Don’t miss Australian Marta Pacek as she tours and releases new album

Loving the sound of the singer songwriter at the moment and it’s so nice to see something unique and special in the sounds of Canadian music influence from an Australian Artist. Learn more about Marta Pacek and her upcoming tour and album release.

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AWARD-WINNING ALT-COUNTRY SONGSTRESS MARTA PACEK

NEW ALBUM VOODOO DOLLS and FALSE ALARMS FROM

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Armed with a collection of new original songs, Australian Alternative folk-songstress Marta Pacek is set to release her new album, Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms, on Feb 27, 2014. To coincide with the release, Marta will embark on an Australian tour spanning VIC, ACT & NSW, following with an additional 15 Canadian and 11 U.S. shows in May 2014.

After spending the past two years touring North America and Australia behind her last album Rebel Baby, Marta Pacek was ready to stretch and grow in the studio. Her new songs caught the interest of producer Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Angus & Julia Stone, Glen Hansard) who also brought his bass playing and beats to the project. Albetta harnessed the precision and groove of electronic drumbeats while honoring Marta’s noir folk compositions, giving birth to an even fiercer shade of truth for the confessional songstress (as seen in her latest video for the Sombre track Sometimes You Lose – shot in Toronto, Canada).   “I was open to a lot of different ideas this time out”, says Marta, explaining the presence of electronic drumbeats throughout Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms.

The new album starts off with the pulsating and haunting feel of The Hunted, while Nothing Going On begins with a surprising hip hop feel, taking the listener on a journey back to 50s rock ‘n’ roll. Favourite Thing veers into Alt Country before pulling at your heartstrings with the sombre Sometimes You Lose and Thar She Blows. Marta nods to Fleetwood Mac in All I Need and Not Leaving Here Alone”would feel right at home on a Tarantino soundtrack. Two standout tracks are Pass Me Over, where Marta channels Joan Baez and One Day, which was written with noted songwriter Todd Clark (Pilot Speed, Philip Phillips, Goo Goo Dolls), there being an additional version of the song to end the album.  Check out Nothing Going On  the first single off the album to get a taste of what to expect.

Beginning her career by writing & recording songs with Mark Seymour, front man of Iconic Australian group Hunters & Collectors, it’s clear his song crafting secrets were passed onto her. Since Toronto-based management lured her to Toronto in 2008, Marta has had an amazing journey. She won Best International Artist at the Barrie New Music Festival in 2009, her second album Rebel Baby, released in 2012 and produced by Jason Mercer (Ani DiFranco & Ron Sexsmith) was very well received, not only internationally but locally as well, when she was awarded Best Alternative-Country song for her single A Girl Gets By at the Canberra Country Music Awards.  Her cover of Patty Griffin’s song Nobody’s Crying was featured on the ABC/Global series Rookie Blue, she’s written for the TV series Radio Man and licensed her music for film. All of which she hopes to do more of. And she’s toured. A lot. Bringing her music to her ever-growing fan base in Troubadoria – her live-in touring van. She is a modern-day gypsy. With Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms, Marta has harnessed an abundance of experiences into an album of personal confessions and a soundscape perfect for taking that long and reflective drive.

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On top of her passion for music, the songstress has a flare for fashion that has developed into a personal style that often channels a vintage aesthetic, with a feminine rebellious edge. She has extended her love of precious things to her growing fan base, and has spent time developing her own unique, handcrafted “Marta Pacek” branded merchandise. Currently her range includes women’s apple pendant necklaces carved from willow wood, baby harmonica necklaces, and willow wood iPhone covers.

Last year, Marta had great successes touring internationally, covering more ground in the U.S. Midwest, Eastern Canada, and she is now ready to tour her home country of Australia. Her stunning vocals and roots charm allow Marta to be naked in front of all of us; somehow making us feel a little more human with every story she shares.  The forthcoming Australian tour will see Marta double billing with Canadian artist blueVenus.  Founded in 1998 by singer/songwriter and violinist Andrea de Boer, Toronto’s blueVenus is known for not only their captivating lyrical musings but also for their polished, but highly textured, mélange of sounds. Described as “hypnotic and impressive” by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Germany’s national newspaper, de Boer’s voice is a blend of a sultry, bluesy Janis Joplin with the youthful wariness of Fiona Apple.

