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FOUR FANTASTIC FOLK FIDDLERS FOR YOUR LISTENING AND DANCING PLEASURE – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

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.

This week’s World of Music has four strings to its bow, featuring four fantastic folk fiddlers from a handful of new releases.

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PLAY LIST

Hot Club d’Ecosse  from Scot Alasdair Fraser’s new album with American Natalie Haas Abundance

The Old Bush from the recently released, self-titled debut album by Irish-led quintet The Gloaming

Tiganeascu from UK-based klezmer & Balkan specialist She’koyokh  new album Wild Goats & Unmarried Women

The Wee Free Men and The Dark Morris Tune from the veteran English folk-rockers Steeleye Span new album Wintersmith

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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in EFFINCUE, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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EVERYONE’S BEEN TO RUSTY’S MARKET. BUT WHO IS RUSTY?

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It’s a Cairns landmark – and has been for almost 40 years. Rusty’s Market is one of the best reasons to head into the CBD. Fresh fruit and vegies, and much more, is on offer every Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

I’ve lived in far north Queensland for 13 years now, and when I was asked recently “who is Rusty? who is the market named after?” I had to admit I didn’t know. A few weeks later, I had the good fortune to meet local marriage celebrant Wayne Rees, who, among other things, is the son of Rusty Rees – it was Rusty who started the market in 1974.

Rusty Rees was a businessman, with many strings to his bow. He had bought a number of old properties in what used to be the China Town area of Cairns, and used one of them, a disused dance hall, to store the cars he stocked as the local British Motor Corporation dealer.Some hippies wanted to put on a market and asked Rusty if they could use the venue – he said yes and the market is still going strong.

LISTEN to Wayne Rees tell the story of his dad, Rusty, and the earliest days of Rusty’s Market.

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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Cairns Queensland, community, EFFINCUE

 

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PHIL STALEY’S THOUGHTS ON SPORTS FRIDAY FEBRUARY 21

_MG_7611Australians love their sport – but I reckon no-one loves their sport quite like our Phil Staley. Indoor, outdoor, winter summer or somewhere in between – Phil loves it all. Stand at his desk here at ABC Far North and you get the feeling you’ve just run on to Lang Park or the MCG. Phil has a gift for talking about sport in a way that even people who can’t stand sport will enjoy.

He gets past the hype and the stats to the magic ingredient that makes sport so compelling – the people who play it and the people who love it. Phil talks about sport each Friday on ABC Far North at 5:15pm – now you can tune in online as well. Phil’s Thoughts on Sports are podcast too – search Phil Staley in your podcast app.

This week: Australia looking good in the second cricket test v South Africa, the Cairns Taipans reckon they’re still a chance at the NBL finals, the Sydney Roosters v Wigan in Rugby League’s best of the best, and Sam Burgess heading for Bath. LISTEN

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in EFFINCUE, Phil Staley Thoughts on Sports, rd on the road

 

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CAIRNS SAILOR HEADING FOR PNG – BRINGING POWER TO THE PEOPLE

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Milne Bay PNG

Hans Clemmensen is setting out across the Coral Sea again this year aboard his sailing boat SV Seagoon, bound for the eastern end of Papua New Guinea. He’s made the journey from Cairns many times before, and despite the sometimes challenging sea and sailing conditions, he loves the journey as much as the destination.

Hans makes regular visits to island communities in the Milne Bay region. And again this year, he’ll have an assortment of electrical equipment in his cargo, donated by the good folk of far north Queensland. Hans uses it to set up solar power systems in a region where electricity is either not available or not sustainable.

