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Tiny town

Gold Streets In Tiny Town

It was great to visit Dunedin and play at the K&Q. Lovely venue.  Made me realise that it’s important to have a place that’s purpose built for a show. Not a venue that’s purpose built to sell grog. Ha ha.

All you performers out there and this includes anyone with a message of any kind to deliver. My unsolicited advice to you is this.  If you gonna do an event then put yourself and the people you invite in a place free of  distractions.

Another venue of note was Players Theatre in Marton.  Pleeeeeeease if you are in the game of putting it out there…..please do a gig there.   Fantastic room and pa /lights and top notch  management    They put the word out and made me feel totally at ease.

Barrytown Hall.  Soooooooooooooo Cool. They totally care for the performer and their audience. It’s like coming home to family for Christmas.  And if you do a show there be sure to have a very long interval.  People like to catch up. They yak and yak and yak.  Let them. And don’t play canned music in the breaks. That’s why it’s called a break.  You have a break from any distractions and let people convivialise.

No such word ay? not in big cities anyway.

Invers has great venues.  The back packers on the Main Street.  Try that.  Ok there are the usual distractions of alcohol and food but they are smart.  They allow for this by getting a great sound system and put the word out real well.  Puts to shame the venues of the big smoke.

It has one of the worlds best transport museums and a super successful company called Richardson.  3000 trucks and 7000 employees and a very generous community spirit. i.e. their wealth gets shared with the town of origin.  If Fletchers did this in it’s town of origin South Dunedin’s streets would  be paved with gold. Family business any day.

And that’s the essence of it. Think family.  You do a show with people who treat you and your audience like family.   That’s the way of the past and that’s gonna be the way of the future ay brothers and sisters?

Happiness is more important than 💰 and fame but being happy won’t necessarily exclude them either.

More to come about venues in NZ but enough said for this blog except to say please support the cause and get me to play at yours or something. Phone me now 02102592919.  I promise to play like a bastard.

Coming up. If you are in Auckland there is a showing of the short movie mentioned a few weeks back.

Lopdell House Titirangi Flicks

Robin has the movie ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ and it’s screening on the 12th. He runs the cinema In Titirangi. He is a serious film maker and he wants to screen it.

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Wednesday 12th September, a series of short films including two from this year’s Doc Edge Festival, details of all films out soon already booked ‘To Be or Not To Be’ a short film about musician.songwriter Luke Hurley and ‘In Search of the Bone People’ ‘Sailing Away’ and others. Showing at 10-30am / 6pm / 8-pm Lopdell Theatre .

There is a very high chance that I will be at one or more of those screenings (TBC) to support Jing Chen so come along and say hi. More details here

Adult: morning screenings $12 Senior/Student: $10 includes Tea/Coffee/Biscuits 10-30am
Evening Screenings Adult: $14 Senior/Student $12  5-30pm or 6pm depending on film duration and 8-15pm
14 years old and under $7 (with an adult) dependent on film rating.

Flicks at Lopdell says: Text bookings to 0210 222 5558 (they text back to confirm)
Telephone bookings 09 818 2489
They take EFTPOS on tickets sales as well as bar sales… (finally !!) at the venue

Where are the best live music venues in Auckland?

My friend Ulrik the guy who hired me to play in Denmark is coming to visit next month. He wants me to show him any clubs in Auckland where live music happens. Anyone out there know of any? One 2 One is a possible…if you can get in the door. It’s always packed. But where else is there? I am out a touch.

If you are reading this blog could you do me a favour? Write in and share your thoughts. It seems people read the blog but there don’t seem to be much response. I know its not that exciting but it would be a lot better if there was dialogue.

We need dialogue…

What would you like to see on the site? Please let me know. One idea is if I post up lyrics to my songs> Would that be of interest to anyone? Hands up?

Been following the advise of my Irish friend he advised me to “PLAY LIKE A BASTARD” he recommended I forget selling anything and just play.

Phone got stolen so no pics this time. Boo Hoo!

Check out my albums on bandcamp.com best way to support my cause is to buy my albums. When you do that it makes the running of this site for sore ears possible.

Have to give Jason a plug for making this site work. Check out his site also (dialogcrm.com) and if you need help setting one up let him know.

So please let me know what you are into. What books films etc you like fav venues insights anything post it all in and we will post it up. Lets get this circus on the road.

Words to live by

My friend Brazier with his baby.  He can sometimes be found in his bookshop in Dominion Rd.  Graham was a founding member of legendary NZ band Hello Sailor.

Somehow it is no surprise to find the songwriter of “Billy Bold” and many other songs at home with books and words.

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The shop abounds with interesting things.

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Here is a note Graham’s mum typed out many years ago. There are a few differences but most of this comes from a very famous poem.

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It turns out that the original was written by Samuel Ullman. We found a more complete version over here.

Here are a couple of verses from that poem called “Youth”.

“Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.

Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the infinite, so long are you young.”