More announcements this week of new gigs, forthcoming albums and the arrival of some highly anticipated ones. Fanny Lumsden has been working tirelessly over the last few years playing shows in all manner of venue, city, houses and country halls. The culmination of that to date is her debut album Small Town Big Shot which is out this month. We’ve only heard the first single Soapbox so far so we were excited to find a copy of the album in the post today.
New Zealand’s (yeah she’s Canadian but we’ve claimed her as our own) finest exponent of country, rockabilly and soul music Tami Neilson today released the video clip for the first single ‘Lonely’ from her upcoming new album Don’t Be Afraid which will be out on September 25th. Neilson will also be touring soon, visiting a number of NZ churches with Marlon Williams, Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders.
Thursday 1st October, St John’s Cathedral, Napier
Friday 2nd October, Holy Trinity Tauranga, Tauranga
Saturday 3rd October, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland
Sunday 4th October, St Mary’s At Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland
Monday 5th October, Old St Paul’s, Wellington
Tuesday 6th October, Old St Paul’s, Wellington
Thursday 8th October, St Michael & All Angels, Christchurch
Friday 9th October, The Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch
Saturday 10th October, Knox Church, Dunedin
Dashville Skyline festival is only a month away now and we’re running a series of profiles on some of the artists appearing. The first one published this week is on Melody Pool where she talks about some of her festival experiences, her favourite Americana album the year so far and more.
Coming up this weekend in Sydney are a handful of highly recommended gigs. Jess Ribeiro plays at Red Rattler in Marrickville tonight. Spurs For Jesus, Deadwood ’76 launch their split 7″ at Union Hotel, Newtown on Saturday night and to round out the weekend we have Heartbreaker Sessions – the evening I’m involved with at Freda’s in Chippendale. Entry is free, it kicks of at 6PM and this week we have Darren Cross and William Crighton performing. Come on down!
Last weekend we had the Oxjam Music Festival at the Petersham Bowling Club where we raised some money for Oxfam. We had Cruisin’ Deuces, Katie Brianna, Bree De Rome, Mark Lucas and Brian Manning playing wonderful sets plus me spinning some Americana tunes between sets. Thanks to all who came out and supported a great cause.
This week’s classic clip is John Fahey performing ‘Poor Boys Long Way From Home’ live in Hamburg in 1978. The guy was a mesmerising guitarist and an influence on so many.