Saturday, December 15, 2018


Female vocal trio The Chiffons were formed  in the late 60s with Maureen Elkner, Pauline Murphy (later replaced by Sue Brady) and Judy Condon. They sang back-up for John Farnham's earliest releases (including One Is The Loneliest Number), and toured Vietnam around 1969 with The Gallery, entertaining the Australian troops stationed there. The Chiffons recorded one single for Astor, "Secret Love" / "It Hurts Like 16" (April 1970), before Maureen quit, to be replaced by Sue Brady's sister, Pauline.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


Mirusia Louwerse was born in Brisbane, Australia, and attended Ormiston College. She graduated in December 2006 from the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane obtaining a Bachelor of Music in Performance in Classical Voice. In 2006, Louwerse became the youngest ever winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award and went on to record a debut EP entitled 'She Walks in Beauty'. Her aunt, who lives in the Netherlands, contacted André Rieu to tell him about her niece's talent. He listened to her voice on her website and phoned her straight away and two days later she was standing before him in his studio ready to sing.

She has been touring with the Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu since 2007 as his star soprano. She is of Dutch descent and can speak Dutch fluently. In April 2008, André Rieu and Louwerse released an album entitled 'Waltzing Matilda'. The album peaked at number 1 on the ARIA Charts, was certified platinum and became the 20th best selling album in Australia in 2008.

Her solo album 'Always & Forever' was released in Australia on 8 October 2010 and debuted at number 17. It was released in The Netherlands in December 2010. Her DVD Always & Forever was released in March 2011 and stayed at the No. 1 position on the ARIA DVD charts for four weeks. In 2012 Louwerse won the ARIA #1 Chart Award for 'Always & Forever' and was the only classical artist to receive such an award.

In 2013, Louwerse performed with André Rieu at the coronation concert of the king of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander. In this same year, to celebrate Benjamin Britten's 100th birthday, she performed under the baton of John Curro with the Queensland Youth Symphony Britten's War Requiem in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. 2013 also saw Louwerse embark on her first full scale national tour of The Netherlands on her "My Second Home Tour", which was also filmed for DVD and released as "Beautiful That Way" on DVD and CD. In 2014, Louwerse toured with her solo tour "My Favorite Things" to sold out audiences across The Netherlands and Australia.

She released 'This Time Tomorrow' in May 2016. The CD is a studio recording and the DVD was filmed live in The Netherlands. Both the CD and DVD charted in the Top 10 on the Dutch and Australian charts, with the CD's highest position at No. 1 on the ARIA Classical Crossover charts and the DVD at No. 4 on the ARIA Music DVD chart. Mirusia toured internationally in 2016 and the beginning of 2017 with her concert tour "This Time Tomorrow" with 40 concerts. In 2018, Mirusia is continuing touring internationally with her new concert tour "From the Heart" which began in The Netherlands in March 2017. Her new tour program, "An Enchanted Evening", is due to begin in September 2018 in The Netherlands. 

Friday, November 30, 2018


London-born Linda Cable started her singing career in Australia singing the blues. Linda has performed with many top named bands in the 70’s including Barrie McAskill’s Levi Smith Clefs and the Peter Cupples Band. Developing her own unique style, she is renowned in Australian jazz circles and has progressed into a world class jazz singer, working at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and in Europe & Asia.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018


With a father who spent most of his working life playing French horn in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Caroline has had music in her bones from the very beginning, having learnt the Suzuki method from age ten, exploring the piano and clarinet and eventually finding her way to the violin.
Caroline's love of improvisation and free-form playing inspired her interest in the exotic and inspired her long journey into the world of Celtic music. This eventually led her to her first major professional stint as violinist in the acclaimed folk trio, Jigzag.

Along with Greg Bryce and Liz Frencham, Caroline toured both nationally and internationally for over a decade and Jigzag became a favourite on the Australian festival scene, performing their intoxicating mix of Celtic tunes and original songs, written by all three members. Between 1999 and 2010, Jigzag produced five albums and a live DVD, toured Australia consistently playing all the major folk festivals as well as performing pub and club gigs great and small. In 2006 Jigzag were voted Australian Folk Band of the Year. They were also recognised overseas, performing in the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark and New Caledonia.

