An Evening of BLUES, ROCK & ROOTS featuring the CBG
8pm 28th May : Burleigh Underground Drummers, Rudman Parade, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
RETURN OF THE MINI TOUR!
It's no secret and no surprise that as well as playing the bigger venues I get a big kick out of playing intimate music focused venues like the two below... in places like this you can really feel the presence of people up close, the music flows and magic happens...when you add to the mix the fact that I used to live in Bellingen and had some of my first tastes of aussie style musical fun and adventure in a talent comp in Sawtell it fair to say i'm looking forward to getting back down there...two great shows, actually 4 when you count the Hoey Moey and Maclean Hotel which I am also playing on this mid north coast mini -tour. (See: Shows) One big fun-packed weekend!
Best and most exciting news in a while...wonderful proof of the old school maxim "Patience is a virtue." I get the chance to play the hotly contested and very popular Wooloweyah Sessions this Wednesday night. Think supremely Intimate music lovers soiree and you’re on the mark. Hosted by the wonderful Dom Ferry and the Wooloweyah community during the Wooloweyah Festival. I have no idea how seats are going but I do know it always sells out! I'm really just letting you know because I'm excited about it, but if you fancy your chances details are on the poster. It's going to be a great night.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG
Spring in Australia. The sun is high and the blossom is sweet...the very essence of love and of song...
Diggin' it !
Raku O'Gaia plays for Barack Obama!!!
News flash, News Flash! I'm playing at Milano's Bar and Restaurant on (Queens Street Mall, Brisbane) on Friday. Be sure to get there early because word is out that Barack Obe, of G20 fame will all be there with the rest of the crew catching some tunes in between weighing the fate of the world. That's if they can get seats of course.... I did an interview about the G20 Soundtrack in which i'm being featured for the folks at Brisbanes 4BCNews...you can listen to it on the link below. 1st Show 11.30am (Friday 14th November)
What could be more exciting? I'm so happy right now to be loading this to my website. 2 years in the making this DVD is truly precious to me. Coming together as it did via one serendipitous meeting after another makes it all the more special. Cigar Box Blues is where I get to go into Delta roots I didn't know were mine...tipping my hat to Son House, Blind Willie Dixon and John Lee Hooker. But it's more than just a DVD some Anglo-Jamaican guy playing blues on his buddy's homemade guitar. in a small village hall in the Australian Hinterland. For Cigar box guitar lovers it has everything in its own simple down home guitar box kind of way. it's a complete and accessible guide to Cigar Box Guitar. If you like your music rootsy, bluesy gritty and gravelly check out this DVD. It's a gateway into another richer more authentic world. I stumbled on a key to instant joy for frustrated musicians and fun for fun lovers and I had to share it with you. Check it out.Happy to say I'll be guesting on the bill with this young gentleman, ASH GRUNWALD, on Sunday 23rd March (Next week!!) at the Redland Bay Hotel. Looking forward to it. Should be a Slide Fest...as in guitar not playground, although there's one of those there too if you have nippers as well as a magnificent view of Moreton Bay for all souls. I kick off at 2.
UPLIFT FESTIVAL (BYRON BAY)
THURSDAY 12th DECEMBER VILLAGE STAGE 1pm
I'll be playing and presenting at THE UPLIFT FESTIVAL amidst auspicious company on Thursday, the 1st day of the Festival. Really looking forward to it. Sprained wrist allowing (...It's a long story...) I'll share a highly interactive spoken word and musical presentation on "Living Your Highest Human Potential" It conveys the distilled essence of over 25 years of transformational research. It's all pretty simple in the end. Fun is guaranteed!
RAKU O'GAIA ...AND...THE COMMITTMENTS
Hey, Not many sleeps now and I’ll be supporting THE COMMITMENTS. That’s right they of ..."9 white kids from Dublin" fame. Everyone around town seems to be excited about the return of this legendary soul band with the powerhouse vocalist and showman ANDREW STRONG out front. I’ll be bringing my 'A Game' for sure with my own brand of spirit enthused Soul. Hope you can make it, if not share it; please support it...spread the word. It’s going to be a fantastic night with lots of surprises. Cheers Soul :-)
Newsflash....Dragon Guest Spot!
What's on my mind right now is letting as many people as I can in on something that shouldn't be a secret. That is...I’ll be opening the show for Dragon (Yes that's the legendary DRAGON as in "April Sun in Cuba") this Saturday. 25th May in Brisbane. Just landed the gig at the last minute. It's at the Eatons Hill Hotel. To be precise, 646 South Pine Road Eatons Hill, QLD, 4037. North Brisbane. I'll be on at 8pm. And yes I’m kind of excited. They are an iconic band and the venue holds 2000 people!!! Hope you can make it, share it, support it...spread the word. I am very grateful. Cheers Soul :-)
The Old Kirk!
Beautiful wonderful tremendous night last night at the Old Kirk in Yamba. The whole thing from the graciousness and care of Dom Ferry event organiser extraordinaire, the amazing acoustics in the tiny 60 person hall, the wonderful moving songs of Rob Imeson who made a special guest appearance on the night, right through to my own treasured moments with this attentive and enthusiastic audience has inspired me with a desire to do more of this kind of thing. Playing to small groups of people in intimate settings is...beautiful. If anyone has a venue for such events be it a house, backyard, cafe or small hall and can bring to mix the required passion for organising please get in touch. The word is out. Thanks again Dom!
Blimey! I didn't even get to promote it!!
Fortune is smiling. I think it's time I let the world know that I'll be supporting the mighty Commitments on the Brisbane leg of their upcoming Australian Tour. These cats pump red hot soul as black as it comes when your..."9 white kids from Dublin"...It's on 7th September. Eaton Hills Hotel S.E. QLD Yay!!