Solo Album – Surrounded – done & dusted

have recently recorded a wee solo album, a mix of old & new… had a rather nice low-key album launch at Rick & Dori’s yesterday arvo in the warm sunshine. album is available at gigs..

onwards!!

what a summer…

summer was great, quite simply

a small stack of festivals – a few extensive-ish tours of? New Zealand – one microscopic tour in the north island – one album released – and amoung other things, finally making it to Stewart Island for a couple of nights..

too many highlights to pin down the quintessential.. suffice to say that the swimming hole in Oruru ranks somewhere up near the Auckland Folk Festival finale concert in that good for the soul kind of way… chocolate at Bennetts ranks right up there with cruising Ulva Island.. West Coast south island sticks in the memory alongside a show in Taihape where the brazier burnt late to the night..? Dingle Rd, Wanaka, Donovans Store, Picton and the fine art of burnt toast in relation to wine, the Mussell, Cathedral Cove on crystal mornings, crayfish at christmas, service station vege pie overdose and on it goes…!!

Thanks to all those who have hosted us along the way.. thanks to those who have shared a melody, a laugh or two, a meal, a tale and so on..

a solo tour and a trip to the other side of the planet in the pipe line… mayhaps

see you out thar

d

Sanders Alley Tour Nov/Dec 2010

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day one – heading north it began smooth like a fine aged single malt the four hour journey then around through Back River Road (there’s apparently an old New Zealand made movie about this place we’re told) we land humidified at the Swamp Palace where the greeting party greets and shows us the 2nd hand store in the ancient building we’re to play in, antiquated yet trusty water pumps lovingly restored and tailor made 2nd hand suits… hours later the gig rips and roars… Read more

new songs…

a small flood of new songs, some completely fresh some old works in progress which have merely had the finishing touches added, are finding themselves added haphazard-like to shows of ?late. ?this is good ja?! good… hopefully this weekend will see the song “we might all get hit by a rather large bus” join the ranks. it’s a song about the cut-throat world of life as a mannequin.

?also we have ‘there but for the grace of god go i” which is a kind’v self explanatory title which should therefore not need explaining. “Tides” an 18 month old song about the shape of the planet, figuratively speaking, reworked slighty to imbue? the vibe of the Hokianga and also

‘walk to a pier” written in connemrra in 2006?about walking to a pier… a song of irony i guess…?

and various others mayhaps… ?aaaah this i like!