This was our second time at Imagine Peace. We were really excited to play again. The IP crew had created a knockout dome stage with disco lights and smoke machine! Lots of music and fire shows on Saturday night including brazilian drum troupe, Salvaje, and Suzette Ackerman Belly Dance.
IP had their event on a grassy haven surrounded by tall, leafy trees and a stone wall. Sunday was chilled. There were games for kids, drum jams and a magic show.
Food stalls were selling exotic salads; fearfully tasty curries and scrummy waffles covered with whipped cream chocolate, fudge and sprinkles.
Classes held on the grass were full all day long: yoga, pilates, zumba and meditation. Lots of creative workshops: drum making; headpiece making; painting and clown workshop. DJs kept the decks warm throughout the day.
After a six month delay we eventually got our CD launch off the ground. RSI can really jam your joints up and it took months of going through the meat grinder to get my arm in working order again.
Weisan opened the show at the Fringe with a solo set and blew us away with her deep and soulful voice.
We had fun playing some old favourites, which are on the CD, and new songs too, which aren't on the CD.
A small crowd of generally well-behaved friends came to support us but to our surprise some miscreant elements had worked their way up towards the stage.
Half way through our set , just beyond the nicely placed rows of seats and the grand piano - stashed so unobtrusively left of stage - a mini-mosh-pit began to develop and took on an explosive, out-of-control quality.
As a band we were concerned that the retro-green stone-washed tiles would not hold up to the serious amount of stomping and tramping the miscreant elements were giving it. We continued playing - undeterred, and were, in fact, spurred on by the nuclear fission the music had created.
By the end of the set we were able to breathe a collective sigh when we realised that tiles, moshers and grand piano were still in good shape and that the nicely placed seats were still in their nicely placed rows.
On the other hand, the mosh pit shenanigans had actually energised us! God bless moshing! Why it hasn't become a serious art form to be taught at the best dance colleges in the nation is beyond sanity.
We want to thank Weisan, Marion, Jessica, Hannah, Vicky and Sakura for all their help and support on the launch night.
Also, thanks to Koya Hisakazu for producing the CD and Liina Klauss for creating the CD art work. Thanks to Nick Shearman for CD design work and photos.
Thanks to Tamara Norris, Anderson Muth, Jim Brockman and Chris B for helping us spread the word about our launch night and for getting our music out over the net.
Last but not least, thanks to all our friends who came to the launch party to show their support - we really appreciate it, your support means a lot to us. Thanks for making the CD launch such a great night!
The CD tracks are up on Soundcloud. Click here to stream "Sunny does it for the money." We will be selling the CDs at upcoming gigs.
PHOTOS: Nick Shearman
The thought of strolling round an ancient Vietnamese town had never occurred to me as I'd never heard of such a place. By a stroke of fate I was booked on a flight to Hoi An within days of hearing of its existence.
Hoi An old quarter is a world heritage site. Traditional Vietnamese style buildings are mixed with designs from Japan, China and the West. It was a thriving trading port between the 16th and 18th centuries but as other ports along the coast, like Da Nang, got more popular Hoi An faded into the background while its harbour filled up with silt.
It's unbelievably well preserved and incredible that it wasn't bombed to smithereens during the war. The old quarter is made up of shops, tailors, temples, galleries and cafes. There was a three storey high wooden house made up of a cafe and bookshop - a great place to hang out and browse books about Vietnam.
We spent hours wandering around the streets of the old quarter. There were lots of tourists but it didn't make it any less charming. It was never crowded and it had a laid back style. We went to eat in cafes with hidden courtyards. Treats Cafe cast us back in time one evening as we sipped our drinks and listened to Edith Piaf. At Bazar Cafe we walked through wooden Chinese doors into a brick-walled garden and ate banh mi (baguettes) and green mango salads.
The main streets of the old quarter run parallel to the Thu Bon river, while narrow alleyways cut across them. The main form of transport are bicycles and motorbikes. On our way to the airport in Da Nang we circled a four lane roundabout which was filled with motorbikes. There were about five cars amongst them.