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Recording progress

Well it’s been an incredibly busy week. Toby my producer arrived last Wednesday and we set up the studio, I know it’s a bit ‘rock n rol’l calling Toby “MY producer” but he did produce my EP and did such an awesome job that I wanted him to do this album and he actually came down for 10 days and set up home here, so I hope that qualifies ;o).  On Thursday we got straight into putting down all the guide tracks. So that means me playing each new song so that Toby can record them and use them as a guide. But the tricky thing is that I have to play to a click track which is like having a metronome stuck in your ear as you play, so you have to stay on the beat. Well you can only imagine how many takes that took!  We were both feeling quite tired and even a bit overwhelmed at the end of that, there were so many new songs and so much to do. Then Tony King arrived and helped us do a table to map out what needed doing on each song which was very helpful. Sometimes it’s just a case of getting it all out of your head and onto paper to lighten the load.
We worked from 10am to 10pm each day to get as much done as possible. Tony is an incredible musician and fantastic mentor and he has had a huge input into my musical journey. He did a lot of the instrumentation on my EP four years ago and I love working with him because he really knows how I work as a songwriter and musician so it’s wonderful to have his input again.

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Recording in the studio from left to right, Me and Toby, Tony and Toby, then Tony on drums, then Peter on electric guitar

Tony and Toby got all the guitar, drum and bass tracks down Friday and Saturday and Sunday morning I put down most of the vocal tracks and then Sunday afternoon Peter Caron (my duo partner) came in and put down some 2nd guitar tracks and a couple of solo’s. I love his work!  Then Tony arrived at 3.30pm on Sunday to put down some slide guitar and some great harmonies over my vocals. We finished at 10pm Sunday and it was such an incredibly productive weekend that we decided to have a break Monday morning.  Then Monday evening we got some more vocals done and today we have been working on a very special song.  Toby and I will be doing all the work for that because it is a thank you song to Tony that I wrote 4 years ago now and I never intended to record it but I think it’s an important one to document.  Recording my songs is one of the most exciting things that I have ever done, it’s an incredible feeling to be with such creative and passionate people and then come out with the end product.

We have a few more days to go yet and tonight a local young man Luke Tulloch will be putting down some violin tracks and my favourite man of blues Jeremy Moondog will be coming to put down some harp.  It just so happens that he is in town this weekend so when he offered to do some harp I almost died….with joy of course!!! Myles Mitchell will be coming to put down some vocals as well which I’m very excited because Myles and I often share gigs and he’s a great local musician and an all round great guy.

From left to right top: Peter and Toby, then me doing vocals. Bottom left: Tony and Toby and Me and Toby

Denmark Bulletin media release

Thanks to the Denmark Bulletin for the great article last week to promote my gofundme campaign. My gofundme campaign is shaping up nicely and my producer/engineer will be arriving in a couple of weeks.  We will be setting up the studio and I have a bunch of great musicians coming on board to put down tracks for a whole bunch of new songs.  I will also be putting 4 tracks from my EP on the album which will be re mixed and re mastered.  There’s going to be 2 covers as well but I’ll keep you all in suspense on that one.

My Sydney tour is coming up very soon too! It’s only a month or so away so I will update you on that very soon and give some dates and venues.

The Dawning of a new album – pre release order

After a very relaxing festive season I am now ready to rip into the New Year!

All my energy is now focused on my music; that is performing, song writing and recording.  I’m also organising another Sydney tour which I will keep you posted on.  However, first I need to share my gofundme campaign and make a very special request.  I have a whole bunch of new songs and they are ready for recording which will start on February 15th.  I believe recording is the most important part of being a musician/songwriter because it’s a way record your art and creates a platform to share your work. All that aside it’s an incredibly exciting and rewarding thing to do and I have to say it’s the most exciting thing I have ever done.  So if you would like a pre release copy of my album and you would like to support me as an artist that would be fantastic.  It’s only $20 for the album which will be released in June.  Here is the link to my gofundme page and I will keep you updated on the progress throughout the next few months.  Any donations over $20 also gets a copy of my “Break of the Day Album”.  All donations will be gratefully received and not only that but you become a part of the journey from beginning right to the very end product.  Thanks everyone!!

www.https://www.gofundme.com/dawnindenmark

Photo: Peter Caron www.carono.com.au

 

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!

 

 

Sydney was awesome!!!

What an awesome time I had in Sydney!  It was so much fun and I soooooooo want to do it all again!!! I didn’t manage to get many pics but the few shots I have here are the evidence that I was there.  We arrived, it was warm, perfect…….Oh did I mention that my husband and son came too?  Yes they came and we made it into a family holiday which was fantastic.  We spent our first three nights at some very good friends Scott and Nicole Morris and they had this great apartment overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it was lovely to see them. Thanks Digger and Nicole we had a great time with you guys.

