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Andrew Clermont
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Guitar News! It's BACK! Thanks All for keeping a eye out
My precious Terada Guitar came back just before the Easter Weekend. Apparently a not so young lad did an early morning snatch of the guitar from under the stage at Frances Folk Gathering but eventually word got out of a guitar where no guitar had been before. Pressure was exerted and as was quoted, "It was sorted locally"!
Dya Singh was driving passed just after it's  return to Frances  (1 & 1/2 months later) and he kindly picked it up and delivered it back to me in time for the National Folk Fest
 
Andrew's Terada Acoustic Guitar stolen
Hi folks, a bitter sweet weekend was had,
alas my Terada Acoustic Guitar was stolen on Saturday morning early!
Happened on the SA/VIC border just south of Bordertown so could go in any direction.

Please, please keep an eye out and spread the word as it is extremely rare, very identifiable by it's headstock & preamp,
and likely to turn up anywhere. I've had it all it's 28years - a Martin look alike with "Terada" down the headstock,
in a Maton (big imprint) case with a Dya Singh sticker among a few and black guitar strap with red patch & gold chinese character on it.
Tragic but it's happened, all the festival was in shock. I'm still in shock.

An AGA Phase 2  Preamp/ pickup system was installed, visible in on the top left of the pic below.
Chunky fingerboard inlays

If you are going to a festival and can put up a few notices would be really appreciated.
This is the guitar I won all my Bluegrass Guitar Championships with in the 80's,
 older than my children, bought by my family for me at the end of high school.
Irreplaceable. I'm sure it will turn up, hope you can help, yours ever musically, Andrew Clermont   Ph 0407753809
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Photos The Lawnmowers at Horseshoe Bend Round Up
Photos Andrew Clermont & The Lawnmowers - Harrigans H/Valley 2006
 
 
Hi All, hope you've survived the rain. drought, storm, blue skies of where you are or have been - a pretty crazy year, eh?!. Welcome through which ever path led you here or me to you, though Music, Friends or chance! t
Here I share the adventures and blessings  of the recent world tours.

I thank Dya Singh himself for the amazing catalyst these
Peace, Interfaith, Love & Acceptance tours provide amongst so many folk across the planet.


'Way' below is also info & an opportunity for those supporting youth inspiration groups to contribute,
The Crossing Land Education Program. Please help this extraordinary group!
http://thecrossing.thebegavalley.org.au

Oh! And don't forget to prod your bands/ folk with fiddles included,  to enter their recordings and efforts for
http://www.goldenfiddleawards.org.au/ due in by October!

Ahead are visits to Winnipeg Folk Festival, California World Music Fest - Grass Valley, Concert of Colours Festival - Detroit (Michigan), St Louis (Missouri), Hillside Festival Guelph (near Toronto) with Dya Singh World Music Group plus the latest Shuttle launch from NASA!
Tour group is -
Josh Bennett - Adelaide
Parvyn Kaur & Dya Singh - Melbourne
Yours truly -  way north of Sydney
Dheeraj Shrestra - Brisbane


Can't be bothered reading?
Just want to peruse some pics?
see tour pics @
http://blog.myspace.com/andrewclermont
or my high resolution  (or most interesting ) 'Best of Pics of the last years' show is  at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewclermont/
More pic sites at the end of the email

Spontaneous 'Joke of Tour' - On stage at Hillside Music Festival jam, a bagpipe player kicks in 5 seconds of notes and then stops. I knee-jerk respond with, "Whose mobile phone was that?" ......Well we laughed for a long time - but maybe you had to be there -  LoL!!

Ah! And for those with a little 'rebel' and 'ego' left in you -
when you next renew your credit card, change your title to "Emperor" - there's nothing to stop you!!!
Well done Tim Bennett who showed the way

sorry, where where was I...?

This Missive begins where
Highway 80 traverses NW  out of San Francisco taking us to the
California World Fest. 
We call it the Oleander Highway for it's many shades of pink (though quite poisonous - don't ever chew on a twig!) median strip. Any time on a friday is a bad time to travel on it, as the traffic moves in a squeeze box manner between 0 and 80km/h every 10 to 15 minutes.. Mind you we were able to hear all 23 tracks on a Scandinavian (Nordic) Music Sampler from  noside.com - from soaring fiddle tunes to near 'metal' esoteric ballads. I've been enjoying 3 very full CD samplers from this northern european realm thanks to influence from the ever curious finger-picking guitarist, Ross Waldron.
   
 And speaking of finger pickers, we caught up with and shared a few tall tales with fellow Aussie, Tommy Emmanuel, as we performed before & after, one another at the Californian World Music Fest , Grass Valley.  Also got to know 'That 1 Guy' who we saw at Winnipeg Folk Fest as well (and going nuts on stage!) -  in Oz he was last at Woodford Folk Fest with a well videod DVD to tell the tale. He's a modern day John Hartford - playing an exhaust pipe 'fiddle/bass'  fire-breathing, trance-dance machine! We link up with him again @ Hillside Festival near Toronto and soon again in The Rockies of British Columbia - Salmon Arm Music Festival - where the 'Pointer Sisters' are also on the bill!  Did you ever hear about the White Pointer Sisters? Ah! for another time - a Tamworth story!

I also had my first experience being the musical soundtrack to Keith Preston's, Punch & Judy show! 45 mins of olde style puppetry comedy - many laughing and interacting kids and parents.
    Parvyn knocked the audiences out with her Bhangara Dance workshops as well as bringing her new, original songs, Jazz voice forward, here & there in the Dya Singh sets.  
    Ani DeFranco did her first appearance here since the birth of her firstborn - a very heart felt set as well as the bold & brazen.
   
Josh & I thank Christina and the Parachute Tent  crew for their fine hospitality - after we stumbled onto them in the dark, late, evening hours of our first night. Fine wine, Margaritas , Music and cheer were all well appreciated.
    
But I jumped ahead of myself
Winnipeg Folk Fest pics link
with Leo Kottke and Randy Newman plus  Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, The Duhks and so much more. The link goes to some snaps taken there. You have to checkout Uncle Earl, a very groovy all girl oldtime bluegrass band in a new kinda way (Love Kristin's solo CD too)! They played my fav concert there.
But it's all there in the pics link. Special thanks to the Instrument maker there who made a new nut for my gourd mandolin on the spot after the airlines had had their way with it. Had a special moment with Michael Franti & 2 Uncle Earls in a small Harmonic singing circle late one night - thanks CanDA'Ce. Met up with many special people. And a very wild jam on the bus back, on the first night - starting with Didgeridoo and ending in Mexican vibe with a clogging dance step! Those Uncle Earl's got in everywhere! And rockin'  Rodrigues on spanish guitar too!
    In Canada the Festivals like to combine 2 or 4 bands on stage at once. A nightmare for the sound guy (when paying attention ) with some astounding link ups. The "Gourdgeous" Mando & "Didgeribone" cut loose merrily alongside a Moog synthesizer reacting to the electricity in your hands! A lass was seemingly waving her hands in mid air over 2 aerials creating the 'pedal steel from planet Beezlebub' sound! Might have to get one of them! Haha. Dya, Parvyn, Josh & Dheeraj were also lapping up the adventurous music makers around them to produce many unforgettable Jams. Quite a few are on video and might make it to Utube or the 'ultra tour' DVD!
    Oh! And I must mention Laine Hoogstraten who's 'Voice, Integrity & Muscle' business card certainly had me intrigued. Jamming with new folk takes a certain 'front' and Laine approached me with a request to jam-with sometime. Her contribution at the next jam show was wonderful - from harmonic singing to great moves and willingness to wait for the right moment - choice!
 
Detroit
Punch & Judy to a mainly Afro American audience was quite a change! Some kids had to console parents - reminding them it is just a kids show (admittedly out of a non 'politically correct' era!).  Parvyn did a bold Indian dance workshop with local girl, Amrita, beautifully helping with (and a wonderful welcome meal from her family). Found some good earthy jewellery  at a stall - thanks Cris (hope you get a web site up sometime) Great view from the 25th floor of our tower of accom by the riverside.
    A beautiful spontaneous evening came from the generosity of a fellow we linked up with at our main Festival of Colours Concert. He had been to Melbourne & Sydney so often that he was giving Lonely Planet style lectures at colleges, for those planning to make the most of their stay in the main cities of Oz! He gave us a lift back after the finale performance and invited us back to his apartment for some food and chill music - Sade, I seem to recall. A view of the city night scape to die for. We owe you one when you make it next to Oz!

