Tuesday, 20 June 2017


The Pelaco Brothers formed in 1974 in Melbourne with Joe Camilleri (ex-King Bees, Lipp and the Double Dekker Brothers, Sharks) on saxophone and vocals, Stephen Cummings (ex-Ewe and the Merinos) on lead vocals, Peter Lillie on guitar and vocals, Johnny Topper on bass guitar, Karl Wolfe on drums and Chris Worrall on guitar. The group were named for the Pelaco Sign which advertised a local shirt manufacturer. According to Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, they played "rockabilly, country swing and R&B that recalled American outfits like Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen and Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks. Yet, the band's delivery presented a fiercely Australian outlook". Only existing for 18 months, they later included Ed Bates on guitar and Peter Martin on slide guitar.

Their posthumous releases were The Notorious Pelaco Brothers Show a live six-track extended play (also seen as The Pelaco Bros) on the Ralph imprint in 1976. The Pelaco Brothers disbanded in late 1975, Camilleri went on to form a blues and rock music band, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons; Meanwhile Cummings and Bates formed a new wave group, The Sports in 1976. In 1982 The Pelaco Brothers music was used for a suburban horror film, This Woman Is Not a Car. On 13 September 2012 Peter Lillie died of liver disease, aged 61.


Joe Camilleri (saxophone vocals), Stephen Cummings (vocals), Peter Lillie (guitar), 
Johnny Topper (bass), Karl Wolfe (drums) Chris Worrall (guitar), Ed Bates (guitar) Peter Martin (slide guitar).



Monday, 19 June 2017


There is very little information available about Sydney soft rock band Air. In 1974 they released a self-titled LP on Polydor produced by Freshwater's David Fookes.


Jenny McGregor (vocals), Philip "Pip" Owen (guitar, vocals), Steve Nicholas (guitar, vocals), Nicky Dunn (guitar, bass, vocals), Patrick Conroy (bass)

Sunday, 18 June 2017


Short lived seventies glam rock band that released one album and a couple of singles on the EMI label. Influences included Ziggy Stardust. The band appeared on Countdown. Guitarist Peter Laffy also played in bands Freeway, Mondo Rock and Jim Keay’s Southern Cross. Vocalist Michael Upton and Peter Laffy both died in 2011.


Peter Laffy (guitar), Neil Hodgson (bass, keyboards), Michael Upton (vocals) Les Oldman (drums)

Saturday, 17 June 2017


Chris Neal is an Australian musician, songwriter and television and film music composer. In 1968, the opportunity arose to assist legendary composer Peter Sculthorpe create the score for the Anglo/Australian movie The Age Of Consent, starring first-timer Helen Mirren. Then followed the creation of the hippie, flower-power rock musical, Manchild, which toured Australian capital cities during 1971/72, creating several box-office records along the way. A focal point of the early '70s was the creation of the solo prog rock album Winds Of Isis. This epic instrumental outing developed a small, but committed following and remains in demand to this day. He has created soundtracks for various successful Australian film and television productions, including Buddies, Shadow of the Cobra, Turtle Beach, Johnson and Friends, Lift Off, Farscape, Kaboodle, GP, Li'l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers and many others, often working in collaboration with his son, Braedy.



Friday, 16 June 2017


Mike Meade began life as a cameraman at STW 9 in Perth and then achieved a modicum of fame in the 70s as a pop singer and as the co compere of music show 'Flashez' with Ray Burgess. He also appeared Countdown as guest compere. In 1973 he released an album 'Isolation'.

Thursday, 15 June 2017


In the mid-1960s John Kevans regularly performed at Irish ceilidhs in Sydney, and at the Irish music sessions at Tommy Doyle's pub in Ultimo, learning from and playing alongside some of the great expatriate Irish musicians. In Canberra he collaborated with another talented young local musician, Bob McInnes, appearing as the Monaro Boys. In 1969 the Wild Colonial Boys were formed with Kevans, McInnes, Jim Fingleton (Canberra), Tony Lavin (Ireland) and Bill Morgan (Newcastle). Famed for both its music and fighting, this wild-by-name, wild-by-nature group was short-lived, yet helped establish the template, style and repertoire for what was to become the "New Bush Band" movement of the 1970s and '80s. The band had a bit part in Tony Richardson's Ned Kelly film (1969), starring Mick Jagger, and travelled to Papua New Guinea, Melbourne and regional centres. As part of a two-record deal, a Wild Colonial Boys LP was released. Kevans died aged 62 in 2005.


