Happy Holidays from Karen Conrad Publicity

It’s that time of year again, my friends.

It’s time to say goodbye to 2017 and wish you all happy holidays!

This office is closed from 21 December – 3 January. If it’s urgent you can ring my mobile and emails will be checked periodically.

See you all in 2018.

Until then stay safe, have fun and fight the power!




Karise Eden: Live & Acoustic 3 gigs!

Karise Eden is arguably Australia’s best new female blues vocalist. All natural talent with a soulful voice borne of a hard knock life, the depth & feeling she expresses when she sings makes it hard to believe she is still only 25 years old. Karise has broken ARIA chart records and sold platinum and gold albums but it’s her intimate, acoustic shows where her visceral connection is most apparent. For one weekend in November Karise Eden will perform live and acoustically at select Melbourne venues. Karise Eden will be road testing a few new songs while in Melbourne, too, so don’t miss out on these three initimate gigs!

Fri 3 Nov – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne VIC

Sat 4 Nov – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs VIC

Sun 5 Nov – Flying Saucer, Elsternwick VIC

Ticket info from www.kariseeden.com.au

We are pleased to be working with Neil Murray, one of Australia’s most original and respected singer/songwriters and performers.

A founding member of the groundbreaking Warumpi Band, Neil helped make contemporary Indigenous music to be heard in mainstream Australia. Neil has enjoyed a solid solo career since 1989.

Neil’s live shows are the stuff of legend and combine a rare gift for storytelling with a famously passionate performance. He has played at gigs and festivals small and large and remains an enduring and creative talent in the Australian music scene.

“Neil Murray sings from the heart of this country.” – Jim Moginie, founding member of Midnight Oil, producer and songwriter

“His lyrical themes are as relevant to Australia as Woody Gurthrie’s are to America.” – Billy Pinnell, Broadcaster/Writer

“An outstanding singer/songwriter.” – Bill Hauritz, Executive Director, Woodford Folk Festival

In 1995 Neil Murray received the APRA song of the year award for his composition ‘My Island Home’ originally written for the Warumpi Band and later recorded by Christine Anu.  The song featured famously in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics and was named 25th on APRA’s list of the top 30 Australian songs.

‘Jailanguru Pakarnu’ (out from jail) – co-written with Sammy Butcher and recorded by the Warumpi Band was included on the inaugural National Film and Sound Archive’s ‘Sounds of Australia’ collection in 2007. Released in 1983, it was one of the first pop/rock songs sung in an Indigenous language.  In 2016 ‘My Island Home’ as recorded by Christine Anu – was also included in the NFSA ‘Sound of Australia’ series.

‘Blackfella Whitefella’, ‘Good light in Broome’, ‘Native Born’ and ‘Burrumbeep Hill’ are just some of the iconic songs Neil Murray has penned.  Mary Black, Jimmy Little, Missy Higgins, Christine Anu, Peter Denahy, Amy Saunders, Powderfinger, The Tiddas, Peter Brandy, Adam Brand, Emma Donovan, Yirrmal Marika and Ursula Yovich and many others have recorded his works.

Neil’s output has done much to deepen Australia’s contemporary music heritage.  In 2017 he was named Port Fairy Folk Festival Artist of the Year.

He has released 13 solo albums.  His latest release ‘Hindsight’ showcases 32 songs selected from his back catalogue.


Available on iTunes:

View Neil’s latest video ‘Whispering Casuarina’ at:


Lake Minnetonka launch their slammin’ new single, ‘There It Is’, at Bird’s Basement Sat. 18 November!

The band is doing an early show (7:30pm) and a late one (10pm) on Saturday 18th of November and have promised to turn Melbourne’s classiest jazz club all shades of neon!

Funklords Lake Minnetonka have been bringing infectious jazz riffs and bouncing funk beats to Melbourne since 2013, jetting between hometown Melbourne and the soulful Minneapolis that has been influencing their sound.” – Speaker TV

Lake Minnetonka features bandleader and composer Adam Rudegeair (PBS FM’s ‘Black Wax’, The Bowie Project) on keytar and synths, Jack Wieseler on guitar, Ann Metry (Sol Nation) on bass, Emily Shaw on drums and ‘AJ’ Jackson on sax.

2017 has so far seen Lake Minnetonka play the Sydney Road Street Festival in March and the Stonnington Jazz Festival in May, as well as recording with Paul Peterson (The Time, fDeluxe/The Family) when he was here in April, playing at Bird’s Basement with the Minneapolis All-Stars.

