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EDGE OF COLOUR – 10 DAYS IN TASMANIA – DAY 3

January 10, 2010

SATURDAY 9 JANUARY

Soooooooooo hungover…. 10am checkout…. Ouch

So after the world’s most delicious pie (scallop pie!!!) and a loaf of sourdough filled with quince paste (oh yum) from the Salamanca Markets, we have our hire car and are on the way to Launceston before long… Though more than anything we are dying to hang out for the opening of the MOFO PW1 venue, we have plans for seeing friends, trees and wineries.

In Lonnie (as referred to by the locals) we join some friends to celebrate their wedding with their Tasmanian friends.  Again, divine food… So lucky!

Can’t complain too much about being hung over when we have this view…

LAUNCESTON

Cheese heals all hangover wounds…

CHEESE CHEESE CHEESE

Almost time to start rehearsing….tomorrow…. maybe…

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EDGE OF COLOUR – 10 DAYS IN TASMANIA – DAY 2

January 9, 2010

FRIDAY 8 JANUARY

MONA FOMA OPENS TODAY!!!!

MONA FOMA

And the venue is in preparation… PW1 – The Princes Wharf Warehouse. Dying to see inside…

MONA FOMA PW1

So the festival kicks off! What a diverse crowd gathered for the opening of this brilliant festival… Always a good sign when all are welcome and then actually rock up! Here is a small section of them…

MONA FOMA CROWD

We tragically missed the first performance due to a busy restaurant! But arrived in time to catch the Japanese funk crew Mountain Mocha Kilamanjaro… Fucking excellent.

MOUNTAIN MOCHA KILAMANJARO

The funk was followed by the cappuccino delights of Jim Denley and Kim Myhr.  There was both patience and uncertainty in the crowd’s response to this duo’s ambient experimental sound.  Smart programming by Brian Richie and the festival team allowed this more experimental performance to be experienced by the diverse audience.  The subtle and beautiful rhythms and textures of the performance were most greatly appreciated by an enraptured little girl, who threw herself around in front of the speakers as the sound rolled up and down.  Great example of cutting loose for us older peeps weighed down with our likes and dislikes! Bravo!..

So it was at this point we happened to meet a friend and her partner who just happened to be in Tasmania and at the opening of MONA FOMA! I must say this chance meeting did make for so much fun…

So by now we have secured pink beanbags and are settled in with our beers and friends  for the amazing, amazing, amazing drummer and percussionist, Mani Neumeier! Mani began his set performing with his Japanese wife and then moved up to behind the kit for a wild solo performance.  This guy is extraordinary… 70 years old, fitter than me, rapid fire beats and as much energy as the dancing 4 year old… Amazing.

MANI NEUMEIER

We loved it….

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The final performance for the evening was Black Joe Strummer and the Honeybears… The bean bags were lifted out off the dancefloor for the Austin Texans so the overwhelmingly white crowd could get down to the James Brown influenced, Black Joe Strummer sound.  A commendable spectrum of facial hair, suits, ties, hats and sax, plus an overwhleming commitment to the funk made for a stellar show… Perhaps these guys have a hook up with Old Gregg, guardian of The Funk…

BLACK JOE STRUMMER AND THE HONEYBEARS

Wicked.

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EDGE OF COLOUR – 10 DAYS IN TASMANIA – DAY 1

January 7, 2010

THURSDAY 7 JANUARY

WE HAVE ARRIVED!!!

So after 4 hours sleep last night… an inflight movie starring Bruce Willis… a few beers and a stopover in Melbourne.  We’re here.

Before we go any further people, it must be said.  Blogs can be wretchedly boring.  No offense to those who partake in the blog space.  But one must be realistic… Do you really want to know about the inane details of our day? Nah. Pretty unlikely…

So why keep a blog…. Well I guess we’re about to find out!!!!

Either this gets interesting or I’m pulling the plug on this narcissistic word workout.  Or realistically I’m only writing it for my mother.

So.. Day 1

My idea was to read my book and finish the chapter on Socrates on the plane, but delirious reading of ancient greek philosophy was eclipsed by an unknown inflight sci-fi film starring Bruce Willis.  I’ll never know if that movie was any good.. too delirious to tell. Oh well, perhaps it’s better this way.  I understand the premise of the Virgin Blue inflight entertainment charges and their “try before you buy” Foxtel sampler… I also recall their UKTV channel playing old episodes of The Bill (actually they could be new but I wouldn’t know..). I just have to wonder, how may people actually tune into this channel and decide “YES! THE BILL! Take my credit card details and withdraw my money so I can regale in this long running British police procedural television series! I can think of no better way to spend my flight time”. (No offense to any avid watchers of The Bill.)

So arrived in Hobart and was met by a lovely artist called Skye who was as lovely and cool as the weather and generously drove us around on a little mini tour of the area. After checking in, we met up with Chloe Goodyear, the Executive Director of the MONA FOMA festival.  Apart from being fucking rad, she also booked us for this gig.  Whilst I am tempted to sing her praises just for this, the reality remains intact that she is cool whether or not she likes my electronica band or not. May mean nothing to those who’ve never met her.. but there are those women that you meet that are just fucking cool. And fun!

Have walked past the main festival warehouse venue we’ll be playing at.. Prince of Wales Wharf. PW1… A gorgeous big old warehouse I’m dying to see inside… trying to keep calm… can’t wait to get on that stage…

So please feel free to vote as to whether or not this blogging business should continue.  We will have photos! Coming soon!

Arigato Gozaimus

Michelle

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And so I will be graceful now and send thanks out to the peeps who generously write supportively to us whether by text, facebook, email or phone.  You are all very special and thanks. Thanks mum!

Gross, ultimate fighting is on the hotel cable channel and there’s blood in the ring! Wrong. I guess there’s no accounting for taste when it comes to entertainment… At least they’re not playing that doof doof shit.

x

…And so here is the view of the wharf and the warehouse… A long, long , long warehouse that will be housing a big big party from the 8th of January…

VIEW OF THE SALAMANCA WHARF - MONA FOMA VENUE