It’s been an epic year of gigs and Festivals – thank you to everyone who came along to our shows, bought our music and gave us hugs! We’ve both hit the end of the year feeling very blessed, grateful for a wonderful year and looking forward to shows next year after a good rest.

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Mountaingrass 2018 – photo thanks to Ian Fisk
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Kelly Country – Photo thanks to Ian Fisk
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Spirit of Tassie!

We had a fantastic time in Tasmania in April, and with a little help from our friends some great shows.


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View from hilltop near Moina, Tasmania

Tasmania is astoundingly beautiful, everywhere we went was a pleasure, the food gorgeous and the folk were welcoming and kind.


Campbell Town, Tasmania.

Our first gig was to record a Live to air – with C.C. Thornley from the most splendid band The Black Swans of Trespass on Hobart’s Edge Radio 99.3 FM– on his weekly show, The Naked Folks. We are blessed to have good friends, Christina Chiavassa was kind enough to organise our mini-tour for us and we loved playing at Bright Eyes at The Brooke Street Pier – great venue and wonderful listening audience.


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We played a great show in gorgeous Cygnet at The Red Velvet Lounge, a lovely cafe/bar/restaurant. We were so pleased to be received so warmly by the locals who hear some truly world class music at the annual Cygnet Folk Festival.



Everywhere we go I (Jen) takes photos, which began as a part of our last album, a photographic Travelogue – photos here on instagram. A incredible highlight this year was a 2500km round trip to White Cliffs in NSW for the White Cliffs Music Festival. For the first time we felt as if we were seeing Australia, the red dirt country. It was alive with wildlife. Big sky. Extraordinary.


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We staying in an amazing house that was a retired opal mine, underground. We had the penthouse suite, above ground, an eyrie….. Thank you Anne Baker for your incredible Festival! Playing our Gospel songs in the tiny stone church in Whitecliffs was extraordinary, that it was a part of a service about Elvis’ deep love and appreciation for Gospel Music featuring an Elvis Impersonator in full Vegas white jumpsuit mode was…….. Royden Donohue has the most gorgeous voice and an audible love for the King.


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Although we were only away for a week it felt like years had passed, it was a live changing experience.

A few local standout gigs, a support for our most excellent friend Teresa Dixon to launch her beautiful album “Bass Straight”, Rezza House Concerts invited us to support the amazing Western Australians Belle Harvey & Helen Townsend. We also discovered a nifty new bar in Castlemaine – The Taproom at Shedshaker Brewery, thank you to Steve Charman for his interview on his show “Open Tuning” on Main FM. It’s always a pleasure to play at our old local, Oscar’s Alehouse, with old friends The Burning Bridges and new friends Flying Home. Festival Season is always a blast and the Kelly Country Pick is a cracker – thanks Peter Hisco for another brilliant year.


Rezza House Concert with Belle Harvey & Helen Townsend

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Pack your bags we’re off to Kelly Country!

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Kelly Country Pick 2018 – Photo thanks to Ian Fisk

The Priory is a great place to stay & Beechworth is beautiful. We stayed up late and picked ’til it hurt! oh boy, did it hurt…….


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Beautiful Beechworth

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The Priory

The Guildford Banjo Jamboree is a crackerjack pick, we had a ball. Thank you Jeanette Gillespie for another fantastic year! Castlemaine is a favourite place of ours to visit.


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We played at our first Uranquinty Folk Festival this year and really enjoyed this laid back little festival. Thanks to Peter Hood! Then we traveled to Kinglake for the Foggy Mountain Music Festival. We had a great time jamming all day and night, it’s a lovely festival and we always enjoy heading to Kinglake. Thank you Mark, Brad and Sarah for all your hard work! The best part of a good Festival is staying up all night and havin’ a pick with other musicians. It has been an amazing gift meeting so many awesome players to hang out with.


