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Welcome to Undercover Music News for February 2010...

This Month...

+  Eric BogleNational tour with latest album + first ever live DVD
+  Gary ShearstonTouring in February
+  Warren FaheyDirty as Buggery
+  Mic Conway’s National Junk BandTour Dates
+  CODA‘Happy as Larry’ with new single + film license
+  Telemetry Orchestra'Behind the Scenes' for Trent Nathan
+  sounditoutVideo all the Rage
+  Saints of IndiaThe ship has landed
+  SouthendBack behind the wheels of steel

This month’s edition of UCM Radio features new singles from CODA, Saints of India & sounditout plus Eric Bogle, Gary Shearston, Mic Conway’s National Junk Band & Southend.

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Eric Bogle

‘National living treasure’ Eric Bogle is back in Australia after a mammoth 88 date tour of North America and the UK promoting his latest and possibly last studio album The Dreamer along with his first ever DVD Live at Stonyfell Winery which offers 21 songs including golden oldies and some newly written material.

As Capital News’ Jon Wolfe writes ‘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’. Watch this space for more details.

Look and listen out for Eric Bogle in Messenger Community News, The Murray Pioneer, The Sunday Mail, JB Hi-Fi Mag, Country Update, Capital News, Trad & Now, WA’s Irish Scene, The Border Mail, Sydney Morning Herald, Blarney Bulletin, Tsunami Magazine, Simply Australia 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.

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.

More Information:  Artist Page

Gary Shearston

If you haven’t heard Gary Shearston’s latest double album The Best Of All Trades then to coin a phrase DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR.

As Capital News’ Keith Glass comments ‘Gary has here a document that should finally place him in the pantheon of our greatest song commentators.’ Sydney Morning Herald’s eminently respected Bruce Elder adds ‘Remarkable! Shearston’s songwriting and music have not been blunted by age’ whilst Simply Australia’s Jim Low concludesthe songs that make up this 2CD set are, as the title song says, definitely "sung from the heart". We live in uncertain times and these are songs of our time. They are honest responses to the world we live in and share.’ 

In some wonderful news for the Shearston faithful, Gary returns to the stage in February for some intimate acoustic performances commencing on Friday 5th February at a very special house concert at Lawson in the Blue Mountains put on by Greg & Lyn Hudson of Stairway to Kevin Records fame. For details or to book tickets, contact 0408 977 643 / 02 4759 1916 or

Gary then appears at the Museum of Sydney on Saturday 6th February at 2PM as part of the Martin Sharp Artist exhibition before returning to the reopened Harp Hotel in Tempe (the scene of his triumphant Anthology launch in November 2007) on Sunday afternoon 7th February.

Gary is being interviewed and will also perform live on 702 ABC Sydney’s afternoon ‘Drive’ program hosted by Richard Glover on Thursday February 4th.

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

More Information:  Artist Page

Warren Fahey

In 2010 Rouseabout will be releasing two restricted triple-R CDs of bawdy songs by the celebrated ‘Knockers and Knackers' band featuring Warren Fahey and some of his musical mates.

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 – something Warren knows a thing or two about. The first CD will be released in conjunction with Warren's next book also titled 'Sing Us Anothery, Dirty As Buggery', a detailed study of the bawdy song and poem in the Australian tradition.

Fresh from a Best World Music Album ARIA nomination for his 10 CD box set Australia: Folk Songs & Bush Verse released through ABC Music/Universal Music Australia Warren is also busy collaborating with video designer Mic Gruchy to produce six five minute films that will tell the story of Cockatoo Island from convict prison to dockyard and now parkland. They will be part of an installation in the old convict prison barracks on Cockatoo, and free to the public.

Mic Conway's National Junk Band

2010 is shaping up as another busy year for Mic Conway & the National Junk Band.

After having recently played at the Peats Ridge Festival, the National Junk Band will be doing some traveling in March - to both Melbourne and Tasmania where they will perform at the Forth Valley Blues Festival. Stay tuned, and keep an eye on their myspace site for details

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


Art rock orchestra CODA has a new single out.

