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Wrapping up 2015 …

Some brief notes of a few records that haven’t been previously noted …. And then on to 2016!  The first big release of which looks to be Lucinda’s Ghosts of Highway 20 – the two songs off it she did at her recent Sydney gig “Dust” and the title track are available now and sound great. 50 Million Beers – Welcome Stranger  (website) The Beers are stalwarts of the... read more

Dave & Phil Alvin and The Guilty Ones @ The Basement

When the Bluesfest acts (and therefore, most importantly for me, Bluesfest sideshows in Sydney acts) were announced, one stood right out as my must-see: Dave and Phil Alvin (with The Guilty Ones).    They did not disappoint. Phil has the horizonless, slightly tart classic blues shouter voice and Dave the songwriting and lead guitar, which you think would make them perfectly suited to each other musically... read more

Out on The Weekend – Melbourne

I booked my flights and accommodation to go to this new festival back in July when it was first announced.  A bit of an impulse buy ’tis true but I loved the line up and consider it my contribution to supporting a new Americana fest. I did make the promise, since I spent all this cash going south,  not to see any of the individual artists when they did Sydney shows, which somehow I stuck to –... 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

Bob 2014

I’m doing Bob’s five Sydney shows in September – 3 at the State and 2 at the Opera House.  I decided not to go interstate since there are 5 in Sydney and one shouldn’t be greedy and also the seated arrangement means its a lottery as to how close to the front you can get (I will spare you my thoughts on the somewhat shambolic organisation of the sales, suffice to say Chuggy could... read more

Hanggai – The Basement

  Chinese band Hanggai put on another great show at the Basement a few weeks back.  Pretty similar to their 2012 show at the same venue – with addition of some tunes from their new album Baifang – which is fine by me because they are great. Lead singer Ilchi is a real rock star and the blend of traditional instruments like the morin khuur blend perfectly with the Fenders.  And of course... read more

Must See: Valerie June

  A big discovery last year was Valerie June and her debut album Pushin’ Against a Stone.    She’s going to be at Bluesfest this year, and is opening for Booker T in Sydney and Melbourne.   I love Booker T and would be going to see him anyway, but it’s a pity Valerie June isn’t getting her own show.  I predict (hope) she’ll be back soon as a headliner. Here’s a... 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

Recent Live Shows

Leonard Cohen, Ent Cent, November What more can one say about Leonard Cohen?  What need one say?  Nothing.   He is sublime. If you are not of this view, pray shuffle on from my presence (far from my presence) in silence. A photo I took. And a video I didn’t.   Mandy Patinkin and Nathan Gunn, Opera House, December Like all right thinking people my first wave of obsession with Mandy Patinkin was from... read more

Jamgrass

At the Red Rattler tonight for some beards n... read more

BRUCE Slideshow

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BRUCE

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

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

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