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“If You Want Blood” Feat: Dave Stevens (Bon Scott’s Son)

In 1967 Bon Scott's star was rising while his son was adopted out to a loving family
in Geelong Victoria, living a normal childhood while his real father was about to take
over the world with his band AC/DC.
Dave Stevens strangely started playing the drums just as Bon had done early in his
musical career but Dave and Bon soon found new callings, Dave as a bass player and
Bon ruled the world for a time as arguably the greatest rock singer that ever lived.
From very early on Dave was obsessed with music and worshipped the Beatles
especially John Lennon and was also well aware of his father's band AC/DC.
A tale of two careers began with Dave growing up in the suburbs of sleepy hollow
"Geelong" and Bon being worshipped all over the world while neither of the two
knew they had any connection.
It was not until ten years after Bon's death that Dave would find out from his long
lost biological mother that Dave was, in fact, the prodigy of the legend Bon Scott.
Years past while Dave wrestled with the reality and occasional, sideways glance he
would get from people who had heard the rumours.
Dave was entrenched in his music and was hell-bent on making a name for himself
in spite of having such famous blood line.


Cass Eager

‘One to watch’ Sam Fell, Rhythms

File under: roots, soul, alt-country, blues

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Named by Timber and Steel as ‘Janis Joplin and Ben Harper’s love-child’, Cass Eager’s mix of raw blues, husky soul and light-hearted ditties are all punctuated with her unique whisky-soaked vocals. In 2015/2016 Cass supported Michael Franti & Spearhead, G Love & Special Sauce and JJ Grey & Mofro, performing with Kristy Lee and Irish Mythen on their Bluesfest shows/sideshows. A finalist for Best Group and Best Female Vocalist in the Australian Blues ‘Chain’ Awards and Best Blues/Roots Artist in the MusicOz Awards, Cass' EP ‘Down On My Knees’ was voted ‘Top 10 Album’ of the year in Rhythms Magazine.

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Named by folk-blog Timber and Steel as ‘Janis Joplin and Ben Harper’s love-child’, Cass Eager’s mix of raw blues, husky soul and light-hearted ditties are all punctuated with her unique whisky-soaked vocals.

 Internationally renowned but defiantly grassroots, Cass is one of those rare artists that’s mastered everything from the foot-stomping blues to a sensual slow burner. She’s been called ‘one of the best female singers in Australia’ by Richard Glover (ABC), and Diesel claims she could ‘sing the phone book to you and you wouldn’t get bored’.

 Cass has entertained Australian troops from The Middle East to East Timor. She’s toured the US and Canada - solo; alongside Ash Grunwald; and with Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo; ex-Wilco). She performed for Prince Harry and gave him guitar lessons. 

 In 2015/2016 Cass supported Michael Franti & Spearhead, G Love & Special Sauce and JJ Grey & Mofro, performing with Kristy Lee and Irish Mythen on their Bluesfest shows and sideshows.

 A finalist for Best Group and Best Female Vocalist in the Australian Blues ‘Chain’ Awards and Best Blues/Roots Artist in the MusicOz Awards, Cass' EP ‘Down On My Knees’ was voted ‘Top 10 Album’ of the year in Rhythms Magazine


The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men

A great Father’s day gift idea!

Highlighting the music of Dylan, Cohen, Waits, Young, Morrison, Petty, Segar, Cave, Cash, Mellencamp and more.
What happens when you join the poets, the troubadours, the singers and songwriters who gave us something to think about?
Introducing a brand new production from the writer producer of Pearl - The Janis Joplin Story and starring Jeremy Edwards ( MD and Guitar) Brad Johns ( Guitar) Wayne Kellett ( Bass) Di Solomon ( Keys) George Brugmans ( Drums)

“The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men”.
The music that defined an era and gave those baby boomers and the world the best music ever.
It’s pure, organic and simply great rock and roll. With a good few tales thrown in!  Featuring a set list like no other !
The Rockumentary Series delivers in words, music and imagery, The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men.



Following a quickly sold out Sydney show in March (in support of her sixth solo album After a Time), Sydney musician and novelist, Holly Throsby, has announced a run of shows in WollongongSydneyNewcastle and Cronulla for October/November. These will be intimate solo performances, of songs both new and old. This is Holly's first solo tour since 2009.
After a Time received a mountain of praise, including rave reviews from the The Sydney Morning Herald, Rolling StoneStereogum, Yen and The Music among many others. The first single 'What Do You Say?' (ft. Mark Kozelek) has racked up 1 million+ streams on Spotify, and the second single 'Aeroplane' has had a staggering 4 million+ streams.

