Broome based singer/songwriter Tonchi McIntosh writes songs from a place we all know. Underlying and sometimes on top is a deep sense of humanity. Woven through are people’s lives and antidotes they have given. Over the top is a mish-mash of Rock Electro Latin Beats meets Songwriter! With titles such as: 86: “I caught the 86 to the city, oh my god the mornings so pretty, and every nation on the street is going to, share a city, share a seat, that’s mother to the colour and the flavour of the seven seas that meets me in the morning breeze and Merri Creek is full of trees again. I love your coffee dark and bitter and your histories of loves that met and lasted, while some were merely passing like the flowers on the sidewalk find a home or help some old friends talk, people meet and people greet on the sunny side of Smith Street again” Summer Wind “May the country recognise you and your soul be truly free, may there be a ray of sunlight behind every cloud you see. Good speed when you travel, may your new friends really care, and spare a thought for those of us who wish that we were there. The summer wind should have found you by now, no matter where you’ve been, thoughts of home will surely bring you near” Evolution: “Do you believe in evolution? Just look how far we’ve come. We used to have it in the balance now we’re changing the sun. Trying to find another planet with life forms like this one, and if they move we’ll find them and if they don’t will we cut them down? And if it’s populated and they don’t resemble us, will we stick our flag into their ground and declare it Terra Nullius?” Mums are never wrong (For Cyndi Sheehan): (Recently added to the Centre for Political song, Caledonian Uni, Glasgow, SCO) “Momma don’t like your prisons built in Jesus name Momma says respect someone and they’ll respect you back the same Momma don’t like your speeches from the bad lands of the free Momma says that total power corrupts you totally Momma don’t want a future where she buries her sons Momma don’t like you Mister Man and Mums are never wrong!” Rock and Roll star: “There’s no such thing as a R&R star, you’ve got a better chance of finding life on Mars. Ego and hair and a loud guitar, that’s what makes a rock and roll star. There’s no such thing as a perfect body, to believe there is is perfect folly. Be happy with yourself or forever sorry because there’s no such thing as a perfect body. Nothing ever happens ‘till it’s on TV. It’s the one common thing between you and me. That much power’s just a little scary, no nothing ever happens ‘till it’s on TV” His first self funded album “Bridges”, produced by Shane Howard in 1999 continues to attract National/Community radio play. Collaboration with Poet/Writer Andrew Hull produced “Firestone” with an Australian/Irish heritage theme which toured major National festivals. He has been facilitating song writing workshops since 1998, helping people to turn their personal experience and knowledge into songs and sound scapes. His second album in the planning is a snapshot of the country, the people and the world we live in. He has worked with all age groups in Juvenile Justice Centres, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centres, Schools, Community Youth Programs, Probation and Parole Programs, Australia Arts Council, Victorian & Queensland Arts Councils, NSW Dep. of Health, Community Arts Programs, TAFE, and School Music Camps Nowra’s Indigenous “Oolong House” uses the therapeutic process of the workshops as part of their multi-faceted drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, which won the PM’s Award in 2004. Macquarie University in Sydney commissioned a study on Narrative Therapy based on song writing workshops observed and filmed at Oolong House, 2004. Recording original, often elderly artists from remote areas who have not had access to recording facilities is an important part of Tonchi's work. He received an honourable mention from the University of Canberra’s 1999 National Cultural Awards for ‘an outstanding contribution to the quality of Australian cultural life’ for songs from his Debut album “Bridges” and recordings collected in remote NSW and QLD. His performances include a ‘Drought Themed’ Freeza tour of High Schools in North Western VIC, Bruce Cockburn (CAN) at the Brunswick Music Festival, the Woodford Folk Festival (QLD), Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC), National Folk Festival in Canberra, The Illawarra, Georgetown (TAS) & Blue Mountain Folk Festivals, Mick Thomas’ (Weddings, Parties, Anything) Christmas show at the Corner Hotel (VIC), Dick Gaughan (SCO) Peggy Seeger (UK), The Great Victorian Bike Ride, 2006 Tamworth Country Music Festival and live venues around the country. He recently supported American singer Michelle Shocked for her sold out Melbourne shows. Tonchi’s studio production/session portfolio includes; Shane Howard, Kerrianne Cox, Bunna Lawrence (Coloured Stone), Neil Murray, Kev Carmody, Cyndi Boste, Joe Geia and The Screaming Jets. Tonchi’s song about a giant tree “The Blue Tier” and footage of him performing it with the Blue Tier Community (TAS) appeared on Channel 9’s “Land of the Giants” documentary by Lin Sunderland and Dave Warth, which also features John Butler on New Years eve 2005. The title track to “Bridges” was in the finals