Liz Stringer

TOUR BLOG POST 1: Back On Beautiful PEI

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Rustico, PEI

Well this is the first official post of the tour blog I’ve decided to write again. I posted blog entrees last year when I was touring during the Canadian summer and feel compelled to do it again. Partly to let everyone know what I’m doing and partly to document, for myself, these big trips in such a big country.

I’m in Breadalbane (pronounced breed-AL-ben) on Prince Edward Island. PEI is ridiculously beautiful any time of year, really, and particularly at the moment. I missed the lupins (stunning flowers of various colours, iconic here on the island, that only bloom for a few weeks a year). They’re actually classified as weeds, which just goes to show how beautiful weeds can be… Something in that for all of us, really… ?? But even post-lupin, PEI manages to put me under some kind of spell. I feel good here.

I just played the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival for the second year in a row. This is the fest that’s run by the Chaisson family, a huge mob here on PEI renowned for their musicianship, two of whom make up two thirds of the East Pointers, my lovely mates and touring buddies. The weekend was bathed in sunshine and filled with great people, many of whom have become good friends of mine in a relatively short amount of time. It felt so good to be back on the field, hearing incredible music, watching musicians play their instruments so well it was almost too much for my tiny mind. I left with a pretty good tan (for a pasty southerner like me) and a full heart.

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RBFF, Souris PEI

I’m staying with my friend Melanie this week on the island. She took me sightseeing yesterday and I FINALLY saw the Anne of Green Gables tourist stuff (well, we drove past most of it, tbh) and some stunning beaches. The weather is fucked. That means ridiculously good – 28 degrees yesterday with a gentle sea breeze. I only have one stripe of sunburn on my back. Again, not bad for a pasty Melbournian like me. I wrote a song today with Newfoundland musician Chris Kirby, tonight I play a show out at the Trailside (the other side of Charlottetown – the capital of PEI – from where I am right now) with my good mate Tim Chaisson (the East Pointers), tomorrow I’ll hopefully get to have a now traditional swim with my brother-from-another-mother Koady Chaisson (also an East Pointer – the tradition started in Tassie last year, by the way) and will cap off the day with another show with Tim at the Trailside.

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Branders Pond, PEI

So it’s lovely here. I had a few days in LA on my way to Canada a couple of weeks ago catching up with my friend Mia and then flew up to Vancouver, on the west coast of Canada in British Columbia, where I spent ten days unwinding and learning to relax, staying with my friends Jane and Jodie, their fantastic housemates and a seemingly unending series of drop-in visitors. It’s a top-shelf bunch of people out west there in East Vancouver, what a great community. Impromptu dinner parties and hangs were the staple every night, basically. And I played a house concert at the Babehole, as their house has been named, to a living room full of lovely people. Very relaxed.

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Commercial Drive, East Vancouver BC

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Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal, Vancouver BC

I’ve been going hard for more than a year now, and having a bunch of days off in a row was equally nice as it was confronting. It’s hard to change down the gears after being on the road, and being in the throws of big projects, for so long. I’ve had to really work hard on trying to calm my mind and allowing myself to rest. And continuing to assure myself that things are still cooking, I just get to leave the oven on, exit the kitchen, and go off and look after my head and my body for a while (clumsy analogy, but I have some time pressure writing this, so that’ll have to do!) Which, I’ve learned (the hard way) is equally important as the ‘working like a maniac’.

So on Friday it’s off to Toronto. A total change of pace, a big city, a new bunch of gigs, new crew of people. My goal is to take things as they come, let go of some that ‘controlly thinking’ that I am sometimes guilty of, and finish up songs for my next album. Cos I got plans already.

 

 

 

 

July 18, 2017

VANCOUVER SHOW DATE AND VENUE CHANGED!!

Hello! You’ll notice on the SHOWS page that my Vancouver gig has been changed to this coming Thursday, 6th July, at the infamous East Vancouver house concert venue, The Babehole. See the shows page for details.

 

X Stringzy

July 3, 2017

Tour Blog – Canada and the United States

Hiya. I’m back over in Canada. East Vancouver, to be more precise. I just spent a few days in Los Angeles with my darling friend Mia Dyson and her lovely husband Karl. The Californian sunshine was a delicious tonic after leaving Melbourne just as the cold fingers of winter were curling their way around the streets of Brunswick. Early morning runs were getting chilly. I’ll be over in this hemisphere for a few months, playing, writing, recording, sowing the seeds for the next adventures… And I’ll be writing a blog and posting it here for your reading pleasure, should you feel so inclined.