In 1987, Prince released two instrumental jazz/funk albums under the band name Madhouse that blended the bebop-infused saxophone wizardry of Eric Leeds (fDeluxe, D’Angelo), with heavy robotic grooves. It is from these instrumental Madhouse recordings that Lake Minnetonka takes its cues, combining hard and irrepressible beats with infectious jazz riffs and incendiary solos.

Lake Minnetonka is now finishing their debut album, which will be released early next year. The album features collaborations with some of Melbourne’s most talented jazz, funk and soul vocalists, including Chantal Mitvalsky, who features on the band’s latest single, “There It Is”. While Chantal is currently in New York, a special guest vocalist will be joining Lake at this very special single launch.


Nick Stratford releases new album ‘Yeah Nah’

Melbourne singer-songwriter Nick Stratford is set to launch his new album ‘Yeah Nah’ live with full band on Sunday 5 November at Toff In Town from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

‘Yeah Nah’ contains nine fine original rock/alt/indie songs penned by Nick Stratford, along with two more co-writes from him with Graham Gillmore and Tom Rouch. It was also produced by Rouch, a noted film and television composer and acclaimed session guitarist (film scores include The Reckoning, The Will To Fly, and Furious 7).  These songs touch on the big themes in life, along with the occasional political/social comment and display flashes of sharp wit, healthy cynicism and good humour throughout.

Nick says, “I’ve been kicking some of these songs around for years and after some rewrites and reworking I think it’s finally time to share them with the world.”.

“I’m quite happy with this album, my second, and I love working with Tom – we really mesh musically and we always have a laugh. It’s been a fun project for me.”

Nick recorded his first full length album ‘Astroboy’ in 2011. At times deeply personal and poignant (the title track is about his now 14-year-old quadriplegic son, Oli), his songs embrace styles from rock to alternative to indie and surf, with a deeply Australian style ala Sunnyboys and Hoodoo Gurus.

To support the release of the single and album, Nick will play live shows featuring a full band with Nick on vocals and bass and acclaimed session guitarist and producer Tom Rouch on lead guitar.

Muscle Shoals Fayre, Saturday 16 September – 11am-7pm

Attention Vinyl Addicts & Music Aficionados

Meet me at Muscle Shoals Second Hand Records for the Muscle Shoals Fayre, a mini music festival of the highest quality from 11am to 7ish this Saturday 16, September.

Kid friendly

Cost: Diddly! No Pesos! Nada! Free!

Dean Richards
Giant Moths
Rosie Haden
Michael Plater
Mia Schoen
Nick Batterham
Johnny Livewire & Special Guest
Dean Schultz
Brando Rising

New Orleans food available next door from the always delicious cafe Thang, located right next door.

50,000 LPs 45’s 78’s ……..



Simon Imrei – ‘Let Go’ single launch on Sunday Oct 29 @Bar Open

Introducing SIMON IMREI.

Simon Imrei 
is proud to launch his new single ‘Let Go’ on Sunday October 29 at Bar Open, Fitzroy, 317 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 8pm.

Tickets are $10 +bf at: http://bit.ly/SimonImrei.

Simon will be joined by his full live band, along with special guests Delsinki Records & Brooke Taylor and Millington.

‘Let Go’ is the debut single from Simon’s new 2-part album ‘’The Sum of Scenes’ to be released in early 2018.

Lyrically, the song plays with the idea of fear and the struggle to come to terms with yourself but also the difficulty in portraying your “true self” to the outside world.

‘Let Go’ is punctuated by ethereal vocals and eerie synth undertones. A signature acoustic guitar riff weaves through every verse, mingling with lush harmonies and swelling guitars.

It was recorded and mixed by Kye Thomas at Salt Studios and mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering.


Leigh Fisher (Drums), Josh Bridges (Bass), Robbie Melville (Guitar), Sam Cope (Keys), Louise MacGregor (BV), Nova Marsh (BV), Rob Grozdan (BV)

About Simon:

While Simon’s name may not be immediately familiar to you, chances are you’ve heard him. He has been writing, recording and performing since 2005, performing live at venues large and small, including Queenscliff and Port Fairy Folk Festivals and touring Adelaide & Sydney. He was a member of alt-country band The Wildes (now Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes) and also toured with The Basics, Jess Harlen and Nicholas Roy.

As a solo artist, he has released two fine EPs and an album called ‘Branching Inward’ in 2012 before taking a break from the hectic music scene.

Visit Simon Imrei here:




‘Let Go’ is available on iTunes, Spotify and via Google Play.