Not content with appearing in Sydney’s Celebrating David Bowie concert or his shows at Melbourne Zoo as part of the summer’s Twilight Sessions, Paul Dempsey will tour regional centers around the country this summer.

Expect to hear plenty of his solo hits and Something for Kate classics at the following gigs. Tickets are on sale now through Paul’s website.

19 January 2017 – Heritage Hotel, Bulli
20 January 2017 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
21 January 2017 – Entrance Leagues Club, The Entrance
25 January 2017 – Westernport Hotel, San Remo
27 January 2017 – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
3 February 2017 – The Studio @ Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin
9 February 2017 – Sol Bar, Maroochydore
10 February 2017 – NightQuarter, Gold Coast
11 February 2017 – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns

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The beautiful songs from Love is a Dog just keep coming with the release of Tinpan Orange’s latest single, “See You In the Water.”

This is such a stunning song, with ethereal vocals and delicate strings. I definitely recommend taking a moment to stop what you’re doing and just listening to it, without distractions.

The Aussie trio has spent months touring, but they’re not done yet. Check out the following shows in Australia and abroad.

14 & 15 January 2017 – Illawarra Folk Festival, Wollongong
26 January 2017 – The Rocks Australia Day Festival, Sydney (FREE)
20 February 2017 – Haldern Pop, Haldern
21 February 2017 – Prinzenbar, Hamburg
22 February 2017 – Wohngemeinschaft, Köln
23 February 2017 – L’alimentation générale, Paris
25 February 2017 – Hafen 2, Offenbach/Frankfurt
26 February 2017 – Wohnzimmer Matinee, Dresden
27 February 2017 – Lido, Berlin
3 March 2017 – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle
4 & 5 March 2017 – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup
11 & 12 March 2017 – A Festival Called Panama, Golconda
24 & 25th March 2017 – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah
26 March 2017 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (matinee show 2pm)

Tubular Bells is one of those albums that continues to endure. I remember Dad playing Mike Oldfield’s classic to me as a kid. Now decades later, my twenty-something sister and her boyfriend have discovered it. No matter when you first heard Tubular Bells, if you fell in love with it you’re going to want to see Tubular Bells for Two.

This unique show has sold out in festivals around the world, and it’s finally coming to Australia. Mike Oldfield had the benefit of some of the world’s first multi-tracking technology when he recorded this classic album. But to bring it to life, this show has just two guys – Austalia’s Aidan Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth – juggling more than 20 instruments, all live.

Tickets are available from the Tubular Bells for Two website for these spellbinding shows.

17 & 18 February 2017 – Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide
10 & 11 March 2017 – York Theatre @ Seymour Centre, Sydney
24 March 2017 – Glasshouse, Port Macquarie
25 March 2017 – Lismore City Hall, Lismore
30 March 2017 – Armitage Centre @ HBA, Toowoomba
31 March 2017 – Redland PAC, Cleveland
1 April 2017 – Ipswich Civic Centre, Ipswich
2 April 2017 – Majestic Theatre, Pomona
6 April 2017 – Dubbo Regional Theatre, Dubbo
7 April 2017 – The Capitol, Tamworth
8 April 2017 – Orange Civic Theatre, Orange
22 April 2017 – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford
5-7 May 2017 – Street Theatre, Canberra

It’s been five long years since Carus Thompson has released any new music, but he’s making a real statement with his comeback single “Beach Fires.” The track explores the ice epidemic and way this terrible drug erodes friendships and communities.

“Beach Fires” comes from Carus’ forthcoming album Island, which is slated for release in early 2017. Expect more big themes on the record, with songs exploring isolation, refugees, apathy, and other issued affecting our social climate.

Carus will take these songs on the road with local shows in February and March.

12 February 2017 – The Grace Emily, Adelaide (Matinee)
17 February 2017 – Mojos, Fremantle
25 February 2017 – Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove
26 February 2017 – Grampians Festival, Halls Gap
3 March 2017 – Republic Bar, Hobart
4 March 2017 – The Workers Club, Melbourne
5 March 2017 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
10 March 2017 – The Quarry Ampitheatre, City Beach

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George Martin was one of the great talents we lost this year. Next February, some of our brightest local stars will honour to his extraordinary work with the Beatles in a tour dubbed From Mania to Revolution: A Beatles Tribute to George Martin.

Davey Lane, Ashley Naylor, Kram, Linda Bull, Jim Fleming, Nick Murphy, Brett Wolfenden will play two sets jampacked with Beatles classics every night, joined with some other very special guests.

Tickets are on sale now for the following shows.

1 February 2017 – The Athenaeum, Melbourne (with Deborah Conway, Dan Kelly, and Ella Thompson)
2 February 2017 – The Triffid, Brisbane (with Kellie Lloyd, Darren Middleton, and Luke Peacock)
3 February 2017 – Manning Bar, Sydney (with Abby Dobson, Steve Kilbey, Jodi Phillis, and Rob Younger)
9 February 2017 – The Gov, Adelaide (with Koral Chandler, Taasha Coates, Dusty Lee, and Ben Marwe)
10 February 2017 – Badlands, Perth (with Justin Burford, Felicity Groom, and Dom Mariani)

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Now based in Los Angeles, Perth-bred musician Cameron Avery is coming home to play shows supporting his dreamy new single “C’est Toi.”

Cameron penned the stunning piano ballad about the last time he fell in love. It’s got a nostalgic vibe about it that I really love, as well as some gorgeous poetic lyrics. It’s the first track lifted from Cameron’s highly anticipated album.

You’ll no doubt get a sneaky listen to more of the album tracks at the following shows.

