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Patrick James

Patrick James

‘He’s not going to wear a kaftan, nor is he going to use auto-tune. He’s just a boy with a guitar writing beautiful, simple and powerful songs. And to be honest, that’s all you really need.’

Patrick James has been winning the hearts and minds of the Australian folk scene with his no nonsense, straight up style of excellence. Playing intimate gigs with like minded, equally talented people Patrick has been a busy guy of late. I caught him performing a few months back playing at the Hibernian House in Sydney where the night was shared with Faith Lee & Tim Hart and the boy was on fire. Simple folk music at it’s finest with well crafted guitar work and lyrics.

More recently Patrick has taken the tour with Tim Hart further a field. Playing similarly intimate venues, this tour stretches from The Waiting Room in Brisbane down to Beav’s bar in Geelong. The pair will be stopping in Sydney to celebrate the half way mark with a show at the Kings Cross Hotel as part of the FBi Social and Patrick James will be calling into the studio to share some music live on air that morning.

Tune into Bondi FM 3rd March from 9am to catch Patrick James on The Saturday Walk of Shame. We’ll be talking about life on the road, his new EP and even share in a couple of tracks.It’s going to be the perfect start to your Bondi Weekend.

Remaining NSW Tour Dates below:


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Susan Hurley

Susan Hurley and the Hurricanes

Sydney group Susan Hurley and the Hurricanes  stopped by the Walk of Shame earlier in September to share some tracks of their newly  released EP.  Fusing roots and folk the band created a distinct sound which blends complex layers of melodies, vocals and keys. The guys have played a bunch of city shows lately filling venues such as The Vangaurd and The Gaelic as they share the fruits of their sounds.

Bitter sweet lyrics are wrapped around the beautifully deep throngs of James Menzies double bass bringing a depth and a warmth like no other. It’s this fusing of elements that makes their sound so unique and intriguing.

The guys took time out to come onto Bondi FM and share the stories behind the music. Below is out first snippet which describes some of the history and make up of the band and how it came to be. The guys stayed a while sharing 3 beautiful tracks in total, here’s how it began:

 

The full interview can be downloaded in it’s full splendour from here

For more information head to Susan Hurley & The Hurricanes myspace or Unearthed page for more!

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Tin Sparrow

Tin Sparrow

Matt Amery of Sydney wonder-group Tin Sparrow joined me last week on The Walk of Shame, sharing new tracks form the upcoming EP, ahead of the tour which starts this week:  The Brass Monkey in Crunulla has the first show this Wednesday 29th June before reaching the Vangaurd on Friday 1st July and onto Brisbane thereafter.

All shows are supported by the lovely sounds of Charlie Mayfair, one of the upcoming acts to watch for 2011. Together with headliners Tin Sparrow the night looks set to be a formidable folk frenzy with the later blowing away crowds at the recent FBi Social gig a few weeks back! As first act on stage that night Tin Sparrow held their own against Husky and The Fall, that night, to the point where many wondered if they were about to upstage the other acts.

Chatting with Matt you could really grab the sense of anticipation, excitement and trepidation about what the future will hold for Tin Sparrow now that can finally promote a full EP. Their sound is unmistakeably indie folk, reinforced with great big textures and a range that can seem them flow from spaghetti western to acoustic folk and back again without sounding forced or disjointed.

Matt joined me for the last quarter of the show, below is a round up of what went down… Don’t panic the dodgy porno music that is too loud in the background soon ends. For the real thing get to The Vangaurd this Friday!

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Rare-Finds have been on a bit of a winning streak of late. Not least  for their ability attract new talent providing, a home to some of the freshest, new sounds emerging. They’ve just freeleased a mighty 8 track album sampler which displays just some of the talent harnessed within. Montpelier, The Belligerents and Tin Can Radio have all been featured and it was with great excitement that I was able to chat to the later two over the last fortnight on The Walk of Shame.

