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About Me

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WORKSHY - 2017 memoir out on Affirm Press. Let's get Tight - 2017 CD with Clare Moore. Moodists - Coral Snakes - mistLY. I don’t know what I am and don’t want to know any more than I already know. I aspire, in my music , to 40s B Movie (voice and presence) and wish I could play guitar like Charlie Christian or Grant Green -but not in this lifetime, I know.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Two more Sundays to go in the Croxton Bandroom front room



 This was our set last Sunday at the Croxton Bandroom. Started off with three songs from the 1997 album, The Devil Drives. This was the last album from Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes. We have two more Sundays in our April/May residency. We have played seven unique sets so far. Come on down to 607 High st Thornbury on Sunday from 4-6pm. Special guests this week are Fire and Ice (Penny Ikinger and Julitha Ryan)
set from the Croxton Bandroom- Dave Graney and the mistLY 13-05-2018


A man on the make (1997)

Pianola Roll (1997)

The Sheriff Of hell (1997)

We dont belong to anybody (2011)

dont mess with the blood (2001)

I'm seein' demons (2003)

ULTRAKEEF (unrecorded)

Is that What You did? (unrecorded)

You're all wrong (april 2018)

I'm never Off (2017)

My Schtick weighs a ton (2005)



In the lead up to the show last week I appeared on a couple of non mainstream media streams. Its great that people are using the amazing technolgy that is available to broadcast locally, especially when the mainstream media is turning to shit so blatantly.


One was THE PUBCAST SHOW which was filmed upstairs at the Retreat Hotel in Sydney Rd, Brunswick. I spoke about my book WORKSHY and played a couple of acoustic songs. The two other guests were interesting. One, a comedian who had had some problems with drugs and booze and also a film maker who had also had issues with substance abuse. The theme of the particular epsiode was sobriety . You can access the episode via their Facebook Page here
The film maker had an interesting background in Melbourne 90s dance culture. Here is a short film he was involved in the writing of,  around a character from the same scene, Big Billy. 



I find the phenomenon of the particular dance from that time to be pretty amazing, THE MELBOURNE SHUFFLE.






I also did an interview with Australian Musicians Radio out of a studio in Ferntree Gully. They broadcast it as well as filmed some for a local tv stream which can be accessed via the YARRA RANGES TV Facebook Page.

Over the last week Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds have been playing around Australia. A fantastic dance band and a portal for many into the underworld once opened up and carved in rock by the Gun Club and the Cramps. Kid Congo can access those songs and tones, as well as playing music from his own recent albums. A really great band. Clare Moore sat in on drums for the Pink Tiles who opened for them in Castlemaine and then we played with them on the 17th at the brand new venue under an older name that is the Caravan Music Club.
Kid lives in Connecticut, bassist Kiki Solis lives in St Louis, drummer Ron Miller lives in Lawrence, Kansas and guitarist Mark Cisneros lives in Washington DC. They stay with friends here and play on hired or borrowed gear and sound stellar every time they jump onto a stage They arrived on a Thursday and played every night for a  week before having one day off. Unstoppable grooves!

Clare Moore and in played with the Gun Club in London at the Lyceum in the Strand in 1983 and later on in Amsterdam and London when Kid was in the band. A friend for life. All of them friends for life. A really great bunch of people.





FIVE POINTS - a favourite Kid Congo track...





Our shows at the Croxton have continued to be very enjoyable. We have two more to do in this run. Its a great room. 


Dave Graney memoir-WORKSHY-out on Affirm press.Order it here.
MAY MELBOURNE RESIDENCY - DAVE GRANEY AND THE MISTLY IN THE EXCELLENT FRONT ROOM OF THE CROXTON PARK HOTEL.
Every Sunday in MAY from 4-6pm. presenting different albums weekly and previewing new material. Two more to go!
Book here
- choose your Sunday

Special guests May 20th are FIRE and ICE (Penny Ikinger and Julitha Ryan)



July 7th - The Cabaret Club - Ballarat.
4/9367 Western Highway Warrenheip, Ballarat 33520353348150 
Dave Graney and the mistLY play ADELAIDE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel August 10th/11th/12th - BOOK HERE

A Spotify Playlist of songs from a certain time that really entranced me. 

After the Moodists finished I sat around listening to a lot of music and got a feeling for singer songwriters. But not the acoustic types, more East Coast USA electric singers and songwriters who often had bands. Thats what I wanted to do when we started Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes in London.






Thursday, May 10, 2018

Front Room Of the Croxton bandroom 4-6pm on Sundays in May

Ok, still kind of on the 5-2 diet. Basically changed the way I eat. I lost 6 kilos and am quite happy with that. I don't need to lose any more.



A Spotify playlist to help you negotiate all the stuff we've done over three and a half decades.




