Story by John Snelson
Photo by Ant Ritz
Get Shot Radio show number #098 was broadcast from Northside Radio 99.2fm at 12-00pm noon on Monday 13th April 2015.
Also on the show is a feature spotlighting Hank Marvin in a 4-part interview and covering the performance of his gypsy jazz quartet at The Basement on Saturday night.
Hank played music from his successful album “Gypsy Castle” including some parodies of his recordings with Cliff Richard and The Shadows.
Photos :: Ant Ritz
Story :: Jane Hearn
On Saturday night at the Basement an audience of loyal fans were treated to a rare performance by guitarist Hank Marvin and his gypsy jazz quartet.
Yes that’s right – Hank Marvin of The Shadows fame, with the exceptional rhythm guitarist Gary Taylor, accordionist Nunzio Mondia and Robbie Pisano on double bass delighted a willing crowd with a classic repertoire of hot club gypsy jazz.
Aficiandos of the style created by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli in the 1930s could not fail to be impressed by the mastery, creative flair and originality of Hank’s playing and the skill of these musicians.
Gary Taylor started his musical career in the 1960s London band The Herd playing chart topping hits with Peter Frampton. Nunzio Mondia is known to WA audiences as a pianist and musical director and recently performed with Fiona Mariah. Robbie Pisano is a local bass playing legend. The band delivered a mix of gypsy jazz greats such as “Django’s Castle”, “Honey Suckle Rose” and “Oh! Lady be Good” together with their own gypsy swing arrangements of numbers by Chick Corea, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller.
The light hearted banter was matched musically with the snatches of popular Shadows and Cliff Richard numbers like “Nivram” “Living Doll”, “FBI”, and “Summer Holiday”. “Paint it Black” and “Smoke on the Water” made an appearance. These diversions were merely for some light hearted amusement as the evening was all about gypsy swing. The two set show was well received and finished with two numbers for the encore – “Spain” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing” leaving us on a high note and wanting more.
All up this really was a very special and memorable concert.
The audience could have been more attentive at times. Noise from the bar can be distracting especially during more delicate numbers. Nevertheless The Basement remains one of the most important music clubs in Sydney which lacks suitable jazz/blues venues. With the success of Saturday’s concert let’s hope we’ll see Hank Marvin’s Gypsy Jazz back there again with a longer east coast tour.
Much of the material for Saturday’s show is available on the CD Album “Django’s Castle“, which has topped jazz charts in the USA. The album, like the concert, is much more than a tribute to the great Django Rienhardt. Hank’s approach is innovative and fresh bringing his own interpretation and arrangements to Django standards. Django’s Castle is a contribution to the genre that will excite those new to this style of jazz and, in his own words, will inspire respect and admiration for the musicians who have given so much to the world of music.
FROM TAMBORINE MOUNT AIN TO TENNESSEE SKY
This is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with one of Australia’s most amazing talents.
Incredible song writer, vocalist and multi -instrumentalist Rick Price returns to Australia for a brief album tour throughout Victoria during July 2015.
Rick who has been based in America for many years, enabling him to tour comprehensively throughout Europe and Asia, will return home to Australia to present all his wonderful hits, as well as works from his latest album Tennessee Sky.
Having recently completed a run of sell-out shows throughout Europe and U.S.A. with fellow Aussie and great mate Tommy Emmanuel, Rick is very much looking forward to being back on home turf performing Down Under.
It’s a joy to see him grow so much as a writer, singer, producer and performer…These are HIS days of Gold!” – Tommy Emmanuel cgp
Rick who has received numerous Music Awards, including both “Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year” will sing the much loved hits from his eight albums and a selection of songs from his latest amazing album Tennessee Sky.
One of Australia’s greatest musical talents, Rick has achieved worldwide hits with “’Not a Day Goes By’’, ‘’Heaven Knows’’, “River of Love” and “Walk away Renee”. The works from this prolific talent just go on; Fragile, A House Divided, Bridge Building Man……all different musical styles, beautiful lyrics, touching heartfelt emotions and those majestic soaring vocals to paint each picture.
Price’s maturity as an artist sets him firmly in control, making every nuance a felt moment where the listener waits in anticipation of the next. Bruce Stringer Music Street Journal
To add a unique and special Aussie musical flavour to these shows, Rick will have two special guests on the tour. The wonderful host, song writer and comedian Greg Champion, who will add his devilish sense of fun to proceedings. Also, a very special guest performer, music icon and incredible musician/song writer, Mike Rudd. Mike will perform some of his hit tracks from Ariel and Spectrum days, including his smash hit “I’ll Be Gone”.
