Not Patrick Jane, Hayden James, Jarryd James, or The Voice winner from Ireland, but Sydney’s own singer-songwriter PATRICK JAMES will be front and centre when he takes his solo tour off the beaten track this spring.
Throughout September and October, Patrick will embark on a 14 show run, taking in capitals and regional towns along the way.
After honing his craft as a busker and touring extensively with the cream of the Australian music scene Patrick was always keen to put on a tour that deviates from the regular touring circuit, “It’s been a long time in the making but I’ve always wanted to go and revisit the small towns I was lucky enough to play in whilst supporting the likes of Boy & Bear and Pete Murray. For the most part they were regional towns and I made a lot of good friends playing there and they’ve been very patient”.
Patrick James released his debut album “Outlier” late last year and on this tour he’ll be lifting tracks from that LP including “California Song”, “Bugs”, “Kings & Queens” and “Covered In Rain”. He’ll also be road-testing new songs that will make up his next release slated for 2017.
JO MEARES AND BEN BUNTING
JO MEARES – JUNK BAR FRIDAY 7st OCTOBER
Jo Meares will be launching his new single ‘Lone Gun’ at The Junk Bar on Friday 7th October.
He will be joined by the fantastic Ben Bunting for what will be a very special show.
Jo Meares released his third solo album ‘King of the Crystal Mountain’ in 2014.
Produced by Charles Jenkins it features the guitar work of virtuoso Jeff Lang, sublime harmonica by Reuben Alexander, and haunting piano from Kari Pihl.
The lush backing vocals were recorded in an old church in Finland.
Jo Meares’ and Kari Pihl completed an extensive tour of France, Spain and Finland in 2015.
… ‘King Of The Crystal Mountain’ is an album I now consider one of the finest Australian singer songwriter albums of the past decade and in fact it would be better to say that it’s a world class album created by an Australian.
I’ve subsequently heard all Jo’s previous albums and admire them too.
Not only are the albums magnificent, he is a truly exceptional live performer who deserves to be much better known than he currently is”
Stuart Coupe, writer, manager Laughing Outlaw records, DJ 2FBI and 2SER
Mood and atmosphere are key factors in the creation of immersive and transportive music and Jo Meares’ new album is richly imbued with both. Eerie, forlorn harmonica; delicate and heart-wrenching piano; slow, shuffling drums; and exquisite guitar courtesy of Jeff Lang are the backdrop to Meares’ tales of love, pain and emotional turbulence, rendered in the talk/sung style of Leonard Cohen yet invested with the gothic country ambience of Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) and Wovenhand. King Of The Crystal Mountain is a richly detailed and beautiful set of recordings from start to finish.
Chris Famiton’s 4 star review at The Music
“Jo Meares’ music is unique with a truly original sound. He is a wonderful singer-songwriter and incredible live performer.
His 3 albums released to date (‘A Handful Of Smoke’, ‘One More Time’ and ‘King Of The Crystal Mountain’) are all classic Australian recordings.
Part Neil Young, part Lou Reed, part Nick Cave – but with a uniquely Australian twang!”
Vinny Ramone, Outpost show 2SER
LISA RICHARDS ALBUM LAUNCH
Life in Australia, Austin Texas, and New York City have shaped the sounds and songs of Lisa Richards.
Born and raised in Townsville North Queensland, Lisa lived in NYC and Austin Texas for 22 years.
After recording 5 albums in the USA, Lisa Richards has returned to Australia to live, record and release her new album, A Light From The Other Side.
Noted for her sharp observations, humor and ferociously sweet voice, she explores the complexities of life, love and heartache through a mongrel mix of guitar-based folk, blues, roots and jazz
The album was produced by Greg J Walker, who produced award-winning albums for Paul Kelly and C W Stoneking and is also the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind the band Machine Translations.
The new album will be released on September 23rd 2016
Website – http://lisarichardsmusic.com/
YouTube – ‘Water’ Official Clip https://youtu.be/AgRD7nbffO4
Facebook – http://facebook.com/lisarichardssongs
Twitter – https://twitter.com/mymadmusic
**** (4 stars) “SOME voices pierce your heart…..a tour de force of unflinching and honest writing. A strikingly original and beautiful album.” David Costello Brisbane Courier Mail
“low-key singer songwriter meets old fashioned popular song…quiet elegance…” Bernard Zuel Sydney Morning Herald
“This is a really good album, original, thoughtful and very beautiful – a grower, if ever there was one.” John Davy No Depression
JULIANNA BARWICK (US) presented by Mistletone Records
Mistletone proudly presents the return of the incomparable,
alchemical JULIANNA BARWICK. Once memorably described by Diplo as the
sound of “Care Bears making love”, Julianna Barwick’s cleansing frequencies
have also been praised by Pitchfork as “among the best and most
artful ambient music being made today”. Her live shows take listeners to a
psychedelic other-world, creating an epic auditory landscape of
Since her third full-length album, Will, came out in May on Dead Oceans
Records, Brooklyn experimental artist Julianna Barwick has toured with
Sigur Rós, sung with children’s choirs around the world, recorded and
performed with the Flaming Lips, recorded Bach’s “Adagio from Concerto In
D Minor” on Sony Masterworks, played piano and sang with Yoko Ono and
brewed a wasabi beer, Rosabi, with Dogfish Head. Julianna Barwick’s diverse
past has also included collaborative albums with Ikue Mori and Helado
Negro, a remix commission from Radiohead and her song “Vow” remixed by
Diplo. Upcoming Barwick projects include a film score and a music box.
