Julio

Did you know Julio is July in Spanish?,

That generally reveals the bulk of my audience is non-Spanish speaking or is it? I actually don't really know if my audience is bigger here or in Mexico but time will tell. The film Estoy Aqui Por Una Noche (featuring yours truly with Twin Tones in Mexico) is doing the rounds at film festivals throughout the country. There is talk that I may even have a potential sponsor to fly back for a film opening in October (My fingers are crossed). 

Meanwhile on the other side of the world things are not so rockn'roll. I have had a month off touring and have been basking in winter laying low by the fire in my PJ's, writing songs and lecturing Lyric Writing at JMC Music Academy. It has been a great discovery to find out how much I enjoy teaching at this level. You can expect to see more of my private workshops pop up as well as online Skype sessions.  

I'll resist the habit of simply promoting my next tour and shall now insert an excerpt from my instagram feed; Snippets of nostalgia. 

DAD...

This week I fly back to my town of birth, The City of Churches (but should be called the City of Festivals), Adelaide, South Australia. Otherwise affectionately named R-Adelaide. 

My bro Jeb will fly down from Melbourne and together we are throwing our Dad, Roger Cardwell, back on the stage to celebrate another year of life (post 2 heart attacks) and raise one helluva family & friends hootenany to celebrate his life & music; most of all his 1960's TV show The Country & Western Hour. There will be a house band, special guests and lots of family and friends. Last years sell-out show was our first ever family concert. It was thrust on Dad as a suprise (he didn't know how to use Facebook then). This year he knows all about it and we even moved it to a bigger venue to accommodate.  Check out these videos of him back in the day on his TV show... (Click Poster for Tickets)

 

TEAMING UP WITH PARLOUR GIGS...

Melbourne amigo's, I am headed back for a nice run of shows and have joined forces with Parlour once again to fill a few dates in my August Songs for the Dead of Winter Tour.  I LOVE house concerts and have two spots left for YOU on Sunday 7th & Friday 12th to snap up.  Please click this link if you might like to become a house concert host  (these are the only 2 dates left!). If you want to come to a house concert but NOT host then simply buy a ticket to one of them via my tour page. 

"What are they like?" I hear you ask. Here is a live video from a recent Parlour Gigs house concert in Brisbane; (Bayden Mitchell: Bass & Moi). Barefoot, no amplification, comfy, cosy, funny, heartwarming, yummy, memorable.....etc.

 

Hope to catch you soon on the road wherever you are.

Mucho amor,

Abbie  x


JULY TOURING - ADELAIDE, SA

SATURDAY JULY 16TH - FULL BAND FAMILY SHOW : TRINITY SESSIONS, 6:30PM 318 GOODWOOD RD, CLARENCE PARK, S.A.

SATURDAY 23RD JULY - SOLO SHOW THE SINGING GALLERY : MCLARENVALE, S.A. 7:30PM

 

AUGUST TOURING - VICTORIA & NT

SONGS FOR THE DEAD OF WINTER TOUR : VIC TOUR  (SOLO - DUO - BAND SHOWS)

FRI 5 AUGUST - SOLO SHOW - SELBY FOLK CLUB : 7:30PM

SAT 6 AUGUST - OPEN STUDIO (ONLY FULL BAND SHOW!!!!)  8PM - NORTHCOTE                     (PRE-SALE OZTIX HERE)

SUN 7TH AUGUST - YOU COULD HOST A HOUSE CONCERT HERE (IN MELBOURNE)                CLICK THIS PARLOUR GIGS LINK!

THURS 11 AUGUST - SOME VELVET MORNING (SOLO SHOW) 8PM -  CLIFTON HILL

FRIDAY 12 AUGUST - YOU COULD HOST A HOUSE CONCERT HERE (IN MELBOURNE) IF YOU CLICK THIS PARLOUR GIGS LINK!

SATURDAY 13TH AUGUST - THE OLD CHURCH ON THE HILL -  BENDIGO                                                  JEB & ABBIE CARDWELL DUO, ALAWISHUS JONES & THE OUTRIGHT LIES, GRACIANA HOLLAND (SONGWRITING WORKSHOP 1PM - CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE LIMITED SEAT TICKETS)

SUNDAY 14TH AUGUST - PARLOUR GIGS HOUSE CONCERT HOSTED BY SKYE BIRD 5PM CASTLEMAINE (PURCHASE TICKETS HERE)

SATURDAY 20 AUGUST, 7:30PM : GAP VIEW HOTEL - ALICE SPRINGS, NT                                      W- JEFF LANG & BEC MATTHEWS  (MORE NT GIGS TO BE ANNOUNCED)

A few more upcoming tour posters for SA, VIC plus even a Songwriting Workshop in Bendigo!