Marta Pacek dates

Catch Marta Pacek & Blue Venus (Canada) on the following dates:

MARTA PACEK & BLUE VENUS (Canada) – 2014 Australian Tour Dates

27 Feb – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC

28 Feb – Babushka Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

1 March – Pure Pop Records, St Kilda, VIC **ALBUM LAUNCH**

8 Mar – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

9 Mar – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW

12 Mar – The Vanguard, Syd NSW + Luke O’Shea

14 Mar – The Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna NSW

15 Mar – House concert, Wingham NSW

20 Mar – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine VIC

www.martapacek.com

www.bluevenusmusic.com

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ALL FIRED UP – THE LAZYS Tour in Australia

THE LAZYS TOUR

Following their recent stint in NY, The Lazys are ALL FIRED UP about returning to what they do best, playing live.

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Taking the opportunity to road test their new material from their forthcoming album ‘ALL FIRED UP’, recorded late last year in New York with producers Gus Van Go and Werner F. (The Grates, Monster Truck, The Stills, Hollerado, The Trews, Priestess), the NSW Central Coast rock 5-piece will undertake a series of pub and club shows throughout NSW from February to April before they head over to North America.

With a reputation for pumping out a kick-arse live show, The Lazys are keen to film a kick-arse live clip for the new single, title track ‘ALL FIRED UP, and would like for their supporters to get actively involved at these shows. The band are asking punters to film ‘ALL FIRED UP from the crowd and send on to the band where footage will be used as the official clip for the song. The band will credit punters names on their Facebook page and tail at the end of the clip for any footage used. Send your clips to the band via their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thelazys

Catch The Lazy’s live at the following shows and look out for the debut album ‘All Fired Up’ later this year. See tour dates attached.

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Get ALL FIRED UP in 2014 with The Lazys at the following shows:

FRIDAY 21st FEBRUARY: PARTY IN THE PADDOCK – TASMANIA
http://www.partyinthepaddockfestival.com.au

SATURDAY 22nd FEBRUARY: FITZROY HOTEL – WINDSOR
http://www.fitzroyhotel.com.au

FRIDAY 28th FEBRUARY: TATTERSALLS HOTEL – PENRITH
http://www.tattersallshotelpenrith.com.au

FRIDAY 14th MARCH: STUDIO 6 – SUTHERLAND
http://www.facebook.com/Studio6sutherland

SATURDAY 15th MARCH: MOUNTAIN SOUNDS – CENTRAL COAST
http://www.mountainsoundsfestival.com.au

FRIDAY 21st MARCH: THE LANSDOWNE – SYDNEY
http://www.thelansdownehotel.com.au

SATURDAY 22nd MARCH: FITZROY HOTEL – WINDSOR
http://www.fitzroyhotel.com.au

THURSDAY 27th MARCH: FRANKIE’S PIZZA – SYDNE
http://www.frankiespizzabytheslice.com

FRIDAY 28th MARCH: TATTERSALLS HOTEL – PENRITH
http://www.tattersallshotelpenrith.com.au

SATURDAY 29th MARCH: COLLECTOR HOTEL – PARRAMATTA
http://www.collectorhotel.com.au

FRIDAY 4th APRIL: WOODPORT INN – ERINA CENTRAL COAST
http://www.woodportinn.com.au

SATURDAY 5th APRIL: LEWISHAM HOTEL – LEWISHAM
http://www.lewishamhotel.com.au

FRIDAY 11th APRIL: STUDIO 6 – SUTHERLAND
http://www.facebook.com/Studio6sutherland

THURSDAY 17th APRIL: FITZROY HOTEL – WINDSOR
http://www.fitzroyhotel.com.au

FRIDAY 18th APRIL: THE LANSDOWNE – SYDNEY
http://www.thelansdownehotel.com.au

SATURDAY 19th APRIL: TATTERSALLS HOTEL – PENRITH
http://www.tattersallshotelpenrith.com.au

SUNDAY 20th APRIL: FRANKIE’S PIZZA – SYDNEY
http://www.frankiespizzabytheslice.com

Kim Wempe comes to Australia for first ever tour down-under

Very much looking forward to the Tour of the lovely Kim Wempe who is coming to Australia all the way from Canada in December 2013 and January 2014.

Check out more here.  

K I M    W E M P E

AUSTRALIAN TOUR / ALBUM RELEASE


“…one of those strong, raspy voices that’s only made better by whiskey and more emotive by a sad song. She embodies the storytelling nature of the country genre, that slow burning hurt we know to be true of the blues, and these soulful gospel melodies that recall something almost spiritual.”

