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Jenny Queen

The power of the small town life has moved many songwriters to praise – both nostalgically and regretfully – its many foibles and its less than obvious joys.

The third album by the pride of Ohio, Sydney-based US country folk singer Jenny Queen takes the small town life through a song cycle that packs an emotional wallop. Like many great country albums before it, it comes with swings, roundabouts and sucker punches. You can feel the pulse of its powerful themes of loss, redemption, and abuse and – yes – love. 

This album, sung by an American girl, played and produced by Australians, gives us some clue to the simpatico nature of our two cultures, and our shared small town experiences. No matter where you grew up, no matter what the roots of your raising, Jenny Queen’s SMALL TOWN MISFITS is a record to hit you where you live. 

Each song on the album revels on the intensity of its time and place, crafted to capture a single moment, an evening, or a long dark night of the soul. The song, Wait For The Night, is a simple meditation on a proud, determined girl whose broken high heels and slipped hem don’t signify the end of her rowdy ways – it’s just the end of another night out; “But it’s nothing your mother can’t mend”.

Queen’s lyrics are outstanding, suggesting a true literary bent. “All the lyrics, with the exception of I Don't Want You, which was a little more collaborative, are mine,” says Jenny.

My Sick Love is like the hardest distillation of a Carson McCullers short story, in which the protagonist’s sleep is haunted with visions of an unhealthy attraction; “My sick love/ I’ll take it like an aftershock/ coursing through my brain”.

The bluegrass-flavoured Mother’s Son is a song of roadside crosses and the despair that only someone who’s had their job taken away from them could feel. A sad and powerful narrative that could bring a statue to tears, exemplifying the acuity of loss, but you feel the narrator is not quite long inured to the pain. 

The green apple quickstep of Blood Meridian is an album highlight, driven by the song’s powerful westward dream lyrics; “Bleeding west/ like a burning mark”. It’s a highpoint in an album positively groaning with them.

Let Her Go rides the ridge between Tex-Mex and country, its hook “You might as well be holding a shadow” twists the knife deftly, with the help of Shane Nicholson’s vocals and evocative slide guitar.

To enable the birth of this album, Queen worked with the cream of Australian alt-country songwriters. “I wrote with so many people, from Suzy ConnollySam ShinazziKim Richey, those baby geniuses in Winterbourne, and Sinead Burgess (whose guitar riff made Dead Man's Hand). In the end, Stuart Crighton and Danielle Blakey and I wrote most of the record.

Once the intensive work was done on creating the songs for SMALL TOWN MISFITS, she took her songs to ARIA and Golden Guitar winning artist and producer Shane Nicholson (Catherine Britt, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, Alex Lloyd).

“Insisting on him for the producer was the best and most important decision I made. We had a weird, wonderful mind meld. I hardly had to tell him anything after our first meeting. He just made the record exactly as I wanted it to sound. Better even. And he sort of encouraged a strange and more vulnerable vocal, which I love. Shane was pretty insistent that I use the frailties and flaws as a strength. The more fucked up, the better, was the motto, I guess.”

Nicholson’s subtle and powerful production cuts to the heart of Queen’s lyrical concerns. Each song traverses the vagaries of this small town of the mind; the narrator’s unmistakable voice is your guide, a lone rider in a beat-up car with only cigarettes and radio for company. 

With featured vocals from Brook McClymontShane NicholsonMatthew Ryan and Winterbourne, Queen has arrayed quite a display of talent alongside her own. “Each of them were amazing,” says Jenny. “Matthew's vocal hurts my heart a little. Crazy talented guy.”

SMALL TOWN MISFITS is an album that’s going to make a strong impact on Australian roots music in 2014. A winning combination of powerful songs and Queen’s unmistakably raw, emotional delivery should propel her toward a new audience. 