Stu Thomas couldn't make the show last week due to his dog Ziggy suffering an injury to his leg and needing a lot of care so we did a minimalist trio set. Clare Moore played keys and vibes, Stu Perera played his trusty Rickenbacker and I played acoustic and electric guitars.

This was our game plan ...

Song of Llife (2018)
I'm Gonna Live In My own Big World (1995)
Have You heard About the Melbourne Mafia? (2000)
Eye Of The Vibe (2001)
I Will Always Hate You (2001)
I'm A Commander (1998)

You're All Wrong (2018)
You've Been In My Mind (unrecorded)
Hell Is You, Babe (unrecorded)

Saturday Night Bath (2005)
Be Sad For Me (2017)
You Need a Kleek, Klook (2017)
How Long Does The Raunch (2017)
I Am Your Humble Servant (2003)


Yeah, I didn't write it in cursive. 

We rehearsed for our next show and went through some Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes era material. We have played some of that during this run but not a lot as yet. So we are heading toward that stuff now.
We will also be playing some new material that its been great to be working up.
We rehearsed some more of that. A song called "Where's My Buzz?" which took a really great turn in our last run at it. I'm trying to steer away from familiar grooves and songwriting modes I've been stuck in for a while. The song we've been doing called "Is That What You Did?" is the most MAJOR CHORD thing I've done in years. "ULTRAKEEF" is kind of writing itself. People are digging us finding our way through this stuff in public.

I have been working on a song in the studio that I built up from a  drum machine beat and built up some tracks. Again, it's a real MAJOR CHORD job.  There are no electric guitars. I played it all, organ and acoustic guitars, autoharp, harmonica  and bass and the rhythm. Clare found it to be quite disturbingly nutty but has turned around and has now given it the green light. Georgio "the dove" Valentino told us a story of his flight from Detroit to Brussels and how he took his childhood blanket wth him. It was called DouDou. One dark night in a bad bart of Brussels, his car was broken into and DouDou went missing.
I told him right then I needed to write a song called "Et Tu DouDou!" and so I have. I'm still making up my mind whether to put it out as a single track or wait until we record a whole album. It's not a  pop song but its got a lot of drama. 

In other news we have been talking with a couple of labels about putting out some back catalogue stuff. Universal Music in Austraia have been very direct and positive. We might also do something with the album of re-recordings we gave to Liberation in Australia in 2011 and they have been very accommodating too.

We might even do some vinyl, still thinking on it.



Last year we were in touch with Fire Records about the two albums we did with them in the late 80s/very early 90s. When we worked with them it was mainly driven by the owner, Clive Solomon. In the modern era, a fellow called James runs it.
James has been very helpful and sent us a box of vinyl copies of the two albums (My Life On The Plains and I Was The Hunter And I Was The Prey) that he found in the warehouse. The albums are not really available in any form. I asked Clive to just give us the rights to them and call it square but he says its "an important part of the labels story". I can't really dwell on it too much. It just bums me out.



We have those (very limited quantities) vinyl copies of  My Life On The Plains and I Was The Hunter And I Was The Prey available at the shows we are doing. 

We have three more shows coming up at the Croxton Bandroom as well as a show in Ballarat and three shows in Adelaide at the Wheatsheaf.  We may do the latter gigs like these residency shows and make it a  different set each night. 


 Clare Moore and Stuart Perera going through some arrangements and difficult charts for last weeks show in the front room of the Croxton Bandroom. (We call that musical notation #flyshit in the business) 4-6 pm, 607 High St Thornbury. Yes, Clare  pulled out the 50s Boosey and Hawkes jazz set of vibes she bought from a teary widow in Doncaster in 1997. She showed us the cocktail/ party room where she and her late husband would entertain friends and he would play the vibes and they would all dance. We couldn't see them at first, then she opened a purpose built door beneath the cocktail bar and wheeled them out.


This was our Primary Colour look last week at the Croxton Bandroom. We were playing as a minimalist trio. Vibes, keys, acoustic and electric guitars so we needed to have a more flash facade than usual. This week Clare Moore will be back behind the kit, Stu Thomas will be at the bass and Stu Perera will be blazing that Rickenbacker. It's Mothers Day so why not run away to come to this show? We play from 4-6 pm in the front room. 607 high st thornbury. Special guests this week are THE ROUTINES who are Jane Dust, Clare Moore and Emily Jarrett


A Spotify Playlist of my favourite guitar jams.


 
MAY MELBOURNE RESIDENCY - DAVE GRANEY AND THE MISTLY IN THE EXCELLENT FRONT ROOM OF THE CROXTON PARK HOTEL.
Every Sunday in MAY from 4-6pm. presenting different albums weekly and previewing new material.
Book here
- choose your Sunday

Special guest May 13th are THE ROUTINES
(Jane Dust-Clare Moore-Emily Jarrett)
Special guests May 20th are FIRE and ICE (Penny Ikinger and Julitha Ryan)
Special guest May 27th is Lisa Crawley.



