Fabtastic Music comment “although it's aged a little bit now, Southend still sound fantastic!”

More Information:  Artist Page  |  MySpace

The Lovetones

‘Wintertime In Hollywood’ from The Lovetones Axiom LP is to be featured on episode 6 of “I Rock”, an eight part, half-hour dramatic comedy series which charts the path of struggling indie rock outfit, Boy Crazy Stacey, a band trying to take over the world… one disaster at a time. The series features guest appearances from Tim Rogers, Scott Dooley, Laura Imbuglia & our very own The Lovetones.

ABC Music will also be producing & releasing an album of songs from the series which include the likes of The Mess Hall, Magic Dirt, The Vines, Red Riders and host of other fine local talent.

The Lovetones four studio albums Axiom (YEP009), Dimensions (YEP010), Meditations (YEP008) and Be What You Want (YEP006) are available at retail through MGM Distribution and directly from Undercover Music via mail order.

More Information:  Artist Page

Big Pond Music

Undercover Music releases are also available online through BigPond Music


Eric Bogle

  1. Friday April 23, Wests League Club, Newcastle, NSW
  2. Saturday April 24, Nelson Bay RSL, Nelson Bay, NSW
  3. Sunday April 25, The Basement, Sydney, NSW
  4. Wednesday April 28, Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
  5. Thursday April  29, Mittagong Playhouse Theatre, Mittagong, NSW
  6. Friday April 30, Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
  7. Saturday May 1, Southern Cross Club, Woden, ACT
  8. Wednesday May 5, Wagga Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga, NSW
  9. Thursday May 6, Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta, VIC
  10. Friday May 7, Hepburn Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC
  11. Saturday May 8, Warrnambool Entertainment Centre, VIC
  12. Sunday May 9, Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC
  13. Wednesday May 12, Drum Theatre, Dandenong, VIC
  14. Thursday May 13, Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre, Sale, VIC
  15. Friday May 14, Country Club Showroom, Launceston, TAS
  16. Saturday May 15, Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS
  17. Thursday June 10, Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, Ballarat, VIC
  18. Friday June 11, Portarlington Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC
  19. Saturday June 12, Portarlington Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC
  20. Sunday June 13, Portarlington Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC
  21. Monday June 14, Portarlington Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC
  22. Friday August 13, The Acoustic Peacock, Willunga, S

Russell Morris

  1. Tuesday April 6, Wellers
  2. Wednesday April 7, York on Lilydale
  3. Thursday April 8, Bennetts Lane
  4. Friday April 9, Chelsea Heights
  5. Saturday April 10, Bendigo RSL
  6. Wednesday April 14, Tewantin
  7. Thursday April 15, Billies Gympie
  8. Friday April 16, Twin Towns
  9. Saturday April 17, Royal Mail Tingalpa
  10. Sunday April 18, Pine Rivers Bowls
  11. Tuesday April 20, The Basement, Sydney
  12. Wednesday April 21, Charlestown Bowls
  13. Thursday April 22, Mittagong RSL
  14. Friday April 23, Vikings Canberra
  15. Saturday April 24, Canterbury/Hurlstone RSL
  16. Thursday April 29, Mt Gravatt Bowls
  17. Friday April 30, Broncos Qld
  18. Saturday May 1, Twin Towns
  19. Wednesday May 5, Greensborough RSL
  20. Thursday May 6, Wellers
  21. Friday May 14, Panthers NSW
  22. Sunday May 16, Laurieton Sports
  23. Thursday June 10, Wynum Manly, QLD
  24. Friday June 11, Lismore Workers
  25. Thursday June 17, Mittagong RSL
  26. Friday June 18, Penrith Panthers
  27. Saturday June 19, Canterbury Hurlstone RSL