Oct 202007


The Age EG Music Awards 2007

It was one of the most memorable gigs of last year, when everyone from Paul Kelly to Dallas Crane, Barnesy and Bonnie Tyler helped The Age EG celebrate its 21st Birthday at the Prince Bandroom. And now The Age EG Music Awards are back with a vengeance. The concert, to be held at St Kilda’s Prince Bandroom on November 30, will star one of the hottest rock bands in the country, the Living End, in their only gig of the year. The EG Allstars house band will get together again to play a bunch of songs (originals and covers), with guest singers including Angie Hart, Clare Bowditch, Joe Camilleri and X’s Steve Lucas, while Jet’s Nic Cester performs his band’s songs acoustically.

The EG Music Awards, which will be decided by readers, will be presented on the night. The awards honour the best music of 2007 and will introduce a new inductee into the Hall of Fame alongside inaugural inductees TISM. Last year’s awards generated 37,000 votes. Readers can have their say this year by visiting http://egawards.theage.com.au/

The Big Day Out’s Vivian Lees said the inaugural awards filled a gap in the contemporary entertainment scene. “It was great because the audience members voted and importantly because the musicians embraced it and made it a big success with a lot of nice musical performances which you hardly see accept at genuine events.”

Tickets are only $30 (plus b/f) on sale today from record stores, the Prince public bar, www.princebandroom or 9536 1168

See you at the Prince on 30th November for a great night of music and merriment!



Oct 092007


‘Alt country tag inadequate, A brave move for both brilliantly pulled off.’ – four stars – Sharon O’Connel – Uncut

‘An understated gem” – four stars – Max Decharne – Mojo

Such were the praises sung for Scientists Kim Salmon and Died Pretty boy Ron Peno’s Darling Downs debut album How Can I Forget This Heart Of Mine.

From One To Another follows its predecessor down the One Guitar, One Voice path but brings along a banjo along for some of the journey.

Kim says “The banjo is a new thing to me, but it felt good in my hands. I wasn’t even sure how to tune it. Sometimes it sounds a bit like a sitar, which I believe is frowned upon in purist bluegrass circles, but I like those sounds, so we kept them. And it was a natural fit with Ron’s lyrics, which are a product of his mad alchemy and his particular brand of genius. They were written on the spot at Dave Graney and Clare Moore’s Ponderosa Studio. What we ended up with is 11 new songs – sort of hillbilly jazz free form tunes.”

So purists be damned, whatever the ghost of Bill Monroe might think, you will definitely approve!

From One To Another is out through MGM Records here in Australia and through Carrot Top Records in the US.

The Darling Downs will launch From One To Another:

1 November, Ruby’s Love Lounge, Burwood Highway, Belgrave at 10pm, $15
2 November, The National, Moorabool St, Geelong at 11pm, $15
3 November, The East Brunswick Club, Lygon St, E Brunswick, 11pm, $20
7 November, The Vanguard, King St, Newtown, Sydney, NSW, 11pm, $20

Visit The Darling Downs at www.myspace.com/thedarlingdowns for more info.