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Ash Grunwald & Lady Valiant at The Edge Hill Tavern 

Hi friends, 

Some good news that we just can't keep a lid on any longer!  We will be supporting Ash at The Edge Hill Tavern in Cairns on his most recent tour of Australia.  Grab yourselves some tickets from either our website in the events section or Ash's website in the tour section, the Tavern will also be selling tickets.  Tickets are around $30 and the show starts at 8pm.  Come and rock the party with us, its going to be awesome!  Hope to see you there!  LV

New stuff and 2018... 

Hi friends, its been a while since our last post.  Time has a habit of steaming away from us at no less than light speed so please excuse the tardiness of our updates of the goings on in the world of Lady Valiant.  We have a couple of pretty cool announcements that we are excited about.  First of all we have been accepted in the 2018 lineup of the 21st Yackandandah Folk Festival.  Awesome firstly because its not the easiest Festival to be granted entry into and secondly because its Marty's home town so we're heading back to play on home turf after quite a few years worth of applications and years interstate.   Pretty sure it will be quite huge considering its the 21st anniversary, the lineup is already outstanding.   Secondly we have been included in the lineup for the Australian Commonwealth Games Festival.  Cairns will be hosting the basketball segment of the games and will be setting up plenty of other events over the games.  We have a 7:00pm slot on the 7th April, main stage on the Esplanade, well worth a look!  

Aside form this, we realize we have been raving on about the release of our debut original album for at least a year and with the recent news we have decided to nail down a deadline and finish our stagnant songs to align our album release with the Yack Festival.  The pressure is now resting squarely on our foreheads and was perhaps the perfect incentive to kick our arses back into gear.  We hope if not to see you at the Yack Folk Fest to be able to expose you to our new music inspired by our epic travels into the Deep South of the U.S.A, the birth place of the blues and the inspiration behind so many of our songs.  As you know we usually play as a duo...the album however will be a far bigger and more sinister monster.   Stay tuned...  we look forward to sharing it with you all!

The Eclipse U.S Tour 

Well, it's been some time since our last blog.  These things happen when you're having too much fun.  So far we've been in the US around 5 weeks, covered thousands of kilometers and had a great time with our party of 6.  We landed in LA and left immediately to head to New Orleans for 5 days.  To call it a hardcore party town is almost laughable.  We all agreed that 'Norlins' is actually alive in itself, it even wakes up hungover!  We had a great time, caught some great music, went on a steam boat on the Mississippi, checked out BB Kings Blues Club, got flooded into a bar by some furious Southern rain and all in all, got into the thick of the action, having said that we were all more than ready to leave after a few days.  Make no mistake, New Orleans won't take it easy on you in any way.

After leaving Norlins we picked up a couple of hire cars, to head up to Columbus Georgia, to regroup our minds and bodies...and also to wash some clothes along with our souls.  A few days rest and we were off again on our big road trip.  Starting with beautiful Savannah where we walked the Spanish Moss lined streets and took in the sites.  Next was onto Charleston South Carolina (now basically underwater from Hurricane Irma) then onto The Great Smoky Mountains for a week for the solar eclipse.  The Appalachian mountains are something special, it was nice to be able to relax in the forest away from the chaos...finally.  The eclipse was nothing short of spectacular as usual.

From leaving the mountains we headed West and the 2 teams parted ways temporarily.  One headed to Nashville to take in the Johnny Cash Museums and memorabilia, the others straight onto Memphis via Muscle Shoals famous recording studio.  We had only intended on walking into get some souvenirs but after asking about rates we found ourselves on a free guided tour through studio A & B where legends like Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Etta James and The Staples Singers have all recorded.  It was a next level experience for music geeks like ourselves.

Onto Memphis to meet the rest of the crew and basically straight down into Beale Street.  This is about where the Blues starts to get involved in our journey.  We had heard of a little place called Rum Boogie Cafe down on Beale and when we checked it out we werent dissapointed.  Raggy, half delapidated decor, the type that you can't design.  Only age and time can create that look.  It was what we'd hoped for, some authentic blues in just the right surroundings.

We caught a tour of Sun Studios and we're throroughly impressed.  Elvis' Shure 55 mic that he recorded in is still there, you can touch it, get photos with it along with U2's drumkit from the Rattle & Hum recordings.  Another humbling experience as you stand where some of the legends have stood and recorded.

