Rod Cordner and Jean-Pierre Rudolph tour England, June 2014

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Cordner & Rudolph in England!

Exactly 26 years ago, on 7th May 1988, we left Northern Ireland, but for nearly 10 years before that we played all over the country with Rod Cordner and spent a huge amount of time with him, his wife Jennifer, and his whole family, to whom we are eternally thankful for their inspiration, friendship, prayers, love and kindness.

In those years we also became great friends with French virtuoso violinist Jean-Pierre Rudolph, who became Rodney’s musical partner when he toured all over Europe, which he did frequently. And, again, we have much to thank Jean-Pierre and his wife Anne for – we even managed to avail ourselves of their generosity when we were in their home town of Strasbourg, France and Anne put us up for a few days even though we’d never met her before!

We catch up with Rod and Jenny every time we’re back in Ireland, and their home is still the haven it always was for us when we visit Portadown, where we both grew up.

Sadly, I haven’t seen Jean-Pierre (or Paddy-John as we used to call him) since we both happened to be back in Ireland at the same time in 1996, and I would love to be able to see the two of them perform together again. But if you’re in England you have a chance to catch them on this short tour in June.

If you do make it along, say hi to Rod and Jean-Pierre for us. And if you can, grab a little bit of video on your mobile phone and share it with me, OK? 🙂

– DC
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Here’s a photo that I took of them when they played at Greenbelt Festival in England in 1986.

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Tuesday 3rd June 2014
Bradford BBC Radio 106.6FM
Drive programme with John Hebden, 4-6 pm
www.bcbradio.co.uk
Listen LIVE HERE!

Friday 6th June 2014
Hartlepool TS24 0QJ
Contact David Taylor (see poster for phone no.)

Saturday 7th June 2014
Chapel A House Concerts
Leeds LS7 4LF
Contact Alan Gibson (see poster for phone no.)
www.chapelahouseconcerts.co.uk

Sunday 8th June 2014
Old Royal Oak
Knaresborough HG5 8AL
(see poster for phone no.)

Monday 9th June 2014
Bishop FM 105.9
The Folk Show with Terry Ferdinand 9-11 pm
Listen LIVE at www.bishopfm.com

Wed 11th June
Ravenscourt Arts
London W6 0UH
Contact Darren Hirst (see poster for phone no.)
www.wegottickets.com/event/271690

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!

 

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

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


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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

AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

$10 entry (supper included)

Please invite your friends too!

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

Contact:

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


♦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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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

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