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June News

Welcome to this month's Latest News and Gig Guide.


This month’s edition of UCM Radio features songs from the new Gary Shearston album Renegade, Kym Pitman, Eric Bogle, Bondi Cigars, Mic Conway’s National Junk Band, a bawdy gem from The Celebrated Knackers & Knockers Band plus BeXta on remix duties for Southend.

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Gary Shearston

“Gary Shearston is an icon of Australian folk,” (Jack Humphrys, Australian Options) and has been a major influence on Australian music for some five decades. In a society where we are conditioned to take music for granted, as yet another dismissible commodity, Gary's music has stood the biggest test of all - the test of time.

Gary’s new album Renegade continues to be well received by radio and in the press. David Long from Radio Adelaide’s ‘Folk Show’ understatedly suggests “many thanks for the CD which we have added to the play list. Very different from his previous albums, which shows there is plenty left in the talent of the man.”

Trad & Now’s Jim Low adds “if Gary regards himself as a renegade, it’s probably because he has always been ready to stand up and say what he believes, despite the consequences. The musical arrangements differ from the more sparsely-sounding The Best of all Trades. The rich sound gives an edge to many of the songs. Let’s hope that Gary Shearston continues to write and sing his songs and “keep tabs on all the wrongs” for many years to come.”

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. Anyone who can write something as persuasive as And a Butcherbird Overhead Sang, a very Australian song about suicide, is a national treasure.”

Look & listen out for Gary Shearston in Trad & Now, Capital News, Australian Options, Simply Australia and on,,,, Radio Eastern 98.1, Valley FM 95.9, Great Southern FM, WYN FM 88.9, Radio Adelaide, 2YOU, 2TM, 103.3FM Goulburn, Northwest FM, 3CR, 2CCR, Northside Folk, Spectrum FM, 2CH, ABC Local Radio, Sweet FM, 2BAB, 2BAR, 2BAY, 2BBB, 2BLU, 2BOB, 2BRW, 2CBD, 2CCC, 2CHR, 2COW, 2EAR, 2GCR, 2GLF, 2HHH, 2MAX, 2MCE, 2SER, 2TEN, Tune! FM, 2UUU, 2VOX, 2WET, 2WKT, 2MNO, 2NSB, 2PSR, 2RDJ, 2RES, 2RRR, Artsound FM, 1CMS, 1VFM, 3BBB, 3CH, 3EON, 3NOW, 3PBS, Triple R, 3SER, 4BAY, 4BVR, 4NAG, 5EBI, 5AA, 5EFM, 5DDD, 6MKA, 6RTR, 7DBS, 4NSA, 4FCR & 3WAY.

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).

More Information:  Artist Page

Kym Pitman

Kym Pitman continues to perform every Friday night at 'The Lodge 241' when in her home town of Bellingen.

Abroad Kym is gaining quite a following in France thanks to the radio support of stations such as RCF Rivages & RCF-Haute Normandie.

John Fanning of Artsound FM describes Kym’s Million Star Hotel as “a shear delight! Every so often an album comes along to knock your socks off!” ABC Saturday Night Country’s Felicity Urquhart adds “what a sweet sound” whilst Leading Edge Music declare “What a fantastic album!”

Million Star Hotel (RRR52) is out now through MGM Distribution or directly from Undercover Music via mail order.

More Information:  Artist Page

Eric Bogle and Bondi Cigars

Two of Rouseabout’s leading artists Eric Bogle & Bondi Cigars have 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. Check them both out in this month’s edition of UCM Radio.

iTunes are doing 15,000 sampler cards for the event to be handed out to attendees and have included Eric Bogle’s ‘The Last Rodeo’ from his Other People’s Children (RRR39) album.

More Information:  Eric Bogle Artist Page  |  Bondi Cigars Artist Page

Mic Conway

From Here we are, on the other side of two sensational nights at the Cell Block Theatre where Captain Matchbox was re-ignited in Sydney town to packed houses screaming, cheering and even shedding tears of joy.

Next stop Melbourne. The re-ignited Captain Matchbox will be performing at one of their old haunts - Ormond Hall (just south of the CBD on St Kilda Rd, beside the Belgium Beer Cafe) for 3 performances: 3, 4, 5 June. This is unlikely to ever be repeated, so don’t miss this rare chance to experience the songs, silliness and satire of the Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band. And yes, there will be a few surprise guests on stage for these Melbourne shows.

In other news, Mic has been invited to be a panelist on Spicks and Specks (ABC TV) ... he visited Melbourne last week and the show is now in the can, to be aired later in the year. He closed the show with one of his new songs "Jug Band Man", performed 'live' with Robbie Long and Liz Frencham. Mic and Robbie have just recorded a duo album Street of Dreams which they will be launching this nationally in spring 2011.

Also, just announced... Robert Crumb is coming to Australia! He was in need of a band, so Mic and Jim and the new Matchbox gang have stepped up to perform with him the old songs that are very close to their 1920s hearts.

Tour Dates: See top right of this page

More Information:  Artist Page

The Celebrated Knickers & Knockers Band

The hilariously funny animated video of ‘Last Night I Pulled My Pud’ by James P Gilmour is now on Undercover Music’s YouTube Channel.

The ditty is taken from Sing Us Anothery, Dirty As Buggery (RRR50) which along with companion album Rooted In The Country (RRR51) are the first dedicated albums of Australian verse and song compiled by our very own Major Bumsore who bears a striking resemblance to Australian folk lore icon and raconteur Warren Fahey.

Both albums are out now through MGM Distribution or directly from Undercover Music via mail order.

More Information:  Artist Page


BeXta’s remixes of Southend’s top 10 smash hit ‘The Winner Is…’ & ‘The Winner Is… (2000)’ are to appear on Xelon Entertainment’s forthcoming compilation / Best of The Essential BeXta Collection out digitally later this month and on CD in July.

BeXta is Australia’s undisputed queen of hard house and a very popular member of the local dance fraternity who tours continuously both nationally and internationally. Not surprising given her killer talent & looks!

More Information:  Artist Page

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Mic Conway's National Junk Band

  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)