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Music Talks|Indie Music Blog

Tracey Arbon of Music Talks has chosen me as the feature folk artist for the May issue. The article covers my musical journey and those pivotal moments that pushed me into a singer songwriter world. Sometimes singing in the shower pays off.

You can discover many new artists on this platform, so click on the link and enjoy!

2018-08-24T01:40:20+00:00May 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Netgigs

The Netgigs story started in a suburban backyard and I was proud to have been invited by the wonderful Joe Mac to perform on the acoustic show  with Jack Buchanan and Ben McNeil. Netgigs is a streaming service for live music. The team have recorded a full series of shows, mainly with bands until this last episode, which is fully acoustic.

This show was recorded and live streamed March 17, 2018. Recently, each set has been turned into an individual show and you can access my show here

Watch the trailer here

Joe had a vision which he has now made global.

Netgigs filmed bands and solo artists at Fowler’s Live just prior to the closure.  But, the footage was presented at Big Sound Music Conference 2018 in Brisbane. This has lead to more opportunities for Netgigs and we have been watching it grow ever since.

2019-03-21T03:24:41+00:00March 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

SCALA News

SCALA is back with a full program

SCALA returned after the 2019 Fringe on March 21 and healthy sized audiences continue to attend these great showcases. Subscribe to our fortnightly email to keep up to date with who is appearing.  Apply online for a spotlight and / or showcase.

Our open mic at Boomers’ Cafe is in full swing and everyone is welcome to this Mosley Square venue in Glenelg. Every second Friday (opposite week to SCALA)

Song Kitchen is still operating at the Box Factory, but look out for some upcoming changes.

Sadly, the Gawler event has been put on the back burner due to lack of bodies to run the proceedings. Too much for one man. If you would like to help out, please contact us via FB or email on our website, for more information.

 

Keep an eye on the new look SCALA Website and/or FB Page for details of the coming events.


The AGM held on April 5, 2018  saw a new, enlarged SCALA Board elected, increasing from 8 to 12 members. This strategy has proved successful, with major improvements made to the website, communication and running of events.

You can be involved by being part of one of the sub-committees. Contact SCALA through the website and let us know what you would like to be part of: Staging; Door person; MC; Newsletter; Grant applications; Website management; Talent scout; FOOM and many more

 

 

2019-04-10T02:18:14+00:00August 1st, 2017|0 Comments

FNQ Tripping

Northern Lights

I make an annual pilgrimage north to visit family and old friends each year and my most recent trip was in October 2018. This time, I went when the weather was just perfect and I took with me, my husband, eldest son and his partner.

We landed there right on my mother’s birthday. Carinya Aged Care, where she now resides, celebrates everyone’s birthday on the second Tuesday of the month. In the afternoon, they had their ‘Happy Hour’ and served beer and wine. I was invited to perform for everyone during this happy afternoon event. A lovely attentive crowd and there was even dancing!

Mum turned an amazing 93!

2019-03-21T04:06:07+00:00May 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Good Heart

A rather drawn out affair, recording began in September 2016.  With help from Emily A Smith, Ali Foster, Shireen Khemlani, Mick Albeck we laid down the beginnings of six new tracks. Under the steady mixing hand of Anthony Stewart at Red Brick Music and Neville Clark, Master of mastering, at Disk Edits I released a single ‘I Tried To Write A Christmas Song’ in time for Christmas.

Back in the studio in December, I made a start on a further four tracks and was overjoyed when the Sherrahs agreed to add their amazing harmonies. During 2017, the rest of tracks came together and I was able to launch Good Heart in November.

Good Heart EP in the Charts!

Good Heart EP spent several weeks in the 3DRadio 20+1 charts in December / January peaking at No.5.

A few of the tracks, mainly Good Heart; Pity Me and Can’t Stand By have hit the No.1 and 2 spots Australia wide on N1M [online music platform]. Chic Chic Boom has hit No.4 for N1M Americana charts in Australia!

The Pity Me music video has received an award for Best Americana Music Video and the track is being played over 50+ digital radio stations around the planet.

Review and Interview

Checkout BSide Magazine Issue #99 for an up close and personal Q&A on pages 64-65 and review of the launch Issue #101 on the very back page

October update: All tracks have now been mastered by Neville Clark at Disk Edits. Courtney Robb has designed the artwork.

2019-03-21T03:10:30+00:00December 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Radio News

2019

In April I am phoning in to speak with Cathy and Clint on their Friday morning show 12th on 3MDR 91.7fm and in studio with Chris Carpenter on Thursday Hills Chat show at Hills Radio 88.7fm Thursday 18th.

