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.
It's happening, The Neon Effect are headed to Shetland and Scotland! We are dancing with joy!! Two weeks of performing, teaching and hooning round in a hire car/various taxis. Can't wait to make new friends, share our music, soak up the choons, island hop, pat ponies, shop for knitwear, and inhale the goodness!
Our very first house concert was a success! We had a blast sharing the gig with stunning Aussie minstrels The Raglins, and performing to a packed house of gorgeous supporters. The soup flowed, the lights twinkled, and the mulled wine disappeared in an instant. Thanks so much to our amazing helpers Cath Blake, Bill Martin, Dot Greiveson, and to Sue Darby for the photo. Now to hibernate while Jess disappears on tour for 6 weeks…
Had a fantastic long weekend at the National Celtic Festival! This festival is always on my calendar and it was so wonderful to have TNE play there in our first year. Big thanks to Una for accepting our application when we didn't even have a name! All good, we decided on a name just before the program went to print :D
We'd been working hard on a couple of new arrangements and were really excited to launch a new song: Bury Me Deep by Vic Manuel. We also have a couple more sleigh bell players to add to the ensemble! Thank you Jonathan Burton and Jane Martin for your superb rhythm! ~ Michelle
After a few blackboard spots at the National Folk Festival we had our first official performances at the Robert Burns Scottish Festival. Thanks for having us! We also launched our name (finally!). Could not have picked a more suitable venue to do this – check out those neon lights! Big thanks to Sarah Wade for her impromptu audience participation in A Moment's Unease. It's becoming quite a tradition! Look out for sleigh bells!