Artists


Amanda Palmer

Posted on September 9th, by Jordan in Artists, News, Tours. Comments Off on Amanda Palmer

AMANDA PALMER

Will be touring Australia this summer!

Singer-songwriter and New York Times bestselling author Amanda Palmer returns to Australia for her first ever “An Evening With Amanda Palmer” styled tour incorporating some of Australia’s greatest and most iconic concert venues, a takeover of the Gasometer in Melbourne and her only festival appearance at Woodford.

Following a tumultuous period of change including the birth of her son, the tragic deaths of close friends,  a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign and the release of her memoir The Art of Asking, Palmer’s provocative art is captivatingly earnest and subversive as ever. Reaffirming her title as the queen of punk cabaret, Palmer’s love affair with Australia continues as she takes the stage alone, journeying from musical beginnings and fan favourites though to the next surprising chapter;

‘It’s time: I am taking it back to basics,” Amanda Palmer says. “I am going on … Read More »



Baby et Lulu

Posted on May 14th, by topshelf in Artists. Comments Off on Baby et Lulu

ABBY DOBSON & LARA GOODRIDGE

“There’s a joie de vivre to this album of songs… sung in French and often in unison or harmony. C’est tres bon.”

Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald
‘With blithe spirit, old material is made new, yet again” Alistair Jones, The Australian

“Dobson and Goodridge had the seated audience eating out of the palms of their hands… and pranced off stage to the sounds of a standing ovation” The Drum Media

“It is impossible not to be charmed by the hypnotic voices of Baby and Lulu” Arts Hub
“Baby et Lulu, a couple of unabashed Francophile chanteuses, put on a show that leaves their audience feeling as

refreshed as a bottle of sweet white wine rather than Cabaret’s standard night on the red” AussieTheatre.com

“They have a tongue-in-cheek rapport and their voices blend beautifully as they roll out hits…Dobson’s French adaptation of her hit … Read More »



Babylon Circus

Posted on October 30th, by Jordan in Artists. Comments Off on Babylon Circus

“Babylon Circus, French blenders of ska-punk chanson, funk, afro-beat and dancehall reggae, with a healthy dollop of Eastern European folklore, are set to rouse the crowd with their multi-lingual chicanery, improvised comedy and big-top energy. This 10-piece big band have been zigzagging the globe with their epic and infatuating sonic spectacle.” (Sydney Festival)

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Ben Walsh

Posted on April 13th, by Jordan in Artists. Comments Off on Ben Walsh

Performer, percussionist, composer, instrument maker, collaborator, curator, record label owner, raconteur…

Ben has been instrumental in the creation, development, touring, recording and establishment of groups such as The Bird, Circle of Rhythm, The Tom Tom Crew, Scotch & Soda, Sediment, Pablo Percusso, Taikoz, Groovelands and The Crusty Suitcase Band, Dha,… to name just a few of his endeavours.

Initially known as one of Australia’s well admired, respected and hardest working drummers, Ben has cut his teeth racking up thousands of gigs across the globe and studying with some of the worlds leading instrumentalists. Years of honing his skills has seen Ben’s artistic vision continually evolving, searching out new horizons and challenges from electronic forms to orchestral composition.

Initially composing works for short films and dance, Ben’s body of work in the past years has extended to encompass live filmscores, mixed media projects and … Read More »



Bobby Singh

Posted on October 8th, by Jordan in Artists. No Comments

BOBBY SINGH

Born and raised in England, Bobby spent a great deal of his childhood in Mumbai studying at Sangeet Mahabharati, an institute of music started by the great tabla maestro Pandit Nikhil Ghosh. Recognised with a great talent at a young age, Bobby became a student of Ghosh’s senior disciple Aneesh Pradhan, now one of the most sought after tabla players in the world. Through Aneesh’s guidance, Bobby was nurtured into a mature and internationally renowned tabla player, both in traditional Indian classical music and cross cultural genres, and is renowned throughout Australia and internationally for his work with acts that straddle the divide between tradition and modernity. Now a resident of Australia, he still spends most of his time between India and Australia. Regularly playing alongside cultural icons like Sarangan Sriranganathan, Bobby also lends his flavour to the organic … Read More »



Boubacar Traore

Posted on October 8th, by Jordan in Artists. No Comments

Boubacar Traoré (Mali)

Debut Australian tour….