 

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Stay tuned.

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I’m stoked to be heading back to Canada to play a bunch of shows over the North American summer, including the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival, run by my touring buddies The East Pointers. This will be my second year in a row at this beautiful fest. Pumped! And in August I’ll be part of my Roaring Girl Records label boss, Miranda Mulholland’s inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival, held in Gravenhurst, Ontario, along with an awesome line-up of musicians. Ooh, the sunshine in Los Angeles is pretty, pretty good…

June 30, 2017

Big Tuesday String-A-Long rolls on…

We had an incredible first week of the String-A-Long on Tuesday June 6th with my guest Dr Lou Bennett. Tonight, I welcome Deborah Conway. I can’t wait! Check out the little video I made with my rudimentary iMovie skillz… X

June 13, 2017

The Big Tuesday String-A-Long

So I had an idea a few months ago and things about to get very real up in here… I wanted to use the four Tuesdays in June I had booked at the Gasometer in Collingwood, Melbourne for something other than just a standard gig. I’m very rarely in Melbourne for a whole month at a time these days and the thought of spending that entire increasingly chilly, cosy month hometown got me thinking about how much the city, and its myriad of creative and talented inhabitants, has taught me and molded my career thus far. So I thought to myself, ‘why don’t I interview four of these people? Pick their brains about their own careers, how they’ve continued to sustain themselves spiritually and financially throughout their long and varied lives in music?…’

I had a wish list. Four of my idols. Who also happen to be four of my friends and collaborators. And I asked all of them. And they all said YES!!! So that’s what’s happening for the month of June, folks. Every tuesday night. There’s tickets to each show and a special season pass ticket (to all four shows at a discounted price) available from The Gasometer Hotel Gig page. And from my shows page on this website.

Tuesday 6th June – Dr Lou Bennett: Former member of the internationally acclaimed and adored trio Tiddas, highly respected songwriter and solo artist, co-founder/artistic director/co-CEO of the Black Arm Band (2006-2014), current McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

 

Tuesday 13th June – Deborah Conway: Platinum selling songwriter and recording artist, festival director, producer, trailblazer and Rolling Stone living legend.

 

Tuesday 20th June – Neil Murray: Co-founding member of the seminal Warumpi Band, internationally celebrated songwriter and performer, published novelist and the 2017 Port Fairy Folk Festival Artist Of The Year.

 

Tuesday 27th June – Mick Thomas: Founding member and song-master of the legendary Weddings Parties Anything, raconteur, troubadour, artistic director, innovator, Australian songwriting luminary and, most recently, author.

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May 26, 2017

A Month of Moxam

Is it May?! WTAF. I’m fresh off two weeks with the band in NSW and VIC. What a wicked fortnight that was. I love playing with the band so much. Being able to stretch out like that is exactly what I needed. And I’m so pumped that my good buddy Tim Moxam from Toronto will arrive in Sydney TOMORROW for a month long tour with me in NSW, VIC and WA. I can’t wait to see him. He’s a total legend!

Thu May 4th The Lush Factory, Tilba Tilba NSW
Fri May 5th House Concert, Nowra NSW
Sat May 6th Lost Highway Bluegrass Festival, Karuah, NSW
Sun May 7th 63 First Ave, Sawtell, NSW
Fri May 12th House Concert, Melbourne VIC
Sat May 13th Major Toms, Kyneton VIC
Sun May 14th Saints & Sailors, Portarlington VIC
Thu May 18th House Concert, Fremantle WA
Fri May 19th Bassendean Hotel, Bassendean WA
Sat May 20th House Concert, Denmark, WA
Sun May 21st House Concert, Albany WA
Tue May 23rd, Kooljaman at Cape Leveque, WA
Wed May 24th Kooljaman at Cape Leveque, WA
Sat May 27th The Good Cartel , Broome WA

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May 1, 2017

Band tour announced for April and a brand new clip!!

I’m so excited to be hitting the road with my wonderful band in April for a run of shows. To celebrate, Tim Keegan, bass-man extraordinaire has put together a clip of our shenanigans on tour launching All The Bridges in 2016 to the second song on the record, “Feel It Now”. Check it out!!

