DIARY - 4 MARCH 2006 - PREVIEW EPISODE 8 - SERIES 5
HEADLINES PORT FAIRY FESTIVAL PREVIEW
award winning Australian country music star Troy Cassar-Daley headlines
Nu Country TV - Tuesday March 7 - on C 31 for our preview of the 30th
Port Fairy Folk festival.
Cassar-Daley, 36, was one of the stars of last year's festival when
Shane Howard and Sara Storer joined him on stage.
Lost In Suburbia bassist Peter Bird filmed the gregarious Grafton
reared country star as he wowed an eclectic audience.
who won wide acclaim for sixth album Brighter Day, performs Fred
Carter Jr tune River Boy on Nu Country - 9 p m - Tuesday - and
Friday 3.30 p m.
We also have an exclusive interview with famed Tennessee fiddler Andrea
Zonn who performed with Grammy Award winning, Harvard educated MBA-banjo
ace Alison Brown at the 2004 Port Fairy Festival.
Brown was one of the international country stars of the festival that
celebrates it's 30th anniversary from Friday March 10-Monday March 13.
This year international country artists include Sarah Lee Guthrie and
Johnny Irion and Canadian chanteuses The Wailin' Jennys.
Nu Country producer Sofie B beefs up her camera crew to film famed English
folk guitarist Richard Thompson.
Thompson is joined on the bill by Irish singer Mary Black who has recorded
seven Shane Howard songs.
Among other headliners are Howard, Queensland born country star Graeme
Connors, Bill Chambers, Paul Kelly, Jane Saunders, Karl Broadie, Bushwackers,
Mick Thomas, Sarah Carroll and The Audreys.
CLICK HERE for
a feature on Troy, who headlined the Whittlesea Country Festival, from
the Diary on January 30, 2006.
feature an exclusive interview with revered Tennessee fiddler Andrea
Zonn - one of the stars of the 2004 Port Fairy folk festival.
Andrea, now 38, was touring with Nashville bluegrass veteran Alison
Brown - also head of her record company Compass.
Zonn co-produced the acclaimed 2005 CD Hands Across The Water
- a benefit for the children of the Tsunami Disaster.
The 16 track
Compass Records CD featured artists diverse as Jim Lauderdale, Darrell
Scott, Jon Randall, The Duhks, Tim O'Brien, Rodney Crowell, John Prine,
Lunasa, Vince Gill, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Maura O'Connell, Mindy Smith,
Bonnie Raitt, Paul Brady, John Cowan and Jackson Browne.
The album also featured label boss Brown with music recorded by 100 musicians
in studios as far flung as Sydney and Nashville.
Zonn was born in Champaign-Urbana - the same Illinois town as child prodigy
and latter day bluegrass superstar Allison Krauss.
Her father was a celebrated professor, pianist and composer and her mother
was a renowned oboist and piano teacher.
So it was natural she started playing violin at five.
"I starting asking for one when I was two," Zonn told Nu Country
"I was five when my dad finally said, 'All right, I think she's serious.'
Zonn is also an in demand harmony singer and multi-instrumentalist on
albums by artists diverse as Lyle Lovett, Vince Gill, and James Taylor.
CLICK HERE for a Zonn
review from the Diary on April 24, 2004.
WELCH AND DAVID RAWLINGS
and David Rawlings performed to capacity crowds on their debut tour of
Australia in 2004.
The duo toured to promote their CDS Revival (1996), Hell Among
The Yearlings (1998), Time The Revelator (2001) and Soul
They postponed their 2005 Australian tour to record their fifth album
scheduled for 2006 release.
Welch, like latter day country folkie Mindy Smith, is a New York born
orphan raised by creative, caring adoptive parents.
Gillian was born in New York in 1967.
Her mother was a college student in New York, and her father was a musician.
By the time she was delivered, her adoption had been arranged.
No One Knows My Name is about her birth parents.
Welch and Rawlings first won exposure here on community radio - specifically
Nu Country - when artists diverse as Kathy Mattea, Emmylou Harris, Trisha
Yearwood, Cyndi Boste and Tim & Mollie O'Brien covered their songs.
Those artists spoke of their discovery of their music when Welch drove
around Guitar Town in a pick-up truck, loaded with their demo tapes.
"It was a 1966 F-100 with a 352 motor, three on the tree, and an
eight-foot bed," Welch recalled, "you could put a whole sheet
of plywood in it."
The duo perform the title track of their 2001 CD - Time The Revelator.
CLICK HERE for a Welch-Rawlings
feature from the Diary on October 10, 2004.
roots singer Rebecca Barnard, scheduled to release her debut solo
disc Fortified for Shock on March 12, is this week's Nu Country
The singer previously released albums Way
Of All Things and Welcome with her band Rebecca's Empire.
Way Of All Things was also included on the soundtrack of Australian
film Blackrock and featured on TV series, Good Guys Bad
She also performed She's Rare on The Women At The Well
- a tribute album to Port Fairy festival headliner Paul Kelly.
Rebecca's Empire recorded Always Something There To Remind Me
on To Hal & Bacharach - a compilation of Hal David &
Burt Bacharach songs.
Barnard and guitarist husband Shane O'Mara front Rebecca's Empire
with drummer Peter Luscombe and bassist Bill McDonald.
also toured internationally and nationally with Kelly and play Apollo
Bay Music Festival from April 21-23.
Further info - www.rebeccabarnard.com
defunct Melbourne band Git, fronted by latter day Bellarine Peninsula
singer and Port Fairy fest performer Sarah Carroll, returns to Nu
Country this week.
The quartet performs Car Outside The Bar live at the Corner
Hotel in Richmond with Mick Thomas's band.
Carroll, recent Nu Country host, now fronts the Junes who played Queenscliff
Music Festival in November.
feature Suzannah Espie on vocals, guitar & mandolin and Glenyss Rae
on vocals, fiddle and accordion.
Git won international acclaim at famed South By West Festival in Austin,
Texas, and also performed in Nashville.
Sarah is the daughter of famed writer Des Carroll and singing spouse of
blues singer and harp player Chris Wilson.
Further info - www.gitgals.com
THE RIDE ONS
band The Ride Ons also dips its toe into the most popular music genre
of the new millenium.
The band, described as rock with a cowpunk edge, performs a video of Feels
Alright from its Waterfront Records EP The First Cut.
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