Missy Higgins Announces Album Launch Tour This May

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If you’ve been anywhere near a radio recently you’ve no doubt heard Missy Higgins’ catchy new single “Futon Couch”. This is the first taster of Higgins’ upcoming fifth studio album Solastalgia, due in on the 4th May, and a definite evolution of her sound.

“Futon Couch” also has a new video directed by Josh Harris

“I think this was the most fun I’ve had filming a music video,” Missy Higgins explained. “I never thought I’d catch myself doing choreographed dancing in one of my film clips but if there’s any song I’ll ever do it for, it’s “Futon Couch”! I’m excited for people to see this, it’s very different for me!”

Check out the video for “Futon Couch” here:

To celebrate the release of Solastalgia Missy Higgins is heading out on a national tour this May, with support from singer-songwriter Gordi.

“I’m so excited to finally road-test my new tunes in all these beautiful venues across the country,” Higgins said. “This album is really different from anything I’ve done before, I think people will be really surprised, but I think the songs will fit nicely alongside my old material, too. There are a lot of female harmonies in the new material so I’m glad we’re gonna have four amazing women on stage belting them out!”

Missy Higgins will be touring with Ed Sheeran this March before her headline tour in May. Check out the full list of dates here:

Ed Sheeran w/ Missy Higgins
Monday 12th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 15th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 20th March – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 21st March – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD

Missy Higgins w/ Gordi
Sunday 8th April – Cottesloe Beach, Perth, WA
Friday 4th May – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th May – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Sunday 6th May – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, NSW
Tuesday 8th May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th May – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 12th May – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 13 May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Lucy Wise Announces New Album and Tour Dates

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Celebrated singer-songwriter Lucy Wise has announced plans to release her highly anticipated third album Winter Sun on the 6th April.

The album was produced and recorded by Nick Huggins at his studio in Point Lonsdale and features guest appearances from some of the best in the business including Justin Bernasconi, Rowena Wise, John Flanagan, Justin Olsson, Mischa Herman and Isaac Gunnoo.

The first taste of Winter Sun is the Appalachian inspired single “Solid Ground” – check out the official video here:

To celebrate the album Lucy Wise has a string of dates through Victoria, New South Wales and ACT throughout May with her trio made up of Holly Downes (bass) and Mischa Herman (accordion). The full list of dates are below:

Thursday 3rd May – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th May – Selby Community House, Selby, VIC
Wednesday 9th May – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 10th May – Camperdown Courthouse, Camperdown, VIC
Friday 11th May – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC
Saturday 12th May – Under the Sun, Strathbogie, VIC
Sunday 13th May – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Tuesday 15th May – Yackandandah Courthouse, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 19th May – House Concert, Bateman’s Bay, NSW
Sunday 20th May – House Concert, Bundanoon, NSW
Thursday 24th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 27th May – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW
Wednesday 30th May – Karbeethong Lodge, Mallacoota, VIC
Thursday 31st May Briagolong Hotel, Briagolong, VIC
Saturday 2nd June – Stratford Courthouse, Stratford, VIC
Sunday 3rd June – Gippsland Acoustic Music Club, Tyers, VIC

Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly Announce Co-Headline Tour

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Two of Australia’s most exciting emerging singer-songwriters, Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly, have announced plans for a co-headline tour this April.

Both Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly defined their 2017 with the powerful anthems “Not Worth Hiding” and “Boys Will Be Boys” respectively and seeing both of them come together is somewhat of a dream come true.

The full list of dates for the tour are below:

Thursday 12th April – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 13th April – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 14th April – Commonwealth Games Arts Forecourt, Southbank, QLD
Sunday 15th April – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Thursday 19th April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th April – Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, WA
Saturday 21st April – The River, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 22nd April – Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 24th April – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 25th April – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th April – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th April – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 28th April – Tap House, Bendigo, VIC

Vance Joy Announces Australian Tour Dates Plus New Video “Call If You Need Me”

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Indie-folk singer-songwriter Vance Joy released his highly anticipated new album Nation of Two last week and the early reviews have so far been very positive.

To coincide with the release Vance Joy revealed a huge world tour which includes a bunch of Australian dates around September. Supporting him on the tour will be up and coming singer-songwriter Didirri. Check out the full list of shows here:

Friday 14 September – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 18th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 21st September – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 23rd September – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Vance Joy also just released his brand new video “Call If You Need Me”, a beautifully stripped back single that we’re really digging. Watch the video here:

Vikki Thorn (The Waifs) Announces Solo Tour

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Singer-songwriter and one third of legendary Australian folk band The Waifs, Vikki Thorn, has annouced plans for her debut headline tour of Australia this March.

The tour will feature Thorn fronting a trio made up of the very talented Heath Cullen and long term The Waifs bassist Ben Franz.

