Oh Canada

So now I’m in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I’ve just finished a run of festivals and shows in beautiful British Columbia. Vancouver was my introduction to BC and we drove north through Birch Island, Prince George, and then Dunster for the Robson Valley Music Festival and on to Fort St James for MoM Fest. We’ve had a couple of days off and tonight I’ve got a gig at the Black Dog in Edmonton, the first of five shows in a row in Alberta. The scenery is breathtaking, everything I’d hoped Canada would look like.

It’s safe to say I’m quite smitten with this country. I’ve met some fantastic people, very generous and welcoming and fun. And some incredible musicians too. It’s an inspiring place. We are the proud hirers of a tough looking black Toyota Camry. ‘Tough looking Camry?’ I hear you ask? I KNOW! We’re yet to think of a name for him/her but it’s been our trusty companion since Vancouver. And the stereo’s good. I’d ride a donkey around as long as it had a good stereo, to be honest… We’ve only had one small incident, which wasn’t our fault. And it sounds like we weren’t the only ones to have trouble leaving MoM Fest last weekend. The festival gods wanted us all to stay, obviously.

We’ve also seen the Northern Lights twice. This is incredible and I heard locals saying they’d never seen them before. I’m humbled, to say the least. The first time was in Robson Valley, near Dunster on the Saturday night of the Robson Valley Music Festival. There were flares lighting up parts of the sky. That was pretty beautiful. But the real kicker came on the Saturday of MoM Fest, near Fort St James, when the luminous green of the Northern Lights put on an incredible show above us for what seemed like hours. Extraordinary. I’ll never forget it.

On Tuesday morning we fly to Toronto to play shows and meet up with some Aussie friends including Tracy McNeil, Luke Sinclair and our old mate Chris Altmann who moved back to Canada with his wife Alysha a few years ago. I’m looking forward to wringing as much out of Canada as I can before we fly to Nashville for the Americana Fest in September. Here’s a couple of rivers for you xx

 

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August 27, 2015

Thanks, Portland

So… I made an album!! Ten tracks recorded at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, Oregon. I can’t quite believe it. It’s probably going to be completely mixed by the end of the week. Crazy. The songs are kind of different but kind of the same as my other albums. A profound observation from me, no?.. It’s hard to describe what they sound like in words (let’s just say a little bit 70s and a little bit 80s…) but I can’t wait for people to hear it and see what we’ve come up with after beavering away for the last couple of weeks. (There’s a place near here called Beaverton, just FYI.) Adam Selzer, studio founder, is a dead set legend. Such a joy to work with. We recorded the rhythm section/rhythm guitar to tape and it sounds lush as.

Portland is a sweet town, surrounded by forest and divided by the Willamette River. In fact the city is bursting with beautiful trees and it’s so lovely to be here in the summer while everything is exploding with green. Except the lawns, because it’s been very hot and dry. Portland loves a good queue and we’ve been avoiding them as much as possible. I’ve also discovered the wonderment of Kombucha. And Sushi trains.

My manager Cat and I are off on my Canadian tour tomorrow, via Seattle to see some friends. I’m very sad to leave Portland but I know I’ll be back. Here’s the view from the studio.

Looking out from Type Foundry Studio

Xx

August 4, 2015

Bon Voyage show at the NSC July 5th

Winter’s set in. And good on it. I love the cold weather and the cosiness of being inside when it’s hammering down sleety rain outside. Delightful. Having said that I have managed to find myself in the position where I’ll miss most of the Australian winter when I head off to the US in July to start recording my 5th studio album (in Portland, Oregon) and then head up to Canada for six odd weeks of gigs. My first tour in the region. I can’t wait. Pretty much the only things I’m taking are my Ugg boots. Everything else I intend to buy there. Apparently the Op Shops are crazy good and very cheap. Look out…

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To have a little party before I go I thought I’d play a gig at the old favourite, the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne. Adam and Tim will join me and the fantastic Brooke Russell will be opening the show. It’s a Sunday afternoon affair. Hopefully it’ll be sleeting outside so we can cosy up together for the afternoon! And then stop sleeting when everyone has to ride home later… The presale ticket link is in the Shows section of my website. I recommend booking for this one because it’ll be the last gig for many months in Melbourne.

I’ll also be playing an intimate house concert in Collingwood on Friday the 12th of June. There are limited tickets and all info is available in the Shows section too.

x Liz

June 1, 2015

Fairbridge playing times – LIZ IS NOT PLAYING FRIDAY NIGHT

Hi folks,

For those in WA heading to Fairbridge Music Festival this weekend, here are my playing times. I’m not actually playing on Friday night, as previously advertised in the Shows section of lizstringer.com

Here are the two sets Liz will be playing over the weekend:

Saturday 11th April: Mandja 2pm

Sunday 12th April: Djindalux 2pm

 

x Liz

April 10, 2015

Memo Music Hall!!

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Autumn is upon us. I love it so much. I just spent a lovely Easter playing at the Bealiba Blues ‘n’ Cruise fest in beautiful central Victoria on Easter Saturday and then spent the second half of the time at Boogie Festival near Tallarook. We live in a lovely part of the world. And the footy’s back. Yesssssss.

I’m so excited to be playing a band show with my long time collaborator Adam May on drums and our talented friend Alics Gates Eastley on bass to officially open this great new venue, the Memo in St Kilda on Saturday the 18th of April. The Memo is run by our friends out at the Caravan in Oakleigh, so it’s bound to be another ripper. Krista Polvere will be the opening the show too. If you go to the SHOWS link on this website you’ll find links to more info and tickets there.

For WA mob, I’ll be at Fairbridge Festival this weekend. I haven’t been over to the West since the Live at The Yarra tour last year, and I’m so happy to be coming back.

x Liz

April 7, 2015

2015

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

 

x Liz

February 4, 2015

On the Road with the Waifs

10731068_802948719765222_4687611760695718579_n 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!

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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

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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