Friday, September 17, 2021



Music and more in store

Whether you descend down a narrow, dimly lit and more-than-slightly hazardous staircase, or step through a glass and wood door which jingles and creaks...

Youth opera company for social justice

The Cooperative’s performances of Puccini’s Tosca at Pitt Street Uniting Church on June 17 and 19 drew large audiences.

Casey Barnes brings his catchy country music to Paddo

Country music star Casey Barnes is set to play in Sydney for the first time in two years. His gig in Paddington is part of his east coast tour for his latest single “Come Turn Me On”, a playful party-starting song about missing home.

‘You are home, Dimitris’

NEWTOWN: More than 350 mesmerised audience members, swayed, clapped...

Kate Wadey Trio brings silky sounds to Zetland

ZETLAND: A couple of weeks ago, I got to...

Hitting the HiWay for some hops and Holy Soul

ENMORE: The Holy Soul, like most bands, haven’t played...

Women changing male-dominated music production industry

It’s a rarity to see a woman working in...

Opera for good that’s accessible for all

Founded in 2019 with a mission to create opera to inspire social change, The Cooperative believes passionately in increasing opera’s accessibility, through pay-as-you-feel entry and by taking the art form out of a traditional context and into the world around us.

Amy in autumn – an interview with Amy Curl, creator of magical musical evenings

ZETLAND: While Amy Curl worked at the Seymour Theatre...

Help is at hand where ‘invisible fires’ still burn says Stone

NRMA Insurance and Lifeline have partnered with Australian music icon Julia Stone to highlight the continued need for mental health support for people affected by the devastating fires throughout the 2019-2020 season.

Yabun 2021 – leading the way

GADIGAL LAND: Congratulations to Koori Radio 93.7FM, organisers and...

Raising funds, maintaining high standards of journalism

The South Sydney Herald’s Celebrate Community fundraiser was held online over Zoom on December 11. The event to raise funds for the paper was also a celebration to mark the end of the year.

Jacklin to star in virtual fundraiser

In October singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin released two new songs for Sub Pop Single Club: “to Perth, before the border closes” and “CRY”. In December, as well as playing four shows at the Vanguard in support of women’s refuge Lou’s Place, she will perform as part of the SSH Celebrate Community virtual fundraiser.

Celebrate community – and support independent media

On Friday December 11, the SSH will host a virtual fundraiser, emceed by Julie McCrossin AM, with the aim of raising $5,000 toward production costs for this year. Zoom details at the end of this story. Please come!

Five things slow and soulful

In iso-limbo, these things have helped me to drift...

Elaborate, effortless neo-soul

18YOMAN’s languid looping orchestrations are elaborate yet effortless. These grooves will pleasantly resurface in your head.

Clews channel the iso muse

Clews comprises sisters Lily and Grace Richardson. Originally from...

Zoom brings Reid up close in global concert

From the first song, an acapella gospel, “I’m Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table”, I knew it was going to be a good night.

Women’s jazz tribute night helps girls find refuge

Johnston Street Jazz, one of Sydney’s most respected jazz venues, hosted a magnificent celebration of International Women’s Day at its location in the Annandale Arts Centre on March 12.

Intimate sets on Instagram

In what is an extraordinarily difficult time for working musicians the live-streaming festival Isol-Aid on Instagram is offering a chance to perform for fans and to raise money to support struggling music industry workers.

Cummings: ‘I can still do it’

Last month the legendary Australian singer-songwriter Stephen Cummings with guitarist Sam Lemann took their audience on a “wonderful spiritual journey” they’d never forget.

‘Nag Nag Nag’ showcases unconventional Aussie music

Taking place over two days at the Marrickville Bowling...

Safe Word (EP), ARSE

Across five songs, ARSE deploys unchained vitriol with a dose of self-awareness and irony – that a lot of punk rock sorely needs – and the songs explore the impending doom of the planet as well as an eye-gouging frustration with the political landscape.

The changing face of the Australian music industry

Redfern-based music producer and manager Vicki Gordon, founder of Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA), has long championed gender and cultural equality in the Australian music industry.

