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This week, Tony Hillier presents songs from three brand new Australian releases featuring the exquisite voices of female singers who draw on world music for their inspiration.
Benta by Miriam Lieberman – Birds Of The Moon
Maika i Sin – Chaika – I Monti
Navaie –Tara Tiba – A Persian Dream
LISTEN to Tony Hillier’s World of Music
Some top notch new Australian blues this week on Tony Hillier’s World of Music, featuring the The Backsliders, and a sneak peek of the new Russell Morris album, which follows his ARIA award-winning 2013 album Sharkmouth.
The Sweetest Thing from the upcoming Russell Morris new release Van Diemen’s Land
Phone Cap Blues from the new Backsliders album Dark Side
Van Diemen’s Land – title track from the new Russell Morris CD
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 this week on Tony Hillier’s World of Music.
Tango Lluvia (Tango Rain) from the Tangalo CD Good Enough For Gringos
Unfallen Rain Tom E. Lewis Beneath the Sun
Raining On Me from Women in Docs new CD Carousel
It’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
A young musician from Tasmania has been living and working here in far north Queensland for a while now – a bloke called Adam Cousens. Down in the apple isle Adam has been a musical star on the rise for five years or so, a folk-rocker with a great voice and a genuinely engaging sound. His music has taken him to many places, and this year he found his way to Aurukun, on western Cape York Peninsula. Adam has been working at the indigenous arts centre, where he’ll stay another month before hitting the road again.
He’s looking forward to getting out and playing some shows – and he’s found a new twist on an old idea to overcome the challenges young musicians face in getting gigs. Back in the 40s and 50s, people used to hold house parties to help raise funds to pay the rent or meet other household expenses. Adam has taken that to a new place, by playing home gigs – where small groups of people put in a few bucks each, Adam plays for them in a home and one of them will put him up for the night and feed him. It’s an approach that makes touring more profitable, and makes for a closer bond between musician and audience.
LISTEN here to Adam sing a couple of his songs and talk about his approach to life on the road
Adam is on Facebook and Myspace and here are some links to his songs on Youtube.
This Road Ahead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otavKKZT1WY&sns=tw
Travelling long – live http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-X90hLLyiw&sns=tw
Shotgun tour diary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7FVTFdZvVM&sns=tw
When I first arrived at ABC Far North in 2002, our breakfast host then was Jason Hagen – a man with a well-deserved reputation for encouraging emerging musicians. You’d see Jason at gigs around the Cairns area, and you’d hear lots of new music on his radio show. He’d put together a compilation CD which the ABC released – Music From the Far North. And he played me songs by a duo I’ve been hooked on ever since – Women In Docs
Roz Pappalardo and Chanel Lucas got together in the 90s, and while they’re not a far north Queensland band, they have roots here. Roz hails from FNQ, and they played some of their earliest gigs at one of our premier events – the Tablelands Folk Festival, held each October at Yungaburra, on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. The 33rd festival gets underway tonight, and continues over the weekend.
I’m pleased to report Women in Docs are on the Tablelands Folk Festival bill this year and I encourage you to check them out. Roz and Chanel were born to sing together. Each has abundant talent as a singer, player and writer. It would be easy to write a lengthy list of the wonderful ingredients that combine to make a Docs show such a treat. But like a good recipe, the secret is not the list – it’s the combination. When these two women perform together, something magical happens – they make songs that take you to places both tangible and emotional, locations best visited with good friends. And you’ll be in good hands with Roz and Chanel – they’re great travelling companions and born entertainers.
Women In Docs have a new album due out early in 2014 – it’s called Carousel.You can listen to the title track and hear my interview with Roz & Chanel here