“The blues is one of those funny things. We all have our ideas about what the blues is but as soon as we think we have a handle on the music, where it’s come from and where it’s going along comes someone like Shaun Kirk who blows away all our preconceptions.”
– Matthew Fredericks (PBS FM, Melbourne)
Growing up an enthusiastic and successful sportsman, it wasn’t until a badly broken ankle at the age of seventeen forced him to sit still for a while, that Shaun Kirk discovered his passion for music. Having written his first song in a hospital bed whilst waiting for surgery, Shaun decided to experiment with his new-found love at many of Melbourne’s blues jam nights. Though at the time a folk singer, watching the more experienced artists jam their 12-bar tunes would later see Shaun realize an irrefutable feel for the blues.
Since the independent release of his award winning debut album ‘Cruisin’ in 2010, Shaun has been captivating audiences across the country with his charming style of boogie blues & soul. With a bevy of new material, Kirk’s first full-length album, ‘Thank You for Giving Me the Blues’ sees the twenty-four year old troubadour take a leap in musical maturity, with press labelling him as “One of the finest blues voices this country has ever heard” (Buzz Magazine) and “The most interesting blues talent this country has seen in a long time” (Matthew Frederick, PBS FM). The album, which offers seven original tracks and three covers, has all the passion and vigour you can ask for in a contemporary blues/soul record. Shaun’s blood, sweat and dedication to his art shines through; from slow and soulful ballads like ‘Find Somebody To Love’ to witty tales of life on the road in ‘Chicken & Corn’; raw, stripped back instrumentals like‘The Howlin Harp Boogie’; and hard-hitting yet energetic grooves such as ‘The Drug Got a Hold Onto You’. His innovative arrangements of old blues standards by the likes of Willie Dixon and Bo Diddley show his inclination to take the genre to places it hasn’t been. This production delivers not only emotive guitar playing and animated blues harmonica but enough thick drum/percussive grooves to inspire even the most docile listener to boogie. Topped off by a cameo performance with Australian blues legend Lloyd Spiegel and Shaun’s resilient, grinding vocal abilities, this is undoubtedly Kirk’s most accomplished work to date.
Now a seasoned performer, Shaun is taking the ‘one man show’ concept to an exciting contemporary level. Surrounded by a stomp box, tambourine, high hat, cymbal, kick and snare drum, Shaun’s flair for playing six percussive sounds with his feet, whilst delivering quality guitar and blues- harmonica performances, is undeniably impressive!
Dedication and hard work has seen Shaun earn numerous TV appearances and consistent airplay across Australia on Triple J, ABC Radio National, ABC Local and internationally, with ‘Thank You for Giving Me the Blues’ climbing to #1 on the Australian National Blues/Roots Airplay Charts in January 2012. His talent and expanding profile has led to recent billing with the likes of Eric Bibb, Ian Moss, Tex Perkins, Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca and Lloyd Spiegel as well as appearances at renowned festivals such as Bluesfest, Blues On Broadbeach, Australian Blues Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, St Kilda Festival, Blues at Bridgetown, Cairns Blues Festival and Darwin Blues Festival. Shaun’s popularity and achievements, including the 2010 VIC/TAS Debut Blues Artist of the Year, look set to soar on what promises to be a very successful and prominent career.
“Shaun Kirk is the real deal – a young bluesman in the tradition of the greats. Killer songwriter, great singer and can wield an axe, a harp and feet beats with the best of them. He’s only going to get better and better. Long may he run!” – Mark Holden
“One of the finest blues’ voices that this country has ever heard” – Buzz Magazine
“Something different from the glut of indie, Triple J inspired pop out there, very enjoyable and refreshing from a very talented young man.” – Tonedeaf
“Simply astounding.” – Tsunami/Forte Magazine
“Shaun is no doubt a talented and inventive young artist, it’s possessing the right attitude and sense of tradition that makes him stand out.” – Lloyd Spiegel
“Shaun Kirk’s youth belies the depth of his music, his soulful tone and feel draw from a tradition beyond his days. And yet, I still get the feeling that something new is happening when I hear him play.” – Jimi Hocking
“Shaun Kirk shows the oldies how it’s done. My faith in this generation’s music has been restored. Blues fans rejoice.” – DearHead Press
“Some people are just born to do something whilst others have to work all their life to achieve the same. Shaun’s music is authentic, exciting and compelling. His stripped back feel sounds like it ferments in the muggy back blocks of Louisiana and not Melbourne’s urban fringe. This man is the real thing.” – John Carver (PBS FM, Melbourne)
Sydney Blues & Roots Festival 2012
25, 26, 27, 28 October
THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER
The promoters of the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival are proud to announce this years band release.
