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Kinetic Method
Glenn Cardier & the Sideshow
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“AKoVA’s welcoming vibe has a worthy place at summery festival gatherings universally. He’s a natural showman. Any act to get people dancing like no-ones watching is always welcome in this crazy world.” Forte Magazine

“This guy is SIC!” Ash Grunwald

“AKoVA’s an amazing performer. His music is not only original and fun it has real substance and meaning. I still can’t believe it’s just one guy playing all those instruments at the same time. What a showman.” Adam Iffland 92.5FM

“This one man roots machine is adventurous and playful. Bringing the party simply by seeing how much sound he can project.” Timeoff

AKoVA is an artist of both imagination and conscience. Utilizing vocals, guitars, ukulele, Cajon, djembe, ankle bells and an assortment of other percussive instruments. Most played at once!

His signature blend of roots and world comes from a life of music. With tribal drumming, driving rhythms and lyrics that make you glad to be alive. AKoVA is one of the most unique multi-instrumentalists seen in years. A definite experience for the eyes, feet and soul.

He has been recognised for his songwriting talent by MusicOz 2012 finalist and 2013 top 4 in his genre. Unsigned Only Songwriting competition finalist. AKoVA has shared stages from bar rooms to festivals with Ash Grunwald and the boys from the Living End, Fyre Walk, Kingtide, Tijuana Cartel, and most recently The Gin Club and Dubmarine.

With extensive community radio support nationally AKoVA has moved it up a gear with his new single, “Time to Stand”.
He released his debut album Earth Recruit 2013. It can be found on iTunes and his website.


KINETIC METHOD is the musical sounds of Luke Koteras and Byron Mark. Guitar, keyboards, percussion, vocals & effects; all performed live simultaneously by only 2 people.

Luke and Byron are a unique combination, creating music in an electro-acoustic style that captivates their audiences, taking you on a journey from Tommy Emmanuel to Daft Punk.

2014 has seen Luke Koteras as a strong contender on ‘The Voice’ TV Series (competing on team Joel) and Luke and Byron performing at Kiama Jazz Festival, Vivid Festival, Manly Food & Wine Festival, with tours to the snowy mountains.

Luke, well-known for his virtuosic acoustic guitar playing, brings a solid vocal talent, together with an array of dazzling effects. Byron adds musical flavours with his keyboard work, and establishes a solid groove with his unique percussion station fusing African, Flamenco and Latin rhythms.

With the multi-tasking abilities of both members, Kinetic Method creates a wall of sound. Together, they perform in an electro-acoustic style that
encapsulates elements of funk, dance, R&B and jazz.

Aside from festival performances the Kinetic Method boys enjoy performing their Sydney based
residencies at Opera Bar, Ravesis Bondi and Coogee Bay, as well as corporate

Overseas highlights include USA Tour 2011, China, Thailand, and the UK. They also collaborate and write music with numerous other artists in Sydney.


Glenn Cardier's enigmatic and compelling songs have enchanted audiences at London's Marquee and Ronnie Scott's Club, the Glasgow Apollo and Liverpool Empire, Sunbury, the Sydney Opera House and Bluesfest.

In 1970, he was talent-spotted by Festival Records after an appearance in a TV songwriting competition on Brian Henderson’s Bandstand. Iin 1971 he recorded two albums for Festival and picked up the Australian Record Awards ‘Best New Talent’ The bespectacled, bowler-hatted singersongwriter became a mainstay on the Sydney folk scene, performed at the first two Sunbury festivals and appeared on the ABC’s rock program GTK.

Glenn’s restless spirit led him to the UK for 4 years rubbing shoulders with the likes of Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, and Roy Wood (Move, Wizzard). He cites these years as crucial to the development of his onstage persona, the wry, dark humour and the punchy, distinctive guitar/vocal delivery. Dave Pegg from Fairport recorded his ‘Dance Numbers.

In the 80’s, after touring extensively with old friend Spike Milligan and fronting the rocking Bel-Aires on the Sydney pub circuit, Cardier turned his back on performing.

In 2002, prompted by a musician friend, Cardier dusted off the old ’56 Martin and played a string of Tuesday nights in Sydney’s Excelsior Hotel. Though he was largely unknown to the new audience, his style, wit and stage presence once again proved popular. ’It was like re-acquainting myself with an old friend’, he said. More importantly, a batch of new songs emerged.

Glenn recorded the CD Rattle The Cage in his home studio north of Sydney. He played most of the instruments himself, his intention being to gift the record to his friends and loved ones. ABC Radio obtained a copy and Cardier picked up healthy airplay, particularly in Darwin. ‘I even considered using a band name for the record. I thought the old Glenn Cardier was long gone’ he said. Rattle drew glowing reviews -
'Rattle The Cage' CD (2002) - '...his trademark combination of incisive observation and skewed wit is still intact here, wrapped in a blues-infused rock that shows off his seasoned voice. The years have made his voice gruffer and occasionally craggier but he hasn't lost his knack of juggling a genuinely sensitive moment with one that raises a wry smile…'

House Of Mirrors (2004) followed -
'...a national treasure...' (Glenn A Baker)
'...Cardier is our finest contemporary singer-songwriter BAR NONE...' (Rhythms Magazine 2004)
Then Exiles From Eden (2008) -
' ...Cardier can get gruff with the blues but hasn't lost his silken acoustic touch. Four Stars!' (Weekend Australian)

Glenn assembled the Sideshow in 2009 - Rex Goh (Savage Garden, The Temptations, Air Supply) and seasoned studio musicians Phil Grove (keyboards, accordion), Mick Malouf (basses) and Davo Fester (drums). The band’s first gig was filmed and released on DVD. Live At Lizottes immediately aired on Fox. '...some of the finest songwriting this country has produced' (Sydney Morning Herald)

In 2012, Cardier and the Sideshow recorded Stranger Than Fiction, a powerful collection of songs that was shortlisted for the Cooper’s Australian Music Prize that year, an extraordinary achievement for an independently produced album.

'Touring with Spike Milligan and opening for the likes of Harry Chapin, Frank Zappa, Sherbet, Cheech & Chong and Manfred Mann's Earth Band is not the CV of your average musician, but then Glenn Cardier is not your average troubadour. Without any doubt the most articulate and creatively insightful singer-ongwriter in contemporary Australian music, Cardier has always done things on his own terms. He gave it his best shot throughout the '70s, completely hung up his six-string for over twentyfive years before a 'comeback' in 2002 that has thus far spawned four outstanding albums...' (Rattle The Cage, House Of Mirrors, Exiles From Eden and Stranger Than Fiction). (Trevor Leeden, Rhythms Magazine 2013)



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