July 7th - The Cabaret Club - Ballarat.
4/9367 Western Highway Warrenheip, Ballarat 33520353348150
Dave Graney and the mistLY play ADELAIDE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel August 10th/11th/12th

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sundays in the front room of the Croxton Bandroom for all of May now

Our run of five Sundays in the delightful front room of the Croxton Bandroom during April has been so much fun and so fruitful creatively that we have extended it for four more Sundays in May.
All shows will run from 4-6pm. 607 High St Thornbury.
Special guest on MAY the 6th will be Twinkledigitz aka WAM aka Will Hindmarsh from Go Go Sapien. Book here.
Special guests on MAY the 13th will be a return hit out from the ROUTINES. (Jane Dust, Clare Moore and Emily Jarrett from Go Go Sapien). Book here.
Special guests on MAY the 20th will be  FIRE and ICE aka Penny Ikinger in a duo with Julitha Ryan. Book here.
Special guest on the last show on MAY the 27th will be Lisa Crawley. Book here.

To recap what we have played so far..
1/4/18 was mostly from the 2012 cd YOU'VE BEEN IN MY MIND

pic Gina Robertson

Blues Negative
We Need A Champion
Flash In the Pantz
Mt Gambier Night
I Don't Wanna Know Myself
Playin' Chicken
Midnight Cats
I'm Not The Guy I Tried To Be
Cop This, Sweetly
Field Record Me

I also played Song Of Life and You're All Wrong, two singles from February and April 2018 as well as a new composition called You've Been In My Mind.



Seeing as it was Easter we ripped through Lets Kill God Again to close.

Thomas Hugh Vecera opened the show.

8/4/18 featured a lot of songs from 2001-2003 that were also remixed for SUPERMODIFIED in 2010.
Sometimes You Can See Yourself (2005)
Anchors Aweigh
All Our Friends Were Stars
Midnight To Dawn
The Brother Who Lived
Twilight Of A Villain
A Boy Named Epic
Heroic Blues
Clinging To The Coast
I've Got Myself a Beautiful Nightmare (1990)
Everybody Does What They Want To (1990)
There's the Royal Troll

You're All Wrong
You've Been In My Mind

Lisa Crawley opened the show.

15/4/18 featured mostly songs from the 2008 classic WE WUZ CURIOUS and 2009's Knock Yourself Out .

You had To Be Drunk
I Come From The Clouds
Lets Kill God Again
Dylan The Indie Fake
Honky Tonk Rope A Dope
Punk Dies
I Like To Be Haunted
Bring Me My Liar
I'm In The Future Now
Bodysnatcher Blues

We also played two new pieces, ULTRAKEEF which is a paen to the mythic Stones droog and IS THAT WHAT YOU DID? 

The Routines opened the show.

22/4/18 was a vibes, baritone guitar and electric and acoustic guitar show. The sound that was recorded in 2006 for KEEPIN' IT UNREAL.

Song Of Life
Vengeance Is On It's Way (2000)
The Stuff that Night Is Made Of (2000)
Lt Clonel, Cavalry (1998)
Am I Wearing Sometthing Of Yours? (1998)
You Wanna Be there But You Don't Wanna Travel (1994)
I Will Have Always Been here Before (2005)
A Lot To Drink About (Clare Moore)
Be Sad For Me
Diamonds, Fur Coat, Campagne (Suicide cover)

We also played new material in
You're All Wrong
You've Been In My Mind 
Hell Is You, Babe




Anna Smyrk opened the show.

29/4/18 featured a lot of relatively recent songs from  FEARFUL WIGGINGS in 2014 and LETS GET TIGHT from 2017.

Song Of Life
Your Masters Must be Pleased With You (1998)
Everything Was Legendary With Robert
How Can You get Out Of London?
I Ain't Hi Vis
I Been Trendy
I Need To Be Hot
I'm A Good Hater
This Is the Deadest Place I've Ever Died In

We also played ULTRAKEEF and IS THAT WHAT YOU DID?

Eduardo Miller opened the show.

Thats a lot of brain freezing material! I mean all the words and the arrangements. All that time rolling through my brain as we bring it into some kind of presence in 2018. The band has been amazing.

Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes also played a festival in the Hunter Valley  in NSW on April 28th. In a forest clearing on a lucky fellows property, it was called GUMBALL and was a part of a local ongoing music happening/area called DASHVILLE.



