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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

The Last Airbender Wii Game


Earlier this year I did some language localisations for The Last Airbender Wii game produced here in Brisbane by THQ.  Matt Connolly did the sound design in the game and did a smashing job!  There is something kinda peaceful listening to approx 1300 different audio assets in 4 different languages – all with minimal naming issues!

Along with the language localisation, I mastered a lot of the music.  So check it out!

The Last Airbender Wii Game2012-03-21T18:29:29+10:00

Lesson MC Mastering


This is a Hip-hop EP that I mastered earlier in the year. Quite enjoyed doing this job actually!

You can listen to some audio examples from Lesson MC’s site here on his Myspace page.

Lesson MC Mastering2010-10-04T15:31:27+10:00

Phill McKenna and the Water Signs


Check out the new album from Phil McKenna.  I met Phil a few years ago when I mastered Those Bloody McKennas’ EP Grace Emily Jam. I mastered this album late last year and has some really great tracks on it

Phill McKenna & Clare Kildea from the band Those Bloody McKennas (TBM) have been working steadily over the last 2 and a half years on a new project called Phill McKenna & The Water Signs and are set to release their debut album: Six Degrees from a Monkey.

The album can be purchased from Phill’s Website at and the launch is on Sunday 24th May at The Troubadour in Fortitude Valley.

Phill McKenna and the Water Signs2009-06-19T07:50:50+10:00