• Paul Kelly was joined by Angus and Julia Stone, Kate Miller-Heidke Alex Lahey, and Mojo Juju for a Christmas Concert at the Sydney Myer Music Hall (Melb) recently, despite the inclement weather the show went on, Kelly opened appropriately with Hasn’t It Rained from his Merri Soul Sessions and moved onto songs from his most recent album Nature, supported by his daughters Memphis and Maddie on backing vocals. The Kelly Christmas classic How to Make Gravy was a much-anticipated inclusion in the show, and in this week’s 4TR Special Feature we trace the story of Joe and Rita through the trilogy of songs by Kelly which chart the course of their estrangement and separation from To Her Door via Love Never Runs on Time to How to Make Gravy.


  • The vexed question of whether performers should play in countries which are the subject of United Nations sanctions for human rights violations, continues to divide opinion. Performing in South Africa during the apartheid era was particularly contraversial, Queen went there and were pilloried and so was Paul Simon, Nick Cave did similarly when he took his Bad Seeds to play in Tel Aviv last year, as British muso Brian Eno had requested that Cave sign up to his Artists for Palestine crusade and not tour in Israel. Cave refused to support Eno, he stated that no one had the right to bully, censor, or silence musicians and condemned cultural boycotts as cowardly and shameful. The protest movement has a long and complex relationship with performers, this week we profile two towering protest songs by Australian bands, the Hall of Fame Heroes Midnight Oil’s Blue Sky Mine, and the ARIA Winner Flashback Song of the Year from 1991, Treaty by Yothu Yindi.



  • This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Australian rock and roll record to chart in our national Top 20 – The Wild One, by Johnny O’Keefe and the Dee Jays, was a seminal moment in our local music history and the intriguing back story to its creation is told in our new section Years Ago.



  • This week’s 4TR Q/A takes us back to the early 1960’s and the story of local singer Judy Cannon, who found herself in the same London recording studio as Joe Meek and Jimmy Page in 1962, when she cut a record there with the legendary producer of Telstar, and the Led Zeppelin guitar hero in-waiting.


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