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18.10.14 10:45 am


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Bett Gallery: Works from the Stockroom

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
18.10.14 7:16 am


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It’s hard to leave George’s street alone

Paula Xiberras
18.10.14 6:52 am


I recently spoke to Melbourne recording artist and filmmaker George Kalpa about the release of his new single ‘Leave that Street alone’ and EP,’ MODE’.
The name George means ‘farmer’ or ‘earth worker’ and if one considers such work is being ‘fruitful’ it fits the multi-talented George Kalpa well, as he is interested in involvement and being ‘fruitful’ in many mediums of creative pursuit.

George has never been to Tasmania as yet, even though he has many Tassie friends who have only good things to say about our island state, and with that recommendation the Melbourne native said the question should be why he hasn’t been to Tasmania.

George says he hopes to remedy this either at the end of this year or the beginning of next year when he tours his new album MODE.

George has made a video for his single ‘Leave that street alone’, set in a laundrette it tells the story of a young man ‘who is having problems’, the song and clip leave it to the listener and observer ‘to connect with art in their own way.’

The idea of the film clip came to George when he was driving late at night with his single playing on the car radio. He saw a laundrette and even though he had passed the same laundrette many times before, this time he pondered on the idea of routine and doing the same thing forever. Which fits in with the meaning of his nameKalpa, a sanskrit word meaning ‘aeon’ or ‘long period of time’. This idea of never-ending repetition resonated with him at that point in his life and he had an epiphany of its connection to his own song and video. George doesn’t want to force the audience to see things a particular way but to help them find their own interpretation of his art and how it affects them in their own lives he calls these days of epiphany’s ‘a great day’ and agrees with Morris Gleitzman’s similar idea of’ the magic spaces’ where the creator meets the listener or observer and they bring their own story to their appreciation or understanding of a work of art.

With both a sound studio and a film production company George considers his talent as a film maker equally as important to him as his work as a composer and performer and says the two can co-exist side by side. George is very much interested in involving his artistic expression in as many mediums as possible.

At the time of speaking George said he couldn’t wait for the launch of MODE and’Leave this street alone’ on Saturday Oct 11 at Revolver. Melbourne where he had assembled‘a great live band together’ for the performance.

George’s single ‘Leave this street alone’ can be viewed here

and his EP MODE is available now

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Art on Show opens at the Royal Hobart Showgrounds

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
18.10.14 6:16 am

The Liberal Government is a strong supporter of the arts in Tasmania.

Today it was my pleasure to open the annual Art on Show competition and exhibition at the Royal Hobart Showgrounds, presented by the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania.

This year the competition received 168 entries across six sections from recreational and professional Tasmanian artists.

Art on Show offers a valuable opportunity for artists at various career stages to showcase their work to the wider community.

The exhibition will also provide an opportunity for new audiences to encounter art during the Royal Hobart Show.

The Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania includes a range of arts events and exhibitions in its regular calendar of events across the state, recognising the valuable role the arts play within the Tasmanian community.

Projects and initiatives such as Art on Show engage new members of the community as participants in and consumers of the arts.

Art on Show will be on display at the Royal Hobart Showgrounds from 22 to 25 October 2014.

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Breath of Fresh Air Festival
16.10.14 3:52 pm


The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (BOFA) has announced the successful entries in their 2014 Australian Short Film Competition.

28 films have been selected from a total of 122 entries, to screen at this year’s Festival, which will be held in Launceston from November 6 to November 9.

Festival Director Owen Tilbury said that the quality of short films demonstrated a lively and creative Australian film culture.
“Film making in Australia is alive and well, and I have no doubt that many of the future feature films at BOFA will come from these film makers,” he said.

The Australian short films will be screened as part of an outstanding program of features and documentaries from around the world, including Cannes winners Winter Sleep and Force Majeure and Sydney Film Festival winner Two Days, One Night.

The competition was open to all Australian resident film makers for films made in the last five years and no more than 15 minutes in length.
In what is believed to be an Australian first, film lovers were invited to participate in the judging by watching and scoring the short films on line.

The outright winner will be announced on the Saturday night of the Festival at the BOFA Devil Awards Ceremony at the Tasmanian Design Centre (November 8 at 5.30pm).

The winner will receive $1000, a VIP Pass to the BOFA Festival and a hand crafted blown glass BOFA Devil Award designed and made by master Tasmanian craftsman James Dodson.

Due to the high standard of this year’s entries, BOFA has added a Highly Commended Award for the second placed short film.

All entrants will be invited to the Awards ceremony and entrants whose films were chosen for screening will receive a pass to see any eight films at the Festival.

The films chosen to screen at the 2014 BOFA Festival are:

Crusader ’64               Ella Millard
Knit One                     Clare Gray
Wing and a Prayer       Daniel James
Bring in the Cat           Heath Brown
Confessions of a Date-a-holic   Rob Harrison

First Date                   Rob Innes
Loving Myself             Kai Smith
Crochet Noir               Jessica Harris
To Be a Poet               Michael Johnston
Raindance                   Clancy Bond
Some Rainbows Never Grey     Peter Jacobsen
The Promise               Jean-Philippe Lopez
Boston Tommy           Blake Borcich
Resistance                 Blake Borcich
The Gallant Captain       Katrina Mathers & Graeme Base
Aaron: Leading Man     Tessa Mansfield-Hung

Breath                       Mike Horvath
The Comedian             Brendan Donoghue
Frank                         Cassie Charlton
My Mother Her Daughter         Taylor Litton-Strain
My Country                 Ralph Stevenson
Manny Gets Censored Graeme Robertson
Cockatoo                   Matthew Jenkin
Vote Yes                     Nick Waterman
On the Edge               Abhishek
Invisible                     James Breen

Super Sounds             Stephen de Villiers

Sparks                       Sophie Brown

Keep updated with news and updates on BOFA via social media:

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania and Screen Tasmania. Federal Government assistance is provided by Screen Australia

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Launch of the Artists with Conviction Exhibition

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for Corrections Minister for the Arts
16.10.14 8:15 am

As the Minister for Corrections and the Minister for Arts, it was my pleasure tonight to officially open the 2014 “Artists with Conviction” exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery (TMAG).

Artists with Conviction is open to all Tasmanian Prison Service prisoners as well as clients on Community Corrections orders.

This is the fourth consecutive year the art exhibition has been held. The theme of this year’s exhibition is “The Gallery of Time”.

The exhibition provides participants with a positive outlet to express themselves and also helps participants in developing a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem.

Previous Artists with Conviction exhibitions have had extraordinary success, with over 1200 members of the public attending the 2013 exhibition.

The quality of the works in this year’s exhibition is a credit to the achievements of not only the artists, but also the correctional staff members, sponsors and volunteers who have made the event possible.

The exhibition is running from Friday 10 to Sunday 26 October 2014 at TMAG. Entry is free.

The Artists with Conviction Exhibition is being officially opened at 5.30pm tonight at TMAG.

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The reunion of Ben Harper &The Innocent Criminals ... and ...

Gaynor Crawford Bluesfest Publicist
14.10.14 4:14 pm


Scottish Star Paolo Nutini top the 2nd Bluesfest Artist Announcement!

Today, Bluesfest Byron Bay, the highly awarded 5 Day Music Festival, held over the 2015 Easter long weekend (EVENT DATES: Thu 2nd to Mon 6th of April, 2015) reveals its 2nd groupof outstanding artists to perform at its purpose-built festival& camping site just north of Byron Bay.

The 1st Announcement for the 26th Annual Bluesfest that included THE BLACK KEYS, ZAC BROWN BAND, ALABAMA SHAKES and TRAIN among other greats created a stir AND this 2nd edition proves there is no stopping now, with more headlining announcements on the horizon!

Bluesfest Second Artist Announcement includes:


and so many more to come!

Bluesfest does what Bluesfest loves and that is writing festival history!

