Brisbane musos take a stand for asylum seekers

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A diverse range of musical acts from Brisbane and the Gold Coast are uniting in support of asylum seekers at the “Freedom Seeker: Roots, rock, reggae for refugees” concert at the New Globe on September 14 starting at 3pm.

Lending their songs and voices to the call for the Australian government to abide by it obligations to refugees, the concert is raising money for refugee advocacy and assistance through the Refugee Action Collective (RAC) and the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS).

The lineup includes Big Iron, Rivermouth, The Phil Monsour Band, The Molotov and Andy Dub.

Phil Monsour is set to release his new 12 song CD 100 Days at the concert. It is an acoustic flavoured CD that features Sydney Oud player Mohamed Youssef on half of the tracks.

The album is a step in the direction of one of Monsour’s long term ambitions of blending some eastern sounds from his family’s heritage with his contemporary acoustic rock style. It is The Phil Monsour Band's third studio album and reflects a cohesive sound developed over time.

On many songs, electric guitars are swapped for acoustics, and Jon Lloyd moves off the drum kit to play the Djembe. A number of the songs on the album were previously recorded with the full rock band, but for this project they're recorded in a stripped back acoustic mode.

The songs continue to feature Phil’s unique lyrical concerns and the title track is about a boat load of Palestinian refugees lost a sea while trying to reach Australia.

Monsour is running a crowd funding CD production appeal to complete the CD. Email phil@philmonsour.com for more information.

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