From Tamborine Mountain to Tennessee Sky Tour Dates:
Saturday July 11 West Gippsland Arts Centre Warragul http://www.wgac.com.au/
Sunday July 12 Chapel Off www.chapeloffchapel.com.au (Solo Show)
Thursday July 16 Bendigo Capital Theatre http://www.thecapital.com.au/Home
Friday July 17 Frankston Arts Centre www.thefac.com.au
Sunday July 19 St Dunstans Church Camberwell (Solo show)
Friday July 24 Karralyka Art Centre Ringwood http://www.karralyka.com.au/1004.aspx
Saturday July 25 GPAC Geelonghttp://www.gpac.org.au/
Review by Rufus Onfire
Okay folks, time for a bit of guilty pleasure admission here.
For yours truly one of those is the Canadian troubadour of tunes Ron Sexsmith who has been banging out tunes on record for nigh on a quarter century.
Enjoying a major label period during the 90’s thanks to a lift up from a heavy hitter like Elvis Costello Sexsmith has managed to steadily deliver regular releases of blissful music to his appreciative fan base in the melancholic mode he has made his own.
So where to here on his 14th solo release and first on the Nashville based Compass Records label? The addition of respected knob twiddler Jim Scott (Wilco/Rolling Stones/Tom Petty & Red Hot Chili Peppers sprinkle the CV) and well assembled session musos to help round things out sound wise provides the tools for something special to appear on record.
The opening trilogy of tunes “Sure As The Sky” “Saint Bernard” and “Loving You” combine effortlessly to get things rolling, the mellow malaise and country twang also seeing Sexsmith’s lyrics up the ante theme wise too with some signs of contentment in these words of wisdom.
This positivity flows through on to other tracks “Before The Light Is Gone” and “Lucky Penny” with deft touches of keys and electric guitars rounding out the acoustic rhythm superbly.
An album containing a whopping 16 tracks can sometimes be seen as self-indulgent and filler friendly, but don’t be put off by this length as it merely allows songs to be coupled together better and bring the stories to life in sync, the Randy Newmanesque “Getaway Car” seems to work well as the lead into “Nothing Feels The Same Anymore” and the bookend of “Sun’s Coming Out”, sure it may take a few listens but give it the air to breather and you’ll see why.
And there’s no tailing away either as the best part of the record emerges as the second stanza plays out, Sexsmith and band in top form as they roll through “No One”, the Costello like “Can’t Get My Act Together” and “Tumbling Sky” to deliver the best songs on the record for mine, before the end game sees us in essence back at square one of the record, easing our way out like we did on the way in as “Is Anybody Going To San Antone” brings things to a close.
There’s something about this album that simply says weekend listening here, something to put on a Sunday morning when downtime is the desired location and a steady breezy soundscape the perfect antidote to make this happen.
Sure, styles come and go and have their day in the sun, but Ron Sexsmith stills provides that comfort food style music we all look to in times of needing a good tune, and well why shouldn’t this be shared with others as well!
Also a full 25 minute interview with Hank will be broadcast on Northside Radio 99.3fm live streaming around the world at High Noon, 12-00pm this coming Monday 13th April 2015 … Northside Radio 99.3fm …
Tonight Saturday 11th April, live in concert at The Basement … Hank Marvin’s Gypsy Jazz !
CMC Rocks the Hunter relocated to Ipswich Queensland this year and I decided to drive up to shoot it. There was a stellar line up of artists both local and international which helped to draw a great crowd to the new venue. The festival was held on the 13th to 15th March, 2015.
The venue was Willowbank Racetrack located near Ipswich and there was plenty of shade available for the fans.
Personally I would have preferred for the festival to have stayed in the Hunter Valley however for commercial reasons it probably made sense to relocate to a different venue. Each venue has their advantages and disadvantages but the main thing is the quality of the artists performing because that is what a music festival is all about. With 36 different artists everyone there would have found it easy to enjoy the music.
Each of the three nights had international acts headlining with Lady Antebellum on the Friday night who unfortunately would not allow any media access at all on the night, Chris Young on the Saturday night and Big & Rich to close the festival on the Sunday.
It was great see two of my favourite bands, The Viper Creek Band and The Wolfe Brothers performing over the weekend before such huge crowds, particularly the boys from the Viper Creek Band as they performed just Big & Rich.