The much anticipated reunion of BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALSat Bluesfest on Easter Sunday (April 5) will go into history as one of the majoreventson the 2015 Festival calendar. It is going to be the bandsONLY performance in Australia with NO other shows to be added. It’s exclusive as can beand Bluesfest is truly honoured to welcome backBEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS after their 7 year break!

Scroll down to read what Festival Director Peter Noble has to say about the Ben Harper & The Innocent CriminalsReunion and some of the other amazing artists in this announcement.

Also topping the 2nd Bluesfest artist announcement is multi-platinum recording artist PAOLO NUTINI. The Scotsman with Italian heritage has become a truly stellar writer and musician. His chart topping album Caustic Love released in April this year has received rave reviews, including “the best UK R&B album since the 1970’s blue-eyed soul heyday of Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker” by The Independent (UK) and has gained him many new fans. It has been a fixture in the Top 20 of the BBC ALBUM CHARTS since its release 25 weeks ago. NUTINI delivers a range of genres from Rock, Soul, and Folk to Blues with a stunning voice that delivers raw emotion. This young man oozes talent and on stage he is joined by his accomplished 9 piece band.  PAOLO NUTINI is going to be a real Bluesfest highlight!

DAVID GRAY returns to Bluesfest from the UK (since his first show in 2006). On stage GRAY lives every word and every note, immersing himself into the whole experience. His songs ‘This Year’s Love’, ‘Babylon’, ‘Please Forgive Me’, ‘Sail Away’ from his 1998 album White Ladder have become eternal & unforgettable hits. David was described in his early career as ‘a young Bob Dylan’ by Joan Baez in 1992 – (Bob’s muse when he was in his early career) and now 10,000,000 album sales later, David STILL has the record for Ireland’s biggest selling album withWhite Ladder. Peter Vincent from the Sydney Morning Herald describes the 2014 Mutineer album as follows: “It has garnered his best reviews in years”& “Timeless – As the likes of Cat Stevens, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen’’ – WHOA. His last shows in Australia were in 2009 and of course they were instant sell-outs.  His fans on that tour were very avid about Gray’s performances: “It’s ALL about the music – and the music is FANTASTIC”,“Best night of my life”, “A stellar performance from one of the greatest lyricists of all time”.DAVID GRAY is a great artist, brilliant performer and master songwriter, he is going to blow the roof off the tent at Bluesfest – an absolute don’t miss.

Young and talented English singer-songwriter BEN HOWARD has been drawing worldwide attention and gaining star status with 2 Brit Awards under his belt for best Male Solo Artist AND Breakthrough Act for 2013. Songs like‘Only Love’, ‘Burgh Island’ and ‘Keep Your Head Up’ are deeply moving. Ben’s guitar skills are superb and accompanied by his 2 close band members on cello and drums, this 3 piece ensemble is a straight down pleasure to watch. Any expectations of this artist will be exceeded when you see him live. BEN HOWARD is totally original with a unique sound and unforgettable performances. BEN will also be bringing new material from his soon to be released album – I Forget Where We Were (October 24, 2014).

Multi-platinum American Rock Band COUNTING CROWS are no strangers to Bluesfest after coming to Byron Bay in 2013. For more than two decades, COUNTING CROWS have enchanted listeners worldwide with their intensely soulful and intricate take on timeless Rock & Roll and their hits like ‘Mr Jones’ and ‘Accidentally in Love’ are all time favourites. COUNTING CROWS never cease to amaze their audience with their powerful stage presence and they will be bringing brand new material with them from their latest and seventh studio album Somewhere Under Wonderland (September, 2014) which the Telegraph described as “Counting Crows channel LynyrdSkynyrd and REM in their best collection of songs since their debut”.

Austin based Blues Luminary and Grammy Award Winner GARY CLARK JR. rocked the house at Bluesfest 2014. We couldn’t get enough and at Bluesfest 2015 he will be performing three times! GARY CLARK JR. is the new generation of Blues and a legend in the making.  He is a mind-blowing guitarist, incredible songwriter and a soulful singer who fuses his deep Blues influence with a love of classic Hip-Hop and Contemporary Soul. From the minute GARY CLARK JR. opens his show he commands the stage and it is no surprise that the NY Times described him as the next Hendrix.  For those fans that can’t wait until he returns to the stage at Bluesfest, GARY CLARK JR. has just released a new live album Gary Clark Jr. Live. GARY CLARK JR. has been an inspiration to many who have in turn inspired him, including the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page and Dave Matthews just to name a few, who hailed his arrival as a major talent and cherished chances to perform with him. President Barack Obama declared “he’s the future”and we couldn’t agree more.

ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO is a Grammy Award winner, tireless campaigner for women’s health and education in Africa, a UNICEF Peace Ambassador and also, with a 20 year discography, 12 albums and thousands of concerts around the world, a gifted performer and prolific songwriter. On Eve, her latest album, and Savoy Records debut, named for her own mother as well as the mythical “mother of all living,” the Benin born, singer/songwriter builds on this ever-evolving legacy.  She has collaborated with the greats from the Jazz and Pop worlds—including Philip Glass, Peter Gabriel, Branford Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Herbie Hancock, Bono, Josh Groban, and Alicia Keys as well as Bluesfest alumni Carlos Santana, Dave Matthews, Dr John, John Legend and Joss Stone. Don’t miss the return of ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO to Bluesfest - you can be sure her performances will be very special!

Reggae Legend, the honourable JIMMY CLIFF,who Rolling Stone penned as “Reggae’s first global superstar”,is a 2-time Grammy Award Winner and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee. JIMMY CLIFF’S role in the 1972 Jamaican film, The Harder They Come, introduced Reggae to the world.  Then there are the hits such as ‘Many Rivers To Cross’, ‘Wonderful World, Beautiful People’, ‘Vietnam’, ‘Sitting In Limbo’, ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’ and ‘The Harder They Come’that has led to his songs being performed and recorded by Willie Nelson, New Order, Bruce Springsteen and Cher (among many others). Paul Simon featured CLIFF’S 1970 song ‘Vietnam’ in his 2011 concerts and Dylan called it the greatest protest song ever written.  Not one to shy away from a cover himself, JIMMY CLIFF’Sversion of Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ in 1993 catapulted him onto the mainstream pop charts in the US once again.He left the Bluesfest crowd in awe in 2013 and we can’t wait for him to do it all over again.

VH1 named Grammy Award winner MAVIS STAPLES as one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and Rolling Stone listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.  MAVIS STAPLESis the real deal.In her 67-year career – from her ground-breaking family gospel group – THE STAPLES SINGERS ‘I’ll Take You There’, ‘Respect Yourself’, ‘If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)’ and on her own, MAVIS STAPLESis responsible for blazing a Rhythm & Blues trail, while never relinquishing her Gospel roots and it is now that her star is shining brightest. MAVIS STAPLES has publicly stated that Bluesfest is her favourite festival of all time. The lady don’t lie!!

If you are ready for some massive audience participation then don’t miss DISPATCH who are coming to Australia for the first time ever! These guys, hailing from the United States, are true entertainers – super talented and super energetic. DISPATCH will put on a high energy show that will rock the house, playing the classics and material from their 2012 released album Circles Around The Sun. Playing to sold out audiences as big as 18,500 people in the USA, including their incredible three night sold out residency at Madison Square Garden! This highly anticipated first visit to Australia has been a long time coming for DISPATCH and they could not be more excited to finally bring their catalogue of new & old favourites our way.  This is what the band had to say; “For years we’ve wanted to perform in Australia! Here we are, 15 years deep into our musical career and it’s FINALLY time. We can hardly wait to get over there in 2015 and play songs spanning our whole career for you - we promise it will be worth the wait! See you soon!”Their genres are multifold, ranging from, Indie Folk, Roots Rock, Reggae, Fusion to Rock and Ska! If you are not familiar with DISPATCH, rest assured: You will be after next Bluesfest!

