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My Favourite Music 2016

Spotify Playlist My playlist of some of my favourite songs from 2016 (only one per album, it goes without saying many if not all these albums have more than one great song on them but … one per album). What our genre defining overlords have deemed is called “Americana” peppered with soul, blues, hip hop, rock of several stripes, gospel, “world”, some other stuff.  Get it into... read more

Dylan @ The Tivoli, August 27th

The Tivoli is on a drab one way street in a largely light industrial enclave, bookended by the Showgrounds (ghosts of many Ekkas past in the shuttered jacket potato stalls visible through the fence) and Fortitude Valley – think the blanker parts of Parramatta Rd, one shabby dollar store for every 10 residents side by side with a clutch of self consciously funky theme bars selling Vietnamese pork... read more

Springsteen Road Trip 2014

Between 15th February and 26th February this year I saw six Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band gigs, in four locations in three different states.   Here are some tl;dr raw statistics followed by super long rambling: By my count, over the six shows I saw a 107 different songs (willing to be corrected on this, maths are hard y’all) Run times of shows: 3hr 24m, 3hr 48m, 2hr 59m, 2hr 58m, 3hr 06m, 3hr... read more

Favourite Music 2013

That time again!       Roger Knox and Patty Griffin are clearly my numbers 1 and 2 but after that it’s all much of a muchness.  Looking over the list it’s clear this has been a fantastic year for female singer -songwriters particularly making their debut or their breakthrough albums.   I usually have a few “world music” entries in my list but there wasn’t much that grabbed me... read more

Mike Stinson – Hell and Half of Georgia

If you look at my profile of basically everything I listen to, you’ll see all the usual suspects but may be surprised to see at number 1 a singer you may (probably) not have heard of: Mike Stinson.     Yes, more spins than Dylan, Cohen, Bruce ….     This tally is largely the result of discovering his first three albums (Jack of all Heartache, The Jukebox is Your Heart, Last Fool in the... read more


See a slide show of photos here. Every week round my place is my own personal Fête de la Musique but a couple of weeks in March were very special. Friday 15th started with getting carried away by the cimbalom propelled stylings of Sydney-based The Volantinsky Trio  (the cimbalom sounds like a Doctor Who villain but is in fact a 78-string member of the hammered dulcimer family) at the  Blue Mountains Music... read more

8tracks Milestone

I recently posted my 100th 8tracks mix, a demonstration of my dedication to muso-narcissism.   My favourites generally are my “This Week’s Mix” which are 8 or 9 songs I’ve been listening to that week, of all genres and kinds.  Naturally the most popular in terms of other people listening and liking them are the ones on a theme.  Here are a couple of both.   [8tracks url=”[8tracks... read more

Robert Plant – Sydney Entertainment Centre

Last week the offer of a couple of tickets to Robert Plant at the Entertainment Centre came my way. As the only Led Zeppelin song I know is that stairway one (an neither honestly have I been all that grabbed by his recent excursions into Americana which is more in my wheelhouse) so I didn’t jump at the chance. That is until I later read that his touring band the Sensational Space Shifters included Justin... read more