- Liz Stringer-
We filmed with Liz at Vic Seg / New Futures, which is a beautiful room designed to support a bunch of creative community ventures. The jewel of this, located near to Jewel Station, is the Second Stitch social enterprise, creating training and employment in the textiles industry for refugees and re-settled peoples. Thanks to Caspar Zika for allowing us to use the space, and for chatting with host Mandy Connell on camera about the role of New Futures in Moreland.
Liz chose to cover Neil Murray’s Lights of Hay, and gave me a harmony for her own ‘Keep Keeping On’ from the album ‘All the Bridges’. Liz also sang a harmony for my own song, ‘Bruises’ which had never been recorded.
Based across Australia and Canada, Liz Stringer holds a significant place in the independent music industry. A recent host of ‘Stringalong Tuesdays’ at the Gasometer, Liz intervied Dr Lou Bennett, Neil Murray, Deborah Conway, among others. Her albums speak for themselves, and her following is widespread and serious. http://lizstringer.com/
“Liz Stringer is one of the most powerful singer singwriters I’ve heard in a long time. I was instantly moved by the raw honestly of her voice and I’ve never heard anybody who writes like her” .
– Frazey Ford
“Liz Stringer has become one of the most respected singer-songwriters on the national scene”- TheMusic.com
“Anyone recalls a Chrissie Hynde-like balance of unsettling lyrical directness and pop composure” – Rolling Stone
- Khristian Mizzi- (CERES & East Elevation)
Award winning songwriter, winner of Alex Legg Memorial Award 2017, and Troubadour Award 2017, he developed an early love of music and has been touring for 20 years, producing 3 studio albums. Khristian is based in Ringwood, and has strong ties to the Hills community in the Yarra and Dandenong Ranges. He is a parent and works full time, filling the Charles Weston in Brunswick during his residency, and winning awards in 2014 & 2017 for his songs.
We were originally hosted by CERES offshoot, Joes Farm Gate, and interviewed Resident Farmer Em. However we had to relocate the shoot to East Elevation due to windy outdoor conditions at Joe’s Farm Gate. Both venues are gorgeous and interesting, and we were very happy to go and get some footage of the farm gate on Edna Street, where you can buy your veg and enjoy live music on Saturdays.
Khristian chose to cover Doug Ashdown, but we accidentally picked the one song on Doug’s album that was not written by him. It’s a cover, called “The Flowers and the Wine”, and was written by Clive James & Pete Atkin, first released on the 1971 album Driving Through Mythical America
- Van Walker – Featured at True North Café, Munro Street Coburg
Born & raised on the windswept prairies of north-west coast Tasmania, between lashings of hallucinogenic cheese & Magic Johnson, weaned on William Blake & Ribald magazine, Van first heard the music of Bob Dylan around adolescence & began picking guitar & writing songs. Some hundreds of songs later and a hell-bent pick, he moved to Melbourne to form the rocknroll outfit The Swedish Magazines, and sing his unique hillbilly stuff on the side.
The first collection of these beguilingly simple songs came out in 2008 entitled The Celestial Railroad, & in 2009 three separate sessions were released, The Last Record Store (Jan) Greetings from Penguin Tasmania (Aug) & Love Fate (Oct). Drawing on the grand storytelling tradition of artists such as Ray Davies, Townes Van Zandt, Leon Payne & John Prine, & the acoustic finger-styles of John Fahey & Mississippi John Hurt, Van created a sound both old & new, with a laconic familiarity that speaks to the heart with an intimacy more effortless than contrived.
“Van Walker writes songs with the ease the rest of us breath.” JB HiFi MAG, Aug, 2010.
- Gallie- Featured at “The Good Room” Art Gallery on Lygon Street, East Brunswick
“One of the outstanding releases this year….’The Occoquan River’ is brilliant.” Paul Gough, The Inside Sleeve, ABC Radio National, 2016.
“Every track on ‘The Occoquan River’ is carefully yet simply crafted, as if each has come to him effortlessly, organically and fully formed. The crown jewel of the album is the title track: a truly haunting, mournful piece “Lukas Murphy, the Music★★★★☆
“Sublime lyrics, tremendous melodies, sung by a singer with a voice that is both soulful and incredibly expressive…One of my favourite records of 2015 by an artist from any country,” Michael Park, The International Americana Show, New York City
“This is the kind of music adored by Americana music fans” Jeff Glorfeld, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
“‘The Occoquan River is one of the best songs of the year-Australian or international… “ Brian Wise, Off The Record, Triple R
- Kylie Auldist–
Kylie Auldist is at centre stage of the funk, soul and disco scene in Australia. The genre is enjoying a new moment in the spotlight, with a wave of local bands becoming prominent both at home and internationally, and new contributions to disco music becoming a trend in Europe in particular.
