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Damien Dempsey


Seventeen years into an astonishing career, Damien Dempsey releases his seventh studio album, his most exciting work to date, Soulsun.

The lead single and opening title track gets straight to the point. Soulsun is accompanied by a colourful and life-affirming video directed by legendary rock photographer Steve Gullick, who has shot iconic images of Nirvana, Beck and Nick Cave over the years, just to mention a tiny few.

“As ever, people can take their own meanings from it, but for me, it is about the sun that shines from within,” Dempsey explains.

Soulsun sees the man affectionately known as Damo team up with a stellar cast of female guest vocalists, who are referred to as ‘the mighty Celtic Warrior High Queens’.

Dido, who sold 21 million copies of her debut album, No Angel, sings on a tender love song entitled ‘Beside the Sea’. Fellow Dubliner Imelda May appears on ‘Big Big Love’ and ‘Pretty Girl Tree’ features Dingle singer Pauline Scanlon.

Soulsun was recorded in long-term producer John Reynolds’ studio in north London. The striking cover image was created by renowned Dublin graphic artist Maser, who Dempsey worked with on large-scale mural works.

Amidst all the plaudits Damo has won over the years, one of the most notable is contained in Morrissey’s Autobiography. The legendary singer describes Dempsey performing at a session in Dublin’s Four Seasons Hotel. “Damien captivates and enchants with all the love of one blessed and unselfish,” Morrissey writes. "I see myself crying at his funeral, missing him already.”

“I’m not sure exactly what I did to deserve such praise," Dempsey says. “I had absolutely no idea I was in it until the book was published, but it’s nice to be appreciated by such an incredible artist and writer who’s unquestionably an absolute genius.”

Track Listing:

  • 1. Soulsun
  • 2. Pretty Bird Tree
  • 3. Simple Faith
  • 4. Big Big
  • 5. Sam Jenkins
  • 6. Forever and a Day
  • 7. Beside the Sea
  • 8. Sweet Gratitude
  • 9. Family
  • 10. Soft Rain
If you’re experiencing worry or distress, anxiety or tension, one thing is certain – you’re not the only one. When your emotions are settled and your mind is feeling lighter, it’s easier to face the situation, and work out the best way forward. These meditations are designed to help you regain control over your thoughts and emotions.
Relaxation is an essential ingredient for a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. On this CD there are methods to relax your body and your mind. Firstly, a progressive muscle relaxation, followed by creative visualizations inviting you to take a delightful meditation vacation. Relax. You deserve it.Track Listing:1. Progressive Muscle RelaxationMountains in the Snow2. In the Cabin3. Out in the Snow4. Warming MusicIsland in the Sun5. Float in the Ocean6. Relax on the Beach7. Stroll Along the Shore8. Cooling Music
Are you ready for some Frightful Fun with Giggle Fangs?Giggle and Hoot present this collection of classic and unique Halloween tracks, comprised of a selection of the best in Children’s entertainment, designed to captivate and entertain children of all ages.A companion piece to the DVD of the same name, this boo-tastic collection features spooky songs from Giggle and Hoot, Sesame Street and The Wiggles, alongside versions of classic Halloween tracks such as ‘Monster Mash’ and ‘I Put A Spell On You’.Track Listing:1. Giggle Fangs – Giggle and Hoot2. The Sound of Halloween – The Wiggles3. Monster In The Mirror – Sesame Street4. Trick Or Treat – Juice Music5. Dem Bones – Juice Music6. Horns and Fangs – Juice Music7. Do the Skeleton Skat! – The Wiggles8. Monster Mash – Juice Music9. Batty Lair – Giggle and Hoot10. Spooky Wookey – Juice Music11. Transylvania 12345 – Sesame Street12. Creeping Up – Juice Music13. The Addams Family Theme – Juice Music14. Little Vampires – The Wiggles15. Spooksville – Juice Music16. Elmo Says Boo! – Sesame Street17. I Put A Spell On You – Juice Music18. The Full Moon Melody – The Wiggles19. Ghostbusters – Juice Music20. The Song Of The Count – Sesame Street21. Ten Little Monsters – Juice Music22. I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream – Sean O’Boyle23. Ghouls Night Out – Juice Music24. The Slime Rhyme – Sean O’Boyle25. Wizard Stew – Juice Music26. The Batty Bat – Sesame Street
"The recorder player Genevieve Lacey and the Baroque bassoonist Jane Gower gave a performance that swept away dourness in favour of light precision and breathlessly agile sequences in the fast movements and elegantly balanced ensemble in the slow.” – Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning HeraldThree of the finest baroque musicians performing today celebrate the music of one of the most prolific – and most neglected – composers.George Philipp Telemann (1681–1767) was a friend of both JS Bach and Handel, and in their lifetime was considered to be the finest composer of the three. He was at the forefront of new stylistic developments, drawing on influences across Europe – including French, Italian and Polish music – and moving music forward from the baroque to the classical era.Whilst his 1,000-plus church cantatas brought Telemann to eighteenth-century ears, it was in his chamber music that his invention and wit could flourish. He wrote sets of Fantasias for solo instruments – on this album we hear two for harpsichord and one for flute – and stunning Sonatas and Sonatinas for bassoon and recorder, accompanied for harpsichord.Telemann shaped the course of music, but also of the music industry. He was one of the first composers to publish his own music, and therefore to assert his authorial ownership of its ‘intellectual property’. All of these Sonatas, Sonatinas and Fantasias were published in the 1730s – in the short term, at least, as part of a money–making venture intended to mitigate his wife’s gambling debts!Genevieve Lacey, Jane Gower and Lars Ulrik Mortensen are close musical friends and collaborators. Lacey is an ARIA-winning virtuoso whose repertoire spans centuries, and has performed at venues from the BBC Proms to a prison in remote Western Australia; her fellow Australian Jane Gower is one of the world’s most sought after bassoonists, and a frequent collaborator with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Anima Eterna. Lars Ulrik Mortensen is a harpsichordist, conductor and teacher who specialises in period instruments. He is Artistic Director of Concerto Copenhagen and the European Union Baroque Orchestra.