"Queen delivers songs filled with raw emotion … like an intimate conversation between close friends" Music Insider with Jonathan Moran, Sunday Telegraph

"(She) sits somewhere between the rootsy Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch ... although there's more delicacy to her tone and her music has an occasional poppy sensibility" Iain Shedden, The Australian 

"(Queen) uses her voice to paint 10 shades of heartbreak, with enough dark humour and quiet resilience to keep you rooting for her" Barry Divola, Who Magazine

"(Queen) has released a beautiful album of alternative country stuff which melts the heart and soothes the soul" Sydney Confidential, The Daily Telegraph

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Modern music for the modern man.ABC Classics presents Bespoke Classics: New Classics for Cool Dads. Featuring the very best new music and a handful of the old, this hand-picked collection of classics is the perfect Father’s Day gift for the modern man – in all his variation and complexity.There’s no ‘right’ way to be a dad in 2018, just like there is no ‘right’ music to listen to. This compilation blurs the lines between genres and traditions, never burdened by the weight of the past and instead forging a new path. Neo-classical, post-classical, chilled classics, contemporary music – call it what you want, it’s undeniably cool and modern.Featuring new school masters such as Einaudi, Glass, Michael Nyman, Arvo Part and Yann Tiersen, plus old school favourites by Debussy, Bach, Schubert, this is the perfect compilation for the fathers in your life.This isn’t your dad’s classical music – it’s yours. TRACKLISTINGCD11 EINAUDI I giorni2 PELĒCIS Concertino bianco: II. Con venerazione3 KATS-CHERNIN Tuesday Suit4 WESTLAKE Hinchinbrook Riffs5 VASKS Cantabile6 KINGS OF LEON Revelry7 CHAN Forever #18 GLASS Metamorphosis No. 39 ABBOTT Re-Echo10 DEBUSSY Clair de lune11 BARBER Adagio for Strings (Original string quartet version)12 KATS-CHERNIN Eliza Aria13 BACH Cello Suite No. 1: I. Prelude CD2 1 NYMAN The Piano: Here to There2 KATS-CHERNIN Unsent Love Letters3 VINE Knips in Brixton4 BADALAMENTI Twin Peaks: Falling5 GÓRECKI Three Pieces in Olden Style: No. 16 WILLIAMS Escapades: I. Closing In7 BOULANGER Nocturne8 SCHUBERT Impromptu in G-flat major9 SOLLIMA Alone10 PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel11 PELĒCIS All in the Past12 TIERSEN The Argument from Amélie13 FALCONIERI Ciaccona14 BACH Prelude in C major from The Well-Tempered Clavier15 GLASS Opening16 HINDSON Technologic 135: III. Cantabile17 ORTIZ Recercada segunda  Artists include:Slava Grigoryan guitar • Amy Dickson saxophoneGenevieve Lacey recorder • James Crabb accordionSally Maer and Umberto Clerici cello • Claire Edwardes percussionSally Whitwell, Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Roger Woodward pianoGoldner String Quartet • Nat Bartsch TrioMelbourne and Tasmanian Symphony OrchestrasAustralian Brandenburg Orchestra
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Travis Collins returns with his anticipated new album, 'Brave & The Broken!' The new album continues on from 2016's stellar 'Hard Light,' and EP team-up with Amber Lawrence ('Our Backyard Ep').
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Best Queensland band of all time” - ABC Radio Brisbane Rain Lover was co-produced by Nashville art rock recording legend Mark Nevers. HALFWAY have previously recorded with renowned producers Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens), Peter Jesperson (The Replacements) andMark Nevers (Lampchop). With a long history in the local and national music scene, fans can look forward to an album packed with tracks that are broadly universal yet remain devastatingly personal; the album is a story of big dreams, conflict, addiction and disappointment with the narrative using central characters which are real people from Rockhampton in the 60’s, 70s, 80s.  Previous albums ‘Any Old Love’ (2014) and ‘The Golden Halfway Record’ (2016) both received 5 star reviews in national press, an AIR Award for Country album of the year (2015) and received a nomination for an APRA award and won three QMA awards including Song of the year in 2015 for the song Dulcify from the album ‘Any Old Love’. Halfway describe themselves: “The band is like a face, showing all the stuff that the years have piled on. One day you’re just a kid, screaming around in the summer dark, and then you do what you do, roads less travelled or waking up in the ditch, but keeping on.Then every now and then, in the midst of it all, you look in the mirror and it’s all there. These albums are like those mirror moments.
