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Blog: A homeless man, Robert Doyle, and the injury of 2WD Chunky Chunk the Challenger

A homeless man sat on The Purse outside Melbourne’s General Post Office, as he listened to me sing on the street. I smiled at him and continued to play guitar. After a while the man got up and put his spare change into my busking case, smiled and shuffled off into the stream of people, busy with their day.

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New Song: Big Bad World

When I was a young lass, one of my beautiful neighbours became my surrogate grandmother. I used to go over to her place to feed her chickens. We’d have tea and cookies (with about 4 sugars in my tea) and yarn the afternoon away. Sadly, in her final years she became quite senile, paranoid, and incredibly frightened of the world and its potential harm. She put up fences, walls and bars around her house, slowly closing herself in from the outside world, till she became a prisoner in her own home. Eventually she had a security camera installed on her front veranda and I used to have to ring the doorbell and smile sweetly into the camera before she let me enter her home. Read more

Blog: Busking on Peel St – Tamworth

Wow the Tamworth Country Music Festival is as amazing as the say it is. So much music, things to do, buskers, diversity, rodeo, food, music music music.
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Blog: Tamworth Country Music Festival

With my boots, flanny, cow-girl hat, I am all ready for the Tamworth Country Music Festival (although I don’t look quite as hot as McLeod’s Daughters, but will attempt to fit in). VERY exciting. Can’t say I’ve ever been before, but SHOULD have! Here we are. Read more

Talk of a new album

I must admit I had a li’l chuckle when I received an email today from a chap wanting more details and a direct website to the chest of drawers that I stock, specifically requesting dimensions, types, styles in stock, and whether I took a surcharge for visa and master cards. Unfortunately for him, I need the only chest of drawers that I ‘stock’, and I’m not sure he’ll be happy to hear my other “chests of drawers” are only 143mm x 125mm x 8mm.

Surprisingly (or not), it’s the first request of its kind, since releasing Chest of Drawers in August 2009. It’s led me to conclude that I won’t be calling my next album “Bedside Table”, despite popular demand.

I’ve decided on the title/theme for the next album. But we can’t announce that till we HAVE the album.

First thing’s first. Composition. I have been writing a whole bunch of new songs that I’m itching to share with you. You may be familiar with some new tunes I’ve thrown up on Youtube, or played live. But other I’ve not yet even shared with the band.

Over the December holidays I will be heading back to Sydney –  firstly to reclaim my territory from the dog my parents replaced me with, secondly to perform for my lovely home crowd, and thirdly to lay done demo recordings of 16 new songs for our band to get to know. In early 2011 we’ll be rehearsing them up as a band.

I’ve been checkin’ out some Melbourne studios, and there’s some schmick li’l (and big) set ups out there. The Chest of Drawers album was layered up over time, with some astounding musicians coming in to add the icing after my parts. While I am incredibly proud of the album, and the work of producers James Englund and Steve Iuliano, I’m interested in try out a new method of recording the next album, continuing to push my musical learning curve.

I’m interested to know your thoughts, ideas, or experiences of recording.

Till then, you’ll have to enjoy the new tunes at the live shows!
love Jen.

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