‘Forces’ features their new vocalists Royce Doherty (Kiva) & Jessica O’Donoghue plus a whole new sound for CODA and was mixed by the wonderful Lee Groves of Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp & Bertie Blackman fame (just to name a few).

‘Forces’ taken from CODA’s forthcoming album to be released later this year is now available on iTunes through Vitamin Records.

Listen out for CODA on Triple J, FBi, 2SER, Triple R & PBS FM.

In the meantime ‘Rocking Horse’ from their Calling Mission Mu album has been licensed for a new feature film starring Ryan Kwanten & Steve Bisley called Red Hill.

Also CODA main man Nick Wales has teamed up with former band member Bree Van Reyk to compose a vibrant electro-acoustic score to Shaun Parker’s latest dance theatre work Happy As Larry which is part of Sydney Festival 2010. Parker’s work was last seen at Sydney Festival with his award-winning This Show is About People (2008) of which Wales also co-wrote the soundtrack available through Silent Recordings.

More Information:  Artist Page

Telemetry Orchestra

The T.O’s ‘Under the Cherry Tree’ from their Empire LP continues to be in demand in advertising circles having been licensed by Trent Nathan for their upcoming 'Behind The Scenes' Fashion video.

Listen to the track on this month’s edition of Undercover Radio or visit their artist page below.

More Information:  Artist Page

Saints of India

Yep! Records are very excited about the release of ‘Mothership’ the debut single by Saints of India.

An adaptation of the writings of Mother Shipton who was burnt at the stake for practicing witchcraft in 1561, Saints’ Stu McCarthy came across her writings and painstakingly arranged them in the form they appear in 'Mothership'. It's amazing how much of what she wrote has come true and a little chilling if all of it eventually comes to pass!?

‘Mothership’ will be out digitally through iTunes on 5th February with the physical release scheduled for 5th March. Check it out in this month’s edition of UCM Radio. The ship has landed, 2010 watch it go to fire!

More Information:  Artist Page


The video for ‘The Russian’ directed by Jesse Allan who has previously worked on feature films like ‘Wolverine’ & ‘Australia’ was featured on ABC TV’s Rage and chosen to stream on their website their website last month.

3D World describes SOUNDITOUT as ‘in the mould of The Presets, these boys are a serious force to be reckoned with’. goes further sounditout are in one word brilliant. Their EP is cool and unconventional and their sound is something we've never heard before while The Place declare their debut EP ‘dance release of the month for sure – amazingly high in quality and production’.

More Information:  Artist Page  |  Artist MySpace


Techno rave legends Southend who brought you ‘The Winner Is…’, ‘Take Me Up’, ‘The Dream’ and the 2004 remix of Vagen’s ‘Buggin’ are finally back in the studio working on new material that will be released in 2010.

Southend has released their entire back catalogue (including previously unreleased material) online through iTunes. After launching the online release with a killer DJ set at ‘Sunrise’ a few months back, Southend will be back behind the wheels of steel on March 13th playing alongside Black Box. Expect to hear some new remixes of ‘Take Me Up’ with Binary Finary and Australia’s leading lady of hard-house BeXta currently working hard in their studios! Binary Finary road tested their mix at Sensation in Melbourne on New Year’s Eve. Check out the footage here.

You can hear a selection of Southend tracks on their SoundCloud page including ‘If You Believe Revisited’ which they performed at Utopia NYE 2004 plus check out Southend on Myspace.

More Information:  Artist Page  |  MySpace

Big Pond Music

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Mic Conway's National Junk Band

  1. Sunday March 21, Forth Valley Blues Festivfal, TAS


  1. Saturday March 13, Anthem @ SMC Function & Convention Centre, Sydney

Gary Shearston

  1. Friday February 5, The Lawson House Concert, Blue Mountains, NSW
  2. Saturday February 6, Museum of Sydney, NSW (Martin Sharp Artist exhibition) 2PM
  3. Sunday February 7, Harp Hotel, Tempe, NSW 2-5pm