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Welcome to Undercover Music News for February/March 2009...

This Month...

+  SounditoutRelease debut EP on Yep! Records
+  Gary ShearstonNew Acoustic Double Album!
+  CODAPlay Northcote Social Club 26th Feb
+  The LovetonesLatest Dimension
+  SouthendRave anthems to go online through Yep!
+  Mic Conway's National Junk BankLatest Wrap!
+  Warren Fahey2009 Performance Diary
+  Fiddler's FeastLatest Tour Dates
+  Bondi CigarsStill Smokin' !!

This month’s edition of UCM Radio features tracks from the new sounditout EP, plus a sneak preview of the new Gary Shearston 2LP, Southend, The Lovetones, Mic Conway’s National Junk Band, brand new CODA, Eric Bogle, Bondi Cigars & Warren Fahey.

Check It Out Here!


sounditout are set to make a huge splash on the local electro scene with their self-titled debut EP.

A Sydney duo made of equal parts cloak and daggers, smoke and mirrors, menace and mystery, sounditout make magic out of mushrooms and conjure dance from the dead with an inspired take on modern machine music.

Jason King and Jeremy Green have been carving the sounditout sonic niche for around two years and have distilled that niche into the form of an electric 6 track self-titled EP, set for a March 20 release on Undercover Music’s Yep! Records through MGM Distribution.

Tracks from the EP are featured this month on UCM Radio.

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The Lovetones

The Lovetones latest album Dimensions has just been licensed in the USA by Planting Seeds Records.

The band will head to the States in April to launch the album with a series of live shows. Before they once again depart our shores you can catch them at The Annandale Hotel on Sunday 22nd February as well as Melbourne and Brisbane in April.

Look and listen out for The Lovetones this month in Drum Media and on, 3SYN (Album of the week), Triple J, FBi, 2SER and

'Dimensions' (YEP010) is out now on Yep! Records via MGM Distribution

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Southend are one of the pioneers of the Australian dance music scene.

The guys met by chance in 1991 when Stuart McCarthy, Steve Younan and Sameer Sen-Gupta were lining up to buy tickets for a Depeche Mode concert.

Vocalist Melinda Page joined the group in 1992, and after a series of gigs they were signed to seminal Sydney label Volition Records, home of Severed Heads, Boxcar and Itch-e & Scratch-e.

Their first release consisted of two tracks on the "High" compilation - Australia’s first ever home grown dance compile.

In 1993, their debut ‘Fanatical’ EP was released to glowing reviews and saw them team up with DJ’s Paul Holden, Abel & Nik Fish to create cutting edge remixes.

It was when working on a remix of crowd favourite "Take Me Up" with Nik Fish, that the National ARIA Top 10 hit single "The Winner Is…" was born.

Their follow up single "If You Believe" also cracked the national Top 50 singles chart both here and in Europe after being signed internationally to Muzik Research.

Sameer left the band in 1995 to pursue a solo career, and was replaced with guitarist Justin Frew who would go on to form Antenna with McCarthy, Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus) and Kim Salmon in 1998. Antenna’s Installation album was the first ever release on Mushroom International.

Southend performed at Big Day Out 1993 -1996 as well as most major dance events at the time including Happy Valley, Field Of Dreams, Prodigy, Tribal & Big Love (Brisbane) and have been featured on FBi's "Sydney Retrospective".
On the production side, Southend have produced local & international releases for Hoodoo Gurus, Paul Holden, Acid Babies, The Whitlams, Kim Salmon & Michal Nicholas as well as a remix collaboration with Sasha Vatoff of Vagen’s classic ‘Buggin’ which received airplay on Nova FM, FBi, Raw FM & Channel V.

Southend’s cover of Bronski Beat's 'Smalltown Boy' which appeared on Groovescooter Records’ Re:fashioned 2 received high rotational airplay on Triple J.

Southend performed at Utopia on NYE in Sydney in 2004 where they played remixes of “Take Me Up”, “The Winner is…” and “Buggin”. They were then invited to be the first band ever to appear live on Channel V’s “Room 208”.

‘Take Me Up’ has been licensed by Ministry of Sound for their upcoming Rave Anthems collection. To celebrate Yep! Records will soon release Southend’s entire catalogue online through MGM Distribution.

Old ravers never die!


Sydney’s chameleon pop orchestra CODA present their new sounds at the Northcote Social Club Thursday the 26th FEB with local guest support from Angie Hart’s new project The Rise and Demise.

Along with their renowned sonic landscapes and cinematic escapades, CODA has new tunes and vibes to share. Think ‘Tokyo does The Charleston’ and come and be part of CODA’s long awaited return to Melbourne. See these musical mavericks as they begin their forthcoming journey to Japan, Berlin, Shanghai and Darwin.

Listen to ‘Microbat’ from their forthcoming vocal based album on this month’s UCM Radio.

Corporate Chook (RRR45) is available now on Rouseabout Records through MGM Distribution.

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Gary Shearston

As we write this month's news, the sounds of Gary Shearston's new double album, The Best of All Trades, sing out loudly and proudly around the office.  One of the nation's most eulogized singer/songwriters, he "...occupies a singular place in Australian music history" (Keith Glass, The Australian) and his work has been likened to that of both Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan.  On the new double album he delivers 24 previously unreleased songs that are among the best he has ever written or recorded.
Accompanied by David Hume on acoustic, slide and electric guitars, the production is deliberately stripped back, allowing the songs and Shearston's unique vocal style to take centre stage, and that they do in their most inimitable style.

Gary will be featured throughout February on ‘Australia All Over’ with Ian McNamara who traveled all the way to his home town of Tenterfield to catch up with the great man.
The Best of All Trades (RRR46) has been some time in the making and will not disappoint.  It is due for release in early April 2009.


