I am proud to announce the release of the final live show by Shadow Ministers. Please see link in player.

6 original tracks from Australian dub jazz experiment Shadow Ministers, with special guest Steve Phillips on keys. All tracks were written by bassist, bandleader and mc, Liam O’Connell.

Joel Dreezer plays some incredible flute and saxophone through an array of interconnected effects. Solid skanking form the keys adds a solid backbone for rap lyrics to ride and guitarist Matt Lustri to weave his magic.

After the show, a new group was established called Guns of Dickson, to continue in a similar direction with more vocals and increase in shorter tracks. The dub wise still rules and yet has space to influence some more tempos and feels. Remember the name Guns of Dickson.

Live from the Basement, Belconnen is the third live performance from Basement Reggae Sessions by the band, in cooperation with Clandestino Canberra. Special guest keys provided by El Dub Terraneo.

credits

released November 20, 2022

Drums: Simon Milman. Bass/Vox: Liam O’Connell. Guitar: Matthew Lustri. Sax/Flute/Keytar: Joel Dreezer. Keys: Steven Phillips

photos by Acacia Simmons and Rafael Florez.

Uniting the World Through Music

Presented by Rasta Salute and Branch Stack Records, the latest mashup of live dub and reggae DJ runnings in Canberra kicks off at Smith’s Alternative on September 24, 2022. Leading vocalists and djs from the African diaspora are supported by Canberra’s newest recruits to the dub front lines.

Guns of Dickson. Maximum firepower will be provided by heavyweight bass, chunky guitar, organ skanks, shimmering drums and of course tape echo effects to evoke the most genuine dub experience this side of JA. Members of Sine, Dub Militya and Shadow Ministers have combined to lay the foundation for a pumping night of dub-reggae Inity and overstanding. Headlining the night will be Kenyan born vocalist M.C_Tomasky (Skandal Mongers/Dub Militya) with a rootsy set of Mugithi-inspired songs delivered direct from the heart and soul. DJ grooves provided at the start and to finish by DJ Ras Kuman, known for his legendary work with Reggae Rockers. Big it up!

Smiths Alternative, Alinga street, Civic

9.30-01.00. 

$20 full, $15 concession

$20/15, tickets at http://www.smithsalternative.com/events/uniting-the-world-through-music-78018

Non-Stop Reggae Vibes, Inity and Overstanding.

Presented by Rasta Salute and Branch Stack Records, the latest mashup of live dub and reggae DJ runnings in Canberra kicks off at Smith’s on September 24, 2022, Leading vocalists and djs from the African diaspora are supported by Canberra’s newest recruits to the dub front lines.

Guns of Dickson. Maximum firepower will be provided by heavyweight bass, chunky guitar, organ skanks, shimmering drums and of course tape echo effects to evoke the most genuine dub experience this side of JA. Members of Sine, Dub Militya and Shadow Ministers have combined to lay the foundation for a pumping night of dub-reggae Inity and overstanding. Headlining the night will be Kenyan born vocalist M.C_Tomasky (Skandal Mongers/Dub Militya) with a rootsy set of Mugithi-inspired songs delivered direct from the heart and soul. DJ grooves provided at the start and to finish by DJ Ras Kuman, known for his legendary work with Reggae Rockers. Big it up!

Non-Stop Reggae Vibes, Inity and Overstanding

WARM AND EASY

2021

Miney Moe

The Outsider by Miney Moe is the debut album of Liam O’Connell that he wrote while studying and living in Melbourne from 2001.

Written and recorded (2003-2005), hibernated for 14. Life takes many roads and segues but the heart remains eternal.

The hot and smooth band features Dan McDonald on drums; is the debut recording of Richard Mander on double bass (highlighted on the opening track Hollwood Ending); contains special guest appearances by Michael McQuaid on 2 tracks (Pretty Gown and Waiting for Siobhan).

Out now on Branch Stack Records through Bandcamp or stream on Spotify, buy from Apple Store and all other major streaming services. Recorded and mixed by Malicine 2003-06 and Liam O’Connell 2007-08, mastered by Joe Carra at Crystal.

Tune in to Canberra’s original roots music radio station www.Artsound.fm . Tune in live on 92.7fm or 90.3fm in Tuggeranong Valley

Every second Tuesday 8.00-10.00 it’s the best of Liam’s crates, cases and hard drives, presenting you the oldest, rarest or simply the best versions and origins of great music from the 20th Century to today.

Blues, Jazz, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Dub, Rap

next episode: 19/4

next next episode: 1/5