Category: Country / Folk

Heathcote born, Bendigo based, folk artist Mariah McCarthy is one of regional Victoria’s most prized possessions. Since living and performing in the big smoke with her old bandDeer Prudence for a time, Mariah has returned to her neck of the woods a solo artist and is focussing all her energy on launching her own career with gusto. The budding young talent is excited to today to release her debut EP Counting Sheep.

To celebrate the release of her debut EP,  Mariah performed her song ‘1821’ for Shoelace Sessions in the quiet pool room at the Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick.
Mixed & Mastered by Julian Abrahams & Produced by Shoelace Creative.

Having made notable festival appearances at Wintermoon Festival (QLD), St Albans Folk Festival (NSW), Yackandandah Folk Festival (VIC) and Majors Creek Festival(NSW) in her time spent in country folk duo Deer Prudence, Mariah is an honest and tender performer, whose captivating live presence captures every ear in the room.

Catch the exquisite storytelling of Mariah McCarthy when she launches her debut EPCounting Sheep throughout Victoria during May, June and July.

‘COUNTING SHEEP’ EP LAUNCH DATES
Melbourne
Saturday 26 May – The Wesley Anne
Supports: Georgie Currie (The Northern Folk) + Jarrod Shaw
Tickets: $10 on the door

Bendigo
Saturday 2 June – Old Church on the Hill
Supports: Sarah Wilkinson + Paul Dyason (Northern Folk)
Tickets: $10 on the door

OTHER UPCOMING SHOWS
Sunday 27 May – Taproom, Castlemaine (Free)
Saturday 16 June – Martian’s Cafe, Dean’s Marsh – $10 on the door
Sunday 17 June – The Door Gallery Cafe, Geelong (Free)
Saturday 23 June – The Delatite Hotel (Free Entry)
Saturday 30 June – The Kilmore Celtic Festival, Kilmore
Sunday 1 July – The Gypsy Bar, Echuca (Free Entry)
Friday 13 July – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave (Free Entry)

 

Breaking out on her own bare feet comes magical folk artist Mariah McCarthy. After a four-year stint living and performing around Melbourne with her band Deer PrudenceMariah has returned to her regional roots and has been busy brewing something truly special. The now Bendigo-basedsinger songwriter is excited to launch her solo career with her first official release ‘Counting Sheep’ – a stunning debut single which she’ll be taking to the stage in a pair of intimate live shows this March.

With a beckoning voice of home and soothing rhythms akin to travelling among regularly-visited far off places, Mariah marries feelings of here and there; comfort and ache; dream and reality in‘Counting Sheep’. Featuring instrumentation from Ben LangdonDavid Williams, and David Carr, the self-written track was recorded, mixed and mastered by Carr himself in the beautiful surrounds of his Dandenong Ranges’ Rangemaster Studios. An ode to awakening remote desire and accessing the lucid brightness within our dream selves, McCarthy’s debut is a warm, honest, and mature account from the budding talent.

As the title suggests, Counting Sheep tells a story of wakefulness and the dark thoughts that occur when sleep seems so far away. It explores the notion that everything that we desire is always out of reach and longing only seems to make time slow down. – Mariah McCarthy

Having previously toured in the country folk duo Deer Prudence who has made stage appearances at major Australian Festivals such as Wintermoon Festival (QLD), St Albans Folk Festival (NSW), Yackandandah Folk Festival (VIC) and Majors Creek Festival (NSW), Mariah is a seasoned performer eager to bring her own tender storytelling to new and returning fans widespread.

Catch the raw, organic sounds of Mariah McCarthy live when she brings her captivating set to Melbourne’s Some Velvet Morning and Bendigo’s Basement Bar in her ‘Counting Sheep’single launch shows this March.

Mariah McCarthy ‘Counting Sheep’ Single Launch Dates

Bendigo
Friday 2 March
Basement Bar
9pm – 11.00pm
Support: TBA
Free Entry

Melbourne
Saturday 3 March
Some Velvet Morning
8.30 – 10.30pm
Support: TBA
Free Entry

Other upcoming shows
Eaglehawk, Bendigo

Sunday 4 March
Summer Event – Eaglehawk Pool
3.00 – 6.00pm

‘Counting Sheep’ is out Friday 23 February via
 iTunes // Apple Music // Spotify

Missy Higgins

On the eve of her one-off Australian OZ tour that begins tomorrow in Cairns, Missy Higgins OZ album and book are released today.  This follows outstanding album reviews for her eclectic collection of Australian cover versions.

