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The Wolfe Brothers

The Wolfe Brothers have burst ahead with their ‘eye of the tiger’ approach to chasing their dream. The band continues to ride the wave that started for them in mid-2012 when they captured the attention of the nation and were voted into second place in the final of the nationally televised show Australia’s Got Talent.  

None of this was overnight success. The band has certainly earned their stripes over the years. The Wolfe Brothers consists of two brothers, Nick and Tom Wolfe, and their two best mates, guitarist Brodie Rainbird and drummer Casey Kostiuk. They all grew up together on the same road in a rural area just outside of Hobart. During their high school years they all began playing music in different bands, covering songs by their glam rock and heavy metal music heroes. After leaving school the four musicians got together to form The Wolfe Brothers, and for six years were weekend warriors playing covers in pubs and clubs across Tasmania. Their on-stage energy and tight sound earned them a legion of fans across the home state - everyone loved to party at their local with The Wolfe Brothers whenever they were in town.  

When the band decided to record some original songs they were drawn to the music that they loved most – modern country rock. The Wolfe brothers, Nick and Tom, grew up on a healthy diet of Australian country music thanks to their Mum, and the rock element came from their Dad who still plays drums in his own rock band. After recording a four-track EP and selling thousands of copies at their gigs, the band put their own money into recording a full-length album. Laying down the album in their bedrooms and lounge rooms on a portable recording system, the band was shortly thereafter signed for management by Stephen White Management (SWM), joining the company that manages Lee Kernaghan.  

SWM took these original recordings to a friend in Nashville by the name of Luke Wooten, who had worked on a number of Lee Kernaghan albums. Luke is one of Nashville’s hottest producers and has produced albums for Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Kellie Pickler. He also owns and runs the world-class Station West Studios in Nashville.

Luke loved the sound of the band and agreed to mix the home recordings from Tasmania. The end result became IT’S ON, the band’s debut album. It was the start of The Wolfe Brothers realising the dream of taking their music around Australia and making a living on the road. 

Since the release of IT’S ON in January 2013, The Wolfe Brothers have been on the road touring and playing to sell-out crowds across the country as Special Guests on Lee Kernaghan’s Beautiful Noise Tour. The tour has covered the length and breadth of Australia over the course of 20 months, starting in January 2013 and finishing mid-August 2014. It also meant the boys could quit their jobs – Nick was a postman, Tom was a builder’s labourer, Brodie was a refrigeration mechanic and Casey was able to leave his position as a dental mechanic who made dentures and false teeth.

The Wolfe Brothers debut LP IT’S ON spawned three Top 10 singles, including their first #1 song and #1 video ‘The Girl, The Bottle, The Memory’. The album entered the ARIA charts at #2 on the country chart and #16 on the overall chart. It also earned them the recognition of their peers and saw the band nominated for four Golden Guitar Awards at the 2014 Australian Country Music Awards held in Tamworth.  “Just to be nominated was amazing for us,” says drummer Casey Kostiuk. “To be nominated in four categories blew us away, especially being one of the finalists for Highest Selling Album of the Year."

The band finally met Luke Wooten face to face in Nashville in June 2013, when they performed at the CMA Global Artists Party. After some late-night bonding in various honky tonks around Music City, they became firm friends and agreed that Luke would fly to Australia to produce the band’s second album.

In March of 2014, The Wolfe Brothers were presented with the trophy for CMC’s New Artist Of The Year at an awards ceremony held at CMC Rocks The Hunter Festival. Luke Wooten flew in for the festival, and then travelled North with the boys to spend 2 weeks recording the tracks for their next album at Studio 301 in Byron Bay.

“We were incredibly excited about recording our second album from the start with Luke,” says Nick Wolfe. “He is a gifted producer who delivers sonically incredible work. We were all very happy with the batch of new songs that we had to choose from for the album. The hard part was choosing what songs would make it onto the album! We had a shortlist of about 30 new songs after spending the month of February doing demos in an old warehouse in Hobart”. 

Guitarist Brodie Rainbird explained “when we finished recording in Byron Bay Luke took the tracks back to Nashville to mix in his studio. Luke involved us in every mix on every song. We would make our suggestions and he would implement them into each mix. We are all extremely proud of the end result”.

