Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What Never Happened in Osnabruck, Stays in Osnabruck

House Concert Osnabruck

Before picking Daisy up from the station, Karsten and I spent most of the day wandering the streets of Osnabruck, checking out music stores and having lunch in the beautiful old part of town. What a city! It's definitely a place I would like to get to know more in the future.

We had to cancel our Osnabruck house concert the week before because I got the flu and we rescheduled it, by the looks of it at a bad time during school exams so there was only a small audience but they were nice and all women! to Karstens delight :) What followed the concert after some people had to leave to get up early and milk cows ?!? were many hours of deterioration through alcohol playing 'I have never' in Sanja's kitchen. Didn't someone cook refried beans too? We purged all our naughty secrets and Karsten became the guardian of our toothbrushes only to leave them behind the next day when we departed. Sanja was so patient and good to us. I hope she lets us come again :)

Highlight: All the hat wearing and band bonding. I said bonding, not bondage!
Lowlight: The scattered mess next morning and ugh my head.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Nine Hours to Unna

Spatz und Wal Unna

After 9 hours of train travel, terrible small town train station pastries, Karsten nearly leaving his bag on the platform (with his laptop and EVERYTHING in it) and numerous stops in shitty grey towns we made it to Unna and discovered to our surprise that it was actually quite pretty. We dragged all our shit through the cobble stone streets (the only thing that pissed me off about the place) and made it to the Spatz und Wal, a dark ye olde British type pub with a charming waitress and a relaxed feel.  We discovered to our relief that we actually did have some accommodation arranged across the road. There had been some confusion with the booking agent who we met later in the night...seemed he had already thrown a few back before he got to the pub. Ah that's why ;P

The gig was actually really fun and it was a nice break from all the house concerts we had been playing which had started to go down hill a bit lately. I didn't mind all the talking in the audience, in fact it was refreshing and I felt free to try out some new stuff with my crappy Schlecker keyboard. Karsten also really let loose :) All in all a nice gig.

Highlight:  We especially liked it when the waitress insisted we could drink all we wanted from the bar.
Lowlight: The breakfast the pub paid €11 for in the private house of the woman we stayed at...

Friday, March 18, 2011

The road to Penkun

Homemade video up on youtube of 'The Miles' with more songs being recorded around Penkun in the coming weeks :) You can now also purchase  a digital download and physical copy of the Everyday Ordinary EP at BANDCAMP.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Grey Seal Hunt Opens This Week in Cape Breton

The Grey Seal Hunt just opened this week in Cape Breton Canada. For those who don't know, the Canadian Seal Hunt is an inhumane and cruel practice that is subsidized by the Canadian government: your tax dollars! Quite often babies are only 12-14 days old and are killed right there in front of their mother and their fur sold to make coats and pelts. The meat and oil of the animal is barely used, in fact most of the time the carcass is left on the ice to rot!  Imagine as a mother how you would feel. I find this disgusting, and although I love Canada, am a permanent resident and feel it to be part of who I am now, I don't understand how so many Canadians can just sit by and not give a shit. I beg my Canadian friends and other folk to educate themselves about this issue and take a stand. Read the link below for more info:

Friday, January 21, 2011

Greetings from the Snow Desert

What a busy month. I have played a few house concerts and a couple of clubs and it's been really great. I'm also getting to know certain cities quite well as passing through them a lot including the lovely Lubeck, Berlin and Hamburg where I even have a favourite coffee shop. Next month I do my first tour of the Netherlands and Belgium but this time I will have a violist accompanying me which is really exciting as I was getting quite bored with myself! My new friend Amon also made some nice videos from my Oldenburg show in December and you can watch 'Home' here. He will also be making the music video for 'Exorcism' in the next few months. 2011 has begun well!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

room for the new

When the clock ticks over into 2011, be brave and bold, throw fear over your shoulder and do not look back. Open your mind to the possibilities of love, growth, travel and challenges for the new year. This is YOUR time. Harness it and create something beautiful...