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Andrea Soler / Blog

TOUR DATES - 2013

~Australian Dates 2013~

Friday 29th March - Sunday 31st March – BLUESFEST – Songs Of The Haight Ashbury, Byron Bay

Sunday 7th April – The Treehouse, Belongil, Byron Bay NSW 7pm

Friday 26th April – The Upfront Club, Maleny, QLD 7pm

Saturday 4th May – Gloucester Senior Citizens Hall, Gloucester, NSW 7pm

Sunday 5th May – School of Arts, Bulahdelah, NSW 7pm

Wednesday 8th May – Lizottes, Dee Why, Sydney, NSW 8pm

Sunday 12th May – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW 1pm

Wednesday 15th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW 8pm

Saturday 18th May – PBC Markets, Palm Beach Currumbin High, Gold Coast, QLD 7am

Saturday 18th May – FolkRag Old & New Concert, Danish Club,Newstead QLD 7pm

Sunday 19th May – The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay NSW 2pm

Saturday 25th May – The Aquarius Masquerade Ball, Nimbin School of Arts, Nimbin

Thursday 30th May – Uke Mullum, Mullumbimby, NSW 7pm

Saturday 1st June – Cushion concert at The Con, Lismore, NSW 1pm

Saturday 8th June – Waxing Lyrical @The Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Thursday 20th Jun – The Soundlounge, Currumbin RSL, QLD – Songs of The Haight Ashbury

Friday 21st June – The Lyceum, Brisbane QLD – Songs of The Haight Ashbury

Saturday 22nd June – The Lyceum, Brisbane QLD – Songs of The Haight Ashbury

Friday 28th June – The Starcourt Theatre, Lismore – Songs of The Haight Ashbury

Saturday 29th June – Bellingen Memorial Hall, Bellingen, NSW – Songs of The Haight Ashbury

~UK and Europe 2013 Tour~

Thursday 4th July – Rudolstadt Folk Festival, Germany

Friday 5th July – Rudolstadt Folk Festival, Germany

Saturday 6th July – Rudolstadt Folk Festival, Germany

Sunday 7th July – Rudolstadt Folk Festival, Germany

Saturday 13th July – The Mobile Blues Club, Hamburg, Germany.

Friday 2nd August – Belladrum Festival, Beauly, Scotland, UK

Saturday 3rd August – Belladrum Festival, Beauly, Scotland, UK

Sunday 4th August – Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, UK

Monday 5th August – Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, UK

Tuesday 6th August – Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, UK

Wednesday 7th August – Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, UK

Thursday 8th August – Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, UK

Friday 9th August – Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, UK

Saturday 10th August – Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, UK

Tuesday 13th August – Broadstairs Folk Week, Broadstairs, UK

Wednesday 14th August – Broadstairs Folk Week, Broadstairs, UK

Thursday 15th August – Broadstairs Folk Week, Broadstairs, UK

Friday 16th August – Broadstairs Folk Week, Broadstairs, UK

Tuesday 20th August – The Troubadour, London, UK 7:30pm

Sunday 25th August – The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, UK 1pm

Friday 30th August – The Studio Lounge, Totnes, UK 7pm

Saturday 31st August – Balcony TV, Totnes, UK

Sunday 1st September – The Marnhull Acoustic Sessions, Dorset, UK

Tales From The National Folk Festival & More!

So dear friends, the first part of the 'Earth On An Axis' tour is over.. Apart from feeling like I just want to do it all again, I'm a little scared to check my carbon footprint this time as I've been back to sydney 3 times in the last month! Last weekend I flew down and supported one of my favourite bands: Tinpan Orange at The Vanguard in Newtown and The Brass Monkey in Cronulla. They are incredible to watch on stage.

At the start of April we drove down to Canberra to head to The National Folk Festival. I had no idea what to expect and was pleasantly surprised at the variety of music. I think a good sign for this festival is meeting people who have been coming for 22 years in a row, and they're only 23 years old!The first night we got there we headed straight to the session bar, which basically consists of people sitting around playing tunes (mainly trad folk) on fiddles, accordians, bodrans, etc. It's a focal point of this festival, which is why so many return year after year.

I played at the Flute and Fiddle stage which is located in the thick of it all. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and receptiveness of the audience. Big thank you to the talented Simon Watts who accompanied me on violin. I also put my name down for the Motown song competition, but completely forgot about it until arriving at the festival. Luckily I had a dream where Marvin Gaye came to me and told me I was his love child from the 70's. It was my saving grace, as I sang 'How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You' in front or 2000 people. That'll teach me!

I also got to meet two of my heroes. One is my all time fave female singer: Sally Dastey from the beautiful Tiddas sisters. I saw her backstage as she was about to go on. So I ran up to her and told her how much her music has meant to me over the years, we had a good laugh. You can check out some of her tunes here.

My other hero is The National festival fave, the one and only instrumental beat boxing guru: Mal Webb. What a guy! I got a copy of his album 'Dodgy' in the post the other day. His sense of humour and melodies are so unique, and watching him live is mind boggling. The song of Mal's I have always loved is 'Two and a Dog'. It's the classic song for all emerging artists to listen to!

Other acts I truly enjoyed were: Eddie Reader, Les Barker (a Welsh comedian/ poet), Nick and Liesl, Rafa Godoy, Rapskallion, The Whitetop mountaineers and Fabio Chivhanda and the Jive Masters.

Heading north after the festival I stopped in and played at the Nowra Tea Club. A great little venue with a garden stage setting and nice locals. Then I went on to do two shows with The Lucky Wonders at The Heritage Hotel in Bulli and Gearins Hotel in Katooma. The Blue Mountains crowd were out in full force, so thank you for coming out and supporting us! We had such a great time. I can't wait to come back again. I'll be uploading videos of the tour so far to youtube very soon, so stay tuned.

Thank you to all the local radio stations who have been spinning the album. Especially to Bay FM in Byron Bay and Shoalhaven FM. And for anyone who is keen to get a copy of the album, it will be coming soon to Itunes through MGM Distribution. Stay tuned! Upcoming gigs:

Brews and Bar Chords @ The Stone and Wood Brewery, Byron Bay, Saturday May 7th, 8pm.

Unplugged at the Basement @ the Gold Coast Arts Centre, Thursday May 13th, 8pm

Buddha Bar with Full band + Support Saturday May 15th

I'm also going to give away a copy of Earth On An axis which comes in a hand made fabric bag!

Just hop on here and become a fan. The first person to message me will get a copy sent to them

Tales From A Gypsy Traveller

: Tales From A Gypsy Traveler by Andrea Soler

Tales From A Gypsy Traveler …

There’s nothing like packing up the van and going on a road trip. About 700 k’s according to Google maps…I drove through the night, the moon shining on the road, and very excited to be heading south to the play at the Blue Mountains Music Festival, which happens to be the first stop of my tour launching my debut album ‘Earth On An Axis’!

Every time I land in Katoomba I go straight to the Three Sisters and breathe in one of the most beautiful views around. Valleys and hills that stretch toward the setting sun, and I’m back in my home town again.

I then dropped in and saw my mate John Stuart at his studio in WentworthFalls to have a jam. John is going to be adding some percussive beats to my tunes this weekend. He’ll also be playing with the Snake Town Rattlers at the festival at The Clarendon on Saturday 13th….

Leading up to the festival I’ve been working hard on getting my album ready. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes when it comes to getting an album ready for distribution. The artwork alone by Sara Hingle and Kyliegh Orlebar, (which has a 16 page lyrics booklet) took months to finalise. And while I’m busy over here booking in tour dates, the final mixes were being mixed by Big Al at The Sonic Kitchen Studios, and then mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Sean MaGee. Finally holding the finished product in my hand I was filled with emotion, reflecting on the amount of love and energy that has gone into producing my first album. I truly hope, (if you buy it…. I know you want to!) that you’ll feel the vibes in the music!

And look out, every album sold at the Blue Mountains Festival will come with a home baked dragonfly cookie!

So now I am on the eve of the Blue Mountains Music Festival and am very excited to see how the festival crowd respond to my new songs that feature on the album. If you’re not there, and wishing you were, I’ll be posting some pics and links from this great indie music festival very soon!

PS…

I am currently giving my myspace page a bit of loving. Hopefully by this weekend it will mean anyone from around the world can purchase Earth On An Axis. The first 10 people to buy the album online will also get a handmade little bag (made by my mum) with a few surprises inside!