Sandy Mackay – Call of the Wheel

Do you like acoustic folk music? Down-home, Celtic-tinged, eastern Canadian guitar-based tunes you can hum along to? If so, you should listen to Sandy Mackay‘s album, Call of the Wheel. He’s written and recorded a bunch of songs on which he sings, and plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, keyboards, bass and bagpipes. He brings along some […]

Harvest Festival 2012: lineup

Harvest Festival – by focusing on quality music, can you believe it, instead of “who’s popular” or “how can we cater to off-their-face teenagers” – was one of the best-reviewed music festivals in Australia last year. I certainly enjoyed it, even while jet-lagged. The first announcements for this year’s lineup are out. It looks awesome […]

Australian Blues Music Festival

I’ve just booked a hotel in Goulburn, NSW, for the second weekend in February. I’ve done this not because of a deep desire to revisit The Big Merino(yes, I’ve already been once), but because Goulburn hosts the Australian Blues Music Festival then. I don’t know any of the artists that are playing but most shows […]

RocKwiz Christmas tour

I went to a live show of Aussie funny music TV quiz show RocKwiz on Friday night, at Sydney’s State Theatre. It was hilarious. When I bought the tickets I’d assumed that it was a taping for a Christmas show, but it turns out that it was just a live show, done in a similar […]

The Beards at the Annandale Hotel

I have to admit the truth: I love gigs but I have not yet been to Sydney’s Annandale Hotel. On Friday night I addressed this terrible shortcoming. A couple of mates came with me to see The Beards, and I now have another trembling admission: I think beards are incredibly cool. First off, the Annandale: perfect dive […]