FREE Spiegeltent community opening night

Ten Days Executive Director and Producer, Marcus Barker
28.02.14 8:07 am


Presented by Ten Days in association with Strut & Fret

With just under a week to go before Hobart plays host to the highly anticipated Spiegeltent, presented by
Ten Days, excitement is building around the FREE opening night of fine food and entertainment on
Thursday, 6 March 2014 from 5pm.

The free opening night extravaganza will play host to a variety of roving entertainment, with the likes of
jazz trio Les Coqs Incroyables, Italian magician David Key, Tasmanian-born illusionist and fire breather
Bodane Hatten, Erth’s roving dinosaurs, Tasmanian DJ Warren Hankey, five-piece Launceston band The
Embers, Hot Dub Time Machine as well as some sneak preview performances from the cast of Cantina.

Located outside the velvet and mirror adorned Spiegeltent, will be The Outdoor Lounge, which will
showcase fine Tasmanian produce and beverages, including a pop-up restaurant by Smolt, delicious
burgers from Tasman Quartermasters, Written on Tea, Sweet Envy, Greek cuisine by the Estia Festival, Big
Bessie, Domaine A, Jansz, Cascade and Clover Hill.

For the adults, selected members from the internationally acclaimed cast of Cantina will be on hand with
their daring and extraordinary displays of acrobatics and contortionism, while Erth’s roving dinosaurs will
be sure to mesmerise the kids.

DJ Tom Loud from Hot Dub Time Machine will then treat Tasmanians to a free audio-visual super party
inside the Spiegeltent at 8pm, featuring the best songs ever from the past 60 years in the world’s first
time travelling dance party.

This is the chance of a lifetime to experience these acts for free as well as soak up the Spiegeltent
atmosphere, so make sure you get to the forecourt of PW1 early as entry will be limited! For a copy of
the Spiegeltent program, simply head to, phone (03) 6210 5777 or visit the Ten Days office
located at 71 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania.

WHAT : Free community Spiegeltent opening night
extravaganza, featuring roving entertainment from
5pm, Hot Dub Time Machine at 8pm and fine food and
drinks throughout the evening in The Outdoor Lounge
WHEN: Thursday, 6 March 2013 from 5pm
WHERE: The forecourt of Princes Wharf No.1 (PW1), Hobart
COST: FREE and open to everyone
INFO: Visit or phone (03) 6210 5777

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Falsetto and Fairytales

Paula Xiberras
28.02.14 5:30 am


They became known as the Brothers Gibb and like the fairytale storyteller brothers these other Brothers ‘G’ wrote their own fairytale with a mix of the glorious and grim. It’s a long held mistake that the name the ‘Bee Gees ’ stands for ‘The Brother’s Gibb’ when in fact it doesn’t. The name was formed from the names of two other BG initialled fellows, Bill Gates, not the Microsoft one but instead an Australian DG and Bill Goode a racetrack promoter. It was these two gentleman who first saw the bothers perform at Archerfield speedway. With a career stretching back to 1958 the Bee Gees have been colossal creators, bridging rock and disco.

Recently I spoke to a member of the Australian Bee Gees tribute band Michael Clift from Tucson,  where the Australian Bee Gees are playing. Michael, and the other two members that comprise the Australian Bee Gees, are in demand as performers in Las Vegas nowadays and hope to sign a new four year contract. Although the US has been their base for a while now the boys are very familiar with Tasmania having performed here for over 17 years including shows at the Wrest Point Casino and Launceston Country Club as well as theatres in Burnie and Devonport.

Michael says that the reception to the ‘Bee Gees Staying Alive’ performance in Las Vegas is great with the audiences quite knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and it will be Tasmanian turn to experience the Bee Gees magic when the boys tour here for concerts in the form of a concert itself which takes the form of a chronological walk through the Bee Gees hits.

Michael says ‘Tasmania is a beautiful place’ and hopefully they can make the tour an annual occurrence.

Michael tells me he and the boys were not massive Bee Gees fans growing up although they did have healthy respect for the music. Michael indeed is more eclectic in his musical tastes with not one particular artist providing a favourite.

The idea of a Bee Gees tribute band grew out of the guys working as musos with a few clips appearing on rage and doing some teaching. They came up with the idea of forming a tribute band and the Bee Gees were chosen because at that time the Bee there was no tribute band celebrating their music.

The fact the guys do look like the Bee Gees was a happy coincidence. Michael says they do what they can to enhance that resemblance to an extent although that doesn’t include plastic surgery although they do however wear prosthetic teeth and take advantage of wigs!

The boys have also worked hard on replicating the original Bee Gees three piece harmonies with Michael working hard to create Barry’s famous falsetto.

Although never meeting the real Bee Gees, the Australian Bee Gees, did write to the Bee Gees manager about their act and were given the thumbs up.

You can see the Australian Bee Gees at Launceston’s Country Club March 28 and Hobart’s Wrest Point Casino March 29.

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Despard: Sebastian Galloway’s debut solo exhibition

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
27.02.14 3:51 pm


INFINYMPH is Sebastian Galloway’s debut solo exhibition with a tour de force of paintings that delve into the mythical microscopic nature of things rendered on a scale that inverts his subject into spectacle. Microscopic interactions are blown up and left to float eerily upon the surface of the canvas.

Please join Sebastian and friends at the exhibition’s opening night, Wednesday March 5th from 6pm at Despard Gallery.

All the details here

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The O’Donnell clan’s kingly crooner. WIN!x

Paula Xiberras
27.02.14 9:00 am


• Tasmanian Times has five Daniel O’Donnell CDs to give away. Simply write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your name and address. First in, best dressed!x

I perhaps became the envy of many women when I spoke to Irish entertainer Daniel O’Donnell on valentines day, our conversation predominatley about his upcoming trip to Tasmania. Daniel is back in Tasmania this March to perform concerts in Hobart and Launceston.

Daniel has visited Tasmania on many occasions, but like many touring artists, working to a tight schedule,he has not had the chance to explore Tasmania at any length However he tells me he has always enjoyed the drive from Launceston to Hobart and his impression of what he sees is one of ‘familarity’ with Ireland,that it is ‘like home’ and he has an ‘affinity’ with it as an island.

In Daniel’s birthplace of Donegal his clan of O’Donnell were kings of the region, in a modern day twist the loyalty and devotion he inspires in his fans is almost monarchical.

However, beyond this historical kinship to kings, Daniel is a fascinating person beyond the music, he has a spiritual heritage from his father who was a seventh son of a seventh son. This particularly rare relationship Daniel explains to me was relevant to his father through a clever calculation.  Before his father’s birth there were the the requisite number of boys, including the birth of twins,which is considered and counted as one birth, making Daniel’s dad a seventh son.

Being a seventh son of a seventh son, due to its exclusivity and the sacredness of the number seven with its many spiritual references, imbues the person with extraordinary healing abilities and so it was with Daniel’s father. Daniel says even though his father was catholic the ritual associated with the healing process seemed a mix of pagan and Christian belief.  The rules associated with the process of healing deemed it to be administered after 12 pm or at least before the sun rose. Following from this healing ability the seventh son of the seventh son was considered a spiritual or holy man and Daniel believes that is how his father was viewed. Such individuals are sometimes called the ‘cure’ or ‘the charm’.

Which brings us full circle to Daniel himself who although not a seventh son has been, through his own charm and music able to administer another kind of healing.

Such is the fame Daniel has achieved in Ireland and further afield that in his hometown of Donegal a visitor centre has been created in his honour. Daniel tells me that the centre is proving to be a great success and helping the Irish economy with over 20 thousand visitors attending the display, an amazing result considering that the centre is not on the way to anywhere, that their intention is to visit the centre.

The centre contains contents and memorabilia of a musician who has achieved love and adulation from around the world. Some of the items on display, include Daniel and his wife Majella’s wedding outfits, various gold discs and awards he has accumulated over the years.

With all these achievements I ask Daniel what further ambitions he might have, knowing he has a long held wish to one day guest star in Coronation Street, a wish he tells me is still a pipe dream.

Daniel does share with me that one ambition would be to perform in musical theatre.

Daniel’s new album ‘A picture of you’ is out now and you can see Daniel on his Tasmanian tour; March 5 at the Wrest Point Casino and March 4 at Princess theatre Launceston. For those that have seen Daniel in concert before, this present tour may also involve some surprises for fans! One surprise that may not be so welcome is the news that after early next year Daniel is going to take a break from touring for an extended period to concentrate on family life so this might give fans some extra encouragement to attend.

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Horror music video release for cabaret star

Heidi Douglas
27.02.14 7:41 am


Tasmanian Drag Queen cabaret star Miz Ima Starr and award winning filmmaker Heidi Lee Douglas have released a horror inspired music video for Starr’s catchy new original track “My Heart’s A Drummer”.

The music video release was timed with Women in Horror Month, which brings an international spotlight onto the growing number of female filmmakers working as writers, directors and producers in the horror film industry.

Starr’s music video was inspired by Douglas’ short horror film “Red Shoes”, a gothic fairytale set in modern day Sydney about a young woman arriving in the big city who follows the dangerous path of coveting.

“Red Shoes” was originally a no-budget short made by Douglas for the Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival’s 48 Hour Tasploitation Challenge in 2013.

“The Stranger With My Face organizers contacted me to let me know one of the audience members loved the film and wanted to make it into a music video,” says Douglas, “so the film has taken on a life of it’s own, much like the Red Shoes in the story”.

Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival, an annual event in Tasmania, was this year named one of the Top 5 Coolest Women’s Film Festivals worldwide by the readers of Moviemaker Magazine.

“Heidi is one of the filmmakers who’s been part of Stranger With My Face since the beginning,” says festival director Briony Kidd.

“She won our script competition in the first year with her retelling of the Bluebeard story set in colonial times, Little Lamb, and returned in 2013 with the fabulous Red Shoes. We can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.”

Kidd says one of the festival’s goals is to spotlight new voices in genre filmmaking.

“This music video is an example of an unexpected collaboration that’s emerged out of that. Women In Horror Month is all about celebrating diversity, as well. It’s exciting being part of that.”

Miz Ima Starr describes the video for “My Heart’s A Drummer” as “a horror-tastic poison-pen letter to the neon lights of Sydney, Australia!”

Miz Ima Starr’s new album “My Heart’s a Drummer” was simultaneously released on iTunes. 

See the video at: 

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Bluesfest 2014 - Only 7 Weeksto go!  More GREAT Artists Announced!

Gaynor Crawford Bluesfest Publicist
26.02.14 10:36 am


Today Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia’s multi award winning 5 Day Festival, held over the Easter long weekend (17 – 21st of April) at its home, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay, announces another instalment of exceptional artists who will be performing at Bluesfest for the 25th Anniversary Festival.

