Star Scene

Star Scene: ANDREW W.K

Predictably Andrew W.K‘s scene is “partying”. However, this singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist, renowned for his hit Party Hard, is not a cliché.  The jubilant lyrics of “when it’s time to party, we will always party hard” […]

Snap Scene

Snap Scene: Jimmy Webb and Friends, Hamer Hall, 9th August 2018

The multiple Grammy-winning songwriter has topped the charts: from pop to country to disco numerous times with interpretations by some of the industry’s greatest. He’s worked with Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, and too many others to name. Jimmy’s been covered by everyone from Guns n’ Roses to Josh Groban to Little Big Town. Since Webb’s Grammy sweep in 1968 when his own “Up, Up and Away” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” vied for Song of the Year (and “Up” won), to the use of his “Do What You Gotta Do” in Kanye West’s “Famous,” the man often praised as “America’s Songwriter” remains an icon in popular music – and continues to challenge his artistic boundaries with projects like a classical nocturne. His most famous songs are touchstones for a generation yet remain timeless – “MacArthur Park,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Worst That Could Happen,” and “Galveston.” His memoir, The Cake and the Rain, The Wall Street Journal (USA) described as “quite possibly the best pop-star autobiography yet written.” […]

Review Scene

Review Scene: Jimmy Webb and Friends, Hamer Hall, 9th August 2018

Jimmy Webb is a living legend as one of the great songwriters of the modern era. The average Joe probably wouldn’t recognize him if they passed him on the street but if they heard a chorus of one of his songs, I’m sure the melodic recall would be instantaneous. A frequent visitor to our shores, Webb has built friendships within our music community and tonight’s show was all about the songs as interpreted by these friends. […]

Food & Lifestyle Scene

Recipe Scene: Spiced Blueberry Cake

I found this recipe in the Australian women’s Weekly Simply Bread cookbook. I’ve copied the recipe as is except I renamed it a cake as to me it is definitely more cakey than bready and I adjusted the cooking time. They instructed to cook it for 1 hour and 45 minutes, but it only needs 45 minutes. Also I substituted the molasses for golden syrup. The cake ahs a beautiful spiced flavour and the blueberries add another really delicious dimension. They suggest it I served with butter, but I really don’t think it needs it, it is a terrific cake as is. It also makes lovely little cakes as well – I often cook this batter in friands tins. […]