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As the State of Grace tour in tribute to Tim and Jeff Buckley kicks off in Melbourne next week, one of its number, Canadian songstress Martha Wainwright, will be looking forward also to the release of her latest recording. Wainwright has teamed up with her sister Lucy Wainwright Roche to record a collection of songs that go back to their childhood. Songs in the Dark, which is released on November 13, features 16 songs by artists such as Jimmie Rodgers and Woody Guthrie as well as their father Loudon Wainwright III and their respective mothers. Martha’s mother, singer Kate McGarrigle, who died in 2010, also had a successful recording career with her sister Anna. Lucy’s mother is singer Suzzy Roche, best known for her work with 1980s all-female ensemble the Roches. Both mothers used to sing the songs to their daughters as lullabies. Among the titles are Rodgers’s Prairie Lullaby, Wainwright III’s Screaming Issue and Townes Van Zandt’s Our Mother the Mountain. No word yet on whether the siblings will bring their collaboration down this way. Veteran guitar gun Ross Hannaford, once of 1970s rock legends Daddy Cool, has been doing it tough with serious health issues in recent years. The Melbourne muso, who also played in bands such as the Pink Finks and Mighty Kong, and collaborated with many Australian artists, has spent the most recent part of his career busking at South Melbourne Market, but is now too ill to do that. Muso friends, including Daddy Cool’s Ross Wilson and the Black Sorrows, staged a benefit concert for him in July. Now Hannaford’s friend, film producer and director Haydn Keenan, has put together a 60-minute interview with the musician, tracing his career history and his passion for reggae, among other things. The objective is to raise funds that might help Hannaford with his medical and other needs. You can find out more at: smartstreetfilms.com.au/
Happy birthday to Canadian producer and musician Daniel Lanois, who turns 64 today, and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, who is 52.
The Wainwright sisters Martha and Lucy