G’day Forte Readers,
As we write this, the sun is out and Spring has most definitely sprung.
We’ve just returned from BIGSOUND in Brisbane, where Al and Paddy from the MV team spent a few days soaking up the best music talent Australia has to offer. We were thrilled to see so many acts from regional Victoria in the spotlight including Didirri, Oh Pep, Alice Skye, and Castlemaine local and winner of Triple J Unearthed – Kian Brownfield.
Speaking of regional musos, in the next month, we’re going to spending quite a bit of time with them, running a series of interactive workshops from 1-10 October. The “This Must Be The Place” workshops see us visiting Upwey, Mornington Peninsula, Bendigo, Ballarat and Torquay with our friends from The Push. These free professional development workshops aim to provide local musicians and their community with tools and valuable information behind social media and online music streaming. We would LOVE to see you there, so make sure you register for your tickets at http://www.musicvictoria.com.au/events/.
In other news, the past few weeks have been a sad time for the local music community, as we lost two Melbourne music greats, with the passing of Spencer P Jones and Conway Savage.
Jones wrote some of the most enduring Australian rock songs for acclaimed rock bands including The Johnnys, Beasts of Bourbon, The Sacred Cowboys and Hell to Pay. He was also an in-demand gun slinger for hire, performing with music royalty including Renee Geyer and Paul Kelly. He forged a brilliant solo career, releasing ten incredible solo albums with various respected musicians including members of the Drones.
Conway Savage worked with Spencer too, but was best known as piano and organ player and backing singer for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. He also performed with artists including Kim Salmon, Dave Graney, Suzie Higgie, as well as records for David McComb and Robert Forster, and released a number of excellent solo albums. In addition to this, he was the uncle of acclaimed singer songwriter Cash Savage.
In times like this, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the great music these heroes gifted us with. If you’ve got some time, get those headphones on, close your eyes, and immerse yourself in their wonderful music.
See you at the regional workshops.
Laura and the Music Vic crew
We recently welcomed the team behind Maldon Made as a not-for-profit member of Music Victoria.
Maldon Made bring you the best events in the Maldon area, which is notable for its 19th century appearance – maintained since gold rush days! Maldon Made transform historic locations into music venues – SteamPacket (at The Historic Maldon Railway Station) and SteamRoller (at The Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum). For a truly unique music experience, check out one of their upcoming shows at http://maldonmade.org
Gig of the month
Fulton Street ‘Problems & Pain’ Album Launch – Saturday September 22
Feeling Funky? Fulton Street are an exhilarating 7-piece band making waves in Melbourne’s rich soul music scene. Led by commanding vocalist, Shannen Wick and featuring a rock solid rhythm section and dynamic horns, Fulton Street combines the classic elements of soul and R&B with magnetic energy to create an irresistible sound and have cemented themselves as one smoking hot band on the rise. With support from local heroes Butterfunked, this will be one soulful, dancey time.