News of the tour comes just as Holly is about to release 'Mountain', the third single from After A Time, on July 10th
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Amid touring After A Time, Holly has been on the book circuit, speaking at the major writer's festivals in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Newcastle and, up next, Byron Bay. Her debut novel,Goodwood, was shortlisted for an Indie Book Award and two Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). She is currently working on a second book.


Lloyd Spiegel

Lloyd Spiegel Announces New Album and East Coast Tour
Australian Blues master and acoustic guitarist extraordinaire Lloyd Spiegel is delighted to announce the release of his ninth album ‘This Time Tomorrow’ and is headed on an extensive tour to celebrate.

‘This Time Tomorrow’ is an album written as Lloyd travelled through Europe, Central and North America and delivers driving rhythms that return Spiegel to his gut bucket blues roots. Shady and colourful characters spread out over continents and decades, through places forgotten and familiar. ‘This Time Tomorrow' is a return in fine form from an artist at the top of his game and lead track ‘Devil On My Shoulder’ sets the mood of the album right from the get go. 

Says Spiegel of the new songs,

“I’ve never written at home. I find it hard to be creative in my lounge room looking at bills and checking footy scores and find that the inspiration to write comes from those few quiet hours in a hotel room on tour, the airport transit lounge or the long bus ride is where I can reflect and put those experiences into lyric. I've travelled most of my life so really, they're like letters home."

 It’s been a while since Spiegel’s last studio album - 2010’s Tangled Brew – but he’s been far from idle in that time. He's toured the world relentlessly, launched his own signature model guitars and cemented his position as a bona fide festival headliner in Australia, with his recent performance at Bluesfest in Byron Bay the cherry on top. 

In Australia, Spiegel is approaching icon status among guitar lovers and his 2015 double live album ‘Double Live Set’ won a swag of Australian blues ‘chain awards’, peaking at number 7 in the APRA independent charts. 
With European and North American tours under his belt, along with recent showcases at Folk Alliance in Kansas City, the ECMAs in Canada and AMW in Sydney, Spiegel has many years on the road ahead of him. 
‘This Time Tomorrow’ is available in stores July 3 through Only Blues Music.
“Australian blues and roots icon Lloyd Spiegel, in his first Bluesfest appearance, holds his own full house in the palm of his hand, just him and his trusty Cole Clark, a full swag of songs, a full tote of stories told with humour and aplomb, the man able to make his guitar do anything at all as he tells tales both tall and true, his own superbly written material marrying with blues standards in a way few others are able to manage. The man is a mountain, he’ll surely be back.” Sam Fell – Rolling Stone



Jimi Jackson + DJ Sir-Vere

Natural Touring presents the Jimi Jackson 'Mama We Made It' 2017 Australian Tour.
Born in New Plymouth, Jimi Jackson has become a household name in New Zealand and Australia, with his unique comedic style. Now 24 years of age, Jackson lives in Auckland with his partner Lana and their 9-month-old son Cairo, and is relentlessly making his trademark youtube videos. 
A mixture of music, real-life, parent hood and drama – all with a twist of comedy – he has amassed nearly 20 million video views and is one of the most followed video makers in New Zealand, with over 175,000 subscribed to his online channel. Add that to his 850,000+ followers on facebook, and you’ll understand why he is one of the most in-demand comical talents in Australasia.
2017 sees Jackson back on the road across Australia with a brand new show – Mama We Made It. This new venture sees Jimi explore his childhood, weave musical interludes with his classic Kiwi humour, and a good dose of his trademark audience interaction. The show also features an opening set from DJ Sir-Vere, New Zealand’s highest selling mixtape DJ, having sold over 250,000 units across both countries. 



Chris Jagger

Chris Jagger obviously comes from rock royalty. Watching his old brother Mick ascend with his band The Rolling Stones, Chris was soon turned onto music as well. He and Charlie Hart first met when Charlie was playing with psychedelic band 117 in Cambridge in the 1960’s and have remained friends ever since.   
Together they have written many songs for a series of albums the pick of which will be released on BMG, available now as a download and as a physical release Sept. 1st 2017.   The pair offer a great show, combining Charlie’s mastery of various instruments, including piano, accordion and fiddle, playing both their own tunes and some covers from Clifton Chenier to Professor Longhair as well as Cajun fiddle tunes.   They have toured across Europe, the USA and Australia over the years and are still going strong. 
Chris has written and recorded over 100 tunes from his first LP on Asylum records in the 1970’s. Charlie has worked with Ronnie Lane, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and Roger Daltrey amongst others.


Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Hitting Australian shores with his Absolute Monster Gentlem
en for the first time since his
2016 Grammy Award win for new album
GoGo Juice
, Jon Cleary has officially announced
the Australian leg of his World Tour for this November.
A hot ticket on Australian shores where he has sold out everywh
ere from Sydney's Opera
House (Legends of New Orleans tour) to The Corner Hotel and to
rn up festival stages across
the country from Bluesfest and WOMADelaide to Wangaratta Jazz, th
is is a Grammy Award
winning album tour not to be missed.
A respected peer of such New Orleans R&B icons as Dr. John and t
he late Allen Toussaint
(who wrote most of the horn arrangements for GoGo Juice) Jon
Cleary came to international
fame through his work in the bands of Taj Mahal, John Scofiel
d, Dr. John and Bonnie Raitt,
with Raitt unabashedly dubbing him
the ninth wonder of the world


The Nukes (NZ)

Rollicking and rolling out of the woolliest corners of Auckland’s wild west, it’s……. The Nukes, New Zealand’s most feared and revered original ukulele trio.
Comprised of Dave “Fingers of fire” Parker, David “Snapper” Thiele and Benjamin “Country boy” Collier, The Nukes have a reputation for reckless and riveting live shows where a fine blend of folk, bluegrass, reggae and post punk is caressed, coaxed and beaten out of three innocent wee ukuleles.   
As a child, founding member Dave Parker ran away from the circus in pursuit of a more regular life. He found it in the rather impressive combination of National pop celebrity and familial bliss, reaching the top of the charts with his bands The Parker Project and Rhythm cage whilst simultaneously reaching peak performance as a husband and father of four. However, after so many years of assumed normality, Dave began to feel the tug of his vaudevillian roots. In 2008 he could resist no longer, his will crumpled and…… The Nukes were formed.
Rumour has it that David “Snapper” Thiele was born in the back seat of a half submerged  Vauxhall Viva and raised by possums in the port hills around Christchurch. This would go someway to explaining some of his more obscure talents, unique dress sense and the fact that nobody knows his actual age. Snapper has led a life of enviable variety.. Sydney cab driver, performance artist, nudist, used car salesman, house re-piler, writer and radio host. In 2008 after suffering a series of near debilitating outbursts of musical violence, Snapper was informed by his Doctor Dave Parker that the only available and viable remedy was to join The Nukes. In the interest of his health and general public safety, Snapper complied.
Like a lot of famous musicians, Ben Collier never graduated in his chosen field at a well respected tertiary institution. Unlike a lot of famous musicians, Ben is no art school flake, no law school dropout, he just never actually went to university. Instead, after a modest education in Beachhaven (considered by some to be the armpit of Auckland’s North shore) Ben spent time working in the magical world of television, and also playing drums for the widely adored New Zealand pop group Goldenhorse. This was followed by five years at a beachside meditation retreat where the only word allowed to be spoken was “parsley”. In an effort to recover from this trauma, Ben retired to the sprawling badlands of Woodhill where, like a great many deluded musicians, he found solace in the sweet twinkling tones of a ukulele. And so it was in 2008 that Dave Parker, on one of his many long distance tramping expeditions stumbled upon him, and resolved to restore him to a musically relevant condition as”Country boy”.
Thus, The Nukes were united and began to leave impressions. At first with a whisper and then with a bang, discharging three part vocal harmonies, blistering riffs, riotous rhythms and questionable dance moves. Audiences across the land have been seduced by the music, slayed by the humour and scandalized by the scat.
If you hear that The Nukes are coming don’t duck and cover, don’t try and be a hero,
Just gather all your friends and head for ground zero.


The Audreys

THE AUDREYS – “Between Last Night & Us Tour”
Exciting news from Audreys HQ folks! To celebrate the 11th anniversary of our debut album, Between Last Night & Us, we are hitting the road to play it for you in person. Note: we would've done this last year on the more momentous 10th anniversary, but Tristan was drunk in a bar somewhere and Taasha was running around America trying to bag a cowboy, so we're a year late. Anyway, you'll hear the album in its entirety (and by the way we KNOW it's your favourite) plus all the hits from the other records. And as an extra special treat you can expect some original members from the recording session to make an appearance. Pretty cool huh? See you at the shows....T&T
Extra special guests for this tour will be … 


