Friday, 28 April 2017


Fearscape were a Unblack/Death Metal band from Wollongong. They signed to Rowe Productions (Mortification, Horde) and have released two albums and one EP. The band's influences included Opeth, Enslaved, My Dying Bride and Coroner. This led to an intense atmospheric sound that blended Black Metal elements with Thrash and Doom styles of Metal. Fearscape's debut album entitled Sleeping in Light was recorded in Melbourne in mid 2004 under the tutelage of legendary Australian death metaller Steve Rowe of Mortification. The album did well overseas via Melbourne distributor Soundmass, and received very solid reviews.

Fearscape played shows in Melbourne VIC, NSW, QLD and New Zealand. From 2005 onwards, Fearscape established themselves in the Sydney scene, through gigs promoted by Metal Evilution, alongside the likes of Paramaecium, Mortification, EyeFear, Lord, Head Hammer, Aeturnus Dominion, Lycanthia, Intorment Black, Kania, Forlorn Suffering and Friar Rush. In 2004 the band played at the Parachute Music Festival in New Zealand.


Matt Brown (vocals), Paul Dimitrievich (drums, vocals), Phil Bloomfield (bass, acoustic guitar), Peter Willmott (guitars), Andrew Shea (drums, 2000-06), Howard Holt (guitars), Nick Trajanovski (2000-01)



Thursday, 27 April 2017


Shirley Thoms was born in 1925, in Toowoomba, Queensland and was raised in a family of seven children. She began her career singing and yodelling songs by Tex Morton and Harry Torrani, and won a Bundaberg talent quest with Torrani's Mockingbird Yodel. In 1941, aged 16, with what is now EMI Records she became the first female solo act to record country music in Australia, as well as the first Queenslander to be featured on disc. This first batch of songs included ""Faithful Old Dog".

She went on to tour Australia and New Zealand, entertaining the troops during World War II and writing songs. Thoms became known by the title of Australia's Yodelling Sweetheart. She later toured with Sole Bros Circus and met her first husband John Sole. The couple had a son, Peter and Thoms stepped away from show business, however John Sole died prematurely. In 1970, Thoms came out of retirement to appear on the Captain Cook Bicentenary Show in the Tamworth Town Hall and briefly revived her career with album releases in 1970 and 1972.

Her most popular and best selling recordings were "The Faithful Old Dog", "Where The Golden Wattle Blooms" and "Yodelling In The Moonlight".She was elevated to the Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown in 1980 (only the fifth artist to be so honoured and the first woman). She was also inducted into the Country Music Hands of Fame in that same year. After suffering from Parkinsons Disease and a heart condition, she died in 1999, at Summerland Point, Lake Macquarie, NSW, aged 74.



Wednesday, 26 April 2017


Hipslingers formed in late 1983 at the BHP Steelworks in Newcastle, when three metallurgists, John Di Gravio, David Brett and Stuart St Hill decided to make music with an insurance seller Tom Masi. They released one album and a number of singles. They disbanded in 1992.


John Di Gravio (vocals, guitar, keyboards, 1982-92), Stuart St Hill (trumpet, vocals, 1982-92), David Brett (bass, 1982-85), Tom Masi (drums, 1982-83), Frank Rosetti (drums, 1983-84), Nick Cecire (drums, percussion, 1984-92), Darren Rowe (bass, 1985-87), Michael "Hooly" Thompson (bass, 1988), Kyri Frame (bass, 1988-92), Garry Kosky (trombone, 1988-92)



Tuesday, 25 April 2017


Conation formed in 1997 and played venues in Newcastle and other cities for almost a decade. Unusually, their music featured a violin, played by Genna Pyewacket. The band’s sound is a disparate blend of power-violence, grind-core, hardcore, emo and melodic influences. They broke up in 2005 and have done the odd show since. Conation only released one album in 2001, but had put out a series of split 7"s and one split 12" they also released one CD EP.


Jamie Hay (guitar, vocals), Dale Townsend (bass, vocals), Murray Ruse (drums), Genna Pyewacket (violin, vocals), Heath Rowley (guitar, vocals), Nick Fletcher (guitar), Ryan MacDonald (guitar)

Monday, 24 April 2017


Experimental/free improvisation/noise band from Newcastle. Using cracked electronics and traditional rock instrumentation they produce a playful, clumsy and unpredictable mutation of psychedelic rock, noise, drone, doom, avant-pop, post-punk, electronica, new age/weird etc. etc.


Grant Hunter (electronics, synthesizer, vocals), Nicholas French (guitar), Marnie Vaughn (drums, percussion), Nathan Martin (bass, percussion)

Sunday, 23 April 2017


Ilium were founded in Newcastle by former members of local power metal band, Oracle, with guitarist-songwriter Jason Hodges and vocalist Mark Snedden initially as Iliad in 1998. Hodges and Snedden were school friends and had formed Oracle in 1990. Iliad also included later Oracle members: Kris Arendse on guitar and Michael Noonan on bass guitar; as well as session musician, David Pearson on drums. They recorded a six-track demo which the band's website described as "ill-fated from the start, with an inappropriate producer and the band's lack of studio experience, coupled with plaguing health problems, the results were truly horrible". Hodges listed the group's inspirations as "Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Rage, Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray, Rush, Megadeth, Coroner, Scorpions, Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, and Dio".

