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First official Fergus Maximus music video

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.

Derek on the hhhhappy blog

Speaking of which, please share freely and let’s get Derek out into the wild. As it were.

Derek Official

CREDITS

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

Crew

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.

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

“Songs & Stories” is now available

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).

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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!

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“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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Fergus Maximus’ debut single is now live …

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.

The amiable Daniel Ralph can be found at www.PressStopProductions.com.au or via his FB page at www.facebook.com/PressStopProductions

The cheerful Noni Espinosa can be found doing sound at SCALA gigs at The Austral or with his riotously fun band Funk Latin Union www.facebook.com/funklatinunion

The legendary Pete Maher, Master Masterer Extraordinaire, can be found at www.petemaher.com

Hey, that was fun …

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!

Henley Square

Before Fergus Maximus, there was Stumbletrip. And before Stumbletrip there was Sideways Glance.

It started when I wrote Henley Square as an entry in a SCALA competition for songs about parts of South Australia. I got together with my friend Grant Shillabeer and he figured out those awesome chords. The song ended up being a co-winner in the Adelaide category and we had the opportunity to go into Mixmasters Studio and record it. Unfortunately, the session dates ended up being when Grant was away on his honeymoon (this was 1997/98, back in the previous millennium). We didn’t have any control over the recording session so I ended up recording the track with my brother Mark (who wrote the killer arrangement) and some members of Spank You Very Much, one of the many bands he was playing in at the time (Damien Steele Scott on bass, Andrew Bignel on kit and Dave Innocente on guitar).

It sounded great but I’ve always regretted listening to the producer tell me I needed to change the chorus. The song as written only mentioned Henley Square at the beginning of the first line. I caved and rewrote it as suggested and I’ve never been entirely happy with that.

Anyway, Sideways Glance the band formed out of that songwriting session. After a while we enlisted our mate Jamie Harrison on bass and the road toward Fergus Maximus really began. But that’s a story for another day.

Last Friday night at Woodstock Kym, Jamie and I pulled Henley Square out of the folder and blew the dust off it. A wonderful, balmy night was a perfect setting to reminisce:

Henley Square, 10pm Tuesday, still over 30 degrees …

This is where I belong

Ferg

Wonders may cease. But not today.

Hi there, Stumblemeisters,

Well, Shelly did make an appearance last night, proving me wrong. And she looked lovely in her new outfit. I mean, I realise that may sound self-aggrandising since I designed it but, hey, she did look great. I really like the new arrangement; makes the song work so much better.

Great night, if a bit quiet for the restaurant’s sake. Apparently last week they had 89 there and things were mad; this week was down to 30 after a group of 20 pulled out at the last minute. Swings and roundabouts I’m sure.

We had a couple of tables hang around to the end and it was nice to make some new friends.

Back soon,

Ferg

Shelly To Appear Tonight. Maybe.

Had a really productive session with Kym last night and it seems we have managed to coax the new arrangement for Shelly out of my head (notwithstanding the clumsiness of my fingers trying to show him what I meant by stumbling around on the guitar).

For her part, Shelly said she would try to make an appearance tonight. I hope she does but I have learned to take her promises with a pinch of salt.

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