From a musician’s perspective, what’s the best thing about the long Tassie winter?
(a) Dark Mofo
(b) The opportunity to grow a beard
(c) Finishing the bulk of the new studio album
(d) All of the above
Ahead of the new album I am releasing ‘Summer Down Under’ as a free download, available now! A song inspired by our beautiful country “from Darwin to Tasmania, the sky is in our eyes…” Studio engineered by Peter McIntosh.
My wife Hannah and I welcomed our daughter Adia Joni Marshall into the world (during this season of new life) on Thursday 6 November at 8:37am. Adia arrived 2 days ahead of her due date and weighed 3kg (6 lb 12 oz in old money). Adia is already being showered with love and kisses from her big sister Paige!
Some great music news again this spring with a finalist placing in the 2014 Australian Songwriters Association Contest with Every Sunrise (ballad category). Remember to purchase your copy of Every Sunrise online (set your price) with all donations going to cancer research and treatment.
It’s time again to hibernate down south, and I know where I’ll be. Sometimes it seems the closer you get to the end (in my case the completed second studio album), the further away it appears, such is the building anticipation. Only one song left to record…plus an A4 sheet full of edits!
One of the most special and memorable shows I have been a part of yet was Hannah May‘s EP fundraiser event at Tabor College Hobart on Saturday 5th. Intimate performances with some seriously talented folks from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music…what an honour to be involved! Stay tuned for some video footage from the night…
Time in the recording studio means a bit less time for performing, but this month has me back at one of my favourite venues – MONA – for their Saturday market music roster on the 29th. Head on down for live music from noon, featuring local and interstate artists…I’ll have some free CDs for the taking from 2:15pm.
After a couple of months away from the studio, we’re back into it this month picking up from where we left off in November. A bit more mixing, a bit more mastering…and laying down plans for the remaining album tracks.
As always, Cygnet Folk Fest was a blast thanks to festival director Erin Collins and her dedicated team. Sunday afternoon’s gig at the Schoolhouse Café was particularly memorable…wonderful audience, perfect weather, a real highlight! Happy New Year – I wish you much personal fulfilment in 2014.
And the summer begins…festival season 2013/14 is well underway now. The Taste of Tasmania kicks off on Saturday 28 December. ‘Tis the season…for inspiration – finishing off a new song about the Aussie summer. Merry Christmas all!
The studio version of ‘Charley’ is now complete, set for release with the new album in 2014…8 tracks mastered, 4 to go!
Exciting news on two counts – a finalist placing in the 2013 Australian Songwriting Musicoz Awards with Step By Step (video category) and in the 2013 Australian Songwriters Association Contest with Make Me Sing (ballad category).
This month sees a break from the recording studio while Peter Mac is abroad enjoying haggis and French wine (probably not together). Meanwhile, the days start warming up and my spring-summer schedule starts taking shape with inclusion in the Sustainable Living Festival (9 – 10 Nov), Taste of Tasmania (28 Dec – 3 Jan) and Cygnet Folk Festival (10 – 12 Jan). See Show Dates for more info.
I was caught off guard mid-month when a new tune came to me one night – I ran for that pen, paper and record button and made it just in time…segue to Elizabeth Gilbert’s inspiring TED talk on the elusiveness of creativity.
Mid-winter entertainment at MONA continues this month with MoFolk, live & local acoustic folk music every Saturday afternoon from 1-3pm – I’m performing on the 13th in the Void Bar. You beauty.
Back into the recording studio this month to complete “Seedling”, as the new album finally starts coming together!
After 2 years in the making, this month sees the release of ‘Step By Step’, a song about cultural togetherness and sustainable living.
The music video features stunning footage through all types of terrain – from the vast and endless Kazakh steppe to the relentless heat of the Uzbek summer, to the high altitude mountain passes of Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic, to the frozen wastelands of the Taklamakan desert in winter.
