Good afternoon dearest Mimosa Newsletter readers, it is I, Morgan, writer of emails, maker of rosemary sourdough, swimmer of the ocean, trainer of grape vines, drinker of tea, hack job of the bugle and of course lover and player of the worlds finest instrument, the guitar. So far its been a good Friday.

I have plenty of news today fellow earth bound homo sapiens! Where to start is the main issue… hmmm…

For those of you who want a quick fix, jump in the car in a few hours and head off to Avoca Cinema. We will be performing there tonight as part of their French Soirée. Wine, canapés, a mini Mimosa performance and a French movie “The Country Doctor”. I for one am looking forward to it!

For those of you who are more long term planners add this to your monthly musings. We have been asked to perform for the Norfolk Island Jazz Festival in December, to which we said “yes please”! Gotta love checking out new places especially when a music festival is involved. This obviously isn’t a normal gig and it would involve considerably more expense to come, but if you are up for a bit of a get away it may be a nice option. A travel agent on the island who sponsors the festival has organised a little package deal for any Mimosians who would like to come. Here is a link to the brochure for the package deal: http://www.mimosaduo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Mimosa-Duo-Jazz-2017.pdf

For those neighbours of ours in NZ we will be doing a mini tour of the North of the South Island. A wonderful lady from Havelock got in touch with us to see if she could organise an NZ tour for us. We were thinking of doing so anyway, so that just made things definite. I booked flights today. Despite recommendations we will be doing it in winter… it will be 4 cute little cozy winter gigs in Picton, Nelson, Havelock and Blenheim on the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of July.

You would think that was about it though right? Wrong! There’s more. After a cruise ship contract in early May, that I don’t believe I am allowed to name, we will be playing up in Murrurundi for a local gig at ‘The Barn’. This is one of those ultra special community organised gig venues that comes alive once a month or so. We always feel privileged to play for these sorts of things. That gig is on Sat May 20th.

The week after that we will be playing for the Newcastle Jazz Club on Sun the 28th with Derek Koo. We have done this once before and it was a great afternoon! The week after that we will be down for round 2 at the Bowral Bowling Club for a roast and concert combo! Thats on Sun the 4th of June.
Waiter: Would you like a concert with that roast ma’am?
Margaret: Yes, I would love.

Any further info on these gig can be found in this corner of cyberspace: http://www.mimosaduo.com/gigs/

In further news here is a quote from one of the members of the Mimosa Duo in regards to their live concert recording on the 18th of March:

“A fantastic night was had by all! Well, we had fun. Ha! We are really happy with the turn out and a big thanks to everyone that made the effort to come. After a fews days of mental relaxation we braved our first listen to the concert and were really happy with it. The quality of the actual recording was top notch so we are very happy with our sound man and we were pleased with the playing on the CD and currently plan to use every piece we performed on the night. Now we just need to sit down in front of the computer for hours and mix it! Well, we also will get it mastered and need to get a nice CD cover sorted too but its a good start and we are enthused about the whole process. Bring on CD number 3!”

Thats it for another month or two.

Feel free to write back with whatever is on your mind.

Cheers,
Morgan.

Bonjour mes amis!

Did you know it has been 58 days, 20 hours and 12 minutes since the last time we spoke in this one directional way. Bust that one out at your next trivia night.

Number 1 on the agenda and by far the most important. We are going to start the process of our 3rd CD very soon! It will be a live recording at a concert we are doing at the Central Coast Conservatorium in Gosford. It will be in 2 weeks on Sat the 18th of March. We will be doing 2 sets and hope to get enough good stuff for a double disk live album! We are very excited to have finally locked down what we want to do for our next CD and we hope that you can be there to share it with us. If we can pack out the room with as many people as possible that would be fantastic! Tickets are available through this link:
http://centralcoastconservatorium.com.au/concerts/mimosa-duo
If you are interested please book your tickets in advance so you don’t miss out and so that we can have an idea about how many people will be coming.

We will also be up at our favourite Blue Mountains hotel, Hotel Blue, for our annual Blues and Roots fringe Friday night on the 17th. This pleasant little gig was a spontaneous creation 2 years ago when we happened to be in town so this will be the 3rd year running. Woo woo!

Here is something I learnt the other day. Ahem. A banana is a herb. There you go.

Hopefully see you all soon.

Cheers,
Morgan.

Good afternoon earthlings.

The day has crept up on me but I have to get this out before a gig this evening at the mighty Avoca Cinema. We will be their live French music and are playing from 8pm to 8:45pm. There will be French canapés beforehand and a French movie on the big screen afterhand! I have just checked and tickets are sold out soooo… how about this for some new age promo?! Come to our gig, but you cant come. Not to worry we hope to be back there someday not too far away. They are good folks at the cinema and its great to support small family owned local businesses that provide high quality services!

