Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - MEMORIES -

Ross M Fear’s Aus­tralian Spec­trum Show on Tues­day nights at 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM is a lo­cal ra­dio pro­gram that cel­e­brates the won­der­ful spec­trum of tal­ented mu­si­cians and per­form­ers in Aus­tralia. With a playlist of 100% Aus­tralian artists from blues and roots, folk, cool coun­try, in­stru­men­tal, jazz, surf rock and al­ter­nate rock gen­res, Aus­tr­la­ian singer song­writ­ers are al­ways wel­come.

The show fea­tures a stu­dio guest ev­ery week that is an ac­tive artist on the Syd­ney mu­sic scene. In the seven years the show has been run­ning Ross has in­ter­viewed over 300 artists. Th­ese have var­ied from new and emerg­ing singer­song­writ­ers with their first al­bum to es­tab­lished le­gends in mu­sic. Many artists have cho­sen the Alive 90.5 FM Aus­tralian Spec­trum Show to launch their new EPs and al­bums. Some of the high­lights have in­cluded Rus­sel Mor­ris’s pre­vi­ous al­bum “Van Diemen’s Land”, Jeff Duff’s 27th al­bum “Frag­ile Space­man”, Anne Kirk­patrick’s 20th al­bum “An­nethol­ogy”, be­ing the first ra­dio show to broad­cast the Bushwack­ers “Aus­tralian Song­book Vol. 3” as well as launch­ing Kevin John­son’s “Rock n Roll I Gave You The Best Years: The Ul­ti­mate Col­lec­tion” dou­ble al­bum, Mike McClel­lan’s last three al­bums and a live con­cert at the Base­ment. Other artists who have launched their al­bums with Ross have been Glenn Cardier’s last three, John J Fran­cis’s last two al­bums and The At­lantics 5th al­bum “Col­lecta­bles” since they re­formed. There have been so many no­table stu­dio guests in­ter­viewed and fea­tured on the show in­clud­ing The Ra­di­a­tors, Buf­falo Re­vis­ited, Martin Cilia, Ta­mam Shud, The Break (ex-Mid­night Oil), Mur­ray Cook (ex-Wig­gles), Si­mon Meli, Karen Lynne, Pat Drum­mond, 8 Ball Aitken, Bruce Mathiske, Wheeze & Suck Band, Martinez Acous­tic, Luke Es­combe, Gadjo Guitars, Ami Wil­liamson, Spy­glass Gypsies, Sally Lon­don (nee Street), Harry Brus, Rosie McDon­ald’s RAPT & Moth­ers Of In­ten­tion, Chris Brooks, Bowen & Clare, Alex Bowen, Glenn Bid­mead, Nathan Esh­man, Two Girls Will, Sam New­ton as well as fea­tur­ing the Oc­to­ber Syd­ney Blues & Roots Fes­ti­val.

Many of the blues and roots artists launch their al­bums on the show. Ma­jor blues artists on the show have in­cluded launch­ing al­bums for leg­endary artists like The Fore­day Rid­ers, The Bondi Cigars, Kevin Borich, The Back­slid­ers, Dave Tice, Jack Der­win, Bill Cham­bers, Cyril B Bunter Band, Wolf Mail, Storm­cel­lar, Lazy Eye, Ross Ward’s Xpress, Claude Hay and many of the Blues Artists of The Year in­clud­ing Doggn It Blues, Chris O, Isa­iah B Brunt, PJ O’Obrien, Dr. Don’s Dou­ble Dose, Liza Ohlback, Chris Turner, Blues Preach­ers, and so many more. The Alive 90.5 FM Aus­tralian Spec­trum Show playlist also con­trib­utes to the Aus­tralian Blues & Roots Monthly Charts.

The pop­u­lar­ity of the show is ev­i­dent by its Face­book page re­ceiv­ing over 7,800 likes, all sub­scrib­ing to hear next week’s stu­dio guest an­nounce­ment. This, com­bined with pro­mo­tions at gigs and pro­mo­tions by artistes has ex­panded the show’s pro­file in the mu­sic in­dus­try. Alive 90.5 FM broad­casts to the North­west sec­tor of Syd­ney from their Baulkham Hills stu­dios and streams world­wide on­line al­low­ing coun­try, re­gional, in­ter­state and in­ter­na­tional lis­ten­ers to catch the artist’s pro­files and in­ter­views.

Ross has had a life­long in­ter­est in mu­sic, orig­i­nally study­ing and play­ing lap steel gui­tar from the age of nine. He ran his first rock show with Clapham Junc­tion & The Opal when he was still in high school, folk Con­certs with Mike McClel­lan, monthly rock shows at Cas­tle Hill Show­ground with bands like AC-DC, Ted Mulry Gang, Black Knight, etc. to even­tu­ally help­ing re­or­gan­ise the Chris Bar­ber Jazz Band tour of Aus­tralia and be­ing the pro­moter/ pro­ducer of the Queen’s Ju­bilee Jazz Con­cert at the Syd­ney Opera House Con­cert Hall and Quan­tas­tic Ju­bilee Jazz Week at Martin Place with artistes like Graeme Bell All­strars, Monty Sun­shine, Bob Barnard Jazz Band, Dick Hughes, Ray Price Jazz Quin­tet with Nancy Stew­art and the New­ing­ton Col­lege Big Band.

Ross was awarded a Queen Sil­ver Ju­bilee Medal for his con­tri­bu­tion to mu­sic and the arts. He also did com­pi­la­tion al­bums for EMI Axis la­bel that re­ceived crit­i­cal ac­claim - his first al­bum with EMI was “Aus­tralian Jazz Spec­trum” the ti­tle from which was the ba­sis of the

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