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“Together, we are better. That simple understanding sits at the heart of the Hush project.”Developed by medical pioneer Dr Catherine Crock AM to reduce the stress and anxiety felt by young patients and their families in hospitals, the Hush music collection transforms that difficult environment with carefully curated music from some of Australia’s foremost musicians and talents, and is now played in hospitals and homes across the globe.ABC Classics is proud to announce the release of Volume 18 in the Hush series, Collective Wisdom, performed by the musicians of ACO Collective, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s mentoring and regional touring ensemble.For this project, Hush sent twelve Australian composers to do residencies and workshops in adolescent health units in Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth: established composers Stuart Greenbaum, Matthew Hindson, Maria Grenfell, Paul Stanhope, Elena Kats-Chernin and James Ledger fostering these rewarding experiences with six emerging composers, Caerwen Martin, Katia Beaugeais, Thomas Misson, Natalie Nicolas, Rachel Bruerville and Olivia Bettina Davies. The composers and the teenagers played music together, talked, shared experiences and explored how music might help people during hard times.Based on what they saw, heard and learnt during those collaborative sessions, the twelve composers then wrote the pieces that appear on this disc. The music is honest and heartfelt, acknowledging the fears and anxieties of the hospital experience yet full of hope, joy and optimism. As composers Caerwen Martin and Stuart Greenbaum point out, ‘Music can remind patients that they are more than their illness…and what they might be when they are better.’This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The project has also been supported by the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund. TRACKLISTING RACHEL BRUERVILLE Dancing on TiptoesSTUART GREENBAUM The Rotation of the EarthNATALIE NICOLAS We Won’t Let You DownMARIA GRENFELL Knitting UnicornsMATTHEW HINDSON Nothing Is ForeverTHOMAS MISSON Glow (Abridged)PAUL STANHOPE Dancing on CloudsKATIA BEAUGEAIS Like Snowdrops You Will ShineJAMES LEDGER DaydreamCAERWEN MARTIN Stars Come Out in a Midnight SkyELENA KATS-CHERNIN Moon Feather MagicOLIVIA BETTINA DAVIES Crystalline Performed byACO CollectiveLeader: Helena Rathbone  ACO Collective is the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s critically acclaimed regional touring and education ensemble. Directed by brilliant Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, ACO Collective combines Australia’s most talented emerging string players with the professional musicians of the ACO to create a high-energy 17-piece string orchestra that tours music and education activities to regional locations all over Australia.
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Tune out the noise of your busy day, and sleep more easily at night,with this collection of pink noise, created by the producers at ABC Classics & Jazz.The album features 15 tracks, each with a specially-constructed sonic texture. With sounds like rain on a tin roof, car wheels on a smooth road, the hum of an aeroplane cabin or wind whistling through the trees, this collection offers peace and relaxation in our busy modern world.
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Tune out the noise of your busy day, and sleep more easily at night,with this collection of white noise, created by the producers at ABC Classics & Jazz.The album features 15 tracks, each with a specially-constructed sonic texture. With sounds like rain on a tin roof, car wheels on a smooth road, the hum of an aeroplane cabin or wind whistling through the trees, this collection offers peace and relaxation in our busy modern world.
