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More MWF pics

So, what you’re not seeing is the crowd!  When a band takes a photo they are extremely conscious about getting the crowd in the shot.  But when the crowd takes a photo, they don’t think about the crowd, just the band – because THEY ARE the crowd!

Anyway, this was was packed and the place was jumping!  Hopefully some will surface with the crowd soon!  More pics are coming in!

If you took pics of that night, let us know, and we’ll post ’em!

Big thanks to pro photographer Rachel Daniels for these ones.

Rachael’s Photography on Facebook

Rachael’s Website



Midwinter Fest!

Well, what a CRACKING gig lats night!  Pagans are my people.  What an amazing event.  One that needs to be on your tour itinerary of Tassie.
What are we talking about?


Here’s us at soundcheck taken by a fan.  There’ll be more pics of us going off to come!

MWF Random fan copy

Mid Year Update

Hi there.

Been doing some great gigs with the BSoT lately.  Thanks to the efforts of Paul Sharp, and new drummer Lawrence Churches.

We’ve also seen the launch of a new Trad Jazz project, The CC Strutters.

And there’s yet another folkie ensemble taking shape out there.  Emily Wolfe from the Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble and I are teaming up to do some of the other side of Trad music.

There is talk of a recording of the BSoT as well.  Exciting times!

Oh, and I have been doing a radio show on Edge Radio, 99.3fm.  6pm Every Friday.  It’s called “The Naked Folks,” and it’s about folk music.  And it’s podcasted!! You can listen anytime, anywhere.

here, have a link!
And some others…

Here’s the view of the audience from Saturday’s gig at the HBC.  (Note avuncular facial growth.)


Here’s our view of the audience…

The Future is NOW! oh no, wait, that’s the present. The Future is LATER!!!

It is a new year, soon to be old.   Some things change, some stay the same.  For example, my promise to use this blog more often has been broken….again.  And here I am, about to promise again!

But this time it’s for real!  (you know I often say that too, don’t you?)

Never mind.

Here’s the news for 2017!

The band that doesn’t exits, The Black Swans of Trespass, is playing an Australia Day (read: Invasion Day)  gig.  It’s a special one too.  It’s in the morning, and it will be all Australian songs with electric banjo, bass and drums.  And, curiously, no vocals.  In fact the condition of getting the gig was that there be no singing!   It’s like a belated xmas gift to me!  Because I freaking hate singing.

There’s something else I need to tell you too.

I have decided to follow through on at least one New years Resolution.  I have shaved my entire head, down to the skin.  This will be the last time I cut my hair or shave for 365 days.  At the end of this period, I will be asking folks to vote on whether I should keep my hair or not. it will cost $1 to vote, and I’ll be giving the money to a local Animal Sanctuary called Brightside.

This year I will also be running a radio program on Edge FM.  I’ll be submitting more details on this later, and using this blog primarily for song lists and various related info regarding the show.  It will be about folk music.  Stay tuned!!

There’s two more years of glorious academia in front of me and I am looking forward to it greatly.  But as of now I am in the January holding pattern.  So let’s take a moment to look back at what was achieved this year…..

FACEBOOK – I learned it is irredeemably evil, yet inevitable.  The problem is, the general population does not use anything else.  There is only FACEBOOK, and without it, you do not exist.
However, you cannot use facebook to promote anything.  For two reasons:

  1.  Facebook will not circulate into people’s feeds any events, unless you pay for them.
  2. Paying for an ad makes it spam and every one will ignore it anyway.

We DID use a paid Facebook ad, experimentally, this year.  It was a total failure.  Everyone at the gig had come by chance or word-of-mouth.  The ad itself was roundly ignored.  The event occurred on Dec 3, and Facebook is STILL trying to get me to fund the ad so it will have more…what is it?  Exposure?  Who the fuck knows.  Perhaps people will go to the gig retrospectively?  Time Travelers?  Will my memory of the gig change as time goes on or if I pay for the ad?  I am too poor to sate my curiosity in such matters.

HERITAGE FIDDLES – Joining the Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble has definitely been a highlight of 2016.  It’s been great to meet the folks of the ensemble and we’ve made many new friends.  Also I’ve done a few really cool gigs with them.  Most recently at Cygnet, where I was caught by the ABC giving a banjo lesson:

Yes… I did warn you about the hair…..

