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Phi Garland New Zealand Folk Musician and Kiwi Balladeer.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Brand New Album

It's been a while since I last kept my news up to date and so much has been happening lately, seems like I've been run off my feet. Tempus has been fugitting just a little too much. Winter in Culverden has been pretty chilly, not helped by a huge snow dump, which caused quite a lot of damage to the trees in the garden. It kept snowing non stop for 2 days and nights with the upshot being  several trees were uprooted and many branches snapped resulting from the weight of snow.
I'm still being kept busy clearing up the garden in between musical engagements. Now that Spring is approaching the weather is showing a definite improvement. Roll on Summer I say and the sooner the better!

I managed to complete the new album Damper, Duff & Doughboys earlier this year and it was finally released in April. I immediately undertook some promotional concerts down south taking in The Hokonui Moonshine Museum in Gore, followed by the Big River Festival in Balclutha and finishing with The New Edinburgh Folk Club in Dunedin. Just one week later saw me down south once again to officially launch the new album at the annual Bards, Ballads & Bulldust Festival in Naseby at Easter. On my return home I then presented a special concert at the Christchurch Folk Music Club singing many songs from the new album. On this occasion I was joined by members of Bush Telegraph, Heather Mitchell on accordion and Claire Weyland on fiddle (reprising their performances in the recording studio) along with my old mate Dave Hart adding his musical talents to good effect. The audience members seemed to enjoy the new songs and an encore was forthcoming, which was most unexpected really, but gratefully received.

The promotional concerts haven't finished yet with still some North Island concerts coming up during August. Firstly I'm at The Devonport Folk Club on Sunday 12 August to be followed by concerts in Hastings on Thursday 23rd, Palmerston North on Friday 24th and the Wellington Museum on Sunday 'arvo 26th. There may still be some further dates to add in the near future. I was hoping to be heading off to Oz during September but unfortunately I have had to postpone that visit until next year.

My band Bush Telegraph and I will be special guests at the Cardrona Folk Festival to be held over the Labour Day weekend 20-21 October. This year the festival be a celebration of 150 years of the Otago goldrush heritage and should be a really great occasion. Cardrona, run by my old mate Martin Curtis is one of the best and friendliest little festivals in the country and well worth a visit.

We are slowly making progress with my second New Zealand folklore book, which was completed over a year ago now. The publisher and I are editing and proofing as I write and I'm really hopeful it will finally see the light of day sometime around October / November this year. It should prove a worthy successor to my earlier opus "Faces in the Firelight" which is still selling well and available directly from me or the publisher Steele Roberts in Wellington.

I still have a couple of my early LPs to be digitally remixed and mastered and these will be my next priority as I rescue and restore some previously unreleased tracks from the archives, which will be added into the final mixes. As the TV Cheese advt says "Good things take time!"

This bit of news is hush hush for now. I was recently approached by some national TV representatives demonstrating an interest in filming a special programme about my field collecting efforts down the years and possibly featuring me singing a few examples of our folk heritage. It's still in the early stages, but I will keep you posted as and when full details come to hand. remember you heard it here first!
Cheers for now
Phil Garland