It was during her years with Jigzag that Caroline's talent as a singer/songwriter emerged, and her vocals are heard more frequently on the later of Jigzag's recordings. In 2010 the trio decided to take an extended break from touring and this became the perfect opportunity for Caroline to develop her song writing and vocal pursuits. This period coincided with an opportunity to play violin with Angus and Julia Stone, and in 2010 she accompanied them on their European tour, then afterwards their 2011 Australian Summer Festivals tour, including the Big Day Out. She simultaneously began penning what has now become her 13 track solo album, 'The Time Garden'. Caroline recorded the tracks during the winter of 2011, playing violin and guitar as well as singing her original songs. 

Sunday, November 18, 2018


Cathie O'Sullivan singer, harpist and pianist realised an Australian musical vision early on in her short, part-time musical career. Cathie always had a 'day job', in the early days as a pharmacist, and, later, as an anthropologist and, more recently, as an academic. Music was a way of exploring the Australian story and she did that as a member of The Larrikins, Summerhaze and through solo performance. She had  a deft hand at bringing poetry, be it John Shaw-Neilsen, Henry Lawson or her own songs to life. Her first album 'Artesian Waters' was released in 1980. She has since released another five albums.

Monday, November 12, 2018


Sandrine Jennifer Daniels was born in about 1979 in the Blue Mountains, 50 kilometres north-west of Sydney. With her parents, two sisters and a brother, she relocated to New Zealand when she was six. Her father was a minister and the whole family performed as a Christian music group, the Cornerstone Family, both for the church's congregation and on tour. Her father provided guitar and vocals, her mother on vocals, one sister on bass guitar, the other sister on piano and her brother on drums; Sandrine played an omnichord – "kind of like an electronic autoharp." She recalled, "We lived in a converted bus, and travelled about New Zealand... doing shows for the faithful. It's funny to look back on. I think I really enjoyed the performing. I remember incidences such as getting chewing gum stuck in my hair before a show, and getting in big trouble." 

She had received classical piano lessons as a child and, from the age of 15, was in an advanced music group at school, "I picked up guitar from the boys in the class, because all we really did was sit around and jam." She moved into a caravan in the family's backyard and started working as a waitress. As a singer she joined a covers band, performing "I See Red" (originally by Split Enz) and "Get Back" (the Beatles). Sandrine left New Zealand and moved to Sydney where she was briefly in a Lynyrd Skynyrd covers band before travelling overseas at 17. She returned to Sydney in her early 20s, "this is where I started to record [my own songs], and start to get things happening." 
Sandrine was signed to Sony Music Australia in 2003, and issued her debut single, "Trigger", in September. It was co-written by Daniels with David Skeet, and peaked at No. 28 on the ARIA Singles Chart. She released her debut studio album, 'Trigger', in November of that year, all its tracks were co-written by Daniels and Skeet. It reached No. 12 on the ARIA Hitseekers Albums chart. One of its tracks, "Schoolgirl", was used for the soundtrack of a feature film, One Perfect Day (February 2004).

Sandrine moved to the United States to record her second album, 'Dark Fades into Light' (August 2006), working with producer, Malcolm Burn (Daniel Lanois, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Chris Whitley) at Maison Bleue Studios, Kingston. Session musicians were Kyle Fischer on guitar; George Javori, William Kuehn, Tim Powles each on drums; Adam Snyder on guitar and keyboards; and Peter Wetzler on accordion. In North America it was issued via Nettwerk Records initially in 2007 and again in April 2008, with an additional track, "Late Night Insominia".

In France the album provided a single, "Where Do We Go" (2008), after it had been used in a TV ad. It is also used for the feature film soundtrack, Last Chance Harvey (Original Motion Picture Score) (December 2008). Sandrine released her third album, Circles (2010), with Burn producing again. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018


Anne Hawker (nee Hathaway) was a singer from Melbourne. In 1964 she married band leader Johnny Hawker and they formed a duo in 1968 releasing a number of singles on Astor, including ''Cinderella Rockefella'' which reached the top ten. Anne also recorded some singles on the same label as a solo artist. She appeared on TV's In Melbourne Tonight.

Sunday, October 28, 2018


Go Violets were an indie band from Brisbane formed in 2009 with Phoebe Imhoff (guitar, vocals), Alice Rezende (guitar, vocals), Harriette Pilbeam (bass) and Ruby McGregor (drums, guitar, vocals). With fast drums, melodic guitars and impeccable vocal harmonies, Go Violets’ influences harked back to bands like The Ramones, Tiger Trap and The Shangri-Las, while their own songs nod between ‘60s garage and ‘90s pop. Go Violets released their EP 'Heart Slice' in 2013. Recorded at Applewood Lane and produced by Sean Cook (Big Scary, Velociraptor, Jeremy Neale, Jungle Giants) of former Yves Klein Blue, and mastered by Sterling Sound’s Greg Calbi, the EP was the best collection and rendition of their material to date. It includes single ‘Wanted’, a stand out track from the EP mixed in NYC by Doug Boehm (Girls, Dr Dog, The Vines). They disbanded in 2014.