We flew up to Newcastle and were met by Henry, who was going to drive us the rest of the way and also help with gear and mixing us. He'd already picked up Robin Casinader in Sydney (who'd flown there from Canberra). "We" were myself, Clare Moore, Rod Hayward and Stu Thomas.
We came into the festival site and got familiar with the place and the gear we were to use.
I had a chat with Ben Salter and he casually enquired as to what we would do . I said we had a decades worth of classic grooves and moves and it's all compressed into an hour for this show and I pitied the poor cunt who had to follow us. He said that that was actually going to be him. He laughed.
We went on at dusk and absolutely tore the joint up.

pic Swamphouse Photography


You're Just Too Hip, baby
I'm Just Havin' One O' Those Lives
Warren Oates
You Wanna be There But You Don't Wanna Travel
You Wanna Be Loved
Feelin' Kinda Sporty
I'm Gonna Release Your Soul
The Stars, baby, The Stars
Rock'n'Roll Is Where I Hide

We left the stage in flames.

Ben was in a  festival specific collective who played a set of classic rock songs They started off with Stevie Wrights Black Eyed Bruiser.

We were on a  real high after that and were happy to catch a mesmerising set from Rocket Science and another blazing triumph from THE AINTS. Had an absolutely fantastic time of it. Thank you everybody!

The next day we flew back to Melbourne , got into the van and drove to the Croxton, still buzzing and played a fully amped up set to end the first month of Sundays.


MAY MELBOURNE RESIDENCY - DAVE GRANEY AND THE MISTLY IN THE EXCELLENT FRONT ROOM OF THE CROXTON PARK HOTEL. 607 High St Thornbury.
Every Sunday in May from 4-6pm. presenting different albums weekly and previewing new material.

May 17th, we'll be playing as opening act for Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds at the Caravan Club in Sth Oakleigh.

July 7th - The Cabaret Club - BALLARAT

Dave Graney and the mistLY play ADELAIDE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel August 10th/11th/12th






Blues pop. A cry from the heart/brain/traffic/mirror. YOU'RE ALL WRONG!
Dave Graney playing slide guitar and bass over a narcotic beat of his own devising.
Dave Graney playing guitars, bass, the beat and a touch of keys at the end. A true solo outing. Alone. No amigos. Davey no mates.
YOU'RE ALL WRONG.

Video is public domain from here https://archive.org/details/TowersTh1957
It depicts Simon Rodia and the building of the Watts Towers in south-central Los Angeles. He started in 1921 and the film was made in the 1950s. From Wiki ... "The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo ("our town" in Spanish) are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural towers, architectural structures, and individual sculptural features and mosaics within the site of the artist's original residential property in Watts, Los Angeles. The entire site of towers, structures, sculptures, pavement and walls were designed and built solely by Sabato ("Simon") Rodia (1879–1965), an Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason, over a period of 33 years from 1921 to 1954. The tallest of the towers is 99.5 feet (30.3 m). The work is an example of outsider art or Art Brut and Italian-American naïve art".
More details here... http://www.getty.edu/conservation/pub...

Always been fascinated by them and referenced them in the lyric to APOLLO 69 on The Soft'n'Sexy Sound album in 1995. "billowin' pubic cloud below/groanin' shakin' scaffold sways/Nelsons Column/Isaac Hayes' SHAFT/ Watts Towers"

You're all wrong 
not everybody 
just you 
but all of you 
no! 
I see a spectrum under you 
thats a nice way of saying you're on it 
you're all wrong 
you're all wrong 
you're all wrong 
you're not right 
you don't feel us feel you 
you're all wrong 
you're all wrong 
ok, everybody 
all of you 
that's the way you're gonna hear this 
you're all wrong 
you're all wrong 
nah- just you 
but all of you 
you're all wrong 
you're all wrong 
your nose 
your smell 
your walk 
your words 
your voice 
your vibe 
you're all wrong 
you're all wrong

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Half way through our April Residency - new digital release YOU'RE ALL WRONG

So I'm afraid I gave up on the Will Self book. Started out to be quite intriguing but I found I could easily put it down. It was called How the Dead Live. I always used to stick with books but can't do it anymore.
I am now a third of the way into "The Fifth Child" by Doris Lessing. She is  great writer and makes it easy for the reader. That's my excuse anyway.

So the first date of the Croxton front room we played mostly songs from You've Been In My Mind from 2012. This was a great rock album and the last real expression of the mistLY transforming and expanding my songs in the studio. The album was coloured by my 12 string electric guitar and lots of vocal harmonies. A rock album with the rock being in the sound spectrum that was first explored on Love's Forever Changes or the Byrds Younger Than Yesterday. It was a very personal album in the lyrics as it was just after my memoir "1001 Australian Nights"  and when my friends or family would say they'd read it I had the queasy feeling that they'd been in my mind.




The set went like this ....

Blues Negative
We Need a champion
Flash in the pantz
Mt gambier night
I don't wanna know myself
Playin chicken
Midnightcats
I'm not the guy I tried to be
Cop this, sweetly
Field record me

I also played Song Of Life which was our February digital release and two of my new songs I'd written for slide guitar, You're All Wrong and You've Been In My Mind. The latter being my proud entrance to the tradition of a song sharing the same title as a previous album, released six years before.