John "Jacko" Kevans (accordion) Bob McInnes (banjo, mandolin, fiddle, tin whistle)
Jim Fingleton (concertina, lagerphones, spoons), Tony Lavin (bush bass), Bill Morgan (guitars)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017


Alex Young (aka MC Xela) and Andrew Lane (aka AND) went to high school together in the western suburbs of Sydney where they discovered a mutual love of rap and funk. Young played bass while Lane played guitar, and both rapped as well. With a drummer named Mick Downing recruited from a local rock band, they formed Good Buddha and played a string of gigs at house parties. Downing left shortly after and was replaced by Matt Johnston, a drummer whose tastes were much more closely aligned to those of Young and Lane. He'd seen one of their shows and been so impressed that he immediately offered his services. Two producers, Pete Brennan and Sandro, joined the band next.

Unable to afford studio time the group snuck into the studio buildings Brennan had access to while he was studying to be a sound engineer and recorded their first album, 2001's Skillathon, without anyone knowing. Given the covert nature of their recording, they were unable to capture the live sound of the band exactly and were forced to rely on elements like sampled drums, which they normally eschewed. Skillathon was picked up by MGM for distribution; its first single, "Ultrasound," was popular on radio and later used on the soundtrack to the film Candy. Brennan and Sandro both left the group at the same time and Good Buddha were left to record their second album without access to either of their producers. Locking themselves away in a bedroom they created 2004's Futurhistrix, paying for everything by gigging constantly.

Young gave a copy of the finished album to Mark Walton, a DJ he knew from playing clubs, and told him that he wanted him to join the band. Obviously impressed by the album, he consented. Another DJ, Jack Prest, was added after he impressed the group at a house party he was playing. They also added Lachlan Doley, a keyboardist, and percussionist Nui Moon. With this lineup they finally had the fully combined funk/hip-hop band they'd been aiming for, so in 2007 they hired a Byron Bay recording studio for a week and laid down nothing but instrumentals. After some more touring to raise additional funds, they returned to record the vocals of what became their third album, Hit the Sky Running, which finally managed to capture the sound they had been aiming for since the beginning.


Al Young (MC, guitar), Andy Lane (MC, bass guitar), Matt Johnston (drums), Adam Cox (keyboards), Chris Gadsby (samples) Lachlan Doley (keyboards), Nui Moon (percussion)



Tuesday, 13 June 2017


The City Lights formed in Sydney in 2002. The band started as a four piece, expanded to a six piece, then went back to four before ending as a power trio before finally calling it a day in 2014. They released one single, one EP, three albums and one farewell 7″ single. They played with You Am I, Supergrass, The Dirtbombs, The Mess Hall, The Smithereens, The Breeders and Rocket Science and toured Spain twice. Their debut album was album of the week on radio 4ZZZ (Qld), 3PBS (Vic) and Triple J.


James Roden (vocals, guitar), Harry Roden (bass, vocals), Danny Allen (guitar, vocals), Kit Warhurst (drums, keyboards, vocals), Graeme Trewin (drums), Bruno Brayovic (guita), Shane Melder (drums)

Monday, 12 June 2017


Agnes Banks was formed in 1970/71 and was active till 1979, its name being taken from the suburb, just south of Richmond NSW. The group was a popular rock & roll ‘covers’ band with the ability to keep audiences up on the dance floor and as such, regularly appeared at all of Sydney’s (and surrounds) major music venues, Chequers, Stagedoor, Satchmo's etc. as well as on the 'then' highly vibrant High School and Suburban dance circuit.n They also wrote, recorded and played a lot of their own material as part of their act, but only released one single (1975) on the Marvel label (not related to the Comics), now Makeshift Music.


