Fig Jam @ Woolstock March 2013

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.

View from stage are across the valley
View from stage are across the valley

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

Drumming frenzy with Josh and Erin
Drumming frenzy with Josh and Erin
Shaun Lawler Organiser, sound dude and Trumpet player on Valentines day Fig Jam
Shaun Lawler Organiser, sound dude and Trumpet player on Valentines day Fig Jam
The fIRE DANCE KEPT ME ENTHRALLED WHILST WE PLAYED...ENTRANCING
The fIRE DANCE KEPT ME ENTHRALLED WHILST WE PLAYED…ENTRANCING

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.

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