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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2013 – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

TONY HILLIER CASTEach Friday we share the best new music and explore fascinating musical themes on ABC Far North – in 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 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, we feature artists who performed at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival last week. http://www.melbournejazz.com/v2013/webpages/home.php

First up, Grammy winning jazz singer Cassandra Wilson – her unusual blend of jazz, country, blues and folk has proved popular with Australian music lovers for more than 20 years. Then we sample the intoxicating mix of soul, rumba, jazz, flamenco and more that is the music of Concha Buika. And we hear the amazing Cuban pianist & bandleader Chucho Valdés.

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PLAY LIST

No More Blues from Cassandra Wilson’s new album Another Country

Somos from Concha Buika’s 2011 album In My Skin

Santa Cruz from the new Chucho Valdes album with the Afro-Cuban Messengers Border-Free

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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in EFFINCUE, PODCASTS, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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WARNER & TAMOU OUT AS THE RUMBLE ON THE REEF ROLLS IN TO CAIRNS – PHIL STALEY’S THOUGHTS ON SPORTS 14/06/13

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Australians 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.

This week: the NRL over-rules itself in dealing with NQ Cowboy James Tamou for drink driving, David Warner out of the cricket Champions Trophy over a night-club stoush, and the NRL Rumble on the Reef rolls in to Cairns – the South Sydney Rabbitohs v Gold Coast Titans at Barlow Park this Sunday.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, Phil Staley Thoughts on Sports, PODCASTS

 

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FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND – HOME TO SIX OF THE WORLD’S SEVEN MARINE TURTLE SPECIES

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If you get on or near the water here in far north Queensland, you’ve got a good chance of seeing a turtle. You may have seen pictures, you may have seen them on the TV, but there is nothing like seeing a turtle in the flesh. They are lovely creatures, graceful – and their presence is a sign of a healthy maritime environment. We are home to six of the seven known species of marine turtle. And that’s a wonderful thing – but there are threats to turtle populations. Feral animals dig up and eat their eggs, sharks and crocodiles prey on turtles, and they’re a food source for humans. Turtles get injured by boats or caught in fishing nets. One of the biggest threats to turtles is the presence of plastic bags in the water – turtles eat them, thinking they might be jellyfish. The bag gets stuck in the turtle, it loses its ability to sink down and seek food, and slowly starves to death. If you see a plastic bag at sea or on a beach, pick it up and dispose of it somewhere safe.

Turtles evolved during the Triassic period, about 200 million years ago. ABC Far North wildlife correspondent Martin Cohen has been researching turtles for a book he’s writing about the creatures of the Great Barrier Reef. LISTEN Click on the arrow to hear Martin talk about the types of turtles you’ll see in FNQ.

Turtle photos taken at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island  http://www.saveourseaturtles.com.au/about-ctrc.html

And more about Fitzroy Island at http://www.fitzroyisland.com/about-us

 

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PUNK AND NEW WAVE UNPLUGGED? TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC APRIL 19 2013

Last week, Tony Hillier shared some brilliant folk covers of rock and pop hit songs. This week we’re heading in the opposite direction, with punk and new wave songs re-worked in ways that bring out qualities that perhaps always lurked within the originals. We start with a band that has among its ranks a man who was a very visible face of punk music in his younger years.

The Bad Shepherds http://www.thebadshepherds.com/ formed about six years ago, when a man bought himself a mandolin after a boozy lunch. That man is Adrian Edmondson, best known in Australia for his role as the very punk Vyvyan in the early 80s TV show The Young Ones. Adrian listened to the Sex Pistols, The Clash & The Jam as a teenager, and often played their songs on his acoustic guitar. When he formed The Bad Shepherds with Troy Donockley & Andy Dinan, they took to re-interpreting some of that music and British audiences love the results.

