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The Big Move

Ready for the drive to Perth

The big smoke was beckoning and it was time to leave my home in this idyllic little town in the Great Southern of  WA. It really was a big move and I hadn’t anticipated how much of an effort it would be on my own. But with a bit of help from my son and his father it all went smoothly. After securing a small unit in Hamilton Hill near Fremantle I got very busy packing and sorting through a life time of “stuff”. So much “stuff” and so many difficult decisions so make but I had to scale my life down to a 2 bed unit with no shed or garden. Now that I am here in Hamilton Hill I can see it was a good decision. I can see that I will be able to get much more happening with my music, that is meet other musicians and get some gigs happening. I can also do so much more with regards to raising awareness for refugee justice and I have already started to make a few waves. 

“MUSIC TALKS EVENT” – FREMANTLE

July 19th I came up to Fremantle to do a music talks event. A wonderful lady Kris Holman who has been supporting my advocacy hosted a “Music Talks” event. She booked the Hamilton Hub community centre and we had a great turn out. July 19th commemorated the 7th year since the offshore policy was legislated. So in solidarity with the Refugee Solidarity group in Brisbane and with the refugees detained at the Kangaroo Point hotel we sat in silence for 7 mins after the first few songs and an introduction to the audience. It was powerful and sobering. 

The HUB, Hamilton Hill

Once again I told the stories of 2 refugees and of my trips to Manus Island where I witnessed the horrific conditions of 100s of refugees under Australia’s care.

People were in disbelief and horrified at what they heard and once again the Q & A opened up a space for important conversations and more people keen to take action.

I also had a couple of radio interviews both with Fremantle Radio 107.9fm. Bill Hale invited me to join him and his offsider Frank on their Monday evening “Folkin around” show and they literally gave me the floor. I was very appreciative of their support for what I am doing with regards to the refugees being detained. I got to play a number of songs and talk lots….two of my favourite things lol.

The second interview was a pre recorded one with Kavi Guppta where we talked about me as an artist using my songs to raise awareness about the social issues that I am passionate about. It was a stimulating conversation and I look forward to followup interviews with both Bill and Kavi once I have got myself established more up here.

In the meantime I am going to unwind and get myself familiar with my new surrounds. Dream about the day when I can go back on tour which could be a while away yet. We live in very strange times and who knows what the future holds but hopefully new creative ideas will come into fruition and I will find ways to play my songs and talk about the things that matter to me.

Stay safe everyone

 

WAMFest and Recording

WAMFest (West Australian Music Industry)

I was lucky enough to be selected for WAMFest this year, so after a gig at Freehand Wines in downtown Denmark I then got myself organised for a some original sets, one in Albany at the White Star for Regional WAMFest and then 2 in Perth.  One was at the Perth Cultural Centre where I did a busking spot and the other was at Yagan Square which is an amphitheatre right in the centre of Perth which was amazing.  Something even more amazing happened and it was a total surprise to me and that is my song “Fly Free Little Bird” got chosen for the KISS MY WAMi Compilation CD. I didn’t even realise till I checked the program to see when and where I was playing and the songs that had been chose were on there. All in all it was a fantastic weekend and a great honour to be a part of such a big Western Australian Festival

It’s hard to believe that so much has happened in the past 7 years and to be a part of this festival was something I had never imagined would happen because I thought that the music industry only catered for people who were not in the 20s or 30s.  It has been a real slog being a woman and middle aged for that matter to get noticed and be treated as an equal. I  am not using age and gender as an excuse, it’s just a reality, and I think our culture really doesn’t take mature women seriously and it’s not easy for young women either because

 they have to deal with expectations placed on them. However, I have noticed that things are changing and gender equity is starting to happen so hopefully this will happen more and more.  I notice that when I play at venues where there are people from Europe or the Middle East or India they are always much more attentive and interested in listening, so maybe we need to learn something from those countries.