Allan Watt (vocals), Allan Brown (guitar), Robert Brown (bass), Peter Dudley (drums)

Sunday, 11 June 2017


Stiff Gins are an Indigenous Australian band from Sydney. They call their music "acoustic with harmonies" and are regularly compared to Tiddas. The band was formed by Emma Donovan, Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs in 1999, after meeting at the Eora Centre while studying music. The band's name uses the word gin (a derogatory word for Aboriginal woman which was also a Dharug word for woman/wife) with the word stiff to become strong black woman, a name which caused debate about use of the word gin. The band won Deadlys in 2000 for Most Promising New Talent and in 2001 for Single Release "Morning Star". They have released two albums 'Origins' in 2001 and 'Kinglis Australis' in 2005.


Nardi Simpson (acoustic guitar, vocals), Kayleena Briggs (vocals), Emma Donovan (vocals, 1997-2001)



Friday, 9 June 2017


Peabody are a four-piece rock band. Forming straight out of school in Sydney in 1994, the then three-piece Peabody ingrained themselves in the live music scene of Inner-city Sydney. Following other Sydney bands of the time, such as You Am I, the group played venues like The Landsdowne Hotel and The Iron Duke before graduating to more well known venues such as The Annandale Hotel, The Hopetoun Hotel and The Sandringham Hotel. The band recorded and self-released two early EPs but were best known for their live performances which led to the band developing a dedicated Sydney following. It was at this time that they began their association with Sydney-based independent record label Nonzero Records distributed through Shock Records. The label was founded in 2001 in order to release Bluebottle Kiss' 2002 album, "Revenge Is Slow", but had since expanded to release other local bands.

At Nonzero Records, Peabody found a label to release their records and a producer in new label-mate and Bluebottle Kiss leader, Jamie Hutchings. Despite having little experience producing other bands, Hutchings had demonstrated considerable skill for committing his own band's fearsome energy and polar dynamics to tape. ("It's wonderful to see that the dynamics and atmospheres this band can invoke in a live situation can translate so utterly successfully to a recorded medium", wrote critic Craig New of Bluebottle Kiss in 2002). That being the skill Peabody required from a producer, the relationship proved successful for both parties. The resulting effort was 2003's "Professional Againster" (the name taken from the title of a New Bomb Turks song), a raw, solid and succinct example of what Peabody were best known for - energetic rock that sounded like the wheels were about to fall off, but never quite did.

Once again teaming up with producer Jamie Hutchings and engineer Dave Trump (The Church, Big Heavy Stuff) Peabody recorded their second LP, "The New Violence". The 2005 release proved to be a more slanted and diverse offering, showcasing the musical literacy of principal songwriter, Ben Chamie. "The New Violence shows a darker side to the group, with songs that are still well crafted yet less immediate", wrote critic Mark Nielsen. The commercial single, "Got You On My Radar" featuring guest vocals from Sarah Blasko, reached No. 13 on the AIR charts. Mid way through 2006 drummer Graeme Trewin announced his departure from the band and later that year Jared Harrison - who also played with Bluebottle Kiss - was named as his replacement. Early in 2007 Tristan Courtney-Prior joined the band as a second guitarist.

In June 2007, Peabody's third album, Prospero, was recorded, again produced by Jamie Hutchings. The first single The Devil For Sympathy was released in September and the album was released in October 2008. In May 2010, Peabody's self-produced fourth album, Loose Manifesto, was recorded by Tim Kevin and released on the band's own label Peabrain Recordings through MGM Distribution in October 2010. Peabody have toured with bands such as the Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, Spiderbait, 78 Saab and Dallas Crane, and performed at the Big Day Out, Homebake and Livid festivals.


Bruno Brayovic (vocals guitar) Ben Chamie (bass) Tristan Courtney-Prior (guitar) Jared Harrison (drums) Graeme Trewin (drums)



Wednesday, 7 June 2017


Tourettes are an Australian heavy metal band, founded in January 2000 by Ross Empson, Michele Madden, Ashley Manning and Michael Quigley. Their style has been described as "a mixture of hardcore, nu-metal and other elements to create an apoplectic and eclectic noise." Live, the band combines performance with visual elements, which has earned them a loyal fanbase (dubbed as "SikFuks"). They have played at festivals such as Big Day Out and Wacken Open Air, as well as shows in the United States and Canada. The band provided backing vocals on the Strapping Young Lad album Alien.

