Glasshouse Musos shows coming up

And for your diaries, our next Musos open mic session at Eudlo will be on December 13 from 1pm – so the second Sunday of the month for that one, and then nothing on for us in January! Enthusiastic performers will need to be patient, but rest assured, we are looking for a second venue!

Michael

Glasshouse Musos Newsletter 6

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Upcoming concerts, that, although not open mics, feature our good friends and venues, include the FOSH (Woodford Festival of Small Halls) at Eudlo on Sunday December 6 from 3.30pm. You’ll have heard about it from other mail outs, but we do encourage our friends to attend these shows as our Community Hall Associations pay for these, so we try to support them by attending so they will continue to support us by putting on our events!

And we have The Company this Sunday, November 29 from 2pm at the Neighborhood Centre In Glasshouse. So, by way of an intro…

Some years ago, while I was teaching in the Music Department at the University in Townsville, a very talented local school musician caught my attention. He sung, played violin, mandolin and drums and was active in orchestras, folk bands and a punk outfit. I remember his bands did a lot of originals and they had albums out. Here was a young musician going places! The university pursued local talent but Michael elected to take his music studies on to Canberra and I later heard he had moved to Brisbane and was active in the music scene there. And this was where I once more came across him some years later, after I had myself moved to South East Queensland.

Mick Patrick is now the lead singer, mandolinist and one of the fiddlers with The Company. Boasting two Australian Bluegrass champions on fiddle, guitar and banjo, this four piece band has something of a name as a “super group” in folk and bluegrass circles. Critics rave about them: “a masterclass in bluegrass”, “at the pinnacle of the Australian country music scene”, “the band is raising the bar for acoustic musicians in Australia”. Consisting of guitarist Jamie Clark, fiddle and banjo player George Jackson, upright bassist Markus Karlsen and Mick, The Company are all outstanding soloists who bring a range of musical backgrounds and interests to the band. Their individual influences on The Company sound is subtle, but is certainly heard in their solos and the songs they play. I say songs as although known for their instrumental prowess, they are also fine singers and rich harmonies are a feature of The Company sound. Their recently released second album Trouble, features a fascinating collection of songs which display their extensive folk roots. Guitarist Jamie Clark says that the band’s music derives from the American bluegrass tradition, but the sound and story telling is from Queensland. 

Go to their website at www.thecompanybluegrass.com for a taste of this great band and then put aside Sunday, November 29 from 2pm to 4pm where you will have the chance to hear them live. Yes, we have been able to grab them on their way through our region for a show at the Glasshouse Neighbourhood Centre in Ryan Street, Glasshouse Mountains. Tics are $20/15 with under 12 in the family free. I’ll look forward to catching up with Mick for a chat, and I do hope you’ll get along as well to encourage local concerts and hear some extraordinary music in this classic little old community hall.

The Musos (our “regular” open mic that is) was at Eudlo on Sunday, November 1, and a full board it was! It was something of a who’s who of Muso’s players lists, thank you Alex McKean, Ian Williams, Kevin Brand, Evan Mathieson, Gerry O’Regan, Brett Hall, Maxine Chisholm, Glenys Anderson, Mary Martin, Lawrie White, Rob Goodwin, Doug Pullen, Mike Duggan Karen and Murray Law. Phew, what a session, cheers guys!

And for your diaries, our next Musos open mic session at Eudlo will be on December 13 from 1pm – so the second Sunday of the month for that one, and then nothing on for us in January! Enthusiastic performers will need to be patient, but rest assured, we are looking for a second venue!

Michael

dr michael whiticker
composer, recording and live sound engineer, performer, producer, mentor, video maker, educator, music and event facilitator
mob.0419 026 895
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