TONY HILLIER CASTTony Hillier is one of Australia’s leading music journalists and a musician of long standing here in far north Queensland. His informed and insightful coverage of music features in The Weekend Australian and Rhythms magazine http://rhythms.com.au/

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This week we feature music from three terrific new albums, from the USA, the UK and Australia, all featuring fresh female voices.

First up, the very old timey sound of Diana Jones. She’s a singer songwriter based in Nashville, who first came to our attention in 2006 with an album called My Remembrance of You. She may have been unfashionable as a teenager in a Long Island high school listening to country music when her class-mates preferred the contemporary 80s sounds. But Diana has found new insights into now very old country traditions, and she has a great singing voice.

Next,  Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker from the UK, currently one of the hottest tickets on the international folk music scene. They met in 2009, and their duo work has a big following. The highly regarded Navigator Record label is releasing their new CD, on which you’ll hear traces of their influences, Sandy Denny, Richard & Linda Thompson, Nick Drake, Bert Jansch. But these two are no imitators – they’re walking an original path through traditional English music.

And we hear Melbourne-based The Mae Trio – talented songwriters, skilled musicians, who’ve been working together for the past two years. The word of mouth out of the Victorian capital on this group has been consistently good, and their new album shows us they’re well worth hearing.


Orphan’s Home from the Diana Jones album Museum of Appalachia Recordings

Green Grow The Laurels from the Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker album Fire & Fortune

Walking from The Mae Trio album Housewarming

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