Monday, October 22, 2018


Melbourne singer Joan Mifsud started her career in the early 60s singing at dances - firstly with Norm and David Button's band called The Vulcans then with a group called The Kingsmen with Ron Mizzi. She sang with them at Sacred Heart Dance in Preston and Jive Junction in Moonee Ponds, Leggetts in Prahran and at The Orama Ballroom in Footscray with The Planets and the Fendermen . 

Joan appeared on the 60s TV pop show, The Go!! Show. She left singing after getting married and did not return to the microphone until the 90s teaming up with two other women in a group called Champaine Cocktail at Church's in Richmond. She also gigged with Izzy Di around Melbourne. She also performed at Mooorabin Town Hall with The Allstars. Joan's career has spanned five decades and she is still performing to this day.

Monday, October 15, 2018


Nitocris were formed in Sydney in 1992 by Sara Louise Anderson (aka Sara Graye) on bass guitar, Jessamine Jean Finlayson on lead guitar, Andrea Marie Stanway on drums and Kira Taylor on rhythm guitar. The four were classmates at Hunters Hill High School and had an average age of 14. At the time none could play their instruments. The band's name was chosen by Stanway from the semi-legendary female Pharaoh of the same name, which was popularised in fiction by H. P. Lovecraft, as "queen of the underworld". Almost two years later, a newspaper advertisement in Drum Media recruited Morgana Ancone as a vocalist, who was the only member over the age of 18. As four members were under legal age, when Nitocris performed live across Sydney pubs they were sometimes accompanied by their mothers. Ancone's costume included a "designed red tartan bodice and black tutu". The group appeared on-stage alongside Armoured Angel, Frenzal Rhomb and Blitz Babies. Nitocris were influenced by punk rock and heavy metal artists including Black Sabbath, The Clash, Guns N' Roses, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, L7, Slayer and Patti Smith.

In January 1994 Nitocris performed at the annual Big Day Out music festival at the Sydney venue. The group released their debut four-track extended play, 'Ten Stories Down' on local independent label, Phantom Records in June. In September they issued, "Suxiety" as a shared single with the other side, "Grrly Things" by another Sydney all-girl group, Purr. Nitocris were one of the country's first all-female punk rockers of the "grot grrrls" movement (analogous to the United States riot grrrls). Other groups in the "grot grrls" movement were Fur, Mace, Bittersweet, Sulk, Dolljuice, Gravelrash and SPDFGH.

The group's debut album 'Screaming Dolorous' followed in November 1994, it included a cover version of Black Sabbath's 1970 song "N.I.B.". In April 1995 the band toured the east coast with the Alternative Nation Festival. Nitocris developed a devoted following, and regularly toured across the country: including with Sprung Monkey, The Cult, The Pursuit of Happiness, The Whitlams, Screaming Jets, Deep Purple, Rancid, Def FX, Pennywise, Midnight Oil, and Suicidal Tendencies. In October they issued Epic Voyage as a five-track EP. It included their live version of AC/DC's 1976 single, "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap". In June 1995, Nitocris' studio version of the same track had appeared on the AC/DC tribute album, 'Fuse Box: The Alternative Tribute'.

In February 1996 they issued the 'Hyperland' EP, which was a reasonable success for the band but their next release 'Butter' (1997) fared less well and problems with their former manager stalled progress for some time. However, in 1999, Nitocris toured nationally for the first time as part of a package, Turn Up Your Radio. In January, their 'Dark Side' EP was released with a music video for the lead track directed by Margot Nash and Jane Castle. Their self-titled album issued in 2000 displayed a mellower, poppier style that won high rotation radio airplay on Triple J. Early copies of 'Nitocris' included a bonus disc compiling "Ten Stories Down", "Haemorrhaging Souls", "Sycophant", "Butter", "Dark Side" and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (cover of the Arrows 1975 recording) from previous releases.

