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Mon, 23 June 2014


Filed under: CD Launches — site admin @ 7:57 pm


With 2013 seeing the release of not one but three huge singles, a tour of Australia and Asia singing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as a part of ‘The Reef’, as well as sold out shows in Melbourne and Sydney for his debut Delsinki Records EP tour, one can forgive Delsinki Records for having a week or two off… but in the words of the man himself “moustache wax isn’t cheap.”
Now one could argue about that statement for quite some time, but there is no argument from fans when it comes to last years releases of “In Over My Head”, “Sanchez” and “Burnt Out by the Light” (the touching tribute to friend and beloved musician Sonny Lewis), Delsinki Records is on a hot streak.
Saddling up again with producer Cameron McKenzie they have hit the ground running this year with the release of “Tokyo Rose” (a song inspired by Iva Toguri D’Aquino who famously transmitted radio broadcasts from Japan designed to deflate the morale of Allied troops during WWII).
“Simplify Me to the Villain” was shot by multi award winning photographer Jon Frank (who was Director of Photography on The Reef) and asks if it’s easier to write off someone as a bad guy rather than listen to both sides of the story - a cautionary tale in this era of “goodies and baddies” in Australian politics? Maybe.
June 25th 2014 finds Delsinki Records collaborating with varying artists including Jon Frank, Ginger Snaps (Shibari bondage artist), body art performers painted by Annabelle Scarlett, as well as dark comic artist Mike Foxall for a veritable feast of the senses at the brand new Ministry of Art in St Kilda.
This feast for the senses will feature digitally projected images of Delsinki Records clips to entice the viewer in, then a live body art meets music fusion, incorporating a full band and four fluid moving “bodies” of art.

June tour dates TBA.

350 Years of Underwear in Fashion

Filed under: Fine Arts, General — site admin @ 7:55 pm

Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion
Fashion’s hidden history will be revealed in this new international exhibition that explores the history of private and intimate clothing.
Organised by the world’s leading museum of art and design, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Undressed: 350 years of underwear in fashion will be launched in Australia at Bendigo Art Gallery on 19 July.
Featuring more than 80 garments from the V&A’s extensive collection of underwear, most not seen before, the exhibition explores underwear’s function in decorating and manipulating the body.


Hey Gringo Mike Rudd Neale Johns CD launch

Filed under: acoustic music, roots music, blues music, folk music, Gigs, CD Launches, General — site admin @ 7:51 pm

Hey Gringo Best Of album jumps into the AUSTRALIAN BLUES & ROOTS CHARTS at No. 16 :-)
Album Available online @ www.heygringo.net or RECORDS ETCETERA High St (Thornbury) & BASEMENT DISCS CITY

Upcoming Gigs:

SUNDAY 22 JULY - WILD THYME CAFE : 3391 Warburton Hwy, Warburton - solo 2-5PM Free Great Sunday Arvo Drive….& Meals

THURSDAY 26 JUNE- MR BOOGIEMAN BAR - 160 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford Daryl Roberts & Dean Haitani 7:30PM hAPPY hR 7pm $10



SUNDAY 13 - 1-3PM 106.7PBS FM JUKE JOINT INTERVIEW with Matthew Fredericks

250 HIGH STREET, NORTHCOTE http://wesleyanne.com.au/
8-11PM ONLY $10 Entry (Be Early)


Into the Mystic Van Morrison Birthday Tour

Filed under: acoustic music, Irish music, blues music, folk music, Tours, Gigs, General — site admin @ 7:48 pm

Into The Mystic Van Morrison Birthday Tour
As promised, here is a link for all booking details and be warned some venues are selling really fast!
Looking forward to seeing you again soon!


• Sunday July 27th Devonport Jazz TAS
• Friday August 1st Wonderland Spiegeltent Docklands VIC
• Saturday August 2nd Flying Saucer Club Elsternwick VIC
• Saturday August 9th Yarraville Club VIC
• Saturday August 16th Knox Community Arts Centre VIC
• Sunday August 17th Torquay Bowls Club VIC
• Saturday August 23rd Sale Performing Arts Centre VIC
• Friday August 29th Brisbane Irish Club QLD
• Saturday August 30th Ormond Hall St Kilda Road Melbourne VIC
• Saturday September 6th Southern Peninsula Arts Centre Rosebud VIC
• Friday September 12th Caravan Music Club Oakleigh VIC
• Saturday October 4th Carnegie Hall Carnegie VIC

Acoustic Guitar Spectacular

Filed under: acoustic music, roots music, blues music, Live Music Venues, Gigs, folk music, General — site admin @ 7:45 pm

Hi everybody,
A first notice for the annual “Acoustic Guitar Spectacular” with myself, Michael Fix and Paul Wookey.
The date : Saturday August 16th , 8pm
The venue: The Thornbury Theatre, 859 High Street Thornbury
The cost : $25.00
I do hope you can make this terrific annual event!
Have a think about your numbers and we can reserve seats and tables. This year it’s in the upstairs grand room so the sound and seating is exceptional!

