I was recently asked to participate in on online bluesharp group 'exclusive interviews'. From time to time the group interviews different harp players from around the world, asking each the same questions. They have interviewed some top players so it makes for an interesting read for harp enthusiasts. Check it out!
It's out! Blues Harp Women - recently released by Ruf Records, produced by US DJ, Norman Davis and Tom Ruf, inspired by Big Mama Thornton. 31 tracks from 31 women harp players across the world (well mostly US but including 2 Aussies: me and Marion Turner :-) It's the first of it's kind and I am thrilled to be included.
"...an outstanding collection that stands up not just musically, but also as a historical reference point. It is indeed a unique part of music history. In standing up as a piece of history, then technically the quality of the music on show should really be almost irrelevant. What is fascinating with this double CD is that although by it's very nature it is a blues collection, it really does cover the full gamut of the blues spectrum and the music on offer is there on it's own merit...." (Ken Brown
This 2 CD set can be purchased from Amazon or Ruf Records
I love house concerts. I'm just home from playing at one in Mollymook with Mike Dooley. Every house concert I've done is really satisfying as was this one. People are there for the music. They listen and they bring food. Hosts are welcoming and generous. There is something very special about house concerts. I am playing with Fiona Boyes and Ali Penney at a house concert in October in Sussex Inlet - we have played there before - it was an over-full house in a beautiful setting. I would like to play more house concerts :-)
Thanks Julie Fox for these pics.
I finally got time to go and collect my MAMA today. It is now officially official. Here am I, pictured with my MAMA Best Jazz/Blues Artists 2012. It's a fancy award crafted out of material from old tv screens!
A part of the nomination process was to provide a list of music related achievements for the year. The writing of this was a really good process for me because it got me thinking about all the things I had done rather than focussing on the things I didn't manage to get done. My drummer did the nomination and I just provided the list of achievements for him. I then put the awards out of my head because I was very happy with just typing up the list and because I figured with such awesome competition I didn't stand a chance!
It was a very nice surprise to find out I'd won. The fabulous Fiona Boyes text messaged me with the news. I had to read it lots of times to be sure it was true. I admire her talent, commitment and stamina. She was happy for me.
It's good to be acknowledged :-)
BIG BLIND RAY AND DOROTHY-JANE GOSPER PRESENT
Harmonica Foundations - BLUES-HARP WORKSHOPS
This weekend: Sat 4th August Blues-Harp 1, Sun 5th August Blues-Harp 2 followed by a performance of The Dorothy-Jane Gosper Band. Still a couple of places left!!!
Venue is Old Canberra Inn.
More details here: http://www.dorothyjanegosper.com/workshops
Ooh! ooh! things have changed. Just when I thought I had a free weekend I've just been asked to play on Sunday out at the beautiful Adore Tea (Federation Square, Nicholls).
Me and Mike Dooley and the ultra sassy lassy Pearl Noi will be doing the Jazz standards plus some earthy Blues with ooh! ooh! oomph! Pls note: This will be a fairly casual-style show :-)
Here's a link to some video from last weekend's Adore Tea performance (even though the filming stopped right when I was about to hit that high note...).
Many of you would have heard about the cut backs at the Canberra School Of Music. Mike Dooley did too and come up with this little ditty
Happy days people, DJ
LIVE AT OLD CANBERRA INN:
AND BLUES AT COBARGO FOLK FESTIVAL (with Fiona Boyes)
Music and Light - Astrid Breuer Exhibition
7th - 25th March at Belconnen Arts Centre Foyer, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen
Music is transcendent. It can touch you deep down where you live and can make you really happy, or it can bring a sense of melancholy. The challenge for photography is to communicate these transcendent moments.
This exhibition explores the wealth of talent in the Canberra music scene, capturing the spirit and enthusiasm ofthese gifted musicians as they take their audiences to new places.
Artists included in the exhibition are the Chris Harland Blues Band, Rafe Morris, The Dorothy-Jane Gosper Band and the Brass Knuckle Brass Band, amongst others.
Exhibition opening 6:00pm Friday 9 March - including music from Grace Notes
Meet the artist 2:00pm Sunday 18 March - including music from ANU School of Music - Jazz
I'm thrilled to announce that the boys and I will be performing at the 2012 Fiji International Jazz and Blues Festival in May. Thanks to our supporters who have booked to come over and spend the weekend with us.
The boys and I have had some great gigs lately. Our trip to the South Coast was so much fun, with 3 great gigs and exceptional hosts. At Narooma Quarterdeck Baz was convinced that resident model, Clare, was staring at him with keen interest. He was quite taken with her grass skirt and wished he'd brought his lawn mower. Even when we explained that she was a mannequin, he still tried to kiss her...
Another outstanding gig was at The Exchange Hotel in Newcastle. A standing ovation is always good for the ego. Thanks heaps to the fabulous folk of Newcastle for coming out to see us. We will be back :)
The boys and I had a lovely afternoon playing our songs at The Shed Sessions in Queanbeyan. I played a couple of songs on piano and acoustic guitar, Baz on his accordion and Paulo on acoustic bass. This is a really cool venue with a great live music vibe and very polite, appreciative audience.