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Truth & Trickery

Launch and Tour

Nexus Arts Venue located in the Lion Arts Centre*, will set the scene for the launch of my next EP Truth & Trickery. *Tram stops right in front! Car park in Hindley St. Follow up dates in Melbourne, Queensland and back to Adelaide will be added to my gig guide over the next few weeks.

The delightful Fiddle Chicks will kick the afternoon off with their entrancing performance. Included in my band, I have, once again lured in, Emily A Smith, Emma Luker, Shireen Khemlani and Gerard Spalding.

Tickets are on sale via TryBooking and include a copy of the EP! Saturday, April 27 at the very civilised time of 1:30pm, I hope to see you there.

2019-03-21T03:45:43+00:00March 21st, 2019|0 Comments

The Drunken Poet

I am pleased to report my second appearance at The Drunken Poet in West Melbourne. I had a blast there last year and when I was planning a trip to Melbourne later in March, I decided to book myself in for another appearance.

My trip was planned initially to spend a day recording some demos with Lou Bradley and Phil Chafer. Lou is keen to help me find a producer for my next album and here I am yet to launch my current EP. As a bonus, I have been invited to support Lou and Phil in a private house concert and I cannot be more proud.

2019-02-24T10:10:09+00:00February 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Tamworth Country Music Festival

I landed home safe and well after travelling to the 2019 Tamworth Country Music Festival. My first foray into the biggest country music festival in Australia was hot, busy, a little overwhelming and did I mention HOT!? I had several shows over the week and it was with great pleasure I was given a surprise guest spot at The Peel Inn, Nundle.  Jeremy Edwards and his band Dust Radio were performing and he invited myself and some others to sing for the crowd.

Tamworth Country Music Gig Guide

 The ‘Dolly For Dolly’ fundraiser was a resounding success and I was also able to present an original song. The event was organised by the delightful Larissa Uebergang because of her profound social conscience.  She invited me to part of it because she and I spent time writing a song together in 2017 with Emma Dykes.

Dolly For Dolly

Tamworth Country Music Fundraiser

I took part in the Walk Up Country Battle on the Coca Cola Stage in the town hall, with its fab acoustics. This being a long running tradition of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Along with other songwriters I performed in three sessions with the Tamworth Songwriters Association.  I managed a bonus performance at the TSA Open Mic as well.

Tamworth Songwriter Sessions

TSA at Tamworth Country Music Festival

Emily A Smith and I had a super time presenting a set on the RAB Stage in Peel Street, because it is such a prize venue. We also had a blast at the Post Office Hotel and The Imperial Brewhouse.

My final gig was with DAG songwriters at Live On The Deck and Showcase at The DAG Sheep Station. Headlined by Shane Nicholson, Kevin Bennett and Jeremy Edwards. Myself and other DAG Retreat participants were more than pleased to share the stage with these awesome names. Many thanks to John Krsulja for the invitation.

Songwriters Retreat

DAG at Tamworth Country Music Festival

2019-02-20T01:57:41+00:00November 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Womstock

As the name suggests, Womstock is a Wombat Festival with Live Entertainment, cruelty free food, fun, games and laughter on the  banks of the beautiful lake at the Flaxley Wombat Sanctuary. I was proud to support these wonderful ladies and their furry friends.

The great news is, they managed to raise in excess of $10,000! So huge thanks to all of you who bought tickets, merchandise food, raffle tickets, donated and volunteered.

” This was the sanctuary’s very first open day and a very important fundraiser to help raise funds for a fire bunker for the special needs wombats this fire season.” 

Lucky punters who came, got to see the womes (wombat homes); met some of the beautiful bubbas and found out how the sanctuary operates.

2018-11-22T06:40:56+00:00November 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Almost Okay in Melrose

Perfect Place

In September, I travelled to my favourite Flinders Ranges town of Melrose, but not for the sadly missed Music Muster. When the Muster was still a thing, I discovered the perfect place for a live shoot and promised I would return. The Holy Trinity Anglican Church offers perfect acoustics and a glorious light.  I knew this was the best location for a gentle murder ballad and it did not disappoint.  We took advantage of this exquisite building to portray a sad tale, but one clothed in a rich ambience.

Thanks goes to Fr John Fowler for arranging access and facilitating the extended time required.

Live Recording Mission

I engaged Reel Time Studios,  with trusty camera and borrowed recording devices to shoot the footage.  After several takes, we had the material to splice together a good story.  Together we spent an hour selecting the best bits and were rewarded with a wonderful finished product.

Almost Okay now available on YouTube for you viewing enjoyment.

2019-01-03T07:56:36+00:00October 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Taking It Well EP

I was pleased to finally release my EP ‘Taking It Well‘, because these songs have been burning a hole on my shelf since 2017..  These songs deal with stories of people dealing with crazy situations but still, ‘taking it well’. ‘Fly’ is dedicated to two Australians executed in Bali and how they turned their lives around in prison.

The tracks have been downloaded by a number of radio stations and played on various shows across the country. I was also able to feature it as guest artist on Radio Adelaide‘s Songcatcher program.

Launched from The Wheaty, supporting Clint Wilson, from Melbourne, who was touring his LP Dark Water.

The EP is available in digital form only, but you can find it in any online store

2019-03-21T03:13:30+00:00September 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Semaphore Music Festival

Well this year I made my debut appearance at the Semaphore Music Festival. Monday October 1, saw me on the BSide Community Stage in Mundy St, Port Adelaide. I kicked off the Monday lineup and was followed by Dave Robinson; Amy Jennifer; Moose Hair; James Hickey and Kylie Brice. An equally awesome lineup was inside Hart’s Flour Mill. Lovely close to a fantastic festival.

 

2018-10-04T08:11:43+00:00August 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Wizard Tone Studios

The New Stuff

Hot news: With the mastering complete, we are not far off producing the new EP. Courtney Robb is finalising the artwork and dates are being booked for a Truth & Trickery Launch and Tour!


Hot on the heels of our 2018 Umbrella show, ‘Two Chics and A BOOM!’ Emily A Smith and I went into Wizard Tone studios and began recording. We were joined by Holly Thomas, who flew from Melbourne and drummed up some excellent percussion. Local bass diva Shireen Khemlani and the wonderful Emma Luker added bottom and top to the mix.

I was back in the studio a few weeks later to add the final vocals and talk about the feel. When Emily returned to Adelaide for work, she finished off guitar parts and added the backing vocals.  Richard Coates, local keyboard player has brought some ivory tinkling to three of the tracks and things are really starting to sound complete.

We had a great time working with James Brown, because he has been extremely helpful with suggestions along the way.

2019-03-21T03:17:03+00:00August 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Two Chics and A Boom – Umbrella 2018

Friday Night July 20th 8pm

Chic Chic Boom was launched to radio, with the help of Emily A Smith and myself during 2018 Umbrella Festival. We presented the show from the awesome Wheatsheaf Hotel with a full band in tow. With an underbelly element, this was an evening of retribution showcasing new and old tracks we have worked on together over the past few years.

Emily launched her own original music into the public arena. The night began with a laid back semi-acoustic set, later joined by a band of local musicians which set the crowd buzzing.  What a fun night ending on a spectacular and off the cuff version of House Of The Rising Sun. Many thanks to the appreciative audience for coming out on a cold and rainy night.

We were joined by Annie Siegmann [Emily Davis Band] on Bass; Gerard Spalding [Lucky seven] on Drums

Guest appearance from Emma Luker [Fiddle Chicks and others] on Violin

2018-07-24T03:16:58+00:00May 27th, 2018|0 Comments