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December News 2012

Welcome to Undercover Music News for October - December 2012!

This month’s edition of Undercover Radio showcases songs from the new Gary Shearston album The Great Australian Groove. It also features Jim Low, Mike McClellan, Fiddlers Feast, CODA, Telemetry Orchestra, The Lovetones, Antenna, plus Ilya Hype & Projekt Inertia.

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Jim Low

Fiddlers Feast

The new Fiddlers Feast album ‘Caravan’ is set to be released in January 2013 to coincide with Fiddlers Feast’s shows at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and other tour dates.

Marcus Holden who is locked away in his studio putting the finishing touches on the album recently blogged “We’re stoked about this one, new songs and silliness as well as lots of fiddles…well what do you expect?”

Tour Dates: See top right of this page.

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Jim Low

Jim Low

Jim Low has been a very busy man of late with not one but two new albums in the pipeline not to mention playing shows in support of The Further I Travel which continues to win industry plaudits …

The Further I Travel, released on Undercover Music's Rouseabout label, is a rare gem.

RECORDING people’s stories is a very worthwhile occupation and Blue Mountains-based singer-songwriter Jim Low does it better than most. When I first listened to his new album, The Further I Travel, it felt familiar, a bit like an old friend telling me things I hadn’t heard before.

The album is rich with Australian history and stories that had to be told.

Although he cites his musical inspirations as GARY SHEARSTON, ERIC BOGLE and COLIN BUCHANAN, he's no clone. Jim travels his own track.

About six years ago Jim had been having eyesight problems and was declared legally blind, which put an end to his performing, something he'd always enjoyed, playing at restaurants, festivals and clubs. While his public performances ceased, his writing and singing at home didn't, and he amassed quite a collection of material.

Enter JASON and CHLOE ROWETH, a couple he had met in the mid 1990s.Jim learnt they'd set up a studio at Millthorpe, near Blayney. The rest, as they say, is history. The Roweths arranged his songs and added their musicianship to Jim's vocals, guitar and harmonica and a brilliant musical partnership was formed.

He has an excellent website, filled with stories, songs and information about his ongoing activities.

If you ever see Jim Low’s name on the bill, grab a front row seat and sit down and take a trip back in time with this wonderful journeyman who’s keeping our history alive for future generations.” (Anna Rose, Capital News & Northern Daily Leader)

Jim Low’s next release on Rouseabout will be Blue Mountain Tracks which as the title suggests features songs about the Blue Mountains. 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.

Yet another new album of Jim’s will be released later in 2013.

In the meantime however if you haven’t already, discover The Further I Travel songs from which can be heard at the Undercover Music Soundcloud.

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Gary Shearston

Gary Shearston

“The word ‘legend’ is used freely in the music world, but few could be more entitled to its use than Gary Shearston.”
(Ian Dearden, Trad & Now)

The Great Australian Groove is the new album from Gary Shearston who "...occupies a singular place in Australian music history" (Keith Glass, The Australian)It features eighteen brand new songs from one of the nation's most eulogized singer/songwriters who feels the rhythms rising from the land and turns them into timeless music.

The Great Australian Groove was recorded and mixed by Roger Ilott who also plays guitars, pedal steel & keyboards and features Lee Williams on bass (& guitars), Gary’s son Luke Shearston on drums and Penny Davies on backing vocals. The album was mastered by William Bowden (Gotye, Hermitude, Empire of the Sun, Silverchair).

In a recent radio feature interview, 2SM’s Graeme Gilbert suggested “if Judith Durham is the Queen of Australian folk then Gary Shearston must surely be the King.” We wholeheartedly concur but cannot escape the irony that Shearston’s sales outside Australia eclipse those of his native land. Hopefully the new album will go someway to addressing this anomaly.

Look & Listen out for Gary Shearston on 2SM Super Radio Network, Happy FM 90.1, Australian Country with John Nutting, BBC in the UK, RCF-Haute Normandie Radio (France) & in Trad & Now & Le Cri du Coyote Magazine.

Gary Shearston regrets to advise that, due to unfortunate circumstances beyond his control, he has had to withdraw his announced participation in Ian McNamara’s Australia All Over ABC concert dates for late November and December.  However, he hopes due compensation may be found in listening to his newly-released CD, The Great Australian Groove.

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

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Stand Up & Shout

Stand Up & Shout!

Mike McClellan heads a list of outstanding international and Australian artists confirmed for the 28th annual Illawarra Folk Festival at Bulli Showgrounds on the NSW South Coast on January 17-20.

Artistic Director David De Santi suggests “We’re really excited to have Mike McClellan in the line-up. He is an all-time favourite with Australian audiences, and is back touring nationally so it has been a real coup to have him at Bulli.” (Source: Nick Hartgerink, Trad & Now)

McClellan’s song ‘The Heartland’ is featured on the compilation Stand Up & Shout! (RRR43) which brings together some of Australia's most talented songwriters and singers who all have something to shout about!

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CODA’s classic ‘Smoking On A Camel’ from the For Our Animal Friends EP (SIL012) has just been licensed for the season 3 of ABC TV’s very popular Dance Academy.

Dance Academy is an exhilarating drama series for children and young adults, as well as anyone, anywhere who’s ever had a dream. It’s through Tara Webster's eyes that we enter the world of the National Academy of Dance, where the best in the country train to become dancers. This is the year Tara will leave her home on the farm and go into boarding school in Sydney; the year she will fall in love for the first time and have her heart broken. It’s a year of friendships and jealousies, triumphs and disappointments. This is the year she'll be tested. Does she have what it takes to be a dancer? Can she cope with the sacrifices she's required to make?

