MUDSLING EVENT SUCCESS JAN 9 2016

Mudsling!!!

What a fabulous event and success! For a first time event it was great to see so many people.

The crowd just kept on coming all through the day and they were ready to enter well before kickoff time of 2.00pm. The workshops created a lot of interest with Warwick Hargreaves and Daniel Champagne giving very generously of their time and talent plus playing a few select songs to display their talent and know how. Then the action moved to the front bar with Franke Stoove from Brisbane and Garry Furlong from Kiama delighting the audience with their home spun songs and covers before local musical luminaries Nick Wall and Euripi revved up the energy meter…it was just like the Roth’s Wine Bar of old [oldest continual license in NSW circa 1923] with the standing room only space rollicking along to hearty singing.

A short rest before the big bands kicked off on the main stage with Mudgee based band Honey sending everyone into passion and delight with their delicate sounds and thunder. Look out for the imminent release of their debut album at Easter.

A very special moment was when Out of Abingdon joined Honey on stage for a set  including the beautiful rendition of Blue by Vince Jones sung by Elizabeth Walton and a haunting stirring version of Amazing grace with Tina from Out of Abingdons arced bass. An audience member Craig from Mudgee remarked it was the most moving part of the whole event.

Next Out of Abingdon cut swathes of cool jazz through the hot summer evening and their sassy approach had the place humming. This date is kicking off their ‘Long Hot Summer’ tour and they are ready to swing. Their takes on Kylie and Bjork, where they jazzified the song,s added to their cool and already apparent hip instincts.  In anticipation for the main attraction the crowd was swelling and an audience member from Leura was quite taken by their interpretations of unlikely songs.

Daniel Champagne certainly knows how to fill a room and by now the place was full. The surprise of an artist [Sam Paine] onstage painting him live while he played only added to the drama of the evening.  It definitely was a sight to see and will have people talking about it for a long time to come in this little town. His dexterity and energy were light as a feather and cutting like a knife and the crowd was stunned by his show stopping virtuosity.

Showcasing new material from his American tour this is his second stop, after Woodford, on his short Australian Tour before he heads back stateside. Mudgee was very lucky to snaffle him during his quick stopover. He was like a purring engine  and fully on fire after racking up 250 shows last year alone.

The raffle was huge and festival director Richard Lawson said a quick speech while he got Warwick Hargraves from Out of Abingdon to draw the lucky winning ticket who took off the 2500 dollar prize.

Benji and the Saltwater Sound system are formerly Southerly Change and they closed out the evening. Ben Fowler, the leader, is just back from a year in the Solomon Islands and this was their first show since their sellout show in January at Tomerong Hall on the South Coast of NSW. He rounded up his South Coast cohorts in the Saltwater bus and they headed to Mudgee to be joined on drums and percussion by former Lime Spiders drummer Richard Lawson and his best student Jacob Barnes. They filled the venue with the  rousing sweet sounds of dance reggae. Sometimes it became a frenetic percussive filled African vibe with a swirling wall of rhythm. By now the crowd was well and truly sweaty and dancing up a storm.

The night finished with the crowd joining in with vocal harmonies and the lines between the audience and performer were blurred and everyone became equal…but isn’t that what the best festivals are all about!!!

POSTSCRIPT

Out of Abingdon continue their Long Hot Summer tour at the Illawarra Folk Festival next week for the rest of January before heading back to Europe in Autumn.

Daniel Champagne is also stopping in at Illawarra before finishing his short Australian Tour and heading back to the states.

Ben from Benji and the Saltwater Sound System is boarding a plane to back to the Solomons Islands.

Mudgees own ‘Honey’ are preparing for the imminent release of their debut album at Easter

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Tickets are now on sale for the January 9 2016 event Mudsling – a one day mini festival crammed with top billed artists including Daniel Champagne, Saltwater Sound System [ex Southerly Change], April Maze, Out of Abingdon and Big Erle, as well as local bands Honey, Euripi and Nick Wall. Music will be held over 2 stages and feature awesome guitar workshops in the afternoon by Daniel Champagne and Warwick Hargreaves, acclaimed Jazz guitarist for Out of Abingdon

 Daniel Champagne – Saltwater Sound System – April Maze  Out of Abingdon – Big Erle

Get your tickets for Mudsling – January 9 2016 – a one day mini festival crammed with top billed artists including Daniel Champagne, Saltwater Sound System [ex Southerly Change], April Maze, Out of Abingdon and Big Erle, as well as local bands Honey, Euripi and Nick Wall. Music will be held over 2 stages and feature awesome guitar workshops in the afternoon by Daniel Champagne and Warwick Hargreaves, acclaimed Jazz guitarist for Out of Abingdon.

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South Coast tour w Honey July 2015

We took a little break and played at some of our fave gigs on the beautiful South Coast of NSW.

Hyper Hyper Coffee let us play out front on the Friday Morning …it was freezing and tested both of us but we loved it immensely…thanks Pip. Saturday lunch Nicole and Gerard from Bistro 146 in the Kangaroo Valley were our hosts and some old friends came out of the woodwork to say hello…then an impromptu house party jam in the Blue Mountains in Leura on the way home to Mudgee

We did a house sit in Shoalhaven Heads and cut a few live performances and filmed them…this is a true representation of what we sound like now …plus Elizabeth came up with a great new song ;Sea Myst’ with her new guitar and pedal set up…very psychedelic

Kings rock down the house at Bob Marley Festival

The Bob Marley Festival in Kandos this year was the first time for two oof oour new drummers…Jasper Miller and Hamish Fittler made their first ever public appearances and though a tad nervous had no problems fitting in.

The festival was moved at the last minute to indoors and this ensured a huge sound which really got the audience going and we got an amazing reaction

Some pics and a youtube video which Jacob put up are here

Honey CD and clip

The Honey EP Valentines Day is finally out …after almost 2 years   but its worth it

Sounds looks and feels great and weve been playing to support it…also check out the great clip for it

Gigs gigs and more gigs

After a quiet few months there has been a flurry of activity…hopefully the Honey CD will be out soon and there are a lot of gigs in the pipeline…recently did 4 gigs in 2 weeks at Roths Wine Bar

SAT 30 AUGUST SOLO AND w ‘HONEY’ @ ROTHS WINE BAR MUDGEE

FRI 19/SAT 20/SUN 21 SEPTEMBER w ‘HONEY‘ @ TURNING WAVE FESTIVAL YASS

SAT 27 SEPTEMBER w ‘KINGS OF CONGO CONGO‘ @ FLAVOURS OF MUDGEE

SAT 4 OCTOBER w ‘HONEY’ @ GULGONG FOLK FESTIVAL MINI FEST

SUN 5 OCTOBER PRIVATE FUNCTION

FRI 24 OCTOBER w ‘HONEY’ @ ROTHS WINE BAR MUDGEE

SAT 8 NOVEMBER w ‘HONEY’ @ ROTHS WINE BAR MUDGEE

SAT 27/SUN 28 DECEMBER w HONEY @ GULGONG FOLK FESTIVAL

live roths wine bar june 2014
live roths wine bar june 2014

Kings of Congo Congo new look

After a flash of inspiration from fellow musician Glenn Van Reason in Mudgee I took the Kings of Congo Congo in a different direction

Now we play with 3 snares and 3 toms…all standing. The rhythms are more structured and slightly more military in nature. IT will take a loot of work to pull pieces together but the initial ideas are fascinating and exciting

 

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

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