Hey, check out this year's 4-star Gov review here courtesy of that fab wordsmith David Robinson
Ta, thanx, shukran, merci, tak, danke, tesekkur ederim, grazie, obrigado, dankUwel, gracias...should we go on?....
Dearest folk, for all your comments and pix we've only one brief thing to say to you but we'll say it thrice - Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
And thank you for being at the Gov concert and for making it a bumper night. We know we can also speak on behalf of Ben Ford-Davies (Music), Jarrad Payne, Flik Freeman and Mark Simeon Ferguson also. We would not have live careers without you and we certainly would not have as much fun. And at the risk of exposing our limitation with mathS - Thank you. See some pix courtesy of some of our beloved audience members - Kristin Ford, Graham Burkin et al.
No further events for Ronnie at the moment, can't get her off of the beach but do watch this space for the moves and tours of other Arty Records artists and friends. Surf's up!
"Patti Smith and Pippi Longstocking converge to crank-out smart-arsed songs for minds that move."
Taheny, navigating that multi-sensory coalfaced
corridor called career. (pic: Caroline Fisher)
Ben and Ronnie were live on-air at Radio Adelaide. Hear it here
Clothesline digital arts mag interview with Ben and Ronnie.
WAROOKA ALL-FEMALE TOWN HALL BASH A RESOUNDING SUCCESS
Inaugural Warooka Town Hall "3 Tahenys and a Ball" extravaganza Sat Jan 10th replete with standing ovations, curtain calls, family reunions and threats to do it all again.
Dream team from L to R: Fiona O'Loughlin (nee Taheny), Ronnie Taheny, Emily Taheny, Cookie Baker (aka: Holly Ball) (pic: Jenny Oldland).
Just 4 local gals from SYP made good in t'Yarts.
LATEST MERCH ARRIVES!
In Australia, the humble BBQ has become a serious art form.
So, Ronnie is celebrating her return to Aussie culture by launching an exclusive range of designer BBQ wear which will compliment every occasion from the basic casual Sunday gathering to high-end cocktail cliche.
No occasion too lofty...nor low.
Taking merch to a whole new level.
....just ask these smart Dutch girls.
The band loves 'em!
Ben Ford-Davies loves 'em!
The English love 'em!
The Germein Sisters love 'em!
After 20 years of non-stop touring and working with the likes of David Gray, Luka Bloom, Billy Bragg, Ani diFranco, Aimee Mann and Fairport Convention, that diminutive powerhouse, Ronnie Taheny, has finally turned-in her passport for a sock drawer and a quick nap back in Australia.
20 years away has enabled Taheny to look at Aussie eccentricities with the eye that they deserve. “Take the humble, basic BBQ”, stabs Taheny, “what a serious art form we’ve transformed that particular culinary detail into”. A vego then a vegan for the last 25 years, Ronnie has always been amused by the status of the Aussie barby. “I’m no fascist though, people can eat what they like. I’m from a long line of farming stock and many from this community will be travelling over from Yorke Peninsula to be at this year’s shindig. I look forward to seeing them and making them feel at home. And it is a bit of an annual reunion.”
Making folk feel at home is easy for Taheny with her warmth, larrikinish antics and love of satire. Thus, she’s celebrating her return to Aussie culture by launching an exclusive range of designer BBQ wear which will also compliment the ever-popular meat tray raffle on the night. “Running a classic Aussie meat tray raffle at the gig was initially a joke but now it’s grown hooves of its own and needs to be taken one step further: serious high-end BBQ apparel. Verily, we’re taking merch to a whole new level.” smirks Ronnie.
Backing the new tracks from her pending 8th release, Ronnie has Felicity Freeman on bass, Mark Ferguson on 1st keys and the ever-capable multi-talented Jarrad Payne on drums and an impressive range of instruments including BBQ tongs if provoked.
Support is by the formidable Australian Ben Ford-Davies. Ben is a unique force of nature. Vocal prowess, sunny personality, charisma, self-effacing humour and an ability to entertain in one seamless package - likes a BBQ too. Ben will perform selected tracks from his forthcoming album; the release of which will coincide with his European tour late 2015.
Clearly we’re in for a double dose of clever, good-humoured entertainment at the Gov on SAT FEB 7th.
Doors open 7:30 and table reservations are essential even for farmers.
RONNIE TAHENY sells out!
...to Arty Records
ARTY RECORDS sells out!
...to Ronnie Taheny
and Next-Gen Indie Artists
Greetings from the lofty towers of multinational corporation, where Arty Records has got Ronnie captive, allowing her to make some of the nicest decisions of her career - that is, working at the coalface of developing the best emerging artists - the ones she likes.
That's right, Ronnie and Arty Records still enjoy their beautiful marriage plus they get to support the future of original new music, take tea breaks when they like, liberties when they want and artists by the hand.
In typical entrepreneurial style, Arty Records has expanded its services for no other reason than typical market forces - supply and demand. Especially demand. Yours.