During 2005 the group undertook a tour of the US, Madden described how, "I wanted to see what such a media sanitized market would do with a band like us so it was pretty cool to watch. A LOT of jaws hit the floor. Played some ace shows and I can't wait to go back and do it again." While there they recorded their album, Sicksense (October 2006), for which they used the band name, Tourettes Syndrome. For their next album they reverted to Tourettes and delivered, Treason Songs (October 2007). Thomas Nielsen of Power of Metal rated it at 89/100 and opined that "the experimentation is less evident although still present. Apart from the last three tracks, the album conveys a teeth-grinding, mean sounding Tourettes, full of spite and weltschmerz." Rockezine's Frank M assessed it at 3/10 and noticed "this is easily one of the most dreadful albums of the year. It all hinges towards death metal this time around. Of course the compulsory Swedish bits here and there are in place and furthermore they tend to really stink up the disc with some dire cliché metalcore bits." The band finished up in 2008.


Michele Madden (vocals), Ashley Manning (guitar), Ross Empson (bass), Michael Quigley (drums)



Tuesday, 6 June 2017


Cuthbert and the Nightwalkers were a Sydney ten piece pop band. The band included five backup singer which gave the group a kind of Polyphonic Spree vibe. Richie Cuthbert was the brainchild of the group, and his songs, at their core, are indie-folk tunes, with lyrics that tell a story (Bob Dylan is listed as an influence) and music that’s heavy on melody. They released two albums and were winners of a Triple J Unearthed competition.


Richie Cuthbert (vocals, guitar), Brendan Walsh (bass), Dan Rooney (drums), Dan Bishton (percussion, synthesizer), Irena Tasevska (keyboards, vocals), Lauren McKinnon (vocals, melodica), Giulia Polito (vocals, whistle), Lindsey Chapman (vocals, claps), Natalie Martin (vocals), Amy Harris (vocals)

Monday, 5 June 2017


Modular Lounge formed in Sydney around 2004.  The band were a four-piece with sisters Sophie and Greer Turner sharing guitars and vocals. They did hundreds of shows playing everywhere from venues on stages made out of milk crates, to performing in front of over 8000 people at the Entertainment Centre.  Their music has been described as everything from melodic pop to indie rock. The unique qualities of siblings harmonising is a dramatic contrast to their crunching interweaving guitars. Modular Lounge released their first single Martin Place (taken from their debut album) on September 16th (2006). Martin Place was given Release of the Week on iTunes on September 12th, and the clip was added to Channel V where it is received strong support from viewers. The bands debut album 'nightwise' was produced by Dave 'Duck' Barraclough and Andrew Beck (whose production credits include Grinspoon, Epicure and Mental As Anything). The band received both a Contemporary Music Touring Grant and a grant from MusicNSW (to tour remote regional NSW) to get them around the country. They have played with the likes of Magic Dirt, The Whitlams, Missy Higgins, End of Fashion, Red Riders, Thirsty Merc, Fur Patrol, Sarah McLeod, 67 Special & The Mess Hall.


Greer Turner (guitar, vocals), Sophie Turner (guitar, vocals), Jesse Delaney (bass)
Kai Chambers (drums) Benjamin Dartnell (bass), Gustav Lindstrom (drums)



Sunday, 4 June 2017


The McMenamins are a brother and sister duo: Fleur McMenamin (vocals, guitar, piano) and Simon McMenamin (violin, mandolin, banjo, harmonies), drawing on alt country and folk influences, using honeyed vocal harmonies with mandolin and violin driven instrumentals to deliver original acoustic music. Their unique style ranges from storytelling within intimate and sensitive soundscapes to high energy folk which delights audiences time after time. It was back in 2005 when they recorded their debut album and wrapped up their first national tour opening for Missy Higgins which entered them into the consciousness of the masses performing to crowds of thousands in large outdoor stadiums. The duo then went on to be shortlisted in the 2006 APRA Professional Development Awards (PDAs). The film clip of the single 'How It Is' was in the top 5 video finalists of the 2006 Music OZ Awards and the same song went on to win a 2007 Q Song Award and was in the finals of the 2007 IMAs (Independent Music Awards).