Late in 1998 with the introduction of Adam Smith, also ex-Oracle, on guitar the group changed its name to Ilium. In 2002 they recorded a four-track eponymous extended play with Dungeon's vocalist and guitarist Lord Tim (aka Tim Grose) producing and adding backing vocals. Noonan left during recording sessions and Smith completed the bass guitar work. The EP included a cover version of Fleetwood Mac's "The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)" in the vogue of Judas Priest's 1979 version. The other tracks were "Half-Life", "Semblance" and "Antigone" – the first two were solely written by Hodges, while the latter was co-written with Smith and Sneddon. Yet another ex-Oracle, Matthew Woodland, joined Ilium shortly before its release. The EP gained the attention of several labels, including Sentinel Steel boss Denis Gulbey, with Italian record company Adrenaline's metal label Steelheart signing the band.

On 18 December 2003 Ilium issued their debut album, Sirens of the Styx, with Lord Tim producing again and Steve Moore providing drums. Daniel Böhm from German metal magazine, Rock Hard, found the album "sounds wonderfully wrong-headed". After recording the album, Peter Gilchrist joined on bass guitar, while drummer David Walmsley joined shortly thereafter.

Ilium's second album, Permian Dusk, was released on 25 November 2005. Permian Dusk received a positive review from Rock Hard, which gave it a score of 9.5/10 and led their reviewer, Wolfram Küper, to declare it as the best power metal album of the year. Allmusic's Stewart Mason felt it avoided the "more annoying aspects of modern metal", where Tim's vocals showed "oddly perfect diction and haughty delivery of an old-school metal singer" and the rest of the band "plays it fast and melodic, with clean-sounding chorused guitars riffing".

Ilium issued their third album, Vespertilion, on 17 April 2007, which received positive reviews. It included the next two installments of their Beowulf trilogy with part two, "Desinence: Beowulf and the Serpent", and part three, "Beowulf: The Peroration", both co-written by Hodges, Smith and Snedden. Rock Hard's Küper rated it at 8.0/10, he found it provided "a partly majestic, partly mystic atmosphere" with the sound of "melody, hardness and independence". Paul Batteiger of The Metal Crypt website noted they "tend to write really long songs that are just a little bit proggy without straying out of pure metal territory — they don't overuse keys, they don't go nuts with the solos, they just write long songs filled with heavy riffs". The release of Ageless Decay in June 2009 brought outstanding reviews from the metal music scene in Europe. The album features vocals by New Yorks Mike DiMeo which takes this band's music to places they have never been before. Surprisingly the band is largely unknown in its home country of Australia.


Adam Smith (guitar, bass, keyboards, 1998-present), Jason Hodges (guitar, 1998-present), Kaspar Dahlqvist (keyboards, 2006-present), Tim Yatras (drums), Michael Noonan (bass, 1998-99), Matthew Woodland (bass, 1999), Mark Snedden (vocals, 1998-2003), David Pearson (drums, 1998), David Walmsley (drums, 2003-05), Pete Gilchrist (bass, 2003, 2005), Corey Gilchrist (keyboards, 2005), Lord Tim [Tim Grose] (vocals, 2003-07)



Saturday, 22 April 2017


Before the turn of the Millenium, on the south coast of NSW, there was a popular 'heavy rock' band well known for having a young woman with an 'astonishingly loud and powerful voice' and a guitarist with 'amazing versatility'. The band was called 'Labyrinth' and the two musicians in question were Genevieve Rodda and Anthony 'Fox' Roberts. Labyrinth eventually came to an end having recorded a number of demos and an independently released E.P. - 'Escape Reality'. Genevieve and 'Fox' as he was now commonly known, decided to pursue their shared passion for heavy music in a larger scene and Sydney seemed like a good place to find the musicians they needed for the direction they wanted to go

Under the working band title of 'Labrynthia' the duo tried various combinations of musicians with mixed success, able to get as far as recording an album's worth of songs and supporting Pegazus on their 'Breaking the Chains' tour, but the album was never released as the line-ups at that time proved too unstable. During this time they had managed to secure the services of Wayne Campbell (Mortal Sin) on drums and he shared their vision. They sought out musicians who had enough versatility to think and play 'outside of the square', and under the banner of 'Labrynthia' they added bass player (Aaron Worboys - Bane of Isildur) a young and clever musician with an interest in styles of metal ranging from 'Viking War Metal' to 'Power Metal', and a second guitarist (Lew Smith - Malice *Australia*), a predominantly 'black metal' musician, who used a 7-String guitar (slightly unusual for the time) for his lead and rhythm guitar parts. Lew also had a strong, low/death growl style of vocal which worked well with the intentions for the music they started to write.

