We have been busily scheming and brainstorming and a very new project is taking shape. The concept for this three concert series, titled My Folk, has its origins in long conversations over cups of tea sharing individual joys, trials and struggles. We are so very happy that harpist/singer Claire Patti has agreed to join us for My Folk: Current Climates. This concert will weave together original and local works expressing conflict and change, hope and despair, passion, confusion and protest.
Keep an eye on the My Folk page to watch the project unfold, and click on the image below to hear Claire and Lou's small 2020 iso-collaboration. This small video was created by Claire's beloved husband and musician, Marcus de Rijk, just weeks before his tragic death. Marc's loving, kind and generous spirit continues in their precious daughter Daisy.
BFLF feels so fortunate to have had the chance to gather with friends and family for house concerts made possible by the generous and joyful spirit of two amazing couples (Tanya & Vince Bradley, and Lucy Wise & Mischa Herman). And, as always, photographer Adam Purcell (Melbourne Ceili Camera) was there documenting the people that make up our small corner of Australia's vibrant and robust cultural community. Check out Adam's work here.
And the last word: There is nothing better than Evan Davies on banjo and Mischa Herman on accordion! (Photo captured by Jessica Foot)
It's been a while between gigs.. After the hibernation and stasis of 2020 BFLF pulled our facemasks off in slow amazement and started to meet for tea and tunes again! 🎶💞☕ It's been so good to be back. Then we get this message from Mischa Herman pitching a shared house concert tour with him and Evan Davis. Stuff.Of.Dreams. We're so honoured to join them for these two events on the 8th and 9th of May, it promises to be duo-licious. Come along!!
We had a magical time performing at the Major's Creek Festival last weekend, including a beautiful acoustic gig in their lovely old stone church, and a really memorable arranging workshop with a bunch of enthusiastic and lovely people. This is a great festival: gorgeous venues, terrific programming, and the sound is superb! Thanks to our beloved friend and sound engineer extraordinaire Mischa Herman for looking after us at our last gig at Pete's Lounge, and for convoying with us on the windy journey back to Melbourne. Check out his work at https://www.mischaherman.com/
Here we are, enjoying lunchtime art and crafts in Albury:
Big Fiddle Little Fiddle are delighted to be invited to the Major's Creek Festival, 8-10th Novemember! We'll be performing three gigs and giving an arranging workshop. We've been banished from Louise's kitchen and we're out in her beautifully spruced-up shed, busy cooking up some new sets...
Check out the full festival program: http://majorscreekfestival.org/
The Jaron Freeman-Fox w/Simon Nyberg + Big Fiddle Little Fiddle house concert was a wonderful time! 50 people crowded into Lou's beautiful kitchen for a super-fun night of sounds and stories, thanks to everyone who came along! Lou served up delicious Georgian salad at interval, out on her patio under the fairy lights, it was magical. Here are some shots of the action, taken by photographer extraordinaire Adam Purcell of www.melbourneceilicamera.org:
Warn the neighbours! The usual sound of 16 strings emanating from our house will be amplified with an extra 24 when Canadian fiddler Jaron Freeman-Fox and Swedish guitarist Simon Nyberg crash the neighbourhood to play some tunes, with Big Fiddle Little Fiddle w/ Volga Tunca adding our own musical capers.
Jaron Freeman-Fox (fiddle, viola d’amore, throat singing) and Simon Nyberg (twelve string guitar) will share their Scandinavian explorations, Siberian extrapolations, Balkan exacerbations, and Carnatic interpolations! Souls bared, secrets shared, and ways fared.
For those with omnivorous fiddle tastes and a bent for the ringing sounds of 40 resonant and sympathetic strings, get along to TryBooking, grab a ticket and get the address, and come and join us in the kitchen.
Big Fiddle Little Fiddle's long awaited album, The Kitchen Project, will be released later this year. This project, produced by Louise Godwin, Jessica Foot and Mischa Herman, was recorded by Mischa in Lou's kitchen. The album features 12 tracks of traditional and original compositions, arranged by Jess and Lou, with three tracks featuring Volga Tunca on darabuka, daf and percussion. The album will be available for download shortly. In the meantime, the tracks can be heard HERE, and CDs ordered via our contact page.
On Sunday 29 July, Big Fiddle Little Fiddle was delighted to launch a series of fundraising concerts presented by the Boîte in support of the 40th anniversary celebrations in 2019. Since 1979, The Boîte has been a gathering space for musicians, artists, dancers, writers and storytellers who have found their home in Melbourne.