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'I considered him a friend' – Glenn A Baker talks the life of George Young


The music industry is today mourning the loss of Easybeats star and AC/DC producer George Young.

The musician was one half of Vanda and Young and had 24 number one hits, leaving no doubt that he was a true music legend.

Renowned music, entertainment and travel writer Glenn A Baker considered George as a friend, and he speaks with Brian Carlton about the life of this extraordinary musician.

"Mortality is weighing heavily on our rock 'n' roll stars": Glenn A. Baker reflects on life of friend and legend Malcolm Young

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Malcolm Young was arguably the world’s greatest rhythm guitarist; he was a legend, a songwriter, and best known as a co-founder of AC/DC.

Yesterday, he lost his battle with dementia aged 64.

Renowned music, entertainment and travel writer, Glenn A Baker, knew the legend well, and reflects with Brian Carlton on an extraordinary life of rock and roll.  

He also reveals the secret to Malcolm's sound...

Image: Ac-dcfreak785 at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

A giant man in the Gorge, Neneh Cherry and onesies: Mona Foma in full swing in Launceston


Mona Foma is in full swing in Launceston, with the week-long cultural event seeing tourists flock to the city.

Festival curator and bassist of the Violent Femmes, Brian Ritchie, joins Brian Carlton in the studio this morning to talk about the festival and the latest Violent Femmes news.

Listen as they talks Amanda Parr’s Manin the Cataract Gorge, Underworld’s cancellation, headliner Neneh Cherry, and a Seattle artist dragging paintings around the Launceston CBD…

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Bob ‘Bongo’ Starkie: how he got into Skyhooks, and his upcoming gig in Launceston


This morning Brian Carlton was joined in the studio by a very special guest: legendary guitarist from the Skyhooks, Bob ‘Bongo’ Starkie.

Starkie is in Launceston to talk about an upcoming gig at the Country Club Casino in September, but stops down to chat with Brian about the Skyhooks and rock and roll.

To buy tickets to the upcoming concert, click here.

Community frustrated over new ticket system for Symphony Under the Stars


Social media is in a frenzy over the ‘sold out’ Symphony Under the Stars event held by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO).

The free event, held in City Park in Launceston, used to just encourage patrons to turn up on the night. However this year the event was ticketed and capped to just 5000 people, with several people expressing frustration at missing out on tickets.

Sam Cairnduff, Director of Marketing and Communcations for the TSO, calls in to speak to Brian Carlton about reasoning behind the new ticketing method for Symphony Under the Stars.

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Controversy over pro-equality Macklemore performance at NRL

Do sports and politics mix?

They don’t according to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is calling for a ban on US rapper Macklemore from performing at this weekend’s NRL grand final.

The calls for the ban began after Macklemore announced he will perform his pro-equality song ‘Same Love’.

Brian Carlton has never heard the song, so he takes a listen on air to find out about the controversy. LAFM Program Director, Steve Segale, also weighs in on why a rapper would have been asked to perform, rather than a rock band.

Doug Anthony AllStar's Tim Ferguson talks Near Death Experience


 They’re cheeky, they’re daring, and they’re a whole lot of fun.

Doug Anthony All-stars are Australia’s most renowned musical comedy band, and are coming to Tasmania for one show only at the Princess Theatre in Launceston.

Brian Carlton goes way back with the All-Stars, and catches up with one third of the band Tim Ferguson.

From stage to studio: Premier talks MOFO, Launceston traffic plan, pokies


Fresh off the stage from performing with the Violent Femmes at Launceston’s Mofo Block Party, Premier Will Hodgman joins Brian Carlton in the studio to kick of Tasmania Talks’ 2018 program.

The comprehensive chat discusses the Liberal Party’s traffic plan for Launceston, their pokie machine policy and tourism in the state.Take a listen below: 

Image: Premier Hodgman joins the Violent Femmes on stage at the MOFO Block Party - Rhea Gillie

Kick up your heels: the third annual Cradle Country Music Festival to hit NW in October

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The third annual Cradle Country Music Festival will rodeo into Ulverstone in the first week of October.

Mainland acts include Anthony Tenace, Destiny Duo and Gavin Hunt, alongside several local acts.

The festival runs across three days, from Friday 4th Oct – Sun 6th Oct.

Neale from Ulverstone, organiser of the festival, calls Brian Carlton this morning to discuss this great event.

For more information head to their Facebook page here, or call Neale on 0414 246 352.

Tickets are available from Lee's Jewellers in Ulverstone, Gawler General Store and CD Centre Kings Meadows.

Launceston MOFO labelled 'beyond successful' as 10,000 people attend


 Launceston’s first Mona Foma has been labelled 'beyond successful' by curator Brian Ritchie, with approximately 10,000 people attending over three days.

The Mini Mofo included Monumental – by Canadian dance company The Holy Body Tattoo and rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Gotye presents a Tribute to Jean-Jacques Perrey, and the Launceston Block Party.

Brian Ritchie reflects with Brian Carlton on the weekend’s events, and rates the Premier’s performance with the Violent Femmes.

