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Luke Escombe – The Vegetable Plot – Tour Dates

The Vegetable plot grew from a small seed planted in the imagination of singer-songwriter and musical comedian Luke Escombe back in 2007, when he noticed how much some of his shaggy-haired musician friends resembled members of the Muppets. For years, nothing broke through the soil, until one morning, as he watched his 11-month old son contemplate a piece of broccoli, he idly picked up his guitar and strummed away in delight as the lyrics and melodies of dozens of songs began to tumble out like peas from a shell.

Now that seed has grown into the freshest, juiciest, rootsiest new band in town: The Vegetable Plot!

Leading the bunch are the deep-voiced Aspara Gus (Escombe) and his four delectable singing sensations: Sue Kini (Hannah Crofts), Colly Flower (Georgia Mooney), Ru Barb (Katie Wighton) and Rockit Lettuce (Elana Stone)– better known to older Sydney audiences as the songbirds of alt-country sensation “All our Exes live in Texas”.

Bringing the groove and crunch are the rhythm section of bassist Rutabaga (Noel Mason), guitarist Purple Haze (Aaron Flower) and drummer Mr Beet (Jamie Cameron), who together go by the name of “The Root Vegetables”.

Adding the top notes of melody, colour and flavour are keyboardist Tom Ato (Michael McGlynn), horn maestro Blowbergine (Ross Harrington) and earthshaking dancer Tina Turnip (Pip Ryan). Together, they combine to create an irresistibly fun and delicious musical stew.

So come and meet some new friends, be inspired, be uplifted, put your root down, veg out and get ready to toss your salad in the air like you just don’t care as the Vegetable Plot make their first public outing at the 2014 Sydney Fringe this September.

20th and 21st Sept at the 2014 Sydney Fringe

@ The Annex, 5 Eliza St, Newtown, 2pm

Book Tickets Here: www.thevegetableplot.com.au

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The Dirty Earth – Lead Singer Mandy Speaks About the band

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What inspired you to become a singer/writer/band? and who are your early influences.

My Mum! I was lucky to grow up with a mother who is an excellent singer and a very talented musician. I have a very broad influence base and to be honest, there isn’t a lot I don’t listen to or haven’t listened to but my absolute hands down favourite vocalist and greatest influence is Lisa Kekaula of The Bellrays. Wow, just wow – she is mind blowing! If I could sing half as well as her, I’d be a happy woman.

I have always loved soul music; artists like Sam Cooke, Otis Redding & Aretha Franklin. As a teenager in the 80’s I started to listen to bands like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie & Joy Division. By the time the 90’s came along I was a firm fan of Monster Magnet, Clutch, Red Kross, Hole, way too many to list. These days my iPod typically has The (aforementioned) Bellrays playing, along with the likes of The Paybacks, The Dead Weather and my husband is always introducing me to new bands. King Giant & Switchblade Jesus were his last recommendations and I can not fault his taste. Great music.

Tell us a little about how you write, how do the songs come? What gets you going creatively?

The Dirty Earth is lucky to have an extremely talented song writer and guitarist extra-ordinaire in Raff Iacurto. Raff comes up with some very cool riffs and often what happens is we start with that and I add a vocal melody and lyrics. Other times Raff will come into the rehearsal space with a song in it’s entirity and Jim, Leon & I will add our own touches and voila– a new song!

Your bio mentions “a refreshed line up” tell us about that?

Our old drummer, Harvey, relocated to Malaysia about 6 months ago and I approached a friend of mine I’d been in a band with previously to see if he’d be keen to fill Harvey’s shoes. He had his hands full with 2 other bands but he gave me the phone number of a bloke he described as “a very, very, good drummer”. That was Leon and it’s hard to remember sometimes that he has only been on board for 6 months but he picked up the songs unbelievably quickly and he is every bit as good as my friend had mentioned. We got lucky; very lucky indeed.

What is the first record you bought and why?

In 1976, as a 7 year old, I saved up my pocket moneyand bought ‘ABBA Arrival’. I thought Anna was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. Every little girl I knew loved ABBA.

What current OZ acts inspire you? Ditto for international acts?

There are some amazing local rock acts around at the moment. I’m hearing new stuff all the time because I’m married to a prolific music collector who manages to find some very sweet stuff I must say. I’d say do yourself a favour and check out Bruce, Arrowhead, The Archaic Revial, Electric Mary, Witch Fight, Don Fernando, and my husband has a great new band called Quake Machine. They’re pretty cool, check ‘em out! Internationally, have a listen to bands like The Bellrays, King Giant, Switchblade Jesus, Clutch, Monster Magnet, Black Spiders, Corrosion of Conformity, Night Horse, shall I go on?

Tell us a little about your music and what a crowd can expect at a live show – ?

