As part of Oz Music Month, Ferg’s song ‘Where You Need To Be’ got a spin on ABC Adelaide on Friday in the lead up to Remembrance Day on Sunday, 11 November which marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. The song is his tribute to the ANZACs. To those who didn’t make it home and to those who did but were never really the same.
If you missed it, you can catch it on the podcast (it’s around the 1:29:45 mark)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
After a fantastic launch show at the Jade Monkey on Friday, 29 May 2015, the “Songs & Stories” EP/LP is now available for purchase. You can try before you buy too — you can listen to the whole of both the EP and LP versions on the Bandcamp site or using their app.
Digital and physical copies of the EP and LP versions are available from the Fergus Maximus Bandcamp store and you can also get hold of digital versions on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Rdio, Google Play, Amazon and Tidal (and some absurd number of other places around the web).
“Songs & Stories” comes in two versions. The standard EP has six songs (11 tracks altogether including all the chatterboxing).
The special edition LP has 12 songs (24 tracks including all the chatterboxery). That’s TWICE as many songs and at least 33% more mistakes!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
This is a song about a bloke called Derek, written for everyone who has ever lived in a sharehouse. And for all those who wish they had.
‘Derek’ is the first official single release from Fergus Maximus and is the lead single from his forthcoming EP/LP Songs & Stories – Live @ The Austral (launching in May 2015). Derek is available on Kicktone and iTunes and CDBaby and pretty much everywhere you might expect to find such things (Spotify and Pandora coming soon).
It was recorded live at The Austral Hotel in Adelaide, South Australia on Thursday, 13 November 2014 by Noni Espinosa. Noni did the live mix and recorded it straight to disk and then tweaked the levels a bit and, well, that’s pretty much all that happened. It was mastered by Peter Maher in London (because The Internet). Daniel Ralph and his sister Deborah ran cameras that night and then Daniel used magic and electrons to stitch together the video you see before you.
The gig was one of the regular weekly showcases of original music put on by SCALA (the Songwriters, Composers & Lyricists Association). They’ve been putting on such evenings for over 25 years. Go SCALA, you rock! www.facebook.com/scalasongwriters
Ferg says that all the above-mentioned people are awesome and great to work with and you should definitely check them out. We had assumed he includes himself in that statement but when we asked him to clarify, he responded with “No Comment” so you will have to make up your own minds.
Last night’s gig at Woodstock was the best fun. People were into it right from the beginning and we responded with some of our best playing ever. That’s the best kind of feedback loop!
Yellow and Green really worked, Sideways Glance cooked, we did the best version of Closer To You ever, Rocket Science was fantastic and the ballads went off (Fish and Key To Your Heart in particular). Wow. We had a ball and the crowd did too.
Great atmosphere, really great night. Come down and treat yourself to pizza night some time when we’re down there. You won’t regret it!