The Whitlams Black Stump Band Turn ‘No Aphrodisiac’ Into A Banjo-fied Country Song

28 July 2023 | 10:58 am | Mary Varvaris Have you ever wondered what No Aphrodisiac would sound like as a country/folk song? Probably not, to be honest; it’s pretty much perfect and entirely memorable as it is as a piano ballad. But what if some banjos could make it even better? That’s what The Whitlams Black Stump Band have done. […]

Country detour brings out the Whitlams’ Black Stump ballads

As the pandemic shut down Sydney venues, Tim Freedman headed inland and found his city songs were perfectly at home in the country While doing a soundcheck before a beer garden gig in the back of the Victoria pub in Bathurst, the Whitlams’ Tim Freedman sits at an old Victor piano. “I tell you what, […]

The Whitlams tap deep into our shared stories

IF you had to choose an Australian songwriting man whose lyrics, across the decades, have poetically captured the essence of suburban life, who would you pick? Names like Paul Kelly, Tim Rogers and Darren Hanlon come to my mind. Archie Roach? Colin Hay? What about Tim Freedman? For reasons that will always remain mysterious, his […]

Sancho Album Reviews

NME ★★★★ Sydney veterans celebrate life and mourn loss on comeback album David James Young Sixteen years on from their last album, the multi-platinum piano-pop band show they’ve lost none of their charm or grace The last time an acclaimed Australian act returned with new music after 16 years (a niche category if there ever […]

Tim Freedman Charms The Love Boat In The Sawtell RSL’s First Post-COVID Concert

MUSIC returned to the Sawtell RSL last Saturday night with an engaging performance by Tim Freedman, mainstay of The Whitlams. Freedman’s masterful piano playing, distinctive voice and sense of humour captivated the crowd. Sawtell’s own Kada Miller opened the show with a slow rendition of Men at Work’s “Down Under”. She played and sang some […]

Lime Cordiale, Le Pie, The Whitlams and more:

Each month we add 20 new songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites here – and subscribe on Spotify, which updates with the full list at the start of each month. Australia’s Best New Music The Whitlams – Ballad of Bertie Kidd For fans of: Tim Freedman, Randy Newman, Don Walker The […]