Brian Ritchie also joked that the Premier got to perform with the Violent Femmes on the condition that he could be Premier for a day – imagine that!

Launceston set to rock and roll with rare and vintage guitar expo


Get ready to rock and roll this weekend at Barratt’s Rare and Vintage Guitar and Amp Expo 2017.

The expo celebrates 80 years of Barratt’s Music in Launceston, and encourages people to come and look a range of impressive guitars, with brands including Manton, Fender and Ibanez.

Brian Carlton is a big fan of a nice guitar, and he talks to the Owner of Barratt’s Music, Mark Barratt, about the upcoming expo.

Local retired model maker custom builds cigar box guitars

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Whilst strolling through the Exeter Show just over a year ago, Brian Carlton stumbled across guitar maker extraordinaire, Stuart Phillips.

Stuart, a retired model maker, owns String Worx Custom Guitars, where he hand-makes beautiful cigar box guitars and other custom instruments, which look as beautiful as they sound.

Listen as Stuart joins Brian Carlton live in the Tasmania Talks studio to discuss his amazing work.

To check out more of Stuart's work or order your own custom guitar, click here.

Mona Foma hailed as a success


Mona Foma 2019 is being hailed as a success, with an estimated 20,000 people engaging with the festival through ticketed events, the Gorge art sculpture, and free events.

Mona Foma curator, Brian Ritchie, joins Brian Carlton this morning to talk about the event, which he says thousands of interstate visitors attended.

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No King of the Mountain at Midnight Oil; Tas disappointed by AFL fixture


Are you a Midnight Oil fan?

If you are and you head to a concert, you might expect to hear King of the Mountain at a concert.

However, that did not happen at their Hobart concert last night.

Brian Carlton talks with WIN News Sports Journalist and Presenter, Brent Costelloe, about the disappointment.

They also discuss Tasmania’s AFL fixture for 2018, with many people saying Tasmania has drawn the short straw in the draw.

Image: By Flick user jeaneeem, modified by me (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

NW Coast takes the spotlight as Ten Days on the Island begins


The North-West Coast is set to take the spotlight this weekend as the Ten Days on the Island Festivall begins.

For their tenth anniversary, Ten Days has decided to run the festival a bit differently; it will run for 10 days over three different locations, including the North-West Coast, the North-East and the South.

The activities in the NW over the next four days will include a dawn beach gathering at Devonport, acoustic performances in Wynyard from musicians including Brian Ritchie, turning the old Pulp Mill into a lounge bar.

Lindy Hume, Artistic Director of Ten Days on the Island, talks to Brian Carlton about what we can expect from the festival.

For more information, click here.

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Playing hard to get: New CD compiles songs you can't easily find


How difficult do you think it would be to put together a CD of ‘hard to find’ hit songs?

According to radio programmer Ian Holland, it’s more difficult than you think.

He’s curated the past two ‘Hard To Get Hits’ compilation CDs, and has just released the third in the series - Hard To Get Hits Vol 3.

Brian Carlton talks with his old colleague Ian about this new CD, which doubles as a fantastic Christmas present.

Keep listening every weekday for your chance to win a copy of Hard to Get Hits Vol. 3.

Record Store Day celebrates a passion for music, says Glenn A. Baker

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‘Record Store Day is worth celebrating because it’s celebrating a passion for music,’ says renowned music journalist Glenn A. Baker.

This Saturday 21 April is Record Store Day, and sees people celebrate all things vinyl and music. It’s also a chance for figures like Brian Carlton and Glenn A. Baker to reminisce on the good old days of records, and the magic they brought to music.

Listen as Brian and Glenn share a passionate conversation about records and record stores from back in the day.

Roadies: the heroes behind Australia's rock and roll legends


Behind every infamous Australian rock and roll band, there is a group of roadies helping to make them look great.

Launceston-born Stuart Coupe is a journalist, music commentator and radio broadcaster, and has just written a book on the unsung heroes of the Australian music industry – roadies.

Stuart talks to Brian Carlton this morning about the life of a roadie, and reminisces on the days of great rock and roll concerts in Australian pubs.

TSO to serenade Burnie

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The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra is set to serenade Burnie, with a concert announced at the Burnie Town Hall for Sunday, May 4.

The program will include Brahms’ only Violin Concerto, as well as DVOŘÁK Serenade for Winds and KODÁLY Dance of Galánta.

Karina Rose, Performing Arts Coordinator for the Burnie City Council, talks to Martin Agatyn about the event and what we can expect.

For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

World Record Store Day tomorrow: Tas Talks listeners reminisce on first records


With World Record Store Day set to be celebrated tomorrow, Tasmania Talks listeners today reminisced about their first or favourite records with Martin Agatyn.

Susie Quatro, Kiss and Georgie Fame are all artists that are fondly remembered, with one listener also bringing up Indelible Murteceps.

Martin also speaks to Andrew Argent, former owner of Red Hot CD’s in Devonport, about records and the upcoming Record Fair in Devonport next weekend.  

The East Devonport Record Fair will be on next Saturday April 20 from 9am - 2pm at Cafe Squire. For more information, click here

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