St Louis
Last visit had us flying a Cessna around the city (oh, we did take turns of course!). A deserved day off led to their Transport  Museum and for someone who grew up with a mighty train 'set' taking up the entire garage (thanks Dad), this was a wonderful 'best of' display of the real thing plus some very special one off vehicles.
    Exotic to the city scape is 'The Arch' in which tiny (note tiny!) tram 'carriagettes' drag you up to a resplendent view of the river & city.
A well presented (how the west was 'won' )'Museum is nestled in the base below with an Mega Screen on the making of it (to schedule, safety & budget! A priceless construction team) An astonishing amount of stainless steel!
    A rare motel stay, few throws of the Boomerang I always carry in the nearby park, and some very appreciated days of rest. We also helped launch a supporter's Kindergarten - the extension of her 'genius' Kids school - phenomenal folk.

Hillside - Guelph near Toronto
    Now here is where the multi-band jamming really expanded. Dya Singh with the Bebop Cowboys! Or with Madagasgar Slim & Indidi -Blues with raunch & kick up soul!  We had watched Indidi leap into the sunset crowd in Winnipeg and run(!) through to gather all up into a dancing frenzy. She must have run nearly a kilometre through the crowd with the radio mic, 'hooping and hollering' for them to all "Rise Up" - and well, they did & went nuts - as they did here at Hillside - funnily enough!
    The Bebops brought the tune 'Caravan' and Willie Nelson's 'Stardust' while Dya's pieces became a Reggae Country & Western with a twist of Lime - LOL! The standing ovation to that jam seem to go forever - got most of that show on video too - a very precious mingling!  Josh's solo trading with Mad Slim and the Kora King, Jah Yassouf will go down etched in the happy memories of all there.
    Josh & I also did a "having fun with music" workshop for the kids stage.

Near Ottawa
is the Blue Skies Festival, and it certainly lived up to it's name. Acoustic workshops in a wholesome tumblewood  amphitheatre setting. 3 generations of festival devotees with a permanent Volleyball game & Frisbee free for all through the daylight hours. Magnificent jamming with a new member to the David Grisman group, a 600 strong square dance (bush dance for those in Oz).
    And what a waterhole er...lake with room for all at the 'other' Mississippi River. A great bridge to jump from and a few boulders to lie on. Thanks Clare & Trevesa and especially Christine & the BlueSkies Festival folk. Magic


Cape Canaveral Space Shuttle Launch!
Well I never thought I would ever be standing on the Florida shore line watching a rocket heading to the heavens. This happens once or maybe twice in a year and takes 2 minutes! A very dramatic 2 minutes mind you with the greatest rolling thunder you're likely to hear.
    We thank our hosts ever much for that opportunity. My brother was secretary to the SA Rocketeer group after being given a model to make, Xmas, a decade ago. We made radio control gliders as kids and had a science experiment setup in our cellar. We weren't too bad at making explosives either but here I was, watching the Nth degree of such humble beginnings. Seems even radically further from any ecological ideology.

     What to think of it all, eh? That same humanity to put humans into orbit (let alone the Moon) versus just 'simply' feeding & educating all fairly! And the trickle through of technology to help the same? Yes, a trickle.
    We all have freedom to think concepts beyond our immediate realm. There are no limits apart from what you can imagine. Some people apply that to the physical world. Where to draw the line? Only our conscience can tell.

THERE YOU HAVE , THE STORIES OF LATE HAVE BEEN TOLD.
BE BOLD AND HELP OTHERS IN LIFE'S  PATH
REGARDS ,  ANDREW

BELOW ARE THOUGHTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS AND QUERIES FROM FRIENDS

Fav Email hug
Had a Hendrix "I wanna touch the sky", moment, (actually the whole evening and
some...)  Inspired by You, and other awesomely talented folks present. Ignited by the
afternoon jam, at the Woodford Organic Cafe.
Fortune smiled upon me, that I was able to sit in and  drum.  Every molecule drawn like
magnetism  Better than blood beating, or breathing, more than water.
Live a life without limits"  ("Clermont"!!!)   I have now changed mine. No
hesitation next time. (Life on this planet is too unpredictable, and short.) 
A good Life is about embracing the soul and spirit, music and harmony.
Much much good Chi to you Andrew.
Chris Glennie Djembe player

On my birthday...

it was this point in time    
02:03:04 05/06/07
HOUR/MIN/SEC/DAY/MONTH/YEAR

Small World Story:

I met Andrew in '97 when we were working for Leo'foo World Adventures; Him, playing bluegrass with another lad, Jack, and Canadian lass, Jenny, for the glee of the Taiwan folk and I, getting beaten up, blown up and falling from the ceiling to the floor of the American Wild West Stunt Show. We became good friends and have kept in touch over the years. Like him, I'm traveling a lot and don't always have time to sit and read his news letters, so I'll print them out and read them on the road, here and there.

My cousin Stacy, has recently returned from Europe where she had been working for ten years. Her work has sent her all over Europe. One night, 4 or so years back, in Germany, a couple friends of hers, drug her to a concert with "Totally Gourdgeous". After the show, she put herself on the mailing list and has been receiving them since.

Last Thanksgiving (a North American eating festival, celebrated near the end of November, for those who don't know), I was in Dallas, Texas visiting, where she lives now. I was at my Aunt's house when she also came to visit. She saw Andrew's 10 page newsletter on the table and my name on the top. She ask me about it and I told her about Andrew, then she told me about Germany. We laughed and laughed. . . then drank heavily. It was a party, of course.

About six months later I was passing through Dallas again on my way to Houston Texas when I learned that Andrew would be in Dallas at the same time, performing with 'Dya Singa' at temple. We had the chance to hook-up and chat and I told him the story.
Stunt man - James

Looking for a different holiday?
www.francewalks.com    from Jo Cresswell


Dear Supporters of The Crossing,
 (Dedicated to helping adolecent kids see value in their lives through caring for the nature around them)

As you may already know we have been seeking financial support to purchase a 12 seater diesel Toyota Hiace minibus for $9000 (which we hope to run on biodiesel) so that we can safely transport young people to and from The Crossing.  So far, thanks to many generous people, we have managed to raise half the amount which is fantastic. Thank you very much to those who have already contributed or passed this email on to someone who has.

You may recall that we gave ourselves a deadline of 18 May so that we could transport the young people in the first of our winter programs. Being optimistic souls we hoped we might have the full amount by then.  Although we're not there yet, the good news is that we have been loaned a vehicle for the first program thanks to the wonderful support of Liz Leyshan and Camp Longbeach.  So now we have until the beginning of JULY and our second winter program to reach our target.

We really need a minibus:
.    to reduce fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and the burden to volunteers  - we have had to use three private vehicles to transport groups of young people in the past.
.    to continue our landcare work in the region to assist landholders with voluntary conservation agreements to do surveys and restoration work for threatened species
.    to provide logistical support to our Sea to Snow walkers
.    to provide support for landcare projects, events and walks for high school students in the region who join The Southern Rivers Youth Crew - a new initiative for The Crossing to assist young people in our region to become more involved with inspiring places, people and projects for sustainability.

If you have already lent a hand ...Thanks.  Otherwise we hope you can help or know someone else who can. All donations to The Crossing Land Education Trust Fund are tax deductible.

Donations can be made as a direct deposit with a name reference or personal cheque deposit into the following account. Let us know when you send so that we can send a tax receipt out to you.  We haven't got the website facility for donations set up yet, but it's on its way.

