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FINAL GIGS FOR 2019

I was invited back to perform at Club Acoustica, for their final show for the year

The last Club Acoustica night of 2019 – our big end-of-year revels to round off the year in fine style!

At the Olive Branch Café in Balhannah on Sunday 1st December we were entertained by:

  •   Lance Duncan, the man with the fine, dark baritone voice and the great guitar technique, playing a broad cross-section of music from Dylan and his contemporaries to traditional Scottish, Irish, Canadian and American folk songs.
  •  Jackie Sprott, Joost, and special guest Steven Stone, for a selection of heartfelt Americana songs and a few for the audience to sing along with as well. (We were treated to Steven playing us something on his Greek bouzouki, too – what a treat!)
  •   Paula Standing, whose songs come from the wellspring of old, dark country and folk traditions, bringing you stories of the ordinary and everyday viewed from a new angle that can surprise. Paula’s songs have performed strongly on community radio across Australia, and she has a new Americana-flavoured album under development.
  •   Our old friends Stretch and Fella, with a selection of up-tempo blues, early rock and country, and a touch of folk. As always these guys got our feet tapping!

In addition, we heard our sound engineer Kyffin Williams step out from behind the mixing desk to perform, and  there was plenty of locally grown poetry shared as well.

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Lastly, I will be on the SCALA Stage at The Wheaty for the final Showcase of the year.

Emma Jayne is headlining with her band, plus there will be a couple of Spotlights.

Thursday December 19 Doors open 7:30pm for an 8pm start

FREE Entry for SCALA Members and only $8 for non-members

2019-12-06T01:17:58+00:00November 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Latest Studio News

It has been an absolute pleasure recording with Rod McCormack on the NSW Central Coast. We got together in August with Lou Bradley, Gina Jeffreys, Max Jackson and seven of their long term students to write nine new songs.

These songs, along with a couple of others I have had on the back burner, have been getting the McCormack treatment and morphing into a brand new Americana album.  This completely new experience, has seen us chasing some remarkable new (for me) approaches, taking a different path to previous works. Rod has raised the interest of several overseas artists (Nashville and Ireland) who have agreed to add their talent to the mix.

Earthy is the word that springs to mind.

Miguel Rios and Meredith O’Shea arrived from Melbourne in the second week to start shooting video footage. They covered some great studio material and we spent several hours at Terrigal Beach catching the beautiful sunrise and perfect conditions. I am looking forward to finishing off the video for the first single next month.

I have seen the first of the pics taken and I am flabbergasted at how brilliant they are. I am truly grateful and humbled for how many seriously talented people are invested in this project with me.

Plans for a single release just after Tamworth 2020 and more to follow.

 

2019-11-30T04:33:00+00:00October 30th, 2019|0 Comments

Industry Speak

I finally made it to a Pat Pattison songwriting workshop in Melbourne first weekend in August. I have heard so much about this man’s skills, I am over the moon that I finally got to experience this first hand.

More songwriting in August when Lou Bradley and I met with Rod McCormack in his studios on the NSW central coast to begin work on a new recording.  We were joined during the week by Gina Jeffries, Max Jackson and seven of their long term students. At the end of the week we had a swag of new songs and I shall be returning in November to start recording.

 


I had a wonderful July, spending time doing what I love the most, that is writing songs. I attended two face to face and two online workshops with the amazing Francesca de Valence from iheartsongwriting club. Great advice about building momentum, staying on track, getting through writer’s block and much more.

I also spent two days at Indie Con which was held right here in Adelaide. This Independent Music Conference, is designed especially for indie artists, labels, etc.  For a bit of glamour I also attended the AIR Awards Ceremony in the beautiful Masonic Hall. Such exciting stuff happening in the music industry, it is hard to keep up.

2019-09-12T00:18:48+00:00August 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

SA Country Music Festival

Had a great time at the 2019 SA Country Music Festival  in the Riverland town of Barmera on the June long weekend. I had the pleasure of appearing on the main street stage Saturday June 8 in the morning and afternoon. Sunday, June 9,  I was in the lineup for the SA Country Music Spectacular in the Bonney Theatre.