Nick Charles

Fri, 13 June 2014

Yarra Hotel PBS OB

Filed under: roots music, pop music, rock music, Gigs, General — site admin @ 10:40 am

To celebrate the return of the City of Yarra’s annual live music festival ‘Leaps and Bounds’ in 2014, PBS will be broadcasting live from the Yarra Hotel on Thursday, 10th July.
The live broadcast will once again feature PBS’ longest running program Acid Country (Thursdays 3-5pm), which is hosted by none other than this year’s Yarra’s Citizen of the Year recipient David Heard.
This very special two-hour episode will once again showcase some of Heardy’s picks including Mick Thomas, Charles Jenkins and Ruby Boots playing live from the Yarra Hotel and straight to the airwaves for both punters and listeners to enjoy live.
The broadcast kicks off at 3pm sharp and goes through until 5pm. Head down to the The Yarra and catch the show in person or tune into PBS 106.7FM to hear all of the action on your dial.
Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is proudly presented by City of Yarra, Music Victoria, Beat Magazine & PBS 106.7 FM with the support of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

7th Annual The Songs of Our Lives Benefit Concert LA

Filed under: Fundraising, Festivals & Major Events, Gigs — site admin @ 10:26 am

Grammy and EMMY winning composer, Charles Fox, and the Fulfillment Fund is proud to announce that Freda Payne as well as Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence (Formerly of The Supremes) have been added to the program, which currently includes David Crosby, on June 7th for “The Songs Of Our Lives.”As previously reported, Charles Fox and Friends Present the 7th annual “The Songs Of Our Lives” Concert to Benefit the Fulfillment Fund In a Tribute to Two Legendary Songwriters: LAMONT DOZIER & DAVID CROSBYSOOLWHO/WHAT: The Fulfillment Fund is proud to announce the 7th Annual “The Songs of Our Lives” concert, which will pay special tribute to the songs of internationally acclaimed Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, songwriter Lamont Dozier and the legendary Songwriter’s Hall of Famer, two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, singer-songwriter, David Crosby. “

The Fulfillment Fund: Serving the Los Angeles community for 37 years, the Fulfillment Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities. For more information, please visit www.fulfillment.org.

The Songs of Our Lives” is a benefit concert showcasing award-winning songwriters performing the hit songs they have written over the course of their career. The Songs of Our Lives provides a unique opportunity to experience these pieces as the songwriter envisioned them. The intimate setting of this event gives guests the chance to be up close and personal with these artists. Award-winning songwriter Charles Fox, a longtime Fulfillment Fund board member along with his wife Joan Fox, created “The Songs of Our Lives” as an opportunity to combine entertainment and philanthropy in a meaningful way to support the Fulfillment Fund’s important work in the community. Songwriters who have participated in The Songs of Our Lives include Academy and Grammy Award winning songwriters such as Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Hal David, Mac Davis, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, David Foster, Steve Karmen, Jerry Leiber, Kenny Loggins, Barry Mann, Alan Rich, Mike Stoller, Cynthia Weil, Paul Williams, Bill Withers, and many others.

WHERE: The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Bl. Beverly Hills, CA
WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014, 8:00 PM Concert
TICKETS: Levels: Benefactor – $5,000 / Sponsor – $2,500 / Premium – $500 /
Individual – $300 / Balcony – $150

Lamont Dozier: The legendary, Grammy-award winning music master and one third of the songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland. He has indelibly impacted pop music for five decades. Dozier is one of BMI’s most honored songwriters with over fifty-four #1 hits for such legendary artists as the Supremes, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and many others. As part of the legendary songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland, Lamont penned such legendary songs as “Baby I Need Your Loving” (9 million performances), “Baby Love” 4 million performances), “How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You),” “I Hear a Symphony.” “It’s the Same Old Song,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)” “Where Did Our Love Go,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.”

