Rose River to flow at Newcastle Writers Festival

CHANGING TIDE: Deanna Rose, far right, will debut a new line-up for Rose River when they perform at the Wisdom Tree Live showcase during the Newcastle Writers Festival.DEANNA Rose admits she initially haddoubts when Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom handed her the set list.
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Punk rock isgenerally doesn’t feature inthe Tamworth-raised Newcastle-based folk singer’s repertoire. But as part of her band Rose River’s showat the Writers Festival she will performfive songs selected by Brisbane novelist Nick Earls.

The performance will be based on Earls’critically acclaimed novellas, Wisdom Tree, and will feature songsinspired by the locations of each book.

“The rehearsals are coming along quite well,” Rose said.“There’s one song by the Ramones I was a little bit worried about as I didn’t know how we were going to do it because I’m a folk singer.”

Rose River is a constantly-changing unitand the show on April 8 at the Unorthodox Church of Groove will be this line-up’s first public performance.

“It’s kind of referring to the river of musicians that I go through, because it’s really hard to get people to go in the same direction,” Rose said.“As a soloist I tend to use a lot of people all over the place.”

The 2015 Voice contestant is also gearing up for a final hurrah with another project Rose & The Sea at the Gum Ball in April. Rose’s partner in the duo, Milli Casey, is opting to focus her energy on music booking and management following the Dashville gig.

However, Rose has already kick-started a new project with NatHenry from the Wayward Henrys. The pair played Wollombi Tavern last weekendand are hoping to record an album later this year.

BLISSFUL RETURNIT’S been a horrible 2017 so far for Bliss N Eso. In January 28-year-old stuntman Johann Ofner was shot dead when a gun accidentally discharged during the filming of a Bliss N Eso music clip for FriendLike Youin Brisbane.

The Sydney hip-hop posse will attempt to move on from the tragedy this winter with 27-date tour announced to promote their new album Off The Grid. Their sixth studio album will be released on April 28 and featuresFriend Like You and Dopamineand upcoming singleMoments.

Bliss N Eso perform at the Cambridge Hotel on June 30.

UNION OF ARCADIA MAIDEN TRIP: Brisbane’s Blues Arcadia play the Stag and Hunter Hotel on April 7.

LONDONER Chris Harvey had to travel half way around the world to Brisbane to find his musical partner in Irishman Alan Boyle. The creativity between the pair was instant as their Bella Reunion project went straight to #1 in the n Blues and Roots AirplayChart in 2015.

A year later they addedbassist Jeremy Klysz and jazz pianist Parmis Rose to become Blues Arcadia. Again the foursome attracted instant success with their self-titled debut EP earning nominations for Group Of The Yearand Song Of The Year for Corner Girls at the n Blues Music Awards in January.Blues Arcadia playtheir first show in Newcastle on April 7 at the Stag and Hunter Hotel.

SHOW OFHOPEMOUNT Hutton’s Centre For Hope will throw open its doors on Saturday to celebrateYouth Week with music, an African drums workshop and live graffiti art.

Sydney hip hop artist Hyjak headlines the show, bringing the rhymes and dropping the beats that led him to perform with celebrated acts The Hilltop Hoods and De La Soul. Aboriginal roots musician Gambirra will also perform at the All Elements showcase, which runs from 10am to 2pm. Entry is free.

CRUDE ATTACKFrenzal Rhomb – C–T Act (language warning)FRENZAL Rhomb might be middle-aged and fathers, but they haven’t given up on being provocative. The punk larrikins have released a scathing new single, with the colourful name C—t Act, that attacks passengerswho recline fully on flights, social media trolls, companies that use off-shore tax havens and individualswho think its hilarious to dress upas black people.

The band’s video also features cartoon versions of conservative commentators Andrew Bolt and Miranda Devine, as well as disgraced Catholic cardinal George Pell.

C—t Act is the lead single off Frenzal Rhomb’s forthcoming album Hi-Vis High Tea, released on May 26. Fanscan hear tracks from the album on August 4 when Frenzal Rhomb play the Cambridge Hotel.

MORGANA DEBUTANYONE who hasseen Morgana Osaki and Huw Jones, aka Fox Control, perform live around town knows the pair make emotionally-rich music. Osaki’s harp and haunting vocal mixed with Jones’ guitar and electronic sounds are a beautiful union.The pair will finally launch their long-awaited debut EP Kraken Lady on April 28 at the Cambridge Hotel.

BEACHSIDE COLLINSREIGNING golden guitar best male artist Travis Collins is making use of his new-found success. The Cessnock troubadour was added this week to the line-up forthe second Broadbeach Country Music Festival on the Gold Coast.Collins joins America, Kasey Chambers, Shane Nicholson, Sara Storerand Troy Cassar-Daley at the festival from July 28 to 30.

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