A few more upcoming tour posters for SA, VIC plus even a Songwriting Workshop in Bendigo!

AND MY FIRST TOUR TO ALICE SPRINGS!...

 

(There will be more Alice Springs shows announced soon plus a songwriting workshop)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Harvest?

Oooh lala!  I interrupt my once-a-month post with a little extra news about this exciting trailer to a new film called Estoy Aqui Por Una Noche (It has English subtitles so don't worry!) directed by Carlos Munõz.  It is all about me working, recording and touring with Twin Tones in Mexico. Could this possibly be an example of what comes from sewing my musical seeds for over two decades? I say "let the harvest begin!!!!".  It opens today at the FICMI festival in Mexico. Stay tuned as it plays in more film festivals around the globe...... Arriba!

For those of you that are in Australia awaiting to find out if it gets selected over here all we can do is be patient and ....just come to one of my gigs in the meantime. 

My Cinco de Mayo Fiesta next week in Brisbane is going to be one fun fiesta!. 

Hasta pronto mi amigos,

Abbie

x

 

 

 

 

The Blessing & The Curse

I was born with a burning desire to perform. Knee-high to a grasshopper I was staging dances, songs and plays to family & friends wether they asked for it or not. Perhaps a psychologist may deduce it to a need to feel loved due to childhood experiences? meh. It is much larger than that. It is more than receiving acceptance from the audience. I feel it is about taking a journey with my listener that for both of us in some way for a small moment is transformative. The process of distilling feelings into songs and then sharing it live on stage to be felt again with others? well, that is what I call electrifying. It is those brief moments that I feel everything about this path of an independent self-managed musician makes perfect sense. Those brief moments are the blessings. The curse? well that would be the brief times I tried to stop being a musician because it seemed too painful but I quickly learned the deeper pain of not being true to myself.

I'm proud to say my recent house concert experience was like swimming in an ocean of blessings. Thank you to all who came. A sea of bodies strewn over rugs, cushions, chairs and stools sat enthralled, present and engaged. We journeyed together through the songs of my career in chronological order as I joined the dots to the story of my life. The highs, the lows, the shady 'record deals', the marriage-divorce, the lowered lows when I tried to stop being a musician because it felt too hard and then my rise back up again. It was naturally the combination of the people and the space that inspired me to feel so safe. It was the most open I have ever allowed myself to be in a performance. I loved tapping rhythms with the pads of my barefeet, sharing giggles, hearing song requests from albums ago, handing out shakers I had made with old tin cans and Arborio rice and hearing the room sing along with me. It is true that together we all seemed to rise like the tide. Needless to say I am now a house concert addict and predict these will certainly become more popular with artists and audiences alike. It's like fast-food versus A la carte; how can you go backwards?

I have performed a couple of shows since in regular venues and as nice as it is to play on a stage with big sound it just doesn't compare to a lounge room, bare feet, natural acoustics, home-cooked food and plain ol' homely comfort. I am beyond grateful to Parlour Gigs for asking me to perform their Brisbane Launch house concert. I am crossing all my fingers and toes that this movement continues to grow. I encourage you to visit Parlour Gigs online and sign up as a host or just buy a ticket to a concert near you. 

If you have never been to one please trust me when I say you will thank me for introducing you to this concept one day.

The lovely and brilliantly biz minded guys from Parlour Gigs Matt & Glenn introduce the Brissie crowd to their new biz and ...me!  19.01.2016

The lovely and brilliantly biz minded guys from Parlour Gigs Matt & Glenn introduce the Brissie crowd to their new biz and ...me!  19.01.2016

Feeling pretty blessed! (Yup I made some Mexican inspired fairy-lit stage props for the show too)  Shot By Nicole Brophy

Feeling pretty blessed! (Yup I made some Mexican inspired fairy-lit stage props for the show too)  Shot By Nicole Brophy

Next week I hit Melbourne town for TWO full band shows and two private house concerts. Visit the gig page on my website for full listings.

Thursday 14th April - Sooki Lounge (Belgrave)

Friday 15th April - Open Studio (High St, Thornbury)

Saturday 23rd - House concert in Ballarat with the gorgeous Freya Josephine Hollick are available at https://www.stickytickets.com.au/36433

Friday 22nd April - PRIVATE house concert (sorry no public tickets available)

Please email me at info@abbiecardwell.com if you wish to host a house concert.

