Awakenings

It’s been awhile. But, finally the songwriting side of my brain is stirring. We had our first stripped back rehearsal for a batch of new songs. Reuben’s Mum was a fine host and made us a grain free lunch and a fine supply of home brewed black coffee. Here’s a pic to prove that we’ve actually made a start. #soitbegins

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O, Dreamtime Blues

 

Heya Folks
Things have been quiet here at Moldre HQ for a while
But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things a-happening behind the curtain.
Whilst I’ve been trying to awaken the slumbering half of my brain that writes songs
(oh, and there are some new tunes that have made it into my notebook)
I’ve been busy coming up with the next clip in our series from An Ear To The Earth And this means that we only have one to go so that every track on the album has an accompanying clip
This time round my collaborator has been my favourite movie director
My 14 year old daughter Bronte
We worked together on a concept, created a storyboard and designed a costume
Filmed the clip on her iPad – with my banjo/slide players (Adam Lang) young son – William Lang
William certainly deserves an Oscar nod for his performance
Bronte then edited all the footage and assembled it as you see it below
I couldn’t be prouder of the result
So, here’s the new one O, Dreamtime Blues
The closing track from An Ear To The Earth

PS. A few months back I received a  message that from a French pastry chef and her staff about how much they enjoyed my new song Madeleine which they’d been playing on YouTube. In fact they said the song was tastier than their very own French Madeleine pastries – I was chuffed so I sent them a copy of the album. Their response has left me speechless.

A few weeks later I received a parcel which contained a bottle of French wine and a USB stick full of all their favourite French music. At the bottom of the box was a letter and a small wooden carving – which was actually a pen knife called on Opinel. Apparently its a French institution that French men and some women carry one for cutting bread or cheese (they receive one at a young age). This particular knife though was purchased from a French artist who will carve your likeness into the handle – he usually refuses to work from a photo but chef’s Severine and Charlotte went to visit him with Beef Bourguignon, Chocolate Cake and a bottle of wine to be sure that he would accept.

My daughter now thinks I’m famous. I’m enjoying that while it lasts. Incredible kindness from wonderful people that I’ve never met on the other side of the globe – it really knocked me off my feet. The Opinel also appears in the new clip!

Bisous x

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Upcoming Shows

Hey folks – just a quick update to let you know that I have two shows coming up over the next few weeks. First up I’ll be opening for Tex Perkins and The Dark Horses as they launch their new album “Tunnel At The End Of The Light” at Newcastle Lizotte’s on Saturday 18th July.  Multi-instrumentalist Adam Lang will be joining me onstage with his trusty banjo and lap slide. Be quick to snap up a ticket – it’s almost sold out. GET TIX HERE.

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It’s been a long while since I’ve returned to Sydney with my band in tow – too long – about 9 months in fact. So to rectify that I’ll be playing a one off show at The Vanguard On Wednesday August 5th. My old friend, producer Michael Carpenter has been hosting a regular night of Alt- Country aptly named The Wild Wild Inner West Review – Michael will be closing the night with his band The Cuban Heels and we’ll also be joined by Bree De Rome and Jason Walker. Tickets are already available HERE.

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National Folk Festival Gallery/Upcoming Show

THE NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL

National Folk Festival we bid you adieu – it’s been grand. 5 shows over 4 days. Double bassist Reuben Wills performing much Yiddish dancing to Greshka (who were amazing). Fine food. Gallons of coffee. Jamie Hutchings lost (and found again) floor tom drum (not *futon* as lost property misunderstood) Vodka. Gin. Beer. Tent side concert for Col and Clare (competition winners) . Adam Lang’s banjo speed picking. Michael Carpenter filling in on the drummers stool and blowing our minds. Mando jams with Trent Crawford. New friends and catching up with old ones. Tireless efforts from concert booker Little Paper Doll. Musical overload.. Lack of sleep.
Mark Mordor and the Champagne Commodore.
Can we do it all again?

UPCOMING SHOW

Bryan Estepa Gig

I’ll be opening for old chum and label mate Bryan Estepa on Saturday May 30th at the Mars Hill Cafe Parramatta – we’ve long talked about doing a show together and finally found a mutually agreeable date. Bryan is a great performer and has just returned from a successful European tour – check out his tour diary here. There’s a rumour going round that we may possibly play a tune together. Tickets are really limited – this is a super intimate venue. Tix can be purchased HERE

PLAYING TIMES:
Ted McGee: 8pm
Mark Moldre: 8:45pm
Bryan Estepa : 9:30pm

FAREWELL LIZOTTE’S

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Mark Moldre And Adam Lang. Last Ever Show at Lizotte’s Central Coast. Pic By Frankie Kay

Farewell to the Lizotte’s Central Coast Cubby House. Adam and I just played our last show on that stage to a full house with loads of great local acts. $1000 raised for the Cancer Council. Plenty of mixed emotions – that room had become so familiar it seemed like my own lounge room. Kudos and gratitude to Brian and Jo Lizotte for their unwavering support of local artists over the years – and all the best for whatever lies ahead for them….starting with Lizotte’s Newcastle…Onward and upward…

ROUND UP

It’s certainly been a while since my last post – here’s a quick round up of all the news.