Missy’s collection of Aussie cover songs can be enjoyed on the OZ album, read about in the quirky book of related essays, or experienced together as a deluxe cloth-bound CD/Book edition.

Missy said, “It’s bloody exciting to finally have this album and book out there. It’s a totally new venture for me creatively which always makes it pretty nerve wracking waiting to see if people like it, but so far the response has been amazing. We’ve just put together a really exciting new live show too so I can’t wait to get that out on the road.”

From tomorrow, Missy’s national OZ tour will begin as she performs her only shows for at least the next year. The tour will see Missy perform across Australia until October 30 when the tour wraps in Melbourne.

Tickets remain for some shows but are expected to sell out once the tour begins, and are available from all usual outlets.

MISSY HIGGINS – OZ TOUR
Presented by Max, The Music and Spotify
Tickets on sale now

Sat 20 Sept – Cairns, Civic Theatre – SOLD OUT
Sat 21 Sept – Cairns, Civic Theatre – Tickets – 2ND & FINAL SHOW
Tue 23 Sept – Townsville, Entertainment Centre (Auditorium) – Tickets
Wed 24 Sept – Mackay, Entertainment Centre (Plenary Halls A&B) – Tickets
Fri 26 Sept – Caloundra, The Events Centre Theatre – Tickets
Sat 27 Sept – Brisbane, Entertainment Centre (Great Hall) – Tickets
Sun 28 Sept – Toowoomba, Empire Theatre – Tickets
Tue 30 Sept – Gold Coast, The Arts Centre (Arts Theatre) – Tickets
Wed 1 Oct – Lismore, City Hall (Churchill Auditorium) – Tickets
Fri 3 Oct – Newcastle, Civic Theatre – Tickets
Sat 4 Oct – Sydney, Enmore Theatre – SOLD OUT
Sun 5 Oct – Sydney, Enmore Theatre – Tickets – 2ND & FINAL
Mon 6 Oct – Chatswood, The Concourse – Tickets
Tue 7 Oct – Penrith, Joan Sutherland PAC – SOLD OUT
Thu 9 Oct – Wollongong, Anita’s Theatre – SOLD OUT
Sat 11 Oct – Canberra Theatre – Tickets – LAST SEATS
Sun 12 Oct – Wodonga, The Cube – Tickets
Tue 14 Oct – Geraldton, Queens Park Theatre * – SOLD OUT
Wed 15 Oct – Geraldton, Queens Park Theatre * – SOLD OUT
Thu 16 Oct – Perth, Crown Theatre * – Tickets
Sat 18 Oct – Bunbury, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre * – Tickets
Sun 19 Oct – Mandurah, Performing Arts Centre * – Tickets
Wed 22 Oct – Darwin, Convention Centre * – Tickets
Sat 25 Oct – Adelaide, Entertainment Centre (Theatre) – Tickets
Wed 29 Oct – Melbourne, Regent Theatre – SOLD OUT
Thu 30 Oct – Melbourne, Regent Theatre – Tickets

Keith Urban - Fuse

Keith Urban’s much-anticipated seventh studio album FUSE, set for release on September 13th, is his first in nearly three years. It will contain thirteen brand new tracks including his newest single “Little Bit Of Everything”, as well as duets with Miranda Lambert (“We Were Us”) and Eric Church (“Raise ‘Em Up”). A deluxe edition will contain sixteen songs.

The songs on FUSE were written, gathered and recorded over the past year and half.  Says Urban, “these songs just connected with me, whether for their energy or for what they were saying or just for the fact that they made me feel good.  All of them have merit and even though we recorded a lot of songs, slowly this particular group started to come together.”

Urban, who will return for the next season of American Idol, is currently in the middle of the first leg of his US “Light The Fuse Tour 2013”, which will continue through the end of the year.

To preview songs from FUSE go to fuse.keithurban.net

FUSE is now available for pre-order only at www.keithurban.net, JB HI FI, Sanity.

