Author: Jarrod McGrath

Spit Syndicate are bringing it back

“I really think this next tour is going to be the best we’ve ever done. We’ve just put out our best record, we feel the sharpest we’ve ever been, creatively and as performers and we’re the best we’ve been at performing, so I really feel like this next tour is going to be memorable.” It could sound like a good PR statement, but there is a genuine energy and enthusiasm in Nick Lupi’s voice as he makes this comment towards the end of our chat. As one half of Spit Syndicate and a member of One Day, his ten...

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Q/A classic rockers Foreigner

“No matter what crowd we are playing for we always make sure we put on a show and give it 100 per cent.” This will certainly be the case when multi-platinum selling group Foreigner kick off their Australian tour at our very own Royal Theatre, with the show backed by an 18-piece orchestra led by celebrated Canberra conductor Kenneth Lampl. Bassist Jeff Pilson gave me the lowdown on what to expect from the tour and how it all began. “I’m in Manchester,” Jeff tells me first. “We’ve just finished a tour of eastern European countries and are about to...

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Battle of the bands, battle of the arts in new festival

Art and music don’t discriminate – and they’re great ways to bring communities together. This is the philosophy behind YAMFFA, the Youth Arts and Music Festival For All. It’s an opportunity for young musicians and artists to display their skills and win prizes during a two day event at Black Mountain School. And, with Groovin’ The Moo supporting the event, it’s also a great way for young people to possibly get their hands on tickets to this years’ sold our 2018 GTM. The idea was developed by the school’s Wellbeing Team.  Youth Support Worker, Ben Pegram, explains how it...

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Beer festival a great day out in Braddon

Large amounts of people drinking before midday? I had thought that an early entry to this year’s Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival at Mercure may have avoided some of the crowds but there is obviously a large amount of craft beer and cider enthusiasts in Canberra – which is great because it means our city will continue to be a lucrative site for craft breweries across the nation. The locals were there, with BentSpoke Brewing Co.’s stall hosting a road bike race challenge that drew quite a crowd. Given how great Capital Brewing Co.’s actual brewery in Fyshwick...

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5 minutes with Rick Price and Jack Jones

There seems to be a great camaraderie between Jack Jones and Rick Price. You may be like me and only remember them for their 90s Australian chart successes as individual artists, but there is a lot more to know than that. In our discussion about their collaborations, separate musical careers and life in general, there was plenty of laughter and mutual appreciation for music and fun. The album is certainly long-awaited. “Yeah, we’d only been talking about it for like 20 years (laughter),” Jack said. After the laughter subsides, Rick explains the impetus for their collaboration in the form of...

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