Thursday, October 21, 2010

Looking forward to these shows ... I'm back on the publicity trail again, but only for a good cause like
LIVING MUSIC’s 2010 crew present …
Underground Loop Vol IV
Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton
Three shows: Thursday 25th November 6pm &
Friday 26th November 1pm & 6pm
FREE but to avoid disappointment please book Ph: 9329 0503 /

Imagine you’re young, you’re in trouble, the world is bearing down like a tornado. Music can be a release - even a transformational magic carpet ride. But in order to get your act off the ground, first you have to skill up. Find a mentor, a studio and some boon companions. That’s where Living Music comes in.

From a natty studio complex hidden behind a brightly graffed door in a North Melbourne alleyway come sounds of the street, beguiling, moving and fresh. Melodic hip-hop, torn-up pop, gentle Islander R&B and genre-defying tales of struggle and love all feature on Living Music’s new CD WORD ON THE STREET Underground Loop Vol IV.

And to mark the occasion, Living Music 2010’s crew present WORD ON THE STREET live in the Trades Hall Old Council Chambers over three shows November 25-26. The show’s concept is loosely based around the search for a shadowy underground figure called Motley, detailed in the title track, aided by a selection of songs from some of the one thousand-plus young people who’ve participated in the Living Music program this past year. Tracks crackle and growl with energy, harmonise with fine melodies, unfold with surprising skill. Words and music ranging from the most simple, sweet acoustic guitar to sophisticated, highly-arranged diatribes arise from a range of talented characters like Paul Factor, Trixide, Gabby and Saint Lu.

Backgrounds in youth detention, homelessness, family breakdown, disability, mental illness and substance abuse have touched participants of the Living Music program, an important avenue for musical composition, recording and performance for young people at risk since 1999. And, like the show and CD, assisted by the City of Melbourne, inspirational mentors have worked alongside Living Music participants - including key people from Rogue Traders, Dili Allstars, the Avalanches and Living End plus Mia Dyson, Mark Seymour, DJ Wasabi, Little G, Wicked Force Dancers. Current mentors for the Word on the Street CD and show are Motley, Mantra, Rob Sedky, Thomas Butt, John Favaro (Badloves) and Pete Satchell (Dallas Crane).

Andrew McSweeney, the very experienced head mentor, songwriter, producer and musician behind Living Music - who also plays with Kutcha Edwards - is very excited about the new show. “I can’t wait to see what people think. We’ve definitely struck some real talent at Living Music in 2010 and the CD has plenty of knockout tracks. We also get to present it onstage over three shows in the Trades Hall Old Council Chambers, which is a really cool old wooden amphitheatre with an exciting, intimate feel to it.”
BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES: Living Music, Andrew McSweeney. 03 9329 0503/ Fax 03 9329 7857 Website:
MEDIA ENQUIRIES & interviews with participant Paul Factor or organiser Andrew McSweeney: Jen Jewel Brown 0408 898 338
Living Music Radio Show with Paul Factor airs weekly on Mondays 3-4pm on 3CR
Supported by the City of Melbourne, the Department of Human Services and Artful Dodgers Studios through Jesuit Social Services.

Oh yeah - and speaking of Artful Dodgers Studios, they have their annual exhibition launching 5pm Tues 26 Oct and they say: “In our backyard you’ll discover strange flora and fauna – created with sculpture, painting, sound and moving imagery.” OK?

Who: Artful Dodgers StudiosWhat: Into The Shed
When: Tuesday 26th October – Saturday 6th November 2010
Where: Fortyfivedownstairs (45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne)

1 comment:

Marshall-Stacks said...

Good luck with the whole thing.