So here we are. I feel disoriented, like the football should be on at the moment or something, it’s so cold! I must say I’m loving it though. It’s no secret that I don’t like hot Melbourne summers. I don’t mind heat at all, really. I just don’t like it when it comes to ME. So I’m enjoying sitting here and typing this with my ugg boots on, sipping on a cup of tea. Van Walker and I are off to Tasmania tomorrow. Off to, among other places, the town that my forbearers used to live in, Sheffield. I can’t wait for some good Tassie air. And a scallop pie. Although, to be truthful, I’ve never actually had a scallop pie and the thought of one makes me feel slightly ill. So rich! But when in Rome…
Feb is shaping up as a good month. I hope to see you out and about somewhere soon
February 4, 2015
On the Road with the Waifs
The ‘Live at The Yarra’ tour is now over. It flew by. A whole month of fun. Thanks SO much to everyone who came to the shows and who let me crash in their spare rooms, who fed me, let me use their wifi and tolerated my weird reclusiveness during the times I was finishing a grant. I had such a fantastic time on this tour and got to play some new places as well as some old favourites. It’s one to remember, that’s for sure. I’m about to head off for seven gigs with the Waifs, opening the shows for them and generally getting to enjoy their excellent music. It’s been ages since I’ve seen them live and I can’t wait. I’ll be opening the Thirroul, Canberra, Bangalow, Miami, Caloundra, Rockhampton and Hobart shows. When I return to Melbourne on the 12th of December I’ll be heading straight down to Meeniyan with Mia Dyson and Jen Cloher to play a Dyson Stringer Cloher gig in that wonderful hall and then head back to Melbourne to play at Howler in Brunswick on the 13th. And on the 17th of December the Livingstone Daisies play our last gig for the year, a Christmas show at the Yarra Hotel. It’s been a packed second half of the year and I feel very grateful to be doing such interesting stuff. I’m loving it.
December 1, 2014
It’s Victoria’s turn!
The album launch tour is going great so far. It’s a different experience being out on the road on my own but an enjoyable one nonetheless. There’s friends in every town. So far I’ve played in Castlemaine VIC, Tanunder SA, Adelaide SA, Darwin NT and Fremantle WA. The weather has been everything between VERY HOT and pretty cold (SA you surprised me with your chilliness) but the crowds have been consistently lovely.
This weekend it’s time for the home games. I play Thornbury Theatre on Friday night and then Healesville Music Festival on Saturday (on the Memo Stage at 3pm) followed by Saints and Sailors in Portarlington on Sunday (also an arvo gig). It feels like a long time since I’ve played a headline show in Melbs. Perhaps the last one was the filming of ‘Live at The Yarra’ back in May. The year has flown, and the racing of time seems compounded by how much I’ve been travelling. I’m enjoying the moments I’ve got at home right now until I leave again next Wednesday bound for Sydney and beyond…
November 12, 2014
‘Live at The Yarra’ Album Tour starts today!
I’m so excited to kick off the launch tour tonight in Castlemaine. It’ll be a joy to bring the album to you around the country and celebrate the amazing job the film, sound, art and management crew have done to make this whole project happen. Click on the album cover to go straight to my Bandcamp site to buy the newy. And go to the SHOWS section of this website for all of the tour details.
I’ll also be touring with the Waifs in December and will be coming to even more towns, so if I’m not near you in November chances are I will be in December! I hope to see you soon xx
October 31, 2014
LIVE AT THE YARRA RELEASED TODAY!!
My first ever live album and DVD is being released today! You can go directly to the SHOP page on this website to purchase a hard copy or a digital version. We’ll also be stocking selected record stores. Basement discs in Melbourne will have copies as of today and we’ll keep you updated as stock arrives at other friendly record stores around the country.
I hope you enjoy it. I was lucky to work with amazing people to make it happen and it feels great to have a document of the night and of all the people that were in the room to help make it a special one.
October 20, 2014
New LIVE SOLO ALBUM and BONUS DVD
Finally! It’s time to announce the release of my first live album and
DVD, Live at The Yarra, with a national solo tour throughout November.
The show was filmed at the Yarra Hotel in May this year. Here’s a little trailer to give you a taste…
To launch the release (comprising 10 tracks from the gig) I’ll be
playing solo, life imitating art imitating life if you will, and
travelling around the country.
For a full list of the gigs and ticket links to go my SHOWS PAGE .
The official release of the DVD/album is Monday 20th October.
Hard copies will only be available though my website www.lizstringer.com
and digital copies of the album through iTunes and Bandcamp.
