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6534 posts
Mar 07, 2020
1:22 AM
im Just excited to be seeing Cedric Burnside tomorrow, and then Rhiannon Giddens on Wednesday.
Cedric Burnside show is about 40k out of town, in a venue built on a site which used to be my local hotel, where I captained the pool team 30 years ago. I’ve never been to the new premises. Generally a bit too upmarket for my pocket. At $60 entry, this is a bit steep for me too, but it may be a once only opportunity.
Rhiannon Giddens will be in the Nolan Gallery at MONA. That’s an amazing space, somewhat underground, which is home to Sidney Nolan’s work ‘Rainbow Serpent’. That piece is so huge it needs a specially built space to display it.

Neither of these shows has had much local promotion. My local record store proprietor told me about Rhiannon Giddens, last November, but I still wouldn’t know otherwise.
A friend from Alabama asked me last week if I was going to see Cedric Burnside and to say hi for him if so. Same deal; I still wouldn’t know if a person thousands of miles away on the other side of the date line hadn’t alerted me.
464 posts
Mar 07, 2020
6:45 PM
I hope Rhiannon Giddens sings Shake Sugaree for you. Mesmerizing. Worth a look in YouTube.

Phil Pennington
60 posts
Mar 07, 2020
8:44 PM
Hi Dave,
My wife and I and other family members will be in Hobart, well actually Ferntree, for a wedding on Saturday 21st March. We are staying till the Tuesday. Is there anything you can recommend we do/see on the Sunday and Monday while we are there. We are staying near Salamanca. We’ve been to Port Arthur and Richmond so want to see something different. We were thinking about MONA as one option.
6536 posts
Mar 08, 2020
1:28 AM
Lemme think about it, but you gotta go to MONA I think, if you’re around Hobart.
I’ll have a think. I just got back from Cedric Burnside and I’m a little rattled still. Wow! That was a great set.
61 posts
Mar 08, 2020
6:00 PM
Thanks Dave. We will definitely go to MONA.
6537 posts
Mar 08, 2020
8:00 PM
It probably depends what you like. I quite like just walking around Battery Point for that 19th century village atmosphere. Shipwrights Arms Hotel has the Dave Sikk Quartet on Thursday evenings. David plays chromatic and the guitarist deserves better than me calling him ‘the guitarist’! I must learn his name. If you like that style of music, of course.
The view off the mountain on a clear day is not to be missed.

You may have done all these things but I’m just mentioning.

If you’ve been to Richmond and Port Arthur, you’ve seen plenty of convict history and sandstone. There’s a Battery Point ghost tour I’ve heard is very good.
Also the old Hobart Gaol, the penitentiary, is kinda horrible in the port Arthur way. Port Arthur is too awful, for more than its 19th century story.
The Derwent Valley is nice this time of year. Probably not exciting but very attractive and they’d be gearing up for the hop harvest

Likewise the Huon and points further south, like the Hastings caves. It’s all quite low key, but that’s Tassie!

My band will be up at Ross on the evening of the 21st.

The Longley International Hotel often has good acts on Sundays. It’s a nice venue.

If you like rainforest, up at fern tree it’s not hard to take a pleasant walk in the forest.
62 posts
Mar 09, 2020
2:09 AM
Thanks Dave. I will put your suggestions forward to the boss. Unfortunately the wedding is on the 21st otherwise I would be there in a flash to see you.
2126 posts
Mar 15, 2020
11:05 PM
Hi Prento, I've only been to Hobart once, but make sure you see the Sidewalk Gallery near the Salamanca markets. It has all kinds of cool tribal art from around the world, weird voodoo stuff (if I recall correctly), and a guard black cockatoo. The lady who runs it knows heaps on all kinds of art stuff.

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63 posts
Mar 16, 2020
12:34 AM
Thanks for that Bronze
6545 posts
Mar 16, 2020
1:32 AM
Latest is that MONA is off the MeNu; they’re closed from Wednesday until indefinite.
64 posts
Mar 19, 2020
2:20 AM
Tassie shut, wedding off, back to work.
6549 posts
Mar 19, 2020
3:33 AM
Basically, you want to come here, be prepared for 2 weeks isolation. Our daughter in FNQ was planning to visit after Easter. She’s taken the opportunity to get a refund.
465 posts
Mar 19, 2020
9:15 AM
Sorry her visit is off. Not an easy time for extended families.
Were you able to see Rhiannon Giddens?

Phil Pennington
6551 posts
Mar 19, 2020
4:40 PM
Hi, Fil, yes we saw Rhiannon last Wednesday evening. The advertising didn’t mention she was appearing with Francesco Turrisi but I guess I’d have known that, had I been paying attention. Jason Sypher accompanied on bass.
The MONA is a unique space. I don’t know the geology but I guess its sandstone. The space for the museum is basically an excavation and the Nolan Gallery is I think 3 levels below ground. It’s a long room which is home to Sidney Nolan’s work, “Snake” (Rainbow Serpent). That work is 9.14 x 45.72 metres and consists of over 1600 panels. It dominates the room. If you search for it on line, no doubt you’ll find an image of the room.
The sound in the 1st set was poor. This was corrected for set 2, which was much better despite Gidden’s apparent displeasure with the hum she was getting from the monitor. I noticed they were using the BOSE F1 system with subs, and I was interested in how that would work. In the end I was impressed but the entire 1st set was marred by poor quality sound manifested as harsh distortion which occurred in all the dynamic high spots. I think that system was adequate in the room full of very polite and seated patrons, but they were pushing it unnecessarily hard in the 1st set. It’s a PA which would cost around $7000 in my money, which would only have been about $5000 USD. I expect to see the price of all that gear go through the roof in this country shortly as the AUD has tumbled dramatically in the last week and no real expectation it is going to rise again anytime soon.

As excited as I was to hear Rhiannon, for my money Francesco Turrisi probably stole the show. They played a lot of stuff from the recent record of course, and Turrisi’s percussion work was outstanding. I will never look at a tambourine the same way again. Rhiannon demonstrated her amazing vocal chops, and the encore Up Above My Head was probably worth the price of admission alone. Both players were quite personable and engaging on stage, but Turissi seemed more comfortable.

They finished and walked away, and I guess that was quite understandable in the circumstances. I’ve become something of an autograph hound but that didn’t happen, and I didn’t buy a shirt ($50) but I did get the CD, mainly in the hope of it signed.

I saw Cedric Burnside a few days earlier and I did buy the shirt, and get an autograph, but he only played 1 hour. Both tickets were around the same price.

Really, I feel very grateful I was able to go to these shows. Just a week later everything was changed
65 posts
Mar 20, 2020
12:39 AM
I’d love to have seen Cedric Burnside. What was the lineup for his show?
6552 posts
Mar 20, 2020
2:25 AM
Prento, he played solo acoustic for maybe 20 minutes, then was joined by a drummer, the name of whom I did not catch, or rather, I forgot to remember. I loved his work. If you look up Cedric’s FB Page you can catch a few seconds with the drums
117 posts
Mar 20, 2020
8:53 AM
Thanks for the review of Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi - well worth checking out their duo album for anyone on here.

I see that guy outside my office sometimes, he may live locally, definitely has been in Dublin for some years anyway. Amazing on piano, accordion, frame drums and probably more!

Last Edited by blingty on Mar 20, 2020 8:55 AM

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