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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 am proud to support these wonderful ladies and their furry friends. Sunday November 18, 2018 12 – 5pm Tickets here.

” This is 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.” 

Come and see the womes (wombat homes); meet some of the beautiful bubbas and find out how the sanctuary operates.

2018-11-03T02:34:37+00:00November 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Almost Okay in Melrose

I travelled up to my favourite Southern Flinders Ranges Town, Melrose, recently to shoot and record a video of a very new song. We took advantage of the excellent acoustics of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, many thanks to Fr John Fowler for arranging the access.

Sammy from Reel Time Studios, brought along her trusty camera and recording devices and after several takes, we have the material to splice together a good story.

Almost Okay now available on YouTube

2018-11-15T08:17:41+00:00October 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Taking It Well EP

Taking It Well, a title attributed to the execution of two Australians in Bali as is the first track ‘Fly’, released November 1 2018.  The tracks are available in digital form only, from any online store.

 Clint Wilson from Melbourne asked me to support his band Velvet Waters at The Wheatsheaf Hotel on November 1 as he toured his new LP Dark Water.

I  took advantage of the awesome venue to launch Taking It Well the same night.

Kelly Brouhaha opened the night with her usual flair, on a very short stop home between mega touring duties.

Thanks goes to Ben Searcy Photography for the cover pic, Red Brick Music for recording and mixing and Disk Edits for Mastering.

2018-11-03T01:32:04+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

Hot on the heels of our show Two Chics and A BOOM! Emily A Smith and I went into Wizard Tone studios and began recording several new songs. We were joined by Holly Thomas, who flew over from Melbourne to drum up some excellent percussion. Also, local bass diva Shireen Khemlani and the wonderful Emma Luker brought some very fine violin licks to the mix.

I was back into the studio a few weeks later to add the final vocals. When Emily returned to Adelaide for work, she was able to finish off the guitar parts and add the backing vocals.  Richard Coates, local keyboard player has add some ivory tinkling to three of the tracks and now all we have to do is front up to a mixing session and it will be ready for the master.

We have had a great time working with James Brown, who has been extremely helpful with production suggestions along the way.

2018-10-24T08:58:14+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

Music Talks|Indie Music Blog

Tracey Arbon of Music Talks has chosen me as the feature folk artist for the May issue. The article covers my musical journey and those pivotal moments that pushed me into a singer songwriter world. Sometimes singing in the shower pays off.

You can discover many new artists on this platform, so click on the link and enjoy!

2018-08-24T01:40:20+00:00May 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Netgigs

Netgigs filmed four bands and four solo artists at Adelaide’s premier music venue, a night labelled Fire At Fowler’s. It is with a heavy heart I read that Fowler’s is facing closure at the end of the year, due to building management not renewing the lease. They have new plans for the building and Fowler’s management has not been able to secure an appropriate replacement venue.

On a happier note, the footage was presented at Big Sound Music Conference 2018 in Brisbane. This has lead to more opportunities for Netgigs and will see it grow well into the future.

If you missed out on the night, my individual show is  now available to watch online from the comfort of your own home. All acts will be available individually for $5 and the whole show for a mere $10.

Solo Acts: Ben Whittington; Paula Standing; Damon Sparkes; Jack Buchanan

Bands: Tough Boys; Nuseum; Imogen Brave; Audio Reign

 

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I am proud to have been invited by the wonderful Joe Mac to perform on the acoustic show of Netgigs with Jack Buchanan and Ben McNeil. Netgigs is a streaming service for live music. The team have recorded a full series of shows, mainly with bands until this last episode, which is fully acoustic.

This show was recorded and live streamed March 17, 2018. Recently, each set has been turned into an individual show and you can access my show here

Watch the trailer here

2018-10-04T08:18:01+00:00March 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

SCALA News

SCALA  continuing to grow in 2018

Keep an eye on the new look SCALA Website and/or FB Page for details of the coming events.

FOOM (Festival Of Original Music) wound up August 23 on Grand Final night. It was a Sold Out event!! Happily it has been videoed and will be available for viewing on our You Tube Channel in the not too distant future.
SCALA Live resumes September 13 fortnightly until December before we take another break.
I am leading a Songwriter Workshop for SCALA at The Box Factory September 20 7-9:30pm. Titled ‘Get Your Message Across’ I am looking at some do’s and don’t’s for songwriting and inviting songwriters to bring any lyrics they are having trouble with to be workshopped. Gold Coin Donation Only.
The AGM held on April 5  saw a new, enlarged SCALA Board elected, increasing from 8 to 12 members. We are hoping to spread the load and accomplish big things over the next 18 months.

You can still get involved by being part of one of the sub-committees. Contact SCALA through the website and let us know what you would like to be part of: Staging; Door person; MC; Newsletter; Grant applications; Website management; Talent scout; FOOM and many more

SCALA  are wanting to introduce more opportunities for members to perform. Regrettably our recent effort to host Music Mondays at The Ed Castle in Currie St has fallen through.  The Ed have been facing trading difficulties with the building site behind taking all the parking space and the council closing the balcony. The hotel will continue to trade on weekends only, closing Monday – Thursdays while it is on the market. We wish Tony Bond all the best.

Watch this space or subscribe to SCALA newsletter to see further developments on this subject.

 

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2018-08-24T01:54:18+00:00August 1st, 2017|0 Comments