Browsing articles in "Features – Archive"
Nov
15
2013

Jade MacRae: Rich Gene Pool

bloodlinesdaveandjademacrae

Pop singers toying with jazz are usually extending wilting careers rather than doing jazz any favours. Jade MacRae is different. Not only is her pop career still thriving, but jazz is in her genes. MacRae is the daughter of pianist Dave MacRae and singer Joy Yates, whose jazz pedigrees span half a century and three […]

Nov
6
2013

Fay Sussman: Tending the Candle of Yiddish Song

IMG_0518

Although born in Poland Fay Sussman had vowed she would never speak Polish nor set foot in the country. Growing up with horror stories of what her father went through there, she even denied she was Polish, preferring to claim Israeli nationality after living there for 10 years before settling in Australia. Yet the Sydney […]

Sep
27
2013

Roy Harper Returns

Roy Harper res

Call it type-casting, but one hardly expects to discuss Keats, Kerouac and Elgar when interviewing a folk singer. Woody Guthrie, Mississippi blues shouters or perhaps a Morris dancing troupe in Chipping Camden seem more likely. But then Roy Harper was never your average folk singer. His name was thrust before millions when Led Zeppelin called […]