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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 2017, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Madeleine Easton and her Akademie are Bach

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +1000

There's a new Baroque ensemble in town headed up by Australian violinist Madeleine Easton. After decades in Europe and the UK she's just returned down under, leaving behind a concerned music industry as they await the impact of Brexit.J.S Bach's music is the core of Bach Akademie Australia repertoire (Public Domain)

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Toby Martin's street songs

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Songs from a street in one of the most diverse suburbs in Sydney, but the stories on Toby Martin's new album could be from anywhere in the world.(L-R) Toby Martin, Mohammed Lelo, Bree Van Ryek, Dang Lan on Northam Avenue, Bankstown, Sydney. (Photo: Lyndal Irons)

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Omar Musa's Millefiori

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +1000

"Our love felt historic, like maybe there was another time where I was yours and you were mine" - Omar MusaOmar Musa (ABC)

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The Rheingans Sisters

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:10:00 +1000

Two sisters, a viola, a fiddle and a BanSitar draw from a knowledge of traditions from all over Europe to create their own brand of folk music.The Rheingans Sisters—Anna (left) with her fiddle and Rowan (right) with the BanSitar (Pat Carey)

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We Are Migrants

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:05:00 +1000

"Here, beyond language, beyond maps, at last, we belong to each other"Front cover of Millefiori (

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Felix Riebl

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:40:00 +1000

Cat Empire front man on going solo and his Marliya indigenous choir projectFelix Riebl. Cat Empire front man going solo (Supplied)

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Joseph Tawadros and his oud

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:10:00 +1000

The musician with the "exceptional artist visa".Joseph Tawadros at his oud (Pat Carey)

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Bonnie Raitt

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +1000

We revisit a chat we had with one of the greatest guitarists of her generation, ahead of her Bluesfest appearance.American singer-songwriter and slide guitarist Bonnie Raitt

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Gregory Porter

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 11:05:00 +1000

"I do know that jazz has some children and some cousins, and I'm kind of at the family reunion ..." Gregory Porter.Gregory Porter (Fiona Pepper/ABC)

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Lyndon Terracini on Opera Australia

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +1000

The artistic director of Opera Australia talks to us about the politics of running one of Australia's biggest artistic institutions.Josè Maria Lo Monaco as Carmen in Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour—Carmen 2017. (Prudence Upton)

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Billy Bragg

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:05:00 +1000

The legend tells about riding the rails right across the U.S. and why protest songs can't change the world but certainly help.Billy Bragg and Joe Henry (Ray Foley and Mark Lindsay 2016)

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Patti Smith Returns

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +1000

A throwback to the last time the poetess queen of punk chatted with The Music Show.Patti Smith 2016 - performing Horses in Australia in April (FERIAL)

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R.I.P. Ikutaro Kakehashi - The Father of Roland Synths

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 11:05:00 +1000

The founder of the Roland Corporation and inventor of the TR-808 Drum Machine has had a huge influence on contemporary music, but few know his name.Australian composer Guy Gross (circa 1984) with his burgeoning synth collection. (Henry Talbot - 1984)

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Ten Part Invention - jazz royalty

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +1000

The 'Rolls Royce' of Australian jazz; into its 4th decade.Ten Part Invention Then c. late 1990's (Rufus Records)

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Rhiannon Giddens performance

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 11:10:00 +1000

Celebrating the African American experience across generations from slavery to Black Lives Matter.Americana exponent Rhiannon Giddens touring now with a new band and CD (

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Vincent Plush and Music in the Work of Patrick White

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +1000

The work of one of Australia's greatest writers through the lens of the music he lovedStudy of Patrick White by Brett Whiteley. Pencil on white cardboard. It was created for the portrait Patrick White at Centennial Park 1979-1980. It is on show at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra from May 9, 2012 - July 22, 2012. (Supplied)

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Unsent Love Letters: Meditations on Erik Satie

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 11:05:00 +1000

 Elena Kats-Chernin and Tamara-Anna Cislowska's tribute to one of the 20th century's true eccentrics; pianist and composer Erik Satie.Erik Satie

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Between 8 & 9 (Chengdu Teahouse Project)

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 11:40:00 +1100

A Chamber Made Opera production that takes the idea of cross-cultural conversations to a new level.Between 8 & 9 (Courtesy of Chamber Made Opera)

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Songs of the Stolen Generations

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 11:20:00 +1100

Mission Songs Project is a musical documentation of popular songs performed in Christian missions across Australia during the 20th Century.(Mimi Tannaka)

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Julian Day

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Making music in Trump's America.Julian Day's Box Shaped Heart performance 2017, MONA, Hobart (Toby Frost)

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Brian Ritchie on Chuck Berry

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Violent Femmes bass player pays homage to one of the most vital figures in rock 'n' roll who died this week.Chuck Berry who died this month aged 90 (

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Remembering Chuck Berry (1926-2017)

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:05:00 +1100

One of the most vital figures in rock 'n' roll died this week.Chuck Berry who died this month aged 90 (

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Celebrating Chuck Berry with Tom Erlewine

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Maybellene, Johnny B. Goode, Brown-Eyed Handsome Man and Nadine are just a drop in the output of one of Rock n Roll's most vital figures who died this week.  Chuck Berry performing in a recording studio (Charlie Gillett/Getty Images)

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Hawksley Workman and The God that Comes

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:40:00 +1100

An Ancient Greek tragedy gets a saucy, rock 'n' roll reboot.Hawksley Workman in The God that Comes. (Trudie Lee)