Wiggle along to all of your favourite songs from the hit TV series, Lachy! Featuring over 40 tracks including ‘Let’s Go Riding with Ponso the Pony’, ‘The Invention Song’, ‘Moonshine Pearl’ and more! Dance along with ballet, jazz, Irish and tap dancing marvellous melodies. You’ll laugh along, sing along and dance along with our friend with the curly locks, Lachy!Track Listing:1. Lachy’s Introduction2. Lachy!3. Hello, Hello, Welcome to the Lachy Wiggle Show4. It’s the Tin Can (Police)5. Let’s Go Riding with Ponso the Pony (Police)6. What Dance Will We Do Today? (Jazz Dancing)7. Oliver’s Jazz8. Ponso Reprise9. Ponso, the Purple and Pink Horse10. It’s Time to Walk to the Toy Room11. Block Building12. The Bricklayers Song13. I Climb Ten Stairs14. The Little Boat15. The Invention Song16. Ponso Reprise17. What Dance Will We Do Today? (Ballet Dancing)18. This is How We Dance Ballet19. Michael Finnegan20. The Gypsy Rover21. Dressing Up In Style (Prince Lachy)22. Ponso Reprise23. What Dance Will We Do Today? (Tap Dancing)24. Oliver’s Tap25. Moonshine Pearl26. Rainbow of Colours27. Chop it, Chop it, Fruit Salad28. Fruit Salad29. This Little Pig30. Castle of Dramore31. It’s the Tin Can (Chefs)32. Let’s Go Riding with Ponso the Pony (Chefs)33. What Dance Will We Do Today? (Line Dancing)34. Line Dancing Chefs35. Koala-By36. Blow Up Your Balloon (Huff and Huff and Puff )37. Down by the Station38. Ponso Reprise39. What Dance Will We Do Today? (Irish Dancing)40. Irish Dancing Nurses (I’ll Tell Me Ma When I Go Home)41. Dance to Your Daddy42. The Wonder of Wiggle Town43. Float Through the Sky44. Lachy’s Goodbye Song45. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (2016)46. Lachy’s Goodbye
Ring, Ring! Hello? Or should we say, yellow? Emma’s friends know that they just have to Dial E For Emma and she will answer the phone and be on her way! Emma embarks on a dancing adventure and uses her “Book of Dancing” to help her try out and discover different styles of dance. Whether it is Jazz or Country, Fusion or Ballet, Emma will dance the day away! Share in Emma’s love for dancing, singing, sign language and dress ups and know that she is only a phone call away!Track Listing:1. Dial E For Emma2. Hello, My Name is Emma3. Ballet Phone Call4. Brisé in the Breeze5. Ba Ba Da Bicycle Ride6. Goat Glissade7. Prince Phone Call8. Prince Laendler9. Mary Mary10. Snare Drum11. Apusski Dusky12. Skipping and Skipping13. Jazz Party14. Irish Group Phone Call15. Garden of Daisies16. Hey Ho Stop17. To Have A Tea Party18. Dancing ‘Round the Mountain19. Optometrist Phone Call20. At the Optometrist21. Book of Dancing22. Chapter 1 – Jazz23. Chapter 2 – Ballet24. Chapter 3 – Country25. Chapter 4 – Fusion26. Round and Round the Garden27. Ballet Party28. Shaking ‘Round the Mountain29. Banjo Breakdown30. Polka Phone Call31. Pigtail Polka32. Hula and Hooping33. Jumping ‘Round the Mountain34. Irish Dancing Visit35. Tambourine Here We Go36. I Open Up My Music Box37. Music Box Ballet38. Emma’s Dream39. Emma’s Révérence
Triple J’s much-loved Like A Version series returns with its 12th instalment – featuring a host of local and international artists covering their favourite tunes live in the Triple J Studio!Track Listing:CD 1:1. Broods – One Dance2. The Rubens – King Kunta/Hello3. Tame Impala – Confide In Me4. Childish Gambino – So Into You5. E^ST – Bitter Sweet Symphony6. Cub Sport – Ultralight Beam7. Luca Brasi – How To Make Gravy8. Urthboy – Roll Up Your Sleeves9. Sarah Blasko – Life On Mars10. In Hearts Wake – Vice Grip11. The Temper Trap – Multi-Love12. Vera Blue – Breathe Life13. Tuka – Big Jet Plane14. Modern Baseball – Dope Calypso15. Ayla – Throw Your Arms Around Me16. The Cat Empire – Get some17. Yeo – Forces18. Ngaiire – The Less I Know The Better19. Jake Bugg – If I Could Change Your Mind20. Grouplove – BullshitCD 2:1. Paces – Keeping Score {Ft. Guy Sebastian}2. Drapht – Frankie Sinatra3. MS MR – Genghis Khan4. Boy & Bear – Back To Black5. The Murlocs – Every 1’s A Winner6. Airling – U Got It Bad7. Art Vs Science – Enter Sandman8. Claptone – How Deep Is Your Love9. Dylan Joel – You Got A Friend In Me10. Bad//Dreems – Can’t Feel My Face11. Anne-Marie – Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues12. Methyl Ethel – Cry Me A River13. City Calm Down – Spanish Sahara14. Alpine – Cigarettes Will Kill You15. Robbie Miller – Say My Name16. The Jungle Giants – Lights & Music17. Raury – L$D18. Olympia – Dreams19. Art Of Sleeping – Hotline Bling
Described as ‘unforgettable’ by The Australian and ‘barnstorming’ by The New York Times, the Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo enjoy a stellar international profile. In their new album on ABC Classics, they survey recent music by Australian composers for piano four-hands, much of it receiving its world-premiere recording.Music for piano four-hands began in the latter half of the 18th century, as the piano itself gained popularity. In the words of the pianists themselves, ‘the five Australian compositions on this disc grow and build on that tradition, with ambitious largescale works of complexity and virtuosity, as well as miniatures that deal with the interior world of the human heart and mind. Despite the diversity of music on this disc – a fascinating variety of responses to the musical opportunities afforded by piano four-hand performance – there is also a unifying thread of dynamism and spirited energy.’Ross Edwards’ A Flight of Sunbirds showcases a seemingly effortless affection; Carl Vine and Stuart Greenbaum’s Sonatas explores the potential for four-handed counterpoint. Peter Sculthorpe’s ‘delicate and wistful quartet of beautiful tableaux’ follow the tradition of arranging existing works for piano four-hands. And Elena Kats-Chernin’s Victor’s Heart uses the warm resonance of the form to create a touching musical tribute.
