Denmark Gigs

ALBUM LAUNCH at the Denmark Festival of Voice!

I will be launching my Album “When Did it Change” at this year.s Denmark Festival of Voice which is only a few weeks away on June 3rd and 4th.  The whole of Denmark comes alive with music, poetry, spoken word and other creative collaborations. The festival has been going since 2004 and this is the 4th time I have had the opportunity to play there.  This year I will be joined by Peter Caron on guitar.

“When did it change?” was recorded in February of this year in Denmark with Denmark musicians and a Denmark raised producer.  When did it Change? is a my third CD release in as many years. This album is largely autobiographical and includes new songs written to reflect a time of considerable change in my life for which music has been the catalyst.  It also dips into the past by reworking some songs from my EP “Voices”.

 

I will be playing at Mrs Jones Cafe on Mt Shadforth Rd and the Arthouse Cafe, Denmark Arts, 2A Strickland Street.

REVIEWS

“The irrepressible Folk artist Dawn Barrington is a truly inspirational Musician. ….. Dawn has recorded and independently released her second album ‘ When did it change ‘ and it is astounding how far that this songwriter has progressed in so few years. With the courage of her convictions and some help from a core of exemplary musicians (Tony King, Co- Producer and Guitars, to name just one) Dawn has crafted a wonderful Folk recording. ‘It was you‘ and ‘Cross to bear‘ are two of my favourites, both songs verging on folk rock, propelled along by robust melodies and exquisite musicianship. ‘A young lady i once knew‘ is another highlight on this album, as are the inspired covers of Leaving on a Jet plane and Blowing in the wind. In fact ‘When did it change‘ sounds very much like a sixties recording, even without the covers just mentioned, yet it still manages to be of the here and now, Tony King’s guitar work has a lot to do with that, though i think it has more to do with the songwriters own influences and her modern interpretations of a bygone era. In a nutshell Dawn Barrington has found her voice.
I truly enjoyed listening to ‘ When did it change ‘ and wish Dawn the greatest success for this formidable album and her fledgling career.”  Pete Williams – Presenter 3NRG 99.3FM, Sunbury, VIC

“Dawn Barrington is a folk singer from Western Australia and I became aware of her music in September of 2014 when I downloaded her track ‘Voices’ from AMRAP. Early 2015 saw the release of the single “Women of War” to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli and put the war in a perspective not often acknowledged, that of the women who either took part directly or who stepped up to support the war effort from Australia as well as generally keeping the home fires burning.

I would describe Dawn’s music as a set of carefully crafted lyrics’ riding an original meandering tune to simultaneously arrive at a point.

A few months back, Dawn toured the east coast for the first time and I was lucky enough to have her as a guest on Rare Traxx & Eclectic where she sang live in the studio. Later that same week, I went to the Illawarra Folk Club to see Dawn perform live. I witnessed a very warm exchange between artist and audience which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I look forward to Dawns next visit and the possibility of seeing her perform live at a house concert venue.” Michael Hayes – Producer 2MCR 100.3FM, MacArthur, NSW

“The album as a whole has captured your energy and creativity.” Ruth Halbert, Denmark WA

“Had a great interview with Dawn Barrington a few months back. She has a deep soulful voice with achoustic rythm and meaning. You can tell she’s a friend by her lyrics. Great Music. And I’m Promoting Her. It would be so great to see her at TribeLive.” Ian Knott, Presenter, Tribe 91.1FM, Wilunga, SA

The Summer Season is here!

Well the summer season is here down in the southern hemisphere and I’m getting ready for the festive season and beyond.  I’ve been very busy since Sydney organising gigs and applying to festivals and organising for my next NSW tour but this time I’m going to do a few performances in Sydney and then take a trek up to Newcastle. I’ve already got Humph Hall in Allambie booked for April 7th and Sappho Books and Cafe in Glebe for April 5th and a couple of other pencilled in venues yet to be confirmed in Gosford and Newcastle.

But let’s get back to the next few months, this Sunday I’ll be at The Earl of Spencer Historic Inn and Restaurant, Albany and on December 30th I’ll be doing a set at the South Coast Live Music Club in downtown Albany too.  Then in the new year I’ll be playing at the Denmark Arts Markets in the morning and at a House Concert at a Denmark location in the evening and it’s going to be all originals sets! Ok maybe a few of my favourite covers.  I’ve also got The Earl of Spencer Historic Inn and Restaurant booked for Feb 5th and 26th.


