Greetings music lovers,
Winter lingers over the horizon but still no rain has come.
Neil is freshly back from WA where he made his debut appearance at the Fairbridge Folk Festival on the weekend. He also spoke at the Fremantle Library on the evening of Thursday April 14th. While in Freo, he was taken to the sacred Beeliar Wetlands which are threatened by state government plans to build a freeway.
Songwriter and musician Dave Johnson drove Neil to Fairbridge Music Festival.
“Fairbridge was such a treat, certainly lived up to its history and reputation. Such a well planned event, loaded with warm friendly people in a secluded location- so glad to have finally got here. First time I’ve ever sold out of CD’s !”
In conversation with Gina Williams at the Clubhouse on the Sunday morning there was not a dry eye in the house. As well as the three shows he performed himself, Carus called Neil up for a swing through “Broken Song” which the energetic Carus has made into one of his live performance staples. If that wasn’t enough the organisers then made Neil draw the raffle!
Before that was the Lake Bolac Eel festival, which ran from a successful Friday night Art Auction through a Saturday of activities that included a packed forum to hear Bill Gammage and Bruce Pascoe speak so eloquently on the state of the country and its Indigenous history and how we all might become truly Australian. The twilight ceremony of Indigenous dancing and singing was followed by Neil and Matt Walker doing their electric/ lap steel, acoustic combo, then Frank Yamma and Kylie Auldist finished off the night.
2016 Lake Bolac Eel Festival Twilight Celebration with dancers and Neil on clapsticks. Photo by John Tadigiri
If you missed Neil and Matt Walker together at the Eel festival you can catch their final show at the Sooki lounge in Belgrave on April 28th.
Feed The Artist In You:
Neil is presenting an exclusive songwriting retreat at Strathvea Guest House near Healsville, Vic from Friday 29th April till Sunday May 1st. Feeling creative? Want to stay in an historic 1930’s guest house with all meals provided in the shadow of mountains and unleash your creative self? Spaces are limited so contact Deanne on 0417829670
Speaking of places to stay- Neil Murray's Getaway "Wurn Bulok" (Lake Camp) is now up and running. Enjoy a relaxing 2 night stay in an historic, self contained bluestone cottage in Victoria’s western district, within easy drive of the Gariwerd/Grampians. This is the residence and the region where Neil lived and wrote many songs between 1995 and 2013.
Bookings: https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/11870156 or http://www.stayz.com.au/accommodation/vic/the-grampians/ararat/190473
What's coming up!
Next month Neil heads to Papunya NT to catch up with Sammy Butcher to go over the material they have got for the Tjungukutu” (Joining together) project so they can be well prepared and ready for recording when funding is achieved. For all those kind supporters who contributed to the crowd funding campaign- hang in there- we’ll keep you posted on developments. If you are interested in contributing to the project - http://neilmurray.com.au/pages/crowdfunding.html
Further on in June, Neil will be heading to Cooktown for the final opening of the touring exhibition: East Coast Encounter- that was launched in Sydney two years ago. Neil will perform in Cooktown on Friday June 10th at the Cooktown Bowls club.
July 2nd sees Neil in Cairns for a performance at the Tank for Naidoc Week.
Melbournites mark down July 8th and 9th for 2 big winter nights at the Grandview in Fairfield, followed by a Sunday July 10th arvo session at Hepburn Springs in the Grand Hotel from 2 till 4pm. For these three shows Neil will be accompanied by guitarist/mandolin player Damien Neil.
From there Neil is heading vaguely north- probably to the top end- but his exact destination remains unknown at the time this went to press…..
Keep a watch on the website and facey folks and you’ll be able to track him that way.