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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.

Bonus podcast: a new track from Omar Musa

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:55:00 +1100

A track from Omar Musa's second full-length album, SINCE ALI DIED.Since Ali Died album cover (

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Omar Musa's Millefiori

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

"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 Waifs

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:10:00 +1100

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

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New Waves Podcasts

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:50:00 +1100

10 years of a pioneering program showcasing Australian new music across the spectrum.CFM New Waves Podcast producer Stephen Adams recording Machine for Making Sense and Ensemble Offspring on Middle Head 2010 (Ivan Cheng)

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Jon Cleary

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:30:00 +1100

On Fats Domino, crowd funding and the gumbo that is New Orleans music.New Orleans pianist Jon Cleary (A History of New Orleans Piano

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

Tiwi voices past and present resulting in the significant Ngiya awungarra recording project.Leonie Tipiloura (S. Bartlett)

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Kate Neal's Valley of Lost Things

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

Kate Neal eschews style in her new work in favour of the grey space between John Adams and Pierre BoulezKate Neal's latest work explores memory and grey spaces. (

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Paul Kelly: Life is Fine

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 11:10:00 +1100

Optimism is the hall mark of Paul Kelly's new albumPaul Kelly's new album is called Life is Fine. (Supplied)

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Colin Offord - goading the beast

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Composer, instrument-builder and visual artist Colin Offord; a musical outsider?Palm Bow from the Republic from Australasia (

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Harry James Angus and band

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

The Cat Empire's trumpet player is bringing Greek mythology gospel style to lounge rooms(

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Music of the Russian Revolution

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 11:06:00 +1100

How the October Revolution in 1917 created a line in the sand for Russian Music.Alexander Scriabin and Serge Koussevitzky (Painted by Robert Sterl)

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A Hard Day's Chord

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 11:45:00 +1100

The first chord of the Beatles’ 'A Hard Day’s Night' is possibly the most famous chord in pop music. So why is it so hard to identify its notes?Hard Day's Night album cover

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Cloud Control

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

Cloud Control get in the 'Zone' with their latest album.Heidi Lenffer, Ulrich Lenffer and Alister Wright all grew up with in a few minutes of each other in the Blue Mountains. (Supplied)

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Emma Stephenson Freedman Jazz Fellow

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 11:20:00 +1100

Pianist, composer, bandleader off to NYC with the loot.James Kennedy

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Nadje Noordhuis's brass world

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Flugelhorn vs trumpet; this New York based musician picks her favourite.Flugelhorn (wikimedia commons)

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Luther, Music and the Reformation

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 11:15:00 +1100

In 1517 Martin Luther created a massive schism with the Roman Catholic Church. What did this mean for music then and beyond?Depiction of Luther posting his 95 theses on the Wittenberg Castle church in 1517.

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Van Diemen's Band

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

Julia Fredersdorff and her Baroque music band.Catherine Jones cello soloist on Van Diemen's Band Cello Napoletano (Alex Stinson)

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Vale Fats Domino (1928-2017)

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 11:45:00 +1100

Fats Domino, one of the early stars of rock and roll who could "make a piano talk."Fats Domino in concert in Hamburg 1973 (Heinrich Klaffs; Wikimedia Commons)

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Kurt Cobain — the Last Rock Star?

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

David Hepworth on the rise and fall of the rock star.Kurt Cobain performing with American grunge band Nirvana at the Roseland Ballroom, New York City, 15th November 1993. (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns/Getty Images)

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Inside Keith Jarrett’s improvisations

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Putting your fingers where Jarrett put his — how much thought does it take? Or does it actually take none at all...Keith Jarrett performs live on stage at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands on October 23, 1983. (Photo by Frans Schellekens/Redfern/Getty Images)

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Alice's Adventures in ballet

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

Joby Talbot on his critically acclaimed ballet score Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.Itziar Mendizabal as The Queen of Hearts in the Royal Ballet's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. (Photo by Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Music after the fall

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Did the end of the Cold War really change the way composers composed?West Berliners crowd in front of the Berlin Wall as they watch East German border guards demolishing a section of the wall in order to open a new crossing point between East and West Berlin, near the Potsdamer Square. (GERARD MALIE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Havana meets Kingston

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

Fusing the music of two Caribbean islands reveals rich pickings.Havana meets Kingston album cover (

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Peter de Jager on Xenakis

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Architect, polymath, engineer and virtuosic composer—the many sides of Iannis Xenakis explored by pianist Peter de Jager.French composer Iannis Xenakis poses during a portrait session held on May 15, 1999 at home in Paris, France. (Photo by Ulf Andersen/Getty Images)

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75 years of Meredith Monk

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Melbourne-based ensembles Rubiks Collective and Invenio Singers come together to celebrate the incomparable, multi-faceted artist that is Meredith Monk.Portrait of American dancer, choreographer, and composer Meredith Monk during rehearsals for her collaborative piece 'The Games'. (Photo by Robert R. McElroy/Getty Images)

