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Hello 2019!
  A huge lineup of internationals kicks the year off!
Scroll below for:
• “The Pride of Ireland” Mary Coughlan (Ireland)
• Blues man and force for good Eric Bibb (USA)
• Dazzling blues treasure Chris Cain (USA)
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• Guatemalan-born US-based sensation Gaby Moreno
— all touring nationally in the coming weeks.
• And do NOT miss the new single ‘The Machine’ from Irish singer/activist/musician Sharon Shannon, also touring nationally.
Stay tuned for more announcements and please keep an ear out for all of the excellent shows at my favourite venue, The Fyrefly at the Newmarket Hotel in St Kilda.

Happy 2019! xKaren

 

Mary Coughlan (Ireland) – Live and Kicking Australian Tour

Mary Coughlan is live and kicking and coming to Australia for dates in February and March 2019 and bringing her most recent album ‘Live And Kicking’ with her!

Mary is arguably one of Ireland’s greatest female jazz and blues singers, a true artist who has carved out a timeless and highly regarded career and a legion of devoted fans worldwide. Described as “Ireland’s Billie Holiday” Mary has overcome childhood trauma, alcoholism & drug addiction to become a musical force like no other. “Her life story gives weight to the truth that the best singers are the ones with the most painful lives.” — The GuardianRead on for more info and show details…

Eric Bibb & Band Australian Tour May 2019

A leading bluesman of his generation, two time Grammy-nominated Eric Bibb will take to the stage with his sensational band for an evening of uplifting and inspiring folk and blues. Having previously wowed Australian audiences many times over the years, it will be an honour to welcome this fiery singer with true soul, gospel and folk roots, back to Australia.Read on for more info and show details…

Gaby Moreno – Australian Tour March 2019

Gaby Moreno is coming to Australia for a string of dates to sing her heart out for you!

A superb vocalist and uniquely gifted songwriter originally hailing from Guatemala, Gaby is an Emmy nominee and Latin Grammy winner who has released 4 solo records internationally. Her latest album Ilusión received a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. She has toured with Tracy Chapman, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Ani DiFranco, Punch Brothers, Milk Carton Kids and Calexico, and has shared stages with Bono, Andrea Bocelli and Van Dyke Parks.Read on for more info and show details…

CHRIS CAIN (US) – TOURING AUSTRALIA MAY 2019

Blues aficionados – get ready for it!

Bluesman Chris Cain is coming to Oz in May for a string of must-see shows!
Chris concocts a soulful stew of Memphis-style electric blues accompanied by powerfully deep vocals and jazz inspired blues guitar riffs that are uniquely his own, a fine brew that pays homage to his heroes, sometimes reminiscent of the legendary BB King and Albert King, but always with his own inimitable seasoning. Read on for more info and show details…

Sharon Shannon (Ireland) releases new single ‘The Machine’ ahead of Australian Tour Dates

 

The Machine is a song that Sharon first heard sung by Alyra Rose at Acoma Indian Reservation in New Mexico. The lyric and sentiment of the song had a big impact on Sharon. (Alyra and her father were also very involved with the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Three Forks Reservation in North Dakota.)

Sharon’s album was already titled Sacred Earth, so the inclusion of the song on the album was a natural fit. Sharon worked on the song with Alyra and engineer Craig Mulvagh and brought in Susan O Neill on vocals and trumpet, resulting in a trad Irish/ hip hop/ rap hybrid with an important message. Read on for more info and show details…