IN case you missed it, the words Hunters & Collectors have been bandied about a fair bit in the past few weeks. First came the announcement that the revered Melbourne band would be re-forming to support Bruce Springsteen at his Melbourne shows next February. Now comes the news that Hunnas will adorn the AFL Grand Final entertainment at the MCG on September 28. By an incredible coincidence this is the day after a new album is released on which Australian and overseas artists pay tribute to the band with their versions of H&C favourites including Throw Your Arms Around Me (Eddie Vedder and Neil Finn), When the River Runs Dry (Something for Kate) and Say Goodbye (the Living End). The album is on the Liberation label, owned by Michael
Gudinski, the man who, as head of Mushroom, steered H&C’s career all those years ago. Singer Mark Seymour, who has been on the road recently spruiking his excellent album Seventh Heaven Club, recorded with his band the Undertow, said the MCG gig would be ‘‘a privilege and an honour’’. Gudinski, not surprisingly, milked the marketing opportunity for all it was worth. ‘‘Their legacy of music lives on and has been further enhanced by a new album, Crucible: The Songs of Hunters & Collectors, a stunning tribute album,’’ he said. Another of the bands paying tribute on the album is Birds of Tokyo, which recorded Talking to a Stranger and, would you believe it, is on the AFL bill as well. Not to be outdone, AFL supremo Andrew Demetriou also had a word. ‘‘Both Hunters & Collectors and Birds of Tokyo are hugely popular Australian acts and I know how much they’ll add to what is the most important day on the AFL calendar,’’ he said. One wonders if he’ll be asking Hunnas to perform their classic Everything’s on Fire, just to lighten the mood on the big day.
SD made mention of Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in last week’s column, in the context of the first line-up announcement for next year’s Bluesfest at that site near Byron Bay. It’s a given when attending the Bluesfest that mud will play a part in your enjoyment or otherwise of the five-day affair, particularly if the skies open up while you and 17,000 other people are there each day. It appears the churning up of the paddock’s turf won’t be such a problem at the site’s upcoming Boomerang Festival, a celebration of indigenous music, arts and culture across the October holiday weekend. Bluesfest promoter Pete Noble, who poured more than $1 million into the inaugural Boomerang event, is struggling to sell tickets but claimed this week that it would go ahead, by hook or by crook. LOOKING for advice on how to establish a career as a musician? Do you have access to the internet? If the answer is double yes then you may want to latch on to masterclasses being conducted online weekly from next Monday, in which seasoned professionals including Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi), Jon Hume (Evermore) and Kate Miller-Heidke share their experience of the pitfalls and smart moves involved in making it as a muso. The classes, which cover aspects such as touring, management, writing and recording, are being run, free, by Telstra Road to Discovery, which has given a leg-up in particular to Aussie country artists in recent years. The four classes will be streamed live on consecutive Mondays at 8pm eastern time. You can also send questions to the panellists through the Telstra Road to Discovery Facebook page. You’ll find the live streams here: telstra.com/trtd