I haven’t made a post for while so here’s one for the record. So what’s been happening lately? … well on the surface not much I’ve had a very sore right shoulder and have had to rest it for almost four weeks now which has been way too long. I’m someone who is on the move all the time so three weeks with no guitar playing and not even being able to use the computer or ride my bike has been a real test of my very small amounts of patience. I had to cancel two gigs which was very disappointing because they were my first opportunities to perform at these particular venues but I had no choice I just couldn’t play my guitar, especially for a 3 hour set. I’ll be setting off to Perth Airport on Wednesday (7th Sept) which is a 5 hour drive from little old Denmark town. Then of to Sydney we go for a couple of weeks of performances, sight seeing and a couple of radio shows. People have asked “how did you get those gigs?” and basically I just made contact with as many venues as I could find by asking friends of friends who knew the music scene in the Sydney and I then just asked. It’s probably the most difficult thing about being a musician and performer, that is, actually asking for gigs and not only that but for payment too. It’s easy to promote others but promoting yourself is something to become skilled at and it takes time. So all that said I’ll be playing at the Sutherland Acoustic Club Sutherland Acoustic Club on Thursday evening September 8th and then on Sunday 11th I’m going down to Campbelltown to have a chat with Michael Hayes at 2MCR 100.3 fm Sounds of Macarthur. Then on Tuesday morning I’ll be having a chat with John Regan at http://northsideradio.com.au to talk about my recent Album release “Break of the Day”. Tuesday evening I’m skating over to Glebe to play at Live & Originals @ Mr Falcon’s https://www.facebook.com/MrFalconBar/ and on Wednesday evening I have a slot at Songwriters Live at the Old Manly Boatshed https://songwriterslive.com.au/the-old-manly-boatshed/. Then finally we drive down to Wollongong where I have a slot at the Illawarra folk club. So it’s going to be a busy time but I’m really looking forward to it. I don’t have any pics yet so here’s one of me looking for the music. Bwah bwah wah!!!!!
This is a video I put together for a song I wrote in 2014. The song is called Coffee my Dear but it isn’t actually anything to do with coffee really. I was watching the news one day and there were reports of people starving in African countries and talk about climate change causing heavy rain in India which caused severe landslides. I felt helpless as I always did when I used to watch TV and see these tragic stories and situations. So I started writing a song and after writing the verses I put it away for 6 months or so and then one day I was at my local coffee shop Mrs Jones and I heard these two older ladies complaining about their coffee and it brought me to the thinking about the things that we take for granted. It’s not that I have a problem with complaining about things, I mean I do it to but on this particular day I was feeling sensitive and frustrated with these two ladies and felt the need to express my concerns in a way that was not too confrontational. So I put my thoughts into words and that’s where the chorus came from “How do you take your coffee my dear, would that be straight frothy or clear?”. So in essence the song expresses my concerns about climate change and the stark reality of how we can get caught up in the finer details of day to day living.
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.
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.
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.