Recording

Since my last post I have finished two recording sessions. Al Smith from Bergerk Studio came down from Perth for the

weekend twice, once in September and again in October and we recorded 4 songs for my upcoming EP which I will probably be releasing in January.  Tony King is amazing and once again he offered to do my instrumentation and he also helps with production which is awesome! I love recording andI love how the songs evolve and it really is a collaboration because I never know where each one is going to go. We just start with my acoustic version which is literally lyrics and chords and then Tony adds his magic as he comes up with ideas throughout the process.  This was the first time working with in the studio with Al although he has mastered all my tracks since I started recording. Tony has known Al for 20 years and they worked brilliantly together and what I love the most about working with these guys is that there’s no inflated egos. It’s all pure fun and creativity. Luke Tulloch came in and did some violin tracks, he is an incredibly talented young man that I met at TAFE a number of years ago now and it didn’t take him long to find some lovely violin melodies to accompany my songs.

To top it all off I had a great gig at the Three Anchors in Albany with Tony King and it was the first time that I had done a three hour gig with him, and I was a bit nervous hoping that he would know how to play all my songs, but I realised very quickly that there was nothing to be concerned about, Tony is a legend when it comes to improvising, he really is an outstanding musician.  We had a great gig and he managed to compliment every song brilliantly and thanks to John King we got a photo to prove it. 

It’s time for an update

I thought it was time for an update on what’s been happening the past few months. As soon as I got back from Kalgoorlie I started getting ready for a House Concert which is the first one that I have booked through House Concerts Australia.

It was at Arcadia Wines in Kendenup which is only an hour or so away from Denmark.  Gaye and John are a lovely couple and they have only had the cellar door open for the past 18 months and they are doing really well. They have award winning wines and I would personally recommend the aged Riesling. Gaye and John are lovers of live music and they are really passionate about having regular live music events which is awesome. All the tickets were sold and we all had a great night. The photo isn’t brilliant but it’s just evidence that I was there lol!

Then a couple of weeks later I took a trip up to the big smoke for a couple of gigs.  One in York which is about an hour east of Perth where I played at the Settlers House York, which is a beautiful old heritage building. York is the the first inland town Settled in WA.  We had a few drinks at the end of the night and I heard a few good ghost stories which was a bit unnerving.

On Sunday I played at Jackadders Music Club. I had a really warm welcome from Carmel and Ron and we had a lovely afternoon. It was great to hear the audience sing along to my original songs and the whole gig was recorded which was fantastic.

Next was one of my regular gigs at the Earl of Spencer in Albany. Peter Caron joined me on guitar and I love playing with Peter because we have a lot of fun and he adds lots of fancy guitar work to my songs, and the covers, that we do.  I usually do an even mix of originals and covers when I do pub gigs which is pretty cruisey and generally good fun.  Peter set up the video so we got some great footage of us playing too.

 

Then last but not least I did another house concert but this time in Manjimup at a beautiful historic building called Dingup House Bed and Breakfast which is managed by Chris and John.  Dingup House is one of the first houses built on the original town site of Manjimup until they moved the town a few kms down the road. Chris and John do a fantastic job there and we had a wonderful intimate evening with soup and song.  The photo isn’t the best but it just gives you an idea of the set up there.  Half the guests stayed the night and the rooms are all beautifully presented with heritage style beds and lovely patchwork bed covers. I would highly recommend a stay there if you’re travelling through that neck of the woods.

 

WHAT’S NEXT

My son has gone to New York for a school trip so my husband and I have decided to go for a little holiday across to Augusta and Margaret River and I’m going to play at the Goodfellas i cafe in Margaret River while we’re there. I know what you’re thinking….can’t she just have one weekend without playing music…and the answer is most definitely not….lol! It just so happens our friends own Goodfellas and I just love playing there.

Then the following week I’ll be doing a double gig with Peter Caron which means we will be at the Albany Boatshed Markets in the Morning and at The Earl of Spencer in the evening.  I’m really looking forward to doing a house concert in Northam in October.  I’m also busy planning another Eastern States tour for Jan/Feb or next year which is very time consuming and fun at the same time.  I’ve also been busy writing songs for recording next year.  That’s it for now folks!  Stay warm and dry in this crazy weather if you live on this side of the planet and down this far below the equator.

 

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.

 

 

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