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Preview: Music Show, The

The Music Show - Program podcast

Hear the interview of the week from the Music Show, where composer Andrew Ford entertains and informs a wide audience each week, providing two hours of essential listening from the world of music.

Copyright: Copyright 2016, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Penguin Book of English Song

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Pastoral, erotic, love, death and religion, all part of a collection of English poems set to music in a new book.One of the poets included in "The Penguin Book of English Song" (

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David McCooey Star Struck

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:40:00 +1100

Poet and composer David McCooey has just published a new book called Star Struck, and it includes the combination of popular music with the literary mode of the pastoral.Star Struck David McCooey's poetry collection (Becky Chilcott, University of Western Australia Press)

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Dene Olding

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:15:00 +1100

"I think it comes out in our music that's identifiably Australian, that we have a different persona in the world..." Dene Olding, violinist.Dene Olding performs with the SSO as concert master for the last time (Keith Saunders)

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Julian Day Music News

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:05:00 +1100

London's burning - or, at least, several million pounds worth of its Punk history is, musical protests outside ABC offices around the country and we farewell one of the mothers of electronic Art Music.LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Son of Vivienne Westwood and Sex Pistols creator Malcolm McLaren, Joe Corre burns his entire £5 million punk collection on a boat stationed on the river Thames overlooking Chelsea Embankment on November 26, 2016 in London, England (Ki Price / Getty Images)

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Peter Garrett

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 11:45:00 +1100

The former federal environment minister is back on the musical road he left a few decades back. Peter Garrett on life and music post politics.Peter Garrett on tour with a new album " A Version of Now". (Maclay Heriot)

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The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 11:20:00 +1100

A blues duo making noise like an electric Chicago blues band.Blues duo The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer (

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Memphis girl with the big voice: Julien Baker

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 11:10:00 +1100

Sprained Ankle and a tour of Australia for this 21 year old rising star of alt-folk.Julien Baker on tour in Australia with a new album "Sprained Ankle" (

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Bobby Alu and The Palm Royale at Queenscliff

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:45:00 +1100

Gold Coast musician Bobby Alu's 'hammock' music comes via his family's Samoan roots.Bobby Alu (

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Liz Stringer at Queenscliff

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:35:00 +1100

"What draws me to song writing, apart from the musical aspect, is being able to dip in to the collective consciousness" ... Liz Stringer.

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Jordie Lane and Clare Reynolds at Queenscliff

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:20:00 +1100

One of our most inventive folk singers tells us about life on the road, the American dream and the innovative way he recorded his latest album.Jordie Lane performs during Music City Roots at The Loveless Barn on September 19, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Beth Gwinn / Getty Images)

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Ayleen O'Hanlon at Queenscliff

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Ayleen Hanlon and band play on The Music Show's live broadcast from the 2016 Queenscliff Music Festival.(

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Themes in Australian Music: Roger Covell

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 11:40:00 +1100

The arrival of modernist music in Australia had a cataclysmic start with Richard Meale's Homage to Garcia Lorca. Roger Covell started this conversation back in 1967 with a seminal book.From the Cover of the 2016 edition of Australia's Music: Themes of a New Society by Roger Covell (Fred Williams / Lyrebird Press)

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Conducting The Ring: Pietari Inkinen

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 11:15:00 +1100

Preparing for the music equivalent of a marathon in Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle.Conductor of The 2016 Ring Cycle Pietari Inkinen (Lisa Tomasetti)

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Lise Lindstrom sings Brunnhilde

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 11:05:00 +1100

"The great thing is that she just evolves throughout the rest of the operas into a fully fledged woman with all of her wisdom", Lise Lindstrom on Wagner's Brunnhilde.Wotan and Brunhilde with her sisters, Opera Australia The Ring of the Nibelung, 2016 (Jeff Busby)

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Kate Neal, composer

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:40:00 +1100

Kate Neal's latest piece Permission to Speak is built on conversations about family.Permission to Speak- Chamber Made Opera (Photo credit: Pier Carthew)

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Neil Armfield and The Ring revival

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:20:00 +1100

Neil Armfield on his revival of The Ring of the Nibelung for Opera Australia.Rhinemaidens and Rhinegold (Opera Australia- The Ring Cycle, 2013 and 2016)

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Mose Allison RIP

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:15:00 +1100

Pianist and singer Mose Allison has died at the age of 89.Mose Allison - circa 2000 (David Redfern / Getty Images)

