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The first installment of Undercover Radio for 2014 features tracks from Marcus Holden’s debut solo album Cicadas & Roses, Fiddlers Feast, The Lovetones, CODA, Eric Bogle and Gary Shearston.

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Eric Bogle

Eric Bogle

Calling all Mountain Folk... It’s a no-brainer. When Eric Bogle is in town, do anything you can to get there. His music will make your heart sing. (Anna Rose, Northern Daily Leader)

Be sure and catch "Australia’s premier poet of song" (Bob Crimeen, Sun Herald Sun) at the Blue Mountains Folk Festival this month where he will be performing songs from his latest album with John Munro A Toss of the Coin as well as classics from his extensive catalogue.

“When Eric Bogle and his long time touring partner John Munro grace a stage – magic happens.” (Robyn McIntosh, The Murray Pioneer)

Don’t miss out!

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Marcus Holden

Marcus Holden

Marcus Holden is a musician with many strings to his bow. A soloist, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Marcus has appeared on albums, commercials, films, some of the world's great concert venues and performed with the greats of Australian music scene for many years.

Marcus is a founding member of award-winning iconic Australian fiddle band Fiddlers Feast (who have just announced their dates for Tamworth Country Music Festival 2014) and a director of the Golden Fiddle Awards which recognize Australia's bowed string musicians and teachers.

Rouseabout Records is excited to announce the release of Marcus Holden’s debut solo album Cicadas & Roses.

Cicadas & Roses features pieces which Holden studied as a young violinist and challenged him to bring new life into by the likes of  George F Handel, J S Bach, Antonio Vivaldi & Gabriel Faure, as well as an original composition ‘To Say Goodbye’.

Immaculately performed by some of Australia’s finest musicians, Cicadas & Roses includes artistic contributions from Raimondo Fioravanti, Garry Steel, Andrew Toner and Elsen Price, not to mention Holden himself playing violin, guitars, mandolin, violas, keyboards, strings, percussion, harp, dobro, qin & cittern just to name a few ……. Sheesh!

The album cover art features a work of the same title by Marcus’s mum Patti.

Check out this month’s edition of Undercover Radio to hear the album in full.

Fiddlers Feast

Fiddlers Feast

Australia’s premier fiddle band Fiddlers Feast has been invited back to Skagen Music Festival in Denmark in July 0214. They will also be performing at the 'Memmingen Meile' in Southern Germany as well as house concerts and gigs in Aarhus and Copenhagen.

As Limelight magazine suggests “If you could have only one live band on your desert island, then choose Fiddler's Feast. They are rollicking fun, with plenty of fiddles, and a tight rhythm section playing with precision and power.”

Fiddlers feast recently hosted their annual concert series at the Tamworth Country Music Festival with performances at the Capitol Theatre, Diggers Auditorium, The Family Hotel and the terrific new Fanzone stage right in the centre of town. 

With seemingly a lot more acoustic and bluegrass music being featured at the festival Marcus Holden got the chance to play with Mustered Courage, a young Bluegrass band from Melbourne, and also with Andrew Richardson Bluegrass Jamboree at the Centrepoint stage. Oh and by the way, he drank lots of coffee!

The Lovetones

‘Sea Shanty’ from The Lovetones Meditations album has been licensed for the next Underbelly series titled "Fat Tony & Co" along with the soundtrack to be released through Sony Music.

FT&C traces the story of Tony Mokbel, his rise to be the major drug supplier in Australia, his arrest and escape to Greece and eventual capture and conviction.

The story concentrates on the efforts of two police officers, one a Victorian policeman, the other a Federal Police Officer and their determination to hunt him down and bring him to justice.

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CODA founding member Nick Wales’s year has got off to a flying start courtesy of his role as music director of Am I, the latest full length choreographic outing from Sydney-based Shaun Parker and Company, which premiered at Sydney Opera House’s Drama Theatre as part of the Sydney Festival last month.

Suggests Limelight’s Clive Paget, “Nick Wales’ music, played live by the composer and six musicians, and made visible above the set courtesy of some clever smoke and mirrors, is a revelation. Swinging from Indian tabla, through Armenian folk to mediaeval drone (Winsome Evans is thanked by Wales in the program note) he runs the gamut from minimalism (think Glass’s Powaqqatsi without the longeurs) to musical multiculturalism.

Rarely for an hour and a quarter of contemporary dance, little outstays its welcome and by the end of the evening thanks to music, theatre, science, language (the text deserves its own credit) and especially dance it’s hard not to feel deliciously enlightened by this warm-hearted show.”

Am I played Sydney Opera House until January 12, before moving to Brisbane Powerhouse February 18 and Adelaide Festival February 27-March 1.

Speaking of CODA, 2014 will finally see the release of their long overdue follow up to Calling Mission Mu. Watch this space...

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Eric Bogle

  1. Friday 14th March, Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba (NSW)
  2. Saturday 15th March, Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba (NSW)
  3. Sunday 16th March, Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba (NSW)