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ArtSound FM is a volunteer–powered community radio station in Canberra, Australia. We promote and nurture the full spectrum of visual and performing artists, and broadcast a unique mix of arts, jazz, blues, folk, world and classical music.

Attention Would-be Podcasters!

ArtSound FM has a number of studios available for hire that are tailored for differing recording needs (our main recording studio specifications are available here). We offer a 50m2 acoustically-treated, air-conditioned space ideally suited to the recording of podcasts and interviews.

Studio 2 set up for podcast recording

Studio 2 is now ready for podcast recording

Power, table and chairs are provided – you bring the rest! This studio is available for rent at $50/hour. For further information, or to make a studio booking please enquire using this form.

Notices and upcoming events

Apr
19
Fri
FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

MARTIN HAYES & DENNIS CAHILL

A special historical program of Irish music to celebrate the National Folk Festival – featuring famous fiddle player Martin Hayes, from County Claire, accompanied by Dennis Cahill on guitar.  Recorded at the Canberra Workers Club on 19 May 2000.

In 1996 Hayes formed an acoustic duet with Dennis Cahill, developing an “unrushed, lyrical, highly expressive interpretation” of traditional Irish music. In 1999 a New York Times reviewer described Hayes and Cahill’s approach as “stripping old reels and jigs to their essence, leaving space between the notes for harmonics and whispered blue notes,” resulting in “a Celtic complement to Steve Reich’s quartets or Miles Davis’s Sketches of Spain. ” Hayes and Cahill have released three recordings on the Green Linnet label: The Lonesome Touch (1997), Live in Seattle (1999), and Welcome Here Again (2008). Hayes won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2000 award for Instrumentalist of the Year [Wikipedia].

Says Hayes: “These tunes remind me of many musicians.  When I play I like to do so as a tribute and thank you for the inspiration and beauty they have brought to the music.  We are as likely to be talking about the music of Keith Jarrett, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, U2, Bach or Beethoven as we are to discuss the music of Tommy Potts!”

Pic courtesy of Wikipedia.   Produced and presented by Chris Deacon OAM

The new ArtSound FM T-shirt is now available!model wearing t-shirt

Featuring a graphic celebration of Canberra’s iconic buildings by a celebrated local artist, only two thousand T-shirts will be available for purchase! You can order yours at the RedBubble ArtSound site

Local arts and concert recordings

or see our full program schedule

Apr
19
Fri
The Movie Club
Apr 19 @ 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
The Movie Club

A local perspective of film and DVD.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

MARTIN HAYES & DENNIS CAHILL

A special historical program of Irish music to celebrate the National Folk Festival – featuring famous fiddle player Martin Hayes, from County Claire, accompanied by Dennis Cahill on guitar.  Recorded at the Canberra Workers Club on 19 May 2000.

In 1996 Hayes formed an acoustic duet with Dennis Cahill, developing an “unrushed, lyrical, highly expressive interpretation” of traditional Irish music. In 1999 a New York Times reviewer described Hayes and Cahill’s approach as “stripping old reels and jigs to their essence, leaving space between the notes for harmonics and whispered blue notes,” resulting in “a Celtic complement to Steve Reich’s quartets or Miles Davis’s Sketches of Spain. ” Hayes and Cahill have released three recordings on the Green Linnet label: The Lonesome Touch (1997), Live in Seattle (1999), and Welcome Here Again (2008). Hayes won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2000 award for Instrumentalist of the Year [Wikipedia].

Says Hayes: “These tunes remind me of many musicians.  When I play I like to do so as a tribute and thank you for the inspiration and beauty they have brought to the music.  We are as likely to be talking about the music of Keith Jarrett, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, U2, Bach or Beethoven as we are to discuss the music of Tommy Potts!”

Pic courtesy of Wikipedia.   Produced and presented by Chris Deacon OAM

Apr
20
Sat
At the National
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
At the National

Concerts recorded by ArtSoundFM at the National Folk Festival, held each Easter at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Apr
21
Sun
Concert Hall
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Concert Hall

Viva il Mandolino! — the Festival Orchestra of FAME (the Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles) in concert at the Albert Hall.

Concert Hall is repeated on Wednesdays at 1.30pm

Apr
22
Mon
At The National (repeat)
Apr 22 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
At The National (repeat)

A repeat of Saturday night’s program featuring concerts recorded by ArtSoundFM at the National Folk Festival, held each Easter at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Arts Cafe
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Arts Cafe

Every weekday at noon, straight after the news, the “Arts Café” opens its doors to bring you a delectable smorgasbord of bright music,interviews,arts stories from the region, Arts Diary plus The World, our summary of the day’s world events.

In The Foyer
Apr 22 @ 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Photo of Paris Opera

IN THE FOYER – 3.30pm Mondays .. repeated 3.30pm Wednesday.

30 minutes of interviews, reviews and music focusing on shows being presented in the Canberra region and beyond, and the artists who create and perform in them.

In the Foyer is produced and presented by Bill Stephens OAM, a familiar voice to Artsound listeners through his programs Red Velvet and Wild Boronia (6.00 pm Sundays and 3.30 pm Tuesdays) and Dress Circle. Bill narrated The Gershwin Project and contributed weekly interviews to On Stage, both produced by Len Power.

In addition to his work with ArtSound FM, Bill is a member of the Canberra Critics Circle, reviewing dance, musical theatre and cabaret for City News, Australian Arts Review and the Canberra Critics Circle. He writes feature articles for Stage Whispers, is a member of the Helpmann Awards Cabaret Voting panel, and a longtime interviewer for the National Library of Australia’s Oral History program, specialising in the performing arts.