I know, I’m such a terrible blogger… But in my defence, it is soooooo hard to do these sorts of things whilst being on the road without a computer! waaaahhh. Nonetheless, I am typing you all a massively overdue update now, which hopefully your little eyeballs are reading with much anticipation
It has been 4 months since I left home to begin this solo music-playing, soul-feeding journey of mine! Can you believe it?! I cannot. Last time I wrote you, I believe it was Christmas and just the beginning of my journey. These last few months have flown by, with oodles of gigs in many places I had not visited before, but also some familiar ones too. I’ve visited Melbournetown quite a few times, up to Sydney, Canberra, the east coast (sooooo beautiful) and Tasmania for the first time ever. Here’s a quick briefing of a few experiences.
Unexpectedly awesome! I played a little intimate gig in the small town of Lyneham, supported by some local boys who call themselves ‘Lavers’. The venue was The Front Gallery & Cafe and it was oh so lovely. Good coffee (I’ve become addicted!) and great people. The owner took me under his wing, fed me some delicious food and allowed me do bond with his cute dog. I had a grand time.
Interesting. I found myself floating around Bondi for quite a few days. This was quite unexpected, as it is an assumed tourist town, accompanied by partying etc etc.. But my exploring side got the best of me and proved, that with a little time invested, any town can hold hidden beauties! I played a few gigs around town; received a ridiculous parking fine; undertook some desperate busking to assist with the payment of this; became involved in a campaign against the construction of a Woolworths/Coles; was incredibly inspired and musically driven to write some new material; and met my best friend.
I played some more gigs around Sydney also. I was lucky enough to support an instrumental Scottish Band called ‘Modhan’ at The Gaelic in Surry Hills. A couple of the band members are my long lost relatives (same last name!).
Home. I spent a lot of my younger years in a little country town called Healesville. Each visit to Melbourne has drawn me back to this amazing place. I’ve made new friends, who are definitely keepers and have been thankfully exposed to the ever existent live music scene present there! I also spent quite a few of my days in St. Kilda- the home of amazing food. Oh man! I swear I spent more time shovelling food in my face then playing guitar! The Espy won my heart with its great sound and lovely people. I was so blessed to play a few gigs there in amongst my travels. I’ll miss it dearly.
Stunning! The south-east coast of Australia is truly beautiful. As a girl that adores the ocean, it was absolute heaven. I’ve been so blessed to be able to travel through such picturesque locations, sharing my music with the locals and making so many new friends! Tyres Beach, near Lakes Entrance, was a definite gig highlight. I played to a great crowd, was served amazinggggg food and spent the remainder of my evening playing tunes in front of a cosy fireplace whilst chatting to some awesome locals. Did I mention I was treated to 2 HOT SHOWERS in under 24 hours?! I felt like a queen. I’m slowly headed back up the east coast at the moment and am so excited for the gis to come. Tomorrow, I’m playing at The Moruya Markets, located on the luscious green banks of the Moruya River. I’m pretty sure I’ll also be eating the best pizza you will EVER taste. Win.
New. Heading to this part of Australia was definitely a nerve-racking expereince for me. Boarding a gigantic Titanic-like boat at night time has never made it onto my bucket list. There is no questioning why… The boatride was rather unpleasent. I will leave the rest of that statement up to your imagination. Once I arrived in Tasmania, however, I was truly breathtaken. It was so refreshing to see how undeveloped this part of the world was. It’s basically just a giant mountain. I forced myself into a quick recovery from the boat trip and made my way over to Cradle Mountain. I endured the icey-cold air and rain through a 2 hour hike. A wombat sighting made every second count! This hike was one of the most beautiful I have ever experienced, with my end destination leading to Crater Lake (google it!). In amongst my other destinations were Hobart (gig at The Republic Bar where I was also lucky enough to see blues artist, Shaun Kirk!); Sheffield (stunning!); Deloraine; St. Helens; and my final surreal camping spot called Policeman’s Point.
I was nearly stuck in Tassi for 3 weeks, but that’s a story for another time. All in all, it was a wonderful experience. I got to run through a giant hedge maze!
If you have made it this far through my travel rant, I am very impressed and thank you dearly. This is only a snippett of the overwhelmingly awesome adventures I have had. I promise I’ll give more regular updates to spare you the pain! Thank you to each and every new appreciator of my music. I can’t wait to play for you all again soon. Thank you to all those who have been a constant support of myself, my music and this solo journey of mine. It means the world to me. I’m working super hard to make sure that it doesn’t have to end any time soon.
Stay tuned and please keep sharing my music!
If you’d like to see some photos of my adventures, click here