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
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.
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
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
There have been 2 filming sessions to date at Roths Wine Bar going till all hours of the night and the sound is fantastic….cant wait to see and hear finished product.. I wont give away too much but here is a teaser and some pics
The Gulgong Folk Festival is now over for another year and while I am very flattered and satisfied by the outcome and messages of congratulations I am absolutely exhausted and don’t really want to know too much about it at present. I’m on holiday down the South Coast till late Jan and am trying to catch my breath from what is a year long job and this last year in particular has been very trying with funding cutbacks and the task of making a festival totally free as well. I’ll weigh up my options as the year progresses.
Its that time of year Gulgong Folk Festival time, when every thing gets a bit crazy for me. A whole years planning goes into this and I have to get my head round production/venues/fundraising/artist line up/govt departments/council and local business …not to mention the whole publicity shebang…artwork/press releases/interviews
Its a never ending story but greatly satisfying….
Timber and Steel have been a great supporter of myself and the festival for 3 years now and every time I see their posts on me they give me a chill up the spine
Fig Jam and myself are playing during the festival for no fee to help with the new TOTALLY FREE structure.
It will be fantastic to catch up and celebrate music with all the crew from the last 3 years…hopefully it wont be as hot as last year