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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Harry Howard and the NDE Euro dates. Graney and Moore in London , Berlin and Paris. Other links and clips.

The FEARFUL WIGGINGS tour has been quite extensive, though we have yet to make it to WA or to Tasmania. In time.
There was no real concept or idea other than to play the music from the album, as if we were IN CONCERT, no matter where we were setting up. Also, there were no real rave up songs with drums on the album so Clare Moore was on keys and percussion for the most part, though she improvised a bass drum ( with a snare case) and sometimes had both a snare and a ride cymbal.

Thanks to Barry C Douglas for this clip of the last stop on the tour- the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on a  Sunday afternoon.

Stu Perera's solo on that track is the best! Clare also shifts between organ, percussion and a backbeat. Stu Thomas on his Burns Baritone as bass.

Did many other interesting musical things during the year too. Such as this Lou Reed tribute at RRR performance space. I screwed up the lyrics a bit. (Was perfect at soundcheck a half hour before). The strings were arranged by Bronwyn Henderson from the SPOILS.

 I also sang "Charleys Girl" from Coney Island Baby.

We'd started the year in Geelong. Outside. In the cold. In the street. I was getting used to my new OLD Ibanez jazz box. Thanks again to Barry for capturing it. We played THE SHERIFF OF HELL as a trio.

Had a great time playing in off the wall, off Broadway kinds of places where people have set up their own situations to listen to music. Hospitality school graduate run rock venues are the worst. I mean places where food and security comes first and music last. Screw you guys!

Also, look out for DAVE GRANEY DAY on Basic fm out of the UK. A digital station. 24 hrs of Dave Graney music! September 30th is the day.

And this great story Chris Hollow wrote about Tony Mahonys work on all our imagery for 22 years. Its just been put up on the Double J site. Chris did the interview and wrote it up about three months ago, as we were heading out on these dates.


So now I'm heading to Europe to play bass with Harry Howard and the NDE and to do a  couple of shows with Clare Moore as a duo. We did five dates in New Zealand like that and had a great time. Just playing all kinds of different songs we can't always access otherwise.


25 SEPT - Lorient, LE GALLION
27 SEPT - Paris, LE MECHANIQUE (?)
30 SEPT - dave graney and clare moore at LA Cantine, Belleville - "Synchrony + Opium Dream Estate + Dave Graney and clare moore + Central Express, live @ la Cantine"
01 OCT - Paris, FELINE – w/ Dave Graney+Clare Moore as support

04 OCT - KAFFEE BURGER w/ Dimlocator
05 OCT - VALENTIN STURBEL Dave Graney and Clare Moore
06 OCT - SOFA CLUB 2x duo's Graney/Moore + Howard/Preston
07 OCT - URBAN SPREE w/ Dimlocator
08 OCT - WHITE TRASH, NDE final Berlin show
09 OCT - Prague w/ Dimlocator
10 OCT - KINO, Ebensee w/ Dimlocator
11 OCT - FLUC. Vienna w/ Dimlocator

DOUBLE BILL, NDE AND Dave Graney, Clare Moore
16 OCT - 12 BAR CLUB
DOUBLE BILL, NDE AND Dave Graney, Clare Moore
18 Oct - Dave Graney and Clare Moore at the Mucky Pup, Islington

21 OCT Edinburgh - Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Malcolm Ross and some mates.

We're back in Australia to play some shows with harry and then a  run of dates in NSW on our own.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Zealand debriefing - caution! blue water operational matters - steam punked-totally! NDE EURO dates

So we played in Darwin. Such a  lovely place to visit in the months of July or August. We set up in the Happy Yess, which is a kind of courtyard- opened out bar - room staged area just off of the main old park known as BROWNS MART in the middle town. Right near the ABC and the courts. That's a real centre of activity here in a frontier town where black and white australia meets and also australia and asia.
Clare Moore was on keys and Stu Thomas was on baritone / bass and I was on my acoustic guitar through an amplifier kindly supplied by the sound engineer.

