Thursday, 21 March 2013

'Bluesfest' Melbourne side shows

Robert Cray & Guests Taj Mahal & Shuggie Otis

Hamer Hall, Melbourne - Sunday 24 March
For the first time, three legendary artists on one incredible night at Hamer Hall.
It’s been seven long years since Robert Cray has toured Australia, but he and his long-serving band still shred the Blues like never before.

“Every time somebody asks me about where my music comes from, I give them .... a little rock, soul, jazz, blues, a little gospel feel. It’s pretty wide open. It’s hard to put a tag on it.”
This effortless genre crossover is filtered through some of his most definitive songs like Smoking GunI Guess I Showed HerPhone Booth and I Was Warned. From his impressive catalogue it’s easy to see why he has five Grammy Awards (and 15 nominations), millions of record sales worldwide, is a Blues Hall of Fame inductee (one of the youngest to receive the prestigious honour), and why Fender guitars have made not one, but two signature Robert Cray Stratocaster guitars.

You could call Taj Mahal a singer, composer, producer, two-time Grammy-winner, world-class musical collaborator, musicians’ advocate, world traveller, fisherman or cigar aficionado. These titles are all accurate, yet none convey the warmth, humour, and soulfulness of Taj and his music.

He has been playing his own distinctive brand of music – variously described as Afro-Caribbean blues, folk-world-blues, hula blues, folk-funk, and a host of other hyphenations – for more than 40 years.

First up on this extraordinary Blues Tour is Shuggie Otis - son of legendary R ‘n’ B bandleader Johnny Otis. A musical prodigy he was playing with his father by the time he was 13 and from the word go displayed an uncanny mastery of the blues guitar.
Robert Cray

Tedeschi Trucks Band
with special Guests Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Hamer Hall, Melbourne - Tuesday 26 March
Grammy Award winners, guitar-slinging royalty and husband and wife dynamic combination, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks bring their Tedeschi Trucks Band to perform for one night only at Hamer Hall.
This 11 piece band overflowing with talent and familial harmony earned a Grammy for Best Blues Album with their first album, Revelator in 2011. Their sophomore album Everybody's Talkin', in May 2012 debuted in the top 25 of Billboard's top albums chart and has maintained a top 3 position on the best-selling blues albums chart since its release. 
Performing with the Tedeschi Truck Band is Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews and Orleans Avenue. They stir together old-school New Orleans jazz, funk and soul, laced with hard-rock power chords and hip-hop beats which has led to rave reviews wherever they play. 
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue stir together old-school New Orleans jazz, funk and soul, laced with hard-rock power chords and hip-hop beats which has led to rave reviews wherever they play. Their latest album For True, featuring Kid Rock, Jeff Beck, Warren Hayes and Lenny Kravitz, debuted at # 1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart, and remained in the top 5 for over 50 weeks. Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews is the most awarded artist in Offbeat Magazine’s 2012 Awards with six wins including Artist & Album of the year. 
This lineup will probably NEVER be repeated – the Tedeschi Trucks Band with special guests Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue load up for this special show.

Bonnie Raitt
with special guest Mavis Staples

State Theatre, Melbourne - Wednesday 27th March
More than a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer and accomplished songwriter… Bonnie Raitt has become an institution in American Music.

This powerhouse is a 10-time-Grammy-winner (including another win this year for Best AMERICANA ALBUM), Rock and Roll & Blues Hall of Fame Inductee and one of the Rolling Stones "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" and "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

Her nineteenth studio album, Slipstream, has gained her unprecedented praise from across the generations, inspiring a beautiful Adele cover of I Can’t Make You Love Me and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon calling her ‘one of our greatest artists’.

She has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame, has won ten Grammy Awards (including another win this year for Best Americana Album) and been named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" and "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

Adele released a cover of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon called her ‘one of our greatest artists’ during his medley of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “Nick Of Time” on late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Her live shows have also earned her rave reviews:
Rigourous, sentimental, magnanimous, resilient”New York Times 
Peerless…Surreal” Chicago Tribune 
As Strong as ever…perfect” Boston Globe 
Bonnie Raitt will be wowing Australian audiences with a series of live performances, and her special guests will be Mavis Staples and her band.

"Mavis Staples is the most underrated diva of the century. She has an almost superhuman ability to implant the pure power of passion and emotion."-Rolling Stone 

VH1 named her as one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll, and Rolling Stone listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of all time. Mavis Staples is a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient .

In her 60 year career – from her ground-breaking family gospel group – The Staple Singers ("I'll Take You There", "Respect Yourself") and on her own, Mavis is responsible for blazing a rhythm & blues trail while never relinquishing her gospel roots and it is now that her star is shining brightest.

This is one show definitely not to miss!
Bonnie Raitt

Northcote Social Club Wed 27th March

Bluesfest is honoured to bring this integral blues institution back to Australia and proud to be taking these musicians on the road for the first time. Far too often true musical pioneers become forgotten heroes and the music they played such a part in creating is forgotten along with them. Music Maker Foundation is fighting the good fight to keep the blues and southern roots music alive and pay homage to these incredible musicians. This inspired and inspiring non-profit North American organisation is dedicated to give back to the roots of American music. After truly moving, humbling and beautiful performances over the years at Bluesfest, we knew 2013 would be the year to take this incredible foundation on the road. This year we’ll be featuring The Music Maker Blues Revue featuring Boogie Woogie legend Ironing Board Sam, Guitar slinging siren Pat Wilder, Alabama bluesman Dr. Burt and Zydeco giant Major Handy, with Albert White, Nashid Abdul Khaaliq and Ardie Dean. 
Boogie Woogie legend Ironing Board Sam

Roger Hodgson & Band - The Legendary Voice of Supertramp
Palais Theatre, Melbourne - Thursday 28th March
-Bringing his full band to Australian for the first time-
Roger Hodgson has been recognised as one of the most gifted composers, songwriters and lyricists of our time. As the legendary voice of Supertramp and composer of many of the band’s greatest hits, he gave us “Give a Little Bit,” “The Logical Song,” “Dreamer,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “Breakfast In America,” “It’s Raining Again” “Fool’s Overture” “School”  and so many others that have become the soundtrack of our lives.
Hodgson co-founded the progressive rock band Supertramp in 1969 and was with them for 14 years. He wrote and sang most of the classic hits that brought Supertramp worldwide acclaim. During the time that Roger led the band, Supertramp became a worldwide phenomenon, and albums like “Crime of the Century” and “Breakfast In America” helped them to sales of well over 60 million albums.
His songs have remarkably stood the test of time and Roger Hodgson recently received 2 awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) for his songs being in the top played songs in their repertory. And don’t think it’s all in the past.
Roger Hodgson is currently performing across the Americas and Europe in support of his latest release “Classics Live”.
Don’t miss this one-off opportunity to spend an evening with one of the world’s finest composers and lyricists.
Roger Hodgson

The Blind Boys of Alabama / Allen Toussaint / Sweet Honey In The Rock

Hamer Hall, Melbourne - Wednesday 3rd April
"This ensemble is the gold standard...their voices are all fabulous, and they unite to create a sound so pure, smooth and homogenous that it does not seem humanly possible." Fort Worth Star Telegram
The living legends of gospel music will be returning to Australian Shores with their glorious meld of gospel, blues and rock n roll.

It’s harder to find a more joyful sound than their unforgettable shows filled with laughter and packed with emotion.
Winners of 5 GRAMMY Awards and honored with the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award (2009) are just some of their career highlights. The Blind Boys have shared the stage and collaborated with the finest musicians and songwriters including Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Mavis Staples, Tom Petty, John Fogerty and Peter Gabriel just to name a few. 

Performing with The Blind Boys of Alabama is Grammy award-winning, all-woman, acappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock.
Their music is a celebration of the rich textures of their African-American legacy & traditions through their stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of Blues, traditional gospel hymns, reggae, African chants, hip hop, ancient lullabies and jazz improvisation. 
On the same bill, is Allen Toussaint, who is absolutely deserving of the title 'Legend' for his shaping of the sound of R&B, soul and funk as we know it, Allen Toussaint brings his incredible canon of production, soundtrack and composition work to Australia. One of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B, Allen Toussaint has produced, written for, arranged, had his songs covered by, and performed with music giants Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Plant/Krauss, The Who, Patti LaBelle, Dr. John, Aaron and Art Neville, Trombone Shorty, Joe Cocker, The (original) Meters, Glen Campbell, The Band, Little Feat, The Rolling Stones, Devo, Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, Etta James, Ramsey Lewis and countless others.

