playing with Alanna and Alicia Eagan

I’ve had the great pleasure of playing with Alanna and Alicia Eagan and Silas Palmer at the Northern Beaches Festival in Sydney last weekend.  I’m not sure how to embed a video here, but if you click on this link you can hear us performing….

Miss Celie’s Blues cover Jen Hawley and Alanna and Alicia Eagan

I’ve been a very lazy blogger, so I think I’ll just pop up what I’m doing for now, so at least I’m visiting the page.  Please feel free to ask me questions.  I love talking about guitars, music, performing and anything else that comes to mind.

I played my beautiful new guitar for the first time at this festival.  It’s a Martin OM42, I think it’s a keeper!

jen's martin om42

Musings of a Melbourne Muso – last gig with Alex Burns

Well it was the end of an era on Sunday.  My last official gig with Melbourne Blues guru, Alex Burns.  Here’s a pic of us playing together at the Drunken Poet, one of Melbourne’s top watering holes, just across the road from the Victoria Market.  This was last Sunday, Tuesday 26 Nov, 2013.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo bad feelings between us.  The reason we’re calling it a day is that Alex wants to keep rehearsing and I’ve started up some new projects (I’ll be blogging about these lots soon) that are taking up my practice time.

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This is my first attempt at blogging, so I imagine it’ll develop as I go.  I thought I might start off with some pics of gigs I’ve been doing.  This was Christophe Genoux’s French trio at the South Melbourne Market on Thu 21 Nov, 2013.  That’s Christophe on the mic, he’s actually doing some beat boxing while Tony Mazziotta takes a bass solo.  Pretty cool.  We’re just starting off our first set when these photos were taken.  Our first tune was Diva from the film Betty Blue.  It’s in 6/4 and pretty intense as a first number, so we’re all concentrating like mad.

I’ve been thinking about what Tom Jackson (stagecraft guru) says about creating sets and he reckons start with a 3 out of 5 as people are reacting to the visuals more.  There’s a lot of considerations when choosing a setlist, it’s a tricky art.

By the last set of this gig we had a big crowd singing along with us a clapping like mad.  I don’t know how people create that from the first moment.  We seem to need some time to warm up to each other as well as to the audience.  Especially somewhere like a market gig where people are moving by all the time.