Perfumed Earth, Purple Pilgrims

Purple Pilgrims is made up of sister duo, Clementine and Valentine Nixon from Tapu, New Zealand. Perfumed Earth is their second album out through Flying Nun Records.

Poetry on the piano – an interview with Anton Korytnyj

Anton Korytnyj (pronounced Koritni) is a dynamic and talented...

Lovely textures, subtle dynamics

Nadia Reid is great. A commanding performer of beautifully crafted songs, Reid is a gifted vocalist – smooth, seemingly effortless. Her guitar style is also wonderful. I was impressed and moved.

Scores for Ella, Domingo Mariani

Scores for Ella Domingo Mariani Doggo Agostino Records, 2019 This music is...

Singing for joy

REDFERN: With One Voice (WOV) choirs, which aim to...

2003, Blood Blossoms

This is the third album from the Sydney outfit led by Travis Masters.

This jazz is serious, Sydney

Johnston Street Jazz (JSJ) draws local, interstate, international and emerging musos to play in inner city Annandale – and it’s a live venue for serious listeners.

Aviary, Julia Holter

Julia Holter’s latest album Aviary, described as a “90-minute search for meaning in a dehumanising age”, was included in many lists of the best albums of 2018.

Gang of Youths – absolute joy!

It's not often an album resonates with you and makes you actually feel every gorgeous lyric sung.

The future’s Rosie …

Rosie Meader is 17 and heading into her HSC exams at the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts . She’s also just released her third CD.

Animarum – ‘expressing the inexpressible’

How does it all come together? Eight musicians playing as one, yet each instrument can be heard distinctly.

Hat Fitz & Cara – an electric charge to the soul

The dynamic duo of blues and soul, Rick “Hat” Fitzpatrick and Cara Robinson, deliver yet another knockout blow on their current Australian tour.

‘Planet Earth II Live in Concert’

Want to rub shoulders with acrobatic primates in the steaming jungles of Madagascar?

Triplex – an original take on the jazz-rock idiom

Triplex are a Sydney-based jazz-rock band comprising Michael Coggins, Tim Bradley and Andrew Morris.

Flying solo – Angel Olsen in Redfern

Angel Olsen is good – earthy and ethereal (it’s hard to resist allusions to the angelic).

Fly Me to the Moon

Produced by the Mosman Musical Society, the cabaret style Fly Me to the Moon is an excellent evening’s entertainment.

Did Lola hear a planet in distress?

What Lola Heard: Theatrical Sounds from Climate Change (Lola) played to a packed audience at the Sound Lounge at Sydney’s Seymour Centre on February 11 – just a few days after Penrith reached 47.3 degrees Celsius.

How It All Unfolds, Tesse

How It All Unfolds is a lovely record, meticulously crafted, consistently moving and warm.

Freedman Jazz Fellowship Concert

A showcase to decide the 2017 Freedman Jazz Fellow.

Having fun with Haim at Hum

Haim’s Something to Tell You (2017) comes four years after the Grammy-nominated Days Are Gone (2013). The new record will be released on vinyl this month and the SSH has two copies to give away.

Ryan Adams at the Hordern

Ryan Adams, Hordon Pavilion, Moore Park, Saturday May 27, 2017

Live Music – Toby Martin

Sydney is less a city than many separate cities...

Don’t miss – Bourbaki Ensemble in June

Sunday June 4, commencing at 2.45 pm, at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, 189 Church St, Newtown.

Hawaiian choir workshop with ukuleles

 Choir director Gary Smith from Acappella Central will lead...

Compact reflections on love

American singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy is a talented guitarist – melodic, dynamic, fierce, loose. Her distinctive vocal style is highly expressive.

Live Music – Jet

Reunited Melbourne-rockers Jet produced a nostalgia-inducing display of noughties garage rock.

Voice of the cello – Artist Profile: Dave Loew

Music is a gift for us all.

Music – I See You, The xx

Coexist, the band’s 2012 sophomore album, included what was...