As you can see by the picture-Clare went TROPPO pretty quick and used an ESKY as her kick drum for the set.
The venue was a little flea on the ass of in the giant combine that was the FESTIVAL. More correctly known as the DARWIN Festival  but it was reassuringly full of generic , recognizable festival types front of house and behind the scenes. Also on the stages. Modern circus/cabaret/burlesque stuff abounds. Festival shit, really. We are pretty much SPECIALISTS... Independent operators! Lone wolfish types. Actually closer to true carnies if truth be known. We don't know everything, just a few things. There were some other fellow travellers around. Courtney Barnett and her band of players and the marvellous Marlon Williams. We had a  lovely couple of days and Stu Thomas stayed on for a week to do his LEE HAZLEWOOD show at the Happy Yess and the railway Club. These two venues operate in Darwin all year round, putting on music for people. The Festival, like it does everywhere, comes and reproduces itself annually.

Clare and I moved on to New Zealand, a place we had only ever been to once, and to Auckland only, on as a part of the Big Day Out in 1997.I don't know why. The two countries don't see a real lot of traffic between the two music scenes.

I was staring at a mans carry on bag in the queue to get into the plane at Tullamarine. I noted the ubiquitous kiwi imagery on fellow travellers and how cool the national colour black was. We walked into the plane and ALL THE SEATS WERE BLACK!  Air New Zealand.

We played at the Golden Dawn in Auckland. Loved the opportunity to be NEW again. Did a couple of sets , some Australians there who work on a Millionaires yacht around New Guinea and Vanuatu. Nice work! There were a few requests. Weird ones, thankfully.

  We moved down to Wellington, a lovely city that is apparently usually bedevilled by evil winds and rain. For our flight, it thankfully wasn't. We played in a  lovely venue to a dozen people and ate fantastic food.

An English man who lived in Melbourne briefly came up to have a moan. How he hated New Zealand! He suggested we just google "I hate new zealand"....... We stared at him. Life is still too short. He asked where we were playing next. When we told him he exclaimed with joy "oh! so it's going to get worse!" A true whinger, this bloke.
Earlier, we had done an interview and live session with a wonderful person called Emma Smith for Radio New Zealand.


The young girl at the door talked of Captain Beefheart and filled her book with sketches .
The next day we flew to the South Island and the city of Christchurch which was, of course, flattened by two earthquakes n 2010 and 2011.

We had no idea of what it looked like before but the centre of the city was full of vacant lots and old facades propped up by stacks of shipping containers.

We played in a venue called the Darkroom. True to it's name. a very dark interior. This was full by the time the opening act Aldous Harding played. A commanding , highly skilled folk singer with driving acoustic accompanied by a  fellow called Simon on beautifully clean electric guitar. The room was packed.
We started after a  while and we ran through two sets until the early hours. Lovely people running the venue.

The next morning I did  was part of a panel at the Christchurch Writers Festival.  9:30 am. Me, Kristin Hersh and  a local journalist called Philip Matthews. Kristin is very well known, I was not. She had them in the palm of her hand. I enjoyed being NEW, again. (You know me, I like to come from the clouds)

We hired a car and drove to the town of Port Chalmers which is near Dunedin. Spectacular country with very vibrant regional spots.

This was a real old shipping, industrial port. Gothic sea side horror set.

a nearby piano studio

     a fish'n'chip shop

About ten people showed up for this show. It was dark and cold. One of the people however, was a very excited man who had been trying to see us play for 34 years and actually had dozens of our albums, right up to THE DAMES. So I guess it was an intense and quality crowd.

We mooched about the very scenic town for a while before driving away...

We drove on to the last stop Oamaru. A beautiful little town with a perfectly preserved VICTORIAN area that is inhabited by artisans, artists, two working whisky distillers , an ironmonger and blacksmith. (There is actualy a STEAMPUNK CENTRE - not that they really need to amp that side of it up at all)

We stayed in a hotel that could be used for a 19th century New Orleans cathouse. We were the only ones there.

The show was put on by an enthusiastic bunch of locals. I love doing these gigs that are outside of the hospitality industry or arts curated whoop-di-doohs.
The room was in a  disused "gentlmens club" and I had a game of snooker with Clare in the Billiards room. A giant , proper table. It took an hour. I wasted my early teens on the green felt in Fosters pool hall in Mt Gambier and just love having a  play.  There was a folk/country duo from Dunedin on first. The man was a dead spit for Rory Gallagher and played the guitar like a demon as well.
The second band were THE CARPET FLOOR who had been at the ghostly gig in port Chalmers. Absolutely delightful people.