The latest announcement includes some of the best Australian Folk, Blues, Reggae, Funk, Soul, Groove, Hip-Hop and Dub artists, not to mention some of Australia’s youngest talent who are making waves internationally and a special reunion of a much loved 90’s era Australian band.

The announcement also takes us across the globe to New Orleans, the Netherlands, South Africa, Israel, Italy and Japan with a special collaboration of musicians who inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through their music.

Bluesfest has become one of Australia’s favourite, as well as most successful music festivals and is equally loved for the music but also for its unspoiled atmosphere. Bluesfest is an inspirational Festival loved by all ages, which is reflected by its incredibly diverse line-up of artists heading to Byron Bay this April.
Tickets to the event continue to sell fast, with record breaking 5 day Season Ticket sales reported. 5 day, 3 day and Saturday camping tickets have now sold out. There is still plenty of camping and accommodation available in the area. Check out accommodation options on
VIP 5 day VIP 3 day and VIP Friday and Saturday tickets are also no longer available.
Overall Bluesfest is 84% sold out and patrons are urged to lock in their tickets to not miss out.

Matt Corby
Tim Rogers
Foy Vance – Kim Churchill - Skunkhour
Saskwatch- Dubmarine - Watussi  
Tijuana Cartel- Lime Cordiale
Playing for Change
With more to be announced!
Sydney’s Matt Corby grew up steeped in gospel and a love for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Matt Corby’s heartfelt music has made him a household name; ‘Brother’(2011), was nominated for APRA Song of the Year, reached number 3 on the Triple J Hottest 100 and scored Matt three ARIA Award nominations and won ARIA song of the year in 2012. His latest single, ‘Resolution’, is now certified three times platinum, won Song of the Year at the 2013 ARIA Awards and reached number 8 on the Triple J Hottest 100 this year.  Matt Corby, who was runner up on the fifth season of Australian Idol,  has grown from support slots and talent shows to playing sold at shows on his 11 show ‘Resolution Tour’ late last year including Hordern Pavilion Sydney, Festival Hall Melbourne and other shows in Geelong, Fremantle, Adelaide, Auckland and Wellington.

Tim Rogers, the roguishly charming rock star legend best known as the guitarist, singer, and primary songwriter of the essential Australian rock band You Am I. With a career that is motoring along in its third unique decade – it is with long awaited pleasure that we are welcoming Tim Rogers to our Bluesfest stage for the very first time! Tim Rogers will also be joined on stage by long-time collaborator, Shane O’Mara.
Sydney’sLime Cordialeis fronted by brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach. The duo have been turning heads in Australia performing to adoring audiences on their recent tour including a sold out headline show at The Standard in Sydney and gigs alongside the likes of The Rubens, The Specials (UK), Ball Park Music and Cosmo Jarvis (UK) to name a few. Lime Cordiale’s new EP Falling Up The Stairs showcases the band’s uniquely Australian sound, featuring quirky lyrics, pop hooks and big brass licks and will see the brothers tour North America and Canada is March this year.

Foy Vance will be making his Bluesfest debut in 2014. The acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter who won the 2013 Northern Ireland Music Prize for his latest album Joy of Nothing (2013) was born in the North Ireland town of Bangor, but his passion for traditional music was born in the southern states of America. He has spent a considerable amount of time on the road, touring with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Michael Kiwanuka, Marcus Foster, Snow Patrol, and Ed Sheeran.

Kim Churchill is no stranger to the Bluesfest stage. He won the Bluesfest Byron Buskers competition in 2009 and since then his intricate fingerpicking percussive beats on the body of the guitar and two-handed tapping intertwined with earthly stomp box, powerful harmonica melodies and soulful voice has made him a Bluesfest favourite year after year. Last time (2013) Kim, who was supporting Billy Bragg in the US, flew to Australia mid-tour to play Bluesfest and due to a delayed flight arrived 30 minutes before showtime, he still managed to give his usual mesmerizing, explosive performance and then went straight on back to the US to re-join Billy Bragg’s tour.  This time he has a new albumon the way and once again has been chosen to support Billy Bragg on his current 23 date UK and European tour. The future is looking bright for Kim Churchill.

Few Australian bands have crossed as many genres or opened as many doors as Skunkhour who will be reuniting for this special Bluesfest appearance. Forming in Sydney in 1992 and ahead of their time while fiercely proud of Australian’s pub rock heritage, they fused many influences to create a sound and catalogue like no other. Between 1995 and 2000 the band had four songs inducted into the Triple J Hottest 100. Prepare for a nostalgic experience this Bluesfest when Skunkhour take the stage. 

Nine-piece soul revivalists Saskwatch blew the crowd away last Bluesfest and will be bringing their Soul and RnB Grooves back to the stage. Their timeless talent, irrefutably fun, undeniably danceable and simply incredible live show will have you wanting to go to every one of their Bluesfest performances. Saskwatch will also be bringing new material (their forthcoming album Nose Dive is set for release April 11th) that is sure to win over new and old fans at Bluesfest.

The second nine-piece on this announcement is the high-powered and high-energy Dubmarine who hail from Brisbane and somehow smash together Dub, Dancehall, Reggae, Drum n Bass, and a little touch of
Rock into a groove that is all their own.

Having sold out countless shows with blustering horns, party-fuelled rhythms and rocking roots bass-lines, Australia’s Watussi are back to do it all over again at Bluesfest’s 25th Anniversary. They have toured the world, including with some of their musical idols including Santana and recorded with New Orleans Blues pianist Jon Cleary. Watussi are back to remind you not to forget!

Tijuana Cartel, one of Australia’s favourite ‘Party Bands’ will be owning the stage once again with
Their multi-layered grooves mixed with touches of slide and flamenco guitar, trumpet and Afro Cuban percussion with some electronica to get the crowd jumping.

Playing for Change is a movement close to Festival Director, Peter Noble’s heart. The Playing for Change line-up at Bluesfest 2014 will include Grandpa Elliott, a legendary street musician from New Orleans, who sings alongside Clarence Bekker (Netherlands), Titi Tsira (South Africa), Tal Ben Ari “Tula” (Israel), Jason Tamba (Congo), and Mermans Mosengo (Congo). The rhythm section will feature Roberto Luti (Italy) on lead guitar, Papa Orbe Ortiz (Cuba) on the bass, Peter Bunetta (USA) on drums, and on keyboards Keiko Komaki (Japan).Playing for Change is an extraordinary, joyful live experience that will stay with you long after the house lights have come up and the funds raised from the tour will continue to affect people’s lives for years to come. View the project’s video “Stand By Me” which has received 59 million hits and counting:
Bluesfest artists announced so far:
Jack Johnson • John Mayer • Dave Matthews Band
              exclusive                                                     Two Incredible Performances
Jeff Beck • Elvis Costello • John Butler Trio
Buddy Guy Two Outstanding Performances • Joss Stone • Erykah Badu • Passenger • Iron & Wine • India.Arie•Aaron Neville • Doobie Brothers• Boz Scaggs •Gregg Allman • Dr John & The Nite Trippers • Michael Franti & Spearhead • Gary Clark Jr • Jimmie Vaughan • Eric Bibb • Steve Earle & The Dukes• Kasey Chambers• Jason Isbell •Gov’t Mule• Morcheeba • Devendra Banhart • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros • Jake Bugg • Ozomatli • KC & The Sunshine Band • WAR • Larry Graham & Graham Central Station
The Wailers • Sly & Robbie and The Taxi Gang• Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 • Chali 2Na • The James Cotton Blues Band • Booker T. Jones • The Black Sorrows•Devon Allman• Suzanne Vega • Beth Hart • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals • KT Tunstall • Trixie Whitley• Garland Jeffreys • The Charlie Musselwhite Band • Robben Ford • CW Stoneking • Kate Miller-Heidke • Allen Stone • The Soul Rebels • North Mississippi Allstars • The Magic Band • Grandmothers of Invention • Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience • Dyson, Stringer & Cloher • Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes   • Nikki Hill • Valerie June • The Beards • Matthew Curry • Joanne Shaw Taylor • Ray Beadle Band • Genevieve Chadwick • The Paladins •  Backsliders • Chain • Candye Kane Band • Glenn Cardier and The Sideshow• Nahko & Medicine For The People • Saidah Baba Talibah • The Mojo Webb Band • Daniel Champagne • Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges • Walter Trout •  Hat Fitz & Cara • Seth Lakeman • Shaun Kirk • Claude Hay • Marshall OKell and The Pride • Public Opinion Afro Orchestra • Cambodian Space Project • Music Maker Foundation Feat.  Pat Wilder, Cool John Ferguson, and Little Freddie King
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For more information on the artists announced and playing times visit:

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Sidespace Gallery: From arid lands to southern coast

Sidespace Gallery
26.02.14 5:40 am


Arid ridges, Flinders Ranges 2012. 61cm- 43cm.

Eroded plateaux. Painted Desert 2012.  61cm- 22cm.

Sea cliffs. Nullarbor 2013. 61cm- 43cm.

Journeys through diverse landscapes.

Exhibition:  Sidespace Gallery, S.A.C. March 5 to 11, 2014.

Raymond Dean.        Recent works on paper.

The exhibition opens on Wednesday March 5 at 6pm. (Hours: 10.30am to 5pm, Thursday to Tuesday). One week only.

The exhibition is titled; From arid lands to southern coasts, and is of recent works on paper from central and southern Australia.

The guest speaker will be the Artist/ Landscape photographer Chris Bell.

Venue; Sidespace Gallery. Salamanca Arts Centre, Level 2, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart.

All artworks are oil pastel on paper.

Information/ description sheet for the exhibition:

The works on paper selected for this exhibition are from 2 groups of artworks done on journeys to Central and Western Australia in 2012 and 13.

1. Central Australia, 03 to 09 2012.
This selection of drawings were done on site in various landscapes in South Australia and The Northern Territory, including The Flinders and Gammon Ranges, along The Oodnadatta Track, Painted Desert, The Mac Donnell Ranges, Kings Canyon, Uluru and Kata Tjuta(Olgas).

2. The Great Australian Bight, Western Australia, 06 to 09, 2013.
This selection of drawings were done on site in various landscapes in South Australia and Western Australia, including the Eyre Peninsula, Point Sinclair, the Nullarbor, Capes Freycinet and D’ Entrecasteaux.  Also, the Stirling Ranges, Fitzgerald River, Capes Arid and Le Grand National Parks.

To travel and get to these places and work, I carried everything needed and drove by car and camped with tents and basic camping equipment required to live in these mostly arid environments for 3 to 5 months at a time. Being out in these landscapes for long periods in all weather conditions, enabled for a complete emersion and focus on the environments I encountered and moved through. All artworks were done from base camps while exploring the diversity of landscapes of Central, Western and South Australia. 

