It’s Oct 2015 and I gone and done an update… !
Here’s an update of the going ons in my musical life, some teaching tales, and a good amount of links…
In Aug /Sep I toured Singapore, Taiwan and Canada with The Black Arm Band. We performed at the Singapore and Taiwan Arts Festivals, as well as the Western Arts Alliance Conference in Vancouver, Canada. I do love playing with BAB and I especially love having the opportunity to travel with such an incredible group of people. Taiwan was my favourite country. I was mostly in Taipei. We did visit a beautiful city on the south east coast called Taitung. In Taitung we met locals, were taught about the indigenous culture of Taiwan and played a beautiful show at a small outdoor festival. I loved the food, the people were welcoming, it was cheap, easy to get around, and I left thinking that the culture is really hip and that I would love to go back there. I would happily visit any of the three countries again but Taiwan left a real impression.
Lots and lots of cool stuff has been going on with Emma Donovan & The Putbacks:
We released a new 45 Single with HopeStreet Recordings. Our cover of the Warmupi Band classic hit Blackfella, Whitefella. Joining Emma D were 2 real good fellas in Tim Rogers and Joelistics. There’s even a beaut film clip made by the awesome team at Blank Tape, which premiered on Rollingstone Aus. The B side for this release is another Australian Indigenous anthem, Down City Streets, by the late Ruby Hunter. We were very fortune to have Uncle Archie Roach sing with us. He and Emma sound just beautiful.
I’m happy that it will be a busy and productive summer for ED&PBs. We have lots of good gigs coming up – AWME, Mullum Festival as well as some Cat Empire supports in Nov. Then we have a run of festivals early next year – Summer of Soul and River Boat festival in Echuca … plus more. You can always check out The Putbacks website with all the gig listings.
ED&PBs also performed for Double J’s musical chairs segment. Please check that out here
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks are nominated for ‘Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B and Gospel Album of the year’ with ‘Dawn’ at The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards, 2015. I have to have a bit of a #brag but I played on 3 of the 5 albums nominated in this category. Also nominated that I played bass on are Women of Soul’s self-titled album and Mojo Juju – Seeing Red / Feeling Blue.
The album I recorded with the Eugene Ball Quartet has been mixed and mastered. I wish I could share these sounds now but the album has yet to find a release date. I do hope that it is not too far off.
I played bass on an album called Life Death Time Eternal by Thundamentals MC, Tuka. There’s a clip for one of the tracks I played on – My Star. Life Death Time Eternal was produced by Pip Norman. I love working with Pip. He is a super cool cat and top notch producer.
I started teaching at a community centre in Kensington called The Venny. I’m teaching bass to kids aged 6 -14 who all come from difficult backgrounds. All the kids are really lovely and the staff are so wonderfully supportive and generous to the kids, I’m really enjoying teaching there. The kids can learn bass from me, and they also can learn percussion as well as ukulele from 2 other teachers. The music program at The Venny is coordinated by Chamber Made Opera
The teaching year is coming to a wrap. The Bass master class I took at MPT went well. I think all the students made improvements just from having to play in front of each other each week. Students can get hung up about their ability, especially when they’re not practising, so as confronting as it was at times performing and stuffing up in front of each other I felt the class was a great success.
Thanks for reading and snooping around my site.
Ciao for now