Live entertainment at Christmas time usually comes festive-flavoured. It's the time of year we take our parents to The Messiah, or when grandma treats the kids to a Christmas ballet. Families do the carols by candlelight thing all over Sydney. It's also the time when Trevor Ashley unveils his raucously funny, absolutely non-traditional pantomimes. Leave the kids at home. Maybe granny, too.
Cramming their musical instruments into their 1958 Morris Major, sisters Mourne and Eve and half-sister Dawn are once again making the trip from Esk in Queensland to Sydney to share their unique brand of Christmas cheer. "We have a cheese grater and a toilet brush and we've got a shaker with rice in it that makes a lovely sound," says Mourne. "But the main instruments we use are Dawn's tuba and an old wind-powered keyboard. And Eve also plays. Her main instrument is the musical saw."
Sometimes, what starts out as a joke between friends turns into something more substantial. "Years ago, Stephen Page [of Bangarra Dance Theatre] and I used to have this running joke about me being the lead singer of an all-girl Aboriginal band," Ursula Yovich says. "I have this little alter ego who comes out when I feel relaxed around mates, she's a bit fiery, a bit cheeky. Stephen called her Barbara. As in Baaa-rbara. He thought the band should be called Barbara and the Camp Dogs."
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".