THE STORY OF THE BARFLY – THE CAIRNS FREE PAPER THAT TOLD IT LIKE IT WAS

There’s a fine tradition of free publications in Australia – newspapers and magazines independent of major commercial interests, that devote their columns and pages to lively coverage of music, the arts, local issues. In Cairns, Barfly blazed an entertaining and honourable trail between 1990 and […]

NEW MUSIC FOR THE WET SEASON – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

We’ve had plenty of rain here in far north Queensland this past couple of weeks, with the monsoon dumping falls up to 400 millimetres in some places. By a strange coincidence, songs pertaining to precipitation can be found on three excellent new Australian albums featured […]

SPOTLIGHT ON CAIRNS FESTIVAL – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

Tony 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 […]

CROYDON STATE SCHOOL KIDS RELEASE THEIR FIRST RECORD

Just after four o’clock this afternoon, the students of Croydon State School heard  their song on the radio for the first time. Croydon is in the Gulf Country, one of the last stops on the long road trip from Cairns to Karumba, on the Gulf […]

LISTEN UP 2! NEW INDIGENOUS MUSIC FROM FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

This Thursday afternoon, ABC Far North helped launch  a new CD of indigenous music from tropical north Queensland. Listen Up 2! is a collection of music by emerging indigenous musicians – and we launched it with a concert at the Union Jack pub in Cairns. Thank […]