More than three weeks into the tour and we are all still coughing, wheezing and sneezing. We must make show though.
We drove to Manchester, dropped the car off and took a train to Londons St Pancras where we then took another train to Paris. Me, Clare Moore, Stu Thomas and his partner Gina and Malcolm Ross.
In Paris I talked a pharmacist into giving me some anti biotics, which I gave to Stu and Clare - as I had had a course.
We stayed for a couple of nights in a wonderful Air BnB joint and delighted in a fantastic old school restaurant with our old friend Pascal Cuissot, a film maker. We also went to an exhaustive exhibition of the Velvet Underground at PHILHARMONIE.
There were hoardings of this at Gare Du Nord that were better than most exhibitions!
We then proceeded to Rennes where we played at Le Bistro De La Cite , Lorient where we played at Le Galion and Binic where we played at Le Chaland Qui Passe. All very unique cities, all in Brittany. Wonderfully warm and generous people. In Lorient Clare, Malcolm and I ate at a Berber restaurant where the owner talked with us in a mad cadence of French which we kept up with - ind of. he gave Clare and Malcolm a shot glass of Eau de Vivre- FIGUE.
We then drove Malcolm to Nantes where he caught a plane to Scotland and we proceeded to the Loire Valley to play at a house/ chateau party in Azay Le Rideau. Man this joint was RUSTIQUE. Our host were Mel, raised in Geelong but now enjoying life between London and Azay and working for the UN and Chris, a semi retired top shelf music production man. The guests were very international and involved in wine, food, film and antique sourcing activities. There were au pairs. A real glimpse into parallel worlds. Again, very warm and generous people.
Next was a drive to Aignan where we played at a rocking house party. People came from all around and stayed up until 4 am. Smoking, drinking and yacking. This place was even RUSTIQUER!
Then we drove to the very bottom of France, close to the Spanish border where we played a show at a large factory/design centre for QUICKSILVER surf gear. A huge place. We played for their workers, in a garden area where people lolled about, drinking beer and wine....
We stayed at a company house which was not unlike the setting of the house in Lost HIGHWAY / KISS ME DEADLY. A house directly facing the ocean with windows on three sides full of sun and sea. Other people were staying at the house, from Australia, France and the USA, having an IDEA STORM for designs fro the FALL 2017 season. More parallel worlds...
We then drove for ten hours to the other side of Paris where we sought comfort in an IBIS hotel in another rustic village called JAUX. Now we head to Amsterdam.
- 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