Monthly Reports of Pity Me from Akademia Radio

January 5795 spins across 50 digital stations around the world.

February 6910 spins in February on 58 stations

March 8576 spins over 74 Digital Radio Stations


2018

In November  I was guest artist on Radio Adelaide 101.5FM show Song Catcher Monday night 12th. If you missed the show, you can listen back on the podcast here2018

In September After my gig at Three Brothers Arms in Macclesfield, I was invited into Hills Radio 88.9FM in Mt Barker to chat with Crash Carpenter on his Hills Chat Show.  We talked about my impending release Taking It Well and my plans for Tamworth.

  • Radio Adelaide 101.5fm has added my new EP Taking It Well to their station library
  • Hills Radio 88.7fm has added my new EP Taking It Well to their station library
  • Country Capital Radio [digital station in Tamworth] has uploaded Good Heart and my new EP Taking It Well.
  • AMRAP Airit also uploaded all three tracks from my new EP Taking It Well
  • 3MDR97.1FM uploaded my new EP and invited me onto Breakfast with Cathy and Clint

In August a couple of stations went back into Airit to find some more tracks for their libraries

  • 2BAB 92.7FM in Sanctuary Point NSW added my 2014 release, Running Away 

  • VOX FM in Woolloongong NSW added my 2015 releases Beautiful Girl; Fortune Of A Soldier; Broken Down as well as the 2014 release, Running Away 

  • Michael Crichton at 3WBC continues to add my tracks to his play list

Chic Chic Boom, Good Heart and Can’t Stand By was accepted by AMRAP Airit services and made available to Community Radio Stations around Australia as of July 1.

In July the following stations added Chic Chic Boom to their playlist and/or libraries.

  • Tribe FM in Willunga SA 
  • Access All on 97.9 Valley FM in Parkes NSW 
  • Sunday Breakfast on Highland FM in Bowral NSW is playing Chic Chic Boom; Good Heart and Can’t Stand By!
  • Mostly Folk fun and Friends on Whitehorse Boroondara fm Community radio in Ashburton Vic is playing Chic Chic Boom; Good Heart and Can’t Stand By!
  • New Grooves on 96.5 Inner FM in Heidelberg Vic
  • Sat’day Muster on Fleurieu FM in Victor Harbour SA
  • Lunch Box on 2XX FM in Canberra ACT
  • 5GTR FM in Mt Gambier SA
  • Tjuma Pulka Media Aboriginal Corporation in Kalgoorlie WA
  • VOX FM in Woolloongong NSW has added  Chic Chic Boom; Good Heart and Can’t Stand By to their station library!
  • King Island Community Radio on King Island Tasmania
  • The AMRAP Show on 5GTR FM in Mount Gambier SA is playing Good Heart!
  • Breakfast on 2MCE FM in Bathurst NSW

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Before my launch of Chic Chic Boom at Two Chics and A Boom Umbrella show, I managed a quick interview with Phoenix on his Threedradio show 93.7fm The Cuckoo Nest Thursday 19th July.

The single Chic Chic Boom has also been aired on ‘New Grooves’ program on 96.5 Inner FM, Melbourne

Ian Crombie is still playing my tracks on Newcastle Radio 16 and just recently Mark Theile from 5Triple Z in McLaren Vale is programming tracks from the Good Heart EP during Folk Harvest.

Thanks goes to Tonk’n Along with Tonks for airing Pity Me on Voice Of The Avon 101.3FM

Thank you to Rachel Connor for airing Pity Me on her fab radio show – such an apt song for The Grave Yard Shift on Triple R – 3RRR 102.7FM

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2019-04-10T02:42:33+00:00November 12th, 2014|2 Comments

Adelaide Songs

2019 Features


Stone Pony

Adelaide Songs performed to a SOLD OUT crowd at The Stone Pony in Willunga Saturday April 7th. Ably support by  Goldstein.

Songs of The Mid-North

In late November, we travelled to Burra and Auburn to host sessions with local writers and organisations.  We invited anyone wanting to join with us to write songs about the mid north. The sessions were successful in drawing interest and were followed up in January. The shows will be held in 2019 SA History Festival.

May 18 Burra Town Hall 7:30pm

May 19 Peterborough Town Hall 3pm

May 25 Old Courthouse Auburn 7:30pm

May 26 Nexus Cabaret Adelaide 2pm

This is a HATs project for which they have received a grant through Country Arts SA and you can find more details on their website.

Adelaide Fringe Show

The Adelaide Songs crew presented another show during the 2019 Adelaide Fringe.  Four great shows and four great audiences witnessed the debut performances of some new songs and a smattering of the old and loved tunes. We received two 4 Star reviews from InDaily and The Clothesline.

