Liz Stringer – FAI Schedule
11:40pm – 12:00am – Lost Hollow Room #756
10:30pm – 11:00pm – Access Film Music ITR #655
11:30pm – 11:50pm – Access Film Music #655
1:00am – 1:20am – Auscan Music Spotlight #535
1:30am – 2:15am – House Of Romanoff ITR #720
9:30pm – 10:00pm – OFFICIAL SHOWCASE – UNION HALL
11:20pm – 11:40pm – Auscan Music Spotlight #535
1:00am – 1:30am – Canada Gold #540
3:00pm – 4pm – Auscan Songwriters ITR #535
10:30pm – 11:00pm – La La Land Showcase #554
12:50am – 1:10am – Yukon Roots Room #541
February 20, 2014
FAI Kansas City Diary. Part 1- First impressions of America…
Kansas City is cold. I’ve been having visceral flashbacks to the winters I spent in the west of Germany. The snapping, crisp air. I love it. When Cat, my booker and manager, and I flew into Kansas from LAX a couple of days ago we were greeted with scenes of yellowed paddocks laced with snow drifts and the slate grey roofs of rambling double storey farmhouses. This is my first time in America. When we landed at LAX the gruff young Customs Officer asked me, after the other obligatory questions, where I was going to spend the ten days that I have here. I told him Kansas City, mostly, with two days in LA. He paused and without looking at me said, ‘Not much to do in Kansas City’. ‘I’ve heard that,’ I replied, ‘First time in the US and I’m going there?!’ We both laughed, him reservedly, me like a person that hasn’t slept or showered for an inordinate number of hours. ‘I’m in the USA’, I thought to myself. WTF.
We’ve been at the hotel Westin here in Kansas City for three nights. Not that I have anything to judge it against but Kansas City ain’t bad! Jetlag, however, is a strange beast. I was up at 5am this morning, went to the gym, had some breakfast, read for a while and was knackered again by 10. Many a nap has been indulged in. The Folk Alliance International Conference is held annually in different cities around the US and Canada but this is the first of a five year run that the Westin in KC will host the event. The staff here, like all of the other service and hospitality industry workers I’ve come across in America so far, are extremely friendly. And, whether it’s purely a tip generating exercise on their behalf or not, I find that it feels sincere. And people seem genuinely interested in the fact that we’re from Australia. There is one hotel receptionist, however, who has difficulty understanding my accent and has taken to recoiling (politely) in fear when I approach the desk. I’m trying to speak more slowly.
We’ve already had some crazy food. The first night we were here we went to a 50s style diner and ate hamburgers and fries that were delivered by a little toy train that made its way on tracks from the kitchen around the top of the restaurant to our booth, being lowered down on a shelf when it reached us. And yesterday I fulfilled a lifelong (well, adulthood long) ambition of drinking American coffee for breakfast and having it refilled for FREE! I would have gone for the third and fourth cups if I wasn’t already quietly bouncing, involuntarily, on my chair. Cat and I ordered breakfast and both only managed half. They do like a big portion here, it’s true. And a lot of food and drink comes in some kind of disposable packaging. Kansas City is considered a ‘world capital of barbecue’. It is our duty to seek out this barbecue and eat it, a mission we have both accepted.
It’s a surreal experience, being in the USA. Like every Australian my age I’ve grown up surrounded by American culture and now I’m here where it all comes from. I’m not used to anything yet. Things are still sinking in. The conference starts tonight and already the first of 3000 registered musicians have started descending on the hotel. And so it begins…
A new website! And Kansas City!
Check out the brand spankin’ new website! February is an exciting month. Two festivals and my first ever trip to the US! I’ll only be there for a few days, just enough time to play a bunch of showcases at the Folk Alliance International conference and maybe try pancakes with maple syrup and bacon. Or is that more a Canadian thing?… See, so much to discover!
I’ll be writing a blog about my experiences there (if I have any time to write…) which you can read on the new website!
Thursday night I’ve got a special trio show at the Yarra Hotel in Abbotsford. Tickets are only $15 and all the money raised will contribute to recouping some of the costs of going to America. Tim Keegan will be joining me on bass and John Bedggood will be on the fiddle and mando. Can’t wait.
Sunday it’s off to Riverboats Festival in Echuca and the day after I get back to Australia I fly over to Perth to play at Nannup Festival.
I’m looking forward to getting some gigs under the belt after a few lovely weeks off.
February 11, 2014
Dyson, Stringer and Cloher 2013 national tour dates announced.
Dates have been announced for the rest of our national tour later in the year following our first leg up in the Northern Territory. What an amazing trip that was! It’s already sounding great and we can’t wait to get on the road again and get a few more under our belts. All the dates are on the gig page of my website and you can already pre-order a copy of our Tour EP which includes an original and never before recorded song from each of us. Go to the Dyson Stringer Cloher Facebook page to find links for the pre-order and a bunch of photos from our Territory trip.
September 3, 2013
Dates changed slightly in The Netherlands…
Hello! We are playing Café t’ Monumentje this Thursday night instead of Wednesday night and, unfortunately, won’t be playing in The Hague this time…
July 24, 2013
From Europe to the NT
I’m writing this entry in Prague. We’re about to jump on a train to Vienna so I better keep this brief… I’m very excited to announce an August tour with my friends Mia Dyson and Jen Cloher. Presented by Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring by arrangement with Artist Voice the tour will include a couple of workshops as well (I’ll publish info when I have something more detailed). There is also some exciting touring news for later in the year to be announced very soon…
It’s been amazing being in Europe. Van and I still have 2 weeks left, four gigs in Vienna starting tomorrow night and then two more in the Netherlands. Germany was fantastic. The gigs have been going great. No complaints here! For a more detailed explanation of what we’ve been up to you can have a look at my Facebook page and/or subscribe to the mailing list (under the gig listings on the home page…).
See you again soon, Australia! XX
July 17, 2013