Kyle Lionhart

After playing sold out headline shows around the country earlier this year, and then a 17 date European tour with Xavier Rudd, Kyle Lionhart returns to Australia to showcase "Eleven And Two" a collection of personal and heartfelt new tracks.  His stripped back guitar and smooth vocals warm the soul, and it’s easy to see why fans latch themselves onto Kyle’s journey as an artist. This 19 date tour kicks off in Victoria on 9 November hitting major cities and new regional locations. Kyle Lionhart’s Eleven And Two tour will be sure to please his growing fanbase, with his stunning sounds of soul and folk 



Lyn Bowtell

“She has one of the most amazing voices in this country, I love this
beautiful woman and her talent” - Kasey Chambers

Lyn Bowtell is one of Australia’s finest Singer/Songwriters, possessing a
powerful, emotional and evocative voice recognised by her peers as one of
the best in the business.
Lyn first came to prominence as songwriter and singer for multi award
winning Country Pop trio BELLA, since then she has released two critically
acclaimed solo albums, ’SECRET SONGS' (WJO) in 2012, and ‘HEART OF
SORROW' (Maven/Sony) in 2014.
Lyn’s new release ‘CALLING YOU’ marks a distinct departure in musical style
from her roots in alternative/pop country, brimming with the singer's soulful,
striking vocals and connecting deeply with raw emotion, highlighting the
powerful and sublime voice that turned heads and 4 red chairs on national
television in Channel Nine's The Voice Australia earlier this year.
Now the six time Golden Guitar winner is heading in a new musical direction,
with a broader, larger audience ready to follow.
‘I'm no longer willing to be confined in a 'genre box', I want to show a wider
audience my full range as a singer and songwriter. I feel so connected to
‘Calling You’, the songs are bright, bold and exciting and I can't wait to share
Join Lyn for an evening of stunning, heartfelt vocals and beautifully crafted
songs in this entrancing acoustic show.
Lyn Bowtell is a Toyota Star Maker winner, MO Award winner, APRA Song of
The Year finalist and six time Golden Guitar winner.


Lets Spend the Night Together – A Tribute to The Rolling Stones

This tribute's set list celebrates the full gamut of the Stone’s career from the early blues period to today with many influential gems along the way. You can expect the hits from Satisfaction, Paint It Black, Can’t Always Get What You Want, Tumbling Dice and Start Me Up as well as the Blues tracks that started the Stones on their 50 year journey. With guest singers from the Sydney music scene this is the penultimate show for Stone’s fans…

Damien Lovelock - vocals
Floyd Vincent - vocals
Amanda Easton - vocals
Rex Goh - guitar
Gary Fredericks - guitar
Lloyd G - drums
Steve Bull - Icehouse - bass
Tim Wedde - Keys


George Michael Relived

George Michael Relived” is an electrically charged show which covers all of the great George Michael eras taking you on a journey from the early years of Wham through to today.

George Michael Relived performs the songs we all know and love such as: Faith, Careless Whisper, Fast Love, Outside, Last Christmas, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, I’m Your Man, Freedom and Everything She Wants, to name just a few.

A fantastic musical experience performing the best of singer songwriter George Michael from the 80s and spanning the last 3 decades. George’s music is iconic and his songs are recognised all over the world.

Presented by Smooth Jazz Australia who have introduced us to Men of Soul, Ladies of Soul, The Unforgettable Experience, George Benson/Al Jarreau Experience, 80’s Dance Grooves and others are preparing the dance floor and giving it up to the music of George Michael.

With the recent loss of George Michael, his music is more moving, than ever. These songs have stayed within our hearts and our minds.

Featuring tight harmonies from some of Sydney’s best singers and a killer band, this will be a Funky Saturday night to remember.

So get ready to dance and sing along to all your favourite songs.

Hey your just to funky for me!


Sarah McLeod

Anyone who has lived for a time in London will know the expression, “you wait an age for a bus, then three come along at once.” Sarah McLeod has called London home, but it was in New York when the cavalry arrived.

McLeod, the singer and guitarist with the ARIA Award winning, platinum-selling rockers The Superjesus, hunkered down in the bitter cold of New York in the new year to construct “Rocky’s Diner,” her long-awaited new solo album.

“Rocky’s Diner” is the culmination of a radical change of creative gears for McLeod, who shaped the project from scratch in near-complete isolation during a three-month stint in the Big Apple. McLeod found her muse as she watched the world go by outside her Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment, as locals got about their daily life, trundling through another harsh winter.

“This album has reinvented my brain,” she explained. “I wanted to be completely by myself and write the record in its entirety from start to finish in one creative whirlwind. It was my biggest musical challenge to-date”.

