The Eagle has landed

Paula Xiberras
03.03.17 5:48 am


This week I caught up with David Gray from the ‘Best of The Eagles’ tribute band who will be ‘landing’ in Tasmania next week.  David who is a massive fan of The Eagles told me of the events that saw the formation of the band and the subsequent tribute show. David was doing a sound check on another unrelated theatre show when someone told him he sounded like The Eagles, Don Henley and he should do something about it, and so he did. David says he believes his self-taught talent both as a singer and on the drums (just like Henley) is a gift from God.

Bands like The Eagles and the Bee Gees, says David, are represented by tribute bands because their music, whether it be ballads or pop songs, is timeless. David laments that many bands today lack the characters and charisma of those bands. Another factor of why tribute bands are so popular is that they give people the chance to escape and revisit their halcyon days.

David tells me in the UK there are even tribute band festivals and with the popularity of tribute shows in Tasmania it may not be long before we too have tribute band festivals, especially if last year’s reception to the band is anything to go by. David says that the band had a wonderful welcome to Tasmania with friendly people and ‘fantastic, lovely scenery’ which reminds him of his homeland of Scotland.

In fact last year the guys were greeted by some Tassie rain and David has no complaints if there is a repeat performance and is actually looking forward to some rain to make it feel just like home!

A lovely story from his last visit was an anecdote he heard at the meet and greet after the show, that some of the audience had shut their eyes to imagine they were listening to the real Eagles and by all accounts the audience thought so, praising the guy’s uncanny representation.

While last year’s performance included a performance of the whole ‘Hotel California’ album, including the lesser known songs, this year the band will play the best known songs, those requested by the audience and also a tribute to band member, the late Glen Frey.

Once again they will be dressed in authentic costumes and much to David’s wife long hair until after the tour when a visit to the barber will be due

You can see Best of the Eagles in Tasmania at the following venues and dates:

Wednesday March 8 2017 – Burnie Arts Centre – BURNIE TAS

Thursday March 9 2017 – Devonport Entertainment Centre – DEVONPORT TAS

Friday March 10 2017 – Theatre Royal – HOBART TAS

Saturday March 11 2017 – Launceston Country Club – LAUNCESTON TAS

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Young Australians find harmony in art

Amy Owen
02.03.17 9:06 am



More than 300 young people from across the country, many newly arrived to Australia, have taken part in an innovative national art project called the Harmony Art Collective, which has seen them come together to create a collection of large scale murals expressing their unique stories, self-identity and cultural heritage.

The initiative, a collaboration between Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), the Department of Social Services (DSS) and aMBUSH Gallery, saw four leading Australian street artists deliver a series of eight workshops across Australia over the last 12 months. The project will culminate with a public exhibition of the works in Sydney, to coincide with Harmony Day, at Darling Quarter’s OPEN from 15 March – 25 April 2017.

Young people who took part in the project included migrants from a range of countries, including Syria, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Iraq, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Kagi, a 23-year-old South Sudanese former refugee who lives in Forest Lake, Queensland moved to Australia with her sisters in 2015, and took part in a workshop in Inala.

Since moving to Australia she has begun to use art as a way to express herself, and says the project has been a huge help to her, allowing her to address some of the displacement issues she felt.

“I had never thought I could express so much through art. My experience with art has been empowering, therapeutic and exhilarating. The workshop has allowed me to see that I can create beautiful things that have real meaning,” Kagi said.

The four artists involved are known for their diverse and individually outstanding urban art works: contemporary artist Brad Eastman (aka Beastman), self-taught multi-layered stenciller Regan Tamanui (aka Haha), kaleidoscopic Pop Art, mash-up artist Ben Frost, and criminal lawyer turned urban art-maker Kaff-eine. Between them, they ran workshops with local community centres in Darwin (NT), Hume (VIC), West Croydon (SA), Inala (QLD), Bankstown (NSW), Wollongong (NSW), Hobart (TAS) and during the Garma Festival in August 2016 (NT).

Kaff-eine, Street Artist, said: “We aren’t trying to solve everyone’s problems through art, but I can paint and show these young Australians what a mechanism for progress street art can be. Planting the seed is what we are doing so generations to come can reap the benefits.”

Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, said: “Australia’s cultural diversity is one of our greatest assets. The Australian Government is committed to supporting a productive, harmonious and diverse society for all citizens.  This includes our work to improve the well-being of migrants and refugees settling here.”

“Through this collaboration we hope to encourage young migrants to share and inspire others with their cultures, drive a deeper connection with community, and promote cultural understanding,” Mr Seselja said.

Clare O’Neil, Director of Corporate Affairs, SBS said: “We’re incredibly proud to be a part of the Harmony Art Collective. It’s fantastic to see how hundreds of young Australians from all over the world have been able to express their cultural identity and their sense of belonging to their new country through the project. The exhibition is a great opportunity to share these important stories, and for people to learn more about the experiences of young migrants who call Australia home.”

Bill Dimas, Director, aMBUSH Gallery, said: “The project has been a great platform to inspire positive discussions about identity and belonging in young people.  Those participating have really flourished under the mentorship of the project’s artistic role models by exploring and uncovering their own talents and skills.  We hope the public exhibition of their work will be a catalyst for further discussion about the benefits of diversity in Australia,” he said.

SBS has also created a new online learning resource which will enable schools and community centres to run their own workshops. The resource is produced by SBS Learn and is available on their website (

The Harmony Art Collective exhibition will be officially opened by Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs on 14 March at Monkey Baa Theatre Company, Darling Quarter.

What: Harmony Art Collective
Where: OPEN at Darling Quarter, Sydney
When: Wednesday, 15 March – Tuesday, 25 April, 2017
Price: FREE

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Burnie, Launceston, Hobart: RocKwiz Live! TWENTYSEVENTEEN National Tour

Rina Ferris
02.03.17 7:49 am

The RocKwiz Gang are hitting the road in 2017 for our next national tour and coming to a venue near you!

Free from the constraints of the small screen and revelling in the freedom, anarchy and sheer joy of performing live with a rotating cast of legends and up and coming young stars … join Julia, Brian, Dugald and the RocKwiz OrKestra as they light up theatres all over Australia with RocKwiz Live! TWENTYSEVENTEEN.
Enjoy your favourite segments … Who Can It Be Now, Million Dollar Riff, The Furious Five, Contestant Karaoke, be amazed at the rock knowledge on display, the dazzling duets, the special guests, Julia’s charisma and Dugald’s biceps. And as usual, Brian will be coaxing members of the audience to play key roles in the evening’s shenanigans.
Don’t miss a night of hilarious entertainment that is RocKwiz Live!
“RocKwiz Live! has a contagious joy, leaving audiences laughing and singing along, wishing the night would go on and on. The RocKwiz team have the vital and noble task of bringing people together through music, and they do it so damn well!”
(B M Magazine)
“This is great … and what an incredible band! If only we had a show like this in America!”
(Steve Earle, backstage at Bluesfest)
“Fantastic, I was blown away how really good this show is. I’ve been a fan for a long time, but never seen them live, I didn’t want to miss a thing. I love their connection with the crowd, amazing! They are all great at their parts, amazing talent, including the band”
(happy audience member, Canberra)

Tickets to RocKwiz Live! TWENTYSEVENTEEN go on sale at 9.00am local times on Friday, 10 March 2017 from and venue box offices. 

