Tasmanian Theatre Awards Campaign: Support the swashbuckling spirit!!

Moya Deigan Executive Officer, Theatre Council of Tasmania
03.09.14 9:01 am


The Theatre Council of Tasmania (TCT) is delighted to announce the launch of its 2014 Tasmanian Theatre Awards campaign today. Awards patrons and well-known actors of stage and screen, Garry McDonald (ABC pic above )and Diane Craig have arrived in Hobart to launch the campaign at a VIP function 6pm, this evening at Dockside Penthouse No. 2, Hobart. 

TCT Chairman, Rod Anderson said that “Apart from being one of the most unforgettable events ever held in Tasmania, the Tasmanian Theatre Awards will offer a powerful platform for alignment with the Tasmanian business sector.

“Tasmanians especially love the performing arts and why wouldn’t we? For a small island state, we boast a vibrant and active performing arts sector – from companies that tour locally, nationally and internationally to vital, regionally-based theatre that support locals and entertain thousands.
“Supporting the Tasmanian Theatre Awards campaign will help us to celebrate significant achievement and to recognise outstanding talent,” Rod said.

Tassie’s very first Theatre Awards, known colloquially known as The Errols, aim to celebrate the vast diversity and outstanding achievements of the Tasmanian Performing Arts sector.

The Theatre Council of Tasmania (TCT) launched the inaugural Tasmanian Theatre Awards in February, 2014 and the judging process is well underway. The inaugural Awards ceremony will take place at a gala dinner, early in 2015.

You can find out more about the Awards and the Design process at the TCT’s website -

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Bett Gallery: Barbie Kjar, Paul Ryan

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
02.09.14 5:37 pm






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Hear a Spaniard play the works of two great French and Spanish composers

Robert Thompson
02.09.14 5:00 pm


Hear a Spaniard play the works of two great French and Spanish composers – Debussy and Albéniz.

Fermín Higuera - concert pianist

Classical Afternoon Invitation
Saturday 6th September
1640 Channel Highway, Margate,
Brookfield House

3.30 Enjoy a pre concert drink whilst soaking the country ambience. Meet the Makers of some local crafts on exhibit and sale.
4pm Featuring: Allan Guiseppi Badalassi on piano, Rachel Walters on Violin and Roman Astra on Sitar.

4.30 Nibbles supplied by Marypin and a glass of Brookfield Pinot Noir

4.50 Fermín Higuera

Fermín is from Tenerife in the Canary Islands and is a concert pianist and professor of piano at the Conservatorium of Music in Madrid, Spain.

Outside Spain, he has delivered recitals in Argentina, Colombia, France, Italy, Switzerland and Venezuela.

Here is a unique opportunity to hear a Spaniard play the works of two great French and Spanish composers – Debussy and Albéniz.

Supported by World Class Local Composer, Allan Giuseppe Badalassi, with Rachel Walters and Roman Astra.

Cost $30
Seating limited so book now on 0439 672 331 and secure your place at this amazing concert.

“Proceeds to “Save the Children’‘

Robert Thompson of
Robert’s GIFTS and GAMES
featuring Made in Tasmania
at the Old Avalon Theatre Indoor Market
(Open Hours: Sat 9-3, Sun 8-2)
52 Melville Street Hobart Tas 7000

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Arts | What's On

Bluesfest Launch 2015

Gaynor Crawford Bluesfest Publicist
02.09.14 12:00 pm


The Black Keys, Zac Brown Band & Alabama Shakeslead the 1st of a sensational series of Bluesfest announcements!

Today, Bluesfest Byron Bay, the multi award winning 5 Day Festival, held annually over the Easter Long weekend just north of Byron Bay (EVENT DATES: Thu 2nd to Mon 6th of April, 2015) releases its first round of artists of what is going to be a series of sensational headlining announcements to be rolled out in the lead up to the 2015 Festival.

Announcement #1 features a beautifully selected choice of artists ranging from International heavyweights, National treasures to returning favourites plus some exceptional artists who will be making their Bluesfest debut in 2015.

The 26th Annual Bluesfest is now truly on its way!

The First Artist Announcement includes:


and many more to come!


We never have anything less than great announcements at Bluesfest - I think this time around we are making one of our best so far - as the Festival Director I am thrilled to be announcingThe Black Keys, the Zac Brown Band&the; Alabama Shakesas the very first headliners, as well as a stellar group of artists that make up this first announcement.

In 2015 it will be 9 years since The Black Keys have performed at Bluesfest and 6 years since Dan Auerbach performed solo, back then you could see them in your ’Local’ when they toured. Now, they have had one of the most defining recordings of the decade in El Camino (2011), a platinum selling album which brought them superstar status and made The Black Keys become one of the major bands in music today, selling out arenas all over the world and headlining festivals.  Since 2011 they have won 7 Grammy Awards alone.

The new albumTurn Bluewas released April 14. It debuted at number one in the US and Australia Album Charts, the band’s first record to top the album charts in either country.

Rest assured:Dan Auerbach’s voice and guitar prowess added to Patrick Carney’s unique talent on the drums lays the foundation for an unforgettable Friday night headline slot at Bluesfest 2015.

If you came to Bluesfest in 2013 you will remember the genius of the Zac Brown Band.  They are the fifth highest concert grossing band in the US right now grossing over $1.1M nightly. Only Cher, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Paul McCartney are in front of them. (Source: Pollstar Magazine 29th of August 2014). They have a staggering 6.5M+ Facebook members and have won 4 Grammy Awards so far.

What I admire about this truly great American band is that they have never tried to fit any kind of popular mould. They entertain their audience with a great mix of Country, Bluegrass, Rock and even some Metal and it’s difficult to name just one highlight during their performance, as there are so many.  No doubt that the Zac Brown Band will take Bluesfest by storm once again in 2015!

We are getting excited now because it’s a Bluesfest first for the Alabama Shakes but they certainly left their mark when they last came to Australia in 2013.  We have tried so hard to get them back and guess what - we have - for 2 Bluesfest plays.  Their fans will be rejoicing - and they will leave our shores with many thousands more who will agree - the Shakes are destined for greatness. They have a great story - so check ‘em out. This band is on fire.

PaulKelly is coming with his Merri Soul Sessions featuring Dan Sultan, KiraPuru&Vika;& Linda Bull - every one of these great artists are Bluesfest favourites. To have them all performing on stage togetherin concert is going to be orgasmic - or at the least - stupefyingly brilliant.

But there’s more - another Bluesfest favourite –XavierRudd will be debuting his brand new band - The United Nations. Featuring musicians from all over the world - including musicians from Indigenous Australia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, South Africa and more performing his new album.

George Clinton is a legend - no he is much more - he is a bedrock artist - a true originator who stands equally beside James Brown, Sly Stone and no one else as the creators of Funk music. His famous statement of the music he created - ‘get on the one’ meaning get on the first beat - not the second - made funk music what it is today. There is no Funk music without GeorgeClinton - it’s that simple - and it’s the funky truth.

Ok, ok. We have all heard the stories about the Mothership Connection - and all those crazy funky cartoon characters who comprise Parliament/Funkadelic - all 22 of them on stage. Well get ready - here they come with their funky motto - ‘free your ass - and your mind will follow’.  George and the gang will be performing their full show at Bluesfest - which can go for up to 3 hours.

There are some great festival artists in the world…..for mine none greater than Michael Franti & Spearhead…when Franti - calls ‘How YaFeelin’ to the audience - you know that true magic is about to happen - and the church of Franti will uplift the house to a spiritual release that is palpable. A Michael Franti & Spearhead concert is spiritual - it’s physical - it’s about life and loving life - it’s such a wonderful experience. We welcome Michael Franti and Spearhead back to Bluesfest for his second show in 2 years simply because - you can’t get enough of the best.

Beth Hart played Bluesfest 2014 - people are still talking about those shows. She is just one of the best live artists performing anywhere today and it is an honour to have her return to Bluesfest 2015.Simply unmissable.

Every artist in this announcement is just super cool baby - The Chris Robinson Brotherhood arethe kings of Blues Rock.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue are arguably New Orleans finest music export today. The last few years they have been selected to close the main stage on the final day of New Orleans Jazzfest, taking over from the Neville Brothers. This will be their 4th appearance at Bluesfest and they are back by popular demand.

SOJA, an American Reggae Dub band and Rebelution, a Reggae Rock World Roots bandare the leaders in the US Reggae music movement of today. Between them they have an amazing 4.5M Facebook followers. SOJA is currently # 1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts this week and Rebelution is #3.

G. Love & Special Sauce, Frank Turner& The Sleeping Souls, Band of Skulls, Pokey La Farge and the amazing Mariachi El Bronx round out the musical part of this incredible announcement.

The cherry on the icing on this amazing Bluesberry cake is the return of RocKwizfeaturing Julia, Brian, Dugald and all the team - plus very special guests for our listening, comedic and intellectualpleasure. You can even get to be a contestant - and maybe see yourself on television.


As the great OtisRedding said –“you think we gonna stop now - we ain’t gonna stop now”

This is only the first of many Bluesfest announcements to come. We are creating a churning whirl of burning funk for yalistening and dancing pleasure.

Peter Noble, Bluesfest Festival Director



They last played Bluesfest in 2006 and we are thrilled to announce The Black Keys are returning to Australia off the back of their successful 8th full-length album Turn Blue.

The tour celebrates the duo’s success with Turn Blue, which debuted on both the Billboard 200 and ARIA Charts at Number 1 and is the band’s highest charting album to date internationally. The album debuted in Top 5 and Top 10 charts worldwide with the first single ‘Fever’ sitting at the top of radio lists. Their latest single ‘Gotta Get Away’ can currently be heard on the airwaves.

The album was produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. Turn Blue follows the critically and commercially acclaimed album El Camino which is now certified double platinum in Australia. El Camino spawned the huge hits ‘Lonely Boy’ and ‘Gold On The Ceiling’ and also saw the band take home three Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album.

The home of Bluesfest is going to come alive when the The Black Keys -one of the world’s hottest rock bands -take the stage next Easter.


Remember the genius of the Zac Brown Band in 2013. They came to Bluesfest and set the tent on fire with their unique musical mix of Country, Rock, Bluegrass, Metal and even some Reggae. We were following the rest of the world as the band has since grown to become the fifth highest-grossing artist in the US right now.

Three-time Grammy winners and one of music’s most heralded acts, theZac Brown Band’sthree 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.

Zac Brown Band’s latest album, The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1, is out now on Southern Ground and features a 45-minute film by Southern Reel on the making of the album. Producer Dave Grohl said in a Rolling Stone interview: “They’re unbelievable; we didn’t fuck with computers, we tracked live, four-part harmonies around one microphone….... it’s fucking great.”
Pure musical genius ... Zac Brown Band returns to Bluesfest next Easter – expect Fireworks!!!


