Joel Carnegie

Radio & TV Presenter | Performer & Musician | Documentary & Feature Maker

THEATRE - CABARET - MUSICAL PROJECTS

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STARDUST: THE COL BRAIN STORY

RADIO CABARET

Silver Award, Best Performance By An Actor, New York Festivals World's Best Radio Programs, 2017.
Silver Award, Best Innovation, New York Festivals World's Best Radio Programs, 2017. 

For over 25 years, a locked wooden dresser sat in the family garage of broadcaster and musician, Joel Carnegie - a once prized possession of his grandfather, Col Brain. Col was one of Geelong's most well-regarded musicians of his time - playing in and leading dance, swing, brass and jazz bands. But Col's dresser hadn’t been opened since he died. 

Told through the eyes of his grandson, herein lies the discovery of a time capsule of Australian musical history, in a quest to uncover what Col wanted us to know about his life by the things he left behind... Stardust: The Col Brain Story was recorded live at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, as part of Geelong After Dark 2016. Images below by Caleb Plumridge. Read more.

"Fascinating! A wonderful production... that deserves top honours. This is Australian musical and social history at its best..." - Listener.

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GETTING ON WITH THE SHOW

RADIO MUSICAL

Broadway guru David Spencer’s Musical Theatre Survival Guide outlines five key elements every musical needs for success.

Inspired by his own aspirations to step into the spotlight, reporter and producer Joel Carnegie is 'on assignment' to report on the opening night of a brand new Australian musical. Read more.

"Truly an inspired vision for a really fun listening experience, from start to finish." - Julie Shapiro (now EP, Radiotopia then ABC RN CAU Executive Producer)


RADIO - PODCASTS - AUDIO SERIES

LISTEN TO LOVE

AUDIBLE ORIGINALS

Australia - are you ready to turn up the volume on marriage equality? Joel Carnegie presents the first of six episodes in a series, alongside series host, Tom Ballard as they explore the fight for the legalisation of same sex marriage in Australia.  Listen to Love, a six-part original audio series from Audible.com.au in partnership with The Equality Campaign and The Space Company. Click the cover art to download [only available in Australia].

THE GRIND

ABC RADIO NATIONAL

Shortlisted [Top 5 Finalist] Whicker's World Foundation Audio Recognition Awards, 2017. If our culture helps define us, what do we do when the mood of the world is against us? Join Joel Carnegie in the Faroe Islands as he explores the controversial cultural tradition - whale hunting. The Guardian and BBC4's Jonathan Freedland describes the feature as having “...a kind of Nordic Noir, it took me somewhere and captivated.”

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HAPPYLAND

BBC WORLD SERVICE

Happyland is one of the most impoverished dumpsite communities in Manila in the Philippines. Often described as dirty, crime-ridden, violent and god forsaken, these places attract little interest, empathy, coverage or investment to make changes to their appalling circumstances. But meet the Australian street artist, Kaff-eine who dared to enter. 

FROM MUSIC INTO SILENCE

ABC RADIO NATIONAL

Awarded Highly Commended Prize, Whicker's World Foundation, 2016. Discover a rare form of musical palliative care called "Musicthanatology" and meet the Australian man using the harp, voice and the power of silence to bridge the gap between life and death. "Fantastic. Brought a tear to my eye..." - Listener. "This was a beautiful story and audio production. Very moving." - Listener.

FIJI's TURTLE PROTECTOR

BBC WORLD SERVICE

Elizabeth Sokidi from the Mamanuca islands, just off the coast of Fiji, cares for tiny baby turtles. Sea turtle numbers have been dwindling at an alarming rate around the world. In 2004, Fiji declared a moratorium on the selling, killing and consumption of turtles, and Elizabeth is working hard to increase their numbers before that moratorium ends next year. Joel Carnegie reports [pictured here with "Joel" - the Hawksbill Turtle]. Click image to download/stream audio.

VOYAGE TO The GROTTO

AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA

Each summer, in the Faroe Islands — out in the sea between Norway and Iceland — groups of musicians set sail in a tall ship out around the archipelago to play in caves, for locals and visitors. These caves are notoriously difficult to get to, and require perfect weather conditions to enter. Joel Carnegie joined the crew on a recent musical voyage to discover what was inside the 'Concerto Grotto'.

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PIANO PROJECT

DEUTSCHE WELLE

Newly arrived refugee and migrant children in Melbourne are being welcomed to Australia with an offer of free piano lessons. Joel Carnegie joined one of the project's founders - and its participants - in the practice room.


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THE FLYING CAT

JUST FOR LAUGHS

After his family cat got run over, Dutch artist Bart Jansen wanted to keep his memory alive - so in the spirit of conservation, he turned his beloved pet into a drone. But what other roadkill delights has he created?