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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 2018, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

John Perry Barlow (1947-2018)

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:50:00 +1100

Remembering Grateful Dead lyricist and internet freedom fighter.John Perry Barlow lyricist for the Grateful Dead (Getty)

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The National's Aaron Dessner

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:30:00 +1100

The National's Aaron Dessner on their new album and rethinking politics in the USA.Kieran Frost/Redferns/Getty (Aaron Dessner of The National performs at Longitude Festival at Marlay Park on July 17, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.)

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Barrie Kosky's 'Nose'

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:05:00 +1100

With help from Gogol and Shostakovich.The Nose, Shostakovich's first opera based on Gogol's story of the same name (Bill Cooper)

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Sicily sings

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 11:30:00 +1100

The musical traditions of Sicily are as varied as the island's history.Good Friday in Sicily, Italy. (Photo by: Riccardo Lombardo/REDA&CO/UIG via Getty Images)

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Ruby Boots

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 11:05:00 +1100

From W.A. pearl trawlers to Nashville; Ruby Boots country music odyssey.Country singer Ruby Boots (Stefanie Vinsel)

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Sylvan Esso

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 11:30:00 +1100

The duo from North Carolina and who mix technology with nostalgia and are making sure to keep it imperfect.Sylvan Esso (supplied)

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London Klezmer Quartet

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 11:10:00 +1100

Keeping a very old tradition fresh, the London Klezmer Quartet is in to show how with a bulgar and hora (dances).This accordion was part of the Kindertransport in 1939 (

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Missy Mazzoli's bass concerto

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 11:30:00 +1100

What better way to celebrate bassist Maxime Bibeau's 20 years with ACO than with a brand new double bass concerto written just for him.Close-Up Of Double Basses. (Fabio Pagani / EyeEm / Getty Images)

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Newton Faulkner

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 11:05:00 +1100

The acoustic singer-songwriter's sixth album is bold and optimistic.

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Emanuel Ax and David Robertson on Mozart

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 11:30:00 +1100

Sydney's Mozart marathon: the drama in his piano concertosDavid Robertson and Emanuel Ax with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing the Dramatic Mozart Concerto (Daniela Testa)

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Marlon Williams

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 11:05:00 +1100

On Make Way For Love the NZ singer shares his heartbreak with the world.Marlon William releases his second album, Make Way For Love (Supplied)

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Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:30:00 +1100

The musical dialogue between manikay and jazzDaniel Ngukkurr Boy Wilfred and David Yipininy Wilfred from Bambula project (Tobias Titz)

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Remembering Hugh Masekela

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:10:00 +1100

South African trumpeter, composer and activist Hugh Masekela died this week.South African jazz great Hugh Masekela performs at the funeral of music legend and anti-apartheid activist Miriam Makeba in 2008. (ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Vale Cranberry Dolores O'Riordan

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 11:45:00 +1100

Dolores O'Riordan, who died just last week, spoke to The Music Show back in 2007 about going solo after over a decade fronting the Cranberries.Dolores O'Riodan. (Patrick Ford / Getty Images)

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Vox Clamantis

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 11:30:00 +1100

From plainchant to Pärt; choral director Jaan-Eik Tulve speaks about the rich music pickings of Estonia.Estonian choir Vox Clamantis (supplied)

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Tim Hart and The Narrow Corner

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 11:10:00 +1100

Boy and Bear drummer Tim Hart has emerged from behind the kit once again for his follow up album, The Narrow Corner.Tim Hart (Supplied)

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Yoiking with Ánde Somby

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:30:00 +1100

Yoiking, which comes from the Sami people of northern Europe, is one of the oldest musical traditions in the world. Having a yoik is as important as having a name.Ánde Somby is a Sami yoiker who hails from Norway. (Supplied)

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Rhiannon Giddens performance

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:05:00 +1100

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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Handel, Helyard and the Harpsichord

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:30:00 +1100

Another side of George Frideric Handel - his flamboyant harpsichord.Kirckman Harpsichord - played by Erin Helyard on a new ABC Classics CD Handel Great Suites (Hamish Lane)

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The Rheingans Sisters

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:05:00 +1100

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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Schubert through the ages with Ian Bostridge

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:30:00 +1100

Why has Schubert's song cycle Winterreise become a vehicle for constant re-interpreting?From Otto Lieder (from Schubert's Winterreise) (

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Andy Irvine

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:05:00 +1100

Folk music legend, Andy Irvine, who worked with other greats of Irish music like Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Paul Brady, shows that in his 74th year folk music is as fresh and relevant as it ever was.Luke Plumb & Andy Irvine - touring in February with "Precious Heroes" (abc radio)

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Ashley Bathgate's cello world

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:30:00 +1100

From Bach to Bresnick; what Ashley's cello did next.Cellist Ashley Bathgate, member of Bang on a Can All-Stars

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Donny McCaslin on Bowie

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:05:00 +1100

David Bowie's go to sax player on BlackstarSaxophonist Donny McCaslin is out in Australia for the Melbourne International Jazz Festiaval (Jimmy King)

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Fanny Lumsden's Australiana

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 11:45:00 +1100

Fanny Lumsden on Chiko Rolls, writing Australiana music and bringing music to the beating heart of isolated communities.Fanny Lumsden (Supplied)

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Sam Amidon

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 11:10:00 +1100

Sam Amidon had his beginnings in the folk tradition but strayed far and wide before finding his way home.Sam Amidon performs at Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell on June 18, 2015. (Getty Images: Al Pereira)

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Kate Miller-Heidke with the Sydney Symphony

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 11:40:00 +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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The Barron of Jazz

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 11:10:00 +1100

Kenny Barron, pianist and composer with serious jazz credentials was out for the Melbourne and Brisbane jazz festivals.

