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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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Beyond Festival 2016

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.

Ferg @ Beyond Festival 2016 - standing in front of an almost bare tree
Ferg waiting to go on stage at Beyond Festival 2016 (he was performing at the MMAD stage on Sunday, 2 October; the only sunny day of the Fest)

Kabarett Opening Night

Opening night of our Kabarett Fringe show on Sunday night was fantastic. We had an excellent crowd and the vibe was great. The team at La Boheme did a great job of juggling multiple shows and a good time was had by all.

There are still some tickets available for our final show on Sunday, 28 February but you’d better hurry because they are selling fast. You can pick them up here.

It’s Fringe Time!

Hey folks,

Ferg is performing in the Fringe for the first time (he’s performed *during* the Fringe before but that’s a different thing). And did we mention that it’s a cabaret?

What the …? Cabaret? Seriously? What’s that all about?

Well, Ferg’s friend, Julie, was organising a cabaret show for the Fringe with another friend, Mardi. They decided they needed a third person who wasn’t a girl and invited Ferg to be that person. (You won’t believe how surprised he was to discover there are people who don’t think he’s a girl*). Ferg decided that Fringe time is when you take risks so he agreed quickly before he could chicken out. (And, yes, he did have to google ‘cabaret’ to make sure he knew what he was getting into. Turns out it’s all about telling stories and that, as we all know, is his bag!).

Ferg, Julie and Mardi are each doing cameo sets, all three ably supported by the wonderful pianist, Ed Heddle. Ferg has reimagined a handful of his songs with piano accompaniment and they are sounding great! Oh, and it’s called ‘Kabarett’ (the German way, apparently).

You can get tickets here (or just google ‘Adelaide Fringe’, then search for ‘Kabarett’).

We’d love to see you there!

*Kidding, really. He’s only occasionally mistaken for a girl.

Fergus Maximus, Mardi Ragless & Julie Roberts in Kabarett - ably accompanied by Ed Heddle

Music in the Lane

Ferg was a last-minute call up for Music in the Lane on Monday, 9 November 2015. It’s a lunchtime institution in the city.

Photos by the lovely Kathy Pike.

Lunchtime in the city, Ferg brought his guitar, loop pedal and levitating saxophone
Music in the Lane (photo by Kathy Pike) – lunchtime in the city, Ferg brought his guitar, loop pedal and levitating saxophone
Ferg with his guitar, loop pedal and levitating saxophone
Music in the Lane (photo by Kathy Pike) – Ferg with his guitar, loop pedal and levitating saxophone
Ferg eventually got around to proving that the sax was not just a prop
Music in the Lane (photo by Kathy Pike) – Ferg eventually got around to proving that the sax was not just a prop
Ferg tells a story

Beyond Festival 2015

Over the October long weekend, Ferg was part of the inaugural Beyond Festival in Canberra. Well, near Canberra. Far enough outside the city that there was no phone coverage (unexpected but not such a bad thing).

Ferg was travelling as PA (and support act) for his mate Dazz who was speaking at the festival. Dazz talked about justice (and sex) and making the world a better place. And did some stand up comedy (really). Ferg sang some songs and told some stories. Much fun was had.

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Ferg tells a story

 

 

 

 

This calls for more red wine (Dazz laughs)
This calls for more red wine (Dazz laughs)
Q&A after Dazz's presentation
Q&A after Dazz’s presentation

 

Come and join live recording at The Gaslight Tavern (Monday, 10 August 2015)

Yes, as announced at the “Songs & Stories” EP/LP launch in May, Fergus Maximus will be recording live at The Gaslight Tavern. This time it’s the full three-piece experience with Kym on guitars, Jamie on basses and Ferg doing … well, whatever it is he does.

It’s at 7:30 pm on Monday, 10 August 2015 and you are all invited to join us and be part of this historic event.

For the first set, the band will be in lounge mode (in their “Jazz Paper Scissors” guise) doing some favourite jazz standards.

The second set will be ensemble versions of Ferg’s tunes (including a bunch that Ferg hasn’t figured out how to perform solo).

We’d love to see you there!
PS Yes it’s a Monday but it has to wrap up by 10 pm because of noise restrictions

Check out the official event invite on the Book of Faces

“Songs & Stories” Launch

After approximately forever, the debut Fergus Maximus album is about to launch (and Ferg is super-stoked to announce that the evening will start with a special guest set by the wonderful Kelly Menhennett).

“Songs & Stories” happened quite accidentally during preparation for the first Fergus Maximus studio album. It was recorded live at Ferg’s first ever solo show — a SCALA set at the Austral Hotel in November 2014. That show proved two things:

1. 20 years as a frontman only goes part way to preparing you for sitting on stage alone with a guitar for the first time (it’s kind of terrifying, apparently)

2. Noni Espinosa is a terrific sound engineer — the live mix went straight to his hard drive and when Ferg heard it back he realised he had accidentally recorded his first album.

The “Songs & Stories” EP has 6 songs, and you can get a taste of it by checking out the first single on the YouTubes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXdStnXZr44

There is also a Special Edition LP which has the whole, hour-long show (that has twice the songs and also includes at least 33% more mistakes).

Since “Songs & Stories” is a solo release, this will be mostly a solo show but don’t be surprised if some special guests pop up.

Quick, put it in your diary now! It’s long enough after the Festival/Fringe madness that you will have caught your breath but before the Cabaret Festival knocks you off-balance again.

Tickets will be $15 ($10 concession) and will be available at the door. Tix are also available for pre-order and the EP/LP will soon be available for pre-order too. Email bookings@fergusmaximus.com for more info.

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