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Robbie Fulks

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:40:00 +1100

Songs for the American southUnsung hero of Americana music Robbie Fulks, touring now

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Requiem for Cambodia

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:10:00 +1100

Bangsokol - a requiem marking 40 years since Pol Pot's "killing fields" of Cambodia.Circular gongs from a Cambodian pin peat orchestra (wikicommons)

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Handel, Helyard and the Harpsichord

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 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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Violeta Parra: 100 years of a Nueva Canción pioneer

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

A century of Violeta Parra — the mother of Latin American folk music.(The Mother of Latin American folk)

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Saleem Ashkar

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 11:40:00 +1100

Growing up in Nazareth, Palestinian-Israeli pianist Saleem Ashkar first encountered the instrument when his father swapped it for an old car. The rest, as they say, is history.Pianist Saleem Ashkar (Supplied)

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Sacred Steel blues

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 11:10:00 +1100

Mississippi blues meets music founded in the Ohio House of God churches.Bridge and strings of an electric lap steel guitar (Guitarist Magazine, Getty)

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Jim Moginie remembers Tom Petty

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

One serious fan remembers another.Tom Petty from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, New York 1976 (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns/Getty)

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Jan Williams

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 11:45:00 +1100

Percussionist for the who's who of American avant garde composers.(Furtseff / Getty Images)

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Valerie June

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Valerie June grew up at the crossroads of Nashville Country and Memphis Soul, creating her own unique sound from the same "muddy waters" as Tina Turner and Carl Perkins.Valerie June (Photo: Jacob Blickenstaff)

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Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 11:10:00 +1100

Dylan fan, Old Crow Medicine Show front man weaned on Virginian folk music.Touring Australia now the Old Crow Medicine Show (Danny Clinch)

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Melanie Horsnell's love song

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 11:05:00 +1100

One of the most candid song-writers around today.Melanie Horsnell (Eryca Judi Green)

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Heroes: Simon Cobcroft on Jacqueline du Pré

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 11:06:00 +1000

Jacqueline du Pré did for Elgar's Cello Concerto what Glenn Gould did for Bach's Goldberg Variations — made it famous.By 20, Jacqueline du Pré had recorded one of the most renowned version of Elgar's Cello Concerto (1965). (David Farrell / Getty Images)

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Fanny Lumsden

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:45:00 +1000

Fanny Lumsden has a new album and a new tour, heading from town to town in her caravan, bringing music to the beating heart of isolated communities.Fanny Lumsden (Supplied)

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Wu Man's Pipa

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:30:00 +1000

The Chinese-American musician responsible for bringing the ancient Chinese lute into the 21st century.Pipa player Wu Man (

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Jack Johnson

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Jack Johnson, surfer, eco-warrior and musician; what comes first?Jack Johnson's new album All The Light Above It Too (Album cover)

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Heroes: Jane Edwards on Dame Joan Sutherland

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:10:00 +1000

Our Joan; a stupendous hero.Australian opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland in costume for her role as the Queen of the Night during a production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' 1962. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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Freedman Classical Fellowship winner

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Matthew Kneale is the first bassoonist to win this award. He's off on a bassoon world domination tour.Freedman Classical Music Fellow Matthew Kneale (Music Trust)

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Wilfrid Mellers

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:30:00 +1000

Musicologist (a term he hated) author and teacher who adored Beethoven, Dylan and The Beatles in equal measure. He died in 2008 and this is a repeat of an interview from September 2000.The Music Of The Beatles by Wilfrid Mellers

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A Survivor from Warsaw

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Schoenberg's powerful piece A Survivor from Warsaw of 1947 is the subject of a new book by Joy H. Calico.Stroop Report - Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 06b.jpg (Wikipedia)

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Heroes: David Robertson on Pierre Boulez

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Boulez: the conductor with perfect ears.Pierre Boulez in France in 1976 (Photo by Herve GLOAGUEN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

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Books and Music: Alex Ross

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:30:00 +1000

The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century and Listen to This, books that celebrate the complexities of music in all its forms.Alex Ross' book on 20th century music; Listen to This

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Sheila Weller's Girl Like Us

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +1000

When rock chicks ruled; a celebration of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly SimonCarole King, one of the three Girls Like Us in Sheila Weller's book of the same name (Brian Rasic Getty)

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The Three Songwomen

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 11:40:00 +1000

Jessie Lloyd and Emma Donovan explore the crossroads of their cultural heritage through song.Emma Donovan, Jessie Lloyd and Deline Briscoe. (Supplied)

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Heroes: Phil Slater on Scott Tinkler

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Phil Slater talks his hero Scott Tinkler and his asymmetrical lope.Phil Slater's hero is Melbourne-based improvising trumpet player Scott Tinkler.

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Defying Gravity

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 11:40:00 +1000

30 years on and putting percussion first.Vibraphone and mallets (Flickr Creative Commons)

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