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BAD SHEPSThe Bad Shepherds recently recorded an album, ‘Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera!’, which is out now – it was recorded ‘as live’ at the Blue Moon studios in Banbury. ‘Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera’ means ‘One, Two, Three, Four’ in an ancient Cumbrian dialect used almost exclusively by shepherds. Had the Ramones been Cumbrian shepherds, it’s what they would have shouted as the intro to every song.

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We also hear from June Tabor, who started singing in the bathroom after hearing an Anne Briggs EP in 1965. Legend has it she spent a couple of weeks locked in the family bathroom learning the songs note for note. June has no formal musical training, preferring the listen and learn approach. She has a unique and instantly JuneTmemorabe singing style that won audiences over from her earliest performances in the 1960s. June gave music away for a time to be a librarian and run a restaurant, but re-emerged in the 90s. http://www.brightfieldproductions.co.uk/tabor.htm

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TRACK LIST

Down in the Tube Station at Midnight –     The Bad Shepherds (originally by The Jam)

Love Will Tear Us Apart  –                       June Tabor & Oyster Band (original by Joy Division)

The Model    –                                        The Bad Shepherds (originally by Kraftwerk)

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 heard on ABC Far North at 4:45 most Friday afternoons. It’s 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

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, music, PODCASTS, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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WHEN FOLK GOES POP -TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC APRIL 12 2013

Folk music has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in recent years, and in much broader forms than earlier folk booms in the 1950s and 60s. In those days, folk was a tightly defined genre, and as Bob Dylan found when he went electric at Newport Folk Festival, crossing the line was a dangerous thing to do.

But folkies have often crossed the border, bringing back with them successful pop and rock tunes to be rendered as folk songs. Some great examples this week in Tony Hillier’s World of Music.

Dick Gaughan, 26.11.2011

Dick Gaughan is a Scot, from Leith on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. Gaughan was brought up immersed in the musical traditions and culture of the Gaels, both Scots and Irish. He’s played guitar since age 7, made his first album in 1970 and is an accomplished session musician and sound engineer. He’s known for a very traditional style of folk and Celtic music, but here he covers a Rolling Stones tune that, in Dick’s hands, sounds like a venerable folk tune. http://www.dickgaughan.co.uk/

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Next we hear from Steve Tilston – one of England’s finest song-smiths. Born in Liverpool and raised in the Midlands, Steve made his recording debut in 1971 with the classic An Acoustic Confusion & has been turning out quality albums ever since.Tony brought Steve to far north Queensland to perform a few years back, where he was well received. On his live album, Hemistry, Steve turns his hand to Elvis Presley. http://www.stevetilston.com/

Next up – folk legend Richard Thompson. http://www.richardthompson-music.com/default.asp

thompsonRichard was born in west London, the son of a guitar playing detective. Rock & roll was everywhere but Richard’s father had jazz and traditional Scottish music in his record collection and this shaped Richard’s musical destiny. At age 18 he joined the newly formed Fairport Convention, the band scored an international record deal largely on the appeal of Richard’s guitar playing. These days, he’s an accomplished song-writer, performer, raconteur and one of the great examples of a talent that rises above record industry labels to appeal to people of all musical tastes. His take on a Who classic is priceless.

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PLAY LIST

RUBY TUESDAY – Dick Gaughan, from the 1996 Greentrax album Sail On

IT’S NOW OR NEVER – Steve Tilston, from the 2001 Hubris Records album Live Hemistry

SUBSTITUTE – Richard Thompson, from the 2006 Free Reed Records box set The Life & Times of Richard Thompson

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

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, music, PODCASTS, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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BYRON BAY BLUESFEST – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC MARCH 28 2013

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Tony Hillier heads south this Easter long weekend for the Byron Bay Bluesfest http://www.bluesfest.com.au/

It began life as the East Coast International Blues & Roots Music Festival back in 1990 at the Arts Factory in Byron Bay – it’s now established as a major drawcard for Australian and international blues and roots performers.

