Samuel & DC Cardwell cover “Four Seasons In One Day” by Crowded House

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This is a complete version of this song from one of our first live webcasts in April 2014. You may have seen a snippet of it if you watched the “highlights” video.

It’s probably Neil Finn’s most famous “Melbourne song”, the achingly beautiful Four Seasons In One Day, from my favourite Crowded House album, Woodface. He wrote and recorded it when the band was based in Melbourne. It’s a common saying that Melbourne can have “four seasons in a day” because the weather can be quite changeable. Rather unusually, the temperature often does “drop away” by as much as 20℃ in a half an hour or so, especially after a period of extremely hot weather.

I won’t deny it – Neil does this better than I do! But I hope you enjoy this version nonetheless. Samuel helps out with some nice guitar and background harmonies. 

 

Another webcast already! DC Cardwell on NuMuBu OzFest, 25/26 April 2014 (depending on your timezone)

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I enjoyed our last webcast so much that I'm doing another one on 25/26th April, 2014 (depending on your timezone!) ♫ To find out the exact time in your timezone, see my amazing time-chart at bit.ly/dcwebcast3 ♬♫ It's part of an Aussie special "Flash Festival" on Numubu ♬♫♪

And for the actual webcast, go to numubu.com/dccardwell and click on "Live Broadcasts" on the left hand side. (You don't have to be signed up to Numubu!)

And if you want to get an idea of how the last one went, here's a highlights reel with some short snippets at the beginning, and if you keep watching, longer segments and complete songs later on. ♫♪♪♬♫

I can't guarantee that either of the cats will show up the next time, though!

If you want to be sure not to miss out on these live webcasts, make sure you're signed up for my newsletter and I'll send out a note for each event with all the details!

 

DC Cardwell’s first live webcast – 17th & 18th April 2014 on NuMuBu!

Momentous news! I will be making my first live webcasts on 17th & 18th April 2014!

Yes, two of them, so that you’ll able to find one that suits your time zone no matter where you are in the world.

What will I be playing?

Samuel will be playing with me on at least one, and maybe both shows. I’ll be playing some old faves, along with new songs from my upcoming album. I might even throw in a cover or two! We’ve practiced songs by Neil Finn and The Band but it will depend on how the mood takes us… or you can always fire requests at us via the live chat box.

(But we probably won’t do Freebird or Khe Sanh no matter how much you beg, I’m just telling you now.)

Thanks to NuMuBu

DC Cardwell-Numubu Webcast-April 2014-posterMusic network NuMuBu is the platform I’ve chosen for this broadcast. You don’t have to be a member to watch, and you’ll be able to chat with me live during the shows. There will also be a “tip jar” but it’s free to watch so there’s no obligation.

(Although you don’t have to be a member, I’d like to take this opportunity to recommend NuMuBu, especially to musicians, but also to music fans. It’s free to sign up, and you’ll be amazed at how many famous, nay, legendary artists are actively involved!)

When and where?

See the table below for a guide to the times in various time zones. And when it’s time to watch, just go to numubu.com/dccardwell and click on “Live Broadcasts” on the left hand side.  Easy!

You can even watch on your iPhone, iPad or Android device, but you will have to first download the Puffin browser and use that to view the shows. (But bear in mind that the free version of Puffin only works from 9 am to 4 pm! Huh… how about that!)

Time Zone EPISODE 1 EPISODE 2
Melbourne/Sydney Thu 8 pm (17th Apr) Fri 12 noon (18th Apr)
London/Belfast Thu 11 am Fri 3 am
NY/Toronto Thu 6 am Thu 10 pm
LA/Vancouver Thu 3 am Thu 7 pm
Other time zones Ep 1 click here Ep 2 click here
When it’s time to watch, go to the link below…
www.numubu.com/dccardwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yuendumu Benefit Concert in Melbourne for NT youth – 7th Feb 2014 at TLC

Yuendumu Benefit Gig

A benefit concert for youth programs in Yuendumu, a town in the Northern Territory of Australia

WHEN? Friday, 7th Feb 2014
WHERE? TLC, 265 Canterbury Rd, Bayswater, VIC
TIME? 7 pm

 

Steve Messer’s Strange Country

Country, bluegrass, blues & gospel

The Sweet Sorrows (Sammy & Kylie Horner)

Toronto based Irish troubador & Australian songstress

DC Cardwell, Victor Stranges & Andrea Kocevska

Melbourne singer/songwriters

$20 entry (supper included)

Please invite your friends too!

“Caring, Acting, Sharing with those in need of a hand up”

Contact:

Jennifer Robinson (click to email)

CLICK BELOW for videos by me and my good friends Victor Stranges & Andrea Kocevska who will be performing with me at the concert.

