Keeping those Launch friendships – back at Magdas

Magic Fish Dreaming

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It was such a delight to attend Folk at Magdas last Saturday night.

After hearing my children perform at the launch of Magic Fish Dreaming  in October Merv has been persistently and gently encouraging them to attend and perform at this regular event hosted at Magdas.

We began by attending one last year to see what it was like, and have also been back to attend a concert by a fantastic guitar duo earlier this year (Magdas are also involved in the Brisbane International Guitar Festival), but finally this weekend my children were ready to perform there once again.

They had a ball.

They’ve since decided to name their duo, come up with a style of how they dress, and work on their performance banter, as they loved the storytelling of some of the performers on the night.  They are going to write some original…

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Friends of Magda’s:  Last 4 concerts coming up – from this Saturday.

If you book for all  4,  you receive your tickets at a reduced price!

Full price for all 4 normally = $93.

Adults: 4 concerts for $79;
Concession: $63;
Family concession: negotiable
Children under 12: Free

If you want to take Magdas up on this, please contact Mervyn 0400 497 422 or

Magda’s is at 80 Boundary Rd, Bardon. Bus: 475, Stop 17.
Light refreshments and basic bar. Kids very welcome.
Varying starting times and ticket prices.
If you have any special requirements (access, etc), please email: or phone, Mervyn: 0400 497 422
1.  Saturday 26th November, 7.30pm: Miriam Lieberman and her trio: CD Launch: “Full Circle”

Miriam is one of Australia’s most unique musical talents, and after launching her stunning new album “Full Circle” at The Abbey in Canberra, she will give her only Brisbane performance here at Magda’s. She specialises in the kora (the west African “harp”) but also guitar and Lara Goodridge (violin) and Kate Adams (cello) and fabulous vocals.

This will be a very special evening! Their previous CD was listed as CD of the week by ABC RN.


2.  Saturday 3rd December, 6.30pm: Folk at Magda’s with Tin Star and Nadia Sunde

“Tin Star” comprising Penny Boys, Cathy Bell and Dan Grant bring their wonderful music back to Magda’s with the glorious voice of Nadia Sunde – acclaimed for her ‘divinely warm and soulful voice’. Nadia, an internationally awarded songwriter, actress, comedienne and ABC Radio music journalist, will be accompanied by James Ross on guitar and Elias Kokkoris on double bass.

Blackboard performers from 6.30, headline acts from 7.30.


3.  Friday 9th December, 7.30pm: Ingrid James; Sholeh Wolpe; and Queenslander extra-ordinaire, Belza Lowah

A night featuring: Iranian poet, actor and singer, Sholeh Wolpe; Belza Lowah (Torres Straits), and Brisbane’s own international jazz diva: Ingrid James and trio!

Sholeh will present Sufi mystic poetry and some of her latest works accompanied on a traditional Persian instrument. Her translation of Sufi mystic poet Attar’s masterpiece “The Conference of the Birds”, was awarded the prestigious PEN/Heim grant and lauded as an “artful and exquisite modern translation”.

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4.  Saturday 17th December, 7.30pm Caroline Hammond: CD launch: “One More Trip Around the Sun.

A beautiful new collection from Brisbane’s own musical treasures. Insightful and joyous – acoustic music to move the feet and soul.

With some of Brisvegas’ best supporting musos – just to make it a very special evening.


1. Miriam Lieberman and trio, Saturday 26th November. 7.30pm: CD Launch: “Full Circle”

2.  Folk at Magda’s, 3rd December, 6.30pm: Tin Star and Nadia Sunde

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3. Ingrid James, Sholeh Wolpe and Belza Lowah: Friday 9th December, 7.30pm

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4.  Caroline Hammond: One More trip Around the Sun: Saturday 17th December, 7.30pm

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Alesa Lajana – Plays at Magda’s This Saturday!

Alesa Lajana’s Brisbane Concert is coming up at Magda’s this Saturday!

Alesa Lajana is an award winning Australian singer-songwriter, storyteller and musician. She traveled the dusty highways, collecting stories from post European contact history.

This album “Frontier Lullaby” comes from this wild and epic adventure, leading listeners on a heartfelt journey through strange and shadowy chapters of Australian history.

“Frontier Lullaby” floats in Lajana’s storyteller vocals, played out over her extra-ordinary musicianship!

A heartfelt journey through Australian history, the album features collaborations with multi Grammy award winner Bela Fleck, ARIA winners Amy Saunders and Julian Curwin, Australian songwriting icon and Order of Australia recipient Shane Howard and iconic session players Kirk Lorange and Luke Moller.

Alesa Lajana’s debut album, “Celtic Gypsy”, was released with ABC Classics in 2008. She is the winner of a Queensland Music Award for Best World Music Song, and is endorsed by Maton Guitars.


