Got a bit happening today. The new album, due for release on the 1st of July, is called “All The Bridges” and I’m launching a Pozible campaign today to help raise funds to release it. If you click HERE you’ll be taken to that campaign and you can have a look at all the ‘rewards’ which basically just means ‘stuff you’ll get for pledging’. It’s a chance to pre-order the album and there’s lots of other interesting stuff in there too… Here we goooooooooooo!!!
There’s a bunch of announcements coming up next week, starting on Monday 18th… I’ll give you a clue, it’s NEW ALBUM related!! Wooh!!
And on Thursday I’ll be playing pretty much my last solo show in Melbourne before I take off overseas and then return in September to tour said album… I’ll be playing with my good friends Miss Quincy (CAN) and This Way North at the Shebeen on Thursday evening. More coming very soon…
Well I’ve had a great summer, toured with some amazing people, played some great festivals, had MANY swims. And now as Autumn slowly envelops South Eastern Australia I’m hunkering down at (my brand new) home for a couple of months in preparation for the release of my fifth studio album in July and all of the exciting touring to launch it.
I will, however, still be playing a few shows around Victoria between now and mid June. This Friday I’m playing an opening set for brilliant Canadian songwriter Frazey Ford at the Caravan Music Club in Oakleigh. In fact, I’ll be spending a bit of time at the Caravan over the next few weeks. My good friend Suzannah Espie and I will be playing a special double bill show there on Friday April 15th and I’ll also be opening a gig for songwriting legend Don Walker and the Suave Fucks on Saturday June 4th. That’s sweet though, I love that place. And Pete always stocks the bar fridge with the kind of wine I like…
So, I’m going to sit back, enjoy the footy and the best time of year to be in Melbourne, in my opinion. And I’m looking forward to sharing this new album with you. Got a single announcement coming up very soon… xx
Can’t wait to open this show for these legends, Digging Roots from Ontario, Canada and then sing some BVs with them tonight. I’ve just been on the road with Mia Dyson playing keys so it’s time to dust off the guitar and get my fingers toughened up again!! This is the start of a couple of months of pretty local shows for me before I head off OS and the NEW ALBUM COMES OUT!! Can’t wait to get it out in the world.
I’m getting some sun in Sydney. Getting some swims in. Playing a few gigs. Writing some songs. It’s high time I got to know this place better. And, so far, the Emerald City is putting on quite a show. I sang BVs at the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra with Canadian band Digging Roots, a delightful bunch of people and, in this incarnation, a cross pollination of Canadian and Aussie musicians making up their Australian touring band. We rehearsed in Bondi for two days and it was so nice to see the beach through their eyes. What a spot to land. For all of us.
We’re getting artwork together for the new album. I can’t wait to get it out into the world. It’s got a title. And a release date. I’m not going to divulge either of those things yet, but preparations are well underway for tours in Australia and overseas over the course of the year. On the road again.
Speaking of which, I’ll be touring with my good friend Mia Dyson throughout March around the country, launching her new EP. Gotta dust off the keys and get back into it! Can’t wait.
In other news, the new album has been mastered and we’re putting a tour together for a bit later in the year. There’s also a South Australian run and another visit to Tasmania in Feb/March to be announced soon. It’s 41 degrees in Melbourne today. That’s just too much. Seriously.
Tickets are on sale 22 October at www.festivalofsmallhalls.com and at select community outlets.The Festival of Small Halls Queensland New South Wales is presented by the Woodford FolkFestival in partnership with the Cygnet Folk Festival and Illawarra Folk Festival.
I’m now back in Melbourne writing this final tour wrap. The sun is shining (thank god), the Hawks won a third premiership in a row (and as a friend reminded me; yes, I do know how lucky I am to be a Hawthorn supporter…) and I’m just acclimatising to being back home after a big almost three months away. This weather is making it pretty painless though…
So to wrap everything up, this is what the last couple of weeks of the tour looked like. I played a very fun show with Tracy McNeil, Luke Sinclair and Chris Altmann and Trace, Luke, Cat and I celebrated being reunited long into the morning while Chris and Alysha had unforgivingly early airport runs and flights to deal with the next day. It was great to see everyone again.
I then had two shows with the legendary Ron Hawkins, a widely loved and respected Canadian songwriter who I met through Mick Thomas (a good friend of Ron’s ) as a solo artist but who was the front man for many years for iconic Canadian band the Lowest Of The Low. The man can write a song. He brought me to tears a few times over the course of his set and we also got to play some of mine and some of his together as the weather started making a clear statement that Summer had unceremoniously left and that Autumn had already settled in his place at the table. The very last Canadian show was with Ron at the London Music Club in London, Ontario and it was a fitting way to end the run, one of my favourites of the tour.
Reluctantly and with heavy hearts we said goodbye to Toronto, and Canada, and flew to Nashville for the Americana Conference. I wasn’t an official showcaser there but, thanks to Sounds Australia and Sofar Sounds Nashville, still got to play in that crazy city three times, including at the Bluebird Café, which impressed my Nashville (TV show) watching friends no end. There was a healthy (in numbers and partying capacity) contingent of Australian musicians there and it was a crazy week, which included many proud moments watching friends bring their music to the world. The Tennessee locals are a super friendly lot and I was made to feel very welcome. I even talked to a fella there who plays for the local Nashville Aussie Rules footy team the Kangaroos, who assured me that Australian Rules Football has a healthy representation all over the States. Stoked.
To round out the trip I took an unscheduled jaunt back to Portland, where it all began, to do a bit more recording (more will be revealed later) and have one more Sushi Train… It felt good to go back and a nice way to consolidate some friendships I’d made during the recording and enjoy the town for a few days before heading home.
And then I headed home. I’m already planning some big things for the new album and for getting back to the US and Canada next year for more extensive touring. And some more recording, who knows.