14 January 2017 – Freo Arts Centre Courtyard, Fremantle
18 January 2017 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
19 January 2017 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

It’s been some time since I’ve heard a true girl power anthem. Thankfully Amber Lawrence has filled the void, with the help of Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden. Their new single “Cheers to the Girls” is everything I’ve been waiting for.

It tells the story of women each broken in their own way who draw from their inner strength to reclaim their identities. I also like that it doesn’t stoop to blanket male bashing, as so many feminist things do. Instead it deals with very specific circumstances and focuses on what women did to overcome them.

“I’m really proud of this song. A lot of courage went into writing this song, and telling it how it actually is for some women. This song in part eludes to domestic abuse, but also praises women of all types – those that were bullied at school, those that didn’t know their inner strength until the only choice left was to rely on and stand up for themselves,” Amber explained. “It’s a rousing song of strength and is already a crowd favourite – add to this, the stunning vocals of Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden, and this is also one of my favourites.”

“Cheers to the Girls” is the latest single lifted from Amber’s fifth studio album Happy Ever After. She will tour the album with Catherine Britt next year. Fanny Lumsden will appear at selected shows. More dates will be announced, so if there’s not one close to you keep an eye on Amber’s website.

3 March 2017 – Gloucestor Soldiers Club, Gloucestor
4 March 2017 – Muswellbrook RSL, Muswellbrook
31 March 2017 – Red Hot Music, Devonport
1 April 2017 – Granada Tavern, Hobart
7 April 2017 – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill
8 April 2017 – Soul Central, Dee Why
9 April 2017 – Lizotte’s, Newcastle
13 May 2017 – Ettalong Diggers, Ettalong Beach
18 May 2017 – Loxton Club, Loxton
19 May 2017 – Pretoria Hotel, Mannum
20 May 2017 – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide
25 May 2017 – Glen Innes & District Services Club, Glen Innes
26 May 2017 – South Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club
27 May 2017 – Sawtell RSL Club, Sawtell
29 June 2017 – Barham Services Club, Barham
30 June 2017 – Commercial Club, Albury
1 July 2017 – Club Mulwala, Mulwala

Fresh from signing a deal with massive American indie music label Razer + Tie, Australia’s own Harts has announced he’ll tour around the country early next year.

The shows are promoting Harts’ album Smoke Fire Hope Desire, which features a slew of singles including the newie “Fear in Me.” The song’s clip gives you a little taste of the kind of rock star energy you can expect at these gigs.

17 February 2017 – 170 Russell, Melbourne
18 February 2017 – SS&A Club, Albury (FREE)
24 February 2017 – Torquay Hotel, Torquay
25 February 2017 – Whalers Hotel, Warrnambool
2 March 2017 – The Beery, Terrigal
3 March 2017 – The Metro Theatre, Sydney
4 March 2017 – Uni Bar, Wollongong
5 March 2017 – Urban Jungle Festival, Perth
11 March 2017 – The Triffid, Brisbane

Tullara shows she’s an artist that’s impossible to pigeonhole with her debut EP Better Hold On.

I thought I had her pegged with the opening track “Too Many.” It’s a jaunty folk song, complete with a fiddle, an acoustic guitar, and a banjo. I imagined she was something like the second-coming of Jewel, but with a richer, huskier voice that reminded me a little of Dido.

But when I heard “Jailbreak” I knew I was wrong. It’s a wild, bluesy ride, with a funky bass line and killer vocals from Tullara. It’s as far from folk as you can get, the kind of rock star turn you’d expect a tough chick to deliver in a dark, sweaty pub with sticky floors.

That frenetic performance took my breath away, yet I wondered whether it was all a dream as I listened to the delicate “No Time.” It’s a calm folk song, delivered with the resignation of someone self-aware enough to understand a relationship is just not working.

“Five Weeks” sees Tullara shifting gears again. It’s entirely instrumental, with a real international flavour. It transported me to the bazaars of India in minutes.

The final track “Six Months” might be my favourite. It’s also perhaps the most intimate and stripped back we hear Tullara. The lyrics are vulnerable and given space to breathe with just an acoustic guitar to keep time. It’s a heartbreaking exploration of lost love that most of us will find so painfully familiar.

Tullara shows that she’s an artist with so much in her back pocket. She goes where the music takes her, and hopes her listeners will come along for the ride. I’m only too happy to follow.

Better Hold On is currently available from digital outlets. Tullara is touring the country to support its release. Here are her remaining dates.

8 December 2016 – The Milk Factory, Brisbane
9 December 2016 – Leche Café, Yamba
10 December 2016 – 63 First Ave, Sawtell
11 December 2016 – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle
26 December 2016 – 1 January 2017 – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford

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Lisa Richards has lived one hell of a life. She battled drugs and alcohol before moving from her hometown of Townsville to the States in her mid-20s. There she released five albums and toured relentlessly over more than 20 years before her husband was sent to prison. Heartbroken, she returned to Australia to rebuild her life. With all that experience behind her she’s created a brand new album, A Light From the Other Side.

It features the song “You Got the Power,” which encompasses everything the album is about. I love its strength, insightful lyrics, and jazzy instrumentation. Lisa’s voice is also so unique, with the kind of tone that stops you in your tracks and demands you listen in.

Lisa will showcase songs from A Light From the Other Side at her upcoming shows.

8 January 2017 – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide
28 January 2017 – The Brookfield Shed, Hobart
10 February 2017 – Smiths Alternative, Canberra
18 February 2017 – Gasoline Pony, Sydney
23 February 2017 – Paris Cat, Melbourne

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