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Muses Trio – Celebrating Clara


Muses Piano Trio are some of Australia’s leading and most exciting musicians in contemporary classical music, known for their edgy, spine tingling and virtuosic performance style: Christa Powell (violin), Louise King (cello) and Therese Milanovic (piano).

Muses Trio celebrates Clara Schumann ‘s 200th anniversary of birth and CD launch with a performance of spoken word, diary extracts and her personal piano trio fragmented and reconstructed with music by female composers inspired by her legacy: pianist, virtuoso, composer, wife to a very unstable genius, mother to eight.

It was great to be involved in the recording and production of this project.  This is the second CD I have done, and we returned up to the picturesque setting of Springbrook once again to record over three days.  Fantastic to be surrounded by nature working with great musicians recording great music.

You can purchase the CD from the Muses Trio Website, or contact them through Muses Trio Facebook page

Muses Trio – Celebrating Clara2019-06-16T21:26:15+10:00

Mirusia – A Salute To The Seekers


It was great to get back into the studio with Mirusia, recording vocals and mixing and mastering this album with her.  I first worked with Mirusia a long time ago on one of the various Scotland the Brave tours where we travelled around Australia, NZ and Canada. It is always so easy, joyous and beautiful to work with her in the studio.

“I still remember when I was a little girl growing up in Brisbane in the 90s and my Mum and Dad bought a CD Player. It was a big deal, a new format and a total change in the way we listened to music. I remember being obsessed with looking at the underside of the discs with all the colours of the rainbow moving on the surface like a hologram.

My Dad bought us some CDs and also a rack to display them in. But, there was one CD I always wanted to listen to and sing and dance along to: The Seekers 25 Year Reunion Celebration. I just loved everything about it. The harmonies, the audience interaction, the incredibly unique voice of Judith Durham. It was fun, beautiful, soulful, organic, classic and timeless.

Growing up in Australia the music of The Seekers was not only a part of my childhood, but I truly believe it helped to form me as an artist. At school we sang “I Am Australian”, a song that unites all of the people of Australia as one. This particular song was one I have sung many times during my career at so many different events and concerts.

In 2011, I was so lucky to have been able to tour alongside The Seekers together with André Rieu. It was an incredible experience for me to learn from them first hand and to sing together with them on stage. All four of them are so down to earth and such lovely, genuine people with hearts of gold.

This album is a salute to the four people who inspired me and gave me encouragement to continue my dream of being a singer. Together with David Cameron and Pete Dacey we have put our own spin on the songs that are so well loved by The Seekers.

This recording is in no way intended to replace the original recordings of The Seekers, but it is with respect that I sing their music and share it with my own wonderful fans and friends around the world.

So to Judith, Keith, Athol and Bruce, I salute you!”

– Mirusia

You can purchase checkout Mirusia’s Webpage, Facebook or listen to the album on Spotify or Apple Music

Mirusia – A Salute To The Seekers2019-06-17T15:23:57+10:00

Spotty Kites


One of my first jobs that I did for ABC along time ago was for a series of Children’s CDs, those first 4 CDs ballooned in number over subsequent years. They are always an extremely enjoyable process to be a part of with carining, passionate people that form the creative basis for amazing musical products that introduce kids to the world of music.  Donna Dyson and Craig Allister Young through Spotty Kites are continuing along that strong tradition of original Australian Children’s music.  With some amazing vocal talent by Renae Suttie and Gregory Moore (along with some others) and players from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, it was great to be able to mix and assemble this project.

Spotty Kites provides a fun, educational song library for infants and primary school children. Classroom and Music Teachers, Choir Directors and Parents all love Spotty Kite’s comprehensive resources.

Spotty Kites songs are featured daily on ABC KIDS LISTEN RADIO and KINDERLING RADIO and are internationally released through MGM Distribution.

You can check out their Spotty Kites, or enjoy some of the youtube videos below!

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Who You Love – Luke Kennedy featuring Naomi Price


Another little mix for Luke Kennedy.  Recorded Live at Judith Wright Centre.

