Glasshouse Musos in May

Eudlo  – The Musos is back on the first Sunday in May at Eudlo with special guest, poet Bruce Dawe for a couple of sets.

Considered by some as one of the most influential Australian poets of all time, it’ll be wonderful to have him gracing out stage! Thank you Bruce for joining us for this special event!

Beerburrum – Also on the cards for May is a new session starting at Glo’s Kitchen in Beerburrum. We’ll be playing there on the second and fourth Saturday from 1 – 4pm, starting May 9. It’s at 414 Steve Irwin Way, between Marae Gardens and the caravan park. Proprietor Gloria offers a coffee or Devonshire tea with scones or home-made cake for $6 so that sounds a very reasonable deal to accompany a Saturday afternoon’s music. Gloria will give it a couple of months to see how it goes so if you’d like a session in Beerburrum two times a month do drop in to show your support. We’ll be there May 9, 23 and June 13 and 27 at this stage.

Glasshouse Musos April 19, 2015

The Musos had the pleasure of some old friends at our coffee gardens at glasshouse this last Sunday.

Glenys Anderson gave us a very humorous set of originals. We all laughed with her as she gaily sent herself up with her tales of bad dinner table manners, failed relationships and a compendium of revenges one might take against lovers who dump you! All in good fun and happily received by the audience.

John O’Donnell and Col Swindells played us a selection of “swampy Americana” which, with Col’s dobro and banjo, had more than a hint of bluegrass in it.  Col had earlier begun the day playing a number one hit from 1875, and following it with a number one from 1935,  seemed to set the mood for the session. John, looking forward to April 25, gave us a heartfelt version of The Band Played Waltzin’ Matilda and I responded in my bracket with a song to a text of Banjo Paterson.

I also included Catalpa – the song of 6 Fenians in Western Australia, and Ralph McTell’s From Clare to here in response to old chum Gerry O’Regan’s recent return from his Irish sojourn. Gerry, accompanied by Brett T Hall had earlier given us a lovely set in his inimitable way, with a couple of originals along with Dylan’s Girl from the North Country. Gerry has the knack of accompanying himself with a guitar picking style that allows the melodic line and harmony to flow effortlessly alongside his vocal. It sounds easy, but isn’t, though it is certainly easy to listen to! And FYI here is as an exquisite version of that very song from a Crosby, Stills and Nash concert in 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I4pIULFGLI

Doug Pullen was in top form at this Musos with a typically humorous set that included a very clever original – New Orleans Beauty Queen, along with the Traveling Wilbury’s classic story of musician’s bad hoarding habits, “Store it in aCool Dry Place”. I’ve risked a copyright infringement by including some of the lyrics below as it really is a great comment on how so many of us (musicians) live our lives.

Old mate Paul Fagan dropped in for an entertaining set to end the day, and along with accomplices Doug and yours truly, had his destructive way with some classic popular repertoire. (Well, let’s be honest, Gloria might have been the first song many of us learnt on guitar, but that is not a good enough reason to air this worn out old chestnut in public, unless you’re having as much fun as possible with it!)

The Musos is back on the first Sunday in May at Eudlo with special guest, poet Bruce Dawe for a couple of sets. Considered by some as one of the most influential Australian poets of all time, it’ll be wonderful to have him gracing out stage! Thank you Bruce for joining us for this special event!

Also on the cards for May is a new session starting at Glo’s Kitchen in Beerburrum. We’ll be playing there on the second and fourth Saturday from 1 – 4pm, starting May 9. It’s at 414 Steve Irwin Way, between Marae Gardens and the caravan park. Proprietor Gloria offers a coffee or Devonshire tea with scones or home-made cake for $6 so that sounds a very reasonable deal to accompany a Saturday afternoon’s music. Gloria will give it a couple of months to see how it goes so if you’d like a session in Beerburrum two times a month do drop in to show your support. We’ll be there May 9, 23 and June 13 and 27 at this stage.

Michael

Excerpt from Cool Dry Place

I got guitar, basses, amplifiers and drums
Accordions and Mandolis and things that sometimes hum
Cymbals and Harmonicas, capos by the score
And lots of things in boxes laying all around the floor

Some places they get mildew And others get too hot.
Some places are so damp that  Everything you got just rots
All kinds of condensation Directories of the rain
There’s not much compensation When everything’s been stained.
Some have sentimental value that  Cannot be erased
Go store it in a cool dry place

We got solids and acoustics And some from flowered board
And some are trimmed in leather And some are made with gourds
There’s organs and trombones And reverbs we can use
Lots of dx-7s  And old athletic shoes

I bought a great big building It took up one whole block
I made an inventory  Of all the things in stock
The place was getting longer I was up all night
I used up all my pencils But I went on to spite
The blurring of my vision The sweat upon my face
I’ve got to put this stuff away I mustn’t leave a trace
The landlord’s breathing down my neck He say’s it’s a disgrace
So i said “put it in a cool, dry, place.”

dr michael whiticker
composer, recording and live sound engineer, performer, producer, mentor, video maker, educator, music and event facilitator
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