We welcome the mighty Alabama Shakes for their Bluesfest debut in 2015.  The quartet formed in 2009 in Athens Alabama, and has been going strong ever since. The Alabama Shakes were named best band of 2011 by NPR, while MTV called them one of the top bands to look for in 2012 and they received three nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards, one of them for their debut album Boys & Girls.

From the heart-rending title song ‘Hold On’ to such stomps as ‘Rise to the Sun’ the debut album demonstrates the sense of groove and space the band learned from their idols. Although the release of Boys & Girls marks the arrival of a major new Rock and Roll band, to the members themselves, what’s been most exciting has been the reaction they have felt on stage.

In 2015 the time has come for this band described as ‘thunderbolt dressed in blue jeans’ to rock out at Bluesfest and draw in the audience with their magnetic stage presence and music that’s aching when it’s slow and growling and whooping when it’s fast.

We are thrilled to share the love with Alabama Shakesand can’t wait to heartheirraw, rootsy, and honest Rock and Roll for the first time at Bluesfest.


Without doubt one of the most popular Bluesfest performers is Michael Franti– and we are stoked that he is returning to Bluesfest in 2015. We won’t get the pleasure of celebrating his birthday with him this year, but rest assured we will be getting very special Michael Franti& Spearhead performances.

There’ll be favourites old and new such as ‘Say Hey (I love You)’, ‘I’m Alive’, ‘Everyone Deserves Music’, ‘The Sound of Sunshine’, ’Hey HeyHey’, and ‘I’ll Be Waiting’ plus a few Michael Franti surprises as well.

Bluesfesters – you know only too well how the founder of the Do It For Love Foundation brings pleasure to many by gifting people who are living with advanced stages of life-threatening illnesses live concert and ‘meet & greet’ experiences … don’t miss another series of uplifting, soulful experiences courtesy of Michael Franti& Spearheadat Bluesfest next Easter.


The legendary George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, one of the most important innovators of funk music alongside James Brown, Sly Stone and the Funky Meters, brings the ‘awe-funk-some’ P-Funk Collective back to Bluesfest after a 4 year hiatus!! All 22 of them - for another funkadelightfulgroovathon next Easter!!

Known globally for his outlandish costume and his multi-coloured dreadlocks as well as his mastery of intergalactic funk – the P-Funk Collective will be looking to “Tear The Roof Off The Sucker” with their groove as they, for sure, turn us Bluesfesters into “Maggot Brains”.

Dr. George Clinton is one of the most sampled musicians on the planet (or off it !!!) 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….

George Clinton has been releasing albums steadily since 1967 under his own name as well as both that of Parliament and Funkadelic.  His stable of hits includes ‘Atomic Dog’, ‘One Nation Under a Groove’, ‘We Want the Funk’, ‘Flashlight’ and ‘Mothership Connection’ – and his collective was finally recognized when 16 of the P-Funk Collective (the largest group ever) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

In addition to the classic songs, Clinton continues to release new material, including Toys with Funkadelic in 2008 and the cover album George Clinton and His Gangers of Love in 2006, including his take on songs like ‘Ain’t That Peculiar’, ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’and‘Gypsy Woman’. He is currently compiling new and old songs for an exclusive online-only release, fighting for artist rights through the P-Funk Initiative, and blogging about these issues on his website.

PAUL KELLY presents the Merri Soul Sessions -featuring Dan Sultan, KiraPuru, &Vika; and Linda Bull

Singer, poet, songwriter and national treasure - Paul Kelly is returning to the Bluesfest stage to showcase his brand new collaboration-based release The Merri Soul Sessions. Live, this very special soul-review will feature performances with some of the incredible guest vocalists from the album includingDan Sultan, KiraPuru and Vika& Linda Bull. (Check out the recording footage here:

Through continual reinvention, 19 studio albums (plus several live releases & film scores) and countless accolades Paul Kelly has carved out his enduring place in the Australian psyche, his stories are synonymous with our landscape, history and lifestyle.

Songwriters and poets everywhere have paid tribute to his rich, tapestry-like catalogue of songs that have become the soundtrack to our lives, like ‘How to Make Gravy’, ‘From St Kilda to King’s Cross’, ‘To Her Door’, ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’, ‘Everythings Turning To White’ - and countless others. It seems fitting for the new chapter in this influential career to include collaborations with the next generation of incredible Australian musicians.


Emerging from the studio after recording his dream project - the long awaited ‘Dub Sessions’ which is currently untitled-Xavier Ruddreturns with a full band: The United Nations.
Featuring bass, drums, keys, horns, flute, guitar, backing vocalists, percussion and representing musicians from many cultures including Australia / indigenous Australia, South Africa, Samoa, Germany, Ireland & Papua New Guinea, Xavier Rudd & the United Nations will hit the stage at Bluesfest 2015 for their Byron Bay debut.

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations are a celebration of a “One People Musical Force” with a strong message of all people coming together around the globe to return to spirit, respect the ancient ways and protect the earth and the very essence of creation.

This return marks the 9th Bluesfest performance for Xavier Ruddand we can’t wait to welcome him back.


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenueare one of Bluesfest’s finest discoveries. Since their 2011 roof-raising debut, they’ve made Bluesfest their spiritual home, returning in 2012 and 2013 – each time raising our tent roof a little higher than the year before.

New Orleans native Trombone Shorty is the bandleader and front man of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a hard-edged funk band that employs hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition. He began his career as a bandleader at the tender age of six, and toured internationally for the first time at age 12 before joining Lenny Kravitz’s horn section at the age of 19 for a 105-date world tour in 2005-2006.

“…a genius player…he plays his ass off, and he’s a beautiful human being”. – Lenny Kravitz
His three albums, “Say That ToSay This,” the Grammy-nominated “Backatown,” and “For True,” has seen his career shoot to the stars.
Make sure you are in the tent to welcome him home to Bluesfest - with another two years of constant touring under his belt, TS&OA;’s return to Bluesfest signals the start of a stonking, funking party time!!


California’s Rebelutionwill be bringing their chilled Reggae beats to the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm for the bands very first Australian performance at Bluesfest.

Beginning as Reggae enthusiasts in the college town of Santa Barbara, Rebelution quickly grew to the success story they have become, playing over 100 shows a year around the world, owning the stage at major festivals and selling out renowned venues such as Red Rocks and the Santa Barbara Bowl. The most impressive part is that they have achieved all of this without backing from any major label or media push.

Rebelution’s latest album Count Me In (2014) debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #14 and marked the band’s third consecutive #1 Reggae Album.  Despite all the accolades, it is all about the music for the band as guitarist/singer Eric Rachmany explains; “Rebelution is a great example of four friends who got together to play music for the fun of it, and still do that today. We just play music that we really enjoy.”

We can’t wait for the jam sessions, laid-back grooves and good vibes at Bluesfest next Easter.


In time for Bluesfest, SOJA will be releasing their fifth studio album featuring the single‘I Believe’co-written by and featuring Michael Franti. Over the course of the past few years, the band has sold more than 200,000 albums, including their critically acclaimed 2012 album, Strength To Survive (ATO Records), which made an impassioned call for unity and change with universally relatable songs about faith, hope and love. Non-stop touring, headlining and selling out large theatres in more than 20 countries around the world, sharing stages with everyone from Dave Matthews Band to Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, has helped generate over60 million YouTube views, 3 million Facebook fans, and an almost Grateful Dead-like international fan base that grows with each tour, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city. Most impressive of all, SOJA has accomplished all this on their own.


The former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson formed The Chris Robinson Brotherhood in 2011. The Chris Robinson Brotherhood will be bringing their own brand of Blues Rock and Roll, full with grooves,psychedeliaand killer vocals.

Their third album and most recent release, Phosphorescent Harvest, has been described by the band as a new set of sounds unseen to lean on ceilings, a music of the spheres not content to just envelope rafters.  Rolling Stone Magazine described the first song released from the album as “boasts a vintage rock vibe that’s at once quirky, trippy, soulful and downright magnetic.”US Rolling Stone

Although Chris has been to Bluesfest before with The Black Crowes, this will be the debut of The Chris Robinson Brotherhood bringing their loose and soulful sounds to the festival. 
Bring on the trippy, the talented, the mighty, the one and only Chris Robinson Brotherhood!


“THE talk of the festival on opening night was Power House vocalist Beth Hart” - Gold Coast Bulletin on Beth Hart at Bluesfest 2014

After her mind blowing performances at Bluesfest’s 25th Anniversary we had to have power house Beth Hart back. First there’s THAT voice; Beth Hart turns the art of singing into an out-of-body experience – she is simply world class. Then there are her A-list collaborations with the likes of Jeff Beck, Slash, Buddy Guy and Joe Bonamassa.

Beth has ridden incredible highs and heart-breaking lows in the past, but these days she’s reaching new career heights including her nomination for a Blues Music Award in the category: Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist in 2014 and a Grammy nomination with Joe Bonamassa in 2014 for their album Seesaw, which went number 1 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart, as did their most recent release Live In Amsterdam.

Her most recent album Bang Bang Boom Boom was released the month before her debut Bluesfest performance in 2014 and reached number 3 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart. Beth is currently working on a new solo album which is set to be released early 2015, so expect to hear some new material when we welcome back Beth Hart to Bluesfest with open arms next Easter.


Two years ago Frank Turnermade his first appearance at Bluesfest. His tent was packed out with adoring fans and intrigued passers-by. By the end,  his anthemic songs like ‘I Still Believe’, ‘If Ever I Stray’, ‘Wessex Boy’, ‘Sailors Boots’, ‘Peggy Sang The Blues’, ‘The Way I Tend To Be’  had converted them all ...  and Frank Turner had won yet another new audience.

This time ... make no mistake ... his tent will be overflowing with his fervent fans, eager to lend voice to his bulging songbook of catchy folk/country/punk songs. Frank Turner has been a solo artist for nearly a decade, but the former voice of post-hardcore band Million Dead has seen his career charted in a firmly upward curve, thanks to his five best-selling albums and raucous anthemic singles. With a recent sold-out arena tour and prestigious main stage slots at Leeds & Reading Festivals under his belt, it is clear ... Frank Turner’s star is still set firmly on an upward course!!

There’s only one chance to catch Frank Turner at Bluesfest in 2015 – do not miss him!!


Punk Rock and Mariachi will join forces when the one and only Mariachi El Bronx make their Bluesfest debut next Easter.