Be blown away by the effortless beauty that is Sweet Honey In The Rock when they play as special guests to the incomparable Blind Boys of Alabama.
Blind Boys of Alabama
“Miss LaVette now rivals Aretha Franklin as this generation’s most vital soul singer”
New York Times

With declarations such as this from the New York Times, it is not surprising that her 2012 Bluesfest performance captivated festival headliner John Butler and kept the audience transfixed for her entire set: at times reducing herself, and a great number of her audience,  to tears with her soul-baring, gut-wrenching delivery.
Despite being discovered and signed at the age of 16 with the infamous MOTOWN label, her rise to superstar status has been nothing short of what Bettye has described as “....a scramble. The scramble is my story”.
To mark this triumphant year for Bettye, she has released two major creative endeavours -  a brilliantly reflective album, Thankful N’ Thoughtful  and a riveting autobiography, A Woman Like Me. Together they present Bettye at the top of her form, an artist with the unflinching courage to confront her past while reshaping her future.

“You’ve got a singer here who is willing to stretch and is not content to live in the safety zone”   - Elvis Costello

An exceptional interpreter of song, Bettye delivers through her rough yet tender, sensuous voice. Her dynamic power seethes throughout each song, wringing out the sorrow, sharing her hard earned wisdom and story throughout these tales of reinvention.  By the time Bettye’s finished recording a track, she has fully inhabited its body and soul.
Bettye’s new album, Thankful N’ Thoughtful  features a selection of contemporary tracks written and previously recorded by Bob Dylan, The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Patty Griffin, Gnarls Barkley just to name a few.  Bettye rearranges deep within her soul and exorcises as her own through her voice filled with longing, rage, desire, despair, survival and victory. The album has attracted rave reviews.

"She sings, she smoulders, she testifies… standouts included a shiver-inducing cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold", as well as re-workings of songs by the Beatles, Ray Charles and her old friend Otis Redding. LaVette still brings a world of pain to every note”.
 Dimitri Ehrlich, Uptown Social.

"LaVette's nuanced singing evokes prime Tina Turner with even more command."
Rolling Stone.
An artist, a story and a woman not to be missed!
Grammy Award nominated soul singer, Bettye LaVette

“Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can't see anybody else catching up with him."

- Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) after releasing his own album of ukulele songs

When Jake last played Bluesfest in 2008 the word went out and  the buzz filtered through the festival about the young Hawaiian guy shredding it on the uke that resulted in a swell of excitement for his second set last time. It’s rare for a young musician to earn comparisons to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. It’s even harder to find an artist who has entirely redefined an instrument by his early thirties. But Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-boo-koo-row) has already accomplished these feats, and more, in a little over a decade of playing and recording music…on the ukulele. 
Forget everything you think you know about the limitations of this traditional Hawaiian instrument and let this young uke axeman show you a thing or two.
Jake Shimabukuro
JON ANDERSON – The Voice of Yes
THE CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE - Wednesday April 10 & Thursday April 11

One of the most recognisable & influential voices in progressive rock, as the lead vocalist and creative force behind the band Yes, JON ANDERSON was central to that band’s phenomenal success. Jon’s solo show includes many classic tales from his days with the supergroup and his ensuing solo career as well as the timeless songs from all across the Yes songbook & his own eclectic solo work.

Jon was the author and a major creative influence behind the series of epics produced by the legendary supergroup Yes including  such complex pieces as "Close to the Edge", "Awaken", and especially "The Gates of Delirium.” Additionally, Jon co-authored the group's biggest hits, including "I've Seen All Good People," Roundabout," and "Owner Of A Lonely Heart." Noted for singing in his original Lancastrian accent, this is a chance to see this truly unique musician perform solo, up close and personal.
Jon Anderson

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

WIN a double pass to Weddings, Parties, Anything grand final eve show

How would you like to win a double pass to see Weddings, Parties, Anything play at the Palace Theatre, Bourke st, Melbourne on Friday 28th September.
Weddings, Parties, Anything play their annual show with a fantastic line up including The Livingstone Daisies, Even and MC for the night Brian Nankervis from RockWiz.

Here's what you have to do to win a double pass valued at $121.74

Step 1: Follow this blog

Step 2: Make a copy of the Wedding's Parties Anything poster below by right clicking and save to your computer.

Step 3: Post the photo of the poster to your facebook wall and set the viewing on the photo to public. 
(You can do this in the edit section when you view your uploaded photo, select edit, then custom, then public, then finish editing)

OR Attach it to a Tweet with the words 'Weddings Parties Anything play the Palace Melb grand final eve Fri 28th Sept'.