After signing to Berry Gordy’s hometown Motown label, the Sound of Young America, in 1962 as a triple threat, Artist, Producer and Songwriter. An inductee to both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and, the 2009 recipient of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame’s most coveted award, The Johnny Mercer Award for lifetime achievement, Dozier continues to push the envelope. Lamont Dozier continues to work with the best of the latest generation of artists, including Kanye West, Joss Stone, Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, members of the Black-Eyed Peas, Solange Knowles and popular Grammy Award winning producer, Mark Ronson. One of Lamont’s proudest accomplishments is having been awarded the 2007 Thornton Legacy Award through the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. USC/Thornton also created a Lamont Dozier Scholarship in perpetuity for their students. Lamont is presently serving as an Artist In Residence Professor at USC/Thornton where is he actively involved in the new Popular Music Major, which is the first program of its kind in the country.

David Crosby: The Iconic singer-songwriter and social justice activist is a two time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, inducted as a member of both the folk-rock band The Byrds – with whom he first rose to stardom – and the Woodstock era-defining group Crosby, Stills & Nash. Crosby began his career as a folksinger, playing clubs and coffeehouses nationwide. Back in L.A. in ’63, Crosby formed The Byrds with Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke, winning widespread recognition for his songwriting and charismatic presence. Driven by hits including “Eight Miles High,” “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” and a cover of Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” The Byrds’ signature electric folk-rock influenced countless musicians to come. Crosby left The Byrds in 1967 to embark on a lifelong collaboration with Graham Nash and Stephen Stills. Renowned for vocal harmonies, stellar musicianship and timeless songs, Crosby, Stills, & Nash (CSN) have been called “the voice of a generation,” and were GRAMMY-honored in 1969 as Best New Artist. The trio’s self-titled debut album introduced classics including the Crosby-penned tracks “Guinnevere” and “Wooden Ships”-today, it is included on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Crosby continues to tour and record with CSN, as well as with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and as a duo with Graham Nash. As a solo artist, Crosby debuted with the 1971 masterpiece If Only I Could Remember My Name, recently reissued as a two-disc set featuring a 5.1 mix, video footage, and other bonuses. David Crosby also performs and records with CPR, the jazz-flavored trio he formed in 1995 with his son James Raymond and Jeff Pevar. Crosby is also the author of three books including Stand and Be Counted: Making Music, Making History/The Dramatic Story of the Artists and Causes That Changed America, which underscores his commitment to social activism, and belief that artists and musicians are potent agents for change. Crosby’s two autobiographical volumes are Long Time Gone and Since Then: How I Survived Everything And Lived To Tell About It.

The summer of 2014 marks several 50th anniversaries connected with the evening: in 1964 the writing team of Holland-Dozier-Holland had an incredible run with three number one hits (“Where Did our Love Go”, “Baby Love,” and “Come See about Me”), the band the Byrds was formed with the nucleus of Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark and David Crosby, (the Byrds would become universally recognized as one of the most influential bands of the 60′s); and especially important to the Fulfillment Fund and its students, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed.

Event creator, Charles Fox, Fox is a Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Inductee and has composed the music for over 100 motion pictures and television films. For television he wrote the theme songs and scores for such iconic TV series, such as “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Wonder Woman,” “Love Boat,” and “Love, American Style” (for which he won 2 Emmy Awards for best song and best score).

His hit songs include the Grammy Award winning song, “Killing me Softly With His Song” that earned him the Grammy Award for best song as performed by Roberta Flack. That record also won the Grammy Award for Best Record of the Year and 20 years later the song became a worldwide hit again with the Fugees recording of it. His songs written in collaboration with Paul Williams, Norman Gimbel, Hal David, Bob Crewe, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Sammy Cahn, Carly Simon and other great lyricists have been recorded by such diverse artists as Lena Horne, Fred Astaire, The Fugees, Roberta Flack, Jim Croce, Barry Manilow, Goldie Hawn, Luther Vandross, The Boston Pops, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Carly Simon and Tito Puente and hundreds of others around the world. Charles has also composed ballets for The San Francisco Ballet, the Dance Theater of Harlem, and the Smuin Ballet, and the oratorio, “Lament And Prayer,” based on the words of Pope John Paul II. He conducted the premiere performance at the Warsaw Opera House with the Poland National Opera Company in August 2009. Subsequently, he was commissioned by the Polish government to compose a new work honoring the 200th birthday of Chopin.

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