To give you a little insight into the history of this band you need to know of The Bronx – a LA born Punk/hard-core band that formed in 2002 and received early success including a dedicated Australian fan base. When The Bronx were requested to perform acoustically on a television show the group decided rather than taming their own sound they would wear sombreros and take their music in a whole new direction. This led to the beginning of their alter ego: Mariachi El Bronx. 

From playing sweaty punk dives to booking dates with the likes of The Flaming Lips, Foo Fighters and The Killers and touring with Gogol Bordello, members of both bands have an incredible variety to their art.  The Mariachi style didn’t completely come out of the blue as frontman Matt Caughthran says; “…Growing up in Mexican neighbourhoods, it feels automatic” and “My two favourite bands were always Black Flag and Los Lobos, so it all makes sense.” The band claim their culture clash follows in a grand Punk tradition, namely The Pogues who merge traditional music of their Irish backgrounds with punk abandon and The Clash who melded raw garage guitars with Brixton Reggae Riddims.

You need to see this band live to appreciate the true magic of Mariachi El Bronx, for a taste LISTEN HERE. We are counting down the days to see those charro suits at Bluesfest.


For their 5th trip from Philadelphia USA to grace the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm with their eclectic mix of laid back Blues, Hip Hop and R&B;  G. Love & Special Sauce are making their triumphant return! 20 years after the release of their self-titled debut album and 8 years since their last live performance together, the original line up of G. Love & Special Sauce arrive on the back of their 2014 album Sugar breathing new life into their groove-heavy, Chicago-Blues infused brand of stripped down Rock and Roll. With the influences of Elmore James, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker and Lou Reed, the band has stripped themselves back to the old-school air of their first record with a mature and developed instrumentation without losing any of the unique, funky American Blues vibes that were the foundation the bands success.

Not to be missed, G. Love & Special Sauce has developed their sound into a laid back, rhythmic and soulful nature.


Suit up people, it’s time to throw yourselves back into the American age of early Jazz bars, String Ragtime, Country Blues and Western Swing- Pokey Lafarge and his band have crafted a fresh genre all their own. Hailing from the heart of America and based in Missouri, Pokey’sMidwestern appeal and surefire charisma never fail to charm audiences, giving way to a live music experience that manages to be flamboyant and unassuming all at once.

Pokey Lafargenarrates shouts and croons above the incredible harmonica, upright bass, saxophone and trumpets of his gifted band. Having played alongside the likes of Jack White, Old Crow Medicine Show, Wanda Jackson, The Raconteurs and Carolina Chocolate Drops, in addition to appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and the Boardwalk Empire soundtrack, PokeyLafarge has already created himself a master reputation among his esteemed peers as well as a string of distinguished awards including two consecutive Independent Music Awards for Best Americana Album for Riverboat Soul and Middle of Everywhere.

Don’t miss this stellar opportunity to relive and revive traditional Americana music!


Southampton Rock heavyweights Band of Skulls’ full-throttle live shows have earnt them a reputation amongst Australian audiences as one of the most accomplished, exciting live bands around. Their trademark raucous Blues riffs combined with faultless raw vocal harmonies has coined this English trio’s distinct sound.

Their third album Himalaya was released earlier this year and its layered, fleshed out sound has received rave reviews here in Australia and overseas; “so deliciously evocative, it’s like taking a hike to The Joshua Tree”.NME

It has a confidence that reflects a band who have honed & refined their own sound through relentless touring and playing to audiences of artists like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Muse and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Live, this tight polished band packs an immediate and inimitable punch.  “The contrasting but complimentary vocal dynamite that is the combination of (Emma) Richardson and (Russel) Marsden really comes into its element in a live setting, especially when accompanied by the pounding war drumming of Matt Hayward.”THE AUREVIEW

‘Expect the Unexpected’ – RocKwiz returns for three more Bluesfest Spectaculars!!

RocKwiz Live at Bluesfest 2015 will of course feature dynamic host Julia Zemiro, adjudicator Brian Nankervis, human scoreboard and roadie Dugald and the supremely talented RocKwiz Orkestra, made up of James Black, Mark Ferrie, Peter Luscombe and backing vocalists Linda & Vika Bull.

RocKwiz Live will once again be shooting their season opening program at Bluesfest. Here’s another fantastic opportunity for all Bluesfest fans to see themselves as well as their favourite artists on television.  The RocKwiz Live shows are bigger, bolder, longer, louder and a little looser than the television programs and the team revels in the unique atmosphere at Bluesfest.

Previous RocKwiz Live shows at Byron have featured an exciting mix of local and international artists performing with the RocKwiz Orkestra, collaborating with other festival guests, answering questions and rubbing shoulders with contestants … who are drawn from the audience before the show. Yes, it could be you!

Visiting performers like Irma Thomas, Michael Franti, Ruthie Foster, Allen Stone, Grace Potter and Trombone Shorty along with local heroes like Tex Perkins, Henry Wagons, Megan Washington, Ross Wilson, Marcia Hines and Tim Rogers have all been part of RocKwiz Live at previous Bluesfests, rocking the packed Jambalaya Tent and providing unexpected highlights for delighted crowds.

Who will it be this year … only one way to find out!! ‘Expect the unexpected’ – a Kwiz-tacular of music, quiz, chat and comedy when RocKwiz plays Bluesfest on Friday 3rd April, Saturday 4th April and Sunday 5th April.

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Bands play in household backyards and beyond ...

Timothy Jones Publicist
01.09.14 3:04 pm

Lulu by Kishka Jensen

Launceston’s Junction Arts Festival packs over 25+ live music gigs into one week from 10 – 14 September, 2014

LAUNCESTON, MONDAY 1 SEPTEMBER, 2014— Launceston will throw off its “sleepy” reputation with a loud line-up of over 25+ local and national music acts as part of Junction Arts Festival from 10 – 14 September, 2014.  The best of Tasmania will play alongside Australia’s best chart-topping bands, including The Babe Rainbow, The Royal Jellies, Tiger and Me and Pete Cornelius’ jazz band King Cake.

Junction Arts Festival’s music program will take place across two main venues: The Junc Room, a Festival stalwart housed in an abandoned CBD warehouse in 2014, and The Gospel Hall, a 1930s style prohibition-era speakeasy in a secret location and designed by Canadian artist Dean Baldwin.

The Junc Room is where Junction Arts Festival goes after dark. Situated in an abandoned warehouse, music lovers, late-night revelers, night cappers and those that just want to dance will be treated with some of Tasmania’s and Australia’s hottest live music acts. The lineup includes The Babe Rainbow (NSW), The Royal Jellies (VIC), The Tiger and Me (VIC) and Tassie artists DJ Randall Fox, Emma Anglesey, Younger Dryas, Violet Swells, The Stayns, Joe Nuttall (Enola Fall), Bansheeland, Gentle Hurst, Josef Josef, Marty Kooistra, Paper Souls and Siobhan Corcoran.

Canadian installation artist Dean Baldwin has been commissioned by Junction Arts Festival to create the environment for the Festival’s 1930s prohibition-era style speakeasy venue The Gospel Hall, an alternative late night Festival club for those who want to enjoy a fine Tasmanian tipple, relax and sway the night away to cool-swinging jazz and funk sounds from three resident bands. In a secret CBD space requiring a password access, audiences – who are absolutely encouraged to dress the part – will be treated with the sound of Australia blues icon Pete Cornelius’s New Orleans jazz band King Cake as well as local legends The Mercenary Funk Bandits and JUNK.

Baldwin will also create a stunning backdrop to The Junc Room stage: a bandstand made entirely out of discarded cardboard liquor cases.

For the first time in 2014, Junction Arts Festival will also present its inaugural intimate Backyard Bands series, presenting two well-known Tasmanian bands in the backyards of two of Launceston’s most historic and high-profile homes.

As part of Backyard Bands, from 6:30pm, Friday 12 September, enjoy the sexy cabaret-esque sounds of Lulu and the Paige-Turners at Hatherley House, a National Listed 1830s grand mansion with an expansive English-style parkland garden with snowy mountain vistas.

From 4:30pm, Saturday 13 September, catch the reggae, folklore, hip hop and seedy blues swings of The Embers while perched high on the hills of West Launceston at the early 20th century electrical sub-station with dramatic views over Launceston.

Junction Arts Festival will energise Launceston, Tasmania from Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 September, 2014 with five days of unexpected art adventures weaving through the city.  From a lightning fast birthday party, to bands playing in household backyards, to 7 metre-tall inflatable bunnies and bicycle-powered karaoke machines, Junction Arts Festival offers intimate one-on-one encounters, high energy spectacles and an all manner of things in-between.

Junction Arts Festival runs 10 – 14 September, 2014 in sites all over Launceston, Tasmania. For more information and tickets visit or call 03 6331 1309.

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Despard Gallery presents ... Drawings & Paintings by Peter Poulet

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
01.09.14 12:16 pm


Despard Gallery presents…
Drawings & Paintings by Peter Poulet
Opening September 3, 5:30pm
3 - 29 September 2014

Every good painting starts with a drawing…

Prolific artist and design professional Peter Poulet will be exhibiting a new body of abstract paintings and drawings at Despard Gallery. Drawings & Paintings will be the second solo exhibition by Peter Poulet at Despard Gallery. Poulet’s colourful approach to abstraction has been well received by audiences in Hobart and nationally. Poulet is best known for having held the position as the Tasmanian State Architect for a number of years. Poulet brings his design experience and enthusiasm for structure and colour to this new body of work.

Please join us for the opening of Drawings & Paintings on Wednesday 3rd of September from 5:30pm.

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Junction Arts Festival ...

Junction Arts Festival
31.08.14 5:26 pm


Hello Junction Lovers,

Junction Arts Festival is ten days away and we are getting very excited indeed. Our full programme is now available online, international and national artists are starting to arrive and settle in Launceston, we are almost ready to bump in the Festival and tickets are selling quick! Have you got your tickets yet? Head here for tickets to truly one-of-a-kind events.

Our full programme is available for download from our website and printed copies will be hitting the town this week. Keep your eye out!

Download the full program here

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Elodie’s Exotic Eden

Paula Xiberras
31.08.14 6:49 am


When I ask musician Elodie Adams about if she has visited Tasmania before she tells me a novel story of her visit as a young baby, when her parents were in Tassie on honeymoon.
Elodie’s mum thought taking the ferry would be romantic but found herself seasick instead!

The name Elodie means ‘foreign riches’ and her surname ‘Adams’ means ‘earth’, and indeed Elodie’s music (she also plays violin) and visuals with their gothic feel, might be considered ‘foreign’ or ‘exotic’ riches, not unlike that first Adam’s Eden and give us a new way at looking at our world, that ‘there are more things in heaven and earth’ as ‘Hamlet’ tells us ‘than ‘our’ philosophy has dreamt of’.

