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  1. Spiderbait Mojo

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    Spiderbait is one of Australia’s rock’n’roll national treasures.

    Damien Whitty, Janet English and Kram or Mark Anthony Maher have played together since they were 12 years old.

    Decades of musical collaboration, creativity and god given talent reveal a powerfully loving and mutually supportive bond that is irresistible to their world wide fan base, devotees of a spiritual variety!

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    I experienced my maiden voyage on starship Spiderbait last night at Melbourne’s iconic music venue the Corner Hotel in Richmond.

    We arrived at 10pm and the room was SOLD OUT packed to the rafters and Spiderbait were in full flight. ...
  2. SMADJ from Istanbul and Paris to Australia.

    3CR's Werner Martin with Jean-Pierre Smadja (SMADJ). Image by Kerrie Pacholli ©

    I had the pleasure of meeting Tunisian born, Parisian musician Jean-Pierre Smadja aka SMADJ who is currently on tour along the east coast of Australia performing with his signature Oud, both acoustic and electric.

    With it’s origins in the Middle East the Oud is considered a sacred instrument and described as the King of Instruments. Legend has it that the Oud was invented by Lamech, the sixth grandson of Adam from the pharaonic era stretching back over 5,000 years.

    Smadj grew up listening to Oriental, Brazilian, funk and folk ...
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  3. Blues dudes Ivan Zar and Werner Martin

    Delta Blues singer / songwriter Ivan Zar with 3CR's Blues journalist and presenter Werner Martin. Photograph ©

    I had the opportunity of filming a live to air interview at 3CR between Blues journalist / presenter Werner Martin and visiting Blues legend Ivan Zar.

    Ivan painted a picture through word and song about his experiences touring indigenous communities throughout the Kimberley over a 20 year period. Fascinating to say the least. And I will present that footage in the not too distant future for you viewing pleasure.

    In the interim I would like to inform our readers about some gigs that are coming
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  4. Legendary bluesman Ivan Zar at The Retreat

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    Performing Sunday 1st November 2015 at The Retreat Hotel, 280 Sydney Road, Brunswick between 5 – 7pm.

    Delta Bluesman Ivan Zar.

    Born in Alexandria, Egypt in Memphis Street, Ivan Zar migrated to Western Australia with his parents age 13. He was drawn to the Blues at an early age and taught himself to play the harmonica and Delta Blues style guitar.

    In 1968 he began writing his own songs and formed his first band “King Biscuit Co”. Since then, Ivan has supported many of the international touring acts as either a solo performer
    or with one of his many subsequent bands.

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  5. Eugene Hamilton and the Money

    ‘I’m on fire’ single launch

    Live at MEMO Music Hall – 90 Acland Street St Kilda
    Saturday 24 October, 2015
    Doors open 8pm
    Tickets: $18 – $25 @trybooking or MEMO Music Hall

    Eugene Hamilton (AKA musician David Bowers) and The Money are releasing their version of Bruce Springsteen’s 1985 hit ‘I’m On Fire’ as performed as if ‘live via satellite from Hawaii’ in 1972.

    Other members of the band have played with Cat Empire, Melbourne Ska orchestra, Ross Wilson Band, Vaudeville Smash, Hunters and Collectors, Basement Jaxx, Shirley Bassey, Russell Morris and even Isaac Hayes amongst others.

    Martin ...
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  6. The EXTREMES at Beachcomber Fri. 2 Oct. @ 8pm

  7. Solquemia perform at Vamos

    Last Thursday, diners at Vamos Cocina+Bar+Musica in Little Bourke street, Melbourne were treated to a live performance by Solquemia, a flamenco duo featuring guitarist Alejandro Florez and dancer/percussionist Aya Kitaoji.

    Alejandro Florez, who founded Solquemia in 2009, is a highly skilled musician and composer, whose guitar style embraces traditional Flamenco as well as Latin Jazz and Rumba.

    Aya Kitaoji, principle dancer of Senes Flamenco, provided the highlight of each of three sets by dancing Soleares, Sevillanas and Alegria with superb grace and style, to Florez's virtuosic guitar. In between, she tucked up her lavish ...
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  8. STILLWATER at Beachcomber Cafe & Rest on 5 July 2015

    Aldo & John Lennard

    Solid gold hits and rock / soul classics performed by heritage duo … STILLWATER … unplugged and wired for sound …. STILLWATER’S John & Aldo who were original members of Rock / Pop group Kaleidoscope, Lennard Brothers and 60’s fold group The Wanderers are back on the road doing what they do best, entertaining audiences with amazing harmonies and vibrant charisma.

