artist daimon downey

Most people know Daimon Downey from his time with the award-winning band Sneaky Sound System. But now he's making a name for himself as an artist. It's back to where he started out in some regards. He was born in South Africa but grew up in Bellingen, NSW before moving to Sydney to study art. Along the way he got distracted with music, and touring with the likes of Robbie Williams and Lady Gaga....

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cartell music's jean-francois ponthieux

What would you expect the owner of a record company to be like? If films are anything to go by, he'd have to be short, pushy and talk fast. (I don't think I've ever seen any reference to a female record head.) My experience meeting Jean-Francois Ponthieux from Cartell Musiccouldn't have been further from the stereotype. He's a French man living in Melbourne, to start off with. He's also married to...

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meet the next family on Frontliners

Here's a look at some shots from the latest project on Frontliners, which I created with photographer Kata Varga. We spent a rainy Sunday with Wayne Connolly and Tracy Ellis (as well as their son, Harvey), who you might know from the band Knievel. Tracy is also a writer and editor while Wayne is highly respected in the music industry - he has won four ARIAs. In fact, he picked up his latest award...

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So Frenchy So Chic discount tickets!

When I recently went to see
The Falls play an acoustic gig at the opening of an exhibition at Blender Gallery I was reminded how much I love music, and intimate performances. So I was really excited to learn one of my favourite singers - Melanie Pain - is returning to Australia to perform alongside fellow French chanteuse Emilie Simon. And the great news is that a limited number of Industry Tix-...

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photographer pattie boyd

A few weeks ago I went to see the Pattie Boyd photography exhibition at Blender Gallery in Paddington. If you want a break from Christmas chaos, I suggest you pop in too. Note that it ends on December 24. It's one of those exhibitions that transports you to another time. Simpler, perhaps. It might make you dream, too... about what the future holds, and your destiny. There is something magical...

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french pop folk band cocoon

This time two weeks ago I was looking forward to seeing Cocoon perform in Sydney as part of So Frenchy So Chic Live. But the gods were conspiring against me, and I am sorry to say I didn't make the gig. So for now I will just have to keep listening to their French pop-folk album "My Friends All Died In a Plane Crash" until they return to Australia.

Which five words best describe you?Oceans,...

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musician andy bull

Music is something that I don't write about as much as I should because it's something that's always been important in my life - I think it is for many of us. There are whole periods of time that I can attribute to a particular album. When time passes and I play Andy Bull's debut record We're Too Young I will think about the person I was and where I was going this year. I play it all the time. Get...

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photographer janette beckman

One of the other exhibitions I visited this weekend was at Blender Gallery, also in Sydney's Paddington. On display were the photographs of London photographer Janette Beckman. The work is mainly from early in her career when she captured the rising music stars of the late 70s and early 80s. Although stars is probably the wrong word because the portraits capture a raw quality that seems to be lost...

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nouvelle vague unplugged

I don't know about you but I don't get to music gigs as much as I used to. But in March I got to see Nouvelle Vaguewhen they were in Sydney and it gave me one of those epiphanies - I have to do this more often. It was so much fun. The music was great and the band had endless energy... and I would even go to say that the live performance was even better than their CD, which rarely if ever happens....

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musician sonny rollins

Sonny Rollins in Sydney, interviewed by the
ABC TV's 7.30 report - worth watching - he's one cool cat!

Daniel and Michelle waiting with coffees in hand
for the Clinton St Baking Company to open.

What do the Clinton St Baking Company in New York and Sonny Rollins have in common? Well, it is where I first heard his music. In 2006 I travelled to New York with my husband D and good friend MT and had an...

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