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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.

The Apartments' Peter Milton Walsh

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:30:00 +1000

A world-class Australian songwriter at ease in the landscape of memory and regret.Peter Milton Walsh (Rosa Gollan)

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Missy Higgins

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:10:00 +1000

After the birth of Missy Higgins' son a few years ago, everything changed.Missy Higgins says she feels more politically aware since the birth of her son. (Supplied: Cybele Malinowski)

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Clark Rundell on Ligeti and Chin

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:30:00 +1000

Conductor Clark Rundell talks about the music of two great musical pioneers: György Ligeti and Unsuk Chin.György Ligeti and Unsuk Chin.

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Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:05:00 +1000

We meet Glenn Tilbrook from UK hit-makers Squeeze, described as the band that just can't quit.Squeeze 2018, with Glenn Tilbrook centre. (Supplied)

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Stuart Matchett's classic album

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 11:45:00 +1000

Remembering Stuart Matchett with a look at a classic Midnight Oil album.Album cover for 'Diesel And Dust' by Midnight Oil

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Leanne Tennant

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 11:25:00 +1000

Why the Carol Lloyd Award winner almost walked away from music for good.Leanne Tennant (supplied)

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The Zephyr Quartet's Aspirations

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 11:06:00 +1000

Turning the Patrick White's rich and evocative language into music.(Emma Woolcock)

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Johnny Cash, Forever Words

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 11:30:00 +1000

John Carter Cash - the son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash - reveals a new all-star tribute album to his father.John Carter Cash (Supplied: David McClister)

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Dr G. Yunupingu

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 11:05:00 +1000

The final album by the highest selling Indigenous musician of all time.Dr. G. Yunupingu (Supplied)

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Two sides of some brand new vinyl

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 11:45:00 +1000

What's old is new again: a look at some fresh wax straight from the pressing plant.Steve Cardenas's Charlie & Paul (supplied)

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How a great singer can change your life

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 11:05:00 +1000

Are other people's singing voices as essential to life as food, shelter, warmth and love? Author and music journalist Nick Coleman thinks so.Soul singer Aretha Franklin sings in the Atlantic Records studio during 'The Weight' recording session on January 9, 1969. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Decoding Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 11:30:00 +1000

The great Russian composer's 'last spark'.Bolshevik, by Russian painter Boris Kustodiev. (wiki commons)

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Avi Avital and Elena Kats-Chernin

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 11:05:00 +1000

An ancient tale reworked for the mandolin by way of Monteverdi.Avi Avital (Supplied)

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Decoding Strauss's Alpine Symphony

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 11:30:00 +1000

A day in the life of Richard Strauss's An Alpine Symphony.Richard Strauss c. 1900 (Esther Singleton

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Messiah through history

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 11:05:00 +1000

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

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Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 11:30:00 +1100

The subtle modernist who was one of the greatest composers in history.Claude Achille Debussy, French composer and pianist in Paul Dukas library at Eragny after 'Pelleas' premiere, May 1902. (De Agostini/Getty Images)

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Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 11:05:00 +1100

Dead at 24 she left an inventive and singular body of work.Composer Lili Boulanger (

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Decoding Debussy's Clair De Lune

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 11:30:00 +1100

On the 100-year anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy, we look at arguably his most famous work — Clair de Lune.Claude Achille Debussy (1862 - 1918) (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Richard Gill's Pastoral Melodies

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 11:05:00 +1100

Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra Artistic Director Richard Gill discusses the pastoral melodies of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Beethoven.Fingal’s Cave, the place that inspired Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture, painted by Thomas Moran in 1884. (Public Domain / Wiki)

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Ustad Shujaat Khan

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:30:00 +1100

Ragas according to this master sitar player and folksinger.Sitar player and vocalist Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan (

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Faith i Branko

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:05:00 +1100

Kolo: the story behind Serbian wedding musicWedding Kiss; Faith i Branko (

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Blind Willie Johnson

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:05:00 +1100

He preached the blues and the gospel while roaming the southern USA states in the early 20th Century. Blind Willie's recordings for Columbia become a priceless legacy of gospel-blues.CD cover God Don't Never Change, a tribute to Blind Willie Johnson (Marc Burckhardt, Alligator Records)

