New Tuition digs at Church

After much toing and froing over the last half year we are safely ensconced in a new music tuition studio operating out of the Uniting Church Mudgee. Its located on Mortimer St opposite Woolworths and it has been home to over 30 students since the start of March.

Its a fantastic cool iconic space with lots of great ambience, sandstone and stained glass with some awesome acoustics and most importantly no noise restrictions which proved to be the most limiiting thing at the last studio on Lewis St.

Uniting Church Mudgee

Uniting Church Mudgee

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Trilogy at Wine Bar

Its all finished now and up online. I am happy and exhausted. This all came quite out of the blue at the same time I was approached to do a play locally with a cameo role as a lord in Pride and Prejudice

The guts of the films were they are scripted to the songs by Coolios Gangstas Paradise and See you when you get there and Eminems Stan

Music was a combination of Playing and singing the choruses live out the back at Roths Wine Bar and then doing some soundtrack adaptions and backing. What I didnt realise was I would be playing a leading role in some of them as well

Editing sound, tracking took place over a series of late nights squashed between rehearsals and performances of the play and everyone was getting minimal sleep

Thanks to Sam Paine/Ben Lynch at Mudgee Picture Company and all the other cast and crew I worked with…very happy with the results…check them here

 

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Richard to appear in and play in Mudgee Short Film

Quite out of the blue I was contacted by Sam Paine from Mudgee who is fairly elevated in the arts scene and assistant editor of the Mudgee Guardian to help out with a trilogy of short films being put together in Mudgee by the Mudgee Picture Company who operate under the wing of Mudgee Underground and Mudgee Arts Council

The musician they had planned Kyle Manning couldn’t make it as he was tied up in rehearsals for the Tamworth Music Festival

The 3 songs for the 3 films were all vastly different to what I am used to…

Coolios Gangsta Paradise and When you get there and Eminem/Dido Stan

There have been 2 filming sessions to date at Roths Wine Bar going till all hours of the night and the sound is fantastic….cant wait to see and hear finished product.. I wont give away too much but here is a teaser and some pics

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Gulgong Folk Festival wrap

Hey everyone

The Gulgong Folk Festival is now over for another year and while I am very flattered and satisfied by the outcome and messages of congratulations I am absolutely exhausted and don’t really want to know too much about it at present. I’m on holiday down the South Coast till late Jan and am trying to catch my breath from what is a year long job and this last year in particular has been very trying with funding cutbacks and the task of making a festival totally free as well. I’ll weigh up my options as the year progresses.

For now go to the festival facebook page and read some of the posts…their is a fantastic blog review here and now here are some pictures

 

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Gulgong Folk Festival time

Its that time of year Gulgong Folk Festival time, when every thing gets a bit crazy for me. A whole years planning goes into this and I have to get my head round production/venues/fundraising/artist line up/govt departments/council and local business …not to mention the whole publicity shebang…artwork/press releases/interviews

Its a never ending story but greatly satisfying….

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Timber and Steel have been a great supporter of myself and the festival for 3 years now and every time I see their posts on me they give me a chill up the spine

Fig Jam and myself are playing during the festival  for no fee to help with the new TOTALLY FREE structure.

It will be fantastic to catch up and celebrate music with all the crew from the last 3 years…hopefully it wont be as hot as last year

Daniel Champagne, Melanie Horsnell, Caitlin Harnett, Southerly Change, Cletis Carr, Matt Southon, Big Erle and Allan Caswell will all be here plus a host of other local performers and mates plus some international acts

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Fig Jam impro gig with artists at Fairview Artspace

Tonight at Fairview ArtSpace we have no idea what we are going to do///well I have a little idea but im not telling…it involves 2 keyboards and lots of noisey things…maybe some ambience…maybe some songs…we have to read what is going on in the painters’ minds and follow them…
Artists Ross Kurtz and Sam Paine are going to war, in an Art Battle next Thursday night at Fairview Artspace.
The Art Battle is the latest event from Mudgee Underground, a local group dedicated to organising a new art event every month, with a focus on interactive and unexpected activities.
On Thursday, October 31, Mr Kurtz and Mr Paine will each have 90 minutes, working side by side, to go from a big blank canvas to a finished artwork.
The evening’s audience, who will be able to enjoy food, wine and music while watching the artists’ pieces taking shape, will decide which is the winner of the battle when the bell rings at the end of an hour and a half.
The battle is the main event in an evening that will start at 6.30pm with a Pictionary-style drawing guessing game, which is open to anyone who wants to test their own “quick draw” skills.
Participants in this game will have two minutes to draw words from a bowl, then draw them on paper to be guessed by everyone present – the winner will be the person who has the most drawings guessed within their two minutes.
This will be followed by the main battle, pitting two of Mudgee’s well-known established artists against each other in a contest of splattering paint and fast brushstrokes, racing against a 90-minute countdown.
Ross Kurtz, along with his wife Judy, has been a fixture of the Mudgee region’s art scene for decades, developing a style that combines traditional landscape with experimental paint effects.
Sam Paine works mainly in detailed miniatures, although his other projects often reach the opposite extreme, including wall-sized murals at Mudgee’s Salvation Army and Jubilee Oval.
Both artists have a long exhibiting history with Fairview Artspace, and they will face off in the courtyard of Mudgee’s premier gallery.
Everyone is welcome to come along and be part of the excitement, seeing the artists at work while enjoying a social night out, all of which should wrap up a little after 8.30 in time for an early night.
Fairview will be open, offering tasting plates and soft drinks, while the Small Winemakers Centre next door will have a fine array of wines available to taste and buy.
While the timer counts down the artists’ 90 minutes, local band Fig Jam, fresh from performing at the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, will contribute to the fast-paced, surprising nature of the evening with an improvisational set.
This will be the third event organised by Mudgee Underground, following August’s Bogan Comedy Games Extravaganza, which has spawned a monthly improvised comedy night at Roth’s Wine Bar, and September’s Photo Treasure Hunt, which may become an annual event each September.
The group’s events have so far proved funny, exciting and surprising, and next week’s Art Battle will be no exception.Coffee & Tea, cold drinks, cakes and snacks available from the cafe. Small Winemaker’s Center open and serving wine and beer.
Come along and barrack for your favorite artist.
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Fig Jam at Pick of the Bunch Concert Pictures

There was a fundraiser for the Gulgong Folk Festival at the newly refurbished Mudgee Town Hall Theatre on Friday Oct 18 featuring 7 of Mudgees finest original acts

The line up included Jess Holland, Mick Fetch, Violet Nights, Euripi and Sugarfoot

We played a short set with the new line up of Liz keys, Katie Vox, Erin on drums and Richard on guitar and vox. First gig for us in this form and lots of nerves but it went down well. Very reserved and majestic sounding with the big keyboard sweeps of Elizabeth Walton…

her are some pics

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