Yes, it’s a little-known fact that when you type the word ‘busking’ into an SMS program, the predictive text function invariably changes the word to ‘curling’. It’s slightly scary that the word ‘curling’ is used more often in conversation than the word ‘busking’. Hmmm.
Anyway, many of you know from my daily ‘curling conditions’ report that most week mornings I’m partial to a bit of busking with my old mate from ‘The Band Who Knew Too Much’, Dave Evans.We love the practice – well, let’s face it, we just love playing…
…come and see my great new band (who helped me launch my new record on the nigh)t. The gig is at one of Melbourne’s great back street pubs – The Standard Hotel in Fitzroy St, Fitzroy (which runs parallel to Brunswick St). The gig is also free and early, Sunday 19th April, 7pm (full details on the ‘Gigs’ page of this site).
We’ll be playing lots of songs from Fall Into The Sky – plus heaps of old favourites. Will be much fun. Come on, then…
Well, we only play once a year, but Al and I make the most of it when we do.
For those of you who have never seen us, my compatriot Al MacInnes and I played in duo all throughput the ’90s. We had long, drunken residencies at The Great Britain, The Punters Club and The Corner Hotel. We played over a thousand gigs together. That’s a lot.
So, once a year, we play it again, just one more time…
DAN & AL REUNION GIG
CORNER HOTEL RICHMOND – SUNDAY 22nd DECEMBER – 8pm
We’ve kept it as cheap as possible again ($12), so the gig doesn’t break the end-of-year festivity budget. Get in early, the show almost sold out last year…
Here’s Al’s brilliant summary of the night. Hope to see you. D
Dan and Al are a couple of withered shards of yesteryear. They play only once a year lest they kill each other, though chances are one of them will weep onstage at some point. Don will become boisterous, magnanimous and mildly violent. Al will become embarrassed and frozen with fear. Are you a ludicrous freak show trapped in an inexplicable vortex of tragic nostalgia and ennui? Tickets are strictly limited, though each year ensures this risk diminishes.
Well, I’ve finally finished those songs I was talking about and have headed into the studio to record them. I’ve decided to go with an extended ‘Night Parrots’ production team – with Marcel Borrack in the main chair, ably assisted by Tim Harvey.
I’m pretty excited, to tell you the truth, as this time I feel like I’ve written some songs quite unlike my old stuff (and some in the same style), so the mood is new… I’ve decide to give the producers full control over the project – so I’ve just turned up for a day or two here and there, recorded the bare bones of the songs, and let Tim and Marcel build the songs up from there.
When I go back to the studio a week or so later, it’s like Xmas Day as a kid. I get to sit down and listen to where these two great musicians have taken my songs.