From houses of worship, to houses of Blues, RUTHIE FOSTER has always been a rafter-rattler. And with a soul-filled voice honed in Texas churches, she can move audiences to tears or ecstasy — sometimes in a single song. Her last two albums, 2009’s The Truth According to Ruthie Foster and 2012’s Let It Burn, moved the Recording Academy to deliver Best Blues Album Grammy nominations; her latest, Promise of a Brand New Day, could make her a contender once more. Those who have followed RUTHIE FOSTER’S eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of Soul, Blues, Rock, Folk and Gospel.

After coming in at number 45 in the UK Telegraphs 100 best Glastonbury performances ever and one of the major players of the UK’s 2-Tone movement, THE BEATwill be another standout performer at Bluesfest 2015. Forming in 1978 in Birmingham, THE BEAT has seen changes to the original line-up over the last 30 years and the formation of the American based band, The English Beat who have recently toured Australia (led by Dave Wakeling) but it is with great pleasure we welcome back original front man Ranking Roger to Bluesfest. It will be 6 years since he last performed with ‘Special Beat’ featuring members of The Specials and THE BEAT. Most of you will be familiar with at least one of their hit singles such as; ‘Mirror in the Bathroom’,‘Too Nice To Talk To’, ‘Can’t Get Used To Losing You’,‘Hands off She’s Mine’ and ‘All Out To Get You’.  It’s time to take a trip down memory lane!

“George Clinton sharing a joint with Fela”.  KEZIAH JONES describing the sound of his latest album Captain Rugged.Another Bluesfest debut we can’t wait for is the charismatic Nigerian musician KEZIAH JONES, who was born among the ghettos and skyscrapers of bustling Lagos and also goes by the name of ‘Captain Rugged’, his quirky and socially committed double.KEZIAH JONES has honed his craft of sharing the powerful story of his country, following in the footsteps of FelaKuti, a fellow countryman and great defender of pan-africanism who was imprisoned several times for speaking against the Nigerian dictatorship. His live performances are not to be missed and Jones will be bringing his own brand of ‘Blufunk’ to Bluesfest, a fusion of raw Blues and Punk Funk attitude crossed with Yoruba Rhythms.  We are counting down the days until we see this real-life superhero next Easter!

Australia’s own Brisbane sensation SHEPPARD has been creating quite a stir overseas! They have been dominating in the UK and through Europe and beyond, hitting the top 10 in Ireland, #1 in Italy, #3 in Austria and#4 in Poland with their song ‘Geronimo’which has also received a mammoth reception back home and has earned the title of the highest selling Australian single for 2014.  It will be the first Bluesfest performance for SHEPPARD which features siblings, George, Amy and Emma Sheppard along with Jay Bovino, Dean Gordon and Michael Butler and no doubt it won’t be their last. The star will continue to rise for this incredible multi-platinum Indie six-piece.

PLAYING FOR CHANGE stands for so much more than just music. It is a movement created to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. PLAYING FOR CHANGE supports music schools and programs that are created and operated by the local community and then purposefully connect those communities around the world. The PLAYING FOR CHANGE bandis made up of musicians from all walks of life coming from all over the world.Their Bluesfest performance will be an unforgettable live musical experience featuring Grandpa Elliott, legendary street musician from New Orleans, who sings alongside Clarence Bekker (Netherlands), Titi Tsira (South Africa), Tal Ben Ari “Tula” (Israel), Jason Tamba (Congo), and MermansMosengo (Congo). The rhythm section features Roberto Luti (Italy) on lead guitar, Orbe Ortiz (Cuba) on the bass, Peter Bunetta (USA) on drums, and Keiko Komaki (Japan) on keyboards.  Together on stage they create an atmosphere of love and unity for everyone! PLAYING FOR CHANGE is coming to Bluesfest for the 3rd time in a row. Wonderful, indeed!

Peter Noble, Festival Director Comments on the 2nd Artist Announcement:

“Ben Harper, Paolo Nutini, David Gray and Ben Howard in the one Bluesfest announcement.What a line-up, each one of these artists is gold – purely brilliant in their own way. This is starting to shape into oneof the great Bluesfest artist bills and we have plenty of artists still to go in future announcements.

You join BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS with Bluesfest and it’s a very special bond: it was way back in 1996 when the Festival broke the news that this band was important and in return, their huge success showed us (Bluesfest) the way forward to booking the style of event the festival is famous for today and one that hasbeen copied all over the world.

I am very honoured that BEN HARPER chose the first major global performance of the INNOCENT CRIMINALSReunion to occur at Bluesfest. Bluesfest is their spiritual home and the last time the band performed officially was in 2007 and it was in 2008, when they decided to take a break. They did one impromptu unannounced performance – at Bluesfest in 2011 to the astonishment of their fans – who came expecting to see the RELENTLESS 7. What an unexpected performance, it was pure magic.

I remember that night in 2011 well: It was all so last minute, to a pointwhere their percussionist bought a djembe drum from a buskerin the street in Byron Bay– the home of Bluesfest- for the performance, as he hadn’t brought one with him.It really was so special for everyone – the audience couldn’t believe that they were seeing, perhaps the most influential band to EVER play Bluesfest,back on our stage unannounced and hearing the songs they love once again.I recall the band’s celebrations in the dressing room, after their truly great show, going most of the night –they were all so thrilled to be back together again. What an honour that they chose Bluesfest to reunite and do their first official performance – save for a couple of warm up dates in a club in San Francisco. We have had so many magical moments at Bluesfest – this is surely going to be up there with the best.

How can I only gush on about BEN HARPER when we have some of the absolute best of the NEXT generation artists also in this announcement in PAOLO NUTINI and BEN HOWARD. They are at the vanguard of the UK music movement of now – and are rightly hailed as superstars in waiting.  Between them they have topped the UK album charts, won the Brit Awards, Q awards, UK festival Awards – headlined EVERY major festival from Glastonbury to Latitude.

GARY CLARK JR. is fast becoming THE Blues guitar player and singer of this generation. To celebrate his return to Bluesfest – we are going to have him perform 3 times – because when it’s that good – you just can’t get enough and rest assured, each show is going to be very powerful!

MAVIS STAPLES turned 75 on her last birthday – she is one of our all-time favourite artists at Bluesfest. Her stellar career goes back to the 1950’s with the family band – The Staples Singers, led by her dad – Pops Roebuck Staples – to their chart topping run in the 70’s singing such classics as – ‘I’ll take You There’, ‘If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)’, ‘Let’s Do It Again’, ‘Respect Yourself’– and many, many more. With the passing of Pops Staples, MAVIS has gone solo – around the beginning of this century – and shown that she has got the IT factor, winning a Grammy Award and headlining so many festivals including the Chicago Blues Festival, as well as having this year’s Newport folk Festival dedicated to her. She is one of the greats. We can’t wait to welcome her back to Bluesfest. Simply a DO NOT MISS artist.”

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Flee- ing Frida

Paula Xiberras
14.10.14 6:38 am


Kirsten Elliott was in Hobart and Launceston earlier this year when she played Frida in the tribute show‘ ABBA the Concert ‘The Gold Arrival tour’. Kirsten tells me she really likes “Tasmania and that the Theatre Royal is ‘so beautiful’ “.

Kirsten returns this month in ‘Seventh Wonder the Fleetwood Mac Experience’. The production has only been on the road for 4 months and feedback has been so good the production has expectation of becoming an annual event.

Kirsten believes Fleetwood Mac owe their longevity in part to their playing ‘real music’. Music that ‘has struck a chord with fans’ who have given their loyalty to the band.

Kirsten adds that the writing talents of Fleetwood Mac members Lindsay, Christine and of course Stevie Nicks, coming as they do from personal experience, are the ‘heartfelt, emotional lyrics that people can connect with’. Kirsten, who plays Stevie in the production, relates about mimicking that famous voice, chameleon in quality, moving from quite ‘husky, raspy, yet powerful and gutsy’.