Bank: IMB
Account Name: The Crossing Land Education Trust Fund
Account No: 200415194
BSB No: 641 800
The Crossing Land Eduction Trust
ABN 94672478604

Dean Turner
Project Director
The Crossing Land Education Trust
http://thecrossing.thebegavalley.org.au
email:thecrossing@thebegavalley.org.au
Ph: (02) 64933400
PO Box 72 BERMAGUI 2546

Web pages to various observations of our activities!
Story on John Elliot w/pics
http://www.abc.net.au/southqld/stories/s1247016.htm

http://www.countryragepage.com/bluespec.htm
http://www.countryragepage.com/bluegrtrec05.htm
http://users.tpg.com.au/ragepage/_private/bgrass.htm
http://www.tamworthragepage.com/bluegrass.htm
http://www.tamworthragepage.com/clermont%20.htm
http://www.countryragepage.com/fidlersfest1.htm
http://www.countryragepage.com/fiddlers2.htm
http://www.countryragepage.com/fidjam1.htm
http://www.countryragepage.com/fiddlersfest06.htm
http://users.tpg.com.au/ragepage/_private/fiddlefest.htm
http://www.countryragepage.com/hiredhandstam.htm
http://www.countryragepage.com/supperclub.htm
http://www.countryragepage.com/supperclub05.htm
http://www.countryragepage.com/hsblawnmo.htm
http://www.tamworthragepage.com/report.htm
http://www.countryragepage.com/flood.htm
http://www.countryragepage.com/2004artistand%20friends4.htm
http://www.countryragepage.com/hiredhandstam.htm
http://www.aurarecords.ozymusic.com/photo4.html
http://www.epochstrings.com.au/players/mykl_lozin.html
http://www.epochstrings.com.au/players/andrew_clermont.html
http://www.shownet.com.au/galston/galston2002.html
http://www.wintermoonfestival.com/entertainers_winter.htm

...Beautifully stated
  As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did.
You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.

new pics at
http://blog.myspace.com/andrewclermont

Don't dismiss your dreams.
To be without dreams is to be without hope;
to be without hope is to be without purpose.  by Nancye Sims


"We've all got a bit of wasted talent in us" Craig Taylor

andrewclermont@optusnet.com.au

SITEMAP to Other Clermont Worlds
http://hometown.aol.com/clrmnta/TheAndrewClermontexternalSiteMap.html
Selected Photos
http://www.pickle.com/andrewclermont

http://www.andrewclermont.com.au
GIGGUIDE:
http://www.myspace.com/andrewclermont

http://members.aol.com/clrmnta/myhomepage/profile.html

MySpace Domestic &
Music ie
http://www.myspace.com/snappadillion
http://www.myspace.com/andrewclermont
http://www.myspace.com/totallygourdgeous

and you must check out
http://hometown.aol.com/clrmnta/NovNewsletter.html
 (works now!) for best pics & a few tales!

Director to The Golden Fiddle Awards - show your SUPPORT and urge Nominations - from makers, teachers, mentors, players to recordings
http://www.goldenfiddleawards.org.au/

"Your negative thought may become reality if you choose to think of nothing else!" Donna Reynolds
so use the Law of Attraction positively - it is always at work!
 
Please reply to andrewclermont@optusnet.com.au
or an sms (text) to +61407753809 for quickresponse

Do check into the Gig Guide at -
http://members.aol.com/clrmnta/myhomepage/profile.html

Latest News-  (updated in next days)
http://members.optusnet.com.au/andrewclermont/

and the Bands &  everything Link Site
http://hometown.aol.com/clrmnta/TheAndrewClermontexternalSiteMap.html

Hugs available here - take as needed!
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Hi ho those well met before, and welcome those new to these scripts.
Ahead is news of  performances in Glen Innes/ Brisbane  concerts +
Fiddle Workshops/  Tamworth/ good ol' Wallabadah before Adelaide in
Australia/ through to
Canada & USA before family & friends in Europe & Kenya in September!

You've arrived by association to Andrew Clermont through a number of
possibilities
ie his settling down, nestled in 6 (or so) bands appearing in Austria/
Kenya/ USA/ Canada/UK/ Germany/ Taiwan/ Malaysia/ Hong Kong/
Singapore/New Zealand/ and Australia wide! Pumpkin powered Totally
Gourdgeous; cutting 'hedge' Bluegrass as The Lawnmowers (with 2
National Champions); divine as Dya Singh (twice World Music Group of
Australia); flying with the Fiddlers Feast; benevolently overseeing
The Supper Club; very Australian as Terra Australis (Heritage Award &
BushBand winners); and Celtic Conundrums - to be sure, to be sure! and
soon again also with The Leaping Lizards (see below)

Andrew initiated the NoHoldsBarred Fiddle Contest and is a Director to
the Golden Fiddle Awards. These are both sponsored by Epoch Violins
with Andrew touring the new carbon-fibre Bronze model (the unique
5-string Blue Chameleon model is now touring North America with Tania
Elizabeth in The Duhks!)  while also sponsored/ assisted by Maton
Guitars, Gilchrist Mandolins and White Swallow Banjos.

Where will you be? Taken any great pics lately? Don't be shy, share them around!
Photography being also one of my passions. See my MySpace zones below
for various slide shows.
And see also
http://www.EthnicIsland.com  particularly if you are
shopping for our music in USA

Please send Congratulations to The Lawnmowers - Rob Long family for
their new baby girl, Rosie Myra Long - yesterday! -
http://www.themowers.net/

Looking back, takes us ahead!? Here is The Glass Band collaboration
(in Taiwan) ie. a Supper Club ensemble from 2002.

4-6 May & 11-13 May Weekends
The connection of this photo with the next weekends ahead is that
Donna Reynolds is from The Leaping Lizards who are not only long time
friends but are also playing with me this weekend at Glen Innes Celtic
Festival (Club Hotel Fri & Sat nights) (oops to late for that one!)
and producing the Bush Dance at Wallabadah (near Tamworth) next
weekend with me. She also won song writing awards and was a heck of a
5-string Banjo player too - now settled singing & playing Bass! Either
side of that Sat 12th May will be Randall Wilson (also above) with me
at The Vault in down town Tamworth for a "Boom Crash Opera" style
rhythm & Clermont shows - Fri night & Sun Lunch. It's been a good 5
years since Randal & I had a good shake out of our musicality
together,  so here will be a rare fun opportunity for all able to
come. I can't wait!
So above is the photo of the trip to Taiwan (where Parris actually
meets Wu PuYu, for the first time - our wondrous Supper Club Flute &
Concert Piano lass and of course now wife to Parris). Kathi Blömer is
a long time keyboard friend, German born now raising a family in
Melbourne.
In that trip we launched Taiwan's largest Mall , celebrated the near
200th birthday of Hsinshu City and played glass instruments at the
GL'ART Festival there (as you do!).

So here below is the saintly percussionist, Randall Wilson posing in
late afternoon sun, seemingly never getting older and always the
perfect accompanist! Well I'll be making sure he steps out boldly and
it appears we are welcoming an 18th Birthday Party from a nearby
Catholic girls school on the Friday night 11th May- well I suppose
someone's got to keep an eye on things as they cut loose!

OK the Fiddle workshops are all in place at the Old Bay Road Community
Complex north of Brisbane
 Bluegrass by Andrew Clermont 19th/20th May,
Irish by Fred Graham 23rd/24th June,     Scottish Emma Nixon 14th/15th July
and the publicity has been out now for a few weeks. Even have a few
bookings.

The link is     
http://www.fiddlesticks.co.nz/lessons.html

People can book either one or two days with the idea
in mind that students that have commitments in the weekends can come
one of the days, therefore obviously each day will be taught as a
separate lesson.

Fiddlesticks will take the Beginners and
Intermediate leaving the Advanced to the real experts.

Please spread the word
If you are in Adelaide seeking a workshop or lessons, I'll be in town
early in last week of May, let me know of any interest.