RECORDING
The most exciting news is that I am going to be recording my next album in February and it’s going to be all locally done here in Denmark WA with local musicians and recording engineer which is very exciting!  We will be using my music studio which my hubby Warren has done a great job of insulating to make it as sound proof as possible. A young man by the name of Toby Flockart-Walker will be producing it and Tony King will be adding his magical touch with instrumentation and I’ll also be asking some other local musicians to put down tracks too.  A local photographer will be doing the photos for the album cover too.

Well that’s all from me for now but I will definitely keep you updated on the recording progress early next year!

 

 

Denmark Festival of Voice weekend

The Denmark Festival of Voice is where the whole of Denmark comes alive with song and music in the form of choirs, song writers, spoken word, poetry and so much more including many different workshops.  It starts on Friday night at the Civic Centre and continues on till late Sunday night.  There’s a festival club each night where everyone can wind down and dance and have a great time.  You can purchase tickets for the day or the whole weekend and there is so much to do each day that you end up just strolling around from one venue to the next to see what’s happening.  There are also a number of free venues for those who just want to roam around and not purchase a ticket.  I played at http://mrsjonescafe.com on Saturday at lunchtime and then at Chilli, Lime and Salt Cafe https://www.facebook.com/Chilli-Lime-Salt-Cafe-Denmark-Florist-1431642290407728/ on Sunday early evening.  Thanks to http://www.denmarkarts.com.au for putting on such a lavish weekend and to Vivienne Roberts for doing such a great job of organising, coordinating staff and booking such a great bunch of acts.  If you’re looking for something to do over the June long weekend I highly recommend a trip to Denmark Western Australia and get in amongst it.

Photo: http://www.hazelblake.com.au

Mrs Jones Cafe, Denmark Western Australia

Mrs Jones Cafe, Denmark Western Australia

The next couple of months

Albany boatshed markets

I’ve been busy booking a few gigs to keep to keep me going over the next few months.  July 17th will be my first 3 hour gig on my own – yep 3 hours!! It’s actually 3 x 45 min sets with some decent breaks in-between.  So now I need to get all my songs up to scratch and even learn a few new ones so that I have enough tunes to keep me going, it’s all about taking it to the next level I guess. I will be play a mix of originals and covers because that’s how it works when you are doing the circuit you have to have plenty of covers up your sleeve otherwise you just won’t get the gigs doing all originals and no gigs means no practice in front of a live audience.  I’ll be easing into things at the https://albanyboatshedmarkets.com which is only 1 hour and 15 mins. Then I have my first 3 hour gig at The Three Anchors http://www.threeanchors.com.au in Albany on Sunday July 17th at 4pm.  August 7th I’ll be playing at the Earl of Spencer http://theearlofspencer.com.au for a Sunday session from 5 – 8pm, they do great meals there and it’s a real nice english pub feel.  Then I’ll be at the Boston Brewery http://www.willoughbypark.com.au on August 20th from 5 – 8pm another great venue, awesome food and great friendly staff.

September 6th I take off to Sydney to do a bit of album promoting.  So I have a couple of radio shows lined up and some songwriters performance slots and a couple of folk club gigs. First stop is The Sutherland Acoustic folk https://www.facebook.com/Sutherland-Acoustic-Club-650347191745258/ Club in Gymea on September 8th.  Then on Tuesday 13th it’s Live and Originals @ Mr Falcon’s, https://www.facebook.com/MrFalconBar/ and Wednesday 13th Songwriters Live in Manley https://songwriterslive.com.au/the-old-manly-boatshed/. On Thursday we will be driving down to Wollongong where I will be playing at the Illawarra Folk Club http://www.illawarrafolkclub.org.au so it’s all go!  On Sunday 11th I will be talking to Michael Hayes at https://www.facebook.com/RareTraxxEclectic/ 2MCR 100.3 FM and on Tuesday 13th I will be chatting with John Regan on http://northsideradio.com.au where I will be talking about my Sydney mini tour and my album “Break of the Day” and I’ll probably play a few tunes too.

“Break of the Day” Album Launch

My Album Launch at the Golden Hill Steiner School was a very special afternoon.  I was terrified and the days preceding the launch were very tense in my home but I did it and that’s what this whole journey is about.  Each time I choose a task that I feel is beyond my capabilities and ability I go through the same process which is absolute fear for days preceding the event, and then I do the gig, and moments after I criticise myself to the max. I go through the usual self talk like “what the hell was I thinking”, “what am I really doing this for?”, “they’re not interested in my music” and the list goes on and on and then the next morning I feel absolutely fantastic!  It’s a crazy journey but an incredibly fulling one. Here’s a video  of one of the songs I did at the launch, Cathy Fotios joined me on percussion and backing vocals.