(Sydney – March 4th 2014 )
I hope you are all well and happy wherever you may be.
After a slow start to the year it’s all systems go now, with lots of activity for the coming year being planned. We kicked off this years live performances with a very special open air concert at Mission Estate in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. This was great fun as I shared the bill with Billy Ocean, Sharon Corr, Melanie C and Ronan Keating. We had a full symphony orchestra to sing in front of too, The Auckland Philharmonic with Mark Taddei conducting. The band was led by Melbourne’s Chong Lim, who also scored all the arrangements. It was a great night, as the 11,000 people who attended will all attest to. I then spent a couple of extra days in the region and must say how amazingly beautiful and truly relaxing it was there.
Back home afterwards and I’ve been straight into the promotion for a tour I’m doing throughout Australia in May. It’s titled The APIA Good Times 2014 tour, and features me along with Australian legends, Russell Morris, Joe Camilleri, and Richard Clapton. We have a great band backing us up too, and have already been appearing live on TV here. We are all getting along famously – so I can’t wait for the tour to start! Ticket details are over on the ‘Live News’ page, and also on the tour website, where you can also see clips and interviews regarding the tour. See: “apiagoodtimes.com.au“.
I’m still writing and recording my new album, and it’s coming on great. It takes a bit of time, ‘cos I’m doing it myself, but I hope when you hear the results, you’ll agree it’s all worth it.
I must say I’m also delighted at how a recent project regarding objections to Coal Seam Gas mining here in Australia has been received. I’m quite fiercely opposed to what the Gas and Mining companies are collectively doing to this beautiful country of ours, and after hearing so many dreadful stories – many first hand – from people affected by this, I decided to put pen to paper, hands to keyboard, and compose a song. Then I met a terrific group of people here called Aussies Against Fracking, and they helped me make a great video featuring me and the song. You’ll see members of that group, and musicians and singers Doc Neeson, Jade Hurley, Deni Hines, Jeff Duff, Kevin Borich, Mitch Anderson, Mark Gable, Alex Gibson, Steve Balbi, Casey Burgess. Connor Cleary and Jarmb – Ji Githabul, all singing with me on ‘No Fracking Way’ – see it here: “www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfo0hpVrtrs“
I’m proud of the fact that it cost nothing to make, meaning that everyone donated their services and their time, and made their own travel arrangements to get down to Pow Wow Studios, where we filmed the performance. This is simply because they all agreed with me on the importance of the project, which is to spread awareness of the dangers to our health, threat to our precious water supply and the ecological devastation that Fracking brings to Australia. Craig “Chappo” Chapman (with the assistance of his Daily Planet team) filmed, directed and edited the whole thing beautifully, Pow Wow gave us the studio and their services for free, with Des O’Neill recording the extra voices on the spot. John Hudson applied his genius to the sound mix, and David Lowe provided all the terrific footage we used in the background. Special credit goes to Annie Wright and Nick Hanlon for getting us all together for the video shoot, and thanks in fact to all concerned, especially the folks from Lock The Gate (“www.lockthegate.org.au“), who efforts to ban Fracking we totally support. Via You Tube and Vimeo, this little clip has gone all over across the globe and as I write this, on You Tube has almost reached 20,000 views. Job well done!
I’m going to be adding some more live dates soon, hopefully in England Europe, China and Asia in the coming months, so stay tuned, keep sharing the love and the music, and I’ll talk to you all again soon…
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