‘Seventh Wonder’ takes its name from the Fleetwood Mac song of the same name although Kirsten isn’t sure why the manager chose that particular song to give the band its name, although it may possibly be because The Seven Wonders of the world have achieved legendary status, as have Fleetwood Mac.

On how Kirsten achieves the Stevie look, she tells me she is lucky to have the natural hair colour of Stevie Nicks and she supplements that with a clip on fringe. Kirsten is attired all in black including the famous tulle skirt and big black boots to complete the gothic garb. Kirsten says although she wore a top hat in the photo shoot for the tour promo it is a bit difficult to manoeuvre on stage when she is working the tambourine.

Kirsten hadn’t played the tambourine before and a bit like ‘patting your head and rubbing your tummy simultaneously, singing and playing the tambourine with its ‘different rhythm’ was a skill that took some time to conquer, although Kirsten adds   doing so had the benefit of giving her arms a good workout!

Kirsten explains Stevie’s clothing choices on the fact she is ‘a very petite woman’ and wanted to’ dress herself big and out there’ to be ‘in your face’  to compensate for her physical slightness and have ‘a big presence’.

With a naturally bubbly personality Kirsten has to subdue herself a little to play Stevie and ‘take herself off to her own little world’ while performing as Stevie.

Kirsten compares performing in ABBA and Fleetwood Mac. ABBA she says are ‘very innocent’ and ‘high energy’ while Fleetwood Mac are a rock band with some of the attendant vices

However Kirsten enjoys performing both shows, even if perhaps, with her mum, a Fleetwood Mac fan’s influence Kirsten says Fleetwood Mac music is what she would listen to in her own private life.

You can see Kirsten perform as Stevie Nicks in the ‘Seventh Wonder the Fleetwood Mac Experience’ on:

Thu Oct 23 - Devonport Entertainment Centre | Devonport
Fri Oct 24 - Launceston Country Club | Launceston
Sat Oct 25 - Theatre Royal | Hobart

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2015 Artist in Residence Participants Announced

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
13.10.14 5:52 pm

The Liberal Government is a strong supporter of the arts in Tasmania.

I am delighted to announce the artists and schools involved in the 2015 Tasmanian Artist in Residence (AiR) program, which offers artists the opportunity to develop their professional practice and gain the assistance of an artistic mentor, while undertaking a supported residency within a school.

The Tasmanian AiR program enriches the school environment by providing students with an insight into a professional arts practice and exposing teachers to new ideas and approaches.

The 2015 program will see eight Tasmanian artists placed in eight public colleges and independent schools around the state:

• Amelia Rowe will share her sculptural practice and research methods with students at Launceston Church Grammar.
• Andre Hemer will impart learnings from his visual arts practice to students at Rosny College as he creates works combining digital and traditional paint media.
• Dean Stevenson will write music for a modern string ensemble at St Michael’s Collegiate School and give students an insight into the practice of a contemporary composer and musician.
• Julie Gough will explore the making of mixed-media artworks with students at Guilford Young College.
• Mish Meijers will produce new works and educate Claremont College students on her visual arts practice.
• Peter Waller will build an experimental theatre, dance and music environment for students of Hobart College to explore and engage with.
• Samantha Dennis will share her jewellery practice with students at Hellyer College as she creates new work for an upcoming exhibition.
• Tricky Walsh will create experimental and conventional works at Newstead College and share her conceptual and practical art-making skills with students.

The Tasmanian AiR program is recognised internationally for its innovativeness and the learnings it offers artists, students and teachers. It is delivered by arts@work in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts.

Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski said the Artist in Residence initiative was a highly effective way of building the capacity of artists, and infusing everyday life with arts and culture.

“The Artist in Residence program has a strong track record in strengthening artistic experiences for young people, especially in projects that are built around active participation,” Mr Grybowski said.

“In working alongside the high calibre artists selected for the Tasmanian 2015 program, students’ artistic practice will grow, and teachers and artists will collaborate across both arts and education, with significant professional development opportunities for both.”

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13.10.14 5:26 pm

Officially declared the largest ever crowd funding campaign for an Australian charity!

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For release: Monday, 13 October, 2014:  Support Act are thrilled and humbled to announce that they have exceeded all expectations with their Pozible fundraising campaign, Bandwagon, raising a massive $145,069 in just 30 days.

The campaign got off to a flying start when just moments after the star-studded launch in Melbourne, the Golden Nugget Package,  consisting of a brand new Hyundai i20 and a $10 000 voucher donated by Allans Billy Hyde, was snapped up by the good folk from new Sydney broadcast and creative facility for the entertainment industry, The X Studio.

From that moment on the wheels were set in motion with pledgers picking up some extraordinary experiences including a personalised birthday message from Tina Arena, a fireside chat with music industry legend Michael Chugg, a ticket package from Frontier Touring, a production package with renowned Sydney producer Louis Schoorl and an intimate private performance from Megan Washington over dinner at Rockpool Bar & Grill just to name a few.

With two days remaining to reach the $100 000 target, the tally ticked over the magic mark and with all pledges then officially accepted the generosity kicked in to over drive with last minute pledges taking the proceeds well beyond expectations.

Chief Executive of Support Act, Joanna Cave, said today “We are delighted to have exceeded our target.  The generosity shown by the community will enable us to deliver more help to music professionals in crisis”

Bandwagon was a crowd funding appeal via the platform Pozible, with the aim of raising $100,000 for Australia’s music industry charity. Reaching the target officially crowd-funded campaign will be the biggest of its kind for an Australian charity.

Support Act is a charity, unique in Australia, providing financial relief to music professionals facing illness, injury or some other life crisis. Support Act helps music professionals in all fields of the industry including singers, songwriters, composers, musicians, roadies, techies, managers, lighting techs and everyone in between.

Sadly, with so few safety nets available to people working in the music industry, demand for Support Act’s services is rising dramatically and has increased by 500% in the last year alone. Support Act receives no money from the government and must raise every dollar it needs to run its vital services.

Support Act collaborated with a broad range of music stars, music industry personalities and venues on Bandwagon to offer one-off ‘money can’t buy’ experiences and ‘limited edition’ products. 

The unique rewards on offer were designed to provide extraordinary experiences for music fans and career development opportunities for those seeking a career in music. Money simply cannot buy a phone call on your birthday from your favourite artist, or an opportunity to have your song professionally produced and reviewed by the hottest names in the industry.

All the money raised from the campaign will be used by Support Act to help people in crisis. 

Artists featured in the full campaign video (see include Support Act service users Neill Duncan and Peter Black, alongside Sheppard, Urthboy, The Potbelleez, Marcia Hines, Jimmy Barnes, Kav Temperley and Support Act’s Lindy Morrison. 

Donations can be made to Support Act at

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Tasmanian Grand Design - most energy efficient winner

Alex Palmer, Flowing Image Productions
13.10.14 1:42 pm





Copyright © 2014 Flowing Image Videography, All rights reserved.

A Modern Build Tasmania - Asante, Film Premiere @ State Cinema, 30 Oct

Flowing Image Productions has produced the first Tasmanian Grand Design style documentary,  ’ A Modern Build Tasmania - Asante ‘.  Built in 2013, Asante in conjunction with Island Workshop recently won the excellence award for Energy Efficiency from the Tasmanian Master Builders Association. 

Asante boasts a 9.2 Passive Solar Nathers energy rating and was also designed around Feng Shui principles to accentuate its comfort and functionality.

Alexander Palmer is the local documentary maker and owner of Flowing Image Productions.  This documentary is his first feature to be screened in Tasmania. “A Modern Build Tasmania - Asante, was filmed during most of 2013 and broke a lot of new ground for Tasmania, combining high precision pre fabricated materials and building techniques from Europe closely synergised with feng shui principles and the environment” Mr Palmer said.

“Asante really was a truly inspirational project where so many contributors melded seamlessly to build a stunning example of modern architecture that sets a great example for future Tasmanian houses” he said.

