A couple of days ago when one of my acoustic strings broke, I felt it a perfect opportunity to record a video lesson on how to change strings on a Steel String Acoustic Guitar. I was going make a post with extra written information to accompany the video, however it ended up being so long and in-depth that I don’t think one is necessary anymore.
Here’s the video lesson. Enjoy:
Also, let me provide y’all with a quick update on the album recording process. Over the past couple of months, I’ve been lucky enough to have the following players come in and add to my album:
– Jason Walker with some Pedal Steel
– Zane Banks for Banjo
– Alison Avron (Click for her website. She also runs the wonderful underground Sydney venue; The Newsagency), come in to sing a on a duet a few BV’s
– Matt James for a bit of Electric Bass
All sessions have come out really great. I did some further mixing with POG just last night, and some of the tracks are sounding ridiculously good. I’m really happy with how this project is moving along.
Pic’s from these occasions can be found in my Galleries Page or below in a slideshow!
As you can see to the right of this page, I have also posted up several new gigs that I’ve booked in. Highlights from these include the UNSW Roundhouse with full band next Thursday from 4pm, and a couple of foot-stomping sets at the Wild Rover on the 6th of April (next Sunday). Be sure to keep an eye out as I lock more dates in.
Click here to be linked to my Gigs page.
It’s always tricky writing a catch-up post after leaving it so long without any updates on this page. This must be mostly due to the pressure that I put on myself to include absolutely everything. Writing now, I have surrendered to the prospect that I will indeed miss out on a thing or two. But that’s OK! Also, apologies for the politically charged post that has remained on my front page for such a long period now. I think I’ve gotten my stance on that area clear enough now. Anyway… less waffle, more news.
In a sort of proof of life effort (you can call me George Clooney), I’ve posted up a preview mix of one of the tracks that will feature on my upcoming Debut Album (expect it early next year). It’s called Sleeping Spirits and you can listen to it via my Soundcloud:
In the past month and a bit, I’ve also played a whole bunch of shows. Two of these stood out to me when I booked them, and are worth a bit of a reflection.
Proper Music Social @ the Union Hotel (headliner) on 26th September – Played as a 4 piece band in the first show with drummer Tim Parsons. What a great gig. The current lineup of guys playing with me all know the songs pretty well and the sound is meshing really well. I’ll be sure to book some more band gigs in over the new year.
Folk Informal @ FBi Social on 17th October – My first time playing at this wonderful space. Performed as a solo act in a slightly shorter set than usual. It was really nice. Good environment to really sing out my lyrics and get some of my story songs across. Also a really great lineup on the night. The other artists were:
* Brendon Moon (sorry Brendon, couldn’t find a link)
* All Our Ex’s Live in Texas
* Lily So & the Bellows
Here’s a gallery that I’ve just put up with pics from the gig:
In a couple of weeks, I’ll be finishing up with my University degree! This means that I’ll be a full fledged High School Music Teacher which will be a perfect compliment for my career as a poor original singer/songwriter. It’s possible to have 2 careers at the same time, right? Of course it is.
To celebrate this, I’m heading off to the United States of America with my girlfriend for 5-6 weeks. There’ll be a few gigs along the way with a majority of our time spent in locations such as NYC, Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis and Chicago. As expected, I’m REALLY excited. 🙂
That’s all for now…
As of writing, I am currently at the halfway point of my final Prac in Music Teaching over at St. Patrick’s College in Sutherland. The prospect of finishing this degree, which has occupied 90% of my time over the past 4 years, is a very exciting one. Only 3 weeks left (including this one). I have to say that this experience has been an entirely positive one. I’m placed at a great school with polite kids and dedicated staff.
Recording is also gradually moving forward. We worked on piano the weekend before last on a beautiful mini-grand steinway.
You can expect a few songs to be listenable over the next month. I’ll put some unmastered versions up when I get a chance. I also plan on handing them out to local radio as a taster prior to the full album release.
Also to mention a few notable gigs over the next 3 weeks:
- This Thursday I will be playing a solo gig over at the UNSW White House from 4pm.
- This Sunday I will be playing as a trio with the Henderson brothers (Nick and Cam) over at Kirribilli Markets from 11:30am-2:30pm.
- On Thursday the 19th I will be playing one solo set in support of ILUKA over at The Bucket List at Bondi Beach.
While I’m on that topic, ILUKA has just released her wonderful EP ‘Glory Days’. Check it out if you get a chance.
Facebook her @ https://www.facebook.com/ilukamusic
As a final point to this entry, I have also recently uploaded a whole bunch of new pictures to this website. These include snaps from the House Concert that I held early last month and new pics documenting the studio process.
Here’s one from the House Concert that I really like: 🙂
P.S. I cut my hair. It’s short now. 😮
(Note to self: I really need to get some more live videos up on this site!)