Amazingly I recieved this water colour painting from an artist call RENATA WRIGHT in W.A. almost literally out of the blue. (She had to get my address to send it to me!) Apparently she took a quick pic of me back in 2017 while I was sitting outside the Inland Cafe on Tamworths’ famous Peel Street, dressed in my best white ‘black cowboy angel’ gear! It was quite possibly the same hot day I met Kasey Chambers and her family having breakfast and out of which I wound up playing and singing with Kasey and Bill and then touring with Kasey and the crew in Tasmania. And yet, as I said to Renata about her painting, like all the fleeting moments of our lives, that very specific moment had vanished almost before it had begun and I was totally unaware of my photo being taken. It's an incredibly detailed piece of work and heaven alone knows how many hours it took to render the skin tone and a thousand other details. After all that only to be presented to me as a gift in the mail!!! The nicest of surprises!! thought you might enjoy seeing it too! :-)
Busy morning sticking up posters and putting out flyers for this one...a momentous occasion: my last show in the Byron Shire as a resident!! We are relocating to Belligen after 22 years in the Shire. We won't be strangers to the area after this but yes....the end of an era...woah. As you might imagine moving after 17 years in the same house is quite a task and I haven't got the omph or the living space (we are in a creekside cabin) to throw a big party...so next best thing...rendevouz at the Farmers Market of which I am a weekly patron (...heart of the community mate...) and where I do most of my regular socialising anyway. (Not complaining but that's the trade off for a live musician...no weekends!!) I've never played at this market before so needless to say I'm looking forward massively to it and letting everyone know. If you can make it down please do. I want to make it special and it would be great to have friends around. I'll be dusting down a lot of songs from across the ages in the shire. I've been getting ready for this for weeks with songs that
I wrote when the kids were little and before the kids in the shire started having kids of there own! I'll also be excited and moved to playing some really recent and of the moment songs. Things like " The Power Of the People" inspired by our current times (...think climate change, 5G, Inforced immunisation, Adani, Political volatility, Youth suicide and on and on and the need to be resilient and know our power to make a difference. I'll need your help with that one. :-) And of course I'll play another new song "This Is Not Goodbye It's Hello" for all my much loved friends here. If you are going to travel to get here it'll be well worth it. it's not so much a market more like mini a festival each week with a vibe that harks back to the earlier days of Byron Shire. Well worth the ride! So it's MULLUMBIMBY FARMERS MARKET FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST 8-11am. in the lead up i.e. this weekend I'll be playing at THE HUNGRY HUB in Carrara tomorrow Saturday 24th from 10-2pm and CLUB BANORA on Sunday from 3.30 til 7pm. Love ya's! xxx #mullumbimbyfarmersmarket #clubbanora#thehungryhub
SHOCK HORROR...RAKU ONE O'GAIA IN 21st CENTURY SCANDAL!
So finally I've dragged my sorry hide into the 21st century and lauched an instagram account as well as capitulating to the endurance of tempory bursts of Wi-Fi at home so that I can launch updates to my 'story' without having to drive into town. If you're instagrammic you can find my instagram account here :www.instagram.com/RakuOnline. Please join me there. But you know even better still join my mailing list so we can keep in touch if things go pear shaped...(i.e. instagram change their algorithm and then start charging us to post al la FB!) https://raku.net.au/free-track-mailing-list
MULLUM MUSIC FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 2017
Not surprisingly I'm stoked to have been invited to play at the Mullumbimby Music Festival this year in November. Of course it's my home town Festival here in Australia so there's something just a little bit special about being on the bill. In truth I’ve applied many times to play at the Festival and have always had to be oh so philosophical about not making it for one reason or another. So now, this year, in this moment I’m just celebrating. Woohoo! Cool! It's going to be great. But you know what they say carts and horses have to be kept in the right order and so I’m also wanting to let you know that this weekend I'm off to Burleigh Farmers Market again on Saturday morning to catch up with my friends on the Gold Coast and then on Sunday I’m really excited to be back at the Lennox Hotel from 4 -6 pm. It’s always a great gig there. There’s a really chilled out vibe and a freedom to go for it in that room and again I have some great friends down there who keep showing up for the gigs.Thanks. See you soon.
NOTE: MY KINGSCLIFF BEACH HOTEL GIG IS CANCELLED TONIGHT!!! Please disregard any adverts suggesting that I will be playing at the Kingscliff Beach Hotel tonight.(Friday 24th) The Show was actually cancelled after the venue changed it's winter programming two or three weeks ago. Somehow the original booking still made it into the Byron Shire Echo gig guide listing for tonight which i just saw. If you know of anyone that is planning to go please, please, please apologise and let them know I won't actually be there! I will however be at The Kitchens Stage in Robina (Robina Town Centre https://www.facebook.com/thekitchensrobina/) Tomorrow night at 7pm and also at Twin Towns On Sunday from 10.30am - 1.30pm http://www.twintowns.com.au/entertainment-events.html
BROADBEACH BLUES FESTIVAL HERE I COME!!
THREE SHOWS IN THREE DAYS -
Saturday, May 20th, 2017 102.9 Hot Tomato Spotlight Stage 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Sunday, May 21st, 2017 The Envy Hotel - Downstairs 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
KASEY CHAMBERS TASMANIA TOUR
More than a little excited to be joining these guys on the road for 4 shows in April. They are just back from smashing it in the U.S. It's pretty cool to be jumping in on the slipstream for a tour of the Apple Isle. Funny how things work out. I arrived in Tamworth on the back of a tow truck feeling pretty forlorn. Things could only get better and they did. Including meeting the wonderful Kasey Chambers, having a bit of a sing with her and her Dad, Bill, meeting the equally wonderful Kasey Chambers band and then, after getting back home, being invited to do these shows. Really. I'm still pinching myself. It's going to be a ball! Check out the links for tickets and shows :-)
Thursday 6 April – DEVONPORT ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, TAS
Friday 7 April - THEATRE ROYAL, HOBART, TAS
Saturday 8 April – COUNTRY CLUB SHOWROOM, LAUNCESTON, TAS
Sunday 9 April – BURNIE ARTS CENTRE, BURNIE, TAS
Very excited to be playing at the Hotel Brunswick tomorrow night, Friday 12th August and to be toting stacks of new tunes. "...Poppa's got a brand new bag !". :-) It's a great location and local too so it should be quite a party. Then Saturday morning...promise not to be bleary eyed... I'll be up at the Palm Beach Farmers Market..."Palmy Farmy?' Gauranteed fun. I'm a lucky man indeed :-)
An Evening of BLUES, ROCK & ROOTS featuring the CBG
8pm 28th May : Burleigh Underground Drummers, Rudman Parade, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
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 !
What the....It's June already!! This pic was taken back in January at the Qld Long Weekender, SouthBank Brisbane. Great day Also featuring Bulhorn whom I absolutely loved! Big thanks to Colin Hockney...Photographer.
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 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)
CIGAR BOX BLUES
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.
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!
Blimey! I didn't even get to promote it!!