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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.

kicking-cancers-butt-poster

 

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)

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.

‘One Gaslit Night’ EP launch

Let the fanfare begin! [Insert appropriate fanfare]

The new Fergus Maximus EP, ‘One Gaslit Night’ will be launched on Sunday, 17 July at The Jade Monkey. Ferg’s excellent bandmates, Kym and Jamie, will be around to do the heavy lifting so Ferg can enjoy being the performing monkey up front. The night will be kicked off by the wonderful Courtney Robb.

One night only. Don’t miss out. Tickets through Moshtix.

http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/one-gaslit-night-ep-launch/85937

One Gaslit Night Promo Square

It’s Official! Fergus Maximus to play Beyond Festival 2016

Hey folks, we are super-excited to announce that Fergus Maximus is on the lineup for his first Festival! Ferg will be performing (solo) at Beyond Festival in Canberra on the October long weekend alongside Lior, Shane Howard (from Goanna), Auntie Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Liz Frencham, Fred Smith, Ferg’s great mate Darryl Sellwood and a host of others.

Beyond is ‘a boutique festival celebrating creativity, justice and genuine community’ and will be a weekend full of music, comedy, poetry, speakers and workshops. It feels a bit like a mini-WOMAD.

There are only a few days left to get Early Bird tickets to the Festival (the price goes up by $40 per person on Friday, 8 April) so get onto it ASAP and secure a spot. Ferg had a really fantastic experience attending the 2015 festival and is absolutely delighted to be part of this year’s event.

Hope to see some of you there!

 

Exciting times!

2016 will be an absolute ripper!

Fergus Maximus was selected as one of the bands for the new Vision and Sound initiative organised by Music SA and Flinders University. In a hugely exciting development, third year students from the Bachelor of Creative Arts in Screen Production are collaborating with local bands to produce music video clips. Ferg met with his director, John, to discuss the overall shape of the clip and it is going to be all kinds of cool. Seriously.

In other news, Ferg has been listening to the mixes for the next Fergus Maximus release (and they sound GREAT! Huge thanks to Matt Williams at Fat Trax Studios). This is a live Fergus Maximus set recorded at The Gaslight Tavern in August 2015, with Ferg on vocals, sax and percussion, Kym on guitars (and stomp box) and Jamie on basses. Some of you were probably there! A couple more minor tweaks and the tracks will be ready for mastering. Which means, of course, there must be a launch party coming!

The ‘One Gaslit Night’ EP will be launched at The Jade on Sunday, 17 July at 5 pm, supported by the wonderful Courtney Robb. The launch will be part of the Umbrella Winter City Sounds Festival and will also be linked in with the Guitars in Bars initiative organised by the Adelaide Guitar Festival. Once ticketing information is available, we will let you know. Don’t miss this one, folks. It is going to be our best show yet!

And speaking of festivals, rumours are that Ferg will have some super exciting news to share on that front really soon! So excited to tell you about that but for now, our lips are sealed.

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

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