I spoke to Elodie recently about her single ‘Born to Love You’, a song that was inspired by a time in her late teens, when she was 19 or 20 and navigating the music industry. At the time Elodie was meeting people not knowing if the relationships were superficial or not and wishing that she knew who she could trust.

The song was written when Elodie was travelling on a plane from Sydney to visit friends at the Adelaide SymphonyOrchestra.Elodie hadn’t slept for two days and was in a ‘semi-conscious fuzzy state’ but recorded her clear vision of ‘a person running through a white mist’ with the ‘melody’, which she recorded.

Elodie is very involved in her productions and is interested in projects of fantasy and like the ‘Born to Love You’ video with multiple characterizations of herself in the video, she found fantasy ‘an ideal protagonist’.

As a big fan of PlayStation as a child, Elodie approached the company, which she saw as having a similar vision to her own, and she was picked up for PlayStation’s ‘Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty’ game. You can hear ‘Born to Love You’ in the official trailer, at the end of the game and in the credits.

Elodie’s music showcased at the’ E3’(Electronic Entertainment Expo) at the Sony booth. After which,Elodie was ‘flooded by thousands of notifications’

Elodie’s aim is to create ‘a journey’ and with her ‘heavy rock hybrid’ she is finding her way on that journey as musician, co-producer and possible gothic fashion designer….watch this space!

You can hear ‘Born to Love You’

Elodie’s new EP ‘inSUBORDINATE’ was released August 22

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Leigh Styles | Marketing Coordinator, Travis Tiddy l Festival Director
30.08.14 7:22 pm




The Award Winning Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival (10-12 October 2014, held every two years) launched their 2014 festival program at an extravagant gala evening held last night (Saturday 30 August, evening).

Over 300 people attended the Gala Evening – Which also included a Fine Art Auction – and saw the launch of the third program by the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival.

The Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival is still only relatively new. The upcoming 2014 festival (10-12 October, 2014, in Queenstown) is only the third installment from the organiser’s of the festival. Despite being a new festival, the last Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival was the winner of six prestigious awards, including taking out the ‘Festivals and Events’ category at the prestigious Tasmanian Tourism Awards.

The festival has quickly established itself as a provider of authentic, hand crafted experiences that delivers participants with a ‘money can’t buy’ experience, dabbling in fine art, fine food, entertainment and a place to visit like no other. The recent events in Queenstown have been difficult for many residents, the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival is an important moral boost for the Queenstown and West Coast community.

Last night (Saturday 30th August) the 2014 program was launched. The upcoming 2014 festival is appropriately themed ‘The Power of Water’ and the entire festival is tied to the centenary of the commissioning of the Lake Margaret Hydro Electric Power Station (near Queenstown), Australia’s oldest working Hydro Electric Station.

The festival runs over three days – starting on Friday 10th October and finishing on the evening of Sunday 12 October. Activities include discounted guided tours of Lake Margaret and the Queenstown area, trips aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway’, live poetry readings, films at the Paragon Theatre, and discounted helicopter rides.

The festival launches on the Friday night (10 October) with a fantastic opening ceremony titled ‘The Angel of the West’. The ceremony is an uplifting community event that aims to raise hope and generate a ‘new beginning’ message as created by local school children and local residents in a moving lantern parade through Queenstown’s main street. The Angel is a 5m tall lantern and will lead a progression of 50 (smaller) lanterns and a 40 member children’s choir.


• Undercurrents – A 3D Projection that is mapped to the architecture of the Empire Hotel, interpreting the hydro-electric industry through interactive animation, presented in partnership with Hydro Tasmania
• The Water Circus – A creative recreation of the social history of Lake Margaret through performances, actors, shadow puppetry and projection, presented in partnership with Hydro Tasmania
• ‘I think I can’, an installation featuring puppetry and audience participation. Using an ‘in progress’ 1960’s Queenstown Rail model as inspiration, visitors are invited to engage and play by becoming a temporary resident via a tiny puppet, engaging participants in an optimistic task of collective storytelling that deals with dynamic notions of residency and responsibility. This particular installation is generously supported by the Terrapin Puppet Theatre.
• 100 Years of Hydro – A public exhibition that tells the story of 100 years of future thinking, 100 years of Hydro Tasmania
• Discounted Mt Lyell underground tours, Mt Lyell surface tours and ‘Lost Mines and Ancient Pines’, presented in partnership with Queenstown Heritage Tours
• Live poetry reading in the Queenstown HUB
• West Coat Shindig – restaurateur’s serving hot food on Friday and Saturday (10, 11 October) under the awnings of the Queenstown pubs. A large marquee will be placed in Orr Street and completely transform the main street into a huge celebration of food, drink and friends.

The West Coast Singers again return to the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival and have similarly developed songs based upon the West Coast’s Hydro Electric history. The ‘West Coast Singers’ are presented in partnership with Hydro Tasmania.

In partnership with Constance ARI, the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival are excited to introduce five established artists who have been specifically commissioned to produce artworks relating to the festival’s overarching theme ‘The Power of Water’.  These works will be installed at the Lake Margaret site.

Official copies will be available to download from our website for members of the public sometime next week.

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Those of us born in Australia don’t understand what it is to be an 8-year-old with an AK-47 running

Richard Bladel, Kickstart Arts and Salamanca Arts Centre
30.08.14 3:30 am



Those of us born in Australia don’t understand what it is to be an eight-year-old with an AK-47 running through the dark with your last remaining family members, pursued by a terrifying enemy, under attack and running for your life.

Breaking is a moving, unique and beautiful dance and music work that opens at The Peacock Theatre at Salamanca Arts Centre on Saturday August 23.

The creation of Breaking was led by three story owners – young people who came here as refugees and are in different stages of their settlement – each having extraordinary experiences to share.

Kickstart Arts and Salamanca Arts Centre’s SPACE Dance Program,Ogilvie High School students and community members including children under 10 teamed up to create a powerful retelling of these refugee stories through contemporary dance, led by renowned choreographer Kelly Drummond Cawthon. Included in the show is an original new digital and live musical fusion of Hip Hop, Jazz and Classical music by emerging composer Max Bladel played by a fantastic ten-piece band, and haunting projected images by artist Jason James.

One of the Breaking storytellers is rapper Lawrence ‘Big Money’ Gino, who was born in South Sudan during the civil war. When he was just a few weeks old, his mother fled with him to Uganda. He spent the next fourteen years living in refugee camps before his older sister sponsored him to Australia. “I hope that people will hear my story and begin to know me as a brother, a father, a worker, a colleague, a friend and an artist rather than as ‘that refugee’. Although where I am from is important, it is the things I have overcome to be where I am now and the future in front of me which complete me as a person.”

“We spent many months in deep conversation with the story owners – these people telling of their experiences of loss, transition and survival,” said Kickstart Arts Artistic Director Jami Bladel. “These are the stories of African indigenous people wrenched from the country where they evolved over centuries as custodians of the land. Their family lineage, identity, belonging and responsibilities in law were all connected to their country. Being forced to flee from everything that brings meaning to their lives because of unspeakable violence & brutality is an impossible situation for any human being.”

Breaking explores some of the complexities of the refugee experience – of leaving your homeland having survived trauma, of making the transition from one culture to another, the sense of relief when you arrive, only to face a new battle - the crazy struggle to fit in.

Another storyteller in Breaking, Shewit Belay is a year-12 student at St Mary’s College, and also an active member of the live music scene performing regularly around Hobart. “The Breaking journey, as well as being a great opportunity to be in a thought-provoking performance, has been one of innovation, discovery … and delicious lunches from World Kitchen! As a five-year old, relocating to Australia with my immediate family as refugees, I guess I’ve grown up, predominantly, as an Australian.”

Contemporary dance has had a relatively low profile in southern Tasmania over the last few years, however Lesley Graham through Ogilvie High School and Kelly Drummond Cawthon through The SPACE Dance Program have done much to support the development of contemporary dance locally, including with Breaking.

Breaking is at The Peacock Theatre, in the Salamanca Arts Centre
Performance times:
Saturday August 23 - 2PM + 7PM
Saturday August 30 - 2PM + 7PM Tickets $25 and $12 concession

Limited door sales     Enquiries to Kickstart Arts (03) 6228 0611 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Three of the world’s greatest guitarists reunite to tour MONA: Oct 24

Steven Godbee,
29.08.14 11:27 am


Three of the world’s greatest guitarists reunite to tour Australia following release of their latest album on the ECM label

Ralph Towner, Wolfgang Muthspiel & Slava Grigoryan 

Oct 26   BYRON BAY, NSW Byron Bay Community Centre
Oct 27   BRISBANE, QLD Powerhouse
Oct 28   MELBOURNE, VIC Melbourne Recital Centre
Oct 30   ADELAIDE, SA Festival Centre, Dunstan Playhouse
Nov 1   SYDNEY, NSW City Recital Hall, Angel Place
Nov 2   CANBERRA, ACT Street Theatre

Ralph Towner, Wolfgang Muthspiel and Slava Grigoryan are acclaimed as three of the world’s finest guitarists in their own fields.

Although they share a common bond of being classically trained and inspired, each guitarist has a distinctive approach to composition and performance, and are all intent on expanding the guitar oeuvre having led vividly different forays into world, jazz, and modern classical music.

Coming together for a one-off trio tour in Australia in 2005, they felt an instant personal and musical connection and agreed to make this an ongoing project alongside their solo careers and other collaborations.

Their first CD ‘From a Dream’ (recorded & released in 2008 on Australian label Which Way Music) highlighted their individual musical influences and displayed their artistry within a trio format, creating a truly new ensemble ‘voice’ in the guitar world.

This, tour celebrates the release of ‘Travel Guide’ on European label ECM.  Ralph Towner brought the project to ECM and its legendary founder and producer Manfred Eicher. The trio recorded Travel Guide in Lugano in August 2012, with Eicher as producer. Towner has been a key ECM recording artist for more than 40 years, while Muthspiel and Grigoryan both make their ECM debuts here. Grigoryan is well known as the pre-eminent Australian classical guitarist of his generation, and Muthspiel has been an important figure on the transatlantic jazz scene for two decades, with his own bands and as a contributor to groups of Gary Burton, Paul Motian and many others.

Grigoryan’s virtuosity has earned him a cult following in Australia and Muthspiel’s reputation stretches well beyond the borders of his homeland, Austria. Both Grigoryan and Muthspiel share one musical hero in particular: the legendary Ralph Towner.

The American-born Towner is a celebrated acoustic guitarist who also plays piano, synthesizer, percussion and trumpet. Towner is known as a truly inspirational innovator on the modern musical landscape - his ideas ever fresh, though they span a career of more than 30 years. He has made notable recordings of jazz, classical music, folk music, and world music.