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Julian Day Music News

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Julian Day catches us up on all news musical from the leaking of the Wu-Tang Clan's exclusive, one off album to a unique protest in George Dreyfus' honour.Wu Tang Clan performs at Zenith de Paris on July 5, 2015 in Paris, France. (  David Wolff - Patrick / Getty Images)

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From Melba to Sutherland

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 11:30:00 +1100

The great divas are just the beginning of our country's huge and longstanding vocal success.Florence Austral (Per Diem Projects) Joan Sutherland (Michael Stennett) Nellie Melba (Rupert Bunny) (Odyssey Media)

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Andrée Greenwell's GOTHIC

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 11:10:00 +1100

One of Australia's most exciting composers and performance artists stops by to give us an insight into the dark and compelling world of GOTHIC, a song cycle with a twist.Andrée Greenwell's new project Gothic is a song cycle of European, American and Australian 'gothic' from medieval to contemporary times. (Katerina Stratos)

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Claire Edwardes and Holly Harrison Kontiki Racket

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:40:00 +1100

Drummer and composer Holly Harrison's new piece for the Kontiki Racket festival is called Vibe Rant.Ensemble Offspring performing at their 20th birthday celebration, Future Retro (2015). L-R, Jason Noble (bass clarinet), Martin Kay (saxophone), Jodie Rottle (panpipes), Peter Kosson (electric bass), Claire Edwardes (congas).  (Heidrun Lohr)

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Vale Leonard Cohen

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Leonard Cohen, songwriter, poet and singer, whose career spanned five decades, has died at the age of 82.Leonard Cohen (

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Genevieve Lacey

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 11:35:00 +1100

How can I do what I do in a way that will speak to all sorts of people? Genevieve Lacey.Recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey (Keith Saunders)

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Omar and L-FRESH

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 11:05:00 +1100

"That's how I feel about this music that we're making, we're reshaping the narrative of this country and where the centre lies and where the fringes are considered to be ... it's a shifting cultural battleground." Omar Musa.

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Shannon Barnett Quartet

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 11:40:00 +1100

Australian trombonist Shannon Barnett has been in immersed in the jazz scene of three different continents, but she's back home and has brought her jazz quartet with her.Shannon Barnett and her Quartet let loose in the Music Show studio (ABC/Paul Penton)

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Lindy Morrison and Support Act

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 11:20:00 +1100

A legend of the Australian cult music scene, Lindy tells us about Support Act, being a female drummer in the 70s and the new project she's a part of at the MCA.Lindy Morrison performs during the APRA Awards at Brisbane City Hall on June 23, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. (Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

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Julian Day Music News

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Julian Day is back in the studio to give us all the latest music news—Bono courts controversy again with a very unexpected award, a piece of Beatles memorabilia that could set you back £60,000 and a security scare at the Metropolitan Opera that wasn't at all what it seemed.Bono at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Benefit Concert With U2 (C Flanigan / Getty Images)

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Jon Rose's extraordinary violins

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 11:40:00 +1100

Walk around a collection of unusual violins, pianos and hand-built instruments collected over 40 years by experimental musician Jon Rose.Some of Jon Rose's violin collection. (Rosa Gollan)

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40 years of Jazztrack

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 11:10:00 +1100

40 years of Jazztrack with Mal Stanley and Jim McLeod.JAZZTRACK AT 40, 3 CD RELEASE (ABC JAZZ)

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Sydney Opera House: The "silent" opera

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 11:40:00 +1100

An opera about the Sydney Opera House is being revamped and performed outdoors on the opera house steps in Sydney's first ever silent opera.The Sydney Opera House seen from the north (User: Adam.J.W.C. / wikimedia / CC BY 3.0)

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Avi Avital, mandolin virtuoso

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 11:15:00 +1100

Israeli virtuoso Avi Avital has revived the classical mandolin and brought it into the 21st century concert hall.(Nathan Coates)

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Julian Day's music news

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Pete Burns, Justin Bieber, the boss, and opera.Pete Burns (ex Dead or Alive) Carling Academy, Liverpool 12/9/08 (

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Hans Abrahamsen

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:30:00 +1100

Hans Abrahamsen talks about his collaboration with with music critic Paul Griffiths and his upcoming opera on author Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen.Elena Ringo's Illustration of the Snow Queen by H.C. Andersen (Elena Ringo / wikicommons / CC-BY-3.0)

