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Steve Barkman Guitars

The new Steve Barkman 12 string arrived last week.  The guitar is a masterpiece handcrafted by Steve over many months. This is the third generation of the 12 string series. My brother Chris bought the very first one he made and gave it to me. It’s a sensational guitar. Someone with big dollars ought to get Steve to oversee the manufacture of this model cause its a world class instrument with a unique sound.
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Faith In Human Nature Restored

Thanks to the huge generosity of supporters the SB 12 string has arrived. It was made by Steve Barkman to replace the one that was stolen and surpasses even my highest expectations. Once it became clear that there were the funds to support us we gave the thumbs up for the finishing touches. There was a shortfall which was covered by my brother Paul who visited Steve recently and made the way clear. To cut a long story short…Anthony Skegg…my bro Paul and a few very big hearted readers of this blog chipped in to make it possible to purchase this phenomenal guitar.

Photo: Steve Hardy

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Without the great media skills of Jason (Dialogcrm.com) who both encouraged and facilitated this mini crowd funding activity and manages this site…without him this would never have happened.

  1. I would not have had the confidence in myself
  2. I would not have believed that  there would have been such strong support

We raised enough not only to get the SB12 but also to service the six string guitars. In the very last stage of this drive it would be good to have a budget to insure the gear also….so we will leave the donate button flashing for a few more days if that’s ok. Turns out insurance for work gear including guitars is expensive.

The feeling I have reminds me of something Douglas Adams wrote. Marvin the Paranoid Android was asked where he had been and his answer was something like

“The first ten million years were the worst. And the second ten million: they were the worst, too. The third ten million I didn’t enjoy at all. After that, I went into a bit of a decline.”

I “went into a bit of a decline”  too 18 months ago when the previous SB was stolen. and prior to that when ANOTHER SB was stolen along with the car from the 14th floor of a parking building. It wasn’t just the loss of the SBs. A whole pile of brown stuff hit the whirly thing and I kinda lost faith in human nature…or should we say    faith in human nurture.

Safe to say that all is well now and the conversation is a new one.

Question  “Did you find the stolen guitar”

Answer   “I gained a greater one…..as you can see and hear”

“Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa”

You have done great. Even if you only read this blog –   the good vibe of that support is helpful.

All I can do in return is play for my supper. SO !  If you would like to invite me to yours I would be happy to play some songs for you. House concerts are a specialty. A house concert is not only home entertainment …..its REAL home entertainment. Call me if you are keen 021 0259 2919

Home cooking and home live entertainment. Nothing beats that buddy!

I have been listening to a podcast called  HICKS FROM THE STICKS. You heard of the EVERSONS? These guys have such a great attitude. In their latest podcast they are addressing the issue of the big OE and living off music and the pros and cons of going pro. I felt a bit shamed tho.

They say that a musician should not expect any financial support from their “ardents” (to use a Dylan Thomas term. He called his supporters ardents) and that you need to support yourself by working a real job alongside the music until such time as you get a real record deal.  I kind of don’t agree. I believe that things need to go back to patronage and away from “business”. Going back centuries artists had patrons. More recently  Dylan Thomas had patrons. Hone Tuwhare also…and he was also very kind to me whenever I visited him> I know of many great artists who had patronage. No shame in it so long as they work on their art as a result

Anyway the sun is shining again – I got to go play.

Be safe

Talk soon.  Thanks especially to:

Peter Cram (Larry), Doug Blakeway, Greg Morison, Eliot McLean, Jeremy Belcher, Kevin Sellar, Danielle Boven, Marianne Everson who have helped out with donations this week.

Donation buttons below for insurance if that is OK. Thanks.

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If you are in Auckland next week come to the gig and say hi

 

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

If you need help just ask

We are getting used to consuming instant, ready-mix, rehash entertainment, Like a river flowing out of wide screens, Endless Home Box Office films and series deliver violence, sex, and psychotic fantasies of the highest production value but devoid of any real nourishment.

HOME ENTERTAINMENT WITHOUT THE BOX OR THE OFFICE
Who has the gumption to ask for simple, live original music played in their own space? It’s direct and intimate, and without the general craziness we have come to see as normal in canned corporate entertainment.