After another few days it was time to head deep into the Delta to Clarkesdale Mississippi, home of the Blues.  By chance it was a Sunday when we drove out of Memphis and we had heard that from time to time Bishop Al Green does services at a Gospel Tabernacle Church on the outskirts of town.  We were in luck, and what an experience it was.  Just as you would imagine from watching Sister Act all those years ago.  Straight down Highway 61 and we had hit the legendary crossroads where Robert Johnson allegedly sold his soul to the devil in return for guitar mastery.  Here we found Red's Juke Joint, one of the last real Juke Joints in the country, cheap beers and real blues.  The Delta Blues Museum is also worth a look.  The lyric book is getting a serious workout,  this plays literally breathes the Blues.  Its easy to see how so much inspiration is forged in this tiny Southern town.  Amazing.

The next few weeks involved, playing some tunes at a real Southern Thow Down party, shooting fireworks, handguns, shotguns, travelling North to New England to play some more music for a large outdoor party for some lovely Vermonters and finally ending up where I sit now at the table of an amazing house on a lake in New Hampshire.  Our gig at Radio Bean in Burlington was great, the venue is spectacular and the people we're as awesome as usual!  We now finally have a few days to gather ourselves and catch up on things like blogs and the quickly approaching real world that we return to too soon as usual.  Its been an adventure so far and there's still more to come.  We will try and get some words down again before we leave the US and head back to Far North Queensland.  The foliage is changing in New England, the sun is shining and there is a canoe outside waiting for us so thats enough typing for now.  Take care you lot!  

Tis' almost the season! 

Hello again friends and fellow music fiends!  Its that time of year again...late November.  Like it is every year, and we're starting to wrap up 2016.  What a year it's been for Lady Valiant, we've done upwards of a hundred gigs so far this year and we still have December to rip through which is always a busy time for us.  As we mentioned in a previous blog we won't be doing the usual Southern summer tour this year but decided to have some down time, focus on writing, enjoy the glorious wet season of the North and even squeeze in a small holiday to Western Australia. Its been an awesome year for us in so many ways, we've met so many new friends, fans, and fellow musicians that our heads are still spinning!  We can't wait to catch up with you all down South when we tour at the end of 2017 which will coincide with our debut album launch.  We will also be hitting U.S shores again on an epic Blues trail experience and back to where Lady Valiant was founded.  

On a final note, we'd like to thank everyone who voted for us in the Douglas Shire Business Awards, we truly appreciate that you dig our sound and vibe, it means the world to us so much love to you guys!!!  We came Runner Up behind folk demons 'The Kroovs' and after only 8 months together as a duo we were humbled to even make the finalists.  We've got some awesome plans for 2017 and plan to kick it directly in the dick from the get go, take care friends!

ROCK ON!

2017 & Beyond 

Hi hi hi there friends...its been a while since our last post, but a busy few months its been in Lady Valiant Land.  After a hectic first year for the team, the end is almost in sight for our 2016 expoits and mayhem.  Its been great and we've been blown away with all the support, compliments and love we've got from all our new friends and family on our new venture, it makes us want to drive in harder next year and we have every intention of doing just this.  Firstly, some updates...we've decided to post pone our end of year tour until we can incorporate it with our debut album release to really drive it home with you all, stay tuned for dates.  Instead we will be heading to Western Australia for a short holiday, yep thats right HOLIDAY.  No gigs. We feel its well deserved, but we will however be checking out some suitable rocking venues in Fremantle, Margaret River and the likes for future tour potentials.  Secondly, our new album has both been slightly delayed yet elevated after the offer from one of our biggest fans to pay for studio time and production came to light.  The love and generosity just never ends, its next level stuff...literally.  And it changes our world immensely.  Much love to you Bad Billie Lynes.  So, now the pressure has shifted to Lady Valiant to get our collective shit together and sort our originals to studio ready status and get it done, we've gt some good stuff in the pipeline.   This is, however what the wet season in Far North QLD was invented for...musicians to get neck deep in their own tunes, too hot or wet to go outside for too long, its time to get busy...and busy we shall.  We have so big news coming in 2017...it's going to be a great year.  Much love to you all...xxx

Oz Summer Tour News 

Hi friends! 

