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Rollin’ into Sydney Town

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2011 by Weary Hobo

Rolling Stone have called Sal Kimber and The Rollin’ Wheel ‘Australiana-soaked alt-country at its finestThe Wheel have just released a new album produced by Shane O’Mara (Tim Rogers, The Audreys) and are touring it nationally at the moment.

The Rollin’ Wheel was formed in 2008 with older sister Beth Kimber, Jacob Cole, Cat Leahy and Trent McKenzie. Since then they’ve performed extensively across the country including Port Fairy Folk Festival, The National Folk Festival and Blue Mountains Music Festival and last year they toured Canada.

Last week, Evan Hughes interviewed Sal for the Timber and Steel blog (here) including a review of the album. You can get a signed copy of it from JB HI-FI or meet the gorgeous people in person and hear a rocking show!

Saturday 29th October at the Camelot lounge! 19 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville (corner of – and heaps of parking on – Railway Pde, Marrickville) Directly opposite Sydenham Train Station, a short 2 min stroll away.

Since I’m yet to get my hands on the new album, my favourite track is still Sounds Like Thunder

Yours,

W.H.

Occupying Sydney this weekend

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2011 by Weary Hobo
With three killer events this weeked, consider your weekend planned.
 
First, Friday Night in Marrickville is Food and Toonz at Addison Rd Community Centre where we’ll be performing
 
Music will include Johnny G and the E Types and Quimbombo, the latin band. We’ll be on early so come and get dinner and party.
 
Second, Saturday 2:30pm the global tradition of occupying the commons as a protest has come to Martin Place under the banner of Occupy Sydney. They say
We seek an end to the corporate stronghold over all governments. We seek an authentic democracy that represents the 99% majority – us. We hold corporate entities responsible for their crimes against us and the Earth. We are inspired by and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters striving for liberty in North Africa and the Middle East, Europe and more recently, the United States.

Here they are on Facebook. Also, if you are in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or RAdelaide

Lastly, on Sunday TEDxMacquarie is on for the first time. We’ll be performing on all things radical using subversive bluegrass as our expressive medium in a 10minute lecture. The event is free from 10am-5pm with a live simulcast in Building Y3A. If you use the train to get there you’ll experience the wonder of three flights of esculators up to ground floor of the University.

Someone else who has played at TED. This is a video of Paul Kelly performing ‘How to Make Gravy’ at TED Sydney in June this year.

Yours,

W.H.

Historic Day

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on October 12, 2011 by Weary Hobo

The moment to remember happened today. In case you missed the Clean Energy Bill passing the lower house I’ve captured the moment for you.

I was so excited I wet my pants twice then recorded a guitar backing track the The World Today’s story about the event. See below:

Yours,

W.H.

Protesting with Michael Jackson

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2011 by Weary Hobo

When you think of Protest Songs you might think of John Lennon, Sam Cooke and Pete Seeger. But what about Michael Jackson, The White Stripes or Lady Gaga?

Not so conventional but when Riff Raff Radical Marching Band rock them out at protests around Sydney they get people singing and having a laugh.

Riff Raff say

we are a bunch of friends who got tired of boring protests and started a fabulous marching band in 2010!  We play at community events, coal ports, solidarity demonstrations, artyhipsterthings, fundraisers, and on the streetz!

These musical protestors follow in the tradition of marching bands from USA such as the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Infernal Noise Brigade and Brass Liberation Orchestra. Here is Rude Mechanical Orchestra performing Smash-A Bank Polka performed at Occupy Wall Street!

If you are interested they are looking for sweet new members and supporters! Including people that can play trombone, trumpet, clarinet, sax, flute, euphonium/tuba, and any forms of percussion.

W.H.

Have you been to DEJA?

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2011 by Weary Hobo

DEJA is a monthly band night at crafty venue called Bandhouse that gives punters a chance to hear local bands for donation entry.

Last night bucketing rain forced the music inside and while the movement was on I filmed this mystery drummer.

Next month we’ll be there with a bunch of amazing bands including Doc Jones and the Lechery Orchestra, Kylie Sambo, Svelt and new bluegrass collective Hayfever.

Saturday 5th Nov, 2011. For more details email mail(at)lurkers.com.au

yours,

W.H.

Reclaim the Lanes

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2011 by Weary Hobo

Were you there this Saturday?

The rain didn’t keep us away from Reclaim the Lanes. The video below is an explanation and history of the event from the founder of its latest incarnation Chris Lego and organiser Sophie Trevitt.

I was disappointed that the rain meant The Crooked Fiddle was put back in its case. However, there was a great bit of Old-Timey with the Sydney-based Rusty Spring Syncopators and plenty more to be entertained by.

Here is one of their numbers called ‘Smackin’ the Sex’

Edit 3rd Oct.

And here is a bit of home footage of these rapskallions at Eliza Bar for the last night of Sydney Fringe Festival. Elizabeth Cotton’s ‘O Babe It Ain’t No Lie

Yours,

W.H.

Attila the Stockbroker

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2011 by Weary Hobo

Celebrating thirty years of music last year, Attila the Stockbroker (John Baine) was in Australia earlier this year amusing and challenging crowds with his poetry and song. I was introduced to him through David Rovics who talked about touring with him and appreciate his mix of punk attitude and traditional instrumentation. If you haven’t heard him before you should definitely listen to Asylum Seeking Daleks (below).

Assylum Seeking Daleks

And as of today, he has put up two great new tracks. Looters

and Bye Bye Banker!

What do you think?

Yours,

W.H.