For guitar enthusiasts and music lovers of all kinds, this ensemble is all about sharing their passion for music with others and giving audiences the chance to hear three generations of musicians all performing together, yet with their distinct signature style.

With world-class instrumentation and music destined to transport listeners to another world, this unique presentation of guitar mastery is not to be missed.

“…astounding virtuosity…. head-spinningly intricate ensemble passages…. handled with furious ease.
An evening not only of remarkable music but unusually close intimacy – an event not to be easily forgotten.” LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE

“sublime skill, silky improvisation…. complete mastery of tone and atmosphere… one was able to savour both the grittiness and the sophistication of the MGT sound in all its glory.” THE WEST AUSTRALIAN


HOBART, TAS Friday 24 October – 8pm MONA Museum Nolan Gallery
Bookings: (03) 6277 9900 |’s-on/events

Bookings: (02) 6685 6807 |  

BRISBANE, QLD Monday 27 October – 7.30pm POWERHOUSE
Bookings: (07) 3358 8600 |

Bookings: (02) 9699 3333 |  

Bookings: 131 246 |

Bookings: (02) 8256 2222 |  

CANBERRA, ACT Sunday 2 November – 7.30pm STREET THEATRE
Bookings: (02) 6247 1223 |

RALPH TOWNER was born in Washington in 1940. He began his jazz career as a Bill Evans inspired pianist, then travelled to Vienna to study classical guitar with Karl Scheit, the renowned Austrian guitarist, lutenist and pedagogue. In New York City in the late 1960s, Towner freelanced on both piano and guitar, collaborating with musicians from Freddie Hubbard to Tim Hardin. He co-founded the band Oregon in 1970, together with Collin Walcott, Glenn Moore and Paul McCandless – all of whom would appear on Towner’s ECM debut, Trios/Solos, in 1972. His recordings for ECM have included solo albums, duo projects (with John Abercrombie, Gary Peacock, Gary Burton and, recently, Paolo Fresu), bands under his direction (including the much-loved Solstice with Jan Garbarek, Eberhard Weber, Jon Christensen) and discs with Oregon. He has also contributed to albums by Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Kenny Wheeler and Egberto Gismonti, and guested with the group Azimuth. As an instrumentalist Towner has shaped distinct languages for his classical and 12-string guitars. He has described his approach to the guitar as “pianistic: my brain wants to have access to all those notes at once.” As a composer he remains a unique force, combining baroque counterpoint, rhythms and melodies inspired by Brazilian music and jazz tradition, and a personal approach to harmony and development.

“Towner is one of the few players who can balance a flawless technique
with a feeling and spirit that touches the listener on many levels” CRUSADER NEWS

WOLFGANG MUTHSPIEL was born in Judenburg Austria in 1965. He played violin from the age of six and took up the guitar at 15. At the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Graz he studied both classical and jazz guitar, subsequently winning national competitions for classical music as well as the International Guitar Competition in Mettman, Germany. Interested in improvisation from an early age, in 1986 he emigrated to the US to study at the New England Conservatory with teachers including Mick Goodrick. At The Berklee School Of Music he met Gary Burton who invited him to join his quintet. While based in New York from 1995 to 2002, he participated in a great variety of musical projects with artists including Rebekka Bakken, Trilok Gurtu, Youssou N’Dour, Gary Peacock, Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine and many others. Current projects include a duo with Brian Blade, a quartet featuring pianist Jean-Paul Brodbeck, and a trio with Larry Grenadier and Chris Cheek. In addition to his jazz projects, Muthspiel writes for contemporary classical ensembles and has received commissions from the Ensemble for New Music Zurich, Kangforum Wien, The Austrian Ministry of Arts, the Boston-based Marimolin ensemble and more. He is at home in many musical contexts and the integration of his electric guitar between the classical guitars of Towner and Grigoryan on the present recording seems entirely natural. He occasional expands the textural palette of the group with wordless singing, as on “Amarone Trio.”

“Muthspiel’s tricky compositions have an unstoppable groove over which he unveils a solo of Schwarzenegger proportions…These tunes go places, lots of them, and each is more interesting than the last” LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE

SLAVA GRIGORYAN was born in 1976 in Kazakhstan and moved with his family to Australia in 1981. Raised in Melbourne he began to study guitar at the age of seven and was playing professionally at the age of 12; he made his debut in Sydney at 14. Early success at the Tokyo International Classical Guitar Competition established his reputation and led to recordings on Sony (and, later, ABC) and he has appeared with leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Radio Orchestra, the Klagenfurt Symphony Orchestra and the Halle Orchestra. He appears often with his guitarist brother Leonard: their duo features the standard classical repertoire but also reaches out to embrace contemporary composition, jazz, folk and more. Both brothers are also members of the Australian guitar quartet, Saffire, and play in the Band of Brothers ensemble with Joseph and James Tawadros.

“Slava Grigoryan is a guitar player of uncommon originality and authority.
Musicality, expressivity and daring, …a singular talent” THE NEW YORK TIMES

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MONA: Matthew Barney, River of Fundament, Nov 22 - Apr 13

29.08.14 11:15 am




November 21, at 5pm, the film RIVER OF FUNDAMENT- Federation Concert Hall, Hobart.
November 22, at 1pm, A Conversation: Matthew Barney and David Walsh, Hobart’s Odeon Theatre.
November 22, 8pm, the exhibition Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT at MONA.
November 23 the exhibition opens during regular museum hours. 

Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT combines elements of narrative sculpture, traditional cinema, live performance, storyboards and drawings to create an immersive experience. This exhibition follows an evolution of RIVER OF FUNDAMENT from its inception in 2007 through its unique presentation at MONA.  Following the project’s inauguration at the Haus der Kunst, Munich earlier this year, the exhibition at MONA is Matthew Barney’s Australian debut in a singular national venue.

Many of the works in the exhibition took shape as a symphonic opera and are the brutally elegant distillation of an intuitive, multi-disciplinary, creative process that mark Barney’s singular artistic approach.  RIVER OF FUNDAMENT takes two forms:  Barney’s creation of the ritual through sculptures, drawings and storyboards, and the ritual made real in the form of an epic film of the same name, by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler, the artist’s musical collaborator since 1996.

For the exhibition, MONA’s curators worked closely with the artist to select sculptures, drawings, and Egyptian antiquities from David Walsh’s collection. Barney has selected some works to be incorporated into his own installations and storyboards.

Inspiration for RIVER OF FUNDAMENT was Norman Mailer’s novel, Ancient Evenings (1983), which tells in explicit detail the story of an Egyptian mythic journey from death to rebirth. The novel draws from the Egyptian “Book of the Dead” and is a sexually graphic, ferocious telling of the recurring rebirth of Menenhetet One. The novel took Mailer 10 years to write; it was panned by most critics of the day as unreadable.  New York Times writer Benjamin De Mott described it as “ludicrous blends of Mel Brooks and the Marquis de Sade,” however critic Harold Bloom, reviewing the novel for the New York Review of Books, wrotethat he saw the central character as a metaphor for Mailer’s personal obsessions and his dying hope for literary resurrection through the novel.  This is the view that Barney highlights in his film - a reinterpretation of Mailer’s mythologies that, while described within the context of ancient Egypt, is strongly rooted in the heart of a modern American pathos.

In 2007, not long before his death, Mailer asked Barney to read the novel’s first 100 pages and the project RIVER OF FUNDAMENT became the culmination of their two desires: Mailer’s to redeem the novel he loved, and Barney’s to portray in sculpture and ritual pageantry the post-industrial myths and mayhem of their country.

At MONA, Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT is curated by the artist with David Walsh, Nicole Durling and Olivier Varenne. This exhibition premiered at Haus der Kunst, Munich, and was curated by Okwui Enwezor in collaboration with MONA.

MONA Curator Olivier Varenne
“Matthew Barney’s sculptures are created from chance and ritual action.  They are the result of an experiment to make works that are neither props nor ancillary to his epic film River of Fundament.  They stand as narrative sculptures.  MONA is proud that Matthew accepted our invitation to have his first solo Australian exhibition with us.”

MONA Curator Nicole Durling
“On reflection having Matthew Barney’s work at MONA was meant to be. Well before the museum was built the ritual narratives in his work resonated with us.
“River of Fundament folds together personal, historic and cultural myths in an epic tale, so the inclusion of select pieces from David’s Egyptian antiquities adds yet another layer - ancient and contemporary - in our tomb-like galleries.”

The artist:
Matthew Barney (born San Francisco 1967) is known internationally for such works as his visionary five component films forming the CREMASTER cycle (1994 – 2002) and his DRAWING RESTRAINT series (1987 – ongoing), currently consisting of 21 filmed actions, the most recent of which took place at Haus der Kunst in early 2014. He describes his films as “hybrid”: neither documentary nor straightforward cinema but something in between.  The current project fully encompasses all aspects of his artistic practice: physical action, stamina, role playing and complex narratives exploring extended meditations on his personal development, American culture, history, politics and mythology.  Barney has received numerous awards including the Aperto prize at the 1993 Venice Biennale; the Hugo Boss Award in 1996; the 2007 Kaiser Ring Award in Goslar, Germany and the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Persistence of Vision Award in 2011.  He lives and works in New York.

The composer:
Jonathan Bepler (born Philadelphia 1959) was self-taught on many instruments by the time he attended Bennington College in 1982. His major areas of study were composition with Louis Calabro, improvisation with Bill Dixon, percussion with Milford Graves, and performance with artists and choreographers including Lisa Nelson and Min Tanaka. His interest in collaboration and interdisciplinary work continued in New York City, where his work often involved co-mingling many seemingly disparate elements, a love of chaos, and a thirst for reconciliation. Bepler has worked with many choreographers, including John Jasperse, Sasha Waltz, Jennifer Lacey, and Wally Cardona, and has also led ensembles of both improvised and pre-composed music, appearing often in New York and Europe. His concert music includes commissions for the Ensemble Modern, the Glenn Branca Ensemble, and the Basel Synfonietta. His collaboration with artist Ann-Sofi Siden, featuring actors, technicians, and architecture of the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden, was shown in Stockholm and Berlin. His work with Matthew Barney has spanned nearly 20 years and has included seven films and nine performances. He lives and works in Berlin.

Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT is supported by the Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager, Basel; Gladstone Gallery, New York; Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Sadie Coles HQ, London.  The film RIVER OF FUNDAMENT is produced by Matthew Barney and Laurenz Foundation, written and directed by Matthew Barney, music composed by Jonathan Bepler.

