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May News

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


This month's edition of Undercover Radio features songs from the new Gary Shearston album Renegade, Kym Pitman, Eric Bogle, Danny Spooner, Mic Conway's National Junk Band, The Lovetones and CODA.

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Gary Shearston

“Respecting and recognizing Elders, who have made a significant contribution in any field is important and certainly Gary Shearston falls into this category. He is an icon of Australian folk.” (Jack Humphrys, Australian Options)

Gary Shearston 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.

‘A Change of Circumstance’ is the first ‘single’ from Gary’s new album Renegade and is featured on this month’s CRS Publicity (previously NFS Publicity) sampler #149.

Country Music Capital News’ David Turner has this to say about the album in the current issue “From the opening track ‘Live In Love’ to the closing track and album title ‘Renegade’ this album’s brilliant, kept my full attention and give Gary his due, he’s a wonderful songwriter and lyricist covering a fascinating range of topics. If Australian folk has passed, well long live Gary Shearston.”

Gary was featured in-depth on 2CH’s Saturday Night “Reminiscing with Bob Rogers” show by Rick Wayde who was ably covering for Bob. Renegade also recently scored ‘Album of the Week’ on 5EFM.

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.”

Declares Simply Australia’s Jim Low “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.”

Look & listen out for Gary Shearston in the Capital News, Trad & Now, Australian Options, Simply Australia and on CRS Publicity, Valley FM 95.9, 2CCR, Northside Folk, Spectrum FM, 2CH, ABC Local Radio, Radio Eastern 98.1, 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, 2YOU, 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, Radio Adelaide, 6MKA, 6RTR, 7DBS, 4NSA, 4FCR & 3WAY.

Moves are now underway to get Shearston and band out on the road again. More details as they come to hand.

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

You can catch Kym Pitman every Friday night at her residency at 'The Lodge 241' in her home town of Bellingen.

Kym is also starring in ‘Bellingen Infusions’ on 21st and 22nd of May with Kavisha Mazzella.

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.

Tour Dates: See top right of this page!

More Information:  Artist Page

Eric Bogle

Having once again captivated audiences at the National Folk Festival, Eric Bogle is performing at a special benefit special benefit concert for the late Alistair Hulett that is being organised by the Folk Federation of SA on Saturday May 28th. Also guesting is Danny Spooner whose song ‘Bring out the Banners’ is featured on Stand up & Shout (RRR43).

A week earlier (Saturday May 21st) Eric’s long time musical accomplice John Munro is performing at the Centre along with Mike O’Callaghan and Pete Titchener. Tickets are seeling fast to what is bound to be a great night so book early at Dramatix to avoid disappointment.

Meanwhile, John Schumann has covered Bogle’s classic ‘And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’ along with fellow Rouseabout Russell Morris’ ‘The Wings Of An Eagle’ on his new album Behind The Lines, a collection of classic Australian tracks about war.

Tour Dates: See top right of this page

More Information:  Artist Page

Mic Conway

As always there is a lot going on in the world of Mic Conway. Mic and Jim Conway along with a bunch of crazy yet ultra talented musicians (many from the National Junk Band) are performing the songs, satire & silliness from their Captain Matchbox days having recently played two big shows at BluesFest.

For more info and bookings, visit Captain Match Box or see our Gig Guide.

Mic has just returned from Melbourne, where he and cohort Robbie Long performed over two nights at The Crimson Goat Cabaret Club, as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival. The duo releases their debut album in spring 2011.

Tour Dates: See top right of this page

More Information:  Artist Page

The Lovetones

Front man Matthew Tow goes it alone this month at the Excelsior Hotel in Sydney supporting Gruff Rhys from the Super Fury Animals plus his first ever solo show in Paris at Les Disquaires!

The Lovetones recently completed a cover of Talk Talk's 'The Party's Over' which will feature on a new tribute album to be released later this year along with contributions from Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode), Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie), Turin Brakes, and Stars of the Lid amongst many others.

'Wrapped Up In You' from their Meditations album has been licensed for the new series of 'Offspring' which goes to air on Channel Ten later this year.

Tour Dates: See top right of this page

More Information:  Artist Page


It’s been sometime in the making but CODA has just put the finishing touches on their next album at Sydney’s BJB Studios with the eminent Scott Horscroft whose long list of production credits include The Presets, Silverchair, The Panics, Sleepy Jackson just to name a few.

The album is going to be massive and sees the band head in an exciting new direction with the inclusion of vocals from the likes of Michelle Martinez, Royce Doherty (Kiva/paulmac/Pocket808), Jackie Marshall, Jane Tyrell (The Herd), Jessica O’Donoghue (Opera Queensland) & Melanie Pain (Nouvelle Vague).

Listen to ‘Forces’ which was unleashed last year on this month’s edition of UCM Radio.

CODA’s previous releases Calling Mission Mu(SIL015), For Our Animal Friends (SIL012) and There Is A Way To Fly (SIL002) are out now through Vitamin Recordsor directly from Undercover Music via mail order.

More Information:  Artist Page

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The Lovetones

  1. Monday 16th May, Les Disquaires, Paris, France (Matt Tow Solo)

Kym Pitman

  1. Friday 13th May, The Lodge 241, Bellingen, NSW
  2. Friday 20th May, The Lodge 241, Bellingen, NSW
  3. Saturday 21st May, ‘Infusions’ @ The Lodge 241, Bellingen, NSW
  4. Sunday 22nd May, ‘Infusions’ @ The Lodge 241, Bellingen, NSW
  5. Friday 27th May, The Lodge 241, Bellingen, NSW

Mic Conway's National Junk Band

  1. Friday 3rd June, Ormond Hall, Melbourne, VIC (The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band Show)
  2. Saturday 4th June, Ormond Hall, Melbourne, VIC (The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band Show)
  3. Sunday 5th June, The Crimson Goat Cabaret Club, Melbourne, VIC (Captain Matchbox)

Eric Bogle

  1. Saturday 21st May, Folk Centre of SA, (John Munro)
  2. Saturday 28th May, Alistair Hulett Benefit, Folk Centre of SA