Greetings from Innisfail!!
Well it seems like we’ve been driving for a lot more than a week, maybe it’s something to do with the long dusty roads we’ve driven over but now we’re in beautiful, tropical (dust free!) Innisfail!
Before I take us to the coast, I must say a big thank you to those who came to see our show at Croydon! I knew pretty much nothing about Croydon, but after visiting the historical precinct with Nat and Sebastian, and watching the excellent doco in the visitors centre, I already started to feel an attachment to the place.
Croydon is a smart, proud town full of amazing stories that blaze back from the days of glory – the gold mining of the 1800s. Amazing stuff! Some stunning and really beautifully maintained buildings. We had some great fun wandering through them – especially when one of the inmates of the old jail actually talks to you from nowhere and makes you jump ten feet.
We also enjoyed a fantastic walk out to the stunning Lake Belmore – what an oasis of cool – where Sebaz and Damien enjoyed a cool dip. A truly beautiful spot, though walking there it’s best to stay on the road as there are old mine shafts still around and easily fallen into (as graphically shown in the sign on the side of the road!).
Our 3rd performance took place in the Croydon Town Hall – an old galvanised iron building of great character where we had a wonderful and enthusiastic audience for our 6.30pm show. Many thanks too to the Croydon Club Hotel for their excellent hospitality and great memories!
So, onto Innisfail. Land of sugar cane plantations and all those young banana trees. We performed to a sell-out crowd at the North Qld Conservatorium of Music. A lovely and intimate theatre built in the 70s. As often is the case on these tours, the venues can be vastly different so it’s never boring. Brendon’s challenge (our sound guru) is to make us all sound great! This is no easy task when you have to mic our feet so the audience can hear all the percussion sounds we make, along with Damian’s guitar, hand clapping, Olayo’s voice and Sebastian’s cajon (percussion box). Every stage floor is different which means Brendon has to reinvent each time to make our feet audible for the audience. He did a great job and we really enjoyed our onstage sound. It was a great night for us all. Thanks for the folks at the Con for being so welcoming and appreciative!! (and for the champas and wine!!) Looking forward to Ayr and then Proserpine.
Talk soon, hasta pronto!