Anyhoo, let's talk about the Camperdown Cruise 2011. What an amazing time!
I took the friday off work, loaded the Buick up, and hit the road. Camperdown is a 4 hour drive from Echuca, and this year I travelled alone, so was able to practice singing my songs on the trip!
I travelled through a little rain on the way, and got to Camperdown around 4pm.
After hitting the car wash and making the Buick look pretty for the weekend, I headed into town and met up with event organiser Arthur Mats, to get the keys to my accommodation.
Shortly after that I met up with my flat mates, Harry Deluxe, singer song writer from Perth and her partner Mel, and Pia Anderson, singer song writer from Sydney, and her friend and photographer,Louise Whelan.
After settling in, and making ourselves at home, we dolled ourselves up, and got ready to head out for the night.
|With Harry Deluxe about to head out|
|With Pia Anderson ready to hit the town, Harry and Mel in the back seat of the Buick|
|On the road! :)|
|Lets go girls, times a wasting!|
|Checking all was well before heading down the street|
|With my weekend style guru, Pia Anderson. I bought this wonderful vintage jacket, which is currently in with my taylor, being taken in to fit me better, as it's about 2 sizes too big, but when it comes to vintage, you work with what you find|
I actually had to take some Panadol, as i wasn't feeling too great. Turns out with all the excitement, I had forgotten to eat all day, and my body was less than impressed! With a bit of a rest, I was OK, and I got ready and headed in early to catch Hanks jalopy Demons open the show.
Orcorse there were awsome, and the sound was much better in the room that night. Hank snapped a string in his 3rd or 4th song, so I jumped up, and gave him my guitar to finish his set. Not too long after that, Dave Cantrell snapped a string on his guitar! and he grabbed his spare to finish the set on. Here they are with Dave on his spare 'Strat' and Hank using my Guitar on their Last Song, King Kong
Well, in the break, Dave restrung his guitar ready for my set, and it was my turn to make some noise.
Here's a Youtube Link of that performance. Take note of the reference I make to breaking a string!
It was a fantastic night, my set was very well received, and I sold about 15 Cd's over the 2 gigs.
After that, I was able to just relax, enjoy the company of friends, and catch the rest of the great bands, which included Pat Capocci with special Guest, Kieron McDonald, Miss Mary Anne from Holland, Benny and the Fly By Nighters, and once again The Rusty Pinto combo finished the night off. What a fantastic night
|With Kieron McDonald and fan|
|With Danny Wergzen, Kieron McDonald, and Pia Anderson|
|With Danny and Kieron|
This time the girls talked me into driving them out to the tafe campus about 20mins out of town, where the the bands were all meeting for an after party.
We stayed on till 4am, when I decided the Buick and I were leaving, with or without the girls. Turns out, they were ready, and we got home to bed before the sun came up, just!
Sunday morning I had an early start, to meet with photographer Louise Whelan, and do a bit of a photo shoot with the Buick. She had already been up earlier than me that morning, and found a couple of good spots for some photos, here's a taste
|Pia and I met up for the arvo, and took in some lunch at a local cafe'|
|With Ben lawson, father of the very talented Damion Lawson, Double Bass player for Pat Capocci|
It was an amazing night of music, with Pat and his band doing a few numbers, and backing other artist, like Danny Wergzen, Harry Deluxe Miss Maryanne, Pia Anderson, Rusty Pinto, Johnny law, and Myself. We all did a small set of 4 or 5 songs, and at the end, we had an impromptu all in jam, singing old favourites like Folsom Prison Blues, and 'Peace In the Valley.
|Photos from my set with Pat's band|
|Danny and Rusty were 'helpin out' with some harmony, so I started to include them in the lyrics of my songs, gave them a laugh anyway!|
|Danny tearing it up in the all in jam|
|more all in jam photos|
I also had heaps of fun chatting with friends, dancin with some of them! and just soaking up the atmosphere, A great night was had by all
|With Rusty, Harry, and Pia|
|Harry and her partner Mel|
|With Dingo from Press-Tone records and Ben Lawson|
|With Rusty, Harry, and Johnny Law, acting up!|
Pia and Louise left at 5am to drive back to Sydney Monday morning, Harry and Mel had left and went onto Melbourne by the time I got up. And I hit the road to home at about midday, getting back to Echuca at about 4pm
What a fantastic weekend Camperdown is, and it just gets bigger and bigger. I cant wait for next year. Well done to Arthur and his crew for putting this great event on, and all their hard work, and thanks for letting me a part of it !
It was a great warm up for the band and I for the big gig we had the following Saturday., But that's for another Blog!
Hope to see you at a gig soon!