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The online home for Fergus Maximus (both the band and the bloke)

January 2011

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,


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.

With great power comes great … um, refrigeration?

Hey there Maximisers,

We had our regular jazz gig down at Woodstock on Sunday afternoon (well, Kym and I did; Dale couldn’t make it and Jamie had another gig). As I pulled up to unload the truck I thought there was a lot of noise coming from a little shed I’d never really noticed before. Turned out that most of McLaren Vale had a blackout and Woodstock were running their generator to keep the fridges going.

Fortunately, you couldn’t hear the generator inside but they were being cautious about power consumption so they didn’t run the air-conditioner or fans. As a result┬áthe gig was hot and harder work than usual. Still, we soldiered on; highly trained professionals that we are.

If you’re ever at a loose end on the third Sunday of the month, why not enjoy a drive down to Woodstock at McLaren Flat. Great food, terrific wine and (obviously) fantastic music. It’s an excellent venue and really enjoyable gig. Make sure to book ahead, though, as they often fill up.

Hope to see you there!


Gig news!

Hey there,

The gig at Woodstock on Friday night was fun (the pizza was delicious as usual). It was quiet as they’d been closed for the previous two Friday nights but many thanks to the faithful friends who joined us. It’s possible that young Finley’s dancing was at least as entertaining as the band but his constant requests for more were most encouraging.

The good news is that Woodstock have have now pencilled us in for the next three months so there are more chances to hear the band, enjoy great wine and pizza and possibly spot Bruce the Koala (I haven’t seen him yet but I’m assured he makes regular appearances when the weather is nice and he can be bothered; we might have to get onto his agent).

Here’s to 2011 being an absolute ripsnorter!


Greetings, earth creatures!

Yes, new year greetings to all on earth (and any paying attention beyond as well),

It’s 2011, ready or not. I’m excited about the possibilities. New songs, new gigs, new band member (welcome aboard Jamie; you are aboard, aren’t you?) … all sorts of new things including a resolve to actually update the Word Puddle blog. So, here’s to that happening more than once, eh?



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