In accordance with tradition, we visited this annual event on a glorious sunny day in its languid country setting (editor – enough of the poetry!) and entertained the crowd … and the cows turned up as usual to have a listen. On stage, then under the shady trees, we got the audience dancing and wanting more.
We worked really hard to make this a memorable day and it was! Dressed in our nautical garb, including at least one “it’s not dead, it’s just sleeping” parrot (find it in a photo), we first played a street jam resulting in pedestrian mayhem as the Hobart waterfront came to a standstill to watch us … or maybe we just happened to be a bit close to the road and the peds were at great risk of becoming a traffic statistic, oops.
Later in the afternoon, our stage performance (3 sets over 3 hours, phew!) was a crowd pleaser, the weather became nice and balmy and the audience pleaded with us to keep going – however our rhythm strummers were at risk of losing fingertips so it came to an end.
This year we did a morning performance at the Cygnet RSL, followed by a rip-roaring family bush dance in the afternoon, with our customary street pop-up gig in-between. The Town Hall was full of energetic dancers, young and old(er) … and the band sounded really good … in fact, so good we picked up a new member!
[oops – pictures to follow, we forgot to ask around for some]
We were invited to play for guests from the visiting cruise ship, MS Noordam, on route from Sydney to Kangaroo Island on a music trip. It was organised by John Howie, who had organised a similar event with the band several years ago. It was a great afternoon, the tour bus managed to scrape into the venue carpark, and our visitors were torn between deciding what was best – our music, or the afternoon tea we put on! And we believe they all got back in time for the ship’s departure …