Kacey Musgrave’s stage resembled the video clip of her latest song “Follow Your Arrow”
If anyone wanted a work-out over the weekend then all they needed to do was watch Laura Bell Bundy perform. That was enough for everyone to work up a sweat! I’m not sure where she gets all her energy from but Laura Bell Bundy had plenty of any really entertained the crowd with he dancing and singing. In fact at once stage she had over 20 people from the audience on stage dancing with her!
One of the highlights of the weekend for me was Jeffrey Steele who not only being a talented artist he is also a prolific write of hit songs that have been performed by a long list of artists. I was amazed at how many hit songs he had penned!
Wylie and the Wild West performed on the Friday afternoon and I was pleased that I was able to make it to their set. They performed a great style of music that would be hard not to like. On top of that Wylie was obviously enjoying himself on stage which rubs off on those watching the show.
If the crowd is anything to go by then the festival was a success.
More to come
Words & Photos by Malcolm Katon
Seeing the Zac Brown Band on stage for the first time was quite an experience for me. With 8 band members it was hard to know where to look and who to photograph. The Zac Brown Band are comprised of Zac Brown (lead vocals & guitar), Chris Fryar (drums), Clay Cook (numerous instruments), Coy Bowles (guitar & organ), Daniel De Los Reyes (percussion), Jimmy De Martini (violin & vocals), John Driscoll Hopkins (numerous instruments) & Matt Mangano (bass).
There is no doubting the musical talent of the band and their popularity with the fans. Last night’s performance was after a sold out concert in Melbourne and this one, if it wasn’t a sell out would have been very close to being sold out. I know of fans that headed in to line up early in the morning so they could be first in and close to the stage.
With 4 studio albums released over the past seven years The Foundation (2008), You Get What You Give (2010), Uncaged (2010) and Jeykll + Hyde (to be released this month) and the Grohl Sessions EP (2013) there were plenty of choices of great songs to include in the set list. Surprisingly last night’s set list included a number of covers which a country band would not usually perform including an awesome performance of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Metallica’s “Enter the Sandman”.
The Zac Brown Band were fantastic on the night and whilst they didn’t perform some of my favourite songs they performed most of their hits including “Sweet Annie”, “Toes”, “Colder Weather”, “Chicken Fried”, “Goodbye in her Eyes”, “Free” and “As She’s Walking Away” (minus Alan Jackson who was guest vocalist on the You Get What You Give album version). Other songs performed at the Hordern Pavilion that night included Charlie Daniel’s Band’s “Devil Went Down to Georgia”, “Whiskey Gone”, “Day for the Dead”, “Heavy is the Head”, “Keep Me In Mind” and “Knee Deep”.
There was a brief moment when during a long instrumental as part of the introduction of the band members that I felt they lost the audience as I could see and here a lot of them talking. It didn’t take long for them to reconnect to the audience though.
I can’t put my finger on what exactly makes the Zac Brown Band so appealing. They have great harmony, their lyrics are meaningful, the music is amazing and the number of different instruments that they play throughout the night adds to their appeal. All the band members seem passionate abut their music and it shows on stage by how much they seem to be enjoying performing.
It was my first time shooting at the Hordern Pavilion and as a venue I thought that it was great. It didn’t seem to matter where anyone was sitting or standing they weren’t far from the stage. It was a great atmosphere and the lighting and sound were awesome. In fact it was the first time that I recall being there since The Police performed there in 1980!
Anyone heading to the Byron Bay Blues Festival will be in for a treat as the Zac Brown Band are performing there on the 3rd April, 2015.
The new single DEAD INSIDE from The Art, is scheduled for independent release on April 25, (in physical and digital format). DEAD INSIDE evolved after experiencing the highs and lows of touring, and the binary feeling when the whole crazy party is over. Trying to relate to the home life (polar opposite in nature to touring) and coming to grips with reality, (whatever that may subjectively be).
The chorus lyrics – “your standing at the edge but you can’t jump or walk away,” paints the imagery of standing at the edge of The Gap in Sydney, not wanting to end it all, yet not being able to walk away, to try and find peace within the chaos….
Although in purgatory, musically THE ART is trying to offer some hope in this song. There is some kind of calm, in the whole storm. When the piano ends, the musical piece after the feedback of guitars, slowly melt away, there is almost a peace at the end of this chaos! Written by the collaborative, which is THE ART, Azaria Byrne (Vocals/Guitar), Kara Jayne (Bass/Vocals), Jordan McDonald (Drums) and Natalie Connolly, (Guitar).
Dead Inside was produced by Stevie Knight, recorded at Electric Sun Studios, Sydney Australia. Mixed and Mastered by Dave Petrovic and they are joined by special guest, Gene Clark on Piano.