We’ll be joined the awesome Timothy Nelson from Perth, who’ll be opening the shows in Sydney and Victoria and also playing bass for us, while the other Tim (Keegan) is having a spell.

All links to the presale tickets etc are on the  SHOWS page .

We can’t wait to get back out there!!

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Thursday 2oth April – Django Bar, Sydney NSW *

Friday 21st April  – Gooloogong Log Cabin Hall (with Ben Salter), Gooloogong NSW

Saturday 22nd April – The Gumball, Lower Belford NSW

Sunday 23rd April – Candelo Village Fest, Candelo NSW

Friday 28th April – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs VIC *

Saturday 29th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC *

Sunday 30th April – Torquay Bowls Club, Torquay VIC*

*With special guest Timothy Nelson (WA)

 

 

 

March 23, 2017

Heading back to Australia, shows with The East Pointers, The Waifs and a solo Parlour tour

HIYA!!

I get on a train in a couple of hours. That train will take me to the plane that will take me to Singapore so I can get off that plane and get on another one that will take me to Melbourne. Can’t quite believe it’s come around so fast, this heading back to Australia business, but I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE MY NEPHEW and my other peeps. Good news is, my car hasn’t been stolen this time, I’m assured, so that’ll already make this homecoming less fraught than the last…

I’m going be hitting the ground running (napping, more realistically, but you get the picture) and can’t wait to play some shows with two of my favourite bands, my Prince Edward Island brothers The East Pointers (Melbourne and Geelong, March 8 and 9)

 

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and Aussie legends The Waifs (Albury and Canberra, March 15, 16). Details on my SHOWS page.

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I’m also going to be heading out on a solo Parlour House Concert Tour .

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If you’re in VIC, TAS or NSW and would like to host a house concert go to the link and get in touch with the Parlour mob. They’re awesome. I’d love to see you and play you some new songs. You can have a look at a little promo video that I made

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I’m looking forward to getting back out on the road down under!

 

Love,

 

Stringzy XX

February 28, 2017

Folk Alliance International Conference – Kansas City 2017

Well, that tour all around the Canadian east coast with Tim Moxam and his band, Ken Boville and Adrian Cook, was an incredible adventure. I had such a crazy good time and have three beautiful new friends. It turns out I love Canada in Winter. It’s stunningly beautiful and there’s something invigorating about the cold. It’s awesome. Although, having said that, we were very lucky, in that we missed massive storms and snow falls that hit the Maritimes a week after we were there. So maybe if we’d scheduled the tour for a week later, my opinion on winter might be different. BUT, as it stands, I love it and can’t wait to get back to do it all again!!

I’m writing this in Kansas City. The FAI conference starts today and soon 2000+ musicians and industry peeps will descend on this hotel and create madness for three days. I’ve got a bit of a cold – first time in ages I’ve been remotely sick, actually – but I’m pumped for this. And excited to see a bunch of friends that I haven’t seen since last year in Australia and Canada.

Here’s my list of showcases. As you can see, I have some late nights ahead! Luckily I’m in my best voice at 3 in the morning. At least I always used to be… Let’s see what happens! I’m stoked that my Canadian record label, of which Tim Moxam is a stable-mate, Roaring Girl Records, will be here reprezentin’. Nice to have the Canadian family on the ground. Xx

 

 

Wednesday 15th Feb

11pm – 11:30pm – Access Film Music Blue ITR #552

1:50am – 2:30am – Anderson Fair ITR #634

 

Thursday 16th Feb

7pm – 7:30pm OFFICIAL SHOWCASE – Liberty

10:30pm – 11:15pm – Folk Alliance Australia & #StateOfUs ITR #738

12am – 12:25am – United Nations Showcase Room #556

2am – 3am – Roaring Girl Records ITR # 619

 

Friday 17th Feb

2pm – 2:30pm – Folk Alliance Australia & #StateOfUs #738

3pm – 4pm – Canadian Music. East Coast Style ITR #535

1:45am – 2:15am – Folk Alliance Australia & #StateOfUs ITR #738

 

Saturday 18th Feb

2.30pm – 3:30pm – Roaring Girl Records ITR #619

12.15am – 12:40am – Roaring Girl Records #619

1am – 1:20am – Cole Clark, D’Addario, AER #615

2am – 3am – Roaring Girl Records ITR #619

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February 15, 2017