Kate Bailey is a producer for Sonya Feldhoff on ABC Radio Adelaide. Music has always been a part of her life whether playing it, singing it or banging on about it, and she keeps the dream alive by introducing new music to the world every week. And all of it local! Hear the review live at 1.45pm each Tuesday on ABC Radio Adelaide, 891 AM. And tune in 1.45pm each Friday for her local (streaming) gig guide. You can also listen live via the ABC Listen APP, online or via Channel 25 on your TV. Kate is also Mum to three beautiful boys Liam, Louis and Jay who have been showered in music since birth and reminded often that it’s a universal language that binds us, revives us and inspires us. A city without a music scene is a city without a soul. Which is why now, more than ever, we need to stay connected with our local musicians and keep the creativity alive!
LA LA LOCAL – Tunes for the long weekend
A long weekend looms.
What better time to indulge in some new music and support our local artists?
I’ve even created a short list to get you started.
Now admit it, at some stage you’ve told your kids to do something ‘just because’. I have too! But we’re adults, so I’ll show you some respect. You should listen to the following songs because…
…you know what it means to find your people.
As a parent you want nothing more than your children to find their people.
In my house we have a note pinned to the back of the bathroom door: Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.
I love this message. And I feel like local singer songwriter MANE (aka Paige Court) has nailed this sentiment in song form. A brilliant message for all of us, and a celebration for her after a few tough years.
She has an incredibly deep resonance to her voice that seems to provide a dark energy while it simultaneously shines in this track – propelled by an anthemic, repetitive chorus that builds each and every time. The production is once again lush, baroque pop. Get into it.
…you admire music that can tell you about an emotion and make you feel it too.
Naomi Keyte has a knack for creating beautiful sonic soundscapes. Her latest
single ‘Travelling Woman’ does not buck the trend. It is truly beautiful.
Listening to it I could feel the discord of someone who bemoans the itinerant person they simultaneously love. You can hear the shift from verse to chorus. Emotionally and musically. Raw and hurting to warm and admiring.
And this was before I discovered that it tells the story of one devoted to someone perpetually on the move. I was impressed. As it speaks to the push and pull of a relationship in transition, of lingering hope and of reckoning with the unknown, it really makes you feel this tension. Close your eyes and listen closely.
…a chord-less swing band intrigues you.
Three women and three instruments (voice, bass and drums) are the key ingredients of The Boys Club and their sassy-swing-style tunes ensure the hankering for a chord is, in this case, null and void.
Their latest EP is now available and the title track, “That’s a Big Guitar”, is a tongue in cheek, call-and-response bluesy tune that lays bare the almost comical treatment the trio have had to endure during their professional careers. Check out the video they made to go with it, female performers from all over the world joined in!
… potent pop and hand claps make you smile.
In her latest single, Signals, Jess Day sings about the conflicting emotions of resenting someone who has treated you poorly yet missing them at the same time.
How many of us have been there? Lucky for Jess her tendency to write songs as a way of alleviating a low mood has resulted in another stellar tune.
This track retains many of the synths she first put down in her bedroom but has been rearranged to make it, in her words, as potent a pop song as possible. Lyrics at the fore. Hand claps included.
…you believe harmonies are up there with baby making.
Imagine sneaking in your first gig at WOMAD just before the world shuts down. This happened to Stellie. And she nailed it.
Already a fan of her work I couldn’t wait for her latest offering and it’s here. Released just last week.
Co-written with Zach Hamilton-Reeves from Northeast Party House “I’d Have Killed For You” captures the dreamy sound Stellie does so well. Given the title, it’s surprisingly chipper as well, which is a contradiction she welcomes.
Now anyone who sings knows the power of harmonies. Total soul fillers. And, at times, right up there with horizontal folk dancing. Seriously.
Stellie gets it. The key chorus vocal line in this track descends as the harmonies ascend beneath it and those harmonies are all her – they’re her favourite thing to record.
She’s one of my favourites. Her self-titled debut EP lands this August. Can’t wait!
…you love Rock and Roll and firmly believe it is here to stay.
Beau Lightning either made a big mistake or a genius decision when he decided to release a single with the same name as one the DMA’s released in 2018, In the Air. You never know, it might get him some accidental hits?
And where the DMA’s beautiful track soars, Beau Lightning’s sizzles. I like them both. They just hit me in different places.
Inspired by California daze and desert surrounding the city of sin this alt-rocker offers up all the elements desired in a rocking tune – huge vocals, wailing guitars and a big fat dose of swagger. Turn this one up. LOUD.
…aspects of Isolation have driven you crazy, and you know that laughing is the best medicine.
Local legends The Hilltop Hoods jumped back on the scene with a surprise single “I’m Good”. Born in isolation, while they were writing their new album, this song was created to directly benefit some of those affected by the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent tour cancellations. Proceeds will be going to Support Act’s ‘Roadies Crew Fund’.
Like many of their tracks it’s both funny and poignant in parts. It’s the first time I’ve heard 2020 described as an unshaved nether region. Perfect.
And if you can’t relate to that line (liar) then I’m sure there’s at least a line or two to which you will. Enjoy.
Please note: all these tunes are worthy of a spin.
Until next time, stay safe and healthy and support local music however you can.
The History Trust of South Australia today reopens the doors of two of its museums, with The South Australian Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide and The Migration Museum in the city open to the public from 10am.
As part of Step 2 of the South Australian Government’s road map to recovery for easing COVID-19 restrictions, a number of procedures have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of patrons, staff and volunteers.