As you may know from our last post we have just begun planning our Australia summer tour.  We plan to head down the East Coast stopping at our favourite places and some new ones thanks to your recommendations.  We will be leaving just after New Years spending a month or so to reach Victoria and then jet ourselves over to Western Australia for a three week tour of duty for our friends on the other side.  We also have our eyes set on some summer festivals around Australia as well so keep your ears to the ground.  If your keen to catch up with us you can now track us with the new 'Tour Dates' app on our Facebook page.  We will keep it updated with all Festival and Tour Date news so you'll know when we're around your area.  Much love!

Festivals, Tours & Fun 

Hi friends, its been a while since our last blog so we thought we should pull our finger out and get something down.  This time of year is always a busy time for us, being the dry season in the Far North means there is a whole lot of shows to play and things to organise.  The good news is we have two festivals locked in at the moment and more to come.  We have Wallaby Creek confirmed as well as The Tablelands Folk Festival in Yungaburra so far.  A huge weekend with a variety of acts at different venues around the town.  If you have'nt been to Yungaburra put it on your to do list its an awesome little town full of character and tucked away in the hills of the Tablelands.  
With the Festivals around the corner we've been on a bit of a song writing bender, the latest addition a new song based loosely on the mischief and exploits of a teenaged Marty Brown growing up in a small country town and the familiar story of someone who is trying to find or create more excitement just to get through each day.

We've also begun planning our end of year tour.  It's nice to escape the humidity of the Far North at least once a year and see some country at the same time.  We've found some awesome little towns, venues and friends all over the place on previous tours so its always something that we look forward to each year.  We found it really helps with writing inspiration as well, theres something about being on the road that gives you focus and as well as feeding creativity.

Below is our set times if you'd like to catch one of our shows at Yungaburra festival - 

Friday October 21st -          8:30pm Eden House
Saturday October 22nd -   12:30pm Pub Lounge
Saturday October 22nd -     2:00pm  Eden House

We hope to see you there!


Take care and much love friends.

Lady Valiant

 

A new member joins Lady Valiant 

Hi friends, it's been a while since our last post, we hope you are all spectacular and loving life!
Things have been pretty busy in the Lady Valiant camp of late.  Were still in the process of mapping out our 2016 gig schedule which has filled up pretty fast to say the least, we've secured a host of gigs around the area and are hard at work on our originals in preparation for the upcoming festivals this year which are really excited for.  We still hope to get our EP recorded sometime this year, were just not sure where we are going to fit in at the moment but it WILL happen.

The weather has finally turned in Far Northern Australia from the very uncomfortable wet season to the far more hospitable weather of the dry season.  Yep, cool breezes, slumber filled nights and the option of wearing trousers and a shirt if the desire arises.  Also good news for the regions live music community, soon we will be able to leave the towels and fans at home for each gig.

In other news, we've had a long awaited arrival in Lady Valiant.  
Marty's beautiful new custom made Orchestra Model guitar.  A true work of art pieced together by Stu Forbes at Sonny's Custom Guitars in Port Douglas, Queensland.
With decades of experience in the Luthier trade, Stu custom makes his guitars for his clients so that they fit like a fine suit, with each person fully included in every process of construction and detail.  There's nothing more comforting than knowing your guitar was built by one set of experienced hands instead of pre-programmed machines.
The results really speak for themselves friends.  It plays like a dream and sounds even better.  Here's a before and after pic for you guys...


Until next time friends!!  Take care!


*For any Custom Guitar enquiries contact Stu Forbes on 0407 985 323

 

Debut gig on Aussie soil 

What a night friends!  Thankyou so much to all you guys who came out to Paddy's to have a listen, we had a great night and played our little legs off to you all.  Your support means everything to us and keeps us hungry to become better musicians!  Love you all and hope to see you all again soon!!

Back from the U.S.A 

Were back!  After a nine month stint in the USA, Ireland and Scotland Lady Valiant are happily back on Aussie soil again.  It was an amazing trip which took us through the East, West, North & South of America.  We found amazing amounts of inspiration throughout the travels and have come home with our notebooks overflowing with ideas that we are going to work on through the year and hopefully release a debut EP some time throughout 2016.  Its gonna be a great year!  We want to say a huge thankyou to everyone we caught up with, stayed with, played music with on our travels and everyone in between.   You guys made it all possible for us.  Much love to you all, you know who you are...Stay tuned for some photos from our adventure!

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