Saturday night gig – DC Cardwell & Victor Stranges, Idle55 & Rachael Byrnes – Chandelier Room, 13th October, 2012

On Saturday (13th Oct 2012) I’m playing a show at my favourite local venue, The Chandelier Room, Moorabbin (in Melbourne’s near SE), with my friend Victor Stranges (www.victorstranges.com). [EDIT: Sadly, the Chandelier Room is no more.]

Rachael Byrnes, Idle 55, Victor Stranges and DC Cardwell

Most of my recent live shows have been in partnership with Victor, who is a brilliant singer and songwriter. We usually alternate between his songs and mine. His are so well-written that I always say they “practically play themselves!” There’s something about his chord-progressions, melodies and song structures that makes them just “work”, and it’s not that they’re simple – they’re actually fairly complex and almost every song has some little twists and surprises, but once you know them, they’re a lot of fun to play. I feel that my songs are different – with mine you have to work harder at getting the feel right. I hardly ever play my songs the same way twice, and there’s always a chance they might fall over!”

As usual, my son Samuel Cardwell will be on bass, and his playing is worth the price of admission alone. Very few people apart from Paul McCartney play with his gift of melodicism on the bass. The fact that he plays our little Hofner “Beatle bass” copy only adds to the illusion!

The full line-up is:

  • 8:30 pm – Rachael Byrnes
  • 9:30 pm – DC Cardwell & Victor Stranges
  • 10:30 pm – Idle 55

I haven’t heard the other two acts, but The Chandelier Room has really good quality control so I’m sure they’ll be well worth seeing (and hearing).

The venue’s own blurb says “Saturday nights at The Chandelier Room are the perfect weekend escape – three stunning acoustic acts in a serene, comfy lounge environment” and they do not lie!

Here’s a video of us playing at the Chandelier Room with our sadly missed friend, Chris Haylock, on drums

It really is [EDIT: was] a gorgeous little room, with a bar and quality pub food available. It’s also family friendly.

If you haven’t been there before you might be surprised when you find the street because it looks like an industrial area. In fact it IS an industrial area! But don’t be put off. The Chandelier Room started out as a rehearsal studio complex (and still is), but the owners, Anthea Palmer and Graham Rowlands decided to convert part of it into a gig space and they have done a wonderful job. The atmosphere is great, the sound system is classy and it’s totally music-oriented and puts the customers and artists first.

~ DC

About DC Cardwell
Singer-Songwriter. Please go to http://www.dccardwell.com

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