Songman Daniel Champagne is slowly winding up his final Australian tour for the year, a tour which began back in March. While most five-year-olds are running around committing felonies, Daniel had a guitar in his hand. It has pretty much been there since. Writing songs from the age of 12 and classically trained throughout his teen years, the young songman left school at the age of 18 with an eye cast on the big open road.
Through fusing toe-tapping country dance hall fun with urban blues and folk-rock, Bellarine Peninsula’s Murdena have created a sound that tips its hat to the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Shovels and Rope and Mason Jennings. And it would seem the music world is taking notice, with the band taking out top honours in the Foot in the Door competition at Queenscliff Music Festival in 2012, as well as winning the Tamworth Music Festival’s Battle of the Bands Competition in 2013.
As Dr. Seuss wrote – ‘A person’s a person, no matter how small’. There is a joy found in children that is so free that it is utterly infectious. Plus, they are the coolest toys you could have. They don’t even need batteries. So why shouldn’t kids have a festival just to themselves?
Thin Lizzy, Mötley Crüe, The Angels – Adelaide’s Laced in Lust have been likened to bands with some serious rock credentials. The band performed their first show in 2012, finding success early when they took out the Rocking Angel Bourbon Encouragement Award. The prize money allowed the band to self-fund and release their debut single ‘Fire’.
Multi-platinum Irish folk band The High Kings will hit Australia shortly for a healthy run of shows across September and October. The band is the combined talents of Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden, four men from accomplished musical pedigrees.
Songwoman Melody Pool and songman Marlon Williams have announced a monster co-headlining tour which is due to kick off next month. With songs reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne, Melody released her debut album, The Hurting Scene, last year. Thanks to a successful crowdfunding effort, the young Kurri Kurri songbird found herself recording the album in Nashville.
A particularly shady pawnshop in Brunswick is where the story of punk rockers The Sinking Teeth begins. More accurately, the flat above a particularly shady pawnshop in Brunswick is where the story begins. You see, there were holes in the walls and the roof leaked. The owner of the pawnshop also threatened the band with shooting if they practised there. What’s an aspiring band to do? Not let the threat of shooting get in the way. So they set about writing tunes and had some epic parties.
Chatting with the guys from the Surf Coast’s own Barbarella is like listening to some sort of mutual admiration society. Barb Peppard and Evan Jones are just so full of praise for each other’s abilities and clearly deeply respect each other as musicians. The duo plays a mixture of a few covers and Barb’s original songs, with Evan providing the lead guitar alongside Barb’s acoustic rhythm and beautiful vocals. They met while playing in a backing band for Victoriana Gaye and then decided to play some solo gigs.
On July 1 songbird Tracy McNeil will release her new album, Nobody Ever Leaves. The album is one which fuses two worlds – that of her homeland, Canada, and her now permanent Australian residency. Tracy said hello to Melbourne’s music world as one-half of alt-country-folk duo Fireside Bellows; the other half being Jordie Lane.
Playing music that nourishes the soul, Grace Barbé is an artist whose music has been compared to Angelique Kidjo and Miriam Makeba. While the Seychelles islander’s music is filled with the cultural influences of her Indian Ocean heritage, touches of modern reggae, pop and soul dance playfully within her sound.