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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

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

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Mark Sey­mour

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