In their usual fun approach to life, the band has titled the new album “Nothin’ But Trouble” – to be released on 5th September 2014. The lead single ‘That Kinda Night’ was released on July 11.

The Wolfe Brothers continued to tour with Lee Kernaghan and will also headline their own shows across Australia on the Nothin’ But Trouble Tour.  

“There is only one way to make dreams come true and that is through hard work,” says Tom Wolfe. “This is something all four of us agree on and live by. The good thing is we actually love doing everything that is required to be successful in this business. We are having the time of our lives right now. This is truly our dreams coming true – and we will never take this gift for granted.”

The Wolfe Brothers are the real deal. They are what modern country music is all about. They write great songs. Their performances are nothing short of electric. They are already Tasmania’s greatest musical export and there is no reason based on their music and live performances why they cannot become one of Australia’s successful musical exports.


Carl Orff brings the Middle Ages into the modern era with Carmina Burana, one of the best-loved choral works of the 20th century, and an exuberant celebration of the power of music’s simplest yet most versatile building blocks: beautiful melody, and raw rhythm.This album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics. More information can be found at the project’s website; ORFF 1895–1982Tracks 1 – 29. Carmina buranaEdition for voices, two pianos and percussionCantillationSara Macliver sopranoPaul McMahon tenorJonathan Summers baritoneSynergy PercussionAustralian Virtuosi (Michael Kieran Harvey & Bernadette Harvey)Sydney Children’s ChoirAntony Walker conductor
The passion of Flamenco blends with the elegance of courtly dances in the most popular guitar concerto of all time: Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.This album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics. More information can be found at the project’s website; de AranjuezI. Allegro con spiritoII. AdagioIII. Allegro gentile Fantasía para un gentilhombreI. Villano y ricercare (Adagietto – Andante moderato)II. Españoleta – Fanfare de la caballería de Nápoles (Adagio – Allegretto – Tempo de españoleta)III. Danza de las hachas (Allegro con brio)IV. Canario (Allegro ma non troppo) Concierto madrigalI. Fanfarre (Allegro marziale)II. Madrigal (Andante nostalgico)III. Entrada (Allegro vivace)IV. ‘Pastorcico, tú que vienes, Pastorcico tú que vas’ (Allegro vivace)V. Girardilla (Presto)VI. Pastoral (Allegretto)VII. Fandango (Molto ritmico)VIII. Arietta (Andante nostalgico)IX. Zapateado (Allegro vivace)X. Caccia a la española (Allegro vivace – Andante nostalgico)
In a career spanning twenty- five years and at least as many recordings, Alone In Bad Company is Jeff Lang’s momentous new album which presents the most organic union of Lang’s talents and influences yet. Alone In Bad Company is filled with exquisitely sung stories and melodies demonstrating that, Lang is nothing if not a lover of song.
Now in its 24th year, triple j’s Hottest 100 remains the most talked about and listened to radio event of the year, counting down the hottest songs of 2016.2016’s Hottest 100 saw a record number of votes placed. At over 2.2million it was up a whopping 7.6% on last year. Of those staggering votes, there was one song which rose above the rest to claim the top spot – Flume’s ‘Never Be Like You (feat Kai)’.This year’s Hottest 100 Volume 24 is packed full of 40 of the year’s biggest and best songs and wraps up another huge year in music on this awesome double album!CD1 1.  Flume - Never Be Like You {Ft. Kai}2.  Amy Shark - Adore3.  Tash Sultana - Jungle4.  Hilltop Hoods - 1955 {Ft. Montaigne & Tom Thum}5.  Violent Soho - Viceroy6.  DMA’S - Believe (triple j Like A Version 2016)7.  Childish Gambino - Redbone8.  Peking Duk - Stranger {Ft. Elliphant}9.  Illy - Papercuts {Ft. Vera Blue}10.  Milky Chance - Cocoon11.  Catfish And The Bottlemen - 712.  The Weeknd - Starboy {Ft. Daft Punk}13.  Pnau - Chameleon14.  The Smith Street Band - Death To The Lads15.  A.B. Original - January 26 {Ft. Dan Sultan}16.  Miike Snow - Genghis Khan17.  The xx - On Hold18.  Big Scary - The Opposite of Us19.  D.D Dumbo - Satan20.  Camp Cope - Lost: Season One CD2 1.  Montaigne - Because I Love You2.  SAFIA - Make Them Wheels Roll3.  Sticky Fingers - Our Town4.  Kingswood - Creepin 5.  Glass Animals - Youth 6.  The Avalanches - Frankie Sinatra 7.  Gretta Ray - Drive8.  Dune Rats - Bullshit9.  RÜFÜS - Say A Prayer For Me10.  MAC MILLER - Dang! {Ft. Anderson .Paak}11.  Ali Barter - Girlie Bits12.  King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Gamma Knife13.  Cub Sport - Come On Mess Me Up14.  Broods - Heartlines 15.  The Amity Affliction - All Fucked Up16.  Client Liaison - World Of Our Love17.  Maggie Rogers - Alaska18.  Dope Lemon - Marinade19.  Gang Of Youths - Strange Diseases20.  MØ - Final Song
