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
There will be a new EP Airs and Dances out late October. Its electronic and collectd from songs written during my time at the shearers cottage in Gulgong in the Central West. a little bit soundtrack a little bit Euro synth a little bit electro pop
Heres a sneak preview…available youtube/itunes/spotify
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
#16 Vertigo Records
#17 Elektra Records
#18 Stiff Records
#19 Modular Records
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
I’ll be heading North to Townsville Qld on the June long weekend with my old friend Ben Fowler to play drums for Benji and the Saltwater Soundsystem. We have 3 shows at the Palm Creek Music Festival and the friday night is the QLD launch of their new Coming up for water EP. I thought for a bit of a laugh Id put this photo of a facebook conversation between members about volume might explain a few things LOL
Mick Elderfield I know it will be loud, and I’m not the least bit worried about it 😎
Steve Russanello hahahaha I am bringing the spaceship and you will need earplugs for my 15 minute feedback solo based on Neil’s Rockin in the Free World…you’re not going to mic the kick are you Richard?
Richard Lawson dunno…up to the soundies i suppose…jamming with Bean Jamin Chook this weekend at the new Mystery Bay garage studio
Ben Fowler What??? You’ll have to speak up!
He is best known for his pioneering work in ambient music and contributions to rock, pop, electronic, and generative music. A self-described “non-musician”, Eno has helped to introduce a variety of unique conceptual approaches and recording techniques into contemporary music, advocating a methodology of “theory over practice” throughout his career. He has been described as one of popular music‘s most influential and innovative figures.
4 of his solo albums in the 70’s/ Here come the warm Jets, Taking Tiger mountain by strategy, Another Green World, Before and after science were predominantly Pop/rock albums. These were commercially successful to varying degrees but it is also his work with his ambient/electronic albums which are just as fondly remembered and influential. Its like he was working in 2 streams at the one time.
Eno’s biggest mainstream successes have been as a member of Roxy Music and, more recently, as the producer of U2 and Coldplay, but his most enduring music may well prove to be among his many solo and collaborative recordings. These span glam rock, art rock, avant funk, electronica, ambient, fourth-world and generative music. Eno self-deprecatingly describes them as “little ships floating on a sea of indifference.”
His ambience dovetails his pop work but seems to have had its genesis in Ambient 1 Music for airports
Ambient ambient ambuen ambience ambien etc etc etc
The 4 pack of Ambient albums….collect the whole set, swap with your friends, compare ambient notes
There are so many more things to say about him. His restless artist energy, his witticisms and quotes [my favorite being …”the problem with success is its own momentum”]. The Oblique strategies set of playing cards for studio use founded on the i-ching principle [its still functioning on website]
I will have an explosion radio show soon on the best of him but for now there is a fantastic selection of 10 of his best albums/collaborations on the web from an English store called the Vinyl Factory…ranked thus
- Here come the warm jets [Island 1974]
- Fripp and Eno No pussyfooting [Island 1973]
- Another green world [Island 1975]
- Ambient 1 Music for airports [EG 1978]
- Brian Eno David Byrne My life in the bush of ghosts [Sire 1981]
- Harold Budd Brian Eno [Editions EG, 1984]
- Eno Cale Wrong way up [Land, 1990)
- David Byrne Brian Eno Everything That Happens Will Happen Today [Todo Mundo 2008]
- Fripp and Eno The equatorial stars (Discipline Global Mobile, 2014)
- Eno Hyde High life [Warp, 2014]