Update: Live show coming up at Scarecrow on Sept 3rd

IN-HOUSE ENTERTAINMENT
In my last post, I offered to play in-house gigs, To prove that there can be a viable house concert circuit here.

desertrdWHY?
NZ has an area as big as Great Britain inhabited by 20 times fewer souls.

Yet we act as if we live in a country that has a huge population. Consequently most gigs are in venues way bigger than called for.

The cost of putting on such shows often outweighs the returns.

The average venue gets such small turnouts that you could literally invite the audience back to your own living room. So why not do just that?

START WITH ME! Book a house concert

coffeeEd says: here is a button then… Booking fee buys a coffee and secures the date which is subject to confirmation. 

Click button to buy me a coffee and talk to me about a houseparty $4 (NZD) at your place  Call me 021 025 92919. Just tell me what’s involved and I will tell you what I can do.  At this stage its experimental so lets feel it out. Email me with your request and some details. lukehurleymusic@gmail.com

new_sbThanks again for the huge help with the new SB guitar to replace the stolen one. Soon I will no longer be famous for having lost a guitar but famous for having friends who replaced it! Thanks to y’all

REALLY APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT SO FAR and

Many thanks to Siobhan & Bernard Demeester, Geoff Wiklund, WonderWebs, Larry Freilich, William Paynter, Jeremy Belcher, John Buckeridge, Darren Bayliss, Penny Cliffin, Nick – Stone Arrow Jewellery, Gordon Becket, Gregor Cameron, Glen Molesworth, Corene Higgins, Derek Butland, John Payne, Andrew Nash, Alysson Parker, Jason Kemp, Lance Flavell, Anthony Skeggs, Taylored Artwork, Julz, Duncan Gillies, Nicholas Tufillaro, Richard Trotman, Elizabeth O’Connor, Leon Earl, David Parker and last but not least my amazing big hearted brother Paul.

So please keep me in mind for a gathering and see if I can compete with Game of Thrones. Ha ha!

If you are a guitarist and would like Steve Barkman to make you a guitar, or repair or restore one, then I would highly recommend him.

 Address: 15 Dickson St, Macandrew Bay 9014, Dunedin Phone: 03-476 1463 (021) 180 6249

 If you want to help more directly, please use the buttons below to make a supporting donation towards the guitar.

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If anything is raised above the target it will go towards Steve repairing my other guitars and recording the new album. You will be emailed directly by Paypal P.S click on red buttons if you make a mistake & need to deduct amounts from the shopping cart.

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SB 12 is now ready

It is with great pleasure that I can report that Steve Barkman has completed work on a replacement for my 12-string guitar. You will (remember when) _the last one got stolen_ ages ago and the media got involved trying to find it. For a long time now I have been answering the same question over and over: “Did you ever find it?”

We finally have a solution, and it is a brand spanking new Mk3.
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The old Mk1 reached a point where I had played it so much it was totally gone, and Steve had to cannibalise it for bits and pieces to make the Mk2. Which ended up getting nicked.

The new one is exquisite, and just waiting for me to pay the price.

After the last one got stolen, I received much support which kept me going. I used what I had to pay for a new neck on my six-string Takoma.

This was the only guitar I had which I could use for gigs, and I still use it to this day, but now my signature instrument is ready and I can get back to normal. I can’t tell you what a relief it is, since this comes at the time when I am due to record a new album.

 My studios of choice are Roundhead and Eieio in Te Puke.

 So! The plan is simple: 
1. Purchase the new SB 12. This will be easy if I get the kind of support I got last time.
 2. Record the next album (yes – new songs coming!).

If you feel like supporting the cause I won’t get in your way! I am not ashamed to ask for help in an industry where we are expected to give 99% of our material away with no way of profiting*.

 So you see… if the biz don’t work – and it clearly clearly doesn’t – then the best next option is to hold out my tiny hand and smile nicely and promise to make you a lovely, lovely album and play at yours any time you please! Call me now!! 021 025 929 19.

Anyone who donates $50 or more (buttons below) gets the first release of the new songs.

I’m also thinking about holding a group guitar workshop and hopefully a concert or two. Let me know what you want. I’m working on the new album but need the new guitar to make the sound the best it can be.

