Wow and another hits the window in full force. It seems to me that it is the season over here for serious mating going on and not much common sense for bird life! They’re either falling out of trees whilst entangled in each others wings or they are plain sailing straight into doors possible in full escape flight!
Sorry about opening with my bird story but seriously this is in fact the 2nd one today that has crash landed into our sliding glass door. Better than anything else on the idiot box by far!
So after practicing me drums – as I had my first lesson the other day by none other than the great McKenna – I am studying my rudiments and looking forward to getting out on the road with Mr Hat Fitz this November in Australia, we are at present playing through the new tunes that we have recorded with Jeff Lang on the “Do Tell” album.
Can’t wait to share it with you live and pretty wrapped that it is now released here in Australia.
Yes it’s a spring album for you wonderful Aussies. We will be leaving the bush behind and setting off on our East Coast run through to Sydney and Melbourne.
We have been graced by the wonderful harp playing of Ian Collard too on this 3rd Hat Fitz and Cara album and also the soft dulcet tones of Alison Ferrier along with other various talented musos from Victoria – we have been blessed none the less!
As from the 12th of November we are pleased that we will be sharing this with you face to face starting in the beautiful town of Belingen.
Would like to also tell you our news of what we have been at lately.
Well in Easter last year we were lucky enough to be invited over to East Canada for the ECMA awards to showcase representing Australia where we were lucky enough to receive the first standing OV in several years and were wrapped that they want us back for a tour next March 2015.
So our wings are spreading further a field which is a great opportunity for us.
Of course the first thing that Fitzy did was write his name in the snow with his wee as soon as we had landed, actually it was just Fi……
Isn’t that a girls name?
Anyway we also were nominated to fly to Memphis TN USA and take part in the Heats for the Memphis international Blues challenge.
What a buzz so looking forward to representing Australia, this will be taking part in January 20th of 2015 so peeps start saving your pennies, what a trip.
Well folks would just like to say a huge thank you to you all for your support and keeping in touch with us out there as without you we would not have these great experiences through out our journey on and off the road.
So thank you and hope to see you real soon.
Cheers x Cara & Fitzy
If you’d like to order our CD in Australia – go here and we’ll send one out by return!
In order to launch our CD in Australia we are pleased t release this video of ‘Shakedown’ performed at Byron Bay festival, Australia:
Here are our latest tour dates for Australia!
04.10.14 AUS, Blues For the Bush Charles Darwin Reserve, Perenjori WA.
06.11.14 AUS SOL Bar Ocean Street Maroochydore QLD
07.11.14 AUS The J Venue Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction, Sunshine Coast QLD
12.11.14 AUS No.5 Church Street Bellingen NSW
13.11.14 AUS Oddfellows Hot Club, West Kempsey NSW
14.11.14 AUS Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW
15.11.14 AUS Katoomba RSL Club, Katoomba NSW
16.11.14 AUS The Vanguard, Newtown NSW
20.11.14 AUS BaHa Taco Bar, Rye, VIC
22.11.14 AUS Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
23.11.14 AUS The Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury VIC
27.11.14 AUS New Globe Theatre Cinema Brisbane QLD
29.11.14 AUS The Basement Gold Coast Arts Theatre, Gold Coast QLD
Cara Robinson said: “We’re so chuffed to have won the Memphis Blues Challenge and be given the opportunity to represent Australia in Memphis in January 2015!”
Every year in late January literally hundreds of blues artists from around the world in the form of bands, duos and solo performers converge on the traditional ‘Home of the Blues’ Memphis, TN, USA to take part in the biggest blues event in the world – the International Blues Challenge (IBC) run by THE Blues Foundation.
On August 24th the Blues Association of South East Queensland (BASEQ) held the ‘Memphis Challenge’ where six blues acts chosen out of 100 applicants performed in front of a panel of judges to see who would be selected to represent us in Memphis at the January 2015 International Blues Challenge.
Hat Fitz & Cara are so pleased to have won the competition, this will provide a huge opportunity for BASEQ’s representative to not only visit Memphis ‘the Home of the Blues’, but also put what they do in front of an international audience including industry representatives.
It has been one of the best tours yet and it’s thanks to you for your wonderful support that you have shown us through out the last 3 months on the road. It is for sure sad that we have said goodbye to our European, UK and Irish fans and family but it is also with great pleasure that we are preparing for another run of launching the new album “Do Tell” in Australia for the first time. Thank you Australians for being so so patient as we will be releasing the album through Planet Company Records in the beginning of October.
We are so chuffed about seeing you all again too it has been too long as we will be commencing the tour of “Do Tell” album launch 2nd week in November 2014 and can’t wait to see you all.
There are so many people we would like to thank while we were across the seas including the unofficial rider of home made elderflower cordial that was presented at a gig – never have we had to bargain a CD for this rare specimen! Fitzy loved it by the way.
We must say that the support and calibre of people that still get out there and enjoy live music is overwhelming from Belgium, Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Scotland, Ireland and the UK. It is the personal touches that we seem to always take away with us where people go out of their way to be kind and welcoming. It has seemed that in Europe we could not fault the home cooked meals there waiting for us when we arrived nearly every night not forgetting the Hat Fitz & Cara’s chowder challenge in Ireland. It was a fare toss up between Kenny’s in Lahinch and West port’s Wyatt Hotel – wow both were knock out!
We are at the moment preparing for the Memphis Blues Challenge on the 24th Aug at Lefty’s Old Time Music hall in Brisbane so please cross your fingers for us as we would love the opportunity to head over and represent the Australians in Memphis at the showcase.
We are also excited to announce that there will be a new video out with the release date.
Also no van this year as we have upgraded to proper beds even to the point in Switzerland where we had separate rooms; of course Fitzy was knocking on my door at ungodly hours – “Is that why they call it morning glory?!” Anyway without further we just wanted to keep you in the loop with where we’re at and that we’ve had an absolute ball with you all and looking forward to starting the tour of the new album with you very soon please keep a check on the sight for new dates of the tour and also already we have put up some pre tour gigs up and around the sunshine coast.
Taker easy and keep in touch
Cheers Hat & Cara
Pleased to announce the following live shows for HatFitz and Cara in Australia:
24.08.14 Memphis Blues Challenge Brisbane QLD
30.08.14 Gympie Muster Festival QLD
31.08.14 Gympie Muster Festival QLD
04.10.14 Blues For the Bush Charles Darwin Reserve, Perenjori WA.
We are really looking forward to our end of tour party, and delighted that it will be back in Belfast! Tickets here!