I recorded this little folk instrumental on a Merlin M4, a 4 string diatonic instrument inspired by the dulcimer, made by the Seagull company in Quebec, Canada. This one is set up in an open D tuning. A great little instrument to noodle on, mine covers the folky tunes like this, as well as old school gospel blues and old timey classics.
This Sunday at 11am I’ll be giving a short performance at the University of Tasmania’s MakerX showcase at Burnie Arts & Function Centre. My self-produced albums will be for sale, along with information on how the featured collaborations and song-writing with international musicians were given birth via the internet, recording and mastering programs used, and some of the instruments played.
The year got off to a great start, hanging out in George Town at Tamar Valley Folk Festival ~ really interactive audiences, and the Guitar Workshop (Messin’ with the Modals) went down well. I love the feel of these small community festivals, that are laid back, with top music. “Seagrass”(a Tassie acoustic band) wowed me with their bluegrass/roots as they played for about 3 hours on the front porch of a town hotel…really tight stuff.
Then down to the amazing Mona for an afternoon concert. People continued to lounge around listening for a few hours, regardless of the smoke, heat, wind. I had time to nip into the Nolan Gallery to see the snake-wall, and catch some inspiring impro from Martin Blackwell (on a range of santur instruments, synths), and Tuncay Yildiz riding lightning melodic waves on piano.
Thanks to all the fans, collaborators, radio presenters, and music venues that have supported my music in 2018, which was another wonderful year for me, with the release of my roots & folk album: https://chriso1.bandcamp.com/album/twisted-roots-twisted-highways,
I launched an upbeat single (a co-write with John Laurence from NZ) ~ “Troubles in the Kitchen”, and relocated to beautiful Tasmania.
Lately I’ve been working on a few new tracks for a forthcoming blues album, but have been mostly hanging out with friends, listening to some great music, enjoying the beautiful summer here in North West Tassie, and getting ready for a couple of excellent gigs in January.
From the 19th to 21st January you’ll find me in George Town at the Tamar Valley Folk Festival, where I’ll be playing a few concerts, putting on a workshop on open guitar tunings for folk and blues songs, and listening to all the other music swirling around. http://www.tamarvalleyfolkfestival.com/
On the 30th January I head back down to Hobart to play the twilight stage at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) ~ something I always look forward to…a place full of surprises, open minded audiences, and creative, zany staff. https://mona.net.au/stuff-to-do/jam
Another overseas tour? Maybe in the Northern autumn…let’s see ~ Tasmania is a hard place to leave!
Love Chris x
Photo by Julie Fox, taken at Milton Theatre, NSW
A busy start to the year with the move to new home in beautiful Tasmania….already hit some of those Southern country highways! February saw the release of a new CD, drawing on Americana roots and folk. This album was a thrill to make, as it features mainly originals and co-writes with talented musical friends from all over the world. Many tracks recorded at grassroots home studios, polished up by the master of mastering, Don Bartley from Benchmark Mastering.