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Latest News  July / August 2013

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In this month’s edition of Undercover Radio we pay tribute to the late, great Gary Shearston. We also showcase songs from the new Eric Bogle album A Toss Of The Coin and Jim Low’s Across The Blue Mountains. The set also includes Fiddlers Feast, Reg Lindsay plus those purveyors of psychedelic goodness The Lovetones.

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Fiddlers Feast

Fiddlers Feast’s Caravan has headed to Denmark to perform at Skagen Festival, Denmark's oldest music festival, before continuing onto Germany for some more gigs.

For more details check out their Facebook and Events Page.

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

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Eric Bogle

Eric Bogle

Eric Bogle has announced his first round of touring dates to support his new LP with John Munro A Toss Of The Coin which has already been a feature album on 5EBI, Acoustic Harvest, 5GTR, Tribe FM 91.1, 2MAX FM 91.3 Narrabri, Highland FM 107.1 & RCF-Haute Normandie Radio.

Eric’s new album arrived yesterday and I’ve already played it so often that it’s now wafer-thin.... I love Eric; I love John Munro, thanks immensely.
(Jan Nary, Acoustic Harvest)

A Toss Of The Coin(RRR61) is OUT NOW digitally through iTunes and on CD through MGM Distribution or directly from Undercover Music via mail order is sure to satisfy Bogle’s legion of fans both far & wide.

In the meantime, look and listen out for Eric Bogle on ABC Local Radio, 2CH, 5EBI, 5GTR, CMR, Australian Country with John Nutting, ZFM Country, Power Country Radio 1629am Newcastle and Radio16, TANK FM, Radio Eastern 98.1, 104.9 Sunshine Country, Triple R, PBS-FM, Radio Adelaide, COW FM, 3CR, Hobart FM, Sweet FM, Coast FM 96.3, 2LM, 100.9 ZZZ FM, Opus Music Country Radio Network, 2Bobradio 104.7FM, 2Maxfm 91.3, Highland FM 107.1, mtmfm919, 2BBB, 2YOU, Radio Upper Murray 3RUM, 2PSR, RCF-Haute Normandie Radio and in this month’s Country Music Capital News and Le Cri du Coyote Magazine

Fore more information and interview requests, email Undercover Music

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Jim Low

Jim Low

Songs from Jim Low’s new album Across The Blue Mountains are spinning on airwaves all over the country.

It's real pioneer music and I'm sure that Jim will entertain many an audience with these songs declares Country Roads’ Joy & Pejay.
Thank you for Jim's album. I LOVE the music he puts out.
(Warren Fuller, 2NUR)

Thanks for sending Jim’s new album – I really enjoy his work. I can assure you the album will be given good air time on Sweet FM.
(Merle Scott, Sweet FM)

Jim’s second full length album release on Rouseabout Records contains 18 songs about the Blue Mountains of New South Wales which have been an inspiration for many his songs and has been released to help commemorate the region’s Bicentennial.

Look and listen out for Jim Low on ABC Central West, 5GTR, Australian Country with John Nutting, ZFM Country, Power Country Radio 1629am Newcastle and Radio16, Radio Eastern 98.1, Monaro Community FM Radio, Tubby Dyer’s BBQ Country Radio Show on 963 Coast FM, 3CR, Sweet FM, 2SNR, Opus Music Country Radio Network, KIX FM, Hobart FM, RCF-Haute Normandie Radio, Country Roads with Joy & Pejay and in Le Cri du Coyote Magazine

You can listen to a selection of songs from the album at the Undercover Soundcloud.

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Warren Fahey

Yesterday's Australia - Reg Lindsay

Having raised the necessary funds The Bronze Bust Association commissioned a bronze statue of the legendary Reg Lindsay which was unveiled on what would have been his birthday, Sunday, July 7 as part of the Hats Off Country Music Festival in Tamworth.

Reg Lindsay’s bust is mounted on a marble plinth in Bicentennial Park Tamworth alongside Tex Morton & Shirley Thoms all of whom feature in Rouseabout Record’s Yesterday’s Australia Series – Australia’s best-selling nostalgia range.

Reg Lindsay’s Down By The Old Slip-Rail (RRH24) available through MGM Distribution and also directly from Undercover Music via ‘Mail Order’ captures a very young Reg Lindsay and what an amazing voice he had! Listen to the yodels and how he works his songs.

The album includes a Country Hour program plus Lovesick Blues, Baby Doll, I’m a Ladies Man, Way Out There plus some Reg Lindsay originals. Taken from early radio shows and transcripts this is 100% country joy and features notes by John Minson

The album is now available in digital format for the first time to coincide with the bronze bust unveiling.

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Gary Shearston

Gary Shearston

Gary Shearston, one of Australia’s most respected singer/songwriters passed away at Armidale Hospital on Monday night 1st July after suffering a stroke at his home near Tenterfield.

In his youth Gary was one of Australia's most popular artists who released several landmark recordings and hosted his own television show as well as maintaining his live performances. Gary was a committed freedom fighter, priest, family man, performer and poet. He released over 15 albums and hundreds of songs highlighting his distinctive Australian perspective and voice.

His version of Cole Porter's 'I Get A Kick Out Of You' became an international chart success but his real passion was for his songs written to celebrate Australia. Over the past twelve years he released four albums Only Love Survives (2001), The Best Of All Trades (2009), Renegade (2011), The Great Australian Groove (2012) as well as the anthology Here & There, Now & Then (2007) through Rouseabout Records.

We celebrate his musical legacy, lament the passing of another Australian musical legend and offer our sympathies to his family.