Please sit back and enjoy the ride
A ride finishing late October, and a festival that promises to be the BIGGEST, MOST EXCITING festival that we have had the pleasure in presenting.
What follows will be the start of a playing program that will
leave you panting for more.
After more than ten years in the business, Ray Beadle is still regarded as young for his considerable talent! He was discovered in the early part if this century performing a three month residency with the house band in B.B King’s Club in Memphis and has also performed at Buddy Guy’s Blues Club in Chicago as well as several Southern Blues festivals in the USA.
While in the states Ray recorded with Mark Sallings and has also had the privilege of performing with American greats such as Andy Just, Dave Bowen and Chris Cain. Chris Cain remarked “Ray is unquestionably one of the finest musicians I have come across …His songwriting has a harmonic and emotional depth that many strive for but few capture. Ray’s guitar work…well, lets just say this cat is VERY dangerous.”
Performing in most shows with his band, and with a new album ready to release later this year, Ray Beadle’s career is on the ascent – you’ll be spellbound when you experience a live show.
Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band
Chase The Sun
From her modest beginnings as a shy acoustic folkie on the local coffeehouse stage, Barber’s recent career has been reaching starry heights.
Billy TK Jnr Band
Jazz Festival featuring Keb Mo and Earth Wind and Fire.Billy TK Jnr has also had fun on tour with JIMMY BARNES on the A DAY on THE GREEN series of concerts with the FEELERS with shows in Christchurch, Auckland, New Plymouth and Wellington that had crowds upwards of 5000 and Billy was a popular favorite.The shows saw Billy sell out 100’s of copies of his new album, and twice mobbed at signings beside Jimmy himself.The highlight of the tour was when an impressed JIMMY BARNES invited Billy to play with his band and feature on 2 encores – 2 classic cold chisel songs ‘ When the War is over’ and ‘Goodbye’ in Auckland and Wellington. Jimmy commented ‘That Billy was unbelievable and one of the best guitarists’.Adding to the excitement after the tour Billy signed to the prestigious Premier Harbour Agency in Sydney following the release of his critically acclaimed 2nd album ‘Presenting Billy TK jnr’ and a stellar performance at the Sydney Blues Festival at the end of 2010.Billy has toured widely in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. and has supported and toured with George Thorogood, the Neville Brothers, Junior Wells, Mississippi Willie Foster, Ian Moss and Joe Satriani.In 2012 He has performances at NZ festivals as well as a return to the Sydney Blues Festival, an Ozzie tour in October and more international performances.According to George Thorogood, “Billy has got the whole blues guitar thang down.” Aussie guitar hero Ian Moss has described Billy as playing “like Stevie Ray Vaughan on steroids!”Great accolades from the legends themselves!! So what can people expect from a Billy TK Jnr show? Billy says ‘ The best thing to say is they can expect to hear some passionate and powerful blues guitar playing of the electric kind’!Billy’s 3rd album is due out for release in Australia and New Zealand in September and October followed by national tours.
Jim Conway’s Big Wheel
Dave Tice and Mark Evans
Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson
Darren Jack Hammond Trio
Dave Tice Band
Dr Dons Double Dose
Nat Col & The Kings
8 Ball Aitken
They are taking it a step up and to the left.
The Mason Rack Band
segment that is adults only”. It is a full show alright, jaw dropping, and
absolutely wonderful, with a minimum of sixteen festivals this year so far, the future is a promising one for ”MRB” . The release of their new HD dvd is a testimony to their exceptional talent and road tested work ethic.
Glenn Cardier and the Sideshow
Alberts Studio to record Stranger Than Fiction. Released in May 2012, the CD
immediately became ABC’s album of the week and picked up a 4-star review in the
Australian. Come see what all the fuss is about!
Lloyd Spiegel Duo
Brod’s Wonderin’ Too !
