MC Bits - songs that destroy is a show I'm doing at the Butterfly Club this weekend, Friday 14th and saturday 15th May. The shows start at 10:00pm.
The venue is the Butterfly Club which is in a large Victorian House at 204 Bank street South melbourne. Right near the South Melbourne Town hall.
Its a cabaret room. It holds 50 people, who are seated and is run with all the formality and show manners of a theatre. You walk in off the street and down a corridor to a lounge area and a bar. There are other rooms for lounging up the stairs and a covered garden area out the back. Back out towards where you came in there is the performance area.
Usually there are no microphones in the room. A little lighting and a stand up piano is what the show is given.
We first did a show there in 2006 called POINT BLANK. This was a narrative show built around songs of mine, mostly from the albums "the devil drives" (1997) and "the dave graney show" (1998) . The narrative was that of a performer walking onto a stage and what he brought with him to that neutral area, that foreign planet, and the heroic battles he fought to conquer it. At the end he walks out to the stage and is met with the attentive gaze of a suddenly interested audience who can see him. Thats the POINT BLANK. We did it in the Butterfly Club twice and in Adelaide at the Cabaret Festival twice and at the Sydney Opera House Studio.
That show was performed by myself with Clare Moore on vibes and percussion and vocals and Mark Fitzgibbon on piano.
In 2008 we did a sequel called "LIVE IN HELL" This has been performed at the Butterfly Club twice. (two SEASONS of four nights) with Stu Thomas on a very quiet fuzz bass, Stu Perera on nylon string guitar, Clare Moore on a toy drum kit and myself on guitar. That show took up fom the end of POINT BLANK and began with the performer coping with life inside the perception of others. Previously he had been free to roam wide, coming out of the shadows and able to constantly renew and reinvent his own life. Now he was fixed in time and was in HELL. Songs included "one night of sin" by Elvis, "the Bogus Man" by Roxy Music, "new face in hell" by the Fall and many songs of mine. It ended with a recital of "lament for my cock" from the posthumous DOORS album, "an American Prayer".
MC BITS is a set of songs I'm gonna sing with Mark Fitzgibbon on piano. I just wanted to do a set of heavy songs. Songs that destroyed.Me. Music is a powerful force and eats up people who dive into it. And you have to dive into it. People think its easy because you have to get some skills to perform music. Balance, tone, cadence and poise. Things that destroy you for anything else much. You become a husk of a person. A collection of routines. MC BITS.
"hong Kong Blues"- Hoagy Carmichael.
"if the world wasn't there" and " love is teasing" - Bert Jansch.
"walk on water"- Kevin Ayers.
"paper Moon"- Nat King Cole.
"serpent at the gates of wisdom"- Robyn Hitchcock.
"I can't be satisfied"- Muddy waters.
"the goodbye train"- Peter Milton walsh.
"the blind mans penis"- John Truby.
"franklins tower"- the Grateful Dead.
And a whole lot of my own songs. Heavy songs like "saturday night bath", "lifes a dream" and "I will have always been here before".
You can check out the venue at http://www.thebutterflyclub.com
- dave graney
- 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.
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
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
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