The big wet continues in the south with spring bursting with sun, wind and rain.
Last month saw Neil accompanied by Damien Neil perform three shows along the Murray Valley at Wentworth, Swan Hill and Nathalia. Thanks to all those who caught their set, particularly the fine audience that graced the Grain store in Nathalia- what a gem of a venue. Congratulations to the thriving arts community in Nathalia.
After that Neil did a flying solo trip to Queensland and again thanks to all those who were moved to find Jackie Marshall’s exquisite house concert in Oxley and the Bison Bar in Nambour.
Early this month Neil performed a sold out show at the Epilogue rooftop bar in Alice Springs. Long time NT fans came out in droves to dance, shout requests and take photos. It was a performance and audience response that harkened back to a time before the digital age and it kept Neil (still an analogue, pen and paper man) pumped for the entire evening.
The following is an important message regarding the Tjungukutu Project of Neil Murray and Sammy Butcher.
TJUNGUKUTU (still together)
To all the people who have generously contributed financial support to the Tjungukutu Project. We appreciate your support and wish to update you on the status of the project.
In July, Neil Murray and Jim Moginie recorded the beds for 10 tracks in Adelaide. Due to ill health Sammy was unable to attend that recording session. In August, unfortunately Sammy suffered a further two strokes which has left him debilitated and with a significant incapacity in his right hand. Although he did play some bass live with Neil Murray at Kalkaringi for the Freedom Day concert - it was an enormous effort for him.
Recently an attempt was made to record Sammy on the Tjungukutu tracks in Alice Springs. However he was unable to be present due to his ongoing medical condition. We did however manage to record his niece Crystal Butcher singing on a couple of tracks. It appears likely that Sammy will nominate his son to play for him on the recording that features songs inspired by Sammy’s life experiences. We hope all our supporters understand the situation. Sammy would love to be fully fit and recovered to play brilliant guitar like we all know he can but that appears unlikely at this stage. We also hope Sammy receives the very best in care and treatment so he can progress with his rehabilitation.
On the horizon ...
A reminder that Neil Murray’s Getaway “Wurn Bulok” (Lake Camp) is available. Enjoy a relaxing stay (min 2 nights) in an historic, self-contained bluestone cottage in victoria’s western district, within 300 metres of freshly filled Lake Bolac and an easy drive to the Gariwerd/Grampians National Park. This is the residence and the region where Neil lived and wrote many songs between 1995 and 2013.
Here are the links:
Neil, along with Kavisha Mazzella, Carl Pannuzo and Eva Popov have been working on songs for the Singing From Country Project which has its focus in south east Dja Dja Wurrung country Victoria and commenced in September. A performance/workshop and expose of songs in progress is planned for October 29th at the Maldon Folk Festival.
Next month Neil, will be appearing at the Darwin Indigenous Leadership Conference on Thursday November 10th and is also confirmed to perform at the Majors Creek Festival, NSW from November 11th to 13th.
From there he heads to Bermagui/Wallaga Lake for the Grow the Music programme.
We are pleased to announce that Neil (accompanied by Damien Neil) will be performing at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in March 2017.
Keep the faith people