Mic Conway's National Junk Band

In January, audiences from Woodford Folk Festival (QLD) down to Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS) saw the Junk Band in all their finery. Next Mic performed with Robbie Long at Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW), and then solo outside of The Spiegeltent for Festival of Sydney.

The big news is that the Junk Band has been invited to perform at Blues Fest (Byron Bay) - Easter 9-13 April 2009. They will be playing every night of the festival. Also appearingon the bill are Eric Bib, Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, Blind Boys of Alabama, Angelique Kidjo, Ruthie Foster, Geoffrey Gurrumul, CW Stoneking, Paul Kelly, and more.

"The king of vaudeville in Australia today."
(Lucky Oceans, ABC Radio)

Corporate Chook (RRR45) is available now on Rouseabout Records through MGM Distribution.

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Fiddlers Feast

Fiddlers Feast play at Fairlight Folk on February 14th, 2009 with the Fagans.

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Forte (RRR44) is out now on Rouseabout Records through MGM Distribution.


Bondi Cigars

One of Australia’s hardest working bands, the Cigars continue touring nationally and have upcoming shows in WA and Queensland

Check our Gig Guide (top right) for details and UCM Radio for a classic track from the 12th Anniversary double live album Down in the Valley (RRR2).

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Warren Fahey

2009 marks Warren’s 40th year of collecting and performing bush songs and stories and he is delighted to advise he has what looks like his busiest year to date.

The highlight will undoubtedly be the release of ‘Australia: Folk Songs and Bush Verse’ – a 10 CD series – which will be released by ABC Music and launched at the National Folk Festival this Easter. His diary is already looking solid, especially for performances with my musical larrikin mates.

22nd – 30th January

Manilla, Philippines. Musica Viva/Department of Foreign Affairs Tour. Various concerts and workshops coordinated by the Australian Embassy, Manilla. Performing with Clare o’Meara, Marty Halley and that veteran of bush music, his old cobber, Dave de Hugard.

6th February

Talk to students of the Australian Institute of Music students at Sydney Opera House.

20th/21st/22nd February

Warren Fahey & The Larrikins at Cobago Folk Festival. Marcus Holden, Clare O’Meara, Garry Steel.

24th/25th/26th/27th/28th February

South Eastern Arts Region Tour. The Larrikins.

March 9

Epping Probis. Talk.

13th/14th/15th March

Blue Mountains Folk Festival. The Larrikins – Marcus Holden, Clare O’Meara, Garry Steel and Mark ‘Fiddlin’ Oats.
15th March

Senior’s Week special concert at Blue Mountains Folk Festival. The Larrikins.
16th/17th March

Senior’s Week Ambassador duties. Warren is honoured to be an Ambassador for Senior’s Week proving one gets ‘riper’ not older!

18th March

Hunter Valley Gardens. Concert with The Larrikins.

19th March

Senior’s Week Concert Stanton Library, North Sydney. The Larrikins.

20th March

10am Senior’s Week Concert St George Bank Auditorium, Kogarah (returning to my old turf). The Larrikins.
2pm Senior’s Week Concert, Kings Cross Community Centre for City of Sydney. The Larrikins.

21st March

Beating Around The Bush – Free Outdoor Concert at Darling Harbour  . Produced and hosted by Warren Fahey with The Larrikins, Mic Conway, Jim Haynes, George Washingmachine’s Wondrous Strings and featuring the Heritage Dancers.

7th/8th/9th April

National Folk Music School. Canberra. A three-day course in Australian folklore and bush music. See the National Folk Festival website for full details or email us direct for full particulars.

8th April

Early evening concert ‘Down The Track With Henry Lawson’. Devised by and featuring Martyn Wyndham-Read with special guests including Fahey himself!

9th April

National Folklore Conference. National Library of Australia.
Presenting a Paper on his ABC CD series and approach to recording the bush repertoire.

10th/11th/12th/13th April

National Folk Festival. Various performances with The Larrikins and special guests. The ABC 10 CD set will also be launched at the festival with a celebration concert.

6th May

Art Gallery of NSW. Gallery After Dark Concert for the Archibald Prize.
The Larrikins return to the wonderful Art Gallery of NSW for a concert inspired by Mr Archibald and his famous art prize.

7th May

Kings Cross Library. Free concert in the library celebrating its 50th anniversary.

20th May

University of the Third Age. Lecture on Folklore.

24th May

The Harp. The Larrikins – the Sydney launch of the 10 CD set.

June WEA

As part of the WEA Autumn adult education program Warren will be presenting two short, three week courses on folklore. ‘Tucker Track’ will look at the folklore and curious history of Australian food – from colonial days to takeaways. ‘Ratbags & Rabblerousers’ will deal with 20th century eccentrics, politicians and social change as seen through parody.
For more information on Warren Fahey and Australian Folklore please visit the Australian Folklore Unit website.
Warren Fahey can be contacted via email.

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  1. Thurs 26th February, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
  2. Sat 28th February, Club Kooky Mardi Gras Party, Factory Theatre, Enmore, NSW

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Bondi Cigars

  1. Sat 28th February, The Blues Festival, Agnes Waters, QLD
  2. Sun 1st March, The Blues Festival, Agnes Waters, QLD
  3. Thurs 5th March, Albany Blues Club, Albany, WA
  4. Frid 6th March, South West Blues Club, Bunbury, WA
  5. Sat 7th March, Redcliffe on the Murray, Pinjara, WA
  6. Sun 8th March, Yanchep Blues In The Park, Yanchep, WA
  7. Tues 210th March, Perth Blues Club, North Perth, WA

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