Rouseabout label mate Jim Low posted this fitting tribute on from an interview he did with Gary in 2009:

Gary on Songs of Struggle

JIM LOW:   Many of the songs you wrote and sang in the 1960's were labelled 'songs of protest'. They covered a range of issues including attitudes to Aboriginal people, war and capital punishment. How important do you consider songs are in being able to inform people and influence their attitudes and behaviour?

GARY:   The Anglo-French historian, essayist and novelist, Hilaire Belloc, once wrote, "It is the best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them." I've always appreciated that observation. If I were to expand on it, I would probably say, "lt is the best of all trades, to make songs that inspire hearts, minds and souls to make the world a better place for every single human being inhabiting it, and the second best to sing them and hear others singing them." That's probably a bit long-winded, but you may get my general drift. Songs born of struggle invariably inspire ways of resolving the struggle that gave them birth. 'Songs of protest' can reveal hidden agendas, stamp them clearly in the consciousness of people from all walks of life, and lead them to consider, or re-consider, all sorts of ideological positions adopted by one crew or another. The truth will always out and, more often than not, the truth rings truest when carried on the wings of song.


My deepest condolences on the loss of a wonderful man and a songwriter like no other.
(Anna Rose, Capital News/Northern Daily Leader)

Please accept my deep sorrow of hearing of Gary's passing. I have enjoyed playing his music over a long period of time. It saddens me greatly at this time. Condolences to all!
(Brian Amos, Radio Eastern 98.1)

I am so very, very sorry to hear this sad news. Gary and I had several wonderful conversations only a few weeks ago. My deepest condolences.
(Jill Fraser, Words on the Wind Communications)

It's sad news to learn that Gary passed away. I liked his songs and even more the ideal of freedom and justice that they conveyed. I am glad that I was recently able to publish a review of one of his latest albums "The Great Australian Groove" in le Cri du Coyote our French magazine, a modest way of bringing him to the attention of our readers. Please convey my sympathy to his family, knowing that he is now in that Kingdom for which he had been fighting for.
(Roland Lanzarone, RCF-Haute Normandie Radio / Le Cri du Coyote Magazine)

We have just heard the sad news about Gary Shearston’s passing and wanted to pass on our condolences to his friends and family. Gary was a big influence in Johnny’s life in the 60’s and 70’s and I certainly enjoyed my interview with him a few years back. A very talented man and he will be sadly missed. Our condolences and best regards.

(Glenys & Johnny Marcus, OPus-Music Country Radio)

It is with much sadness that I read this news.

Gary made a great impression on my life, and contributed strongly to my understanding of what a lifetime of work means.

We forged a friendship built from mutual respect. He was one of the most dedicated, and focused musician/songwriters I have ever had the privilege to work with. I had one of his songs ringing in my mind on Monday.

I will never forget the time we spent working together, and the conversations that emanated from the creative environment we shared.

I know that Gary has traveled to a comforting, and restful place before his next journey.
(Jorden Brebach, The Orange Room)

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The Lovetones

The Lovetones’ classic ‘Love and Redemption’ has been licensed for Series 4 of Network Ten’s extremely popular television production Offspring.

Starring Gold Logie Award winner Asha Keddie who plays lead character Nina, OFFSPRING SERIES 4 continues to follow Nina’s struggle to deal with her fabulously messy family, her hunt for a decent love life and her tendency to over-think and fly off into fantasy.

Her career delivering babies is full of surprises; her family life is never short of emergencies; and Nina is the person everyone turns to for help in the midst of their crises. Charting her way through the Proudman maelstrom, Nina must also navigate her way through the complex and confusing rules of love.

The song will also be included on the forthcoming Soundtrack alongside the likes of Ellie Goulding, Jagwar Ma, Gypsy & The Cat, Vance Joy, Tigertown, Vydamo and more.

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Undercover Music is very happy to announce a new strategic partnership with US based Seven Seas Music for representation of its catalogue for international licensing opportunities including productions for film, television, advertisements, video games, mobile applications and other commercial activities.


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  1. Sunday 11th August, Trinity Sessions (w. Chris While & Julie Matthews from the UK), Clarence Park (SA)
  2. Wednesday 9th October, Lizottes, Kincumber (NSW)
  3. Thursday 10th October, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth (NSW)
  4. Friday 11th October, Wests Leagues, Newcastle (NSW)
  5. Saturday 12th October, Byron Bay Theatre, Byron Bay (NSW)
  6. Sunday 13th October, Irish Club, Brisbane (QLD)
  7. Wednesday 16th October, Lizottes, Dee Why (NSW)
  8. Thursday 17th October, The Basement, Sydney (NSW)
  9. Friday 18th October, Evan Theatre, Penrith (NSW)
  10. Saturday 19th October, Revesby Workers Club (NSW)
  11. Sunday 20th October, Mulloon Creek Natural Farms, Bungendore (NSW)
  12. Wednesday 23rd October, Mudgee Brewing Company, Mudgee (NSW)
  13. Thursday 24th October, TBA, Mittagong (NSW)
  14. Friday 25th October, Southern Cross Club, Woden (ACT)
  15. Saturday 26th October, Wangaratta PAC (VIC)
  16. Sunday 27th October, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne (VIC)
  17. Wednesday 30th October, Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre, Sale (VIC)
  18. Thursday 31st October, Playhouse Theatre, Geelong (VIC)
  19. Friday 1st November, Caravan Music Club, Melbourne (VIC)
  20. Saturday 2nd November, Maldon Folk Festival (VIC)
  21. Sunday 3rd November, Maldon Folk Festival (VIC)