Clare and I did a set which was warmly received. (Kiwis seem to get my kooky humour and general tempo) Then a bunch of guys got up and whomped through a set of post punk classics like a party band. Glad we didn't have to follow them. "What do I get?" by the Buzzcocks, "search and destroy", "don't wanna know if you are lonely" by Husker du", "Transmission" by Joy Division and "Dancin in the Moonlight" by Thin Lizzy (?). New Zealand is weird all the way through!

The next day we ran into Oliver from the CARPET FLOOR in the street.

He rides this to work- at the ABBOTTOIR! They have a Penny Farthing race every year...

We took our time leaving Oamaru and drive to Christchurch to fly back to Melbourne.

We flew back to Melbourne, I did my radio show BLB- on Triple R the next morning, then we drove to Ararat to play on the Wednesday. We had a great time , again one of those gigs set up by people who just want to hear music in a situation with like minded others. No disinterested swingers walking in and out of the room, looking for a hopeful docking procedure. David Nicholson , who runs Ararat Live, told us some amazing ghost stories about the rooms we were staying in , and we did hear some strange shit. But we had a  good nights sleep. I wanted to eat at Debs Diner again the next morning but was over ruled by the gourmets....
We drove back to Melbourne and Clare did a show drumming for Stephen Cummings on the Friday night. On the Saturday we did a DAMES show at the Workers Club in Melbourne and on the Sunday, Clare, Stu and I did a set at the Westernport Yacht club in Balnarring for the Thin Green Line Foundation.
They're an organization who help to protect endangered species and the rangers who go into the danger zones.
A great day by the sea. A bunch of dolphins even did a swim past!
 After the gig , we went to the home of the organizer, Sean. He's a ranger who actually goes into these wartorn areas like the Congo , trying to save Mountain Gorillas.
This is how he lives, in an old tram on a  plot of land overlooking the sea.

He stuck a roof over it and built a porch out the back, looking across a couple of paddocks to the water.

We've done so many shows this year. There has been one live review -written by an art critic through!
FEARFUL WIGGINGS is a great album.  Love playing the songs from it. They cut through to people. We're weird though, we're musicians who just go out and play shows. Terribly antequainted types I'm afraid. We also play to strangers, in strange places. This Sunday is our last for a while.....

A word from our sponsors....

Sunday Sept 14th - matinee show - Northcote Social Club - tix here 

Brittany 25 LE GALLION
Rennes , Brittany 26 LE MONDO BIZARRO
Sept 30th dave graney and clare moore at La Cantine 108 bvd de Belleville Paris
OCT 01 La Feline – PARIS- Dave Graney and Clare Moore and also the NDE

Lille 02 OCT

3.10. KUNST!GARTEN /Bonn
5.10. Valentin Stürbl (Dave Graney and Clare Moore show only)
6.10. Sofa Club (Harry Howard / Dave Graney solo shows)
7.10. URBAN SPREE /w. Dim Locator
8.10. White Trash
14th Oct
Harry Howard and the NDE/Dave Graney and Clare Moore double at the Windmill in Brixton
16th Oct London 12 bar club Harry Howard and the NDE and Dave Graney and Clare Moore performance
18th October Dave Graney and Clare Moore at the Mucky Pup, Islington

Dec NSW dates 

Wed 3rd Dec - Brass Monkey, Cronulla
Thur 4th Dec - Camelot, Marrickville-Sydney
Fri 5th Dec - Gearin Hotel Katoomba
Sat 6th Dec - Royal Exchange Newcastle
Sun 7th Dec - Six String Brewery, Central Coast- NSW.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

conflict? I tried to avoid it but it's in the very air we breathe. War stories

I don't like conflict or arguments or feuds. Though I do enjoy observing other people dealing with them. And I am by natural dispostion a bit of a shit stirrer. In general, I have been surprised by what people get upset about. And who can get upset.

Just yesterday I commented on some social media about a  tv show about WW1. The show began with a  warning that it "contains depictions of deceased military personnel..." I thought this was a very modern thing. To be so soft and delicate in a day which was infused with images of ISIS beheadings, EBOLA plagues, American race riots  and GAZA bombings. Oh and Clive Palmers warnings of Communist Chinese mongrel invasions. I compared it to more honest shows like COMBAT, BILKO and DADS ARMY. Shows made be people who had actually been involved in wars.