There’ll also be limited runs at our friends Basement Discs in Melbourne
and Black Cat Music in Brisbane. And of course, I’ll have heaps of
copies at all of the gigs, so that’s probably the best place to snap one
Thanks so much to everyone who came along on the night and to those who
showed their enthusiasm even though you couldn’t be there. I’m truly
grateful for the support.
You can check out the first single and clip from the album, “Children”, here:
September 14, 2014
Van and I are back in Germany. I lived in Deutschland for a few years many years ago and it’s such a joy to be here again, the second time in two years. I’m writing this in Dortmund. We played at Subrosa last night and we’re hanging out in the artists accommodation before we head off to Leipzig for our show tonight.
We’ll be in Berlin for a few days, playing a show with our mate Lucie Thorne at Culture Container on Sunday evening and then we head south to Vienna to play at the Americana Fest next Thursday the 18th. It’s a beautiful time of year over here. The leaves are beginning to turn and fall. Lovely x
September 11, 2014
Livingstone Daisies are on the road!
The Daisies are about town this month launching our second album “Waiting On The Last Minute” around Victoria. I’ll be opening a couple of the shows with Van Walker playing some of each of our songs acoustic duo style. Here are the dates:
*Liz and Van opening show
Friday 15th of August: Baha Tacos, Rye $10 at the door. Details HERE *
Saturday 16th of August: Barwon Heads Bowling Club with special guest Alison Ferrier $20 at the door or pre-book tickets through: email@example.com Doors at 7pm. Wood Fired Pizza available!
Friday 22nd of August: Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs. $10 at the door. Details HERE *
Saturday 23rd August: Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood with special guests the Dead Salesmen duo. Tickets are HERE
You can go to the DAISIES FACEBOOK PAGE for show information and all the details about the new album.
The new album is a cracker! We’d love to see you! xx
August 12, 2014
Vandemonian Lags in Adelaide!!
I’ve been rehearsing at Bakehouse studios all week with the cast of Vandemonian Lags. It’s a pretty incredible line-up, really. Mick Thomas, Van Walker, Ben Salter, Tim Rogers, Brian Nankervis, Sal Kimber, Michael Barclay, Squeezebox Wally, Jeff Lang, Andy Reid, Shelley Short and Darren Hanlon. I have such a musical/artistic crush on everyone in the cast it’s been an absolute joy.
A while back Mick asked a few of us to adapt some sourced convict histories to song. To cut a long story short, a few years later, due to Mick and his brother Steve’s hard work, we were performing the stage show that incorporated all of these stories and songs three times as part of Dark Mofo, a festival put on by MONA (Museum of old and new art), once in Launceston and twice in Hobart. Needless to say it was a powerful experience. It’s a very moving piece of work. I’ve been reduced to shivers and tears several times, playing the banjo, guitar or keys while one these extraordinary artists sings their song.
I’m thrilled to be doing it again next Wednesday at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. We’re all hoping that we get to bring the show to other cities in the future too. I could quite happily work with this mob for months at a stretch. But we’ll see what happens.
If you’re in Adelaide come along. You won’t regret a single minute.
June 13, 2014
I need good YouTube content. As a member of the age group that has one foot planted firmly on the pre-internet side of the fence and the other on the ‘if I want to listen to something I go straight to Youtube’ side, I’ve finally decided to bite the bullet. I’ve come to terms with the fact that, although I feel inherently uncomfortable about being on camera, it’ll be useful for people to be able to go to a site and see me doing ‘my thing’. And therefor, hopefully, useful for me.
So next Tuesday night I will be attempting something I’ve never tried before… Standing in front of cameras for a whole gig. We’re going to film and record a solo show with the view to release a live solo album/DVD later in the year. And release a few clips to YouTube. I decided I wanted to do it at the Yarra in Abbotsford, Melbourne. I’ve played a couple of gigs in that room and hung out there a bunch and I feel comfortable within its old high walls. It’s a cool looking bar too. Lots to look at. I’ve got very talented friends, led by Tim McCormack, who have put together a film crew and Nigel Swifte, me old mate, will be looking after the sound.
There are a few tickets left (see the gig section of the website). It’s on Tuesday night next week. I’ve got this weekend to become even more nervous about it. (Not as nervous as I am about Hawks versus Port Adelaide on Saturday night.) And ultimately, we’re just trying to capture a completely normal gig. I reckon I’ll be able to forget about the cameras and the lights and just play and sing. That’s the plan anyway…
May 22, 2014