Each museum will have a maximum capacity of 20 people within its buildings at one time, with the Maritime Museum scheduling 2 hour set session times for visitors. These sessions will include 2 hours of full access to the museum, exhibitions and galleries to ensure that all visitors can enjoy a full experience.
The Marion outdoor pool is going to be bigger and better than ever!
Marion Council has announced that work has begun on the transformation of the 44-year old Marion pool into the biggest outdoor water park in Southern Adelaide. The redevelopment will upgrade the pool to a $4.5m water park, and we. can. not. wait!!!
The new improvements include:
Water play park with:
9.2 metre high x 20 metre wide centrepiece with four water slides, including one enclosed slide, tipping bucket containing 600 litres of water , and water cannons
59 sqm splash pad with non-slip surface, water jets and interactive features.
Expanding the site size site by 1800 sqm to create a family area with:
Three new barbecues
Three new shade structures
New paths across the site to improve access for people of all abilities
Disability access drinking fountain
New play equipment will also be installed.
All current activities, including lap swimming, aqua aerobics, swim school, open day, swimming tuition, carnivals, events, and VACSWIM will continue – but in an improved in environment.
The new look pool and family facility is hoping to open in early October ready for a summer of fun!
A message to all mums with babies young enough to sit, strapped in a pram, happily watching the world go by: take those babies for walks while you still can!! Because before too long, your baby is going to develop an independent streak that is going to mean he or she is going to want to walk EVERYWHERE.
Let’s just say you’re not going to be breaking any land speed records. You might make 100m in 90 minutes. Your baby will have put four seed pods in its mouth and tried to personally inspect every rock and chewed piece of gum they come across. This exploration is awesome, so important for the development of their curious little minds (and immunity!!), but also… can be tedious!
So we’ve compiled a list of some of Adelaide’s best pram friendly walking tracks (which means, bitumen, and predominantly flat…ain’t nobody got time for pushing prams up bumpy gravelly hills right now) within the confines of the Adelaide metropolitan area. These trails are perfect for you to get out and about on while your baby is a precious little newborn blob, happy to while away an hour or so motoring along in the safe confines of the pram while you both get some fresh air, you get a leg stretch, and, let’s be honest probably drink a much needed coffee.
Adelaide parklands trail
Adelaide plays host to a series of pram friendly connected walking and cycling trails, looping around the city and through the Adelaide parklands. Separated by the River Torrens, both the Northern and Southern loops will wind you around lush parks and activity hubs.
The full Adelaide Parklands trail circuit is a 19.5km loop and pathways are shared by pedestrians and cyclists.
The Mike Turtur Bikeway follows the Glenelg tramline from South Terrace, Adelaide to Glenelg and runs along the tramline which is great for little lovers of the rails. You might even like to walk part of one way and catch the tram home!
The trail is a pram friendly shared use trail, for cyclists and walkers, surfaced with bitumen, and both wide and flat. Easily accessed along its entire length, with some sculptures and art installations along the way, it can however, get a bit busy with commuters in peak hours.
The Mawson lakeside walk is a pretty, short and easy 2.6km circuit, ideal for pram walking. Starting at the Promenade on Mawson Lakes Boulevard, and following the boardwalk to the footbridge, the walking trail is lush and scenic, and you might even catch the model boats take to the lake over the weekend.
There are coffee shops along the Promenade so this ticks all the boxes for parents taking some time out to walk, talk and most importantly, caffeinate!
Also known as the Anna Rennie path, the inner harbour loop is a shared-use walking and cycling, pram friendly circuit and provides a 3.5km route around Port Adelaide’s Inner Harbour and Port River, taking in history and playgrounds.
This is really a great walking spot, with a mix of significant historical and maritime landmarks, modern street art, markets and maybe even a dolphin sighting if you’re lucky!
Sturt River Linear Park – South Road to Anzac Highway
The Sturt River Linear Park is a pram friendly shared use trail of about 5km.
Meandering along the Sturt River, you’ll pass historic buildings, significant fauna and environmental sites, as well as important local features, including former market gardens, Kaurna people campsites and an ancient burial ground of the Kaurna people, ending at the Warriparinga Wetland.
Coast to vines rail trail including the Shiraz Trail
This 32km trail follows an old railway corridor. Beginning at the train station at Marino Rocks, and winding around magnificent coastal cliffs, the path is a shared use trail suitable for pram walking.
The Shiraz Trail, the section from McLaren Vale to Willunga, is flatter and more scenic, taking in wineries and vineyards, than the northern section fo the Coast to Vines Trail which goes through suburbs.
Full Coast to Vines Trail, 35km
Shiraz Trail, from McLaren Vale to Willunga, 14km return
Get into gear, strap the kids car seats in and hit the road friends; The History Trust of South Australia’s National Motor Museum will re-open its doors to visitors today at 10am.
It will be the first major South Australian Museum to open its doors.
This is part of the South Australian Governments Step 2 Roadmap to Recovery for easing COVID-19 restrictions. With the health and safety the top priority, a number of procedures and measures have been implemented which are aligned with state and federal government guidelines to ensure visitors, museum officers, volunteers and the behind the scenes team remain safe.
Discover how motor vehicles have opened up our country, linking some of the most isolated communities in the world. From the stately to the absurd, from the hand-built to the mass-produced, see the vehicles people loved and loathed, thrashed and pampered, in the pursuit of their motoring dreams!
The South Australian Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide, and the Migration Museum in the city will follow, opening at 10am Friday 5 June 2020, in time for the June long weekend.
For more on how the National Motor Museum is keeping visitors and volunteers safe: