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
Hello hello! It’s been a cuh-raaaazy start to 2016!
So rather than a massive re-cap, I’ll just fill you in on the basics that tie in with what’s coming up in the near future.
This is largest production of HAIRSPRAY ever staged in the world, featuring over 500 performers(!) and an all-star cast, including Simon Burke, Christine Anu, Tim Campbell, Wayne Scott Kermond, Amanda Muggleton and Lauren McKenna. I recorded all the orchestrations for this show for a Queensland theatre company called Harvest Rain. Harvest Rain is one of Australia’s leading musical theatre companies, having been producing musical theatre productions of the highest calibre for over thirty years. For over 30 years, Harvest Rain has been renowned for presenting high quality musical theatre productions, from small and intimate productions to major arena spectaculars. Over 25,000 patrons enjoy a Harvest Rain production each year and all of this is achieved without a single dollar of government funding – the company has built its success on the continued support of its thousands of loyal patrons, donors and sponsors.
It’s an amazing company, and I’m very proud to have been a part of this, their first TOURING show. It seems as though new cities are being added to the small-run schedule, with any luck it WILL come to Melbs.
Eleven years I’ve been the Musical Director/Producer at DRACULAS; it seems almost impossible to believe! Draculas is Australia’s longest running and most successful dinner theatre. A total night of entertainment combining burlesque, contemporary music, comedy and quality dining, all in the one incredible venue.
And it keeps going from strength to strength – just this week I’ve been onsite to help integrate two new cast members. The current season is only half-way through, so you’ve got plenty of time to catch it. But make sure you do!
TWO RING CIRCUS
is my best mate Dom and me. We’ve just begun a big push to get our name out there and a-happening. Last weekend we filmed our gig as part of a new promotional package, and had a rip-roaringly fun time at The Doutta Galla in Flemington – watch this space, and the FB page, for more stuff as it comes to hand. Currently you can see us at The Elephant & Wheelbarrow in St Kilda on Friday nights 10-30pm-1.30am, The Angler’s Tavern in Maribyrnong on Saturday afternoons from 4-7pm and every second Wednesday at Jackpot Bar @ Crown 9pm-1am
SPACE BETWEEN NOTES
is my Booking Agency. I know, right?!
We’re a “boutique” agency – this means that the acts we represent are select, and at the very top of their profession, so you need only choose the act that best suits the needs of your venue or event and leave the rest to us.
Our primary focus is to have the best possible outcome for everyone involved – you, your guests, our performers. The right act at the right price with nothing more for you to think about, confident that everything will be taken care of calmly and efficiently.
Some of our acts are absolutely unique; worth bearing in mind when it comes time to book the entertainment for your corporate event that will have guests talking long after the fact.
In addition to those performers listed on this site, we have access to event planners, PA companies, artists, MC’s, comedians and DJ’s from across Melbourne, all at the pinnacle of their chosen field. Let us know your requirements and we’ll do our best to make all the pieces fit.
It was composer Claude Debussy who said, “Music is the space between the notes”. At Space Between Notes, we don’t have a thousand different acts competing for your attention… we simply have the best.
Take a look around the site; if something takes your fancy, drop us a line. If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, but appreciate the ethos to which we aspire, please get in touch, we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction. We’re happy to discuss your individual requirements.
The website is about to undergo a ground-up rebuild, partially to reflect the number of amazing new acts we’ve recently had come on board. Please feel free to spread the word to venues, businesses, wedding couples, as well as new acts and entertainers that you think might like get involved. We’re currently booking three acts a week into Crown (and that’s quite a feather in the cap for a small independent company) and fielding genuine private booking enquiries every single day of the week. EXCITING STUFF.
GRIFFIN ALLIANCE PODCAST SERIES
David Bartholomeusz and Daniel Toop from Griffin Alliance have a podcast series in which they interview Wedding Masters. They speak to Celebrants, DJs, MCs and Entertainers at the top of their field, and ask about their experiences with weddings & receptions and how they help brides & grooms to have their perfect wedding day.
This series of podcasts is designed to be a one-stop-shop for all your wedding-related queries and to point bridal couples in the right direction for supplies and suppliers. It’s informative and entertaining; an informal chat with experienced operators, packed with answers to all your wedding questions.
I believe my own interview will be published sometime in May, but I’m far from the only one who has something to offer – if you or someone you know is about to embark on the sometimes perilous journey of Organising A Wedding, I urge you to give this series a listen.
That might do for now, I reckon…
Quick Gig Guide, perhaps?
Bi-monthly Wednesdays – Two Ring Circus Duo @ Jackpot Bar, Crown Casino, 9.00pm
Thursdays – MattyB solo @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow Bourke St, 9.30pm
Fridays – MattyB solo @ the Village Belle Hotel, St Kilda, 8.00pm
Fridays – Two Ring Circus @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow St Kilda, 10.30pm
Saturdays – Two Ring Circus @ The Anglers Tavern, Maribyrnong, 4-7pm
selected Sats & long w/e’s – G-FORCE @ Groove Bar, Crown Casino, 11.00pm
selected Sats & long w/e’s – The Eighties Strikes Back @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow Bourke St, 11.00pm
Sundays – MattyB solo @ The Doutta Galla, Flemington, 4.30pm
Bi-monthly Sundays – MattandPaul Duo @ the Elephant & Wheelbarrow St Kilda, 8.30pm
Big love to y’all.
It’s been another pretty big fortnight or so.
For a musician, I spend an inordinate amount of time in front of my PC just running “the business”. THAT part of my life is frustrating in the extreme – it’s hard to be creatively productive when you’re tied to function logistics, sending invoices, or (worst yet) dealing with numbers for the Tax Dept.
BUT: Last week I got to work with the wonderful Scott and Narell for the Flooring Xtra Annual Conference, this year held up in Cairns (is there a more Australian-sounding place name?) I did a couple of gigs in two different venues up there, and it’s the second year in a row I’ve worked for the company. Mark Langtree (Cairns AV Hire) was the PA guy; lovely fella, who couldn’t quite believe that I would pack down the PA at the end of the second function and bring it back to where I was staying in order to save him the hour-long round trip to Palm Cove to pick it up.
I got a little bit of downtime on my second day up there, and drove up to Copperlode Dam (now why would I make that up?):
And then I had lunch with a couple of friends who happened to be holidaying at the same time. And I got sunburned! It had been so long since I’d felt real sun, I’d clearly forgotten what it was. I had a hot shower back in Melbourne the next day and thought something terrible had happened to me.
Speaking of being back in Melbourne, the new Draculas show is about to kick into gear. My part of it anyway, the music creation. The first song list has been sent, and it’s looking to be a wee ripper. I love this time of year.
The Wow City Movement Friday night gig at Bridie O’Reilly’s Brunswick has now settled in, and the numbers are good. One Hit Wonders all night, how can one go wrong?!
And on Sunday 23rd after my solo spot at the Doutta Galla Hotel in Flemington, I’m playing for the first time in a long while with the Ráv Thomas Band, supporting Russell “The Real Thing” Morris. I once jammed with Russell in a guitar shop for about fifteen minutes – what a gentleman he is.
This is when I need to stop saying, “God, I’ve done NOTHING this year!” I’ve actually done a lot. Haven’t I…?
Keep well, chat soon.
I can scarcely believe we’ve already hit August! And whilst the temptation is great to start listing what’s gone on since I last posted here far too long ago, I fear that it would really take too long and in addition, force the question to be posed: “What’s the point?”
So, instead, let’s look to the future.
The continuing Friday residency for my “other” band project “THE WOW CITY MOVEMENT” at Bridies Brunswick is going from strength to strength, which is at once necessary, gratifying and positive. Also, sharing a stage with my mates Nicko Sinclair and Ráv Thomas, not to mention my new FF J’aime Holland is (to alliterate) just joyous, so hooray for that!
I’ll just, for the sake of the exercise, list the regulars:
Every second Wednesday TWO RING CIRCUS (which is Dom Italiano and me) play at Jackpot @ Crown. It’s a funny old gig, but – depending on who comes in to do the sound for us – can be a load of loud humpday fun.
Thursdays I’m still solo-ing away at the Elephant & Wheelbarrow in the city. The reason this gig continues to work (four years now, I believe) is that it’s not really a solo gig at all… it’s a duo gig with me as the onstage component and the audience as the other member of the doublet.
Fridays I do an early solo spot (7.30-9.30pm) at The Village Belle in St Kilda; it’s a little mellow, as it’s a dinner spot, but has the potential to fire up depending on how crazy the locals feel like getting). Up until the aforementioned Friday gig, I used to play the late spot with Sammy V. It was a shame to leave that one, but WOW CITY is a part of building something more, so my hand was forced.
Saturdays, G-FORCE is at the Elephant & Wheelbarrow in the city. Super fun to play with Rhys, Steve and Shan, some of the most talented kids I know. What’s that? A request for a song we’ve never played together? Sure, we’ll give it a crack!
And then occasionally that selfsame band puts on some spandex, drags in the delightful J’aime, and does an 80s gig. lol much?
Sundays, the solo spot @ the Doutta Galla in Flemington is picking up steam; 4.30-7.30pm if you’d like to pop in.
And then to round things out, I’m @ the Elephant in St Kilda (8.30pm) with my old buddy Paul Shirley, the word fun made flesh and blood.
The booking agency I help look after (SPACE BETWEEN NOTES) is ticking along, but certainly needs more of my attention. The workload does occasionally get a little much, and when you’re self-employed, each addition unexpected thing that crops up is inevitably something that has to be dealt with immediately, be it a quote or a phone call or just a little fire-prevention. We all serve somebody.
Something past – despite my opening gambit – but is recent past, so now doesn’t count, by my estimation. This pic I posted on FB… it might have received more attention than anything else I’ve ever stuck up in that forum. I’m going to give it another outing here, because I love it:
I play in the Ráv Thomas band, one of the most successful original bands you’ve never heard of. We’ll be proudly supporting the legendary Russell Morris on Sunday August 23 at Bridies Brunswick. Click on THIS for tix.
Initial meeting has been set up with the producer of Draculas for the new Melbourne show… Lord, how is it that time already?
Brilliant though – putting the music together for these shows is right up amongst my favourite things to do.
I’ve got a little bit of interstate and o/s coming up soon, lucky me, so I’ll be sure to post pics.
Until soon, keep safe and well.