The actual company that made the film , as  a part of the WW1 celebrations which will be absolutely peaking in 2015, had a go at me and made pathetic reference to the show perhaps not being "hip" enough. I identify myself by name and the branded company took offence. How do you talk to a company? Should you? That'd be treating them like a person? Fuck that.

A waste of your brief time on this earth.

I grew up with war movies and comics and tv shows.

These little comics full of stories about the Pacific war.

Endless, and even to a kid, pretty corny US and British propaganda films. Though some like  Powell and Pressburgers " a matter of life and death" was absolutely magical AND terrifying.


In my deeply Catholic young life- the visualized stairway to HEAVEN sequences were amazing...

Powell and Pressburgers films are among my favourites. "THE BOY WITH THE GREEN HAIR", "AGE OF CONSENT", "PEEPING TOM", THEY"RE A WEIRD MOB". Greatness. Magical!

As a young teen, Marvel comics had pretty much jumped the WW2 shark with the hilarious NICK FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOES!

ANZAC day was not what it is today. It was not HIP at all. My father was a teen in khaki in Borneo and I never knew him to march.

Later, when living in London, I loved Patrick Hamiltons book of desperate wartime life in the city, "Hangover Square".

aaaaah , I've forgotten that online bickering already.

We play in Darwin at the HAPPY YESS this weekend. It was bombed extensively in WW2 but they didn't tell anybody until recently as to how much. Still worried about the peoples morale. So we get a  constant feed of Gallipoli stuff. Much more to come. I am glad, that I am actually HIP TO THAT!

August 22nd Happy Yess Club - Darwin

NZ TOUR- dave graney and clare moore
Wed 27th August: Auckland. .... Golden Dawn
Thurs 28th August: Wellington - MEOW
Fri 29th August: Christchurch - Darkroom
Sat 30th August:
Christchurch - 9.30am - appearance at Writers Festival
Sat 30th August - Dunedin - Chick's Hotel

Wed Sept 3rd - Ararat Live
Sept 14th - matinee show - Northcote Social Club - tix here 

 EURO DATES  for Harry Howard and the NDE and some solo/duo shows from myself and Clare Moore...

Cherbourg 23 NDE
Brittany 25 LE GALLION NDE
Rennes , Brittany 26 LE MONDO BIZARRO NDE
October 01 La Feline Dave Graney/Clare Moore and also the NDE

Lille 02 NDE

03 cologne

04 Kaffee Burger  - NDE
05 VALENTIN STURBEL- dave graney solo show
06 – Sofa Club for Graney Moore/ NDE Duo's

07 – Auster TBC
08  - White Trash -confirmed for NDE

Prague 09

Ebensee 10
Vienna 11

London 12 bar – Dave Graney/Clare Moore and also Harry Howard and the NDE - Thursday 16th   

Monday, August 18, 2014

"Was Lou Reed gay?" he asked. Darwin, NZ and Euro dates.

Heading to Darwin this weekend , then a week in New Zealand. We have been to the latter only once, at the Big Day Out in Auckland 1997.
Looking forward to both environments. The New Zealand trip is a bit more of a leap into the unknown, who knows who will turn up? Anybody?
I have so many songs to choose. I will have the opportunity to present myself in whatever way I choose.
You'd think.
I hope.
Those NZ dates will be myself and Clare Moore.
Stu Thomas will be making the Darwin show.

That show at the Drunken Poet was my second turn on that wooden floor. It's like playing in a pub in the UK. Quite homey. Perhaps it's a lot of backpackers using the pub as their front room.

I stood there and played whatever I liked on my 6 string Maton. Songs like "robert ford on the stage" , "listen to her lover's sing", "I was the hunter and I was the prey". If the material in a set is solely up to me I just like to play interesting chords and lines. I could do it all day. But of course, you have to think of people.

One day, I'll be expressing myself fully on that dimension. But where or why or when could you finally speak your mind? And who to?

I must admit I'm getting pretty loose as far as my profile goes. I mean the angle at which I put my supply lines in regard to my front line.
Ever since that time last year when a man came up to me at a pub in Melbourne with his drunken mate, as if he was standing up for the sook, saying to me , "so are you gonna play his song or do we have to knock you around a bit?" I smiled because it seemed so stupid. Luckily there was nobody really tough there. I just played with the drunk, asking him what song he meant, and he didn't know the title. (No one knows the name of my most requested tune) . It was free to get in too. I take Ross Wilson's law to heart , "you want gold you pay gold!"