of the 2005 National Music OZ Song writing Awards. ABC Books published his song “River Country” in their school music publication: 2005 SING BOOK. Derby (WA) Community FM radio station, “Larkindji Media” recently received the hotly contested 2005 Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s “Contribution to Local Music" award for the 24 track “Sounds of Derby” album produced by Tonchi, which included 8 songs in the rare Worora language of the Kimberley’s. He returns this year to record the second community album in Nov. Tonchi, Mick Daley (The Re-Mains) and Bourke writer Andrew Hull recently returned from writing an album of songs with the tiny community of Nymagee NSW: telling their town’s dramatic goldmining story from rags in the 1920’s to riches in 2006. They unearthed some classic legends! ABC Radio National producer Andrew Parks recorded the process of discovering and turning oral histories into songs and the resulting 7 part documentary is currently playing on Bush Telegraph at 11pm Tuesdays until the towns highly anticipated bi-annual Music festival October 9th. WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED WITH: Worimi Juvenile Justice Centre, Newcastle Community Arts Centre, Telarah Resource Centre, Outback Arts, Gulargambone High School, Gulargambone Youth Centre, Nyngan Arts Council, big hArt, Bourke Centa Care, Bourke Dumbi proclaimed place, Bourke Youth Centre, Bourke Catholic Diocese, Bourke TAFE, Bourke NAIDOC celebrations, Bourke High School, Cobar Youth Service, Brewarrina Youth Centre, Brewarrina Yetta Dhinnakal Correctional Centre, Brewarrina Orana Haven, Warren High School, Walgett High School, Walgett Community of Schools, Nowra 'Oolong' House, Nowra PCYC + DOCS, NSW Ed Dep Music Camp, Moree Family Violence and Legal Aid, Mirray Birray Youth Services Moree, Melbourne Juvenile Justice, St Josephs Primary School Portland, Portland Secondary School, St George Community, Cunnamulla Community, Normanton High School, Normanton Community Health, Gulf Community School, Kuranda State School, Brewarrina central School, Brewarrina St Pats Primary, Enngonia Public School, Larkindji FM Radio Station Derby, Coonamble Community Health, Beagle Bay Community. REVIEWS “Tonchi McIntosh, remember the name. If all things were equal in the music industry, especially in Australia, McIntosh's name would not need to be remembered. It would be before the public's eye simply for the talent associated with it. Bridges is his debut album and its maturity of songs and their impressive execution belies his relative recording inexperience. McIntosh was born in England, grew up in Bourke and has Mexican blood running through his veins on his Mother's side. He sings, his voice full of warmth and emotion, of Australia with a clear-sighted passion for the land and its traditional owners, moving from acoustic folk/rock to electric and touches of reggae and country. This mixture of musical forms enfolds his lyricism, and nowhere is this more in evidence than in the stunning ballad Give It All Away (Che). One of McIntosh's strengths is the meshing of imagery, be it allegorical or as raw and rich as the red earth of the outback. It gives his music an originality that in Australia is something to savour". **** Warwick McFadyen, The Sunday Age “These songs have lots of blue sky in them. Beneath that is a broad red land and somewhere in between is a light strong voice with sun in it. Tonchi McIntosh is that rarest of things, an original” Martin Flanagan, Author, Sports Journalist for The Age. “…it does lift your spirits to hear new, younger, voices and songwriters that capture your imagination. He’s a brave, clear, fresh voice for our times. He writes with intelligence and soul.” Shane Howard, Goanna Band More reviews at www.acrosstheborders.com.au MAT EARL Plays drums for The Band Who Knew Too Much with bassy Shannon Birchell of JBT fame, Deb Conway, Neil Murray currently on tour of Europe. JAEZED Jonno Zissler Melbourne based beat boxer who lives for free style. He comes straight from the street, raw and real. Performing with Morganics, WireMC, Juju Spacejazz, and anywhere live hip hop can be played. Jaezed has released an independent hip hop release with Sydney crew ‘Cypher Deum’ which received airplay on JJJ and community stations such as StreetRadio.net and F.B.I. Radio. He has been the subject of documentaries for A.F.T.R.S. Students, which told how he grew up as a ‘Streetie’ on the streets of Surrey Hills Sydney and made his own documentary which won ‘First Time Film Makers Award’ at the Mafia Film festival. He hosted a Hip Hop radio show on Streetradio.net for 12 months featuring live freestyle and interviews with up-and-coming rappers. He is currently facilitating Hip Hop workshops at Front Yard Legal Centre in Melbourne and has recently returned from workshops in the Western NSW communities of Bourke, Brewarrina and Collarenebri with the Musicnsw ‘Whichway’ team. He has more workshops with Tonchi in Armidale NSW and Derby WA Sept/Nov 2006. He performs beat box live with Indigenous dance group ‘Koomurri’ when they are in the country.
04 Feb 2008
Cool combo of great beatboxing, dub-tastic riddims and essential message. People get ready indeed!
Cool combo of great beatboxing, dub-tastic riddims and essential message. People get ready indeed!