In 2007 The McMenamins toured Queensland opening for The Waifs and their song 'The Last Rain' was shortlisted in the 2009 American Blackbird Song Contest. Previous to their recent Americana and Folk Alliance Showcases The McMenamins have performed showcases at Canadian Music Week in Toronto and Big Sound in Brisbane. In Sept/Oct 2011 they played three weeks of shows in Oregon, Texas and Tennessee. Feb / March 2012 saw them perform an Official Showcase in Memphis at the Folk Alliance International Conference followed by a week of shows in Austin Texas, including College Shows, Major TV appearances, Radio and University Events. In 2011 The McMenamins song "Umbrella Town" won a Queensland Music Award, their Second Award and Fifth Nomination and they also won the "Folk & Country" category of the OzSong International Songwriting Competition with their song "63 Years". Gaining some great reviews and widespread airplay on ABC Radio and community stations with their third album 'Long Time Gone', their two tours of the US, and a string of major Australian festival and tour dates in 2010 - 11.

After securing funding support from State and Federal Government for their fourth album 'Sand and Stone' their national tour included two performances at 2013 Bluesfest Byron Bay as 2012 had turned out to be a very busy and successful year for the duo. After returning from the US they performed at The Queensland Music Awards Ceremony and a showcase at Bigsound in Brisbane. Their festival dates include Woodford Folk Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Nannup Music Festival, Festival of the Sun, Peats Ridge, Tablelands Folk Festival, Sydney's The Great Escape and most recently Byron Bay Bluesfest. They have supported the likes of Angus & Julia Stone, The Waifs, Missy Higgins, Sarah Blasko, Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz, Toni Childs, Tim Rogers, Lior, Bertie Blackman, Kate Miller-Heidke, Jez, Ash Grunwald, Jen Cloher, Deborah Conway, & Serena Ryder.



Saturday, 3 June 2017


John O'Donnell was born in Sydney and studied at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music in Sydney and the University of Durham. Since performing the complete organ works of Bach in 1974 he has enjoyed an international reputation as an organist and harpsichordist, and with the performance of the complete harpsichord works of Bach in 1985 followed by the first Australian performance of the newly discovered Neumeister Chorales he became the first person ever to perform Bach's total keyboard output (twenty-nine recitals in all). In 1985 he was appointed Music Director of the Tudor Choristers of Melbourne, and in 1990 founded Ensemble Gombert, a choir of sixteen voices devoted primarily to the music of the High Renaissance.

Whilst a senior lecturer in musicology at the University of Melbourne, he published a number of articles on performance practice and has recently prepared an edition of the complete keyboard works of Johann Caspar Kerll and has completed a monograph on High Renaissance musica ficta. His performances abroad have included several recitals in Europe and ten tours of North America. He has also served on the jury of national and international competitions in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Germany.



Friday, 2 June 2017


Laura Jean Englert is a musician from Melbourne, Victoria who performs as Laura Jean. She is known for her classically inspired folk songs, often using a range of orchestral instruments. She garnered much critical acclaim for her debut album, Our Swan Song, receiving high rotational support from community and alternative radio stations such as Triple J. She received high exposure when Snow Patrol, fans of her, asked her to sing Martha Wainwright's part in the song Set the Fire to the Third Bar during their two Australian tours in 2007. Her second album, Eden Land, was released on 1 March 2008 in Australia. In August, Laura Jean 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 Laura Jean and Conway were Elana Stone, Liz Stringer and Dianna Corcoran – they performed their own and each other's songs. Laura Jean's third album, A Fool Who'll, was selected as album of the week by Melbourne radio station 3RRR for the week of 29 August 2011.



Thursday, 1 June 2017


Matthew Doyle is a professional musician (Didgeridoo player, singer, and composer) dancer, choreographer and teacher. He is descendant of the Muruwari Aboriginal nation from northwest NSW and is also of Irish heritage. Matthew joined the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) in 1985, where he completed an Associate Diploma in dance. He then freelanced as a dancer and didgeridoo player, teaching and performing in schools, universities and various arts and cultural festivals. Matthew danced with the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre (ADIT) Company from 1991 to 1993, touring nationally and internationally and was the Artist in Residence for the Department of School Education in Sydney. Matthew formed his own company Wuruniri Music & Dance which is made up of a group of professional musicians and dancers presenting traditional and contemporary performances. Matthew has composed original music for TV and Video documentaries. Artist's he has and continues to work with include Bangarra Dance Theatre, Michael Atherton, Coloured Stone, Tony Lewis, Riley Lee, Synergy, Taikoz, Colin Offord and Dale Barlow. He has recorded 4 albums of his own and appears on many others.