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Luke Slott’s Kickstarter Funded Project


To support this project visit KICKSTARTER LUKE SLOTT

Super encouraging my blog followers to support this wonderful album project of Luke Slott.

There are some beautiful rewards for your support such as having Luke visit your community, or a skype hangout – but most of all a copy of the album.

Luke has been humbled and thrilled by the support, but many of us are not surprised because his musical talent and dedication to spiritual things, just speaks for itself.

The album is already definitely happening, but now the goal is to produce music videos for the songs.

“Growing up in Ireland, music was in the air. My childhood was a medley of my father playing in jazz clubs, my uncle playing in traditional Irish music sessions and my brother’s homemade hip-hop beats. I began writing songs in my teens and spent most of my youth playing in bands around Ireland.

In my early 20s, I discovered the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith and began writing music to go with the Bahá’í Writings – writings about the unity of mankind and the need for universal peace.

Singing the Bahá’í Writings has made me think about music in new ways – it’s made me realise that music can be used as a force for good in the world – a tool for bringing people together and helping people to understand themselves and each other. For me, making music has become a way of offering a positive message to society through art.

Over the last several years, I’ve had the immense privilege of traveling to over 20 countries to sing and play in an amazing variety of places – from Westminster Parliament in London to the hottest corners of the Arabian Peninsula. The love and support I have received on my travels has been truly life-changing, and my one dream is simple: to make music that brings people together.”


Frontier Lullaby

Am so delighted to have supported the creation of this album when it was crowd funded, and proud of the important and truly beautiful work Alesa Lajana is doing with various collaborators. Her research, creativity and empathy for the stories she tells in music are amazing.  Help us keep spreading the word about this album and an upcoming tour.

From Alesa:

My single “Frontier Lullaby” is OFFICIALLY OUT on iTunes/Amazon/CdBaby etc TODAY! Eight years ago I had a little dream, and this morning it was given life.

Thank you so much to all the amazing musicians who played on this track: Kirk Lorange , Peter Walters, and Luke Moller. It was produced by myself, recorded by Mike ‘Beachy’ Wild at Studios 301 with the assistance of Dan Frizza, and mixed/mastered at Wildlife Audio. That’s me hacking away at the beautiful Bellbird Banjo Co, and singing.

The album will follow soon, and of course features songs co-written by Amy Saunders, SHANE HOWARD – GOANNA, and special guests Béla Fleck, Kirk Lorange, Luke Moller, Julian Curwin and Peter Walters.

I would be so grateful if you could share this post around as much as possible. We are on a grassroots people power publicity budget for this part of the release!

Kindest regards
Alesa Lajana

#banjo #hiddenhistory #alesalajana #studios301#wildlifeaudio #kirklorange #lukemoller#PeterWalters #mikebeachywild#independentmusic


Frontier Lullaby was inspired by the events surrounding the Hornet Bank Station Massacre that took place on Iman country, near Taroom QLD in 1857. Owned by the Scott family, Hornet Bank Station was run and managed by the Fraser family. According to the Gordon Reid in his book “A Nest of Hornets”, the Fraser men had a reputation for heading out into country to steal Iman First Nation women and abusing them. *

It is suggested that the Hornet Bank Station Massacre was a reprisal killing of sorts, but exactly who was responsible for it is unknown. It was a very brutal slaughter that took place in the early hours of the morning. All those residing on the station were killed, except for young Sylvester Fraser. He suffered a head injury but managed to scramble under a bed, where he hid, waiting for the assailants to leave. After all fell quiet, he escaped the property and raised the alarm with a neighbor. *

Some of the older Fraser men were away from the station on business at the time of the massacre. Upon their return, they and others from the area embarked on a reprisal killing spree of First Nation people which lasted many decades. One of the Fraser men even shot a woman in Rockhampton because he thought she was wearing his mother’s dress.* The Iman people suffered the worst in the aftermath. People escaping the reprisals hid in places like Isla Gorge, which can be seen today from a magnificent lookout
on the Taroom-Theodore highway.

Hornet Bank Station is today still a fully functioning agricultural property. I visited the site of the massacre on one of my research trips, and after returning home I wrote Frontier Lullaby. I imagine it sung by the voices of the women and children, on both sides of the conflict, who suffered so greatly in the war for land.

*Further Reading Suggestions: “A Nest of Hornets” by Gordon Reid, The 1858 Legislative Assembly in the Hornet Bank Murders, The 1861 Legislative Assembly into the Conduct of the Native Police, “Taroom Shire: Pioneers, Magic Soil and Sandstone Gorges”, Judy Gale Rechner, “Conflict On The Condamine: Aborigines and the European Invasion”, Maurice French, “Black and White: The Story of a Massacre and it’s aftermath, Blagden Chambers, “Cullin La-Ringo: The Triumph and Tregedy of Tommy Wills”, Les Perrin, “Blood On The Wattle: Massacre and Maltreatment of Australian Aborigines since 1788”, Bruce Elder.