The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog.
I find these reports interesting in so far as they confirm a few things I can guess at or infer, such as a lot of eyeballs are located in USA and Canada.
And that if you give a public institution like the federal Department of Human Services and its portfolio ministerial offices a sound and well-deserved kicking, that will be of interest to the punters.
Thanks for making 2014 by far the most read year of this blog and hold onto your ears for 2015: it’s showtime!
The Big Cheesy
Tuesday 30 December 2014
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.
The wonderful Woodford Folk Festival kicks off on the Sunshine Coast hinterland in a magical kingdom called Woodfordia on Saturday 27 December 2014, and ends in a fiery extravaganza on the evening of Thursday 1 January 2015.
If you’ve not experienced Woodford before, then don’t delay. There’s still time to kennel the cat, grab your significant other, and point the wagon train north to Caboolture* and peel off left. Or south to Palmview and peel off to the right past Beerwah.
Ok, I could keep going but you’ve probably got Google Maps too, so you can keep playing at home if you like.
This is the first in a series of interviews, vignettes**, features and story-ettes that will seek to entice you off the couch and away from the Boxing Day Test to a sport far more interactive (and you can get in on the cricket action with…
Taliska On Tour To Eurobodalla, Jenolan Caves, ACT and Victoria
Taliska is bringing a taste of Scotland to a taste of parts of New South Wales and the ACT this month, and then plying their Celtic trade closer to home in Ringwood and Portarlington (Victoria) and many steps beyond.
Hopefully they’ll be near you, and if they’re not, well, that’s just all the more reason to start loving their music and get them to your town next time they’re back this way.
OR get yourself on a Greyhound or Murray’s bus to one of the three venues, stat!
Definitely like them on Facebook and follow the trails, talents and travails of Taliska.
Who are Taliska?
Claire Patti has a voice that has to be heard to be believed and she plays the harp (the stringed one), french horn and piano accordion. Claire sings harmonies with the guitar-playing band leader Marcus de Rijk (note the strong Scottish influence in that name — mmm, maybe not so much), while Geoff Jones plays pipes, whistles and bodhran. Angus Downing makes the whole thing fly with his wonderful fiddle playing. Taliska’s traditional Ceilidh will have your feet pounding the tiles.
The mini tour will take in a gig at the always popular Merry Muse in their new home at the Burns Club in Kambah, a performance at the majestic Jenolan Caves plus a wonderful house concert in one of the best locations on the Eurobodalla Nature Coast at Congo (just south of Moruya).
[Insert dirty great big embedded link here with lovely contrasting orange, white and black — like Greater Western Sydney or Wests Tigers or that really professional-looking pumbing mob down in Sorrento — right here when it’s ready to rock. Scheduled to do it between 10.30am and 11.00am AEST. It’s 01:44am now so if it all goes to plan, will be up before midday.]
Oh, look. Ready at 11:32am. Always delight the publics, we say at Overheard Productions!
Gig for Taliska on their mini-tour of NSW and ACT plus upcoming Victorian gigs:
Friday 23 May — The Merry Muse, Canberra Sunday 24 May — Jenolan Caves, Jenolan (NSW) Saturday 25 May — House concert in the Congo area (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) 6-9 June — National Celtic Festival, Port Arlington (Vic) Tuesday 10 June — Vic FolkMusic Club, Ringwood (Vic) Saturday 21 June — Battle of Bannockburn promo event (Vic) Sunday 22 June — Battle of Bannockburn (Vic) 27 – 29 June — Camperdown Burns Festival (Vic) Thursday 21 August — Mamma Vittoria, Fitzroy (Vic) Friday 29 August — Conservatory Café, Wyreena (Vic)
### STOP PRESS — I dropped into the salon that’s going to shave my head and interviewed Teresa from Creative Image Hairdressers, cnr Boddington Crescent and Carleton Street, Kambah, ACT, Australia (phone +61-2-6231-4217). An absolute pleasure to speak with someone who loves what they do for a living, focussed on family and community, and quick with the wit when it comes to a shaggy do put-down for fun about the willing victim! Coming here now! ###
The photo above is me, though not as you may know me. (Actually, looking at that photo again, I look a bit like one of Dr Who’s Cybermen!)
And my special thanks to Teresa from Creative Image Hairdressers in Kambah for doing the hack and slash work. If you’d like Teresa and the team to do something a wee bit more sedate and considered, give Teresa a yodel on 02 6231 4217.
In two weeks’ time, on Thursday 28 March 2013, the grounds of EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra) will eschew all traces of horse floats, cattle-judging, burnouts and street cars named ‘WarnieRoolz’, and will burst into life, colour, song, dance, percussion, spoken word and related arts for the 2013 National Folk Festival.
I stopped across its threshold in 2005 for the first time ever; never mind that I grew up two decent golf swings away from its front door.
I’ve been making up for this yawning gap in my musical life ever since.
On that first night in situ at Flemington Road, Mitchell I fell hopelessly in love with an event and a music genre/genres.
(I also fell in love and found another almost-ex-Mrs-Quinn in the CD Shop, but that’s another story…)
Eight years down the track, gearing up for a ninth consecutive, I’m excited again as the Canberra air chills in the early mornings and late evenings, as the leaves decide they’ve had a good run over summer and now it’s time to turn brown, red, or amber and see if they can jag an invitation to go meet the ground.
I’m excited as I drive past the EPIC show grounds every couple of days, and sense movement at the station and strange new structures being erected or imagined.
No, it’s not a car show. Dorothy, we’re not in Deniliquin anymore.
It’s the National Folk Festival. Arrayed in a slightly different configuration this year, with some changes, tweaks and sundry twists and turns.
If you were sat at home thinking, aw, might give it a miss this year, my suggestion would be this.
Firstly, for Canberrians, ACT is the feature state in this Canberra’s centenary year. So Canberra will be well-represented for the festival and the world to see.
Secondly, there is an eye-watering line-up of quality music and song and all that other stuff catalogued above.
Over the next two weeks and across the festival itself, I’ll be bringing some tastes and teasers and forecasts of things to come and those that are here and now.
The microphone’s primed, the camera (lol) is warmed up and the video camera has just been fished out of the garage sale pile.
Join me as I preview the National Folk Festival 2013, and please do join us all as we welcome the world in this year again at Easter at our church of the blessed folklore in Canberra. And much as in Rome there will be white and black smoke issuing from the……………………… fire buckets. Where did you think I was going with that?!