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The National Women in Blues Virtual Showcase ~ 2021

In 2016 I was in Memphis for the International Blues Challenge, and also had the opportunity to represent Australia at the National Women in Blues Showcase, right there on Beale Street. At the start of 2017 I was thrilled to have my CD “Wailin’ and Raggin’ the Blues” nominated as a Finalist for Best Self-produced Album with The Blues Foundation.

Remembering that time, and now so excited to be a part of the 2021 National Women in Blues Virtual Showcase – February 14th in America, February 15th here in Australia. (7pm Sydney/Hobart/Melbourne time).

Check out the links to see the fabulous line-up of Blues Women from around the World, and the promo video.

 

Big shout out to Dave Matthews, Vera van Faassen and Deb Mann for the photos.

 

 

Waltzing around on a Seagull

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.

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2019 here we go!

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