Cygnet Folk Festival
Had two brilliant shows in Tassie. Thanks for having us, we’ll be back!
Sounds in the Suburbs
At home with The Night’s Insomnia. One-off house concert at Park Street in early Dec for The Night’s Insomnia. Jen will be joined by the clever and talented Tara Carragher, Chris Parkinson, Richard Coates, Robyn Chalklen and Mark Seddon.
Playing Melbourne at The Wesley Anne, November 25th 8pm book online. Also in Ballarat at The Lost Ones Basement Bar November 26th 2pm, tickets at the door.
The Night’s Insomnia album launch and double bill with Naomi Keyteat StonePony in Willunga – April 21st – 7pm Tickets on the door.
Cat Dog Bird at the Wheaty
Cat Dog Bird playing with the Ben Searcy Duo at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Fri 28th August. Last days of Winter concert, 9pm free entry.
Songwriting @ Eden Hills Kindy
I’m really excited about embarking on another term of writing songs with the children at Eden Hills Kindergarten. Already we have written 3 songs which work on the theme of sustainability: making a ball track from old plastic pipes; resource management – which bins do we use? And exploring executive function through song – Captain Blackbeard must go through his list of things to do before he goes out to play: What’s Next? And then there’s a song about a mouse at Kindy hiding under the piano! Will post songs up for listening soon.
Working with reception children at Eden Hills Primary School, exploring The Weather through dance, story and song. Drawing pictures of what they see outside through their windows and creating a group song based on their illustrations. Reenacting Mr McGee Goes To Sea and creating a movement symphony of wild weather has been a delightfully energetic start to the workshop series so far.
Recording 9 demo poem songs with Chris Parkinson (The Yearlings) at his studio My Sweet Mule. Gearing up to record the full album later in the year. Poems all come from contemporary Australian poets and are arresting, contemplative and speak deep into the heart. I can’t help but wonder what happens when sublime, carefully crafted poems are matched with evocative and finely honed, emotive music beautifully played? It could be a perfect marriage! Three songs left to compose for this album of 12 songs.
We are so excited to announce we will be playing at this year’s Fleurieu Folk Festival in Willunga, Oct 23-25 2015. It’s such a lovely music festival which in truth covers a diverse range of musical styles besides folk, including blues, roots, country, Americana and folk-rock. I saw Jordie Lane perform 2 years ago to a packed concert hall of rapt listeners, young emerging singer/songwriters, and brilliant local favourites like The Timbers, Courtney Robb and Andy and Marta. Plenty of interstate artists appear and a gorgeous festival atmosphere makes it one of the best music festivals in South Australia.
Big Star Records on Magill Road now stock Cat Dog Bird’s album Headfirst into the Riddle. Also can be found at Clarity Records and Title Store just off Rundle Street, Adelaide. Go out and get one, or any album you like and support little record stores!
Songwriting Awards at Fleurieu Folk Festival
I entered a new song into the Judith Crossley Memorial songwriting award as part of Willunga’s Fleurieu Folk Festival, a song called Jervois Road, written about an incident that occurred on the dirt back roads between Yankalilla and Normanville near where I grew up. I was in my early teens when a big house party on Jervois Road, the home of the tough wild Petrovski family, ended in a murder and a man having his nose bitten off. I never forgot it, not least because nothing like this normally happened in our quiet little coastal town. Anyway, the song has been shortlisted along with nine others for the award, which is donated by and in honour of Judith Crossley for her contribution and committment to the South Australian folk Music community. I will perform this song on Sunday 25th of October at the festival, telling my version of the tale for the first time.