Newstead Live is truly a special festival and I’m not sure many people have heard about it. Maybe I’m wrong. It’s certainly a more low-key festival, but the performances this year were really amazing and Lindsey and I had a wonderful time seeing bands like Black Market Tune, The Company and Tequila Mockingbirds. There were great solo artists as well, like Tully Summer, Rowena Wise and Hugh Nose.
I really didn’t know what to expect from this festival. I had never been to one before and certainly had never played at one. Despite a nasty stomach bug and a sweltering hot temperature weekend, we had a lot of fun and our sets on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon were some of the best times I have ever had playing music in this amazing country.
It was also a great pleasure to meet some of the festival goers after our performances and tell them more about Lindsey’s trip to India (which she’s doing right now in fact.) People were so supportive and interested, it really took me by surprise how receptive and appreciative people were to Wayfare’s music, despite the fact we tend to be a little more jazzy or alternative than the typical traditional folk act.
This month is shaping up to be one of the most interesting tours I’ve ever had. So the buck never stops! Touring as a solo artist with Mandy Connell has really opened my eyes to what I can do with all this new material I’ve been writing. If you’d like to catch the tour, we’ll be playing at Bar Oussou this Wednesday. In fact, all of the remaining tour dates are down below.
Bar Oussou Wed 11 Feb 8pm
Drunken Poet Thurs 19 Feb 8pm
Post Office Hotel Friday 20 Feb
Clifton Hill Hotel Wed 25 Feb 8.30
As for March, Wayfare has a multitude of appearances already lined up.
Fri 6 March – Ruby’s Music Room
Sat 7 March – Farouk’s Olive
Sun 8 March – Banff
Sun 15 March – Woodland’s Hotel
Mon 16 March – God’s Kitchen
Thurs 19 March – Some Velvet Morning
Sat 21 March – Farouk’s Olive
Sun 22 March – Woodland’s Hotel
We also have a residency planned for Wesley Anne in May.
To celebrate all this great music going on, I’ll be releasing tracks from all the new material I’ve been performing on tour with Mandy. This is all new stuff and I don’t plan on recording it in a studio for at least another six months. So be sure to keep checking the site, as they will be going up on a fairly regular basis through the rest of February. And yes, a Wayfare album is coming. Soon…