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NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL

The countdown is now on for our shows at The National Folk Festival in the heart of the A.C.T. I’ll be taking the complete band line up with me – we’ll be playing 4 shows across the dates of Thursday April 2nd – Monday April 6th. You can check out the program at the National Folk Festival’s HQ right HERE. We’re also very happy to be joined by special guest drummer (and all round instrumentalist) Michael Carpenter who will be filling in for our regular time keeper Scott Hutchings. We’re looking forward to playing alongside loads of Australian and International acts like Mustered Courage, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Kim Richey, My Friend The Chocolate Cake, Shane Howard and bucketloads more.

AN EAR TO THE EARTH REVIEWED STATESIDE

An Ear To The Earth meets Ear To The Ground (US Music Blog) – obviously that meeting was destiny. It warms the cockles of this old heart to see that even after all this time, An Ear To The Earth is still reaching people – as far as Pennsylvania. Thanks to the folks there for writing such an in depth review.

“Not since I first heard Pokey Lafarge have I been so impressed with an artist’s ability to capture a bygone era. A bit of the 1930s in sonic form, Mark Moldre‘s old soul transports listeners back to the Great Depression’s saddest of speakeasies. It’s quintessential American and straight from Australia. It’s freshly old. It’s minimalistic and full band. This album of contradictions is just what your sophisticated music palate has been dying to hear.”

Read the review in full HERE

And even though An Ear To The Earth came out in 2013 – I’ll happily accept coming in at No. 13 on this list alongside Ryan Adams, Kasey Chambers, The Autumn Defense, Sturgill Simpson and more.

MADELEINE

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Our latest video creation also received a round of positive reviews including these few listed below:

“Somewhere around the alt.country or acoustica pigeonholes would be the easy option to place Mark Moldre. But his Ear To The Earth album took some tangents from those bases. Madeleine (Laughing Outlaw) celebrates one of those default impossibly cool blondes from old Hitchcock movies – in this case, Kim Novak in Vertigo – with a hushed, almost near jazzy, approach that really deserves a wider audience” TheMusic.Com.Au

“Madeleine is a gorgeous shimmering song like the last lonely sway and shuffle on a deserted dance floor” Post To Wire

“Sydney singer-songwriter Mark Moldre has had a prolific year when it comes to producing new music videos. His latest, “Madeleine”, is the eighth to be taken from his album An Ear To The Earth and is one of the smoothest to date” Timber And Steel

Have you seen the clip yet? Check it out below

SPEED DATE WITH THE BRAG

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As the National Folk Festival dates are creeping closer I had a chat with The Brag. You can check it out HERE.

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I’m sad to say that I’ll be playing my last ever show at Lizottes, Kincumber on Wednesday 15th April. I’ve played so many shows on that stage that it feels like my own lounge room – owner Brian Lizotte has hand picked a final ‘Live And Local’ line up to say farewell as Lizottes closes it’s doors for good – which includes a who’s who of Central Coast acts that have graced the cubby house stage more times than they care to count. We’ll be playing a few songs each. You can book by calling (02) 4368 2017.
Remember if you’d like to keep up with all the latest news as it happens head on over and like our Facebook Page or follow the goings on at Instagram @markmoldre including news about a brand new product from France – a Mark Moldre Pen Knife (otherwise known as an Opinel) – don’t believe us? Check it out HERE

Madeleine

Here we go –  the brand new clip to be lifted from An Ear To The Earth. This time round the dark/jazz infused Madeleine gets the video treatment – and this marks the 8th clip to have been created from the Ear To The Earth track list. In keeping with my plan of working with a close circle of talented friends – this time round I asked multi skilled producer/old chum Michael Carpenter to take a seat behind the camera – the result is lush/rich and dripping in atmosphere. The video was shot late one night at Love Hz studios and features the very same line up that recorded the album back in 2013 – including the albums producer (Jamie Hutchings: Infinity Broke/Bluebottle Kiss) The lyrics for Madeleine were scribbled down in a notebook back in the late 90’s and were inspired by Kim Novak’s character in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo. I finished the melody and arrangement about 14 years after the song was started.

Bone Orchard Mini Tour & National Folk Festival Announcement

Hey Folks –  The Bone Orchard mini tour kicks off at the end of the month with shows in Canberra, Sydney and the Central Coast – including opening for Busby Marou at the Unbridled Festival and visiting Smiths Alternative Bookshop with locals The Burley Griffen – and finishing up at the Petersham Bowling Club with Jamie Hutchings (Infinity Broke/Bluebottle Kiss) & Peter Fenton (CROW) playing a duo set and Peasant Moon opening the night. This special show will be presented by Post To Wire – and will probably be your last chance to catch the band live in 2014. Find all the details on the UPCOMING SHOWS page.

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Big news in is that we have been hand picked in the first round of performer announcements at the National Folk Festival for April 2015 – and I’ll be taking the band with me.