Luke Kennedy:

Every night of my 2013 tour, I performed ‘Who You Love’ by John Mayer. This song is extremely special to me, and it afforded me the opportunity to speak about an issue I am very passionate about. It saddens me that almost two years later there has been little progress in Australia towards marriage equality.

Please watch, comment and share – and let’s keep the conversation going.

‪#‎marriageequality‬ ‪#‎whoyoulove‬ ‪#‎lukekennedy‬

Featuring Luke Kennedy with Naomi Price, Jason McGregor, Andrew Johnson, Mik Easterman and Michael Manikus
Filmed and edited by optikal bloc
Live audio recorded by Jamie Taylor
Audio mixed and mastered by Geoff Mcgahan

Who You Love – Luke Kennedy featuring Naomi Price2019-06-04T21:33:13+10:00

Budget Direct Aliens


Ok, so not your regular run of the mill TV ad. But these are a lot of fun to work on. It is a little hard to get the Alien’s in the studio given their tight schedule and other worldly commitments! Music by Garry Smith at Jamhouse Creative

Budget Direct Aliens2014-02-17T13:47:41+10:00

Marina Prior Live DVD Mixing


Marina Prior DVD Cover

I had the great pleasure to mix Marina Prior’s Live DVD recorded live in the Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie.

In an Australian first, Marina Prior releases her LIVE concert recorded at the spectacular Glasshouse Theatre.  Not only is this Marina’s first ever LIVE concert DVD, but also the first any Australian Star of Musical Theatre has ever had a LIVE performance recorded for commercial release.

Marina Prior is regarded as Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre, having performed over twenty leading roles in her career so far. She rose to stardom when she played Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. The award winning performer is honoured with being named one of Australia’s 100 Entertainers of the Century.

Watch Marina as you have never seen her before – in an intimate performance, singing her favourite songs and sharing stories from her career.

Marina’s vast repertoire includes musical theatre, jazz, contemporary, and light opera. She will captivate you with a stunning selection of her favourite songs from such shows as The Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Les Miserables. She will also perform songs from her new albums, Both Sides Now which features songs from her busking days – a collection of music from the female performers of the 70s and 80s and Encore – a collection of her favourite music theatre songs.

This honestly was a truly captivating live performance and fantastic to be involved with and work on. A true professional!

Marina Prior Live DVD Mixing2013-11-08T10:42:27+10:00

Wildflowers Live Recording


Check this out – The wonderful voices of Noriana Kennedy, Nicola Joyce and Noelie McDonnell launching their new group Wildflowers. It is a live recording that I did for them after sound check and before The Celtic Divas show at the Tivoli in June.

Wildflowers Live Recording2012-08-24T21:12:59+10:00

Sarah Calderwood, solo album “As Night Falls”


Here is the press release from ABC Classics for the album that I am producing and engineering during September this year.  Very excited about this one!


Australia’s leading classical CD label ABC Classics today confirmed that it has signed folksinger Sarah Calderwood to make a solo album. The groundbreaking deal – the first in which a solo folksinger has been signed to a major classical label – follows the success of Celtic Road, the album by Sarah’s band Sunas, which spent six consecutive weeks in the ARIA Classical Top 10 and achieved high rotation on ABC Classic FM and Local Radio playlists when released in February this year.

The band went on to headline both the National Folk Festival in April and National Celtic Festival in June, to extraordinary acclaim.

But it was Sarah’s solo vocal on the traditional Bushes & Briars, accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, which drew audiences to the album from well beyond the folk community.

‘The response to Sarah’s haunting voice has been amazing,’ says Manager of ABC Classics Martin Buzacott, who discovered the 29-year-old singer performing with Scottish song-writing legend Dougie MacLean at a semi-private concert in the Wollemi National Park last year.

‘Although she sings in the distinctive folk style, Sarah is actually classically trained, has perfect pitch, and very sophisticated musical tastes, so her association with ABC Classics is more natural than it might first appear.’

‘I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to make this solo album,’ says Sarah, who is already in the studio working with Celtic Road’s producer Geoff McGahan, ambient music specialist Mirko Ruckels, and leading orchestral arranger Jessica Wells. ‘Having these trusted colleagues plus ABC Classics and its partners at Universal Music Australia behind the album is like a dream come true.’