RocKwiz Live! TWENTYSEVENTEEN Tour Dates

Friday, 9 June 2017
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat, Vic
Saturday, 10 June 2017
Eastbank Concert Hall, Shepparton, Vic
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo
Thursday, 15 June 2017
Kernot Hall, Morwell, Vic
Saturday, 17 June 2017
Burnie Town Hall, Burnie, Tas
Sunday, 18 June 2017
Princess Theatre, Launceston, Tas
Monday, 19 June 2017
Theatre Royal, Hobart, Tas
Thursday, 22 June 2017
Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday, 23 June 2017 –and- Saturday, 24 June 2017
Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury, NSW
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday, 29 June 2017
Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Friday, 30 June 2017
Saraton Theatre, Grafton, NSW
Saturday, 1 July 2017
Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday, 2 July 2017
Convention Centre, Dubbo, NSW

Thursday, 6 July 2017
Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, Qld
Friday, 7 July 2017
Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre, Townsville, Qld
Saturday, 8 July 2017
Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, Mackay, Qld
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, Qld
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, Gladstone, Qld
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg, Qld
Friday, 14 July 2017
Logan Entertainment Centre, Logan, Qld
Saturday, 15 July 2017
The Arts Centre, Gold Coast, Qld
Monday, 17 July 2017
Brolga Theatre, Maryborough, Qld
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
The Events Centre, Caloundra, Qld
Saturday, 22 July 2017
Stage One Theatre, Bunbury, WA
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Boardwalk Theatre, Mandura, WA
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA
Friday, 28 July 2017
His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth, WA


Facebook: @RocKwizOfficialPage

Twitter: @RocKwiz               Instagram: @RocKwiz

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Devonport Regional Gallery: March Newsletter ...

Devonport Regional Gallery
02.03.17 6:10 am


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Moonah Arts Centre: Crossroads ...

Moonah Arts Centre
01.03.17 2:39 pm



Exhibition runs 10 Mar - 1 Apr 2017


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Tassie goes to the Oscars

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
27.02.17 7:56 pm


On behalf of the Hodgman Liberal Government, I would like to congratulate Saroo Brierley, his family and all of the film’s production team for their success with Lion’s nominations at today’s Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

The film about Tasmania’s own Saroo Brierley and his incredible story has captured the world’s attention, and all of our hearts.

Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Dev Patel, Best Supporting Actress for Nicole Kidman, Best Adapted Screenplay for Luke Davies and Best Cinematography for Greig Fraser, the film unfortunately did not bring home an Oscar.

However, with box office takings to date fast approaching $US100 million, including $25 million in ticket sales in Australia alone, the film is expected to roar into the top five grossing Australian films of all time to join Crocodile Dundee, Happy Feet and Babe.

The Academy Award nominations follow others for Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America, American Society of Cinematographers, BAFTAs and Critics Choice awards.

It is fantastic to see a Tasmanian story gain such popularity around Australia and the world.

Lion’s success has projected the beauty of our island state onto the world stage, which will no doubt lure tourists wanting to connect with the location of the compelling film, and see Tasmania’s rugged natural beauty for themselves.

Lion was supported by the Tasmanian Government through on-ground production support and it showcases iconic Tasmanian locations to the world including kunanyi/Mount Wellington, Cockle Creek, Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsular.

With the recent completion of the children’s television series Fanshaw and Crudnutt for the Nine Network, Little J and Big Cuz for NITV and with the feature film The Nightingale about to commence shooting across the state, I am confident the presence of distinctive Tasmanian stories on film and television screens around the world will continue well into the future.

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Despard: Annual Summer Show ... LAST WEEK

Steven Joyce. Director, Despard
27.02.17 7:30 pm


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Duncan Meerding at Euroluce ...

Duncan Meerding Design
27.02.17 1:24 pm



This April will see a return to the international design stage for Tasmanian furniture and lighting designer/maker, Duncan Meerding. Duncan’s unique designs have been selected to exhibit alongside 500 other leading international lighting designers at Euroluce, the largest lighting exposition in the world. This biennale event attracts over 300,000 trade specific visitors over five days, and is the ideal platform for Duncan to showcase his handcrafted, sustainable designs.

Duncan Meerding Design here

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Midnight Oil announce ‘The Great Circle 2017’ World Tour ... Ticks on sale today

27.02.17 7:30 am

... plus major archival releases ...



Legendary Australian rock band and agitators Midnight Oil today announced their first World Tour in over two decades. They also unveiled plans to release three archival box sets including a collection called “The Overflow Tank” which will contain more than 14 hours of previously unreleased and rare material.

“The Great Circle 2017” World Tour will see the group’s classic line-up literally circle around our overheating planet for 6 months, starting and ending with gigs in Sydney. Appropriately for a band forged in their hometown’s sweat-drenched beer barns, the tour will begin in mid-April with an intimate local pub gig (details to be announced closer to the date). Midnight Oil will then hone their live show with over 30 gigs around the world during the northern summer, playing iconic venues from Sao Paulo’s Espaço das Americas and the Wiltern in L.A. to London’s Hammersmith Apollo and The Olympia in Paris. They will share festival stages with artists like Arcade Fire, Sting and The Pixies and finally return to New Zealand after 20 years.

This long-awaited World Tour will climax with 18 special homecoming concerts through October and November, 2017. Given the band’s deep connections with central Australia the local leg will kick off in Alice Springs and Darwin before starting to circle their homeland with a show in the rainforest near Cairns. Over the following five weeks the tour will loop clockwise around the country in mainly outdoor venues including Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley, Victoria’s Hanging Rock and Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Brisbane’s River Stage and the Village Green beside Adelaide Oval before “The Great Circle” finally comes to a close right back where it all began; with a final show in Sydney on November 11 at that traditional home of Australian political activism, The Domain.

These will be Midnight Oil’s only shows in the last 15 years apart from two stadium benefit concerts (and their related small warmup gigs); “Waveaid” at the Sydney Cricket Ground (2005) and “Sound Relief” at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (2009). It will also be the group’s most extensive world tour since their classic late 80’s/early 90’s albums like “Diesel & Dust”, “Blue Sky Mining” and “Earth & Sun & Moon” sold over 10 million copies around the globe.

The diverse spread of Special Guests who have signed up to be part of this unique tour reflect the long shadow that Midnight Oil has cast across the musical landscape. They include significant Australian voices such as John Butler Trio, AB Original, Adalita, Apakatjah, Bad//Dreems, Birds Of Tokyo, David Bridie, Ash Grunwald, Irrunytju Band, Jack River, Jedediah, The Jezebels, The Living End, Abbe May, Something For Kate, Spiderbait, Dan Sultan, Urthboy, and Frank Yamma.

People who sign up to Midnight Oil’s mailing list at in the next few days will get first access to Australian tickets in a special presale on Thursday February 23rd alongside Frontier Touring members. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday February 27th. 

All dates, venues, line-ups and ticket information are listed below (digital version here). Exact on sale times are deliberately being staggered from show to show to reduce website congestion so fans should pay very careful attention to all the details at Extensive anti-scalping measures are being taken around this tour so fans are formally advised to only buy tickets from the official ticket agencies listed on the band’s website to avoid possible fraud and needless overpayment via so called “reselling” sites.

“The Great Circle 2017” will be promoted in Australia by iconic locally owned rock promoter, Frontier Touring with the support of the band’s record company of nearly 40 years, Sony Music. The national Triple M Network and Foxtel’s MAX will proudly present all dates with some shows also having local presenting radio partners (see info below).  Both Triple M and MAX will unveil exclusive Midnight Oil programming over coming days.