We’ve struggled for a while actually to describe our music when we’re asked this question simply because I don’t think we can be pigeon-holed easily. We play rock n roll but I wouldn’t say we fit easily into any particular rock sub genre. I think more recently though Raff has been drawing heavily on the guitar sound he used in his Thumlock days. Warm, fuzzy, guitar with a nice, thick tone, and a slightly slower tempo. He mixes it up though and I think that’s what makes our music so unique. As our bio says, The Dirty Earth are a biting blitzkrieg of chugging, distorted guitars, flecked with powerful, velvety vocals.

Favourite artists of all time?

Lisa Kekaula & Aretha Franklin.

Fave film? Fave Book? Fave place? Fave animal or pet?. And story if there is one?

The Shawshank Redemption or Pans Labyrinth (movie)

True Detective Season 1 (favourite TV show)

Lonesome Dove (favourite book)

A great seat at the SCG with beer and pie in hand, sun on my back, watching the mighty Bloods kick arse! (favourite place)

Lion (favourite animal)

Fave food or drink and is there a story associated with that….

Caramello Koala’s and an ice cold Coopers Pale Ale (not together!). No funny story but I often tell my eldest son, Cooper, that he was named after Coopers beer, which he finds quite distressing. He wasn’t actually named after the beer of course but it’s fun meddling like that J!

You are backstage with Lisa Kekaula, what do you say?

I love you. I have actually said that to her when I’ve met her and I do indeed love her!

What are your future plans for 2014

The Dirty Earth is heading down south to do a few shows in Melbourne soon and we’re hoping to get up to Brisbane at some stage. We will have an albums worth of new songs soon, so we’re back in the rehearsal room making noise.

 

 

Luke Escombe

Luke Escombe Triple Release

Luke Escombe’s previous album Mantown spent 9 straight months in the top ten of the Australian Blues and Roots chart, spawning two unforgettably twisted music videos and garnering comparisons to everyone from Nick Cave to Flight of the Conchords.

Now the Sydney singer-songwriter announces the release of his first feature length DVD Chronic Symphonic, as well as two other live albums – Live on the Coast and Live at the Promethean – all on the same day.

These live releases highlight the remarkable journey Luke Escombe has made over the last two years, from blues and roots musician, to provocative musical satirist, stand up comedian, health ambassador and public speaker. Last year he spoke and performed in every major city in Australia, as well as in Auckland and Wellington, where he received a standing ovation at the Te Papa National Museum. Chronic Symphonic is where all of his different identities intersect, backed by an 8-piece band, a giant projector screen and a string section.

The show was recorded at Notes Live in Newtown as part of the 2012 Sydney Fringe. It received a 4 and a half star review fromJohn Shand in the Sydney Morning Herald, who described Luke as “a rock-soul singer, raconteur, blistering blues guitarist, comedian and songwriter, and very good at them all”. The 70 minute performance included an airing of Luke’s gangsta rap music video about living with Crohn’s disease – “Master Key” – and a finale that involved the members of the audience joyfully simulating an act of self-love.

 Over twelve thousand dollars was raised in just five days last September through crowdfunding website Pozible.com to fund the release of Chronic Symphonic on DVD. This has made it possible to release the recordings of two other live shows: Live on the Coast and Live at the Promethean, the former recorded at Wagstaffe Hall on the NSW Central Coast with Luke’s rock and roll 4-piece “The Corporation” and the latter recorded at the Promethean in Adelaide in a stripped-down duo format, with Luke accompanied by young Melbourne bassist James Gilligan.

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Luka Bloom-Head and Heart Official Release May 2

So this Friday is the day……

Luka Bloom’s new album ‘Head & Heart’ to be released  on Planet May 2nd

Bloom’s song choices are interesting and at times inspired (his reading of Ewan MacColl’s The Joy of Living is just that: a joy)…. His guitar lines breathe fresh life into covers of John Martyn’s Head and Heart and the Keith Jarrett-inspired choice,My Wild Irish Rose. Siobhan Long / Irish Times 

With artists like Luka, for whom music is as fundamental as a heart beat, there can be no surprise that an album as fully realised as Head & Heart has come along so soon after 2012’s superb This New Morning. Luka explains that it has been an irresistible transition.

“After This New Morning’s release, and inspired by Jarrett’s approach, I found myself learning, re-learning and writing a whole raft of similar songs, and really enjoying it. But there was a problem: it would have been just so easy for me to take the material into familiar surroundings and record the songs with familiar arrangements and no risks. Something told me to be patient, that some of the songs needed something more.”

“Then one day I met my friend Paul G. Smyth outside Tower Records in Dublin. Paul is a great piano player. We got to talking about the songs and the seed was sown for piano involvement in the project. I sent Paul the songs. He voiced his approval and interest, but with typical magnanimity insisted I actually needed to work with the Phil Ware trio.”