As the music began to take shape the group knew that it was time to ditch the working title of 'Labrynthia'. This was a new beginning, and it needed a new name. Temtris! In late 2003 Temtris entered the studio with the intention of recording an E.P., but things went so well that they came out the other end with a full album, 'Theshold'. Only 500 copies were made and the CD was only available at shows. Events stalled in 2005 when Wayne Campbell was lured back to Mortal Sin for an ultimately ill-fated reformation, which included guitarist Anthony Hoffman (remember that name for later!). Aaron Worboys also decided to move on to other projects and Temtris spent a short time in limbo with a follow up second album written, but on the shelf. Eventually, in 2006, a young up-and-coming drummer (and talented tattoo artist) Tom Wallace and Gavin Swan (bass player and sky-diving instructor) signed on and Temtris got back to work. Songs were re-written and re-recorded, a deal was struck with new independent Australian heavy metal label Battlegod Productions, and in 2008 Temtris released 'Masquerade', a much darker album than it's predecessor.


Genevieve Rodda (vocals), Anthony "Fox" Roberts (guitar), Gavin Swan (bass), Llew Smith (guitar, drum programming, vocals, 2002-present), Wayne Campbell (drums), Anthony Roberts (guitar), Adam Wotherspoon (bass), Ben Hart (drums)



Friday, 21 April 2017


Backbeat Drivers is one of Australia’s most original blues/R&B acts and the original lineup is till intact after thirty years. The band is a local legend in Canberra and its longest continually gigging blues band, playing originals, as recorded on “The Emperor’s New Blues” and “True Blues Confession” albums, as well as covering the great blues’ songs and artists.


Steve Hartnett (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Michael Hardy (guitar, vocals), Ben Connelly (bass, vocals), David "Doc" Rennie (drums)

Thursday, 20 April 2017


Baron Samadhi was an eight piece party band from Melbourne. The sound is a dangerously spicy blend of disco, soul, dancehall, funk and jazz thrown in a pot and boiled until the lid bursts off. Baron Samadhi was originally from Canberra, where they grew from a "joke" funk band in 2000; to local infamy over two years. The Baron enjoyed huge popularity, consistently pulling over 400 fans to witness their outrageous onstage antics and over the top Porn Funk. At the beginning of 2003, the boys all moved permanently to the fertile live music grounds of Melbourne. Starting from scratch, the Baron set about aggressively infiltrating the scene, using highly questionable methods to secure gigs (Including sending menacing black dildos to recalcitrant bookers).

The hard work paid off, with the band securing major supports (with such acts as the Brown Hornet, Pornland, the Groove Collective, Butterfingers, the Bumblebeez, TZU, and MC Trey) and headlining shows at most of the premier venues in Melbourne. The band also began touring through eastern Oz, receiving universally stunned and delighted audiences in their wake, from Canberra to north Queensland; playing everything from kids parties to biker gang clubhouses. At the end of 2005 Baron Samadhi was invited to play at Woodford Folk festival, where they were enthusiastically received by crowds and musicians alike. In 2006 they released album, “On the S.S Anytime”- a high energy party album that swings from soul to disco to metal, with their trademark sly humour and catchy song craftsmanship.


James Marshall (vocals, flute, trumpet), Kurt Roberts (guitar), Mike Dicecco (drums), Miles Izzo (trumpet), Scott Breschkin (saxophone), Matt Dixon (trombone)



Wednesday, 19 April 2017


Diana Corcoran's initial interest in country music involved yodelling. After finishing high school, Corcoran moved to Adelaide where she worked in three jobs (recruitment, dog food factory and car parts plant) to save enough money to make her first record (Little Bit Crazy). She became a professional musician in 2004. In that year, she toured with Adam Brand as an opening act. It was also in that year that she won her first Golden Guitar Award for New Talent of the Year.

Corcoran has been deployed on three occasions to perform for Australian troops on active duty in war zones around the world, including a tour of Afghanistan with Jenny Morris. During one such tour to the Solomon Islands in March 2007 she met Tom Hinds, an Australian soldier. Corcoran wrote the song "Come Back Home" on the album Keep Breathing for him. She has written other songs about family and childhood experiences, including her father ("If You Hear Angels"), her mother ("You'll Always Love Me More") and her hometown Parkes ("Rocky Hill"). In 2008, Corcoran won her second Golden Guitar in the highly sought-after category of Female Artist of the Year. In August, Corcoran was invited by Deborah Conway to take part in the Broad Festival project, which toured major Australian cities including performing at the Sydney Opera House. With Corcoran and Conway were Laura Jean, Liz Stringer and Elana Stone – they performed their own and each other's songs.In 2013 Corcoran released the album Love & Therapy and toured with Alleyce Simmonds on the Pure Acoustic Blonde tour. She debuted her first American album release in 2016.