Lastly for anyone with folk or friends in USA/ Canada?
Dya Singh Worldmusic tour will include the following
for more details keep an eye on
http://www.dyasinghworldmusicgroup.com
 and you can even get ring tones there!
Thursday 28-Jun Arrive LA Sunday
1-Jul Califoria Fundraiser Program - Nirinjan
Wednesday 4-Jul Travel LA  to Winnipeg
Thursday 5-Jul Winnipeg Folk Festival
Friday 6-Jul Winnipeg Folk Festival
Saturday 7-Jul Winnipeg Folk Festival
Sunday 8-Jul Winnipeg Folk Festival
Wednesday 11-Jul Santa Cruz CA Don Quixotes Club
Friday 13-Jul California World Music Fest Grass Valley
Saturday 14-JulCalifornia World Music Fest Grass Valley
Sunday 15-Jul California World Music Fest Grass Valley
Monday 16-Jul Davis CA
Tuesday 17-Jul Concord CA Music at Noon Series
Berkley CA Evening Concert
Friday 20-Jul Dearborn MI -Concert of Colours Festival
Saturday 21-Jul Dearborn MI -Concert of Colours Festival
Sunday 22-Jul Chicago: Hot House Cultural Centre
Tuesday 24-Jul Cedar Rapids IA  free city concert
Thursday 26-Jul Cleveland OH - Night Town
Friday 27-Jul Hillside Festival Guelph Ontario
Saturday 28-Jul Hillside Festival Guelph Ontario
Sunday 29-Jul Hillside Festival Guelph Ontario
Saturday 4-Aug Clarendon ONT Folk Festival
Sunday 5-Aug Clarendon ONT Folk Festival
Monday 6-Aug Drive - Detroit
Tuesday 7-Aug Fly Florida
Wednesday 15-Aug Fly to Seattle
Thursday 16-Aug Kenmore WA Concert evening
Friday 17-Aug Salmon Arm BC Roots&BluesFest in Rockies
Saturday  18-Aug Salmon Arm BC Roots&BluesFest in Rockies
Sunday 19-Aug Salmon Arm BC Roots&BluesFest in Rockies
Monday 20-Aug Tuesday
21-Aug Depart USA ???
Wednesday 22-Aug Possible trip to Florida????

Don't dismiss your dreams.
To be without dreams is to be without hope;
to be without hope is to be without purpose.  by Nancye Sims
"We've all got a bit of wasted talent in us" Craig Taylor
andrewclermont@optusnet.com.au

SITEMAP to Other Clermont Worlds
http://hometown.aol.com/clrmnta/TheAndrewClermontexternalSiteMap.html
http://www.andrewclermont.com.au
GIGGUIDE:
http://www.myspace.com/andrewclermont
http://members.aol.com/clrmnta/myhomepage/profile.html

MySpace Domestic & Music ie
http://www.myspace.com/snappadillion
http://www.myspace.com/andrewclermont
http://www.myspace.com/totallygourdgeous

and you must check out
http://hometown.aol.com/clrmnta/NovNewsletter.html
 (works now!) for best pics & a few tales!

Director to The Golden Fiddle Awards - show your SUPPORT and urge
Nominations - from makers, teachers, mentors, players to recordings
http://www.goldenfiddleawards.org.au/

"Your negative thought may become reality if you choose to think of
nothing else!" Donna Reynolds so use the Law of Attraction positively - it is always at work!
Hugs available here - take as needed!
 
February 2007 Artist Report
Hi Folks, hope you had a great effective start to the year. Free hugs
here if you didn't... or did!
A BIG THANKYOU to the contributers and a little run through the joy
that was Tamfest and the Supper Club this January, 2007 - Much more
than your usual Country Music Fest - bringing together players and
styles from around the world,

plus news for those near Melbourne TOGETHER AGAIN TOUR -  Canadian
Fiddle Champ, young Tania Elizabeth (Grammy Nonimee with The Duhks!)
with yours truly - details further below (Guildford Hotel Music Hall
8pm Wed 21 Feb - with Workshops at 6pm if you ring 0407753809),
Horsham, Cafe Bagdad 22 (TBC) & Adelaide Tue 27 Feb Jive on Hindley
St(TBC)
see
http://www.myspace.com/andrewclermont   for gigguide updates -
watch for US & Canada Tour with Dya Singh in  July/ August ( if you
are near)
If you have friends near any up coming shows, please feel free to advise them

THE SUPPER CLUB
Over 50 musicians contributed & shared in the 'fringe festival' that
is at the North Tamworth Bowling Club for the annual Tamworth Country
Music Festival
each January, plus a few choice times through the year. In particular
this year the warm interplay of young and less young musos around the
club, city and Festival was much more than usual and that be  a
healthy sign for the future of the Festival.

The hardy creative core of the Supper Club this year was :-

Totally Gourdgeous 
http://www.totallygourdgeous.com
The Lawnmowers 
http://www.themowers.net/   "the cutting 'hedge' of Bluegrass"!
The Eldridge Sisters - my dear string section and friends, and in the
Sydney Morning Herald TamFest review
http://www.smh.com.au/multimedia/entertainment/tamworth-2007/index.html
Wu PuYu 
http://www.myspace.com/wupuyu   Flute emotion & concert piano
& Alex Gordon  
http://www.myspace.com/creepy_al  mandolin magic

Plus the amazing Turkish Delights, Crooked Fiddle Band, The Beez (from
Berlin, Germany - very special),
 Reason to Breath (woven harmonica, Flute & Digeridoo with Keyboards),
Sarah Carrol, Karen Lynne & Acoustic Shock, Fiddlesticks (New Zealand)
and the many individuals - 15 yr old Guitar whizz Smokin' Joe,
Ross Waldron(Finger pickin' adventure), Cary & Brookie (harmony
bliss), Leslie Avril, Daniel & Bee B (NZ Banjo lass whizz kid) ,
Andrew Scott(Double Bass power), George Washingmachine, Garry
Steel(amazing Accordian), Tim Turner (sublime Piano), WuPuYu (Piano &
Flute emotion), Sophie Raymond, Steve Teakle (keyboards), Rodney
Ford(drums via Fiddlers Feast), Mal Webb & Penelope Swales plus Blues
Harp legend, Doc Span.

And please a big cheer to NoHoldsBarred Fiddle Contest Winners -
Conner Macgregor (Youth) & George Jackson (Senior) and all the brave
entries
plus warm thanks to the judges, George Washingmachine & Golden Fiddle
Award Winning Teacher, Kylie McIvor and Marcus Holden & Fiddlers Feast
for hosting the finals.

but most specially the endless energy of 2005 Fiddle Winner, Jess Randall,
for gathering the many together for the Supper Club 'Orchestra' in this years
'symphony' performance on "The Girls Night".  On Utube before too long!

And the wonderful patrons who housed our players - we can't do it
without you - we are ever grateful.

FIDDLERS FEAST
A powerhouse of fiddledom was presented at all the Fiddlers Feast
shows, from the finale of the Opening Concert to thousands in
Bi-Centenial Park to the NoHoldsBarred Fiddle Finals at the Regent
Cinema - the magic of Mark Oats & Clare O'Meara (Bushwackers); George
Washingmachine & Marcus Holden (2 different Jazz) plus Rodney Ford,
John Coker & Garry Steel dressing the Fiddles in musical finery while
I get to dance between them all!
www.fiddlersfestival.com

The fun and depth of music  grows each year. Please enjoy the results
& views in the websites below

GREAT TAMWORTH PICS
http://www.tamworthcountrymusic.com.au/index.cfm?page_id=1229
And the article to the Pics
http://tamworthcountrymusic.com.au/index.cfm?page_id=1049&news_display_
year_1774=2007&display_news_id_1774=1112

The Bluegrass Brekky & Supper Club Pics via Margot & Helen Mitchell -
scroll down!
http://www.tamworthragepage.com/festpics2007.htm

TOGETHER AGAIN TOUR
 (Yarra Junction Fiddlers Convention/ Guilford/Horsham/ Frances Folk
Gathering/ Adelaide/ Pt Fairy Folk Fest)
Canadian Fiddle Champ, Tania Elizabeth, is briefly in Australia
and will start her "Together Again" tour with Andrew Clermont at
our oldest restored Music Hall in charming Guildford, just north
of Melbourne on Wed 21 Feb.

We last saw Elizabeth about 5 years back when she was just 18, casually at Yarra
Junction Fiddles Convention,  then at Brunswick Music Fest/
Apollo Bay and then featured at the National Fiddle Festival at
Richmond, Sydney before joining & touring with The Duhks across
the globe.
"I've been playing with The Duhks for just over 5 years now,
and during that time we have toured relentlessly, signed with Sugarhill
Records, won a Juno and been nominated for a Grammy."

Few are unfamliar with Clermont's chameleon music life with
Totally Gourdgeous (Theatrics), Dya Singh (Indian), The
Lawnmowers (Bluegrass),Fiddlers Feast (ex-Festival) and The
Supper Club (World) to name a few world touring groups (all
active!) Now see him with his favourite music partner. "There's
no limits with Tania - passion, technique, laughs and surprises!"
Just google their names for further background info.