On “Rocky’s Diner,” McLeod showcases her maturity as a songwriter, and her gift for melding grooves and soul within a rock framework. “With every song I write I learn so much more, it’s like I teach myself as I go. It feels like I learn something new every day, which is really strange at my age. This record was a really big step in a good direction for me as far as how I feel about my songwriting and how I look at the process. I feel I’ve come a long way and I’ve still got better in me. There’s still new tricks I haven’t put into practice yet.”

Twelve years have passed since McLeod’s last solo album release, “Beauty Was a Tiger” (a live album “Live & Acoustic” dropped the following year, in 2006). Distraction is, admittedly, a bitter enemy of McLeod.  “I’ve been busy in my career, but I haven’t been attacking it as I should have been. I have a short attention span so I get swept up by different types of music scenes which, although educational, could be confusing to anyone trying to get a feel for my style,” she explains. ”That’s why it’s taken me so long to do another record. And that’s why I needed to write it all in one hit.”

McLeod found her studio getaway on Craigslist and she carried a full functioning studio in her luggage to complete the project. The NYC experience was all business. “I took my whole studio setup, a Samsonite hardcase and filled it. I even took my desktop computer. All my suitcases were full of equipment. I took no clothes, except what I was wearing and bought more clothes when I got there. I didn’t even bring clothes to go out in just so I wouldn’t be compelled to down-tools and go partying.”

The process of forced isolation proved a creative masterstroke. With the tap switched on, music poured out, and McLeod found the drive and inspiration to write a book of the process, an extract from which can be found in these notes. She was so energized by the process, she’s mapped out a five-year plan of recordings. The cavalry truly arrived. “It was such a great decision, I’m so glad I did it.”

Those fighting words are the energy behind “Rocky’s Diner.” As its title would suggest, “Rocky’s Diner” is inspired by Sylvester Stallone’s slugfest “Rocky” franchise, which has been on high-rotation at McLeod’s house. The new LP draws imagery from her experiences eating out in New York’s Little Italy district and hammering those films. “I used to go to a place called Rocky’s, which sadly wasn’t there I returned in early 2016. The feeling when you go into some of these places in Little Italy is that they’re more than just places to eat, they’re soul -enriching places where the bar staff sit and talk to you. It’s almost a lonely hearts club.”

With a batch of “very elaborate demos” in hand, McLeod took the production seat, starting at Sydney’s 301 and Pow Wow Studios, with Steve Balbi as executive producer . Then one last stint at A Sharp Studios with long time collaborater and friend Mick Skelton. “The demos are pretty much a low-fi version of the album,” McLeod recalls, “though I was singing softer and triple-tracking because I was worried the neighbours would hear it.”

Though more than a decade has passed since her debut solo set, McLeod has been anything but idle in her music career. Her group, The Superjesus, released “The Setting Sun" in June 2015, their first new single in more than a decade.  The track "St. Peters Lane" arrived in November 2015 of that year and the "Love and Violence" EP dropped in August 2016. And there have been musical changes of tac along the way, including a few flirtations with electronic dance music. McLeod had a couple of surprise club hits with her songs “He Doesn't Love You” and  “Hurricane,” the latter received a Euro-house treatment with a remix by Dzeko and Torres (the earliest vision of the song finds its way onto the new album). McLeod toured the country in 2016 with her buddies The Baby Animals on the She Who Rocks tour, and in one of the most special moments of her career, she and her bandmates were inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony earlier this year in Adelaide.

McLeod is looking forward to unleashing her new songs on the road this August, and a full-scale national tour is booked for later in the year in support of “Rocky’s Diner.”

“I love this album,” she says of “Rocky’s Diner.”  “I’m so glad I took the care with the lyrics. I’m feeling every word.”


Royale With Cheese Presents: Rage Against The 90's

In November 1992, Rage Against the Machine unleashed their self-titled debut album on the world.   Hailed as a “striking, politically conscious debut", it went to #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and was acclaimed as “the first album to successfully merge the seemingly disparate sounds of rap and heavy metal".   The album has stood the test of time for its musical genius and social conscience.   Royale with Cheese has been wowing audiences across Sydney with its 90s shows which usually close out with a couple of RATM songs.   To celebrate the 25th anniversary of RATM’s debut album, Royale with Cheese will be playing a few select shows playing the entire album in addition to a second set of a best of the 90s.   Billed as Rage Against the 90s, these shows will bring the energy of RATM to fans of the band, new and old.   Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate a classic 90s album in its entirety!