Big thanks to La Bohème for having us at their lovely venue. We hope people will continue to support them during what is a very tough period for them while they wait for the ongoing renovations of Her Majesty’s Theatre which has impacted their trade significantly.

Variety Show

Paul Roberts, Alan Hartley and myself presented a few songs from our impending Fringe Show at The Gov Variety Show Saturday 16th Feb. We shared the stage with a fab line up of great entertainers including Jimmy Marin (Music) | Nick Coutts (Music) | Kim Le (Comedy) | Rudes (Comedy) | Yorke Heath (Music) | NeverLight (Music) Thanks to Ross Voss for putting on this great show.

 

Recording at Wizard Tone Studios

Very exciting news, we finally stepped into the recording studio in November to begin an official Album.  We laid down four songs and returned for two more sessions in January. An album launch is planned for The SA History Festival in May and as a bonus, Satomi Ohnishi, our hard working percussionist, is working on an official song book!
There may well be a couple of early releases pre Fringe, so keep you ears open.  Hint: I urge you tune into your favourite community radio stations.


2018 News

Pitching Battles

We took a presentation of the project to SAPA via Country Arts SA in Noarlunga at The Hopgood Theatre in June.

As a result we were invited to part of the Back To Back Short Show Festival at The Star Theatre in Hilton, October 20th.

We were also asked to present a short set for the History Trust, at their Making History Conference, November 2.  This, an apt  lead up to the 2019 SA History Festival.

The same pitch landed us a corporate gig in Gawler in October 2019 at the Gawler Institute.

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2019-04-10T02:23:31+00:00August 3rd, 2014|0 Comments

Appearance History

Olive Branch Cafe, Balhannah, SA April 7 2019

Stone Pony, Willunga, SA April 6 2019

House Concert, Packenham, Vic Mar 29 2019

The Drunken Poet, West Melbourne, Vic Mar 27 2019

La Bohème Cocktail Bar, Adelaide SA Feb 28 – Mar 3 2019

The Gov Front Bar, Hindmarsh, SA, Feb 16 2019

The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Mile End, SA, Jan 31 2019

Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW, Jan 20 2019

Imperial Brewhouse, Songcrafters, Tamworth, NSW, Jan 22 2019

PO Hotel Tamworth, NSW, Jan 22 2019

Coca Cola Stage Tamworth Town Hall, NSW, Jan 23 2019

City Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW, Jan 23 2019

Imperial Brewhouse Songcrafters, Tamworth, NSW, Jan 23 2019

Regional Australia Bank Stage, Tamworth, NSW, Jan 24 2019

Peel Inn, Nundle NSW, Jan 24 2019

DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW, Jan 25 2019

2018

The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, Nov 22 2018

Womstock, Flaxley, Nov 18 2018

Radio Adelaide 101.5fm, Song Catcher Nov 12 2018

3D Radio 93.7m, The Cuckoo’s Nest Nov 1 2018

The Wheatsheaf Hotel – Thebarton, Nov 1 2018

Star Theatres, Hilton, Nov 20 2018

Carinya Aged Care, Atherton Qld, Oct 9 2018

BSide Community Stage – Semaphore Music Festival, Port Adelaide, Oct 1 2018

Breakfast Show 3MDR91.7fm Upwey South, Victoria, Sep 21 2018

Hills Radio 88.7fm, Mt Barker, Sep 12 2018

The Three Brother’s Arms Hotel, Macclesfield, Sep 7 2018

Fowler’s Live, Adelaide, Aug 24 2018

The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, Aug 9 2018

The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, July 20 2018

The Station Hotel, Newcastle, June 17 2018

Ed Castle, Adelaide, May 21 2018

The Drunken Poet, West Melbourne, May 9 2018

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2019-04-10T02:20:26+00:00January 21st, 2014|0 Comments

Regular Events

It is official, attending live music events makes you feel better

So if life is getting you down and even if it’s not, turn off the TV and get into live music. Whether to listen or participate, here are some FREE or very low price events.


Regular live music events that you can be part of..any day of the week

Monday you can tune into 3D Radio 93.7FM Hill Billy Hoot on Monday nights 8-9pm you may hear me and other talented locals or listen online www.threedradio.com OR come to Lindey Reserve Nelson St Stepney and be part of the fun live! FREE Event

You can then go onto Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam at The Grace Emily in Waymouth St for more smashing open mic antics. Yes there is a BBQ! FREE Event (more…)

2019-04-10T02:46:54+00:00August 8th, 2013|0 Comments