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Each week, we offer new music from around the world with Tony Hillier, one of Australia’s leading music journalists and a musician of long standing here in far north Queensland. Tony’s informed and insightful coverage of music features in The Weekend Australian and Rhythms magazine .

And you can stay in touch with the FNQ music scene with Tony at

Sam Lee

This week Tony previews three new albums from British musicians, First up, Sam Lee‘s new release Ground of Its Own. Sam is a burlesque dancer turned singer, inspired by folk traditions but uses some unconventional instruments on this song – The Ballad of George Collins.

Richard ThompsonNext we hear a new song from venerable British folkie Richard Thompson. 40 years ago, Richard released his debut album, Henry the Human Fly, which has the dubious distinction of being Warner Brothers worst selling US release ever. Richard laughs heartily when reminded of that – and his whimsical sense of humour is to the fore on the song Salford Sunday from the new album Electric. Richard hopes to tour Australia this year.

Sean Taylor

Finally, a new release from Sean Taylor – one of the hottest new names on the Eurpoean blues/acoustic scene.  Sean was a crowd favourite at recent Glastonbury and Cambridge festivals. There’s a touch of the JJ Cale sound in his guitar sound and some great song-writing and performance skills evident on Sean’s new album Love Against Death and the song Les Fleur de Mal. Sean tours Australia next month.


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