“I am a musician because I believe in the power of music – to heal, to connect us to our emotions, indeed to foster kindness and compassion. Music is my greatest teacher and its greatest lesson is empathy. It reaches us on a level deeper than language and conscious thought and perhaps that is why it touches us so profoundly.” – Jayson GillhamGrowing up in outback Australia, Jayson Gillham travelled 500 kilometres every week to attend piano lessons. Now, after a stratospheric rise that has seen him acclaimed as one of the finest talents of the new generation, he presents his much-anticipated debut album: Bach | Schubert | Chopin.Praised for his “absorbing and relentless elegance” (The Montreal Gazette), and possessing “a beautiful bell-like tone, a great sense of expressive lyricism, and virtuosity” (The Australian), Gillham moved to London in 2007, since when he has performed at venues including the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London and Louvre Auditorium in Paris, and with groups including the London Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony and English Chamber Orchestras.Bach | Schubert | Chopin presents music of unparalleled beauty, vitality and joy by three masters of keyboard writing. The works highlight different aspects of Jayson’s superb musicianship. The album opens with the youthful exuberance of Bach’s Toccata in C minor (Bach was around the same age when he wrote it as Jayson when he recorded it). Schubert’s lyrical A major sonata showcases the sheer beauty of Jayson’s playing; and the Chopin Sonata in B minor, composed just five years before Chopin died, displays a depth in Jayson’s interpretative approach usually reserved for pianists of much more mature years.To record the album, Jayson travelled to the Reitstadel in Neumarkt, Germany to work with renowned Tonmeister Andreas Neubronner (Murray Perahia, Arcadi Volodos, Khatia Buniatishvili). The Australian launch tour for the album will include recital performances in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and concerto performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra / Vladimir Ashkenazy, and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra / Jeffrey Tate.
Featuring: Lior, The Idea of North, and Elena Kats-CherninA Piece of Quiet is an album of unrivalled musical delight: a collection of songs featuring the words of Australian children, set to music and performed by Lior, The Idea of North and Elena Kats-Chernin.A Piece of Quiet is the 16th volume in Hush’s acclaimed album series. Originally developed by Dr. Catherine Crock AM to reduce stress and anxiety felt by both patients and their families in hospitals, the Hush music collection is now played in hospitals, homes and shared spaces across the globe.The album is inspired by stories of young children – both sick and well. Singer-songwriter Lior and vocal quartet The Idea of North, along with renowned composer and pianist Elena Kats-Chernin, consulted Australian children for lyrical guidance; questions posed about their lives spawned responses filled with humour, wonder, excitement and surprising wisdom. From these conversations grew a collection of music that conveys the children’s feelings, hopes and dreams in a way that resonates equally with adult listeners.These ARIA-award winning musicians are joined by the Goldner String Quartet, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s principle oboist Diana Doberty and cor anglais Alexandre Oguey, and a range of other distinguished performers.Launch ConcertsSydney, City Recital HallTuesday 15 November, 7pmMelbourne Recital CentreThursday 24 November, 7pmMore details at
With their typically stunning eighth studio album and ABC Music debut Here We Go, the Sunny Cowgirls set about spinning 12 fresh new yarns rooted in the sun-kissed soil of rural and regional Australia.
The Australian World Orchestra (AWO) moves from strength to strength with its latest release on ABC Classics: Bruckner’s mighty Eighth Symphony, conducted by the internationally renowned Sir Simon Rattle and recorded live at the Sydney Opera House.The AWO is an orchestra like no other: the finest Australian classical musicians from the leading orchestras around the world, come home to join with the top Australian-based players in one thrillingly talented super-ensemble. With 95 electrifying musicians, representing more than 40 orchestras, together under one roof, the Australian World Orchestra is, in the words of Sir Simon Rattle, ‘one of the great orchestras of the world’.Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 is the perfect choice of repertoire for such a brilliant ensemble: grand in scope, intimate yet profound in its emotional journey, and radiantly beautiful. The AWO’s performances in July 2015 under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle left audiences cheering, and critics hailing the event as ‘pure musical Viagra’ and ‘a sublime rendition of the infinite in sound’. The performance was crowned Best Orchestral Concert of the Year at the 2016 Helpmann Awards.ABC Classics is proud to present this award-winning performance on CD, captured live in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.TRACKLISTINGANTON BRUCKNER 1824–1896Symphony No. 8 in C minor (1890 version)   [80’56]CD11. I. Allegro moderato    15’002. II. Scherzo: Allegro moderato – Trio: Langsam (Slow)  14’423. III. Adagio: Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend (Solemnly slow, but without dragging)    27’10CD21. IV. Finale: Feierlich, nicht schnell (Solemnly, not fast) 24’04 Australian World OrchestraSir Simon Rattle conductor