In a unique press conference on Sydney Harbour today this most Australian of bands also announced the impending release of a remastered CD box set called “The Full Tank” featuring all of their existing albums and EP’s plus a mammoth new 4 CD/8 DVD trove called “The Overflow Tank” which will include over 14 hours of previously unreleased and rare material. Both of these box sets will be housed in replica miniature water tanks like the one featured onstage at so many ‘Oils’ gigs. The band also unveiled their first ever complete Vinyl collection which will feature 11 remastered LP’s and two 12” EP’s all cut at Abbey Rd Studios in London. For full boxset track listings and content information visit The Boxset Collection is available for pre-order now, out May 5 through Sony Music.

Anyone with even a passing knowledge of Australian culture knows the basics of Midnight Oil’s story. They are the incendiary post-punk band from Sydney’s northern beaches who shunned TV shows like Countdown, instead gigging endlessly and forging a fierce bond with their audience through jagged Ozrock classics like “Back On The Borderline”, “Bus To Bondi” and “Don’t Wanna Be The One”. They are the musical innovators who turned high tech anti-jingoistic polemic into hits like “Power & The Passion”, “U.S. Forces” and “When The Generals Talk”. They are the activists whose social justice campaigning includes “The Dead Heart”, “Redneck Wonderland”, “Beds Are Burning” and hijacking the 2000 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony with their “Sorry” suits. They are the committed humanists and environmentalists who brought us anthems like “Blue Sky Mine”, “Forgotten Years” and “Say Your Prayers” plus a string of protests from the Tasmanian wilderness and the Jabiluka Uranium mine near Kakadu to mid-town Manhattan where they unforgettably stopped traffic outside the Exxon building after the Alaskan oil spill.

Their music makes you feel. Their lyrics make you think. And the combined impact live onstage is nothing less than a call to action.

In a dangerously warming world of Hanson, Trump, Petry and Le Pen the voice of Midnight Oil clearly takes on renewed relevance; they have always been a band that both reflects and shapes “the temper of the times”. So while clarion calls like “it’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees” may have been intended for earlier eras they resonate more than ever in these days of ‘alternative facts’.

In keeping with the band’s longstanding commitments, their carbon footprint during “The Great Circle” World Tour will, of course, be fully offset and sustainability initiatives will be undertaken at all shows. Midnight Oil will also continue their collaborations with local and international environmental organisations including Greenpeace, supporting their campaigns on crucial issues like dangerous climate change and the imminent threats to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

At one level “The Great Circle 2017” simply reflects the geographic reality that the tour will loop around the world and then circle Australia. At another level the name clearly implies the planet itself but it has a further meaning too. Sailors, and airmen use “the great circle” to navigate the globe because on a sphere the shortest distance between two points is not usually a straight line. How appropriate for a group who has always been deeply engaged with the world around them but whose career path has never been linear.

Midnight Oil is more than just a rock ‘n’ roll band. In 2017 they will finally bring things back to where they all began. The circle remains unbroken.


Presented by Frontier Touring, Triple M and MAX
In Association With Sony Music Entertainment

Begins: Thu 23 Feb | Ends: Fri 24 Feb
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)
Pre-sale times are staggered per show, visit the website for more details

Begins: Thu 23 Feb | Ends: Fri 24 Feb
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)
Pre-sale times are staggered per show, visit the website for more details

Begins: Mon 27 Feb – see start times below

Mon 2 Oct | ANZAC Oval, Alice Springs, NT (18+*)
With Dan Sultan & Apakatjah | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12:30pm local time)

Wed 4 Oct | Darwin Amphitheatre, Darwin, NT (18+*)
With Dan Sultan & Irrunytju Band | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12:30pm local time)
Presented locally by Mix 104.9

Sat 7 Oct | Kuranda Amphitheatre, Cairns, QLD (18+*)
With Urthboy | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon local time)
Presented locally by Triple M

Tue 10 Oct | Townsville Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD (All Ages)
With Urthboy | Ph: (07) 4771 400
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon local time)
Presented locally by 4TO

Thu 12 Oct | Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD (18+*)
With Urthboy | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon local time)
Presented locally by Triple M

Sat 14 Oct | Big Pineapple Fields, Sunshine Coast, QLD (18+*)
With The Living End & Jebediah | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon local time)
Presented locally by 92.7 Mix FM

Sun 15 Oct | Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD (All Ages)
With The Jezabels | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (1pm local time)
Presented locally by Triple M

Thu 19 Oct | Hockey Fields, Coffs Harbour (18+*)
With Jebediah & Jack River | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon AEDT)
Presented locally by Triple M

Sat 21 Oct | Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW (18+*)
With Birds of Tokyo & Ash Grunwald | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon AEDT)
Presented locally by KOFM

Tue 24 Oct | AIS Arena, Canberra, ACT (All Ages)
With Something For Kate | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon AEDT)
Presented locally by MIX 106.3

Thu 26 Oct | The Village Green Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA (All Ages)
With Spiderbait & Bad//Dreems | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (1.30pm local time)
Presented locally by Triple M

Sat 28 Oct | Perth Arena, Perth, WA (All Ages)
With Spiderbait | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon local time)
Presented locally by Triple M

Wed 1 Nov | Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS (All Ages)
With The Jezabels | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (3pm AEDT)
Presented locally by Triple M

Fri 3 Nov | Gateway Lakes, Wodonga, VIC (18+*)
With The Living End | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (3pm AEDT)
Presented locally by Triple M

Sat 4 Nov | Hanging Rock, Mt Macedon, VIC (18+*)
With John Butler Trio, Something for Kate, Frank Yamma & David Bridie | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (2pm AEDT)
Presented locally by Triple M

Mon 6 Nov | Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)
With The Jezabels & Adalita | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (4pm AEDT)
Presented locally by Triple M

Wed 8 Nov | Win Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW (All Ages)
With Abbe May | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (2pm AEDT)
Presented locally by WAVE FM

Sat 11 Nov | The Domain, Sydney, NSW (18+*)
With John Butler Trio & A.B.Original | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (11am AEDT)
Presented locally by Triple M

* U18s must be accompanied by parent/legal guardian

Full details at


Tue 25 Apr       Pepsi on Stage | Porto Alegre
Thu 27 Apr       Live | Curtiba
Sat 29 Apr       Espaço das Americas | São Paolo
Sun 30 Apr     Vivo Rio | Rio De Janeiro
Tue 2 May       NET Live | Brasilia  


Sat 6 May       Center Stage | Atlanta, GA  
Tue 9 May       The Filmore | Silver Spring, MD
Thu 11 May     House of Blues | Boston, MA
Sat 13 May     Webster Hall | New York City, NY
Tue 16 May     Keswick Theatre | Glenside, PA
Thu 18 May     The Vic | Chicago, IL  
Sat 20 May     Danforth Theatre | Toronto, Canada
Tue 23 May     Paramount Theatre | Denver, CO  
Thu 25 May     The Wiltern | Los Angeles, CA
Sat 27 May     Fox Theatre | Oakland, CA
Mon 29 May     Revolution Hall | Portland, OR
Wed 31 May     Moore Theatre | Seattle, WA
Fri 2 June       The Commodore | Vancouver, Canada


