dave graney - Moodists-Coral Snakes-mistLY-FEARFUL WIGGINGS

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Current album Dave Graney and the mistLY LYVE AT BYRDS. Two albums in 2020, "Dave Graney and Clare Moore In Concert with Robin Casinader" and "Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Georgio "the dove" Valentino and Malcolm Ross". Two albums in 2019. ONE MILLION YEARS DC by Dave Graney and Clare Moore and ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? from Dave Graney and the mistLY. 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 Dickey Betts, John Cippolina or Grant Green - but not in this lifetime, I know.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Live dates in the real world suddenly happening .


Ok thats a photo from about 2003 by Tony Mahony in that poster there. Clare is sitting at a Hohner chord organ which we still have but it is more of a piece of furnture. Perhaps we will get a power cord for it again one day. It's like an accordeon on legs and all fits into a cute metal case with the legs unscrewing and sloting on the underside when its packed away. The Flying V was a budget Canora which I had for about five years because I thought all V's looked flash. It had  a sludge like deep bottom end sound and distorted well but I got rid of it. Of course, I regret that, as I do for most guitars and items of clothing I toss away. (Very rarely in the case of both).

So all of a sudden  we have some live dates in the real worldd happening. It won't take long for any of us to slip back into "normal" life I can see. But then Australia is  an island which shut its borders and the news from the rest of the world is horrific as far as the wildfire of the pandemic goes. 

Lets hope we all get some normal soon. 

I had my first vacination of Astra Zenica just before all tehse date shappened. Ifelt a bit lethargic and queasy for a day. Then that was all over.

I had to get onto a plane for the first time in  a year and more to be one of three guest vocalists in a Tom Waits tribute show. We had one rehearsal with the band in Melbourne and luckily they were very competent. the other singers were Peter Fenton and Hugo race. A strange bunch. I got the call when Rob Snarski dropped out. It seemed to bean easy gig and a way to ease back into peforming in public spaces. Of course, it wasn't all that easy. I ended up ashamedly reading lyrics from sheets of paper ona  music stand. I picked Tom waits songs from mostlt teh pre Swordfish trombones era when he was living at teh Tropicana and still trying to bust into the scene and playing a Bukowski-esque barfly role and generally playing live a lot. He stopped playing live in the early 80s. I dont think musicians should do that. I think its best if you work live to an audience and keep your game real.

 pic Sandra Kingston

So I sang Burma Shave, A Sight For Sore Eyes, Fumbling With the Blues, A New Coat Of Paint, Muriel, Martha, Blind Love and Time. the latter two being actually later period ones but I liked parts of them. We played in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Hugo and Peter were more respectful to the material than me and did a great job. I did my best. I got to like some of the material again. Burma Shave, especially. All six or seven verses of it. 

pic sourced from keys player Bradley Christmas

The audience realy knew it in fine detail and also really identified with the boozing , hardcore nature of it. The faux working class authenticity of the lyrics. I didn't really buy into that part of it but could see how much people really did do just that. They yelled and screamed for the boozy stuff. 

It was a cool experience and the players were all very good. Bass, drums, keys, guitar and sax. Very versatile and experienced.

pic sourced from keys player Bradley Christmas

Hugo Race and I were both  a bit taken aback when we learned that we had to share a room in Sydney and Brisbane though... We both kind of shrugged and took it as an unexpected, surprise indignity.

Then Clare Moore and myself got into our van a week later and proceed to drive up the Hume highway for the requisite nine or ten hours and played three shows using vibes, keys, melodica, digital mellotron  and guitar. the first was at the excellent Music Lounge in the Wollongong Town Hall. All the venues were covid influenced and effected.

We had a great time, playing two sets of music. A lot of unrecorded songs and some cover versions and some older (90s) songs. One of those moments you experience as a younger musician where you are many steps ahead of the audience and have teh thrill of surpises in your bag and they are also willing to go along for the ride as well.

After Wollongong we played at  a lovely old community hall in a town called Huskisson. (We stayed for three nights in a place called Kiama as accomodation was hard to find and all these venues were no more than an hour away from that base). This gig was run by a fellow called Paul Greene (also a musician) who keeps the location secret and sells tickets to hardy, intrepid punters and then gets the venue and cooks all the food and puts the PA up and mixes it all A very relaxed, cool headed character too.