And below the videos is a map to the venue… now you have NO excuses!

The blue marker below shows the location of the venue (TLC)


View TLC (Truth & Liberation Concern) in a larger map

Poster for Yuendumu Benefit Concert 2014 (poster by DC Cardwell)

Poster for Yuendumu Benefit Concert 2014 (poster by DC Cardwell)
Click on the image to download a full-size version for printing

Marjorie Cardwell creates beautiful animated iPad music video for her song “Hole In My Head”

There’s a brand new video for Marjorie‘s beautiful song “Hole In My Head!”

iPad Animation

And she’s made the most gorgeous animation on her iPad to illustrate the song.

Some of you will know that the song was inspired by her experience last year of being diagnosed with a brain tumour. (Don’t worry – she’s fine now. The tumour was benign and even though she had very major brain surgery she has recovered very well.) She actually wrote most of the song while she was in the MRI machine getting her pre-op scan. We recorded it quickly right before her operation and I (almost) finished it off with some overdubs.

But I couldn’t figure out a good solo to put over the instrumental section. In the car one day, on the way to one of her appointments, I asked Marjorie for ideas. She said, “How about a euphonium?”

And, to our everlasting delight, one of our musical heroes, Don McGlashan (of legendary New Zealand band The Mutton Birds) agreed to play a sublime euphonium solo on it, as only he can do! (I think Marjorie secretly had this in mind.) He recorded the solo in the boatshed on the New Zealand coast that he uses to write his own songs, and sent it to us by email. It’s everything we hoped for and more.

If you enjoy it, please leave a comment underneath the video on Youtube (or here!) and PLEASE share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter etc. 🙂

 

DC Cardwell’s “I Am Still The Same” video at US film festivals

Student film official selection at SoCal and Newport Beach Film Festivals!

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SoCal Film Festival 2012 Badge

“I Am Still the Same”, the remarkable video for DC Cardwell‘s award-winning song, has been selected for two film festivals in California –  the 2012 SoCal Independent Film Festival and the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival!

The film was directed by David McGorlick, a young Melbourne film student. This is a very well-deserved recognition of his talent, especially considering it was his first serious film.

To further illustrate how remarkable this achievement was, at the Newport Beach festival the film was screened amongst a set of major videos from some particularly stellar artists, including The Black Keys/RZA, Sigur Rós, Alt-J, No Doubt and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros!

 In 2011, McGorlick, who was studying film at university, had asked his friend DC if he could use “I Am Still The Same” in a video for an assignment. DC was happy to allow the use of the song and expected the end result to be proficient but not particularly remarkable as it was the first “proper” film young David had ever made. McGorlick ran his broad ideas past the songwriter for approval, but apart from DC’s firm request that there should be “no overacting!” (he needn’t have worried), the entire creative side of the project was left on McGorlick’s shoulders. 

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David McGorlick & DC Cardwell

McGorlick shot the video on a borrowed Canon 7D digital SLR, noted for its ability to impart a “film look”. No extra equipment was used and friends were roped in as actors and crew.

The result was an incredibly profound, thought-provoking and even disturbing statement which took some of the ideas in DC’s award-winning song and cast new light on them.

“I think David is an exciting, emerging talent. I’ve worked with a lot of well known directors and can already see David’s aptitude for storytelling and strong visual sense. Definitely keep an eye on him.” – Michael Garcia, former Creative Vice-President of HBO (Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, True Blood etc.

You can watch this astonishing short film here:

I Am Still The Same: The Story Behind The Song
http://dccardwell.com/i-am-still-the-same/

“I Am Still The Same” on IMDb:
http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3021120025/

“I Am Still The Same” at Newport Beach Film Festival
http://newportbeach.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/iamstillthesame_davidmcgorlick_newportbeach2013

[Updated May 2013]

Postcard for DC Cardwell, David McGorlick music video I Am Still The Same

MUSIC AT THE MISSION: DC Cardwell & Victor Stranges live in Melbourne Docklands 22nd Mar 2013


♦MUSIC AT THE MISSION♦

Presented by Global Onslaught

Victor Stranges & DC Cardwell performed at the launch of this cozy & cool new venue in the Docklands heartland of Melbourne. The (mainly) acoustic show was performed in an intimate courtyard within the historic building, Mission To Seafarers, located in Flinders Street, Melbourne. The evening was presented by Global Onslaught and was the first night of a series of Music At The Mission shows.

Victor & DC performed their own songs to an enthusiastic audience, and also threw in a few covers, accompanied by Joel Cardwell on bass & guitar and Samuel Cardwell on bass & lap steel guitar. Up-and-coming Melbourne singer-songwriter Andrea Kocevska also performed some of her original songs with DC on guitar.

