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Wed, 28 December 2016

Virgil Donati,Joe Chindamo, Richard Stubbs, Bev Killick & Lehmo

Swing into the New Year in style at Bird’s Basement. From Jazz to the jocular, we have you covered
at Bird’s Basement in 2017.
Hosting international legends and national musical treasures, plus regular Comedy Nights featuring
the wittiest names in the business. Come celebrate Bird’s first year!
Tickets for all shows are available now from birdsbasement.com.

Virgil Donati (Aus/USA)
Legendary drum virtuoso.
Shows from the 24th to 29th January.

The Beatles Part 2&3
Joe Chindamo continues his unique journey through the Baby Boomers’ Song Book on 30 January and 27
February as he revisits The Beatles.

Richard Stubbs, Bev Killick and Lehmo
Comedy Bird’s for Comedy Tuesdays!

Phil Turcio’s Oddities and Electronics 1.2.2017
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Raul Midon USA 3,4th 5th February 2017

Mon, 5 September 2016


Filed under: CD Launches, Festivals & Major Events — site admin @ 1:11 pm

25th November 2016 - Queenscliff Music Festival, Queensciff VIC

Ella & Jesse Hooper and 123 Agency are thrilled to announce the digital release of the iconic naughties album ‘Reflector’ by Killing Heidi. Reflector will be available on iTunes and streaming services very soon! To celebrate 20 years since the band formed, Killing Heidi will be performing exclusive sets of their biggest hits for the first time in 10 years, including headlining the opening night of the 20th Queenscliff Music Festival.

“It’s a celebration not a reformation” says Jesse “We thought this was a really special opportunity to reflect on that era, as it’s Queenscliff’s 20th anniversary - and we started Killing Heidi 20 years ago too!”

It’s been twenty years since triple j unearthed the Hooper siblings as Killing Heidi with their folk pop song, Kettle. The Australian public embraced the duo who soon became a band, releasing debut album Reflector in March 2000. Singles ‘Mascara’ and ‘Weir’ made Reflector a blow-out success and the album makes up an integral part of Aussie indie music story – one that hasn’t been told digitally until now.

Reflector took out four ARIA awards and reached 4 x platinum status, the album spawned 4 hit singles including the number one single ‘Mascara’ and teen anthem ‘Weir’. Weir placed #2 and Mascara #14 in triple j’s Hottest 100 in 1999. The Hooper siblings won the critically-acclaimed APRA song-writers of the year award for the album. The album launched the band into international markets, and the Hooper siblings followed up with another two top twenty albums and four top-twenty hit singles.

For old and new Killing Heidi fans alike this digital re-release has been a long time coming. “Fans have been asking for years for Reflector online, It’s amazing that generations of people still feel connected to this music, they want to blast it… And now they can! It’s great, it feels like coming full circle.” - Ella Hooper

“We’ve been asked to perform live many times over the years and have always declined. But it just goes to show – never say never. I’m ready to celebrate that amazing time and also to claim that part of my journey as a songwriter. To join such a stellar lineup at this year’s Queenscliff Music Festival is the perfect way to return to the stage for us. There are so many great artists playing this year, we can’t wait! We love Queenscliff Music Festival and usually go with our family, so to be busting out the family band to perform this year is going to be KILLER. What Killing Heidi’s music meant and still means to the people that shared that amazing time with us really blows me away. I meet so many people, especially young women, who tell me how Killing Heidi inspired them to be themselves, back themselves or even start a band, and I’m completely honoured that it had that effect on people.” - Ella Hooper

“I’m really excited to revisit the Killing Heidi days, they were a big part of my youth and I can’t wait to perform these songs live for people who loved them too. We’ll play all our biggest hits from our first singles Weir and Mascara through to our later releases ‘I Am’ and ‘Calm Down’ We also have some other exciting things on the horizon so stay tuned for more announcements”. - Jesse Hooper

25th November 2016 - Queenscliff Music Festival, Queensciff VIC

Mon, 29 August 2016

DigiTree Media

Filed under: Television, performance art, CD Launches, Festivals & Major Events, Tours, General — site admin @ 10:21 am

DigiTree Media for your Social Media services. Entertainers, managers, production companies this is for you.
Clare will advise you on how to get started, if you don’t have the time to handle your tweets Clare does. Yes, she has always been a talker. And then…social media arrived, she tweets all day long for her favorite people. Chatty, funny and interesting, Clare will put herself out there for you in the world of entertainment and social media - one can’t get enough exposure. Not a publicist… a social media consultant.

