Drove to central Victoria over the weekend for what was to be a wonderful performance with Kutcha Edwards & Friends at the FRL Festival. Awesome vibe and a fantastic setup. Thanx to Bill Skermer and all the amazing staff for looking after us - see you again no doubt.
I'll be very proudly performing trumpet with the wonderful Julia Messenger later this month at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Sept' 22nd. The band behind Julia is seriously awesome: David Jones (Drums), Mark Fitzgibbon (Piano) and Craig Newman (bass). Event is apparently SOLD OUT but rumours of a few still at the door on the night. SO looking forward to this one...
Many of my peers and colleagues don't get it; why do I love our footy so much? Perhaps it was growing up in the city this unique sport still calls it's "Mecca?" Maybe it is the uniqueness of this game and the colloquial pride and passion it invokes? Then again, I have always drawn a parallel between surviving on original music for most of my life and the "struggle of the underdog." Many would say that goes hand in hand with being a Melbourne Demons supporter since the age of 5 after seeing a life-size poster of "Hassa Mann" on my neighbour's bedroom cupboard door.
Many theories. None of which I have too much time for...'cos Footy Is Back and I love it..
Not quite today "Dees" but a stronger display against the Cats than we've seen in many a year. Bring it on...
"Rebellious Bird" This Saturday May 27th sees the 7 piece ensemble lead by Erin Downie take to the stage at the Skylark Room as part of their 1st Birthday celebrations. Very much looking forward to this one.
This Easter Sunday the Renaissance Festival is proud to host a live performance by the latest incarnation of Stereo Volvo. Formed as a 5 piece with 2 live drummers the original line up released their debut album almost a decade ago, receiving an on-line GOLD INDY award and inclusion on the “Kiss My Grass” compilation album by KISS FM released shortly thereafter.
Life intervened and a hiatus followed while as members raised families and developed music studio businesses as well as recorded and toured internationally with other artists. Late last year in 2016 the two original composers Pete Warren-Smith and Anthony “ToK” Norris re-formed Stereo Volvo with an entirely fresh batch of material but in a smaller lineup than the former quintet.
Now a trio featuring “ToK” on Trumpet (electric), PWS on Bass (electric) and former drummer Scottie Bennett on Percussion (not electric) Stereo Volvo melds their elite musicianship and improvisation atop def beats and grooves, that results in a “Space Dub ’n’ Jazz Experience.”
The trio is currently in pre-production for a second album and bring this soon to be recorded material LIVE to stage this Easter Sunday 4pm @ the Renaissance Festival. (100 Tarrango Road, Yarra Junction)
This photo from today's festival sums up the integral importance of retaining culture and tradition to guide and educate our next generation in Australia; no matter what creed. A great show with Kutcha Edwards made today special.
2017 gets underway with some great gigs with my good friend Kutcha Edwards. January 21st for the Wominjeka Festival at Footscray's Community Arts Centre, followed by a benefit for the Wilderness Society to fight fracking (see poster below for details). Looking forward to lots of music in the upcoming year...
I've heard a lot of musicians complain of dwindling audiences at live shows over the past few years. But there's one style of music that's actually growing in support; based on numbers at live shows. It's the Blues and here in Melbourne it's seriously rockin'. The Docklands Blues Festival saw a massive crowd support some of our finest musicians, with Blues of all types represented. Wonderful to be a part of this scene.
Last Saturday saw a benefit concert aimed at raising funds to continue the campaign for a Great Forest National Park by the Wilderness Society. I got to perform with this very exciting ensemble above, Rebellious Bird. We are amidst pre-production for their debut EP recording in January. The event raised over $13,000 for the campaign and was supported by many volunteers. I'd like to personally thank all of them, but in particular my friend and colleague Steve Ward, who set up, oversaw and co-operated the Sound system for concert (and whilst I was performing). Thanx Brother.
PS. Steve is also my FOH engineer for the "Bros. Jones" quartet - he's the 5th Jonesy Boy!
The Blonde? Or the Brunette?
Never really wanted to choose, so I'll use both ...
the Bros. JONES
this Sunday @ the Evelyn 2pm
This Winter's activities in Fed Square will again include "Leempeeyt Weeyn." An indigenous camp fire site installation by Vicki Couzens, featuring a soundscape created by Anthony "ToK" Norris. Come warm your hearts Melbourne.