For the second week we tackled songs mainly first released in 2001 on Heroic Blues and in 2003 on the Brother Who Lived. A lot of these were restrung/re-sung and remastered for SUPERMODIFIED in 2010. There were also two songs from I Was the Hunter And I Was The Prey in 1990 and one from Hashish and Liquor in 2005.
For this gig, Clare Moore played keyboards as well as drums and vocals.

Sometimes you can see yourself
Anchors aweigh
All our friends were stars
Midnight to Dawn
The brother who lived
Twilight of a villan
A boy named Epic
Heroic Blues
Clinging to the Coast

You're all wrong
You've been in my mind
Song of Life

I've got myself a beautiful nightmare
Everybody does what they want to
There's the Royal troll

For the third week we played songs from two albums that were real peaks of songwriting and creativity for me and the mostLY, We Wuz Curious from 2008 and Knock Yourself Out from 2009. Both written and recorded when my parents were seriously ailing in health and ultimately passing away. I kind of threw myself into work when I could.

Both albums fevered and concentrated. Incredibly funky. Both with amazing cover illustrations from Tony Mahony.

I would have loved to have gotten either released in Europe. I was told by one distributor about We Wuz Curious that the sort of person who might have sought it out doesn't exist anymore and that the cover art was terrible. The loneliness of the long distance Australian rock singer! It's no longer available in any physical form but you can get a digital copy.




Knock Yourself Out had music mostly written and recorded by Clare Moore while I toured with Henry Wagons. It's the funkiest and most dense and richly lyrical record I've ever done.




Check this out, THROWIN' ONE INTO THE WORLD.

The third set was..

You had to be drunk
I come from the clouds
Lets kill god again
Dylan the Indie fake
Honky tonk rope a dope
Punk dies
I like to be haunted
Bring me my liar
I'm in the future now
Bodysnatcher blues

We also did two new songs which differ from a lot f recent songwriting in that I really cooked them up with the mistLY. Real band related songs.

Is that what you did? 
ULTRAKEEF

The latter is a meditation on the mythic rock'n'roll droog that will alway be - Keef.  The former is a great monstrous groove in a Grateful Dead / Pedal gaze style with lyrics asking "that thing that you're doing - is that what you did?"

In the meantime I have a new digital release out. YOU'RE ALL WRONG. I call it   a pop blues. One of several songs that fell out when I bought a six dollar guitar that was covered in One Direction stickers in Ararat, tuned it to open G and tried some slide guitar.

A cry from the heart/brain/traffic/mirror. YOU'RE ALL WRONG! I played slide guitar and bass over a narcotic beat I took from a toy keyboard and added some autoharp and a touch of piano at the end.




I found a film that was in the public domain  about Watts Towers and Simon Rodia, the man who built them and I put the song to it and made a clip.

From Wiki ... "The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo ("our town" in Spanish) are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural towers, architectural structures, and individual sculptural features and mosaics within the site of the artist's original residential property in Watts, Los Angeles. The entire site of towers, structures, sculptures, pavement and walls were designed and built solely by Sabato ("Simon") Rodia (1879–1965), an Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason, over a period of 33 years from 1921 to 1954. The tallest of the towers is 99.5 feet (30.3 m). The work is an example of outsider art or Art Brut and Italian-American naïve art".





Always been fascinated by the  Watts Towers and referenced them in the lyric to APOLLO 69 on The Soft'n'Sexy Sound album in 1995. "billowin' public cloud below/groanin' shakin' scaffold sways/Nelsons Column/Isaac Hayes' SHAFT/ Watts Towers"

You're all wrong
not everybody
just you
but all of you
no!
I see a spectrum under you
thats a nice way of saying you're on it
you're all wrong
you're all wrong
you're all wrong
you're not right
you don't feel us feel you
you're all wrong
you're all wrong
ok, everybody
all of you
that's the way you're gonna hear this
you're all wrong
you're all wrong
nah-
just you
but all of you
you're all wrong
you're all wrong
your nose, your smell your walk your words your voice your vibe
you're all wrong
you're all wrong

We have two more weeks in the front room at the Croxton Bandroom. People have been asking requests and any intel on what we have planned but I just want it all to be a  surprise.

Saturday April 28th - Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes play Dashville-GUMBALL festival in NSW.

May 12th - we'll be playing a show at the Skylark Room in Upwey.


Dave Graney and the mistLY play ADELAIDE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel August 10th/11th/12th 


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

April Residency Sunday Afternoons 4-6pm at the Croxton Bandroom Front bar



GUEST on April 1st Thomas Hugh Vecera
https://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=84058

GUEST April 8th Lisa Crawley
https://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=84059

GUESTS April 15th THE ROUTINES
https://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=84060

GUEST April 22nd Anna Smyrk
https://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=84057

GUEST April 29th ???????
https://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=84061

This run of shows starts this Sunday.  April 1st at 4pm. Special guest is Thomas Hugh Vecera.
We met Thomas when he opened for us a the Grand Hotel in Mornington last month.