Step 4: email Lorinda at with a copy of a link to the photo you have uploaded or tweeted, include your name and type WPA in the subject line.

winner will be notified by email by noon Friday 28th.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Weddings, Parties, Anything reunite for their annual gig, Grand Final Eve at the Palace Melbourne.

Australian folk rock band, Weddings Parties Anything formed in 1984 in Melbourne.  
Their name comes from The Clash song ("Revolution Rock").

In 1987 Weddings Parties Anything released its first album, Scorn of the Women. They recorded it as an independent release, but due to their ever growing live following, they were offered a recording contract and the album was released by Warners.
Weddings, Parties, Anything is led by Mick Thomas and remains to be the only continual member throughout the groups history. Mick started out playing in bush bands when he was 16, and was a solo folk artist in his mid-teens in Geelong.

Weddings, Parties, Anything spent fifteen years tearing up and down the highways of Australia, North America and Europe. They won  Aria awards, sold some records and played a stack of great shows. When they finished in 1998 it was just a matter of time before the itch needed scratching and the fact they could hold off for ten years might have been admirable but ultimately fooled no-one.

The 2008 reunion tour was a triumph and led the band to thinking it was worth at least a regular yearly hit out and a consideration of anything special that might come along. The 2012 Bluesfest line up falls very much into that category, for a band that built their ethos on simply playing great shows, the decision was an easy one.

These days, Weddings, Parties, Anything are taking it one year at a time. The tradition continues for the fourth year running as the Weddings hit the Palace for their Grand Final Eve spectacular.

This year features a stellar home town line up with The Livingstone Daisies (Van Walker, Liz Stringer, Michael Barclay) opening the show. Next  up Even take the stage in an all too rare appearance and television's own  Brian Nankervis will be MC for the evening.

WPA play their annual Grand Final Eve show at the Palace Theatre Friday 28th Sept. Tix on sale now.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Things about Christopher Rimmer

What do you do for a living?  Duration?
I'm a photographer. 30 years

What made you choose this role?
A strong desire to articulate what I see in the world through visual language and an ability to do the same.

Do you have a website? If so supply link

Submit your favourite photo of yourself and describe why it is your favourite?

This photograph was taken just as the sun was rising over Etosha Pan in Namibia, casting the most wonderful light over the surreal landscape. I like it because it shows me as I am, a loner, and a traveller in a place for which I have a very deep love - Africa

Tell me a bit about yourself.
I was born in Liverpool in England and went to live in Africa when I was a little boy.  Half of my family were wiped out within the first 4 years of being there. I was conscripted into the South African Army in 1981 and came to live in Australia which is where I learnt the formal art of photography at Rusden College.

Do you have a belief you are passionate about?
I'm passionate about saving what remains of the wildlife in Africa. I'm driven to create the kind of photography that stimulates a similar drive in the mind of the viewer.

What kind of student were you at school?
A very good one.

If you could learn to do something, what would it be?
To knit myself a cardigan.

What do you like to do in your spare time, hobbies etc?
Booze and talk rubbish, associate with the wrong crowd.

What is your favourite food?
Anything cooked by Iain Hewitson.

What makes you laugh?
Listening to my two children Lily 8 and Harry 6, explain their view of the world.

What makes you cry?
Electrodes to the testicles.

What pisses you off?
Getting stuck taking to boring people.

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
To cure Africa's broken heart.

What chore do you hate doing?
Buying petrol. Making small talk.

If you could swap your life with someone else who would it be and why?
I wouldn't wish to swap with anyone.

What would you like people to remember about you?
Couldn't care less.

What do you find attractive about a person?
I like quirky, artistic types with self destructive personalities.

What is your best feature?
My eyes.

What’s on your bucket list?
I think the bucket list to be a media driven concept which encourages going somewhere over experiencing going somewhere. I don't have one.

What is the one thing you’d like to achieve in your life?
Win a Pulizer Prize for photo-journalism.

If the world was about to come to an end, how would you spend your last hour?
With my family in the Namib Desert because the world has already ended there.

What’s your favourite possession?
My Nikkormat EL camera and my 50mm f1.4 lens

Who is Lorinda Jane?
A blonde blur on my visual periphery - for now at least.