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Sophie Koh

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:20:00 +1100

Indie pop star and unearthed winner goes back to her roots, both cultural and technical.Sophie Koh

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Federal arts funding update

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Following the money - the messy arts funding situation.(Unspecified)

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Sir Andrew Davis on Vaughan Williams & Charles Ives

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:30:00 +1100

The patience of Job and heavenly pandemonium: the contrasting music of two contemporary composers.American 'maverick' composer Charles Ives (1874-1954) (

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Willie Watson; capital "F" Folksinger

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:05:00 +1100

When a singer is not a songwriter but a revivalist troubadour.Willie Watson, founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show, gone solo (monkeybird)

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Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:40:00 +1100

Long time collaborators and friends explore their intuitive connection with the intimate and subtle sounds of South America.Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp (Cybele Malinowski)

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The Three Seas

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:20:00 +1100

Bengali Baul folk meets Australian jazzRaju Das Baul, khamak player and singer of Baul folk music (

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Kate Miller-Heidke with the Sydney Symphony

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:05:00 +1100

From opera, to folk, to pop and almost everything in between, Kate Miller-Heidke reflects on her already varied career.Kate Miller-Heidke (Courtesy of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra)

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Hanoi Masters: Vietnam War Wounds

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:40:00 +1100

A trio including war veterans responds to the Vietnam WarWar is a Wound, Peace is a Scar; Hanoi Masters CD cover (

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Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:20:00 +1100

Sudan, England, USA: the music of migrationSinkane at Purcell Room 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Robin Little/Redferns for Getty)

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The Waifs

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:05:00 +1100

25 years of The Waifs is marked by their new album Ironbark and live set on The Music Show @ WOMADelaide.The Waifs L-R Josh Cunningham, Vicki Thorn, Donna Simpson (

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Oki Dub Ainu Band

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:40:00 +1100

Reviving music and instruments from the Ainu people of northern Japan.Oki Dub Ainu Band

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Inna Modja

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:20:00 +1100

From Mali the beautiful and potent Inna Modja: rapper, singer and women's rights activist.

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The Hot 8 Brass Band

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Straight out of the Big Easy, these brass playing power houses mix old time Jazz with new Hip Hop and R'n'B.

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International Women's Day: Jeanell Carrigan and Liza Lim

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Highlighting Australia's female composers, from early 20th century piano composers to one of our most celebrated exports. And a rising star on the international conductor circuit.Australian composer Mirrie Hill (1889-1986) (Solomon State Library of NSW)

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Elena Schwarz whose conducting star is on the rise

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 11:10:00 +1100

One of a recent spate of female conductors taking to conducting podiums around the world.Newly appointed assistant conductor to TSO & WASO (Priska Ketterer)

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The Young Folk

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Raucous banter, tighter than tight harmonies and a trombone: say hello to The Young Folk!The Young Folk (L - R): Alex Borwick, Tony McLoughlin, Anthony Furey and Paul Butler

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Eddi Reader & Robert Burns

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 11:10:00 +1100

Keeping the Scottish bard alive in song.Scottish singer and Robert Burns expert Eddi Reader (

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Messiah through history

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:05:00 +1100

The magic that combines Handel's music, the King James Bible and Charles Jennen's libretto.One of Messiah's famous choruses is The Trumpet Shall Sound (

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Bush Gothic Australian Songs

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:40:00 +1100

Bush Gothic- the next chapter in the quest to seek out and re-imagine ‘Australian’ songs .... and what that might mean.Jenny M. Thomas band- Bush Gothic (Supplied)

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A Bit Na Ta: George Telek and David Bridie

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:20:00 +1100

Two musical legends and long time collaborators have joined forces to explore a century of Tolai culture and music.A man in traditional Tolai dress, from the A Bit Na Ta album art.

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Border concerts

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:05:00 +1100

The United States/Mexico Youth Philharmonic Orchestra's cross-border concerts take on a new significance in the age of Trump.United States Mexico Youth Philharmonic Orchestra formed in 2017 (EPSYO)

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Alex Ross

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:05:00 +1100

New Yorker music critic speaks about the rebellious composer Julius Eastman and music in a time of rage.Composer Julius Eastman from cover of Gay Guerrilla by Renee Levine Packer & Mary Jane Leach (D.W. Burkhardt (University of Rochester Press))

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Nigel Westlake and Diana Doherty embrace the Spirit of the Wild

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:40:00 +1100

One of the country's favourite composers has joined forces with our best oboist to create a concerto with an unusual inspiration.The Sydney Symphony Orchestra's principal oboist: Diana Doherty

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Conor Oberst's Ruminations

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:20:00 +1100

The ex-Bright Eyes frontman and well loved 21st Century troubadour discusses instant gratification, Trump and why he recorded an album twice.NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Musician Conor Oberst poses for a portrait at SiriusXM Studio on October 12, 2016 in New York City.  (Matthew Eisman / Getty Images)

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Cyrus Chestnut

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:05:00 +1100

The jazz pianist who started playing gospel music in a Baltimore church, became a sideman to the late, great Betty Carter and hitched up with Buster Williams and Lenny White.Jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut (

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Scott Hicks and Highly Strung

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Scott Hicks' documentary Highly Strung is an emotional ride through the world of musical instruments, music making and personal and professional relationships.Sharon Draper, cello in Highly Strung (Supplied: Sharmill Films)

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