Some highlights of Matthew’s performing career include: The Closing Ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, playing a piece by Australian composer Ross Edwards ‘dawn mantras’ on top of the sails of the Sydney Opera House for the worldwide millennium broadcast - ABC TV, choreographing part of the indigenous section of the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the 2000 Olympics, playing with Riley Lee (Shakuhachi) and Kim Duk Soo Samul Nori in Seoul Korea for the Opening Ceremony Rugby World Cup Sydney 2003, playing in Athens, Greece with international group of musicians and singers for the Olympic Games cultural Olympiad and playing at the 2006 World Expo in Nagoya, Japan. Matthew and the Wuruniri group have performed for many of the elite functions in Sydney and nationally, such as the National Sorry Day, the APEC conference in 2007, the Pope’s visit and were involved in the World Youth Day Celebrations in 2009. Matthew can also be heard on the soundtrack of the Baz Luhrmann movie ‘Australia’.



Wednesday, 31 May 2017


Leanna Maree "Max" Sharam was born in Benalla, Australia in 1969. She grew up near Beaufort about 160 km west of Melbourne and studied classical singing and the electronic organ from an early age and was one of the four girl sopranos in pink frocks singing in The Sounds of Sunday Massed Choir in Ballarat Uniting Church, conducted by Musical Director W. H. Keith Young (M.B.E), which was recorded and televised weekly for BTV Channel 6. Following her graduation from arts college, with a major in Behavioural Science, Max moved to Europe. Max spent several years traveling around Europe where she initially made a living from busking. Sharam while based in Rome, Italy was part of a bohemian community of artists that included Kurt Wenner known for his groundbreaking street art.

Whilst performing in Florence, Italy, Carlo Picone RAI news journalist and producer invited her to audition for Forza Venite Gente, a popular Italian rock opera, starring Oreste Lionello, for which she landed a lead role. The musical toured across Europe for two years. Other Italian Theatre productions engaged her, including Kolbe directed by Polish film director – Krzysztof Zanussi and Tadeaus Bradecki. She received the Star of the Year award at Genoa's Cole Porter Festival, recorded and released a dance extended play, "I'm Occupied". Her story was documented in an Italian television program, La Ragazza con la Chitarra ("Girl with the Guitar"), shown on RAI TV. Sharam spent a year in Japan studying Taiko drums and fronting a Japanese band Climax based in Hiroshima before returning to Australia where she worked as a stand-up comedian – performing regularly on the Sydney Comedy Circuit with the likes of Adam Hills, Kitty Flanagan, Paul Livingstone (Flacco), Wil Anderson, Mark Trevorrow (Bob Downe), Vince Sorrenti and Judith Lucy. She also appeared on Red Faces, Hey Hey it`s Saturday TV.

Max started a number of small-time Sydney bands, Minx and 'Gaudi', and performed regularly in an all electronica outfit, Fleshworld. In 1992, Sharam performed her self-penned song "Coma" on the television talent show New Faces, reaching the finals and attracting the attention of a number of record companies. Soon after, under the banner of Max Sharam: The Sounds of Sirens, she was performing regular sell-out solo acoustic shows at Kinselas nightclub in Darlinghurst. Sharam subsequently secured a recording contract with Warner Music Australia in 1994, which issued her debut EP, "Coma", in October – produced by Daniel Denholm and Nick Mainsbridge – with the song peaking at No. 14 on the ARIA Singles Chart during February 1995 and was voted the eighth most popular song on radio station, Triple J's Hottest 100 of 1994. Her debut album, A Million Year Girl, was released in 1995 and achieved gold accreditation and reached No. 9 in the ARIA Albums Chart

At the ARIA Music Awards of 1995 Sharam was nominated in eight categories, losing to Tina Arena and Silverchair, but winning "Best Cover Artwork" for the album with Dominic O'Brien. It provided two more Top 40 singles, "Be Firm" (No. 25 in June) and "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" (a cover of Melanie Safka's song, which reached No. 36 in November). Her fourth single, "Is It OK If I Call You Mine?", a cover written by Paul McCrane for the film Fame, was released in February 1996 but peaked outside the top 100. After several subsequent sell-out national tours, Sharam disappeared from the Australian mainstream music scene moving to Los Angeles for several years. Sharam re-appeared in Channel 9's TV documentary Dream Factory, shot in Los Angeles.