Thank you Christoper for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer 25 questions, LJ x.
Please people, check out Christopher's website and have a look at his absolutely stunning photographs, they are beautiful.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

25 Things about Neil Wedd

What do you do for a living?  Duration?
Venue booker, promoter, band manager. 30 years

What made you choose this role?

Do you have a website? If so supply link.

Submit your favourite photo of yourself and describe why it is your favourite?

Nice moody study of me at BDO when Neil Young played.

Having fun with Zelda at a party. FunBoyOne mode.

Tell me a bit about yourself.
I love music. I talk in songs sometimes. I can't play an instrument, but I can organise a gig and make people happy. Nothing better than feeling you are part of a great show.

Do you have a belief you are passionate about?
That Tony Abbott is a complete tool.

What kind of student were you at school?
Pretty good, but a little lazy. Knew enough to get by.

If you could learn to do something, what would it be?
Cooking cakes.

What do you like to do in your spare time, hobbies etc?
Read books, wander around checking things out. Record shopping, spending time with my partner Jan.

What is your favourite food?
Chinese food, seafood.

What makes you laugh?
Clever jokes. I groan at shaggy dog stories.

What makes you cry?
Lots of things. I tear up easily.

What pisses you off?
Injustice. Record companies who have sowed the seeds of destruction of value in the music business. Musicians who whinge about not getting a break. Theres usually a reason for that.

What is your most embarrassing moment?
When the music stops when I'm DJing.

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
The ability to change things over time. Right a few wrongs. Could interfere with the time space continuum.

What chore do you hate doing?
Cleaning up other peoples mess.

If you could swap your life with someone else who would it be and why?
I would like to be Dizzy Gillespie or Gough Whitlam. People who have principles and stand up for them.

What would you like people to remember about you?
I helped people realise their ambitions

What do you find attractive about a person?
Smile, the way they treat people.

What is your best feature?
Long eyelashes.

What’s on your bucket list?
A holiday.

What is the one thing you’d like to achieve in your life?
Own my own venue.

If the world was about to come to an end, how would you spend your last hour?
Crayfish, smoked salmon, champagne, oysters and Jan Doyle.

What’s your favourite possession?

Who is Lorinda Jane?
A wonderful woman, who is only just beginning to understand how great she is. (awww what a lovely thing to say Neil. LJ)
Thank you Neil for taking the time to answer 25 questions.
Neil Wedd is currently booking the Thornbury Theatre.  Melbourne

Friday, 24 August 2012

25 Things about Warwick Brown

What do you do for a living?  Duration? 
I buy and sell records and cd,s in my record store (Greville Records)..and have done so for about 27 years....

What made you choose this role?
mmm I've  been a music lover since I was real small, and spent as much time as possible visiting Melbourne record stores and collecting when the opportunity came along I took it...

       Do you have a website?
I should have a website I know it..but there just aren't the hours in the day..and I can’t seem to find the headspace required to get it done.

Submit your favourite photo of yourself and describe why it is your favourite?
It’s a photo of me at 8 years of New Guinea, wearing a easy rider t shirt and swinging a baseball bat and smiling..a time when the world was a wide open book and all I needed was a daydream to get by..

Warwick Brown age 8
Tell me a bit about yourself.
Well I’m nearly's had its ups and its very downs too..but I can say I'm happier, more content than I've ever been..I'm a single dad with an incredible son..I'm in the best relationship I've ever been in with a beautiful Indian/English girl..My youth was spent in Mt Elize/New Guinea and then Torquay..
I see the world as a big miracle that I'm very glad, and kinda astonished, to be part of.

Do you have a belief you are passionate about?
Music mainly..but always have a book on the film as well..I love afl finding the time to just sit and feel the sun and the watch nature do its thing...

What kind of student were you at school?
I was a terrible student in many ways...I seemed to spend my entire time trying to impress the many girls I seemed to have crushes on at any one time...

If you could learn to do something, what would it be?
Float in outer space.

What do you like to do in your spare time, hobbies etc?
In my spare time..I read a lot..listen to a lot of my dvd,s...hang out with my son...take the dogs down the beach and walk for hours on end.

What is your favourite food?
My girlfriend and I like to pick a new suburb and a restaurant in it and try it out..I have my favourite Indian, Mexican and Vegetarian cooking a big vegie sausage/gravy and vegie mush....

What makes you laugh?
Great jokes.....Richmond victories.

