What a week - Aug 24th 2013.

 Hi Everyone,

What a week I have had.  Last Saturday, I headed to see Don McLean at the Hamer Hall.  He is still in amazingly good voice.  Unfortunately, the sound was a little too loud and seemed to be feeding back at times.  He did some of my favourite songs including 'Crossroads' and the one which says 'The homeless brother is my friend'.. All in all, it was a good concert, albeit a little short, in comparison to the Joan Baez concert where she sang for about 1.5 hours.  But I am glad I saw him... who knows if he will ever come to Melbourne again.  He is a wonderful songwriter and great singer... he was so wonderful to hear.

On Sunday, I headed to the last (and 35th) Troubadour weekend at Campaspe Downs, Kyneton.  It's a wonderful festival put together by Andrew Pattison who ran the Troubadour Restaurant, known for its great music.  Andrew transformed it to a wonderful festival and has hosted many wonderful acts from all over the world including Guy Clark, Jesse Winchester as well as local artists, including Doug Ashdown and Mike McLellan.

On Sunday morning there was a discussion on songwriting between Doug Ashdown, Eric Bogle, Mike McLellan and Shane Howard.  It was great hearing their perspectives on their craft as well as their experiences of the industry.  There were other great concerts during the day and I ended up singing a Mikey Newberry song for Andrew at the end.  Some of us retired back to Andrew and Heather's place and partied and sang on till the early hours of Monday morning.

I hit the sack about 2.30am and woke up very tired the next day.  During the day, I heard about my friend and wonderful musician - Michael Kennedy's death.  I was so sad for him and his family. We celebrate his life at a ceremony on Mon 26th.  My children's grandmother also died on Wednesday morning.  So next week, sees me at two funerals.
On Wednesday, we also had a magical singers' session.  I took the video camera to catch some footage.  Hopefully, I'll be able to post something on Youtube or this site.

I think, it is all catching up and I'm feeling a little fragile...

Look after yourselves and I'll talk to you soon.

x Suzette

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