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 […]

WOMADELAIDE 2014 HIGHLIGHTS – 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 […]

WORLD MUSIC IN CAIRNS NEXT YEAR – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

My favourite Cairns music venue is the Tanks Arts Centre There’s plenty of history and atmosphere in what was a series of concrete fuel tanks built during World War Two. They contained crude oil that was pumped through underground pipes to fuel Navy ships on […]

IT’S FLAMENCO FRIDAY ON TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

  Our Tony Hillier is a great fan of flamenco – a passion helped along by his brother, who is a very capable flamenco guitarist. And with Australian flamenco champions Arte Kanela playing at the Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns tonight, well it’s the perfect […]

SOME VERY SPICY INDIAN MUSIC BLENDS – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

There’s a distinctly Indian flavour to Tony Hillier’s World of Music this week. In the early 1960s, the music of the sub-continent was one of the first musical forms from outside the English-speaking nations to gain international popularity, and it sits right at the heart […]