Nitocris received an ARIA Award nomination for 'Best Independent Release' for their single "Manic". The band toured Australia-wide with the Big Day Out in 2001 and followed with their own Manic Tour from mid-February to May. Although plans had been made to record a third album and tour overseas, however the group split up and played a final show at the Newtown Festival in November 2001. Nitocris played a reunion show at the Annandale Hotel on 26 September 2009.

Thursday, October 11, 2018


Short lived 90s band that released one single ''Solvent'' and one EP, 'Tabouli' on the Fellaheen label. In 1995 the band played a set at Australia's Summersault Festival. The band was made up of Brody Dalle on vocals/guitar, Cobina Crawford on bass, Sarah Barber on guitar and Sheridan on drums.

Friday, October 5, 2018


Bianca Lew was a drummer with 90s bands Snowblind, The Sugargliders and The Steinbecks.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


Emma Kate Dean is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Brisbane, Queensland. She has performed in solo shows and her Emma Dean Band as well as with the Kate Miller-Heidke Band (2003–2006). The Emma Dean Band was formed in 2005 with Emma's brother, Tony Dean on drums, Dane Pollock on guitar, John Turnbull on bass guitar and Rachel Meredith on cello. Dean is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

When Emma is not on stage, she can be found writing choral arrangements for choirs and musicians, including John Farnham, Kate Ceberano and Katie Noonan. She is a passionate advocate of the magical healing qualities of group singing and proudly leads a colourful community choir called Cheep Trill who she considers to be her extended family.

Emma has performed with Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan, Placebo, Macy Gray, Jinkx Monsoon, Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls, as well as playing lead roles in theatre shows such as Cabaret and The Tempest. Her original show ‘Imaginarium’ was performed on Off-Broadway and she has been listed as ‘one of ten artists to watch’ by The New York Post after featuring on the US specialty radio charts alongside PJ Harvey and REM. She is also a recipient of the prestigious ‘Under Our Wing’ cabaret award alongside musical comedy superstars, Tim Minchin and Sammy J. In 2018, Emma was a featured soloist in The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, singing John Farnham's iconic song - You're The Voice.

Friday, September 28, 2018


Rosie Westbrook is a Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist and composer. Classically trained in guitar and double bass, she has worked with numerous Australian and international musicians: Mick Harvey (ex-Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds); Sean Kelly (Models); Kim Deal (Pixies); Thomas Wydler (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds); Beate Bartel (founding member Einstürzende Neubauten); Amaury Cambuzat (Ulan Bator/Faust); Dave Graney & Clare Moore; Rob Snarski (Black-Eyed Susans).

Rosie has released two solo CDs: 'Wave' and 'Big As The Ocean'. In recent years she has worked increasingly as a composer for film and television and has produced soundtracks for a number of documentary films profiling contemporary Australian visual artists: Jon Cattapan; Lindy Lee; Del Kathryn Barton and Patricia Piccinini.

Rosie has also been performing a solo live set featuring electric guitar, double bass and whatever else she can get her hands on. This includes performances specifically composed for exhibitions of particular artists - in 2015/16 this has included a number of performances at TarraWarra Museum of Art for exhibitions of modern Australian art; The Triumph of Modernism; Howard Arkley & Friends and Panorama. In 2016, Rosie has also been commissioned to do a series of performances for the Australian Tapestry Workshop. 

Saturday, September 22, 2018


Susannah Stewart-Lindsay was a guitarist with Adelaide-based band, Rewind on the Paranoid Side. She later joined indie rock band, Nice in 1991. The band released two albums, 'Nice' and 'Apple Pie'

Monday, September 17, 2018


Carol Rohde is a keyboardist/vocalist who played with Sydney-based synth pop and techno band Boxcar during the 80s/90s.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


Tracey Kepper was a drummer/bass player. She played in a few bands but most notably in 80s punk band Civil Dissident.

Monday, August 27, 2018


Pam Bradley (born in England in 1946) was originally from Perth where she spent two years as a regular on the TV series Teen Beat. Eventually she decided to move to Melbourne in order to further her career and met up with Adrian Ussher who had been singing for a number of years with The Moontones and The Thin Men. Adrian wrote ''The Old Apple Tree'' and decided to team up with Pam. The single made the charts in September 1963. They appeared on Bandstand in the same year. Follow up releases included ''Back Together'' and an EP 'Pam and Ade' which sold moderately. The duo dissolved a short time later and Adrian continued as an advertising executive. Pam supported The Beatles on their 1964 tour. Pam died in 2002

Saturday, August 4, 2018


1970s singer who was a member of the Australian casts for Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. She also fronted The Nutwood Rag band