Played in Adelaide last month. This fellow comes up to me after the first set and asks do I like the Velvet Underground. I reply that , yeah they're okay but I really liked Lou's solo albums too. He says he loves "Perfect Day". I say, "that's his gayest tune. The most gay". He pauses and says " "What - is Lou Reed gay?" I leave a long pause....

Then I say ... "yeah, maybe .......you better Google some of this stuff? ......... hey maybe not...."

See sometimes you think you're playing to a room full of wise and knowledgeable people. Incidents like this can play on your mind... What's that Monster Magnet tune ?     "dopes to infinity".

We're also doing a Melbourne afternoon show at the Northcote Social Club  September 14th.

August 22nd - Happy Yess- Darwin

Wed 27th August: Auckland. .... Golden Dawn
Thurs 28th August: Wellington - MEOW
Fri 29th August: Christchurch - Darkroom
Sat 30th August: Christchurch - 9.30am - appearance at Writers Festival then Dunedin - Chick's Hotel
Sept 3rd - Ararat Live- Ararat
Sept 14th - matinee show - Northcote Social Club - tix here  Special guest Anna Smyrk 


We're coming back to Sydney in November for a run of dates.

But before that, Clare and I will be heading to Europe as part of Harry Howard and the NDE for dates in France, Germany, Austria and London. I'll be doing some acoustic shows with Clare as well. More details soon.

We've put up some albums digitally at Bandcamp too.

There's my effort from 2005 "Hashish"

And Clare Moore's "Liquor"

They were previously only available as a double. The cd is out of print.

Clare also has her first album "The Third Woman" available

We shall speak anon....

Saturday, August 2, 2014

FEARFUL WIGGINGS - further links and notices

Peter O'doherty from Dog Trumpet has an exhibition on at Goulds Gallery in Sth Yarra for the next month. Its at 270 Toorak Rd, right up near the Chapel st intersection. It's called "From the street"
Here's a link to it.

 Dog Trumpet also have a new album out. A double. Masterful players, writers and great guys!

While we're on the O'doherty kick. Here's Claudia O'doherty with a series of WEBISODES from the UK.

An interview I did regarding FEARFUL WIGGINGS with Myf Warhurst at Double J

From TIM magazine. I get asked what's on my ipod. I don't have one but tell what vinyl LPs were at the turntable.

 An interview with Radio Adelaide. I was standing in a freezing shopfront in a country town along the highway from Melbourne to Mt Gambier. It was raining.

 Rolling Stone Australia reviewed FEARFUL WIGGINGS. The first album of mine to be honoured so since 2003.

 4ZZZ in Brisbane reviews FEARFUL WIGGINGS

Dave Graney - Fearful Wiggings

Cockaigne / Fuse
"The latest installment from iconic Melbourne musician (and Triple R broadcaster!) Dave Graney is as compelling and unique as ever. On this record we hear the distinctive vocals and poetically concise lyricism Dave is known for presented in new and ever more expressive sonic form. Throughout the course of the album Dave Graney and partner Clare Moore explore everything from sparse folk, jazz, to adventurous art pop, all with a richly textured ambience".
Triple R  album of the week- SIMON WINKLER

 Q&A in the Sydney Morning Herald

 An interview in Rhythms magazine

Played with Harry Howard and the NDE last night, opening for the Models in Elsternwick. Always love playing as part of the NDE .

Clare was suffering a cold. the Models are a strange but lovely bunch of guys. They have a great, loose set. Sometimes funky, always unpredictable. 

As I packed my stuff up a man asked me if I was Dave Graney. I said I was . He asked me if that was "Coral Snakes" as he pointed at Clare. I said yeah that's Clare. He asked if I was still playing - with the Coral Snakes. I said I hadn't played  with them since the end of 1997 and had probably done a dozen albums since then. he asked if I was touring. I said yes, actually. All the time. He asked what he should look up. I said well, try DAVE GRANEY and see how you go. 