This week, Tony Hillier’s World of Music features some of the acts appearing at Byron this year, starting with far north Queensland brother & sister duo The McMenamins. They hail from Cairns – they’re much loved for their delicious blend of country and folk, sweet harmonies, violin and mandolin. It’s story-telling music, sometimes intimate, sometimes high energy folk.

They released their first album to wide acclaim in 2005. The McMenamins have been successful on the Australian festival circuit and have toured the US several times in recent years.

http://www.themacswebsite.com/page/page/1920798.htm

Ben-Harper

Ben Harper juggles blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock in an eclectic but engaging musical mix. He has a couple of Grammy awards on his shelf and has been commercially successful in the US, Europe and Australia.

Ben hails from Pomona, California, where he picked up guitar as a kid. His grandparents owned a music store – its customers included Leonard Cohen and Taj Mahal. Ben played his first gig at age 12, and drew heavily on the slide style of blues legend Robert Johnson as an influence.

http://www.benharper.com/home

carlos-santana-Carlos Santana is one of those musicians who defies the labels that plague the music industry. He drew on Latin American music to create his own unique style of rock – and his prowess on guitar has inspired generations of teenagers to pick one up and reach for the stars.

Carlos hit the big time with his band Santana in the late 60s & early 70s. He wove his bluesy guitar lines into the band’s solid Latin & African rhythms, driven by congas and timbales. The Santana rhythm section was a mighty engine room and Carlos showed an uncanny knack for knowing when to go for a blistering solo or the subtle couple of note runs. Carlos Santana remains one of the most influential guitarists of the modern era. Which is interesting, because guitar is his second instrument. He learned violin first, at the age of five. http://www.santana.com/

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TRACK LIST

Way Out West from The McMenamins brand new album Sand & Stone

Steal My Kisses from Ben Harper’s 1999 album Burn To Shine

Oye Como Va from Santana’s 1970 album Abraxas

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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 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

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, PODCASTS, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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WOMADELAIDE 2013 HIGHLIGHTS -TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC MARCH 15

WOMADelaideTony Hillier returns from Adelaide from one of Australia’s leading music festivals – Womadelaide 2013 with tales of great music and the heat wave. WOMAD (World of Music, Arts & Dance) was established in 1982 by Peter Gabriel, one of the early Western champions of world music.  Womadelaide began in 1992. It’s now an annual event, renowned for its friendly vibe and its ability to attract the best acts from all over the planet.

Mara Band Karen camp cove pathHighlights include the performance by Mara! and The Martenitsa Choir. Over the past 30 years, Mara! has created a uniquely Australian fusion of roots and modern jazz, influenced by early music & rock, with a big nod in the direction of Anglo-Celtic, Middle Eastern, Balkan and Mediterranean traditions. Mara! has made regular appearances here in far north Queensland, and I have fond memories of their magical performance at Yungaburra at the Tablelands Folk Festival. http://www.maramusic.com.au/

amparoAmparo Sanchez was a Womadelaide 2013 favourite. She did 11 years with her influential band Amparanoia, and has now embarked on a striking solo project with an album called Tucson Habana. Amparo draws on her established roots-reggae-Cuban style and blends in Americana themes to deliver quirky & energetic music. http://www.amparosanchez.info/

jimmy cliffJimmy Cliff is certainly reggae royalty, considered by many music lovers as one of its founding fathers. He made his first hit record at age 14, released by legendary Jamaican record producer Leslie Kong in 1962. Jimmy has written some of the best-known reggae songs and has worked with big name musicians from all over the world. He’s no slouch as an actor, starring as Ivanhoe Martin in the classic 1972 reggae film The Harder They Come.  http://www.jimmycliff.com/

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TRACK LIST

Mara! & The Martenitsa Choir         Tra Parole E Silenzio       from Prima Della Sera

Amparo Sanchez                          Alma de Cantaora            from Alma de Cantaora

Jimmy Cliff                                   One More                        from Womadelaide 2013 compilation

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

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2013 in arts & culture, Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, music, PODCASTS, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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