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Cate Le Bon

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:10:00 +1100

Cate Le Bon is known for her beautiful and haunting voice and she brings it to the Music Show studios to perform two songs.Cate Le Bon (Ivana Kličković)

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The Stiff Gins and the Spirit of Things

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:45:00 +1100

Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs from the Stiff Gins on wax recordings and bringing Indigenous objects to life through music and performance.Kaleena Briggs performing in the Spirit of Things. (Alex Davies)

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Maggie Haertsch Arts Health Institute

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:30:00 +1100

Reboot your Life- personalised playlists on iPods.A man listens to music through headphones in the sunshine. (Steinach/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

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Music Therapist Grace Thompson

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:15:00 +1100

Reboot Your Life- Music Therapy is Australia is 40 years old. How does it work and where is it at in 2016?Music therapist Alison Davies doing melodic intonation therapy with traumatic brain injury patient (ABC Northern Tasmania: Rick Eaves)

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Julian Day music news

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Bell-ringers fall silent, Phil Collins tours again, Chuck Berry is making a new recording, and Cat Hope has a new job.York Minster Bells Inside Bell Chamber (YouTube)

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Ros Bandt and the Australian tarhu

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:30:00 +1100

From a Venetian mansion in Crete to the central Victorian Goldfields, Ros Bandt and her tarhu have been recorded in heritage sites all around the world.Peter Biffin's tarhu (Supplied)

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Lawrence English: The Sound of Fear

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Can music and sound be used as a weapon? Composer and artist Lawrence English examines the history.Noise Pollution (Vikash Kumar/flickr/CC BY-NC-ND)

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Black Eyed Suzie Bonus podcast

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:45:00 +1100

Podcast: 10 String Symphony play 'Black Eyed Suzie'Fiddle players Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer from 10 String Symphony (Paul Penton)

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10 String Symphony

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:40:00 +1100

Be it on fiddle or banjo, the 10 strings of this Nashville duo make inventive roots music on a new album, and in The Music Show studio.10 String Symphony- Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmeyer- in The Music Show studio (Paul Penton)

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Bob Dylan Nobel Laureate

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:15:00 +1100

Legendary singer songwriter Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.Bob Dylan in Barcelona, 1984 (Wikipedia)

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Julian Day Music News

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Julian Day calls in from the US to give us the latest music news—Questionable awards for Dylan and Flight Facilities, a new album for Leonard Cohen, and vale Neville Marriner.Nerville Marriner circa 1993. (Moenkebild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

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Emily Kilpatrick on Ravel operas

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 11:05:00 +1100

"I like to tell adventures in music ...", Maurice Ravel, 1925.Chloe Briot (C), who plays the child, performs during a rehearsal of the play 'L'enfant et les Sortileges' (The Child and the Spells) by Maurice Ravel, directed by Arnaud Meunier on June 30, 2012 at theatre du Jeu de Paume in Aix-en-Provence, France. (FRANCK PENNANT/AFP/GettyImages)

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Deborah Conway sings David Bowie

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:55:00 +1100

David Bowie- Nothing has Changed- at the 2016 Melbourne FestivalDeborah Conway and Ashley Naylor sing David Bowie's Starman on The Music Show (Jackie May)

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Jonathan Mills and Cultural Collisions

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:40:00 +1100

Jonathan Mills' Cultural Collisions is 10 event tour de force of the 2016 Melbourne Festival. It combines his dual passions of music and architecture, and is built around the figures of Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin, and Percy Grainger.Cultural Collisions, curated by Jonathan Mills (

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Amadou Suso plays kora

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:35:00 +1100

Gambian kora player Amadou SusoAmadou Suso, kora, performs on The Music Show at the Deakin Edge (Jackie May)

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Michael Riesman on Philip Glass' La Belle et La Bête

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:20:00 +1100

" me La Belle is Cocteau's most complete statement about the entire creative process." — Philip GlassMichael Riesman talks to Andrew Ford on The Music Show, Melbourne Festival 2016 (Jackie May)

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Paul Kelly and Ancient Rain

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Paul Kelly's collaboration with Camille O'Sullivan and Feargal Murray is called Ancient Rain, a work inspired by 100 years of Irish poetry.Paul Kelly sings Quarantine on The Music Show (Jackie May)

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