It was great to be invited in for a chat & a few tunes live in the ABC studio a couple of months ago.
And in case you missed it, I’ve finally got around to uploading the audio! There’s also a live-streamed video of a couple of the tunes.
Hear the full audio here (minus the weather report & and a bit of etc that I’ve edited out).
Had a fair old time talking about music, ‘welcomes’, activism & broken noses, and singing a coupla songs while desperately trying to hold off a persistent cough…
‘All Aboard’, a mashed set of the trad Celtic ‘Jim Wards Jig’ and Merle Travis’s ‘Dark as a Dungeon’ both got a run.
It was also rare outing of the recently named ‘Before Tomorrow Calls’, I song wrote about my time living in Indonesia and the wonderful welcoming friends there – dedicated to rock-star-buddy Jali.
You can hear the individual songs below.
Thanks to the ABC Gippsland crew for having me in, and for the great work they do!
I was luck enough to be a feature artist on the great local music show Live at Spectrum last week, playing a few original tunes and having a chat. It was a lot of fun! Catch up & watch the whole episode here:
Live at Spectrum, now in its second season, is a seriously brilliant community-driven project that gives voice to local musicians, artists & music lovers. I take my hat off to the crew who make it possible every month!
Subscribe to their youtube channel to catch each new episode, and catch up on past ones too.
Thanks also to good mate Beau Atkinson for joining me for a few tunes, and taking a punt on one we’d barely rehearsed!
A quick compilation in response to the old ‘Can you show us some of your slide playing?’ (but of course, the real magic rarely gets captured on film).
Collaborators captured in the vid include:
I’ve long had a deep, hard-to-describe love of traditional Celtic music, and love to romanticise my Irish roots. (‘Musil’ is a Czech name from my Dad’s side of the family, on my Mother’s side is a big Irish mob – hence the sunburn & *in certain light* ginger-tinged beard.)
Despite this love, I’ve only started actually learning a few jigs and reels over the past couple of years.
“Why not learn a bunch of Celtic tunes on the dobro??” I thought. So I did.
And I’m still enjoying noodling out more and more of them, and finding out how lap-slide can (and sometimes can’t) slide right into playing tunes and rhythm in the Celtic sessions I try to frequent close to home.
So here is a set of my current favourites, arranged slightly differently, played roughly… Given I’m playing slide, I thought I’d blues-up and minor-key a slow version of the first tune, ‘Behind the Haystack‘, which is followed by a Gloaming-inspired version of ‘Rolling Wave‘ and closed with a (very rough) arrangement of the ‘West Clare Jig‘.
I hope you enjoy them! (and feel free to let you know what you think).
Might see you at a session sometime soon….
I’ll post some more at some point soon – like the facebook page to stay in the loop, or get in touch to join the email list.