Wed 21 June     E-Werk | Cologne, Germany
Fri 23 June       Paradiso | Amsterdam, Holland
Sun 25 June     Huxleys Neue Welt | Berlin, Germany
Tue 27 June     Amager Bio | Copenhagen, Denmark
Thu 29 June     Rockafeller Music Hall | Oslo, Norway
Sat 1 July       Furuviksparken | Gävle, Sweden
Tue 4 July       Hammersmith Apollo | London, UK
Thu 6 July       Olympia | Paris, France
Fri 7 July       Festival de Beauregard | Hérouville-Saint-Claire, France
Sun 9 July       Les Deferlantes Festival | Argeles-sur-Mer, France
Wed 12 July     Volkshaus | Zurich, Switzerland  
Fri 14 July       Musilac | Aix Les Bains, France  
Sun 16 July     Les Vieilles Charrues | Carhaix, France
Tue 18 July     Batschkapp | Frankfurt, Germany
Fri 21 July       Colours of Ostrava | Ostrava, Czech Republic


Sat 9 Sep       Vector Arena | Auckland, NZ  
Mon 11 Sep     Horncastle Arena | Christchurch, NZ

THE BOX SET COLLECTIONS released 5 May through Sony Music
Available for pre-order now from

Peter Garrett – Lead Vocals
Rob Hirst – Drums + Vocals
Martin Rotsey – Guitar
Jim Moginie – Guitar, Keyboards + Vocals
Bones Hillman – Bass + Vocals

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Portal

Devonport Regional Gallery
26.02.17 7:21 am

Capturing 24 hours of coastal living through your lens ...

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Vale Max Angus AM

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
26.02.17 6:33 am

It is with sadness that the Tasmanian Government acknowledges the passing of acclaimed Tasmanian artist Max Angus AM, aged 102.

Best known for his watercolour depictions of the Tasmania landscape, Max’s work will be remembered for generations to come, as will his immense contribution to the Tasmanian arts community.

The Tasmanian Government passes on its sincere condolences to Max’s family and friends.

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Devonport Regional Gallery: The Sketchbook Project returns ...

Dianne Sheehan Education and Public Programs Officer | Devonport Regional Gallery
24.02.17 4:02 pm

Droog Tara Felts with her sketchbook at The Sketchbook Project Exhibition 2016. Photo: Kelly Slater


Young people in Devonport and surrounding areas are invited to share their art with the community by filling a sketchbook, provided by Devonport Regional Gallery.

After a very successful second year with over 360 sketchbooks distributed across the North West of Tasmania in 2016, the Droogs and Devonport Regional Gallery present The Sketchbook Project again in 2017 as part of National Youth Week 2017 (31 March – 9 April).

This year the project has expanded to more locations. Sketchbooks can still be collected from the following locations from Thursday 2 March: Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport Bookshop, Devonport LINC, Blue Apple Gift Store and SPLASH.

Participants are encouraged to fill it with their drawings, ideas and writing using pencil, ink, paint, charcoal, collage, pastel and more, and then drop it back at a collection point before Wednesday 29 March.

Filled sketchbooks will be presented in an exhibition during National Youth Week at Devonport LINC from 31 March – 9 April.

The Sketchbook Project celebrates and promotes young people and their talents in the North West, and provides a space for public viewing of their work.

This year the Sketchbook Project’s Facebook and Instagram pages will provide participants with updates on the project and inspiration to help them fill each page of their book. “We encourage people to follow the Facebook and Instagram pages for inspiration, and to share their work by using #devonportsketchbookproject for a chance to be featured” – Sarah Beckett, National Youth Week Project Officer.

Schools are encouraged to take part and be involved as collection points for their students. Please make contact with the Gallery for more details: 6424 8296 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

1. Like us on Facebook for ideas and inspiration!  2. Fill your sketchbook with whatever you choose using paint, pencil, collage, charcoal, poetry, stories, etc.  3. Share your progress with us on Instagram or Facebook using #devonportsketchbookproject 3. Return your sketchbook to a drop box in Devonport by 5 pm Wednesday 29 March. Drop box locations: Devonport Regional Gallery, LINC Devonport, Devonport Bookshop, The Blue Apple Gift Store, SPLASH, or see if your school has a drop box!  4. See your sketchbook on display in the Sketchbook Project Exhibition at Devonport LINC during National Youth Week: 31 March - 9 April 2017

More info:
Instagram: @DevonportSketchbookProject


The Droogs are Devonport Regional Gallery’s young volunteers. They organise arts events and projects in the Gallery and around Devonport that promote and support creativity. This includes Reclaim the Lane, Four 8 Film Festival, the Sketchbook Project, vox pops and much more! The Droogs undertake a number of fundraising projects and events throughout the year and all money raised goes towards their extensive events and projects calendar.

The Droogs are always on the lookout for new members. Contact the Gallery for more information on (03) 6424 8296 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Moonah Arts Centre: Crossroads

Moonah Arts Centre
23.02.17 10:50 am


Crossroads, an exhibition of new work by Tasmanian-based artists, opens at 6pm Thursday 16 March at Moonah Arts Centre as part of the Ten Days on the Island Festival 2017.

Society has imposed multiple meanings upon crossroads, those otherwise benign and simple intersections that are found throughout the world. These places of meeting and parting of ways, resolution and decision, have garnered throughout time a vast history, one that enters the spiritual and mystical realms.

This exhibition features the work of Tasmania-based artists invited to explore the mysteries and powers embodied in the traditions of the crossroads. Using the medium of their choice, the works traverse gothic sensibilities from superstition and folklore to ancient ritual and horror.

Curated by Victor Manuel Medrano-Bonilla, Crossroads brings together work in various media by artists Lou Conboy, Sabrina Evans, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Nadege Philippe-Janon and Caz Rodwell.
At the point where roads intersect, will you be haunted by ghosts, demons and witches, or will you find a place of wisdom and protection?

Crossroads opens at 6pm Thursday 16 March, and runs from 10 March to 1 April.


 Opening 6pm Thursday 16 March
 Exhibition runs 10 Mar – 29 Apr
 Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah
 Exhibition open from 10am-5pm Tuesday – Friday and 11am-3pm Saturdays
 Entry to the exhibition is free

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Prince Edward Island’s Juno-nominated The East Pointers return to Tasmania. Emma Anglesey supports

Courtney Wild
22.02.17 2:30 pm

The East Pointers

Emma Anglesey

Wednesday February 22 ...

Tasmania has been a huge source of inspiration for Juno-nominated Canadian trad trio, The East Pointers.

Many of the tunes on the trio’s Juno-nominated debut record, Secret Victory, were written on back verandas under Tasmania’s skies on their first visit to the island in early 2015, and it’s that album that has helped them to win over thousands of fans, and a stack of awards in the twelve months since.

When they returned to the Cygnet Folk Festival in 2016 – when most of Tasmania was on fire with devastating bushfires - they were paired up with Liz Stringer for the first annual Festival of Small Halls touring show, and inspiration struck again.

‘We wrote ’82 Fires’ with our good friend Liz Stringer while we were on tour in Tasmania last year,’ says Koady Chaisson, who plays banjo, sings and step-dances in the band.

‘The title came out of a conversation we had with a gentleman outside of a gig in Penguin who told us that there were, at the time, eighty-two fires burning out of control in Tasmania. We wrote the song as if ‘82 Fires’ referred to both a legend and an ocurrance that people knew would come back around some day.’

‘We’re so excited to be coming back to our favourite place in Australia,’ Chaisson continues, speaking from the last snow-bound date on a short US tour.

‘We’re hoping that we can find time to climb Mt Wellington again and we’re really looking forward to sharing the bill with Emma Anglesey, too – she sounds amazing.’

‘I went to the show last time they toured Tassie with Liz Stringer.’ says Emma Angelsey.