Vikki Thorn hits the road from next week with dates throughout March including an appearance at the Blue Mountains Music Festival – check out the full schedule below:

Tuesday 6th March – The Courtyard Studio, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 7th March – The Courtyard Studio, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 8th March – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 9th March – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 10th March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 11th March – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Monday 12th March – Art of Espresso, Young, NSW
Wednesday 14th March – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 15th March – The Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
Friday 16th March – Adelaide Festival, The Palais, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th March – Peninsula Picnic, Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 21st March – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 22nd March – Clancy’s, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 23rd March – The River Hotel, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 24th March – Nannup Town Hall, Nannup, WA
Sunday 25th March – Kalyenup Studio, Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

Elephant Sessions Announce Australian Tour Dates

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Scottish indie-trad five piece band Elephant Sessions are heading our way for festival season and they’ve just announced a bunch of headline shows while they’re in the country.

Known for the high energy shows and ability to blend traditional and modern indie-folk sounds, Elephant Sessions are gearing up to be one of the most talked about bands at this year’s folk festivals.

Having already been announced for WOMADelaide, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival, Bluesfest and The National Folk Festival, Elephant Sessions have a raft of other dates around the country – check out the full list of shows and their new video “Doofer” below:

Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 14th March – The Heritage, Bulli, NSW
Thursday 15th March – Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 21st March – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 28th March – The Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 29th to Friday 30th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 31st March to Monday 2nd April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Watch the New Busby Marou Video “Got Your Back”

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Queensland based duo Busby Marou have just released their latest video “Got Your Back”. The song is taken from Busby Marou’s new album Postcards From The Shell House and the video was shot at the actual Shell House from the album’s title.

Check out “Got Your Back” here:

Busby Marou will be performing as part of the upcoming A Day On The Green winery shows – the full tour dates are here:

Saturday 10th March – Bimbadgen, Pokolbin, NSW
Sunday 11th March – Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD
Saturday 17th March – All Saints Estate, Rutherglen, VIC
Sunday 18th March – CMC Rocks QLD, Willowbank, Ipswich, QLD
Tuesday 20th March – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Andrew Swift Announces Album Launch Shows

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Following a successful run of caravan park shows with Gretta Ziller over the summer holiday season plus a bunch of gigs at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Americana singer-songwriter Andrew Swift has announced plans to hit the road again to launch his upcoming album Call Out For The Cavalry.

Call Out For The Cavalry is set to be released on the 2nd March and Swift has announced accompanying shows in Melbourne, Tamworth and Newcastle. Check out the full list of upcoming dates below:

Friday 2nd March – The Skylark Room, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd March – City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 4th March – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Monday 12th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark Releases New Single “Your Anything At All”, Announces New Album and Tour Dates

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Sydney based alt-country singer-songwriter Imogen Clark has had a huge week of announcements, revealing plans to release her new album Collide on the 27th April, dropping her catchy new single and video “Your Anything At All” and listing so many tour dates it’s impossible not to get out and see her.

Collide is Imogen Clark’s second album and was produced by Australian music legend Mark Lizotte (Diesel).

“I’ve largely been working in the alternative country scene up until now, so on this record I wanted to work with someone who understood that genre, but also had knowledge in plenty of other areas,” Clark explained. “Mark was the perfect person to help me achieve this broad, cross-over record which reflected the multitude of my musical influences. We captured everything I love to play and listen to, from country to folk and rock, and as such the album really represents the sort of singer/songwriter I want to be. It was a pleasure working with such a legend.”

The full tracklisting for Collide is here:

1. Collide
2. Late Night Girl
3. Too Late
4. You Got The World Fooled
5. Strike A Pose
6. Left Behind
7. Tear It Down
8. High Tide
9. Your Anything At All
10. Play It Safe
11. Oblivion

For the new single and video “Your Anything At All” Imogen Clark roped in the many talents of director Jeremy Dylan who she’s collaborated with on all her music video releases to date.

“I wrote “Your Anything At All” in my head while on stage at one of my gigs,” says Clark. “The song covers defiance and confidence in the face of self-doubt, and rebelling with strength against someone who’s made you feel worthless. There’s vulnerability but also sass in the song.”

Check out “Your Anything At All” here:

Imogen Clark has also announced a bunch of upcoming tour dates supporting Diesel all around the country over the coming months before she jets off to Europe. The full list of dates are below:

Friday 9th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th February – Coast Hotel, Budgewoi, NSW
Friday 23rd February – Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton, QLD
Saturday 24th February – Lone Star Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 2nd March – Shoppingtown Hotel, Doncaster, VIC
Saturday 3rd March – Macs Hotel, Melton, VIC
Friday 9th March – Villa Noosa Hotel, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 10th March – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 16th March – Allenstown Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 17th March – Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Friday 23rd March – Astor Hotel, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 24th March – Oaks Hotel, Albion Park Rail, NSW
Friday 6th April – Nelson Bay Diggers, Nelson Bay, NSW
Saturday 7th April – Laurieton United Services Club, Laurieton, NSW
Friday 13th April – Blue Cattle Dog, St Clair, NSW
Saturday 14th April – Ettamogah Hotel, Kellieville Ridge, NSW
Friday 20th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 21st April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 27th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 4th May – Gateway Hotel, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 5th May – Matthew Flinders Hotel, Chadstone, VIC
Thursday 10th May – Slug and Lettuce, Parafield Gardens, SA
Friday 11th May – Norwood Hotel, Norwood, SA
Saturday 12th May – Victoria Hotel, O’Halloran, SA
Friday 18th May – Shoalhaven Bowls, Shoalhaven, NSW
Saturday 19th May – Club Sapphire, Merimbula, NSW
Friday 25th May – Central Hotel, Shellharbour, NSW
Saturday 26th May – Young Ex Services, Young, NSW

Shaking Off The Rust

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Ben Fowler, recently returned from the Solomon Islands (photo supplied by artist)

Elizabeth Walton chats to Benji and the Saltwater Sound System

After a song is written you sometimes need to shelve it, forget it for a while, let the dust settle on the shine of a new idea. A good holding period offers time for ideas to go through some mystical metamorphosis which an artist can’t plan or contrive. That’s when that extra dynamic clicks in, that missing factor which takes a project from being just another element of a body of work to being something really interesting. When the artist returns to the shelf to dust off their work, then it can truly come to life.

For Benny Fowler, shelving his work in the sea has meant an accumulation of rust rather than dust, and it’s not just his material but his entire presence that’s been immersed in the salt. An extended break in the Solomons has allowed his material to mature, and infused his unique mix of chilled reggae/ska/funk with even more islander influences than before.

The time has now come to shake off the rust, to scrub and polish his songs, and reveal the metal beneath the surface. The job is well timed with appearances at both The National and Cobargo festivals coming up, as well as a return to the studio with the present lineup and a crowd sourced album due for recording later this month.

To get the show going, Benji and the Salt Water Sound System have announced a small halls tour of the South Coast of New South Wales. The tour kicked off in December with a gig at Murrah Hall on the Tathra-Bermagui highway down the far south coast, and a weekend of seaside events is planned for late February.

Murrah Hall is a classic old time Aussie bush hall. It’s a hand-hewn timber structure set in a tall dense forest, well away from houses or cranky neighbours with their noise complaints. It’s a place that feels quiet and chilled even when the band gets going. The only road in to the venue meanders from beach to beach, delving inland through lush farms and forests, darting back towards the coast now and then, drifting over a series of wooden bridges that span sandy streams and low tide islands.

The small halls revival returns music to the people at their grass roots – taking live events out of the hands of commercial promoters and placing it at the feet of the community. Along with good tunes, local homemade food is shared for a small price, and people bring their own drinks – and often chairs – to share around the campfire. Dogs, kids, locals and groupies are all part of the blend. The result is an atmosphere that can’t be bought, with a house concert feel extended to reach a wider range of fans.

As always Benji and the Salt Water Sound System have their flock of devotees who seem to follow every event across the land, people who have stayed for the journey as the band evolved out of Ben’s earlier project Southerly Change into the current lineup. The band still has the same feel and a lot of the same personnel, though the tracking of life is leaving the trace of its touch on the face of the band.

“We seem to have a really broad span of ages in our lineup,” Ben says, reflecting on the current sound. Steve “Nello” Russenello still wraps his blues harp around every solo, and missing on this particular evening brass section favourite Mick Elderfield on sax, who is at home facing the challenges of holding a bedside vigil for an ageing relative. “He’s where he needs to be, it’s a good thing,” Nello says, perhaps reflecting on the mindset of musicians younger than Elderfield, now in his 30s, who may feel the music is the more important gig. Sitting in on kit is Alex Dumbrell from Caravana Sun, and Ben’s right hand guitar man, Jonathan Dallimore, whose lead riffs arrive at a relaxed perfection at the height of each tune.

As the life of a long standing band evolves and morphs into a new project, it’s naturally going to mark out the progression of your own time. The dates for the small halls tour are carefully scheduled around the imminent birth of Ben’s first child, with his faithful partner still showing up at every gig despite being rather beautifully overdue. Everyone at this gig is welcomed as a member of the extended saltwater family.

The small halls tour was created to allow the band to dust off the cobwebs, or as they say themselves, to shake off the rust, get back into the groove and give the new tunes a good airing before the band starts recording. If the Murrah Hall event is anything to go by, Benji and the Salt Water Sound System will be lifting the roof off in Canberra at The National.

The full list of upcoming shows are below. Tickets for the small halls shows are available from southcoasttickets.au@gmail.com or https://www.southcoasttickets.com.au

Friday 23rd February – Joyce Wheatley Community Centre, Kiama, NSW
Saturday 24th February – Bega Funhouse, Bega, NSW
Sunday 25th February – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW
Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

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