In 2000 Max moved to Manhattan, New York where she continued to write. She wrote and staged her first one-woman show, MadmoselleMax, for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In January 2005, she performed "Butterfly Suicide" at the Hong Kong Fringe Festival. The one-woman P'Opera (a "Virtual Variety/Multi Media Musical") featured the misadventures of "ill Soprano", a highly-strung opera diva who takes to the streets at night singing. Sharam performed and produced the music for 2006 AFI award winning documentary Forbidden Lie$ and in 2007 wrote, performed and produced the closing credit song for Expired, a movie starring Samantha Morton, Jason Patric, Ileana Douglas and Teri Garr. In 2008 Sharam continued to tread new ground and experiment with platforms, creating video performance based art. She was invited to join the New York Foundation for the Arts, a not-for-profit arts organization, panel for Video Art. In February 2009, she returned to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with her show Songs and Stories from My Suitcase and followed it up with another more experimental production ″Bushpygmalian″ which featured Max's animated artworks in a semi-autobiographical tale.

In 2011 Max was named as a finalist in the APRA Professional Development Awards and in 2013 The Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition. Sharam also created the music and sound design for the play Anaconda, which won 'Best Original Play' at Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2012. Sharam was twice recipient of the Ballhausen Pipe Organ Scholarship (2016/17) and commenced work on original compositions for Pipe Organ. She was also selected to participate in a Memoir Writing Mentorship Program through City of Melbourne Library and performed her written word work at the Melbourne Writers Festival. In addition she was invited to join the panel of Creative Victoria in the area of Music Theatre and Performance. In 2012, Sharam launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds to record new work with Grammy Award-winning producer Malcolm Burn. The new EP, Hysteria (The Gods Envy) "songs thematically linked – stories of young girls/women crashing through the safety net of society",was scheduled for an independent release in 2014. In 2014 Max supported Cyndi Lauper on Lauper's 'She's So Unusual' 30th Anniversary Tour. In June, 2017 Max's performance art will be part of an exhibit in Fabrik der Künste in Hamburg, Germany.



Tuesday, 30 May 2017


Gerry Joe Weise (born 1959) is a guitarist, singer and songwriter, from Sydney, who has performed in various countries around the world. He has released solo albums on the Blues Breaking Records label: Blues Gone Wild (2016), Stormy Sydney 20th Anniversary (2014), Live And Proud (2012), Live Blues World Tour (2011), Blues Down Under (2009), Sydney Paris Blues (2005), Bushman Boogie Deluxe (1999), Bushman Boogie (1998), Live in Paris (1994); also on the same label are the official singles: Blue Concerto For Orchestra (Slide Guitar And Violin) (2016), Blues for Gary Moore (2011). In 2016 the Australian Blues Rock magazine had written about the track Inside-Looking Out, from the Blues Gone Wild album: "the Eric Burdon song performed by Weise's soulful vocals and exciting adventurous guitar playing, intertwining with Juma Sultan's congas and percussion; they twine the threads of blues for our future!".

Weise's guitar style is blues fused with rock and jazz. He has performed at numerous blues and jazz festivals: 1994 Cognac Blues Passions Festival, 1996 30th Commemoration of the first Jimi Hendrix Experience Concert with guest Noel Redding, 1999 Jazz and Blues Festival Leognan, 2008 Santa Maria Blues Festival Azores, 2009 Grosses Guitares Festival Vaugneray, 2009 Scottsdale Art Fest Arizona USA, 2010 Blues en VO Festival Paris, 2012 Presqu'ile Blues Festival Ambialet, 2013 Hookrock Festival Diepenbeek Belgium, 2013 Unhate Festival Paris with band member Juma Sultan, 2014 Gardenstock Festival Dixon Illinois USA with band member Juma Sultan, 2014 Blues on Broadbeach Festival Australia.



Monday, 29 May 2017


Mississippi Shakedown is a four-piece unit led by blues charged slide guitar, with a "Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus" attitude! With influence from the deep south, these guys have heart. This band was not created to play in a restaurant. Fronted by Mississippi Jeff Cripps, three times Australian Blues Music Awards: Producer Of The Year on slide guitar the band has released five albums all of original music. They have played at the Goulburn, Thredbo, Launceston, Newcastle, Forth Valley, Junee, Gosford, Davistown and Sydney Blues Festivals, and hundreds of gigs in Sydney, Perth, Tasmania, Canberra and the East Coast.


