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This month’s edition of Undercover Radio highlights the diversity of our catalogue including songs from the forthcoming ‘Around The Block’ soundtrack; Rouseabout Record’s Eric Bogle (with John Munro), Gary Shearston & Jim Low; Yesterday’s Australia’s Buddy Williams, Tex Morton & Florrie Forde; some tasty electronic goodness from Projekt Inertia & Ilya Hype plus Old Man Time and the Keepers (which features Gary Shearston in club mode) and finally one from out of the Silent Recordings vault with Justin Shave performing remix duties for Tracky Dax.

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Gary Shearston

Gary Shearston

Songwriter and folksinger Gary Shearston would have enjoyed his farewell at the Petersham Bowling Club on Sunday 18th August. The legendary Australian voice died on 1st July and his musical mates, and there were many, came to pay tribute and send him off with song.

Every artist likes a full house and this one was jammed packed including fans that had enjoyed his music for nigh on 50 years, maybe more.

Gary's talents were far-reaching: singer, songwriter, activist, author and humanitarian, and it seemed everyone had a particular story to tell. Spanning almost four hours the evening had been programmed by Rouseabout Record's Stuart McCarthy and thanks also to the wonderful comparing of Jon Wolfe, the pace never slackened so as to give a complete picture of this remarkable man. After a slide show of rare photographs, Shearston's young son, Luke, opened the program with a heartfelt and emotional song showing that he could well carry on his father's guitar and vocal talents.

Rouseabout producer, Warren Fahey, talked about his 50 year history with Shearston and how it had influenced his early interest in bush songs, acknowledging the role of the Bush Music Club in both their lives; he then sang three bush songs from their shared repertoire. Some singers sang one song and others, like Pat Drummond and Jim Low, sang songs that gave a deeper insight into Gary Shearston's musical and spiritual journey. Jack Humphrys from the social activism magazine ‘Australian Options’ came up from Adelaide to celebrate Gary's lifetime interest in social change including the role of his songs. McCarthy and Stuart Heather (who operates the Gary Shearston website) had sourced some amazing film footage of the artist as a young man. Home movies joined with Gary's riveting performance for the Newcastle Earthquake Benefit and a segment from his 1960s television series ‘Just Folk’. When the reel came to an interview with the 'Australia All Over' host and long-time friend, Ian 'Macca' McNamara, the entire audience sang along with 'I Get A Kick Out of You' and 'Shopping on A Saturday',   It was an emotional half hour of film memories.

Post film the music continued with Luke Shearston performing two more songs whilst his sister Bonnie sang a dance remix of their father's 'Bonnie's Lullaby'. Eulogies followed by Stuart Heather and Radio host Barbara Morrison. As a final farewell, Terry Darmody & Mic Conway performed after impromptu contributions from Sally Henderson (wife of Gary’s great friend and fellow songwriter extraordinaire Don) and a stellar cameo by the great Jeannie Lewis that brought the house down.

Gary's wife Karen, her children and family had joined an army of fans and friends to make sure Gary Shearston's last curtain call was indeed a classic.

More Information:  Artist Page

Eric Bogle

Eric Bogle

The wait is almost over as Eric Bogle’s The SMS Tour to support his new LP with John Munro A Toss Of The Coin kicks off next month.

A Toss Of The Coin(RRR61) has already been a feature album on 5EBI, Acoustic Harvest, 5GTR, Tribe FM 91.1, 2MAX FM 91.3 Narrabri, Highland FM 107.1 & RCF-Haute Normandie Radio and is OUT NOW digitally through iTunes and on CD through MGM Distribution or directly from Undercover Music via mail order.

In the meantime, look and listen out for Eric Bogle on ABC Local Radio, 2Maxfm 91.3, 2YOU, Radio Eastern 98.1, 98.9 North West FM, 2CH, 5EBI, 5GTR, CMR, Australian Country with John Nutting, ZFM Country, Power Country Radio 1629am Newcastle and Radio16, TANK FM, 104.9 Sunshine Country, Triple R, PBS-FM, Radio Adelaide, COW FM, 3CR, Hobart FM, Sweet FM, Coast FM 96.3, 2LM, 100.9 ZZZ FM, OPus Music Country Radio Network, 2Bobradio 104.7FM, Highland FM 107.1, mtmfm919, 2BBB, Radio Upper Murray 3RUM, 2PSR, RCF-Haute Normandie Radio and in Trad&Now, Country Music Capital News and Le Cri du Coyote Magazine

Fore more information and interview requests, email Undercover Music

More Information:  Artist Page | Artist Website


Jim Low

Jim Low

Jim Low turned on an inspiring performance at the Gary Shearston memorial concert which included ‘Folksinger’ Jim’s tribute song to Gary taken from his Above The Creek Bed album.

As Capital News’ Anna Rose writes if you ever see Jim Low’s name on the bill, grab a front row seat and sit down and take a trip back in time with this wonderful journeyman who’s keeping our history alive for future generations... Jim Low could well be one of Australia's greatest unsung musical historians."

