Mu­sic Spin Doc­tor and the latest al­bum re­views

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Iain Shed­den

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

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