Tuesday, 18 April 2017


Myrddraal was an Australian black metal band from Canberra, Australia. Formed in 1999 by Hellpitt and Surt, Myrddraal played old style harsh, hateful and atmospheric black metal. Autumn that year saw the release of the 'Black Construction' demo: four hymns of evil black metal. A positive response to the demo led to Hellpitt and Surt recruiting a full lineup, with which the band played a number of successful shows. After witnessing such utter carnage on stage, Bavarian label At War Records invited Myrddraal to appear on a split release with German warmonger Gernoth. 'Cold Moon Over Kaltenberg' was recorded in May 2000 and released in October the same year, receiving some very positive reviews from around the world and selling all 200 copies in just a matter of months.

At the end of 2000, Myrddraal were offered the opportunity to release their debut full length CD through the then fledgling Sydney based label Decius Productions. Released in May 2001, 'Blood On The Mountain' has received an unparalleled response from around the world, with its seamless blend of aggressive black metal, ripping thrash riffs and haunting acoustic passages. In October 2001, Myrddraal played a devastating set at Metal For The Brain. At about the same time, Myrddraal unleashed a three-track promo CD-R, 'Promo 2001', limited to only 25 copies. These tracks demonstrated Myrddraal?s excellent song writing prowess and attracted an overwhelmingly positive response from all who heard them. During 2002, Myrddraal spent some time in the studio recording two tracks that are as yet unreleased. In 2003, the band entered the studio to record their highly anticipated second full-length album, 'Falling Sky', with the assistance of The Serpent Inquisitor (Stargazer, Misery's Omen, Cauldron Black Ram) on drums. Decius Productions released 'Falling Sky' in May 2004. 


Andrew "Hellpitt" Pitt (guitar, vocals), Lord Surt (guitar, vocals), The Serpent Inquisitor (drums), B. Nancarrow (drums, 2000-02), Chris Turk (bass, 2000-02), Andrew P. (guitar, vocals, programming)



Monday, 17 April 2017


The Sensitive New Age Cowpersons was formed in 1994, out of an opportunity to play at the National Folk Festival in Canberra. The outcome was that a band was born, out of the storm created at that festival and a momentum developed that has not ceased since.The original line-up of Jim Fisher,  John Reed, Fred Kuhnl and Martin Randall, went on to be invited to every major Folk festival in Australia. Within two years they had also played at the major Country Music festivals as well as the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

1995 saw the production and release of their debut CD "This CD Will Change Your Life" and they continued to work extensively throughout Australia. In 1996 Martin Randall left the band and was replaced by Ian Simpson, another Fremantle musician, who had returned to Perth after working successfully in the East for a number of years. In the same year the band undertook its first international tour, playing at festivals in the United Kingdom with great success, leading them to be invited back the next year for more shows including the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

1997 saw the release of their much-acclaimed second CD "Strange On The Range" featuring the "New Australian National Anthem". The band continued to tour nationally and also perform internationally at festivals in both Hong Kong and Malaysia. The band worked through the beginning of 1998 until March when founding member Jim Fisher collapsed and was hospitalized. Jim had been working under great duress with declining health due to a blood borne liver disease he had acquired in the 1970’s. Jim underwent a successful liver transplant in December 1998, survived harrowing complications and re-emerged a year later with a new enthusiasm.

The band did some performing in 2000 – returning to the UK for a third tour, but soon after Jim said that he would stop playing indefinitely, having survived such a traumatic experience, he recognized that he needed more time to recuperate and to consolidate. Paradoxically, even in the band’s enforced rest and recuperation phase, they were still in demand and the remaining members were called on to perform their famous "New Australian National Anthem" at the closing concert of the People Scope event from Parliament House, Canberra.

As 2002 clicked over the band dusted themselves off and returned to the studio to record their third CD entitled "Fly Like A Chicken". The SNACS were officially re-launched and played to a sell out audience at the Fly By Night Club in Fremantle, before heading East to the Gympie Muster and later to the Woodford and Tamworth Festivals. March 2003 saw the farewell to long time member John Reed (aka Texas.T.Tex ) and the introduction of Adam Gare (aka Doc Adams) on mandolin, fiddle and vocals. More recently members of the band are recording with Paul Kelly for his second bluegrass influenced album as well as responding to interest for the band to perform overseas in Canada and the USA. As of 2007 they have released five albums.


Jim Fisher, (guitar/vocals) John Reed, (cittern/vocals 1994-2003) Fred Kuhnl, (bass/vocals) and Martin Randall, (banjo/vocals 1994-96) Ian Simpson (banjo/vocals 1996- )
Adam Gare (mandolin/fiddle/vocals 2003-)



Sunday, 16 April 2017


Koolism is an Australian hip hop duo originating from Canberra. Koolism started out in 1992 when Elleson (aka DJ Rampage) joined a group by the name Tribe Ledda L (L for Latukefu), which comprised Hau and his cousins Hounga and Sione. By 1995 only DJ Danielsan and Hau remained and they changed the name to Koolism, from a song with that name which they recorded the previous year. Their first appearance using that name is on the Homebrews Volume One compilation. Their first official release, Bedroom Shit came out in 1996 on cassette and was passed around the country from one person to the next – the inspiration for the track "Tapes" on their 2006 album, New Old Ground.