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Stories from Brian Epstein's PA

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 11:45:00 +1100

Joanne Petersen, Brian Epstein's personal assistant, remembers the first time she heard the test Sgt Pepper album, she remembers the launch party, John Lennon's psychedelic car, and the time George Harrison refused to cuddle Kenny Everett.John Lennon's Painted Rolls Royce (Bettmann / Getty Images)

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Mark Lewisohn and 50 years of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 11:20:00 +1100

The Beatles’ chief chronicler on the uniqueness of Sgt PepperSgt Pepper's: arguably one of the most famous album covers in history. (Peter Blake / Public Domain)

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Barb Jungr and Joyce Morgan

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 11:05:00 +1100

A singer and an author who were there as the 'summer of love' arrived and recall their first hearing of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Beatles outside manager Brian Epstein's house during the album launch for 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', 19th May 1967. Left to right: John Lennon (1940 - 1980), Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison (1943 - 2001). (Photo by Mark and Colleen Hayward/Getty Images)

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Billy Bragg on skiffle

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 11:06:00 +1100

How did a bunch of radicals and rockers create a music that changed the world?Manchester UK, October 2015 Billy Bragg waits to perform before the start of an anti-austerity protest during the Conservative Party Autumn Conference. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)

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Brian Ritchie on Chuck Berry

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 11:30:00 +1100

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

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Celebrating Chuck Berry with Tom Erlewine

Sun, 24 Dec 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 earlier in the year. Chuck Berry performing in a recording studio (Charlie Gillett/Getty Images)

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Tim Stevens: December music

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Tim Stevens reworks and reimagines Christmas music on his latest album.Tim Stevens' new album I'll tell you later in december (supplied)

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Chris Isaak

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:10:00 +1100

It's been almost twenty years since Chris Isaak was on the Music Show, so he's popped by to sing us some Christmas tunes.Chris Isaac performs during Blues Fest 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)

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Rahim AlHaj's oud

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:40:00 +1100

The Iraqi-American lute player's turbulent travels from war-torn Iraq via Jordan and Syria to New Mexico.Iraq American oud player Rahim AlHaj (Michael G. Stewart)

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Eileen Joyce - an extraordinary career

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:10:00 +1100

From the WA goldfields to London's orchestral scene, this Australia pianist had a take-no-prisoners approach to her concert career.Australian pianist Eileen Joyce (Decca Record Company)

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Lawrence Kramer on words and music

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Song Acts: Lawrence Kramer on words and music and what happens when they collide.Singing a Pathetic Song, painted by by Thomas Eakins, 1881. (Wikimedia commons)

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Bernadette Harvey's new album

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

The Sonata Project – bold music in intimate settings.Bernadette Harvey's Sonata project for piano (Tall Poppies)

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The music of La La Land

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Justin Hurwitz talks about his Oscar-winning score for La La Land, which took inspiration from the Golden Era of Hollywood musicals.Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling channel Astaire and Rogers in La La Land. (Supplied)

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Otis Williams from the Temptations

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:05:00 +1100

On Motown, Berry Gordy and being the last of the original Temptations.Otis Williams, last remaining member of the original Temptations (

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Sun, 03 Dec 2017 11:30:00 +1100

"We would have been very happy to be an indie band who perhaps got a bit of late night radio play, and got a few nice reviews in niche publications... in fact it went way beyond that."Joe Newman (guitar and lead vocals) and Gus Unger Hamilton (keys and vocals) (Tiger Webb)

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Antonio Sanchez: Bad Hombre

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Birdman soundtrack composer/percussionist gives Trump some 'bad hombre'.AntonioSanchez (BógarAdame Mendoza)

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Podcast extra: Change by Wallis Bird

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 11:55:00 +1100

Wallis Bird sings Changes from her album Home.Wallis Bird album: HOME (

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Polish Club

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 11:40:00 +1100

The power duo with a sound that seems to sum up rock history.John-Henry Pajak and David Novak of Polish Club. (supplied)

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Wallis Bird

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 11:10:00 +1100

Irish songstress Wallis Bird sings about home.Wallis Bird (Supplied)

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Meg Mac

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 11:45:00 +1100

Australian singer Meg Mac is softly-spoken but has a big voice and she comes in to test out a song from her long-awaited debut album Low Blows.Meg Mac has released her long-awaited debut album Low Blows. (Supplied)

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Songs of the Stolen Generations

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 11:25:00 +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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Remembering George & Malcolm Young

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

We reflect on the legacy of George and Malcolm Young of The Easybeats and AC/DC, recently lost but not to be forgotten.Angus, Malcolm and George Young (Phil Morris / ACDC Facebook)

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