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ABC KIDS is the renowned home of trusted, quality entertainment for Australian preschoolers. Parents and children alike have grown up with this much loved, iconic Australian brand. ABC KIDS Listen is the ABC’s brand new dedicated kids digital radio station and app for preschoolers and their families. It provides a safe space to access trusted, educational and entertaining audio programs that feature music and stories from their favourite ABC KIDS characters. To celebrate the launch of the station, the ABC KIDS Listen compilation album collects the crème de la crème of the music featured on the station, including songs by beloved favouritessuch as The Wiggles, Justine Clarke, Sesame Street, Giggle and Hoot, Bananas in Pyjamas and more!
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John Schumann first came to national recognition as the lead singer and songwriter of the legendary folk-rock band Redgum, who made their mark on the Australian conscience with the enduring Vietnam veterans’ anthem ‘I Was Only 19’. Never one to be short on an educated opinion, John Schumann has spent his life understanding, exploring and supporting Australia and its diverse culture, a passion shared through song on his new album with The Vagabond Crew titled ‘Ghosts & Memories’. With his distinctive voice and renowned lyricism, Schumann has compiled a different kind of album with ‘Ghosts & Memories’, exploring new topics and approaching the album in a way he hasn’t previously done. ‘Ghosts & Memories’ is a collection of 12 songs that delve into the life of John McDouall Stuart (’Skinny Little Kid’, ‘Won’t Look Down’, ‘Remember Me’), explores the complexities of being a ‘FIFO’ worker (‘FIFO Road’) and climate change (‘Nobody’s Fault’), visits our Anzac history (‘Anzac Biscuits’, ‘On Every Anzac Day’) and discusses the state of the world from the perspective of someone who genuinely cares (‘Times Like These’, ‘The Long Run Remix’) and has an interest in life on the land (‘Fade Away’, ‘Awesome Day’, ‘What Did You Do Today’).
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Celebrating 20 years since his first album release in 1998. This collection songs includes hits, fan favourites and the new single. One of Country music’s leading male artists, Adam Brand is multi award winning artist including this year’s CMC Australian Artist of the Year winner.Track Listing:CD 1:MilestonesParty Down UnderKing Of The RoadLast Man StandingGrandpa’s PianoDirt Track CowboysGood FriendsGood Things In LifeI Did What?New England HighwayThe AnzacShe’s CountryGet LoudCigarettes & WhiskeyGet on Down The RoadComin’ From / Khe SanhBlame it on EveCD 2:Ready For LoveHell of a RideIt’s Gonna Be OKShe Got AwayI Was HereThere Will Be LoveFreedom RebelsHearts I Leave BehindMy Side Of The StreetGood Year for the OutlawIf Heaven Has a SoundtrackDrunkGet On Your FeetFor Ever And Ever AmenHold My HandHard TimesSheriff Bullfrog 
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The rarely recorded ballet masterpiece comes to life under the baton of the great Barry Wordsworth.Swanilda and Franz are engaged to be married, but Franz can’t get his mind off the mysterious and beautiful girl Coppélia who sits on the balcony of the house of the suspicious Doctor Coppelius. Franz breaks into the house only to find all is not what it seems, and Swanilda must save the man she loves from the diabolical doctor.Léo Delibes’s Coppélia might not have the profile of Tchaikovsky’s great ballet scores, but it is every bit as important. It was Delibes who brought the symphony orchestra to the ballet, composing new, rich and memorable music for dance rather than the messy mash-up of popular tunes it had been until then.Rarely recorded in its entirety, Coppélia is a charming and beautiful ballet featuring irresistible and iconic melodies. This sparkling work comes to life in this recording by Orchestra Victoria under the baton of Barry Wordsworth, Principal Guest Conductor and former Music Director of the Royal Ballet Covent Garden, and one of the world’s most celebrated ballet conductors.This 2CD set contains the complete score of Coppélia, as well as alternate versions of the main numbers, designed to cater to dancers of different skill levels and physicality – perfect for ballet schools and anyone else who loves to dance along! TRACKLISTINGLÉO DELIBES (1836–1891)Coppélia(Complete ballet score) CD1: Acts One and TwoCD2: Act Three Plus alternate versions of five of the best-known movements, played at different speeds to accommodate the physicality and technique of individual dancers:Act Two: Scène and BoléroAct Three Divertissement: La Discorde et la Guerre, Danse de fête and Galop final Orchestra VictoriaBarry Wordsworth conductor Barry WordsworthBarry