After running a successful crowdfunding campaign over December and early January, The Button Collective are now ready to release our debut album, A Ship Sails, which we recorded ourselves and I mixed late last year. We’re hitting the road to mark the official release, and stopping by Lismore and Coffs Harbour, the two main areas in which our fanbase is largest. In addition to that, we’ll be playing the support slot to one of our favourite bands, The Perch Creek Family Jugband. Ever since first coming across these guys, we’ve all fallen in love with their music, and it’s going to be a huge amount of fun playing with them.
We’ve got a whole bunch of gigs lined up in the coming weeks…
- 28/3 The Angry Pirate, Redfern
- 30/3 The Wild Rover, Surry Hills
- 2/4 Southern Cross University UniBar, Lismore
- 3/4 The Lismore Rose Garden Rotunda
- 4/4 Star Court Theatre, Lismore – with The Perch Creek Family Jugband
- 5/4 The Old Museum, Brisbane – with The Perch Creek Family Jugband
- 6/4 The Coramba Hotel, Coramba
- 10/4 The Little Guy, Glebe
- 11/4 The Angry Pirate, Redfern
- 13/4 The Wild Rover, Surry Hills
The best part is, we’ll be playing with the full album line-up for the first time since moving away from Lismore, and flying the other three members down to Sydney for the end of the tour. It’s all pretty exciting, and I’ve been having a lot of fun putting the whole tour together.
Over the last week I spent some time in Coffs Harbour, playing a string of gigs for St Partick’s Day with The Button Collective, then a marathon solo road trip to Canberra to do two shows of The Mayfly Project with my old friend and recent collaborator Nathan Harrison.
We were there as part of You Are Here, a yearly curated festival that showcases come of Canberra’s best independent and experimental arts, incorporating theatre, visual arts, music, installations, etc.
The Mayfly Project is a performance lecture about time and our perception of it. Nathan and I delve into some pretty deep territory as far as long-term thinking and speculative futures go, and we have a lot of fun doing it. The show started life as a simple idea about looking at the lengths of time it might take to do certain tasks, but quickly evolved into a more informative lecture-based performance during a week-long Quickfire Residency with Performance Space.
We performed the show twice in Canberra, the first time I had only just arrived in town after a nine-hour drive, which is why I looked like this:
Despite the fact that I looked like some kind of a melancholy werewolf, the show was well-received by a fantastic audience, who stuck around at the end for a 20-minute discussion expanding on some of the themes we presented in the show.
Before our second show, a few days later, I got a chance to hang around Canberra (which I hadn’t ever really done before), and catch a whole bunch of other You Are Here shows and artwork stuff. It was great to be amongst an artistic community that I otherwise don’t have much of a chance to mingle with.
One of our performances was reviewed here.