Next Thursday we will be heading back up to the Tamworth Music Festival for the 3rd year in a row. This year we wont be busking though. We instead have organised a few regular venues for the 5 days we are there. Ruby’s Cafe in the morning, Pig and Tinderbox at mid day and the Atrium Shopping Center Stage in the arvos. You can check exact times on our website, the link is below. We have met a great bunch of people through doing the festival so we are looking forward to catching up with all of them up there!

We are cutting our stay at Tamworth short this year because we have a gig as guest entertainers aboard a cruse ship from the 26th! This has been a working project for the past year or so, so it is great that it has beared some fruit. Unfortunately we have just signed a contract and one of the things on it, in contract style gibberish, was that we couldn’t advertise for the gig. So another useless gig to advertise… What a productive email this has been!

Something you can come to though is a gig for the Newcastle Folk Club on the 25th of February! We haven’t played there before and I literally have to run out the door and eat an egg wrap at the same time so i’m not going to try find out right now. I will put details up on the website for this one over the weekend.

Thanks for reading! Hopefully cya all soon. Here is the link to our gigs page so you can see them all lined up neatly: http://www.mimosaduo.com/gigs/ 

Oh yeah, Happy New Year!

Morg.

Happy Monday Funday one and all!

I am sitting a whole 50cm away from a freshly painted wall (in chalkboard paint) that smells particularly toxic so today I have a good excuse, that is, being high on fumes, for seplling mitsakes.

The bulk of our wedding season is over, brides and grooms are presumedly on honey moons and we are preparing for this years OzManouche Festival in Brisbane at the end of the month! We often practice locked away in seperate rooms but of late we have been turning up the ‘together’ practice to work on some exciting new bits we have been arranging for our performances at the festival. Its going well and we are excited about it!

We are fortunate enough to be performing twice at the festival this year once on Friday the 25th before two Australian greats, George Washing Machine and Ian Date. The other will be on Sat the 26th before of one of the worlds current gypsy jazz masters, Sebastien Giniaux (de France). Woo hoo! It is a tribute to the festival that they have been able to get Sebastien out! Thanks to the OzManouche team and to Sebastien for making the effort.

We have made a little tour starting with OzManouche in Brisbane then heading back down the coast stopping in at Byron, Ocean Shores and Bellingen on the way home. We play at Byron every year and this year we will be performing at ‘The Farm’ on Dec 2nd. We however, have never played in Bellingen before and we are looking forward to playing at their local gig venue ‘5 Church St’ on Sat Dec 3rd.

The gig in Ocean Shores is a house concert. We have played in many a house before but not as a ticketed concert like this. Tickets are $10 I believe (Pheebs is out again and she is the knower of this information) but if you want more info please ask and we can let you know where it is and put you in touch with the host.

In the mean time we are playing at the Erina Foghorn Brewhouse this Friday night from 8:30 to 11:30 which is always fun and tasty.

Please head along to out website if you want to see all our upcoming gigs www.mimosaduo.com

It was a pleasure as always!

Cheers,
Morgan.

So… yet again Phoebe has left me home alone to write you all this email while she goes galavanting off buying wattles. I nearly went with her, but I get the feeling Pheebs gets sick of me trying to play hide and seek at shops big enough to do so.

We have a weekend of shows coming up!

Firstly, this Friday evening we will be playing at Capers Guest House in Wollombi for a music weekend they are putting on. Each night from Fri to Sun they have a 2 hour show with a 2 course sit down meal, and we are first cab off the ranks. We have been there before for a variety of reasons and it is a stunning spot! If you are looking for something different to do you can book accomodation there. Have a free weekend and want to surprise your partner? This could be a winner… Here is a link to their site:
http://capers.com.au/hunter-valley-events

Then, on Saturday night we will be playing at the Troubadour in Woy Woy. If you haven’t heard of it, it is one of those fantastic initiatives (much like the Manly Fig) that put on regular concerts for a crowd of regular listeners. We love these gigs and the fantastic people who make them happen! We start at 7pm and tickets are between $10 and $15, it is held at the Woy Woy CWA Hall on The Boulevard.

After that wedding season… From now until the end of October we have 9 weddings to attend. I do!

Pheebs has returned! 6 new natives for the garden and a smile on her dial. She really missed out though, we had much more fun here…

Hope you new readers had a good time!

Cheers,
Morgan.

Good afternoon mesdames et messieurs!

It is a nice day to be inside writing a newsletter and drinking a fine cup of rooibos tea! Phoebe is currently getting her hair cut so its just you all and me. She will never know that 1 row of her chocolate is missing…

Well, some news to report! Last weekend we had a gig at the Canberra High Court and it was fantastic! Over 400 people were booked to come to see the little old Mimosa Duo. The marvellous woman at the High Court who I wont name did such a great job setting it all up and much fun was had by all, especially us! We feel very privileged to be given such an opportunity. It seems as though it will happen again one day in the not too distant future too, so we look forward to that!

