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March 29, 2013 / Features - Archive

For a while Mary Coughlan seemed to be living her career backwards. She had a number one album before she ever played a gig, and a decade later found herself back at the bottom rung of the ladder. The Irish blues/jazz/soul singer may have fallen in love with music as…

March 28, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Camelot Lounge, March 24  The very absence of one of the Bridge Project’s members just further emphasised the need for such a venture. Umit Ceyhan is a Turkish refugee resident in France with his wife and daughter. It appears he was denied an Australian visa for fear he would become…

March 27, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Q Theatre, March 23, 2013  They were invisible under the stage lighting, but surely there were fuses attached to Ruthie Foster. How else to account for the barrages of vocal explosions erupting from the mild-mannered Texan? Like so many of her musical forebears Foster was born into a gospel-singing family,…