The tape caught the attention of Blaze and Dr Phibes, who offered to put out their next release on vinyl on their recently formed 'Parallax View' label and in 1998 Lift Ya Game was released. This was followed two years later by the Blue Notes EP and in 2002 they released The Season EP. These last two were part of a four-part series of EPs forming a collage when put together – unfortunately the last two in this series, Butcher Shop and The Epic have never been released as most of the material was stolen during a car break-in while touring in 2004.

2002 saw the duo release the highly anticipated Part One, their first album on CD, which contained fresh tracks alongside those previously only released on vinyl. This CD release allowed Koolism to expand on their loyal and hugely supportive underground following to cater to a wider, ever-growing fan base. Koolism's commercial existence has also been enhanced by Australia's leading music program, rage, airing the film clip to "The Season", the title track to their 2002 EP. 2002 also saw Koolism nominated in two categories (Best Hip Hop and Best Video) at that year's Australian Dance Music Awards. In 2003 the group toured the county relentlessly scoring high praise for their live show. 'These lads have a strong reputation for putting on great live gigs.' JUICE (July 2003) Koolism again received nominations at the 2003 Australian Dance Music Awards, this time in three categories (Best Hip Hop Act, Turntabalist and Remix).

They also managed to find time during their touring schedule to record their third album Part Three - Random Thoughts (Part Two was meant to be the EPs). The album features guest appearances by Rodney P (UK), Nfamas (1200 Techniques), and Mnemonic Ascent and was released in early 2004. In 2004 Koolism won an ARIA Award for 'Best Urban Release', for their album out on Invada Records, Part Three - Random Thoughts. The pair subsequently leaving Canberra with Hau moving north to Sydney and Danielsan heading to Melbourne. In February 2006 Koolism released their third album, New Old Ground on Invada records. Koolism were one of the Australian hip hop artists featured in the documentary Words from the City, which aired on ABC Television in late 2007. In 2008, Koolism signed to Mushroom Records. On 14 April 2008 Hau took over from Maya Jupiter as the host of Triple J's weekly Hip Hop Show.



Saturday, 15 April 2017


An award-winning composer, musician and educator, Rachel Gaudry is a graduate of the Australian National University’s Canberra School of Music, having completed a three-year Diploma of Music in Jazz Studies, majoring in Voice, in 1995. She began studying piano at the age of six, working her way through the AMEB exam system to Grade 8, and later attaining an AMusA and ATCL in Piano Performance through the Australian Music Guild of Speech and Music and Trinity College respectively. Following her studies at the Canberra School of Music, Rachel relocated to Sydney in 1996. She immersed herself in performance and songwriting and collaborated with many of Australia’s most talented and celebrated musicians. An accomplished singer/pianist, Rachel has performed in Australia, Canada, the USA, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. In Australia, she has performed at popular festivals such as the Darling Harbour Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Bellingen Blues Festival and Adelaide Cabaret Festival. She has released two critically acclaimed albums, Leaving Traces and Bright Window.

In 2004, Rachel began composing music for the screen, and in 2008 completed a Master of Arts degree in Screen Composition at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She has composed orchestral, electro-acoustic and vocal works for film, television, theatre, and animation.Coinciding with her career as a performer and composer, Rachel’s experience as a music educator spans 16 years. From 2009-2011, she was a vocal tutor at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney teaching one-on-one vocal lessons to tertiary level students, and leading weekly vocal masterclasses and workshops in composition and vocal recording. In mid-2011, a newly-married Rachel and her husband relocated to Cairns for two years. They then moved to the Gold Coast and finally to Ipswich, west of Brisbane in 2016. Following the birth of her son in 2014, Rachel continues to teach, compose and perform. 



Friday, 14 April 2017


Lauded for writing “some of the most simple and beautiful songs you will hear”, Lucie Thorne has earned her place as one of Australia’s most striking contemporary songsmiths. With eleven releases to her name – including her latest LP Everything Sings Tonight – and a prodigious touring schedule, Lucie Thorne continues to carve out an extraordinary creative career. After several years working quietly under the radar, Thorne’s 2009 release Black Across The Field brought her to the attention of a much broader audience. This album was shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Music Prize; was awarded Best Roots Album of 2009 by the Sydney Morning Herald; and had a song selected for inclusion on a Universal Records international compilation alongside Leonard Cohen and Radiohead. 