2014 shows
dave graney and the mistLY

August 17th - dave graney solo at the Drunken Poet in Melbourne

August 22nd Happy Yess Club - Darwin

NZ TOUR- dave graney and clare moore
Wed 27th August: Auckland. .... Golden Dawn
Thurs 28th August: Wellington - MEOW
Fri 29th August: Christchurch - Darkroom
Sat 30th August:
Christchurch - 9.30am - appearance at Writers Festival
Sat 30th August - Dunedin - Chick's Hotel

Thursday, July 31, 2014

FEARFUL WIGGINGS reviews and stories - online tour posters

 Some reviews and online concert posters. All the faces and modes and imagery and characters and places- are from within the songs on FEARFUL WIGGINGS.

You can get a cd or a digital copy - or both - from Bandcamp HERE. 

FEARFUL WIGGINGS is at itunes here. Its a great album.

A very thoughtful review of a show by art writer Chris McCauliffe 

Hello Dave. Congratulations on the release of ‘Fearful Wiggings’. That’s a pretty big album (your 28th offering in your career so far). It’s slightly more laid back compared to previous releases, so why the change of pace, and why did you decide to go solo with this album (which is your second solo album, I believe)?
I really loved some recent music by the American artist Bill Callahan. His albums DREAM RIVER and MY APOCALYPSE. Found it fascinating as to how little instrumentation there was and how much room it left for the voice. Still remaining full of power and dynamics. Started recording early last year with my acoustic, knowing I’d be working with Clare’s band the DAMES (in which I play guitar) and HARRY HOWARD and the NDE (in which I play bass) for the rest of that year. Had time to spend on my album. Felt like doing something different. Our 2012 album “You’ve been in my mind” was a real high point for our up tempo pop rock songs. Did it in the same studio as 2011s “rock’n’roll is where I hide” album so I just felt we’d exhausted that tip for a while.
You’re in your 4th decade of writing and performing songs. In an industry where longevity seems to be less common occurrence (particularly with younger musicians), how do you keep challenging yourself to come up with new material, and not burn out?
Enjoy yourself! Play with people who love to play too. What else? Don’t worry about people who think they run the show. Musicians rule! Its good to have being a musician to fall back on! Actually, I really can’t do anything else, there is no retiring in this business. Once you accept that , you can relax and get in a groove.
I love the clip to the first single ‘Everything Was Legendary with Robert’ (the whole séance theme you went with was very cool), but I do have to ask exactly why everything was legendary with Robert?
I did a song called “You wanna be there but you don’t wanna travel” in the 90s. I loved it so much I recorded it twice- in 1990 and 1994. It was about the same sort of character. A legend in his own share house kitchen. Never looking you in the eye, always off somewhere else. Waiting for his real life to start. I’ve been that type of person myself. The video was directed and shot by Donna McRae and Michael Vale. They thought up the whole visual idea. Based around an early French film maker called George Melies.
In 1996, you won the ARIA for Best Male Artist, in which you slyly declared yourself ‘King of Pop’ (referencing 70’s teen magazine, Go-Set’s pop award… I still remember that, by the way – pure brilliance). How relevant do you think awards like the ARIAs are to our music industry in Australia?

Well they’re pretty good if they recognise people’s work . Pity it’s just bought and sold by different TV channels. I always thought it’d be better to be exclusive and behind closed doors- for insiders only. Then the TV channels would have to report it on the News – either fights or gossip. Make it more of a glamorous – forbidden thing. Would be more fun for the players too. I haven’t been near one in decades.
The relationship you have with your wife and musical partner, Clare Moore, is a rare and enviable one. What’s your secret to a happy, creative partnership? How much do you influence each other with your respective musical projects (Clare’s résumé is amazing!) ?

Clare’s playing keys on a lot of these dates though she’ll be behind the kit at the SolBar. We have experienced a lot of stuff. We know what each other is talking about. I love playing with the Dames too and can’t wait to do another Clare Moore album. We do some film and TV soundtrack work together (though not as much as we like) and Clare is amazing with that stuff. Editing and playing keys and organising the pieces for the timing of the film. She’s great with harmony and also keeping Stu and Stuart informed of things. That’s important, communicating with each other. The guys have to leave their lives behind when we go on tour, we take ours with us.

What is the one main thing you want your audience to take away with them after a live Dave Graney performance (apart from a copy of the album, that is)?