Yep, in co-operation, Ronnie and Arty Records have set up a few extra industry services which now officially give back to the industry and accomodate even more Australian and O. S. artists in a variety of ways.
None of this was planned, mind you. Ronnie aimed to retire from touring (after 20 years based in the EU) to a quiet life back here in Adelaide. A well-deserved life of early nights, minimal work, lots of beach and the occasional new album but, alas, she was grossly mistaken (though she IS working on the new album).
Since returning to Australia in Aug 2013, Taheny has found she is being pelted by a plethora of original artists struggling to get from A to R along the casualty-strewn highway of Music Industry and is, therefore, responding to the cause in typical manner - entrepreneurially.
In short, first we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin, then anything else by stealth. And strategy.
Together, Ronnie and Arty Records provide original artists with much needed practical support delivered by their crack team of seasoned and sensible personnel - simple as that.
Read for yourself what all of our happy customers have to say about our services in the following sections:
...and if you're export-ready and we like you we might even throw in some...
Tour support via our EU Booking Agency
...but you'd want to be good. And cashed-up.
Click the "Arty Records Services" tab in the left side bar of this page (half-constructed).
Past and current Australian roster includes:
The Germein Sisters
The Baker Suite
The Moor Rose
Oh, yeah, small detail, but songs for Ronnie's next CD are also being written as you read.
Naturally, there's a theme developing but if we told you, we'd have to kill your computer. So, less said about that at the moment, the better. Never question the "magic".
"Patti Smith and Pippi Longstocking converge to crank-out smart-arsed songs for minds that move."
FRI JAN 31st 2014!!!!
Sorry for the slow response, I've been in detention. Demoing the new album.
We really appreciate your being at the Gov (yet again) in 41C heat and for your good humour re the night's theme. Some of those yellow IPC cards were hilarious.
Feedback suggests most people would like to do it all again next year now that they know they can cue for a voluntary frisking by our beautiful but brutal immigration officers - Marie deLint and Amanda Goodfellow. And that's just a start.
Big thanks also go to that crack-hot band comprising of the ever-exceptional Jarrad Payne plus Flik Freeman and Mark Ferguson. Great talents, excellent human beings! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Then there's the support band, AVENUE who have charmed a bunch of new and, of course, loyal fans who already vow be at their upcoming Fringe gig at The Garden (see details below). Yep, hear those great new songs from the soon-to-be-released "Colour Blind" EP but this time with their drummer, Miles Sly!
Ditto the GERMEIN SISTERS. Again, as much charm in the crowd selling raffle tix as talent when on stage. The response we've had from their new Gov fans indicates that their upcoming Spiegel Tent concert will be yet again a huge success for the 5th year running. (see details below).
Fantastic young SA talent and gigs at reasonable hours. Bonus.
And thanks must go the Rosemary Cadden from InDaily for a most positive review of the night. Read it here knowing that you were there:
Ta to all the other folk who sweated behind the scenes in order to navigate us through the evening seamlessly.And The Gov!According to the immigration IPC (Incoming Passenger Card or as we called it on the night "Intelligent Punter Card")that you filled-out on arrival at the Gov gig, many of you come along every year because we've commanded that you put the date in your diary. Well, get this one down now:
or print it out forever here
Gov review 2014
SAT FEB 7th 2015 - The Gov
We promise not to change the date on you this time and it's going to be 22C. Make sure your visa is valid.
Listen to a couple of the newies you'll hear on the night...albeit finished. Ta to Willy for demoing these courtesy of "Unpleasant Studios", PLYMPTON, SA. As close to detention as you'd want.
...and this latest addition, demoed at "Studio Concrete" by the always-over-capable Jarrad Payne. Ta Jarrad, yet again.
If you want to know what you're in for, check out this live review from last year's Gov gig and book your table now.
Many thanks to reviewer and literary lama, David Robinson, Esq.
Review 2013 Download
"In a field increasingly inhabited by poetic and intellectual pygmies, Taheny can cut through the vaporous crap with a single line. That she does so with wry humour makes her all the more a contemporary stand-out."
Time Out Magazine, London
“Seduces you and runs a sharp fingernail down a sensitive part of your anatomy when you least expect it.”
Simon Hardeman, The Independent, London
“She's a breath of fresh air ... quirky, very thoughtful and interesting! And her music is lovely!”
Gillian Russell, Music Café, BBC Scotland
"Power from DownUnder! Impressing how her warmth, charisma, energy and black sense of humour fill the stage and captivate the audience."
Kim Heibon, "The Machine" Radio P3, Denmark
"Taheny manages to enchant her audience with her stage presence. And she writes remarkably catchy songs - a female Captain Hook who throws the lines."
Christian Dorn, freelance, Berlin, Germany
“Rarely do you hear such great warmth and generosity in smart pop music!”
David Sly, SA Life, Adelaide.
“Intelligent and witty, athletic, erudite” – these adjectives used by Ronnie Taheny to describe her perfect man in her fabulous poem “A Darcy Before I Die” could equally describe this diminutive dynamo herself."
Rosemary Cadden, InDaily, Adelaide