Thu, 23 June 2016

Tay Oskee Releases Shelter EP

Filed under: CD Launches, Tours — site admin @ 12:49 pm

Tay Oskee
After only a short time on the scene Oskee has put together a masterful collection of beautiful ballads of love and hope, fireside sing-alongs, dynamic playing and rich and brilliantly produced sounds.
The new five-tracker treads a line between Nick Drake-esque folk and punchy riff driven roots music and conjures vivid images of those camp trips on the beach, singing around a fire and enjoying the simple life with friends.
To support the release Oskee is playing a handful of winter shows over the month of July.
‘Shelter’ EP is available at all good online retailers.

Sunday 10th July
Peregian Originals, Peregian Beach, QLD
1:00pm, Free entry

Saturday 16th July
The Zoo, Fortitude Valley, QLD
with special guests Alice Night, Fresco
Doors 8:00pm
$10 presale $15 on the door
Tickets: http://zoo.oztix.com.au/

22-24 July
Splendour in the Grass - Busking stage, Byron Bay, NSW
Info: https://splendourinthegrass.com

Wed, 8 June 2016

Eagle And The Wolf-Harry Hookey & Grizzlee Train

Filed under: blues music, country music, CD Launches, Gigs — site admin @ 4:56 pm

Eagle And The Wolf announce debut Sydney headline show at Newtown Social Club
Special Guests: Harry Hookey & Grizzlee Train
Singer-songwriter Sarah Humphreys and country-blues musician Kris Morris met and decided to make a life and music together as Eagle And The Wolf. Together they are truly magical.
Their debut single ‘Mama, Son and The Holy Ghost’ has had a huge response. After premiering on Triple J’s Roots ’N’ All it was also playlisted on Double J and reached Number 1 on the Amrap Chart.

Their self titled album, ‘Eagle & The Wolf’, a collection of ten songs co-produced by the duo alongside Syd Green (Matt Tonks, Dirty Lucy, Iota) in an old farm house in the Southern Highlands is as raw and heartfelt as it gets and the performances are stunning. Released in March the album has received rave reviews from Rhythms Magazine, Rolling Stone and Sydney Morning Herald to name but a few.

Now Eagle & The Wolf take to the stage with a full band for their very first Sydney headline show with Harry Hookey and Grizzlee Train along for the ride.
Hookey will be joining Eagle and The Wolf after a year of relentless gigging that has seen him playing shows and festivals from one end of Australia to the other (literally), throughout Europe and Cuba! His debut album ‘Misdiagnosed’ was nominated for an ARIA for Best Blues & Roots album and he won the International Songwriter award for the title track in 2014. He recently supported the UK’s Jamie Lawson on a national tour and is in the studio recording his 2nd album, due out later in 2016.

A romping stomping roots duo, Grizzlee Train take the sound of vintage blues and drench it with filthy modern guitar licks and pulsating percussion. They have spent much of the last year touring nationally and internationally as part of the Kasey Chambers band. Grizzlee Train’s debut EP ‘Come Back Around’ was released in January 2015 to a wave of positive reviews and continues to be frequently spun on national radio all over the country. A truly dynamic duo, they blend an old school core with sharp new-age kicks - a stripped back firing of raw energy and honest music.

Eagle And The Wolf with Special Guests Harry Hookey & Grizzlee Train
When: Sunday June 19
Where: Newtown Social Club, 387 King St, Newtown Ph (02) 9550 3974
Time: Doors open 6pm, Show starts 630pm
Tix: $15+bf pre sale, $20 door

Lloyd Spiegel Solo Tour and Signature Guitar Giveaway

Filed under: acoustic music, contemporary music, CD Launches, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 4:38 pm

Lloyd Spiegel Solo Tour and Signature Guitar Giveaway
After a wildly successful year in 2015 on the back of his award-winning ‘Double Live Set’ album, Aussie acoustic blues master Lloyd Spiegel is headed back on the road in June/July for his first solo tour in 7 years.
This tour celebrates the launch of Spiegel’s new Cole Clark signature model guitar - an instrument designed with these new solo shows in mind. Spiegel has worked alongside Cole Clark Guitars for the past 15 years and has had a hand in every advancement in technology and design at the company in that time. Says Lloyd: “I received the honour of my first signature guitar in 2012. It served me well, but now that I’m returning to solo performing I needed something different to evolve with.