Exhibition description.

The artworks in this exhibition have been placed in groups of varying sizes and presented in a way that can create a sense of moving through and into a diversity of landscapes and environments, from dry river valleys, arid ranges, open deserts to granite coastlines and sea cliffs.

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Matthew Fagan: Tours, Workshops, homage to the Ancestors ...

Matthew Fagan
26.02.14 4:22 am


Matthew Fagan and Crystal Grey

• Matthew Fagan 10 String – Spanish Classical Guitarist Presents “Virtuoso”A Homage to my Ancestors CD Launch & Highlights from “Lord of the Strings! 

In a Brilliant exciting New Show, Matthew Fagan proudly presents a special Spanish and Classical Guitar concert “Virtuoso” -A Homage to my Ancestors, a spectacular musical journey celebrating the Parkes family, his internationally renowned Virtuoso Ancestors. 

Matthew will also be launching the CD “Virtuoso”- A Homage to my Ancestors which includes music repertoire of his Parkes Ancestors arranged for Spanish Guitar.  Highlights of the show include Flight of the Bumblebee-Rimsky-Korsakov, Caprice No. 24-Niccolò Paganini, Rondo `A La Turca`-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Czardas Hungarian Dance-Vittorio Monti ,Traditional Summer and Winter 1st Movements from “The Four Seasons”-Antonio Vivaldi, Flamenco Dance “Solearas” and “El Vito” & “La Partida” Spanish Dances.

Matthew has recorded these stunning virtuosic concert pieces as a homage to his Grandfather and Great Uncles on “ Virtuoso”, already receiving rave reviews. 

The show will open with film footage of Matthew’s Great Uncle, child Prodigy Violinist Cecil Parkes.  The film was retrieved from the National Film archives and is one of the first audio films from EFTEE productions from the 1930’s.  Cecil had a long prodigious career as a concert violinist with his family and toured with International star soprano Dame Nellie Melba.

Stringsfest Deloraine
WHEN: Saturday 22nd March, 4pm
VENUE : Little Theatre, Emu Bay Rd, Deloraine
COST: 4pm Concert $10/
BOOKINGS:  0437 195 026 or on door

WHEN: Sunday 23rd March, 3pm -Door Sales 2.30pm
VENUE : Swansea Town Hall, Franklin St (MAIN ST OF SWANSEA)
COST: $20/ $15 Concession, Children U16- $10, U3 Free,$40 (2 Ad & 2 Children)
Cash Payment on Door

WHEN: Wed 26th March, 7.30pm
VENUE : Eaglehawk Neck Community Hall 5076 Arthur Highway, Eaglehawk Neck, 7179
COST: $20/ $15 Concession, Children U16- $10, U3 Free, Family- $40 (2 Ad & 2 Children)
Or Cash Payment on Door
BOOKINGS:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 0438 881 985,
Pre Bookings Online discount
BYO & Plastic Glasses, Snacks/Supper available for purchase

WHEN: Friday 28th March, 7pm
VENUE: Scottsdale Art Gallery Café, 42 King Street Scottsdale
COST: $25 Supper Included, BYO Drinks
BOOKINGS & TICKETS AT VENUE: Ph- 6352 4388   Email- .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

WHEN: Saturday 29th March, 7.30pm, Door sales from 6:30pm
VENUE: Stanley Town Hall, 10 Church Street, Stanley, Tasmania, 7331
OR TICKETS PURCHASED FROM: Lizzy’s This “N” That; Smith Street, Smithton &
Sticks and Stones, Shells and Bones; Church Street, Stanley
$20/$15 Concession, U16- $10- U3 Free, Family- $40 (2 Ad & 2 Children)
Extra $5 for each ticket price on door, cash payment on door


Matthew Fagan 10 String – Spanish Classical Guitarist
Presents “Virtuoso”A Homage to my Ancestors and highlights from “Lord of the Strings”!     
In a Brilliant exciting New Show, Matthew Fagan proudly presents a special Spanish and Classical Guitar concert “Virtuoso” -A Homage to my Ancestors, a spectacular musical journey celebrating the Parkes family, his internationally renowned Virtuoso Ancestors. 

Matthew will also be launching the CD “Virtuoso”- A Homage to my Ancestors which includes music repertoire of his Parkes Ancestors arranged for Spanish Guitar.  Highlights of the show include Flight of the Bumblebee-Rimsky-Korsakov, Caprice No. 24-Niccolò Paganini, Rondo `A La Turca`-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Czardas Hungarian Dance-Vittorio Monti ,Traditional Summer and Winter 1st Movements from “The Four Seasons”-Antonio Vivaldi, Flamenco Dance “Solearas” and “El Vito” & “La Partida” Spanish Dances.

Matthew has recorded these stunning virtuosic concert pieces as a homage to his Grandfather and Great Uncles on “ Virtuoso”, already receiving rave reviews. 

The show will open with film footage of Matthew’s Great Uncle, child Prodigy Violinist Cecil Parkes.  The film was retrieved from the National Film archives and is one of the first audio films from EFTEE productions from the 1930’s.  Cecil had a long prodigious career as a concert violinist with his family and toured with International star soprano Dame Nellie Melba.  Cecil, at age 7 Boarded the S.S. Sonoma from Sydney Australia to San Francisco in 1916 for a virtuoso tour of concert Halls of the U.S.A. 

Cecil is the older brother of Milton (Child Concert Pianist, Grandfather of Matthew), and youngest brother Violinist Kingsley.  Matthew’s grandfather Milton was a celebrated concert pianist, accompanying his brothers and also a concert soloist.  Milton died tragically early in life at the age of 27, his only child daughter, Noela being Matthew’s mother.  The boys father Albert Parkes, a celebrated concert violinist from Covent Garden, Great Britian emigrated to Australia in the 1890’s. 

Their descendent, Matthew Fagan has followed in the footsteps of his Ancestors and has toured with an extraordinary array of the world’s greats, including: Natalie Cole; The Original Buena Vista Social Club; Shirley Bassey; Michael Crawford and Billy Connolly. 
Billy quoted that “Matthew is the best Guest Artist that I have ever toured with”.

Matthew will also present excerpts from his successful show “Lord of the Strings” for those of you that missed it.  A particular highlight of Matthew’s performance is his virtuosic hit rendition of J.S Bach’s Toccata on Celtic Steel String Guitar which featured as the climax on the final episode on the Australian ABC TV1 Television Production   “A Moody Christmas”
Other highlights include Malaguena, Classical Gas, Over the Rainbow and the Celtic Reel Lead the Knave.

Matthew has developed very unique and versatile performances always surprising the audience with his modern interpretation and original arrangements and compositions with a magical repertoire that crosses from Classical, Spanish Classical and Flamenco, Celtic, Latin American, World Music, Ambient music to Blues, Bluegrass, Rock & Contemporary music.

Come prepared with some requests of your favourite Guitar/Uke tunes you would like Matthew to perform in the hilarious Guitar Challenge

Matthew also takes you on a Voyage around the Ukulele with the beautiful music of Spain, Latin American and other world music.  Fingerpicking, Bluegrass & popular contemporary music delights audiences.  Matthew has recently appeared at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Melbourne Ukulele Festival, Central Coast Ukulele Festival and Swingalales and SSCUM Ukulele Clubs. Audiences are continually amazed, reinspired, and even become converted fans of the Ukulele after seeing Matthew Fagan’s performance on the Ukulele.

Hola Maestro, The “Tocata” was a masterpiece: a fusion that leans towards J.S. Bach in one direction ....&Paco; Pena in the other!
David “el Rasquito de Cord
“Matthew performs with charisma and a gentle humour that people love. He is affectionate with the audience and wins them over with his unaffected charm. He’s a natural”. 
Zelda Cawthorne - Freelance Journalist

• Workshops/Private Lessons Available on Matthew Fagan’s March Tour

WHEN: Sunday 23rd March 1pm
VENUE : Swansea Town Hall, Franklin St (MAIN ST OF SWANSEA)

Private lessons available in Swansea on Monday 24th of March (Day and Evening)- 
and Tuesday (Day) 25th of March $65 per hour

WHEN: Wednesday 26th March, 5.30pm-6.30pm
VENUE : Eaglehawk Neck Community Hall, 5076 Arthur Highway, Eaglehawk Neck

Private lessons available in Eaglehawk Neck &  Hobart Tuesday 25th(Day)
Wednesday 26th (During Day up to 3pm) and Thursday 27th
of March (Day) -$65 per hour

WHEN: Saturday 29th March,  10.00am
VENUE: Scottsdale Art Gallery Café, 42 King Street Scottsdale
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: Ph- 6352 4388   Email- .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

WHEN: Saturday 269h March, 5.30pm-6.30pm
VENUE: Stanley Town Hall10 Church Street, Stanley, Tasmania, 7331

Cost $20/ $15 for those that attend concert.
Bookings essential- .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  0438 881 985
(Minimum of 10 Participants, also private Lesson offered $65 per hour)

International touring guitarist, professional teacher & endorsed Maton Ukulele Player, Matthew Fagan provides a unique fun, exciting and informative workshop with flexible delivery depending on the participants interest & experience sought out in booking process.  The workshop can include stretching, fingerpicking, strumming techniques, interpreting and expressing different music styles i.e. Bluegrass, Blues, Flamenco,Classical, rhythm, harmonies, chords, scales, composition and improvisation.

The workshop can cover
-Complete right hand fingerstyle development from beginner to advanced.  Covering fingerstyle Folk/country/traditional styles as influenced by Merle Travis / Chet Atkins /Tommy Emmanuel. 
-Banjo rolls and bluegrass as applied to fingerstyle. 
-Flamenco guitar technique as applied to fingerstyle guitar including Flamenco strumming rasguedeo advanced rhythms. 
-Flat picking techniques as in Traditional bluegrass and gypsy jazz (DjangoReinhardt) styles

Guitar Workshop Background Information
International touring guitarist and professional teacher, Matthew Fagan,  provides a unique fun, exciting and informative package for beginner to advanced. 
Matthew is a leading instructor with over 25 years of guitar tutoring experience with two degrees in music from the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University. 
Matthew has studied with masters John Williams, Tommy Emmanuel, Paco Pena , Martin Taylor, Tony McManus and Leo Kottke.  Matthew is annually a finalist at the Winfield Guitar Festival, fingerstyle competition, the leading competition in the World and has performed and conducted workshops at the Bath Guitar Festival UK and major Australian Festivals i.e. The National Folk Festival, Port Fairy and Cygnet Festival. 
Essentially a Spanish classical guitarist , Matthew has deeply explored the techniques of Spanish Flamenco, Gypsy Jazz, Celtic, American roots and modern finger-style Guitar.