Hans came to Australia from Denmark 40 years ago, and found his way to FNQ soon after. He worked at the legendary Rusty’s market in Cairns, got into boats, bought himself a yacht and has been sailing across the Coral Sea for the past 17 years. He’s been making regular voyages aboard the SV Seagoon (named for Neddie Seagoon of The Goon Show) to the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

LISTEN to my interview with Hans Clemmensen

Visit Hans online here

He’s on Facebook

Read about his last trip to PNG here

POWER TO THE PEOPLE - pic courtesy Hans Clemmensen

POWER TO THE PEOPLE – pic courtesy Hans Clemmensen

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Cairns Queensland, Coral Sea, EFFINCUE

 

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NEW SONGS ABOUT LOVE – THE TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL

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Love. It is, according to Shakespeare, an ever-fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken. It’s like quicksilver in the hand, or maybe it’s like a heatwave, oxygen, water on a long hot afternoon. Writers, poets, song-writers have been on a centuries-long quest to define it, explain it, compare it, to touch the very heart of the mysterious force that is romantic love. Feats of great eloquence, syrupy sludge, primal howls of wanting. It’s all there in the great body of music that is love songs. And who’s to say that it gets any more to the heart of the matter than the great Tom Waits – ” it was a hubba, hubba, ding dang, baby you are just everythang”

TONY HILLIER CASTMusician, music writer and renowned romantic Tony Hillier brings you three very worthy new additions to the canon of love songs this week on Tony Hillier’s World of Music. LISTEN here

PLAY LIST

Ae Fond Kiss composed by Robert Burns in 1791, performed by Rachel Sermanni from the compilation CD The Rough Guide To Scottish Music 

Black Is The Colour by Blair Dunlop from his debut album Blight & Blossom

Kentucky Mae from Pokey LaFarge’s self-titled debut album

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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in EFFINCUE, music, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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SOCHI, CENTURION AND AUCKLAND TWICE: JET-SETTER PHIL STALEY’S THOUGHTS ON SPORTS

_MG_7611Australians love their sport – but I reckon no-one loves their sport quite like our Phil Staley. Indoor, outdoor, winter summer or somewhere in between – Phil loves it all. Stand at his desk here at ABC Far North and you get the feeling you’ve just run on to Lang Park or the MCG. Phil has a gift for talking about sport in a way that even people who can’t stand sport will enjoy.

He gets past the hype and the stats to the magic ingredient that makes sport so compelling – the people who play it and the people who love it. Phil talks about sport each Friday on ABC Far North at 5:15pm – now you can tune in online as well. Phil’s Thoughts on Sports are podcast too – search Phil Staley in your podcast app.

This week: the Australian cricket team on top in the first test at Centurion, our first medal at the Sochi winter Olympics, the Cairns Taipans hope to break their Auckland hoodoo and the rugby league experiment that is the Auckland Nines. LISTEN here

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, Phil Staley Thoughts on Sports, Sport

 

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THE GREAT BARRIER REEF – MORE THAN JUST SCIENCE. GET TO KNOW THE PASSIONATE STORY OF OUR REEF

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Our Great Barrier Reef is never far from the news headlines. Its well-being, its future, ways to exploit and preserve it, all regular subjects of community discussion and public debate here in far north Queensland and across the nation.

It’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the only living thing on Earth visible from space. It’s bigger than quite a few countries – a network of complex but vulnerable ecosystems that sustains an abundance of marine life. It starts offshore of Bundaberg and parallels the Queensland coast up past the tip of Cape York in a marine park some 2300km long. 345,000 square kilometres, three thousand individual reefs and a thousand islands.

The statistics and the science tells us a great deal about the reef and the threats it faces. But that is an incomplete story, according to Iain McCalman. Iain has gotten to know the reef over many years, and he believes the Great Barrier Reef was created as much by human imagination as it was by natural processes. By considering human perceptions of and interactions with the Reef, we gain a more complete understanding of it, and of how to care for it.

reefIain tells of the people drawn to the reef, often in life-changing ways, from Captain Cook and Matthew Flinders to castaway Ted Banfield and reef champions Judith Wright and John Busst – in his recently published The Reef – A Passionate History.

LISTEN to my interview with Iain McCalman here

Iain McCalman is a Research Professor in history at the University of Sydney and co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute.

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Posted by on February 13, 2014 in Cairns Queensland, Coral Sea, EFFINCUE, environment, far north Queensland

 

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