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Sugar Kane Music

Sugar Kane Music is the musical home of producer/composer/songwriter John Kane and  co-producer, recording engineer and musical cohort Mark Walmsley. ABC Music and Sugar Kane have had a very long association dating back to John’s early production work with Colin Buchanan, Jane Saunders, The Kanes, Anne Kirkpatrick and The Bushwackers for ABC Country during the early 90’s.

John and Mark have produced and composed songs and music for many releases for the ABC Kids label including a much loved Nursery Rhyme Series culminating in the classic 200 Great Nursery Rhymes for Kids, plus a series of Dance albums including the Gold Record award winning Macarena. A well received series of educational albums followed and more recently they have been the guiding force behind very popular releases by Jay Laga’aia andGeorgie Parker. Along the way they have composed music for the popular ABC TV series Something in the Air and Good Game and composed and produced the music for the latest series of The Fairies and the companion CD and DVD.
John Kane’s background is in acoustic roots music and particularly bluegrass. His band the Flying Emus won ARIA awards and several Golden Guitars in Tamworth and were regarded as pioneers of the new country sound in Australia. He is a highly regarded stringed instrument specialist playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, ukulele and other things with strings. Recently John returned to his musical roots for an album called The Banjo recorded with his Flying Emus partner in crime Ian Simpson. The album has received rave reviews and is nominated for several awards.

Mark Walmsley is a talented recording and mixing engineer as well as an accomplished player of piano, synthesisers and all manner of keyboards including the dreaded accordian. Before teaming up with John he produced recordings for Mark Hunter, Glynn Nicholas and worked on several theatre productions. He misspent his youth in several prominent rock bands in the Canberra district.

Recent ABC releases to emerge from Sugar Kane Music include Ted Egan’s Saving The Best collection and Jay Laga’aia’s ARIA nominatedI Can Play Anything as well as The Banjo of course. In the works right now is an album of Ukulele music slated for release in early 2012.

The Huntington Estate Music Festival is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s musical firmament. For three decades, it has been bringing together top-flight musicians from around the country and around the world to present a breathtaking array of chamber music masterpieces, both iconic favourites and delicious new discoveries. Presented by the Huntington Estate Winery in association with Musica Viva Australia, and held in the winery’s Barrel Room, one of the most remarkable and surprising music venues in the world, the Festival is a delight to audiences and musicians alike.After 30 stellar years of exceptional music-making, however, the 2019 Festival will be the last, with Huntington Estate owners Tim and Nicky Stevens reluctantly deciding that their grapes – and their young family – must come first. To mark this significant occasion, ABC Classic is proud to delve into its broadcast archives to present this selection of some of the Festival’s most memorable performances across a typically diverse and intriguing range of repertoire: from Schubert and Dvořák to Bach’s astonishing eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and Australian composers Ross Edwards and Ian Munro.It was Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra who began the Festival and established it as a serious contender on the world stage – and the hottest concert tickets in the country! This album includes superb three recordings from those early years: music of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Percy Grainger.In 2006, the ACO passed the baton to Musica Viva and Artistic Director Carl Vine, opening up the Festival’s artist roster to an extraordinary range of musicians, both local and international. From among the literally hundreds of thrilling performances, this album features New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam, Russian-Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the rich bass-baritone of Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vienna’s acclaimed Eggner Trio, along with regular Festival guests the Goldner String Quartet and the rising stars of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Chamber Orchestra.…/2The CD of this compilation is available exclusively at the Festival itself, but for all those who can’t make the trip to Mudgee, ABC Classic is releasing the full album as a digital album, for download and streaming, so that audiences all around the world can share in the celebration. TRACKLISTING  1     MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo2     BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’3     GRAINGER Blithe Bells       Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004)        SCHUBERT4     An die Musik (To Music)5     Erlkönig (The Erl-King)6     Die Forelle (The Trout)7     Die Taubenpost (Pigeon Post) from Schwanengesang       Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone, Kristian Chong piano (2007)        WF BACH Sinfonia in F major ‘Dissonant’8     I. Vivace9     II. Andante10   III. Vivace11   IV. Menuetto I & II       ANAM Chamber Orchestra, Paul Wright violin / conductor (2010)      12   ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’:       I. Allegro moderato       Goldner String Quartet (2010)        MENDELSSOHN13   Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero14   Song without Words Op. 85 No. 4 – Andante sostenuto       Andrea Lam piano (2012) 15   WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major: II. Fantasia       Narek Arutyunian clarinet, Australian String Quartet (2012)        MUNRO Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Book of Lullabies’ – Excerpts16   II. Lullaby in Edo17   III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi18   IV. Skye Boat Song       Dimity Hall violin, Julian Smiles cello, Ian Munro piano (2013) 19   DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 1: II. Adagio molto e mesto       Eggner Trio (2015)