Julianna’s latest, revelatory album Will was a surprising left
turn. Ominous and compelling, Will is a departure from 2013’s Alex
Somers-produced Nepenthe. If that last record conjured images of gentle,
thick fog rolling over desolate mountains, then the self-produced Will is a
late afternoon thunderstorm, a cathartic collision of sharp and soft
textures that sounds looming and restorative all at once.
“Downright medicinal, altering the listener’s surroundings in ways that
make them uncomfortable, yet still wondrously inviting” – NPR
“Her ethereal multi-tracked harmonies have the devotional quality of gospel
choirs, and the oddball allure of Bjork or Yoko Ono” – NEW YORK TIMES
ALYCE PLATT and the little Fish Shop Collective.
ALYCE PLATT beckons us into her ‘Funny Little World’. Following the successful launch of her stunning new album, ‘a sophisticated and enchanting blend of melancholy pop and indie rock’
“A standout release of 2015 and one of the finest collection of songs I have heard in a lifetime of exploring the work of independent artists”.
Alan Fletcher.net music blog UK
ALYCE and her amazing band, the “Fish shop Collective”, have been performing gigs in Melbourne as well as drawing the attention of some of
Australia’s and America’s highly regarded musicians and artists.
“What a band… Alyce’s songs are special and she delivers ‘em in a very compelling manner often staring out at the audience with the gaze of a
dazzled innocent. I was thoroughly bewitched by the wonderful music and the door it opened into a very cool and groovy world”
Steve Kilbey (The Church)
“The most beautiful and inspiring evening. Alyce is a songbird, torch-singer and story teller of the heart and soul. Alyce’s voice is magic.”
Elizabeth Kemp- Associate Artistic Director of the Actors Studio, New York
”A seriously smoldering set from Alyce Platt the Fish Shop Collective tolaunch the superb “Funny Little World” album.”
Basement Discs – In store
THE FISH SHOP COLLECTIVE- Peter Farnan- Guitar (Boom Crash Opera),Rosie Westbrook- Bass (Mick Harvey), and Clare Moore- Vibes Marimba (DaveCraney and the Coral Snakes)
Don’t miss their Brisbane launch at the beautiful and intimate Skukum Lounge.
ANGHARAD DRAKE SINGLE LAUNCH w/TOM COONEY
23-year-old Brisbane based Angharad Drake grew up on Australia’s famed Sunshine Coast, where she began writing music during her early years of high school. Influenced by the stylings of Feist, Laura Marling and Bon Iver, she began to develop her own individual style during her university years and recorded a self titled debut EP in 2010. Since then she has completed two more self produced EP’s (2013’s Lay Down, and 2014’s Swing), all in preparation for her debut full length album, Sword. Blending a mixture of folk storytelling, lullaby melodies and atmospheric harmonies, the album infuses subtle influences from Folk virtuoso’s like Laura Marling, Jose Gonzalez and Joanna Newsom, whilst managing to maintain it’s own distinctive sound.
Now working alongside producer/engineer Samuel Joseph, and with her band (Alexander Mitchell on bass, Declan Kenrick on slide guitar and Alister Murray on drums), Drake has now begun working on her next album release with the lead single due out on September 30th. Joined with her band, Angharad will be playing a run of shows in October down Australia’s East Coast. See her live in Brisbane at Junk Bar on October 16th, supported by Tom Cooney. Tickets $10 on the door . 6pm doors.
INNES AND FRIENDS. Album Launch
“Bits” is the latest album by Innes, Ashgrove’s most innovative acoustic / electronic artist. Innes and friends are Innes Campbell (guitar, banjo, mandolin, vocals), Michael Currie (button pusher), and Samuel Andrews (violin). Doors open at 7pm, Music starts at 8pm. Special guest: Mykill Dorkfestival (audible frequencies arranged in mathematical patterns and commonly perceived as music).
KATIE BRIANA ALBUM LAUNCH w/CAMERON MILFORD
Singer-songwriter Katie Brianna is launching her breathtaking new album, Victim of the Heroine, in the intimate surrounds of the Junk Bar.
