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TONY HILLIER CASTEach 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 .

Tony Hillier’s World of Music is also available as a podcast. Search for Tony Hillier on your podcast app or in the iTunes store. And you can stay in touch with the FNQ music scene with Tony at

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.

Chris-Smither-Hundred-Dollar-ValentineNext up, the title track from the new album by Chris Smither – Hundred Dollar Valentine.

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.

easy clubWe 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

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