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WORKSHY - 2017 memoir out on Affirm Press. Let's get Tight - 2017 CD with Clare Moore. Moodists - Coral Snakes - mistLY. I don’t know what I am and don’t want to know any more than I already know. I aspire, in my music , to 40s B Movie (voice and presence) and wish I could play guitar like Charlie Christian or Grant Green -but not in this lifetime, I know.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Half way through our April Residency - new digital release YOU'RE ALL WRONG

So I'm afraid I gave up on the Will Self book. Started out to be quite intriguing but I found I could easily put it down. It was called How the Dead Live. I always used to stick with books but can't do it anymore.
I am now a third of the way into "The Fifth Child" by Doris Lessing. She is  great writer and makes it easy for the reader. That's my excuse anyway.

So the first date of the Croxton front room we played mostly songs from You've Been In My Mind from 2012. This was a great rock album and the last real expression of the mistLY transforming and expanding my songs in the studio. The album was coloured by my 12 string electric guitar and lots of vocal harmonies. A rock album with the rock being in the sound spectrum that was first explored on Love's Forever Changes or the Byrds Younger Than Yesterday. It was a very personal album in the lyrics as it was just after my memoir "1001 Australian Nights"  and when my friends or family would say they'd read it I had the queasy feeling that they'd been in my mind.

The set went like this ....

Blues Negative
We Need a champion
Flash in the pantz
Mt gambier night
I don't wanna know myself
Playin chicken
I'm not the guy I tried to be
Cop this, sweetly
Field record me

I also played Song Of Life which was our February digital release and two of my new songs I'd written for slide guitar, You're All Wrong and You've Been In My Mind. The latter being my proud entrance to the tradition of a song sharing the same title as a previous album, released six years before.

For the second week we tackled songs mainly first released in 2001 on Heroic Blues and in 2003 on the Brother Who Lived. A lot of these were restrung/re-sung and remastered for SUPERMODIFIED in 2010. There were also two songs from I Was the Hunter And I Was The Prey in 1990 and one from Hashish and Liquor in 2005.
For this gig, Clare Moore played keyboards as well as drums and vocals.

Sometimes you can see yourself
Anchors aweigh
All our friends were stars
Midnight to Dawn
The brother who lived
Twilight of a villan
A boy named Epic
Heroic Blues
Clinging to the Coast

You're all wrong
You've been in my mind
Song of Life

I've got myself a beautiful nightmare
Everybody does what they want to
There's the Royal troll

For the third week we played songs from two albums that were real peaks of songwriting and creativity for me and the mostLY, We Wuz Curious from 2008 and Knock Yourself Out from 2009. Both written and recorded when my parents were seriously ailing in health and ultimately passing away. I kind of threw myself into work when I could.

Both albums fevered and concentrated. Incredibly funky. Both with amazing cover illustrations from Tony Mahony.

I would have loved to have gotten either released in Europe. I was told by one distributor about We Wuz Curious that the sort of person who might have sought it out doesn't exist anymore and that the cover art was terrible. The loneliness of the long distance Australian rock singer! It's no longer available in any physical form but you can get a digital copy.

Knock Yourself Out had music mostly written and recorded by Clare Moore while I toured with Henry Wagons. It's the funkiest and most dense and richly lyrical record I've ever done.


The third set was..

You had to be drunk
I come from the clouds
Lets kill god again
Dylan the Indie fake
Honky tonk rope a dope
Punk dies
I like to be haunted
Bring me my liar
I'm in the future now
Bodysnatcher blues

We also did two new songs which differ from a lot f recent songwriting in that I really cooked them up with the mistLY. Real band related songs.

Is that what you did? 

The latter is a meditation on the mythic rock'n'roll droog that will alway be - Keef.  The former is a great monstrous groove in a Grateful Dead / Pedal gaze style with lyrics asking "that thing that you're doing - is that what you did?"

In the meantime I have a new digital release out. YOU'RE ALL WRONG. I call it   a pop blues. One of several songs that fell out when I bought a six dollar guitar that was covered in One Direction stickers in Ararat, tuned it to open G and tried some slide guitar.

A cry from the heart/brain/traffic/mirror. YOU'RE ALL WRONG! I played slide guitar and bass over a narcotic beat I took from a toy keyboard and added some autoharp and a touch of piano at the end.