A Modern Build Tasmania - Asante will be screened in conjunction with the State Cinema for a One Night Only show on Thursday the 30th of October.  All bookings can be made through the State. 

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13.10.14 1:31 pm




For release – Monday, 13 October, 2014: Chugg Entertainment and Rob Potts Entertainment Edge today announced the first artists and early bird ticket details for the Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival to be held under the Riverina sky in Deniliquin in Southern NSW over the 2015 Easter long weekend – Saturday, 4 April and Sunday, 5 April, 2015. The first artists to be announced for the 2015 Festival are Zac Brown Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Mavis Staples, Benny Walker, Dallas Frasca and Dale Winters.

The Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival (formerly known as the Deni Blues & Roots Festival) is an award-winning festival now in its third year. 

The change of name to Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival gives the event a unique identity that more accurately reflects the spirit and location of a festival taking place on the expansive, striking landscape, under the big sky of the Riverina Plains.

Michael Chugg, Chairman of Chugg Entertainment, said “We’ve been so thrilled with the growth the festival has made in its short but busy life thus far.  We’re really confident that now, in its third year, the punters know and trust that this fantastic Easter event is a trusted source of great music and great fun.  The site works so wonderfully well, with the infrastructure that’s already there, but additionally with the stunning landscape with its low horizon and the dome of the big sky above, it’s just magic.  We can’t wait!”

Rob Potts from Entertainment Edge added, “After two great years of beautiful sunny weather in the open air and non-stop music between the two big stages, we can’t wait to get back for 2015. The clamouring for the return of Zac Brown Band and Michael Franti & Spearhead has been deafening, and we’re thrilled that legends like George Clinton and Mavis Staples will be making their festival debut under the “big sky” next Easter”.

The two day Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival is unique for southern NSW and gives music fans in the Southern States access to a world class music event just three hours from Melbourne, four hours from Canberra and less than five hours by road from Adelaide.  In its first two years, the event has played host to iconic musicians from the US, UK and Australia including Santana, John Mayer, Elvis Costello, Status Quo, The Doobie Brothers, Jason Mraz, Chris Isaak, Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Russell Morris and many, many more.

Member for Murray-Darling John Williams said: “The announcement of the newly named Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival for 2015 is fantastic news, with the new title signalling to audiences the unique and stunning destination that is the NSW Riverina.”

“The NSW Government, through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, is proud to support the Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival next year as part of a fantastic calendar of events in Regional NSW,” Mr Williams said.

The first round of artists confirmed to appear at the Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival in 2015:

Zac Brown Band

Three-time Grammy winners and one of music’s most heralded acts, the Zac Brown Band’s three platinum-selling albums, Uncaged, You Get What You Give and The Foundation have together sold over six million copies and produced a historic series of eleven #1 hit singles.  Since 2009, the band has garnered more than 50 combined Grammy, ACM, AMA, CMA, and CMT award nominations and has grown to become the fifth highest-grossing artist in the US right now.

Zac Brown Band thrilled the crowd at the inaugural festival back in 2013 and their latest album, The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1, was produced by The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl who describes the band as “unbelievable … they’re f-ing great!”.  Don’t miss the chance to catch Zac Brown and the band at the 2015 Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival.

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Michael Franti knows all about the power of music. He knows how it can inspire, uplift and make people want to dance or cry.  The barefoot, 6’6” San Francisco based singer-songwriter-guitarist and philanthropist is known for the communal spirit he creates with his extraordinary live shows. The singer regularly brings down the barrier between the performers on stage and the people in the audience as he did at last year’s Festival; whether venturing into the crowd to slap hands or pulling fans up to dance, sing and play along with the band. He’s a dynamic performer who effortlessly moves tens of thousands of people with his invocations. Watching him, you can’t help but think about how much he delights in every moment.

As he says, all the freaky people make the beauty of the world and we’re stoked that Michael Franti will be bringing the beauty back to the Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival in 2015.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

Known globally for his outlandish costume and his multi-coloured dreadlocks as well as his mastery of intergalactic funk, Dr. George Clinton is one of the most sampled musicians on the planet and has worked alongside Tupac, Primal Scream, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snoop Dog, Outkast, Wu Tang Clan, Carlos Santana, Redman and so many others as collaborator or producer.

The legendary George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic are one of the most important innovators of funk music alongside James Brown, Sly Stone and the Funky Meters, and we can’t wait till he brings the ‘awe-funk-some’ P-Funk Collective, all 22 of them, to the Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival next Easter.

Mavis Staples

VH1 named her as one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll, and Rolling Stone listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of all time. Mavis Staples is a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, and a US National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient.

In her 60-year career – from her ground-breaking family gospel group, The Staples Singers (I’ll Take You There, Respect Yourself) and on her own, Mavis Staples is responsible for blazing a rhythm & blues trail while never relinquishing her gospel roots.

A frequent visitor to Australia, this will be Mavis Staples’ first appearance at the Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival, where we know that her star will be shining brightest.

Benny Walker

Offering an effortless blend of soul, blues, reggae and acoustic folk, indigenous performer Benny Walker is quite clearly one of Australia’s most promising new talents.

Born and bred in Echuca, Victoria, Benny Walker inherited his passion for music from his father and his grandfathers, all talented musicians in their own right. Forming his first band at the tender age of 12, Benny cut his teeth on classic blues, surf and folk before finding his own voice in the raw honesty of acoustic roots music and it’s his intuitive, heartfelt songwriting combined with his soulful voice that leaves no doubt that he means every word that he sings.

Dallas Frasca

Dallas Frasca is an Australian ‘riff rock’ trio formed in Melbourne in 2006 and consists of Dallas Frasca (vox/guitar), Jeff Curran (guitar) and Zane Rosanoski (drums). The origins of the band began as a ‘grunge / roots’ duo when Dallas and Jeff’s worlds collided in a small bar in Melbourne and the band’s style soon developed into their own brand of ‘new school riff rock’.

The band has gone onto play well over 600 shows together and countless festivals around the world.  In 2010 Dallas Frasca won ‘Artist of the Year’ at the Australian Independent Music Awards and their songs have been included in countless surf films and animal rights campaigns and we look forward to welcoming them to the Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival stage in 2015.

Dale Winters

Dale Winters’ destiny was sealed at a very young age. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Dale developed a fascination with his father’s extensive vinyl record collection and at 11 years of age he strapped on his first electric guitar, turned up the lounge-room stereo and began shredding and singing along with the likes of Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton.

Combining an old-time blues sense with the technical fluency of a modern guitar player, Dale extracts tones and textures from his instrument that leave even the most seasoned performers aghast.  Dale Winters’ trademark blues-infused guitar licks, together with gritty rock riffs and raw, emotive vocals, are sure to leave you wanting more when he takes the stage at the 2015 Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival.

Harry Hookey

Harry Hookey’s chance encounter with The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s album was the musical trigger for this singer songwriter of the alt.folk.rock.roots variety with a background in pop, punk and an obsession with Bob Dylan. 

After graduating with a Law degree from the University of Melbourne in late 2012, Harry Hookey has now wisely decided to pursue a more stable profession in the music industry and his live reputation is building steadily as he makes his way around the country from gig to gig, cutting his chops at festivals and intimate venues alike. His debut album, Misdiagnosed, has recently been nominated in the Best Blues & Roots Album category in the 2014 ARIA Awards and we can’t wait to see him bring the album to life at next year’s Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival.

Campgrounds will open at midday on Good Friday, 3 April with entertainment commencing in the XXXX Bar on Friday night with a special performance by Harry Hookey.

