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JAZZ UP NORTH IN CAIRNS NEXT YEAR – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

Tickets are now on sale for next year’s Jazz Up North series at the Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns. Performers include James & John Morrison,the Australian Art Orchestra, Emma Pask and Grace Knight.

We look at three of the less well known acts this week on Tony Hillier’s World of Music. LISTEN here

PLAY LIST
Suojelusenkeli from Jukka Perko Avara trio’s 2011 album Avara

Come Together from Stringmansassy’s 2008 album The Live Experience

Kansas City Stomp from The Hoodangers’ 2008 album Stor Fisk Lille Fisk

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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/

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 http://www.entertainmentcairns.com/hilliers-hotline-archive.php

You can hear Tony on ABC Far North each Friday at 445pm.

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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in EFFINCUE, music, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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WHERE THE FAR NORTH MEETS THE DEEP SOUTH – THE MUSIC OF FNQ BLUESMAN SUGARCANE COLLINS

DownunderAlbumCover_smIt’s hard to conjure during a stroll along the Cairns waterfront these days, but that stretch of this northern town was once a place seething with a potent mix of live music, rorty characters, smoky pubs – and a nightlife that routinely strayed well past sunrise.

The centre of the action was the wharf end of Abbott Street – a stretch that soon became known as the Barbary Coast, a name evoking wild north African coastal towns or the famous red light district of San Francisco. Pubs like the Great Barrier Reef, the Oceanic & the Royal did a roaring trade keeping sailors, cane-cutters, miners, bikies and assorted desperados well lubricated and entertained. The Cairns Barbary Coast hit its peak in the 1970s, which is when a young musician from country Victoria first played in Cairns. Andy Collins learned some valuable showbiz lessons playing the Barbary Coast when Cairns was a frontier sugar town at the end of the road up the Australian east coast.

Andy fell in love with the north and it’s been his home ever since. He’s written songs about the people and places of far north Queensland, and he’s explored his long and deep relationship with the blues on his most recent albums Way Down The River and Downunder The Blues.They’ve been successful here and have opened doors for Andy in the blues heartland of the southern USA, where he’s performed in recent years as Sugarcane Collins.

LISTEN to my interview with Andy and hear songs from Downunder The Blues here

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, music, rd on the road

 

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WE SALUTE FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND VOLUNTEERS – AHEAD OF INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS DAY

JULIE MARTIN & HARALD FALGE

JULIE MARTIN & HARALD FALGE

Thursday is International Volunteer Day – when we recognise the vital contribution volunteers make to our communities, and hopefully encourage a few more people to consider giving their time and energy for good causes. By way of inspiration, let me introduce you to Julie Martin. Julie is 83 this year, and spends her evenings volunteering at Harald’s House in Cairns. Harald Falge established Harald’s House – he’s been working tirelessly for homeless kids in far north Queensland since 1991.

Julie says volunteering keeps her feeling young, and it’s much more rewarding than sitting at home in front of the TV. She listens to the teenagers who have found a home at Harald’s House, she encourages them, sharing her life experiences, the things a parent might do, things many of these kids have never experienced before. And Harald Falge says Harald’s House could not survive without volunteers – he knows what a rare and precious thing volunteering is these days. He says Julie is a treasure.

LISTEN to my interview with Julie and Harald here

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, community, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, rd on the road

 

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