Blues pairings don’t get much cooler than Chris Wilson and Geoff Achison, with both players having been an essential part of Australian blues for many years. Chris joined the band Sole Twisters in 1984, before joining Harem Scarem the following year. While a member of Harem Scarem, Wilson lent his harmonica skills to Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls’ debut, Gossip. He has been releasing solo material since 1992. Geoff arrived on the blues scene in the 1990s through the Dutch Tilders. He is widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest guitarists.
When asked the important questions such as ‘What Australian biscuit complements your cup of tea in the green goom before a show?’ REMi really doesn’t know how to answer at all. We’re chatting about his new record Raw X Infinity which was released over the last few weeks and he is relating to me about how the after-party following gigs can go either one of two ways. They can be what you’d usually expect, or the downtime and relaxed post-show celebrations would most likely involve Chinese jasmine tea and a serve of Mongolian BBQ, rather than a hard Australian biscuit.
As you fine readers may have stumbled across last issue, Ocean Grove is set to host the local leg of a worldwide charity concert next month – the first version to take place in Australia. The Light of Day charity concert is staged in aid of Australian and US Parkinson’s charities. Its origins begin in 1998 when artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin set out to celebrate his 40th birthday. At the time recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Bob asked for donations to be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in lieu of birthday gifts.
Gas Light is a 1938 play penned by British dramatist Patrick Hamilton that tells the story of a couple whose relationship is questioned by an outsider. Set in London in 1880, the play takes place within the home of Jack and Bella. Bella believes she is going insane, while Jack’s unexplained disappearances only fuel the problem. Following the arrival of a police detective, questions begin to arise.
REMINDER: Fun4Kids Festival is Australia’s best children’s festival. 2014’s event is an eight day ripper featuring 15 zones of kids’ entertainment and activities. Taking place inside a purpose-built 2.5 acre indoor village, Fun4Kids takes place daily from Sunday, June 29 through Sunday, July 6. Festival doors open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information please visit fun4kids.com.au.
Surfcoast grunge group The Underhanded are about to release their debut EP, Superpsycho. The EP was recorded at Melbourne’s Birdland studios with producer Rob Long and is due for release later this year. The Underhanded features Patrick Doolan on vocals, Ian Hawkins on bass, Jarrah Taylor on drums and guitarist Cory Balloch, who says they all really enjoyed recording the EP.
With the massive rise in popularity of electronic music, more and more musicians are turning to software such as Ableton Live to create, produce and perform their artistic visions. With the mid-year intake into Oxygen College’s Electronic Music Production course commencing in July, I caught up with Chris Wheelwright who runs the EMP program at Oxygen to find out about the course and how to begin your journey into electronic music.
So back in 2010 Dave Wright and Liam Cameron began playing shows under the moniker Once Upon a Time in the West. Things worked okay, but there was a little something missing. A little two something’s missing. Enter Rob Barber and Tim Cavanagh and a name change to Dave Wright & The Midnight Electrics. Busting out their narrative-driven rock with a country tinge, the band released their debut EP in 2012.
Who is the Peppercorn Queen? That would be Jackie Marshall, a Queensland-raised singer-songwriter and AMP shortlisted artist with 1001 tales to tell. Her latest release is EP The Good Life, an album that has been in the planning for five years. Recorded in an old tobacco shed in New South Wales, the EP features three original songs and three covers.
As we have become accustomed to, Martians Café has a few wonderful gigs coming your way. This Saturday, June 28, Tiffany Eckhardt and Dave Steel will perform. Regarded by many as the most dynamic couple in Australian blues folk, the pair’s latest release is Big Big Sky. On July 5 blues/acoustic/roots songman Benny Walker will perform. Hailing from regional Victoria, Benny has attracted a loyal following both locally and abroad. And on July 12 you have the always cool Dave Graney.