There has been a lot of speculation as to who actually work’s for AMES of late. Let me put all the unfounded accusation’s to rest. I work for AMES … no one else. Very few have the time or experience too ! Some Musician’s have volunteered their services (whenever they have some available) such as Louise Hughes (ex-“Party Girls” – Currently playing with “Bluesmother”) and Linda King Louise’s Partner in “Bluesmother.” They Sub-edit the “Industry Only Networking Group.”
This “Industry Only” Networking Group is by either application (in which we do a check before we give you admission) or by invitation. It is a self-help Group in which Industry Professional’s can Network with each other, to find their needs. Work, Management, Grant Information, Promotional Information, APRA / AMCOS Information … in fact anything can be found amongst the members in the Network. All you have to do is ask … Fan’s have been isolated from this Group so that Industry people won’t be hampered by their interference.
This is what AMES is all about … Fellowship and Mentor-ship. Recently in Queensland, people defamed a Musician because of an alleged Association with me. I was recently one of 4 Judges In The BASEQ Memphis Blues Challenge. This person was in no way employed by me at anytime. I employ no one.
I lose money doing what I do ! That is why I have a sole trader ABN so I can claim expenses back and not have to charge the Musician’s anything for all the work I do for them. I have never at anytime paid a wage to anyone and I am totally responsible for my own action’s.
Also if you like AMES on Facebook, Facebook will give you an automatic option, it generally says something like ;
“Australian Music and Entertainment Scene says you work together.”
Then it gives you the option to approve or deny ! Over 3,000 Industry People have AMES on their page as their “works for” because of this automatic option.
The TRUTH is I am AMES ! I work for you, the people in the Music and Entertainment Industry. I only have Supporters Industry Wide, and a World Wide Coverage. This was initiated to give Australian Musician’s more opportunities in their own Country. (Which I have done)
As I wrote earlier today some people have a view, but are too blind to see the world beyond the Horizon. Unfortunately this applies to some people I have dealt with recently in Brisbane. If you want to be a hero in your own mind, by all means drop all your aspiration’s and follow these sad people around in their own private small world. If you would like to be the best you can be, look beyond the horizon.
“The AMES Industry Only Network Policy”
” AMES ” is a Networking Group for the Australian Music & Entertainment Industry only. By gathering together in one place we all have become a powerful force.
Ames finds and offers you opportunities on its pages. You may or may not decide to take up these opportunities. We also try to check out all it’s contributors by ABN and APRA / AMCOS numbers before posting. Unfortunately some unscrupulous opportunists sometimes slip by.
A good rule of thumb is to never to expect something for free. Also make sure that you know who you are dealing with. You would not be acting professional if you didn’t know.
We ( AMES ) offer you the opportunities. However, we can not be held responsible for your actions, or for those by the persons you might choose to apply to through this page.
AMES accepts all members of the Industry but you must be able to show us what you can do so you must be able to download your work it is essential for membership. Unless you are Promotional Agent etc … where a basic web page will be fine.
Members to this Group are either recruited from our Fan and Information Page ( FB ) or MySpace page.
AMES is run on the ” Pay it Forward Principle. ” If someone needs or wants something and you are in a position to help ( providing they deserve your help ) you are encouraged to give it. We encourage mentorship and fellowship.
The actions for this page to become an efficient tool for you is simple.
1. )Swallow your pride and ask for what you need or want. Some one out there will be able to Help you.
2. )If nobody responds to your initial request, go through the members and approach the members direct. Tell them that you got their contact from AMES and I am sure they will respond kindly to you.
This Group is your haven where you can communicate and find what you need by simply talking to your colleagues. So by all means please reach out to each other to help us all to have a stronger hold on our Industry.
Thank you all so much for being a member of AMES !
I constantly find myself posting this item to the AMES Networking Group. Unfortunately because some members are not really Industry involved … but self involved.
(Don’t Post your Gigs in this Group … Post to the Link Below !)
Remember we don’t do blind post to this Group ! If you post a playlist or a video you must have a reason why, or it will deleted ! If you have a reason … great !
This isn’t a Fan page like so many others on Facebook. It is a Network of Industry Professionals.
That is why if you just put your link down and something like “Enjoy”, or just put it up, it will be deleted. We have to know why you are here so we can Network with you and help you !
Go to our Fan and Media Information Page for self promotion …. or one of the so many other Music Fan pages run by Fan’s. This is a Network where Artists can Network without the intervention of Fan’s. They will also probably be playing, recording, acting etc … when you are. So don’t put your gig down here it just confuses the helpful information others can use !
