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Wed, 8 June 2016

Moonee Valley Drifters

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Moonee Valley Drifters
13th June
Victoria Hotel Brunswick 9pm Free

Sat, 21 May 2016

Sun Rising - Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins Tribute show

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Sun Rising - The Songs That made Memphis
Friday June 24 2016
@ The Thornbury Theatre
Sun Rising is Australia’s premier tribute show to the most famous and iconic record company in history—Sun Records. The show pays homage to label founder and producer, Sam Phillips, who recorded some of the most influential music and discovered some of the industry’s biggest names including Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and many more!

Thu, 17 March 2016

The Tarantinos present: Pulp Fiction AUS

The Tarantinos present: Pulp Fiction AUS
Brunswick Town Hall
Friday, 18th March @ 9:00PM
$27 + BF
A night of surfer rock, blues, country, soul & spaghetti western.
PULP FICTION, the most iconic cult films of all time recently turned 21 and we’re throwing a bash as memorable as the film itself! Bringing the film to life, the sharp shooting musicians of The Tarantinos embody all the hard hitting styles of the films that inspire them – films by Quentin Tarantino – Expect a night of surfer rock, blues, country, soul & spaghetti western.

**Dress as your favourite Pulp Fiction character to win a prize in our best-dressed costume competition
**Get your dancing shoes on for the Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest

The Tarantinos playing the Pulp Fiction Soundtrack live from start to finish followed by a set of all your favourite Quentin Tarantino soundtrack hits!!

Thu, 25 February 2016

Bo Jenkins gigs March 2016

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Bo Jenkins
Gig Guide
FEBRUARY 2016
Friday 26th Suttons, Ballarat 8:00pm
Saturday 27th Hepburns Springs Hotel, Hepburn Springs 8:30pm

MARCH 2016
Sunday 6th Panton Hill Hotel, 2:00pm
Saturday 12th Apollo Bay Hotel, 9:00pm
Sunday 13th Apollo Bay Hotel, 2:00pm
Saturday 19th Yakandandah Music Festival, Yakandandah Hotel, 8:00pm
Sunday 20th Yakandandah Music Festival, Yakandandah Hotel, 2:00pm
Saturday 26th Reefton Hotel, 1:00pm
Sunday 27th Samknot Hotel, 2:00pm
Monday 28th Riverview Hotel, Tarwin Lower, 2:00pm

About Bo Jenkins…
His mere talent puts him in the same league as Hendrix and Clapton” is a bold statement to say about someone only few have heard of, but these are the words from “RHYTHMS” magazine about the Bo Jenkins Band on his performance at the, Byron Bay Blues Festival in Australia.Bo, a left hander, tunes his guitar upside down and plays with the high “E” string on top - allowing him to play some things that right handed players just cannot do.

Bo was born on a small farm in Bottleneck, Arkansas, to Joe and Thelma Jenkins. He spent his early years living next door to Levon Helms, future drummer and vocalist for “The Band”.
After his family moved to Helena Arkansas, Bo grew up hearing his father sing and his grandfather (a full blooded Native American) play guitar. www.bojenkins.com

Into The Mystic - The Music of Van Morrison 2016 Joe Creighton CD Running Free

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Into The Mystic - The Music of Van Morrison 2016

Friday March 18 The Flying Saucer Club Caulfield RSL 4 St Georges Rd Caulfield

Friday April 15 Her Majesty’s Ballarat 17 Lydiard St.

Friday May 13 Memo Music Hall St Kilda Vic

Saturday October 1 Redland Performing Arts Centre Concert Hall 2-16 Middle St Cleavland QLD
For Interviews and further information please contact Madonna Melrose
Melrose International 0418 970 829 mm@madonnamelrose.com.au

CD Running Free - Joe Creighton

Joe Creighton has just released his 4th solo album Running Free which draws inspiration from his Soul, R&B, Blues and Gospel roots. Discerning listeners will hear threads of Al Green, The Temptations, Bobby Womack and Sam Cooke.

Growing up in Northern Ireland, Creighton was exposed to R&B and Blues in the local music scene in Belfast in the ‘60’s with bands such as Van Morrison’s ‘Them’ and across the Irish Sea, with The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Yardbirds and The Pretty Things.

The title track Running Free captures that idyllic childhood Creighton spent in the seaside town of Bangor, just outside of Belfast.

It is interesting to note that Creighton plays or has programmed practically everything on this new album including the drums and backing vocals, a brilliant showcase of his multiple talents. He did however get a bit of help from his mates Jimmy Sloggett on saxophone and James Black on keyboards and guitar. Sloggett made his mark with Max Merritt and the Meteors and Johnny O’Keefe in the early ‘60’s. Black of course is an Australian household name from his most recent time on Rockwiz but his time with Mondo Rock cemented him in Australian Rock History.

There is much anticipation surrounding this new album as his first album Holywell, released in 93, has stood the test of time with much critical acclaim and was recently re-reviewed as ‘A Buried Treasure’ in Brisbane’s Courier Mail. Creighton toured Hollywell across Australia in ‘94 supporting the Neville Brothers and subsequent albums have included Stranmillis Road in 2000, Falling Again in 2003 and a Compilation Album featuring three new tracks which was released in late 2013.

Creighton came to Australia from Northern Ireland in 1967 at the age of 18 and throughout the early 70’s lived in London and toured Europe before settling in Japan for two years where he received his first taste of writing and recording with electronica genius Dr Osamu Kitajima.