The catalogue:
Matthew Barney has created a 311-page artist’s book.  It includes essays by Okwui Enwezor, Hilton Als, Diedrich Diederichsen, Homi K. Bhabha, and David Walsh, along with librettos from each of the three live performances; extracts from Jonathan Bepler’s musical scores; Barney’s drawings and storyboards, installation images of each of the related sculptures; a selection of photographic references, and an expansive edit of production stills from the film.
Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT is published in conjunction with the exhibition Matthew Barney: River of Fundament, held at Haus der Kunst, Munich, March 16– August 17, 2014; and at Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania, Australia, November 22, 2014–April 27, 2015.
First published in the United States of America in 2014 by Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc.
New York, NY. In association with Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany.
The November launch of the film RIVER OF FUNDAMENT is a co-presentation with Sydney Festival 2015.

MONA is located at 655 Main Road, Berriedale, Hobart, Tasmania
+ Open 10am to 6pm, closed Tuesdays and Christmas day.
Entry:  $A20, free for Tasmanians and under 18s. Concession $A15.

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What’s On at the Theatre Royal September/October

Theatre Royal
29.08.14 6:50 am


In this enews:
Henry V
Swamp Juice
Hell Aint a Bad Place to Be
The Magic Flute
Sons & Mothers
Coming Soon

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Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival official program launch and gala ball

Travis Tiddy, Festival Director, Leigh Styles Marketing Coordinator
29.08.14 6:34 am




The Award Winning Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival (10-12 October 2014, held every two years) launches their 2014 festival program at an extravagant gala evening to be held this Saturday.

Tickets for the gala evening are $145.00 per person and include hors d’oeuvre catering, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and entertainment. Entertainment is provided by the Royal Australian Navy Band (Tasmanian detachment), an extremely popular ‘rock and roll’ outfit that will most certainly have the gala evening guests up and dancing.

A limited number (20) of tickets for the Gala Evening still remain available for sale. Tickets can be purchased from or by telephone/visiting the Queenstown Railway Station after 10am on Friday (29th August). Tickets will not be available at the door or available on the Saturday before the Gala Evening.

Queenstown was recently successful in winning the opportunity to host a ‘Mini Muster’, an event provided by the organising committee of the Deni Ute Muster. The Mini Muster will be held also on Saturday 30 August. Interested persons visiting Queenstown for the Mini Muster are most welcome to purchase tickets for the Gala Evening and continue their celebration in style.

The Gala Evening is a black-tie event.


A key part of the Gala Evening is the Fine Art Auction. The fine art auction is the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival’s premier fundraiser. Nine artworks form the auction catalogue from very well respected artists who have been specifically tasked with producing an artwork tied to the festival’s overarching theme ‘The Power of Water’.


The Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival is an award winning, hand crafted cultural festival held every two years in the mining town of Queenstown on Tasmania’s West Coast. Following the success of the 2012 festival, the festival returns in October 2014 appropriately themed ‘The Power of Water’ to celebrate the centenary of the Lake Margaret Power Station – Australia’s oldest working Hydro Electric station, near Queenstown.

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Lauren Glezer announces new single ...

Emily Cheung
28.08.14 6:07 am



Gifted Melbourne singer songwriter, Lauren Glezer has announced her new single, This Living (out September 12), lifted from her debut EP, Searching For Tall set for release on September 19.  Glezer will be celebrating with an east coast tour kick starting in Canberra at The Co Op on September 10 and moving through to Melbourne for shows at The Wesley Anne on September 20, The Evelyn Hotel on September 28 and The Breslin Gallery on November 9.

Lead single, This Living is a stunningly poetic folk pop tune.  Glezer’s honest, raw vocals set amidst the beautifully simple musicianship work perfectly to complement her heartfelt songwriting.  “It’ll be alright in the end, and if it’s not, it’s not the end.”  An ode to those who work too hard, Glezer explains, “this song was written in the name of my dad and for anyone that feels like they haven’t done it right.  It’s never too late to make a change.”

Filmed by Edwin Tedjokusumo (The Pierce Brothers, Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes), the clip for This Living “was always going to be about the mundane ways of every suit wearing, train taking corporate,” says Glezer.  The clip follows a corporate man through the daily grind of working life and is contrasted by a sweet, carefree young girl playing hopscotch and chalking the street.  “For me, the contrast between these two characters shows how many of us have forgotten about the child that resides within us.  We are too busy working hard to consider how we want to be spending our precious time on earth… I hope this film clip raises one simple question for people; am I living the life I had imagined when I was a child?”

Two years in the making, Searching For Tall follows themes of self-discovery, love, loss and fear.  “My EP is about knowing that everything we are searching for in our external world is there to be found in the internal world.  It’s about losing love, but knowing that every day promises new opportunities,” an expressive Glezer enthuses.  Produced by Richard Stolz at Woodstock Studios alongside her long-time band, Conrad Tracy (owner of Revolver Drums) and Ryan Monro (Bass guitarist from The Cat Empire), the EP is radiating with a warmth and positivity that is hard to come by.  Each song has been carefully crafted with the perfect balance of space and beauty to allow Glezer’s generously raw vocal to impress and wow the listener.

Excited to hit the road and perform her new material, Glezer says, “I’ve been told that I deliver a very honest performance.  I’ve never been into the whole stage persona – what you see is what you get…. minus shoes.  I can’t wear shoes when I sing.  I’m not sure why, but I just can’t!”

View the clip for new single This Living
Listen to new EP Searching For Tall

WED 10 SEP | ACOUSTIC SOUP @ THE CO OP, CANBERRA ACT | ALL AGES | Tickets available at the door
SUNDAY 28 SEPT | THE EVELYN HOTEL, MELBOURNE VIC 18+  | Tickets available at the door

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Growing alarm throughout Arts and Culture ...

President of Regional Arts Australia, Dennis Goldner Media Release
27.08.14 3:47 pm


The President of Regional Arts Australia, Dennis Goldner, today expressed concern that the Australian
Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will discontinue its work in the area of creative and cultural activity in Australia.

“According to data released by the ABS in 2014, the contribution by the cultural and creative sector to
Australia’s economy is more than double that of agriculture, forestry and mining,” Mr Goldner said.

In his media statement of 5 June 2014, the acting Australian Statistician, Jonathan Palmer released a
revised ABS work program which proposes to discontinue examination of Culture, Sport and Recreation

“There is growing alarm throughout the arts and culture sector,” Mr Goldner said. “We also believe this
move undermines the work of the Meeting of Cultural Ministers (MCM) and their national cultural data
collection, research and analysis.”

“Arts and culture, as an industry, plays a major role in the national economy and it demands appropriate
scrutiny,” Mr Goldner said. “The continued growth and wellbeing of cultural and creative activity aligns
with Australia’s economic interests, but it is also central in promoting Australia as a clever country.”

From the ABS’ recent statement, it appears that the ABS has singled out Culture, Sport and Recreation
statistics. It has not indicated an intention to reduce its examination of any other specific area of economic

“The arts is big business. It is difficult to imagine the ABS discontinuing statistical work in health, education
and retail trade, yet by its own statistics, these areas have a smaller Gross Value Add than cultural and
creative activity,” Mr Goldner said.

“The data collected by the ABS is essential in understanding and resourcing the not-for profit arts sector in
Australian today. We urge the ABS to maintain this vital part of its program.”

In February 2014, the ABS released data highlighting the national significance of cultural and creative
industries. It estimated that in 2008 – 2009 cultural and creative activity provided a Gross Value Add (GVA)
of $86.0 billion (6.9%) to Australia’s economy. This places cultural and creative activity squarely among the
mainstream elements of Australia’s economic activity. Cultural and creative activity outranked retail trade
($57 billion - 4.9%) and education and training ($53 billion – 4.6%) and more than doubled the contribution
of agriculture, forestry and mining ($29 billion – 2.5%).

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Love Desire & Riches – Fashion of Weddings at Rippon Lea

Carolyn McDowall,
27.08.14 2:40 pm


National Trust Australia (Victoria) is showcasing historic wedding dresses at their Melbourne gold boom mansion Rippon Lea House and Garden representing 200 years of a bride’s dreams of her wedding day. The exhibition Love, Desire & Riches on show until September 30 2014

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Dream Week is a week each year that Look Good Feel Better has to help raise funds and awareness of the help available for women with cancer.

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Virtuosi Tasmania: Hot August Jazz Festival - North Hobart

Virtuosi Tasmania Inc Tasmania's premier ensemble bringing chamber music to regional Tasmania.
27.08.14 7:51 am


Hot August Jazz Festival - North Hobart

You may have heard us live last December or even bought our CD Spirit of the MJQ. Now you have another chance to hear the Virtuosi Jazz Ensemble play that concert as part of the Hot August Jazz Festival at North Hobart.

Spirit of the MJQ

Sunday 31 August 4pm: Church Hall North Hobart (opposite the State Theatre)

Hear Kelly Ottaway, vibes, Dan Sulzberger, piano, Matt Ives, drums and Stephen Martin, bass play melodic jazz from the marvellous Modern Jazz Quartet repertoire.


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Russell’s Richmond and Tassie Tiger Trajectory

Paula Xiberras
27.08.14 7:48 am


One of the meanings of the name Russell is ‘fox’ but with his recent album proudly depicting a portrait of the Tasmanian tiger and his love for the Richmond football team it would seem ‘tiger’ is the more appropriate animal symbol.

Russell Morris is a regular visitor to Tasmania, in fact as we chat he tells me this year he has supported Suzy Quatro and Boz Scaggs on their Tasmania tour as well as taking part in the APIA tour with fellow artists Joe Camilleri, Richard Clapton and Leo Sayer.

Not only does Russell regularly visit Tasmania but he also has made an album inspired by Tasmania’s convict past called ’Van Diemen’s Land’. Listening to the album you can hear Russell’s musical influence ranges from rock and roll to roots and blues.

Russell talks about how the stigma attached to having a convict in the family has now turned to an actual desire to have a convict in one’s family’s past.

Of course the situation these convicts endured on their way to Tasmania is also explored in the songs. Russell talks about the hell hole that was Van Diemens Land and the ‘brutal’ 6 month journey from England as well as the not so friendly welcome of the native snakes and spiders.

Russell says these early convicts who were often convicted of petty crimes went on to become the backbone of Australia.

Russell recounts to me that once when he and his friend, guitarist and Tasmania Tony Naylor were on tour and perusing book stores, (one of Russell’s great loves is reading historical tomes) Tony was delighted at finding his great, great grandmother’s listing as a convict in the book ‘whores strumpets and bad women of Tasmania’.

Russell chose the wonderful illustration of the Tasmanian tiger that adorns the cover of his album.

Russell is also a big admirer of another Tassie tiger in Richmond player Matthew Richardson and believes that Richmond should have made use of their tiger symbol to be the
Tasmanian’ football team.

