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This month's edition of Undercover Radio features songs from the new Gary Shearston album 'Renegade' as well as the original version of 'We Are Going To Freedom', Eric Bogle & John Munro, Fiddlers Feast, Tex Morton, The Lovetones, Tracky Dax, Telemetry Orchestra, BeXta on remix duties for Southend and Saints of India.

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Gary Shearston

“Gary Shearston is described as the DOYEN of Australian folkies, Gary is more than that he is Royalty in our Australian Music Industry.”  Raymond Phillips, Country Harvest

Shearston has been a major influence on Australian music for some five decades and his music has stood the biggest test of all - the test of time.

Gary’s new album Renegade has been described off the record as “bloody brilliant” by Country Harvest’s Raymond Phillips who on the record writes ‘the lyrics in each of the sixteen songs released on “Renegade” are true to their words. With each song keeping me interested from start to finish... to set one song apart would be an injustice to the other songs. Anyone looking for true grit in lyrics then look no further, Gary Shearston’s Renegade is the one you won’t be disappointed.’

Renegade has scoredAlbum of the week’ on 5EFM & QBN-FM and has been featured on 2CH’s Saturday Night “Reminiscing with Bob Rogers”.

Bruce Elder from the Sydney Morning Herald concurs “This new collection of songs by the doyen of Australian folkies will not disappoint. Shearston is a genuinely great songwriter and a national treasure.”

In other news, once again, his 'We Are Going to Freedom' was sung at the University of Adelaide's annual Lowitja O'Donohue oration, given this year by Paul Keating, who joined in the singing, along with O'Donohue herself and a choir from the University's Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CASM).  Over 1,000 people in attendance, with "a considerable waiting list" that were unable get a ticket.  ‘We Are Going to Freedom’ was officially adopted at the Easter, 1966, Conference of the Federal Council for Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders as a “freedom song” for the movement and was used as the anthem for the campaign leading up to the 1967 Referendum which achieved voting rights for both peoples. Listen to the original version recorded in 1966 and taken from his Here & There, Now & Then (RRR41) anthology on this month’s version of Undercover Radio.

Look & listen out for Gary Shearston this month in New England Country Living, Campfire News, Blarney Bulletin, Country Update, Capital News, Northern Daily Leader, Trad & Now, Australian Options, Simply Australia and on 2SER, 2YOU, 2TM, Great Southern FM, Sweet FM, Power FM, ABC Wide Bay, 96.3FM Lake Haven, Country Harvest, QBN-FM, WYN FM, 2NUR, 2COW, 3MDR, Monaro FM, Radio Adelaide, 5EFM,,,,,

Renegade (RRR53) is out now through MGM Distribution or directly from Undercover Music via mail order along with Shearston’s other Rouseabout releases The Best Of All Trades (RRR46), Here & There, Now & Then (RRR41) and Only Love Survives (RRR3).

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Eric Bogle

Having performed last month at The Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music Eric Bogle has been confirmed to perform at Gympie Muster 2011 in the first round of Artist announcements alongside the likes of Montgomery Gentry (USA), Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan, Doc Walker (CAN), Adam Brand and label mates Bondi Cigars.

Eric will also be appearing at the 2012 Echuca Moama Celtic Festival.

Meanwhile his long term friend and accompanist etc John Munro’s new recording project “Side Issues” featuring high profile side men & women Hugh McDonald (Redgum, John Schumann’s Vagabond Crew), Liz Frencham (Jigzag, Fred Smith), Emma Luker (Colcannon, Fiddle Chicks, Eric Bogle band) & Munro himself will be released on Rouseabout Records in early 2012 and launched at the 2012 National Folk Festival.

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Fiddlers Feast

To coincide with the release of the long awaited book “The Life and Tunes of Ray Schloeffel” Fiddlers Feast’s Marcus Holden has uploaded some fantastic performances of the maestro himself Ray Schloeffel (with the rest of the crazy crew) captured at the 1998 Tamworth Country Music Festival.

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Ray (apart from his superb musicianship) is best known for his composition “Blacktown Jig”, recorded by many fiddlers the world over and the book of his tunes including around 20 previously unheard original tunes and unique arrangements of existing traditional pieces (approximately 80) represents a major contribution to the Australian Fiddling repertoire.

The book’s preface includes anecdotes, photographs and a great insight into one of Australia’s unsung musical talents and it is only through the generosity of contributors that this collection was made possible and it is to them this book is dedicated.

