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January 14, 2014 / Concert Reviews - Archive

The Spiegeltent, January 9 First-night hiccoughs saw scores of people stuck in a sluggish and increasingly grumpy queue at the Festival Village box-office as show-time approached. Thankfully Bombino provided de-stressing therapy by playing the first third of his set acoustically. But then music has been an important therapy not just…

January 13, 2014 / Features - Archive

Photos by Jenny Evans. It’s 5.20 am, and bleary eyes mingle with muted excitement in the Parramatta headquarters of ICE (Information and Cultural Exchange), a non-government community arts organisation. Twenty of us have deprived ourselves of sleep for The Calling, a mosque, church and temple mini-bus tour of western Sydney.…

January 13, 2014 / Album Reviews - Archive

Open (Fish of Milk) The triumph of album number 17 is that the Necks can still turn one’s head with surprise. This studio creation presents pianist Chris Abrahams, bassist Lloyd Swanton and drummer Tony Buck at their most reflective. The serenity-defining opening with monochord and bells leads to gorgeous piano…