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Welcome to Undercover Music News for July 2010...

This Month...

+  SouthendTake Me Up (Remixed) Out Now
+  The LovetonesNew Album ‘Lost’ Out in September
+  Kym PitmanRouseabout’s Latest Signing! ‘Million Star Hotel’ Out August
+  Celebrated Knackers & Knockers BandDirty as Buggery & Rooted in the Country
+  Mic Conway’s National Junk BandRave Reviews at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival
+  Creedence Clearwater RevisitedTouring in October
+  Gary ShearstonRenegade, Father of Australian Folk, King of the Heap!

This month’s edition of UCM Radio features Southend, The Lovetones, some more bawdy gems The Celebrated Knackers & Knockers Band and their mates, new signing Kym Pitman, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Mic Conway’s National Junk Band and Gary Shearston.

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Kym Pitman

Latest Rouseabout & AntiPod Music signing Kym Pitman has a special place amongst Australian singer songwriters. Her songs and music are deeply an expression of place and ecological connection.

They inspire an enlivened sense of presence and emotional recognition of human experience and wild landscape -"a uniquely female, Australian perspective brimming with heart, spirit, experience and a love of country".

Based in Bellingen (NSW) Kym Pitman has been described by SMH’s Bruce Elder as ‘...a clear and pure voice... rustic and romantic.’ A regular on the folk music festival circuit her album Million Star Hotel is set for an August release.

Kym writes lyrics and music that dance with the spirit of the land and she sings them with rare grace & beauty.

Listen to the title track on this month’s edition of UCM Radio to hear why we’re thrilled to have her on our roster.

Gary Shearston

Gary Shearston, the father of Australian folk & king of the heap has just finished recording a new studio album aptly titled Renegade. As with the 2009 release The Best of All Trades the album was recorded by Restless Music’s Roger Ilott who is “extremely happy with the results” and will be mixed by Jorden Brebach.

Gary is in prolific songwriting form and again as with Trades his latest batch are as good as anything he has written. Renegade features Lee Williams on bass (& guitars) and making his recording debut Luke Shearston on drums giving the songs The Great Australian Groove Gary has always wanted, with able contributions also from Roger Ilott, Penny Davies & Jordan Davies-Ilott.

More Information:  Artist Page

The Celebrated Knackers + Knockers Band

Rouseabout Records has released 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.

Tony Hillier from The Weekend Australian writes “As a legacy of the lewder side of Australia’s artistic heritage, award-winning folklorist Warren Fahey’s risqué companion CDs are of genuine historical value and certainly several cuts above Kevin Bloody Wilson’s albums. Exposure will evoke raucous laughter and have listeners singing along with these hoary old chestnuts. Certainly, Fahey’s latest and bravest offering is in danger of receiving a rap on the knuckles from the PC police.”

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. Check out ‘Last Night I Pulled My Pud’ here.

The Celebrated Knackers & Knockers Band will soon reveal details of their albums launch.
Look and listen out for The Celebrated Knackers & Knockers Band on ABC Local Radio & Radio National, FBi 94.5, 2MBS, 2MAX FM, Folk Trax, 5EBI, HotFM106.7 Mildura, the Australian Folklore Network & community radio folk programs nationwide plus in the Sydney Morning Herald & The Australian.

More Information:  Artist Page

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band has just returned from performing at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival to full houses and rave reviews.

Writes the Independent Weekly’s Teri Louise Kelly…

“The mind boggles. Try to envisage The Beatles, The Sex Pistols, Bing Crosby, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band and David Copperfield all on stage together with four ukuleles, two kitchen sinks, a washboard, a garbage can and a couple of saws (yes, saws) doing political satire meets junk band blues and calling the Charles Darwin Evolutionary Sweepstakes in-between (homosapiens won by a nose hair). Really it can't be done justice in words alone. Go see it ... somewhere. Junk is the word.”

Adelaide Now’s Peter Burdon adds

“The long-time fans were out in force, along with a new generation of enthusiastic followers reveling in the band's amazing collection of absurd instruments. The tunes are great, mostly original, and with the occasional ring-in, Monty Python's Galaxy Song and Nagasaki among them. Inspired silliness, not to be missed.”

Next stop for Mic is the Melbourne Cabaret Festival where he & Robbie Long will be presenting "The Masochism Tango Show".

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

More Information:  Artist Page

Creedence Clearwater Revisited Touring in October

Having toured North America, South America, New Zealand, Europe and Asia, knocking out audiences with astounding concerts jam packed with songs that are still a staple of radio and movie soundtracks such as ‘Proud Mary’, ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine’, ‘Born on the Bayou’, ‘Suzie Q’ and ‘Bad Moon Rising’, Creedence Clearwater Revisited powered by Creedence Clearwater Revival rhythm section and founding members Stu Cook (bass and vocal) and Doug 'Cosmo' Clifford (drums) are touring Australia in October 2010. These shows are guaranteed to sell out so get your tickets now! Check out for all the details.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited’s specially priced double live album 'Recollection' (RRR36) billed as 'the ultimate party song collection' is available on Rouseabout Records.

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

More Information:  Artist Page


By popular demand, Southend’s classic rave anthem ‘Take Me Up’ has been remixed by UK trance legends Binary Finary, Australia’s still undisputed queen of hard house BeXta and Perth based electronic maestros Projekt Inertia (recently signed to AntiPod Music Publishing).

When BeXta played her remix on BAM Radio, the feedback was massive with over 100 listeners emailing to find out where they can buy it. Projekt Inertia’s mix is also receiving rave reviews on their soundcloud site, whilst for a short time only you can download Binary Finary’s remix for free at

All three mixes are now available on iTunes with Xelon Entertainment also coming on board for further digital distribution through the likes of Beatport, Trackitdown & Juno.

Look and listen out for Southend on BAM Radio, Beats Media, Soul of Sydney and this month’s edition of UCM Radio.

More Information:  Artist Page  |  MySpace

The Lovetones

Recently featured on ABC TV’s “I Rock”, The Lovetones will release their fifth long player ‘Lost’ in September supported by a run of shows across the Eastern seaboard. The band led by Matt Tow, then heads back to the USA in October to promote the American release through Planting Seeds before returning to Oz for Peats Ridge Festival in December.

The amazing cover artwork was done by James Marsh (a massive fan of the band) who has previously worked with The Beatles, Andy Warhol, Talk Talk, Jamiroquai, Gerry Rafferty & Erasure to name just a few.

The Lovetones four previous 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


Mic Conway

  1. Saturday July 24, South Melbourne Council Chamber (Melbourne Cabaret Festival)
  2. Sunday July 25, South Melbourne Council Chamber (Melbourne Cabaret Festival) (Adelaide Festival Centre), SA

Eric Bogle

  1. Friday August 13, The Acoustic Peacock, Willunga

Creedence Clearwater Revisted

  1. Wednesday October 13, Challenge Stadium, Perth, WA (Sold Out)
  2. Thursday October 14, Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  3. Friday October 15, Hisense Arena, Melbourne, VIC
  4. Sunday October 17, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW
  5. Monday October 18, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, NSW