New EP Airs and Graces out now

The 6 track EP featuring lead track ‘Kingdom Come’ is available now on Spotify/Youtube/Apple Music and Soundcloud. Already on rotation on local ABC South East


Kingdom Come on youtube

The Lone Band!!

The Lone drummer has now got some powerful allies who joined him to form a ‘Lone Band’ to fight injustice on the environmental front.
Richard Burgman [SunnyBoys], who now lives in Kingston Canada and Jon Schofield [Paul Kelly] have donned the mask and cape to play guitar and bass respectively
We did an environmental version of the ‘Bad News’ song as originally performed by the ‘Young Ones’ band spinoff for the Forest Embassy
We are performing live at the ‘National Forest Uprising’ on Parliament House lawn in Canberra at midday on Wed Feb 13 and I am hoping for a live to air or pre recorded spot with Canberra ABC Radio  that morning for publicity to play the song acoustically. #NationalForestUprising #EndNativeForestLogging2020 

Illawarra Folk Fest epiphany!!

Only been here a day and just seen myself as featured artist in program. Wondered why there were so many people at Beatles and Folk talk/ show yesterday in the Show Pavilion. Hell they’d even heard about me at registration tent. It went really well…I always gauge how it went by sound guys reaction…very nervous and hot at start and my right hand was a bit shaky until about the 6th song. Found myself able to discourse freely on the subject of Beatles and Folk Music quite easily without a script and even ventured back further with Scarborough Fair into the middle ages. It was an epiphany doing this style of workshop/gig and I will definitely be applying at more festivals with this in mind. I have the points on the board now

After maybe 2-3 hours sleep on the beach in stifling overnight temperatures. Freedom on the beach was amazing and I was playing guitar at 4am at Bulli Beach before venturing in for a surf at 5am with the pre dawn

Damion Stirling from Swingbooty/ Beatmeisters jumped up with us on the Sunday morning gig at 9.30am in the Global Green tent. Small audience after yesterdays bonanza. Only thing is we changed the whole set round and adlibbed It was an experience for sure and pushed me right out of my comfort zone. At one stage we only played songs in 6/8

Happy Snaps 2017/2018 Mudgee and Mystery Bay Travels in food and music

The Explosion radio show goes to youtube

Lots of fans have been bemoaning the fact they cant access Soundcloud or Spotify as they dont have accounts and it is clunky on mobile so i have decided to make it simple and revert to a youtube playlist format from now on for the Explosion Radio Show

The last 4 shows have concentrated on progressive and dynamic record labels such as Elektra/Vertigo/Stiff and coming up is Modular Records

Enjoy here

#16 Vertigo Records

#17 Elektra Records

#18 Stiff Records

#19 Modular Records

Welcoming the new music of Mystery Bay article



Welcoming the new Music of Mystery Bay

August 9, 2018

As the sun set on the touring days for indie rock band The Lime Spiders, Richard Lawson dreamt of heading to Tuscany to live as a peasant farmer. Instead he settled in Mudgee in the Central West of New South Wales, which offers a lifestyle closely aligned to the Tuscan experience. There he established one of Australia’s first certified organic olive farms with the Figtree Food Company. He also began taking music students with the Lawson School of Music.

Although the connections to Mudgee have remained strong for 25 years, Richard and his partner Elizabeth are now based at Mystery Bay, where they have planted over 100 fruit and nut trees to continue the Tuscan experience by the seaside. The pair attend weekly growers markets up and down the coast, including SAGE Farmers Markets every Tuesday, Bermagui growers market as well as Tilba markets on Saturday mornings with their hand made produce.

But it’s not just the food that hungers this musical couple. “For me, the full experience of life has always centred around both food and music,” Lawson says. “In many ways it’s exactly what our culture is crying out for – a return to the simple pleasures of life, like good local food, and real music,” Richard said.

Richard and Liz teach a variety of instruments, with Rich focusing on performance and rock music, whereas Liz takes a more formal approach teaching classical guitar, piano and improvisation.

Richard’s experience was gained on the road touring the world as original drummer with the Lime Spiders, whereas Liz has taken the formal approach to studying music at the University of New South Wales and Sydney Conservatorium. Liz has been teaching private piano and guitar groups at many public and private schools in the Central West. “We have students from kindy to HSC and many adult students as well,” Liz says.

The pair bring their musical talents together in their band called “Honey”, symbolizing a substance that is pure and real that makes the world go around. The band plays as a duo at events and night clubs, swelling the ranks with other musicians for a full line up at larger music festivals throughout New South Wales, and featured on ABC radio.

Rich and Liz also run rival drumming groups – with Richard’s snare and Tom Tom based outfit Kings of Congo Congo featured as the headline band for many Mudgee events in recent years, and Liz’s African drumming band Bella Djemballa bringing a different style of groove to street events and festivals too.

Richard is now taking rock guitar, vocals and kit drums, students on the south coast, and Liz is taking classical piano, classical guitar, improvisation and African drumming classes on the coast as well.

When not teaching or playing, they can be found pottering around as they work towards establishing their new food garden at Mystery Bay.


Above: Liz and Tim Holt on @abcsoutheast