(Thanks to Mondo Quinn for most of these photos.)

Here’s a video of me (DC) singing “Know Me” at the gig, accompanied by Samuel on bass and Joel on guitar. We’d intended having the boys the other way round so Joel was a bit taken by surprise having to play a lead solo on it, but I think he came out of it with his reputation intact! (Thanks to Rod Neason for the clip.)

After the show, I asked someone about the mysterious dome that can be seen down the other end of the building (see the photo at the bottom of this page). I was led down to it and instructed to take my guitar too. Apparently it was a “personal experience” and no one would tell me what was special about it! It turned out that the acoustics are rather astounding. When you stand in the centre and try to speak, there is so much echo that you can’t make out what you’re saying and it’s almost impossible to say a whole sentence, never mind have a conversation! There’s an echo, slightly longer than a “slapback”, that actually seems louder than the original sound you make. When I played guitar, though, it sounded rather beautiful the way the sound bounced around, and I quite happily played it for a while. Then I was asked to sing The Beatles’ Blackbird, and I found it was a little easier to sing than speak. I wouldn’t say it was ideal acoustics for listening, but it was fascinating. Here’s a video that Rod Neason shot of me. Thanks to Jennifer Wallace for the impromptu harmonies!

Victor: www.victorstranges.com
DC: www.dccardwell.com
Andrea: www.reverbnation.com/andreakocevska
Global Onslaught: www.globalonslaught.com


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Mission To Seafarers, Melbourne Docklands
The dome is pretty cool, too!

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Nice review of my “In Another World” album in Germany’s Folker Magazine

Positive Review of Marjorie Cardwell's  "In Another World" album, in Germany's Folker Magazine, January 2013

Review of In Another World in Germany’s Folker Magazine

Brief but glowing review in Folker magazine

There’s a nice review of my album in Folker magazine out of Germany this month! It translates, roughly, as follows:

“A Northern Irish woman, now living in in Australia, Marjorie has a great voice, and starts this cathartic album with the soul-stirring, un-self-pitying “Hole in My Head”, in which she addresses her  brain tumor that was diagnosed in early 2012, before embarking on a thoroughly positive album full of energetic folk, pop and rock oriented songs. Wonderful.”

Don’t forget the album is available directly from us  as a CD or download through Bandcamp at www.marjoriecardwell.com – however I’ll let you in on a secret: my CD is currently (Jan 2013) on sale at CD Baby so for a limited time you can get it for a really good price there… http://bit.ly/mccdbaby

Of course, if you prefer, it’s also on iTunes, Amazon and a lot of other download sites as well.

Many thanks to Peter Holmstedt of Hemifrån for passing my album along to Folker magazine!

~ Marjorie x

PS: The original review in German is: 

“Die Nordirin in Australien mit toller Stimme startet dieses kathartische Album mit dem anrührenden, keineswegs wehklagenden ‘Hole in My Head’, in dem sie ihren Anfang 2012 diagnostizierten Gehirntumor thematisiert, ehe sie dann ein durch und durch positives Album voller energiegeladener, musikalisch an Folkpop und -rock orientierten Songs startet. Bewundernswert.”

If you speak German and can help us with a smoother English translation we’d appreciate it!

 

 

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

Hemifran representing Marjorie and DC Cardwell in Europe & Scandinavia

Marjorie and I are very pleased to announce our new association with Hemifrån who will be promoting our music in Europe & Scandinavia.

Hemifrån come very highly recommended and they have represented a very wide range of artists, including some very well-known names such as Daniel Lanois, Dave Rawlings, Jackson Browne, Levon Helm, Wanda Jackson, Kasey Chambers, Indigo Girls, The Long Ryders, Jerry Douglas, Judy Collins… need I go on?!

Hemifran represent Marjorie and DC Cardwell

Despite the fact that we both come from Europe ourselves (Northern Ireland to be precise) this is our first serious push into that part of the world in this stage of our career and we’re very excited about it.

We’ve already been picking up some significant airplay and expect our exposure in various media to increase as time goes on.

About Hemifrån

Hemifrån is an independent A&R, promotion and marketing company based in Sweden and their cool motto is “Gut Music For All People” – so that suits us, as Marjorie and I like to listen to music that “gets you in the gut” and we try to make music that has the same effect. They promote all kinds of music including powerpop, singer-songwriter, heavy rock, blues, westcoast-pop, country, AOR, jazz, Americana, electronica and rock’n’roll, and again, we figure that works for us as we feel we have toes in several of those genres!

To find out more about Hemifrån visit www.hemifran.com (where you will find an article about us in the “news” section, dated 26.09.2012) or click on their logo above.

~ DC

Marjie and David Cardwell