Matthew is the endorsed player of Maton Ukuleles. Matthew has conducted Ukulele workshops at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Central Coast Ukulele Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival and Swingalales & SSCUM ukulele clubs.  Matthew’s workshops start off with group participation in stretching exercises essential knowledge for sustainable playing. 

Matthew loves to share his experience and knowledge in the workshops he leads

• Matthew Fagan’s Ukulele CD Launch Ukuleleland & Highlights from “Lord of the Strings”! 
at Republic Bar

Tuesday 25th March, 8.30pm
VENUE : Republic Bar, 299 Elizabeth Street Hobart, Tasmania 7000.
CONTACT: (03) 6234 6954
Food available and Bar Open, No Cover

World Virtuoso and Maton endorsed Ukulele player Matthew Fagan will be launching his debut Ukulele CD Ukuleleland recorded in the U.S.A at the Republic Bar.  Hobart will be the first to see the launch. 

Matthew Fagan takes you on a Voyage around the Ukulele with the beautiful music of Spain, Latin American and other world music from Africa, Italy and Japan.  Also Zydeco music and classic Ukulele tracks such as Aint she Sweet will be shared.  Be prepared to get up and dance.

Matthew will also share some excerpts from his show “Lord of the Strings” for those of you that missed it, and also to remind everyone that Matthew is a guitar player.

Matthew has recently performed Ukulele concerts and Workshops at the 2013 Port Fairy Folk Festival, Melbourne Ukulele Festival and Central Coast Ukulele Festivals, St George and Sutherland Community of Ukulele Musicians (SSCUM) and Wollongong Ukulele Group.
Audiences are continually amazed, re inspired, and even become converted fans of the Ukulele after seeing Matthew Fagan’s performance on the Ukulele.

• Latin Soul Show featuring International touring 10 String Spanish Guitarist, Matthew Fagan with Guest Singer Crystal Laine

WHEN: Thursday 27th March, 9pm
WHERE: Alchemy Bar and Restaurant, 90 George Street Launceston    
COST: No Cover
CONTACT VENUE : 6331 2526

Come and enjoy a vibrant musical journey of Sultry Latin, fiery Spanish Flamenco and more. 

Crystal’s warm sensual and intimate vocals combined with Matthew’s impressive finger-style guitar technique create an intimate connection with the audience through their superb technical ability and emotionally fiery execution.

Crystal Laine will share vibrant and joyous Brazilian Bossa Nova Jazz songs made famous by Astrid Gilberto including hits Girl from Ipanema and Mas Que Nada.  A particular highlight of Matthew’s performance will be original flamenco which featured Matthew performed live on the opening episode, season 2 of Channel 7’s “Winners and Losers”.

A fiery virtuosic performance of Spanish & Latin music and more to inspire.

Come prepared with some requests of your favourite Guitar tunes you would like Matthew to perform in the hilarious Guitar Challenge.

Matthew Fagan is an exhilarating, breathtaking and captivating performer and his shows are not to be missed.

“Matthew has a Latin Soul and we love his playing so much that we want to take him back home to Cuba” Ibrahim Ferrer- The Original Buena Vista Social Club.

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Kickstart Arts: When the Iron Bird Flies ...

Berry Dunston
25.02.14 12:38 pm


The Tibetan Community in Tasmania ...  invite you to a screening of the film…


Educate the mind,  Transform the heart…

“When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the face of the earth.”
  Guru Padmasambhava ~ 8th century

When? March 8th - be there by 6pm

Where?  Kickstart Arts Centre

  St Johns Park,

    at the top of St Johns Avenue, New Town

                  -  free parking is available on St Johns Avenue and in St Johns Park

Tickets - $20

The Tibetan Community in Tasmania will provide momos and chai for sale at the venue

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The film “WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES” takes us on a journey following the astounding path of one of the world’s great spiritual traditions from the caves of Tibet to the mainstream of Western culture. Along the way, the film tackles the provocative exchanges between Buddhist practitioners and scholars and Western scientists, psychologists, and educators now at the heart of the emergence of a genuine Western tradition of Buddhism.

The film investigates the question 
“In these increasingly challenging times, can these age-old teachings help us find genuine happiness and create a saner, more compassionate world?”

Through candid interviews with contemporary teachers and practitioners, rare archival footage, and striking images of modern life that illuminate and make accessible the Buddha’s core teachings, the film creates a vivid and entertaining portrait of the world of Tibetan Buddhism, as it is manifesting in the West.

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Rock revolve-alution

Paula Xiberras
25.02.14 5:36 am


Jon Stevens enjoys fishing and would love to take a trip to beautiful Tasmania to do just that, unfortunately on most tours there just isn’t time to see much of the place. Jon has been to Tassie many times, touring Hobart, Launceston and Ulverstone, both as part of Noiseworks and more recently, last year on some solo tours.

Jon will be touring Tassie again this week with his new band Dead Daisies. The name, as well as a lovely piece of alliteration, is a reflection on Jon’s experience of heart problems with a blocked artery, now thankfully overcome. Jon explains it was a close call with his doctors telling him he might not make it. The experience has given Jon has a new enthusiasm for life and making the most of every second which includes doing the best work he can as a songwriter,performer and of course spending time with his family.

Jon, together with David Lowry, formed ‘The Dead Daisies’ with part of its uniqueness founded on the premise of the revolving ‘rocker’ door. The band formed in Australia is Australian, but is also made up of the cream of rock depending on where they are touring in world and who can showcase.

It was Guns ‘n’ Roses band member and good friend of Jon’s, Slash who co-wrote the bands new single ‘Lock N’ Load’.

The band has returned from a successful tour of the US, Canada, UK, Scotland, Ireland and Jerusalem. The latter particularly impressed Jon as he had not toured there before. Having stared in Jesus Christ Superstar it was an experience to actually visit what is considered the tomb and place of resurrection of Jesus.

The UK Jon has seen before, but not so much this time ,when he was surprised that it was pitch black in the afternoons!

Jon says that returning from a successful world tour before touring their homeland of Australia is doing the opposite of what Australian bands normally do with a tour here in Australia first before testing the waters overseas. But this should be corrected soon with the band set to embark on a national tour.

You can see the Dead Daisies on 25th of February at Launceston Country Club and 26th of February at Hobart Wrest Point Casino.

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Music and Marathons

Paula Xiberras
25.02.14 5:33 am


Come March musician Nigel Connell will be back doing his bi-annual run from the casino to the city. That Nigel is a keen endurance runner, suits well the name Connell meaning ‘strong as a wolf’ and ‘valour’ and the name ‘Nigel’ means ‘Champion’.

Nigel is indeed a champion, especially as a regular charity marathon runner in his native Ireland (Nigel recently successful completed the Dublin city marathon after a lapse of 10 years where he proudly shaved 10 minutes off his previous record and raised money for the Irish Cancer Society).

Nigel will be in Tasmania next week for another kind of event. A tour with Irish entertainer Daniel O’Donnell, when he performs as Daniel’s drummer.

Nigel is always enthusiastic to investigate whatever city he finds himself in on tour and is becoming very familiar with Tasmania having visited here a number of times both with Daniel and with Irish songstress Mary Duff. So familiar in fact,he’s almost a local, on his last visit Nigel even walked into the city to see a movie at the local Village Cinema!

With a fiance from Germany, Nigel’s a big fan of, and frequents when he is in Tasmania the Brezel Backerei at Sandy Bay.

Ties with Australia are growing, with Nigel presently recording a song ‘Washed in the river’ with Australian connections for his new album.

Nigel explains to me how he came about the song at a sound check on his last Australian tour. While preparing his drums he noted one of the technicians, Paul Rusk setting up the equipment which happened to be playing ‘Washed in the river’. Impressed Nigel told Paul he was interested in recording the song.

Paul told him the song was written by his brother, a Melbourne based Kiwi. An interesting coincidence being that Paul’s brother also has a girlfriend with the same name as Nigel’s girlfriend.

Nigel was given the go ahead to record the song and he has attempted to make it his own by embellishing it with a gospel choir, the Irish uillean pipes and whistles.

Another project Nigel has been working on recently is ‘Irish the musical’, a musical conceived by Kate Amesbury which is a tribute to her family, Irish immigrants to the USA. The story recounts the story of four Irish musicians who leave Ireland aiming for success in New York and to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Kate chose Nigel for the part because of his voice, even though he had no experience as an actor. Nigel was a bit apprehensive about acting but Kate set up home in Dublin and began tutoring Nigel in acting. After which, with his confidence at a high, Nigel and the cast recorded the musical at the beautiful Wexford Opera House. The musical will debut on the PBS network in the US and if successful will keep Nigel busy with a theatrical run.

In the meantime, after this Australian tour Nigel will be accompanying Daniel O’Donnell to Sri Lanka, a new frontier for group. Nigel says that Daniel’s friend Cliff Richard is responsible for making Daniel’s music known in Sri Lanka, to the extent that there is even a Daniel tribute artist there!

You can check out Nigel’s music and marathons ; )  at his website and you can see Nigel as part of Daniel O’Donnell’s concerts in Tasmania at the Albert Hall, Launceston 4th March and at Wrest Point Casino in Hobart on 5th March.

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Tassie kids get set for giant dinosaurs, Peter Combe and a baby disco dance hall!

Ten Days on the Island
24.02.14 8:30 am


Presented by Ten Days in association with Strut & Fret
Monday, 24 February 2014

A boisterous bevy of family spectaculars will be on show during the Hobart Spiegeltent season,
from the 6-23 March 2014 at Princes Wharf No.1, including the much loved children’s entertainer
Peter Combe, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo, The Listies and Monski Mouse.

Ten Days Executive Director and Producer Marcus Barker said the wide range of shows on offer
during Hobart’s Spiegeltent season catered to all ages, even the littlest ones.

“We understand how important it is for children to get involved with the arts at a young age,
which is why the Spiegeltent will host multiple performances designed for kids of all ages and for
those simply young at heart,” Mr Barker said.

“A favourite not just with the kids, but the whole family, is Peter Combe, who will even have
mum and dad singing along to his catchy tunes such as ‘wash your face in orange juice’ and
‘spaghetti bolognaise.’

“A professional children’s singer and songwriter for 30 years, the kids will be able to enjoy songs
that will become cherished childhood memories – just as Peter’s songs are for many older

Mr Barker said in addition to Peter Combe there would be an array of children’s performances to
appeal to every taste, including Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo and
The Listies.

“Monski Mouse will have the kids moving and grooving at her Baby Disco Dance Hall as well as
laughing in delight as she plays their favourite nursery rhymes in a groovy, upbeat style,” he said.

“Even those not yet walking can enjoy Monski Mouse’s performance, with a soft furnished baby
area for them to roll around to the beat. It’s certainly an event that the whole family can enjoy
together and most suitable for children up to five years of age.

