3 months of Melways musical bliss, here are the stand out events:
1. FAA youth awards at the national folk festival
We were very privileged to be nominated and chosen to participate in this concert. The abilities and talents of all the contestants were outstanding. This years winners The Mae trio blew our collective socks off!
2. The Melways Play the Wesley Anne Sunday residency
We had an amazing time playing the Wesley Anne Sunday afternoons in May. Thanks to Damien for booking us and the Wesley Anne staff for looking after us, it was a great opportunity to get our music to new audiences.
3. Lindsey Meldrum EP launch
We launched my new solo EP at Neighbourhood House in Brunswick on the 10th of May. We had a great crowd and the wonderful Mandy Connell as our support act. The hall was a lovely acoustic venue and the staff very friendly. I would recommend it to musos looking for an intimate space.
4. The National Celtic Festival at Port Arlington
We had 3 fab gigs to beautiful listening audiences in picturesque Port Arlington. It was cold, but the Grand Hotel (the central pub) where we were staying was warm and firing late into the night. I also taught a vocal workshop to a lovely group of singers who I thoroughly enjoyed working with.
5. Still to come
The 19th of June will be the ‘Get Lost Lindsey’ Goodbye Extravaganza at Some Velvet Morning in Clifton Hill. Be there or be a silly billy.
Newstead Folk Festival 2013; With the splendid Jenny Mckechnie on guitar The Melways rocked it like that perfectly fitted three piece vintage suit you still can’t believe you found at Salvos. Complete with tasty arrangements and hot girly harmonies this outfit is definitely for keeps. Aside from wooing audiences at Newstead and playing in the FAA Youth awards at the National Folk Festival (with the lovely Graham McLeod standing in for Jenny) there will be a Wesley Anne front bar residency (5th, 12th and 19th of May) and performances at The National Celtic Festival. While it’s sad to say goodbye to the boys, we wish them luck with their exciting new projects and are thoroughly enjoying our own new direction.
After a few gigs here and there in the last couple of months (including a great show at the Drunken Poet) The Melways are taking a break until the end of January, when they will be playing at Newstead Folk Festival. The band members will not however be using this time to relax, retreat and find a work/drink/life/study balance. Each of the Melways will be as busy as ever. Lindsey and Brigid will be busy studying for and doing exams and preparing for Lindsey’s solo EP which is starting to be recorded at the end of November. Then Lindsey is jetting off to Hong Kong for Christmas and New Years to spend some quality time with her Mum. Fingal is busy rehearsing with Rapskallion and The Kill Ya Darlins’ (as well as many other musical pursuits) and has a summer of festivals and performances ahead. Jeremy will be putting on his recording engineers cap and (finally) wrapping up some exciting long-term projects, then taking off that cap and fanning himself with it all the way back to NZ for some family time. He will also be using the time to concentrate more on his solo career and we can’t wait to hear what he’ll come up with next.
We will see you all in January, dizzy and delirious, but as ready for a good laugh and a pint as ever.
See you on the other side,
The Melways had a very successful first gig at the Clifton Hill Hotel on Wednesday night. There was a great crowd of supportive musical enthusiasts and a great vibe. It was a triple bill with the Melways’ own Jeremy P. Martin and Singer/Songwriter Jack Gramski.Thanks to all who attended, to Rodney and the Clifton Hill for having us and to Ray for the sound.
Introducing my new group, the Melways with duel guitars from Jeremy Martin and Fingal and Brigid Glashier on flute and backing vocals. This group is an abundance of stealthily poached talent, performing my original music and also doing a few other ditty’s that we’re fond of. The first Melways gig will be at the Clifton Hill hotel on the 4 of July. We’re a cheeky bunch so it’s sure to be a good laugh.
Saffron Avenue is getting ready for our band launch at the Lomond Hotel on the 7th of June. It’s going to be like a big warm musical group hug on a winter night. Come down and have a pint in front on the fire and listen to some great folk tunes with a good beat.
I had no idea this video was being taken. This is probably the first time we made it entirely through this arrangement. This is a song I first picked up for The Fooks, but Saffron Avenue thought it was pretty cheeky and fun, thus this new arrangement. This is a low key version (just vocals, guitar and bass) but it was a low key kinda day, with cups of tea and sunshine in the backyard.
The first phase of the January craziness is complete, with Cygnet Folk Festival finishing up on the 8th. It was the best line up I have ever seen at Cygnet and I enjoyed everything I heard in an over-excited-saucer-eyed state.
Heading home to Melbourne tonight and then on to Illawarra Folk Festival the day after to sing with the Mandy Connell band. It will be my first time at a festival in NSW, and I’m looking forward to meeting some new folk-musically inclined people and catching up with some oldies.
Straight from Illawarra to Campaspe Downs for another Celtic Southern Cross Summer School, where I will spend a week singing, singing, singing, with Nicole Murray and John Thompson (Cloud Street.)
Then back to Melbourne for some intense practice time with Jeremy before the two of us head to Newstead for a weekend of silly fun and outfits and good wine and music.
Feeew! Just writing about it is exhausting, but ironically also exhilarating as I think of all the great times to come.
Over and Out,
One week on tour in the UK with The Blue Mosquitoes. That’s one 4 gigs, 3 hostels and two days in the Van.
Our first stop was Camden where we played at a cafe/bar called the Inspiral. It was a beautiful intimate venue with a vegetarian menu. There were large windows overlooking Regents Canal, which we had sailed on a canal barge earlier in the day. Though the stage space was limited and the food was great and the audience very encouraging and supportive. I don’t think we could have asked fora better first venue and performance.
After a few days exploring the city we travelled from our hostel in Camden to our accommodation in Earls court. There we practise for our second gig at the Troubadour; a performance we were particularly excited about. After a productive rehearsal and sound check we were feeling very excited about the evening ahead. unfortunately when Hannah’s vegan ‘dinner’ (which 40 took mins to arrive and consisted of some carrot sticks and pita bread) arrived things began to go downhill.
Hannah burnt her hand cooking herself a proper meal at the hostel and was in an awful lot of pain without even moving her hand. Still, she played a fabulous set smiling the whole way through and it went over very well despite some rowdy audience members. Once we’d finished playing we were informed that unless we had specifically brought 15 people into the venue we wouldn’t be paid. Of course, having no knowledge of this and being from Australia our personal audience tally was three people. It was only through Hayden’s persistence that we got paid at all, as he refused to move until we got the money we’d be promise in previous email communication. Over all we were very disappointed in The Troubadour’s treatment of their artists.
The next day we travelled to Millford-On-Sea a small town on the English Channel. We were lucky enough to arrive in time to play at the wedding of a local couple. The guest were a friendly attentive audience and the Bride and Groom (Caroline and Bruce) danced to our versions of Till Kingdom Come and Blue Moon. They were very appreciative of the music and we were enjoyed the warm reception. After a brief two hour break we played for the local folk club which when over just as well. We sold a few CD’s and headed for our accommodation in Street. This was a beautiful backpackers surrounded by country landscapes, though we didn’t have long to appreciate the beauty as we arrived after mid-night and left mid morning.
Today we arrived in Priddy for the Priddy Folk Festival. We will be playing a set tonight in their East Water Marquee. We have been put up in the cavers hut, which has a comfortable warm lounge for us to hang out in and a big kitchen. I’m going to go and have a cup of tea before sound-check.
Keep yourselves warm and your instruments tuned,
Love L. X