I found a film that was in the public domain  about Watts Towers and Simon Rodia, the man who built them and I put the song to it and made a clip.

From Wiki ... "The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo ("our town" in Spanish) are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural towers, architectural structures, and individual sculptural features and mosaics within the site of the artist's original residential property in Watts, Los Angeles. The entire site of towers, structures, sculptures, pavement and walls were designed and built solely by Sabato ("Simon") Rodia (1879–1965), an Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason, over a period of 33 years from 1921 to 1954. The tallest of the towers is 99.5 feet (30.3 m). The work is an example of outsider art or Art Brut and Italian-American na├»ve art".

Always been fascinated by the  Watts Towers and referenced them in the lyric to APOLLO 69 on The Soft'n'Sexy Sound album in 1995. "billowin' public cloud below/groanin' shakin' scaffold sways/Nelsons Column/Isaac Hayes' SHAFT/ Watts Towers"

You're all wrong
not everybody
just you
but all of you
I see a spectrum under you
thats a nice way of saying you're on it
you're all wrong
you're all wrong
you're all wrong
you're not right
you don't feel us feel you
you're all wrong
you're all wrong
ok, everybody
all of you
that's the way you're gonna hear this
you're all wrong
you're all wrong
just you
but all of you
you're all wrong
you're all wrong
your nose, your smell your walk your words your voice your vibe
you're all wrong
you're all wrong

We have two more weeks in the front room at the Croxton Bandroom. People have been asking requests and any intel on what we have planned but I just want it all to be a  surprise.

Saturday April 28th - Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes play Dashville-GUMBALL festival in NSW.

May 12th - we'll be playing a show at the Skylark Room in Upwey.

Dave Graney and the mistLY play ADELAIDE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel August 10th/11th/12th 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

April Residency Sunday Afternoons 4-6pm at the Croxton Bandroom Front bar

GUEST on April 1st Thomas Hugh Vecera

GUEST April 8th Lisa Crawley


GUEST April 22nd Anna Smyrk

GUEST April 29th ???????

This run of shows starts this Sunday.  April 1st at 4pm. Special guest is Thomas Hugh Vecera.
We met Thomas when he opened for us a the Grand Hotel in Mornington last month.

Hey I've kept to the 5/2 diet and have lost about 4.5 kilos. Basically cut bread from my diet and not a  lot of meat. Been cooking a  lot. and reading books.

I loved Electric Eden, from Rob Young,  a fantastic doorstopping tome about "visionary British folk music". Absolute lifes work of research and opining. I loved it.

I try to alternate fiction with non fiction in reading. I also read the new novel from Peter Carey called A Long Way From Home. This was quite riveting and kept gathering energy as it went on. I loved it.

I am now part way into How the Dead Live by Will Self. I have started a couple of his books before and had to stop as they didn't really grab me. And I rarely stop books or films once I dive in.

After our trip to Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast we came back to Melbourne and continued our 2018 theme of very varied and interesting shows.

On March 11th we played ona  Sunday early afternoon in a  beautiful garen at the side of the old world colonial gentlemens crib that is the Geelong Club. We played from 2pm in the late summer sunshine. A lovely place to play.

The next week we played with Psuedo Echo at PALMS in the Crown Casino area of Melbourne.
This was a deluxe theatre situation, like playing at the Arts Centre.

Psuedo Echo had  a big hit in Australia with a version of Funky Town in the 80s.

They were led by Brian Canham who played a Les Paul guitar at PALMS , with no amplifier, just pedals straight into the PA. He was flanked by a guy on Keytar playing the bass lines and another guy on a Keytar playing the synth lines.  A woman at the back sang backing vocals and there was a guy on drums.  They had a perfect, pristine 80s sound that a lot of modern young bands would kill for. They put on a  totally pro show. They did their hits and also covered "Send me An Angel" by Real Life and "Nutbush City Limits" by Ike and Tina Turner.

A great show.

We played a rockn'roll set into the theatre , must've sounded like the Allman Brothers in contrast to that slick, contained 80s sound. It was sprawling and epic.