“Taking audiences into a new dimension of theatre, the little ones will be shrieking with delight
mixed with fear as they marvel at the baby dinosaurs and larger prehistoric creatures at Erth’s
Dinosaur Zoo.

“Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo is an interactive educational performance unlike anything else. The kids will
be mesmerised by the largest carnivores to have ever walked the earth as well as the menagerie
of insects and mammals on show. This show is for ages five to five hundred – so don’t be a fossil!

Presented by Ten Days in association with Strut & Fret

“Expect the unexpected with the award winning children’s comedians, The Listies, and prepare
to laugh until you can laugh no more.

“You can expect alien attacks, toilet paper guns, singing bananas and the world’s funniest joke,
which The Listies have performed to families across the globe. The Listies Earworms show is
suitable for aged four and over.”

For a copy of the Spiegeltent program or to purchase tickets, simply head to,
phone 6210 5777 or visit the new Ten Days office located at 71 Murray Street, Hobart.

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Love, Risk and Money: Is culture work a real economic option?

Natasha Cica and Pippa Dickson
24.02.14 6:40 am


Natasha Cica
will facilitate a conversation with:

Jovan Jelovac, founder of Belgrade Design Week
Pippa Dickson, chair of Design Tasmania and CEO of Glenorchy Art + Sculpture Park
Ryk Goddard, actor and broadcaster

Thursday February 27 @ 6 pm

Dechaineux Theatre, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hunter Street, Hobart

Everyone is welcome and entry is free of charge

Jovan Jelovac’s visit to Tasmania is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts,
Liminal Studio and Belgrade Design Week.

About Jovan Jelovac

An architect by education, a designer by passion and a profession as one of the leading consultants for branding in Europe. Jelovac is a creative director and partner in Brand New World brand architects firm. He has carried out branding programs and campaigns for a range of high profile corporations, NGOs and governmental institutions in West and East Europe. Coming of age in the design world, young Jelovac was horrified to realize that his heroes - from Castiglioni and Bucky Fuller to Serge Gainsbourg and Ian Curtis - had all expired just before he could meet them, and learn from them, in person. Deeply traumatized, never to fully recover, he vowed to devote his life to ensuring that no equally curious mind, young or old, should suffer such tragic disappointment. To which end, Jelovac began tirelessly traversing the globe, tracking down the ‘The Greatest Creative Minds of the 21st CenturyTM’ and inviting them to participate in his innovative series of international design dialogues. From this Belgrade Design Week was born.

About Belgrade Design Week

Founded in 2005 as a non-profit NGO, Belgrade Design Week is the first festival of creative industries and modern business in Serbia and the South East European region; an area home to more than 100 million people, from Milan to Istanbul. Acting as central platform for the development of innovative ideas in Serbia and the region, it shapes the development of entire generations of professionals in the areas of communication and design. From its foundation in 2006, BDW has gathered leaders in the fields of branding, architecture, design, media, advertising, publishing, education and business, educating and providing a forum for the congregation of new global standards with a regional impetus. BDW is in mixed ownership by private corporate investors and NGO’s, with a transparent goal to reinvest all proceeds into the promotion of design and creativity. It is a nonprofit, educational, communicational, popular and professional manifestation – a medium and a promoter functioning in both directions – from local to global and vice versa. BDW is a place where global ideas and standards meet regional business and objectives.  In 2014, Tasmanian-conceived project THINKtent will feature in BDW.

The visit is curated and produced by Natasha Cica and Pippa Dickson.

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Art of Memory at NGV - Inspiring & Creating a Ripple Effect

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, thecultureconcept circle
30.01.14 4:51 am


French artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917) noted “... art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” The Art of Memory Program being implemented at the National Gallery of Victoria is an important project, benefiting an ageing population.

Read about this, and other news, Muse News, here

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‘Lawn Deux’ Art Exhibition

Kirrilee Loring
29.01.14 5:30 pm


Art Exhibition to be held on the 5th February at Stable Gallery, Cooley’s Hotel.

It will be opened by Premier Lara Giddings. 

The exhibition starts at 6.30pm, Feb 5 and runs for a month, concluding on 3rd March.

Exhibitors include Anna Krambousanos, Nat French, Kirrilee Loring, Wayne O’Shannessy, and Lisa Browning.

Stable Gallery
Monday - Saturday: 11 am - 9 pm
Sunday: - Sunday: 11am - 2 pm
Cooley’s Hotel

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RFS announce name change for North America

Emily Cheung
29.01.14 4:41 pm


Ahead of their debut appearance at SXSW, RFS have announced they are changing their name and will be known as RFS DU SOL in North America, remaining as RFS across the rest of the world.

The change comes after months of strongly worded letters and colourful internal debate regarding an existing US trademark on the name Rufus.  Jon, James and Tyrone from the band did not want to make the name change, but came to the realisation that they would be forced to in order to officially release their #1 ARIA and J award nominated debut record, ATLAS in North America. 

The album will be released by Columbia records in the US and Canada, making RFS just the second Aussie export to be signed to the US powerhouse label since 80’s legends, Men at Work and indie rock darlings, The Temper Trap.  “It’s pretty humbling being on the same label as so many iconic artists,” explains vocalist Tyrone Lindqvist.  “I still have my Fugees CD with the big Columbia stamp on it…. not sure if they are gonna try to do that to ATLAS,” he jokes.

RFS will be heading over to tour the US and Canada in March to play a run of fifteen shows set to kick off in San Francisco on March 7, heading through Austin for SXSW, up north to Calgary and Vancouver, finishing off in Denver in early April (tour dates listed far below).  Excited for the international tour and particularly looking forward to playing at SXSW in March, Lindqvist says, “we’ve been told all the creepy stories about not getting sound-checks and it taking an hour to carry all your gear from venue to venue on foot because of the crowds…so we’re expecting it to be like that time you fell off your skateboard bombing your local hill as a kid - it hurt a lot but all you remember is how good it felt!”

In other exciting news on home turf, RFS managed to chalk up an impressive three tracks in Triple J’s Hottest 100 on the weekend, including Tonight at #91, Desert Night at #34, Take Me at #21 and an additional two songs in the top 200 including Sundream at #184 and Unforgiven at #191. 

And be sure to keep an ear out over the next few weeks for some very exciting tour news on the home front.


March 7           San Francisco, CA   Popscene @ Rickshaw
March 8           Los Angeles, CA   CYP2 @ Echoplex
March 11         San Diego, CA   Bang Bang
March 12-15     Austin, TX   SXSW
March 19         Calgary, AB   Commonwealth Bar
March 20         Vancouver, BC   Fortune Sound Club
March 21         Seattle, WA   Neumo’s
March 22         Portland, OR   Holocene
March 26         New York, NY   Highline Ballroom
March 27         Washington, D.C   U Street Music Hall
March 28         Miami, FL   WMC TBA
April 4             Chicago, IL   Bottom Lounge TBA
April 6             Denver, CO   TBA

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Groovin The Moo’s 2014 line-up

National Event Publicist, Paula ‘jonesy’ Jones from jones PR
29.01.14 4:30 pm


Produced nationally by Cattleyard Promotions and with Sunset Events in Oakbank and Bunbury
Presented nationally by triple j, Channel [V] and The Music

Team Groovin the Moo is in the highest of spirits to be welcoming a new bunch of Artists to take part in the regional Australian festival fun! With The Presets, Dizzee Rascal (UK), Vance Joy and Wave Racer to The Jezabels, Disclosure (UK), The Kite String Tangle, Violent Soho and Cults (USA) plus many more. The eclectic line up for 2014 is sure to provide another year of pure solid gold for the GTM community and all the new friends who will help to create GTM Oakbank South Australia for the very first time.

For GTM, 2014 symbolises ten years of making the annual overland journey into its much-loved communities that are now considered home. The simple set up and the honest country hospitality of those original GTM’s is still the life blood that flows through the festival today - the double outdoor stages, the glow of the Moolin Rouge Big Top Tent and the variety of the flavorsome, fresh and local produce on offer.

With a legacy of events which sell out, tickets for GTM 2014 will be on sale for the value-packed price of around $100 from 9am local time on Tuesday 4 February for Bendigo VIC, Townsville QLD and Bunbury WA. At 9am local time on Wednesday 5 February tickets go on sale for the Oakbank SA, Maitland NSW and Canberra ACT events.

Would you like to know more about Groovin the Moo and the dynamic manner in which the separate worlds of festival goers, artists, staff, national media and local residents come together? Then come along to GTM’s first exhibition! Presented by Cattleyard Promotions in conjunction with the Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Groovin is a multi-media exhibition featuring graphics, objects, video, music, and writings from the GTM archives that will unfold over two rooms at Maitland Regional Art Gallery from 7 March – 25 May. Entry to the exhibition is free.

Continuing with the design theme, don’t forget GTM is calling out to artists, graphic designers, students, professionals and hobbyists to enter the 2014 GTM TEE Competition - round 5 of the annual search for merch! For this year’s GTM TEE Competition, we are asking participants to develop a GTM community logo or shield that captures the relationship between the event and its unique setting. Visit the competitions section at for more info. While you’re there, sign up to the Moos Flash to be the first to get all the news and festival updates.

In alphabetical order, please welcome:
With triple j Unearthed, local and emerging Artists for each event still to be announced!

The official 2014 GTM Tour Diary

Fri 25 April – Oakbank SA (ANZAC Day Public Holiday)
Oakbank Racecourse
Oakwood Road, Oakbank SA

Sat 26 April – Maitland NSW
Maitland Showground
Blomfield St, Maitland NSW

Sun 27 April – Canberra ACT
University of Canberra
Kirinari St, Bruce ACT

Sat 3 May – Bendigo VIC
Bendigo’s Prince Of Wales Showground
42 – 72 Holmes Rd, Bendigo VIC

Sun 4 May – Townsville QLD
Murray Sports Complex – Townsville Cricket Grounds
Mervyn Crossman Dr & Murray Lyons Cres, Idalia QLD

Sat 10 May – Bunbury WA
Hay Park
(off) Parade Rd Bunbury WA

With a special addition for 2014 ….
Fri 7 March – Sun 25 May
Groovin Presented by Cattleyard Promotions and Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Maitland Regional Art Gallery – Entry to the exhibition is free
230 High Street, Maitland NSW
For enquiries, phone: 02 4934 9859

Tickets to all Groovin the Moo Events

Cost: $99.90 + BF

On sale:

Tue 4 February (from 9.00am local time): Bendigo VIC, Townsville QLD and Bunbury WA

Wed 5 February (from 9.00am local time): Oakbank SA, Maitland NSW and Canberra ACT

By logging on to or | By calling 1300 438 849 (GET TIX) OR

By visiting selected moshtix outlets – visit for an outlet in your local area.

