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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.

Steve Earle

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:50:00 +1100

Steve Earle has won three Grammys, spent time in gaol, released 15 albums, is an author, and played Harley Wyatt—a street musician—in the critically acclaimed HBO series Treme.Steve Earle and The Dukes are touring Australia's east coast in March (Ted Barron)

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Elvis Costello

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:10:00 +1100

"I'm a songwriter, I don't know what genre - I don't speak French ...." Elvis Costello.Author to Author. Elvis Costello's new book is called Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. (Penny Lomax)

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Stephen Hough

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Pianist polymath and blogger discusses Serialism, the Trinity and Schubert.Stephen Hough touring Australia in April for Musica Viva. (Keith Saunders)

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Rhiannon Giddens

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Vocalist with the Carolina Chocolate Drops is out on her own courtesy of T Bone BurnettAmericana exponent Rhiannon Giddens touring now with a new band and CD (

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The Thought of Music by Lawrence Kramer

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 11:30:00 +1100

How can music be knowledge? Can talking about Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto help us find meaning in this famous work?Lawrence Kramer's book The Thought of Music; detail from Jean Gris The Open Window (University of California Press)

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Nancy Kerr

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +1100

"That's the magic of folksong ... ordinary people with their feet firmly in the earth, doing and singing and playing extraordinary things with their heads in the stars." Nancy Kerr.Nancy Kerr, at The Music Show (Photo: Henry Rasmussen)

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The Young'uns

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:45:00 +1100

Teeside trio performing a cappella close harmony songs about working people.The Young’uns, from left: David Eagle, Michael Hughes, Sean Cooney. Touring Australia in March (

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Bonnie Raitt

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Legendary R'n'B musician and one of the most important slide players on the blues circuit.Bonnie Raitt with a new album Dig in Deep (

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Blind Willie Johnson

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 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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Kev Carmody

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 11:45:00 +1100

Elder statesman of indigenous story telling live from Womadelaide.Kev Carmody plays Womadelaide 2016 (

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Asian Dub Foundation

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 11:30:00 +1100

One of the most influential UK bands to fuse music from the Indian sub-continent with sounds from 90's Britain.Asian Dub Foundation play Womadelaide 2016 (Umberto Lopez)

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DakhaBrakha from Ukraine

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 11:05:00 +1100

DakhaBrakha adopt old Ukrainian folk tunes and turn them into something new.DakhaBrakha from Ukraine (Photo: Tom Henry)

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Wayne Shorter

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Composer, saxophonist, bandleader and multi-Grammy winner still cooking at 82.Wayne Shorter and Andrew Ford, June 2016 (Photo: Richard Girvan)

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Eric Idle and John Cleese

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 11:30:00 +1100

“One day I went, Da!, The Holy Grail is a perfect subject for a musical because comedy is about the low and the high- this could be Wagner- The Quest for the Holy Grail-  Wagner did it … not so funnily, because he’s German ….” Eric IdleJohn Cleese, Andrew Ford, Eric Idle (Photo: Penny Lomax)

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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Banjo virtuoso and composer Béla Fleck has Grammy nominations across more categories than any other musician, and his last win was for a duo album with wife Abigail Washburn.Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn play in The Music Show studios (Photo: Paul Penton)

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Flowers of War

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 11:05:00 +1100

...."the beautiful young men who'll never come home...." World War I and music of the Battle of the Somme.Two Australian WWI soldiers in a rest area for troops engaged in the Amiens sector, France. (Unknown official war photographer, courtesy Australian War Memorial)

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James Ledger's Hollow Kings

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:45:00 +1100

Composer James Ledger's orchestral work explores four tragic Shakespearean kings with an orchestra and a 21st century lute: the electric guitar.Richard III of England, one of Shakespeare's tragic kings (

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Music for Shakespeare- Christopher Wilson

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:30:00 +1100

"Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not." The TempestC. Walter Hodges: Imagined view of an Elizabethan stage (Wikipedia)

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Paul Kelly

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:10:00 +1100

Paul Kelly collaborates with William Shakespeare.Paul Kelly's latest album celebrates Shakespeare. Design: Pete Salmon-Lomas (Supplied: One Louder Ent.)

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Michelle Nicole - new album

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:05:00 +1100

A Flower is a Lovesome ThingSinger and bandleader Michelle Nicole (

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Mose Allison RIP

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 11:40:00 +1100

Mose Allison, the pianist and singer who blended Delta blues with country style, died in November 2016 at the age of 89.Mose Allison - circa 2000 (David Redfern / Getty Images)

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Brett Dean and Hamlet

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 11:10:00 +1100

Composer Brett Dean's String Quartet And Once I Played Ophelia has just won the Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize, and his opera Hamlet will be premiered at the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival.Ophelia by John Everett Millais (1852) is part of the Tate Gallery collection (

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Angel Olsen

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:40:00 +1100

Alt-folk it-girl, Angel Olsen takes us through her own musical history, her recent forays into filmmaking and why she wants people to focus less on her lyrics and more on her arrangements.St Louis born, North Carolina based Angel Olsen, one of indie music's more discerning trend-setters. (Tiger Webb)

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Jazz, awards and PhD's

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:20:00 +1100

Emma Stephenson, jazz pianist, PhD student and multiple jazz award winner.Emma Stephenson 2016 Jann Rutherford Memorial Award winner (©Karen Steains)

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Julian Day's music news

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:10:00 +1100

Julian Day calls in the music news including the latest on Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan.(Patti Smith and Bob Dylan, 1st January 2016 (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns) Getty Images)

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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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