“The Wiggles Nursery Rhymes” includes your favourite nursery rhymes performed by The Wiggles, who use rhyme and rhythm, both critical aspects of language, which greatly facilitate children’s success in learning to read.Playing with words, sounds and pace heightens children’s literary development. Including counting and colours in multiple languages, this collection will be loved by children and parents alike!Families all around the world have sung nursery rhymes to each other for many generations. Nearly everybody has a favourite nursery rhyme from when they were children. Simon tells us his favourite was, and still is, “The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe”, Emma can’t go past “Ride a Cock-Horse”, Lachy loves “I’m a Little Teapot”, whilst Anthony’s favourite is “The Bagpipe Song”.Children learn best through play and we hope “The Wiggles Nursery Rhymes” album will encourage children to sing, dance, play and tell stories inspired by these great renditions.
Under their Chief Conductor David Robertson, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra present a stunning live account of three seminal works: Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring.Stravinsky first achieved international fame with these works, which were commissioned for – and first performed by – Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes. Premiered during an extraordinary period stretching from 1910 to 1913, these ballets quite simply revolutionized music: whilst often reaching into the past for their musical and cultural material, they introduced totally new conceptions of rhythm, colour and scale. The audience famously rioted at the first performance of The Rite of Spring – and whilst we may not be so scandalized in the 21st century, the music feels no less ground-breaking.Recorded live at the Sydney Opera House, these performances showcase a glittering Sydney Symphony Orchestra under a conductor with a rare ability to bring to life the music of the 20th century. The critical and audience response to the concerts, which can now be enjoyed again through this album, was unanimous.IGOR STRAVINSKY 1882–1971 CD1 The Firebird CD2Petrushka 1-3 Tableau I: The Shrovetide Fair4 Tableau II: Petrushka’s Room5-7 Tableau III: The Moor’s Room8-14 Tableau IV: The Shrovetide Fair: Towards EveningThe Rite of Spring 15-22 Part 1 – The Adoration of the Earth23-28 Part 2 – The Sacrifice Sydney Symphony Orchestra David Robertson conductor
Pre-order Adam Brand – Get On Your Feet to receive a signed copy of the CD, a bonus badge and wristband! Limited to one of each bonus item per transaction. Whilst stocks last.Adam Brand has built a career that has seen him sell over half a million CDs and DVDs while earning three platinum and five gold albums. Still, the one thing that continues to define Adam Brand ‘the artist’, is his desire to evolve and move forward. Blazing a sonic trail fuelled by what is happening right now in music, GET ON YOUR FEET is a stellar release for this contemporary country star. Recorded between Nashville and Sydney, this collection of songs is destined to make you GET ON YOUR FEET. 
In 2016, ABC Classic FM’s annual listener survey asked Australians to nominate their favourite works featuring the human voice. Listeners were quick to respond, eager to share their musical treasures. At number one was Beethoven’s triumphant Choral Symphony, featuring the ‘Ode to Joy’, closely followed by Bizet’s opera The Pearl Fishers, with its famous duet ‘Au fond du temple saint’, and in third place Handel’s beloved oratorio Messiah.This 2CD set represents the highlights from The Classic 100: Voice, including the complete top ten as well as selections from throughout the countdown. From the divine choral works of Bach to the passionate operas of Mozart, Verdi and Puccini, and from the majestic grandeur of Handel’s Zadok the Priest to the pure serenity of Tallis’ Spem in Alium, this is the ultimate celebration of the musical instrument with which we are all born: the human voice.