Well, we’d like them to think they’ve seen and heard something unique. Something you can’t get anywhere else. We don’t do other people’s songs. It’s all my stuff. I like sensation, goofy stuff. Street language and grooves. So its kind of a balance between throwaway show business foolishness and madly ambitious flights of the imagination. Sometimes the two are the same thing and that’s really great.
And finally, from one hat aficionado to another, how many hats do you actually own?

Not enough. It’s hard to get hats to go with different outfits. I’ve only had one I really liked and that’s really stuffed. I need another one. They’re annoying, they give you an attitude.

The Point - Sunshine Coast

Talking to a young bloke at the paper in Mt Gambier.

Dave Graney was driving along the Coorong in South Australia when he was reminded of Max Harris, the celebrated modernist poet and unwitting protagonist in the Ern Malley literary hoax of the late 1940s.
Still endeavouring to escape the cloud of controversy, Harris had written a poem in the mid-1950s titled On Throwing a Copy of The New Statesman into the Coorong. Casting his eye along the same quiet country road that had inspired Harris’ poem, Graney contemplated the pre-ordained strictures of country life.
‘‘I was driving down the same road, driving down roads your mother and father might have driven down, thinking of your life, and your mind wanders to things,’’ Graney says. ‘‘Ephemeral and permanent kinds of things – you drive around on roads that are set there, and you can’t really drive off things that are set in your life.’’
Graney’s musings subsequently became Country Roads Unwinding, a song that would appear on his new album, Fearful Wiggings.
In a departure from previous records with his band the mistLY, Fearful Wiggings is largely a solo acoustic outing, with input from Graney’s wife and long-time musical partner Clare Moore and guest appearances from Lisa Gerrard from Australian ambient dance group Dead Can Dance and British folk-blues artist Nick Harper.
The change in style and tempo from Graney’s previous records was more happenstance than deliberate strategy. ‘‘I had no definite idea at the beginning whether it was going to be with a band or not,’’ Graney explains.  ‘‘I really loved the last two albums by Bill Callahan [Apocalypse, from 2011, and Dream River, 2013] – they’re really minimalist and leave a lot of room for the vocal. I really wanted to explore that a bit.’’
 He contacted Harper, the son of renowned British folk musician Roy Harper, after hearing he had been playing Graney’s Rock’n’Roll Is Where I Hide in his live set.
‘‘Nick Harper grew up in that avant-garge British folk scene of the early 1970s, which I’ve immersed myself in,’’ Graney says. ‘‘He’s an incredibly talented, shamanistic-type of guitarist – he does things that he does beyond what you can learn in books, when you’ve done the 20,000 hours of tinkling around on a guitar that you’ve got to do. I was quite honoured by the fact he was playing one of my tunes, so I got in touch with him.’’
He is in the midst of a national tour that has taken him to some different types of venue: a chicken shop in Ocean Grove, a book shop in Canberra and a converted bank building in the old centre of Newcastle. For Graney it’s about ‘‘playing a different kind of show, for a different kind of album’’.
Later this year Graney and his band will head to Europe to play some shows (while in Europe, Graney and Moore will also find time to play in Harry Howard’s backing band, the NDE).   His Francophile leanings continue to evolve – the title of Fearful Wiggings is taken from the glossary to a book of French short stories. But Graney is particularly impressed by the honesty of French songwriters.
‘‘They have songwriters [who] write about middle-age people, singing about failure and not caring about anybody or anything. That sort of thing is just not allowed in American or English music – there always has to be some sort of corny positivism in English-language stuff,’’ Graney says.
‘‘But the French do not care – they express all sorts of pithy, misanthropic kind of things.  Everything’s allowed in an adult way – bitterness, schadenfreude and all those kinds of things.  That’s what I like about European lyrics.’’

Patrick Emery in the AGE/SMH July 2014

August 3rd THE DAMES at the Post Office Hotel
August 17th - dave graney solo at the Drunken Poet in Melbourne August 22nd Happy Yess Club - Darwin

NZ TOUR- dave graney and clare moore
Wed 27th August: Auckland. .... Golden Dawn
Thurs 28th August: Wellington - MEOW
Fri 29th August: Christchurch - Darkroom
Sat 30th August:
Christchurch - 9.30am - appearance at Writers Festival
Sat 30th August - Dunedin - Chick's Hotel