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News : Ray Vanderby & The Raynettes
Press Release – Ray Vanderby and The Raynettes
Vanderby’s new bottom end!
3 years and 3 albums of playing the bass on his 1959 Hammond C3 and 2
Leslies, Ray Vanderby has gone back to his blues/rock roots and 70’s
influences from Emerson Lake and Palmer, Uriah Heep, Pink Floyd, The
Doors and King Crimson and is currently working up a batch of original
songs for a 4th album to be released 2007. Ray won’t be playing bass on
the organ as he has done in the past 3 albums.
The new 7- piece line up will include a 5 string Fender bass player.
Ray Vanderby – Hammond organ/lead vocals
Gina Woods (The Mojos) – Wurlitzer piano
Geoff Brown (Gwyn Ashton)– bass
Con Patogiannis – guitar
Peter Ivosevic (The Need) – drums
Monika Ciura – backup vocals
Michelle Yacoub – backup vocals
This Sydney export has now firmly based himself in Melbourne.
to the new sound, it’s rocking hard as Vanderby’s filthy, angry organ
playing, unique beat poet style vocals are something to be heard. His
on stage antics, throwing around the 200 kilo Hammond when he gets
carried away is definitely something to be seen. Check em out!"
News : Hardrush Independent Music Awards Announced
The Hardrush Independent Music Awards were held in
Melbourne on 25 August 2006. Featuring a wide range of genres, the
awards recognise the effort and influence of independent artists on the
music market. Whilst the 4 major labels dominate airplay, it is the
independent musicians that tour the nation and provide the cultural
change and challenges in society.
Award categories with finalists include:
Best Folk CD :
- Australia, Home Again And Free – Buckley’s Chance (Awarded);
- Heaven’s Bright Shore – Sonsy;
- Late Evening Rain – Noel McClumpha;
- Rivers Of The Soul – Elena;
- Songs From Everyday Life – Dean Haitani
Best Country CD :
- Bring Me Home – Julie McAllan (Awarded);
- Celebrating 60 – Rowley O’Brien;
- Right Here – Janet Kable;
- Simple Life – Gavin Chatelier;
Best Jazz/World CD :
- Apewe Sifa – Wangeci (Awarded);
- Walking In Sunshine – Ian Pavletich;
- What I Know Now – Ann-Marie;
- Wonderous Grace – Guryel Ali;
Best Blues & Roots CD :
- Celebrating 60 – Rolley O’Brien;
- Jump Right In – Moondog Blues;
- Keeping The Faith – Sean Hale (Awarded);
- Talk To Me – Dean Haitani;
- This Train – Pete Bennett & Steve James
Best Christian CD :
- The Highway – Francine Bell;
- House Of I Am – Aliki (Awarded);
- Let’s Walk The Road To Bethlehem – Gavin Chatelier;
- Trials Of Your Faith – Skylla;
Best Urban CD :
- Family Harmony – BASIC (Awarded);
- Red And Yellow, Black And White – James Hollands;
- Revalushun – Iron + Clay;
- The Heckler – Tich Lange;
- We’re Metaphysical – Metaphysical Combat
Best Pop CD :
- Heaven’s Eyes – Cindy-Leigh Boske (Awarded);
- Michelle Gibson – Michelle Gibson;
Best Rock CD :
- Cutting Corners – Stars Don’t Fall;
- In This World – OutKry (Awarded);
- Picture of You – Squeaker;
- Talk To Me – Dean Haitani;
Best Compilation CD :
- In God’s Country (Awarded);
Best Producer :
- Kelvin Fahey – In God’s Country;
- Martin Erdman – The Winners;
- Peter Shurley – Bring Me Home;
- Reggie Bowman – In This World (Awarded);
Best Music Video :
- Crash And Burn - OuttKry;
- Living In The Alice - Julie McAllan;
- Red And Yellow Black And White - James Hollands (Awarded);
- Suicide Bomber Kiss - Ian Williams & The Lost Ensemble;
Songwriting Achievement :
Export Achievement :
- Gavin Chatelier (Awarded);
Highest Sales :
- A Time To Sing -Sister Janet Mead;
- In God’s Country compilation;
- Restoration compilation (Awarded);
- Simple Life - Gavin Chatelier;
Performers at the awards included: Guryel Ali, Sean Hale, Sri V, Melanii and OutKry."
News : Synergy Blue
SYNERGY BLUE “ROCKS” Maldon. 16th July 2006
It was with great pleasure that the Maldon Blues Club hosted Synergy Blue for the second time this year.
Salzone (Vocal and Blues Harp) is a singer and musician who fronts the
band and is an artist with great style and feeling for the Blues. Chris
Magira plays electrifying guitar that puts injects great energy into
the group, along with the steady and driving beat of the drummer Grant
Collie and the great backing of Delta Chris on the bass.
They all add up to a very powerful Blues band that had the capacity crowd on their feet and shouting for more.
Blue is a new and powerful force in the Victorian Blues Scene and
thanks again to Sam and the boys for such a great Sunday afternoon.
Maldon Blues Club
Bands & Artists : Luke O'Connor and The Brown Jackets
betterthanshane writes"Evidence that substance need not be devoid of style, new Melbourne
singing/songwriting force Luke O'Connor lets loose with his self-titled
Luke emerges with a unique country/rock/folk experience,
writing his own script and commanding the attention of audiences with
his powerful, raw and emotive voice. A romantic rascal articulating
themes of guileless honesty and passion, Luke's expressive vocal and
affecting lyrics will have the most conventional listener captivated.
and sobering lyrics are merely the shining footlights of what is
possibly one of Melbournes best lineups going around. The Brown Jackets
are a powerhouse band, changing lanes between smooth, articulate and
intelligent rock, to cheeky country balladry. With Tim White, from
perpetual gig machine 'Glory Tuesday', on the skins, Ralf Maldarelli
formerly of 'The Drama' lending his higher understanding of the guitar,
James Ferguson, proving himself to be one of the country's finest keys
players week by week and Peter Barnes bringing in his trademark groove
style of bass playing, Luke O'Connor and The Brown Jackets are
definitely worth a look... at least.
The five tracks on the Luke
O'Connor self-titled EP boast enchanting glimpses of Luke's soul-baring
acknowledgment of love's dichotomous strain and euphoria. Themes of
guilt, passion, self-fulfillment and desperation are ostensible in this
All songs were written and recorded by Luke
O'Connor (vocals, guitar); James Ferguson (piano, guitar, vocals);
Peter Barnes (bass, vocals) and Tim White (drums). The EP also features
appearances from Jo Kelly Stephenson (vocals) and Ralf Maldarelli
The EP was produced by James Ferguson at Six Fingers Studios, Melbourne.
from Yeppoon in Central Queensland, Luke's career has spanned the East
Coast of Australia, performing extensively in the live music circuits
of Queensland and Victoria, and are currently playing venues in
Melbourne and in the Whitsunday region.
Luke O'Connor and band 'The Brown Jackets'
For further information: Luke O'Connor
July 5th, 2006
O'Connor and his band, really hit the spot. Originally from Queensland,
Luke has a wonderful voice that harks to Jeff Buckley. One song had me
thinking, 'One Crowded Hour' by Augie March. He has a warm, soulful
voice and the band stood behind the voice, not overpowering it, giving
it space to shine, but always keeping the songs on course. I can hear
something going on with this guy and his band.
Watch out for Luke O'Connor. INPRESS MAGAZINE, ISSUE 924, WED 5TH JULY.