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.
A visit to a DVD store resulted in me returning home with a CD by a local act instead of a copy of the Steve Coogan movie I had planned to borrow. Trying to find a link between a film featuring the hilariously awful Alan Partridge and an alternative country folk duo is not possible, although Coogan does allow his character to have moments of melancholy.
Hello those that love my lame article introductions, Daniel here with an account of what’s been happening at the venue trading under the name “The Eastern” these days. Located at 81 Humffray Street, North Ballarat, The Eastern has changed hands many times over the years (previously known as Eastern Station Hotel) and has had many different owners’ gimmicks in promoting itself (the previous owners had an article in Ballarat’s local newspaper titled “Australia’s Most Haunted Hotel”).
Don’t you go forgetting the swing dancing, cabaret and vaudeville extravaganza that is the Gangsters’ Ball. Taking place on September 13 at The Forum in Melbourne, the event is a fabulous recreation of a 1930s Speakeasy Club. Performers include Stephanie van der Strumpf, Frankie Faux, Mr. Gørski, The Great Gordo, Ruby Rubberlegs, Headfirst and The Sault Poets. Dress to kill.