    The Beachcomber Cafe is one of the best gig’s in town with great food, beverage and sound, on the beach with spectacular views of the bay. Be entertained in style…


    WHERE: Beachcomber Restaurant, St Kilda ...
  9. Sun Rising Rock'n'Roll Tribute Band

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    In the 1950’s Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash spearheaded the pathway for Rock n Roll to enter the mainstream music industry. They achieved phenomenal success and also opened the flood gates of global appreciation for “Black Music”, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Soul and Country, music that is the heart and soul of Sun Records.

    With this powerful mojo at play, it was Sun Records producer Sam Phillips and his fundamental experience, appreciation and vision that gave birth to Rock'n'Roll as we know it today.

    This richly layered history is what propels Melbourne’s Sun Rising Rock'n'Roll Tribute Band to live and breath this music and strive for excellence. ...
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  10. The Blues unrooted ...

    Perth based Delta Blues man Ivan Zar

    Blues … a pulse of the soul … for some a gateway to salvation and others a mystical resonance, either way the Blues is a timeless rhyme that hits our core.

    Williamstown’s Way Out West Roots Music Club today hosted the June 2015 benefit concert for 3CR’s R&B shows’ Nightowls On Rhythm presented by Steve Fraser and The Hot Damn Tamale presented by Werner Martin.

    The afternoon featured top Rhyme and Blues artists from around the country with Sweet Felicia & The Honeytones featuring Fast Eddy Boyle, the legendary Delta Blues artist Ivan Zar from Perth, Dan Robinson’s Wild Cherries, ...
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  11. Santiago Cañón Valencia – Win 2 tickets!

    Lady Southey, AC is proudly launching her signature series of concerts with the incredible Santiago Cañón Valencia. Having been hailed by critics as “a phenomenon” and “without doubt already one of the finest cellists on the world stage today”, the young virtuoso cellist Santiago, has established himself as one of the most exciting, emerging musical talents.

    Santiago Cañón Valencia (born May 9, 1995 in Bogotá, Cundinamarca) is a Colombian cellist. He comes from a family of musicians (his father is a clarinetist of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra and his sister is a violinist). His mother started teaching him cello when he was 4 years ...
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  12. FRANK YAMMA at Yarra Hotel 7 Feb 2015

    Saturday 7 Feb @ Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford (tickets here)

    Frank Yamma released his album Uncle in October 2014 following a stand-out year of touring the far corners of the globe including a guest spot for Joan Baez in Canada, a standing ovation at WOMEX ’14 in Spain and a sold out album launch at AWME in Melbourne.

    The SA based Pitjantjatjara man sings in his native languages as well as English, with songs of country, protection, heartache and love that show the continuity of a musician that is hitting his peak with grace and conviction. Now Melbourne audiences have a chance to catch him this February in a headline show ...

    Updated 6th February 2015 at 11:42 PM by Mick Pacholli

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  13. LEO SAYER Restless Years

    The newly released Leo Sayer album, RESTLESS YEARS, today debuted at #39 on ARIA charts. The albumalso came in at #25 on the National ARIA Physical Chart and #9 in the NSW ARIA Chart. This is the first time inseven years Leo has returned to the Australian charts and with his first Top 40 album in over 30 years!

    From his debut 1973 smash hit The Show Must Go On to his 2006 UK No 1 remix of Thunder In My Heart,Leo Sayer has carved an incredible career including selling 80 million albums and a recipient of a Grammyaward. RESTLESS YEARS is his first studio album in six years with 13 brand new songs ranging in a variety ofgenres from Pop to ...

    Updated 5th February 2015 at 06:34 PM by Pation Pics

    Authors and Contributors , Music Business , Pation Pics , Music
  14. Black Pearl Studios Xmas 2014

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    This year's Black Pearl Studios Christmas party exploded with some of Melbourne’s much loved musicians / singers / songwriters and industry folk.

    I was lucky to enjoy and share this impromptu performance of Crossroads by one of Melbourne’s rock ‘n’ roll royalty Jimmy Cupples; who was blown away by this amazing studios majestic digs and live performance sound scape, likening it to the calibre and magic created by Abby Road Studio.

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  15. Dayle Allison Walker album launch Fri. 5 Dec. 2014

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    Melbourne based singer / songwriter, academic and author Dayle Allison Walker will be performing at Albert Park Yacht Club this Friday evening the 5th December 2014 along with her band FolkUs to celebrate Xmas with the launch of her latest album titled ‘Sanctuary’.

    Throughout her early years as a singer, Dayle released an album with Mushroom Records, and toured with artists such as Marcia Hines, Steve Groves (Tintin) andJohnny Chester. As a studio session singer she worked with well-known artists, such as Tommy Emmanuel, Paul Rabowski and Mike Brady. Dayle has performed in a wide variety of genres and settings, in country music and acoustic folk, with touring bands, in cabaret and theatre,
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