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October News 2011

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

This month’s edition of Undercover Radio features some classic Aboriginal country and early years’ rock ‘n’ roll songs from the Best of Koori Classic, Gary Shearston, Eric Bogle & John Munro, Fiddlers Feast, ARIA Awards Nominees The Lovetones, Telemetry Orchestra, one out of the Silent Recordings vault from CODA and AntiPod Music’s Projekt Inertia.

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Koori Classic

The series that launched Australia’s great Aboriginal music. The sound, the style, the feeling – now for the first time available as download!

This forty song collection of classic Aboriginal country and early years Aboriginal rock ‘n’ roll features Roger Knox, Tracey Lee Gray, Vic Simms, Buddy Knox, Mop & the Dropouts, Sharon Mann, Mac Silva, Manny West, Ian ‘Moonie’ Atkinson & Johnny Huckle.

The producers and session musicians are also a Who’s Who of their era.  

The “Best Of” collection was released through Larrikin / Festival as two CDs in 1996. The new ROUSEABOUT RECORDS re-release can be downloaded from iTunes.

Check out this month’s edition of Undercover Radio to hear more.

Eric Bogle and John Munro

Eric Bogle is currently enjoying a well earned rest after the latest installment of his ‘Small Pot Pension Optimisation Tour’ including performances at the Gympie Muster which was another raging success with packed houses everywhere he went.

If you missed him, which you shouldn’t have, Eric will be the highlight of the Saturday evening concert at the St Arnaud Festival on November 12th and he hopes to be back in Tamworth in January 2012 for what could be his last Tamworth Country Music Festival!?

Eric and his guitarist, John Munro, are hoping to make a joint album early next year with new songs both have written.

John is also working on a recording project with Hugh McDonald (Redgum, John Schumann’s Vagabond Crew –, Liz Frencham (Jigzag, Fred Smith - & Emma Luker (Colcannon, Fiddle Chicks, Eric Bogle band). Side Issues will be released on Rouseabout Records in 2012 and will be launched at the 2012 National Folk Festival.

More Information:  Artist Page

Russell Morris

Massive congratulations to Russell Morris for being this year’s recipient of the Support Act Excellence in Community Support award which salutes a member of the music industry who by their tireless efforts and charitable works, have made a difference and enriched the fabric of the Australian community.

Russell will be honoured at the 2011 ‘Music in the House’ luncheon to be held at NSW Parliament House on Tuesday, 8 November at which he will also perform.

Russell continues to tour tirelessly around the country with good mates Brian Cadd and also Darryl Cotton & Jim Keays.

More Information:  Artist Page

Gary Shearston

Gary Shearston

Well respected country music columnist Anna Rose has written a wonderful feature on Gary Shearston’s Renegade album in a recent edition of Northern Daily Leader...

“WHEN you’re regarded as the doyen of Australian folk singers and songwriters, it’s no easy mantle to uphold.

But for the ever-young Gary Shearston, it’s seemingly effortless.

The words continue to flow from his prolific pen and subjects are found everywhere around him.
In the past decade, we’ve been fortunate to have several releases from Gary Shearston.

Each is filled with songs that feed the soul, challenge the mind and do the heart all power of good.”

High praise and a fitting compliment for one of the most eulogized Australian singer/songwriters, described by Bruce Elder from The Sydney Morning Herald as a ‘national treasure’.

Check out the full article here [Insert Link] and listen to this month’s edition of Undercover Radio for a taste of what Anna means.

Look out for Gary Shearston in the Northern Daily Leader, New England Country Living & listen for his tracks this month on ABC Radio, 3NRG & Radio 1629am Newcastle.

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

Gary Shearston

Mastertouch Pianola
Part of the Yesterday's Australia Series

Not only does Rouseabout Records’ Yesterday’s Australia Series feature releases from a who’s who of the history of Australian Country Music including Buddy Williams, Tex Morton, Johnny Ashcroft, Smoky Dawson, Reg Lindsay & Shirley Thoms, it is also the best collection of Australian nostalgia available. 

Let the Pianola Play (RRH7) is now out digitally for the first time through iTunes.

The player piano "Pianola" as we all know it has provided recorded music in hundreds of thousands of homes for almost one hundred years. The heyday of the instrument was from the end of the Great War through the "Roaring Twenties" - thousands are still in use in 1992. Australia's own Mastertouch Piano Rolls have been manufactured continuously from 1919, providing untold joy for millions of Aussies at sing-alongs in the home, the pub, school or in early cinemas.

The selection of musical favourites from all eras is played on a 1930's player piano using Mastertouch piano rolls manufactured in 1992 in exactly the same way as they were in 1919.

‘Song Lover’s Medley No.1’ from the album is included this month’s edition of Undercover Radio and features the classics tunes ‘Always In The Way’, ‘Oh Dear, What Can Be The Matter?’, ‘On The Mississippi’, ‘Pretty Red Wing’, ‘Side By Side’ & ‘K-K-K-Katy’.

