We were invited by Oli Statham to come down and play at the private mini festival ‘Woolstock’ about 6 months ago when I held our little mini festival ‘Farmfresh’ at the farm at Braymont just out of Gulgong. Its held in March at the big organi Rosnay farm just a few kms out of Canowindra and attracts sometimes up to 500 people and hqas been going for almost 20 years.
After a full day doing markets over in Orange I made my way to the farm and arrived not long after 4pm on a hot March day. The tent set up alone was impressive and atopa beautiful rolling hill that afforded a sweeping view of the surrounding countryside and Oli Statham introduced me to Shaun Lawler [Trumpet] and Greg McLaren [Vox] who were heading up the PA side of things. I got a good look around at the wonderful Fig/Olive/Wine property and was blown away by the rustic organic nature of the sprawling 600 acre property that just summed up the real Tuscany in a nutshell. I felt right at home and vowed to come back for a bigger better look and Oli and Sam Statham want to do some business olive wise with me anyway
Back to the music… A few bands and playrs were on before Fig Jam and I had a lot of time to kill before Josh and Erin arrived. At sundown there was a huge percussion jam which all three of us joined in on and soon enough it was our time onstage. I think word must have got around about us because expectations seemed to be high for us and I must admitt we were the best rehearsed band on the night and slammed a tight and punchy set through some seriously loud gear. My guitar never sounded so big. Everyone was effusive in their praise of us and I seemed to be in good voice…by now though I was terrible tired after a 4.30am start and crashed in Olis pad on the property…what a wonderful place.