I pack my gear, and start making my way down to my new home for the next couple of weeks during the festival with the NZ Tamworth Tour people (set up through Philip and Jackie Geary). On the way down the road (only 1km away) an older guy walks beside me, notices me from performing in the Tamworth Country Music Festival opening ceremony, and congratulates me on my work. I thank him obviously, all the time thinking it must have been difficult for me to be identifiable from 25-30 others on stage. I love the complements however. Hopefully he gets to see more of my shows during the festival.
Maree turns up about 30 minutes after I get there. It turns out we’re sharing a room with Joseph Balfe and his father, so guitars and speakers are sprawled everywhere. Typical of us guitarists.
It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve seen Maree, so it’s exciting to show her the sights. In amongst walking through the busters and other performers, we check out a couple of stores to see what’s on offer in this town.
Earlier in the week, I got a gig set up for the Pig & Tinder Box. Today is gig day. It’s great to continue working alongside Andrew and Jacob again. Andrew started the earlier set, I took the middle, and then finished the last set with Jacob by playing guitar for him. It was a fantastic experience to play for a bar here in Tamworth, and my music was really well received.
After we finished the gig, we cruised off to a Bushwakers event at The Longyard. I managed to get tickets through Roger and Dobe from the Academy, so it was choice az to see both of them again, alongside 90% of the Academy students. It was an incredible gig. So much so that Maree and I walked away with an album. Great stuff. It follows that “Pog n Scroggin” type sound that is popular with the folky types in Dunedin, so I’m sure there will be heaps of NZers who would be keen for a NZ tour.
With the festival underway, and me lacking a great deal of sleep due the intensity of the Academy, we tap out after the show, and try to recharge for tomorrow. Who knows what that will bring.