The Phil Ware Trio – Phil on piano, Dave Redmond on double bass, Kevin Brady on drums – appealed to Luka immediately, not least considering the connection with Jarrett, and he contacted them.

“This was new territory for me,” admits Luka. “I wanted to create a landscape for the songs which would enhance them but also somehow expose them in a very naked way. So came about the mad idea to just meet with the lads for the first time in the studio and instantly record with no rehearsal. Just feel the songs; play them, serve them, record them and release them.” Luka admits that recording live and unrehearsed with unfamiliar musicians was a “terrifying” but a “fantastic” experience, “utterly rewarding”.

Six of the tracks on the record come from those two days in the studio with the Phil Ware Trio, including two new ones by Luka. Of the other six songs on the record, five are solo – many of which, like ‘Danny Boy’ and Ewan McColl’s ‘The Joy of Living’ might be seen as “standards”, songs that Luka’s fans will be eager to hear how he puts his own inimitable stamp on them. And the sixth? “Well,” Luka continues the story, “we had decided ‘My Wild Irish Rose’ would be best with just piano, vocal and guitar, and booked the studio for another day. On the day, Phil was ill and couldn’t come in. Brian Masterson and myself were in the studio in Wicklow wondering what to do when in came Paul Wade, piano-tuner for Phil. As he was tuning and playing away, I commented to Brian that he was a pretty tasty player. ‘Hey Paul’, says I, ‘Have you ever been recorded?’ ‘Nope’, says Paul. ‘Would you like to be?’ says I. ‘OK,’ says Paul.”

Head or heart? Head and heart!

Track listing 

1 HEAD AND HEART (John Martyn; Warlock Music, 3.26)

2 BANKS OF THE LEE (trad; arr Luka Bloom, 4.13)

3 EVERY GRAIN OF SAND (Bob Dylan; Special Rider Music, 4.14)

4 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE (Ewan MacColl; Bicycle Music, 3.17)

5 GIVE YOU WINGS (Luka Bloom; IMRO Ireland / MCPS / Luka Bloom Music, 5.02)

6 GENTLE ON MY MIND (John Hartford; Acuff-Rose Music, 3.57)

7 MY WILD IRISH ROSE (Alcott; arr Luka Bloom, 4.14)

8 LONESOME ROBIN (Bob Coltman; Collegium Music, 4.12)

9 AND I LOVE YOU SO (Don McClean; Songs of Universal / Benny Bird Co. Inc, 4.13)

10 LIFFEYSIDE (Luka Bloom; IMRO Ireland / MCPS / Luka Bloom Music, 3.51)

11 DANNY BOY (Weatherly; arr Luka Bloom, 3.17)

12 THE JOY OF LIVING (Ewan MacColl; Bicycle Music, 4.16)

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Leroys Layabouts

Leroy’s Layabouts Re Emerge On The Scene

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Album: Smokin’

Out On: Smiling Crocodile

File Under: Classic Rhythm & Blues

Sounds Like: The Blues Brothers, Louis Jordan, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Location: Sydney & Blue Mts

LAUNCH DATE – MAY 17 PETERHSAM BOWLO

LEROY SUAVE(a.k.a. Brian ‘The Vicar’ Wakefield): vocals, guitar. “Leroy’s larynx should be preserved by the National Trust” – Daily Telegraph 1982. “Crooner who Walks, Boogie Beast that Cannot Die” – RAM Magazine 1986.

Best known as bandleader of Leroy’s Layabouts lets us in on some inside info….

Tell us a little about your music and what a crowd can expect at a live show ?-

“The music is eclectic but centres on good-time sax-based rhythm & blues from the mid 1940s to early 1960s – spiced up with jazz/rock sensibilities and humour. Lots of room for spontaneity. Expect fun: clapping, cheering, good-natured heckling, dancing, a few intent enthusiasts watching guitar players’ fingers, lots of gorgeous women. (Okay, the last-mentioned was wishful thinking, but not entirely untrue.)”

 

What inspired you to become a singer/writer/band? and who are your early influences.?

The mid 1960s “British Invasion” R&B groups in interviews spoke of their American idols so I went in search of their records, digging further till I found more old blues artists who turned me on. Like many young white fans, I foolishly sort of wanted to be black. One of the hardest things for a white male (especially if non-American) is to sound natural singing the blues – most try too hard and it shows – but after a lifetime of absorbing the essence it just comes of its own accord without having to think. There’s a beaut anecdote about Dave Van Ronk finishing his set with a searingly intense rendition of “Hoochie Coochie Man”, to thunderous applause. As he came offstage, Muddy Waters, who was headlining, said “That was great, but did you know it’s supposed to be a funny song?”

And the influences….

