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We honestly loved you

The news that Dame Olivia Newton-John died has evoked genuine sadness from fans and admirers around the world. British-born but lovingly adopted by Australia, ONJ had a career that spanned five decades, transected genres, and garnered many prestigious awards. Her battle with breast cancer, which began 30 years ago, led her to establish the Olivia […]

Sydney Fringe Festival returns with a bang!

By TILEAH DOBSON The Sydney Fringe Festival is back and set to dazzle Sydneysiders and visitors with a massive program of alternative visual and performing arts. This year’s festival is the longest running ever with a packed schedule from 16th August to 30th September. It is also the largest Fringe ever: an astounding 500+ events across 50 […]

What the folk!

The streets of Surry Hills are going to come alive with joyous strumming, energetic drumming and melodic humming. The Sydney Folk Festival is back with a heel-kicking program of music, dance, workshops and all things folk-infused for the folk-enthused.  Presented by the Folk Federation of NSW, this three day festival celebrates music across cultures, genres, […]

The Carpenters from Kempsey – REVIEW

Darren and Sharon Carpenter made the long trek from country Kempsey to Paddington for a one night stand at Paddo RSL last Friday night and what a bonza show it was.  Daz and Shaz are the alter-egos of Darren Mapes and Debora Krizak and the doppelgangers of famous pop siblings of the 1960s and ’70s, […]

Ukrainian Ballet – united in art

How on earth were the Ukrainians able to send a ballet to Australia amid the horrors of war? The United Ukrainian Ballet (UUB) comprises award-winning dancers from Ukraine’s best ballet companies, including the National Opera of Ukraine, Kharkiv Opera Theatre and Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre. All the dancers can tell a harrowing story of […]

Carmen at the Embassy

“By popular request,” Opera Bites is staging Carmen as a matinee  to be performed in the architecturally striking  1894 Embassy Conference Centre in the heart of Sydney. Opera Bites, a boutique opera company, is known for its condensed versions of popular opera performed in non-theatre spaces. Rae Levien, co-founder and soprano, told me that the […]


When the so called ‘vinyl revival’ became commonplace a few years ago, many were sceptical that it would survive. After all, the old analogue technology of a needle tracking into the groove of a disc made of polyvinyl chloride to produce a sound seems hopelessly out of date given the current advances in the digital […]

Daz and Shaz want to get close to you

Darren and Sharon Carpenter are siblings who hale from Kempsey on the Mid North coast of NSW. They have always loved singing together, their genetically linked voices blending in mellifluous harmony. One day, while rifling through their father’s records, they came across an album by a duo called The Carpenters. Their jaws dropped. The two […]


When the presenters of the long running blues music program ‘Stormy Monday’ on 2MBS-FM discovered that the late American writer, record producer and ‘forensic musicologist’ Peter B Lowry had moved to Sydney, they immediately made contact and invited him on air. Peter was an encyclopedia of the Afro-American music tradition and soon became a regular […]

Baby Velvet set to debut at The Vanguard in Newtown

Restarting a music career after almost a decade building your band into an international phenomena might sound crazy but for Hannah Crofts the experience has been exhilarating. Most people would recognise Hannah as one of the members of Australian folk group, All Our Exes Live In Texas. After forming All Our Exes Live In Texas […]