A film by The Amadis Project with footage courtesy of Steppe By Steppe:
Work in the recording studio this month sees the near-completion of ‘Seedling’, a song for my daughter, inspired by those first few weeks of new fatherhood…
A first look at my new music video for ‘Step by Step’ (An Amadis Project production), coming next month.
Stay tuned for the release of the Tasmanian Fire Relief CD, a compilation of Tasmanian music to raise funds for victims of the recent devastating bushfires. The song lineup will include ‘Beautiful’, as well as tracks by The Wolfe Brothers, Adam Cousens and Jude Elliot – more details to follow…
Happy New Year! This month sees a return to the Taste Festival and Cygnet Folk Festival stages, as well as a special performance for asylum seekers at Pontville Detention Centre. And thanks for the generous support with your purchase of ‘Every Sunrise’, released last month. This fundraising project has raised almost $1,000 so far!
A short time ago I made a pledge to write a song as part of a fundraising effort for cancer research and treatment. Now available for purchase online, ‘Every Sunrise’ also features renowned jazz / soul / folk musician Mia Palencia (vocals, guitar). Proceeds from sales of the song are being donated to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre: a major centre for cancer treatment, research and education in Australia. Purchase price is $1, larger donations are most welcome. Thank you for your generosity and support!
I hope you have a safe and happy festive season…see you in 2013!
I’m back in the recording studio with Peter Mac this month putting the finishing touches on a new song release for next month. Stay tuned…
Activity picks up this month with live performances on 936 ABC Hobart’s Breakfast with Ryk Goddard (Thursday 11th from 7:30am) and on Hobart FM 96.1 with Helen Lindsay (Tuesday 9th from 9pm).
Thanks to all who attended the album launch, we had such a fun night! Here is a live sample from the concert – Adnyamathanha Man (with Hannah May Bartle):
All set for next month’s live album launch at Moonah Arts Centre with details confirmed, featuring good friends and talented musicians Mia Palencia (guitar, vocals), Hannah May Bartle (piano, vocals) and Peter McIntosh (banjo). Creative instrumentation, lyrical storytelling and fine company in a toasty warm and relaxing atmosphere: Friday 12 October from 7:30pm at 65 Hopkins St, Moonah.
The Live Collection, Set 1: Live from Melbourne is now ready for launch in October! If you’re not able to make it to the launch, get in touch via the Contact form for a physical copy or pre-order the digital album and get a couple of tracks in advance.
Some say it can evoke excitement, some say it can settle a baby to sleep – it’s the new prerelease track from the upcoming studio album. ‘Make Me Sing’ features the unlimited talents of Kellie Cox (strings, bass, piano, backing vocals), Matt Palmer (electric guitar), and Peter McIntosh at the mixing desk. Co-produced by Kellie Cox.
Making the most of the cold weather – arranging and recording guitar, percussion and vocals for a track written during last year’s Kimberley trip, and laying down the creative foundations for a brand new song.
My wife Hannah and I welcomed our daughter Paige Ellie Marshall into the world on Thursday 17 May 2012 at 10:17am. Paige arrived 12 days before her due date and weighed 2.7kg…a compact little package!
“Phantom Romance” and “Charley” have been shortlisted for the Australian songwriting Musicoz Awards 2012, with “Charley” finishing in the Top 10. These awards cover 18 genres of music with over 5000 entries each year…exciting to be a finalist!
With the summer show schedule winding down I’m back in the studio with Peter McIntosh putting the finishing touches on the orchestral mix of Make Me Sing (featuring Kellie Cox and Matt Palmer) and recording guitar and lead vocals for Every Sunrise. Also busy putting together the artwork for my upcoming live album, soon to be released…
National SLAM Day, an Australia-wide initiative to Save Live Australian Music, is being held on 23 February. The Hobart event is being run at the Grand Poobah by Dario Phillips Management. We had fun making a music video for the event with Kane Young from The Mercury newspaper.
Prerelease of ‘Phantom Romance’ from upcoming album, featuring Hannah May on piano and backing vocals, and Kellie Cox on strings. Studio engineered by Peter McIntosh.