Stay tuned for more artists to be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2015 Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Early Bird tickets for the Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival go on sale from 9.00am on Tuesday, 14 October, 2014 until 11.59pm on Thursday, 23 October, 2014

Conargo Road, Deniliquin, NSW

Saturday, 4 April, 2015 –and- Sunday, 5 April, 2015

Gates / Camping opens at midday, Friday, 3 April

Zac Brown Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead,
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and Mavis Staples
Benny Walker, Dallas Frasca, Dale Winters and Harry Hookey
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Geoff Dyer at Runnymede

Steven Joyce, Despard Gallery
12.10.14 5:01 pm


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Mark this Bill

Paula Xiberras
12.10.14 6:18 am


Bill Bailey stand-up comedian, actor, musician, sportsman(at least in his schooldays), wildlife documentary maker and all round renaissance man returns to Tasmania with his new show ‘Limboland’ next month.

I had the pleasure of chatting to Bill, whose real name is Mark, a couple of weeks ago. He was given the name Bill by his music teacher, Ian Phipps because he did an excellent guitar rendition of ‘won’t you come home Bill Bailey’ during the long bus trips home from Rugby matches.

Bill, who grew up in the rural western England countryside was always keen on learning about the natural world, something his parents encouraged and that has become a lifelong passion, he most recently made a documentary about baboons and has a vast knowledge and appreciation of wildlife.

Speaking of a place that has its share of wildlife .Bill cites an ‘affinity with the place’ (Tasmania), its outdoor lifestyle and particularly mentions the beautiful Melaleuca Lagoon, Hobart docks, Salamanca and the cafes as places he enjoys. Bill finds the people of Tassie another asset in their very welcoming nature. With an open schedule this tour he hopes to see more of our state including reacquainting himself with a little critter whose plight he has been concerned with, the Tassie devil.

Bill says his work in stand-up is his great love but provides a vehicle for all his other interests including his music.

As to the interesting names of previous shows such as ‘Dandelion mind’,’Qualmpeddler’, and the new ‘Limboland’. Bill says he likes to give them these interesting names as a little ‘watershed’ or ‘milestone’ that fixes where he is at a particular time. For instance ‘Dandelion mind’ equated to a time when his head, like a dandelion was full of spores or seeds of ideas. Bill likes to take something unexplained or unexpected and be a bit unpredictable in his show titles.

Not only is he friends with fauna Bill also has a friendship with flora and has a ‘pitcher plant’ named after him. He says he wouldn’t mind if in addition he might give his name to a fruit bearing,sustenance giving shrub.

Just like that fruit bearing shrub that may be named after him it seems Bill will continue to be fruitful with ideas both comedic and those of a more serious nature dealing with solutions to conserving wildlife.

You can see Bill at Hobart’s Wrest Point Entertainment Centre on Wednesday November 12 and at Launceston’s Princess Theatre Friday November 14.

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Daily Review: This Weekend

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11.10.14 3:12 pm


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Reviewed! Magic in the Moonlight

Amber Wilson
11.10.14 5:10 am


Apparently this needs to be said – so I’m just going to say it.

Ageing males: young and gorgeous women are just dying to be with you. They would far, far prefer to sit in your wondrous lounge room on a Saturday night talking about the federal budget and strategies on playing bridge and serving you lemonade and cheese platters than dating hot, young guys.

The fact you look abominable these days is of no real consequence. It’s nature, you see – you are a safe bet – you have money, status and um, a nice house in the ‘burbs, and when they come to their senses, the bright beautiful things of this world, three decades younger than yourself, will see what a fabulous catch you are. And come a’ flocking.

Is that what you want to hear?


Unfortunately this is the rhetoric we are fed in far too many celluloid tales. And in a world where fat, greying old farts can “buy” pretty young brides from struggling backgrounds of all types,  it’s not hard to see why old dudes think they’re somehow entitled to young girls who could really do better.

And it’s this same, old, boring tale that’s fed to us time and time again in movies that are allegedly “feel-good” – like The Women on the Sixth Floor and Lost in Translation.

Magic in the Moonlight, directed by Woody Allen, starts with a really cute premise – and absolutely gorgeous visuals to boot – so it’s a shame to see it disintegrate into the usual sexist, disempowering clap-trap.

We start off in 1928 Berlin with Stanley (Colin Firth), a fantastic stage magician with an Oriental alter-ego who has a world-renowned reputation for doing super-cool stuff like making elephants disappear in front of our very eyes. His friend and fellow stage magician Howard (Simon McBurney) arrives after a show one night with a quandary – he has met a young woman who claims to be a mystic and a psychic. He is unable to work out how the gorgeous young Sophie (Emma Stone) is able to pull off her miraculous levitations and soothsaying.

Of course, he asks Stanley to accompany him to a trip to the south of France to meet this wondrous wizardress and expose her tricks and fraud.

It is a gorgeous cast, with the delightful Jacki Weaver continuing her stint in Hollywood, this time cast as the bereaved but kindly mother of a young lad madly in love with Sophie (“She is a visionary
and a vision”).

Alas, this handsome, young and rich fellow is treated abysmally by the script as being somehow inferior because he legitimately adores this girl.

Stanley’s aunt Vanessa is rendered beautifully by Eileen Atkins in a clever and sensitive reimagining of Miss Havisham – just as manipulative, but with kindly motives. And of course, gorgeous leads Firth and Stone are both sensitive and articulate in their portrayals of Stanley and Sophie.

The scenery is glorious. The French Riviera certainly lends itself well to some stunning road trip scenes. Plus, the film is genuinely funny at times. But this is definitely no Blue Jasmine of 2013 – which Allen did so well that it left you reeling and questioning for days. And it’s no Midnight in Paris either – a modern feel-good classic that really works. It’s a pretty film, but bland and old-fashioned.

Oh – then there is the actual moral of the film, which does get a little lost, but is nevertheless drummed into the viewer at every turn: do we really need to know the truth? Do our delusions make us happy? Is it better to believe in things that don’t exist, if they give us peace of mind? Is being rational equivalent to being miserable?

Yet, any thinking audience member will walk away with a far more unappealing moral: a middle-aged male protagonist who doesn’t really like a woman who will challenge him and meet his match.

So come on girls, let’s forget about the reading and self-education. Let’s just get on with the giggling and hair-twirling, in the hope we can catch someone as old as our dads.

2 stars

Magic in the Moonlight is currently showing at the State Cinema, Hobart

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Bett Gallery: In the Stockroom

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
11.10.14 5:09 am

Richard Wastell
Bone & Flower Fields, Skullbone Plains 2014
oil & acrylic on linen, unframed
122h x 138w cm (stretcher size)
Exhibited: The Skullbone Experiment, A Paradigm of Art and Nature
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Galleries UNSW, COFA

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Nicole Stringer Media Release
11.10.14 5:08 am


Produced by Bill Reynolds (Band Of Horses)


LISTEN to lead single ‘Crushed’ here:

Canadian singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim Chaisson returns to Australia this November & December, in support of his new studio album ‘Lost In Light’, released on October 24. Tim will kick off his Australian tour with an appearance at Reunion Festival on 22 November, before heading south to play Gorgeous Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and Festival of the Sun, along with a string of headline shows still to be announced.

Produced by Bill Reynolds (Band Of Horses), ‘Lost In Light’ is Tim’s multi-faceted folk-country-pop opus, with rootsy-pop corker and lead single ‘Crushed’ capturing Chaisson at his stylistic peak. Chaisson’s stylistic dexterity is showcased across twelve tracks, ranging from boot-stomping country to blues-tinged ballads, all the while staying true to his roots with an intermingling of guitar, fiddle, mandolin and banjo and Tim’s signature vocals.

“Crushed is a song about how falling in love can almost tear you apart - whether it’s the wrong time or wrong person”, says Tim. “A part of you wants to run from it and a part of you can’t get enough.”

“I first fell in love with “The Healing” from Tim Chaisson’s previous album.  When he sent the new song demos over, I was fired up to make a new record.  Tim can sing and play his own songs but the thing that sets him apart is his songwriting.”
- Bill Reynolds (Band Of Horses) - Producer

2014 marks Tim’s sixth Australian visit, having previously hit the road with Tim Freedman ( The Whitlams), Ian Moss and Diesel, along with the Goo Goo Dolls, The Trews and Johnny Reid in North America.  He played three knock-out showcases at 2013’s SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, before covering Gordon Lightfoot at Ontario’s Mariposa Folk Festival under the approving gaze of Lightfoot himself.