Russell’s album is a real treat, with many friends like Rick Springfield, Rob Hirst, Joe Robinson, Phil Manning, Ross Hannaford, Joe Camilleri ,Vika and Linda Bull coming together on’ Van Diemen’s Land’, which is out now.

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Junction Arts Festival, Launceston Sept 10- 14: What a Launch ...

Junction Arts Festival
26.08.14 7:38 am

Premier Hodgman and Lord Mayor Albert van Zetten

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Constant Constanzo

Paula Xiberras
26.08.14 6:28 am


Rachel Constanzo hasn’t been to Tasmania yet but tells me as we chat that she wishes she could go on holiday there.

However, for this lovely young lady who is only 17, still at school and juggling a burgeoning career as a pop star, with school and gigs there isn’t much time for a holiday.

We had spoken last year about Rachel’s first single ‘Blindside’ and Rachel tells me of an interesting fact regarding the song, of how, one day Fox FM’s computers had broken down and Rachel was brave enough to call the channel managers and ask them to play her single ‘Blindside’. What followed was a request for an interview with her and some airplay for the single!

Rachel’s new single ‘Starlight’ was inspired by her being tired of going to school and wanting to escape for 3 minutes, the length of a song, hence ‘Starlight’ was filmed outside the escapist areas of Luna Park and The Palais Theatre. Rachel says the people of St Kilda were very ‘kind and mindful’ of the cameras during the shoot.

An interesting fact relating to ‘Starlight’ is that Rachel cast her real friends to play her friends in the video, which gives the clip a wonderful, natural feel of friends having fun in each other’s company.

Rachel, in spite of her pop career speeding ahead, as noted before, still attends school, where she takes two music classes among the other conventional classes or as she calls it ‘boring stuff!’

Rachel says she can’t imagine what she would do if she wasn’t planning on a career in music. Music is Rachel’s number 1 passion and with the Constanzo name meaning ‘constant’ or ‘steadfast’ it would seem she is well on the way to achieving her passion. Further testimony to her steadfastness is that she has been playing the piano for 8 years and the guitar for 2. She says if she wasn’t doing music maybe she would be working at Kmart or perhaps planning a future as a music teacher.

Rachel will be performing at the Teen Expo at Melbourne on Thursday August 28 and Friday August 29.

You can view the clip to Starlight here

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Humanity of Animals

Paula Xiberras
26.08.14 6:25 am


Nick Mitchell of the musical group ‘Humans as Animals’ tells me he loves Tassie, he especially enjoys the outdoors and talks to me about his one visit so far, when he travelled on the Spirit of Tasmania, visited Cradle Mountain and went kayaking.

Humans as Animals are set to launch their new EP ‘Eukaria’ at the time of speaking. Nick said he had been in rehearsals with 2 weeks to go the culmination of two years in the making. Helping them at the launch will be actor and friend Michael Wahr (an actor/puppeteer from the stage production of War Horse), as Michael possesses the dramatic ability the band aspire to.

Nick said the band got their name when their bass player saw a boat of activists brandishing the banner ‘humans as animal’s and it was deemed the perfect name for the group.

The name of their EP ‘Eukaria’ also has an interesting story associated with it and was inspired by a friend studying engineering at university. ‘Eukaria’ is a scientific concept about how different components come together to make a one. This idea is continued in the story of how their album came together. Each band member wrote a ‘different’ song of experience that was a component of the whole, coming together into the ‘one’ that being the album.

The single ‘Her Name’ says Nick is about ‘the mixed world of relationships’ because relationships are possibly the one thing everyone on the planet is interested in at some time’. While composing the single Nick reflected on the girls in his past and how he handled the relationships.

The single ‘Her Name’ was released on July 18th and ‘Eukaria’ has been available since August 1st.

You can view the video for ‘Her Name’ here

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Keith’s Characters in Saintly Shakespeare

Paula Xiberras
25.08.14 6:49 am


The name Agius is of Maltese origin and may be a latinization of the Greek ‘agios’ which means ‘saintly or holy and is applied to a virtuous person’. It can also refer to ‘learned one’. I am talking to an Agius, that being Keith Agius of the Bell Shakespeare company, soon to tour Tasmania with their production of Henry V, the play about the growing to maturity of young prince Hal. One of the characters Keith is playing in Henry V maybe considered a saintly, holy or virtuous’ person in the form of the archbishop and on the second meaning of Agius, Keith is certainly a ‘learned one’ in Shakespeare.

Keith tells me he is ‘looking forward’ to visiting Hobart again. He has been to Tasmania a number of times with the Bell Shakespeare Company and says some of the highlights include the company’s excellent accommodation near the water and pier, allowing the company to treat themselves to some of Tasmania’s celebrated sea food and wine.
Keith was in Tassie for the Bell Shakespeare company’s production of Julius Caesar which was also performed as Henry V will be, at The Theatre Royal which Keith calls ‘just magnificent’.

Keith explains that this production of Henry V consists of two stories set in the 1940 blitz on St Crispin’s Day, October 25th and over 57 consecutive nights of 1940 to 41.

The characters in the story include children and a history teacher, bunkered down in a basement where the school teacher decides to give a lesson on the hundred year’s war, encompassing the story of Henry V. In a dramatization, the children take on the roles of the characters in the play.

Talking of taking on roles, Keith takes on the roles of narrator, chorus/teacher, the King of France and an Archbishop and says it poses no problem taking on multiple roles, indeed most actors in the Bell Shakespeare Company take on 3 or 4 different roles. Part of the reason for actor’s playing multiple roles is due to finance where it would be impossible to take such a large cast on tour, so a lesser number of actors Keith says ‘populate the play’. Keith tells me, that on one occasion he played King Lear as understudy to John Bell.

Keith’s career in Shakespeare or at least drama began as a child when his Mum took him along to a drama group. He lists Audrey Blaxland, actor and drama teacher, as a mentor as well as inspiration from the UK’s Italia Ponti, who began the famed drama school of the same name.

Keith would later graduate from NIDA.  For a long time he tried to get into the Bell Shakespeare Company and eventually got his first gig in 2010. Keith has praise for the Bell education unit which takes Shakespeare to schools, as he believes like many, that the only real way to appreciate Shakespeare is by seeing live performance. Keith has always been proactive and ‘on the front foot’ in pursuing his career and creating opportunities and is enjoying working with Damien Ryan, the director of Henry V. Keith is also involved in ’ Sport for Jove’ an outdoor Shakespeare Company in Coogee, Sydney.

You can see Keith Agius in Henry V at The Theatre Royal:

Thursday, 4th September 2014 - 7:30pm
Friday, 5th September 2014 - 7:30pm
Saturday, 6th September 2014 - 7:30pm

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2nd Annual 48-Hour Tasploitation Challenge Winners Announced!

Briony Kidd, director and programmer Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival web: twitter: @swmf_h
24.08.14 7:00 am









Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival returns from 21-24 August in Hobart

Hobart – 22 August 2014 – Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival kicked off last night with the awards night and screening of the very popular 48-Hour Tasploitation Challenge, which returns for a second year (it’s the third year of the fest itself).

Teams were given 48 hours to make a short horror film (6mins or less) with three random prompts given to them at 8 pm on Friday night: an object, a line of dialogue and a horror sub-genre.

The result was 16 short films screened in competition (plus 4 screened out of competition – whose films didn’t quite make the deadline!). They were screened to a packed house at the Grand Poobah in Hobart last night, with a dress up theme and twin choc top sellers adding to the atmosphere.

The prize winners were:

Screen Tasmania Prize for Best Film – Bring in the Cat by RMH Films
Wide Angle Tasmania Audience Choice Prize – Living Things For Lively Youngsters by Tripe Productions
Cooper Screen Academy Prize for Best Performance – Rob Braslin in Toy Boy by The (Totally) Lost Boys
Monster Pictures Prize for the Sickest Film – Shithouse by The Decomposers
Special FX/Design Prize –  Blood Gen by Play Nice
Tasmaniana Award – Lady Garden by Carrie McLean
MONA Award for the Most Original Film – Orange Lies by Special Patrol Group (filmmakers Sarah L. Badcock, Isabella J. von Lichtan and Matthew Taylor composer)

Teams included emerging filmmakers and experienced filmmakers and absolute beginners. Many teams, including the winners RMH Films, involved children as collaborators and performers!

The judges of the awards were:

genre screenwriters Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause
Screen Tasmania Director Karena Slaninka
film reviewer and and journalist Tim Martain
producer and Screen Tasmania board member Anita Ondine
special guest genre filmmamker Mattie Do
Neil Foley of Monster Pictures

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Tasmania’s STRANGER WITH MY FACE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL is an annual event which returns for the third time in August 2014. The event’s featured filmmaker in 2013 was American filmmaker Jennifer Lynch. SWMF has recently been voted one of the Top 5 Coolest Women’s Film Festivals in the world by the readers of influential Movie Maker Magazine.

The festival program is available online and tickets can be purchased via the website or at the door of screenings. There is also a VIP Festival Pass option, which allows access to all ticketed events (except the children’s program) for $90. There are also a number of free events, including Mary Shelley Symposium talks and spooky storytelling for children.

Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival takes its name from the teen suspense novel by Lois Duncan and focuses on highlighting the work of female filmmakers in genre, from exploitation to gore, art house to exploitation. 

In 2014 the event will start on 21 August with the awards night and screening of the 48-Hour Tasploitation Challenge, a filmmaking comp that is open to both male and female participants from around Australia. The opening night film and party are on 22 August, followed by a weekend of screenings, talks, workshops, panels discussions and social events, including a short film program on the evening of 23 August and a live reading of a new play on 24 August.

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Brodie Rainbird Singing for Tasmania

Paula Xiberras
24.08.14 6:53 am


A ‘rainbird’ refers to a bird that ‘sings or predicts rain’ and coming from Tassie and its unpredictable weather it seems an appropriate name association for this singing Tasmanian son.

Brodie Rainbird of the country rock band Wolfe Brothers is still always eager to return home to Tasmania, (whatever the weather), after a trip overseas, or from the mainland because it is ‘where we grew up’ and he craves that ‘thick clean air’ that hits you in the face when you get off the plane. Brodie says Hobart is a nice place to live, it’s quiet and a haven from the traffic congestion of the mainland.

The story of the Wolfe brothers forming their band stretches back to school days when all the boys lived on the same rural road. They all caught the bus to school together, where they would talk about their dreams. An interesting bit of competition from the early days would be the boys racing to the back of the bus to get their choice of music into the player. In those days it was the heavy metal of ‘Guns and Roses’ and’ Metallica’ that was the music of choice. Brodie and Nick shared the same musical class at school and Tom and Casey were in another music class and performed in a heavy metal band.