THE ART is plucked from the obscurity of Australia’s far north and into a circuit of international showcases. This act has torn through it’s infancy with cannonball velocity. Founding members, KJ and Azaria have recruited the hard hitting drummer Jordan McDonald and melodic hard rock guitarist Natalie Connolly.
Stylistically, THE ART is difficult to pigeonhole. A darkly perfumed oddity, eclectic in emotional elements and delivered with blistering rock and roll impact. The sonic diversity of ‘The Art’s’ sound has earned them fans across genres, the common tie binding all elements at play being an intense sincerity. A tight wound tapestry of verosity, nobody at an ‘Art’ show leaves shortchanged, and more often than not, nobody at an ‘Art’ show leaves unaffected.
“THE ART is beating their forerunners at their own game with music that is not only an ongoing revolt against the corporate sanctioned status quo fitting music into neat categories, but a declaration for the admittedly messy (r)evolution of making life art and art life.” – Huffington Post
“Front man Azaria could be described as the pied piper with a room full of hungry rats hanging on every sound whispered from his mouth.” – Faster Louder
“The Art has been sharing not only their skill and imagination with audiences over the last 3 or so years but have been creating and infusing a sound and aesthetic that goes beyond that of a mere band pushing out tune after tune in the vain hope of cashing in on whatever scene or genre happens to be that month’s particular flavour.” – Music Feeds
“My Favourite Australian band!” – Rodney Bingenheimer
The Art is proud to announce they are currently supported and sponsored by Pistonhead Lager Australia. Great Brew, great times, awesome people & rock ‘n’ roll attitudes. Kustom built in Sweden. We built it, you tilt it! #pistonheadlagerau
THE ART kick off their DEAD INSIDE nine date, east coast tour on May 7 in Victoria.
Thursday May 7 Pelly Bar Frankston
Friday May 8 Northcote Social Club
Saturday May 9 The Loft Warnambool
Wednesday May 13 Hamilton Street Hotel Newcastle
Friday May 15 Sweaty Betty’s Miranda
Saturday May 16 Dicey Rileys Wollongong
Thursday May 21 The Pier Port Macquarie
Friday May 22 Coolangatta Hotel
Saturday May 23 Sonny’s House of Blues Brisbane
Just like to thank TripleH 100.1 fm for hosting our first 92 shows up there in Hornsby ….. and the reason for the change of station is simply a matter of location as we are now living in the catchment and licence area of Northside 99.3fm, so the new host here on the Lower North Shore is just a lot closer.
Northside is a great station … has a good, loyal listenening audience, excellent facilities and a wide ranging signal that can reach all the way south across the Sydney city … in fact last night I was picking it up on car radio all the way down through Ryde to Bankstown, Heathcote to Helensburgh ! Travelling west it reaches out to Castle Hill, Dural, Dundas and down to Parramatta. Northward it is good up to the Mona Vale Road and west to Ryde and to Macquarie and eastward to Terrey Hills and Davidson.
For those who listen to the uploaded version here after the event, behold here is the latest edition … now a 2 hour show, press the button ….
Story by Regi Su
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Blue Mountains Blues, Roots and Folk Festival in Katoomba. On the Saturday night, I looked at my watch, marked the darkness cooling the earth and trundled across to the Katoomba RSL to catch the Bearded Gypsy band.
Although amused to find them quite beardless, I was more surprised to discover such a young band had graced the stage, so late in the evening. I hoped they were good, otherwise this rowdy, drunk knee-ed audience in the local pub would clap them off stage.
Boy, did they see my concerns and, raise me one- they were fantastic. What the band lacked in beards, it made up for in sheer talent. They were energetic, a passion that filtered through the willing audience which held long into the night. They were tight, their individual talents on fiddle, acoustic guitar, bass and drums were crisp. They were well polished and their integration of instrumental solos were seamless. The drums and bass held the sound together like how, keeping beat and maintaining tempo, while instruments like the fiddle, ukelele, mandolin and both acoustic and electric guitars took flight.
They were a clever fusion of old melodies, taking inspiration from Celtic blues and gypsy jazz, and creating a new monster that was a little cafe jazz, a little bluegrass. Whatever genre they took notes from, they showed they were versatile and flexible, not only replicating a well loved and recognised vibe, but also creating a soundscape that was uniquely theirs- an eclectic hybrid. While their vocals were good, their instrumentals were electrifying on stage, creating tunes that got most of the crowd up and dancing.
Upon researching more about them, I was pleased to find that their career is already a did one, having supported the Beards and the Cat Empire. At the moment, they’re touring nationally, so I hope to see them around.