His first Australian band was ‘Melissa’ who recorded ‘Midnight Trampoline’ in 1971 and which has a cult following among young musicians still to this day. In 1976 he recorded the album ‘No Definitions’ with the band ‘Billy T’ who he formed with the legendary Ross Hannaford.

Creighton and Hannaford then hooked up with singer/songwriter Mark Gillespie to record the iconic ‘Only Human’ album. The success of this collaboration established an important part of Creighton’s career as a much sought after session musician that lead him to tour with John Farnham. Their musical relationship lasted 13 years and culminated with Farnham recording one of Creighton’s songs ‘The Time Has Come’ on the Chain Reaction Album.

Creighton has toured internationally with Kylie Minogue and Olivia Newton John and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Boz Scaggs and Sir George Martin and performed as a ‘Raylette’ with the legendary Ray Charles.Closer to home his work can be heard across many albums for artists such as The Black Sorrows and The Revelators, Crowded House, Lee Kernaghan, Rick Price, Tim Finn, Kate Ceberano and the late Mark Hunter and Billy Thorpe and most recently on the Grammy Award winning Best New Age Album ‘Winds of Samsara’.

With high regard from his musical peers, Creighton may once have been best known as a bass player and session singer but after the extraordinary success of his own show Into the Mystic -The Music of Van Morrison, he has undisputedly established himself as a most outstanding singer and performer, commanding audiences with his powerful vocals and charismatic delivery.

Joe Creighton is very much looking forward to sharing this new body of original material and to performing it live.

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oe has fronted his own bands and played with many successful Australian bands, such as Joe Camilleri’s Black Sorrows and Tim Finn’s band, Escapade.He was finally enticed onto the big concert stage by ‘The Voice’, John Farnham, touring nationally with John for 13 years.

In recent years, he has toured internationally with both Kylie Minogue and Olivia Newton John.

Joe has also shared the stage with such luminaries as Sir George Martin, on his ‘All You Need Is Love’ tour, playing his Hofner bass and taking lead vocal on some of those great Beatles songs, and with Boz Scaggs on his Australian tour, as well as singing vocal backing as a ‘Raylette’ on tour with the legendary Ray Charles.

A singer songwriter in his own right, Joe released his debut album ‘Holywell’ in 1994, and toured with his own band as support to The Neville Brothers. ‘Holywell’ was received with critical acclaim by the Australian press. Recently the album was re-reviewed as “a buried treasure” in Brisbane’s Courier Mail.

Joe’s most recent album ‘Falling Again’ is currently receiving favourable reviews and consistent airplay on ABC radio. Four of Joe’s songs from ‘Falling Again’ are featured in Phil Avalon’s latest movie ‘Liquid Bridge’.

As a session bass player and backing vocalist, Joe has recorded with many successful artists, including; John Farnham, Olivia Newton John, Kylie Minogue, Crowded House, Tina Arena, Lee Kernaghan, Andy White, Judith Durham, and many more.

Sun, 4 October 2015

KAREN CONRAD PUBLICITY FIGHTS GENDER PAY GAP

Melbourne based publicist and committed feminist Karen Conrad has decided to put her money where her mouth is and fix the gender pay gap for women who need PR in Australia.
Karen is offering *SHE* RATES for female artists and artisans - 20% off new publicity campaigns from now until January 30th for new female-driven arts, fashion, theatre and music pr campaigns.
“Women have to live in the same world that men live in and pay the same prices men do for accommodation, basic essential services, food, drink, fun - everything - while earning nearly 20% less. I don’t think that’s fair.

“For this reason, I’m glad to offer to offer quality PR campaigns for women at 20% off my regular fees until January 30th. I have long been committed to the feminist cause and I think this is a practical way to help bands, artists, designers, producers, service providers who earn a female dollar make the most for it in terms of their PR and marketing,” says Karen.

The gender pay gap has hit a record high of 18.8 per cent according to Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures, prompting calls for the Federal Government to reverse the upward trend.

Men now earn almost $300 more dollars per week based on the average weekly earnings for full-time workers.The latest figures represent the biggest gender pay gap since the ABS began collecting the data in 1994.
All campaigns must be booked in between today and 30 January 2016, but you can advance book any project with an end date before 30 May 2016.
If you’re a woman with a new project to promote, book it in now on 0400 527 365 or email Karen@karenconradpublicity.com for *SHE* Rates.
Cheers
Karen

Sun, 20 September 2015

Out on the Weekend

Melbourne sat 17th October Seaworks Wiliamstown
Sydney sat 24th October Bella Vista Farm Bella Vista
OUT ON THE WEEKEND, MELBOURNE
Presented by Time Out & Triple R
11:30am – 10:30pm
Saturday 17th October 2015
Seaworks, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown
Starring:
Dawes * Tex, Don & Charlie (Exclusive Melbourne Performance)
Sam Outlaw * Robert Ellis * Jamestown Revival * Jonny Fritz
Ruby Boots * Mustered Courage * Suzannah Espie * Barna Howard
Shelly Colvin * Leah Senior * Big Smoke * Lost Ragas * T Bones
And the Out on the Weekend House Band led by Robert Ellis with Josh Hedley, Will Van Horn, Kelly Doyle, Michael “Tank” Lisenbe & Geoffrey Muller
Also featuring:
Porteno * Taco Truck * Mary’s
And much more to be announced soon!

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