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March 1, 2014 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Sydney Theatre, February 26  Gathering dust in an attic somewhere lies a picture of Bob Downe, possibly painted by Mark Trevorrow. It will be ageing hideously, even as Bob remains a living tribute to the miracles of dentistry and wig-making, alongside the more vulgar ones of comedy and music. In…

March 1, 2014 / Features - Archive

Lunasa may usually be counted among the hottest acts in Irish traditional music, but not when I speak with the band’s bassist, Trevor Hutchinson. In fact he is in danger of catching frostbite, being mid-tour in Alaska. “I think it’s minus 30 Fahrenheit,” he shivers into the telephone. “I went…

February 25, 2014 / Album Reviews - Archive

Yo (Montuno) The lack of a local distributor resulted in this one slipping under the radar until its Grammy nomination and the announcement of virtuoso pianist Roberto Fonseca’s return tour of Australia. It certainly can’t slip under any radars once you press “play”. The opening 80’s comes blasting from the…