Passion, daring and heroism: the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra break new ground with their latest album, exploring the music of three of the Romantic era’s greatest composers on period instruments. Directed by Japanese-American violin star Shunske Sato, the Brandenburg present the baroque-inspired music of Edvard Grieg, a symphony written by the 12-year old prodigious composer Felix Mendelssohn, and a scintillating performance of Nicolo Paganini’s Violin Concerto No.4 (with Sato as the soloist).Paganini was the most famous violin virtuoso who ever lived, an incomparable showman who was rumoured to be in league with the devil: how else could he achieve such super-human feats on the violin? He premiered his fourth Violin Concerto at the age of 50, when he was plagued by a multitude of ailments including advanced venereal disease – but the jaw-dropping pyrotechnics, as well as the sheer tenderness of the slow movement, require astonishing musicianship to pull off.The astonishing playing of Shunske Sato combined with the period instruments of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra create a vivid and colourful soundworld. Grieg’s well-loved Holberg Suite is cast in a fresh light; and the Paganini will be welcome internationally as a rare recording on the instruments that the composer would have known.This album was recorded live in Sydney’s City Recital Hall in September 2016, in concerts that received unanimous critical acclaim. The Daily Telegraph reported that ‘Sato carried the whole three movements off with amazing elan, power and accuracy, often with a dash of humour, prompting a standing ovation’, whilst The Australian praised his ‘spectacular display of thrilling highwire musical acrobatics’.EDVARD GRIEG 1843–1907 From Holberg’s Time – Suite in the Olden Style I. Prelude (Allegro vivace)II. Sarabande (Andante)III. Gavotte (Allegretto / Musette)IV. Air (Andante religioso)V. Rigaudon (Allegro con brio) FELIX MENDELSSOHN 1809–1847 String Symphony No. 3 in E minor I. Allegro di moltoII. AndanteIII. Allegro NICCOLÒ PAGANINI 1782–1840 Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minorI. Allegro maestosoII. Adagio flebile con sentimentoIII. Rondo galante (Andantino gaio) Shunske Sato violin and guest director Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Paul Dyer AO artistic director Recorded live in City Recital Hall, Sydney
"Seatbelts on and enjoy the ride!" - Richard Egarr, AAM Music DirectorIn their latest release on ABC Classics, leading baroque orchestra the Academy of Ancient Music presents the music of Venetian man of mystery Dario Castello.Working at the same time as Claudio Monteverdi, Dario Castello wrote innovative and ground-breaking sonatas that had a profound effect on generations of Italian composers. Very little is known about him today, but in the 17th century he was actually more widely published than Shakespeare.AAM Music Director Richard Egarr is a lifelong advocate of Castello, and on this recording directs the composer’s first book of sonatas from the harpsichord and organ. Taking the form of a small chamber group, the AAM finds itself at its most adventurous and expressive, performing twelve fiercely virtuosic sonatas for violin, cornetto and dulcian that are full of imagination and colour.This release follows the AAM’s critically-acclaimed series of JS Bach recordings. Their 2015 release of JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion (AAM004) was praised by BBC Music Magazine for Richard Egarr’s “compellingly original vision”, and was awarded BBC Radio 3’s Disc of the Week. JS Bach’s Orchestral Suites (AAM003) was awarded five stars by Fine Music Magazine and was described as “a feast of meaningfully understated musicianship” in an Editor’s Choice review in Gramophone magazine.
ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS are four of Sydney’s finest singer-songwriters – Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney – combining in four-part, indie-folk harmony heaven.On mandolin, ukulele, accordion and guitar, the Exes are a powerhouse of charm and songwriting prowess. Fair warning: this foursome is the most badass female folk band around.