Later, sitting in Nick’s lounge room the boys would watch a Jon Bon Jovi DVD and dared to dream they too could one day make such a DVD. Now, that dream doesn’t seem that far off, nor does winning a golden guitar with four nominations already under their belts.

The boys, once they were a band, did gigs all over including at rodeos. Nowadays the boys aren’t complaining about the necessary trips away from Tassie to tour with country legend Lee Kernaghan. Lee was looking to freshen up his band and couldn’t look past the boys from Tassie, with their new brand of country rock. The boys continue to tour with Lee as his official band and Brodie can see that going on for some time yet as Lee has become a ‘mate’ to them all. The boys have great respect for Lee, who they remember seeing on television shows such as ‘Hey, Hey It’s Saturday’ and impressed them with how he used his celebrity position, to help people.

The new album ‘Nothin’ but Trouble’ will have something for all musical tastes and the boys promise some surprises. The album features music which deals with issues such as making mistakes and takes some inspiration from Keith Urban’s ‘Golden Road’ which features ‘a different kind of country’.

See The Wolfe Brothers at Sorell Hall on September 20th.

The new album ‘Nothin’ but Trouble’ will be released on September 5.

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Aussie Rules The World

Second Nature Films
22.08.14 11:44 am


Second Nature Films presents


          Directed by Michael Stringer McIntyre  
            Narrated by David Wenham

Releasing in selected cinemas nationally from 22nd July, 2014

Second Nature Film’s feature documentary AUSSIE RULES THE WORLD releases nationally this July, with special red carpet premiere events scheduled to take place around Australia. AUSSIE RULES THE WORLD is narrated by award winning actor David Wenham and directed by Michael Stringer McIntyre.

Second Nature Films is the team behind the international award winning success story Yogawoman. Aussie Rules the World is being distributed by the innovative Australian distribution company INDIEVILLAGE.

Filmed in 20 countries, AUSSIE RULES THE WORLD is a sports travel film with huge appeal to all footy fans, sports fans and families who want to catch a glimpse of a revolution as Australian football goes international.

The film features football legends Brett Kirk, the AFL’s International Ambassador and the former co-captain of the Sydney Swans; Adam Goodes, dual Brownlow medallist and 2014 Australian of the Year, Andrew Demetriou, Mike Sheahan, Martin Flanagan; Eddie McGuire and AFL Multicultural Ambassador Bachar Houli, devout Muslim player respectively.


Why would we keep the greatest game in the world a secret? Australia’s national game is under threat from all world sports. Will the Australian Football League (AFL) find new ways to survive in this new global market? AUSSIE RULES THE WORLD follows AFL superstar Brett Kirk on an international mission to save the game.  This film uncovers people’s passion for footy in unexpected corners of the globe. Footy will never be the same!

Michael Stringer McIntyre was given a super 8mm camera when he was 12 years old and has made films ever since. He has an extensive background and wealth of expertise as a Producer, Director, DOP and Distributer. In 1997 he co-founded Second Nature Films and went on to produce and distribute the award winning Yogawoman. Second Nature Films is one of Australia’s leading independent documentary production companies. Michael has been a football fan since he was a boy.

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- Screening dates below -


DARWIN Friday 4 July Event Cinemas


SYDNEY Tuesday 22 July EQ Hoyts
MELBOURNE Wednesday 23 July Village Crown
PERTH Monday 28 July Perth Paradiso
ADELAIDE Wednesday 30 July Mercury Cinema
WEST SYDNEY Monday 4 August Event Cinemas, Burwood
BRISBANE Wednesday 6 August Barracks Cinema
BALLARAT Wednesday 13 August The Regent
BENDIGO Thursday 14 August The Star Cinema
MT GAMBIER Friday 15 August Oatmill Cinemas
WAGGA WAGGA Tuesday 26 August Forum 6
HOBART   TBC - August State Cinema

Tasmanian premiere on Wednesday 3 September, 6:15pm at The State Cinema

24 July: Cameo Cinemas, Belgrave | Classic Cinema Elsternwick 31 July: Croydon Cinema
14 August The Star Cinema, Bendigo 19 August Forum 6, Wagga Wagga

Other cities & towns to follow – Check for details

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Onion Waters Eyes and Soul

Paula Xiberras
22.08.14 8:49 am


It’s a rare treat to see John Waters in his signature piece ‘Looking Through a Glass Onion,’ even more so because come October, John will be taking the production to an open ended season at the Union Square Theatre in New York. This has been given with the approval of the Yoko Ono Estate.

I spoke to John recently and he recounted his happy memories of being on the road touring Tassie, both Hobart and Launceston. In fact he tells me Tassie, after Melbourne, was the place Glass Onion had its first big show at the Theatre Royal.

John originally came to Australia on a working holiday as part of a English rock band ‘Riot’ and went on to stay the 40 years he now clocks up. He says the initial aim was to stay 2 years and get a passport, in fact he says he was an early example of a backpacker.

It happened that John got entangled in a little production called ‘Hair’ followed by acquiring an agent and contacts in Australia and even though he did return to England he then settled in Australia for good. John still returns to England, every two years to stay in touch with family but he sees Australia as the perfect place to raise his young family.

With all his work on film, TV and stage that John has taken part in I ask is he the triple threat?. He jokingly says to me ‘only if you can consider the tango’ he did in the stage production of the Addams family as reputable dancing!

‘Looking Through a Glass Onion’ is not a glossed over portrait of John Lennon nor a ‘hagiography’ but ‘a hard hitting warts and all’ depiction of Lennon’s life. The title takes its name from a line of The Beatles from the White Album, so called because the album cover was completely blank apart from the Beatles names emblazoned upon it.

John tells me the production’ leaves the audience ‘moved and endeared’ by the man and his story. The production is hard to describe as it is neither a concert nor a play.

John says John Lennon was ‘a brilliant writer ‘and ‘creative genius’ ‘a person of extreme intelligence’, with ‘an openness and personal honesty’, remembering, he also had ‘a tortured childhood of abandonment’.

I ask John what has been his favourite role and he says he can’t choose but he believes this show is his signature one.

You can see John in his last Australian appearances for some time in ‘Looking through a Glass onion’ at Wrest Point Casino on Friday September 12 and Launceston Country Club on Saturday, September 13.

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Allegri Ensemble is proud to present Madrigals & Spirituals in the beautiful Hobart Town Hall.

Caroline Miller Allegri Ensemble
21.08.14 5:06 pm


Madrigals & Spirituals features the subtle word-painting and sometimes extraordinary harmony of sixteenth century madrigalists from Gibbons to Gesualdo, in secular part-songs dealing with love, death…and birds. Some are well-known, others rarely performed. These are partnered with familiar Spirituals in perhaps not-so-familiar settings. Musical Director Andrew Bainbridge, Organist of St Mary’s Cathedral and Assistant Chorusmaster of the TSO Chorus, formed the ensemble in 2010 delivering highly acclaimed performances of Handel’s Messiah in 2010 and 2011. The handpicked Allegri Ensemble has grown into a tightly-knit group of committed singers drawn from many choirs, some of whom are soloists in their own right.

The program includes Jannequin’s extended and masterful Le chant des oiseaux, full of French bird-song; Tromboncino’s frottola Non val acqua; the frothy fa-la-la refrain of Morley’s ballet April is in my Mistress’ Face; the serpentine part-crossings of Thomas Weelkes’ O Care, Thou Wilt Despatch Me and Carlo Gesualdo’s Moro lasso; and the sombre moral contemplations of Orlando Gibbons’ The Silver Swan. Also included is one modern madrigal, Phyllida and Corydon by E J Moeran. Written in 1939, this is the opening movement of a suite of the same name, in what is possibly its first ever Hobart performance.

After interval, the mood changes and the emotions are set free in Spiritual settings by pioneers Harry T Burleigh and William H Dawson; two British arrangements by Michael Tippett from his cantata ‘A Child of Our Time’; and modern American settings by Rollo Dilworth and short-lived genius and hero of the genre, Moses Hogan.

A concert not to be missed, tickets to Allegri Ensemble’s Madrigals & Spirituals are available from Centertainment, 53 Elizabeth Mall, Hobart ph 6234 5998,, or at the door. Official website:

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ST.ART Festival: Primitive

Alderman Doug Chipman, Mayor of Clarence
21.08.14 4:54 pm


Street art is an age old art form. Over thousands of years humans have drawn cartoons on the walls of the Forum in ancient Rome, told tales on the tomb walls of the pharaohs of ancient Egypt and recorded their lives on the walls of caves in the Palaeolithic era. To reflect this rich history and connect it with today, the 2014 ST.ART Festival is teaming up with the Bookend Trust’s ’16 Legs’ and ‘Cave Art Open’ programs to deliver street art with a history.

During second and third terms this year, a school workshop program has empowered students to create works reminiscent of ancient cave art but with a modern twist. The works combine modern aerosol sprays with charcoal and ochre and will be on display in a custom made ‘cave’ during the Festival.

Alderman Doug Chipman, the Mayor of Clarence said that inspiring young people toward legitimate artistic expression was helped when they are shown that they too are a part of the history of telling stories through their art.

“There’s a great gulf between destructive tagging and the development of artistry in our young people. By exploring the history of art styles and adapting the ancient into modern forms we are encouraging participants towards positive creation,” Mayor Chipman said.

As well as retaining the ST.ART Festival’s favourite components such as free spray, stencilling and dirty car reverse graffiti, the Schoolhouse Gallery and The Barn will be featuring exhibitions inspired by Tasmanian caves and endemic cave spiders.

Other new components for this year’s festival include web bombing with Team Textiles, creating spider webs and spiders and a tribal sound track performance by DJ Wax Doctor West.

WHAT: ST.ART Street Art Festival: Primitive
WHEN: 1-4pm, August 23rd
WHERE: The Rosny Farm
  ST.ART is a free family festival.

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Horror Film Festival Opens in Hobart

Elise Archer, Speaker of the House of Assembly
21.08.14 3:33 pm

Today I officially opened the Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival at Salamanca Arts Centre.

Now in its third year, the festival focuses on horror films that are made from a female perspective and explores the connection between the genre and gender.

There are almost 30 events over the four day festival, which is gaining national and international attention and attracting visitors who are passionate about the genre to Tasmania.

This unique festival is widely acclaimed in the film community and has been voted in the ‘Top 5 Coolest Women’s Film Festivals in the World’ by readers of Movie Maker Magazine.

Congratulations to the festival’s co-directors, local filmmakers Briony Kidd and Rebecca Thomson, for adding to the diverse cultural activities on offer across Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Government is a strong supporter of the arts and is providing funding to this year’s festival through Screen Tasmania and Events Tasmania.

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