First up Andy from The Belligerents talked us through the trials of making a new film clip surrounded by hot girls and their rumbustious reputations for on stage shenanigans. Then, this week, Tom stepped up to the phone for Tin Can Radio who had played the night previously in The Cross earning new fans through their filthy dub-step beats.

Kudos to both Tom and Andy from who had both had pretty large/late nights the night before and still were able to hold a conversation and game for taking part. If you missed the chat you catch all the info here and make sure you head to their shows when they’re playing at your local next. Both bands excel in the live environment and I look forward to catching up with them again the next time they’re in Sydney.

Andy From The Belligerents:

Tom from Tin Can Radio:

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Suzanna Marie Penaflor

Suzanna Marie Penaflor

Bonjour Bondi.  So with Tim out of the picture presenting a radio show feels a little odd. It’s almost weird, talking to yourself whilst people eat breakfast all around you, so I thought I’d get some fresh blood in the show. Two weeks in and I think I may have peaked already. Not saying the collaborative efforts of Team Bondi where not amazing but I think Miss Suzanna Marie Penaflor may have pipped them at the post.

For those who’ve met her before they’ll know just how fanatical about the local music scene this young lady really is. We first met whilst she was lending a hand to the Charlie Mayfair tour effort last year. Since then we’ve hung out a while and kept a watchful eye on one another. Stopping occasionally to share in coffee, sushi and the occasional beer on a dance floor somewhere in Sydney.

Not satisfied with organising one band at a time SMP recently staged the Not Quite Sound Relief gig at George Street Event Cinema. Playing host to Stu Larsen, Montpelier, Former Love Pirates and Set Sail. The night was an awesome success with people dancing in the aisle, bands co performing together and all dollars raised being donated to the QLD Flood victims.  A truly amazing feat for both her and the team of volunteers who managed to bring the whole event together.

The budding music promoter shared her thoughts on some of the local talent that’s flooding onto the scene and took part in her very own polyphonic three choosing We Are the Bird Cage, The Paper Kites, and Stu Larsen to share with us.

Here’s a Glimpse of what went down with the full interview coming to Soundcloud soon. It’s a first for the video efforts of the Walk of Shame and something I think I’ll try more of. Let me know your thoughts.

Next week The Belligerents will be calling in for a chat on the phone before jetting down to Sydney to Play at the OAF so tune in for more gossip and top music on The Walk of Shame.

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It was with much sadness I walked to the Bondi Fm café yesterday morning. Sadness not from the rain, nor the pounding hangover that was churning brain and belly. But sadness knowing this would be the first show without Tim for some time. Yes, the time had come for Tim do dust of his warmer clothes and head back to Britain to revel in the grey dampness of home for a while to earn some sterling before hitting the snowy slopes of Canada once more.

No more shall we hear his sharp cutting wit grace the airwaves of 88fm. No more shall his music choices of Johnny Farnham or Queen beam from the desk nor his (not so) frequent blogging updates be read upon these pages. Here’s a cheeky snippet of some of the greater moments we’ve shared together along the way*

To fill the gaps I’ve convinced not one but three other friends to get involved from time to time and we’ll still give you the same top tunes and silly nonsense every Saturday morning from 9am on Bondi FM.

Coming up we’ll get up close and personal with The Belligerents on the 9th April & we’re hoping to get Stu Larsen involved… Details coming soon

 
*Apologies to Charlie Mayfair whose music we’ve brutally cut out, it’s not because we don’t love you. No, no, no far from it… We just didn’t want to lower the tone of your great music with our inane chat. ❤

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Hey there, just so you know what’s been going on; The Walk of Shame blog won a little competition and I’ve been drafted in by the nice people at Sony Ericsson & MTV Australia to write for them for a little while.  You can catch all my musings on their new music blog here. I have to write once a day I think, so check in for fresh updates. I’ll still keep any show related stuff on this site, and some of the cheekier stuff that I’ll not get away with elsewhere.

If you want to get involved drop us a line via the comments box below and/or twitter.

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