Chaisson is no stranger to success, picking up nominations for Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year (‘The Healing’) and Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year at this year’s Canadian East Coast Music Awards (ECMA’s) and taking out the award for Best Roots Album at the 2013 ECMA’s.

Don’t miss the chance to experience this accomplished artist live, when he hits Australian shores this November & December.


Saturday 22 November     Reunion Festival, The Entrance NSW

Saturday 29 November     Gorgeous Festival, SA

Sunday 30 November       Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

12 – 13 December           Festival of the Sun, Port Macquarie NSW

Stay tuned for more tour dates soon….!


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Sean Hocking
10.10.14 5:28 am


Tasmanian she-devil and grunge-inspired girl rocker Zoe Zac is heading off to Hong Kong on tour. But before she goes, she’s got a little something special for her home town of Hobart (Tasmania, Australia): a farewell gig in the new upstairs lounge at Tasman Quartermasters.

Zoe Zac returns to Hong Kong in November 2014 to launch her new album, Flow Chart, with new drummer Peter Bland. Recorded last year in Hong Kong and Cambodia, Flow Chart will be released internationally by Hong Kong-based label Metal Postcard Records throughout Europe, the United States, China, Cambodia and Australia. Comprised of five songs, Flow Chart is the first solo album from the Tasmanian singer-songwriter and punk rocker, featuring songs recorded while staying in Hong Kong and Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2013.

The album cover photo was taken on the day of the cremation of the late Cambodian King-Father Norodom Sihanouk, amidst the ear-splitting crack of artillery and surrounded by millions of people dressed in white; the colour of mourning in Cambodia.

“I feel that Cambodia is a really thriving place, despite being haunted by genocide, which I am amazed happened in my lifetime,” Zoe Zac said. “I visited the Tuol Sleng, one of Cambodia’s major concentration camps, where around 17,000 people died and part of the Killing Fields, in which an estimated two million people were murdered.

“I found the whole experience of travelling to that region so confronting; I met people whose parents had been murdered by the Khmer Rouge. It makes me realize how civilized we are in
the west and how it is so different. Having grown up in the tranquil wilderness of Jackeys Marsh in Tasmania (Australia), it’s mind blowing to go there. “I travelled through some evil places and some sublime places and I came out with these songs. Phnom Penh is really progressive and is healing with time. Later in the year I toured solo to Hong Kong, and that was like visiting the other end of the cultural and financial Asian spectrum.

So, returning to Hong Kong to release this album Flow Chart feels like coming full circle in that journey.” The title track Flow Chart is a woozy psych-grunge tune about lost love and living through chaos. As Zoe Zac sings: “Beneath this façade of religion, ends of eras are heralded by canons as history is cremated, my heart beats to the mayhem.”

The album’s second track, Raining to Stop a Riot, was written soon after Cambodia’s election last year, with its questionable democratic results and torrential rain. “Apparently people don’t riot in the rain, so I was hoping it would rain to stop riots,” Zoe Zac said.

Recorded in Hong Kong, Dudettes is a personal power anthem written with self-preservation and inner strength in mind; a love-hate song dissecting relationships around the world. The album Flow Chart was post-produced by Matt Nicholson at Invisible Audio and mastered at Crystal Mastering in Melbourne. “For my first solo recording project to be released on an international label, the impending tour is exhilarating,” Zoe Zac said. “I’ll be launching at the label headquarters in Hong Kong and I’m looking forward to giving Hobart a preview before I take wing.”


Hobart, Tasmania, Australia gig tag: Zoe Zac plays a goodbye-Hobart-gig at the Tasman Quartermasters (132 Elizabeth St, Hobart), on Thursday October 16 from 7.30pm, supported by KTK. Entry is free.

Hong Kong gig tag: Zoe Zac plays on Hong Kong’s waterfront at Saffron Stanley, home of Metal Postcard Records, on Saturday November 22, 2014.


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Max Gillies Giggles

Paula Xiberras
10.10.14 5:25 am


The name Max means ‘greatest’ and Max Gillies, one could say, is Australia’s greatest parody artist. Further to that a ‘Ghillie’ was an outdoor servant and could Max have been an outsider looking in to serve our insatiable thirst for the inside story on politics.

Max Gillies tells me he doesn’t ‘get to Tasmania enough’ and he recalls a period when he did quite a bit of touring shows in Tassie and tells me he is very much looking forward to getting back to one of, if not his ‘favourite theatre’, when he brings his show ‘Once Were Leaders ’ to The Theatre Royal in Tassie this month.

Max tells me about how he initially got involved in Parody. It started when he was a youngster at school and he and another entrepreneurial lad decided to ‘take off’ some of their teachers behind the lavatory at playtime. At the ‘dunny auditorium’. During these lunch hours clowning around it happened that one day the music teacher discovered their shenanigans but didn’t register a sour note (pardon the pun) and surprisingly enough approved of Max and his friends’ ingenuity and encouraged it even more so, including to expand their repertoire of parodies.

When Max started his political parodies in adult life, they quickly caught on. This particular show is a tribute to the great scriptwriters he has worked with through the years.

Nowadays he doesn’t utilise the disguises and prosthetics of times past when he played John Howard and Bob Hawke. In those days he needed to’ up age’ but now the politicians he portrays are a little younger than himself! Also nowadays the players don’t necessarily have the colourful characteristics of those of yesteryear.

In fact Max is disappointed with the politicians of today and believes the advent of social media with its 24/7 coverage has made them far more conscious of avoiding saying something they shouldn’t.

Max does however say, that there is in fact more talent outside of the present cabinet and also much more talent in the shadow cabinet.

He bemoans the disappearance of the ‘ratbag’ and lack of wonderful wordsmiths like Robert Hughes, Barry Humphries, Clive James and Germaine Greer.

You can see Max Gillies in ‘Once Were Leaders’ at the Theatre Royal on October 16 & 17 at 7.30pm.

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Olive adds flavour to Hot Chocolate

Paula Xiberras
10.10.14 5:21 am


I recently had the pleasure of chatting on the phone to Patrick Olive, one of the founding members of legendary group ‘Hot Chocolate’.  We are talking about he and the bands upcoming first visit to Tasmania this month.

Patrick tells me he is ‘Really,really, really looking forward’ to the visit. Most of what he knows about Tasmania comes via a television show he saw on the Tasmania devil and Patrick is very keen to meet the little fellow on his visit.

Patrick reminisces with me about the beginnings of ‘Hot Chocolate’ in 1969.

Patrick explains that at that time most young guys wanted to be actors or musicians and the group’s individual members were no different, although they all came from diverse backgrounds. Patrick himself was a computer analyst working in ICT, another of the guys worked in treasury, yet another member of the band was a neighbour who played guitar and another member was the guy who sold jeans and t shirts to the others! None of the guys had a musical college background but ironically, now, two of the new recruits have studied classical music.

It all began when the guys got together and did a Reggae version of JohnLennon’s song ‘Give Peace a Chance’. The guys played the song at the Apple label headquarter where John Lennon himself was in attendance and were asked to record it on the Apple label. At the time however, the guys didn’t have a name for their band. It was Apple secretary Mavis Smith came up with the title ‘Hot Chocolate’ which the guys thought brilliant.

‘Hot Chocolate’ have even entered the Guinness Book of Records. Between 1970 and 1984 the band had a hit every year and their song ‘You Sexy Thing’ made the top ten in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’S.

I ask Patrick why he believes ‘Hot Chocolate’ songs are still so relevant and popular
Patrick says the songs are timeless and appeal to all age groups, young and older people, they are songs everyone can sing along too and their message although simple like ‘It Started with a Kiss’ are about something vital to everyone, the trajectory of love and relationships. While seemingly a simple message the songs are also profound.