Did you get a chance to look at the new video for Bone Orchard yet? Post to Wire had this to say: “…rattling, skeletal knees-up of ‘Bone Orchard’ with its banjo limbs and junkyard spine that swings from a blues stomp to a New Orleans street march”

Timber and Steel: “Bone Orchard is full of all sorts of folk/dixie/bluegrass/footstomping goodness and has a stark black and white clip to match”

Rhythms Magazine made it Video Of The Week and sited inspiration from Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch.

If you haven’t seen it as yet – check out the clip below. Produced by Central Coast local Paul Melnyk.

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Heya Folks, here’s the brand new clip. Filmed by Paul Melnyk. This makes clip no. 7 to be lifted from An Ear To The Earth. Also featuring my dog Hubble in his debut onscreen appearance.

 

Brand New Clip/New Interview

Very soon we’ll be able to unveil the 7th clip to be lifted from An Ear To The Earth. Here’s a pic of myself and master of the lens Paul Melnyk.

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Recently I had a chat with the Norwegian website FAMOUS LAST WORDS.

“Mark Moldre’s second album An Ear To The Earth evokes images of times past, especially the old-timey qualities of opening song Everything I Need Is Here with it’s old time blues and almost skiffle approach that brings to mind fellow Australian and musician CW Stoneking”

Read the interview in full HERE

Finally I had the honour of being the special guest at the Cactus Flowers sessions recently  – and to share the stage with fellow Central Coast artists Kris Morris, Sarah Humphreys, Adam Lang and Trent Crawford at The Glass Onion Society for an old time style jam session around a single condenser microphone. Here we are doing our best impersonation of the Soggy Bottom Boys. Keep your eye on Kris Morris’ website for updates – there’ll be a new guest each fortnight.

Watch this space for the new clip!

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The Moldre News

Hey movers and shakers, there’s a couple of small rumblings in the Moldre camp…so here’s all the latest. I’ll be playing a couple of shows in Sydney in May and June. Isaac De Heer opened up for us when we were down in Melbourne – so now I’ll be returning the favour when he hits Sydney at The Green Room Lounge on Sunday 18th May. I’ll also be playing a special show presented by our favourite blog Post To Wire at Petersham Bowling Club on a lazy Saturday afternoon 7th June – I’ll be joined by label mate James Thompson and old buddy Darren Cross. Further details can be found on the posters below.

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An Ear  To The Earth was recently reviewed on the Italian Americana/Folk blog Roots Highway “Some episodes are pretty darn attractive ( the sweet country- rock of Nowhere At All , curvaceous Madeline , a soft O Dreamtime Blues ) for simply not to be relegated to the field of reproduction, rather giving the impression of a folk singer who knows how to translate his music dark places”– you can read the review in full (in Italian) HERE.  

After a year of waiting I’m lucky enough to now show you my new custom, handmade guitar (by the name of Rosetta) from an incredibly talented guitar builder – Lenny P Robert at Daddy Mojo. Lenny asked me to write a few words about Rosetta for his new (upcoming) website:

I fell in love with Rosetta the very first time I saw her on the Daddy Mojo Facebook page. I couldn’t find a guitar in Australia that looked anything like her. I salivated over photos for a good year or so before I decided to dive in headlong and ask Lenny to build a Rosetta for me. I’ve been playing guitar for 34 years now – and have owned quite a lot of different instruments over that period of time. Currently I have a 1957 Gibson ES225, a 1957 Hofner, my trusty Maton acoustic and a 110 year old parlour guitar. Nothing had prepared me for playing my first few notes on this guitar. I plugged it directly into my little 22W Swart AST PRO and played the first chord. Goosebump inducing. The little Charlie Christian pickup is unlike any pickup I’ve had on a guitar before – extremely touch sensitive – nice crisp top end – yet deep and resonant. Hit the strings softly and it’s sweet and clean, hit them hard and it BARKS. An incredible mix of clean tone and grit.It’s been carved and created by a master craftsman – with enormous attention to detail. The neck feels incredible – and you know you have something special in your hands when you pick up an instrument for the first time and start playing phrases and lines that you’ve never played before. I’m starting to believe that Lenny may be some kind of musical shaman. He has somehow embedded the spirit and essence of a much older instrument into Rosetta. It feels played in. In fact it feels, looks and sounds like a guitar of a bygone era. Who could ask for more?

You can see a whole series of pics of Rosetta in various stages of production HERE on my Facebook page

Pic by Michael Carpenter

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Finally, there’s a few live clips floating around on youtube from our last tour – here’s a selection.

WHERE WILL I BE? (Live At Lizottes Newcastle)

BONE ORCHARD (Live At Lizottes Newcastle)

EVERYTHING I NEED IS HERE (Live At The Green Room Lounge Enmore)

PS We’re currently offering a free copy of 2010’s Troubled Genius EP (Produced by timeBandit Powles [The Church] and Michael Carpenter) with every purchase of An Ear To The Earth or The Waiting Room over at our BANDCAMP STORE.

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