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Quinty Folk Festival – fire side jams

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Foggy Mountain Music Festival

Mountaingrass is always a highlight of our year, we stayed in posher digs than we are accustomed! The weekend was a great success, a new venue for Mountaingrass meant that it had a lovely air of excitement and anticipation. The lovely gardens of May Day Hills were in full bloom, the air perfumed and  honeyed. Although it did play havoc with the sinuses it looked glorious. We were extremely lucky to receive a great live review from Listening Through the Lens – thank you to Rob Dickens and Jim Jacob for the photograph. Thanks to the Mountaingrass crew for an amazing effort – special thanks to Evan, Helen & Susan.


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Mountaingrass 2018 – Photo thanks to Jim Jacob

“They also doff their hats to traditions and they clearly know and appreciate their musical antecedents………. Her voice is melodious and his playing very accomplished, making their work look effortless as do the best performers. The harmonies are sweet and nuanced, like the A.P. Carter vocal drift to and from the microphone that they use.” – Rob Dickens – Listening Through the Lens


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The Chapel was by far our favourite venue with gorgeous acoustics

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The Linnaker Hotel was the accommodation for the nursing staff when May Day Hills was a “Lunatic Asylum”

 


so, another fantastic year and with a little help from our friends next year is lookin’ pretty awesome too… with plans to record again and some tasty gigs booked already!

We’re off to lovely Tasmania – but before we do we’ve got a special gig at Mountain Pickers – hope to see y’all there

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At BUg 2017 – Brisbane Unplugged Gigs – photo thanks to Lynne Brown

 

Mountain Pickers Association

Ferntree Gully Bowling Club – 2A Glenfern Rd , Ferntree Gully

For Table Bookings ring – 9753 5888

Members – $10  Non Members – $15 Concession – $12

Feature Act – Last Tuesday Club Night

April 24th from 7pm


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We love Tasmania, the last time we were in Tassie was for the Cygnet Folk Festival last year.

For all you Taswegian Folks a list of our upcoming shows follows. Special thanks to Christina for organising all these awesome shows for us – with a little help from our friends…….

“I’m A Stranger in This Town” original song by Slim Dime. Filmed by Peg Leg Productions.
Director of Photography – Joshua Collings. Camera A – Joshua Collings. Camera B – Tristan Pierce. Post Production – Joshua Collings.
Sound Production & Mix – Stovepipe Studios – Matt Walker & Rowan Matthews.

Live to air- with C.C. Thornley

Edge Radio 99.3 FM- The Naked Folks

Airs – Friday 27th April 6pm


 Bright Eyes – Hobart – Tasmania

Friday 27th April 6-8 pm


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Red Velvet Lounge – cygnet – Tasmania

Saturday 28th April

doors open & dinner from 6pm

to book a table phone – 6295 0730

music from 7-9:30pm

$10 at the door


Bright Eyes– Hobart – Tasmania

Sunday 29th April 4-6 pm


Live at the Wharf – ulverstone – Tasmania

The Gnomon Pavilion at the Wharf, Ulverstone, Tasmania

Friday 4th May 5:30 – 7:30pm $5 donation entry

“Jump Up Jimmy Creek” original song by Slim Dime. Filmed by Peg Leg Productions.
Director of Photography – Joshua Collings. Camera A – Joshua Collings. Camera B – Tristan Pierce. Post Production – Joshua Collings.
Sound Production & Mix – Stovepipe Studios – Matt Walker & Rowan Matthews.

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Slim DimeIt’s the end of a great year for us – and with the help of our friends we’ve done some amazing things and been to some gorgeous places. We recorded some videos with Pegleg Productions that have come up a treat! We’re really excited to share some of the new songs we’ve been writing.

“That Ole Train” original song by Slim Dime. Filmed by Peg Leg Productions.
Director of Photography – Joshua Collings. Camera A – Joshua Collings. Camera B – Tristan Pierce. Post Production – Joshua Collings.
Sound Production & Mix – Stovepipe Studios – Matt Walker & Rowan Matthews.

