Having returned from Melbourne, the fun began before I even left. Storms lashed Sydney airport and caused my flight to be delayed a few hours, with the aeroplane being stuck in Melbourne. Once it begun heading up to Sydney, the storms shut down our airport entirely. Causing all flights in the air to circle. Our plane was almost out of fuel and got diverted to Newcastle, where it sat for hours.
Once it was announced that the flight was to return to Sydney, the crew were relieved due to their extended hours of flying already lapsing. I was at Sydney airport at 10:30am. I boarded my flight and took off, arriving in Melbourne at 10:30pm. Noting that it took longer to fly down than it did to drive.
I missed seeing Ben Wicks, one of Melbourne’s busiest, most wanted and highly talented bassists, who also happens to be my Doppelgänger. He was playing his residency at the The Catfish, Fitzroy VIC. The show was over when I landed in Melbourne. A huge disappointment, and the only reason I left for Melbourne on the Wednesday instead of the Friday. I did finally get to meet up with Ben at his favourite café a few days later for lunch where the vegetarian dish had bacon on it. That’s weird! This trip was a comedy of errors of which I laugh at while I type.
I did also get the opportunity to meet up with Joseph Price at Soxy Music. He is arguably one of Australia’s, if not, at least Melbourne’s most talented luthier and guitar maker, and a good friend who isn’t shy about sharing his amazing knowledge for guitars and other instruments. He and I shared hours of laughs, horror stories, and ideas about the future of our careers. He has inspired me to do something I have never done before, but that’s a secret for now.
So, what shows are on this month?
The Snakemen have been given a month residency at The Different Drummer, Glebe NSW. We are helping out The Sweet Jelly Rolls while they’re away. The Different Drummer (in its prior guise) has a history as Sydney’s first to have a liquor license that allowed them to be open until 3am. When the party was over everywhere else in town, people piled into the Different Drummer to continue the party long after mum and dad’s bedtime. We are very excited to be performing there every Wednesday in July.
Bek Jensen’s residency at The Old City Bank has been pushed back only for July. We’ll be performing there on the 29th of July. Come in from the cold and into the warmth that the staff provide at the OCB.