Phil Garland's News Blog

Phi Garland New Zealand Folk Musician and Kiwi Balladeer.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

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It was great to finally see the re-release of How Are You Mate and Springtime in the Mountains on CD as programmed, after all the work done on remixing and remastering the albums last year. They seem like brand new products with additional tracks and new covers. There are still a couple more to come in the very near future.

Work is continuing on the Phil Garland songbook with all likelihood of something eventuating in the next couple of months. It's a little bit like the well known cheese advt that says - "good things take time!"

The Christchurch folk club held its 40th birthday celebrations on Sunday 23 November and it was a great day for all concerned. It's hard to believe that something I started all those years ago back in 1968 would have survived for so long let alone still be going strong. In my capacity as founding father I presented a mini concert as part of the celebrations while ex president Chris Lee put together a radio documentary on the club's history for airing on National Radio at Easter this year.

Roger Steele of Steele Roberts has advised that my book 'Faces in the Firelight' will be published this coming June and I for one can't wait for this to finally happen. Really looking forward to what promises to be exciting times ahead.

My daughter Fiona came home from England to marry Simon Couldstone at French Farm Winery near Akaroa on Sat 28 Feb and everything went off well despite the terrible weather that threatened to disrupt proceedings. I sang Kate Woolf's "Give Yourself to Love" while the happy couple signed the register and after the wedding breakfast everyone had a taste of good old barn dancing with Pete & Chris Murray assisted by our old mate Charlie Jemmett. I have it on good authority a few folk were nursing sore muscles the next day.

I've also been keept busy in recent times with a special guest appearance at Totara Farm Estate's Harvest Home open day just south of Oamaru, quickly followed by the Bards Ballads & Bulldust Festival in Naseby over Easter. We had larger cowds than usual at the afternoon sessions on both Saturday and Sunday and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Our special Australian guests aquitted themselves well and won lots of new friends - they couldn't stop talking about all the wonderful scenery they'd encountered on their travels around the Mainland. They're threatening to come back again next year - makes me wonder where are we going to put everyone if the numbers keep growing at current rates?

I'm off to Oz this coming September / October for a month long concert tour of folk clubs in Queensland, NSW,
Canberra and Victoria with a weekend appearance at the Uranquiny festival in Wagga Wagga. I always look forward to my Australian visits and the audiences make me feel right at home. This will be my first visit after winning the 2007 Folk album of the year award for Southern Odyssey and I should have the new book available in time for my travels.

Meanwhile take care everybody and we'll catch up soon.