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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.

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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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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Adrian Self and Antony Pitts on Cornelius Cardew

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

The Song Company's opening show for 2017 investigates the life and art of one of last century's most enigmatic composers.Cornelius Cardew

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Cyrus Meurant's Monday to Friday

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

A young composer uses artistic skill to mete out medical comfort.Cyrus Meurant, composer of Monday to Friday (2016)

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Schubert through the ages with Ian Bostridge

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:10:00 +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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Bruce Springsteen

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

Springsteen - the new resistance?Bruce Springsteen performs live with The E Street Band, February 7, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Don Arnold/WireImage - Getty)

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Lindy Hume, Sam Martin and the Restless Giant

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

Director Lindy Hume and musician Sam Martin. on the power of making art in the bush, resulting in the former’s passionate essay Restless Giant.Gwen Lee (1930), Colours of Australia – Sudakie, 2001-13. Part of The Cad Factory’s On Common Ground Festival 2015. (Image courtesy James Farley. )

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Pekka Kuusisto and Sam Amidon with the ACO

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

Prodigious talents and old friends, violinist Pekka Kuusisto and Sam Amidon discuss blood orgies, Bartók and the link between the folk tradition and classical music.Pekka Kuusisto

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Andy Irvine

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

Folk music legend who worked with other greats of Irish music like Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Paul Brady, is in for a set.Luke Plumb & Andy Irvine - touring in February with "Precious Heroes" (abc radio)

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Tan Dun & Secret Women's business

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

Chinese American conductor and composer of film score Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the ceremonial music for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and many orchestral works is in Australia for Chinese New Year concerts.Woven fabric from Hunan Province.

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Fiona Maddocks: Music for Life

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +1100

100 Works to carry you through.................Music for Life: 100 Works to Carry you Through by Fiona Maddocks published by Faber (Allen & Unwin)

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Ryan Adams

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:40:00 +1100

From alt-country band Whiskeytown to a prolific solo career starting with Heartbreaker and 17 years on his 16th studio album Prisoner.Ryan Adams (Michelle Montgomery)

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Karol Szymanowski and King Roger

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:20:00 +1100

The Dionysus vs Apollo tale of King Roger of Sicily.King Roger by Karol Szymanowski (Keith Saunders)

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Dori Freeman

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:10:00 +1100

Meet the young Appalachian with the golden pipes and a song writing finesse well beyond her years.Dori Freeman - 2017 (Zeno Gill)

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Dalmatica from Croatia

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Some rich and flowing Croatian choral music to begin this week's show.Croatian Choir Dalmatica with songs of the Adriatic (Sydney Festival)

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Greil Marcus

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:25:00 +1100

America's most important writer on rock and pop music talks about his recent book, Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations.1928 recording by Bascom Lamar Lunsford, the subject of Greil Marcus's new book Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations. (Okeh records)

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Angelique Kidjo

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Benin singer, activist and Grammy-winner Angelique Kidjo talks about working with orchestra, with Philip Glass, and with the array of artists on her album Eve.Angelique Kidjo at the The 58th GRAMMY awards, 2016, Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic, Getty Images)

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Barney McAll at the piano

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:35:00 +1100

Barney McAll on living in the city, living at Peggy's house, an enduring love of gospel, and what jazz pianists practise.Barney McAll in The Music Show studio (Paul Penton)

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Cedric Burnside Project on RN Summer

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:10:00 +1100

Descendants of "Hill Country Blues" played on The Music Show in 2016.Cedric Burnside & Trenton Ayres touring Australia in March (Henry Rasmussen)

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The East Pointers play Secret Victory on RN Summer

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Canadian trio The East Pointers played in The Music Show studio in 2016.The East Pointers in concert (

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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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