Friday 1: solo @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow (Bourke st, Melbourne) Melb CBD – 5.30pm
Friday 1: BANG! @ the Sports Bar, Crown Casino – 10.30pm
Saturday 2: Lexi & Trav’s wedding
Sunday 3: solo @ the Doutta Galla Hotel, Flemington – 4.30pm
Sunday 3: Matt & Tim @ The Fifth Province, St Kilda – 9pm
Tuesday 5: Rav Thomas trio @ Reef Gateway, Cannonvale – 4pm
Wednesday 6: solo @ KC’s Airlie Beach – 7.30pm
Thursday 7: solo @ KC’s Airlie Beach – 7.30pm
Friday 8: Rav Thomas band @ Northerlies Beach Bar – 4pm
Friday 8: Rav Thomas band @ Paddy’s Shenanigans, Airlie Beach – 8pm
Saturday 9: Rav Thomas band @ Northerlies Beach Bar – 2pm
Saturday 9: Rav Thomas band @ Paddy’s Shenanigans, Airlie Beach – 8pm
Sunday 10: Rav Thomas band @ Northerlies Beach Bar – 2pm
Sunday 10: Rav Thomas band @ Paddy’s Shenanigans, Airlie Beach – 7pm
Monday 11: Rav Thomas duo @ Paddy’s Shenanigans, Airlie Beach
Tuesday 12: I’ll be hosting Paddy’s Shenanigans FAMOUS JAM NIGHT
Wednesday 13: Rav Thomas duo @ Paddy’s Shenanigans, Airlie Beach
Thursday 14: solo @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow Melb CBD – 9.30pm
Friday 15: Slexy & Fisher’s wedding
Saturday 16: Matt Bradshaw & G-FORCE @ Transport Women Australia event
Sunday 17: solo @ The Doutta Galla, Flemington – 4.30pm
Sunday 17: Matt & Jordi @ Jackpot Bar Crown Casino – 10pm
Wednesday 20: solo @ the Fifth Province St Kilda – 8pm
Thursday 21: solo @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow Melb CBD – 9.30pm
Friday 22: solo @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow Melb CBD – 5.30pm
Friday 22: BANG! @ the Sports Bar, Crown Casino – 10.30pm
Saturday 23: Linfox Sydney event
Sunday 24: solo @ The Doutta Galla, Flemington – 4.30pm
Sunday 24: Matt & Jordi @ Jackpot Bar Crown Casino – 10pm
Wednesday 27: Two Ring Circus @ Jackpot Bar, Crown Casino – 9pm
Thursday 28: solo @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow Melb CBD – 9.30pm
Friday 29: Matt Bradshaw & G-FORCE @ a wedding anniversary event
Saturday 30: Two Ring Circus @ The Anglers Tavern – 3pm
Saturday 30: Matt Bradshaw & G-Force @ Groove Bar and Lounge Crown Casino – 10.30pm
Tuesday 1: Two Ring Circus @ The Pub, Crown Casino – 6pm
Wednesday 2: Two Ring Circus @ Jackpot Bar, Crown Casino – 9pm
Thursday 3: solo @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow Melb CBD – 9.30pm
Friday 4: solo @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow Melb CBD – 5.30pm
Friday 4: BANG! @ the Sports Bar, Crown Casino – 10.30pm
Saturday 5: solo @ Trax Bar/Cafe, Bonbeach – 7pm
Sunday 6: solo @ the Doutta Galla, Flemington – 4.30pm
Thursday 10: solo @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow Melb CBD – 9.30pm
Friday 11: solo @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow Melb CBD – 5,30pm
Friday 11: BANG! @ the Sports Bar, Crown Casino – 10.30pm
Saturday 12: solo @ Kanooka Childcare Centre Fundraiser, Clayton – 4.30pm
Saturday 12: Two Ring Circus @ the Fifth Province, St Kilda – 9pm
Sunday 13: solo on the lawns @ the Arts Centre, Melbourne – 12pm
Sunday 13: solo @ The Doutta Galla, Flemington – 4.30pm
Tuesday 15: Two Ring Circus @ The Pub, Crown Casino – 6pm
Wednesday 16: Two Ring Circus @ Jackpot Bar, Crown Casino – 9pm
Thursday 17: solo @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow Melb CBD – 9.30pm
Friday 18: solo @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow Melb CBD – 5,30pm
Friday 18: BANG! @ the Sports Bar, Crown Casino – 10.30pm
Saturday 19: Two Ring Circus @ The Angler’s Tavern, Maribyrnong – 3pm
Sunday 20: solo @ The Doutta Galla, Flemington – 4,30pm
Wednesday 23: solo @ the Fifth Province St Kilda – 8pm
Thursday 24: solo @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow Melb CBD – 9.30pm
Friday 25: solo @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow Melb CBD – 5.30pm
Friday 25: BANG! @ the Sports Bar, Crown Casino – 10.30pm
Saturday 26: the Rav Thomas Band, supporting Vika & Linda, Peninsula Hot Springs
Saturday 26: Matt Bradshaw & G-FORCE @ Groove Bar, Crown Casino – 10.30pm
Sunday 27: solo @ The Doutta Galla, Flemington – 4.30pm
Tuesday 29: Two Ring Circus @ The Pub, Crown Casino – 6pm
Wednesday 30: Two Ring Circus @ Jackpot Bar, Crown Casino – 9pm
Thursday 31: solo @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow Melb CBD – 9.30pm
The week that was, the week to come…
Pre-production meeting last Wednesday for the new DRACULAS show in Queensland, opening at the end of September. Good Stuff!
I’ll be Head down, Bum Up in August, by the looks.
I had a pretty great week o’ gigs, with some lovely feedback from one of the new venues at which I played. (Point Leo Estate in Merricks – amazing, we should defs all go sometime.)
An excellent Sunday night at the Doutta Galla. Many friends. Ute had a mini-sleepover. ‘Nuff said.
Monday was Cat-Day. We were back to the vet for post-radioiodine check-up. ALL GOOD! HOORAY!!!
I DID drive to the wrong surgery to begin with. Not v clever. Scritchie is not overly fond of the car, and my error caused her to have to spend almost an extra hour in it. Plus then my thoughtfully Cat-Friend procured coffee-on-arrival was luke warm. BOO!I had a night at home on Monday. Like, a whole night at home.
I watched a movie. At Home! Almost unheard of.Tuesday I spent the best part of thirteen hours in front of my PC, trying to catch up on all that I’ve allowed to slip for the past week or so. Bed at midnight. Almost unheard of.
This is Wednesday – gdaughts to train, haircut, solo breakfast (discovered that my favourite local vego place (The Dharma Hub) has vanished, boo!), phone calls, now PC-ing again.
Such the rock star, pfft!
OH HEY – we (TWO RING CIRCUS, that is) are organising a Murder Mystery Night. HMU for deets.
Gonna be a hoot!
THE GIG WEEK:
solo, Elephant & Wheelbarrow (Bourke st, Melbourne), 9.30pm-12.30am
solo, Croydon Hotel, 6-10pm (Thanks, Simon!)
Two Ring Circus, Anglers Tavern MARIBYRNONG, 3-6pm
solo, The Royal Hotel MORNINGTON, 8.30-11.00pm (Thanks, Simon!!)
solo, Doutta Galla Hotel FLEMINGTON, 4-7pm
Last Monday’s originals night at Songs in the South went off without a hitch, you’ll doubtless be pleased to know.
Eighteen self-penned songs were performed by five artists, some of those songs had never-before-been-heard.
Songs in the South is such a great initiative – and if they’ll have me, I’ll defs do some more, now that the seed’s been replanted.
The Two Ring Circus Podcast is going well also – this week’s episode (056) – ’What About Shannon Noll? OR Mailbox Smashers “R” Us’ is a wee ripper. We read comments from Shannon Noll’s FB page in response to his onstage rant. Just finding the humour in the ick.
Watch it HERE!
(aka. look at me>>> two updates in a fortnight!)
Two Ring Circus – The Podcast is now into it’s second year! Pretty cool.
If you’ve not yet listened (or watched online), it’s basically my best mate Dom and me shooting the breeze and talking about the things that come across our respective desks each week.
G-FORCE played a super gig on Saturday night in aid of the River’s Gift charity, which serves to raise money for and awareness of SIDS. They raised more than $125,000!
HERE’S THE LINK TO OUR WEBSITE: Matt Bradshaw & G-FORCE
This Thursday I’ll back at SAE, under the firm but nuturing hand (LOL) of Darren Hulcombe – talking to the students, demo-ing some mics, and teaching about harmonies. It’s a fun gig!
I’m doing an original gig next Monday night. My first in QUITE some time.
Dom, under the guise of “let’s get my mate to do something creative”, asked me to join him (and others) for Songs in the South @ Freddie Wimpoles in St Kilda. I’ll let you know more details as they come to hand. (I’ve been trying to write some new songs for it. And so I have. OOOH!)
> in the Ráv Thomas Band, The Manhattan Hotel Ringwood, 10.30pm – we’re headlining a FIVE BAND BILL, it’s going to be HUGE!
It’s been another busy few weeks since I last logged in. Let me give you a nutshell snapshot, if that indeed is a thing…
My god-daughter just finished high school!
I feel very fortunate to have been able to play guitar for her for part of her EoY music prac exam. She’s a star both in the making, and already.
Now, to driving practise!
Spring Racing season has been and gone in Melbourne, and although due to my stance on horse racing (and animals as entertainment in general) I no longer do “racing gigs” per se, there’s still a massive number of people looking to have a good time around the place, resulting in my doing some insane number of gigs since the start of the month. Total count to the end of November will be just a shade under 40.
Included in that number was the annual trip to Far North Queensland for the Airlie Beach Festival of Music with my mates in the Ráv Thomas Band. We had a brilliant time up there – great gigs and a truly humbling response from more than 2000 people on the main stage in the tent.
My booking agency SPACE BETWEEN NOTES is really beginning to kick along – we’ve just been brought onboard to resurrect live music at The Glenferrie Hotel; Fridays and Saturdays, plus (hopefully) and new Sunday Session in time for Summer.
We’ve got some great new artists on the books too, exciting times ahead. 🙂
I cannot wait. I actually had to work more during the days in QLD than I ever have on previous trips, so I’m not quite as tanned as I’d’ve hoped. In many (skin cancer) ways, that’s probably a good thing anyway.
But I’ve been out on the bike a bit – bloody marvellous! #LuxuryItem
I’m fearful it might be time for a new PC – my 2011 iMac is beginning to crash indiscriminately, which is tedious at best, frustrating in the next, and time/work-wasting at worst. No matter how often I save a Logic song file, something goes missing when everything stops. ARRRGH!
The TWO RING CIRCUS PODCAST is kicking along very nicely! We’re 20+ eps in, and although it’s sometimes VERY difficult to find the time to record this weekly show, it’s always rewarding to hang w my best mate and talk about everything and nothing.
Czech it out the latest PODcast and VODcast. (just click on those words for the link. :-))
TRC Pod-carst – Episode 023 – ‘Car-versation 2 – On Location – Melbourne Airport-ish’
Wherein WE-ARE-IN Dom’s car, we expose ourselves – where we are and why.
We discuss Matt’s travel woes – Tiger terrible-ness, precedents, (Dom implies Matt can’t keep to the story – WRONG), a guy looks at Matt’s car (parked perfectly), Jetstar delays causing angst, some stories about Jetstar Baggage Services, flight mode lightly touched upon.
Also, parking fines aren’t fair (Matt tells a story about it), Dom gets schooled on taglines and interjections, brief feedback on our podcast (whatever), fat & orange, a Stephen King-related bit, Dom of the D’Uber-villes.
And: we go mobile, Dom gets schooled on taglines and interjections (2), cow pun, Matt perform a weird public service (not as sexy as it sounds), Popeye, back-handed compliments, Dom’s post-Airlie anecdote (he argues with drunk people), Matt doesn’t know what movies are (again).
Plus: VicRoads license points-system (flawed), “irregardless” (OUTRAGED), we go mobile again, more of Matt’s luggage story, Dom left his bike in Budapest and couldn’t get any money, the oddness of Australian street signs, Sia’s Christmas album, Dom’s prose-etry, Matt can’t tell a police story, Matt could probably be more productive than he is, An Interesting Point is made (58:57), our different songwriting styles.
G-FORCE was part of a pretty special event this month too – I’m Just A Man is a fund-/awareness-raising campaign based here in Melbourne.
The I’m Just A Man | Men’s Mental Health Awareness Gala Dinner gathering was held on the night of Michael Hutchence’s 20 year anniversary since his passing and the boyz and I performed a whole bunch of INXS songs. All proceeds from the night are to be donated evenly between Beyond Blue and Movember. I met some amazing speakers, and I’m sure we’ll be doing more with these people as the months unfold. Pretty amazing stuff. Individuals can make a difference.
I have to go to work now.
Till next time!
I was roundly berated a little while ago for not including my upcoming gigs here. And rightly so!
Here’s what’s coming up. It’s a pretty nutty schedule, but give me a little credit… I no longer say YES to Three-Gig-Days. Huzzah for me!
> later, I’ll be playing at Zara’s 21st. This one promises to be a ripper!
> Steve Simmons is looking after the Doutta Galla on Sunday the 12th, and Dom Italiano is covering my regular Thursday gig @ the Elephant CBD on the 16th. Thanks Boyz.
Hello and welcome back, to Avid Followers and Casual Voyeurs alike.
Here’s what’s been going on…
The TWO RING CIRCUS Duo is now also the TWO RING CIRCUS Podcast! Dom and I are getting together once a week (separate to our gigging lives) to discuss the world, each other, pop culture, and – hopefully – to delight and entertain a world-wide audience in podcast form. It’s been fun so far – at time of writing we’re seven episodes in.
I’ve had a few trips away – New Year’s Eve (and two weeks hence) found me gigging in Tropical Far North Queensland. It’s always a party time up there – I’ll be back again in November for Airlie Festival with the Ráv Thomas Band.
I’ve had a bunch of interstate weddings and corporate events too – it’s been a really fun year so far. I performed for a joint husband and wife birthday party on a multi-million dollar yacht cruising Sydney Harbour too. What a great day and night it was!
I’ve even had some holidays – I was in Borneo for a few days of jungle-trekking, oran-utan watching, infinity pool chilling, sun bear viewing, rooftop bar hanging and sun-seeking – ’twas an amazing and eye-opening experience.
Eye opening too was a quick trip to Canberra – I’ve not been since I was still in primary school in Sydney – the Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery are Must Sees!
Oh, and Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – my third or fourth time, such a fantastic thing to do. I’m not necessarily an opera fan per se, but the operas performed in this forum are very “easy”, and the whole set-up of this iconic event is so worth experiencing. Plus of course, there’s semi-regular trips to see family in South Australia and Tasmania – being an only child means that I do a fair bit of gallivanting about the place; these are things that need to be done.
Certainly (gratefully) the gigs are still chugging along at home here in Melbourne too. Most weeks I’ll do at least six, and often eight, nine or even ten gigs. I have pulled back a little – doctors orders. Basically, earlier this year I had a Sam Smith/Adele-style bleed on one of my vocal folds. This necessitated my having throat-specialist prescribed TOTAL VOCAL REST. Not a sound did I utter for the best part of nine days. The hope was that this rest would then mean no surgery, no development of any nodules/polyps/other nasties. It’s no surprise really that this happened to me – the speech pathologist explained to me, the trauma was created simply by overwork, singing when sick, and perhaps just a little bad luck. If I do a double gig day, that’s likely fifty or sixty songs I’ll sing. Certainly it’s why I don’t book myself triple gig days any more. But I’m all good, never fear! HERE is an article that talks more about it all, if you’re at all interested.
My booking agency SPACE BETWEEN NOTES is forging ahead well. We’ve got some excellent acts on the books, and we’re currently expanding to cater to corporate event clients – we’re now including aerial performers, magicians and MCs in our roster. Very exciting stuff.
AND I’m still the Musical Producer at DRACULAS Theatre Restaurant – a month or so ago I finished the new Queensland show “TERRORBYTE”. If you’ve not been, to either the Queensland venue or the one here in Melbourne, I highly recommend you do so. It’s a super fun time. Plus I also once again worked with Harvest Rain Theatre Company, this time on their production of the Arena Spectacular version of GREASE. Fingers crossed it comes to Melbourne.
For now, cheers, and good health to you.
Well, please don’t let the lack of updating fool you… it’s certainly not that nothing’s been going on. If that makes sense.
The opposite, in fact… if that makes sense.
Lots of prep happening for “festival season” – next Saturday, Rav Thomas and the rest of us band guys will be heading to RedFest just outside of Brisbane for three original gigs in two days. Should be a blast!
And the new single/video will be out in a couple of weeks.
A little past news that ties in with what’s coming up:
I’ve just recently come off of doing the music and subsequent intensive but very fun follow-up for Draculas Cabaret Restaurant Queensland #RetroVampt is a fast-paced, wild ride, is presented in three separate acts and punctuated with acrobatic dance, mime, puppetry, and mind-bending staging, all set to a funky 70’s song list. Retro Vampt features a multi-talented cast, live music and Dracula’s signature razor edge comedy and love for bizarre art house madness. It’s sexy, it’s hairy, and it’s set to expand your mind, groove your soul, and chill your spine with cool vibes, belly laughs, and way too much technicoloured polyester. You won’t find a better dinner and show on the Gold Coast.
And then before you know it, I’ll be in pre-production for the new Draculas Cabaret Restaurant Melbourne show. It’s a retrospective show, with all the best bits of the last ten years, re-jigged and updated. I can’t wait! Opening Night is Wednesday October 26th.
In the week that followed my birthday in 2014, I started gigging @ The Village Belle Hotel Doulton Bar with SammyV. And we had a pretty fun time, playing together for the first time in a long time at one of Melbourne’s most iconic “local pubs”. Thanks, mate!
For about the last year and a half, I’ve been doing an early solo spot there, and I’ve met a really bunch of great folks along the way – so it’s pretty sad to be finishing up in a couple of weeks, tbh.
Ah, the price of progress.
BUT – I’ve seen the plans for the renovations, and it looks AHHH-mazing, so all is not lost. If you’ve a mind, catch my last couple of gigs before ‘Belle closes for renovations, this Friday August 26th and next September 2nd, 7.30-9.30pm.
I’ve been called back for Harvest Rain duties. You may recall that I produced the music for that theatre company’s production of HAIRSPRAY. Well, the new show has been chosen “GREASE”, and I’m back on deck. Very exciting, and wowsers, I know so much more this time than last. Plus I’ve bought a lot of great studio stuff – orchestras a-gogo.
Since forming in 1985, Harvest Rain has grown to become one of the largest musical theatre companies in Australia, providing professional musical theatre productions that are engaging, accessible and entertaining.
Harvest Rain is well-known for producing high quality professional productions that are enjoyed by thousands of theatre goers each year. The company is also widely respected for being a hub of creativity and professional development where emerging professional artists can work and perform alongside some of the biggest stars in the country.
Over the years, Harvest Rain has presented work at a range of major venues including QPAC, the Brisbane Powerhouse, the Judith Wright Centre, the Malthouse and more, producing shows like SPAMALOT, BLOOD BROTHERS, THE WIZARD OF OZ, JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, OKLAHOMA! GUYS & DOLLS and more. The company has also produced major arena productions, including a record breaking production of CATS which was the largest production of its kind ever staged in the southern hemisphere featuring over 800 performers at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. If you would like more information about the company or current productions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
My talent booking agency SPACE BETWEEN NOTES is about to launch the new website – I’m saying next week! I’ll let y’all know.
And all that among the 6-9 gigs a week still. Lucky I love it, hey? And I do!
OH – Melbourne Festival is coming up really quickly. I read the programme yesterday; holy hell, some cool stuff on offer, can’t wait!
On a personal note, I’m taking my L-Plate goddaughter driving this weekend.
So see ya!
Be safe, Mx