Yuendumu Benefit Gig featuring some of my friends!

My friends at TLC (Truth & Liberation Concern) in Bayswater (Melbourne) are putting on a benefit concert for youth programs in Yuendumu, which is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. I was asked to perform at this concert but unfortunately I have a prior engagement for that date. It’s for a very good cause and you won’t regret going along! Some of the performers are very good friends of mine with whom I’ve recorded and performed before, namely Victor Stranges & Andrea Kocevska ~ DC


Yuendumu Benefit Gig

WHEN? Saturday, Sept 21st 2013
WHERE? TLC, 265 Canterbury Rd, Bayswater, VIC
TIME? 6-10 pm

Peter York & The Ordinary Brothers

(with Adrien March)

Steve Messer & Strange Country

Gerry Holmes, Dom Godfrey & Darryl Thompson

Victor Stranges

Andrea Kocevska

Androo Crothers

Ahhhcapella Singers


$10 entry (supper included)

Please invite your friends too!

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


Jennifer Wallace (click to email)

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

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


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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The Buzzcocks at the Ulster Hall, Belfast, 1978

One of our tickets from the Buzzcocks concert, 1978
One of our tickets from the Buzzcocks concert, 1978

Marjorie and I saw The Buzzcocks at the Ulster Hall in Belfast in 1978, after Love Bites. It was just about our first date, in fact it wasn’t even really a date. We were very young.

Marjorie had recommended them to me and I had taped the whole of Love Bites from The John Peel Show on the BBC and quickly realised how amazing it was!

We wisely sat up in the balcony, from which we had an amazing view of the sheet of spit from the audience towards the support act, a local band called The Detonators. It had an interesting mother-of-pearl appearance under the stage lights, and the band were completely drenched in it by the end. I expect they all came down with dread diseases shortly afterwards.

When the Buzzcocks came on Pete Shelley announced that if anyone spat they would leave the stage, and thereafter the cascade diminished to a trickle. They sounded totally amazing and after two albums and a handful of singles what an incredible catalogue of perfect songs they had to choose from! I loved the fact that they had HH amps exactly like mine and to me they had a perfect guitar sound which I still sometimes try to emulate to this day.

~ DC

Review of Split Enz at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, 5 June 2006 (by DC Cardwell)

We went to see Split Enz in Melbourne last night at the Rod Laver Arena (home of the Australian Tennis Open), and we were lucky to be in the 6th row on the ground. The sound was perfect. The band came on in a big bag (looked like The Blob) and when they popped out they were wearing something Noel had made out of old curtains (so nothing new there), each member a different flavour of Olde English Spangle.

A long set with two sets of encores, and beautifully paced. Tim Finn was in magnificent voice. Sometimes he’s a bit shaky and you think, “why did he write the songs in those high keys?” but last night he hit every note and his voice was strong and true. He was the most active and energetic member and did a lot of running around. Neil Finn seemed slightly in his shadow, but I’ve often noticed that Neil takes a bit of a back seat when Tim’s on stage – he also smiles more when Tim’s there and seems to always just be admiring him.

I Hope I Never was particularly sublime, and Six Months In A Leaky Boat was probably my highlight of a night in which you realised what an incredible catalogue of memorable tunes they have to choose from.

I See Red was tremendously exciting as usual. One Step Ahead, I Got you, History Never Repeats, Matinee Idyll… I’m afraid I’m not the kind to make careful note of the entire set.

Eddie Rayner was in good form – I often found him a bit over-baroque whan he played with Crowded House (Mark Hart was more appropriate for them) but he was an absolute rock last night and played with style and swing on the electronic keyboard and occasionally on the acoustic piano, which was attacked at various times by him, Tim and Neil.

Noel Crombie and Malcolm Green shared drum duties, playing together in a few songs, and each playing percussion when the other was at the kit. Noel took his traditional spoon solo to great applause, and some of the audience played along on spoons which were handed out by the faithful Frenz Of The Enz leader, Peter Green.

Noel also did the whole Hendrix thing with an electric guitar at one point, banging it off the floor a bit but sadly stopping short of smashing it or setting it on fire. I expect he’ll destroy it on the last night.

A few people dressed up for the occasion, and there was one interesting woman who looked like a particularly colourful bag lady with a red fisherman’s hat. She was in about row 3 in front of us and when a towel appeared on stage and the banter turned to the famous Enz towel-flicking days, they asked for a volunteer to “proffer” their rear-end. The psychedelic tramp made herself obvious and was duly invited onstage, and graciously adopted the appropriate position for Eddie to flick skillfully in her direction. Tim then asked us all to forget this moment had ever happened.

Nigel Griggs seemed to be enjoying himself immensely on bass, too and I don’t think he realised Tim was hiding behind him at one point – every way he turned as he danced, Tim kept right behind him.

So it was a classic warm night of Finn-related music. Tim name-checked Phil Judd, and I hope he was in the audience. Without him the Enz would never have been what they are. Mike Chunn was there – Tim asked him a question at one point and he piped up loudly. There was enough banter and joking around to keep us happy and good nature was very much in evidence.

The support band, Evermore were charming and sounded great although the songs started to seem pretty lightweight after a while – simple chords with predictable anthemic melodies like so many other bands nowadays. This feeling was only enhanced when the Enz played song after song without an uninteresting moment from beginning to end.

So – a great night. I never saw the Enz when they existed, so it was quite an event for me, and if all was right in the world they would be touring the globe and the whole world would be having good nights out and singing along with their unhinged masterpieces.

Review by DC Cardwell