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  • Country blues guitarist in the Deep South … of NSW

    13 Nov 2017
    BY CHRIS JOHNSONRagtime – it’s that feel-good sound of yesteryear that is currently enjoying a healthy revival among music lovers everywhere.Fast, earthy and complicated, it is...

  • Tommy thrills at the Opera House

    03 Oct 2017
    BY CHRIS JOHNSONAustralia has no greater guitarist than Tommy Emmanuel. Full stop. End of story.In fact, he is probably the best guitarist in the world.In his hands, he can make a...

  • Hope I live before I get old

    08 Sep 2017
    BY SIMON TATZIn The Who’s 1965 hit My Generation, Roger Daltry sang what is possibly one of the most famous lyrics in the history of rock ‘n roll: “I hope I die before I get...

  • G stands for Guitarra

    24 Aug 2017
    By Chris JohnsonCan flamenco, classical, jazz and blues all share the stage at the same time?Maybe. Probably. Sure.Absolutely, if the legendary Paco Peña is at the helm.Currently...

  • Jazzing it up gypsy style

    16 Aug 2017
    By CHRIS JOHNSONIt was late one balmy night during a recent overseas holiday to Noumea (see this edition’s travel pages), wandering around the marina when we heard it.Live music...

  • Noonan and Schaupp excel once more

    27 Jun 2017
    By Chris JohnsonSome musical collaborations are so wonderfully exquisite, they are worth revisiting and reinventing over and over again.The Katie Noonan, Karin Schaupp...

  • Soul served hot and buttery

    15 Jun 2017
    By guest author Paul Smith, Deputy Editor of Australian DoctorThere was a moment back in the late 80s when Whitney Houston’s pitch perfect vocal pyrotechnics in the...

  • Where there's smoke there's fire

    08 May 2017
    BY CHRIS JOHNSONWhat do you get when you put a small bunch of musos, some of them senior diplomats and journalists in previous lives, together in the same room?They put on such a...

  • Thousands flock to folk festival

    17 Apr 2017
    Thousands of music lovers from all across Australia flocked to the nation’s capital on the Easter long weekend to soak up 200 performing artists, including 27 acts from various...

  • UK doctor to perform at National Folk Festival

    31 Mar 2017
    Easter is fast approaching, which means it’s that time of year to escape to one of the exceptional music festivals Australia puts on annually over the long weekend.There is of...

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