My first gig was at the Sutherland Acoustic Club in Gymea where I met some lovely people and got the tour off to a great start.  We hired a car and braved the Sydney gridlock of roads that go here and there and everywhere and rarely the way you want to go.  It took us an hour to get to Gymea from Drummoyne in peak traffic and two and a half hours to get back in the middle of the night………Oh how we got lost……we both were so tired that we just couldn’t get our heads around the map book.  Anyhow by 1.30pm we were home and I had a great story to tell at my next gig.

So that was Thursday night then on Sunday evening we went down to Campbeltown to visit Michael Hayes at http://www.2mcr.org.au where he does his Rare Trax and Eclectic show   I had an interview and played the first song I wrote “Voices” and it was wonderful to meet Michael after having online contact for the past few years.  He’s passionate about music and does a fantastic job of promoting new music.  He found my track “Voices” on the AMRAP/AIRIT register, which is where artists can apply to be listed to get air play on Australian radio. A big thanks to Michael for his ongoing support.  On Tuesday I had an interview with John Regan at North Side Sydney Radio 99.3 fm .  We had a lot of fun chatting about all our favourite music and he played some of my favourite tracks and we talked about who had influenced my song writing.

Then on Tuesday night I played at Mr Falcon’s in Glebe which was a lovely little intimate venue and a couple of friends living in Sydney showed up. Young Jason who is from my favourite band, thanks for being there Jason and Scott (one of our friends) who recorded part of one of my songs “Cross to Bear” which I posted on my Facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/dawnindenmark .  “Cross to Bear” is going on my next album which I will starting recording early next year in Denmark WA.

Now during my time in Sydney I did have a few problems with my neck and shoulder but it seemed to clear up in the nick of time which I was very grateful for.  Strangely I had no pain at all when I was playing …. So thank you ‘god of mending broken singer/guitar players!’ Wednesday night was also in central Sydney at the Old Fitzroy Hotel in Woolloomooloo where I got to play at the Australia Songwriters Society which was a real pleasure and honour.  You can have a good read about how that went in my previous post which Gavin Fitzgerald wrote so eloquently.  Thanks again to John Cheshner and Gavin Fitzgerald.Sydney tour

The next day we took off on the road south to Woollongong where I had a gig booked at the “Diggers Club” . Russell Hannah booked me and he organised for us to be billeted by Mairi Petersen. What a surprise I had when I walked into her house, here library walls were filled with posters from the past 50years or so….Mairi was a true activist and has been her whole life.  I have never been so excited to come across someone who is so passionate in what she believes in. She had CD’s of Margaret Roadnight, Janis Ian and Bob Dylan which were some of the great singer songwriters of the 60s and 70s who stood up for what they believed in, not only that but they are the artists that people often mention when they hear me sing my songs.  Mairi also had some of the most interesting books on her bookshelves including Karl Marx, Chomsky, Joan Baez and soooooo many more.  Mairi was such a lovely person and very calm and composed and did a huge amount of work for refugees.  Her late husband was George Petersen who was a very dedicated parliamentarian just before the Whitlam years.  Anyhow we had only just sat down and the phone rang and it was Russell checking with Mairi that we had arrived safely and he was keen to come round and meet us and have a cuppa.  This very chippa, tall unimposing bearded man arrived and what a great story teller he was, he very much reminded me of my own father who also has the knack for making every story interesting.  Russell took us out for dinner and the next evening was my gig.  Did I mention that Mairi lived in Shell Harbour?  It’s beautiful part of the South Eastern coast.

The format for my gig had changed and because Russell had inadvertently booked me on a night that coincided with a music festival in Yaas and a lot of the folk club members would be going to that.  So he asked if I minded  being the main act and the other act would be the Figgie group members.  the figgio members are a bunch of guys and gals who meet each month at a pub and take turns to share their stories, poems and songs.  Of course I was very happy to be a part of that and it was almost giving me memories of my days organising the “Play it by Ear” down my local pub the Denmark Hotel where we had a singalong and open mic.  Anyhow we had the best night and Mairi was there and to my surprise Michael Hayes turned up from 2MCR.  I did a few singalong songs for the record and to top things off I had the best sound ever, actually probably the best sound I have ever experienced so thanks to Phil for that.sydney-pics-for-blog

The next morning we had a coffee with Russell and Mairi and Russell gave me a copy of a book he had co written about Australian Railways.  He was such a humble man that I had no idea that he had received the Order of Australia.  So thank you so much to the lovely Mairi Peterson and Sir Russell Hannah for such a fantastic weekend.