CELEBRATE SUPERMAN’S 80TH BIRTHDAY WITH SONGS ABOUT SUPER-HEROES

It’s 80 years since we first met Superman. In April 1938, Action Comics #1 hit the news stands, featuring a new hero from another planet, a man equipped with super-human powers and an unerring moral compass. Superman was an instant success, spawning radio and TV […]

NEIL DIAMOND RETIRES FROM TOURING

 It wasn’t always cool to admit your liking for the music of Neil Diamond. In the early 70s, he was ultra-cool, every household had a copy of Hot August Night and a Neil Diamond show was the hottest ticket around. At other times, well, […]

TONY COHEN – A TRIBUTE TO AN AUSTRALIAN ROCK MUSIC LEGEND

Record producer and sound engineer Tony Cohen has been remembered as a national treasure, a genius, and as the brain, ears and fingers behind some of Australia’s best music. Tony died in Dandenong on August 2nd. He was 60. He made hundreds of records and […]

DOES BOB DYLAN DESERVE THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE?

I’ve been listening to Bob Dylan for as long as I can remember, through all the ups and downs of my life and his career. I’ve tuned in for the sublime and the inspirational, and yes, for the dross as well. It’s been a long […]

THE MUSIC OF CAIRNS FESTIVAL – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

The Cairns Festival gets underway tomorrow – as always, there’s some great local music on the program. Listen as Tony Hillier picks some highlights. PLAYLIST  Shape Of The Day — Mangrove Jack – self-titled album Rum and Coca-Cola from the new Seaman Dan album A Caribbean […]

THE CAIRNS UKULELE FESTIVAL 2014 – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

Cairns is the centre of the ukulele universe this weekend – with the 5th Cairns Ukulele Festival well underway. Players of the four-stringed instrument have come to far north Queensland from around Australia and from faraway shores to celebrate an instrument that evokes the tropics […]

THE MUSIC OF BRAZIL – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD CUP OF MUSIC

The world has been watching Brazil around the clock for a couple of weeks – as the football World Cup continues. And Brazil plays the round ball game with great style, skill and enthusiasm. This week’s World of Music reminds us that the powerhouse of […]