Snap Scene: The 2018 Melbourne Guitar Show – Day 1 – feat. Albert Lee, Dave Leslie, Rackett. 4th August 2018

August 8, 2018 Mary Boukouvalas

The 2018 return of the Melbourne Guitar Show rocked Caulfield Racecourse on August 4th and 5th. This year, it was bigger than ever.

Proudly presented by Triple M and Australian Musician, the lineup boasted an impressive haul of both local and international artists, and featured amongst the bunch was none other than UK guitar legend Albert Lee.

In addition to some killer performances from the artists on this massive lineup, #MGS2018 also held a monster exhibition that featured a gigantic variety of electric and acoustic guitars, effects pedals, amps and more state-of-the-art guitar technology, both home-grown and from around the world.  Its Australia’s biggest guitar pop-up shop, and that’s not all.  The Melbourne Guitar Show hosted information seminars, demonstrations, and live performances from Australia’s most talented guitarists.
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Snap Scene: Suzanne Vega – Palais Theatre – 3rd August 2018

August 7, 2018 Mary Boukouvalas

Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980’s. With just an acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. The release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed debut album in 1985 saw the single ‘Marlene on the Wall’ launch her long-spanning career. Since then, she has sold over 7 million albums and has been nominated for 7 Grammy awards. The other two big songs, from her breakthrough 1987 album Solitude Standing, ‘Tom’s Diner’ and ‘Luka’ were Top 10 US hits. These tracks also made an impact on the international charts and continue to be on radio playlists around the world to this day. […]

Review Scene: Suzanne Vega, Palais Theatre – 3rd August 2018

August 7, 2018 Maryanne Window

There is always something warm and inviting about walking into the Palais Theatre on a cold winter’s night. The plush red velvet and the well worn leather seats always hold the promise of a special show for me and tonight’s performance from Suzanne Vega and her band in celebration of her landmark
albums, 1987’s Solitude Standing and 1992’s 99.9 Fahrenheit Degrees was no exception. […]

Snap Scene: Lillie Mae & Joshua Hedley – Caravan Music Club – Thursday 26th July 2018

August 1, 2018 Mary Boukouvalas

For years, Joshua Hedley has been making a name for himself as Nashville’s right hand man. Known as the “mayor of lower Broadway” by collaborators and comrades, Hedley is a fixture at Robert’s Western World, where he plays for tips with his band the Hedliners. The multi-talented singer-songwriter has played fiddle with Justin Townes Earle, Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz. Now Music City’s favorite son is breaking out on his own. […]

Snap Scene: Jeff Martin, Leadbelly, Newtown – 5th July 2018

July 12, 2018 Mandy Hall

Jeff Martin’s reputation as a world renowned live performer is well known and he has been labeled everything from “child prodigy”, “virtuoso guitarist”, and a “singer with perfect pitch”.  Jeff formed The Tea Party with his lifelong friends, Stuart Chatwood and Jeff Burrows in 1990 after many years of playing in bands together throughout their childhood. With a career spanning over 20 years , 8 major-label releases and 4 million record sales later The Tea Party have successfully gained the attention of fans on a worldwide level, as well as touring a countless number of times throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia.  Much of the band’s success can be attributed to their phenomenal stage presence and impeccable artistry and musicianship with a wide variety of instruments and sound textures; the trio’s sound draws heavily on the rock and blues of the 1970s, as well as displaying some psychedelic influences with elements of Middle Eastern, Celtic and Mediterranean music. […]

Review Scene: Shannon Bourne – Words Fail

July 12, 2018 Maryanne Window

Words Fail is the third solo album to be released by Melbourne guitarist Shannon Bourne. While usually known for being a sideman to some of Melbourne’s most prominent singer songwriters, Words Fail sees Bourne placing his prowess as a guitarist and soundscape designer front and centre with this collection of 9 original instrumental tracks. Recorded over 2 days at the Melbourne home studio of fellow guitar hero Jeff Lang who engineered and mixed the album, Bourne has managed to paint an aural picture of textural imagery that is thought provokingly intense and comforting at the same time. Melodic, evocative and contemplative are words that come to mind when listening to this album in its entirety as the carefully constructed tones ebb and flow along with a multitude of stories that as a listener, I could have running through my brain at any given time. It is in this way that I found Words Fail to be an interactive listening experience. […]

Snap Scene: British India – 3hree8ight6ix launch – Chasers – 4th July 2018

July 10, 2018 Mary Boukouvalas

Chasers in Chapel St South Yarra recently announced the venue will return to hosting international and national live touring acts, stand-up comedy and cabaret under the live brand Three Eight Six.

The venue has undergone an extensive refit to provide Melbourne music fans and Australian concert promoters with an important mid-sized venue as Three Eight Six, that will allow the finest in Australian and international talent to continue to play in this city.

British India were revealed to be the headline act for the night.  […]

Snap Scene: Mannequin Death Squad – 3hree8ight6ix launch, Chasers – 4th July 2018

July 9, 2018 Mary Boukouvalas

Chasers in Chapel St South Yarra recently announced the venue will return to hosting international and national live touring acts, stand-up comedy and cabaret under the live brand Three Eight Six.

The venue has undergone an extensive refit to provide Melbourne music fans and Australian concert promoters with an important mid-sized venue as Three Eight Six, that will allow the finest in Australian and international talent to continue to play in this city.

Entertainment for the night consisted of a set from one of Melbourne’s most dynamic up and coming acts Mannequin Death Squad. […]

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