This year at Adelaide's Feast Festival I'll be making an appearance at "Socks and Birkenstocks" at Holy Rollers Studio, Prospect on Saturday 25th November, 7pm. It will be an evening of diverse music with performances from electronica to spoken word to alt-country artists.
For more details click here!
As part of the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival I'll be hosting 3 hour workshops on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th, 10am-1pm, sharing my knowledge on all things songwriting.
Songwriters of all levels welcome.
Tickets $70, lunch and glass of delicious Bellwether wine included.
As i mentioned in an earlier post Telstra Road To Discovery program for this year was recently launched in Sydney to a crowd of industry and media at The Standard.
Over the coming months there are will be a number of heats held around the country for the Performer category, and online entry for the Songwriter category.
So if you think you know someone who has great musical skills but needs help to take the next step in the industry please encourage them to pop in an entry for the Telstra Road To Discovery. The program was a massive catalyst to helping me to develop my networks and develop as a musician... I certainly wouldn't be where i am without my involvement!
Visit the website for more info: www.telstra.com/trtd
Long time no speak! I hope this email finds you well. Gosh lots has happened since we last chatted but rather than a long winded story (my specialty) I'll try to be brief...
I write to you today bearing a gift! A FREE download of one of my new tracks, Back For More which was recorded live in Tamworth at the CMAA Academy. To download the track click on the this link here or on the picture below.
Please feel free to pass on the link to friends!
You just need to pop in your email address and with a couple clicks you'll be listening to my track. You'll notice there's an option of leaving a tip - this is not necessary to download the track (unfortunately i wasn't able to set my suggested tip on the website to "$0") but of course any tip will be put towards funding my upcoming project...
Which brings me to my next big news, I will be heading into the studio later this year to record my 2nd full length album.... (FINALLY i hear you say!)...and i'll be doing it in Nashville, of course!!! I'll be recording with the incredibly talented producer/musician/songwriter Neilson Hubbard. I met Neilson in Nashville last year when I visited for the Americana Festival and had the honour of writing with Neilson & Grammy nominated Kim Richey who's last few albums have bern produced by Neilson. Whilst in Nashville I'll also be showcasing again at the Americana Festival! Hooley dooley I'm excited!
I have been saving my hard earned cents for a while to fund this project (and continue to) but recently I was thrilled learn that I was the lucky recipient of Arts SA funding to contribute to the recordings and my Nashville showcasing!! It is a massive deal to have received this funding amongst a highly competitive group of applications so I am extremely grateful to Arts SA for their support....thanks so much Arts SA!!!
I'll be spending all of September in the studio and anticipate the new album to be released early 2014 so stay tuned for updates!
In other news, the Telstra Road To Discovery program for this year was launched in Sydney last week with special guest Pete Murray, MC'd by Ella Hooper, current winners Gena Rose Bruce and Melody Pool, and past winners Andrew Redford and myself.
If you know a singer/songwriter/performer who could benefit from giving the Telstra Road To Discovery a go send them to the TRTD website where they can apply now... www.telstra.com/trtd.
I'll leave you with a happy snap of us all on stage....
hope you're well!
chow for now,
P.S I've got some exciting performance news for later in the year! For the first time ever I'll be performing at this years Fleurieu Folk Festival with my band! I will be home just in time to shake off the jet lag from my US adventure and hit the stage at Willunga so I'm super excited about sharing some tales and some new songs with festival goers.
For more info about the festival visit this link: www.fleurieufolkfestival.com.au
its fair to say that 2013 wasn't my finest year for emailing you all via my e-newsletter... however i'm going to make up for it in 2013!
here's a link to the first newsletter for the year... click here!
I'm humbled to be invited to present as a speaker at the SCALA Songwriters' Workshop for July!
The topic(s) of my discussion are still yet to be decided so stay tuned!
The workshop will be held at Higher Ground from 7:30pm and entry by gold coin donation. Hope you can make it!
its taken multiple conversations, an unknown amount of tea and coffee and much sleep to finally digest what happened to me almost 2 weeks ago! I was amongst 10 of Australia's finest independent, emerging talent and was plucked out as the songwriter winner for 2012. Even as i write those words it still seems surreal. To have the support and acknowledgement of talent from some of Australia's amazing industry professionals has left me with an overwhelming feeling of excitement, happiness and confidence to be able to keep doing what i love.
I really do need to thank all of the people involved in the Telstra Road To Discovery Program, apologies if i miss anyone!! Sam, Rachel & the fabulous team at Telstra who work on this project all year, Paul & Rachel from Naked Communications, Mel & Kate from Javelin, Glen Hannah and the incredibly talented band who supported us all at the semi-final and final performances, Bill, Louis & Karl from Mushroom, James & Ella for the MC'ing at boot-camp and then James who went solo for the semi-final and final, to the judging panel who voted for me, to the industry pro's who mentored us on the various panels at the boot-camp, to Nicky and the charming camera crew from Chief Entertainment who filmed us along the way, and last but not least all the incredibly talented singer-songwriter/performers I met and became friends with along the way.
Not to sound like one of those people you'd change the channel on when watching the logies but I have had many talented musical mates around me over the years providing support and guidance... to all of them I owe a massive thank you and would like to acknowledge some of them...
To name a few... Heather Frahn spent a year mentoring me in 2010 after we received a grant from Australia Council. An extremely talented multi-instrumentalist who has been in the game for years - I was in safe hands! Her help, skills and generosity enabled me to successfully release my debut album and without her guidance i'm sure it wouldn't have ran as smoothly!
George Grifsas has been one of my good friends and mentors and he is an extremely talented guitarist! Years ago I was also lucky enough to be taught some guitar by George and in that short time it provided me with some great grounding to develop my guitar skills.
Anthony Stewart of Red Brick Music in Adelaide. A very humble and talented man who understands the sound palette and so tastefully mixed my album for me.
righto, thats probably enough from me.
chow for now...