Hey I've kept to the 5/2 diet and have lost about 4.5 kilos. Basically cut bread from my diet and not a  lot of meat. Been cooking a  lot. and reading books.

I loved Electric Eden, from Rob Young,  a fantastic doorstopping tome about "visionary British folk music". Absolute lifes work of research and opining. I loved it.

I try to alternate fiction with non fiction in reading. I also read the new novel from Peter Carey called A Long Way From Home. This was quite riveting and kept gathering energy as it went on. I loved it.

I am now part way into How the Dead Live by Will Self. I have started a couple of his books before and had to stop as they didn't really grab me. And I rarely stop books or films once I dive in.

After our trip to Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast we came back to Melbourne and continued our 2018 theme of very varied and interesting shows.

On March 11th we played ona  Sunday early afternoon in a  beautiful garen at the side of the old world colonial gentlemens crib that is the Geelong Club. We played from 2pm in the late summer sunshine. A lovely place to play.



The next week we played with Psuedo Echo at PALMS in the Crown Casino area of Melbourne.
This was a deluxe theatre situation, like playing at the Arts Centre.


Psuedo Echo had  a big hit in Australia with a version of Funky Town in the 80s.

They were led by Brian Canham who played a Les Paul guitar at PALMS , with no amplifier, just pedals straight into the PA. He was flanked by a guy on Keytar playing the bass lines and another guy on a Keytar playing the synth lines.  A woman at the back sang backing vocals and there was a guy on drums.  They had a perfect, pristine 80s sound that a lot of modern young bands would kill for. They put on a  totally pro show. They did their hits and also covered "Send me An Angel" by Real Life and "Nutbush City Limits" by Ike and Tina Turner.

A great show.



We played a rockn'roll set into the theatre , must've sounded like the Allman Brothers in contrast to that slick, contained 80s sound. It was sprawling and epic.

The next week we were to play at the opening of the new sports hub at Upwey Oval. It had not rained in Melbourne for 45 days and friends of ours in Monbulk, further into the hills, were buying water as they  lived with water tanks filled by rain.

The day of the opening it poured with rain, it pelted down! We were to be first on at 12:30 as we had a show to do in town. The stage was soaked and water was pouring in from the roof.  We were going to play as a duo with guitar through an amp and also with the vibes but it wasn't safe to have too much electricity on the wet stage.
We made show with my acoustic and Clare singing and playing percussion. Matt Walker played harmonica on a  couple of songs. As we played our last tune, teh rain eased up and teh rest of teh day went ahead without a hitch.

Matt did a  set of his own.


We then drove into town and played a private party for a man turninga  significant age ata  pub in Collingwood. He had asked for a set of songs predominantly from the very early period of Dave raney and the Coral Snakes / White Buffaloes. We made show for 90 minutes. the first songs we played were "You're too hip, baby", "rock'n'roll is hwere I hide", "feelin Kinda sporty" and "the stars". It was great to play that stuff all in  a  rush.


Clare Moore plays drums, vibes , keys, melodica, percussion and sings in the mistLY. There's also Harry Howard and the NDE and the Dames and Charlie Marshall and the Curious Minds and THE ROUTINES. She manages all logistics and admin for us and for her involvement in all of the above.TCB!
Theres also the film and tv composition. She bites her tongue when old friends ask if she still plays music...
She has a 1960s Gretsch kit for recording and a Tama kit for touring. Her vibe
s set is a small 1950s jazz set from Boosey and Hawkes. Her keyboard is the classic 90s Ensoniq Mr61 .
Oh, and she is contemptuous of guitar playing and laments the many hours lost in studios getting guitar sounds. "They're always too loud!" She picked up this Les Paul at a party and played Eric Claptons LAYLA just for a stir and walked out.

Come see us play the first of our Sunday afternoon shows this coming weekend at the Croxton Park Hotel 607 high st thornbury. 4-6 pm. We are there every Sunday in April. Special guest this week Thomas Hugh Vecera



pic Barry Douglas

Stuart Perera has been playing with us since he joined in 1998. He has played this left handed Rickenbacker all the way. The blazing Rickenbacker. The longest association with myself and Clare Moore of all. We can draw on so many songs when we make show. A great guy and an amazing player. The most highly educated character we've ever played with . He drove a Morris Minor van at first and then upgraded to a Bedford, which he actually lived in for several years, while working nights. He also pimps the Bedford out to tv productions and ads, it notably starred as INXS early tour van , for which they totally primped and styled it up.


