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Brother Be promise foot-stomping fun
Sammy O'Brien, Michael Rhydderch, Lynette Salazar and Alan Hilvert-Bruce together form Brother Be.
Photo: Irene Dowdy
Upbeat original tracks with lashings of
acoustic guitar are the mark of
Canberra quartet Brother Be.
The group is launching a new single
Cider Smile -- a foot-stomping track
bound to get you up and dancing -- at
the Transit Bar on Friday.
Lead guitarist Alan Hilvert-Bruce
said 2014 had been a massive year for
They formed one serendipitous
afternoon in 2013 during a jam session
to avoid cleaning his garage.
"We started practising as a three-
piece -- Netty, Mike and I -- and one
afternoon Sammy came around to help
clean my garage," he said.
"With a drummer it just worked
really well but the garage is still
Brother Be cultivated hype after
playing a series of gigs along the east
They were chosen as the half-time
entertainment at GIO Stadium for the
Super Rugby qualifying final clash
between the Brumbies and the Chiefs
from New Zealand in July.
"The stars aligned for that gig," he
"We are all big Brumbies fans so
that was even better as we all caught
the game for free."
Ben Moore of Harvest Recording
helped produce Cider Smile and the
band is heading up to record at
Moore s property in the Hunter Valley
in January to create their EP.
"We hope to have the EP out by
March," Hilvert-Bruce said.
"We pride ourselves on making
happy music and have transformed our
sound a lot since the beginning."
The introduction of electronic
percussion and sampling are some
sounds that they have been
"It will be kind of like folk-techno
which sounds horrible but it s really
cool," he said.
Bucket et Al and The Ians will join
Brother Be for the launch of the single
Doors open at 8pm.
DOWN TO EARTH -- ARTIST: FLIGHT FACILITIES
Undeniable talent but still so much left to work on
Polished electronic outfit Flight
Facilities make light and breezy music.
Its a sort of mix of lounge and dance
pop that kicked around in the early
2000s and now doesn t sound out of
place in 2014.
On their debut album, the Sydney
DJs rely heavily on female vocalists to
construct a hazy atmosphere and
soothing feeling. It s mellow to the
core -- perfect for recovering from a
late night or rather gruesome gym
The focus of the album is on soft
synths, 80s-influenced disco and
songs that work themselves into EDM
and pop territory but also tend to fizzle
out rather than retain the listener s
This is a slight problem -- Flight
Facilities can easily conjure stylistic
pop hooks that will please their fan-
base but a whole album stuck in cruise
control is pleasant, not memorable.
The talent is without question, the
seamless production quite brilliant and
the natural sequencing of songs to
produce a cohesive EDM album is to
But there are faults with some songs
meandering on and overstaying their
That s the paradox here -- songs
sound faintly familiar as though
you ve heard them before but there s
enough magic here to also entice you
to listen again.
SING THE BLUES AWAY AT
The annual Canberra Country Blues
and Roots Festival will be held this
weekend at Queanbeyan Showground.
The three-day event showcases
regional, interstate and international
acts, workshops and talent quest.
An annual ute muster, market stalls
and delicious food will be on offer.
Three-day passes and day tickets are
available at events.ticketbooth.com.au/
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A CELEBRATION OF
The Sydney Consort is hosting The
Mannheim School for an evening of
chamber works at The Wesley Music
Centre in Forrest on Sunday.
The concert pays tribute to the
music of the 18th century composers
who lived in the German city of
Mannheim and contributed to the
evolution of orchestral style.
The show will feature soloist
Lawrence Dobell, the principal
clarinet with the Sydney Symphony
Orchestra, and the versatile recorder
player, a specialist in the early music
field, Hans-Dieter Michatz.
Tickets $35/$25 (concession) are
available at the door.
Let All Men Sing, a rare choral festival
concert, will feature more than 400
male voices from 14 choirs in a fund-
raiser for Soldier On.
The Male Choirs Association of
Australia s biennial Festival of Male
Voices at the AIS Arena will be
supported by the Band of the Royal
Military College Duntroon and
Canberra soprano Sara Carvalho.
The concert starts on Saturday at
Tickets cost $40, concessions and
discounts also available, via Ticketek.
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