You are reading a world record! This is, as far as my unreliable memory is concerned, the earliest Mimosa Newsletter to have ever been written! Recently, the one and only Phoebe, violinist and wife extraordinaire, has started taking an interest in the incredible power and influence these emails have on people, she is now taking it upon herself to remind me, daily, when she would like an email sent. So being the diligent and obedient husband and business partner that I am, I am ticking this off this morning, first cab of the rank. 

Pheebs has good reason to want an email sent though as we are about to embark on a journey that she has done a great job in organising. The Mimosa Duo is headed South for the following 10 days. We will be playing in townships and villages alike, some places we have been before and some that are new and uncharted. Here is what our little schedule looks like: 

Fri 4th July – The National Press Club – 6pm to 8:30pm – Canberra
Sat 5th July – Smith’s Alternative – 4pm to 6pm – Canberra 
Thurs 11th July – Paris Cat – From 8:30pm – Melbourne 
Fri 12th July – Bond St Event Centre – From 7pm – Sale
Sat 13th July – Paynesville Wine Bar – From 7pm – Paynesville
Sun 14th July – Murrah Hall – From 3pm – Murrah

The party Commodore leaves home at about 12pm tomorrow, Pheebs will have snacks prepared and I will hopefully have remembered to check the oil and pump up the tyres. 

Hopefully see you somewhere along the way!

Hi Ho! 

The day is quickly escaping my grasp, oh Monday where have you gone! Flittered away in multiple trips up and down the freeway and a few more youtube videos than planned. They were worth it though… 

I just wanted to say hello to our Kiwi subscribers. We will be leaving tomorrow morning to do our 3rd running tour of the Nelson region in the North of the South Island. Cant wait to get there!

Our gigs are as follows: 
The Boathouse – Nelson – Fri 26th April, 8pm – Tickets Available Online HERE
Toad Hall – Motueka – Sat 27th April, 7:30pmish
Captains Daughter – Sunday 28th April, 5pmish

Please check with the venues to confirm the start times. Our wonderful contact Liz has organised all these and I can never quite remember the exact times… 

Anyway, sorry to keep this short and sweet.. Here is what I was youtube-ing today… it was worthwhile… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0yKCpidQ-s

Cya in Kiwiland.
Morg.

Happy 2019 world, hope you are all well!

Phoebe and I are still here, alive and kicking. Its cruise ship season for us at the moment so we have been in and out of town like yo-yos. I fear we are slowly evolving into strange new breed of land / boat fairing mammals, kind of amphibious but worse because we can’t breath underwater. We are in limbo between worlds, unsure of where we truely belong, able to walk on unsteady ground, yet unable to control exactly where we are going! What lies ahead for such a creature?! Who knows… who cares… its been fun so far.

Bowralelians (people from Bowral), we will be heading down your way this very weekend on Sunday the 3rd of Feb! This will be our third lunch time show at the Bowling Club. We always enjoy ourself at this gig, there is always a lovely crowd, a delicious roast and some good banter. We have a number of new pieces to play for you as well as some of our old favs. Look forward to seeing you there again! Tickets are on sale here: https://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/sunday-roast-jazz-featuring-mimosa-duo
Facebook event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/337251486861892/

Our vaguely monthly band gigs that we have recently started up in Newtown at the Black Sheep have been going really well. It’s a great fun gig to play in a relaxed and responsive environment. We will be there again on both Feb 24th and March 24th with the boys. Swing on by if you get the chance.

Also coming up we will be doing some New England region gigs (I think they fall within the region…) one in Murrurundi one in Nundle. We will be playing at The Barn on Saturday March the 9th. If you are local to that area you have probably heard of it, if not its a fantastic venue run by a wonderful local lady who bring out all sorts of people to the area. Please get in touch if you are interested in coming to see us there. We will also be playing for the Nundle Country Picnic on Sunday the 17th of March. Its on the grounds of the Nundle Woollen Mill, there will be food, drink and music! Perfect! For more info head this way: http://nundle.com.au/nundle-country-picnic/

As per usual all our gigs are on our website right here: https://www.mimosaduo.com/gigs/

Totally unrelatedly, I have been trying to plan an outdoorsy adventure date for this Saturday with 2 other buddies in around the Central Coast / Newcastle region. We are all coming up with a plan then voting on the greatest one to do… I am stuck… Any ideas?

Expelliarmus!

Good afternooooooooon,

Its a busy week for us over here at the Mimosa HQ. Gigs everyday from last Saturday to next Sunday then off to a cruise contract for a week on Monday! Nothing on the 11th and 13th though, everyone needs a break to play table tennis, right? Right. Your bloody well right.

On the agenda today we have:
1. Gig Promotion
2. Band name discussion
3. General banter

Lets begin. Simply and in bold to start with, then more in depth and less obtrusively afterwards:

UPCOMMING GIGS

Tonight October 9th – Parramatta Lanes Festival thing – 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tomorrow October 10th – Parramatta Lanes Festival thing – 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Sunday October 14th – Black Sheep Bar, Newtown – 6pm – 9pm WITH BAND

Sunday November 4th – Tastes at the Bay, Nelson’s Bay – 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Saturday November 10th – River Festival, Lane Cove Plaza – 10am – 12pm

Sunday November 11th – Newtown Festival, Black Sheep Bar, Newtown – 3pm – 4pm WITH BAND

We are playing tonight and tomorrow night for Parramatta Lanes. I want to say its a Festival but their marketing team seems to have avoided that word… it is however, clearly, a mysterious and awe inspiring gathering of music, food and lights, that anyone in their right minds would make an effort to get to. We will be playing 2 x 45 min sets each night one at 7:40pm one at 8:45pm.

Now… you may have noticed two of the gigs are WITH BAND. This is true. We are trying to start playing more regularly with a few others, 4 to be precise. Double bass, guitar, sax and drums. We have played with all these guys a fair amount in the past and we love it but time goes on and things are hard to organise. Anyway, in a recent bout of inspiration we have tried to start a semi regular gig with them all to see where it can take us. These gigs are the beginning of that! What is pressing though is that we don’t have a good name for the band yet… I personally would like to include ‘Mimosa’ somewhere in the name to help with marketing but Pheebs doesn’t care too much, she cares mainly for a fun vibe… Any ideas?

We have been asked back to Tastes at the Bay in Nelsons Bay, which is great as its a lovely little Festival! We are very much looking forward to spending the day up there and filling the streets with our noise.

Since the last email I have set up an instagram account… I put it off for years but recently failed… anyway, the question is, will this email be automatically posted from this Mailchimp account through Facebook to Instagram?! Hold onto your seats!

Capt. Morgan.

Hello wonderful recipients,

Finally, after months of having been left in a corner collecting dust, a cockroach unknowingly pressed my ‘on’ button and woke me up. I can’t believe its August already! Morgan says he sends out this email once a month or 2… Lies, its been 3, and its me who sends them out! Seriously, you would think he would get sick of playing guitar and trumpet all day and maybe spend some time emailing his beloved fans, but no, it is apparently up to I, Mørgân, his automated email writing robot to get the job done.

** Sunday 12th August – Avoca Theatre – 1pm **
This is the main event for this issue. Mimosa are performing another 2 x set concert at the Avoca Beach Theatre this coming Sunday afternoon. They have performed here numerous times now and it is a fantastic venue to see them in. This concert is going to highlight their classical origins and some of the repertoire from their much loved first album ‘Mimosa’. Along side a few never before performed pieces from their university days and maybe a new one or two… You will have to go and see it to find out. Tickets are $24.50, you can book online here: http://avocabeachpicturetheatre.com.au/mimosa-duo or buy tickets at the door. Let me know how it goes, I generally get left at home but love to see the footage of it once it is done.

Morgan and Phoebe performed with their bigger band at the Manly Fig a month or so ago. For the first time ever they performed along side a drummer, as well as a second guitar, double bass and sax. It was a great success, well, the photos I have seen have been littered with grins from the band and audience alike and the way Morgan and Phoebe talked about it was rather ecstatic. In order to keep the vibes flowing Morgan has finally done some work and booked a gig in Sydney at the Black Sheep in Newtown, Sunday afternoon on the 2nd of September. Things need to be finalised but its looking as though its on so keep your eyes on the mimosaduo website for conformation.

I am scanning Mimosa’s diary and can see that they have a tour organised up to Brisbane around the end of September. I have found a few confirmed gigs and a few potentials so again keep your eyes on their website for more info soon. Next time I see them I will give Mimosa a talking to and make sure they keep on top of their gig organising, they are putting a shed up in the backyard and its like their brains have been put on hiatus!

27th September – Welder’s Dog – Armidale – Evening
29th September – Doo Bop Jazz Bar – Brisbane – 6pm – 10pm
3rd October – The Piano Bar – Maroochydore – 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Its been a pleasure acting out what I was programmed to do, thank you for reading. I will endeavour to program myself to be able to turn on and off in future so I can write more regularly. And while I’m at it maybe learn how to cook lemon meringue tarts.

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(Binary for “So long and thanks for the chat”)

This is Mørgân, the automated, email writing humanoid replica of Morgan the Mimosa Duo guitarist. Morgan is strumming sweet nothings in my ear as I type. Unfortunately, I have not been programmed to hear, only to type, so the music is not being heard.

Efficiency is my goal so now the introductory patter is out of the way here is where the Mimosa Duo can be found in the upcoming months:

Tomorrow, the 12th of May 2018: ‘The Cow Shed’ – Wollombi.
A 6 course meal accompanied by us earlier on and a dance band ‘Slam Tango’ later on. The Cow Shed is an award winning venue in Wollombi. Tickets are $110 which includes food (and I presume drink). More info on how to get in touch with the organisers here: Click Me

Sunday the 13th of May 2018: Bombini – Avoca.
Phoebe has been eyeing this place off ever since we moved up to the central coast. Morgan very smartly took her to dinner there for her birthday, it was a great success. Now, they have a gig there, marvellous! Happy Mothers Day mothers! The Duo will be on from 4pm to 7pm.

Friday 25th of May 2018: Avoca Theatre – Avoca (obviously).
A French soiree is on offer this eve at the mighty Avoca Theatre. A 50 min set from the Mimosa Duo then a movie with Omar Sy (the actor from ‘The Intouchables’ ) called ‘Dr. Knock’. Tickets are $25. More info here: Click Me

Sunday 27th of May 2018: Settlers Arms Inn – St Albans.
This has become a monthly gig for the Mimosa Duo. If you keen for a drive its a rather lovely destination to grab a beer some tucker and listen to some gypsy jazz. The Duo is on from 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Friday 29th June 2018: The Manly Fig – Balgowla Heights.
The Manly Fig is a wonderful gig! On once a month, the lovely volunteer organisers put on 3 different acts and the night is always has a fun community feel and the crowd is full of music lovers. The regular and loyal patrons used to be able to bring their own dinner and drinks although that may have changed with the new venue… Anyway, Mimosa will be one of the 3 acts this time and will be performing with their ensemble which adds a second guitar, bass and the most sensual of saxes. Looking forward to this! More info here: Byte Me

Something Morgan forgot to add last email was this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjmRroztlrU . A new YouTube video for you all. Both Morgan and Phoebe have acknowledged to me that they are rather poor in the area of promotion and marketing so this is their feeble attempt to try and resurrect their internet presence. Every new view puts a radiant smile on their sweet faces.

Morgan is whispering in my ear to say happy birthday to Rodger and thanks for the cake?

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(this is binary for ‘Love youse all, cya next time, Mørgân’)

Joyeux Noël, Bonne Année et Joyeux Paques! And while I’m at it for those of you who have had a birthday in the first quarter of the year Bonne Anniversaire!

Well, since I last magically appeared in your inbox, Pheebs and I have been in and out of the country 3 times and are going to do so again on Wednesday (4th of April). I haven’t emailed as I didn’t want to harass you all constantly, letting you all know every time we live it up and jet set across the Asia Pacific, but, on the other hand, I don’t want you to think we have spontaneously combusted or anything silly like that. So here I am, reporting that we are indeed alive and well, and that we have had a busy yet positive Summer!

First things first, we are heading to NZ on Wednesday for the second time to do a string of gigs in the North of the South Island. Nelson, Blenheim and Havelock we love you and are coming back! Details of the gigs are up on our website. A big thanks to Liz who is the wonder woman who puts this all together.

For those of you who are wondering if you should ever go to Norfolk Island the answer is most definitely yes! Pheebs and I haven’t had a greater gig than that. Beautiful spot, beautiful people and a great line up for last years Jazz Festival. We got to meet and play with some incredible musos who we have and continue to look up to, all the whilst, being on a stunning island surrounded by crystal clear water! Perfect!

We stuck out Tamworth for the full 10 or 11 or however many days it is this year. It hot, sweaty, crowded and slightly crazed, there is music everywhere both fantastic and awful, quiet, loud, obnoxious and sweet. Its not much of a sales pitch but I’m telling you, there is something about this combination of things that makes the Tamworth Festival great beyond words. We are hooked! Thanks to everyone who came to our shows, it was a pleasure to meet you all.