Both are very open to teaching as well. This will be available
in workshop form at the Guildford Hotel Music Hall at 6pm prior
to their first concert at 8pm. Those interested in workshops
from Clermont or Elizabeth or both should ring 0407753809.
Concert is $10 and Workshop details still being arranged.

See you soon, or here again later, Have a wonderous year, be in touch,
Andrew Clermont

Don't dismiss your dreams.
To be without dreams is to be without hope;
to be without hope is to be without purpose.  by Nancye Sims

"We've all got a bit of wasted talent in us" Craig Taylor
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Hi fine folk, thanks again for your patronage and or help at any Gig/
Festival/Event you've been a part of.
Cheers into the New Year. Oh , and some people have been busy
collecting pics from various events - see links at the bottom of
email.


For those either in or with friends in Tamworth, I'll be doing
a one off show at The Vault, the pre Xmas evening of Fri 22 to help
celebrate/question the years passing.
Otherwise the details of the coming Supper club from Jan 20 onwards is
right here
http://www.andrewclermont.com.au/specialevents.htm#tamfest
And for those with a moment, read on below with a cheery drink and
We'll see you and/or your friends when we can

Clermont's Xmas wRap 2006
Ah Xmas returns, 2007 beckons, and here I am rummaging through my
cassette tapes back to 1978!  The family is spread about with some
daughters in British Colombia, Canada, working (when it's not snowing
and them ice skating). One was enroute to various Pacific Isles for
Schoolies. Another planning to study motor mechanics soon. Even
wedding plans on the horizon for another - meanwhile 3 year old
grandson, is thriving and boldly going where adults fear to tread.
          Dearest partner,  Pauline is now painting Butterfly scenes
after the Frog era last year while honing her next book releases on
the
%$#&@computer - yeah well a new one soon!

            A journey through the last thirty years of music has been
fun, infact there is much of the songwriting from the early 80s only
now finally coming out, through bands like Totally Gourdgeous and The
Lawnmowers – bless their cotton socks!
             Whereas last year, when most of the Bands recorded new
CDs, this year I directly and indirectly spent more time looking back
– assembling photos from Dad & Mum's years as well as gathering all my
digital images under one roof in my Apple I-Book laptop. A mere 6000
images! Now to scan the main prints from my Film camera pictorial past
and I'll be a happy teddy - ready to use them to generate DVD versions
of most of my recorded music.
              My first Bluegrass band was Remnants, after playing
Mandolin for seemingly just months. I'd gone to a Folk Club meeting at
Adelaide Uni and met 2 people – and there were only 3 at the
'gathering'. One told me of the Fountain Inn where Bluegrass was
happening, the other, Simon Molloy became long time friend and
songwriting partner. Never doubt the reason for any given point in
time! And just to push the point further:- I joined Donna Reynolds
from the Gold Coast hills for a Wednesday night gig once in Brisbane.
Barely one person turned up….. – but she funded the next album!
             In those early bluegrass years I can remember many all
night jam sessions and many wonderous nights buried in the Newgrass
and New Acoustic music. Listening to the recordings from then, now, I
can still remember getting to the ends of songs on stage and feeling
like I'd just fallen down from the ceiling of ecstasy – hardly able to
wait to kick the next song in and get up there again – ah it was the
best kind of 'drug' to have. And last weekends gigs with The
Lawnmowers were close to as much fun! We joined Bruce Matiski's guitar
& wine afternoon just out from Newcastle. Sometimes very little
changes – perhaps just the quality of the singing voice, haha!

            One of this year's blessings was the chance to see all the
Clermont Uncles & Aunties together, seemingly the first time in a
long, long time. I managed a 2 month sabbatical in Europe based in
Berlin. Original plan was a month of visiting prior to the Dya Singh
Tour there - alas it was cancelled! So, being one who seeks the
lemonade from a 'lemon' moment, I continued the family & friends catch
up - from Bulgaria to West England, Copenhagen to Vienna with ever
grateful thanks to my hosts and surprise new friends. From the 'crutch
hobbling' Hamburger man who said
            "Yeah, I was once a musician too" and proceeded to show me
the 'real' Hamburg; through to Ives, the Banjo man who had faith
enough over the phone to join Mark Oats, (from Fiddlers Festival (now
Fiddlers Feast) and The Bushwackers) and I, for a 5 hour Bluegrass
afternoon in Kreuzberg, Berlin.  A 'plenty of fun', performance - with
Oats, briefly over from London.
            On the family side there was a 70th, 64th & 63rd plus a
49th birthday to join in on. Wonderous hospitality – some very fine
nights of song, wine, beer & fine food with much Deutch conversation–
all very much appreciated.
 
To see a photo journey through the Euro Tour, hop on the net and go to
http://www.pickle.com/andrewclermont/102/351081?imz=null    You may
have to join up but, or email me first to be invited in, but easily
done. Lakes to Dragonflies, Cathedrals to Towers and some concerts -
please comment on a few if you feel the urge.
                      But then there was the leg to Bulgaria! - It seems Murphy's Pub, in Sofia, went  DRY! - 
 of Cider at least - no idea how! Fun nights sharing music with members of the secret police,
managers of several casinos here and Maria the film director &
producer of a "Supper Club - Music Deli" style TV show. Toss in a US
Colonel, assorted wives and partners with a coupla likely Ozzie lads
and the rousing choruses of Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here' and Led
Zep's 'Stairway to Heaven' - with a mental fiddle out-tro - balance
nicely with the Bulgarian folk top 10. A multi cultural and multi
community level gathering! Haha. Complete in a world that wears
influences and dominance from Alexander the Great , Rome,  400 years
of heavy Turkish occupation, Russian Communism to finally get 'saved'
by Germany and lose in two wars. Add a rapidly growing Gypsy
population to a people who can't wait to get a ticket into the
European Union, and the  corrupt Mafia backdrop from Government to
street beggars begins to make sense, nearly!
       It's one of the last  frontiers of Europe they say - thanks for
the rousing hospitality.

             We had all kinds of Supper Club shows this year – sharing
music from Turkish Delights to Indian Dya Singh, with The Lawnmowers
big band in October - through most Folk/Bluegrass/Country Styles. We
even won the Tamworth Cavalcade with the Lions Club as "The Pub with
No Beer" featuring Totally Gourdgeous, Sophie Raymond & Montz
Matsumoto in at least 8 styles per 2 minute segment. Disco to Waltz,
Hip Hop to breakdown Bluegrass – lots of wide eye audience down Peel
Street that day!!
            The Supper Club has always added intrigue for the faithful
& new listening fans – expect the unexpected. And almost as a thanks,
the North Tamworth Bowling Club has continued to enhance the
experience with :- a dedicated stage, permanent lighting, new
air-conditioning (voted Tamworth's best!), and now new sublime décor
and large plasma screen to project the tantalising piano & Hammond
organ finger work onto. Thanks Ted , Des, Pauline & team there. Our
8th year coming up? See
www.andrewclermont.com.au for further tales,
pics & sounds

            Special hugs to those whose year turned tragic, may there
be resolve, new strengths and joy that grow from the difficult path -
humble thanks for sharing those times, but more tragic is to not to
know when friends are hurting. Relief often comes from unsuspecting
corners but more so by awareness – phones & sms are tiny costs by
comparison.

            So to favourite DVDs & music this last year –
Alison Krauss and Union Station – Live/ Dixie Chicks – Top of the
World (much better mix than live!)
Steely Dan's – 2 against nature/ Bela Fleck & the Flecktones – Live at
the Quick/ Status Quo – 40 years (particularly the Night at the Proms
tracks - absolute classic) the rest is for fans. Not all these are
new, but were often played. CDs? Mad Violet (Canada)/ The Police –Best
of/ and still William Schatner's – Has Been – a real classic.
           
However having spent a good part of home time transferring
old Cassette tapes to CD (about 100 CDs worth!) there has been much
recall of earlier favourite music too – in particular when people sent
me tapes of their 'Essential Listening' (often as trade a for an album
they couldn't afford at the time from me). Too much amazing music
there to go through here, but thank you anyone who followed through to
send such gems of collections – priceless.
           
This year I did re-release a CD version of my second
cassette, 'Homegrown Volume 2', as it is still (thankfully) vibrant
after all these years with a mix of the Bluegrass Flat-Pick Guitar
Championship tunes I won with in the mid 80s plus the creative music
of those years around the Three Chord Wonders – and I play all the
instruments!  20 years later my 21st Century Bluegrass Band "The
Lawnmowers" puts out its 2nd CD, 'Second Cut', complete with a cover
picture I took & sent in from my sisters 'Lawn' in Copenhagen! I also
converted all my Tuition Videos to DVD plus Pauline's 'Songs for the
Soul' video of her sensitive & expressive Artwork/Music blend. Oh! And
the 'Supper Club & Beyond' Concert Clips of my own editing - DVD - the
steps toward filmmaking increase their momentum!
           
Ten years ago I spent part of my time in Taiwan. Between
performances I transcribed the exact melodies of my winning Bluegrass
Guitar Championship tunes from ten years before that again. By the end
of this year they will be converted to digital versions for publishing
them as a book; sound files that can be slowed right down; and link
with the re-release of HG Vol 2 this year. That will finally pay
homage to the many hours spent devoted to the Flat-picking Guitar
style in the 80s. Plus it will give the many requests for them through
the years, a 'Yes' answer!
           
So to philosophically wrap it up – "As you think, you
travel; as you Love, you attract. You are today where your thoughts
brought you, you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. You
cannot escape the result of your thoughts, but you can endure & learn,
can accept and be glad. You will realise the vision (not idle wish) of
your heart, be it base or beautiful, or a mixture of both for you will
always gravitate to that which you secretly most love. Into your hands
will be placed the exact results of your thoughts; you will receive
that which you earn; no more and no less. Whatever your present
environment may be, you will remain or rise with your thoughts, your
vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling
desire; as great as your dominant inspiration" James Allen
 – think carefully & kindly into 2007, Regards in the Magic of Music, Andrew &
Pauline & Clans

PS and for those going to Woodford Folk Festival - see you there!

Last Words - from a fine spirit
Subject: FW: This Pastor has Guts

This Pastor has guts!!  Thought you might enjoy this interesting Prayer
given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems Prayer
still upsets some people.  When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open
the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual
generalities, but this is what they heard:

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and
to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those
who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our
spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building
self esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it
freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and
called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every
sin and set us free.
Amen!"

The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during
the prayer in protest.

In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor,
logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding
negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies
of this prayer from India,  Africa, and Korea.

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, "The
Rest of the Story," and received a larger response to this program than any
other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our
nation and whole heartedly become our desire so that we again can be
called "one nation Under God."

If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends. "If you don't
Stand for something, you will fall for everything."  Think about this:

If you forward this prayer to everyone on your e-mail list, in less
than 30 days it would be heard by the world. How many people in your address
book will not receive this prayer....do you have the ....

Guts to pass it on?

House Fires-PLEASE READ
Received from a friend who is in the property Insurance business. It is
 well worth reading. This is One of those emails that if you didn't send
 it, rest assured someone on your list will suffer for not reading it.
The  original message was written by a lady whose brother and his wife
learned a hard lesson this past week.
 Their house burned down.. ..nothing left but ashes. They have good
insurance so the house will be replaced and most of the contents. That
is  the good news. However, they were sick when they found out the cause
of  the fire. The insurance investigator sifted through the ashes for
several  hours. He had the cause of the fire traced to the master bathroom. He
 asked her sister-in-law What she had plugged in the bathroom. She
listed  the normal things....curling iron, blow dryer. He kept saying to her,
"No,  this would be something that would disintegrate at high temperatures".
 Then her sister-in-law remembered she had a Glade Plug-In, in the bathroom.
>
The investigator had one of those "Aha" moments. He said that was the
 cause of the fire. He said he has seen more house fires started with the
 plug-in type room fresheners than anything else. He said the plastic
they  are made from is THIN plastic. He also said that in every case there was
nothing left to prove that it even existed.
 
When the investigator looked in the wall plug, the two prongs left from
 the plug-in were still in there. Her sister-in-law had one of the
plug-ins that had a small night light built in it. She said she had noticed
that the light would dim and then finally go out. She would walk into the
 bathroom a few hours later, and the light would be back on again. The
 investigator said that the unit was getting too hot, and would dim and
go out rather than just blow the light bulb. Once it cooled down it would
 come back on. 
 That is a warning sign . The investigator said he personally wouldn't
have any type of plug in fragrance device anywhere in his house. He has seen
 too many places that have been burned down due to them.
If you pass it on  it  COULD IT SAVE SOMEONE'S HOUSE, BUT IT COULD
SAVE SOMEONE'S
LIFE
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  THE LAWNMOWERS
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Clermont - Mando & Fiddle &....
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- music at the 'cutting hedge!!!'
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Got a fav Fiddle person? - Golden Fiddle Awards
OR CD , Teacher, mentor, player,  maker, DVD. Make sure they know
about the GFA, Golden Fiddle Awards.

You can nominate someone or or just remind the hard working - though
could be better appreciated - Fiddle/Violin person.
http://www.goldenfiddleawards.org.au/

And of course while you are looking there, from your eternal
curiosity, Remind up & coming or simply hotshot fiddlers, of the
NoHoldsBarred Fiddle Contest.
It runs at/ during the Tamworth Country Music Festival Australia Day
Week of January 2007 - Wed 24 & Thu 25 for the Heats at 'Andrew
Clermont's' Supper Club (NorthTamworth Bowling Club, and the Grand
Final - Saturday 27, midday at the Longyard Hotel together with the
Fiddlers Feast Concert.
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You'll see a montage of the first Johnny Cash Tribute Show in Europe
"Ring of Fire" and a warm view of Berlin.

Subject: Fw: Recognizing a stroke - this is not a joke
   Recognizing a Stroke
  -- A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim
within  3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally.
He  said  the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed an getting
 to the patient within 3 hours which is tough.
 RECOGNIZING A STROKE
 Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking
 three simple questions:
  1. *Ask the individual to SMILE.
  2. *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
 3. *Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
 (i.e It is  sunny out today) If he or she has trouble with any of these
 tasks, call 0-0-0  immediately and describe the symptoms to the
dispatcher.
You could help save a life !!

Don't be sad when great things stop.
Celebrate that they happened at all!

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Last month was the Turkish Supper Club Tour including a wedding show
that went beautifully crazy - crowd surfing, everyone dancing and an
audience from many parts of the world. We bid them a fine life. And
big hugs to the Turkish Delight group, - Jhana, Jess, Lauren & Arlene,
choice performance all round.

Dorrigo was again a treasured concert space at the Gazette Theatre. Wo
Pu-Yu had the crowds tantalised with her Bach Variations on the Piano
while a week's work out on my tunes & songs brought them all the more
alive with her Flute flare.  And there's always wonderful food on
offer from the Arts Group - this time with a Middle East trend.

A big thankyou to all who joined in the Birthday 'tour' - from dinner
at 6 past 6 on 6/6/06 at my fav Sydney Turkish eatery, Saray's, start
of Enmore Rd, Sydney, through Melbourne, Canberra to The Old Bush Inn,
Willunga, South Australia - Special guest Banjo man Montz Matsumoto
came all the way down from Gawler and electrified the audience - they
looked near like the 'Last Supper' from stage with their faces glowing
in intrigue and wonder at the show.

Many hugs to the gathering of friends from wayback school days to
fresh on the night and particularly to Rosemary for the organising
hand. Also big thanks to Josh Bennett on slide guitar & Quentin Eyers
everything music coincidentally also from the Dya SIngh band personel
for joining in. I believe my long time back Bluegrass band, Remnants,
played there in about 1983 or so too!! Ah what a great era of music
that was too. Perhaps I'll release a collectors CD of those days. I
recently found a few happy tapes from radio shows back then.

The all day jam in Melbourne at the Packards home followed closely by
Tony Hunter's fiftieth birthday in Canberra the next night were solid
music affairs of the heart - all part of a hugely memorable 45th
birthday. I guess I've been making up for the years away on tour at
birthday time.

Final highlight was being at the Murray River's cliff edge at Heaven's
Lookout in Loxton, SA, with my teenage daughter on a perfect sunset
being surprised by a big kangaroo jumping in and swimming all the way
across! And got the whole lot on video! Though I had experienced it
once before with a close-to-pet Roo (infact swimming with it) but
seeing the whole event from above was very special and all the more
bizarre.

I mentioned earlier some early tapes and infact I have prepared a
release of the 'Homegrown Vol 2' album featuring the winning Bluegrass
Flat-pick Guitar Championship tunes from 1984,85 & 87. I play
everything on the recordings and they sound as fresh and vibrant today
as then.  Some of the songs from those early tapes have been re-living
themselves with Totally Gourdgeous and on their/our CDs. Finally a
live vehicle for them - 20 years later!!

Adding to that will soon be a book of Tablature & music to those
Championship tunes. Perhaps by Xmas with any luck.

I had actually written them out 10 years ago while doing the Taiwan
Concerts with Jenny Lester (Canada) and Daryl (Jack) Melbourne who
will (cross-fingers) come out at the years end for an anniversary
tour!! The plan being for Xmas - Woodford Folk Fest QLD till Tamworth
Country Festival NSW with perhaps a trip to Cygnet Folk Fest,
Tasmania, between.

Much to be organised in the meantime, so may you all prosper in your
own ways and love&care for those around you.
Yours ever in the magic of music, Andrew
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Artist Report after Tamworth
Hi fine Friends, thanks for coming to/ supporting/ the concerts and
tours of these bands and should you be here wrongly, just let us know.
            More importantly though, if you would like to be on an
area specific email list for concert/CD/Workshop information, DO
TELL!! Just your nearest main big town, State & or Country. Of course
some of you have friends all over and enjoy sending on news of Gigs to
them. Great!

 Please note new address from which I'll be sending these Info Emails
from - though replying to
andrewclermont@optusnet.com.au may get the
quickest response / or an sms (text) to +61407753809

       In the last 12 months we covered every Australian State, New
Zealand, Taiwan, California, British Columbia, Ontario, Michigan, New
York, UK, Kenya, Tanzania, Singapore and coming up will include
Germany, further into Europe, Africa and Japan let alone our southern
states festival tour (VIC/SA/WA plus NSW & QLD!).

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Latest News-  (updated in next days)
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             Perhaps you've got friends you'd like us to take our
music to, or simply someone keen to run a House Party? We love fitting
them in between the Festivals and they're a great boost to your
community of friends.

                Totally Gourdgeous (TG) just finished their initiation
into the Tamworth Country Music Festival via 'Andrew Clermont's'
Supper Club (Fringe Festival!). They arrived with their CD launch "The
Stroke of Midnight" uniting with Shot by Jake's book launch "Hat's
Life" together with Poet champ Murray Harten's DVD launch !!! 15
Supper Club Shows later - sharing with 'Oscar winning' Sophie Raymond;
Japanese Banjo Champ, Montz Matsumoto (who scooped the front page pic
of the Festival Pics Issue of the Northern Daily Leader), they
contributed to winning the Cavalcade Float Award for 2006 with The
Lions Club singing fearful versions of the 'Pub with No Beer'! A well
presented Pub had been erected on the semi trailer and all were in
costume – let alone the ever colourful TG
                The Classic Waltz version/ then flat out Bluegrass/
Disco/ Reggae…. I think you get the idea!! We not only won the
Non-corporate but the Overall Award as well!

                Now the Tolkien entranced New Zealand is ringing to
the lilts of TG from the mountain tops to the Ferries as week make a
short tour.  You can hear the 'Making of 'The Stroke of Midnight" at
http://www.abc.net.au/centralcoast/stories/s1547096.htm
   Courtesy of Scott Levi at ABC Radio Erina
                 Many Hugs to all who have helped the touring
musicians bring their news and fun from afar.

Yours ever thankful, Andrew Clermont
Bonus story – so inspiring
A Whale of a Story
If you read the front page story of the SF Chronicle on Thursday,
December 15, 2005, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had
become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighed down
by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat.
She also had hundreds of yards of line (rope) wrapped around her body
 her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone Islands (outside the
Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few
hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off,
the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her, a very dangerous
proposition. One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer. They worked for
hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.

When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous
circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and
nudged them, pushed them gently around -- she thanked them. Some said
it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy
who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the whole
time, and he will never be the same.

May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and as fortunate in the
New Year ---- to be untangled from the things that we think are binding
us.

Thanks to Maxine (New Paradigm Media "Brilliance in Service to Life")
for relaying that story

Andrew Clermont     Chameleon Musician   -      CONTACT & CD  DETAILS
c/- The Post Office , Moonbi (near Tamworth) , NSW  2353               Australia

Sponsored by Maton Guitars/Gilchrist Mandolins/White Swallow Banjos/
Epoch Violins

1. "The Longing" – presenting a 10 year crossection – the definitive
2. "BackBeat …the sessions" – rockin' Bluegrass – a Classic
3. "Fiddlers Festival Live" – 10 great Oz fiddlers from 3 shows'n more
4. Fiddlers Festival "Strung Out" –: Favourites & More
5. Fid Fest  "Get Reel" – More amazing tracks from the fun team. Plus
a fun DVD "Postcards" and New Release "Friendzy" soon.
6. "Didgeridoo Interludes"–landscape sounds from cello(Stephan
Richter),Percuss(Craig Lauritson),Violin/Mando(Clermont) to
Didg(Alistar Black)
7. "Terra Australis" originally FowlHouse Jack Won the Battle of the
BushBands 99, 00,02 - Top 5 Radio airplay and Heritage Award
8. BLUEGRASS – Made In Taiwan : LIVE & STORMY – featuring Jenny Lester
(Canada), Daryl (Jack ) Melbourne & Clermont
9. Instrumental movie style  adventure "Dance of  the Good Life"
Dueling with the amazing Parris MacLeod (piano/drums/bass)
10. "Happy As Larry" Clermont & Parris Macleod. Violin & Piano duets.
Instrumentals of Celtic to New Age flavour
11. Dya Singh – "Bandagi"  Active Meditation Songs & Music! From Nth
India styles .
12. Dya Singh "300" celebratiing the Sikh phenomenon with musical
fusion plus English inclusions. Now 13 CDs from the groups 10 years
13. Dya Singh "Live" (At Last!) 9 piece Band. Adventures in
Indian/Sikh Fusion Music - Nov 2005
14. TOTALLY GOURDGEOUS DEBUT CD – reggaed folk ! Penelope Swales, Mal
Webb, Carl Panuzzo, Andrew
15. TOTALLY GOURDGEOUS "D'vine" – 'Joni Mitchell meets James Brown in
Bob Marley's pumpkin patch – via the Muppets!'
16. The Lawnmowers (At the Cutting Hedge of Bluegrass!) – "The Good
Road". Extraordinary Bluegrass! New CD soon!
17. 'Live at The Supper Club' Oct 2003 Mark Atkins/Dheeraj
Shrestra/Parris&PuYu Macleod/The Mowers/Randal Wilson 78min!
18. Healing & meditation, from partner Pauline -  'Songs for the
Soul' and now on Video as well, featuring Pauline's Art designs
19. "Let the Sun in You Shine Through" - Pauline . A Healing CD with
meditation for recovering from Abuse
20. "Child of Light" – Pauline .        A Red Indian (First Nation)
style meditation journey with cedar flute, healing drum & chanting.
*  VIDEOS & SOON DVDS!– A Crash Course to Fiddling Freedom (or
Mandolin/Didgeridoo/Guitar) / Totally Gourdgeous " Live Cuts from the
Vine" /The Supper Club and…
 


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 The Suspects here being yours truly, John Williamson, Reg Lindsay & Jimmy Little with whom I have jammed, toured or recorded with. John Elliot had caught up with me at Toowoomba while touring as Fiddlers Festival - Tibetan cap and Gourd Mandolin.
 
Clermont’s World Tour & Picture Guide – 9 countries/ 5 bands
http://members.aol.com/clrmnta/myhomepage/profile.html
 
Picture pages!
http://www.andrewclermont.com.au/photos.htm" >
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http://hometown.aol.com/clrmnta/SupClub.html" >
http://hometown.aol.com/clrmnta/Sunset.html" >
http://hometown.aol.com/clrmnta/USATourplusmore.html" >
http://hometown.aol.com/clrmnta/DyaSinghinEdmonton.html" >
http://hometown.aol.com/clrmnta/Andrewseen.html" >
http://hometown.aol.com/clrmnta/myhomepage/profile.html" >
Mini Movies
http://www.andrewclermont.com.au/videos/Totally%20Gourdgeous%20compLOW.mov" >
http://andrewclermont.com.au/e-movies.htm ">
http://www.andrewclermont.com.au/sounds.htm#video
Healing & Meditation
http://www.andrewclermont.com.au/sounds.htm#books
Latest News
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Giguide
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 On wildlife conservation:
protect the worlds albatrosses http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/petition/index.asp

New Grandson 

Mikale be his name, Born 19th May 2003 from beautiful daughter, Mandy and
Dad, Ricky

Ah dear friends of music and the life it touches, guess who's a granddad!
Yep, daughter number one is 21 . Grandson is hearty & happy. And funnily enough
matching my age when she arrived herself, so if tradition continues a great
great great grand by 105!  (I'll pass on any congrats) And I'm even another year
older this week on the 5th
Conveniently many friends are coming to Tamworth for the mid-year Country
Music Festival, you beauty! And as my sweet grandson came 2 weeks ahead of
expectations, I'm even home with the weekend free to enjoy it. (First time in 5 or
more years! You can call me on 0407753809 if you get here)

Now the hard part, the next 3 months touring away - but of course plenty of
blessings therein as well.

 Andrew Clermont - CONTACT & CD  DETAILS
    c/- The Post Office , Moonbi (near Tamworth) , NSW  2353
Australia     Ph.  0407753 809       Fax.  0267 667 119
Email. 
andrewclermont@optusnet.com.au    
 TOTALLY GOURDGEOUS TOUR 2002
Totally Gourdgeous play only instruments made from gourds!
Penelope Swales - manufacturer of the instruments, song writer,Gguitar. Gmandolin & Vocals
Carl Pannuzzo- Gdjembe, The Voice, Gfoot rattle, Gpercussion, Gguiro, songs & Gguitar
Andrew Clermont - Gviolin, Gmandolin, Gguitar, songs, vocals
Happy & playful music with messages of love, fellowship, social justice &
environ sanity tasting like -
Joni Mitchell meets James Brown in Bob Marley's pumpkin patch!    Contact: 

www.totallygourdgeous.com
The sounds of Joni Mitchell with James Brown in Bob Marley's pumpkin patch via the Muppets!
(Pictured playing their gourds (truly!) - Andrew, Penelope Swales (who makes them) and Mal Webb)
see http://www.totallygourdgeous.com for further info and their 4th player, Carl Panuzzo, on percussion. 
John Nutting has been having a field day with them on ABC Radio!
 
 
Andrew at the Hawksbury River National Fiddlers Festival 2002 
naturally playing the Didgeribone but with his treasured Gilchrist Mandolin
& fiddle & guitar....waiting patiently.

Fiddlers Festival's CD marcus@fiddlersfestival.com (0407 404443

Totally Gourdgeous
play only instruments made of Gourds!
Penelope Swales - maker of the instruments, songs, Gguitar. Gmandolin & Vocals
Mal Webb - Gfretless bass, Gtrumpet, Gmbira, vocals, songs, 
&,laryngeal gourdness
Carl Pannuzzo- Gdjembe, The Voice, Gfoot rattle, Gpercussion, Gguiro, songs &
Gguitar
Andrew Clermont
              - Gviolin, Gmandolin, Gguitar, songs, vocals
Happy & playful music with messages of love, fellowship, social justice &
environ sanity tasting like -
Joni Mitchell meets James Brown in Bob Marley's pumpkin patch!    Contact: 
www.totallygourdgeous.com

   
Andrew at The Hawksbury National Fiddle Festival
 
Ph 0407 753809
Email: andrewclermont@optusnet.com.au
Photo courtesy of Rhonda Astill
Totally Gourdgeous Debut CD - reggaed folk 
 
A very catchy CD * Penelope Swales, Mal Webb, Carl Panuzzo & Andrew.
Penelope has been touring Texas USA, writes songs of social comment & makes the gourd-geous instruments.   Mal Webb is a vocal gymnast with zany and traditional tastes and master of  Trombone/Bass/Guitar/Thumb piano & Backwards yodels!  
Carl returns from Europe's voice festivals, paralleling Steve Wonder in delivery - Percussion gourds & songs of passion.   Andrew was invited to the gourds last December at the Woodford World  Music Festival, Fiddle, Mando & Didgeridoo gourds.
 
"Dance of the Good Life"  a duo instrumental adventure with the amazing Parris MacLeod (piano/drums/bass).  After receiving nomination in the (Golden Guitars 2000 Top 5 for Best Instrumental), the two handy players have now expanded with a rich blend of musical colours.  Solo violin, piano & mandolin pieces included by request.  There are also some alternative mixes to compare at your leisure. 
 
"Bluegrass" - Made in Taiwan; Live & Stormy - featuring Jenny Lester (Canada), Daryl Melbourne & Andrew.  After co-ordinating Bluegrass musos in & out of Taiwan for two years, this recording wraps up an extraordinary event for Andrew.  Thunder Lightning, nothing short of a Typhoon would stop the show from going on.  A slick performance by the trio as Jenny stepped into about her 600th show there!  She became one of the few independent artists to appear in Nashville's Bluegrass Top 20.  
 
Strung Out - Fiddlers Festival ; Favourites & More from the fiddle dream team.  Opening track features the striking voice of Kevin Bennett .  Marcus Holden steps out more in this CD and includes visiting Irish fiddler.  Malachi Rhythm section is Willy Qua Drummer & Sax from Galapagos Duck.  Garry Steel on consummate piano/accordian, Michae Vidale - Double Bass & Andrew Clermont covers guitar/tenor banjo/Mandolin/fiddle while most of the Fid fest Fiddlers show their stuff. 
 
Video - A Crash course to Fiddling Freedom (or Mandolin/Didgeridoo/guitar) the travels have included much opportunity for Andrew to teach through workshops.  Now the clues from getting started to better performance are out on VHS video.  Close camera work ensures getting the inside story of technique.
 

Web : http://www.andrewclermont.com.au

has an 12 CD package to offer (more coming)- a  feast of Clermonts' recorded musicology
*The Longing - presenting the crossection - the definitive
* BackBeat ".the sessions" - rockin' Bluegrass - a Classic
* Didgeridoo Interludes - landscape sounds from cello to Didg
*  Fiddlers Festival Live - 10 great Oz fiddlers from 3 shows'n more
* The Feast of Fiddlers ABC:16 individual artists glorifying the Violin
* Terra Australis originally FowlHouse Jack Won of the Battle of the BushBands99. Top 5 radio airplay
* BLUEGRASS - Made In Taiwan : LIVE & STORMY - FEATURING JENNY LESTER (CANADA), DARYL (JACK ) MELBOURNE & ANDREW
* now for healing & meditation, with partner Pauline  'Songs for the Soul' and sublime VIDEO with her art and nature views
* VIDEO - A Crash Course to Fiddling Freedom (or Mandolin/Didgeridoo/guitar) 4 CDs Just Launched : Order Now!
1. Strung Out - Fiddlers Festival : Favourites & More
2. Instrumental adventure, "Dance of the Good Life", together with the amazing Parris MacLeod (piano/drums/bass) and now "Happy as Larry" & "Flat Out like a Lizard Drinking"
3. Totally Gourdgeous DEBUT CD - reggaed folk ! A very catchy CD * Penelope Swales, Mal Webb, Carl Panuzzo, Andrew and Now "D'vine" with more amazing songs and photos
4. Bundagi - Dya Singh Active meditation songs & music from modernized Nth India styles. Annual USA Tour
Plus, to follow Pauline's meditation CD and Video, above, now the Book - "Giving Thanks" original ink drawings & verse.
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Annual WorkShops near Tamworth, NSW, late November. . Plus the Supper Club at Tam Fest, Jan, for Real & UnReal Music!
We'll be touring sometime nearby...

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