It's HERE! Our Pozible campaign is live! FINALLY!! After an epic and creatively funtastic journey, our debut album is mixed, mastered, graphic-ed up and headed to the printers! Pre-sales are available through our campaign, as well as some other excitin offers. Follow the link to check it all out! We're so stoked to be launching our new Australian folk music into the world but we need your help, and would greatly appreciate any support you can offer, big or small! Thank you!
After our winter hibernation the Neons are getting into gear for some springtime festival goodness. We'll be playing a set in Melbourne at the Art and Industry Festival program launch, Thurs Oct 25th at 6pm, 1 Hudson Road, Spotswood. We're off to the Dorrigo Folk and Blues festival on Friday 26th-Sun 28th Oct, we can't wait to get up to northern NSW for this festival we've heard so much about! Then, from Nov 9-11th we'll be performing and giving a workshop at the gorgeous Major's Creek Festival, swoon! We'll be back for a show at the Victorian Folk Club on Tuesday 13th November, Ringwood East Community Hall, 7:45pm. Good times, we can't wait to get performing together again, hope to catch you at one of these gigs!
Big shout out to Jude Armishaw and Molly Galea who put on a very successful Music Soiree last Saturday. The Neons were bought at auction by these lovely ladies in support of the Stringmania camp scholarship fund, and we had a ball playing a house concert to a very packed lounge room. Jude and Molly turned the event into a whole afternoon of food, drink and great performances from the local folk community, it was ace!
The Neons are performing This Saturday 14th April, 7:30pm at the Abbotsford Convent, Bishop's Parlour, as guests of The Boîte World Music Cafe:
The Neons are tickled pink to be performing our very first gigs in Western Australia, at the Fairbridge Folk festival from the 20-22nd April. We'll be performing in 3 gigs as a band, plus offering an Aussie tunes workshop and taking part in a fiddle round-robin, can't wait! Meanwhile, in May we will be heading back to the Robert Burns Festival in Camperdown, Vic, for two gigs on Saturday 19th May, as well as joining the mighty Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers on stage on Sunday 20th (see footage below of our opening gig at Camperdown last year) Bring it!
We wrapped up a terrific weekend at the National Folk Festival - amidst rocking out at gigs with the Celtic-fun-machine Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club - with a packed and buzzing Neon Effect show at the Flute and Fiddle. The Neons kicked off the final Festival concert on Monday night with great vibes and an awesome audience, thanks heaps to Greg Hudson for having us aboard! Photo credit once again goes to the amazing Adam Purcell of http://www.melbourneceilicamera.org
The Neons with sound engineer extraordinaire Mischa Herman have wrapped up four marathon days recording the Neon's debut album in the homey Newstead Uniting Church in the Goldfields, braving 40 degree days and pounding rainstorms, one after the other! Stay tuned for the release, due mid-2018!
We made a video :) #aussiemusic
Check out the Neons playing Dark Room in a .. dark.. room, in our rad new vid directed by Jonathan Burton, with cinematography by Tim Morton and sound production by Mischa Herman. Whoop!
It's been an exciting year of musical adventuring for TNE and the time has come to make our first record. HOLY mackerel. We'll be headed into a recording space with the amazing Mischa Herman in late January, and meanwhile we're busy makin ourselves nice and putting the finishing touches on our pieces and suchlike. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported us along the way in 2017, we've had a ball and we look forward to sharing our debut CD with you in a few months time!
Six months after our inception, the Neons have wrapped up our first international tour! We spent two unforgettable weeks in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Shetland Islands: performing, teaching, making new friends and seeing breathtaking sights. Our trip was supported by the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club’s Sides Fiddlership, an exchange program with Shetland funded by the generous support of Bill and Dianne Sides.
We kicked off with gigs at the Glasgow Star Folk Club and Edinburgh Folk Club, and then ferried to Shetland, where we played at Mareel Arts Centre in Lerwick (read an article about it in the Shetland times here: http://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2017/09/10/watch-australian-trio-neon-effect-light- mareel-musical-journey ) Margaret Robertson and the Hjaltibonhoga wonder-team put on an amazing weekend of workshops and performances in Lerwick/Voe, and we taught and performed alongside the great Gordon Gunn and Adam Sutherland, what a blast.
We ferried to the northern-most isle of Unst and gave a performance/workshop to the students at Baltasound Junior High School, and then explored the far reaches of that beautiful place. In Yell we visited Mid-Yell Junior High school for more performing and teaching, and swerved round sheep on the roads to play a gig at the Old Haa history museum. We also meet Shetland relatives of Bill Sides, and enjoyed the hospitality of the amazing Ann Robertson. After a workshop at the Anderson High School in Lerwick we caught some of the famous Shetland session action and sorted ourselves out for local knitwear.
Back in Edinburgh we played one more show, a super-fun night at the packed Wee Folk Club, before tearfully parting ways - Michelle and Catie to Starfish to have Michelle’s harp tended to, and Jess to Gothenburg to continue her Swedish fiddle adventures.