Thanks for the huge support and encouragement in the past, but please keep doing it, ’cause I really need to pay off this guitar. Once it is in my hands I will be able to reply to, “Did you ever find your guitar?” with, “No, but this one is WAY better!”

If you are a guitarist and would like Steve Barkman to make you a guitar, or repair or restore one, then I would highly recommend him.

 Address: 15 Dickson St, Macandrew Bay 9014, Dunedin Phone: 03-476 1463 (021) 180 6249

 If you want to help more directly, please use the buttons below to make a supporting donation towards the guitar.
Steve Barkman card

You will be emailed directly by Paypal P.S click on red buttons if you make a mistake & need to deduct amounts from the shopping cart.

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Update: 10 August. Thanks to those of you who have made donations or bought more music in the store. As of today you /we have raised 67%  74% of the cost of the guitar. A few more donations would be welcome  to pay off the last 33%  26% thanks.

*ED notes: The true cost of streaming: Spotify paid Kiwi band with five-star reviews and 90,000 streams just $130

Summary below – but read the full article.

“Local band She’s So Rad earned multiple 5-star reviews for their album Tango and have two songs on A-rotate on Hauraki.
• Yet they’ve only sold a total of 20 physical CDs and 50 digital albums.
• They have had 90,000 songs streamed on Spotify, earning them $130
• Toy says: “It’s just much worse than we expected. I expected it to be bad, but this far surpasses it.”

Guitar Stolen Again

You may remember that in August 2012  thieves stole an SB (Steve Barkman) guitar that had been loaned to me by the maker and the car it was in from the 14th floor of an AT parking building in Auckland.

Auckland Transport didn’t seem too interested in getting the video files to the police hence the police had nothing to proceed with. It happened in broad daylight on a Friday.

The thieves jumped the gate of the parking building, drove over to my place and helped themselves to anything of value,  even a windup gramophone. They went thru files, stole diaries, clothes, passport, bank statements…..

Cut to a year and and four months later and it seems they are back again to take the replacement instrument. The Thursday before Anniversary weekend. These guys like long weekends. Labour weekend and Anniversary.

Out of towners I suspect. They come to town when its gonna be busy. I was told that 97% of these crimes are not solved here in Auckland. I guess the presumption is that most people are insured. Yeah right! – The Herald ( thanks) did this piece on the theft. ( Actual photo of guitar below)  Thief plucks busker’s guitar

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He’s one of Auckland’s best-known street musicians – his unique style of guitar playing and quirky pearls of wisdom making him a hit with passersby in Queen St.

But Luke Hurley, who lives in the Auckland suburb of Sandringham, has had a $3800 guitar specially made for him taken from the back of his car.

“I could never afford to buy a guitar like that myself. I was lucky enough to have a supporter of my music give it to me,” Hurley said yesterday. ….

“It’s easily identifiable so if anybody has it I’d appreciate it if they’d drop it off at a police station, no questions asked,” Hurley said.

…The guitar, a shallow-bodied 12-string with a sunburst body, was custom-built for Hurley by Dunedin-based luthier Steve Barkman and has “#156 made for Luke Hurley by Stephen M Barkman 03/2012” inscribed on it.

Hurley said the theft wouldn’t stop him making music, though, and instead he would change his approach.

“As the 17th century Japanese poet Mizuta Masahide said, my barn having burnt down, I can now see the moon,” he said.

The story is pretty accurate except that the guitar wasn’t entirely gifted there was still a considerable amount owing

On the good news front I’ve been invited to play in Hjallerup, Denmark .  The trip there is mostly paid for but travel is expensive and so the plan is to do further work over a six week period starting from March 13 of this year so if you are a European reader and would like to invite me please call me anytime +6496295179   or +642102592919 (before March 10) or write luke@lukehurley.co.nz.

House concerts are a win / win for the host and the player so please get in touch if you want me to play one. Any support for this venture would be  appreciated.

By the way the best way to buy my music on line is thru Bandcamp or on the shop page here which uses bandcamp. Thanks for all the great encouragement and support and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or feedback to this blog.

This is currently the most played song. Enjoy – Love Is

 If you want to help more directly please use the buttons below to make a supporting donation towards a replacement guitar – thanks again.

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