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Thu, 2 July 2015

Owen Campbell EP Launch Tour

Filed under: blues music, CD Launches, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 10:02 am

Owen Campbell
In the Shadow of the Greats - EP Launch Tour

Blues artist Owen Cambell is thrilled to announce the release of his latest EP “In the Shadow Of the Greats”, a collection of acoustic covers and previously unreleased originals that have held pride of place in Campbell’s repertoire for many years.
Springsteen, Waits, Van Morrison and The Beatles get the Owen Campbell treatment, and will all be getting an airing on the accompanying tour which takes in the east coast this July.

Says Campbell of the new release:

“They are the heathen kings of old which all cast a long shadow over these modern times and continue to shine a light, even after all these years.
In some way this is an offering to them, a meagre acoustic shrine to celebrate them once more.”

Ever the international traveller, Campbell is following up this tour with a trip to record and tour with Devon Allman, son of Greg of Allman Brothers fame.

In the Shadow of the Greats is available in store and online from July 3rd.

“One of the world’s most talented slide guitar players” - Argus News Ireland

“The man was on fire, this is a seasoned musician…” - Sydney Morning Herald

“Campbell plays the slide guitar like an angel on the harp; with confidence, purity and a shot glass in hand.“ - Vulture Magazine

www.owencampbellmusic.com

Media Contact:
Scott Nicholson
E: scott.nicholson@killerbgroup.com
M: 0411 478 766

In The Shadow of The Greats - Tour Dates

Thursday 2 July
The Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD
9:00pm, Free Entry

Friday 3 July
Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
8:30pm, Free Entry

Saturday 4 July
Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna, QLD
1:00pm, Free entry

Sunday 5 July
Toowoomba Blues Club, Toowoomba, QLD
Norville Hotel
5:00pm, Free entry

Thursday 9 July
Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
9:30pm, Free entry

Friday 10 July
The Homestead, Hobart, TAS
8:30pm, $10 - tickets at the door

Saturday 11 July
Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
8:00pm, $20 - tickets at the door or (03) 6424 2286

Sunday 12 July
Davey’s Hotel, Frankston, VIC
2:30pm, Free entry

Tuesday 14 July
Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
9:00pm, Free entry

Friday 17 July
Commercial Hotel Milton NSW
9:00pm, Free entry

Saturday 18 July
Club Jervis, Jervis Bay, NSW
8:00pm, Free entry

Sunday 19 July
Towradgi Beach Hotel, Towradgi, NSW
3:30pm, Free entry

Ben Salter Darling James Emily Ulman Duo

At The Tote
FRIDAY 31 JULY
band room | 8:00pm | $20 door / $18 presales
BEN SALTER & BAND ‘The Stars My Destination’ Album Launch
DARLING JAMES
EMILY ULMAN DUO
TOM REDWOOD
“I firmly believe Ben Salter to be one of Australia’s best singers, and if I weren’t so god-damn competitive, one of its best songwriters as well.” - Tim Rogers

Acclaimed Australian singer songwriter Ben Salter is set to release his second album, The Stars My Destination on May 8 via ABC/Universal Music. The follow up to 2011’s debut The Cat, The Stars My Destination was recorded in the winter of 2014 at Prior Park Homestead, situated in central Queensland. Produced by Dan Luscombe (Paul Kelly, The Drones, Courtney Barnett), Craig Pilkington and Salter, the album also features former Gin Club band mates Adrian Stoyles and Gus Agars, as well as some special guests in the form of Liz Stringer, John Bedggood, Seja Vogel and Julien Wilson.

Since the release of The Cat in 2011, Salter has been anything but idle. Not that you would expect any less from a man who has performed on over thirty albums and EPs and written over 200 songs in his fifteen year career in the Australian music industry, both solo and with bands Giants of Science, The Gin Club, The Young Liberals and The Wilson Pickers.

Boats by Polyglot Theatre @ Fed Sq

Filed under: children's entertainment, Workshops, Theatre, General — site admin @ 9:55 am

Ahoy, an adventure on the high seas awaits these school holidays!
Boats by Polyglot Theatre
Fed Square | 7 – 12 July | Free
Commissioned by Fed Square, Boats explores the ideas of migration and adventure in the last week of the July school holiday with activations taking place twice a day at 10am and 2pm.
Polyglot Theatre launch their brand new work, Boats a playful and interactive activity that encourages children to ’sail’ the cobbled seas of Fed Square.
Large and colourful vessels sit idle at a central mooring place within The Square until children brimming with imagination and energy board and set off on an adventure across urban seascapes.
Once aboard, the lightweight boats are propelled by a flurry of feet, with children taking charge, working as a crew to find their own path and voyage across the ‘high seas’.