Stu Thomas has been playing bass in the mistLY since 2004. He plays a Fender P bass and sometimes, a Burns baritone for that plunky 60s Scott Walker sound. He also plays in Kim Salmons Surrealists and performs solo as The Stu Thomas Paradox. He did an amazing Lee Hazlewood show a few years ago and will be doing that again soon in Melbourne. He does the deep cuts of Lee.
This Sunday is the beginning of our afternoon residency in the front room of the Croxton Park Hotel. 4-6 pm every Sunday for all of April. Previewing new material and focusing on specific albums we have done.

APRIL MELBOURNE RESIDENCY - DAVE GRANEY AND THE MISTLY IN THE EXCELLENT FRONT ROOM OF THE CROXTON PARK HOTEL.
Every Sunday in April from 4-6pm. presenting different albums weekly and previewing new material.
Book here
- choose your Sunday

Saturday April 28th - Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes play Dashville-GUMBALL festival in NSW.
Dave Graney and the mistLY play ADELAIDE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel August 10th/11th/12th - BOOK HERE


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Intense February-looking forward to Sundays in April at the Croxton

February was an intense month. Driving, playing, playing all kinds of different setups, instrumentation  and repertoire. And then driving and playing some more.

Then there were some clear skies and we made our way back from Adelaide to Melbourne (usually takes us about 10 hours. Roughly 800ks) . We drove, of course, but it seemed like a short hop to me after the previous week. With a days rest we did a show with the mistLY in Mornington (stretched out to a two hour set) and then I did  a solo spot in inner city Melbourne.

Three days later we drove to Geelong where I did a WORKSHY book event at the wonderful Dome room in the Regional library. About 250 people turned out for this night. A spectacular, brand new room with an orange ceiling of acoustic shells.



We stayed in Geelong that night and then drove toward Melbourne and took the ring road to the airport. We parked our van in plenty of time to make the flight at one of the off site parking places and got in the parking companys' 12 seater van to go to the airport. I had my acoustic guitar and my Ibanez archtop in a flight case I'd borrowed from Matt Walker and some cases which carried clothes, books and Clares' keyboard.

We pulled up at the airport, there was one other person in the van and the driver went to get us our bags. Only he wasn't able to open the door - it refused to budge. We stood there while he huffed and puffed and kicked and pushed the door and we did some heaving of our own. Another driver had a go and then we waited for his boss to come and he charged at it as well. No luck. All the luggage was between the door and a steel, wire cage that kept it snugly in the back of the twelve seater. Tight as a drum from floor to ceiling. The boss took to the cage from the inside with a set of bolt cutters while Clare went to the check-in counter.  Eventually the boss had the door open and came out from inside the van with blood on his hands and t shirt, apologizing profusely. All three of us had missed the flight but luckily the airline was feeling generous and we made the next one.

We arrived in Brisbane where we picked up a car and drove to our hotel.
In the late afternoon I did a WORKSHY book event at a great shop called AVID READERS in the West End. A great turnout of people and the interviewer was Leanee de Souza and she was excellent.
They recorded the event and you can hear it here.




The next morning I went to the ABC offices in Brisbane and did an interview with Sarah Kanowski for the Conversation Hour. This is heard all over Australia - except for Melbourne. It was all revolving aound my book WORKSHY and she was an amazingly good interviewer. Usually, I feel like I'm on trial in these sorts of situations. I don't mean to say that I'm scared or anything, more that I am being asked to prove why I should be there. She was very generous and had read both of my books and heard a lot of mys music- especially post Coral Snakes . It was great!



You can listen back to it here. (45 minute interview)

Brisbane was very hot and humid and threatening to rain all the time.We drove to Nambour on the Sunshine Coast through some serious downpours, stopping at another ABC studio along the way.

We made show with guitar and keys in a  lovely boutique venue called the Bison Bar. Like a classic half circle bar and stage right in the lower depths of a very unprepossessing concrete shopping zone.

Had a  great time.

We then drove back through teeming rain to Brisbane. We had to pull over to the side of the Freeway a couple of times to let the squall dump it's load so we could carry on.

The next day we did a 4pm and a 7pm show at the Junk Bar in a Brisbane suburb called Ashgrove. We were doing four shows and they were all sold out a week ahead. A set of vibes was delivered and we made show with deluxe sounds and gear.



The afternoon before the Sunday shows we visited some very dear friends who took us to Ed Kuepper Park in suburban Oxley Creek. It happened due to a real local and online petition. Small and modest (?) in  a real suburban setting. You really have to travel to see it. I mean it's not in a tourist area or on many peoples' commute.



All the shows in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast were great. Thanks to everybody who came along.
We played lots of different material, including three songs I'd written when I tuned my op-shop 1Direction guitar to an open G and started experimenting with some slide. Three songs fell out straight away. "You're All Wrong", "Hell Babe"  and a"You've Been In My Mind". The latter is of course the title for an abum we put out in 2012. In rock music it's  a "thing" to achieve that; to have a song appear with the same name of a previous album - years later. Thank you, rock universe.


