About Maryanne Window
Maryanne is a writer and bass player. You can find her onstage with Monique Brumby.

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

August 15, 2018 Maryanne Window

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. […]

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. […]

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. […]

Review Scene: Eilen Jewell – Caravan Club, May 17th 2018

June 1, 2018 Maryanne Window

It’s a long flight from Boise Idaho to Melbourne but American singer songwriter Eilen Jewell has made the journey twice in 6 months having found her people here, as evidenced in her latest run of sold out shows around the country in support of her latest album ‘Down Hearted Blues’. The album is a wonderful celebration of her favourite blues songs that she discovered in a hidden corner of the attic in her family home as a teenager in the form her father’s record collection. The way she told the story to the packed house at the recently re-located Caravan Club, it was a discovery that was unexpected; like uncovering secret treasure, confessing that if the records had been foisted upon her at that impressionable age she probably would have run a mile from them and missed out on the joys of artists such as Howlin’ Wolf and Bessie Smith until way later in life. […]

Review Scene: Beck, Margaret Court Arena, February 28 2018

March 21, 2018 Maryanne Window

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Beck live in Australia. I remember first seeing him play solo acoustic at the Melbourne Showgrounds in late 1995 as part of the Summersalt lineup. He was an emerging talent back then and was sandwiched in between Pavement and Sonic Youth on the bill 6 months prior to his breakthrough album “Odelay” being released. Seeing him here again 22 years later it seemed like no time had gone by. Actually I tell a lie – looking around the crowd there were a lot of 25 year olds trapped in 48 year old bodies and I was one of them. […]

Review Scene: David Duchovny, 170 Russell – Friday 23rd February 2018

March 5, 2018 Maryanne Window

David Duchovny has accomplished quite a lot in his 57 or so years on the planet – actor, writer, director, producer, novelist and most recently, singer songwriter. Looking around at the crowd who showed up to see him strut his stuff live in concert, it was evident that the bulk of these people came to his music via his iconic portrayal of FBI Agent Fox Mulder from the cult TV series The X-Files. […]

Star Scene: Jack Howard’s Epic Brass

December 6, 2017 Maryanne Window

Jack Howard has had a busy year. Not only has he been touring the world with Midnight Oil playing trumpet and keyboards, he’s also been playing his own shows when in Melbourne with his band the Long Lost Brothers. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s also been seen playing the occasional gig with The Violent Femmes, The Break and countless others. When it comes to brass, Jack Howard, who made his mark playing trumpet in the iconic Hunters and Collectors as an original and continuing member, is pretty much Australian rock’s go to man. […]

Review Scene: A Day on the Green with Stevie Nicks & The Pretenders, Rochford Winery, 18th November 2017

November 23, 2017 Maryanne Window

The weather was not looking good as I drove towards Rochford Estate nestled in the heart of the Yarra Valley about an hour’s drive out of Melbourne. Heavy rain continued as I made my way through the soggy throngs of people all decked out in rain ponchos towards the main entrance. Miraculously as Melbourne singer songwriter Ali Barter began her 3rd song, the torrential downpour stopped and the skies cleared much to the delight of the crowd and no doubt the bands. […]

Review Scene: Kim Salmon & the Scientists, The Barwon Club, Geellong – 30th October 2017

November 2, 2017 Maryanne Window

Geelong has an interesting culture when it comes to rock music. Having spent quite a good percentage of my life in and around the Bellarine Peninsula, I discovered pretty early in my live music options that if something was worth seeing it was going to be on at the Barwon Club. There has been a long tradition where touring bands from here and abroad play the big smoke, Melbourne and then add an extra date to span the gap between there and the next major destination. This unassuming little pub opposite Kardinia Park, home of the Geelong Football Club has a back bar and band room that hasn’t changed since the first time I was there in about 1990 and it was the perfect venue to see the reformed Scientists on an otherwise quiet Sunday night. […]

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