This is not a Fan Page run by a Fan … we are all Industry professional’s … or aspiring to be. This site function’s on Mentorship and fellowship. Not self Promotion.
Go to the Fan and Media Information Page for self Promotion. Instantly your post goes to 10 other pages around the world. This page get’s 3,200,000 million hit’s per month.
You have to have a goal so we can help you in this Professional’s Network … !!! 🙂
Mossy Know’s Tucker’s Daughter Doesn’t Work For AMES !
But That’s Not All !!!
“The AMES Media And Fan Information Page.”
Ames also has a Media and Fan Information Page. This page is edited from facebook and synched with 10 other Social Networking sites around the World. Collectively AMES receives 3 1/2 million hit’s a month World Wide on these Pages. This is the criteria by which the Media and Fan Information Page Run’s. Anyone can join these pages.
This is the Media Information and Fan Page for the ” Australian Music and Entertainment Scene. “If you post a link or playlist we will invite you to join our group. From there we will promote you on our 8 Internationally Synched Sites. For Free !
We (AMES) have Media Information and Fan Pages on most Social Networks. If artists posts a link or playlist we might invite them to join our Industry Only Networking Group. From there we will promote you on our 10 Internationally Synched Sites. For Free !
“AMES” is devoted to the encouragement of Australian Artists. We encourage Fellowship and Mentor-ship within these Networks. Artists might well find the help they need amongst their peer’s in here.
“AMES” finds and offers Artists opportunities on its pages. They may – or may not, decide to take up these opportunities. We try to check out all it’s contributors by ABN and APRA / AMCOS numbers before posting. Unfortunately some unscrupulous opportunist’s sometimes slip by.
A good rule of thumb is to never to expect something for free. Also make sure that you know who you are dealing with. You would not be acting professional if you didn’t know.
We ( AMES ) offer you the opportunites. However, we can not be held responsible for your actions, or for those by the persons you might choose to apply to through its pages.
By posting your link to “AMES” it will increase your hit’s to your link, possibly improve your MP3 and Playlist Sales and give you the contacts you need etc.
AMES gets 900,500 hit’s each month on facebook alone. Conservatively on all 10 World Wide Web Pages we have a viewing of over 3 1/2 million hit’s a month. (World Wide)
That is more than most monthly online magazines !
The “Industry Only” Networking Group is Run by Louise Hughes. (former “Party Girls” current “Bluesmother”) This year is the 6th year of AMES and the Database of Australian Musicians has grown incredibly. We have been able to help Artists, Entertainers, Promoters, Managers, Production personnel … in fact anyone within the Industry because we have been able to consolidate them in one place and direct them appropriately when we are asked for help.
Good Luck Everyone !
(Australian Music and Entertainment Scene.)
Led by brothers Angelo & Ryan Conway, the aptly named ‘Make a Move’ EP, signals a shift towards a more mature sound, and a preparation to move beyond the borders of their home town in Rockhampton, Queensland.
‘Make a Move’ contains 5 beautifully crafted songs, showcasing the Conway brother’s talents for vocal harmonies and guitar playing. The record kick starts with the punchy, upbeat and infectiously catchy ‘Maybe We’re Losing’, before pulling back into the mellow and dreamy title track ‘Make a Move’. The third track ‘The Meadow’ is a hauntingly beautiful acoustic song that captures the feelings of regret and helplessness in a love-gone-wrong. The brothers describe ‘Hide and Seek’ as having the perfect build, growing layer by layer from a singular acoustic guitar and vocal, to a sweepingly epic crescendo, while the final track ‘Take what’s left of me’ is an acoustic love song that will send you on your way with a smile on your face.
Make A Move
by The Short Fall
Immediate download of 5-track album in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
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Maybe We’re Losing 04:40
Make a Move 04:07
The Meadow 03:44
Hide and Seek 04:44
Take What’s Left of Me 03:05
|The Short Fall|
|Genre: Indie, Roots
Region: Central Queensland, QLD
Members: Angelo Conway – vox, guitar, Ryan Conway – vox, guitar
Sounds Like: Coldplay, Boy and Bear, City and colour
Influences: Jeff Buckley, Temper Trap, City and colour
Artist Website: www.theshortfall.com.au