Its a composite of lots of band and students I have performed with over the last 10 years which segues really well with the songs sentiments…’let me hear your song’. Everyone has a song in them, be it on drums or guitar or singing. Oh and the shots of me in church are from my teaching days in Mudgee at the Uniting Church studio in 2014/2015. The mountains footage is from the Blue Mountains after escaping from a particularly hard 10 day heatwave we endured living at the shearers quarters in Gulgong
Richard runs a weekly internet radio show beaming out of the South Coast of NSW on hookthewave.com.au.…..tune in on your computer and listen on demand and peruse the archives.
Richard Lawson; Ex Lime Spiders drummer, Musician, Producer, Teacher, Festival Promoter and Radio DJ returns to the airwaves after a 3 year hiatus away from the Electronica Show, which he ran on Shoalhaven FM for 2 years in 2010-2011
His extensive knowledge comes from his years of collecting his once vast record collection numbering 3000 vinyl LPs Singles and EPs
He was also runner up in JJJ Rockwizz 1988
Still running out of the South Coast of NSW
This weeks show #15 is on the Divinyls;
Raunchy, sexy and a lot in between…. Richard toured with them and lets say that what happens on tour… you know the rest. have a listen and you may just pick up some stuff…
After a bit of tweaking the debut album of Honey ‘Blessed Bee’ is finally out. Released in Nov 2017 it is in the words of radio
‘I am listening to your new work right now Richard…(up to the last track) It is very good I must say!! eclectic sounds and fine songs… would love to play it on air for you (and my listener) ..’
Jon Carter Orange FM 107.5
What a fabulous event and success! For a first time event it was great to see so many people.
The crowd just kept on coming all through the day and they were ready to enter well before kickoff time of 2.00pm. The workshops created a lot of interest with Warwick Hargreaves and Daniel Champagne giving very generously of their time and talent plus playing a few select songs to display their talent and know how. Then the action moved to the front bar with Franke Stoove from Brisbane and Garry Furlong from Kiama delighting the audience with their home spun songs and covers before local musical luminaries Nick Wall and Euripi revved up the energy meter…it was just like the Roth’s Wine Bar of old [oldest continual license in NSW circa 1923] with the standing room only space rollicking along to hearty singing.
A short rest before the big bands kicked off on the main stage with Mudgee based band Honey sending everyone into passion and delight with their delicate sounds and thunder. Look out for the imminent release of their debut album at Easter.
A very special moment was when Out of Abingdon joined Honey on stage for a set including the beautiful rendition of Blue by Vince Jones sung by Elizabeth Walton and a haunting stirring version of Amazing grace with Tina from Out of Abingdons arced bass. An audience member Craig from Mudgee remarked it was the most moving part of the whole event.
Next Out of Abingdon cut swathes of cool jazz through the hot summer evening and their sassy approach had the place humming. This date is kicking off their ‘Long Hot Summer’ tour and they are ready to swing. Their takes on Kylie and Bjork, where they jazzified the song,s added to their cool and already apparent hip instincts. In anticipation for the main attraction the crowd was swelling and an audience member from Leura was quite taken by their interpretations of unlikely songs.
Daniel Champagne certainly knows how to fill a room and by now the place was full. The surprise of an artist [Sam Paine] onstage painting him live while he played only added to the drama of the evening. It definitely was a sight to see and will have people talking about it for a long time to come in this little town. His dexterity and energy were light as a feather and cutting like a knife and the crowd was stunned by his show stopping virtuosity.
Showcasing new material from his American tour this is his second stop, after Woodford, on his short Australian Tour before he heads back stateside. Mudgee was very lucky to snaffle him during his quick stopover. He was like a purring engine and fully on fire after racking up 250 shows last year alone.
The raffle was huge and festival director Richard Lawson said a quick speech while he got Warwick Hargraves from Out of Abingdon to draw the lucky winning ticket who took off the 2500 dollar prize.
Benji and the Saltwater Sound system are formerly Southerly Change and they closed out the evening. Ben Fowler, the leader, is just back from a year in the Solomon Islands and this was their first show since their sellout show in January at Tomerong Hall on the South Coast of NSW. He rounded up his South Coast cohorts in the Saltwater bus and they headed to Mudgee to be joined on drums and percussion by former Lime Spiders drummer Richard Lawson and his best student Jacob Barnes. They filled the venue with the rousing sweet sounds of dance reggae. Sometimes it became a frenetic percussive filled African vibe with a swirling wall of rhythm. By now the crowd was well and truly sweaty and dancing up a storm.
The night finished with the crowd joining in with vocal harmonies and the lines between the audience and performer were blurred and everyone became equal…but isn’t that what the best festivals are all about!!!
Ben from Benji and the Saltwater Sound System is boarding a plane to back to the Solomons Islands.
Mudgees own ‘Honey’ are preparing for the imminent release of their debut album at Easter
TOP BILLED ARTISTS AT MUDSLING JANUARY 9 2016
PRELUDE TO MUDGEE MUSIC FESTIVAL OCTOBER 2016
10 artists for $50
Tickets are now on sale for the January 9 2016 event Mudsling – a one day mini festival crammed with top billed artists including Daniel Champagne, Saltwater Sound System [ex Southerly Change], April Maze, Out of Abingdon and Big Erle, as well as local bands Honey, Euripi and Nick Wall. Music will be held over 2 stages and feature awesome guitar workshops in the afternoon by Daniel Champagne and Warwick Hargreaves, acclaimed Jazz guitarist for Out of Abingdon
Get your tickets for Mudsling – January 9 2016 – a one day mini festival crammed with top billed artists including Daniel Champagne, Saltwater Sound System [ex Southerly Change], April Maze, Out of Abingdon and Big Erle, as well as local bands Honey, Euripi and Nick Wall. Music will be held over 2 stages and feature awesome guitar workshops in the afternoon by Daniel Champagne and Warwick Hargreaves, acclaimed Jazz guitarist for Out of Abingdon.
We took a little break and played at some of our fave gigs on the beautiful South Coast of NSW.
Hyper Hyper Coffee let us play out front on the Friday Morning …it was freezing and tested both of us but we loved it immensely…thanks Pip. Saturday lunch Nicole and Gerard from Bistro 146 in the Kangaroo Valley were our hosts and some old friends came out of the woodwork to say hello…then an impromptu house party jam in the Blue Mountains in Leura on the way home to Mudgee
We did a house sit in Shoalhaven Heads and cut a few live performances and filmed them…this is a true representation of what we sound like now …plus Elizabeth came up with a great new song ;Sea Myst’ with her new guitar and pedal set up…very psychedelic
The Bob Marley Festival in Kandos this year was the first time for two oof oour new drummers…Jasper Miller and Hamish Fittler made their first ever public appearances and though a tad nervous had no problems fitting in.
The festival was moved at the last minute to indoors and this ensured a huge sound which really got the audience going and we got an amazing reaction
Some pics and a youtube video which Jacob put up are here
The Honey EP Valentines Day is finally out …after almost 2 years but its worth it
Sounds looks and feels great and weve been playing to support it…also check out the great clip for it
After a quiet few months there has been a flurry of activity…hopefully the Honey CD will be out soon and there are a lot of gigs in the pipeline…recently did 4 gigs in 2 weeks at Roths Wine Bar
SAT 27 SEPTEMBER w ‘KINGS OF CONGO CONGO‘ @ FLAVOURS OF MUDGEE
SUN 5 OCTOBER PRIVATE FUNCTION