For more information, go to the Yesterday’s Australia Artists section.

Thank you for Shirley Thoms, Reg Lindsay & Tex Morton. My Listeners will love them. (Keith Murphy, VOX FM 106.9)

The Lovetones

The amazing cover artwork for The Lovetones’ Lost album done by James Marsh who has previously worked with The Beatles, Andy Warhol, Talk Talk, Jamiroquai, Gerry Rafferty & Erasure to name just a few, has deservedly been nominated for Best Cover Art at this year’s ARIA Awards.

The Lovertones’ cover of the Talk Talk classic ‘The Party’s Over’ is set to appear on a Talk Talk tribute album to be released in early 2012. The album will also feature 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 2006 Meditations album will also feature in final episode of the extremely popular ABC TV series “Crownies”. Set in the Department of Public Prosecutions and focusing on five young lawyers, CROWNIES 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.

More Information:  Artist Page

Telemetry Orchestra

Syncronisation requests continue to pour in for Telemetry Orchestra’s cinematic sounds with three tracks, ‘Wish’ & ‘Modulandia’ from Children Stay Free (SIL010) and ‘Shine’ from Empire (SIL014) to be included in the third season of TANGLE.

When TANGLE season one debuted in 2009, it explored interconnected family life across two generations – the world of forty-year-olds and how it meshed with their teenage children, while season two in 2010 looked at what happened to this web of families when confronted by tragedy. TANGLE Season Three will pull apart and look at just how the generations separate from one another and how the ties of family are stretched. Featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Justine Clarke, Catherine McClements and Kat Stewart, TANGLE is produced by John Edwards and Imogen Banks with Executive Producer, Kim Vecera for SHOWTIME Australia.

In the meantime our good friends at Level Two Music have set up a new venture called the Midnight Choir and are representing their favourite Independent Australian music such as the T.O for Sync opportunities in the US and through their extensive international contacts. Other artists across the Undercover Music stable to be included in the deal are The Lovetones, Projekt Inertia, sounditout & Saints of India.

More Information:  Artist Page

Projekt Inertia               

Australia’s undisputed kings of ‘Indietronica’ Projekt Inertia have just landed another international licensing deal this time with UK based Stripped Recordings for their album We Believe In Now.

Projekt Inertia’s sound has been championed by the likes of Laurent Garnier, Dave Clarke, John Digweed, Nick Muir, Nick Warren, Dopamine, Steve Kelley, Hernan Cerbello, Richie Hartness and more. Their tunes continue to smash dance floors and radio around the globe.

Check out their soundcloud here.

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Fiddlers Feast

  1. Sunday 30th October
    Adina Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW
  2. Thursday 24th November
    The Square Waffle, Leumeah, NSW (featuring Anatoli Torjinski on cello)
  3. Saturday 26th November
    Newcastle Jazz Club, Kahibah, NSW
  4. Friday 2nd December
    Manly FIG, Manly Village Church, NSW

Eric Bogle

  1. Saturday 12th November, St Arnaud Town Hall, St Arnaud Festival, VIC

Russell Morris

  1. Wednesday 19th October
    Wellers, Kangaroo Ground, VIC
  2. Thursday 20th October
    Bairnsdale Theatre, VIC
  3. Friday 21st October
    Regent Theatre, Ballarat, VIC
  4. Saturday 22nd October
    Capitol Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
  5. Sunday 23rd October
    IAC Shepparton, VIC
  6. Thursday 27th October
    Sommerville Hotel, VIC
  7. Saturday 29th October
    Furlan Club, Thornbury, VIC
  8. Tuesday 8th November
    ‘Music in the House’, NSW Parliament House, Sydney, NSW
  9. Wednesday 9th November
    Wests Leagues, Newcastle, NSW
  10. Thursday 10th November
    Nelson Bay Diggers, NSW
  11. Friday 11th November
    Muswellbrook Workers, NSW
  12. Saturday 12th November,
    Hexam Bowls, NSW
  13. Sunday 13th November,
    Toronto Workers, NSW
  14. Thursday 17th November,
    Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi, QLD
  15. Friday 18th November,
    Kedron Wavell, QLD
  16. Saturday 19th November,
    Twin Towns, NSW
  17. Sunday 20th November,
    Bramble Bowls, Redcliffe, QLD
  18. Wednesday 30th November,
    Greensborough RSL, VIC
  19. Thursday 1st December,
    Westend Market Hotel, VIC
  20. Friday 2nd December,
    Croydon Golf Club, VIC
  21. Saturday 10th December,
    Gateway Hotel, Corio, VIC
  22. Sunday 11th December,
    Williamstown RSL, VIC
  23. Wednesday 28th December,
    Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
  24. Thursday 29th December,
    Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
  25. Friday 30th December,
    Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW