Image Courtesy of Andy Brown
Canadians Andy Brown (above) and Dave Gunning were last minute support acts last Friday night at The Basement in Sydney, as Folk Uke performed their last gig in Australia before heading back to the US. (Jodi Martin was also on the line-up, making it one hell of a value-packed evening’s entertainment.)
For Dave and Andy, it was a good teaser for two East Coast Canadian showcases this week. Bill Quinn (Overheard Productions) was in the audience and took the chance between brackets to grab a few words with Andy Brown at the merch desk.
Bill Quinn: Andy, which part of Canada are you from?
Andy Brown: From the east coast of Canada, the province of New Brunswick.
BQ: You were telling some amazing stories on stage, but before we get to that, can you tell us ‘The Andy Brown story’?
AB: I’ve been playing music my whole life. I really started taking it serious a few years ago. I put out an album called False Alarm. I had a lot of success with that; had it featured in a big show that was all over the world, and went to number one iTunes.
And that helped me afford to pay for my new album “Tin Man” which I produced myself on the east coast at Halifax at the Sonic Temple.
And because of so many great people here in Australia, I’ve come here, and released it here before I’ve released it in my own country.
BQ: And what’s the reaction been so far?
AB: Great. Just did Woodford Folk Festival – I mean, that spot is magical in general – and everybody seemed to be enjoying the music and the stories behind it. Because I poured a lot into the actual message of every song, so I’m really proud of it.
BQ: Was there anything that prepared you for Woodford?
AB: No! I had no idea what I was in for, and I couldn’t be happier. It was so magical; it was really magic.
BQ: Actually, are there Canadian words for ’40 degrees Centigrade’? Does that actually translate?
AB: Ah… ‘hell on earth’!!
No, we were sleeping in tents, and I remember we both looked at each other and said, ‘I think our organs are melting!’
But we went and got an air-conditioned hotel room as soon as we were back, and it was very glorious! I think you don’t realise how much you welcome the snow until you spend your first Christmas away from the snow.
BQ: So, you’re here in Australia for just over another week, and you’ve got a couple of gigs coming up.
AB: I’m playing on Tuesday 8th January at Notes Live – an East Coast Canadian showcase with me, Dave Gunning, Tim Chaisson and Vishten. And a traditional Australian fiddle band called Cole and Van Dijk.
And then we’re off to Melbourne and play the Caravan Club on Friday 11th January.
And kicking home on the 14th – unless I don’t get a passport, in which case, I’m here forever!
BQ: You said on stage you lost it, is that right?
AB: Yeah, I don’t know how I did it. I’m still convinced that it’s going to turn up and I’m going to be mad as hell because I spent a bunch of money on getting a new one.
Better safe than sorry!
BQ: OK! Andy, it’s been great talking with you. Thanks very much.
AB: Yeah, thanks so much.
Dates for the two East Coast Canadian showcases:
Tuesday 8th January – Notes Live, Newtown, NSW
Friday 11th January – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC