Aug 2019 - A Time of Feast

Dear Friends, 

It has been many months since my last newsletter. Summer passed very quickly. The highlight for me was being Joan Baez in the Celebration of Woodstock at The Port Fairy Folk Festival. I got to open the show with 'Oh Happy Day' and 'Joe Hill' on Stage 3 to my biggest audience ever... possibly 8 or 9000 people squashed into the venue. Not only that, but I got to sing with Melanie - the one and only - who was at the original Woodstock. It was amazing and so inspiring to be in the presence of a warm-hearted soulful woman legend. I felt truly blessed!  Here is a tiny clip of the event at Port Fairy with the amazing Pete Fidler accompanying me. https://youtu.be/8Awl8EeHonw 

In Melbourne, we are currently dragging ourselves through the last month of winter. It has been bitterly cold at times, but today the sun has been shining, and I am looking forward to more warmth and some essential Vitamin D from more sun... hopefully in the not so distant future. 

Despite the cold weather, I have been very busy on the music front, and my August is bursting with gigging opportunities. Unfortunately, I have only had time to complete one new song in the last couple of months, which I performed at the June Writers' Block. It was titled 'No Friend But The Mountain', written in response to the heartbreaking story of Behrouz Boochani, who is detained on Manus Island, with so many other refugees.  The song can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/A355YyYkh0s 

I have also been very humbled (and surprised) to receive an award from Folk Victoria - the 2019 Graham Squance Memorial Award, to honour my longstanding contribution to the Folk Music scene in Victoria. This award was presented to me at The Newport Folk Festival in Melbourne at the end of June. I will continue to work to enrich the folk music scene here and support and encourage new comers and my peers. Part of my vision is to revitalise Folk Victoria, with the help of some like minded people. 

As I mentioned earlier, I have a basketful of gigs coming up and I hope that I can catch up with some of you at these events.  In particular, I have two very special gigs.  One is a house concert with my friend and colleague from The Quiet Man singing sessions, Kathryn Clements on Sunday 18th August.  Details are on the flyer below. I hope that I can meet some of you at this intimate setting where we can enjoy some wine and cheese as well. The other special concert is in Sale.  This is the first time that I have had an opportunity to perform in the Gippsland area, and I am so looking forward to it.  I will also be holding a Songwriters' Workshop on Performance skills. This will occur on the Friday 30th August (concert) and Saturday 31st Aug (workshop). Details of both are on the flyer below.  If you have any friends in the area, please pass this onto them. 

On the personal front, I have been feeling at peace with myself. There is no handsome stranger on the horizon as yet, (for those of you yearning to ask) but I've learnt to value myself a lot more over these last few years, and some amazing songs have come out of this time of growth and reflection. 

Even the possums have finally left my garden these last two weeks (with some assistance to relocate), and I went to the nursery last Sunday to treat myself to a dozen new roses to plant... I lost so many plants to the possums over the last 4 years.  So like the Spring, ready to spring into life and blossom, and like my possum mangled garden, showing signs of tender new leaves, I am getting ready too. I have just posted another poem titled 'Feast' on my poetry site "Distillations of A Soul" which also has another free download of a song of mine, if you would like to check it out. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  I hope to see you very soon. 

With much love and blessings. 

Suzette xx 

To download the track "The Caged Bird Sings" for free, go to https://suzetteherft.com/dl and enter the code abcd-1234 
 

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Dear Friends, 

I hope you are enjoying the pleasant easing into Spring with the long awaited warmth filtering through the air.  Today I got to sit in the sunshine by the beautiful Maribyrnong river and enjoy a meal with some friends and nursing colleagues of mine.  I then wandered to Poynton's nursery to soak in the colours and the perfume of beautiful plants, but also to buy 6 metres of black netting. I need the netting to wrap around the plants that the possums have shredded. They are destroying my…

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Sept 2016 - The Sonoran Dogs 

Hi Everyone, 

Just a quick email to let you know that the Singers Session is on this Wednesday...yes, the 20th September.  I have been laid low these last couple of weeks with a lingering cough and some troublesome times at work.  I have been sustained by some quiet time and some good friends with a listening ear and wise words.... so thank you to those angels who have come in many disguises. 

In addition to the session on Wednesday, I would like to ask you to support a gig that I am arranging on Thursday…

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Song birds - Aug 2016 

Hello my friends, 

To celebrate two gigs that honour the song and the singing, I am offering you a free download of my song 'The Caged Bird Sings'.  This song's title is the shortened version of the real title 'I know why the caged bird sings', which is the same title of the poem and the autobiographical book by Maya Angelou. She was an amazing woman whose story inspires me. 

My song is my story but it shares a resonance with the poem.  I sing because it gives me life... it is my very breath.  I would…

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The year goes off with a Big Bang!!! 

Dear Friends, 

I started off the year thinking this would be my 'slow down' year... but instead, I've had a very busy time over the last few months -  starting in January with the lovely little festival in Georgetown, Tassie... then in our own lovely town of Newstead... Somewhere in early Feb, my son and I headed off to Sydney, to view the Dutch Masters exhibition, plus see the sights.  I am not that familiar with Sydney having only been on a weekend a couple of times, and Christopher hadn't been since he…

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JAN 1 2018 - BEGIN AGAIN 

JAN 1 2018 – BEGIN AGAIN 

Dear Friends, 

I have a new poem for you that I posted on my new website solely for the use of my writings - which I have called The Soulful Heart - Distillations of a soul. 

If you click on the link below it will take you to my poem on my website, (which also has a photo of a sunrise that I took in Morocco, on the Sahara desert, and a song of hope), all about beginning again. It seems an appropriate time to begin again on this the first day of the New Year. 

I have a couple of…

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JULY 17 2017 - THE PILGRIM AND THE PATH TO BEAUTY  

JUL 17 2017 – THE PILGRIM 

On the personal news front - I’ve had my head down and hands to the grind stone, busily working full time over the last 5 weeks with another few weeks to go, as I am desperately trying to pay for for my overseas holiday and put some funds back into the credit card. It is my own little ‘Camino’ to Morocco and Spain. In 2012, I made a ‘Musical Pilgrimage’ to the US, visiting and singing in places that were dear to my heart. Now it is time for another pilgrimage - A pilgrimage of…

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FEB 13 2017 - TAMWORTH AND OTHER THINGS 

FEB 13 2017 – TAMWORTH AND OTHER THINGS 

Dear Friends, 

I hope this New Year finds you well and happy. There has been lots happening even though we are only in the second month of the year. 

On the personal front, my father was diagnosed with cancer late last year and had a major operation which he is still recovering from. He now faces 2017 with more news regarding the appearance of other cancers. I also lost a good friend to cancer last year too - Hugh McDonald, who produced my first 3 cds. His family…

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OCT18 2016 – THE SOUTHERN STAR  

On Saturday, I went up to Marysville. I went up to meet the man who has restored my beautiful Maton Southern Star guitar on two occasions. The very first time was in 1980. I was only young then, but my friend who had visited the factory to get his own guitar fixed knew that I was looking for a quality guitar and had asked if the broken down old guitar he saw in the window was for sale. This guitar, was being used by the guys at the factory to jam on. But, if there was a buyer, they would fix it up and…

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Endings and Beginnings - Nov 2015 

It's been a time of endings and beginnings over the last couple of weeks.

Tonight I went for a walk along the Maribyrnong River.  As I was leaving my place, the sky was pink and there was a little pale fingernail moon in the sky.  I walked along the river on the Flemington Racecourse side, enjoying the quiet evening.  A few Vietnamese men were fishing, a few people were walking their dogs... but really, nothing much else was happening.  I almost had the track to myself for most of the way.  I saw the…Read more

CDs Launched at THE SPOTTED MALLARD to a packed house.... 

It was a packed house at The Spotted Mallard on Thurs 27th August.  Despite the rain and cold and the tram strike that happened during the day, the place was packed out by so many beautiful people.  I was flying... I could feel the love surging between the audience and me like a beautiful wave...So many people with so many compliments about the songs, the atmosphere, the spectacular band in Patrick Evans and Pete Fidler.... So many compliments on Facebook and on my phone. I was on a high for days.

Brendan…Read more
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    Marty Melbourne

    I have just had the opportunity to listen to the latest release from Suzette Herft “Roses”. Oh boy and what a treat, a refreshing and eloquently crafted selection of songs. In the tradition of great Americana singer song writers (Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welsh and Buddy and Julie Miller, just to name a few) Suzette takes you on a sublime journey of discovery and wonder with songs straight from her heart. Melting and Melodic her mellifluous voice is seamless and like a great red wine will warm your heart and soul with her expressiveness and harmonies. Patrick, Shane and Ralph shine on the album. Rhythmic and organic drums together with atmospheric guitar interplay blend to produce a kaleidoscope of sound which dance on your ear follicles. “Roses” is irreproachable and sincere in its delivery, a reflection on life itself, warts and all. Inspiring stories of Love, Death, Life and Joy shrouded in vulnerability so palpable that I urge anyone who listens to it not to be moved in some way. Well done Suzette, “Roses” is a real gem. I wish you all the best with it, don’t ever stop. Melbourne should be proud of you, look out Nashville. Can’t wait for the Album launch. Marty

    I have just had the opportunity to listen to the latest release from Suzette Herft “Roses”. Oh boy and what a treat, a refreshing and eloquently crafted selection of songs.

    In the tradition of great Americana singer song writers (Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welsh and Buddy and Julie Miller, just to name a few) Suzette takes you on a sublime journey of discovery and wonder with songs straight from her heart.

    Melting and Melodic her mellifluous voice is seamless and like a great red wine will warm your heart and soul with her expressiveness and harmonies. Patrick, Shane and Ralph shine on the album. Rhythmic and organic drums together with atmospheric guitar interplay blend to produce a kaleidoscope of sound which dance on your ear follicles.

    “Roses” is irreproachable and sincere in its delivery, a reflection on life itself, warts and all. Inspiring stories of Love, Death, Life and Joy shrouded in vulnerability so palpable that I urge anyone who listens to it not to be moved in some way.

    Well done Suzette, “Roses” is a real gem. I wish you all the best with it, don’t ever stop. Melbourne should be proud of you, look out Nashville. Can’t wait for the Album launch.

    Marty