We have our February single out now, "SONG OF LIFE" and I have recorded and mixed "YOU'RE ALL WRONG" to be released next. We have started rehearsing new material with the mistLY and will be previewing songs at our April residency in the front room of the Croxton Park Hotel.   

I started the year with a  real feeling of ennui in regard to the kinds of rooms that you can play and experience music in in Melbourne. I know we have more gigs than most other cities but I just didn't want to deal with the industrial/business mindset of a lot that goes on. I just wanted a different situation. I thought it would be good to ask Facebook if there were any non traditional/ non- pub rooms or places I could just play some music in. I didn't want to be dealing with high priced drinks or security or all that junk. Venues that leave it up to the artist to do all the publicity . Fuck it, I wanted to do something freaky and "for the hell of it". 

I will never, ever ask Facebook anything ever again.

People came back with all sorts of dumb ideas. People who never go out or saw us play some time in 1985 or 1994. People who thought I needed a gig because I never do any. It was a bad insight into that world. Suggestions of rooms that were just the sort of thing I wasn't looking for.

I was thinking of BYO halls and afternoon sets in cafes. Folk clubs! Jazz rooms! Loose breathing, informality, awkwardness. NO SECURITY.

I will never, ever ask Facebook anything ever again.

Then we remembered doing a  gig in the front room of the Croxton Park hotel in High st Thornbury with Harry Howard and the NDE. It was a room with brand spanking new carpet and fittings and PA. A beautifully fresh joint. 

"Yes, lets do Sunday afternoons there".

We are going to be previewing new material and revisiting songs from selected older albums each week. There will also be different opening acts each week.




GUEST on April 1st Thomas Hugh Vecera
https://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=84058

GUEST April 8th Lisa Crawley
https://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=84059

GUESTS April 15th THE ROUTINES
https://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=84060

GUEST April 22nd Anna Smyrk
https://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=84057

GUEST April 29th ???????
https://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=84061





March 24th - Dave Graney and Clare Moore are playing a set at 12:15 as part of the opening of the UPWEY COMMUNITY RECREATION AND SPORTS HUB.
APRIL MELBOURNE RESIDENCY - DAVE GRANEY AND THE MISTLY IN THE EXCELLENT FRONT ROOM OF THE CROXTON PARK HOTEL.
Every Sunday in April from 4-6pm. presenting different albums weekly and previewing new material.
Book here
- choose your Sunday

https://www.oztix.com.au/eventguide/?q=dave%20graney%20and%20the%20mistLY%20Croxton&hPP=21&p=0&is_v=1

Saturday April 28th - Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes play Dashville-GUMBALL festival in NSW.
Dave Graney and the mistLY play ADELAIDE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel August 10th/11th/12th - BOOK HERE



FEARFUL WIGGINGS

2014 solo album from Dave Graney. *****"If I've learnt anything in my years of writing about music it's that if you are going to do anything of worth in this tough game, you better have your own thing. Today's generic is easily replaced by tomorrow's. And yet you need to be flexible, to follow wherever the songs demand. In the case of this, only the second credited as a solo album among 30 or so Graney releases, it's a curious yet welcoming lane he walks you down, with acoustic guitars, not much percussion, vibes, smooth sounds. At the end of it you feel like you've awoken from a strange yet pleasant summer's dream. As shot by Luis Bunuel. It ranges from off-kilter reveries (A Woman Skinnies Up a Man, The Old Docklands Wheel) through to the softly seductive (How Can You Get Out of London) and the downright arch (Look Into My Shades, Everything Is Great In The Beginning.) This is music that is neither folk, nor blues, nor country, but it's all Graney, somewhere out to the left field beyond Lee Hazlewood's raised eyebrow. It's astringent on the tongue but sweetens in the telling." Noel Mengel Brisbane Courier Mail

you've been in my mind

June 2012 super high energy pop rock album - blazing electric 12 strings - total 70s rock drive. Greatest yet! available via paypal - $20 pp

rock'n'roll is where I hide/- 2011 "vintage classics/ re recordings" on LIBERATION

SUPERMODIFIED - August 2010 remixed/re-sung/re-strung//remastered/replayed comp via PAYPAL

also available as a digital album

Knock yourself (2009)-first ever dg solo set-filthy electro r&b-available via Paypal- $20

available as a digital album too

We Wuz Curious (2008)-blazing R&B jazz pop album available via paypal-$20


UNAVAILABLE-COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!!
AVAILABLE AS A DIGITAL album

Keepin' It Unreal-(2006)-minimalist/lyrical vibes,bass and 12 string set - available $20 via Paypal

Hashish and Liquor (2005 double disc by Dave Graney and Clare Moore) available via Paypal $25


UNAVAILABLE-COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!!
Single album HASHISH available as a digital release

Heroic Blues- "folk soul" set from 2002-Available $20 via Paypal


UNAVAILABLE ! Completely sold out!

It is written,baby-book released 1997- available $10 via paypal