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Countdown begins for Hobart’s Spiegeltent extravaganza

Ten Days on the Island
29.01.14 8:27 am


In just a little over a month, Tasmanian audiences will be treated to world-renowned cabaret and
burlesque performances, circus acrobatics, side-splitting comedy, family fun and the very best of home
grown and Australian musical talent, when the Spiegeltent arrives on the forecourt of Princes Wharf No.1
from 6-23 March 2014.

Ten Days Executive Director and Producer Marcus Barker said the Spiegeltent program was available
online or from your local café and offered something for everyone, ranging from family fun and
entertainment to breathtaking acrobatics, comedy and baby disco dance parties, as well as intimate,
saucy encounters.

“Presented by Ten Days, the Spiegeltent experience kicks off on Thursday, 6 March with a FREE opening
night, featuring roving entertainment, an Outdoor Lounge for all your food and beverage delights, as well
as Hot Dub Time Machine, spinning the world’s first time travelling dance party,” Mr Barker said.
“The internationally-renowned Spiegeltent, to be erected on the forecourt of PW1, is built of wood,
mirrors, canvas, leaded glass and detailed velvet and will play host to 33 local, national and international
shows with over 140 artists gracing the stage.

“In addition to the thrilling sights and sounds inside the Spiegeltent, a free Outdoor Lounge will be open
on site for all to enjoy from 5pm on weekdays and 10.30am on weekends and public holidays, offering a
range of gastronomic delights featuring a Smolt pop-up restaurant, bubbling Jansz and frothing Cascade.
“We are very excited to welcome to Tasmania our two very different internationally-acclaimed headline
acts, La Soirée and Cantina, which we know will leave audiences screaming for more.

“Currently playing on Broadway in NYC and with a second show wowing audiences at the Sydney Opera
House, La Soriée comes to Hobart with an intoxicating cocktail of cabaret, burlesque, circus sideshow and
contemporary variety shows, while for those a little more courageous, Cantina offers a daring and
extraordinary display of acrobatics, contortion and aerialism.”

Mr Barker said joining these headline acts were the suitably eccentric British cult musical group The Tiger
Lillies, local musical performances from Lulu and the Paige Turners and Enola Fall, alongside politically
edgy comedy from the guys from The Chaser, Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen, the peculiar Frank
Woodley and one of Australia’s favourite stand-up comedians, Tom Gleeson.

“Miz Ima Starr will also hit the Spiegeltent stage with her drag bag of outrageous costumes and cocktail
hour crooning, while Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall will have the kids letting loose on the dance
floor, and for the young at heart Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo prehistoric giants will leave them quaking in their

“There is literally something in the program for everyone, eat drink and be merry at the free Outdoor
Lounge, or step inside the Spiegeltent to view one of the many shows on offer.”

The March 2014 Spiegeltent extravaganza is one of the first steps in an exciting new strategic direction for
Ten Days, evolving from a biennial festival to offering audiences across the State access and enjoyment to
a range of multifaceted culture experiences all year round.

For a copy of the Spiegeltent program or to purchase tickets, simply head to, phone 6210
5777 or visit the new Ten Days office located at 71 Murray Street, Hobart.

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No Crocodile tears for this lone Wolf

Paula Xiberras
26.01.14 6:25 am



There’s something twilight-esque about Josh Pyke bringing his ‘Lone Wolf Tour’ to Tasmania on valentines day. A lone wolf serenading the moon on what is a very romantic day is very singular image. Josh himself believes there shouldn’t be one day set aside to tell someone you love them rather it should be an everyday occurrence.

Talking of things love, there was no other choice for Josh other than music and at 26 he did get his break in the industry after time at uni and a number of jobs including sound engineer, working for a record company, labourer, truck driver, working in a car wash.

I talked to Josh last week, and he says he gets to Tassie ‘a fair bit’ and has included us in nearly all of his album tours. He loves Tasmania calling it ‘a beautiful part of the world’ and especially Hobart which ‘has a vibrant culture’ with its fine foods and Salamanca precinct. Josh also calls MONA ‘the best gallery in the world’ and he has had the chance to perform for MONA on a ‘Day on the green’ concert showcased by Paul Kelly.

Although he is a many time ARIA nominee, Josh prefers not to take music and its industry too seriously and sometimes he takes a cynical look at the industry with some of the absurdest in his work.

In his song ‘Memories and Dust’ that sometimes the we are not always prepared for the twist. The clip starts all hopeful and light with the fluffy chicks cracking their shells, to a more sinister plot hatching with the appearance of a crocodile. Josh is quick to reassure me that in the filming of the clip the crocodile was digitally added so was not physically present and did not harm the chicks.

Josh says the writing or madness of creativity culminates in an epiphany.  Often along the way you may feel something else is needed to complete it but often, after observation from someone with an objective viewpoint you can get the confidence to know it is complete.

One of the most meaningful things to Joshua is when he hears from fans the import of his music and how it has been the soundtrack to their lives, played at their weddings or when a child was born and even more flattering fans have also told him that they have tattoos of his lyrics! Himself a tattoo-ee Josh knows that such an act of admiration is not entered into lightly.!

Joshua Pike performs in Tasmania on Friday 14th of February at Waratah Hotel Hobart.


The Beginning and the End of Everything album is out now!

You can read more about Josh at:

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Bett Gallery: Coming to Hobart ...

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
26.01.14 6:12 am

Richard Wastell ...

7 February to 1 March 2014
Tony Albert, Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, Megan Cope, Jennifer Hird, Gordon Hookey, Laurie Nilsen

Queensland’s leading Indigenous arts collective, the infamous proppaNOW, was set up in Brisbane in 2003 to give urban-based Aboriginal artists a voice. They present a unique and controversial perspective of black Australia which is confronting and thought provoking. The Black Line will be opened by Jim Everett and members of the collective on Friday the 7th of February.

Meet proppaNOW ...

RICHARD WASTELL (a peek into the studio, above)

This is the show many collectors have been waiting for.  Richard Wastell’s long awaited solo exhibition Skittleball to Skullbone Plains- a Tasmanian High-Country Odyssey opens on the 4th of April.  For all of you who cannot wait, here is a special sneak peek into the studio.


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Billy Bragg’s Tooth & Nail Tour

Viv Lees, Radio National, The Music & Max TV
23.01.14 7:17 am


Viv Lees, Radio National, The Music & Max TV proudly present
Billy Bragg
Tooth & Nail Tour

support artist Courtney Barnett

PERTH • Sunday 9 March • Perth Concert Hall TIX:
ADELAIDE • Monday 10 March• WOMADelaide TIX
HOBART• Wednesday 12 March • Federation Hall TIX:
MELBOURNE • Thursday 13 March • Palais Theatre TIX:
SYDNEY • Sunday 16 March • Sydney Opera House TIX:
CANBERRA • Wednesday 19 March • Canberra Theatre TIX:
BRISBANE • Thursday 20 March • Tivoli TIX:
BYRON BAY •Friday 21 March • The Northern TIX:

After 36 years in music, that icon of English folk rock BILLY BRAGG is still a work in progress. With an acclaimed new album, a fresh outlook and renewed inspiration, BRAGG returns to Australia for his first full band tour in five years an artist revitalised. And this time, it’s personal.

“Most people, when they hear my name, think of polemical anthems born in struggle. I often find myself having to remind people that I am also the Sherpa of Heartbreak, writing songs about the struggle to maintain our relationships with those we love the most.”

In 2013, the Bard of Barking has pinned his heart back on his sleeve with his universally praised new album Tooth & Nail. After playing a rare solo showcase in Sydney in September, BRAGG will be back in March 2014 for a full band tour. The dates will include his first ever show at the Sydney Opera House – one icon for another.

With a renewed focus on the personal, BRAGG headed to California last year to record his first album since 2008. Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry offered his basement studio, some stellar musicians – including Greg Leisz (Bon Iver), Patrick Warren (Lana Del Rey), Jay Bellerose (Regina Spektor) and David Piltch (Ramblin’ Jack Eliott) – the encouragement to sing live and the assurance “that making an album need not be a long, drawn-out process”. Five days later, Tooth & Nail was done. Drawing on soul, country and folk, it is, says BRAGG, “the follow-up to Mermaid Avenue that I never made”.

“Tooth & Nail is one of BILLY’s best, a collection as cerebral and confronting as it is soothing and comforting.” (, March 2013)

Along with the rootsy echoes of his much-loved Wilco collaboration, Tooth & Nail bears many hallmarks of BRAGG’s lifetime of music. As put it: “The mellow rage that pervades the countrified defiance of Handyman Blues; the hopeful optimism of Tomorrow’s Going to Be a Better Day; and There Will Be a Reckoning’s powerful rallying cry against ‘the politicians who led us to this fate’.”

BRAGG’s Australian shows will see the Bard and his band showcase Tooth & Nail as well songs pulled from his war-chest of classics (a chest overflowing with the likes of A New England, There is Power in a Union, Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key, Take Down the Union Jack and You Woke Up My Neighbourhood).

Rarely, if ever, does a songwriter find himself reborn in his fourth decade in music. With Tooth & Nail, BRAGG has become that very rarity. Get a new lease on life in March 2014 – live – with BILLY BRAGG.

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Notable Australian artists join forces to save the Orangutan

Emily Cheung
22.01.14 10:03 am



Some of Australia’s most talented musicians and artists have joined forces to release the exquisite Nightingale Floor single alongside two distinguished short films in a bid to raise funds for the Orangutan Land Trust and highlight the plight of the orangutans whose habitats are being destroyed with the development of palm oil plantations. 

Brisbane musician Sallie Campbell kick-started the project last year, enlisting a host of gifted musician friends to join her (including Kate Miller-Heidke on vocals and producer Daniel Denholm (Powderfinger, Australian Chamber Orchestra)) to help raise awareness of the impact unsustainable palm oil is having on the world’s orangutan population. 

“Nightingale Floors were cleverly built in ancient Japanese castles to creak and sing when walked upon to warn of intruders.  Similarly, we need be the ‘new nightingales’ who signal danger to our fragile ecology,” explains Campbell.  “The situation is urgent, the last wild orangutans on the earth live in Malaysia and Indonesia and their habitat is being threatened by the development of Palm Oil Plantations.  Unsustainable Palm Oil is in 50% of supermarket items and if people knew the food and products they were consuming everyday were wiping out forests and all the beautiful creatures there, they wouldn’t buy them.”

Campbell said the most important thing people could do to save the orangutan was to insist that the palm oil used in products was produced in a sustainable way, and not at the expense of orangutans and their forests.  “As consumers we can do so much. We must demand proper labelling on palm oil products and tell companies that use unsustainable palm oil that we won’t buy them until they change to a sustainable source… there is even a free application being developed for smart phones, a palm oil scanner which will be such a powerful tool”

Dedicated to the original ‘people of the forest’, Nightingale Floor is being released as a three minute single and a twenty-minute string orchestra opus written for an 11-piece string section, featuring three soloists and exotic folk instruments including Nyckelharpa, Baritone Bowed Psaltry, Hammered Dulcimer and 5 string Violin. 

Written and directed by David Barker (MiniSumo) and starring exciting new film talent Sarah Snook (Predestination, Sisters of War), the film clip encourages people to believe in the idea of natural wonders.  “We want to create a sense of hope while at the same time creating an emotive artistic statement that people will want to purchase”,” explains Barker.

People can visit to educate themselves on palm oil and donate and download either the full piece, the short film or the instrumental clip.  All funds raised will go to the Orangutan Land Trust.

Nightingale Floor Music credits - Sallie Campbell: Composer, Mandolin, Five-String Violin, Nyckelharpa, Hammered Dulcimer, Baritone Bowed Psaltry.  John Rodgers: Violin and banjo.  Rob Davidson: Double bass.  Keir Nuttal: Electric guitar.  Vocals: Kate Miller-Heidke.  Music producer: Daniel Denholm (Australian Chamber Orchestra, Powderfinger).  Engineer: Chris Kneehause. Recorded at: Judith Wright Centre Brisbane


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Handmade: Three days left ...

Blue Cow Theatre, Festival of Voices
22.01.14 8:28 am



Handmade is a partnership between Blue Cow Theatre and Festival of Voices. It’s purpose is to develop new works and the careers of artists. The program seeks 40-60 minute shows either polished or in development which haven’t yet been produced for an audience. It encourages new writing and new ideas and experienced artists wanting to trial new concepts. Selected artists receive a fee for performance, PLUS all tech, marketing, front of house and related costs to perform their work for an audience during FOV 2014. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for submission details

Recycle this opportunity by forwarding to a friend.

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The Barn Comedy Festival: Weekend of Comedy comes to the Eastern Shore

Dane Hunnerup Program Officer Arts & Events at the Clarence City Council
21.01.14 12:51 pm


Dave Thornton (Channel 10’s The Project) set to headline new event presented by Hobart comedian Tim Logan (Writer of Noirhouse)

Hobart, Tasmania.

Over February 7th and 8th the first Barn Comedy Festival will be held at Rosny’s historic venue as part of the Clarence City Council’s Summer Concert Series.

Tim Logan, Hobart comedian and writer of online digital series Noirhouse, spent most of 2013 in the U.S, and is now back in town and looking forward to taking these shows to this remarkable venue on the Eastern Shore.

‘I’m really excited about the Friday night show, Summer Stories.  It’s something we haven’t done before, a live storytelling show featuring comics and locals telling true tales from their own lives, I can’t wait to see and hear what people want to share.’  says, Host Tim Logan. 

Summer Stories - Live Storytelling Show - 7:30pm Friday, February 7th

Join a line-up of locals, comedians and personalities as they share true life stories ranging from the hilarious and embarrassing to the uplifting and affecting, all told live, within the beautiful sandstone of the Rosny Barn. Everyone has a story from their past that is worth sharing.

Want to tell yours?  Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Risqué Matinee - 1pm Saturday, February 8th
A best of collection of local comedy and variety acts including
Danger Academy, Hobart’s improvised comedy troupe, expect
an afternoon of madcap absurdity!


Saturday Night Gala with Dave Thornton - 7:30pm Saturday, February 8th
The Saturday Night Gala will be filled to the brim with the best Tasmanian
performers and headlined by special guest Dave Thornton (The 7pm Project,
Talkin’ bout Your Generation). Our mini festival’s main event, get your tickets now
as we expect this night to sell out!



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4 days of Location Theatre workshops

Jacob Plooij
21.01.14 7:21 am


This is Jacob writing from Amsterdam to invite you to apply for 4 days of Location Theatre workshops I will be giving in Kingston with two other Amsterdam-based Technology and Theatre People.

They are in Kingston (Tas) 8-9 and 15-16 Feb

Check the facebook page for more details:

There are still 3 subsidized places for $125 and 15 earlybird spots for people who apply before 31 Jan $250

Want to know more? Then please send me a mail:

Jacob Plooij

The 4th Wall Lab is a great opportunity to develop new methods and work and develop experience and site specific theatre projects under the guidance of three of Europe’s most respected exponents. Check out the below links to see work by facilitators Ellenoor Bakker, Jacob Plooij and Frederick Rodriguez.

4th Wall Arts lab: Experience and Location Theatre
8 February

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Heavy Metal MoMa Market ...

Rebecca Fitzgibbon, Events Media Manager. Delia Nicholls, research curator and Mona Media Manager
20.01.14 1:22 pm



HOBART: The Heavy Metal Project rules. The third MoMa/Mona Summer Market launched today (Sat, Jan 18) on
the Mona Lawns.

MoMa is another Kirsha Kaechele enterprise with her band of creative misfits. As the project of our
century, the Heavy Metal challenge and our need to work together to cleanse the Derwent will be our
MoMa focus from now on.

Rubbish free as possible: Awareness of our need to re-use, repurpose, recycle and remember inspires
all market offerings. We have the tools but it will be up to the diners: using hand-made plates with handmade
spoons; drinking out of elegantly re-shaped Moo Brew beer and Moorilla wine bottles; indulging in
Heavy Metal food and drink (and we use this term loosely).

There’s art projects and designer stalls discovered by Kirsha and Natalie Holtsbaum; food offerings
sourced by Jo Cook; MoMa Minors projects organised by Jen Murnaghan, intellectual wit and wisdom
with Dr Natasha Chica and others, along with some medical research, tree playing, subtle energy
shifting and lots of relaxing on the lawns listening to Brian Ritchie’s favourite sounds.

MoMa MINORS BY JEN MURNAGHAN (every Saturday from 12 noon to 5pm) is back after
intensive lobbying by underage former attendees and happily diverted parents, grandparents, aunts,
uncles, godmothers and godfathers. This year, on special days, we welcome artists and elders from the
Aboriginal community to share their River culture and knowledge. Understanding our history and how to
look after the land and the River will be memories we hope children will take away with them each Saturday.


Inner Course (Jan 18 to March 29; 12 noon to 5pm) The return after a three-year absence of Inner
Course – Tora Lopez and Rya Kleinpeter flirting (medically) with Dr Molly Backhouse in a pilot study
supported by Hobart Pathology and the Menzies Research Institute. Called Total Body Burden the
project’s goal: to assist in the emotional cleansing of latent personal concerns around heavy metal
toxicity. Enter the clinic and subject yourself to a selection of scientific and performance-based scenarios.

Assess your own mercury levels, if you really must. Waivers mandatory.

Daphane Park (Jan 18 to April 19; 12 noon to 5pm) is also back (remember her Minnie Mouse
Gangster Feathered Serpent meets Quetzalcuatl tent in 2012?). This time she opens an energy field –
Exquisite Corpse Café Superconductor It’s inspired by the notorious (in a certain arena) Austrian
psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich (1897 – 1957) and his ‘orgone accumulators’ – special devices designed to
capture and store ‘orgone’, a term Reich coined to describe what he believed to be a universal cosmic
energy. What the bleep do we know? Some say he was correct and there is a spiritual connection between
quantum physics and consciousness. It’s subtle. Each week practitioners in various traditional (in the

traditional not Western sense) healing techniques will be there to assist you in Daphane’s new tent
creation made with recycled fabrics waxed and taut.

Emiliano Maggi (Jan 18 to Jan 25). The Nymph Song: How to Possess a Dead Tree A MoMa (and
probably Australian) first: the cry of the Nymph is the wound of nature awakened by anger and rage.
The madness that comes from the Nymph is the most ancient phenomenon in Greek mythology:
Possession; in thought, in poetry, in music and divination. The Nymph breathes inside the tree and
becomes an electric guitar emitting hypnotic distorted sounds in order to protect the oracle.
Biatta Kelly (Jan 18 to April 19) Material Proposition and Sculptural Event, Biatta has created a
mercurial work for the Heavy Metal Retaining Wall

John Vella and Lucy Bleach (Jan 18 to April 19) CRYMEARIVER - MONA storeroom

John and Lucy teach at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, UTAS, and have worked with estuarine and
freshwater scientists examining the human relationships and behaviours impacting the River, and how to
start the healing process.

Natasha Cica (Jan 18, Feb 1, March 1) THINKtent (the return of a Ten Days on the Island

phenomenon) – a travelling structure (aesthetically inspired by the Tasmanian lost wilderness of Lake
Pedder) that provides an intimate and safe space for people to come together for conversation, reflection
and more (on its last Tassie tour, people even burst into song, in Bulgarian, Cantonese and French). The
tent holds up to 10 people at a time. Each Saturday that intellectual energy force and gentle provocateur,
Natasha Cica, will bring together thinkers who like to be talking - inside as well as outside the tent….


Kirsha’s heavy metal challenge to Jo Cook was a challenge, so she went for black and chefs who are Heavy
Metal devotees. The following suppliers will attend various markets:

Tasmanian Whisky Tours and if whisky isn’t your thing try Sloe Gin, triple distilled vodka or Classic English
Gin with Bill from McHenry & Sons Distillery. Adam Turner from Mona’s Void cocktail bar will be
bringing ‘The Void Unplugged’ to MoMa. He’s running with The Mad Hatters Theme - an Iced Black Tea
with rum, red vermouth, honey, lime and black walnut bitters, as well as Black Vodka oyster shooters.
Some G-rated drinks by Alison from Tasman’s Harvest pink lady apples and native black pepperberry
cordial along with her tracklements (an old word for pickles and preserves), and Pulp Friction is blending
cleansing fruit juices with freshly made concoctions like Dark Matter : a green smoothie with Derwent
Valley blackcurrants and spirulina. Lizzie Drew at Ice Ice Baby will have shaved ice with natural fruit and
herb syrups. Slow Drop will serve iced cold brew single origin fair trade coffee infused with botanicals and

Honey Child & Sweet MacQueen will have Bellywashers - natural fruit iced teas, as well as fruit pies
made with cherries, nectarines, apricots, gooseberries, blueberries, rhubarb and plums, from their garden.
Plus a cake ‘tres leches’, a sponge soaked with three kinds of milk. They’ll be serving some Southern
classics like Po’ Boys, pulled pork and a vegan Black Power Plate. Remember Malcolm X.

From Bruny Island and into Southport to the Lune River where we find Hisao and Koomi from Empty
Cocoon who live a simple existence without power but are making the trip (by car) to MoMa to share
their onigiri, summer miso soup and pickled organic vegetables.

