Gigs

Paul Weller at the Opera House

Paul Weller hit the top with the new wave and mod revival band The Jam. He later moved to a more soulful success with The Style Council  before establishing himself as a solo artist in 1991. So I was thinking “Hmmm, Ben Sherman clothes, Bryan Ferry presentation with a bit of edge and rocky lefty […]


Jeff Beck and Beth Hart

Story and Photos by Jane Hearn and John Snelson. Great show last year at the Opera House and of course at Bluesfest TWICE over the last few years … Beth Hart is the best female blues artist on the planet. Have a listen to her live version of “Strange Fruit” – brilliant. She works well […]


Cat Stevens

Story by Jane Hearn & John Snelson I have always wanted to see Cat Stevens ! Now I have.  Live.   Out in the open air (even though it was chucking it down – see photo below), “in the vineyards” at the Roche Estate in the Hunter Valley. All those old favourites were there : […]


Andrew Strong @ The Manning Bar 12.5.15

Andrew Strong is currently touring Australia again with his all Australian based band to perform the songs from the Commitments movie.  2015 and will be last time that we will see him in a suit as future visits will be to perform his own music. I was lucky enough to be asked backstage to catch […]


Sweet Lil Rider

Story & Photos by John Snelson Stepping in from the rain on Wednesday night, down into Frankie’s Pizza, you would have been able to witness the launch of Sweet Lil Rider‘s new album, “Sweet Lil Rider“. Johnny Cass and Jim Hilburn – that’s Sweet Lil Rider – and to a crowded room of pleased pizza […]


Zac Brown Band – Hordern Pavilion 1.4.15

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), […]


Chase The Sun

Story & Photos by John Snelson Fantastic performance on Saturday afternoon on another of Tony Cini’s Blues On The Water Cruises on Sydney Harbour by the best blues/rock band in Sydney, Chase The Sun.  (More photos here ) Returning from a hiatus period, Chase has lost none of its oomph and power, from the driving […]


Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars

Story & Photos by John Snelson Tony Cini reckons that Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars will be the next big thing and he may well be right. There’s some talent here, no doubt about that. (More photos here ) Eddie is nothing if not an enigma. He is full of beans and chucks himself around […]


Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates with Joe Bonamassa

  Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates with Joe Bonamassa at The Factory Theatre, Sydney 3.2.15 Story and Photos by Malcolm Katon Ooh Yea! — The Betty Davis Songbook is the new album collaboration between Mahalia Barnes, her band The Soul Mates and blues guitarist legend Joe Bonamassa.  The crowd at the Factory Theatre were recently treated […]


Whisky Smile

Story & Photos by Jacques Van As – Sharkbite-Photography With a name like Whisky Smile you know you are in for a wild kind of night. Originally hailing from Penrith in Western Sydney, Whisky Smile went home for a visit, putting on a show for their home crowd at the Tattersalls Hotel. Time and time […]


Gay Paris

Story & Photos by Jacques Van As – Sharkbite-Photography My initial thoughts when I heard the name Gay Paris, was red velvet, pianos and champagne. However nothing would prepare me for the sounds that would tantalise my ears. From the moment they stepped onstage and the first note that engulfed the audience, everyone knew they […]


Fab Funky Finale to Festival

Story & Photos by John Snelson On our second day at Thredbo for this year’s Blues Festival, we again made sure that we were by the poolside, well in the pool actually .. a full set of photos can be found here in the Get Shot Galleries … .. to see and listen to Russell […]


Diana Rouvas and C Major at The Basement, Sydney 20.12.14

Story and Photos by Malcolm Katon This was a gig that I had been very keen to attend and I wasn’t disappointed by what I heard on the night. Based on the reaction of the crowd no one else at The Basement that night was disappointed either. For those that don’t know, both Diana Rouvas […]


Logic Defies Logic

Review by Regi Su, photography by Kate Wehl Although Melbourne-based band Logic Defies Logic originated in New Zealand, they’ve spent the last few years making their mark on the Australian soundscape with their electrifying performances and sonic integrity. To cement their places in the Australian rock arena, they recently won the Gunn Music Productions Espy […]


Sydney Country Music Festival 8th November, 2014

Story and photos by Malcolm Katon 2014 was the 3rd year of the Sydney Country Music Festival which was held at the Bella Vista Farm in Bella Vista just off the M2.  The popularity of the festival has grown substantially from when it started in 2012 with 600 attendees to over 6,000 attendees in 2014.  […]


Jayne Denham and Travis Sinclair at the Tivoli Room, Rooty Hill RSL 4.10.14

Story and Photos by Malcolm Katon   Saturday night at Rooty Hill RSL, the home of country, and thanks to Total Country, was the first performance of the Grew Up ‘Round Trucks tour which is the outcome of Jayne Denham and Travis Sinclair teaming up together.  They have performed together in the past but this is […]


Of Tulips & Armadillos

Story by John Snelson At the long weekend, I was fortunate to be in the nation’s capital – and what a beautiful time of the year it is – Spring in the world’s best city – according to the OECD in this article in the Sydney Morning Herald. On Sunday, we went out to Tulip […]


Gary Allen @ The Enmore Theatre 25.9.14

There was no mistaking Gary Allan as he walked onto the stage right on time at 9.45pm in his designer ripped jeans, boots, tee shirt and leather jacket. But it wouldn’t matter what he had worn or when he walked out on the stage, the crowd were there in numbers to hear the award-winning outlaw […]


Kaylens Rain at Rooty Hill RSL 27.9.14

Story and Photos by Malcolm Katon Kaylens Rain have come a long way in the six years that they have been performing together. Initially they were duo formed by brother and sister Glen and Kaylee Harrison but have grown to become a 5 piece band. The band members last night were Michael Cole (guitar), Joel […]


Cannibal Corpse @ HiFi Brisbane

Words & Photos: Matt Young   American Death Metal pioneers Cannibal Corpse are back in the country and last night played the final show of their Australian tour at Brisbane’s HiFi Bar. We were there to check it out.   Cannibal Corpse have been around since the late eighties and over that time have built […]


I Killed The Prom Queen

I Killed The Prom Queen @ Arena Words & Photos: Matt Young Recently re-activated Aussie metal core legends I Killed The Prom Queen are currently touring the country on The Rise of Brotality tour. With The Ghost Inside, In Hearts Wake, Bury Tomorrow & Hellions in tow, the boys hit Brisbane’s Arena for a night […]


Metric at The Enmore

Story by Regi Su I’m not going to pretend to be an unbiased reviewer for this one, because Metric has been on my playlist for a number of years now. I love the band. What I will try and do, however, is explain the different experience of seeing them live. Metric is a Canadian band […]


The Wolfe Brothers

The Wolfe Brothers – Diamond Auditorium, Blacktown Workers Club 16.11.13 Story and photos by Malcolm Katon After being blown away by the performance of The Wolfe Brothers at CMC Rocks the Hunter earlier this year, I purchased both their debut EP and debut album to listen to on the drive back from Hope Estate.  While […]


Voodoo Express @ Lizotte’s Newcastle

Story and Photography by Craig Wilson.   Voodoo Express played to a packed house at Lizotte’s on Sunday night with special guests Dai Pritchard, Grant Walmsley and Justin Ngariki. Voodoo Express is a four piece blue-rock outfit that has been building a big reputation around the Newcastle / Hunter region, with a thumping rhythm section, […]