A week and a bit ago, I received an invitation to join the Tarkine Strings at an Australia Day Foreshore Fiesta celebration in Somerset (Tasmania's Somerset, that is). Short notice, true, and a set of songs I'd mostly never heard before but, hey, it sounded like fun and the people are well respected around these [...]

After many years thinking about it I've finally gotten myself into the routine of regular live appearances (well, at least more than once a year). The Spirit Bar Tasmania offered me a spot some weeks ago and I've been invited back a couple of times, I'd assumed to apologise but it seems there are some [...]

Song suggestion update Following some really interesting comments and suggestions regarding which song from 'The Tramp: The Music of Robert Aitken’ I should submit for the Vanda and Young song competition, I found the responses, regarding not only the music but lyric content, interesting and insightful with the following front-runners: the self-demanding tale in 'Hold [...]

I have decided to donate $50 to the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia. Well actually, to the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition to be exact. APRA AMCOS, of which I'm a proud member, tell us this is the world's most prestigious songwriting competition; 'It aims to support talented songwriters while raising much-needed funds for not-for-profit organisation [...]

Since its release in February 2017, many responses I have received from happy readers of The Tramp have been encouraging, flattering — even inspirational (ego-busting, my wife suggests). From the music's perspective, listeners have commented that the thirteen songs on the CD take on a completely different meaning once one has read the story — [...]

With a little help from my friends: Edition 1 For the first twelve months following the dream that had inspired the development of my novel and CD The Tramp, I'd shared the concept with few people. I may have made passing comments, or played a song here and there, but mostly, the story of Robert Aitken and his [...]

We spent a delightful Thursday evening enjoying the crisp Eugenana air at Prickly Mo. Their wines are to live for (who wants to die anyway?), there was an array of belly-popping platters, other delights by the Flying Calamari Brothers (no prizes for guessing the top of their menu), and music by You3. We set up our chairs in front of centre [...]