Listen to the New Diamond Duck Single “Marry Me By The Sea”

Diamond Duck
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Sydney based Diamond Duck is the classical-folk side project of Jimmy Daley (The Morrisons) and Brian Campeau (Green Mohair Suits). They’ve spent the last month touring around the east coast and they’ve also just released their first single “Marry Me By The Sea”.

The track has a beautiful Milk Carton Kids/Everly Brothers vibe that I’m really digging – there’s nothing better than close two part harmonies.

Listen to “Marry Me By The Sea” below:

Diamond Duck have a handful of shows left in their current tour – dates are here:

Friday 12th May – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th May – 63 First Ave, Sawtell, NSW
Sunday 14th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Sunday 4th June – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Pekka Kuusisto and the Australian Chamber Orchestra Perform with Sam Amidon in Murder Redemption

Murder Redemption
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This coming February classical music mastermind Pekka Kuusisto will be teaming with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and American folkster Sam Amidon for a series of shows titled Murder Redemption.

The shows are being billed as “a stunning concert experience that takes the listener on a vivid journey from darkness into light” and will see the artists reimagine folk masterpieces reimagined by indie-classical composer Nico Muhly and Sam Amidon himself.

Murder Redemption will be performed around the country through the first half of February – check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 2nd February – Newcastle City Hallm Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th February – Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 5th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 6th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 7th February – Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 8th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th February – Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, NSW
Monday 13th February – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 14th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Listen to the New Jane Aubourg Single “The Girl with the Ash Brown Hair”

Jane Aubourg
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Violinist and looping pedal master Jane Aubourg recently released her brand new single “The Girl with the Ash Brown Hair”. The track is inspired by a photo of performance artist Tamara Elkins and “uses a slowed and reversed performance of Debussy’s The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, layered with 5-string violin”.

We think this is pretty stunning and well worth a share. Listen to “The Girl with the Ash Brown Hair” below:

Watch Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile’s “Helping Hand” Video

The Goat Rodeo Sessions
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Don’t be surprised if Yo-Yo Ma’s bluegrass/classical fusion collaboration with Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile, The Goat Rodeo Sessions, is a late contender for the top spot on the various “Album of the Year” polls that are already popping up around the place. The album is simply wonderful and well deserving of an addition to anyone’s collection.

The latest video from the collaboration is for the track “Helping Hand”. While the track definitely sways closer to the contemporary classical end of the spectrum but there’s a strong bluegrass undertone here. Check it out below:

Yo-Yo Ma Takes on Bluegrass

Yo-Yo Ma
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Acclaimed classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma has decided to dip his toe into the folk pond with his latest release The Goat Rodeo Sessions. Described as “genre-defying” The Goat Rodeo Sessions teams Yo-Yo Ma with a pretty impressive group of musicians – classical bassist Edgar Meyer, mandolinist from the Punch Brothers Chris Thile and Bluegrass fiddle legend Stuart Duncan – and the result is something pretty unique. Check out the track “Attaboy” below:

Not quite bluegrass, not quite celtic, not quite classical, The Goat Rodeo Sessions is all about musicians who love playing music together. A couple of tracks also feature the divine Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still) on vocals making this a pretty all-star recording. Yo-Yo Ma and co have already put a bunch of “behind the scenes” videos online (including the one below) and have been all over late night US TV.

The Goat Rodeo Sessions is available now. For more information check out Yo-Yo Ma’s official website.

Kinfolk – Indie Symphony Live Music Event Featuring Autumn Gray

Autumn Gray
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Melbourne’s indie folk-rock outfit Autumn Gray and classical ensemble Orchestre Nouveau have announced the release of a brand new live recording project, Live At Federation Square, to be released on the 18th November. The project uniquely intertwines the talents of one of Melbourne’s most exciting folk bands with a classically trained orchestra of young players.

To celebrate the release Autumn Gray, along with Charles Jenkins & The Zhivagos and Mark Lang (Skipping Girl Vinegar), are planning to launch the recording in style at the Kinfolk – Indie Symphony event at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne on the 18th November as well. All of the featured artists at Kinfolk – Indie Symphony will be back by the classical stylings of Orchestre Nouveau.

Tickets are a mere $18 (from the Thornbury Theatre website or OzTix) and are on sale now.

Spotlight On: Jane Aubourg

Jane Aubourg
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The marriage of traditional musical instruments with technology has seen the face of folk, classical and jazz music change dramatically in the last few years. Thanks to looping and effects pedals solo vocalists and musicians suddenly find themselves with the ability to create majestic soundscapes without the need of a full band or even a wide range of instruments. Of all the instruments that seems to have benefited from this technological renaissance it’s the humble violin that has risen to prominence thanks to the likes of Andrew Bird, Owen Pallett and Colm Mac Con Iomaire – and now we can add another name to that list: Wollongong’s Jane Aubourg.

Jane Aubourg is not a folk artist but she sits very easily under the auspice of the folk scene. Her music is expansive, grandiose and sublime drawing generously from influences in soundtrack, classical, jazz and traditional music. While some artists who utilise looping and effect pedals become slaves to their technology, Aubourg’s compositions and arrangements are intricate, almost orchestral soundscapes that set her above her contempoaries and completely enrapture her audience.

Choosing a brightly coloured electric violin over the the traditional instrument (the above photo aside) Aubourg’s on stage persona is charismatic, personable and immediately likable. She takes time to connect to her audience both through her music and through her banter when she could well be focusing her efforts on her tools. Aubourg is very obviously classically trained and arrangements of classical pieces make up a large part of her repertoire, however she goes beyond convention and tradition giving her music a contemporary edge that folk, indie and pop audiences will very much connect to.

Jane Aubourg released her debut album Ostinato in 2009 and is currently working on her follow up Looking for Blue. She is also honing her skills at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and regularly gigging around the NSW capital and beyond. If you head to her web site and sign up to Aubourg’s mailing list you can download her fantastic version of “Scaborough Fair” which she has titled “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme”.

Country of Origin: Australia (Wollongong)
File Under: Augmented Classical
Sounds Like: Andrew Bird meets Owen Pallett via Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Official Site:

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