‘See!’ for Sydney FestivalNov 02 2011
The Hello Tigers and I are very excited to be presenting my children’s album, See!, as a live show for Sydney Festival – for the First Night events in Hyde Park and Parramatta, and four up-close shows in The Famous Spiegeltent. This will be our first ever live performance of the album, and we plan on making it quite ridiculous and very special. On stage I will be accompanied by Bree van Reyk on drums, percussion and sound effects; Jens Birchall on double bass, mandolin and cello; and our pal Nick Wales (Coda, Sarah Blasko) on viola and other hee-haw strings. We shall sing of motorboats, diamonds, spacemen, fish and mice. More information can be found here and on the shows page. These events are specifically suited for children, their families, and the young at heart.
ARIA NOMINATIONSOct 12 2011
I woke up to the exciting news that See! has been nominated for Best Children’s Album in this year’s ARIA Awards. It’s nominated alongside a stalwart from my own childhood, Play School, and the coloured-clothed men who have won many a child’s heart in recent years, The Wiggles. I remember one time when I was five, I got into an elevator with my mum and Benita was in there. I almost wet myself. Today feels a little bit like that day.
In other exciting news, Seeker Lover Keeper has been nominated for Best Adult Alternative album, a category with an unfortunate title, but we are in good company alongside Grinderman, The Panics, Boy & Bear and Little Red. Given the disparity between these nominations I’m not sure what to wear today, but I think overalls are a good middle ground.
seeker lover keeper – heavenly sounds tourSep 19 2011
Sarah, Sally & I are very happy to announce that we’ll be doing one last Seeker Lover Keeper tour before we go into the hibernation that comes with our various new solo projects. We will be visiting most capital cities, starting November 21, and this time every show will be in a beautiful church or cathedral. David Symes will be returning on bass and Bree van Reyk (of the Hello Tigers) will be on the drums. Tickets go on sale next Tuesday, and more information is available here.
bandcampSep 08 2011
If you would like to listen to some songs, there are now selections from all my albums at bandcamp. I’m really into bandcamp. It’s attractive and clean. Plus they don’t bombard you with ads or spam. Sometimes the best way to the future is via the past. Anyway, also relevant to the topic of ‘online streaming’, I officially closed my myspace page yesterday, in favour of my new friend, bandcamp. I’d forgotten I had a myspace page but, once I remembered, I could not bear to look at its difficult interface for a second longer. The human impulse towards spring cleaning is more than just a spoke in our seasonal cycle.
WRITER IN RESIDENCESep 06 2011
My stint as Writer In Residence at the Booranga Writers’ Centre is now taking place in the month of October. As part of this, I will be playing a free show at the Wagga Wagga Museum of the Riverina, at the Botanic Gardens site, at 1pm on October 22nd. Bree van Reyk will be accompanying me on percussion, accordion, and whatever else we can fit in the car. I will also be holding a songwriting workshop for budding musicians (or high-flying executives who feel like a change of pace). This will take place on Sunday, October 23rd, at the Booranga Writers’ Centre at 2pm. If you are interested in attending, please email the good people at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team UK – release & reviewsAug 09 2011
For those of you in the UK & Europe, Team is now available in your local record shops and on your local iTunes. This past weekend it was given four-star reviews in The Daily Mirror and The Sunday Times. You can also read an online review here at Drowned In Sound. A northern hemisphere tour is currently in planning, but in the meantime you can watch videos for two songs from the album, ‘Here Is My Co-Pilot’ and ‘What I Thought Of You’, on the videos page.
So long, AliceAug 03 2011
I have reluctantly had to cancel my show in Alice Springs this weekend due to a bad case of bronchitis. To everyone who bought tickets, you will be refunded in full. My apologies.
Seeker Lover Keeper live on your wirelessAug 01 2011
After a great month on the road and 19 shows in various towns and cities, our Seeker Lover Keeper tour is officially over. Thanks to everyone who came along to shows, we had an excellent time. If you missed out on tickets, the good folk at triple j are playing a special Live At The Wireless recording of one of our shows, tonight at 8pm. This will almost be like being there. Please use your imagination if necessary.