 

‘That Ole Train’ – is an original tune about the last great ride we all take. All aboard! Get ready for some yodelling……Huge thank you to Josh & Tristan from Pegleg Productions and Matt & Rowan from Stovepipe Studios.

“Jump Up Jimmy Creek” original song by Slim Dime. Filmed by Peg Leg Productions.
Director of Photography – Joshua Collings. Camera A – Joshua Collings. Camera B – Tristan Pierce. Post Production – Joshua Collings.
Sound Production & Mix – Stovepipe Studios – Matt Walker & Rowan Matthews.

 

‘Jump Up Jimmy Creek’ is a tune Chris wrote that includes some of the place names we’ve discovered on our travels – that ole Big Rig Mama’s rollin’ down the line. Again a huge thank you to Josh & Tristan from Pegleg Productions and Matt & Rowan from Stovepipe Studios. Cameo appearance from our cat Mazzie who approves every song before anyone else does – if she doesn’t like it, we won’t share it – she has impeccable  taste in music & we trust her judgement (we also call her the Folk Cat).

As we always say about our music – these songs are new, but sound as though they’ve always existed, somewhere on a mountaintop……

We headed to the Gippslands town of Yinnar,

as guests of the mighty Strzelecki Stringbusters in September – those boys know how how to have a good ole time!

The town of Yinnar has invested in some amazing public art – it’s fantastic to see a small town support the Arts!

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In October we traveled to Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival in the lovely town of Kinglake.

Had a great weekend of pickin’ and came home tired but happy – lovely to catch up with old friends & make some new ones! The weather was a little wild but no-one’s spirits were dampened.

The cottage in Spring is lovely, gorgeous flowers, the grass was growing too fast to keep up with. It’s a bit ‘Fairy Tale Cottage’ up here on the hill………

It’s great to get booked for a private function & do somethin’ a little different, we played a wedding at Yarra Valley Estate which was a great night – lovely couple who requested banjar & liked our tattoos

The end of our year & a real highlight was Mountaingrass Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival – it’s a great Festival & we felt really honoured to be invited to play there in the company of the world’s finest pickers.

More wild weather……… and gorgeous countryside…

Just managed to pitch the tent before the thunder started rollin’ in

As always the best thing about an excellent Festival is catching up with friends, havin’ a pick & meeting new people who love music.

photo thanks to Ian Fisk

 

We played ’til our fingers hurt! Some of the highlights for us were being included in the  “Purely Acoustic” Concert hosted by Tony O’Rourke alongside some of the best pickers in Australia and the CD Launch of the Women in Stringbands Project – we are so proud to have been included on a compilation with an amazing array of women who play in string bands in Australasia.

photo thanks to Ian Fisk

 

A safe journey home in startlingly bright (and warm) sunshine, exhausted, happy and sore.

To our little cabin on the hill

now we finish writing our next album and catch up on our sleep!

 

 

Banner2We have been very fortunate this year and have been accepted into some fantastic festivals! The best part of playing at a Festival is the opportunity to meet and jam with other fantastic players.

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on the road again – Western Hwy SA

It also takes us to places we may not have traveled to otherwise. Here’s a wee Travelogue of the journey so far and a list the Festivals we’re playing 2016.

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At Kelly Country Pick 2016 - photo thanks to Ian Fisk
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At Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival photo thanks to Ian Fisk

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Great Alpine Pick

Friday 15th April to Sunday 17th April 2016

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Mt Beauty Music Festival

Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May 2016

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Kelly Country Pick

19th August – 21st August

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Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival

2nd – 4th September

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Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival

14th – 16th October

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Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

21st – 23rd October

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Happy Wanderer Festival

28th – 31st October

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Cygnet Folk Festival

6th – 8th January

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At Kelly Country Pick photo thanks to Ian Fisk

All photos by Jennifer Land unless otherwise credited

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