- Melbourne, Australia
"Live at the Malthouse" CD Review/Press Release
Australian Emigrates both born in Dublin Ireland, Dave and Trish, the duo making up Sahara, are only a couple weeks away from the Sahara 2000 tour which will take them across Australia, the United States and Ireland (possibly UK?).
Their music, a folk/jazz/pop hybrid, is mature, professional, and reaches across a broad audience on an international level via webcasts, downloadable music and some good breaks with international media.
Recently, the band was awarded the United Nations Media Award for original compositions used in the Australian Story documentary "Track Winding Back"
The following is a press release sent to HotBands after we inquired about a possible review with them.
Sahara are set to do it again. 'Sahara Live @ The Malthouse' is their latest release on the Sahara Music independent record label and already it is receiving tremendous feedback. It all came about due to Sahara's success and subsequent high profile on the internet music scene which started with their two No.1 hits from their debut CD 'Vision' on the first global internet music charts.
Sahara now has quite a fan base internationally and when they received an email from CelticTV in New York regarding webcasting a concert Sahara got to work immediately organising a concert to be filmed. For the ambience and fabulous acoustics Sahara selected the CUB Malthouse Theatre in Southbank for their concert on Saturday September 4th 1999. The webcast of the 'Sahara Live @ The Malthouse' concert was such a success that it was re-webcast for a record breaking FOUR time by CelticTV and Sahara was selected as the 'Artist of the Month' for February 2000!! 'Sahara Live @ The Malthouse' is receiving airplay in Australia, North America and Europe.
The video had been the main goal - but with the high quality audio recorded on the camera's DVD tape Sahara now had the chance to release songs from the concert onto a new CD. Sahara selected 10 songs that had not been included on 'Vision' and compiled the 'Sahara Live @ The Malthouse' CD. This is a very 'live' recording which has captured the atmosphere of that exciting night.
Sahara Live @ The Malthouse CD opens with the rock song 'No Man's Land'. This is followed by what has become a very popular love ballad 'So Special'. Track 3 'Déja Vu' is for jazz lovers - followed by the uptempo hip-rolling 'You're My Lover' which leads into the almost Dixie feel of 'It'll Happen Soon'. Track 6 brings a lilting Celtic ballad 'Celtic Love Poem' which leads into the heart rendering 'Afraid To Lose Your Love'. Track 8 'Higher Than High' is uptempo with plenty of brass riffs. Track 9 'Livin' in Melbourne' is Sahara's tribute to the city that has been their home for the last decade.The final track 'Life With You' is a love song with a difference and one that brings the audience and performers together so feel free to join in and sing along!
Review from Irish Bands Live UK
"Out of OZ come two exceptional musicians with a mixture of contemporary /jazzy /Rock /folk / sound, which leaves you tingling with anticipation of what the next track will bring.
Trish plays alto and soprano sax, recorder and tin whistle plus vocals. Dave plays guitar and keyboard plus vocals. NO MANS LAND - This has a sound between Rock & Jazz with a good beat that wouldn't go amiss at a rock concert in Hyde Park. SO SPECIAL - A love ballad superbly performed, so put on the head phones you won't want to be disturbed. Close your eyes, lay back, and listen to the superb mellow sound of the Sax and when its finished hit the button and play it all over again.These guys have really got their act together Dave's rock vocals are tremendous with Trish's sexy jazzy voice combines to give this album a superb vocal line which pleases the ear and soothes the mind.
This all adds to the exceptional instrumental talents, which are shown throughout the album. The sax playing is to die for and if this album doesn't get your feet tapping you must be stone deaf or dead. Credit for this album should also go to the sound engineer Mark Barry of B.S Sounds who has made a live album sound like a studio production. Dave & Trish also wrote the lyrics and music to this album so keep an eye out for future releases."
For more information as well as audio and video samples of Sahara, you can visit their website at http://www4.tpg.com.au/users/sahara