Alan Cross – Canadian Radio Broadcaster and Music Journalist

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Born and raised in Saskatchewan, a small Canadian farming town, KIM WEMPE hit her musical stride after moving to the arts/cultural hub of Nova Scotia in 2008 to complete her Jazz Degree in Voice and record her 2009 award winning debut album Where I Need To Be. Following the much-lauded debut, the sassy Blues/Folk singer/songwriter collaborated with some of Canada’s finest musicians (Joel Plaskett, Old Man Luedecke, Thom Swift & Geoff Hilhorst of Deep Dark Woods) for her 2nd (award nominated) album Painting With Tides.  After four years of touring consistently, including performances at festivals & the Vancouver Olympics, Kim is set to release her third album and hit Australia for her first bunch of shows.

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Kim Wempe’s new album Coalition is roots-tinged pop/blues influenced by Americana storytelling and gospel melodies. Produced by Newfoundland soul artist Chris Kirby, the album showcases Wempe’s powerful vocals like never before. Supported by an insistent kick drum, alternative percussion, layered guitars, blues organ, and a gospel choir, Wempe’s smoky voice pulls the weight of every song like an unstoppable train.  Released in Australia on December 7 through Code One/MGM, Coalition features the infectious single Never Promised You Nothing and a heartbreaking duet with Tim Chaisson for The Only One. 

 

Catch Kim Wempe performing on the East Coast in December & January.  Dates attached.

 

COALITION is out December 7 through Code One/MGM

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“That’s the reason why Kim Wempe is going to be huge; she’s got the heart, she’s got the soul and she’s got the kind of voice that holds those who hear it tightly. That voice is magic and no one who hears it will be able to turn away from it.”  Bill Adams – Canadian Music Reviewer / http://www.groundcontrolmag.com/detail/3/3522/

 

http://kimwempe.com/

https://www.facebook.com/kimwempe

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K I M    W E M P E

AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Friday 20th December 2013: Lizottes – Dee Why (NSW) With Diesel
Ph: (02) 9984 9933 or www.sydney.lizottes.com.au

 

Saturday 21st December 2013: Lizottes – Dee Why (NSW) With Diesel
Ph: (02) 9984 9933 or www.sydney.lizottes.com.au

 

Friday 27th December 2013 – Wednesday 1st January 2014:

Woodford Folk Festival – Brisbane (QLD)

www.woodfordfolkfestival.com

 

Thursday 2nd January 2014: Café Le Monde – Noosa (QLD)

OZCAN Showcase

Ph: (07) 5449 2366 or www.cafelemonde.com.au

 

Friday 3rd January 2014: Old Museum – Brisbane (QLD)

OZCAN Showcase

Ph: (07) 32574089 or www.oldmuseum.org

 

Saturday 4th January 2014: Byron Bay Community Centre – Byron Bay (NSW)

OZCAN Showcase

Ph: (02) 6685 6807 or www.byroncentre.com.au

 

Wednesday 8th January 2014: Brass Monkey – Cronulla (NSW)

OZCAN Showcase

Ph: (02) 9544 3844 or www.brassmonkey.com.au

 

Thursday 9th January 2014: The Basement – Sydney (NSW)

OZCAN Showcase

Ph: (02) 9251 2797 or www.thebasement.com.au

 

Friday 10th January 2014: Caravan Club – Melbourne (VIC)

OZCAN Showcase

Ph: (03) 9568 1432 or www.caravanmusic.com.au

 

Friday 17th January 2014: Brass Monkey – Cronulla (NSW) With Diesel

Ph: (02) 9544 3844 or www.brassmonkey.com.au

 

Saturday 18th January 2014: Brass Monkey – Cronulla (NSW) With Diesel

Ph: (02) 9544 3844 or www.brassmonkey.com.au

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CHARLIE A’COURT Australian Tour October 2013

I had the pleasure earlier this year of meeting this amazing Canadian musician, Charlie A’Court and now I get to work with him on his upcoming Australian Tour. See some info about the tour and tour dates below! Don’t miss him in an Aussie city near you. 

I’ll be at a few of the Sydney shows, the Melbourne show and the Sydney Blues and Roots Festival

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If you go down to the crossroads of roots and soul, you’ll find singer, songwriter and guitarist Charlie A’Court, whose honest purpose in life is to connect people, one emotion at a time. This coming October, Australia will once again be graced with the presence of Canadian artist Charlie A’Court. A’Court returns with his electric and acoustic mix of fabulous guitar riffs, booming vocals and soaring melodies as he continues promotion for his album ‘Sun Is Gonna Shine’ whilst touring the nation with Australian Blues legends Dave Hole and Pete Cornelius.

