Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Winter times

We hope this post finds you warm and happy or cool and happy, depending on which hemisphere you are in!
Right now, we are in semi-hibernation and song writing mode, after the very busy and fun summer/autumn of festivals! We are busy polishing a bunch of new songs ready for our up-coming show at The Spotted Mallard next month. see poster below!

We did play The National Celtic Festival a couple of weekends ago in the beautiful seaside town of Portarlington. It was such a beautiful festival, and aside from playing four very fun shows over the weekend and meeting lovely people, we also had the opportunity to spend the previous weekend rehearsing (playing big and little fiddles - aka violin and cello) with the visiting Scottish musicians from the Highlands, brought out to collaborate with Australian musicians by Feis Rois and the festival. 

The chance to play with Fraya and Gillian from The Duplets was the absolute highlight of our festival. Make sure you check out their music.
Here's a couple of pics: the one on the right is us kicking up our heels at the "Super Ceili".

Charm of Finches and Domini Forster

6.30pm doors/dinner, show 8pm, $5 entry
(under 18s with adult welcome)

We are playing a double headline show with the divine Domini Forster, who played at our launch last year. We all have a swag of new songs to share and excited to be playing an early show where under 18s are welcome and the atmosphere at The Spotted Mallard is lovely! Perhaps come early and grab a bite! We play 8pm and Dom is at 9pm.

After our "folk festival summer of fun", we noticed the popularity of "Songwriters In The Round" concerts. This seems to be catching on in a big way here in Melbourne town, and we are actually playing at a couple soon! 

*TUESDAY 7th JULY Songwriters in the Round at The Gasometer, Collingwood 8pm (18+ event)

We will be part of a songwriters in the round show featuring 12 different songwriters each playing three of their songs as part of the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival. You get a chance to hear the stories behind the songs.

*FRIDAY 7th AUGUST Songwriters in the Round @ The Wesley Anne, Northcote 7.30pm $15/ $10 Melting Pot members.  Another songwriters show featuring six songwriters this time! Presented by The Melting Pot.

And finally!!

In October, we will be travelling north to play at the inaugural Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest. We cannot wait! What delighted us though, was discovering that we have been sandwiched on the main stage between Kasey Chambers and her dad Bill Chambers! A Chambers sandwich! We are both big fans of "Rattlin' Bones", the album Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson made and Bill played on. We used to sing a song from it, "Rusted Shoes" , in three part harmonies when we performed as The Highway Sisters with our friend Bel. 

 Cheerio! x Mabel and Ivy