‘Everyone was captivated by the way the band make traditional music seem incredibly cool.’

Earlier ...

“The East Pointers are one of the hottest young traditional folk bands on the planet.” – Geoff Wood, RN Rhythm Divine, ABC, 2016

Tasmania has been something of a good luck charm for Canadian outfit The East Pointers.

Many of the tunes on the trio’s debut record, Secret Victory, were written on back verandas under Tasmania’s starry skies on their first Australian tour in early 2015, and it’s that album that has helped them to win over thousands of fans, and a stack of awards including Folk Music Canada’s ‘Ensemble of the Year’ in the twelve months since. And on February 7th, the band found out that Secret Victory was nominated for Traditional Roots Album of the Year at the JUNO Awards - Canada’s highest musical accolade.

‘We’re still in shock,’ the band said on social media last night.

It’s this humility, along with an intense musicality and fantastic live show, that saw the band back up their second Cygnet Folk Festival with a sold-out run of shows with the first Tasmanian Festival of Small Halls in early 2016, and now The East Pointers are looking forward to kicking off their fourth Australian tour with five Tasmanian dates in early March, with support from fast-emerging local artist Emma Anglesey.

‘We’re so excited to be coming back to our favourite place in Australia,’ says Koady Chaisson (banjo), speaking from his snowbound home in rural Prince Edward Island.

‘Tasmania shares a lot of qualities that we love about PEI: community, friendly people, natural beauty and… deadly snakes. We’re hoping that we can find time to climb Mt Wellington again and we’re really looking forward to sharing the bill with Emma Anglesey, too – she sounds amazing.’

This is a feeling shared by Emma, whose second single ‘Mary-Anne’ from her debut album, premiered via Tone Deaf in November 2016 to rave reviews. Triple J Unearthed music director Dave Ruby
Howe gave the track 4 STARS and Rolling Stone Australia said ‘Mary-Anne is a song that flourishes in its delicacy but is punctured with grit.’ 2016 also saw Emma as a festival favourite in Tasmania and she’s featured at A Festival called Panama, Festival of Voices and at DARK MOFO.

‘I’m stoked to be supporting The East Pointers in my home state of Tasmania.’ she says.

‘I went to the show last time they toured Tassie with Liz Stringer and everyone was captivated by the way the band make traditional music seem incredibly cool.’

01-Mar | Franklin Palais (TAS) w. support Emma Anglesey
Doors 6.30PM, Show 7:00PM $20+BF
02-Mar | Founders Room, Salamanca Arts Centre (TAS) w. support Emma Anglesey
Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:00PM $20+BF
03-Mar | Chudleigh Hall (TAS)
Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:00PM $20+BF
04-Mar | Mountain Mumma (TAS)
Show 7:30PM, Dinner+Show $55, Show only $26
05-Mar | Dunalley Hall & Reserves (TAS) w. support Emma Anglesey
Doors 5:30PM, Show 6:00PM $20+BF


08-Mar | The Toff in Town (VIC) w. support Liz Stringer + Lucy Wise
09-Mar | Geelong Workers Club (VIC) w. support Liz Stringer
10-13 Mar | WOMADelaide (SA)
15-19 Mar | WOMAD NZ
22-Mar | Wollongong City Diggers Club (NSW) w. support Meridian
23-Mar | Camelot Lounge (NSW)
24-Mar | Unorthodox Church of Groove (NSW)
25-Mar | Wauchope Community Arts Hall (NSW)
26-Mar | Cedar Bar Bellingen (NSW)
30-Mar | Bellevue Hotel: Townsville Folk and Acoustic Music Club (QLD)
31-Mar | Tanks Arts Centre (QLD)
1-Apr | Sol Bar (QLD)
06-Apr | Club Mullum (Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club) (NSW) w. support Tullara
07-Apr | Eatonsville Hall (NSW) w. support Tullara
08-Apr | Old Museum (QLD)
09-Apr | BLEACH* Festival Mudgeeraba Hall (QLD) w. support Emily Wurramara
27-Apr | Armitage Centre Toowoomba (QLD)
28 Apr - 1 May | The Planting Festival (QLD)

With their adrenalized and ridiculously hip performance, beautiful songs, free-wheeling, feisty instrumental jigs, stomps and reels and heart-breaking harmonies, The East Pointers are torchbearers for a new wave in traditional Celtic music. They brought the house down on their 2016 tour of Australia, gracing the stages of more than 25 festivals and venues across the country. Their 2017 national tour is sure to raise the roof yet again!


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Devonport, Wrest Point, Country Club: Oh What a Night

Paula Xiberras
22.02.17 4:24 am


‘Oh what a night’ the tribute show to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (with such hits as ‘Walk like a man’, ‘Oh what a night’, ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ and many others) will be making its way to Tassie next week. I had the opportunity to talk to the lead Rick Morgan from Los Angeles recently.

Rick is high in his praise for the promoters who took a gamble to bring the show to Australia, a show which is happily going as Rick says ‘gangbusters’ in attracting packed audiences around Australia. Rick empathises with Tasmania in the difficulty of attracting the big shows because Rick too, lived in a small town that would be bypassed by the big show tour bus. He encourages Tasmanians to make their feelings known on social media to effect change and encourage national tours to make a bus stop here.

Rich is a delightful person, before we even get into the interview he has a question for me about the origin of my (Maltese) surname. He is enthused by its uniqueness. We find common ground as he shares with me his non-stage name which has spelling complexities to rival my own surname!

Now that we are on a familiar first and last name basis Rick tells me he also has built up (he did once want to be a carpenter) a comfortable familiarity too, with Tasmania and mentions Devonport’s Mersey Bluff Lighthouse and Tassie’s beautiful natural foods as attractions.

Rick may not have followed through with those ambitions to be a carpenter but he is a builder, providing a sturdy foundation as the lead performer, actor, dancer, singer and choreographer for the production. If those are not enough talents, there is even more, he can also do comedy as evidenced in his comment that his hectic schedule of performance preparation involves six days in the gym and doing laundry on the seventh day!. Even further Rick tells me his initial aim was to be the ‘quinn’-sential threat and be a presenter, in fact the next Johnny Carson, before Jimmy Fallon snapped the job up!

Rick loves the eight part harmonies of the show and shares with me a coincidence about performing the song ‘Can’t take my eyes off of you’. Ironically, this song was he and his elementary school sweetheart’s signature song. Rick often wonders if this girl will one day attend a concert and turn up at a meet and greet. That coincidence hasn’t come full circle yet as try as he might he’s been unable to contact the lady on Facebook!

Coincidences and those otherworldly moments cannot be better illustrated than in the ‘you can hear a pin drop’ atmosphere backstage pre-show. Rick tells me that what really energises the guys before a performance is harnessing the microphones to capture the ‘in house noise’ in the theatre of the building enthusiasm of the audience.

Rick and his colleagues are looking forward to sharing the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons with Tasmanian audiences.

You can see ‘Oh, What a Night’ in Tasmania at the following venues and dates ...

Wednesday 1st March, 2017 - Devonport Entertainment Centre
Thursday 2nd March, 2017 - Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart
Friday 3rd March, 2017 - Country Club Casino, Launceston

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Big things in store for new Australian baroque group Van Diemen’s Band

Ciara Nicholls
21.02.17 4:12 pm

Julia Fredersdorff

Van Diemen’s Band is a brand new Tasmania-based chamber orchestra dedicated to the historically informed performance of music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Led by baroque violinist and Artistic Director, Julia Fredersdorff, who has studied and performed in Europe with many leading exponents of seventeenth and eighteenth-century music, Van Diemen’s Band brings together musicians from all over the country as well as Australian baroque specialists based overseas.