Boubacar Traoré (Aka Kar Kar) carries within him all the beauty of African blues. A diamond among the jewels of Mandingo music, he shines with the dark glow of exceptional purity. Only his voice can blend Niger and Mississippi river with such moving authenticity. His unique, inimitable, self-taught guitar technique owes a great deal to his kora influences, but its shades and phrasing also suggest the great black bluesmen of the deep South: Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and others.

Back in the 60s when the euphoria of African independence reigned, the 20-year-old Boubacar Traoré was Mali’s Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. He was the first to play Mandingo-based music on electric guitar, long before his junior, Ali Farka Touré.

In those days, Malians would wake to the sound of Boubacar’s poignant voice and saturated riffs. … Read More »



BOMBINO (Niger)

Posted on November 26th, by Jordan in Artists, News, Tours. Comments Off on BOMBINO (Niger)

In conjunction with Modiba

Bombino returns to Australia for a full scale national tour & debut appearance in NZ!

FEBRUARY
25th Perth Festival, WA
27th Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns QLD
28th Verrierdale Full Moon Party, Verrierdale QLD
MARCH
1st Railway Club, Darwin NT
5th The Basement, Sydney NSW (Dancefloor mode)
6th WOMADelaide, Adelaide SA
7th Panama Festival, Galconda TAS
8th Golden Plains, Meredith VIC 
9th WOMADelaide, Adelaide SA
11th Brunswick Music Festival, Brunswick VIC
12th Meeniyan Hall, Meeniyan VIC
14th WOMAD NZ, New Plymouth NZ 
15th WOMAD NZ, New Plymouth NZ

Tuareg guitarist and singer Omara “Bombino” Moctar made his Nonesuch Records debut with the release of Nomad on April 2, 2013. The album was recorded with 2013 Grammy Award-winning Producer of the Year Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at his Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound.

Nomad debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music album chart and iTunes World chart and has earned rave reviews from top media … Read More »



Chapelier Fou

Posted on October 9th, by Jordan in Artists. Comments Off on Chapelier Fou

At 26, Chapelier Fou is not only an astonishing musical acrobat on stage; he is also a sonic alchemist able to create a new formula for each track with a rare intelligence and to bewilder his audience thanks to his savoir-faire and obvious generosity.

“… magic and mystery are present on each note” (D-side)

”An unbelievable cleverness, sensitivity and freshness” (Cultzine)

He is the genial electronic fiddler and violin virtuoso, blending beats and glitch with classical instrumentation into a one man orchestra – 100% live onstage. Under the stunningly fresh and powerfully catchy melodies, hides multiple-layers of beauty… the nature of which can only be grabbed when listened to closely.

”A thousand and one electro arrangements, all perfect” (SLR)

On the classical side, his sensitivity, his catchy tunes and the choice of the violin as a central instrument recall altogether his elder brother Yann Tiersen … Read More »



Circle of Rhythm

Posted on October 8th, by Jordan in Artists. No Comments

CIRCLE OF RHYTHM

Heralded as Australia’s most exciting rhythm trio; Greg Sheehan, Bobby Singh and Ben Walsh have between them changed the face of percussion in Australia. After ten years of defining and redefining what Australian drumming can offer the world they have formed a percussion trio with a difference, rich in culture from the various styles all three dynamic performers have spent their lives exploring.

This new group is the result years of collaboration together through many different groups such as, Pablo Percusso, Utungan Percussion, Skin, Dha, The Bird, Taal Vadya to name a few…
Circle of Rhythm exhibits their masterful skill of drumming as an ensemble but also does not shy away from melodic percussion, creating a very varied and accessible listening experience.

From the high energy, fast paced drumming styles of Japan and … Read More »



Debashish Bhattacharya (India)

Posted on December 3rd, by Jordan in Artists. Comments Off on Debashish Bhattacharya (India)

Debashish Bhattacharya is considered, by many, to be the most accomplished slide guitarist alive today. His guru, Brij Bhushan Khabra, is considered the father of Indian classical guitar, indeed he was the first artist to play Hindustani classical music on slide guitar. In 1933 slide guitar came from Hawaii to India (Kolkata ,hometown of Debashish). Debashish learned Hawaiian guitar in early childhood, creating his unique technique and was considered a genius when he was ten. His further studies with Pt Brij channeled his knowledge into a mastery of the instrument with a direct emotional connection.

“You will likely never hear better acoustic slide playing than this. “Henry Kaiser, (Acoustic Guitar Magazine, USA)

Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya through his extreme virtuosity has won the heart of millions all over the world… He doesn’t believe in the difference between classical music from the East and West, but sees it instead as … Read More »