Since then Lucie has been touring far and wide in a sensational duo collaboration with legendary drummer Hamish Stuart. Their 2011 release Bonfires In Silver City was hailed as “World-class” (AMG); “an album of powerful intimacy and poetic deliverance” (Life & Style Magazine) that “…reveals a subtlety and craft that eclipses Thorne’s prior work” (Rhythms Magazine).  Along with a remarkably consistent Australian touring schedule, Lucie also tours regularly across much of the European and North American continents. She lives in Melbourne’s north. “Australia’s PJ Harvey… possessing the punch of Cat Power and the wise words of Joni Mitchell” (The Courier Mail) 



Thursday, 13 April 2017


Shorty Ranger (Edwin Haberfield) was born on 9 October 1925, in Kempsey, New South Wales, He grew up on the adjoining farm at Nulla Nulla Creek to that occupied by the family of Slim Dusty. After first meeting at school, they became firm friends with a mutual love of music. Especially attracted to the songs and yodels that they heard on the recordings of artists such as Wilf Carter and Tex Morton, they aimed at a singing career. They learned to play guitar and, performing as a duo, at one time briefly as Buddy Bluebird and Buddy Blackbird, they entertained in their local area. During the 40s, they toured further afield, including Adelaide and Sydney, without lasting success. Although their careers separated in 1951, their friendship continued throughout the years. Shorty gained recognition and a recording contract with Rodeo Records that year, by virtue of his appearance on a national talent show organized by Tim McNamara, and Slim went on to international stardom.

Shorty married in 1952 and the following year, when the first of four sons and two daughters arrived, he decided to concentrate on his family. From the mid-50s through to the early 70s, limiting his personal appearances, he made some recordings but mainly concentrated on his songwriting. In 1969, the legendary Australian singer Buddy Williams, who recorded almost 50 of Shorty’s songs, released a tribute album called Buddy And Shorty. After 1973, with his family grown, he became more active both as a performer and recording artist. He released six albums on Hadley and later a series of 12 on his own Wildwood label. During the late 80s, he suffered a stroke and also a period of ill health as a result of poisoning from pest control chemicals. He survived and in 1989, he won the Songmaker Of The Year award at the prestigious Tamworth Country Music Awards. In 1992, he celebrated 50 years of country by appearing on stage with old friend Slim Dusty. His health caused concern again in August 1994, which led to a brief hospital stay. In October, he was involved in a serious road accident, but by December, he was working on his first CD release.

Since 1942, Shorty Ranger wrote over 360 other songs, many of which have been recorded by other artists. ‘Winter Winds’, written in 1943, is undoubtedly the best known, owing to its use as his signature tune and to Slim Dusty’s 1957 recording of it. The song, now rated as an Australian country classic, won Shorty a gold award in 1992. Over the years, he received many other awards including a Golden Guitar. He was honoured several times as a Pioneer Of Country Music in Australia and in 1993, he was elected to the Australian Country Music Roll of Renown. He died in 2007.



Wednesday, 12 April 2017


Genevieve Maynard has had a long relationship with Australian music scene through her involvements in seminal 90s bands stella one eleven and Bughouse. She then took on the solo-route, releasing two albums and two EP’s to critical acclaim and national airplay. Her debut album Ghost Notes (2002) spent over 25 weeks in the independent AIR charts and was nominated by Rolling Stone as one of the top ten international debut albums in their end-of-year issue.

As the former owner of Revolution Studios in Sydney’s inner-west, Genevieve was the studio-mind behind, amongst others, Bluejuice’s debut album “Problems” (who came in at number 11 in JJJ’s Hottest 100 with ‘Vitriol’ and won the Red Bull AMP award), FisherKing (winners of JJJ Unearthed FUSE Festival Competition), and Melanie Horsnell. She now resides in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017


Leonard "Len" George Thiele AO (26 September 1922 – 14 May 1994), professionally Leonard Teale was a well-known Australian actor of radio, television and film known for his resonant baritone voice. He is best remembered for his role as David "Mac" Mackay in the long running Australian police drama Homicide. Teale narrated for Australian Broadcasting Corporation audio recordings, including the Banjo Paterson poem The Man from Snowy River. His reading of Dorothea Mackellar's patriotic poem which includes the line "I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains" became so popular in the 1970s that it was frequently used to parody him. Leonard Teale died of a heart attack in 1994.



Monday, 10 April 2017


Karma County began in 1995 when the Australian music scene was still in the grip of the Seattle grunge sound. Eyebrows were raised when they first walked on stage at indie pop strongholds like the Sando and Annandale hotels in Sydney with an acoustic guitar, a double bass, not much more than a snare drum, a box of percussion and a voice. Ever since, they have waltzed their way into the hearts and minds of music fans around the world. From the initial acoustic strum of 'Postcard' to the funky twang of "The Men Who Ran Away From The Circus" they traverse an eclectic music terrain to conjure their own sonic landscape - lush, melodious, intelligent, emotive songs and sounds.

They're proud of their artistic independence and have maintained their singular edge through raw talent and a hands-on approach to the music business. Drummer Stuart Eadie creates and co-ordinates the band's visual imagery (album sleeves, t-shirts, web design, adverts), singer/guitarist Brendan Gallagher produces the music whilst bassist Michael Galeazzi a.k.a. Mr Enthusiasm, rings them all up, and anybody else who will listen, and tells them what legends they are. In early 1999 the band signed a deal with Melody Management and Universal publishing. In the same year their third album, Into The Land Of Promise was released on license through Warner Music. To great acclaim this album yielded two singles "Secret Country" and "The Men Who Ran Away From The Circus", both gained across the board airplay on Triple J and other ABC radio stations nationally.

