John McCutcheon - wonderful performer.

Well it's been a while since I've blogged on! I had a wonderful time supporting the legendary American folk-singer John McCutcheon recently. Not only is he an amazing instrumentalist and singer but is also a very nice chap.

My group Spike Flynn and The Open Hearted Strangers have been performing and honing our material. We will be at the Northern Beaches Music Festival in May. That should be a great weekend of music here in Sydney.

I recently played at the Dinki Di Acoustic night, where acts are encouraged to perform completely unplugged. Tim Watts the acoustic bass player and I did a set and it was a great night. A very attentive audience made it a pleasure to play without any amplification. It is a very relaxing and intimate way to perform. The amplification process always puts a distance between the performer and the audience and of course no amplification system will produce the same sound as an acoustic instrument exactly. It was wonderful to be able to perform my songs the way they were written.

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