After approximately forever, the debut Fergus Maximus studio album is almost here. Recorded at Wizard Tone Studios and featuring an array of incredible Adelaide musicians, ‘Restless Soles’ is a collection of melodic stories about people with itchy feet; about love, loss and memory and the things we hold on to. The final mixes sound fantastic and they are now in London being mastered (after which they’ll sound even more amazing).
The album is being launched with a full band show on the 13th of July at The Wheaty in association with Umbrella Festival and Guitars in Bars. The night will kick off with wonderful singer/songwriter/poet Alison Coppe (The Janes) bringing her poignant, passionate songs exploring the vagaries of the human heart and the sights and sounds of Adelaide’s western suburbs.
It’s been a couple of months since Fergus Maximus hit the stage. Come along and join in a fantastic night of local original music at the Ed Castle (and remind him why he needs to get away from the computer more often).
And Ferg was delighted to discover he’s sharing the bill with friends, the lovely and talented Paula Standing and Chloe Warrick. [Full disclosure: they are both lovely and talented; it’s not an either/or deal.]
Yes, it’s cold out but the atmosphere will be nice and warm inside The Ed. There are yummy things to eat, delicious things to drink and wonderful music to enjoy.
So make a note in your diary to get off your couch, turn off the TV and the computer for a while and head out for some fun times. And we know it’s a school night so things will wrap up by 10 pm. Check out the Facebook event here.
2016 has been a tough year and we’ve lost too many good people along the way. Kelly and Ferg are responding the only way they know how: with music that acknowledges the struggles we all face but celebrates the fact we’ve made it this far.
The Declaration of Interdependence is a conscious recognition that the need for community, connection and mutual support has never been greater—we all need each other more than ever.
Through songs of joy and sadness and all the messy things that make us human, Kelly Brouhaha, Fergus Maximus and some very special friends will help connect the dots between us. Come and join Kelly & Ferg in an intimate evening of masterful pop/soul storytelling.
Back in 2013 and 2014, Clare Bowditch—the Oprah Winfrey of Australian Creatives— welcomed 200-odd ‘sensitive creative types’ to her un-Conference aptly-titled ‘Big Hearted Business’. Left with the advice to ‘band together and make cool shit happen’, Kelly and Ferg have done just that. This show is the culmination of a two years of scheming over cups of tea and dreaming about ways to embrace the big-hearted approach to life and the music business. In that spirit, 10% of proceeds from the show will be donated to Cancer Council SA (because cancer sucks and we are well sick of it).
If you’re unfamiliar with the ‘Songwriters in the Round’ format, Kelly and Ferg will take turns singing songs and telling the stories behind the songs, sometimes solo, sometimes together and sometimes inviting special guests to join in. It is going to be a relaxed and engaging night of captivating voices and genuine musical community.
Check out the Facebook event for more details. Doors open at 8:00. It’s a school night so we’ll be done by 10:30ish. Tix will be available at the door but you can save yourself the hassle by pre-ordering using this link.
Please share the event around your networks and feel free to print out the flyer (below) and stick it up on your noticeboard at work or in the lunch room. It is going to be so much fun and we’d love to see you there.
The wonderful Clare Bowditch eloquently refers to cancer as ‘this bastard disease’. She is, in this as in many things, absolutely correct. It is a hideous rampaging monster with a frightening reach that affects almost all of us. And we are often left feeling powerless as it weaves its sour sorcery through the blood, bodies and bones of those we love.
That’s why Ferg put his hand up to be involved in the Kicking Cancer’s Butt: one beat at a time fundraising event. Because while we may be helpless in the moment, in the face of what cancer does to the people we care about, we don’t have to take it lying down. We can fund research that helps find ways of preventing and defeating this bastard disease. We can fund support networks for people who are going through that ongoing rollercoaster nightmare. We can band together to kick cancer’s butt so that our grandchildren don’t have to go through the things we experience. Let’s consign cancer to being a footnote in history. Come along and be part of the solution.
Ferg had a fantastic time at his first festival, Beyond Fest in Canberra. He shared the bill with Lior, Megan Washington, Montaigne, Shane Howard (from Goanna), Fred Smith and the lovely Liz Frencham’s new project Paper Mouse (a duet with terrific guitarist Robbie Melville) and heaps of other amazing musicians and communicators. It was beyond awesome! Met lots of wonderful musicians, made new friends, played lots of songs, gained some new fans and generally had a ball, despite the almost Woodstock levels of mud.
2016 is a year of firsts for Fergus Maximus. Our first music video is now live and we’d love for you to see it. “Derek” was the lead single from the debut Fergus Maximus EP “Songs & Stories” (2015). The video was directed by John Chataway and stars the wonderful Lachlan Scown as Derek’s Housemate (alongside Gypsy the Cat as Mr Mittens). The project was part of the Vision and Sound initiative set up by Music SA and the Department of Screen and Media at Flinders University.
Click the link below to check it out on the hhhhappy blog and Like it if you like it. And if you’re willing to share it from the hhhhappy blog (and encourage others to do the same) that would be all kinds of awesome — the more shares it gets, the greater the Like-lihood they’ll do a proper review which will really help get the word out.
Speaking of which, please share freely and let’s get Derek out into the wild. As it were.
Cast (in order of appearance)
Derek’s Narrator – Fergus Maximus
Derek’s Housemate – Lachlan Scown
Derek’s Bored Delivery Bloke – Fergus Maximus
Derek’s Cat – Gypsy
Derek’s Friend Jenny – Indianna Bell
Derek’s Mother – Michelle Bell
Derek’s Camera Operator – Josiah Allen
Derek’s Lighting Operator – Indianna Bell
Derek’s Director & Editor – John Chataway
Derek’s Producer – Kurt Roberts
Shot on location in Adelaide at Julia Kaminski, Rebekah Kraft and Selena Gillard’s place. Thanks for letting us mess it up. And thanks to Nathan Roberts and Liz Phillips for consenting to allow Gypsy the Cat to appear (as if Gypsy pays any attention to anything you say).
No Dereks were harmed during the making of this film.
Let the fanfare begin! [Insert appropriate fanfare]
The new Fergus Maximus EP, ‘One Gaslit Night’ will be launched on Sunday, 17 July at The Jade Monkey. Ferg’s excellent bandmates, Kym and Jamie, will be around to do the heavy lifting so Ferg can enjoy being the performing monkey up front. The night will be kicked off by the wonderful Courtney Robb.
One night only. Don’t miss out. Tickets through Moshtix.
Beyond is ‘a boutique festival celebrating creativity, justice and genuine community’ and will be a weekend full of music, comedy, poetry, speakers and workshops. It feels a bit like a mini-WOMAD.
There are only a few days left to get Early Bird tickets to the Festival (the price goes up by $40 per person on Friday, 8 April) so get onto it ASAP and secure a spot. Ferg had a really fantastic experience attending the 2015 festival and is absolutely delighted to be part of this year’s event.