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South African born chanteuse, Catherine
Traicos was inspired to deliver a new album
of alt country tunes after visiting Queens-
land, post floods. The album, Gloriosa blends
blues, folk and country songs to great effect.
“ While visiting Brisbane after the terrible
floods I was struck by the vision of a flower
growing out of the mud,” says Traicos. “Maybe I
only noticed the Flame Lily as it is the national
flower of the countr y of my birth, Zimbabwe.
The flower ’s striking red and yellow seeme d a
symbol of victory in a bed of dirt. The flower was
the Gloriosa Superba and I chose to name the
album after it.”
Under the direction of 5-time ARIA award
winning producer Paul McKercher, Catherine
and her band, The Starry Night; guitarist
Darren Nuttall (Tucker B’s), bassist Kasper Kiely
(Sketching Cato) and drummer Tim Day (O)
bring an assured yet restraine d touch, allowing
Catherine’s ethereal voice to shine through.
The attention to detail and the imaginative
and skilful arrang ements brought to the album
by Traicos and the band, create a work that is
refreshingly understated and elegant.
The song s on Gloriosa focus on specifics but
touch on big themes: love, life, death and place
all feature in Traicos’ organic yet particular lyrical
construction. The moods of the album switch
deftly, from darkly desolate to playful, tender and
melodic, a little like the song stress herself.
“A wise friend once told me that ‘out of all the
mud, chaos and destr uction you can always create
something beautiful’. I hope you enjoy the songs
we made,” says Catherine.
Traicos and her band will embark on a national
tour this July for more details visit;
Beyonce - 4
album from that
catchy beats and
are the hallmark
of this new album
sports a hit single in the form of ‘Girls Rule the
World’ and it is sure to deliver several more number
ones in quick succession.
Lady GaGa – Born This Way
Are there any
waiting to join the
ranks of GaGa’s
I don’t think so,
but rest assured,
if there were,
join up upon
listening to her latest album, Born This Way. GaGa’s
empowerment for the masses, ‘express yourself any
way you can’ mantra sits well within her poppy lyrics
and ecstatic lust for life.
Agnes Obel - Philharmonics
Obel wows with
this debut release
piano and cello
melodies that are reminiscent of old school sirens a la
Billy Holiday - if Holiday were given a pop injection and
a dash of PJ Harvey rasp. Best listened to after dusk,
snuggled by a fire or chilling with a cocktail or two.
28 year old Central Coast out singer and
song writer Ang e Murphy first picked up a g uitar
ten years ag o and taught herself the basics of the
instrument. Murphy soon discovered a passion
for music and decided to tr y her hand at the
lyrical side of thing s, penning her first song s.
The singer song writer then de cided to hit the
road and get some much needed live experience
and in a short time, she found herself playing gigs
up and down the East Coast.
Her first EP Branded released in 2009 earned her
a reputation as a song writer of heartfelt lyrics while
her recently released follow up Neither Here Nor
There has cemented her reputation as one to watch.
July 16 - The Evelyn, VIC
With The Holy Sea (Final Australian Show) &
July 23 - The Phoenix Bar ACT
With Haunted Attics and James Fahy
July 24 - Sunday Sessions @Vinyl (Hi-Fi) QLD
July 29 - Heritage Hotel NSW
July 30 - Hermann’s Bar NSW
With Ruby For Lucy
THE LUCKY WONDERS WITH MARDI LUMSDEN
July 22 - X and Y Bar, Brisbane
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