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Dave Houston CD Launch: The Beginning Is At The End

BY Diana Wolfe | 18-Nov-2016
Renowned Australian theatrical impresario, Dave Houston, will showcase songs from his two new original musical releases—a full-length album The Beginning Is At The End and an EP of punk songs, Alternative Holster—at an immersive theatrical performance on Saturday 26 November.
Houston will headline a diverse line-up of blackfella performers, comedians, hip-hoppers, spoken word activists, BBQ punks and singer-songwriters at Bar 303, 303 High Street, Northcote from 7.30pm.
Venue: Bar 303
Address: 303 High Street Northcote, Victoria, Australia 3070
Date: Saturday 26 November 2016
Time: 7:30pm to late
Ticket: $20 show only
Buy / Ticket: http://www.fullon.biz/album--ep-launch.html
Web: http://www.fullon.biz/music.html
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EMail: INFO@303.NET.AU
Dave Houston's new CD: The Beginning Is At The End
Rabble-rousing new music from celebrated theatre actor-producer-musician, Dave Houston

Renowned Australian theatrical impresario, Dave Houston, will showcase songs from his two new original musical releases—a full-length album The Beginning Is At The End and an EP of punk songs, Alternative Holster—at an immersive theatrical performance on Saturday 26 November.

Houston will headline a diverse line-up of blackfella performers, comedians, hip-hoppers, spoken word activists, BBQ punks and singer-songwriters at Bar 303, 303 High Street, Northcote from 7.30pm.

Like an old Holden swerving across the desert, Houston’s music takes the listener on an unpredictable, edge-of-the-seat, fiercely political and uniquely Australian journey. The Beginning is at the End is a mellowed treatment of themes dear to Houston’s heart, careering from the angst of the travelling songwriter to the troubles of our dear, heaving continent. Alternative Holster is unabashed political punk rock: short, sharp and brutal, and in keeping with its antecedents in Stiff Little Fingers (Ire) and Husker Du (US). The EP embodies the fast grind of the punk ethos, rebelling against just about everything the post-Trump world holds dear. 

True to his eclectic style and collaborative approach, Houston’s launch will feature deadly blackfella artists, a radical Acknowledgement of Country with Jason Tamiru and songs by Caroll Karpany, a founding member of Us Mob (Adelaide). Central Australian Elders will give a Kultja Talk complete with sand drawings. Mistress of Ceremonies will be international performer Aurora Kurth. Sprawling across both stages of Bar 303 will be performances by Jessica McKerlie (gender-bending musical comedy), Shanialation (90s girl pop spoof), Charles Horse (existential clown-comedy), Morganics (hip-hop) and The Burnt Sausages (BBQ punk).

Houston himself will be performing with the Pine Gap Cowboys, accompanied by visual projections by Barrels of Media.

Houston is perhaps best known for his work with The Bongo Brothers, a kids’ comedy-cabaret act described by The Age newspaper as “The Wiggles for funky parents”. His new music is a radical departure, hammering themes of Indigenous dignity and anger against white imperialism together with elements of Greek tragedy and the occasional piss-take.

Since 1988, Houston has graced world stages as a theatre actor, musician and musical comedian from Edinburgh to Mexico City, from Chiang Mai to Arnhem Land, and everywhere in between. He’s also an experienced writer, director and music teacher, and an outspoken activist for Indigenous rights.