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Jack Howard

Jack Howard

By Chris Mineral Small Moments of Glory (Brolga Press 2020) is the name of Jack Howard’s first book. It covers his career as a musician in Hunters and Collectors, his solo career and the various projects he has played in such as his time on the 2017 Midnight Oil World Tour where he was recruited

Charcoal Lane

By Chris Mineral Charcoal Lane was the debut album of Archie Roach where the song Took The Children Away made its first appearance.  For many people this is the song that made them aware of the policy of taking First Nation children away from their parents, sending them to foster parents. This iconic song of

We Sing

By Chris Mineral Mutti Mutti singer and song man Kutcha Edwards is like a champion multiple group one winner. He has an incredible track record. Musos that he has recorded with include Paul Kelly, Andy Stewart, Dan Sultan, Paul Hester, Craig Pilkington, Richard Pleasance (Boom Crash Opera, Kenny soundtrack) and Renee Geyer and he has

Happy Hour

By Chris Mineral Please Leave Your Light On is the name of the album by Paul Grabowski and Paul Kelly. It is a sublime and beautiful record.  The film clip to Sonnet 138 shows jazz maestro Grabowski sitting at the piano and Paul Kelly standing nearby, reciting text. They are performing and recording at the

The Sound

By Chris Mineral Yorta Yorta singer and composer Deborah Cheetham has composed a brilliant companion piece to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.  Entitled Dutala, Star Filled Sky, it was performed as a prelude to the 9th Symphony at the dazzling launch to the 2020 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) season. The 9th is one of Beethoven’s most popular

Higher Places

By Chris Mineral Nat Vazer’s debut album Is this Offensive And Loud was launched during the COVID-19 era, and it is a ripper of an album.  One of the highlights is the song Higher Places. Sunlight, like the McEvoy racehorse of the same name, is brilliant. It’s optimistic and bright like that of a song

Light Scape

By Chris Mineral Immerse yourself in a brilliant sound and vision show at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne (RBGV) in June and July.  After the sun has set there will be a tremendous light show among the trees and gardens. Entitled Light Scape, the installation will run from June 19 to July 19. There will

Soul A Go Go

By Chris Mineral The Melbourne-based Soul Messin Allstars, comprising some of the best producers and studio musicians who live and breathe soul, have a brand-new seven-inch single called Soul A Go Go with a film clip featuring choreographer Fortuna Kebebe.  This is a sonic delight that is now available at all good record stores in the

NGV Fridays

By Chris Mineral, At the National Gallery Victoria (NGV) on St Kilda Rd, the live music of NGV Friday Nights has a reprise summer season to help celebrate the Keith Haring / Jean Michel Basquiat : Crossing Lines Exhibition.  At the iconic water wall at the front of the gallery there is a magnificent Keith

Museum Music

By Chris Mineral “BATTS Planetarium Visual Experience” at Scienceworks was a great event.  Playing music from her album The Grand Tour, inspired in part by the sounds of the universe recorded by NASA, the audio/visual showed a journey through the universe had the terrific vibe.  All sessions had the “Full House” sign out. The event

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