"Into The Land Of Promise" took out the Year 2000 ARIA Award for Best Adult Contemporary Album making it two in a row for Brendan Gallagher who produced the 1999 winner, Jimmy Little's 'Messenger' album. Karma County toured all over this vast land from Cairns to Albany and beyond before embarking on a seven week tour of Europe, UK and North America in July 2000. Tour highlights included performances at WOMAD festivals in Hanover, Reading and Seattle, opening the Australian Film Festival in Rome and guesting with Jimmy Little at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

In 2001 the Band re-ignited their strong fan base with a four state tour showcasing new material including "Where Could I Go But Home" the first single released from their new album. Then shortly after on the Happy Birthday Dear Customer album tour. Karma County, with guests Lindsay Page on Piano and Cameron Bruce on keys were the backing band for a Carol King Tribute show, Tapestry, featuring the vocal talents of Jenny Morris, Vika and Linda Bull and Jodi Phillis. With Michael Galeazzi (bassist) as musical director, the show played packed concert Halls in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth during Early September 2001, recieving rave reviews.

Karma County have always toured with an associate member. Originally there was Bruce Reid on lap steel and guitar, followed by Lachlan Doley on Keys and then Cameron Bruce on Keys, Vocals and smart - arsed cheek. Now days the boys are reveling in the simplicity and freshness of keeping it as a trio. With drummer Stu Eadie relocating to northern NSW in mid 2003 the bands live schedule slowed down a little. In May 2004 the band played every Wednesday night at Newtown for a residency entitled. Karma County vs The Rest. Different special guests faced and performed together witht the trio.

In late 2004 KC released their fifth studio album Pacifico featuring a song and video with Aussie film icon Bryan Brown - the instant classic Dexter & Sinistra. The boys went out on the road for two months playing all Australian capital cities and some regional centres. The album re-united the band with recording engineer Tim Whitten and mixer Jeremy Allom. Over the next few years the band played the occasional festival and corporate show while recording some new material and re-visiting their back catalogue. A special two disc retrospective Headland was released in late 2008 accompanied by a brief east coast Australian tour. The album featured two new tracks, re-mixed and re-mastered tracks from their five studio albums, live tracks and some rarities.

Karma County still play the occasional gig while the three original members pursue their solo ventures - Michael with The Java Quartet and music education, Stu with his graphics business, drum duties with various bands in the music hot spot of Byron Bay, not to mention his Uke Night and Brendan with his solo career and music production.


Stuart Eadie (drums) Brendan Gallagher (vocals guitar) Michael Galeazzi (bass)



Sunday, 9 April 2017


Steve Lucas is the last surviving founding member of infamous Aussie punk band X. He is also a producer singer/songwriter and has fronted various other bands of note. Steve has played as far afield as Kathmandu, toured the West Coast of the USA and all round Australia. The sentimental punk, known as the 'guy who never sold out' has become an integral part of Melbourne's live music scene, still recording, still gigging and keeping it real. Steve Lucas has founded and fronted bands such as: X, Bigger Than Jesus, Groody Frenzy, Double Cross, A.R.M, Neon & Venom, The Feel, The Empty Horses, Los Trios Derros, and Strawberry Teardrop.

He has recorded numerous LP's and singles.Steve has been lucky enough to play main support for acts such as Iggy Pop, The Cramps, The Damned, The Stranglers, Dr Feel Good,Sonic Youth, Henry Rollins, The Anti Nowhere League, Rob Lowe.



Friday, 7 April 2017


The Love Positions was Nic Dalton and Robyn St.Clare. They released an album (vinyl only) called Billiepeebup and a 7 inch single 'Light Of Day', which were both released in October 1990. All songs recorded on a Tascam 244 four track onto cassettes (mostly old TDK compilation tapes taped over!) in various houses in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney between 1985 and 1989. At the time of its release Robyn was playing in the Hummingbirds and Nic in the Plunderers. The Love Positions played in Sydney about 4 times.

The album Billiepeebup was the first full-lengther released by Half A Cow but Half A Cow had the test-pressing of it for close to a year as they didn't have any money to press the record (John Needham of Citadel Records ended up putting the manufacturing on his account when Nic told him their predicament!) and the 'Light Of Day' single was the first seven inch released by Half A Cow. Each copy of the single was touched off by Musk oil scent and the old Hac store smelt of musk for a few weeks. The band were very surprised when both album and single went in at #2 first week in on the Aria Alternative Charts in October 1990 .The name "Love Positions" comes from a cheap paperback title about sexual positions for young couples!


Nic Dalton (vocals guitar) Robyn St.Clare (vocals guitar)



Wednesday, 5 April 2017


The Largest Living Things were formed in 1997 by former Crowded House drummer Paul Hester and guitarist Kevin Garant, The band performed throughout Australia and had their own television series on the ABC "Hessie’s Shed" which broadcast in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and on MTV in Europe. Largest Living Things released a couple of EPs. The band also featured on Mick Molloy's controversial 1999 TV show The Mick Molloy Show.