 

Fearlessly bridging genres and challenging stylistic conventions, A’Court has toured Canada and abroad, with headline performances at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival (CAN), Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (CAN), Kerrville Folk Festival (USA) and Woodford Folk Festival (AUS). A’Court has shared the stage with high profile artists including James Cotton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Harry Manx, Martin Sexton, Delbert McClinton, Colin James and Dan Aykroyd, Ian Moss, Diesel, and Ray Beadle.

 

Winner of the 2003 Best Blues Artist for his debut album ‘Color Me Gone’, 2007 East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year and 2007 Music Nova Scotia Blues Recording of the Year for his album ‘Bring On The Storm’, Charlie A’Court has walked the line between blues and adult contemporary and is synonymous with impassioned performances that grip an audience the very moment he takes the stage. His 2009 release, ‘Live At The Marigold’, was nominated for Blues Recording of the Year and Male Solo Recording of the Year, while earning him the honour of being named Nova Scotia’s top entertainer at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Awards.

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A’Court has harnessed influences from B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and Albert King and channeled his inspiration into his latest recording, ‘Sun Is Gonna Shine’ which was winner of the 2103 East Coast Music Awards for both R&B/Soul Recording of the Year and Blues Recording of the Year, and is currently nominated for 2013 Blues Recording of the Year at the upcoming Music Nova Scotia Awards.

 

This tour will begin on Saturday the 5th of October at the Great Southern Blues Festival in Narooma followed by several dates with Pete Cornelius. A’Court will then join Dave Hole on his tour beginning at The Governor Hindmarsh in Adelaide after which A’Court will head back to Sydney from Friday the 25th of October for three consecutive days at The Sydney Blues & Roots Festival in Windsor. A’Court returns to The Sydney Blues & Roots Festival after wowing the ever-expanding audiences at last year’s festival where he made such an impression, he came out as the top merchandise seller at the festival. Continuing on with Hole, A’Court will head to the Central Coast, Newcastle, Sawtel and will finalise the tour at The Heritage Hotel in Bulli on Sunday the 3rd of November.  

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CHARLIE A’COURT

Australian Tour October 2013

 

Saturday 5th October 2013: Great Southern Blues Festival – Narooma (NSW)

www.bluesfestival.tv

 

Wednesday 9th October 2013: The Brass Monkey – Cronulla (NSW)

With Pete Cornelius
Tickets from the Venue 02 9544 3844 or www.brassmonkey.com.au

 

Thursday 10th October 2013: The Vanguard – Newtown (NSW)

With Pete Cornelius

Ph: 02 9557 9409 or www.thevanguard.com.au

 

Saturday 12th October 2013: The Heritage Hotel – Bulli (NSW)

With Pete Cornelius

Ph: 02 4284 5884 or www.heritagehotel.com.au

 

Sunday 13th October 2013: The Bunker (Coogee Diggers) – Coogee (NSW)

Tony Cini’s Blues Explosion With The JHD Revival Band

Ph: 02 9665 4466  – www.coogeediggers.com.au

 

Wednesday 23rd October 2013: The Governor Hindmarsh – Adelaide (SA)

With Dave Hole

Ph: (08) 8340 0744 or www.thegov.com.au

 

Thursday 24th October 2013: The Corner – Richmond (VIC)

With Dave Hole

Ph: (03) 9427 9198 or www.cornerhotel.com

 

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th October 2013: Sydney Blues & Roots Festival – Windsor (NSW)

www.sydneybluesfestival.com.au

 

Saturday 26th October 2013: Lizotte’s – Central Coast (NSW)

With Dave Hole

Ph: (02) 4368 2017 – Tickets: www.lizottes.com.au

 

Sunday 27th October 2013: Lizotte’s – Newcastle (NSW)

With Dave Hole

Ph: (02) 4956 2066 – Tickets: www.lizottes.com.au

 

Wednesday 30th October 2013: The Brass Monkey – Cronulla (NSW)

With Dave Hole
Tickets from the Venue 02 9544 3844 or www.brassmonkey.com.au

 

Thursday 31st October 2013: The Bridge Hotel – Rozelle (NSW)

With Dave Hole

 

  

Friday 1st November 2013: C.ex Coffs Harbour (NSW)

With Dave Hole

Ph: 02 6652 3888 or www.cex.com.au

 

Saturday 2nd November 2013: Wauchope Arts Council Hall – Wauchope (NSW)

www.wauchopearts.org.au

 

Sunday 3rd November 2013: The Heritage Hotel – Bulli (NSW)

With Dave Hole

Ph: 02 4284 5884 or www.heritagehotel.com.au