Wordsworth is Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, having been the company's Music Director from 1990 to 1995 and from 2007 to 2015. He is also Conductor Laureate of the BBC Concert Orchestra and Brighton Philharmonic, and Music Director Laureate of Birmingham Royal Ballet.He has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Sydney Symphony and New Zealand Symphony.For over 40 years Barry Wordsworth has enjoyed a close association with The Royal Ballet in London. He has toured extensively with the company including, most recently, performances at the Aldeburgh Festival with the Britten Sinfonia and in Taipei with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra. Orchestra Victoria Established in 1969, Orchestra Victoria is a specialised ballet and opera orchestra. As the proud performance partner of The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera, it is one of Australia’s most versatile and respected orchestras. In addition to its busy schedule in the pit, the orchestra performs throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria and is very active in music education. Orchestra Victoria’s breadth of repertoire makes it unique among Australia’s professional orchestras.
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Narrated by Luke Carroll | Music performed by Ensemble Offspring“The perfect adventure to start your mini musicians on a lifetime of classical music.” – ArtsplorersNarrated by Play School's Luke Carroll, Classic Kids introduces pre-schoolers to classical music through a musical tale of the Australian landscape.When Kirra Quokka finds a lost concert ticket, she sets off on a big musical adventure. With the help of her friends Carlos the Crow, Harper the Humpback Whale, Niipu the Numbat, Elena Emu and Padma Possum, Kirra travels the length of the country from her home on sleepy Rottnest Island all the way to the bright lights of the Sydney Opera House!In each of the six episodes of the story, the Australian environment, landscape and weather are evoked through music and storytelling. Children learn all about the clarinet, cello, flute, piccolo and percussion, and how different instruments work together to create magical soundscapes.Featuring new music by Australian composers Ross Edwards, Nigel Westlake, Iain Grandage, Martin Wesley-Smith and Jessica Wells, performed by Ensemble Offspring, Classic Kids: Sounds Like Australia is both an effective educational resource that encourages learning through play, and a delightful and engaging story the whole family will love.Classic Kids is an ABC KIDS listen and ABC Classic FM co-production. It was produced in collaboration with the Sydney Opera House Children, Families and Creative Learning program. TRACKLISTINGEPISODES1 Kirra Quokka finds a concert ticket 7’142 Harper the Humpback and Kirra float over the ocean 8’413 Niipu Numbat and Kirra ride a train across the desert 8’594 Elena Emu and Kirra Quokka climb up the Blue Mountains 5’295 Padma Possum and Kirra Quokka arrive in the city 6’136 Kirra's big musical concert surprise! 8’02 MUSIC7 ROSS EDWARDS Crow Dance 2’478 NIGEL WESTLAKE Ocean Sunfish 3’259 IAIN GRANDAGE Corrugation 3’3110-12 JESSICA WELLS Blue Mountain Suite 2’4013-14 MARTIN WESLEY-SMITH White Knight and Beaver – excerpts 2’2615 JESSICA WELLS Finale Medley 2’1716 Kirra Quokka Theme 0’1217 Carlos Crow Theme 0’0918 Harper Humpback Theme 0’1619 Niipu Numbat Theme 0’1220 Elena Emu Theme 0’1121 Padma Possum Theme 0’1322 Locomotive Theme 0’59 Luke Carroll narratorEnsemble OffspringClaire Edwardes Director, marimba, percussionVéronique Serret violin, electric violinFreya Schack-Arnott celloLamorna Nightingale flute, piccolo Jason Noble clarinet, bass clarinet
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In 2018, the Melbourne Ska Orchestra are releasing a new song every single Friday for the entire year!Season 1 (Songs 1-13) is Ska Classics done MSO style.Season 2 (Songs 14-26) covers legendary Movies & TV Themes into Ska renditions.Melbourne Ska Orchestra have already proven the success via their own version of ‘Get Smart’ which has now exceeded 2.7 million hits on Youtube.The guys had a lot of fun making this album with all sorts of requests from band members and fans alike.The outcome was a worthy cross-section of tunes spanning over 70 years including Austin Powers, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, James Bond, Pink Panther and stack more gold!