Paul Hester (vocals guitar drums), Kevin Garant (guitar), Barry Stockley (bass) George Servanis (drums) Andy McIver (guitar) Dan Warner (guitar)

Tuesday, 4 April 2017


Mark Ferrie and guitarist Andrew Pendlebury first played together in 1976 at the Station Hotel, Prahran.They have collaborated in a number of bands and musical projects since that time including
The Slaughtermen (mid to late 1980s) In 2002 they reunited again playing around Melbourne in a two guitar duo format. In May 2003 they spent a night recording at David Roger's Vanishing Wilds recording studio and subsequently released the 'Late Night at the Nicholas Building' CD.In 2003. Mark met Adi Sappir busking in the subway at Flinders St Station. Adi had arrived in Melbourne from Israel 18 months earlier. Mark, Andrew and Adi got together to play some music. It was different and it was good.

A week later they played their first gig at the National Gallery of Victoria in Federation Square.They wrote some original songs, and learnt songs by a range of diverse songwriters such as Bob Dylan,
Jimi Hendrix, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Irving Berlin. Adi taught Mark and Andrew some Hebrew folk tunes.Mark and Andrew taught Adi some blues tunes.The Mercurials held down a regular
Wednesday night residency at the Charles St Bar, Seddon from January till December 2004. They made many new fans and became a formidable live unit.In March 2004 they were invited to appear at the Adelaide Fringe Arts Festival.

The Mercurials debut self titled CD was released in July 2005 featuring the best tracks from both the Vanishing Wilds and Thirty Mill sessions.The CD was launched at Dizzys nightclub in Swan St Richmond to a capacity crowd. The Mercurials special guest on the night was Andrew Duffield. Since their debut album the band has recorded another two albums and two EPs. 


Andrew Pendlebury (guitar) Mark Ferrie (vocals guitar) Adi Sappir (cello)



Monday, 3 April 2017


Hugh McDonald (17 July 1954 – 18 November 2016) was an Australian musician. Active from the 1970s to 2016, he performed and recorded with the Bushwackers, the Sundowners, Banshee, Redgum, Des "Animal" McKenna, Moving Cloud and the Colonials. McDonald became better known when he joined the folk-rock group Redgum in 1981. He wrote a number of the group's songs, including "The Diamantina Drover". After lead singer John Schumann left the band in 1986, he took over as lead singer until the group disbanded in 1990. After Redgum, McDonald continued playing and recording music, and also taught music, including working with the Geelong Music College Orchestra. In addition, he had his own recording studios in Melbourne.

McDonald also lent his musical and recording expertise to the production of the Poowong Consolidated Primary School's annual music CD and more recently DVD. He worked alongside the students and music teacher Phil Beggs to compose, write, record and produce the CD. From 2005 McDonald worked with Schumann again as part of the Vagabond Crew, touring and performing on the albums Lawson and Behind the Lines. The latter album was recorded at McDonald's studios. In 2014 McDonald released his fourth post-Redgum solo album, titled The Land, which includes his more recent originals "If It All Goes South", a tender heartfelt song which he wrote for his wife, Rebecca Harris Mason, and "Shrodinger's Cat", a contemplative song about accepting the uncertainties of life.

McDonald performed for Australian forces overseas several times. In December 2009 he visited East Timor to play for Australian and New Zealand troops stationed there, in September–October 2011 he played for Australian troops in Afghanistan and in July 2013 he played for Australian troops and Australian Federal Police in the Solomon Islands. In 2014 he played for the Royal Australian Navy troops in Tanzania, Africa, and in March 2016 he returned to Afghanistan to play for Australian troops. Hugh McDonald died on 18 November 2016 from complications of prostate cancer.



Saturday, 1 April 2017


Professor Ratbaggy is a sometime four-piece band based in Melbourne, Australia. Sometimes thought of as a side-project of iconic Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, the band is in fact its own entity: Kelly is one of the four members (song writing generally shared). The band's name is derived from the 1960s Australian TV character "Professor Ratbaggy", who was a bumbling but kind-hearted scientist, a comical character, performed by Ernie Carroll on GTV-9 on Melbourne television. Steve Hadley, Bruce Haymes and Peter Luscombe would frequently play as The Casuals, as well as being members of Kelly's regular band.

Professor Ratbaggy's songs are often instrumental and purely groove-based with reggae, dub and funk influences. Professor Ratbaggy members and Shane O'Mara provided the original music for Lantana (2001) and are featured on the EMI soundtrack of the same name. The band's song, "Love Letter" (from their self-titled 1999 album) was used on ABC-TV series Fireflies (2004) together with songs by Paul Kelly (alone and with other bands) and by other artists. With Kelly often busy with his solo career and work in film and TV composition, Professor Ratbaggy's live shows have all but ceased and their recorded output remains low; this is not to say that the concept has died and there remains a strong possibility of further playing and/or recording.


Steve Hadley (bass), Bruce Haymes (keyboards, organ), Paul Kelly (guitar, vocals),
Peter Luscombe (drums)