“Little Richard’s line of dirty, dirty saxes and the absolutely filthy sound of the solos, Leadbelly, early Rolling Stones, Shel Silverstein, Chuck Berry, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Fats Waller, Fats Domino, Louis Jordan, Harry Belafonte, Elvis, Albert King, the Fugs, Jimmy Witherspoon, Jimmy Liggins, Carl Perkins, Big Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris, Professor Longhair, Cab Calloway, Jimmy Rushing, Python Lee Jackson, Max Merritt, Captain Matchbox….”

Favourite artists of all time?

“Ray Charles, Lord Melody, Dizzy Gillespie, Howlin’ Wolf, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Wynona Carr, Percy Mayfield, BB King, Albert Collins, Coasters, Drifters, Beatles, Basie, King Radio, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix, Louis Armstrong, Tom Lehrer, Gatemouth Brown, La Vern Baker, Mills Bros, Ry Cooder, Miriam Makeba, Neville Bros”

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Luka Bloom (IRE)

Luka Bloom

Foghorn media is proud to announce we will be working with Luka Bloom on his upcoming Australian release.  With a poet’s heart and a rockster’s soul, Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland’s best-respected contemporary folk artists, having produced 20 albums since the 1970s.  He has the power to bring audiences to a hush as his poetic lyrics bounce over melodies in a beautiful, captivating way.  Bloom continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do, and the new album ‘Head & Heart’ to be released here on Planet May 2nd proves he is still making provocative, poetic music that delves deep into the intricacies of the human soul and pulls out the nuggets and puts them in a song.

In the mean time, have a look at the single ‘My Wild Irish Rose’ off Luka’s new album – Head & Heart. Featured this month on Soundslikecafe Digital as well.

LLoyd Cole (UK)

Lloyd Cole

Foghorn media is proud to announce we will be working with Lloyd Cole from April onwards in lead up to his Australian tour beginning June. See below for tour dates:

JUNE 2014

Wednesday 18th June & Thursday 19th June:
Sydney, The Basement 

7 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay
NSW 2000
Tel. (02) 9251 2797
Tickets $49.00 + bf (show only) or $99.00 (dinner and show)
Book Online

Friday 20th June: Newcastle, Lizottes
Tickets $49.00 + bf (show only) or $91.00 + bf (dinner and show)
Book Online

Tuesday 24th June: Fremantle, Fly By Night
Tickets $47.00 + bf
Book Online or phone (08) 94305976

Thursday 26th June: Oakleigh, Caravan Music Club
Tickets $55.00 + bf reserved seating and $45.00 + bf GA
Book Online or phone: 03-95681432

Friday 27th June: Melbourne, Thornbury Theatre
Tickets $45.00 + bf (GA), $55.00 + bf (reserved seating) or $85.00 + bf (dinner and show)
Book Online

Saturday 28th June: Castlemaine, Theatre Royal
Tickets $49.00 + bf
Book Online or phone 03-54721196 or via the box office 30-32 Hargreaves St. Castlemaine.

Sunday 29th June: Elsternwick, Flying Saucer Club (afternoon show 3.00pm – 6.00pm)
Tickets $55.00 + bf reserved seating and $45.00 + bf GA
Book Online or phone 03-95283600

JULY 2014

In Conversation
Wednesday 2 July 2014: University of South Australia, Adelaide
Lloyd Cole: on music singles to Spotify hosted by the Hawke Research Institute
Register online for this free event

In Conversation
Friday 4 July 2014: Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart
Lloyd Cole: on music singles to Spotify hosted by the Hawke Research Institute and MONA
Tickets $20.00 + b/f
Book Online

Saturday 5th July: Launceston, Red Hot Music
Tickets $35.00
from Red Hot Music 10-12 Edward St. Devonport or phone: 03-64242286

Tuesday 8th July: Canberra, The Street
Tickets $49.00 (includes bf)
Book Online or phone 02–62471223 or via The Street Theatre: 156 Childers St. Canberra.

Thursday 10th July: Brisbane, Powerhouse Theatre
Tickets $49.00 + bf
Book Online

Friday 11th July: Gold Coast, Soundlounge
Tickets $40.00 + bf
Book Online or phone 07-55347999

Saturday 12th July: Lismore, Star Theatre
Tickets $45.00 + bf
Book Online or phone 02-66225005

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Angel At My Table – Tour Dates

Loaded with lush guitars, catchy melodies and unique vocals, Angel At My Table from Luxembourg produces a fresh and distinctive powerpop sound. Original in their local scene, the group has been placed firmly on the Luxembourg music map, and became local heroes in no time. Angel At My Table are certainly one of the most promising newcomer acts ever to have emerged from the ‘bourg in the last decades. In only their third year, they are currently touring and promoting their debut album titled “Light”, recorded and produced by Paul Levitt in Baltimore (USA)

Back on tour again, here are their upcoming dates:

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