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).
Meanwhile, back in Maleny, we were starting to get used to the idea of being home. New songs have been coming together (looks like another album sometime early in the new year), we've a couple of other projects on the go, and we're trying very hard to take some time off in between.
So of course, we've been gigging a little to while the hours away.
We played a special guest spot at the Kookaburra Cafe in Brisbane, where there's a weekly folk gathering (this link will take you to a page about the early years of the folk revival in Brisbane. The Wayfarers are still going strong after almost 50 years). We were delighted to be joined by so many friends at the club and we were even more delighted to catch one of Anne Infante's amazing songs, which she has been kind enough to send our way (expect to hear Sheepskin Creek at a folk club near you).
And finally, yesterday saw us perform a house concert in Maleny at the home of Bob and Laurel Wilson, better known around the folk scene as the Goodwills. It was great to have such a lovely gig so close to home. Good coffee, great cakes and home before dark. Must remember to do that more often.
And today, back at the desk, racing for the deadline for an assignment about Halloween and Christmas.
May your life be filled with music,