We will be playing locally this weekend at Hotel Gosford after our buddies, the Blues Angels, for an event called “Women of Blues, Jazz and Roots”. We will be on from 9pm to 11pm but the Blues Angels start at 7pm. Should be fun!

We will also be back in the Blue Mountains at one of our all time favourite venues, Hotel Blue in Katoomba! We will be on from 6:30 to 8:30, tickets are $15 and a cozy, quirky, pensive yet excitable vibe is guaranteed! Woo Woo!

We have also found ourselves on the Newcastle Jazz Festival line up. Gotta love a jazz fest! We will be on on Sunday the 28th of August from 3pm – 4pm at ‘Wests’ in New Lambton in the Marble Bar. Here is a link to the festival line up: http://newcastlejazz.com.au/images/stories/Trevor/2016/29th_Newcastle_Jazz_festival_Timetable-_lateral.pdf
There are some other great acts!

As per usual head along to our website for any other gigs I may have kept a secret… http://www.mimosaduo.com/gigs/

Well thats about all she wrote…

Ola!

Time is of the essence, so please forgive any spelling mistakes which inevitably flow when I type in super speed mode! This jolly email is being sent too 400 people today! Thanks so much to everyone who has joined the list, if you would like to say something to everyone just hit me back and I will try to remember to put it in next time. That could be quite a fun segment to this email show… Hmm…

I ramble on! This weekend we will be playing up here at the Foghorn Brewhouse in Erina (not the one in Newcastle) this very Saturday which is tomorrow! The Foghorn has been doing live music for many moons I am led to believe they are also apparently quite selective so we are very happy to be playing there. We will be playing a few sets between 8:30 and 11:30.

More local news! We have been conversing with Le Chat Noir in our home Terrigal town. The owners are fairly new and are doing great things. It is a great restaurant tucked up behind the Crown, the new owners are breathing some fresh air into the place and are also keen to have live music. We will be playing a few times over the next few weeks there. Next Wed the 6th at lunch and the following Thurs the 14th for Bastille Day for both lunch and dinner. If you would like to come please ring the restaurant to make a booking because I know that they already have booked in some big groups for those days.

The next few weeks are going to be a bit sillily busy because we both have a few extra curricular non mimosa activities. I will be recording a CD with another group Devil on the Rooftop (www.devilontherooftop.com) and Pheebs has been doing some shows with a corporate act. Every day is different in our little world. But after the next few weeks we are going to do some gigs on the south side… We only dare tread there occasionally.

One will be at the Bowral Bowling Club on Sat July 24th from 12pm. The guy from eclectic sounds got in touch with us this week and he said that there are a few of you down there that have been requesting that he get us in! So thanks, we are in! Hopefully cya there.. we will bring warmer cloths this time…

The other is even further south in our nations capital. We have conveniently timed it for the 31st of July after the election has had time too cool of. Research shows that around a month after an election people are really keen to see gypsy jazz performed live. So based on this we have lined up a concert performance at the High Court! They do a music series there with a show once a month. It sounds really great actually, the space is big enough for 500+ people and entrance is free! So Canberries it would be great to see you there. The link to the site is: http://www.hcourt.gov.au/about/concerts

Oh yes, as per usual more info on the gigs can be found on our website:http://www.mimosaduo.com/gigs/

I must away. The train waits for no one!

Love,
Morgan.

Good day fine recipients!

Welcome to the new subscribers! As many of you have noticed this email is not a hugely regular thing. I say once a month but the reality of the situation is that months go very quickly and my fingers type slowly so bi-monthly is nearly a safer bet. What ho!

On the agenda, firstly and fore mostly is the Manly Food and Wine Festival, this year known as “Taste of Manly”. We will be playing on stage at the Beer Garden which is on South Steyne near Wentworth St. Apparently the road ‘South Steyne’ has no need to be labeled a road or street is it simply just North and South Steyne… There you go. But what is exciting about this is that we will be re-united with our greater quintet set up! We will of course be playing along side our favourite saxman the lovable Louis Klasson but will also have guitarists Cameron Jones and Zane Bank with us which is going to be a delight! We are looking forward to this one and will be on stage from 4pm to 5pm, the last show there of the day.

We will be back at our local brewery the Six String Brewery on Friday the 3rd of June from 6pm. We have been there once before and the place was packed with a great atmosphere and delicious beer and food. Its free entry and just off the central coast highway in Erina so easy peasy!