The band gathers it’s inspiration for its songs from a diversity of sources. For instance it can be from driving along in a car and hearing something on the radio or a visual experience such as band member Sammy seeing a huge poster advertising milk with the slogan ‘Are you getting enough?’ this case…‘milk’ but for the boys it might translate into a song as, are you getting enough’love’ or ‘happiness.’

Over the years people have told Patrick they have named their children after’Hot Chocolate’ songs, daughters named ‘Emma’ and boys named ‘Louis’ . It isn’t just in names that ‘Hot Chocolate’ have transcended generations, Patrick recounts to me the story of a girl who attended a concert in Austria and told him that her Mum had been to a ‘Hot Chocolate’ concert with her as a six year old 35 years previously and she showed him a photo of she and her Mum at the concert.

Patrick tells me his favourite song is ‘Love is life’ because it is poetic, particularly poignant and lyrical. It’s message of a seed growing to a flower, giving life, giving love, also sums up ‘Hot Chocolate’s message reminding us that love is our sustenance and to quote a line in the song ‘love will find a way’.

You can see Hot Chocolate perform at Hobart’s Wrest Point Casino Friday October 17, and Launceston’s Country Club Casino October 18.

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Strawberry Fields Forever for Frazer

Paula Xiberras
09.10.14 5:00 am


I recently had the chance to speak to Chris Frazer who acts the role of John Lennon in the Fabulous Beatle Boys band.

It is interesting to note that the ‘Frazer’ is Scottish in origin and has links to the French word’Frais’ for strawberry. Of course ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ is a song written by The Beatles, or more precisely John Lennon. Strawberry Fields was the name of the field of the Salvation Army home that Lennon lived near and a place he spent many happy days playing. When The Fabulous Boys band formed each member gravitated toward the Beatle they felt a kinship with and for Chris that was John Lennon, notwithstanding the ‘strawberry’ connection, Chris says he has always admired John for his approach to singing and his lyrical ability.’Not an easy job, writing those songs with that amount of perfection’. Chris also loves John’s cheeky character and has studied every nuance, in fact he jokes the boys have studied The Beatles to the extent he says they have the equivalent of’ 3 back to back university degrees’ on Beatle-ology!

For what has become an almost annual trip to tour Tassie, Chris tells me that’it’s a thrill’ and he enjoys ‘a bit of time over the ditch’.  Chrisloves the Hobart coast and its unique old world feel and the, ‘very beautiful, British look’ of Tasmania. Performing in the Theatre Royal, Chris calls ‘An absolute thrill’ and the boys being fans of Australian boutique beerslook forward to tasting the Tassie local beers with perhaps a visit to Cascade Brewery as well as chilling out, walking around the city and enjoying a good coffee.

Chris says it is a privilege to be playing John Lennon, especially in this, the 50th anniversary of the bands one and only tour of Australia. During this tour of Australia and New Zealand the guys will wear the same outfits that The Beatles wore on their tour of Australia, working from the same set list and playing the same guitar brands that The Beatles did with their ‘flat, wound strings’ not ‘round wound’ and so give their music the sound of vintage rock and roll and the quality that would have been akin to that achieved at Abbey Road. They boys also wear the same shoes and imported glasses from Liverpool that The Beatles did.

There are no wigs, albeit for Ringo, as the band member who plays him has naturally curly hair! But to authenticate John’s look, Chris assumes John’s ‘stance’ with splayed legs and feet, straight back and holding his head the same way as Lennon did with his lips emulating the same delivery of syllables as John would have done.

With successful tours a far afield as South Africa and Swaziland among other places the boys are in high demand and constantly evolving. In fact they may visit Hobart twice in one week with a gig on a cruise ship set to sail into the harbour around the time of their Theatre Royal visit.

You can see The Fabulous Beatle Boys ‘The Beatles 50th Anniversary tour’ starring the Fabulous Beatle Boys’ at The Theatre Royal on Saturday 18th of October at 8pm.

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Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival: Kiz-A-Palooza

Leigh Styles Marketing Coordinator Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival Inc
08.10.14 4:03 pm

Kidz-a-Palooza, a family-friendly event, will take place in the marquee on Orr St on Sunday 12th October from 9am until 12pm.

Based on the festival theme ‘The Power of Water’; there will be activities and gamesthat represent some of the pastimes that the children and families of Lake Margaret would have enjoyed over the years.

Throughout the morning, families will be able to: play board and card games; make toy cars, dolls and kites; play marbles, hopscotch and badminton; and more.

A music and sing-along session, with Monicka Lee, will start at 11:00am.

At 9:30am Slipstream Circus will perform, followed by a 30 minute circus workshop for children to join at 10:20am. A second performance at 11:30am will finish Kidz-a-Palooza with pizzaz!

Families are invited to embrace of the theme of this event and dress up as children and adults from the 1930s and 1940s

All welcome.

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Despard Gallery at Runnymede

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
08.10.14 1:25 pm


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DEVONPORT REGIONAL GALLERY Exhibition & Public Programs

Dianne Sheehan Tracy Broomhall Education and Public Programs Officer Gallery Administration Officer
08.10.14 1:15 pm

Image: Pat Brassington, The secret, 2010, inkjet print

Regional Gallery 45–47 Stewart St. Tasmania Australia F. 03 6423 5305


À Rebours is the first extensive exhibition of Brassington’s 30 years of practice and explores her ongoing aesthetic language derived from surrealism and cinema reinterpreted through photography. Pat Brassington: À Rebours has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

FRIDAY 10 OCTOBER, 8PM COST: gold coin donation Drinks and nibbles provided by DRG Friends Committee
Pat Brassington’s photo media works reference the tradition of surrealist photography – hauntingly beautiful, deeply psychological and deeply disturbing. The viewer will find themselves caught somewhere between reality, dream and nightmare.
To enhance the viewing experience, the Devonport Regional Gallery staff will be taking small groups of visitors on a torchlight tour through the gallery, describing the various stages of Pat Brassington’s exceptional 30 year career.

Leave your car behind this coming Wednesday, and don a helmut and some lycra for national Ride2Work day. The Devonport Regional Gallery is hosting a free breakfast at the Gallery from 7.30am, so organise to meet some of your work mates for an early morning coffee.

As part of Senior’s Week, the Devonport Regional Gallery invites senior residents to a special afternoon tea at the Gallery to view our current exhibition Pat Brassington: À Rebours. The afternoon tea is hosted by The Droogs, the young members of the gallery aged between 16 and 30 years.

Brenda Ridgewell, Space edifice, armband, 2002, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Opening Friday 7 November, 6 pm

Curator: Dr Robert Bell AM, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, National Gallery of Australia
A National Gallery of Australia Touring Exhibition
This exhibition includes the work of Australian jewellers exploring jewellery from a number of viewpoints. Visitors will be provided with a web-based ipad that will allow them to learn about the artist, the works and the collection from where they originated.

Josh Foley will create a landscape painting based on an area in the north west of Tasmania. Through the employment of directly painting onto the gallery walls, the artist will push the boundaries of what is generally regarded as the landscape genre. Foley will treat The Little Gallery walls as his canvas, simultaneously creating a surrogate landscape around the walls and floor. Foley regards the process as a comment on how various streams of society and differing attitudes contextualise and frame the idea of landscape.

Opening Friday 5 December, 6 pm
Judges: Erica Green, Director Anne & Gordon Museum of Art, University of South Australia and Sean Kelly, Coordinator, Moonah Arts Centre, Hobart
This popular national award presented every two years at the Devonport Regional Gallery is now in its 6th year. Artists from across Australia are invited to submit an entry in any 2D medium based on a response to the theme of ‘tidal’. Judges Erica Green, Director of the Samstag Museum, South Australia and Sean Kelly, Director of the Moonah Arts Centre, Hobart have selected to 27 works for the finalist exhibition.

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