The last show was on Dangar Island in the Hawkesbury river just out of Sydney on the way to the Central Coast and Newcastle. We left Kiama at about 9am and got to the wharf at Brooklyn at 11 am and loaded our gear into our agent Steves boat and motored over to the island. There are no cars there so we availed ourselves of the islands community golf  buggy and took our stuff up to the bowls club and  made show in the sunshine for the afternoon.

We stayed on the island after the show, listening to some Gong albums at Steve and Sharons house and drove back to Melbourne the next day. Another ten hours. 

So now Clare and I are getting ready to play as part of a Scott Walker tribute night this weekend in melbourne and then our first gig as Dave Graney and the mistLY for fifteen months. A rare show in Melbourne for us. A place where we all live and also the place we play least of all. We have rehearsed twice this week and have some great music to play for two sets at Howler in Brunswick, a joint we have never played before. Doors at 7pm and I cannot wait to play. 

Then Clare and I head off for a few weekends of shows in Queensland and NSW again.

Sunday May 2nd - HOWLER in MELBOURNE. This is a Dave Graney and the mistLY event. 7pm.

Friday 7 May - Pelican Playhouse - Grafton
Saturday 8 May - Bellingen Brewing Co (6pm & 9pm) 50 cap per session
Sunday 9 May - Junk Bar Brisbane (5pm session and 7pm session ) 45 seats per session

Friday 14th May, the Stag and Hunter, Newcastle NSW.

Saturday 15th May at the FLOW BAR, Old Bar, NSW.

Sunday 16th May, The Vanguard, King st NEWTOWN NSW.

Friday 21 May - Finding Filmore's, Kiama NSW.
Saturday 22 May - Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral NSW
Sunday 23rd May - Brass Monkey, Cronulla. Afternoon shows-doors at 1pm.

More shows will be added soon. Adelaide and back again to Queensland.

We will also be continuing our online shows when we can - we have done 75 so far -  as they have been great for keeping our skills up and our focus on performing music and just plain keeping in touch with ourselves and people. Also for workshopping new sounds and material. 

The next one is  a Live Stream 8pm Thursday May 6th.
And 8pm Thursday May 20th

We have plans to record an album from each of us this year. I have songs for two different albums, the first will be a rock set. Punchy as hell rocck songs.  The songs have a lot of power and energy in them. Dynamic stuff.

Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Georgio "the dove" Valentino and Malcolm Ross

Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Robin Casinader - In Concert


Starts with a Kinksy groover sketching a 21st century populist tyrant who coasts in power on waves of public resentment at those on the lowest rungs of the ladder (He Was A Sore Winner). Sweeps across a sci fi terrain with nods to songs in the sand at the end of the world (Pop Ruins) and nods to the ties that bind in the underground communities (Comrade Of Pop and Where Did All The Freaks Go?). Songs about intense, long relationships, defunct technology that didn’t answer back, severe social status definition (I’m Not Just Any Nobody), people wandering through your mind as if it was a garage sale, the anxiety of the long running showman (wide open to the elements again) and ends with a song that’s “a little bit Merle Haggard and a little bit Samuel Beckett”. " Edith Grove! Powis Square! 56 Hope Road! Petrie Terrace!.. The Roxy! The Odeon! Apollo! Palais! Olympia! The Whisky! Detroit Grande!” Pop Ruins!"


ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? (The title comes from the chorus of “Song Of Life” ) is a classic rock’n’roll album. Classic if you lived through what has become known as ”the classic rock era” as it rolled out new and even broke onto the beachhead and morphed into punk. That’s the direction Dave Graney and Clare Moore have always been coming from. They have spent their lives schooled by and immersed in rock ‘n’ roll culture. Neither attended higher education and they dived in deep and kept swimming. From the Moodists through the Coral Snakes /White Buffaloes to the mistLY This is an album with their band, Dave Graney and the mistLY. Stuart Perera has played guitar with them since 1998 and Stu Thomas on bass since 2004. MARCH 2019 ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? 2019 album out on Compact Disc - available here via mail order...
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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


Keepin' It Unreal-(2006)-minimalist/lyrical vibes, bass, 12 string set - CDs sold out - digital only

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

Single album HASHISH available as a digital release

Heroic Blues- "folk soul" set from 2002-Availableas a digital album via BandCamp

UNAVAILABLE ! Completely sold out!

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