FUSE TRACK LISTING:
1. Somewhere In My Car
2. Even The Stars Fall 4 U
3. Cop Car
4. Shame
5. Good Thing
6. We Were Us (featuring Miranda Lambert)
7. Love’s Poster Child
8. She’s My 11
9. Come Back To Me
10. Red Camaro
11. Little Bit of Everything
12. Raise ‘Em Up (featuring Eric Church)
13. Heart Like Mine

FUSE DELUXE EDITION ALSO CONTAINS:
14. Black Leather Jacket
15.  Gonna B Good
16.  Lucky Charm

Carus Thompson

Year: 2011

Label: MGM

Track Listing:
1. Red Sky

2. You Can’t Find Me

3. Fifteen

4. Imperfect Circle

5. You Made Me

6. Caravan

7. Inland Sea

8. Bright Star

9. Beauty Is Your Way

10. I Believe In Love

11. Headstrong

12. Whistleblower

13. Luke’s Song

Subculture Media ‘Caravan – Carus Thompson’ Review:

While Carus Thompson has been winning over fans as he supports famous acts such as Dave Damien Rice, Jack Johnson and Dave Matthews he has pretty much remained unheard of in his home country of Australia… a shame when you consider just how talented a musician he really is. The good news though, is you get that feeling though that his new album Caravan might be about to change all that.

This is one remarkable brilliant country album that showcases Carus Thompson’s own unique style. “Red Sky” shows just how beautiful a love song can be without being too soppy while the catchy “You Can’t Find Me” will soon win over any listener.

Fans of Australian legend Paul Kelly will easily be won over by “Fifteen” and “You Made Me” which are only separated by the best track on the album, “Imperfect Circle” which shows that Thompson is one of the finest country guitarists going around. The chords on “Imperfect Circle” will make most guitarists extremely jealous.

Carus Thompson showcases his amazing voice on “Caravan” and then does what so many artists have tried to do over the years and capture Australia’s beauty in song with “Inland Sea”… good on him for also taking a swipe at city-slickers in the track as well. Thompson then pays tribute to Australian sporting hero, Peter Norman. While many wouldn’t know of Norman, he was the Australian track star who after winning silver at the 1968 Olympics took part in the famous Black Power Salute. Thompson’s tribute to him hear is truly heartfelt and deserving.

Once again Thompson produces a beautiful love song with “Beauty is Your Way” and then he captures an amazing bluegrass sound on “I Believe In You”. A trip to the beach this summer is wasted if you don’t have “Headstrong” playing on your stereo (it’s obvious on this track that Thompson has been spending some time with Jack Johnson) while “Whistleblower” sees him slow Caravan down completely. Residents of Ocean’s Grove will also love the heartfelt “Luke’s Song”.

Caravan really is an amazing album that sits somewhere between country and folk, but is good enough that it has the potential to win over fans of both genres. His great song-writing ability and brilliant delivery really does make you glad that you discovered his album. Carus Thompson announces himself to Australia and the world with Caravan, an album that is uniquely beautiful.

Other Subculture Media ‘Caravan – Carus Thompson’ Reviews: This review of ‘Caravan – Carus Thompson’ by David Griffiths first appeared in Buzz Magazine.

Carus Thompson is one of those Aussie artists who has been making a name for himself overseas while people back home have been unaware of what he is achieving. And with just one listen to his new album Caravan it is easy to see why Thompson has one over fans as he supports the likes of Dave Matthews, Damien Rice and Jack Johnson.

Caravan is a truly beautiful album and Thompson’s great style should attract more fans to his unique country style. “Red Sky” is a great country love song that shows that love songs don’t have to be all soppy while “You Can’t Find Me” has some great lyrics and is extremely catchy.

Both “Fifteen” and “You Made Me” are very Paul Kelly-esque, the former being one of the best tracks on the album. It is only pipped for the ‘Best Song On Album’ gong by “Imperfect Circle” that shows that Thompson is also one hell of a guitarist… it’s chords sound amazing.

The title track off Caravan sees the album slow down and Thompson’s great voice is on show for all to hear while “Inland Sea” truly captures Australia’s beauty and rubs it to those who won’t the cities. Thompson returns to his Paul Kelly style of songwriting with “Bright Star” which is a tribute to an Australian Olympian, Peter Norman who took part in the famous Black Power Salute protest at the 1968 Mexico Olympics which saw him shunned by the Australian Olympic Committee until his death.

“Beauty Is Your Way” is another beautiful love song while “I Believe In Love” is bluegrass at its best. “Headstrong” announces itself like a light breeze and is the perfect summer beach song while Caravan again slows down for “Whistleblower”. The album then closes with “Luke’s Song”, another great track that sends a shout out to Ocean Grove.

It’s not hard to see why Carus Thompson has been winning over fans overseas. With just one listen to Caravan and you’ll be adding yourself to that list of fans.
Rating: 4/5