SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE SOLD OUT! SECOND AND FINAL SHOWS ANNOUNCED! WITH SPECIAL GUESTS GAY PARIS + THE STIFFYS THE LANSDOWNE, SYDNEY, YAH YAH’S, MELBOURNE
2017 marks ten long years since THE SNOWDROPPERS first got in a room together to see if we could learn a handful of covers to play at a burlesque variety show… London, Pauly K, Cougar Jones and Johnny Wishbone – with no idea that it would dominate our lives for the next decade.
We’ve seen a lot of things come and go over the years- three albums and an EP, countless tours, festivals and support slots around Australia, several overseas trips, broken bones, more long drives and airport lines than you can shake a large Big Mac meal at, and have somehow managed to come out the other side sane and still kicking.
It’s this kind of milestone that tends to make a band look back with pride on all their accomplishments, thankful of all they’ve been able to experience and look towards the next ten years with renewed purpose and vigour!
…Not us though, we’re sick of it and are going to OFFICIALLY CALL IT QUITS after one last run of shows. This is it folks, we’re hanging up the suspenders, burning the banjo and putting London back in the cabinet!
To celebrate our tenth anniversary and say farewell – we’ll be playing Too Late to Pray in full and a selection of our other favourites. We’ll even be releasing a very limited number of ‘Too Late to Pray’ 12 inch vinyl.
We would love to see you all one last time – don’t miss it!
WE’RE CALLING IT QUITS TOUR – FINAL EVER SHOWS PLAYING ‘TOO LATE TO PRAY’ IN FULL + GREATEST HITS
SAT 21 OCT – TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA With Special Guests The Barron Spinsters + Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers
FRI 27 OCT – YAH YAH’S, MELBOURNE [SECOND AND FINAL SHOW!] With Special Guests The Stiffys + Keggin
SAT 28 OCT – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE [SOLD OUT] With Special Guests The Stiffys + The Sex Pills
SAT 4 NOV – JIVE, ADELAIDE With Special Guests Kitchen Witch + Donnarumma
SAT 11 NOV – BRIGHTSIDE, BRISBANE With Special Guests Wolf!Wolf!Wolf + Flight Ibis
SAT 18 NOV – THE WICKO, NEWCASTLE With Special Guests IVY
FRI 24 NOV – THE LANSDOWNE, SYDNEY [SECOND AND FINAL SHOW!] With Special Guests Gay Paris + Born Lion
SAT 25 NOV – THE FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY [SOLD OUT] With Special Guests Gay Paris + That Red Head + The Good Mornings
Seventeen years into an astonishing career, Damien Dempsey releases his seventh studio album, his most exciting work to date, Soulsun.
The lead single and opening title track gets straight to the point. Soulsun is accompanied by a colourful and life-affirming video directed by legendary rock photographer Steve Gullick, who has shot iconic images of Nirvana, Beck and Nick Cave over the years, just to mention a tiny few.
“As ever, people can take their own meanings from it, but for me, it is about the sun that shines from within,” Dempsey explains.
Soulsun sees the man affectionately known as Damo team up with a stellar cast of female guest vocalists, who are referred to as ‘the mighty Celtic Warrior High Queens’.
Dido, who sold 21 million copies of her debut album, No Angel, sings on a tender love song entitled ‘Beside the Sea’. Fellow Dubliner Imelda May appears on ‘Big Big Love’ and ‘Pretty Bird Tree’ features Dingle singer Pauline Scanlon.
Soulsun was recorded in long-term producer John Reynolds’ studio in north London. The striking cover image was created by renowned Dublin graphic artist Maser, who Dempsey worked with on large-scale mural works.
Amidst all the plaudits Damo has won over the years, one of the most notable is contained in Morrissey’s Autobiography. The legendary singer describes Dempsey performing at a session in Dublin’s Four Seasons Hotel. “Damien captivates and enchants with all the love of one blessed and unselfish,” Morrissey writes. “I see myself crying at his funeral, missing him already.”
“I’m not sure exactly what I did to deserve such praise,” Dempsey says. “I had absolutely no idea I was in it until the book was published, but it’s nice to be appreciated by such an incredible artist and writer who’s unquestionably an absolute genius.”
Damien Dempsey doesn’t hesitate in identifying the most satisfying aspect of his career. “Seeing what the songs mean to people is mind-blowing,” he says. “People come up to me and say, ‘You saved my f**king life.’ At the start, it was about saving my own life and healing myself. There’s music for everything; getting up and dancing having a good time, music to think deeply to…you name it, absolutely everything under the sun. There’s music for all situations, but my music is about healing and hope.”
Damien Dempsey ‘Soulsun’ isout May 26th through FOUR FOUR Music
LA’s Ozomatli are celebrating their 20 year anniversary with new album ‘Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica’, an album of classic and contemporary Mexican hits reimagined with a Jamaican feel, which is released today.
‘Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica’ pays homage to the music that many of the band members grew up listening to, inspiring them to reconnect and reinterpret songs that defined their youth.
Produced by drum & bass reggae legends, Sly & Robbie (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Madonna, No Doubt) and featuring various high profile guest vocalists, the album reflects the bands multi-genre influences as well as their travels around the world.
Originally conceived as a tribute to Mariachi and Norteño music, the band decided to expand the concept and include iconic and current artists and cover more eras. Pairing reggae, ska, rocksteady and dancehall rhythms with a variety of Mexican musical genres spoke to the band’s desire to do something unique for its 20th anniversary. It was also critical to include songs written by artists that represent the vast diversity of Mexico’s population.
