Star Scene

Star Scene: Helen Carter, DO RE MI

Australia in the early 1980s was a time when radio stations were getting FM licences, music programmers were playing tracks outside of the standard top 40 fare and the local post-punk music scene was thriving. It was in 1981 that Deborah Conway, Helen Carter, Dorland Bray and Stephen Philip formed the band Do-Re-Mi in Sydney. After signing a record deal with Richard Branson’s Virgin Records and recording their ground-breaking first full length album ‘Domestic Harmony’ featuring the controversial single ‘Man Overboard’ was hitting the airwaves. […]

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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. […]

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

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. […]

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Review Scene: Shannon Bourne – Words Fail

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. […]