I’ve got some news and updates for you all, and I’m pleased as punch about David Francey’s new record “Empty Train”, which features some backing vocals of mine.
“I’ve loved this song for many years. I am joined by my friend Mandy Connell from Australia. One of my favourite trad voices anywhere.” David Francey.
Check it out here http://davidfrancey.com/EmptyTrain.html
I came across this YouTube clip yesterday (See video link at the bottom), while looking for something else, as you do. Ryan Tews (Stray Hens Drummer) and I singing Louden Wainwright III’s “Swimming Song”. What a fun afternoon that was at the Blue Pool in Bermagui. It’s usually much more serene there…I love touring in NSW- luckily I get to go back up soon!
There’s a lot happening before then. To start with, there are two more gigs of a Thursday night front bar residency in Melbourne. At the Wesley Anne (Northcote) each week from 6pm to 8pm. This is a free thing, and is NOT a concert format. The PA is good, and the tunes are nice and clear, so you can sit in the venue and enjoy a beverage or one of their lovely meals while I play a couple of informal, friendly sets.
When the Wes residency finishes (on the 29th of September), I’ll get in the invincible Toyota and head up to Uranquinty in NSW to sing some Louisa Lawson songs with Peter Hood and others.
Coming up soon in Wangaratta on 7 & 8 October, some shows with Neil Higgins and Josh Grundy, after which I’ll get back in the car and head over to South Australia’s Fleurieu Folk Festival – 21st to 24th of October. Fleurieu is reputed to be a real gem of a festival, and has been home to some songwriter genius, like Vorn Doolette and Courtney Robb.
In between I will keep writing blogs for The Muso.com.au- I was lucky enough to be included in a round of writers and interviewers. My wee stories start here– next to an interview with Tim Kill Custom.
Coming back from SA, I rejoin the Stray Hens to play some traditional and Australian ballads! It’s been a while since the Stray Hens played a show, we’ve been recording or on holiday for what seems like an ice age. But Summer is coming back and we will be playing in Briagolong for the Foothills Music Festival (VIC), gearing up to release our cracker of a new album- “The Confluence”.
On December 10th the Hens will launch the album- media releases out soon.
December 16th sees me back out to Adelaide to play at the Wirra Creek Winery
Then it’s off to Illawarra Folk Festival in January 2017.Illawarra is where I first met Big Erle and Reg Meuross. The committee at Illawarra choose a brilliant line up and host one of the most dedicated arena’s for teaching, learning and performing the tradition across genres and age groups. I love this festival. Can’t wait!