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New album Greetings from Newtown Geelong!

ALBUM  LAUNCH  Sat 23 July  BRUSNSWICK BALLROOM  w/t Teresa Duffy Richards Duo and The Cartridge Family    4-9pm

Buy Van Walker & The Ferriters tickets, VIC 2022 | Moshtix

& Fri 22 July RAILWAY HOTEL MOUNT MACEDON  w/t Stef Duzel  8pm

VAN WALKER & THE FERRITERS Tickets, Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon | TryBooking Australia

 

Here’s some initial press from the good people at Unpaved & Post to Wire:

Artist Q & A: Van Walker’s ships are coming in – www.unpaved.com.au

LISTEN TO THE ROLLING, TUMBLING NEW SINGLE FROM VAN WALKER & THE FERRITERS | POST TO WIRE

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Goes without saying these last few years have been a shitfight for most people (does seem somewhat petulant to complain about two years of relatively inconvenient restricted freedoms when just down the road some people have been locked in a hotel room for nine years…) But forget about one day getting ‘back to normal’. Maybe we should consider this pandemic as a 100 year given and/or a consequence of the way we been living, and see this as a chance to really reconsider how best we could be living in the future, if we really wanna live our ‘best lives’ (to use the parlance of the times).

After releasing a veritable glut of solo albums between 2008 and 2010 (trying to catch up to myself) I was so sick of myself I spent the next few years releasing albums with my bands: The Swedish Magazines (Wino Havoc, 2011) Livingstone Daisies (Don’t Know What Happiness Is, 2013, & Waiting on the Last Minute, 2014) and Heartbrokers (Vol 10, 2015). And others recorded but not released.

My last solo album Ghosting started tentatively back in 2015, but it wasn’t until 2017 that I finally got it finished and over the line with considerable help and effort, and the national tour booked for the lead single was set for release March 18 2020…

Aaaand computer said no.

The tour, the flights, acomm, promo, publicity, all gone.

Since then it’s been cancellation after cancellation, ducking, diving, constant and continual adaptation, and living in an even more precarious world than an Australian artist is even used to at the best of times. It’s no exaggeration to say it’s gone from the sublime to the fucking ridiculous, trying to book shows, then having to cancel them, then rebook them. It’s been beyond trying, it’s been almost impossible.

The thing is, one cannot simply rebook or reschedule a gig. That date is gone forever, as is the potential income. The reality is the artist has had to book the show and rehearse it and advertise it and do all the rest of the work that goes on behind the scenes (which is at least 50% of the work, the other 50% of which is the gig you see live) twice. So for the last couple of years we have been doing twice the work, without anywhere near the payment of half of it.

I have no beef with the state government. We knew we were locking down for the greater good, the elderly and our most vulnerable. But the arts copped it. And it’s been tougher than anything we’ve ever experienced. And there wont be any fundraisers for us. I have nothing but contempt for the federal Government. Always have, but after all this, if their incompetence, self-interest and corruption isn’t as blindingly obvious to everyone else as it has been to us all along, then you are willfully closing your eyes.

Fortunately, and thankfully, I got out of dodge just in the nick of time, for reasons other than any of this, and ended up on the coast, where things were a little quieter, and a change of backdrop was just what the doctor ordered. I hung with some new people and enjoyed blending into a new crowd and taking it a little less seriously for awhile, reconnecting with the initial reasons I became a musician, and re-energising with my new crew of loving and enthusiastic troubadours.

The results is a new album, Greetings from Newtown Geelong, which will be out this year, and I hope you get along to a gig by my new (for me, at least!) group, The Ferriters (named after the Irish folk hero Pearce Ferriter… more of that later).

Ghosting never even got a launch or a tour, but I sincerely thank you for supporting the album in what ever capacity you could. And of course that goes for my work past and present. I appreciate it greatly.

The album was well received, even considering the lack of live promotion, which I was beyond buoyed by, considering the difficult nature of its conception. But more than sales and press, it’s success was proven by all the personal messages I received claiming it had actually helped a few people through their own personal experiences, be it the pandemic or just in general, and it was the personal feedback that convinced me this very difficult album was well worth it after all.

So thank you!

To purchase Ghosting, or any of my albums, message me here and I’ll drop one in the post.

 

“Hauntingly beautiful.”  ~ What’s My Scene Magazine

“A stunning musical narrative.”  ~ Rhythms Magazine 

“One if not the best Australian releases this year.” ~ Amigo Williams, Made in the Shade, Sunbury Radio, 99.3 FM

“Masterful… riveting… a truly immersive and moving musical experience.”  ~ 5 Stars, City Hub Sydney

RHYTHMS Readers Poll Album of the Year 2020   2nd Place

Music Victoria Award Country Album of the Year 2020 Shortlist

“Ghosting has been a part of my life for the last few months. It’s been a shitty kind of year one way and another, and music really helps me through, as it always has. And Ghosting has moved me as much as anything I’ve heard this year and I just wanted to tell you as much, and say bloody good on you – it’s a brave and tough piece of work and I’ve gotta say I admire your courage.” ~ Alec Morton

In other news, moving out of the city and gigging less has been great for my mental and physical health, but not so on my bank account. And frankly, last year… without some great friends, I’d be walking the streets, no question.

Hence: PATREON!

Most days I’m working on a new song. Maybe 1 out of 5 or 6 are ever heard by anyone other than myself. Which is good, for quality control, but there are still a few half decent ones that don’t see the light of day. The odd tune might get a run live every now and again, but most of them will never find a home on a record. That’s just the reality of being ‘prolific’. No one but very close friends have heard 1/3 of the work I’ve created in the last 20 years. And probably never would have.

Until now.

This way I can get work out to those who really want it. You may have heard the one about the Rabbit and the Fish, but have you heard the one about the Cat and the Dark Eyed Bird? Or the Saddest Lamb in the Land? Or the HUMAN?? The Vulgar Animal? Friends have been asking me to record that particular one since my first album.

In fact, people have been telling me to do this for years, and if it wasn’t for penury and the changing world I probably wouldn’t have. Yet the more I think about it, the better an artistic and financial idea it appears to be. Live Clips like the ones I’d usually upload to FB will now only be available to Patrons. As will unreleased studio cuts, live recordings, home recordings like the one above, originals and covers, and even lessons and one off how-to-play some of my songs.

For only $10 a month you will receive a single composition directly from my unreleased back catalogue. Mostly songs, but sometimes audio and visual, and sometimes artwork, poems, prose, and even a podcast. All this work that would have never seen the light of day (time/space/money) will now become available to True Fans. It’s gonna be a huge (ahem…) Vanthology that’ll only become apparent over time. I really do have lots of songs. And I’m gonna open up the vault, people! Songs that might never made albums will be available as Singles, like the good old days!

It’s an ideal way to keep this goose alive while also setting sail more golden eggs to those who might want them scrambled for breakfast, or who can at least offer them safe port.

Stay sane and subscribe!

www.patreon.com/vanwalker

 

Thanks for the ongoing support.

Stay heavy,

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