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Ruth OsborneIn DRESS CIRCLE this week Aarne Neeme discusses his production of “Arcadia” which he is directing for the Canberra Repertory Society and which opens in Theatre 3 this week. Ruth Osborne (pictured) talks about QL2’s latest work “Boundless” which opens in the Playhouse at the Canberra Theatre Centre on Wednesday, and former Canberran, Duncan West, tells how he came to join “Circa” which will also be at the Canberra Theatre from August 6th.

Len Power will review “The Rokitelly Man” which opened in the Belconnen Theatre on Friday night; Isobel Griffin in present “Arts Diary” and Blue the Shearer has something to say about the great and powerful.

In the “Red Velvet and Wild Boronia” segment we present the second of two episodes featuring Jeanne Little in excerpts from her acclaimed cabaret “Marlene – A Tribute to Dietrich”.

90 minutes of review, interviews, music and news about the performing arts in Canberra and beyond, DRESS CIRCLE is produced and presented by Bill Stephens and broadcast by Artsound FM92.7 every Sunday evening from 5.00pm and 6.30pm, repeated on Tuesday nights from 11.30pm and streamed live on the internet at


FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE 8PM 25 JULY 2014 - Mary Doumaney (rpt)

This week has brought the World Harp Congress to Sydney, featuring an impressive array of artists from around the globe. Artsound celebrates the rare use of the harp in jazz with a concert we recorded a few years back: MARY DOUMANEY (harp, vocals) in concert at the Gods Café. In a shortened version of FNL this week, Mary plays a delightful recital of originals and Cole Porter covers from this 2009 concert (rpt). Presented by Chris Deacon OAM. In a week or so, we'll be featuring the Meath Harp Ensemble recorded at the Embassy of Ireland in Canberra this week.



Jeanne LittleIn DRESS CIRCLE this week, Julian Hobba, talks about his new play “Bartleby” which stars Max Cullen and premieres in the Street Theatre next Saturday. Garry Ginavan takes us behind the scenes of “Wombat Stew” which will be at the Canberra Theatre next week. Richard Block previews a new Canberra- written musical “Rokitelly Man” which Ickle Pickle will present in the Belconnen Theatre from next Friday, and pianist, Colin Forbes, discusses his forthcoming piano recital in which he plays four of Beethoven’s most popular sonatas.

In the “Red Velvet and Wild Boronia” segment, Jeanne Little (pictured) performs excerpts from her acclaimed show “Marlene – A Tribute to Dietrich” in the first of two programs recorded by Artsound at The School of Arts Café in Queanbeyan.

As well, Len Power will review “Improvention 2014” currently running in The Street Theatre, Isobel Griffin will present “Arts Diary”, Blue the Shearer wants to know who put the “p” in receipt.

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


FROM WWOZ-FM NEW ORLEANS, this is New Orleans Calling 4PM SAT 19 July 2014

"Summer Days & Nights" This week's episode, titled "Summer Days And Nights," focuses on ways to pass a summer day and night in New Orleans, with music by Bobby Charles, Allen Toussaint, the Iguanas, and many others.  We also spend time fishing with piano player Matt Lemmler and eating snowballs with locals before catching a streetcar uptown for a night of music.  Host: George Ingmire




Guitarist Nick Charles is one of Australia's finest acoustic guitarists. A travelling fingerpicker in the blues tradition, Nick has a wide knowledge of the blues and a rich catalogue of classic blues, jazz and ragtime tunes as well as his own original compositions. Nick was named Maton Artist of The Year at the 2014 Port Fairy Folk Festival. At his recent concert in the intimate Keller at the Harmonie German Club, a captivated audience heard Nick play virtuoso guitar and tell the stories behind the music. Concert sponsored by Canberra Blues Society and Lone Wolf Promotions. FNL is sponsored by B2B, Canberra's leading business and government magazine. Recorded by Peter Crossing, produced and presented by Chris Deacon OAM.