Jeff Cripps (vocals, slide guitar) Wayne Leffler (Mandolin, Harp, Guitar) John Gannon (bass)
Derek Smith (drums)



Sunday, 28 May 2017


Formed in 2006, King Farook quickly earned a reputation on the Sydney scene as a must-see live act. They released their debut album “Land of the Horny” in 2007 and went on to perform at various festivals and industry awards ceremonies, and were also nominated for Urban and Artist of the Year categories at MusicOz. Proclaimed on magazine covers as the "Next Big Things", they were honoured when joined onstage by legendary drummer John Blackwell (Prince, Justin Timberlake) at the launch of their single "Zabbadouai". In 2008 they toured extensively with 76 shows in 24 weeks and won the Alternative category at MusicOz. After appearing at the 2009 MTV Awards, a short-lived breakup was announced but have triumphantly returned to the Sydney scene.


Schiff (drums, vocals), Noogie (vocals), JayCee (keyboards, saxophone, vocals),
Mori (guitar, vocals), Dauno (bass)



Saturday, 27 May 2017


Candy and Mandy were very popular in the late 50s early 60s. Their real names were Daphne Kerr-Driscoll (Candy) and Lillian Safargy (Mandy). They were US showgirls in Las Vegas when Lee Gordon (American entrepreneur and rock and roll promoter who worked extensively in Australia in the late 1950s and early 1960s) asked them to come with him to Australia and record. They initially began as The Lee sisters. Johnny O’Keefe coached them and then they changed their names to Candy and Mandy. Their first Lee Gordon Big Show was the Johnnie Ray Show in 1959. They made three records for Rex Records in 1960 and 1961, and one EP.

Friday, 26 May 2017


Barry Ernest Conyngham, AM, (born 27 August 1944) is an Australian composer and academic. He has over seventy published works and over thirty recordings featuring his compositions, and his works have been premiered or performed in Australia, Japan, North and South America, the United Kingdom and Europe. His output is largely for orchestra, ensemble or dramatic forces. He is an Emeritus Professor of both the University of Wollongong and Southern Cross University. He is currently Dean of the Faculty of the VCA and Music at the University of Melbourne.



Thursday, 25 May 2017


Ides of Space came into existence somewhere around the turn of the millennium in Sydney. After a spluttering false start or two, the band released an EP, First Translated in 1965, on the now defunct Sydney label Quietly Suburban. The recording received rave reviews, solid airplay in Australia, and filtered overseas to several sympathetic ears. By 2001, Ides were recording their second domestic EP, We Have Nowhere to Be, the majority of which was coupled with the debut to form an album that was released in the U.S on Better Looking Records, Japan on Painted Sky Discs, and Sweden on Kasual Recordings. This compilation of sorts, There Are No New Clouds, was again well received. Epitonic described the band's sound by asking its readers to imagine perhaps, if The Go Betweens had formed not in the wake of the punk and New Wave explosion, but instead in the wake of early '90s U.K. shoegazer and U.S. lo-fi college rock, and you get darn close to the joy of Ides of Space. 

Alternative Press heard "10 stunning tracks", the All Music Guide noted that the presence of " Guitars, boyish multi-part harmonies good old-fashioned hooks" and Pitchfork stated that the way they play and write, it's hard to believe they've only been together for two years. The melodies are well developed and the playing is technically flawless, yet rough enough to sound real.On the back of touring the U.S. tours with the likes of The Gloria Record, Her Space Holiday, Despericidoes, and The Special Goodness, and Australia with Trans Am, Preston School of Industry, Art of Fighting and Knievel, these recordings reached #3 on the Australian AIR charts and 28 on the CMJs. The band then retreated with producer Wayne Connolly (Underground Lovers, Youth Group, The Vines) to record its follow-up LP, 'Sleeping Fractures' released on Better Looking Records in 2004. 


Patrick Haid (vocals, guitar), Mark Ayoub (guitar), Dave The (bass), Martin Barker (keyboards), Anthony The (drums)