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Fergus Maximus at the Semaphore Music Festival (Finally!)

Ferg is delighted to finally play the Semaphore Music Festival. For years he’s been out of town on the October long weekend but this time he’s home and so happy to be part of the fun. He’ll be performing solo at 2:30 pm on the free entry BSide Community Stage on Mundy Street in Port Adelaide on Sunday, 30 September 2018.

Come along earlier and catch some of the other fantastic acts on the bill that afternoon including the wonderful Courtney Robb & Snooks  and Ben Searcy.

Visit the website at www.semaphoremusicfestival.com to check out the whole program — there’s a whole long weekend of fantastic music to explore. Come along and support local music and this fantastic independent music festival.

Stone Pony (in Willunga) with Khristian Mizzi (Melbourne) supported by Zac Eden

Hey folks,

On Saturday, 11 August 2018, Ferg is performing a solo set at Stone Pony in Willunga alongside wonderful Melbourne troubadour Khristian Mizzi and Adelaide’s own Zac Eden.

It’s going to be a hairy beardfest of wonderful music, songs and storytelling.Tell your friends and get yourself down to Willunga to join the fun.

Tickets available at Ticketebo.

‘Restless Soles’ is in the wild!

After approximately forever, the debut studio album from Fergus Maximus, Restless Soles, was released on Friday, 13 July 2018 to a sold-out crowd at The Wheatsheaf Hotel in Adelaide as part of Music SA’s Umbrella Winter City Sounds Festival and Adelaide Guitar Festival’s Guitars In Bars, ably supported by the wonderful Alison Coppe.

Restless Soles, recorded at Wizard Tone Studios in Adelaide, is an anthology of melodic short stories about people with itchy feet and the road in their eyes; about love, loss and memory and the things we hold on to.
Musically, the album is really varied. There are bouncy pop things, some soulful tracks with a horn section and gospel-inspired backing vocals, some rowdy pop/rock songs, a couple of sparse ballads and a couple of things with strings including one track simply backed by a string quartet.
But how do you get to hear the album? There are SO many ways!

If you want a physical CD, come to a gig some time!.

If you want a physical CD which includes a download go to the Fergus Maximus BandCamp store.

If you just want a download you can get that at BandCamp too or at Amazon, Google Play or iTunes.

Or you can stream it on Spotify or Deezer or Tidal or Apple Music or iHeartRADIO or Napster (apparently that’s still a thing) or in a whole bunch of other places we don’t even know about (we have people for that). If you can’t find your service of choice, just Google it. It’s probably there. If not, let us know and we’ll see if we can hook them up.

Whatever you do, make sure you have a listen. Everyone on the Fergus Maximus team is delighted with how it has turned out

The long-awaited Fergus Maximus album is finally happening!

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.

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Tickets are available at Moshtix (and it’s cheaper to buy online than at on the door!)

http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/fergus-maximus-restless-soles-album-launch/104223

Here’s some photos from the recording sessions to whet your appetite.

Fergus, Paula & Chloe — Monday, 19 June at The Ed Castle

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.

Declaration of Interdependence 2016

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Award-winning songwriters Kelly Brouhaha and Fergus Maximus join forces for an end of year celebration of resilience.

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.

The Declaration of Interdependence. Because we all need each other.

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.

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Let’s kick cancer’s butt

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.

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