When we dont have private bookings on the weekend we will be hitting up the Rocks Markets so if you want to know when we are there just have a peek at our website :  Peek . Info about all our upcoming gigs can be found there and we keep it updated so feel free to check it when ever your feeling a little like some Mimosa.

We have been accepted to perform at this year OzManouche festival up in Brisbane in November! Woo hoo! Looking forward to that and we will impart more knowledge your way once we know more. We will also be heading down to play a concert in the High Court of Canberra’s monthly concert at the end of July.

Some more irrelevant news is I have started composing our first ever Mimosa piece! So far I have yet to win Pheebs over… But give me time and she will come around…

Hopefully see you all soon. Feel free to reply with whatever is on your mind. Here is a link to something on my mind:  

Until we meet again,
Morgan.

Previously in Mimosa Duo Land…

“The Mimosa Duo performed 3 times in 3 days with a Gypsy Jazz masterclass thrown in the mix for the first ever GosBlues Festival. A great time was had by all and I dare say the Mimosa Duo will be back… !”

“Mimosa takes a mountainous voyage into the blue to perform in the packed out lounge of the alluring Hotel Blue in Katoomba. Rumour has it that after a chance meeting last year at the same time, Mimosa and the charismatic hotel owner struck a bargain and took a gamble by deciding to have Mimosa play in the hotel lounge to what was predicted to be a non-existant crowd. All parties were pleasantly surprised to discover that the room ended up being full! This recent performance certainly makes it look as though the beginning of a tradition is being forged. Mimosa Duo in the lounge of Hotel Blue the Friday evening of the Blues and Roots Festival!”

“The Mimosa Duo have been seen hiding in various quaint venues such as the Reviver bar, Gosford and The Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna. Some people have said that details of their upcoming performances can be found in amongst non-coherent words in vaguely monthly emails or even on this charming website www.mimosaduo.com .”

Coming up in future episodes of Mimosa Duo…

“Mimosa perform this very Friday (1st April 2016) for their local craft brewery. Craft beers on tap along with food and your favourite duo Djangling away on stage right next to steely vats of brewing golden beer. Heaven, could this be you?”

“Amongst the scurry of livestock and the smell of freshly made biscuits, through the crowd of onlookers and beyond the show horses, Mimosa performs on stage at the Hawkesbury Show, Saturday the 16th of April”

“The diary of your average Mimosa Duo member is full in April but a window of opportunity allows time for another performance at Gosford’s hidden gem the Reviver Bar. Sunday 24th of April catch them there while Sunday Jazz lasts!”

For more details on these upcoming gigs please head along to our site www.mimosaduo.com/gigs/

And finally, in the words of Siddhautha Gautama

“Happy is he who has overcome his ego [and gone to see the Mimosa Duo live]”

2016! What a year to be alive!

Pheebs and I are still here ticking along, this will be our 7th year of Mimosa. Woo woo! From a couple of romantic camping holidays to Mimosa Rocks National Park to a full time job is a good little story. Pheebs has expressed keen interest in obtaining a mandolin and both of us have been practicing our vocal chords of late so hopefully within the next few months we will be delving into some new territory and chucking it in the Mimosa bag! We will of course keep up with the Gypsy Jazz as that love goes deep, and hopefully get cracking on a new album soon… That plus gigging all over the country equals lots of things to look forward to this year!

If you are in Wollombi area we will be playing in Laguna tomorrow night at the Northern Trading Post. As usual we would love to see you there.

We will soon also be playing at the Gosford Blues Festival. One gig each day from Fri the 19th to Sun the 21st. We will be hosting a free Gypsy Jazz masterclass on the Saturday too so if you are in the area with your instrument (or without it will still be fun) please swing along by and have a play with us! In Jan we went to the Gulgong Festival and along with performing held a masterclass then which was great fun!

The marvelous Manly Fig has started up new venue at the ‘War Vets’ in Collaroy Plateau. This one is on a Wednesday from 1pm – 4pm so if you can fit that in, Manly Fig gigs are the best! There are two other acts on that arvo and Steve and Robbie who put the gig on always get good acts along side being great people themselves! This gig doesn’t replace their normal Saturday night events, but they are looking for a new venue for that, so if you have any ideas or contacts please let me or them know!

Here are a couple of gigs coming up, for more info and to see when we will be at the Rocks follow the link below to our website:

FEB 12 – Great Northern Trading Post – Laguna

FEB 14 – ReviveR – Gosford

FEB 17 – Manly Fig – Collaroy Plateau

FEB 19, 20, 21 – Central Coast Leagues Club – Gosford Blues Fest

MAR 13 – ReviveR – Gosford

MAR 18 – Hotel Blue – Katoomba

Click here for more gig info

As you may have noticed we are still at Reviver but it has moved from Thursday nights to Sunday arvos. Should be fun!

Happy birthday Minten!

C’est tout.
Morg.