What makes you cry?
Don't cry much..but I do get quite emotional over a beautiful song..or movie, or piece of writing....The new Bill Fay albums and his whole story had a big effect on me this week....
I get very affected about bad things that happen to children and animals.

What pisses you off?
I try to be tolerant..But the way animals are treated can piss me off....Bad umpiring at the footy.. The delivery man being late when I'm waiting for a shipment of a new release cd I'm dying to hear..(watch out if the new Bob Dylan arrives late)....

What is your most embarrassing moment?
Nothing springs to mind.

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
A superpower.. I'd love to wave a wand so there was nothing but bliss and inner and outer peace throughout the world..and that everyone became a vegetarian.

What chore do you hate doing?
Hate doing bookkeeping for the shop...

If you could swap your life with someone else who would it be and why?
mmmm I wouldn't mind swapping with an Astronaut for  a few days...and I wouldn’t mind being a Monk who can astral travel whilst meditating..I'd like to be able to go back to various times in history for a day or two...but I'd basically like to be me.

What would you like people to remember about you?
A great father...

What do you find attractive about a person?
Passionate about music, film books, travel..compassionate..peaceful..inspiring..have their shit together...and has that twinkle in their eye.

What is your best feature?
At 50 I still have a full head of curly hair..

What’s on your bucket list?
Keep traveling each year to a new country with my son..enjoying the simple things everyday..and then making sure I do the big things I wanna do too...

What is the one thing you’d like to achieve in your life?
I'd like to grow old with grace and dignity.and to keep discovering new music and books and films....I wanna achieve inner peace.

If the world was about to come to an end, how would you spend your last hour?
I'd get in touch with everyone who meant something to me and tell so..and thank them...I'd spend it with my son...and in the last 5 minutes..lie down fold my arms and thank the world for letting me be a part of it all.

What’s your favourite possession?
Myself.....then my records and old 1951 Windsor Newport car too.

Who is Lorinda Jane?
She is the one who will correct all my grammar mistakes on this..  (haha I gave it a shot)

Thank you Warwick for taking the time to answer the 25 questions. LJ xx
If you are ever in Greville St, pop into Greville Records and check out the amazing collection of stock.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Barry Adamson (UK) Australian Tour Sept 2012

Super cool, super sophisticated, Barry Adamson returns to Australia for the first time in four years to tour his new album I Will Set You Free.  Certainly a tour not to miss.

34 years on from the first album he played on, the seminal Magazine's post-punk classic 'Real Life', comes an album that touches on the sonic stepping stones he's used year by year to pave his way to now, his coruscating new album, I Will Set You Free.

The memories and experience from performing and taking his work across the world with Magazine, the Bad Seeds, Iggy Pop, The Gun Club, writing for David Lynch, Danny Boyle, being nominated for the Mercury Prize, scoring an Olivier award-winning ballet, scooping the Best Short Story gong at Italy's Piemonte Noir festival for his debut work of fiction and writing, directing and editing a movie whilst simultaneously heading back to grace the stage with a reformed Magazine during their triumphant 2009 tour... All of which has directly informed this album, colouring it with a steady, sure-handed experience that emanates from the swagger and fingertip fire of rock numbers Get Your Mind Right, Destination & The Sun and The Sea, to the emotive, yearning noir ballads of If You Love Her and Looking To Love Somebody and the new wave inflicted power pop of Turnaround and Stand In.

Barry has ultimately channelled himself to make an album that is unmistakably Barry Adamson, gravitating finally to the core of who he is and revealing his findings to startling results.  Adamson as an artist and an auteur has firmly hit a new peak in his creative stride and, finally free of the shackles of mute obsequiousness, he has created both the album of his career and an album for the year.


9 SEPTEMBER SUNDAY – FLY BY NIGHT- 1 Holdsworth St, Fremantle WA
Tix $43.50 + bf Phone (08) 9430 5976 or online

11 SEPTEMBER TUESDAY - CORNER HOTEL - 57 Swan St, Richmond, Melbourne VIC  
Tix $45 + bf through The Corner Box Office Phone (03) 9427 9198 or online at

12 SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY - THE FACTORY THEATRE - 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville, Sydney NSW
Tix $45 + bf Phone (02) 9550 3666 or online at


Tix $35 + bf (03) 62348600 or $40 at the door

16 SEPTEMBER SUNDAY – THE BEETLE BAR – 350 Upper Roma St, Brisbane QLD
Tix $25 + bf through oztix

For more information about Barry Adamson, visit his official website