Check out the latest issue of Trad&Now for a feature on Jim Low’s latest album Across The Blue Mountains. Jim was also recently interviewed by Sweet FM’s Merle Scott.

You can listen to a selection of songs from the album at the Undercover Soundcloud.

More Information:  Artist Page

Warren Fahey

Florrie Forde + Russell Morris

War-time starlet Florrie Forde’s Hold Your Hand Out Naughty Boy’ which is included on Is ‘e An Aussie is ‘e Lizzie?(Australian Stars of the International Music Hall Volume 2) (RRH6)and Russell Morris’ ‘The Real Thing’ are being added to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Sounds of Australia collection this year.

The list was established in 2007 with the aim of preserving recordings "with cultural, historical and aesthetic significance and relevance, which inform or reflect life in Australia." The recordings must be over ten years old.

The selections are submitted by the public, with a panel selecting the ten recordings to be entered into the archive. This year saw the number of entries triple from 2012, making entry into the final ten all the more impressive. (Source:

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Warren Fahey

Buddy Williams & Tex Morton

Songs from Buddy Williams & Tex Morton’s album releases that form part of Rouseabout Records’ Yesterday’s Australia series (Australia’s Best-Selling Nostalgia Range) have been licensed for TRACKS, an upcoming feature film produced by London & Sydney based See-Saw Films.

TRACKS is based on the inspirational true story of intrepid traveller and writer Robyn Davidson’s solo trek from Alice Springs through 2700km of sprawling Australian desert to the Indian Ocean, accompanied only by her loyal dog and four unpredictable camels.

This epic and remarkable journey into one of the world's last great wildernesses, which was captured by charismatic National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan, taught Robyn to do the impossible, to appreciate the joy of true solitude and that sometimes we have to detach from the world to feel connected to it.

More Information:  Tex Morton  Buddy Williams

Silent Recordings Reunites With MGM Distribution

Silent Recordings has a new home, reuniting with The Groove Merchants at MGM Distribution, the largest independent distributor of Australian music.

The soon to be released soundtrack to AROUND THE BLOCK will be the first new release through MGM which will also reissue Silent’s entire back catalogue that includes CODA, Telemetry Orchestra, Prop, Tracky Dax and more.

Silent Recordings would like to thank Vitamin Records for their hard work and efforts over the past nine years and looks forward to this new and exciting chapter in its evolution working with MGM.

More Information:  Artist Page

Around The Block Soundtrack

Premiereing at cinemas in November the new feature film AROUND THE BLOCK is a contemporary story of love, revenge, and triumph.

When a young indigenous boy becomes torn between his unexpected love for acting and the disintegration of his family he has to confront his past, challenge the present and finally determine his own destiny. Starring Christina Ricci, Jack Thompson, Daniel Henshall and introducing Hunter Page as the teenager at risk AROUND THE BLOCK is set in and around Redfern.

The killer soundtrack to be released on Silent Recordings in October features a stellar line-up that includes Aussie Hip-Hop sensations Horrorshow, Thundamentals, Spit Syndicate, Astronomy Class & Tuka, Canadian indie darlings Half Moon Run, plus Matt & Kim, Jenny Morris, Ngaiire and CODA’s Nick Wales who also scored the film.

Ngaiire & Nick Wales’ beautiful cover version of ‘Broken Wings’ is the first single from the soundtrack and will be serviced to radio and television later this month.

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Eric Bogle

  1. Wednesday 9th October, Lizottes, Kincumber (NSW)
  2. Thursday 10th October, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth (NSW)
  3. Friday 11th October, Wests Leagues, Newcastle (NSW)
  4. Saturday 12th October, Byron Bay Theatre, Byron Bay (NSW)
  5. Sunday 13th October, Irish Club, Brisbane (QLD)
  6. Wednesday 16th October, Lizottes, Dee Why (NSW)
  7. Thursday 17th October, The Basement, Sydney (NSW)
  8. Friday 18th October, Evan Theatre, Penrith (NSW)
  9. Saturday 19th October, Revesby Workers Club (NSW)
  10. Sunday 20th October, Mulloon Creek Natural Farms, Bungendore (NSW)
  11. Wednesday 23rd October, Mudgee Brewing Company, Mudgee (NSW)
  12. Thursday 24th October, TBA, Mittagong (NSW)
  13. Friday 25th October, Southern Cross Club, Woden (ACT)
  14. Saturday 26th October, Wangaratta PAC (VIC)
  15. Sunday 27th October, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne (VIC)
  16. Wednesday 30th October, Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre, Sale (VIC)
  17. Thursday 31st October, Playhouse Theatre, Geelong (VIC)
  18. Friday 1st November, Caravan Music Club, Melbourne (VIC)
  19. Saturday 2nd November, Maldon Folk Festival (VIC)
  20. Sunday 3rd November, Maldon Folk Festival (VIC)