 

Anonymous Messages to Loved Ones & Exes

The stage shone like a Dolly Parton game show filled with glittery props and sparkling lights for last months Valentines Day Honkytonkin Heartbreakers (sold-out) show at the Junk Bar.   It was a visual LED-lit feast that delivered all the fuzzy heart feels thanks to all the wonderful performers involved and especially to one very last minute idea I had of asking the audience to write anonymous messages to a loved one or an ex. I had no idea how this idea would flow at the time. Would it fall dead flat or be even awkwarder!?!

I handed out Sharpie pens, heart shaped sticky notes for loved ones and good old squares for the ex's. The show kicked in, three-part harmony's flowed and the gorgeous pedal steel guitar cried like any broken heart should. As I began to read out the anonymous messages in-between songs it quickly became clear the audience had more to say when they saw just how cathartic the process was. Little did I know it would become a huge feature of the night as love was expressed, pains blood-let, regrets and secrets were unleashed. We all seemed to journey somewhere lighter with love and laughter wether we were loved up or loveless.

Abbie Cardwell, Jen Mize & Nicole Brophy at The Junk Bar in three part harmony for the Valentines Honkytonkin Heartbreaker Show 2016

Abbie Cardwell, Jen Mize & Nicole Brophy at The Junk Bar in three part harmony for the Valentines Honkytonkin Heartbreaker Show 2016

I didn't pre-read any of them. Some notes induced giggles and some brought on unanimous 'Awwwwws!' from the room (some are unmentionable on this platform!). The more notes I read, the more folks had something to say, and the two jars kept filling with more pieces of paper. 

 

"I (Heart) Him, But I wish he'd stop giving me wedgies when I'm doing the dishes"
"Time changes things but I still dream about you"
"Hey Good Looking"
"First love but not the last! Dodged a bullet there!!"
"You lost out when you lost me!"

I  loved the process so much I kept it going at a couple of my solo shows in the last few weeks.  It is true what they say "Everyone has a story and we all need to be seen and heard

I might have to leave a few pens around at my next show too.  Below this poster is all the low-down on the very cool new business of house concerts run by Melbourne's Parlour Gigs that are launching in Brisbane ...with me.

                                                                              The home address will be forwarded after your purchase. 

                                                                             The home address will be forwarded after your purchase. 

 

PARLOUR GIGS LAUNCH IN BRISBANE:

The clever guys that run their successful house concert business Parlour Gigs in Melbourne are launching in Brisbane in the most amazing private lush house in Brookfield.

I am so thrilled about this that I am going to reveal what I have been secretly creating for the last while by making a mini exhibit of the art, music & story to the epic Spaghetti-Mex-Western album that has been in the making with my band Twin Tones for almost 4 years between Mexico, Australia and Italy.  

The $25 tickets are very limited! Once you purchase your ticket online the address is sent to you via email.  The event will run for a few hours from 3pm on Saturday 19th March in a stunning Brookfield Home. Enjoy complimentary nibbles and an intimate acoustic concert featuring 2 x 45 minute sets of live music spanning my history of acoustic roots, folk, americana and country with special guest Bayden Mitchell on double bass for the 2nd set.  Sit back and relax in a comfy couch, cushion or chair as the concert takes place amid the stunning acoustics of a wonderful wooden floored living area with ridiculously beautiful vista views!. Tickets are limited and selling fast....click the link below to snaffle up your own.

PARLOUR GIGS PRIVATE HOUSE CONCERT :  SATURDAY MARCH 19TH 3pm

Live Concert - Nibbles - Stunning Home - Mexican Album Preview & Art Showing                               (BYO: Please bring your own beverages of choice)

http://shop.parlourgigs.com/product/abbie-cardwell-friends-saturday-march-19-brisbane-qld/

Melbourne amigos, I am popping back in just a few weeks for two great shows and a couple of private house concerts. Please email me at info@abbiecardwell.com if you are keen to discuss booking you dream house concert with me whilst I am in town between April 12 -24th.

NEXT MONTH IS MELBOURNE'S TURN!

Over the next months I am zig-zagging all over the map from QLD to VIC and SA and back again thrice or more. You can follow my tour dates via the BANDSINTOWN APP for gigs near YOU or visit WWW.ABBIECARDWELL.COM.

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Adios Muchachos, Love Abbie

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