Renowned as the leading lady of ARIA award nominated band The Bamboos, Kylie’s remarkable voice has drawn comparisons to Diana Ross and Sharon Jones, and her energy on stage is absolutely electric with a huge dose of boogie power, providing an absolute dance experience enjoyed by crowds all over the world.
Listening to her three critically acclaimed albums ‘Still Life’ (2012), ‘Made of Stone’ (2009) and ‘Just Say’ (2008), it is easy why leading international tastemakers including American radio station KCRW and UK luminaries such as BBC’s Craig Charles, Gilles Peterson and Mark Lamarr are all firmly on board the Kylie Auldist soul train.
- John Fox–
John is a local Busker. He is well known around Brunswick and Fitzroy, and has recorded several albums, at least one at local studio ‘Irene’. John has Cerebral Palsy, and while he is not as well known as our other artists- he contributes a kind of local songwriting that is without peer, embodying the singular energy of lazy Brunswick days. John is not PR crazy, so we are hunting for a bio and any web or news links for him. He is best known for his contribution to small gigs, open mics and street performance around Brunswick.
- Monica Weightman-
Jessie Lloyd’s Mission Songs, Skin Choir, and many, many more acts. Monica is a Murri woman from QLD who spends half her year based in East Brunswick, and has worked with many fabulous bands, as well as teaching culture with programs like those at CERES farm. She is also not known for maintaining her online presence, so we find bios and images of her under the name of many fo the productions she has worked on. Such as this link here:
- Joyce Prescher:
Born in the Netherlands, Joyce has called Melbourne home since 2008. On her debut album ‘Home’, Joyce Prescher meditates on the hardship of living away from home, identity, love and death. Inspired by the great singer-songwriters of our time, her sound tells of her love of folk music, with hints of alt-country and Americana.
The album features some of Melbourne’s finest musicians – Daniel Farrugia on drums and percussion (Missy Higgins, Angus & Julia Stone), Craig Newman on double bass (John Farnham, Kylie Minogue), Billy Mathieson on keys (Jemma Nicole, Mon Shelford band) and Jed Pickett on guitar (Tomorrows, Dan Lethbridge & the Campaigners). Her identical twin sister Joni sings the harmonies on the album.
The album was recorded with Simon Moro of ninety nine 100 at the award winning Allan Eaton studio in St Kilda. Simon has had ARIA nominated work, #1 debuts as well as music charting highly on the ARIA & iTunes Charts and JJJ Hottest 100
- Rowena Wise–
Rowena Wise has recently been added to the Hutch Collective Management Roster (Didirri, etc). With tens of thousands of Youtube hits, and significant sales of her first record, she has been re-titled as ‘RO’ and with this significant backing behind her, she will go very far.
Hollow Hearts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNYMzHj7VcI
- Malcolm Beveridge ( Flaming Mongrels)
Malcolm performs with Uncle Jack Charles Vs the Crown, Louis King and the Liars Club and the Flaming Mongrels. He is commonly seen playing complex jazz gigs or theatre band work- particularly indigenous theatre. For the last 20 years, bassist/vocalist Malcom Beveridge has been providing infectious grooves for many of Melbourne’s premier acts. His expansive career has led him to the stages at some of Australia’s premier events including the Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane festivals. His tenure as a member of the award-winning theatre production Jack Charles vs the Crown has seen him tour internationally and perform at prestigious venues including the Belvoir Theatre an Barbican in London. https://www.facebook.com/The-Flaming-Mongrels-1604862826417553/
- Dirt Hand – Featured at Amelia Shaw
Dirt Hand is the solo alias of Arun Roberts. Dirt Hand’s influences are as many and as varied as any other band’s but the underlying aesthetic is most fittingly described by Tim Winton in Dirt Music, “Anything you could play on a verandah. You know, without electricity. Dirt music.” Sounding a little like Nick Cave singing Saharan blues backed by a mariachi band, Dirt Hand is based in Melbourne. Arun also plays bass for international sensations Gabriella Cohen and Ben Salter, and models for Gucci (we are not kidding) in between shifts at a coffee machine. https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/dirt-hand