Regular visitors to Australia having toured here an incredible 13 times, the “Dioses del Baile,” or “Gods of Dance,” have created one of the most exciting, captivating and flat-out fun live shows touring today. They continue to harness their musical instincts by conceiving new concepts and forging new sounds that keep fans on their toes and the world dancing.
When Myf Warhurst heads to Ukraine to host this year’s coverage of Eurovision, she’s leaving the keys to the office to an old friend that we think you’ll know pretty damn well.
We all know You AmI frontman Tim Rogers can write one hell of a song. And anyone who has seen him play live in the almost three decades he’s been on the live scene has concrete evidence of his talents as an entertainer.
Now, he’s adding radio to his disgustingly lengthy and varied list of talents, as he takes over Double J’s daily Lunch program while Myf is busy bringing Australian audeinces the glitz and glam from Europe.
Tim Rogers hosts Lunch on Double J from Monday 8 to Friday 12 May at 11am.
Released Friday April 28th,‘AnActor Repairs’ is Tim Rogers seventh secessionist recording.
The songs on the forthcoming album were written and re-written over two years as an accompaniment to a performance piece Tim was attempting, concerning the retirement from the stage of an elderly Actor. This latest album delves deep into human emotion via a set of songs which paint Rogers in a light perhaps not seen before – that of a man reflecting, considering, coming to terms with his own artistic mortality through the sphere of another.
‘Sex? Drugs? Sometimes all you want is a great story. They don’t make ’em like Tim Rogers anymore with “the spirit of Ollie Reed” he’s the last of the great rock stars, and there can be no denying he’s a great artist as well. An Actor Repairs is a masterwork.’ Stack Magazine
‘Piano, acoustic guitar, woodwinds, brass and double bass thread their way through most songs, giving them a late-night jazz club feel, with the skinny, wordy bard at the microphone soundtracking every heartbreak in the joint.’ Rolling Stone
‘The elder statesman gets more sartorial and sage-like with every album.’ Herald Sun
‘’The theatrical bent suits Rogers … his barroom bookishness conjures up sharp, sweet retorts … once again, another side of his talents.’ The Age
‘Rife with dense and beguiling imagery about growing old disgracefully, delivered with utmost grace.’ Rhythms Magazine
Tim Rogers will also be touring nationally this April and May playing songs from his twenty-eight years of recordings. With accompaniment by extraordinary musicians who should know better, the shows for the tour will take on a number of different incarnations owing to schedules and concentration.
Supporting in Canberra, Newtown, Milton, Geelong, Collingwood and Elsternwick, Steve Smyth returns to Australia specially to perform at these shows, and will be showcasing new material with his band.
Tickets are selling fast with shows in Milton, Hardys Bay, Newcastle and Old Bar already sold out.
Wednesday May 3rd – Macquarie Point, Goods Shed, Hobart Thursday May 4th –Street Theatre, Canberra * Friday May 5th – St Stephens Church, Newtown * Saturday May 6th – Milton Theatre, Milton * sold out Friday May 12th – Workers Club, Geelong * Saturday May 13th – Melba Spiegeltent, Collingwood * Sunday May 14th – Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick * Saturday May 20th – Yarraville Club, Yarraville Friday May 26th –Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay sold out Saturday May 27th – The Edwards, Newcastle sold out Sunday May 28th – Flow Bar, Old Bar sold out
Whilst You Am I have been bogged down in negotiations about a new group haircut, Tim Rogers has recorded his seventh secessionist recording ‘An Actor Repairs’, and pleads for your attention as he once again confuses hubris for artistry.
The songs on the forthcoming album were written and re-written over two years as an accompaniment to a performance piece Tim was attempting, concerning the retirement from the stage of an elderly Actor.
The scripted elements of the piece gave way as he began working with Clio Renner, Melanie Robinson, Xani Kolac, Davey Lane, Brett Wolfendon and especially Shane O’Mara on the songs.
Working with musicians so dextrous and wilful, more songs were written in a fever, throwing the script away to include songs of devotion and delusion to create the final 12 tracks on the album.
The first single to be lifted from the album is ‘Youth’.
Tim says ‘Youth’ is a song about a character lifting themselves by the elbows out of the well-spring and accepting the waters won’t cleanse them of their sins. It was written four times, first as a skiffle, then a torch, then a lament, ending as an enthusiasm. Brett Wolfenden commands on drums, Diamond Davey on bass, Xani And Clio as the Grecian Chorus, Rai Preirera on percussion and Shane and I shaking our heads in wonder. If this song came in a dream, knock me out forever.’
For your affection, Tim Rogers will also be touring nationally this April and May, and will be playing songs from his twenty-eight years of recordings. With accompaniment by extraordinary musicians who should know better, the shows for the tour will take on a number of different incarnations owing to schedules and concentration.
Friday March 24th – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide
Friday March 31st – Byron Bay Community Centre, Byron Bay
Saturday April 1st – Old Museum, R’R Writers Festival, Brisbane
Sunday April 16th – Spiegeltent, Wollongong
Thursday April 20th – Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Friday April 21st – Odd Fellow, Fremantle
Saturday April 22nd – Carine Tavern, Duncraig
Thursday May 4th –Street Theatre, Canberra
Friday May 5th – St Stephens Church, Newtown
Saturday May 6th – Milton Theatre, Milton
Friday May 12th – Workers Club, Geelong
Saturday May 13th – Melba Spiegeltent, Collingwood
Sunday May 14th – Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick
Saturday May 20th – Yarraville Club, Yarraville *on sale Thursday March 23rd
Friday May 26th –Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay
Saturday May 27th – The Edwards, Newcastle *on sale Thursday March 23rd
Sunday May 28th – Flow Bar, Old Bar