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at Woodford



It says a lot about


that on tour for their new

album launch recently they stopped in at Black Bear Lodge

in the Valley rather than a concert hall, but then this string

quartet is not what you’d expect. They continue to convert

many to their indie rock style of string and vocals and,

after playing myriad covers of artists from the Strokes to

Leonard Cohen, their newest album,

The Machine

, is all

their own material. Yeah, they’ve played TEDx in Sydney

and more recently they’ve sold out Carnegie Hall in New

York and the Barbicon Centre in London but they will

be back in Brisbane to play the popular Music by the Sea

festival at Sandgate Town Hall on Saturday 10 January

from 5pm. The festival plays from 9-11 January. For the

program and tickets see

BNE December 2014/January 2015 |


Woodford Folk Festival

draws an audience

and performers from around the world


start the new year on a high note from

27 December to 1 January. Scotland is

represented well here, too, in bands including

BBC Folk Award winners


, a trio that

plays fiddle, piano, guitar and accordion to

accompany keen vocals by Kris Drever. With

two shows at the festival on Sunday 28 and

Monday 29 December Lau may just let slip

some new tunes slated for their next album

release due in the new year.

Hot from a summer tour in Europe



wants the audience to dance along on

Sunday 28 December when they play some

new music as well as favourites including a set

list from their latest album

Steal the Light


Tjupurra and the Bulldawadda


themselves musical conservationists, fusing

sounds from ancient musical cultures with

their own touch of modern technology.

Tjupurra brings along his didjeribone, facebass

and electronics to fuse with Fred Leone’s

vocals, Efiq Zulfiqar on su ling, flute and jaw

harp, and Luke Fabila’s electric percussion.

They wowed a TEDx audience at the Sydney

Opera House now it’s Woodford’s turn on 27,

28, 31 December and 1 January.


has been called Japan’s premier

jam band and they are just what the doctor

ordered for die-hard festival fans. With shows

scheduled for midnight and later this sextet

will not be getting the party started so much

as keeping it going into the wee hours with

a playlist that covers latin, African, reggae,

hip-hop, even Bo Diddley references in their

songs. On 27 and 31 December.

Of course, Woodford is not just about

listening it’s also about doing and there’s

plenty to keep all ages occupied for the

duration, from more than 40 dance workshops

to arts and crafts, the more serene pursuits of

yoga and meditation, amazing body painting


The Game

– an interactive adventure that

follows a trail of playing cards as soon as you

enter the festival site – if you dare!


Thriller of a night

Michael Jackson may be gone but he’s certainly

not forgotten as

Thriller Live

brings back

the high-energy choreography and dazzling

costumes he made famous, accompanied by

video footage and special effects. This is the

show’s first visit to Australia after playing to

more than three million fans in 28 countries so

far around the world. At Concert Hall, QPAC,

from 14-25 January, tickets from $69.90 to

$124.90 plus fees. See



Better be quick to catch the carnival of

alternative comedy, cabaret, circus and music

that is Wonderland at Brisbane Powerhouse

until Sunday 14 December. Highlights include

locally-grown burlesque show

Briefs: The Second


, direct from award-winning seasons in

London, Edinburgh and Berlin, the ever-popular

Kransky Sisters joining forces with local band

Topology for

Tunes from the Tube

, wild acrobatics

and circus skills in





, and the pop and soul sensibilities

of Brisbane chanteuses Emma Dean and Bec

Laughton. For the full program and tickets see