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A Poetry Competition with a Difference: The QLD Country Comfort Hour

The QLD Music Festival is about to roll into town and across the state. As always their program is bursting with must-see events, one of which is the QLD Country Comfort Hour hosted by Brian Nankervis and the Country Comfort Orkestra (aka the RocKwiz team) with special guest appearances by the always delightful Julia Zemiro.

Each show will be presented in the format of an old-style variety radio show, complete with musical guests, phone-in segments, storytelling, ‘neo-vintage’ radio jingles and a serialised cliff-hanger radio play written by one of Queensland’s favourite sons, Hugh Lunn. And best of all, they are running a poetry competition with the winning poem, read live on stage by Brian Nankervis and broadcast on ABC Local Radio. I mean, who wouldn’t want their poem read by Brian Nankervis (aka Raymond J. Bartholomew). His performance of Days by the Ocean back in 1986, is still well etched in my memory.

Entries must be between 150-250 words and be based on the theme, “WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT THE SUNSHINE STATE?” So come on, put a little light in your pen and let the words flow…

Entries can be emailed to poetry@qmf.org.au

Full details of the competition can be found here.

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Some images may offend, others may mend – A Night With Kev Carmody

Last night, sitting on the grass, one among the thousands who had gathered, the winter sky revealing its stars, my eyes and heart welled up. We gathered, as people have done on this land for millenia, to celebrate the power of the word. In the not too distant (and very bleak) past, this would have been considered an illegal gathering, but last night, we sat in harmony, celebrating the songs and stories of one of our finest singer/songwriter/poets, Kev Carmody.

 

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The list of artists who took to the stage to breathe new life into these songs, was a veritable who’s who of Australian rock. There were many highlights…

Tex Perkins stripping back, the bluntly beautiful Darkside (from the album Bloodlines), performing it as a menacing spoken word piece.

Glenn Richards (Augie March), Missy Higgins & Paul Kelly’s version of Droving Woman (from the album Eulogy). With Kelly delivering lines like, some dogs grow too old for change, it seemed the song was written for him.

The visceral rock of The Drones took River of Tears (from the album Eulogy) to a whole new place; Gareth Liddiard wailing, two hundred years in the river of fear / they gunned him down. You could see on Kev’s face when he walked out on stage after it, that he was blown away by the power they mustered.

Steve Kilbey’s version of Images of London (from the album Images and Illusions) was exquisite. Kev recorded this song in Steve’s old Rozelle studio in 1995, so it was great to hear Steve put his stamp on it. Here’s a great link to Steve talking about and perfoming the song

And if there was one defining moment, it was Kev himself taking centre stage to perform Cannot Buy My Soul.

As the last notes of From Little Things, Big Things Grow drifted off into the night sky, we stood as one, brought together by stories. Stories that will remain with me for as long as I draw breath.

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Sonics for Saturday

Looks like another day of exquisite winter sunshine. I am heading off to the Kev Carmody tribute – Cannot Buy My Soul this afternoon. Am sure this is going to be a very special gig. My head has been buzzing with alot of great music lately… here’s a few songs that have been rotating in the cavity of my skull.

 

Steve Kilbey & Martin KennedyMaybe Soon

This is from their debut album, Unseen Music Unheard Words. Lush and dripping with Kilbey’s trademark vocals. Can’t wait to see Steve perform Images of London at the Kev tribute this afternoon.

 

Decoder RingBeat the Twilight

Opening track from their latest instrumental double CD – They Blind The Stars And The Wild Team… a sonic journey that has been blowing my mind.

 

Muddy WatersMannish Boy

If there is a sexier song than this, I need to know about it. Muddy’s son, Mud Morganfield was in town last weekend as part of the Fortitude Valley Blues Festival.  Listen to this band wail …

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Cannot Buy My Soul

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I was thrilled when I heard earlier in the year that the Cannot Buy My Soul tribute to Kev Carmody was coming to QLD as part of QMF. The concert features performances from a diverse range of Australian singer/songwriter/musicians, including Paul Kelly, The Herd, Tex Perkins, The Drones, Steve Kilbey, Claire Bowditch, Archie Roach and many others. Since the release of his debut album Pillars of Society in 1989, Carmody has been one of our leading indigenous voices, embracing a range of styles from gospel to reggae and drawing comparisons to the likes of Bob Dylan along the way for his from-the-gut protest songs.

Carmody is a unique Australian talent, so if you have the chance to see this show… do it.

If not check out QMF’s Cannot Buy My Soul page and click on the artist bios to watch some live video from previous concerts.

And while you are at it, check out this live version of Thou Shalt Not Steal with John Butler at the Make Poverty History Concert.

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