Headliners acts Paul Costa, Justin Standley, Bradley Hall and Juliet Oliver. Other artists include The Cut Snakes, The Rustlers, Alison Hams & Mark Tempany, Paula Standing, Cheryl  Lethlean, The Hoffmans and Heartland. Lots of shows in many venues.

SACMF Poster

2019-06-14T10:40:01+00:00May 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Truth & Trickery

Two Voices ‘changing the strings on your heart’

This was the final show for my Truth & Trickery Tour and the one show only with Cathy Dobson from Victoria. We were rewarded with a wonderful attentive crowd at The Wheaty. What a wonderful Sunday afternoon and I was so pleased Cathy got to show off her stuff in front of such a fabulous audience. The best way to finish off my first ever tour! You can hear more of her music in online stores and streaming services.

I have had a fabulous time on this journey telling tales to audiences in Melbourne, Brisbane, Barmera and Adelaide. Many thanks to those of you who have attended gigs, musicians who have supported me and all of those who have bought my music, also the radio stations and presenters who are playing my music. You make it all worth while.

Launch and Tour

Nexus Arts Venue located in the Lion Arts Centre*, set the scene for the launch of my EP Truth & Trickery. The delightful Fiddle Chicks kicked off the afternoon with their entrancing performance. Included in my band, I once again, lured in, Emily A Smith, Emma Luker, Shireen Khemlani and Gerard Spalding. Barely home from his honeymoon, Richard Coates agreed to come tickle the ivories with us as well!

Reviews Galore

Nicky Titchener wrote up an excellent review of the launch and can be found on The Clothesline.

The Clothesline online magazine has published this EP Review by Clayton Werner. Indie Buddie has also reviewed the EP. Kaz Johnson wrote an exuberant piece for Cowgirl Up . Also earned a write-up in Music Talks

Single Release

Key2 Artist Promotions have launched Heartaches Coming Around from the EP as a single to radio with this Press Release 

Tour Dates

May 1, I had a fabulous time at The Lomond Hotel in Brunswick, Victoria, at The Lomond Acoustica night entertaining an attentive audience.

June 1 at The Gov Front Bar for Saturday Sessions hosted by Crooked Road. Also on the list of guests are Henk Groot and Paul Reynolds

June 8 – 9 Riverland SA Country Music Festival SA

June 16 in Ashgrove, Queensland (The Junk Bar with Chloe Styler) June 16

June 23 Adelaide (The Wheaty with Cathy Dobson)

 

2019-09-12T00:17:19+00:00March 21st, 2019|1 Comment

Tamworth Country Music Festival

Tamworth 2020

Flights, accommodation and wheels booked for the next Country Music Festival in Tamworth. My Gigs are being sorted and here is a quick run down of what to expect.

Further details will be added here as they come to hand

Sunday morning, January 19 Kicking off my festival journey with a walk-up to the Coca Cola Stage in the Town Hall, closely followed by a set at Story Tellers at The Sider Diner. In the afternoon you will find me, once again, part of the awesome ‘Dolly For Dolly’ benefit concert at The Moonshiner’s Bar.

Monday night, 20th  Hands Across the Water dinner and show at The Square Man Inn, will showcase NZ and Oz artists presented by Key2 Artist Promotions. Check the poster below for the lineup.

Wednesday morning, 22nd A bunch of us will be at The Big Golden Guitar presenting From Here and Across The Ditch. In the afternoon, you will find me amongst the fun on The Family Zone Stage in Kable Avenue.

Thursday afternoon, 23rd The Tamworth Songwriters Association will present ‘Songwriters on Show’ at The City Bowling Club Auditorium.

Friday, 24th The Post Office Hotel in Fitzroy St will be the scene of various artists showcasing their goods to the thronging crowd. The early birds will catch me there in the morning.

Saturday lunch time, 25th There will just be time for me to do a spot with Lou Bradley and Phil Chaffer at The Hogs Breath Cafe, before I run for my flight home.

 

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2019-12-10T06:44:23+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