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Josienne Clarke + Ben Walker

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 11:30:01 +1100

Forlorn English balladry from a pair who fell accidentally into folk.Josienne Clarke + Ben Walker (

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50 years of Gilbert O'Sullivan

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

1970's British pop gave us glam rock but also Gilbert O'Sullivan's deftly crafted lyrics and sophisticated harmony. How did this happen?Gilbert O'Sullivan (gilberto'

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Violons Barbares

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 11:40:01 +1100

Barbaric Violins merge Mongolian, Bulgarian and French folk.Horsehead Fiddle player Dandarvaanchig Enkhargal (

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My Bubba

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 11:20:00 +1100

Sweden meets Iceland in old and new folk.My Bubba: My Larsdotter (My) from Sweden and Guðbjörg Tómasdóttir (Bubba) from Iceland.  (Terri Loewenthall)

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Le Vent Du Nord

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

Le Vent Du Nord are a bright spark in Quebec folk music.Le Vent du Nord (Stephane Najman)

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Rajab Suleiman & Kithara

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:40:00 +1100

Taarab music from Zanzibar.Saada Nassor from Rajab Suleiman Ensemble (Supplied)

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Blick Bassy

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:20:00 +1100

From Cameroon via France, Blick Bassy channels Skip James in his unique blend of bossa nova, folk, and the Mississippi Delta Blues.Blick Bassy (Supplied)

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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:05:00 +1100

A band of brass-playing brothers bring Chicago hip hop horns to WOMAD.Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (Supplied)

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The Avalanches - playing with memory and sampling

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 11:50:00 +1100

The Avalanches reflect on Wildflower the electronic duo's long-awaited second album.Tony Di Blassi (L) and Robbie Chater (R) reflect on Wildflower a year on and discuss the art of sampling on The Music Show (Jeremy Story Carter)

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A suffragette cantata for IWD.

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

Emily Davison's story told in music by Joanna MarshEnglish suffragette Emily Davison, c.1910-12 (Unknown photographer The Day Book (Chicago, Illinois), 9 June 1913.)

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Jazz according to YolanDa Brown

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 11:10:00 +1100

"Posh-reggae" is the particularly English title this saxophonist has given to her music. But it all comes back to funk and soul.Saxophonist and band leader YolanDa Brown (supplied)

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Lost and Found Orchestra

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

Sqwankas, plumpets and hoseaphones, instruments made from 'found objects' make the Lost and Found Orchestra sound like it's come straight out of Dr Seuss.(Adelaide Festival)

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Maia & The Big Sky

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

A new flavour to Kenya's contemporary musical landscape.Maia von Lekow from Maia & The Big Sky (Supplied)

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Thomas Meadowcroft's News in Music

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 11:30:00 +1100

Why the latest succès de scandale from one of the oldest and most prestigious festivals for New Music is making headlines.Berlin-based Australian composer Thomas Meadowcroft. (© Raphaelle Mueller (supplied))

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Mia Dyson

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 11:05:00 +1100

Australian guitarist Mia Dyson's introspective new album and how it was made among the musical ghosts of Muscle Shoals.Mia Dyson (Supplied)

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Felicity Wilcox

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:30:00 +1100

A composer who resists being pigeonholed.Felicity Fox CD cover (Camille Walsh)

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's Debussy

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:05:00 +1100

Piano works of the great French non-conformist.Claude Debussy French composer born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, spending a vacation in Pourville-sur-Mer (Normandy, France). August 1904 (adoc-photos/Corbis via Getty)

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Two sides of Quincy Jones

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:40:00 +1100

Two sides of some classic vinyl from Quincy Jones, featured on a new show on ABC Jazz.Jazz musician Quincy Jones with his Big Band. Konzerthaus. Vienna. About 1960. Photograph by Franz Hubmann. (Photo by Franz Hubmann/Imagno/Getty Images)

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Sir John Tomlinson

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:05:00 +1100

Wotan, Sarastro, Claggart, the Minotaur and more - he's done the great bass roles of opera.John Tomlinson (as Wotan) in the Royal Opera's production of Seigfried. (Robbie Jack/Corbis/Getty)

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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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