FRESH from her successful shows at the Optus Gympie Music Muster, the Ashleigh Dallas Band plays The Pub in Tamworth tomorrow night.
Ash presented two shows at the Muster – on main stage and at
the Muster Club – with her own band, a first for the home-grown singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
She’d barely touched down from three weeks touring America with the Kasey Chambers Band before she packed her bags for the Muster.
Joining Ash on stage at The Pub tomorrow night will be the line-up that rocked Gympie – her family band with father Brett on lead guitar, her brother Lindsay on bass and cousin Luke on drums.
As it’s always a big night when the Dallas clan take The Pub stage, it’s
advisable to book your table for dinner first by phoning 6765 5655.
It won’t be long before Ash heads into the studio to record her debut album, songs from which she will no doubt preview tomorrow night.
I’ve heard a couple of her originals that will go on the disc, and it’s going to be something quite special.
THERE’S another cool musical event happening in Tamworth.
Tomorrow and Saturday night at The Albert there’s a pretty special musical reunion.
About eight years ago there was a popular band around town called Star Ten Hash featuring Sally-Anne Whitten, Rob Bennic, Trevor Stacey and Steve McCauley.
They worked the North West music scene for a fair while and then went separate ways (as bands do) to pursue various other projects.
Just recently, over a few beers, it was decided to get the band back together for a night or two of nostalgia and it’s all happening this weekend at The Albert.
They take the stage from 8 o’clock both nights.
HERE’S a chance for Troy Cassar-Daley fans
to see him in a totally
In two very special concerts on Saturday, October 20, Troy will perform his hits and quite a few surprises with the Queensland Pops Orchestra at QPAC.
Included in the surprise set of songs are jazz standards Come Fly With Me and Fly Me To The Moon.
Joining Troy for this special event is Laurel Edwards, his beautiful wife, a radio announcer in Brisbane and a singer in her own right.
If you’d like to be part of this unique event, you can book your tickets by phoning 136 246 or at www.qpac.com.au
FIONA Kernaghan, the US-based sister of Lee and Tania, has been working steadily at her craft of song writing for a number of years and has kicked some pretty impressive goals.
Now her songs are featuring in a new movie showing in Australian cinemas.
The thriller, Bad Karma,starring Ray
Liotta (Goodfellows, Hannibal), has six original Fiona K co-writes, including the dramatic end titles tune, Everything, which she also sang.
Understandably Fiona is pumped about the project and said she had
a blast writing original songs to pitch for the movie.
“I am incredibly proud of the unique interconnectedness of score and songs that we achieved,” she said.
The soundtrack is available on iTunes and includes the film’s score, composed by Fiona’s co-writer, Bryce Jacobs, as well as eight songs featuring fellow Aussie artists Genevieve Maynard
and one of Fiona’s longtime writing partners, Anthony Snape.
Ray Liotta stars as an ex-pat American who teams up with an Australian gangster and drug dealer for a large-scale heroin shipment hijack.
Dominic Purcell (Prison Break), Vanessa Gray (All Saints) and Aaron Pederson (City Homicide, The Secret Life Of Us) are co-starring. The movie was also released on DVD this week.
AS I reported recently, there’s a big Aussie contingent in Nashville for this week’s Americana Music Festival.
Shane Nicholson posted on Facebook yesterday that he’d just finished rehearsals at the historic mother church of country music, the Ryman Theatre, for his song on tonight’s (our time) staging of the Americana Music Awards.
He and Kasey will perform Rattling Bones in the esteemed company of Instrumentalist of
the Year finalist Buddy Miller and Michigan-born Grammy Award winner, Don Was.
It’s going to be a big night at the Ryman with finalists numbering among the who’s who of Americana music – Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Steve Earle and his son, Justin Townes Earle, and Patty Griffin, to name a few.
I’m sure the Aussies will do us proud and shake the very foundations of the building that’s witnessed so much wonderful music over the years.
NEWS from my Flasher mate in South Australia is that Frank “The Chookman” Turton has been making headlines yet again.
In fact, he almost ended up in jail just recently for taking his chook into the Uluru National Park.
He did try telling the ranger it was a domestic wedge-tailed eagle, but I’m pretty sure the ranger knew his roosters from his native wildlife.
Frank was in the park wrapping up filming on a documentary/movie that’s being made by French film maker Marc Cousin.
Marc plans to return to Australia later this year with the completed film, with the international premiere to be held at Renmark in December, followed by an Australian release in Tamworth in January.
Marc has applied for a 12-month visa so he and Frank can hit the road, taking the movie everywhere they can to audiences right around the country.
They also plan to tour on the Willitsinkorwontit downstream of Renmark to Murray Bridge (river levels permitting), and on to the 2013 Mildura Country Music Festival.
Armed with all the latest technology – not that you’d know it if you have seen Frank’s houseboat before – they will have a portable screen so they can show the movie wherever they are – along the riverbank, in an outback location or in a local cinema.
The film will also be available on DVD. It’s a classic in the making. Trust me. I’m a journalist!