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When one door closes …

Much to nobody’s surprise Fergus Maximus has fallen on it’s feet again. We have our first gig at what could be a regular venue on Sunday afternoon the 23rd of September. Of course, it’s down at McLaren Vale again but that’s ok because we’ve grown fond of the area (we will get around to organising some gigs in the metropolitan area eventually, honest).

It would be great to see some of you down there as this is a trial to see how we fit the venue so bringing along a crowd would be a great way to introduce ourselves.

Check out the event details on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/events/139482366196444/

Hope to see you there!
Ferg

Song Summit 2012

Wow. Just wow. APRA’s Song Summit in Sydney was amazing, inspiring, encouraging and other “ing” words I can’t quite find at the moment (they’re probably in my luggage somewhere). Highly recommended and … yeah, wow again.

7 hours!

Wow. What a weekend. Unfortunately, Jamie is out with a corked thigh. No, maybe it’s a CV joint? Anyway, he’s out for a few weeks so had to watch from the sidelines. Kym and I played seven hours out of the last 24 (with a handful of 10-15 minute breaks thrown in). For me that’s almost seven hours of standing up in front of people and singing and honking on the haxophone (so-called on account of me being a hack). And we only repeated one tune (Ray Charles’ Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying) AND we still had more material in the bag that we ran out of time for. I’m still staggered about that. Great fun and a really excellent weekend. “Well wicked” as the young folks might say. Those who haven’t yet realised it’s passe and moved on to the next momentarily cool exclamation anyway.

Our debut at the German Arms in Hahndorf was really fun. Thanks to Andrea, Lyn, Rach and Sally for traipsing up to see us. Hope you had a good night too. Some of the punters asked if we took requests and wanted Am I Not Pretty Enough by Casey Chambers. We had to pass, sadly, but we learned it during our next break (thanks to the magic of YouTube and Google) and opened the next set with it. Admittedly I was cheating as I had to read the words off my phone. That was a hoot. We figured out Khe Sanh in the following break for the same reason. Half the bar joined in and a silly time was had by all.

This afternoon we played at Woodstock and had a really great time again. A very mellow vibe today but everything seemed to sit really well. Great feedback from the punters on both occasions.

If you’ve been meaning to catch us, we’re playing again on Friday evening at Lirra Lirra Bar in Urrbrae (it’s the Adelaide Uni campus at the Waite Institute). Very civilised. This one is from 5–8 pm so feel free to drop in after work. We’d love to see you.

Hope to catch you somewhere soon,

Ferg

The Effluxion of Time

Apparently it is now August. I kid you not. How did this happen? In the immortal words of a very mortal author*, “I think it’s something to do with the effluxion of time”. True, that.

So, what have we been doing for the last four months? We played some gigs (including a surprise gig down at Woodstock on the 1st of July; we got the call at 11 am that morning as the bloke who was scheduled to play had the flu); we’ve learned and performed some new songs; we’ve half-written a few more and worked on some new arrangements (I’ve finally convinced the boys they need to start singing some backing vocals; woo hoo!); we’ve chased our various children around and pretty much just hung on for dear life as the world spins around with increased speed, desperately hoping not to fall off.

The good news is, we haven’t fallen off yet. The bad … well, our awesome bass player (Jamie H) has injured his shoulder and has to take a few weeks off to recover. I’m not too clear on the details but I think it had something to do with arm-wrestling a pirate. Or maybe a ninja robot.

The other good news is, we have our first gig at a new venue on Saturday night (20th August 2011) at The German Arms in Hahndorf. Sadly, Jamie won’t be there (on account of the aforementioned pirate/ninja robot) so feel free to start casting those bassless accusations.

But I digress. Finally, a chance to see Fergus Maximus without having to book into a restaurant for the privilege. It’s a long gig, 8:30 pm til 12:30, so we’d love to have your company to keep us going. We’ll be playing original tunes and some choice covers in the front bar of the German Arms, just a quick trip up the freeway to beautiful Hahndorf. The pub is at 69 Main Street, Hahndorf.

We’d love to see you there!

Ferg

* Um, yes. That very mortal author would be me.

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!

Another gig, closer to home (kind of)

Hey folks,

Last Friday’s gig at Woodstock turned out great. It was the biggest crowd we’ve played to down there. I had spent lunchtime in Allans music shop writing a couple of charts and we finally got our heads around Rocket Science and a new song, Yellow and Green. At our previous gig I tried putting some lyrics I had lying around to one of Kym’s new tunes and that has turned out great (it’s now called Blood Test).

This Friday, we are playing as JazzPaperScissors (that’s Fergus Maximus in Lounge Mode). It’s at Lirra Lirra Cafe & Bar at Waite Institute (Gate 3, Waite Road in Urrbrae). It’s a very early gig: 5 to 8 pm. No cover charge and no strings attached (but not much in the way of things to eat). We’ll be doing mostly jazz tunes with a couple of originals that suit the mood (including the afore-mentioned new one, Blood Test).

We’d love to see you there!

Ferg

Abducted by aliens

Um, yes, that’s definitely what happened. We’ve been abducted by aliens. No uncomfortable probing, thankfully. Pretty tedious, really. We just sat around in the space ship filling out all these surveys for alien post-grad students (some of the misconceptions they have about human beings boggle the mind; I suspect there’s some songs to be found in all that).

Anyway, we have arrived safely back on planet Earth just in time for our next gig tomorrow night at Woodstock Winery’s wood-oven pizza night. It’s the usual deal: no entry charge but a set menu which is $35/head for a three course meal (entree, all the gourmet pizza you want and then dessert); drinks are extra. Doors open at 6pm. We are on from 7-10 pm.

It will be a great night and we hope to see you all down there. Well, those of you living in the vicinity anyway. People on other continents have a leave pass.

Catch you soon,

Ferg

PS A couple of the alien post-grads reckon they might pop in to check us out but we’ll believe it when we see it.

Attention Pizza Lovers

Hey there Maximisers,

The Junior gig last night was great. So good to see those guys performing again. And of course Jamie was all kinds of awesome (as were Mel and Beej sharing kit duties in fine fashion). Next time they’re in your neck of the woods, do yourself a favour and check them out.

In pizza-related news, Fergus Maximus will be appearing once again at pizza night this Friday down at the wonderful Woodstock Winery (7-10 pm). A great night is guaranteed: delicious, three course meal (including as much gourmet, wood-oven pizza as you want), beautiful surrounds and, obviously, damn-fine music even if we do say so ourselves!

If it’s a nice night, we might set up outside again (I have pegs in my bag this time for when the wind tries to blow the lyrics away. I’m ready for you, this time, wind! You hear me?). And we will be holding a vigil in the hopes of spotting the resident koala, Bruce. He hasn’t been around much recently and rumours are he’s been offered a lucrative appearance fee to turn up at some other restaurant. Why not come down and convince him that he really needs to support the fine people of Woodstock who have been there for him many a long year.

Hope to catch you soon (Friday would be great),

Ferg

Jamie Junior

Our very own Bass Monster, Mr Jamie Hairyone, is playing Sunday evening with the wonderful Junior. I haven’t seen them play for far too long and am really looking forward to it and with J providing low-frequency support they will, without doubt, go off.

Kym and I will, of course, have warmed him up properly since we have our regular jazz gig down at Woodstock that afternoon. It would be great to catch you folks there some time but make sure to book ahead as they tend to get booked out. I’ll paste the facebook link to the event when I figure out how (writing this from my phone).

Ah, here is the link

Catch you soon,

Ferg

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