I feel a bit guilty… But I missed out emailing you all about the Kiama Jazz Festival, we fit it in between two cruise contracts and forethought escaped me. Anyway, if we have anything to say about it we will be back next year. It was great! Different to Tamworth in that it was intimate, a pleasant 27º, well organised and by the sea with green grass and trees stretching out as far as the eye can see. There were plenty of quality acts split over a 3 day festival. Nows thats a sales pitch. Hope to see you there next year!

We were camping with some old buddies of our this weekend, which was glorious, but on Sunday a cute little gig popped up so we went out to St Albans for the day. We playing at the Settlers Inn which was a classic old stone pub with a chimney and a spacious backyard area for everyone to sit, eat and drink. It was a nice little gig and it looks as though we might be playing there semi regularly. The next one could well be on the 22nd of April but keep your eyes on our website or email us to double check if you are interested.

That all folks. If you are ever looking for something fun to do at an event with 10 or more people, check out the game two rooms and a boom…

Au revoir

Good afternoon.

Can I do this in 20 mins?! I reckon not… Phoebe is telling me that I smell like an onion and need to, at the very least, deodorise before we go out to dinner, exiting the building at 6pm sharp. Sigh. I always liked onions.

Anyway the reason for the stagnantness is that I have been simmering in my little study setting up a reviews page for our website. 3.5 hours, 59USD, my long sightedness and a part of my sanity have all been lost in the process, but it is done and I have earned myself the last beer in the fridge for the walk to dinner. Hoorah!

So before any further ado, if you have ever hired us for an event, your wedding perhaps, or even if you would like to review a concert we have done or one of our CDs, please head along to our new sparkling reviews page where you can submit a review. We would really appreciate you taking the time to do so, thanks in advance! https://www.mimosaduo.com/reviews/

Sorry Mum and Nanna, family reviews are kind of lame so if you could just keep them as face to face that would be great. And Dad I don’t want all our mistakes mentioned in a review either so your out as well.

While it appears that no time has passed, you are deceived! I failed my 20 minute mission, and now it is tomorrow morning. And what a morning it is! In a week we will be flying out to Norfolk Island for their annual Jazz Festival (which starts the next week on Mon the 4th). Really looking forward to that, its reportedly a great festival and a beautiful island. Thanks to those of you who are taking the time to come over!

A friend of our told us recently that the good old Aussy government are meddling too hard with Norfolk affairs, which sounds fairly typical of them, yet frustrating and potentially quite damaging for the locals. Here is an article if you are interested: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/so-why-do-we-fell-this-independent-pine-of-norfolk-island/news-story/f356799df98eeedc720ce2645ba25e3e

As I’m sure most of you are aware the xmas season if fast approaching. I have been diligently learning ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’ on the trumpet with the vision of using it to wake everyone up at 6am on xmas morning. I really do, do a beautiful rendition. Moving on, we have been asked to be the support for a gig that a singer songwriter friend of ours, Mark Wilkinson, is doing at the Basement in Syd on Wednesday the 20th of December. It is primarily Mark’s show so I imagine we will be playing for 45 mins tops then he will be on for longer but it should be a great night. Alongside being a humble and loveable person Mark is a great songwriter so if your into that style of music he is definitely worth your time. Tickets are on sale here: http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/mark-wilkinson-annual-end-of-year-show/98898

Then to keep the festival spirit alive we will be hitting up the chaos that is the Tamworth festival again for the 4th year in a row. We must like it I guess?! We wont be there for the whole time but will give it a good whack and are playing multiple times everyday between the 19th and 27th of Jan. You can see where on our website. https://www.mimosaduo.com/gigs/tamworth-festival/

It always bring me great joy hearing that people actually read this dribble! haha! So thanks for getting thus far, and i’m not even finished!

We wanted to say thanks to everyone who came to our CD launch at the Avoca Theatre on the 20th of Oct. We were really humbled by the turn out and had a great time! We hope you are enjoying the CD if you bought it! Also, we finally made it down to Melbourne since the last email and got a chance to play at the Paris Cat in town which was fantastic! The room was full and a good time was had by all. But even more importantly we stopped of at Braidwood on the way back to play for some friends of ours. These guys run a jewellery business and are responsible for our copper wedding rings which we love. I loved mine so much that I never wanted to take it off even when bodysurfing a heavy shorey… Sooo… I lost the first one. But since Braidwood on the way home I have been reinstated with a new one that fits to perfection! So now I can remain visibly married and body surf at the same time until my heart in content! Check out Vetro E Metallo’s jewellery here: https://vetroemetallo.com.au/

Merry xmas if your into that, otherwise happy summer!

Love,
The Grinches trumpet bearing Bannerman.

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.

Home

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.