As they make their journey, Polyglot artists float as castaways ready to be rescued or as mysterious elements of the deep blue sea. Together they guide the boats to safe harbour, ready for new crew and the next adventure! On another adventure, Polyglot captain the boat as children embark and disembark from jutting steps, tree islands and marine deckchairs.

The fleet consists of three, 4 metre long vessels made from light materials with a striking body constructed from painted and decorated canvas inspired by Javanese boats. It also includes 13 smaller 1.5 metre long boats that have been inspired by children’s illustrations.

Whilst sailing activity is aplenty in The Square, inside The Atrium people of all ages can make paper boats and add them to the growing flotilla. The boats in the flotilla can either be taken home by their creators, or tied up at the islands in the atrium as a growing installation. Commissioned by Fed Square, Boats explores the ideas of migration and adventure in the last week of the July school holiday with activations taking place twice a day at 10am and 2pm.

Ced Le Meledo

Filed under: world music, contemporary music, folk music — site admin @ 9:52 am

Ced Le Meledo performs
14 July Evening star Sth Melbourne 8:30 to 10:45 (with band BRIC A BRAC)
19 July Vic Art Gallery 4:00 to 5:00

Dolly Diamond Xmas in July 2015

Filed under: contemporary music, Live Music Venues, Theatre — site admin @ 9:50 am

Dolly Diamond returns to Chapel Off Chapel this winter with her brand new CHRISTMAS IN JULY show, and she’s backed by an amazing 14 piece Big Band! This fun filled festive show will feature some familiar carols with a very Dolly twist. Dolly plans to make the yuletide really gay this not-so-festive season.

So come all ye faithful and have yourself a merry little Christmas in July! Join Dolly as she tries to find the true meaning of Christmas with the help of two very special guests, Avery the Owl and Mr Foggles, in this cracker of a show.

SATURDAY 11 & SUNDAY 12 JULY, 7:30pm
Chapel Off Chapel
12 Little Chapel St, Prahran
Tickets: $38 full, $33 concession/group 8+
(plus transaction fee)

listen out dance and electronic fest

Filed under: Dance Party, electronic music, Dance — site admin @ 9:47 am

listen out dance festival 26.9.2015
Catani Gardens St.Kilda
When it comes to representing women, it’s been a bad year for music festivals. DJ and LISTEN member Jo Eaton calls out the latest offender, national dance and electronic festival, Listen Out.

Of the 17 acts announced on the line-up for Listen Out festival, only one, Alison Wonderland, is female. In its announcement yesterday event promoter, Novel Tours, also slung in a homophobic remark. “When done correctly and at the right place,” ran its promo material, “Dance can: attract the opposite sex…”

Thus far, 2015 has seen experimental electronic festival, Unsound Adelaide fail - for the second consecutive year - to schedule any women on its original 3-day line-up, though a late cancellation saw women added to the bill. Vivid Festival didn’t do much better. Overseas, the situation is the same. Music blog, Crack In The Road, posted images of festival posters with the male bands edited out to starkly show the imbalance and this week The Guardian has presented the statistics.

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Devotional @Grace Darling Basement

Filed under: roots music, pop music, Live Music Venues, rock music, Gigs — site admin @ 9:37 am

Sydney group Devotional return to Melbourne for an intimate show at the Grace Darling Basement on Saturday July 11th. Founding members Madelaine Lucas and Robert Irish will debut new material from the band’s forthcoming record ‘Wild Blue’ with a rare performance as a duo.
Known for their dreamy sound, unique aesthetic and independent ethos, Devotional have become a mainstay of Sydney’s underground music scene. Front-woman and songwriter Madelaine Lucas has been recording and releasing her music from the age of 17, beginning with her solo project A Casual End Mile. Her first single ‘Fox and a Prayer’, recorded at Bakehouse Studios in Melbourne and produced by her father Steve Lucas (X), drew national attention via Triple J Unearthed.
Joining forces with Ben James (Talons, Songs) and Ryan Adamson (Regular John) to work on their debut full-length, Devotional spent 2014 crafting their songs while touring the American West Coast. Lucas explains: ‘California is the place that nurtured so many of our musical heroes. A lot of inspiration for the new songs came from wanting to harness our influences and turn these imagined stories and landscapes into something new that reflected us as a band, where we have come from, and the direction we’re heading in.’

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