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.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Once more unto QLD this time and then ...more!


photo Mark Louttit.

We drove toward Adelaide with our Covid border passes. SA and Victoria were the only two states open to each other. The drive takes most of a day and many hours later we approached the border checking area. You are also forbidden to take fruit into SA so we had to dump some tomatoes and an avocado. (This was after a  debate as to whether either was actually a fruit). We were taking no chances. We had completed our forms online before leaving and stopped for a while to get them all checked. Evenutally we drove into Adelaide at about 9pm and sat in  a queue for an hour at on old race course to get Covid19 tested. 

We sat around for most of the next day, waiting for our results, which we eventually got in the early afternoon. Negative to both. 

We drove into the Adelaide Hills for our first show on Friday July 2nd - Three Brothers Arms, Macclesfield SA.

This was a very cute , old timey pub  which had music outside in a beer garden in the warmer months. It was also a very cold winter night and the fire was blazing in the bar where we were to play. There was a record player which was blaring out John Lennons Imagine album as we set up. It keept repeating until I had to look through the piles of records to find something and I put on some Yardbirds and then some Hollies. There were piles of albums and also many musical instruments about the room. Classic Mesa Boogie amps, 12 string acoustics and old basses, all laying around waiting to be played. There was a stand up piano where we were relaxing before the show and the sheet music on it was The Waters Of March by Jobim. Classy!

The Covid crowd restrictions meant we were to play two shows in the one night which we didnt' mind. They had sold the capacity of the room and then that capacity had been halved.


We played two hour long sets to a small listening audience on a  cold, winters night. It was pretty delightful. Nice people in the room and nice people running the venue. 

The next day we played at Trinity Sessions in Adelaide itself. Inside a church on Goodwood road. Again the capacity had been halved so were did two long shows. This was a beautiful sounding room, every sound was allowed to swell out. 

I was playing my Maton EB808 acousstic and D'Angelico New Yorker electric into my Crate amplifier which I bought in 1998. 

 For the acoustic, I also had a Submarine pickup under the two top high strings which I was then putting through an octave pedal and then into a small Vox amp for some extra prettiness on the arpeggios and picking. The pickup is supposed to stay in one spot with suction but I have to tape it in place as I play standing up and moving about occasionally.


Clare was playing her Boosey and Hawkes vibes and a Yamaha Reface keyboaard and an iPad with a virtual mellotron as well as percussion and vocals.

The show was a pretty full and deluxe sound for two of us. 

The next day we left Adelaide at 8am to drive to the next show at Bellwether Wines - Coonawarra in SA, near the town of Penola. I had played here before but we had a bit more gear this time. It was in an old shearing shed and again we were to do two longs shows. There was no PA so we put our two microphones through the Crate amp amd MADE SHOW. 

Playing in this area is pretty personal for me. Many people I had known in olden times in the crowd, including blood relations. People who know me and my family. There was an exceptionally loud, drunken guy with a loud voice who seemed to be used to yelling at people. After the show he was yelling at me about something. Asking me how old I was and the like. I gave him nothing. His friend with him was a good foot taller and the loud man was very obsequious to him. Looking for his approval. They talked about music things like seeing the Allman Brothers - but in 1992. I was even less impressed with the fact the show had been on an American aircraft carrier and then heard a long list of fighting planes and helicopters. Just stuff people tell you about after a show. I soon learned that they came from Naracoorte and I said that was where my mothers family came from, the Fogartys. The tall guy knew my uncle and aunties and more. The loud guy was a lot quieter because he knew of a late cousin of mine from the area who had a fierce reputation and this obviously still had a charge from beyond the grave. (It was the second time a connection with my cousin had stopped an aggressive character from trying to test themselves against me. A few years ago in Port Adelaide, this tough guy took offence at me for some reason and was really looking aggressive until I mentioned a certain name from Naracoorte - where this tough guy had told me he hailed from. He turned white and backed away into a  dark corner.) Anyway, it was nice talking about my mother and her family with someone from the area. I got directions on how to get to the family farm where I had had a lovely stay as a little boy.

We stopped in Penola before leaving to buy some threads at JILLS VINTAGE which is the greatest vintage shop in thecountry. Jill is my stylist! 

We also stopped  at my cousin Kristyns in the marvellously titled locale of DISMAL SWAMP where we posed for some photos and generally had a great time with Kristyn and her wonderful family. 

photo Kristyn Jones

We drove back to Melbourne, armed with our border re-entry papers and had a couple of days rest before we got a 5am flight to Brisbane on Thursday July 8th, hired a car and drove to Ipswich where we checked into our hotel and had a few hours rest. This time I had my Maton Mastersound electric as it is tougher as far as being tossed around by baggage handlers. Clare had her keyboard and percusion and I had my small Vox amp and pedals.

I mainly have  bit of compression and tone shaping on with options for delay, tremolo, phaser and overdrive if needed. Also the octave on the acoustic again. The show was at Goleby's Basement in West Street
Ipswich. It was a great room, all BYO alcohol so it was basically open to all ages. We did
two long sets. Christian runs the room as a real community space and he helped mix the occasionally complex nature of our instrumentation. It was a fantastic night. there are no venues like any of these in Melbourne or Victoria.

For this trip I was wearing a Ben Sherman jacket,  a pale blue umper, some black slacks and light blue Dunlop Volley style sneakers.

 The next day we drove back through Brisbane and up through the northern suburbs to the Sunshine Coast  and the Imperial Hotel Eumundi. This was a beautiful, big room and we played to a seated audience from a high stage. Like the Trinity Sessions in Adelaide it was a real concert type show. Fantastic vegetarian food as well. A great time with great people. 

We stayed in a Bed and Breakfast about five minutes from the venue  and had breakfast on a  deck looking out over the rainforested hills of the Sunshine Coast. A Butcher Bird came down and tried to psych us into giving it all of our food stash.

We stayed strong and then drove back through Brisbane and out to Toowoomba. I had played here in 2008 with Henry Wagons and wrote about it in 1001 Australian Nights. The venue was the Bar Wunder, right in the middle of town on a Saturday night. I expected a low turnout and prepared a set of slow, gloomy tunes. When we walked out to play we discovered it was a totally up for it, rowdy Saturday night crowd and we did our best to match the noise of the room, armed with our minimalist, pretty sounds. It went pretty well! 

photo Mark Louttit

As we flew back to Melbourne we learned that we would not have to isolate at home for 14 days as the Red Zone we had strayed into (Eumundi) was now an Orange Zome. 

The flights had been both jam packed with people, including so many little kids. Why do people want to travel with toddlers on planes is beyond me. There was one person with three young kids who just barged through everybody and everything on board the plane, stuffing so many oversized cases into the overhead lockers and keeping up a stream of loud talk with the three kids behind her, with no acknowledgement of all the other passengers. It made me think that there could be an actual character in WWF wrestling called SUPERMOM. She would kill everybody. 

Generally I sat with mask on and a further scarf around my head and tried to sleep.

We still had to apply for re-entry permits and were met at the flight gates in Melbourne by a troupe of health officials taking everybodys details. We got tested the next day as every testing location in Melbourne seemed to shut at 5 pm. We stayed home until we got the results (negative - the next day) and watched some tv, winding down.

I had been looking forward to two weeks locked up inside. We had had to cancel a Melbourne show, a rehearsal and recording date but these will all happen. Not the Melbourne date. It seems hard for us to find the right room in Melbourne. We live here but its not our town. We play more outside of the city. While we were away we were even looking at possible new locations. I do like it here. Our neighbours are cool and we have a few friends. I just don't buy into that cornball Melbourne jive. We have some shows coming up.

LIVE STREAM - Thursday July 15th - 8pm Via Stage It Dot Com. Show #85

LIVE STREAM - Sunday morning  July 18th 8am in Melbourne - Saturday 11pm in the UK, 6pm in NYC , 5pm in CVhicago and 3pm in LA.

LIVE STREAM -Thursday July 22nd - 8pm Via STAGE IT DOT COM. Show #87 

Saturday July 24th , Archies Creek Hotel, Victoria


Friday 30th July 30th
Citadel Murwullimbah, QLD

Saturday July 31st The Hotel Eltham in Eltham (Lismore) NSW.

Sunday August 1st The Dust Temple in Currumbin, QLD

Friday August 13th Smiths - Canberra

Saturday August 14th - Palais BallroomKatoomba, NSW

Saturday August 21st - POME -   267 Swan Street Richmond, VIC 3121.

Firast of a FOUR WEEK residency by Dave Graney and Clare Moore  in this boutique venue. 

Saturday August 28th - POME - Richmond residency

Saturday September 4th POME  - Richmond residency

Saturday September 11th POME  - Richmond residency


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