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Celtic Cello

Artist/s: Sally Maer (cello) with special guests Teddy Tahu Rhodes (bass-baritone) and David Hobson (tenor)
Category: Arrangements, Classical, Folk
Label: ABC Classics 481 2628
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“Celtic Cello consists of twenty classical music arrangements of traditional and popular Celtic songs as well as some film music themes. It is designed to showcase the versatility of cello soloist, Sally Maer.”

On Love and Science. CD and illustrated hardback book

Artist/s: Zulya and the Children of the Underground. Musicians: Zulya Kamalova, vocals, writer, composer, leader; Lucas Michailidis, guitars; Aviva Endean, clarinets, tenor sax; Anthony Schulz, piano accordion, piano; Justin Marshall, drums, percussion; Andrew Tanner, double bass, jew’s harp. Accompanies illustrated book, hard back by Zulya Kamalova, illustrations by Dilka Bear
Category: Folk, Fusion, Jazz, World
Label: Self- release, self-published, limited edition. Purchase from website
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This multimedia release is Zulya’s finest and most ambitious work to date. It demands attention and accolades. Zulya Kamalova, the Tatar/Australian world music trailblazer never ceases to surprise. Her previous release was a sci-fi computer music extravaganza. This one, back…

Taking Pictures

Artist/s: Jo Lawry, singer/songwriter, vocals, guitar. One track a duet with Sting
Category: Contemporary, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Label: Fleurieu Music
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Jo Lawry is a singer/songwriter from South Australia currently living in New York. She is best known as a backing singer with Sting and has been touring the world in his band. She was also featured in the documentary about…

Children's songs
The Birch Tree. Music based on Folktunes.

Artist/s: Throroughbass: Diana Weston (harpsichord), and Anna Fraser (soprano), Shaun Ng (viola da gamba), Joanne Arnott (recorder), Angus Ryan (cello)
Category: Children's songs, Classical, Folk, New Music
Label: Wirripang Wirr 068
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“The most unusual aspect of this CD is the rare sound of Béla Bartók’s piano music played on a harpsichord, sometimes with cello, and surrounded by contemporary Australian compositions.”

The Celtic Songbook

Artist/s: A compilation of melodies from Ireland, Scotland and Wales featuring singers David Hobson, Nollaig Casey, Paul McMahon, Annalisa Kerrigan, Sarah Calderwood and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, with various ensembles
Category: Classical, Folk
Label: ABC Classics 481 1981
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This CD is a compilation of traditional Celtic melodies sung by well-known artists and selected from recordings made by the ABC between 1996-2015. It is a feast, though it lacks variety in the recipes chosen, with almost all pieces being…

Twisted Roots

Artist/s: Andrew Browne and an ensemble: John Stuart (electric guitars, lapsteel and pedal steel guitar), Cameron Kinsey (nylon string guitar), Veronique Serret (violin), Anna Martin-Scrase (cello), Brett Hirst (double bass), Rob Maxwell-Jones (alto and bass flute), Arne Hanna (Cuban trez and backing vocals), Tina Harrod (backing vocals), Finbar Stuart (piano), Jess Ciampa (percussion/drums/vibes)
Category: Acoustic, Contemporary, Folk, Jazz, Music
Label: Self-release AWB123
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“Singer songwriter Andrew Browne and an illustrious group of Australian musicians have created a beautiful CD of original songs in Browne’s second album Twisted Roots.”