Officially launched in Hobart in November 2016, Van Diemen’s Band will give its first season of concerts in March 2017 as part of Ten Days on the Island, Tasmania’s biennial arts festival.

Two separate programs will be performed in three different locations in Tasmania: Cello Napoletano with guest artist Catherine Jones (cello), in Hobart and Launceston; and Tin Shed Baroque with guest artist David Greco (baritone) at the Spring Bay Mill near Triabunna, on Tasmania’s east coast.

As the name suggests, Cello Napoletano will showcase music from Naples, including dazzling works by eighteenth-century composers Nicola Fiorenza and Francesco Durante. Soloist Catherine Jones is an Australian-born, Italian-based musician who will be returning to Australia specifically to appear with Van Diemen’s Band.

In addition to the concerts in Hobart and Launceston, Van Diemen’s Band and Catherine Jones will record little-known baroque repertoire, including four cello concertos by Fiorenza, and works by Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti and Francesco Geminiani. These will form Van Diemen’s Band’s inaugural CD, which will be released later in the year on leading Australian record label ABC Classics.

The concert at the Spring Bay Mill with baritone David Greco will offer more familiar fare, including well known pieces by JS Bach, Handel and Vivaldi.

A key selling point for Tin Shed Baroque is not only the edgy setting – the “tin shed” is the former Gunns woodchip plant, which was decommissioned in 2014 – but it will be the last time that the site will be open to members of the public before it is closed for redevelopment and rejuvenation.

Concert-goers will not only be able to experience historically informed music in a unique setting, but enjoy a drink at the pop-up bar while taking in spectacular views to Maria Island.

Cello Napoletano
Van Diemen’s Band with guest artist Catherine Jones (cello)
Saturday 18 March 2pm, Hobart Town Hall
Sunday 19 March 2pm, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
Tickets $40/$33 on 03 6210 5777 or

Tin Shed Baroque
Van Diemen’s Band with guest artist David Greco (baritone)
Sunday 26 March 3pm, Spring Bay Mill, Triabunna
Tickets $30 on 03 6210 5777 or

All about Julia Fredersdorff ...

Melbourne-born violinist Julia Fredersdorff studied baroque violin with Lucinda Moon at the Victorian College of the Arts, before travelling to the Netherlands to study with Enrico Gatti at The Royal Conservatorium in The Hague. Based in Paris for almost ten years, Julia freelanced with some of the finest European ensembles, such as Les Talens Lyriques, Les Folies Françoises, Le Concert d’Astrée, Le Parlement de Musique, Ensemble Matheus, Les Paladins, Il Complesso Barocco, New Dutch Academy, Ensemble Aurora and Bach Concentus.

Now resident again in Australia, Julia is a regular member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Antipodes with whom she performs regularly as Concert Master for Pinchgut Opera, Hobart Baroque and Brisbane Baroque.

Julia has participated in CD recordings for Virgin Classics, Deutsche Grammaphon, Accent, Accord, Naïve, Erato, Passacaille, Ambronay, ABC Classics, Vexations840 and Tall Poppies. Passionate about chamber music, Julia is a core member of Ludovico’s Band and a founding member of Ironwood, with whom she performs and records extensively, as well as the twice ARIA nominated baroque trio, Latitude 37.

Julia is founder and Artistic Director of the annual Peninsula Summer Music Festival on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, and teaches baroque violin at the conservatoriums of Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne.

Recent highlights have included directing Orchestra Victoria in a program of French Baroque music, performing the complete Biber Rosary Sonatas in one day for Brisbane Baroque, and performing alongside her teacher Enrico Gatti in concerts with his Ensemble Aurora.

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Thirsty Merc announce final ‘Shifting Gears’ shows for 2017

Rina Ferris
21.02.17 10:34 am

One of Australia’s hardest working bands, Thirsty Merc, are pleased to announce the final run of Shifting Gears Tour shows before the band take an extended break.

Additional shows have been added to the tour in Cronulla, Rooty Hill and Hornsby in suburban Sydney, South Morang, Doncaster and Chelsea Heights in Melbourne as well as return dates in Tasmania and Western Australia by popular demand.

Celebrating their 15-year anniversary in March this year, Thirsty Merc have traversed the country at least 10 times, performing over 120 shows in the past 18 months.

Tickets for Thirsty Merc’s final Shifting Gears Tour shows for 2017 are on sale NOW.  For further information on all shows, go to

Hi res photos are available to download here
Shifting Gears is out now through MGM Distribution  


Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Friends Restaurant, Perth, WA
Tickets available now from the Venue – 08 9221 0885

Thursday, 23 February 2017
The Northshore Tavern, Hillarys, WA
Tickets available now from Oztix

Friday, 24 February 2017
The Charles Hotel, North Perth, WA
Tickets available now from Ticketmaster

Saturday, 25 Feburary 2017
Salisbury Secret Garden Featuring Thirsty Merc, Salisbury Civic Square, SA
* Free Event *

Friday, 3 March 2017
Sting Bar, Cronulla, NSW
Tickets available now from Outix

Saturday, 4 March 2017
Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Tickets available now from the Venue

Friday, 10 March 2017
Commercial Hotel, South Morang, Vic
Tickets available now from Moshtix

Saturday, 11 March 2017
Shoppingtown Hotel, Doncaster, Vic
Tickets available now from Moshtix

Sunday, 12 March 2017
Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights, Vic
Tickets available now from Moshtix

Friday, 17 March 2017
Channel Seven Mandurah Crab Fest, Mandurah, WA
* Free Event *

Friday, 24 March 2017
Granada Tavern, Hobart, Tas
Tickets available now from Moshtix

Saturday, 25 March 2017
Rockin’ the Raceway, Winton Raceway, Vic
Tickets available now from Eventbrite

Friday, 31 March 2017
Hornsby RSL, Hornsby, NSW
Tickets available from the Venue

Saturday, 1 April 2017
Wyong Leagues Club, Wyong, NSW
Tickets available now from the venue - 02 4392 2799

Sunday, 2 April 2017
Central Bar, Newcastle, NSW
Tickets available now from Oztix                    Twitter: @thirstymerc
Instagram: @thirstymercband
#ThirstyMerc   #ShiftingGears

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Nolan Art Gallery, 6pm Mar 3: Giles Hugo, Far Away is Close at Hand

Anne Kellas
21.02.17 7:44 am


Launch: Friday 3 March
Time: 6 pm
Venue: Nolan Gallery and Nolan School of Art
Salamanca Arts Centre Level 1

The exhibition will run until 29 March 2017.

Thanks for your interest in his work. I really do believe it is stunning and unique. If you visit the gallery you’ll see some of the images on display from his previous exhibition. They also have a huge cabinet to house his A1 prints for people to thumb through. All his photography is sold through the Nolan Gallery. For more about Giles and his previous exhibition see the Nolan Gallery’s website ...


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Boys in Blue

Paula Xiberras
21.02.17 5:34 am


I recently spoke to Kieron Lafferty who will be in Tasmania later this week as part of The Official Blue Brothers Revue. This production is sanctioned and blessed by Dan Ackroyd himself and by Judith Belushi Pisano, widow of John Belushi.

Based on ‘The Blue Brothers’ hit movie, it is the tale of two ex-convicts out on a mission from God to reclaim the orphanage in which they were raised, now in the clutches of the tax office.  Subsequently, they form a Blues band and perform a concert to raise the orphanage debt.

It’s hard to believe its 30 years since the Blue Brother’s movie, the time is right for fans to revisit the brothers in The Official ‘Blue Brothers Revue’ written and produced by Judith Belushi Pisano and Dan Akroyd. Kieron Lafferty takes on the role of Elwood while Wayne Catania plays Jake.

Kieron tells me that he is not new to Tasmania. He was working in New Zealand once, when a friend of his got in touch, informing him he was now a chef at Wrest Point Casino and encouraging Kieron to pay a visit, which Kieron did, becoming familiar with Hobart, which he describes as ‘beautiful’ and hanging out with friends, including taking in Mt Wellington. Kieron would really love to see much more of Tassie and this time around he will get the chance to spend a few days prior to the concert exploring Launceston.

In preparation for his role as Elwood and to get familiar with ‘the Blue Brothers’ Kieron went to Blue Brothers boot camp, officiated by Dan and Judith. At camp the films were viewed. Observations made and notes taken.

A man of many talents Kieron believes that it’s important to develop a few modes of expression because when one creative outlet dries up utlilising another can give a fresh approach to artistic expression and he cites Jodie Mitchell who,when she had writers block would paint.

You can see Kieron and the other Blues Brother in ‘The Blues Brother’s Revue’ at the Launceston Country Club Casino on Friday 24th February.

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Bett Gallery: Tim Burns, Open Window

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
20.02.17 12:14 pm


Opening 24 February, 6-8pm

Exhibition continues to 13 March 2017

Tim Burns has lived in rural Tasmania for the past 25 years. His paintings are influenced by his observations of and immersion in the landscape; they are a distillation of his experiences. He views Nature as a metaphoric source,suggestive of his emotional/physiological self. His approach to painting is founded on his study of 19th century Scandinavian painting,Japanese aesthetics,and the concept of Abstraction. l

Widely exhibited throughout Australia, Burns is represented in public collections nationally, including the National Gallery of Australia and all state galleries in Australia. His CV recordsasubstantial record of prizes, grants, scholarships and commissions including winning the Fleurieu Art Prize in 2008.

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The Tasmanian Theatre Company’s 2017 season will get you talking

Tasmanian Theatre Company
19.02.17 9:40 am


The Tasmanian Theatre Company want to get audiences talking with their tenth season by covering a range of provocative and challenging current issues.

Artistic Director, Charles Parkinson says:

“I often wonder what the audience take away from our shows and the possible discussions in their car on the way home.  Do they discuss the themes of what they have just seen? Are there arguments about what this or that scene in the performance meant? Or do they just talk about how much they should pay the babysitter?”

To ensure people will leave the theatre talking about what they have just experienced, Parkinson has programmed a season of plays exploring topics such as infertility and surrogacy, grief and authenticity, and miscarriages of justice – as well as a whimsical love story. Several of the plays are based on true stories and all are overtly contemporary.

The most contentious work in the 2017 season is Brian Peddie’s new play An Inconvenient Woman, tracing the journey of Tasmanian prisoner Susan Neill-Fraser.

Lawyer Mark Blumer of the ACT is the Executive Producer of An Inconvenient Woman. Blumer commissioned the play to use it as a vehicle to speak directly to Tasmanian audiences about the case. Blumer is available for interview and will also speak at the launch event for the 2017 Season.

Please find more details about the Tasmanian Theatre Company’s 2017 season in the attached media release.

The Tasmanian Theatre Company launches its 2017 season at Hadley’s Hotel, Tuesday 21 February, 6pm.


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Andy’s Plumb Role

Paula Xiberras
19.02.17 7:12 am


Last late year I had a chat with Irish folk legend Andy Irvine. Andy was in Tasmania together with local musician Luke Plumb for the Cygnet Folk Festival in January. Amazingly, Andy tells me it is his third visit to Tasmania for the year. Andy and Luke have recently collaborated on an album ‘Precious Heroes’ which celebrates some of the lesser known and sadly even forgotten heroes.

Andy, known for being the co-founder of Irish group Planxty has always been a songwriter of principle and in the early days of his career he tells me would perform for the love of music not desirous of being paid. His passion was creating songs of social justice, giving voice to emigrants and the exploited as well as the occasional less serious, humorous song.

Andy was born in London of an Irish mother and a Scottish father from Glasgow. It is to his mum, who was a musical comedy actress that Andy credits his talent and inspiration. Andy himself was a prolific child actor until he left the profession in his early 20’s. 

As Luke is now inspired by Andy, so too, Andy was inspired by the American folk artist Woody Guthrie.  So much so that as well as playing guitar Andy went on to master Guthrie’s signature mandolin and harmonica as well.

Hopefully we’ll see Andy back at Cygnet next year.

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The Tasmanian Clarinet Quartet LX Concert (and party)

Karlin Love
19.02.17 6:25 am


Karlin Love, Mim Postmus, Don Keddie & Karen Dennis

Sunday March 5th 2:30 pm
At Sawtooth ARI
Level 1, 160 Cimitiere St
Tickets at the door: $20/10 conc.

The program features energetic quartets, engaging duets, a bit of jazz, weird sounds, snake impressions, a Chordwainers cover, and pieces by Tasmanian composers: Simon Reade, Angela Polden, Claire Farrell, and a lot by Karlin (cuz it’s her party).

Launceston clarinettist and composer, Karlin Love decided to do this concert as something of a celebration of surviving to 60, and as a celebration of making new music in Tasmania. The program is a mix of works by Karlin, her influences, and pieces by other Tasmanian and emerging composers. In this concert the ‘influence’ pieces are by her US teacher Bill (William O.) Smith – Dave Brubeck’s clarinettist, who was also artist-in-residence here in 1996; and Alfred Uhl (Austria).

We think it’s a pretty fun mix and hope it inspires more local creative musical activity. And the chocolate pie will be good.

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Tasmanian artists head to Asia for international exchange

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
17.02.17 3:27 pm

The Hodgman Liberal Government is a strong supporter of Tasmania’s growing arts sector that supports thousands of jobs in the state.

I am pleased to announce that two Tasmanian artists have received international arts residencies through the Asialink Arts Residency Program.

The Tasmanian Government provides funding support to Asialink to enable local artists to travel, live and work in one of 11 countries throughout the Asian region. The program supports artists to explore opportunities for research, international cultural exchange, creative collaboration and professional development throughout the Asian region.

The two Tasmanian artists are:

• Miss Theia Connell, who will be resident at the Incheon Art Platform in Korea for 12 weeks where she will develop a new series of performance-based videos and sculptural works, and;

• Mr William Stackhouse,who is a Tasmanian Aboriginal (trawlwoolway) sculptor who will be resident at the Muong Studio in Hoa Binh, Vietnam where he will research the cultural similarities between Tasmanian Aboriginal petroglyphs and those of the Muong Hoa valley. Mr Stackhouse’s residency is supported through funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island program fund.

I wish both artists good luck and hope the experience provides opportunities for further cultural dialogue and stronger relationships between Tasmania and the arts organisations where they will be resident.

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Things in Clarence are about to get jazzy

Alderman Heather Chong, Festival Convenor
17.02.17 3:18 pm

Shuffle Club

Life in Clarence is about to get a bit jazzy as the Clarence Jazz Festival comes to town kicking off with a 21st birthday celebration on Saturday 18 February 2017.

