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 http://rhythms.com.au/ .
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AUDIO Click on the red arrow to hear this week’s World of Music – a Valentine’s Day special featuring three great songs on music’s favourite theme – love. We’re not talking slushy romance tunes – these are the real deal.
First up, the title track from an early gem of an album from Tom Waits – Blue Valentine. Waits weaves that astonishing voice around an intricate and breath-taking musical arrangement. The heart-strings are effortlessly plucked in one of Tom’s most memorable songs.
Next up, the title track from the new album by Chris Smither – Hundred Dollar Valentine. http://smither.com/
Chris grew up in Miami and settled in New Orleans. But he’s been on the road for the best part of four decades. He’s a very talented guitarist and song-writer – blessed with an eloquent lived-in voice.
We go out with a rare gem – a traditional Scottish folk song done in swing! It’s The Easy Club doing Black is The Colour. The Easy Club formed in Edinburh in the early 80s – read more at http://www.linnrecords.com/artist-the-easy-club.aspx