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Hello Everybody, Welcome To Our 2019

Well happy new year.  I hope you made it through 2018, relatively unscathed.  What a year, and it’s now almost February, how does time go by just like that.
Last year was full.  With over 140 shows through Australia & Europe, I also produced & released two Tailor Birds records.  With ‘Stilts on the Water’ in Feb, and ‘Where will we go to break free from the Crows’  in Oct, both had a great response.  When people see the two new records, they buy both.  It’s a wonderful feeling, particularly in a world that is shifting to online digital streaming services, rather than cd sales.  And so my huge thanks go to everyone who has picked up a copy of these new records, plus to some amazing radio support we’ve had throughout Australia,& to the reviews in various magazines, incl. Rhythms mag.

AND SO…….click on the following pics, and you’ll be able to read the magazine’s take on our music……..thanks guys!!!!!!!!!

TOURING :

These days, our radio airplay and songwriting happens in Australia, with then a lot of shows happening in Europe, the combination is interesting.  For last years’ 6th European tour, I headed through Holland, Italy, Germany, the UK, and Ireland, playing street shows, markets, gigs, festivals……the highlight was for sure, Ferrara Buskers, if I had to pick one.  Performing as a duo, with Jerome (from Holland) on guitar, we were there as an accredited act in 2017, however this last year, we were lucky enough to be an invited act.

What a treat, one of 20 acts from all over the world, Dublin was the guest city, and so it felt fitting that we’d be a feature act there this year.  It was extremely hard work, but heaps of fun, and so rewarding, and I’d do it again in a second.  With 11 days of shows through both Ferrara and Buskers on Tour through Mantova, Comacchio & Lugo, we’d have fans return to show after show.  People who saw us in 2017, a lady even saw us at our Mantova gig, then came back to our Friday night gig in Ferrara, only to pick up 3 records that night.  Each day we’d play shows, from 9.30pm – midnight, with additional shows from 6 – 7.30pm.  And on the days I didn’t play a second show, I’d jump up to play for other acts, or even get called in to do an additional show or 2 when another act couldn’t play due to the heat and such.

It’s all about saying “YES”, and good things come.

You’d have fans who were drawn to specific acts, people would sit and listen for hours, day after day to the music they’d love.  We may not yet get hundreds and thousands of people coming to a show, but the people who do come, really listened, and you felt were rejuvenated from the music.  It’s quite a thing to experience.  Both as a listener and as an act.  You make impact somehow without knowing what you’re capable of, and then you see it right in front of your eyes.

FERRARA :

My sincere thanks to everyone involved Ferrara.  To Roberta and Stefano, the organisers, and to all the rest of the organisation, volunteers etc.  Our huge thanks for all the fans, all the volunteers, all the people who came to the festival, and to help us out, wow, thank you guys.

And what great hospitality – we were given a hotel room, with no additional costs (which is massive for an independent touring act) – with food, breakfast, lunch, dinner, an excess of wine on the tables each time we’d sit down to eat, with a stream of deserts that looked like they could be a painting by Michelangelo, they gave us a space that we could be calm, to then produce our best work.

And to be alongside so many great acts, for a longer period of time, rather than just a few days at most festivals, this one allowed us to develop relationships, unique bonds, building potential long-term connections – namely Native Young from Africa, Mombe, a summer touring act from all over Europe, and the Gin Bowlers from Bristol, UK, the various Irish acts we fell in love with, and many more…..after all the hard work over the years, what a place to end up.

ANOTHER THRILL :

AND GUESS WHAT………our van build has reached nearly 1.2 million views.  With a few thousand views adding to that number each day, we should hit 2 million by the end of the year.  Wow, unbelievable right, I hear you saying.  I don’t quite believe it myself, but it’s true.  It’s time to make another few videos I think.  So stay posted on our youtube channel : http://www.youtube.com/TailorBirdsMusic for more…….

And so I now look to this year  – what and how to do it all, we’ve gotta figure out the steps moving forward.  More on that another time.  But until then, check out this months’ discount code for all things music.

CHALLENGES :

And so the challenge now to move forward…..it has always had one constant – how can I be inspired to want to continue to make work, releasing material, keep on with this journey.  I always look to reinvention.

And with a few major happenings towards the end of 2018 and the start of 2019 – ADM, one of the last free spaces in Holland, was evicted & destroyed, and with a series of people I know, passing away from various forms of illnesses, these two intensities have left me wondering how to move forward.

And so I’m changing things up a bit.  With touring continuing, I’ll be keeping you more upto date, releasing little treats from life on the road and as a creative, plus we’ll release more videos, and recording new material for a 3rd album.  There’ll also be a possible new podcast, heck I may even hand over our social media to you guys, our fans, so you get a glimpse from an audiences’ perspective.

So keep your eyes peeled, as I’ll be sending out more mailouts to keep you more involved with all aspects of our work.  And so until next time, here’s our run of our favourite things : #drink of the week, #food of the week, #beauty of the week, and #picture of the week.  Enjoy folks.

AND NEXT WEEK’S FEATURE :

OUR TOP VOTED   :   #BEAUTY IMAGE

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