Fig Jam playing at Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival Sat Oct 26

Fig Jam are soooo stoked and nervous to be invited to play at the prestigiousKangaroo Valley Folk Festival

Ive been a fan of the festival for years and almost got a gig there in 2010

We play twice on the Saturday 26 October …at 11.00am in the Marquee and again that night on the main outdoor stage at 11.00pm straight after Julia and the deep sea Sirens…might have some surprise special guests play with us and we’ll be joined by the awesome Sharon Lee Twiss on vocals for ‘My Time’

KVFF Poster 2013-2

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Back to the drums 2

What an amazing diverse mix of gigs that was

Starting with drums for Big Erle plus my own set with the big man at the Old City Bank Bar and Brasserie in Katoomba on Sept 14. That was great….no rehearsal with him and we just jammed it out after a solid solo set from me

Next week Sept 21 I was backing Cletis Carr and Linda Mizzi,….again no rehearsal and we played everything from Merle Haggard to Prince in a very diverse universe. Hes a great player and we really jelled together after 10 years apart.

Final drum extravaganza was with my percussion group Kings of Congo Congo at the huge Flavours of Mudgee street fair. We’ve rehearsed this stuff for months with my best students and a real blessing was we were doing short sharp sets. Had a dropout or two and Elizabeth Walton from Fig Jam stepped in with no rehearsal an we took off beautifully…3 sets of 15 minutes and by the last one the crowd was really into it. Exhausted but satisfied and loved all the drumming again

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Back to the drums

Funny how things come. Sitting quietly minding my own business and wondering where the next gig will come from whenn…whoosh…2 phone calls in the space of a day asking me to play drums.

Good mate Cletis Carr rang and needs some drumming for a country style gig he has on in Kandos on Sat Sept 21 at the Railway Hotel Kandos…..should be easy and fun…no need to take a full kit….then 6 hours later get a facebook message from Simon Leamonn of Big Erle wanting me to play a solo gig and drums with him at the Old City Bank Bar and Brasserie in Katoomba next week on Sat Sept 14.

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Drumming and Lawson Park Hotel solo gig

AWESOME DRUMMING DAMION STIRLING WORKSHOP SAT AUG 17 2013

The workshop was a hoot…about 10 attended and we got right into 3 big African jams

Damion is a superb drummer/teacher and brought a wealth of real experience and action to us…the next workshop is mooted to be on Sat Oct 19 with the unstoppable Hands Heart and Feet from the Blue Mountains

The next day we went to the Drip in Mudgee and had a nature moment and filmed it with Elizabeth Walton taking the Dun Duns

Some beautiful moments here

The gig at the Lawson Park Hotel was wonderful  the management loved it and my hard practicing with all the busking has paid dividends with a new relaxed and mature attitude to the guitar playing mainly. They want me back and Ashley the licensee said I was sensational….

 

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Damion Stirling Drum/Dance Workshop Aug 17 2013

Well there’s been a fair bit happening since last post, mainly to do with the new set up at the studio

We used Dance with Attitude Dance studios for the last 2 years and now they have moved to other premises and we have taken over the rent of the studios at 13a Lewis St Mudgee and changed the name to richardlawsonmusic.com studios…very 21st Century

There have been 2 workshops there so far….Daniel Champagne Master class on guitar on May 26 and the Blue Ruins in June…now we have a really meaty one with Damion Stirling coming to town

Damion Stirling workshop Aug 17 2013

Damion Stirling runs ‘Sol Studios’, and is also Musical Director of the Culburra Beach Music Festival and has performed at countless festivals gigs and workshops. Damion is an amazing energetic force of nature and quite an astounding master djembe player.

Damion has led drumming groups on the South Coast for the last 10 years and is the leader of such groups as the Beatmeisters and Elemental Grooves

Heres a description of Beatmeisters plus a pic

“The rhythmic knock on your front door can only be… the Beat Meisters! They’ll have your circadian biology in a spinning whirl, they will count the sum of your pulse and mirror it in sonic waves, skew that wayward walk into a dance like prance and take you to a place where you can’t your feet must wiggle and your booty must jiggle.

Drawing heavily on the traditions of African drumming interspersed with Latin and Arabic influences and utilising melodic percussive instruments from all corners of the globe the Beat Meisters never fail to get the punters jumping and the good vibes pumping.

The Beat Meisters draw from a rock solid base of quality percussionists featuring members of bands such as Elemental Grooves, Percussion Junction, Obrobini, Ate and Fugg as well as a string of other prominent Wollongong based bands. With performance experience in national tours, festivals, concerts, corporate and community events and complemented by a an recognised and established drumming workshop program, the Beat Meisters know how to deliver interactive drumming like you’ve never seen before. To date the Beat Meisters have performed at events from the heady tropics of far north Queensland to humming deepest depths of Sydney CBD. Wherever they are found one thing is certain… worn soles on your shoes and smile on your dial.”

Beatmeisters with Damo

Beatmeisters with Damo

 

His infectious nature and amazing energy will transport you to the heights of percussion and dance

The workshop will take in dance and its associated drum moves as well. For the workshop we’ll be looking at the rhythm ‘Panlogo’ and a harvest / celebration dance both from Ghana.

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Fig Jam in Orange??

Sounds like a nice recipe

We had a fantastic time as a 2 piece over in Orange at 4 on the4loor which has been running as a monthly showcase for Central West musos for over 10 years. Jon Carter had heard my CDs at the Orange Community Radio and invited us over way back in March.

The Fig Jam band is currently undergoing renovations and so Erin switched to drums and we just played as a 2 piece

Here is a little sample

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A little busking tour on South Coast??

Well Ive never busked before in my life and now Im wondering why I never did

What a wonderful experience and getting paid to practice play and make people happy…hell we even got our lunch/brunch paid for

I was sitting at Pilgrims in Milton with Lizzi Gal and I dont know where the thought came from but the guitar was sitting in the car and I remember Genevieve Chadwick or Ben Fowler from Southerly Change had mentioned this place lets buskers do their thing. I grabbed the guitar and played Here comes the Sun by the Beatles and asked the waitress if this was OK when she brought the coffees and she said …’fine’

Next thing I know Im in full swing after a 5 song warm up and played for well over an hour…must admit Simon and Garfunkel and Bee Gees are big crowd pullers…the money flowed then

Next day arranged to meet up with Ben Fowler at Berry and played a few Southerly Change songs plus some other reggae things and generally just tried to ppick up some tips from playing with him

Who knows we might hit Gerringong later in the week and I might give Mudgee a nudge on the weekend

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