As of next Tuesday the 6/5/14, I’ll be commencing a fortnightly residency over at The Hive Bar in Erskineville. This’ll have me playing a heap of my original stuff, both old and new, and a tasteful assortment of covers from folk, blues, country and traditional styles.
The Hive Bar has a fantastic assortment of tasty beers on tap and cheap pizzas every Tuesday (the night that I’m there!).
If you live in/near the area, please stop on by. And if you can, share this event with anyone who might be interested.
There are also a bunch of extra shows that I’ve listed up in the column to the right and the Gigs page. Check it out if you’re interested.
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…
My writing of this post represents something great…It represents my intention to maintain this blog as something constant. Let’s set ourselves a goal of maybe 3-4 times a week? Yeah? Yeah.
As of late, I’ve been slaving away on my Vodafone iPhone-tethered internet to get this website int0 some kind of presentable shape. I’ve added pages, content and fixed up visuals. Pretty soon I’ll start slamming the Facebook and Twitter universes and alerting all to its existence. 😉
Besides this geeky usage of my time, I’ve also been working on my classical guitar repertoire and preparing for prac in a high school.
What? What?! You say ahh?
Yeah… for those unaware, I’m in my 3rd year of a Bachelor Music/Bachelor Education degree at UNSW in Sydney and will be doing the above very soon. (Prac tomorrow, exam 2 weeks)
For anyone interested… My classical repertoire currently includes:
– I from 14 ETUDES by Maximo Diego PUJOL
– La melanconia by Mauro Giuliani
– Menuet I and Menuet II from Cello Suite I by J.S. Bach
and lastly one of my favourites…
– The Old Spanish Castle is Full of Vampires, Sleeping from Gothica by Phillip Houghton
To share the pure brilliance of a composer like Houghton, I’ve included a pic of Spanish Castle. Did I mention that he is a Sydney-Sider? I’m also pretty proud of how it looks colour-wise. I’ve done so to make more sense of dynamic changes and to provide intensity with visual(accents etc). I’m also hoping that it will help me in my interpretation.
I promise I’ll add some Youtube videos when my recording setup is sorted..