It seems a lifetime ago that Brianna released her debut EP in 2005, and was swiftly plucked from obscurity by the legendary Paul Kelly to record vocals on the track ‘Jindabyne Fair’, which appeared on his soundtrack to the critically acclaimed Australian film Jindabyne. Since then Brianna has released 2013’s debut album, Dark Side of the Morning, and forged a reputation as a captivating performer, tempered by 2013 and 2014 shows in Nashville.
The distance Brianna has travelled, personally and creatively, is evident in the nuanced adult tension of sophomore release Victim or the Heroine. Mature and restrained, the new album is elegant and serene, and was produced by award-winning musician Shane Nicholson.
Katie will be joined for the evening with Brisbane’s Cameron Milford.
Milford’s music blends the sounds of Americana with modern day Indie- Folk. His songs tell stories of bad weather, love and other natural disasters.
GRAEME JAMES (NZ)
In celebration of the release of his first album of original tunes, Graeme James is heading out on tour with his unique folk/altpop stylings.
Starting his career busking on the streets of New Zealand in 2012, Graeme James has built a large and loyal fan base with his captivating live show, performing with the aid of a loop pedal to layer violin, guitar, bass, baritone ukulele, percussion, and beatboxing. Originally known for innovative versions of well known songs and his ‘make it up as you go’ attitude, Graeme has clocked up over 600 performances in recent years, earning him a well deserved reputation as a genuine and dynamic live artist.
The tour will showcase the brand new News From Nowhere, an album that draws inspiration from the beauty and immensity of New Zealand’s incredible landscapes. Intensely visual in both writing and the final sound, the 10 track album is rhythmic, heartfelt and joyous – a record that lends itself perfectly to being performed live.
Alive, Graeme’s debut original song and the lead single from the album, was released in late 2015 and met with immediate interest. Selected for NZ on Air’s ‘New Hits Disc’, rotating on The Edge Radio and TV, and picking up over 160,000 plays on Spotify, Alive has also been named as a finalist in the international songwriting competition Unsigned Only. In addition to the success of the single, four songs from the record including Alive and the upcoming second single One+One have been featured in the top rating Australian television drama series 800 Words.
Playing three Australian shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, this a night not to be missed.
Neighbour is an adventurous musical puppet with strings being pulled from the mind of Brisbane based singer-songwriter, Ryan Nebauer.
Ryan’s excitement and vision on his new solo project stems from the idea of having full creative control while still vividly displaying the band dynamic that has been occurring at live performances. The Neighbour moniker has been fortunate enough to sit alongside some great acts on gig posters – sharing stages with the likes of Bluejuice, Beautiful Girls, British India, The Cairos, Thelma Plum, High Highs, Pierce Brothers, Ash Grunwald, Sahara Beck, Sam Wright, Ben Wright Smith, Jack Carty & Woodlock just to name a few.
Upon those live performances, Neighbour is anything it wants to be, from intimate solo performances that display influences of Elliott Smith & Paul Dempsey to energetic five-piece shows with flares of rock and electronic elements that could be aligned with Cold War Kids or Big Scary. The core of Neighbour is based around solid songs that can lend themselves to multiple situations.
Two years and two EPs in have seen a bunch of a singer songwriter focused songs with support from the local Brisbane music scene, Triple J and community radio. 2016 however, sees a progression in style and the grip of freedom that Ryan has in the project. With the release of the electronically laced ‘Space Camp’ in June and now followed by the up tempo folk-rock stomper ‘Alexander Graham Bell’, Neighbour definitely keeps things interesting with an element of surprise crossed with versatility.
BRENDAN GALLAGHER (KARMA COUNTY)
BRENDAN GALLAGHER releases 6 track EP Sonofobituary.
Sonofobituary, a sob, job story I could tell. Rewriting history, fetching water back to the well.
Half a dozen songs, a six pack of impressions… great expectations, indignation, whimsy, melancholy, incredulity and barefaced revisionism. The 4th solo release and 1st EP from ARIA award winner Brendan Gallagher (Karma County, Jimmy Little).
With longtime comrades Jonathan Zwartz (double bass), Rob Souter & Declan Kelly (drums), and some new pals, Julien Wilson (sax) & Eamon Dilworth (trumpet) along for the tale. But a distinctly Gallagher account of real and imagined things.
Available on streaming, download and limited edition CD Monday 12th September.
Brendo will be launching Sonofobituary solo at The Junk Bar Friday 4th November.