Playing with the THFE has exposed me to the amazing richness of Tasmanian folk music and musicologically it’s been fascinating.  It’s also helping my sight reading.  I’m so bad at sight reading….

THE BLACK SWANS of TRESPASS – have risen again, however, my desire to gig is almost gone.  It’s just not worth the effort.  Somethings change, some stay the same.  The pub scene is still the same horrible experience.  Although, to be fair, it is pretty good here, compared to the rest of Australia.  MUCH better in fact, but it’s still pretty uninspiring.  And that’s kind of how I feel about gigging.  uninspired.
Meeting James Wheller, Alex Raw and Paul Sharp, (Keys, Drum & bass respectively,) has been great, and it was so good to actually play with talented, motivated guys again, who kind of, in their own way, pushed the band more than I did.  But getting on a stage to trot out the dog & pony show, to the same drunken bogan indifferent audience, it just  doesn’t leave me feeling good.  Even though i have loved playing with the guys immensely,  there’s a certain emptiness.  And then, there’s the money.  The vulgarities.   So much is expected of a band, but so little is returned.  I wish I could just show up and knock out crazy funky electric banjo music, and not have to deal with the venues, the punters, the bookers, the scene.   Some things change, some stay the same….

But all is not lost, there are some very interesting projects on the horizon…  naturally, I will keep you posted on those!

But first things first – let’s see if I can keep up some decent, consistent blogging here, with regular updates and various stories about comical capers  and odd perspectives.

May you have a happy holiday and your war on xmas be victorious and glorious.



New Chapter

Well it’s been over a year since there’s been any genuine activity on the ol’ web page, and there wasn’t much to write about before then either.
But things have changed, and I’d like to bring you up to pace with what’s been going on, because it has been very exciting.

Last year I received a scholarship to study banjo at the Hobart Conservatorium.  So I moved to Tasmania.  Things had become very bleak on the Mainland, and I probably have a lot to say about it, but I leave that for another time.

What I will say is, however, that the culture and engagement in music and arts in Hobart and Tasmania is unlike anything I’ve ever encountered on the Mainland.  It’s good!  Really, really good!

The “Con” is challenging me and developing my skills exponentially.  Sometimes I have to pinch myself, especially as I walk to school with my banjo on my back to spend an entire working day playing, listening and studying music, and working with some pretty incredibly talented musicians.  I can’t believe how lucky I am.  It’s an honor.

Unlike on the Mainland and the “capital” of Aussie music, Melbourne, people here have hope and ambition.  They actually want to play, and want to experiment with new ideas.  As a result of this, the BLACK SWANS of TRESPASS has resurrected itself!   The idea of an electric banjo funk reggae band has been received  very enthusiastically, and we now have a committed, working band.  But things are moving much faster than I had anticipated!  Next week we’re looking at band pics, recording a demo and resurrecting the website.  Here in Tassie, bookers and festival organizers ACTUALLY LOOK AT YOUR WEBSITE AND PLAY YOUR DEMOS!!!

If you’re reading this outside of Tasmania – I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true.  And what’s more, they think it’s normal, and they kind of think behavior that you would see in your average Melbourne venue kind of disgusting.

As a result, we’ve been doing some smashing gigs and had great crowds.   People have actually been looking us up and booking us.   The mythical and much prophesied 3rd BSoT Album may well become a reality.

There’s a few other projects on the boil at the moment too banjo-wise.  I’ll keep anyone who still reads this blog updated as best I can!

The ground is fertile.  Big things are happening.  It’s been a long, long wait and I almost lost hope.

I’ll finish this here, due to the TL:DR culture, and post more of my rants etc in days to come.

We’re back, baby.  We’re back!

Reposting some footage!

Apparently some links of me playing didn’t work!

Here’s a re post.  Hopefully these do, and if they don’t,  let me know.  thanks!!





Heheh, all the last three songs were all in E minor!  Weird…




WALTZING MATILDA (Not Trad, Funky Reggae Version)

KING GEORGE SOUND (Original by CC Thornley)




MY DETRACTORS (Original by CC Thornley

Ok, that’s it.  Enjoy!