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Telemetry Orchestra

Telemetry Orchestra arrived packing samplers, analogue synths and old vinyl in the early 90’s and played the Sydney downbeat, breakbeat electronic scene, putting out Live Better Electrically in 1998 through their friends and collaborators in Clan Analogue.

In the late 1990’s Andrew Jones got busy with other stuff and Charlotte Whittingham joined, lending her dulcet tones and light touch. Gavin Angus-Leppan, Steve Scott and Charlotte went on to produce Children Stay Free (2002) and Empire (2006).

The band has played with a full live setup and has had a lot of fun playing shows across the east coast of Australia. More recently Steve’s graphic talents proved too much to keep him in the country and Charlotte and Gavin were left holding the baby.

The next T.O. milestone will be a 60’s inspired E.P. (to be released in 2013), which should interest old punters and hopefully alert some new ears as well to the rich, fruity mélange that is the Telemetry Orchestra…

In the meantime check out their new website and listen to ‘Flicker’ on this month’s edition of Undercover Radio.

More Information:  Artist Page

Gary Shearston


Founded on mutual respect and admiration, Antenna was a band with an unrivalled vision, a partnership that challenged the stereotypical oz rock dream and took you to sensory heaven and back.

Antenna comprised four unique talents. Justin Frew & Stu McCarthy from Sydney techno subversives Southend (‘The Winner Is…’), Kim Salmon from his Surrealists & The Scientists and Dave Faulkner of our dearly beloved Hoodoo Gurus, who joined their craft to make Antenna a musical tour de force that defies comparison. As well Antenna featured guest vocalists Chrissie Amphlett (The Divinyls) and Matt Thomas from The Mavis’s.

The album, Installation, an ambitious, eclectic pop gem originally released on Mushroom Records in 1998 is now available for the first time digitally through MGM Distribution.

“There’s been no other Aussie record like it.” (FHM)

Installation includes the single ‘Come On Spring’, a song of true seasonal splendour featuring a stunning vocal take by Kim Salmon which ignited firecrackers of praise and sent music directors lunging for their adds. It was THE radio tune of the season and has just been licensed for Adam Spencer’s Mytunes Vol 2 compilation alongside the likes of New Order, The Stone Roses, Florence + The Machine & MUCH more that is being released on ABC Music in early November.

Watch Antenna performing ‘Come On Spring’ live on ABC TV’s ‘Recovery’
plus check out the original video.

The digital reissue of Installation is accompanied by a brand new video mash-up of 10-4 conceived and edited by Gary Hillberg.

More Information:  Artist Page

The Lovetones

“The Lovetones are the Australian music scene’s best-kept secret. Over the past 10 years, the band created several psychedelic masterpieces that were adored by a small cult following both here and in the US. Hearing this ‘best of’ will have you wondering how The Lovetones didn’t make it big. The dreamy pop bliss of ‘(I Gotta) Feel’ is the best top 10 hit Australia never had. If you’re a fan of The Byrds, Pink Floyd or Deep Sea Arcade, then you need to discover The Lovetones. Provenance is the perfect introduction.”
(Andy McLean, Charter Magazine)

The album can be heard in its entirety on Undercover Music’s SoundCloud and features all their classic pop masterpieces and loads more including a bonus DVD filmed by Moshcam at the Metro in Sydney.

Parlez-vous Francais? Check out the 8/10 review of Provenance. It’s tres bonne!

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  1. Thursday 27th December, Woodford Folk Festival (QLD)
  2. Friday 28th December, Woodford Folk Festival (QLD)
  3. Saturday 29th December, Woodford Folk Festival (QLD)
  4. Thursday 7th March, Peace Concert, Warrnambool (VIC)
  5. Friday 8th March, Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC)
  6. Saturday 9th March, Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC)
  7. Sunday 10th March, Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC)
  8. Saturday 17th March, Brunswick Music Festival (VIC)

Mic Conway's National Junk Band

  1. Friday 18th January, Locomotive Hotel, Tamworth (NSW)
  2. Saturday 19th January, Locomotive Hotel, Tamworth (NSW)
  3. Monday 21st January, Locomotive Hotel, Tamworth (NSW)
  4. Wednesday 23rd January, Locomotive Hotel, Tamworth (NSW)
  5. Thursday 24th January, The New Southgate Inn, Tamworth (NSW)
  6. Friday 25th January, Locomotive Hotel, Tamworth (NSW)

Fiddlers Feast

  1. Friday 4th January, Gulgong Folk Festival (NSW)
  2. Saturday 5th January, Gulgong Folk Festival (NSW)
  3. Sunday 6th January, Mudgee Brewery (NSW)
  4. Friday 11th January, Family Fireworks, Westport Club, Port Macquarie (NSW)
  5. Saturday 12th January, Harrington’s Irish Pub, Harrington (NSW)
  6. Sunday 13th January, Club Forster, Forster Tuncurry (NSW)
  7. Tuesday 22nd January, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth (NSW)
  8. Wednesday 23rd January, Family Inn, Tamworth (NSW)
  9. Thursday 24th January, Family Inn, Tamworth (NSW)
  10. Friday 25th January, Family Inn, Tamworth (NSW)