March 31, 2015

The Odes of March

Filed under: 2015,Archive,Music

Augie March
Her Majesty’s
March 26

Murray Bramwell

It is several weeks on from the Ides of March, now it’s time for the Odes of March. Augie March, that is – back from a seven year hibernation for a national tour featuring their 2014 album Havens Dumb. Led by the prodigiously talented, singer songwriter Glenn Richards, Augie March appeared on the Australian music scene in 1998 and released their first album Sunset Studies in 2000. Now fifteen years and …

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March 09, 2015

Adelaide Festival 2015

Filed under: 2015,Archive,Festival,Music

Daily Review
Murray Bramwell

Roses and Bryars

Gavin Bryars Ensemble
March 3. Elder Hall

Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet
and selected orchestral works
March 5. Adelaide Town Hall

One of the highlights of this year’s Adelaide Festival has been composer-in- residence Gavin Bryars. Yorkshire-born, Bryars has been prominent in minimalist music since the late 1960s, with works such as The Sinking of the Titanic (1969) and Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet in 1972. Both were first released on …

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October 27, 2014

Match-fit Stones reach us in blistering form

The Rolling Stones
(with special guest Jimmy Barnes)
14 On Fire Tour
Adelaide Oval
October 25.
Duration: 130 minutes.
iEG Entertainment, Frontier Touring and AEG Live.
Bookings Ticketek .

The Rolling Stones have arrived – like a crossfire hurricane. Their tour is called 14 on Fire and, for once, the description matches the product. With their March dates cancelled because of the tragic death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, the band only returned to performing in Europe in late …

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September 03, 2014

Time Changes and Tempo Too

Filed under: 2014,Archive,Music

Bob Dylan
Adelaide Entertainment Centre
August 30.

Murray Bramwell

It’s not just the times that are a-changing. Things have Changed. Bob Dylan is back on stage in Adelaide and his opening song, Academy Award winning theme tune to the 2000 film Wonder Boys, tells us – “People are crazy, times are strange/I’m locked in tight , I’m outta range/ I used to care but things have changed.” Except, with Bob, the more things change, the more they also stay …

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February 25, 2014

Music World

Murray Bramwell previews a selection of the singers and sounds from Womadelaide 2014, opening March 7 to 11. Botanic Park, Adelaide.

For more than twenty years the first week in March in Adelaide has heralded, not just the Festival and Fringe, but Womadelaide, the enduringly popular music event with the portmanteau name that is both a local and national institution. First staged in 1992, under the wing of Rob Brookman’s Festival, Peter Gabriel’s UK concert venture Womad (that’s acronym for …

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June 20, 2013

Modern Family

Filed under: 2013,Archive,Cabaret,Music

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2013
Martha Wainwright
Dunstan Playhouse
June 20.

What was it Tolstoy said about families? That all happy families are the same but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Not that the Wainwright -McGarrigle family was all that unhappy. Rather, they made unhappiness a favourite subject in their prolific and very memorable songs .

The McGarrigle Sisters – Anna and Kate – wrote plangent songs about hearts like wheels, and dancers with bruised knees. Similarly, …

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June 17, 2013

Cabaret Central

Filed under: 2013,Archive,Cabaret,Music

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2013

Cabaret Central

Que Reste-T’Il
Robyn Archer
with Michael Morley and George Butrumlis
Adelaide Festival Theatre Stage.
June 15.

Just when we were wondering what cabaret is any more, along comes Robyn Archer to give us a splendid master class. Archer has long been recognised internationally as one of the foremost interpreters of the music of the German Weimar period – most especially the works of Bertolt Brecht and his musical henchmen , Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler …

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June 11, 2013

Stockport to Memphis

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2013

Stockport to Memphis
Barb Jungr
(with Simon Wallace)
Dunstan Playhouse
June 9.

Barb Jungr’s latest Cabaret Festival show, Stockport to Memphis, is also the title of her latest (eighteenth !) record album and features a mix of contemporary classics and her own compositions. It is a Look Back in Jungr, perhaps.

The daughter of European émigré parents, Jungr was born in Rochdale in Lancashire and grew up in Stockport, a town ten miles south of Manchester. …

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April 02, 2013

Robert Plant

Filed under: 2013,Archive,Music

March 30, 2013

Old Graft, Green Shoots

Robert Plant
Adelaide Entertainment Centre
March 26.

Murray Bramwell

What do you do when you have already climbed the stairway to top-of-the-charts heaven, when you have hopped to the top of the misty mountain  ?  As part of Led Zeppelin, one of the most successful rock bands of all time, what was lead singer, Robert Plant, going to do when it was over ?

After the sudden death of drummer John “Bonzo” Bonham …

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March 10, 2013

Parks and Re-creation

Filed under: 2013,Archive,Festival,Music

Van Dyke Parks
with Daniel Johns, Kimbra
and the Adelaide Art Orchestra
Thebarton Theatre
March 8.

Murray Bramwell

Artistic director, David Sefton had always planned to include Van Dyke Parks in his first Adelaide Festival and among the hit-and-miss, mix-and-almost match fare of this week’s Brassland events, this Thebarton show has been a highlight. Much has to do with the genial, outgoing presence of Parks himself. But equally, the enthusiastic participation by Daniel Johns and electro-pop favourite, Kimbra turned an …

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