Friday, December 26, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
While checking out the local sights on Google Earth, I found this photo of our wheelie-bin waiting to be collected. Now, I appreciate that technology is an amazing thing, however surely this reflects an excess of information-managing capacity rather than a great leap forward for our civilisation.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
The last of the schools gigs has finished, another year of the Musica Viva programme for Tulca Mor, performing an Irish music show for school kids around country Queensland. I was along to take Clair's place on concertina, while she took some time out. There were about 70 shows spread over an 8 week period, with a couple of gaps in the middle. Great work, but wow, I collapsed like a very tired thing at the end. A lot of driving and trips to Emerald, Townsville and Toowoomba. Beautiful country. Just to confuse the kids, next year we'll be working under the name of Fada, to reflect the changed line-up (Jeremy Dunlop, whose back you see above, has taken over from Fred as well and with half the band gone, a name-change seems appropriate).
And today, back at the desk, racing for the deadline for an assignment about Halloween and Christmas.
May your life be filled with music,
Friday, October 31, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Our great mate Sarah, was on a "Walk to Work Day" today and took the opportunity to not only ensmall her carbon footprint for the day, but she also wore her favourite cloudstreet t-shirt for the occasion.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
After a long tour, with lots of side-trips, driving, gigs and lovely people, we made it home safe and sound. In the first two weeks back, John was straight back to work, joining up with some of the guys from Tulca Mor to do schools workshops organised by the Australian organisation Musica Viva. 25 gigs in the first two weeks, then a week off, beginning with the marvellous (and relatively new) Neurum Creek Music Festival.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Shrewsbury was a fabulous way to finish the tour, and we even got to see the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain and the New Rope String Band all in one night. Loved it! All this after 4 gigs on our final day. By then end, our voices were a little ragged, but we had fun and made it to the finish line. The the sleepfest began.
Friday, August 22, 2008
We left Denmark.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Touring with cloudstreet isn't just about music. Food is also important.
This recipe is provided with our thanks to Gertrude Romme
Chicken with Ginger, Lemon and Garlic
Cut a chicken in 6-8 pieces, add salt and pepper.
Make a marinade of 50g fresh ginger, 4 cloves of garlic and 50ml of lemon juice (blend in a food processer but not too runny!).
Spread the marinade on the chicken and bake 40 mins at 180C. Add 100 ml water (pour over the chicken) after 20 minutes.
When cooked, pour the juice from the chicken into a pot with 100ml cream and boil well. Thicken with flour if needed. Add salt & pepper and serve with new potatoes, salad and vegetables of the season
(our favourite local salad was a combination of watermelon, fetta, mint, balsamic vinegar and sprinkles of chilli. Fantastic!)
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
This year's cloudstreet tour has been a long and winding adventure and the journey across to Denmark has been a most wonderful inclusion.
After a great time on Fanø we were on the road across country again, this time to the home of the other founding member of Færd, Eskil Romme. But first, we needed to be up early to catch the ferry back to the mainland. Here's a snap from the docks.
We hit the road and zoomed through the beautiful Danish countryside, eventually arriving at the venue for the second of our three gigs, Halkær Kro, a cafe and concert venue near the Western Danish coast. A lovely relaxed afternoon gig as part of the venue's Sunday afternoon music programme over the Summer. Then it was back to Eskil's farm for a meal, some chatting and then an early night.
Eskil has an organic farm in the North that he's been running for the past twenty years or so, as well as managing to tour the globe with varying numbers of bands, most especially the trio Færd.
He and Gertrude have been wonderful hosts over the last couple of days, introducing us to some of the fabulous local food and welcoming us into their home.
On our first night, Eskil mentioned that a replica of a Viking longship, the Havhingsten (Sea Stallion) would be sailing nearby and he wondered if we might like a look. Would we ever!! The ship is on its way back from a trip to Ireland and was passing along the coast only a few miles away from the house. It was a little too far away on the first night, but the next day we set off in the rain to have a look. We arrived at a bridge a few minutes to late and only caught a glimpse of this beauty under tow by a coastguard vessel. Undeterred, we bounced across a few fields and caught sight of the sail at the edge of the fields. Here's the best of my shots, followed by a slightly more spectacular view from the Havhingsten website:
Today the sun is shining again and we've had a look around Nibe before settling in for a night of good food, good music and new friends. Another drive tomorrow and more music to follow.
There's nothing like an adventure to make life interesting!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Peter and his family made us very welcome in this amazing village. The photo above of Peter's place gives you an idea of the thatched house architecture of the village. The houses have been preserved in this style since the middle of the 19th century. And cultural preservation is high on the list for this beautiful place. New houses must be built in the old style, and renovations must be in keeping with the village's existing pattern.
We played in a local cafe "Cafe Nanas Stue" to an appreciative crowd, followed by Peter and two of his friends, Olle and Sonig, playing traditional music from the island, with local couples dancing local dances to the music.
A wonderful night but by the end we were exhausted. Crawled to bed and slept until noon.
Our first day in Denmark was a delight, full of music and new friends.
More to follow.
Love and song,
(the video is a little dark, but so was the room)
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Brampton Live was fabulous! Loads of friends, really well-organised gigs, and bowls of fruit backstage.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
We've just finished a week of wacky instruments, enquiring minds, screaming, shouting, singing and joyfully jumping up and down. 3 schools in 3 days in Yorkshire. Today has been a day of lying about as the rains come down and the temperature's dropped.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Yesterday we headed just down the road to Saul and Folk on the Water (part of the Saul Canal Festival). It seems like ages since I had the chance to sit in a concert and watch people play, just enjoying the music, and kicking back with no expectation that any second we'd need to leap into action ourselves.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
A day at Appledore today: art, sunshine and the discovery of the Famous Hockings Oyster - local ice-cream, lamington-dipped wafers and marshmallow. Tastes great and it's good for you.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Staying with Patrick and Eveanne has been tremendous. A totally creative time, with art and music abounding.
Tonight we fly late into Liverpool- John Lennon Airport- very cool, and then it's across the Pennines to Jacey's and a few days off, before gigs, down to Devon and beyond.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
And yesterday we were off again, across the Pennines to Liverpool, where we were dazzled and amazed by the wonderful Klimt exhibition at the Tate.
Dublin. We arrived yesterday afternoon after an incredibly short flight. 5 seats - 3 for us and 2 for the instruments, thanks to an online bargain and we were landed and happy at Eveanne's. Much tea was drunk, art was carried out and fun had.
Today is wet, the house is warm and tonight we session! Even the cello looks excited to be here.