Another tracklement producer living off the grid is chef Jayne Maclean from Red Robin Jams who uses
only local fruit and veggies, sourced from the Coal River Valley, the backyards of Richmond, the eastern
shore, and her very own garden.

Dave Flukes the tattoos behind Imago Bakers by Hand likes a little death metal to bake by when creating
his delicate pastries, breads and desserts as well as the finest sourdough Hot X buns you may ever taste.

Imago Bakers by Hand will be at MoMa weekly with elderflower bomboloni, berry explosion melting
moments, sourdough picnic breads (epis and mini baguette) and chocolate sourdough buns.

Attention Vegans: we have tasty seaweed snacks from Sea Shanti and the return of tasty burritos from
Pacha Mama, a successful business hatched last year by MoMa.

Finally, the Godfather of Tassie cider Clive Crossley from Red Sails Cider who uses his own heritage cider
apples and wild yeasts, along with Lost Pippin in Richmond and Willie Smiths from the Huon Valley.
MoMa CREATIVE DESIGNS BY NATALIE HOLTSBAUM – The following stallholders will attend but
not every week:

Jackson Parker and Stu Dobell – creators and makers of handmade carnival equipment: analogue rubber
band and cog mechanised wooden items: pinball machine, moving heads and giant Jenga. Start spinning
or juggling.

Grandaliers. Stunning flat-packed shades made of future-friendly materials: locally sourced veneers from
accredited and sustainably grown timber. An occasional walk on the wild side sees products appearing in
supernatural acrylics…while waiting for plant-based plastics to become commercially available. MoMa
debut: leather jewellery and vessels.

Oyster & Pearl: It’s Lou Whiting, the designer with style and matching attitude, brings us her latest
creative temptations and designs. It’s a rare treat to have her with us on a Saturday market.

Arjan Kok, offers life drawing for everyone. He will take you through the finer points of drawing models
and still-life arrangements.

Ursula O’Neill, has a range of work created just for the market. Her MoMa series features the peculiar
and beautiful organisms from the Derwent estuary.

Lovejoy Design Co. is back because timber frames are so environmentally gorgeous right now and should
remain so – handmade as well. Of course, only sustainably harvested rare Tasmanian timbers – prescription
and sunnies.

Mabel Design’s Dave Boyer has an organic and nitty-gritty approach to design. The jewellery range,
using mostly salvaged materials, has been brightening the bodies of Hobart and beyond, historically, since

Paul & Virginie are offering jewellery with an avant-garde French twist. Ponder: banana earrings,
calculator necklaces and fluffy dogs.

Pony Black Co., an independent clothing studio. They’ve got a thing for personal adornments and Heavy
Metal has inspired some new vampish wearables.

Radical Jewellery presents a curated exhibition of internationally recognised and leading art jewellers.
This is way more than a market stall – Radical Jewellery is a boudoir of avant-garde elegance. This range is
for the doyens of style: think – Boudicca, Tutenkhamun, Nefertiti, Cleopatra, Lady GaGa, and yourself, of

Ridgeline Pottery’s Ben Richardson is back. He’s also helped the team with the Heavy Metal plates and
he’s using sludge from the Derwent in his ceramic glaze; safely sealed.

Sabrina Evans, local fashion designer and visual artist combines Mexican folk traditional designs and our
island’s colonial story with gothic landscape undertones. At MoMa, Sabio Designs will offer one-off
designs using vintage and up-cycled fabrics – timeless style.

Somrak – from Thailand to Moonah, with cloud-inspired tee-shirts and painted rocks. Pet rocks are back?
Mae Finlayson and Ashley Bird all the way from Launceston. Textiles meet public participation in their
arts practice, so get ready to knit, stitch, weave, twist and knot.

Topology Design launches at MoMa with a collection of silk-screen tea towels celebrating Tasmania’s
landscape and rare endangered species. Soak it up.


Music is at the heart of MoMa, so MOFO overlord, Violent Femme and The Break bassist Brian Ritchie,
has programmed a calendar of sweet musical magic for your enjoyment. A chilled, hot mix of roaming
musicians and buskers, acoustic folk performers, jazz ensembles, indie bands, orchestras, cultural music
and dance, Chinese New Year performances, DJs and MOFO mystery artists. Prepare your ears.

Check the MoMa market website for updates:

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The Tasmanian Cabaret Festival 2014

Allison Farrow and dell'Arte Productions
17.01.14 12:17 pm


The Tasmanian Cabaret Festival!

Produced in partnership with Allison Farrow and dell’Arte Productions, The Tasmanian Cabaret Festival is a Festival of Voices initiative, new to Hobart and Tasmania, established to become more part of the Australian and International cabaret circuit. Since raising the idea of the Tasmanian Cabaret Festival a few weeks ago, we’ve already been invited to judge the International Cabaret Concert alongside Torben Brookman (Producer of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival), Kris Stewart (Director, Brisbane Powerhouse) and David Read (Director, Melbourne Cabaret Festival). Being part of this circuit means the winner of the Grand Finale will perform in Hobart and it opens the gate for more Tasmanian artists to perform nationally and internationally and draw more artists here from interstate and overseas.

Submissions for the inaugural Tasmanian Cabaret Festival (2014) are now open.

In its first year, to provide context and maximise marketing opportunities, The Tasmanian Cabaret Festival will be couched neatly within the Festival of Voices as part of its internationally renowned Voicebox series. Dates for the Tasmanian Cabaret Festival will be Monday July 7th and Tuesday July 8th. The venue will be City Hall dressed in velvet lining as Voicebox. Selection is not guaranteed. This is a curated festival and, though we aim to be inclusive, submissions are an expression of interest only.

Submission details are here:!submissions/ca4e

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Clarence Jazz Festival 2014

Dane Hunnerup
17.01.14 12:08 pm

Local Elly Hoyt who’s recently returned from New York and is gracing the stage

A long hot summer sets the stage for a cool jazz soirée and warm evenings bring smouldering soul as the Clarence Jazz Festival lights up from 16 – 23 January, 2014.

As part of its park program, Clarence Jazz is activating two new venues, with twilight concerts in the Rosny/Montagu Bay Coastal Reserve and Beltana Park in Lindisfarne.

The man with the (white) goods George Washingmachine returns to our Eastern Shores with fiddle and vocal chords primed to add some pepper to our local artists. George will emcee the concerts and bring the show home with his Clarence Jazz Allstars on Sunday, 23 February. So make sure you bring your delicates along for the Washingmachine special treatment.

When you pause to think of the jazz greats of Australia and turn your mind to male vocalists, one name emerges as the dominant force. Clarence Jazz is delighted to present the Vince Jones Quartet on 21 and 22 February at the Jazz Lounge in Rosny Barn and broadcast on Edge Radio on Sunday, 23 February. According to the Sydney Morning Heraldwhere others see distorting and embellishing a melody as proof that one is a jazz singer rather than just a singer, Jones is a lifetime beyond needing to prove anything.

“His melodic embellishments are the hallmark of a man with great ears for harmony, an instinct for musical logic and a love of those key watch-words of jazz: surprise and spontaneity.” – Sydney Morning Herald

The 2014Artists in Residence Program will present a four part program A History of Tasmanian Jazz on Edge Radio 99.3fm. The programs will also be played through installation works dotted throughout Clarence during the Festival. The broadcasts and artworks are a collaboration between Edge Radio, Tasmanian theatrical and museum identity Peter West, and Tasmanian Jazz artists. The programs will also be available to download from

The recipient of the Clarence Jazz Festival Ian Pearce Scholarship for Piano, Eleanor Meredith will join the 2013 recipients of The Clarence Jazz Scholarship ProgramThomas Panckridge (trombone) and Ziah Cooper (violin) in a concert on the Bellerive Boardwalk on Friday 23 January.

Alderman Doug Chipman, the Mayor of Clarence said that the way that the Festival mentors up-coming jazz performers meant that the Festival could continuing to grow and evolve with the changing shape of Tasmanian jazz.

“It’s always a delight to offer opportunities for new emerging players and to enjoy the subtlety that our more experienced musicians have spent years developing,” Alderman Chipman said.

The full Clarence Jazz Festival program is available at or by calling 6245 8600 for a hard copy.

Clarence Jazz Festival
February 16-23
Various venues on the Eastern Shore

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MOFO’s gonna drop the pressure…

17.01.14 11:14 am


15—19 Jan 2014
MOFO’s gonna drop the pressure…
Sunday night, after The Orb
MAC2, Hunter Street

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Shene Estate Launches Inaugural Artists on Assignment Residency

Myfanwy Kernke
15.01.14 4:30 pm



Situated 30 minutes from Hobart at Pontville, Shene Estate prides itself on being a historic site with modern ideas. Artist on Assignment Director Myfanwy Kernke has announced the inaugural Artists on Assignment Residency Program with award-winning Theatre Company, Arthur (MELB).  The residency is Shene Estate’s venture to support high quality independent and commercial arts companies (local and national) by showcasing their work here on this historic Tasmanian site and bringing awareness to its conservation.

Ms. Kernke joined the team at Shene Estate in November 2013 following her role as Front of House Manager at La Boite Theatre Company Brisbane, Queensland. In her role, she managed the 400-seat theatre space nightly and designed and managed special company events including the hugely successful La Boite Indie Bar. She has since settled in Tasmania and is working hard with Team Shene to unleash a fresh and exciting conglomeration of artists and historic conservation.

Shene’s residency program aspires to follow in the footsteps of cultural landmarks like MONA who have successfully made Tasmania an international arts destination. The residency program invites selected artists and companies to stay on site at Shene and create and present work in the 1846 convict-built building, The Barn.  By interacting with high-quality artists and their creative process, Artists On Assignment works to bring awareness to the conservation of Tasmanian Heritage by using the buildings as performance and gallery spaces to be experienced by hundreds of artists and audiences far and wide.

“Shene Estate is an incredible part of Australian National History and it needs to play an active role in its own conservation.  Sharing our heritage (and our home) with artists will allow this to happen”, Kernke says. “I had the privilege of working with Arthur when they performed CUT SNAKE through the 2013 Brisbane Festival. It as during this time I also had the pleasure of meeting fellow Tasmanian and director of CUT SNAKE Paige Rattray. This company is the perfect fit to launch our residency program”. Arthur will be working at Shene for two weeks on a development of a new work but will also be presenting a special one-off performance of CUT SNAKE utilising the 1846 Barn as a performance space. Ms. Kernke said she is very keen to invite Tasmanians along to the performance. “CUT SNAKE has toured nationally to arts festivals in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and it’s fantastic for us to have them in Tasmania.”

February 7th at 7.30pm
The Barn – Shene Estate
76 Shene Road, Pontville, Tasmania. 7030
For show details:
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