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FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE! 8PM 25 April 2014

The Canberra Jazz Initiative 1993 Revisited!

Join us for another evening of contemporary jazz recorded in Canberra (at Tilley’s Café in Lyneham we think!) on 23 October 1993. As part of our historic sound preservation project, and with the support of the Community Broadcasting Foundation, we are delighted to showcase local talent of the era. Many of the musicians you will hear were trained at the ANU School of Music Jazz Faculty and have progressed to prestigious careers in the jazz scene in Australia.

Features: Steve Elphick (bass - Ten Part Invention), Geoff Eades (guitar), Murray Jackson (sax - Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra), Anthony Kable (trombone - he's toured and recorded with Silverchair and Midnight Oil), Phil Collings (drums), Michelle Morgan (vocal).

Produced and presented by Chris Deacon OAM. Sponsored by B2B, Canberra's leading business and government magazine, and supported by the Community Broadcasting Foundation and artsACT.



At 11AM on ANZAC Day, we have pleasure in re-broadcasting "An Ordinary War - A Radio Play of World War 1" by local writer Bart Meehan.   The play recounts the experiences of three people during World War 1:  Agnes (a British country girl who served in an administrative role behind the lines in France); George (a British public school boy who enlisted at the beginning of the war; and Lance (a Sydney shopkeeper who joined the AIF and served in France.)   The play has been adapted from the real experiences.

Production Company:  Paper Moon Radio Theatre Company Writer: Bart Meehan Producer/Director: Tony Turner Cast: Geoffrey Borny, David Clapham, Christa de Jager, Tony Turner Sound Engineer: Tony Hunter Recorded at the Artsound Studios, Manuka


New Orleans All The way Live! 4PM SAT 26 APRIL 2014

"Travelling South" This week we visit the Contemporary Arts Center for live music with Tab Benoit's Swampland Jam. We also enjoy some Falsogmagro, an Italian dish of rolled meat stuffed with assortment of deliciousness at Delmonico Restaurant and finish off with a new gin, produced locally by Atelier Vie distillery.

Hosted by George Ingmire.



In DRESS CIRCLE this Sunday, John Bell (pictured) reveals the Bell Shakespeare Company’s exciting collaboration to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday. Actor Michael Lindner discusses his role as a mummy in “Horrible Histories – Awful Egyptians” coming to the Canberra Theatre Centre, and author/actor Helen Hopkins reveals the stories behind “The Girls in Grey” which opens next week at The Q.

Jazz legend and piano virtuoso, Julian Lee, together with double bassist Craig Scott, explores some jazz classics with former Canberra vocalist, Gabrielle Birmingham, in this weeks “Red Velvet and Wild Boronia” segment. Our guest reviewer, Timothy Stephens reviews “Strictly Ballroom” and “Mysterious Queanbeyan by Moonlight”, Isobel Griffin presents “Arts Diary” and Blue the Shearer comments on “albeit”.

90 minutes of interviews, reviews, music and news about the performing arts in Canberra and beyond, produced and presented by Bill Stephens, DRESS CIRCLE is broadcast by Artsound FM 92.7 every Sunday evening from 5.00pm until 6.30pm, repeated on Tuesday nights from 11.30pm and streamed live on the internet at


Folk Festival Features on Artcetera, 9am Sat 19 April

Lots of music and interviews with Folk Festival artists, plus a roundup of other local arts and events on Artcetera today. Join us at 9.04am on ArtSound.