The 2016 LS signature model is built with Australian Blackwood top, back and sides. The extremely hard top was picked to suit my aggressive, hard hitting style and withstand the tour schedule I keep.”
Thanks to the good people at Cole Clark, audience members attending shows on the tour will have the opportunity to win Lloyd’s signature guitar (RRP $3299) fresh out of the workshop.
Tour Dates
Thursday 16th June
The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Doors 7:30pm
$25 + bf online, $30 door
Tickets: http://oldmuseum.org/?p=4124

Friday 17th June
Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi, QLD
Doors 7:30pm
$20 presale, $25 door
Tickets: 07 5442 8144

Saurday 18th June
The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Doors 7:00pm
$30, $25 concession
With Marshall Okell
Tickets: www.byroncentre.com.au

Thursday 23rd June
The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Doors 7:30pm
$20 + bf online, $23 door
Tickets: https://thelittleboxoffice.com/heritagehotel/book/event/42032

Friday 24th June
The Agrestic Grocer, Orange, NSW
Doors 6:30pm
$20 online
Tickets: https://theagresticgrocer.yapsody.com/event/index/38453/live-at-agrestic-lloyd-spiegel

Saturday 25th June
The Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, NSW
Doors 7:30pm
$25 + bf
Tickets: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/10322/lloyd_spiegel_@_camelot_lounge.aspx

Sunday 26th June
Canberra Blues Society, The Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Doors: 4:30pm
$20 + BF Online, $22 door, $15 CBS Members
Tickets: http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?eventId=62269

Friday 1st July
The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC
Doors 7:30pm
Tickets: 03 5255 1566

Saturday 2nd July
Baby Black, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Doors 6:00pm
$20 presale, $25 door
Tickets from the venue

Friday 8th July
Hickinbotham Winery, Mornington, VIC
Doors 5:00pm
Tickets: 03 5981 0355
Dinner and show available

Friday 15th July
The Wonderland Spiegeltent, Harbour Town Docklands, VIC
With special guest Cass Eager
Doors 8:00pm
$25 + bf
Tickets: https://www.wonderlandspiegeltent.com.au/whats_on/event/196f6ce2-fb94-4bf9-896b-f62de4521bf9

Friday 29th July
The Gold Dust Lounge – Hotel Shamrock, Bendigo, VIC
Doors 7:00pm
$20 online, $20 door
Tickets: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/37967

Win A Lloyd Spiegel Signature Guitar.
To win a new Lloyd Spiegel signature model guitar - lovingly christened ‘FL2EC-LS-BLBL’ - all you have to do is put your name and contact details on an entry form available from the box office or merch table at each show. Place your entry form in the barrel at that show. The winner will be chosen at random from all entries received at all shows and the winner will be notified on July 31, 2016.

No Bagpipes 7th July - Leaps and Bounds Festival

Filed under: country music, roots music, rock music, CD Launches, Gigs, General — site admin @ 3:55 pm

Tix at ww.thegasometerhotel.com.au
$10 +BF/$12 On Door Doors 8pm
Originally from Shetland, pop-infused alt-country rocker Duncan Phillips and his band The Long Stand join forces with Scottish born
Australian raised blues/soul man Steve Boyd and The Rum Reverie to launch their new albums at a special one off gig dubbed “No
Bagpipes!” on Thursday 7th of July!

Born into a musical family, Duncan arrived in Australia in 2010. Afteropening for a sold out auditorium show with Steve Earle back home
he knew he needed to build a music career. Join him on a journey from whisky soaked lullabies to boot stomping anthems as he
plays his debut album “The Wilderness” for the first time live at Gasometer.
Steve Boyd’s reputation precedes him. He has a rich history on the festival circuit and has shared stages with Bob Dylan and Ray
Charles in the 90’s. After a long hiatus, he’s back with The RumReverie and a new album with a punk brain, a gospel soul, a blues
heart and sly hints of jazz trickling through its veins, “Healers And Howlers.”
Two great bands. Guitars. Horns. Scotch Whisky at the bar. But No Bagpipes!

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