More than 200 international, national and Tasmanian performers will take to the stage from 18 to 26 February 2017 making this year’s festival the biggest and one to remember.

The birthday party will mix it up with jazz, swing, blues and boogie as Adelaide’s Lucky Seven, Melbourne’s Shuffle Club and Tasmania’s own Yesterday’s Gentlemen take over the lawns at Rosny Farm.

While the festival’s three ambassadors – George Washingmachine, Dan Barnett and Paul Williamson will perform together in The Barn.

The festival also includes free twilight concerts held from Monday to Thursday (20-24 February) and bring together the best local jazz bands and our festival ambassadors playing in parks and waterfront locations in the city. From South Arm to Richmond and Geilston Bay, the free twilight concerts combine beautiful scenery, a picnic atmosphere and great tunes.

The Jazz Lounge at Rosny Barn presents a more intimate and contemporary selection of Australian and international performers. This year’s highlights include Kristin Berardi, one of Australia’s first call jazz vocalists, and Mike Field, Canada’s premier jazz trumpeter known for his upbeat and energetic performances.

The Bellerive Boardwalk comes to life from Friday 24 February with a selection of Tasmania’s emerging talent including our scholarship recipients Jack Lark, Jack Batchelor and Fraser Reynold performing alongside previous scholarship recipients.

“The 21st birthday celebration of the Clarence Jazz Festival aims to be the best yet,” said Festival Convenor, Alderman Heather Chong.

“For nine days Clarence really comes alive with 14 concerts held around the city showcasing a great mix of jazz styles. While audiences will see international and mainland acts, we have always been a proud supporter of fantastic Tasmanian musicians and especially emerging Tassie talent through our unique scholarship program that we offer.

“Apart from a few ticketed events in Rosny Barn, many of the concerts are free and held throughout the city ensuring that the Clarence Jazz Festival continues to be accessible to jazz lovers everywhere.”

Along with performances, the festival also offers an artist in residence program. This year Tom Samek has been commissioned to create the artwork for a limited edition 12’ vinyl record Two Suites that will be available for purchase.

There will also be exhibition of photos, memorabilia and sound bites looking back at the development of the festival over the years in the Schoolhouse Gallery at Rosny Farm.

For more information, tickets and to purchase a copy of the record, visit

Clarence Jazz Festival at a glance:

 Saturday 18 February – 21st birthday party at Rosny Farm, 6-11.30pm. Featuring the Shuffle Club, Lucky 7, and Yesterday’s Gentlemen, festival ambassadors – Paul Williamson, Dan Barnett and George Washingmachine, and many Tasmanian acts.
 Sunday 19 February – Twilight concerts, 6-8pm
o Calverton Hall, South Arm – featuring Les Coqs Incroyables, Wendy with Strings Attached
o Geilston Bay Foreshore - featuring Nadira and Friends, Jazz for Cows.
 Monday 20 February – Twilight concerts, 6-8pm
o Cambridge school grounds – Billy Whitton Quartet, D7
o Salacia Avenue Reserve, Howrah – Shoreline Jazz Collective, David Sikk Quartet
 Tuesday 21 February – Twilight concerts, 6-8pm
o Simmons Park, Lindisfarne – The Moonshines, Dan the Band
o Cremorne Beach Park – Seratones, Gypsy 3 0
 Wednesday 22 February
o Twilight concerts, 6-8pm,
 Montagu Bay Park - Paul Martin Quartet, Roz Pearson & Deluxe,
 The Jazz Lounge at Rosny Barn, 8-10.30pm – Canadian Mike Field, Blues Point
 Thursday 23 February
o Twilight concerts, 6-8pm
 Richmond Village Green – Harry Edwards Trio, Mouldy Fig
 Rosny Farm lawns – Tim Jones and the Big Cheese, Howlin Jim and his Hot Four
o Jazz Lounge, Rosny Farm – Compliments to the Crooners (Melbourne)
 Friday 24 February
o Bellerive Boardwalk (6-10pm) - Lagoon Hill Zydeco, Clarence Jazz Festival Scholars, Phat Sparrow with Gillan Gregory
o Rosny Barn (6.30-11pm) – Sedergreen and Allan (Melbourne), Mia Palencia in Good Company with special guest Katy Raucher
 Saturday 25 February
o Bellerive Boardwalk, 4-10pm – Spike Mason 4tet, Blues Point (Sydney), The Rugcutters Jass Band, Dr V’s Swing Thing (Sydney), MIQ, Moonlight Aviators
o Jazz Lounge, Rosny Barn, 2-11pm – Judy Garland Tribute, Kristin Berardi (Queensland), Paul Williamson’s Hammond Combo (Melbourne)
 Sunday 26 February
o Bellerive Boardwalk, 12-6.30pm – Modern Operative, Elizabeth College Summer School Super Band, Uncle Gus and the Rim Shots, Big Small Band, Ambassadors Grand Finale
o Rosny Barn, 2-4pm – Nina Simone Tribute

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Bett Gallery: Tortured Earth, Michael Schlitz

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
17.02.17 10:18 am


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Moonah Arts Centre: ‘The Way’ screening on 5 March

Judi Adams
17.02.17 10:03 am


To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017
“Be Bold For Change”
Sunday 5 March 2017 - 3.30 pm for 4.00pm screening
Moonah Arts Centre - 23 -27 Albert Road Moonah
Cost $20 - includes welcome drink on arrival,  Guest Speakers

A movie screening of the movie ‘The Way’- duration 2 hours 5 mins

100% of all profits raised will assist Judi Adams meet trek costs as she embarks on the El Camino- Path Towards a Cure – a charity trek in May 2017 in Spain on the El Camino trail, proudly supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

To book go to:

Can’t attend but want to donate to support the Tasmanian trekkers as they traverse the El Camino?

Supported by: Brown Brothers Wines,  Moonah Arts Centre, Umbrella Entertainment

Online pre sales preferred for catering purposes Door Sales available on the day, but will incur an additional $5 fee

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Tasmania’s representative at the Venice Biennale named

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
15.02.17 3:36 pm

I am delighted to congratulate Ruth Langford who has been selected as the Tasmanian Exhibition Team Leader at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

Ruth is a highly respected member of the state’s arts community and the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, and has over 20 years’ experience working in communities and providing cultural interpretation and education programs.

Ruth will take on a leadership role during the exhibition and manage a team of volunteer exhibition attendants who have been selected from around the nation. It is an exciting opportunity to gain international experience and I would like to wish Ruth all the best as she represents Tasmania at this prestigious occasion.

Internationally acclaimed artist Tracey Moffatt will be the first Indigenous solo artist to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale, which is the world’s oldest and most prestigious biennale of contemporary art.

The Australia Council manages Australia’s representation at the Biennale, which provides an opportunity for Australian artists and arts workers to oversee the daily operations of the exhibition at the Australia Pavilion during this event.

I would also like to thank Damian Bugg, previous Chair of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, for providing a bursary to generously support the Tasmanian Team Leader position.

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Republic, Smithton, Mayberry, Swansea: Chris Matthews ...

Chris Matthews
14.02.17 12:57 pm


WED 1st March - THE REPUBLIC BAR, Hobart
FRI 3rd March - TALL TIMBERS, Smithton
SAT 4th March - MARAKOOPA CAFE, Mayberry
SUN 5th March - HOUSE CONCERT, Swansea

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Meet the artists behind Art Spark

Devonport Regional Gallery
14.02.17 10:30 am


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