With its roots firmly in the Celtic tradition, the album will feature immortal tunes like Wild Mountain Thyme, The Unquiet Grave and Poor Wayfaring Stranger, alongside contemporary classics such as Annie Lennox’s Into the West and a particularly compelling version of Peter Gabriel’s Mercy Street.

‘These are some of my favourite songs from the traditional Celtic and contemporary British repertoire,’ says Sarah, ‘and we have the luxury this time of a full symphony orchestra plus Jess and Mirko’s beautiful, ambient atmospherics, as well as – on a couple of tracks – the musical loves of my life in my band Sunas!’

Recording moved to Hobart last week where the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Greene played several of Wells’ arrangements including the traditional songs The Maid of the River, I Am Stretched On Your Grave, and The Blue Cockade, the latter featuring a high-profile male Australian singer as Sarah’s duet partner. ‘No names, no pack-drill just yet,’ Sarah laughs.

Also featured will be Irish-based Alan Kelly, acknowledged within the folk community as the world’s greatest accordion player, whose own new album Small Town and Famous Nights will be released on ABC Classics in October, plus Berlin-based Australian guitarist Bob Spencer, former Savage Garden bass player Lee Novak, and virtuoso Australian percussionist David Jones.

‘It’s like a who’s-who of the world’s great musicians,’ Sarah says. ‘I’m so inspired to be surrounded by this musical company.’

Sarah’s album, entitled As Night Falls, will be released on 4 November, with advance tracks being pre-released on iTunes from early October.

UPDATE: Also featuring duets with Mike Scott (from The Waterboys) and Shane Nicholson!  We are currently finished recording and are madly mixing to reach the deadline!

Sarah Calderwood, solo album “As Night Falls”2011-10-03T17:34:49+10:00

Laique CD Mastering


I’ve just finished mastering Laique’s new CD Cravin Just a Little Misbehavin. They are launching it on November 27 at the Old Museum Brisbane.  It is a refreshing 1930’s Swing style album, so it is not your everyday run-of-the-mill release.

Laique describe their musical styles as French Pop, 1930’s Swing and Tango. From their website:

Steeped in a sizzle of hot swing, there’s a twist of mischievous charm beneath the band’s sharp trouser legs and front-woman Kylie Southwell’s slick heels as the hard-popping bedlam begins. This is wine without the glass and murder without the guilt. This is song writing without the diarising. The swinging twenties without prohibition. The lust without the phone numbers. This is Laique – one frock and four suits. French manouche, street beats and tango all fall in line behind one stray black cat…

Laique CD Mastering2012-03-21T18:28:41+10:00

Scotland the Brave DVD and CD through ABC


Our Brisbane performance of Scotland The Brave in June was recorded and filmed with the ABC wanting to release the show on DVD and CD. I have just finished doing the post-production on the DVD with the CD to follow in the next few days. It should be released early November just in time for Christmas!

SCOTLAND THE BRAVE is the international smash hit celebration of the best of Scottish music and dance, which received standing ovations at its US premiere in the Lincoln Centre, New York in April 2009.

This spectacular new production features an orchestra. choir, pipe band and drum corps, highland dancers and outstanding soloists including tenor Greg Moore who also appears on the best selling DVD.

Highlights include Amazing Grace, Highland Cathedral, Skye Boat Song, Ye banks and braes, Auld Lang Syne, a Brigadoon medley, a Scottish sing-a-long and more.

News flash: Colleen Rintamaki, winner of more world championships than any other highland dancer in history, will make an exclusive guest appearance in Brisbane.

Music Director: Sean O’Boyle

Greg Moore, tenor
Samuel Dundas, bass-baritone
Suellan Cusack, soprano
Suzanne Kompass, soprano
Catherine Lynagh, pianist
Marcus Holden, celtic fiddler

Queensland Pops Orchestra

The Queensland Choir

Victoria Police Pipe Band and drum corps
Andrew Fuller, soloist

Thistle Highland Dancers

Colleen Rintamaki, soloist

Scotland the Brave DVD and CD through ABC2012-03-21T18:29:04+10:00