Salutations my friends!

In breaking news, the mighty Warlocks, my table tennis team, have blitzed there way into the A2 finals at the Central Coast Table Tennis Association (CCTTA), having remained undefeated during the entire competition! Thank you all, thank you, thank you.

Even more excitingly our 3rd CD is being printed as we speak! About bloody time, I know. We are due to pick them up early next week in time for our CD launch at the Avoca Theatre next Friday the 20th of October. We love playing at the Theatre and really looking forward to the gig. We hope you can make it! Tickets are for sale via the theatre site below, I have also just spoken to the owners and as of tonight there will be an under 18 year old ticket option that has a bit of a discount:

https://www.avocabeachpicturetheatre.com.au/mimosa-duo

My wonderfully hospitable father is always concerned about keeping guests refreshed, generally with alcoholic beverages. On his request, you can think him for this at the gig, I will let you all know now that there are drinks (local beer and wine among other things) and nibbles available at at the theatre. There is a nice outdoor seating area and plenty of things to stickybeak at inside, so if you get there a bit early which would be recommended you can appease yourselves at the bar and find somewhere to hang out before the show. The show will be a sit down affair in the actual theatre where the movies are shown. We will be performing 2 sets with an intermission and then, of course, selling our CDs at the end. Wunderbar!

For those Melbournites out there, I am not sure if I will get a chance to email again before we perform at the Paris Cat on the 9th of November. This will be our first ever musical sojourn to Melbourne so we will come down with guns blazing and set the night on fire! In our minds anyway… Tickets and more info are available here:

https://www.rollerdigital.com/pariscat/product/134943?date=20171109#/sessions

By the way did you know we have a new CD coming out??

As I have mentioned previously we will also be performing at the Norfolk Island Jazz fest in early December, could just be the opportunity you have been looking for to surprise your spouse/partner/sibling/parents with a romantic/nourishing/spark inducing/music hunting get away adventure?! Here is a link to the main site below and if you are interested in going you may be interested in the package they have put together for us. For an information pack and further information contact Christan Davies at christan@travelcentre.nf or freecall her on 1800 1400 66.

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Its been an absolute joy as always! We are about to head off to perform at a wedding in the Blue Mountains this arvo then off to the outrageous and loveable district of Gulgong tomorrow for a gig that I think if for the public but I am not sure… If you from Gulgong you probably know more of it that I so hopefully cya there Gulgians!

Arrivederci .

Why hello,

My wonderful wife, the one and only, Phoebe Haselden, second of her name, master of the violin, defender of antique goods, exterminator of dust, singer of vintage melodies, care taker of all living things (on our block) and creator of my dinner says that dinner is in deed only 10 minutes away. Could this be the speediest email write up I have ever done!? I fear that the answer is no and that I will have to rejoin you after I have supped on some delicious veggie curry. But until then, write I will with the vigor of a cautious yet speedy antechinus!

As much a I dearly love our emails I often put writing them off, as to write I need to get in the zone and sometime the zone eludes me… but tonight there is not more time to procrastinate! The Newcastle Jazz Fest is this very weekend! We have been scheduled to perform from 12:20 to 1:20 in the Marble Bar at Wests, New Hampton. We have been feeling the need for some new repertoire of late so we will be trying a few new things which we look forward to! Here is a link to further info on the festival:

http://newcastlejazz.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=58&Itemid=74

Over the past few months I have spent more time in front of a computer screen than ever before! I have been judiciously mixing our 3rd CD and we are nearly ready to send it to the printers! Woo! The CD will be a double disk with 23 tracks which is our longest CD yet. Whats more, the wonderful family at Avoca Theater have booked us in for the CD release concert on the 20th of October so we are well on track to having it ready by then! Phew… Its never too early to book tickets so if you are keen to come please give the theater a call! Also which if babbling, if you are at all interested in editing audio have a little look up of Izotope RX 6 which is a spectral editing program which I have used to get rid of a few coughs and things that we picked up in our live recordings. Its a pretty amazing program!

Now, I know that I mentioned this last email but unfortunately I have promised to harass you all every email about the Norfolk Island Jazz Festival 2017. Even if I hadn’t promised I would be mentioning it though as we are both very much looking forward to it. The festival goes for around 5 days and will be full of music we will be playing multiple times as will a number of other well versed acts. If your looking to treat yourself with a bit of a musical get away consider this as a good option! A travel agent on the island has set us up with a package deal so if you are interested in that here is a brochure:

https://www.mimosaduo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Mimosa-Duo-Jazz-2017.pdf

Other things to keep in mind are that we will be playing our first gig ever in Melbourne! It will be at the Paris Cat which we have heard a lot about on Thursday the 9th of November. We will the be playing at a house concert in Braidwood on the way home on Sat the 11th. I will tell you more about those next times. I will also put up some more gig on the site tomorrow as we have booked a few local gigs around the traps too.

Guess what! I havent even had dinner yet! I manage to smooth talk Pheebs into waiting a while but she is content to wait no longer now I must bid you a hasty goodbye! Please forgive me for any spelling mistakes that eluded me!

Hopefully cya soon!

Love,
Morg.

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: https://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: https://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: https://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… https://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:https://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.