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Sime Nugent

In 1980, Sime Nugent found an old cassette recording of his Irish parent's last party with family in Dublin before immigrating to Australia in 1969.On the tape his father's five siblings all sang immaculate harmonies around the family piano.

The cassette answered a lot of questions. In 2000, Sime Nugent began playing and releasing music under his own name.

He'd spent the decade previous to this learning about singing and harmony singing with the much loved trio, Acapelicans, who had travelled extensively off the back of their four albums and a hefty international touring schedule. Sime had also spent the 90's learning about song writing via his Melbourne band ,Sedan , who's constant gigging and two albums had already shown Nugent the ropes and the way to becoming a formidable band leader and front man.

In 2000, with six albums already published, Sime Nugent was starting again. With release of 'More About the Benefits of Hindsight' and working under his own name for the first time, Sime Nugent was settling into his own voice as a musician and writer for the decade to come. The release of 'Ten Years at the Table' marks a decade since that first release under Sime's own name. There is a lot of water under the bridge, tens of thousands of kilometres, thousands of gigs, hundreds of songs and still Sime laughs, 'Maybe this album marks the end of my apprenticeship.' With four highly regarded albums to draw from, Sime Nugent has embarked on his first truly solo release.

'Songs have always been a kind of map for me. It's only with time that the enduring songs present themselves. You can never be sure where they are destined to end up when you are writing them. So it's an ongoing inquiry and it's really encouraging that people have drawn something from that journey.' The journey for Sime has been as wide as it has been enduring. He has performed solo in remote East Timor, Sung to thousands at Vienna Jazz Festival, Co-Founded the Castlemaine Music Festival, and more recently joined the Aria nominated bluegrass party band, The Wilson Pickers. 'A lot of my musical output in the last couple of years has been with The Wilson Pickers which has been a delight. There's plenty more to come from them, but in the interim I began talking to ABC Music who basically dared me to make this solo album a retrospective of sorts.

The truth is it could have been any one of about four albums just because of the weight of numbers of songs. I'd been thinking about making a solo album for a long time and after making 'Happy Hour' which was a very large and lengthy production, now seemed like time.' From the rambling opener,'Somewhere by Now' to contemplative closer, ‘Any Day’, Ten Years at the Table is as bare bones as it gets.' Only an x-ray would have less artifice than this album. I do a lot of solo shows. This album is that solo show.' 'It was more than just re-recording in the solo guise' Nugent explains of tracks like 'Gentle as She Goes', 'Only One water' and 'The Funeral'.'The arrangements have to be adjusted and the delivery you can get away with in a band situation is very different to what you can get away with when it's just you and a guitar. So some of them have been pulled back, some have been attacked a bit more, and so on.' As befits a songwriter of Nugent's proclivity and prowess there are a couple of new tracks on 'Ten Years at the Table' too - the very country, 'Slow Road' and the sublime 'The Company We Keep' along with live favourite, Irving Berlin’s,'My Walking Stick'.

The album is indicative not only of where Sime Nugent has been, but where he's likely to head next. 'I'm really looking forward to getting out on the road again with this album and enjoying the people and the travel and the playing. I remember my old man said 'don't get good at anything you don't enjoy. Thankfully I really love playing music.'

Music can change lives. For almost 20 years, the Hush Foundation has been working with renowned Australian artists to create music of joy and calm – originally to support children in hospital, and now enjoyed everywhere from concert halls to living rooms. In this latest offering from the Hush series, pianist Tony Gould and guitarist Peter Petrucci present music that can bring optimism even in the toughest times.The Hush Foundation, under the inspirational leadership of physician Professor Catherine Crock AM, transforms the healthcare experience for patients, families and staff through music and the performing arts. It has produced 17 albums, bringing some of Australia’s finest performers and composers together in collaborative partnerships that engage with the lived experience of people in the health system and other stressful environments. Hush albums are played not only in hospitals, but also in aged care, palliative care and childcare facilities to reduce stress and anxiety. Community and international orchestras also play music composed for Hush. In 2014, Hush’s contribution to Australian music was acknowledged with the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence.Gathering of Kindness recognises the power of the small acts of kindness and respect that build trust and create a sense of safety and security in difficult and challenging situations. ‘When we ask patients, their families and those working in healthcare “What matters to you?”’ says Professor Crock, ‘the single word at the top of the list is kindness.’Tony Gould and Peter Petrucci wrote the music on this album with the Hush ‘family’ firmly in mind. ‘We hope they serve at least one of music’s purposes in life, and that is to help calm our fellow humans in times when things aren’t going so well. Music can do this superbly. It can also give us joy, can foster kindness and a sense that, ultimately, everything will be all right.’ This latest album has been named after the healthcare events Hush has hosted since 2016. The Gathering of Kindness bring people working in health and aged care together to talk about ways kindness can flourish in their organisations and services. These events are being hosted throughout November at metro, regional and rural healthcare organisations across Victoria, and include live performances of Hush plays and music, healthcare book launches and panels, narrative and a range of self-care workshops, as well as updates on new research being undertaken. Hush is also hosting a ticketed event at KPMG in Melbourne on Thursday 14 November.›Pianist / composer / critic / author / academic / educator Tony Gould has been involved in music in Australia for over half a century. A prolific performer, composer and recording artist across several musical genres of art music, Tony has composed and performed alongside other renowned musicians Australia-wide and internationally. His numerous accolades include membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his contribution to music.Peter Petrucci is one of Australia’s leading jazz guitarists, recognised for his virtuosity and lyricism in improvisations and artful compositions. He has released eight albums – the latest, They Know That We Know, in August 2019. Peter has performed locally and internationally supporting distinguished musicians and has appeared at numerous international jazz festivals, in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Wangaratta, Stonnington and Queensland Jazz Festivals. TRACKLISTING 1 All Things Good2 Anthem3 Calm4 Autumn Lullaby5 Quiet6 Spring Town7 It’s Up to You8 A Little Folk Song9 Essence10 Truth and Beauty11 The Softness of Air12 The Smile Peter Petrucci guitar – Tony Gould piano Tks 1-3, 5, 8, 10-12 composed by Tony Gould.Tks 4, 6, 7 and 9 composed by Peter Petrucci.