“The Life and Tunes of Ray Schloeffel” is graded with accompanying chords and due for release at Easter, 2011 at a price of $20AUD (plus postage and handling) and will be available through the Fiddlers Feast Website postal order (PO Box 430 Croydon Park NSW 2133) or by email as well as good books shops… not the lousy ones!

Please spread the word… this is a wonderful collection of tunes, from a wonderful player who felt every note he wrote.

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Yesterday's Australia

Australian nostalgic music is not easy to come by but a great place to start is in the Yesterday’s Australia Artists Section.

Regularly played and promoted on ABC Radio by Warren Fahey, these proven sales hits are our hottest sellers reissued by demand. All CDs are digitally re-mastered with noise reduction and sound truly amazing!

With all star line ups such as Shirley Thoms, Buddy Williams, Smoky Dawson, Tex Morton, Reg Lindsay, Bob Dyer, Bobby Limb, Johnny Ashcroft plus loads more unavailable on any other recordings, they include extensive booklet notes featuring rare photography.

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Telemetry Orchestra

Telemetry Orchestra's "Remember" from their Children Stay Free album will feature in episode 9 of a new television series ‘Crownies’.

Set in the Department of Public Prosecutions and focusing on five young lawyers, 'Cownies' explores the pace, pressure and endearing madness of modern, single life – in a workplace that highlights the moral dilemmas and big issues facing an apparently civilised society. The 22 x 1 hr series looks at eager lawyers who know the law backwards but who have a lot to learn about life.  It also draws upon the divide between idealistic young solicitors and the barristers at the top.

The series stars Todd Lasance (Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here, Cloudstreet, Rescue Special Ops, Home & Away); Hamish Michael (Spirited, City Homicide, Lucky Miles); Ella Scott Lynch (City Homicide, All Saints, The Falls); Andrea Demetriades (Bell Shakespeare Company, All Saints) and Indiana Evans (A Model Daughter – The Killing of Caroline Byrne, H2O Just Add Water, Home and Away).

Telemetry Orchestra will now also be represented for synchronization internationally by a new Level Two Music venture called the Midnight Choir.

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Tracky Dax

Tracky Dax’s Tam Morris & Al Goodman are back making great funky music together and have a new band Lo Five & album Singularity that will be out soon.

The pair has been seconded to produce music for a new film that Warren Fahey is currently working on requiring a modern retro funk feel.

Hear where it all began for the duo on this month’s edition of Undercover Radio with a track from Tracky Dax’s debut album Crimes of Fashion (SIL003) released back in 2001.

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BeXta’s remixes of Southend’s ‘Take Me Up’ along with the smash hit ‘The Winner Is… (2000)’ have been licensed by Xelon Entertainment for The Essential BeXta Collection which is out now.

BeXta is currently touring nationally to support the release.

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The Lovetones

The Lovetones’ ‘When It Comes’ taken from their Dimensions (YEP010) album is also featured in episode 8 of ‘Crownies’.

Front man Matthew Tow currently working on his debut solo album was recently invited by The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia to contribute to CBX magazine’s August edition on how community radio has contributed to his career?

“Community radio has always been the great saviour of independent music in this country. Not beholden to boardroom playlist memos or the fickleness of corporate decision making. It has given many great artists, never recognised by mainstream media outlets, a voice to be heard in the broadcasting industry, keeping the rich diversity of underground and independent music viable in this country.

The Lovetones, like many other bands will always continue to support community radio. Keeping it strong not only keeps the music industry strong but moreover keeps the very essence of new ideas, music, art and rigorous cultural and political discourse alive in our social environment. The next revolution will be heard on community radio first.”

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Saints Of India

Saints of India’s debut release ‘Mothership’ continues to receive airplay on Community radio nationwide especially from 2BLU & 4BSR. Saints’ Stu McCarthy & Justin Frew have just begun work on an exciting new project with Hoodoo Gurus’ front man Dave Faulkner that will see the bright light of day next year.

The trio having previously worked together with Kim Salmon as Antenna whose Installation album was short listed for Triple J’s Hottest 100 Australian Albums Of All Time.

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  1. Friday 19th August, GRAPHIC Festival, Sydney Opera House, NSW (Robert Crumb's Old Time Jukebox featuring Captain Matchbox)
  2. Sunday 21st August, GRAPHIC Festival, Sydney Opera House, NSW (Robert Crumb's Old Time Jukebox featuring Captain Matchbox)