ADAM GIBSON AND THE ARK ARK BIRDS/MICK HART
Adam Gibson is poised to release his second album, ‘Cities of Spinifex’, with The Ark-Ark Birds, following on from the acclaimed 2015 album ‘Australia Restless’ and two lauded records with former band The Aerial Maps, one praised as “an Australian classic” by The Courier Mail, among other acclaim. Featuring Adam’s distinct ‘spoken/sung’ delivery,
‘Australia Restless’ was praised as “a piece of pure Australian brilliance” by Rolling Stone magazine. Playing with a full band, Adam’s stories/songs/poems investigate various shades of the Australian experience, telling stories in a voice that is as distinct as it is universal. Having travelled extensively throughout the outback and rural Australia, his music and writing have a strong emphasis on articulating a response to such landscapes. Loves, lives and loss… cities and towns and spinifex grass and the black miles of bitumen road linking them all… Supported by highly renowned Australian singer-songwriter Mick Hart, the ‘Cities of Spinifex’ album launch tour will run through October and November and take in numerous cities and towns throughout the country.
Garrett Kato announces intimate November dates final shows for 2016
Garrett Kato is a Canadian Born musician and songwriter. He lives in Byron Bay, New South Wales with his Australian partner and daughter.
In 2015 Kato released his second LP, That Low and Lonesome Sound, to much critical acclaim. “A gentile gem rich with songwriting nous and emotion leaking from every pore.” – Rolling Stone Magazine. Prior to the release of the LP Kato signed a three album publishing deal with Sony ATV.
Kato has toured extensively throughout Australia including a 33 date sold out support slot for Pete Murray and a recent headline national tour.
At times, That Low and Lonesome Sound evokes subtle images of a younger darker Springsteen with the moments of lush beautiful instrumentation from the likes of Bon Iver and The War on Drugs. The LP was recorded over two years at Kato’s homer studio in Byron Bay with the help of engineer Anthony Lycenko . Kato had been living in Australia four years Once the record was finished, the dramatic life event was a detailed in centre piece of the LP.
“Sweet Jane” was recently featured in the Hollywood Motion Picture “Bad Moms” and racked up over 200,000 Spotify plays in three weeks.
Kato is about to embark on run of solo dates throughout November. Particularly intimate venues have been selected to create the most beautiful atmosphere possible with limited runs of tickets.
innovators like Blonde Redhead or Steve Reich. At other moments, it hits emotional pay-dirt reminiscent of British scene-survivors like Peter Gabriel or Radiohead.
Blacksmith brings an unmistakable character to Club Meds; a stark glassy edge that swells and sways like a roaring ocean. Through a haze of analog feedback loops and synths, the band’s performances breathe deeply and steadily like a dragon at rest.
The album itself feels like a clearing of the air. It seems fitting, as after seven relentless years of near-non-stop touring, the entire ensemble, and especially Mangan, needed a break. So they took one.
Kato has toured extensively throughout Australia supporting Pete Murrray on a 33 date sold out tour. released his second LP, That Low and Lonesome Sound, to much critical acclaim. “A gentile gem rich with songwriting nous and emotion leaking from every pore.” – Rolling Stone Magazine. Prior to the release of the LP Kato signed a three album publishing deal with Sony ATV.
Some other nice things said from nice people:
“Doesn’t rely on anything more than its own simplicity and intimacy. And it doesn’t need to. It’s a charmer.” – Richard Kingsmill Musical Director Triple J
“Seriously infectious folk-rock” – Pile Rats
That Low and Lonesome Sound
Canadian born singer songwriter Garrett Kato is a quiet achiever, a constant creator of works and a hard working live performer. Kato landed in Australia in 2010 with a bag of clothes and guitar in hand. He quickly began playing as much as possible in the town of Byron Bay. Kato and became a house hold name among the towns music scene.
Two years in the garage of his Byron Bay home, Kato began crafting what would be “That Low and Lonesome Sound”. Most of the record was recorded and played by Kato himself. Prior to the release Kato signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV.
“That Low and Lonesome Sound” is a document of the inner and outer battle with walking away from home. It’s sonic landscape is a warm and lush wit
Two long years in the garage of his Byron Bay home, Kato began crafting what would be “That Low and Lonesome Sound”. With the aid of producer engineer Anthony Lycenko, Kato would track and send over songs for Anthony to Mix.
This record was a landmark for Kato, diving deeper into his songwriting and production. Years of busking, playing in dive bars and coffee shops lead him to a soulful album mixed with many colours from Roots Americana to Folk Electro.
“A gentile gem rich with songwriting nous and emotion leaking from every pore.” – Rolling Stone Magazine.
Rolling Stone Magazine
“That Low and Lonesome Sound” is the mark of an artist with serious potential.
“A gentile gem rich with songwriting nous and emotion leaking from every pore.”
Richard Kingsmill _ Triple J
Doesn’t rely on anything more than its own simplicity and intimacy. And it doesn’t need to. It’s a charmer.