It never hurts to take a look at what is happening a little later in the year, especially when it involves the Maldon Folk Festival. Held annually for more than four decades, the festival is a weekend of music, dance and theatre. International performers include Beth Patterson, Kristina Olsen, Fiona Ross, Colin O’Brien and The Stage Hogs, while local performers include The Woohoo Review, The BordererS, Damien Howard, Janette Geri, Alanna & Alicia, The Capitalist Pigs and The Go Set.
A dramatic topic wrapped in a goodtime feel isn’t the easiest thing to pull off, but Melbourne blues and roots specialists The Hornets are pros. Climate change, or more accurately those who choose to deny or play it down, is a hot topic. It is also the inspiration for The Hornets’ new album, Dangerous Dancing.
It all started when Zac Norris, Alex Moorcroft and Aaron Saunders, three guys from pop punk bands in the Newcastle area, decided they wanted to play something a little heavier. So they started jamming, recruited James O’Hearn, and got down to business. Presented by Destruct Agency and The Artery Foundation, Rivalries hit the road next month with a helping hand from SA outfit Pridelands. The Edge Hotel, Mildura – August 16. (AA)
Any publicity is good publicity, or so they say, and it’s fair to say that the clip for Marcia Hines’ new track ‘Remedy’, which was directed by and features Russell Crowe, has received a share of flack. It’s doubtful either care, however. (Well…). Remedy is lifted from Hines’ recently released Amazing, her first album of original material in 20 years. The Sydney Morning Herald gave it four stars…
10 years ago Eskimo Joe released their sophomore album, A Song is a City. With its heart in their home city, the album has been described by frontman Kav Temperley as “about me, my friends, the people I love, and Fremantle. It’s the stories that go on between us”.
He has been tearing it up in Nashville and recently signed with the US-based Agency Group (The Pogues, Dead Kennedys), but Ash Grunwald has his sights set on a lengthy Australian run. In case you didn’t know Ash, along with his pal Xavier Rudd, enjoyed a run of shows in the US.
Brooklyn-based music-makers Obits are back for their second tour of Australia. What do they do? They play music in the areas of garage, punk and surf. You can call ’em surf-punk if you like. Garage-punk works, too. Just don’t be calling them surf-garage. The lads have a new album to show off, last year’s Bed & Bugs, the third in their career.
Well, here is some exciting news. Following a chat with the triple j crew, Melbourne rockers Kingswood will be hitting the road next month for an extensive run of shows in support of their debut album, Microscopic Wars. The album was recorded in Nashville’s Blackbird Studios with Vance Powell, known for his fine work at Jack Black’s Third Man Studios.
Bob Brown spent 20 years as leader of The Greens and has been involved in politics for most of his life. He has seen successive governments on both sides of the political divide come and go, and fought numerous campaigns championing human rights and fighting for the preservation of the environment. Throughout it all, he has managed to remain upbeat and optimistic. Where does this optimism come from, and how important is a positive outlook for propagating change?