The next week we were to play at the opening of the new sports hub at Upwey Oval. It had not rained in Melbourne for 45 days and friends of ours in Monbulk, further into the hills, were buying water as they  lived with water tanks filled by rain.

The day of the opening it poured with rain, it pelted down! We were to be first on at 12:30 as we had a show to do in town. The stage was soaked and water was pouring in from the roof.  We were going to play as a duo with guitar through an amp and also with the vibes but it wasn't safe to have too much electricity on the wet stage.
We made show with my acoustic and Clare singing and playing percussion. Matt Walker played harmonica on a  couple of songs. As we played our last tune, teh rain eased up and teh rest of teh day went ahead without a hitch.

Matt did a  set of his own.

We then drove into town and played a private party for a man turninga  significant age ata  pub in Collingwood. He had asked for a set of songs predominantly from the very early period of Dave raney and the Coral Snakes / White Buffaloes. We made show for 90 minutes. the first songs we played were "You're too hip, baby", "rock'n'roll is hwere I hide", "feelin Kinda sporty" and "the stars". It was great to play that stuff all in  a  rush.

Clare Moore plays drums, vibes , keys, melodica, percussion and sings in the mistLY. There's also Harry Howard and the NDE and the Dames and Charlie Marshall and the Curious Minds and THE ROUTINES. She manages all logistics and admin for us and for her involvement in all of the above.TCB!
Theres also the film and tv composition. She bites her tongue when old friends ask if she still plays music...
She has a 1960s Gretsch kit for recording and a Tama kit for touring. Her vibe
s set is a small 1950s jazz set from Boosey and Hawkes. Her keyboard is the classic 90s Ensoniq Mr61 .
Oh, and she is contemptuous of guitar playing and laments the many hours lost in studios getting guitar sounds. "They're always too loud!" She picked up this Les Paul at a party and played Eric Claptons LAYLA just for a stir and walked out.

Come see us play the first of our Sunday afternoon shows this coming weekend at the Croxton Park Hotel 607 high st thornbury. 4-6 pm. We are there every Sunday in April. Special guest this week Thomas Hugh Vecera

pic Barry Douglas

Stuart Perera has been playing with us since he joined in 1998. He has played this left handed Rickenbacker all the way. The blazing Rickenbacker. The longest association with myself and Clare Moore of all. We can draw on so many songs when we make show. A great guy and an amazing player. The most highly educated character we've ever played with . He drove a Morris Minor van at first and then upgraded to a Bedford, which he actually lived in for several years, while working nights. He also pimps the Bedford out to tv productions and ads, it notably starred as INXS early tour van , for which they totally primped and styled it up.

Stu Thomas has been playing bass in the mistLY since 2004. He plays a Fender P bass and sometimes, a Burns baritone for that plunky 60s Scott Walker sound. He also plays in Kim Salmons Surrealists and performs solo as The Stu Thomas Paradox. He did an amazing Lee Hazlewood show a few years ago and will be doing that again soon in Melbourne. He does the deep cuts of Lee.
This Sunday is the beginning of our afternoon residency in the front room of the Croxton Park Hotel. 4-6 pm every Sunday for all of April. Previewing new material and focusing on specific albums we have done.

Every Sunday in April from 4-6pm. presenting different albums weekly and previewing new material.
Book here
- choose your Sunday

Saturday April 28th - Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes play Dashville-GUMBALL festival in NSW.
Dave Graney and the mistLY play ADELAIDE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel August 10th/11th/12th - BOOK HERE

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Intense February-looking forward to Sundays in April at the Croxton

February was an intense month. Driving, playing, playing all kinds of different setups, instrumentation  and repertoire. And then driving and playing some more.

Then there were some clear skies and we made our way back from Adelaide to Melbourne (usually takes us about 10 hours. Roughly 800ks) . We drove, of course, but it seemed like a short hop to me after the previous week. With a days rest we did a show with the mistLY in Mornington (stretched out to a two hour set) and then I did  a solo spot in inner city Melbourne.

Three days later we drove to Geelong where I did a WORKSHY book event at the wonderful Dome room in the Regional library. About 250 people turned out for this night. A spectacular, brand new room with an orange ceiling of acoustic shells.

We stayed in Geelong that night and then drove toward Melbourne and took the ring road to the airport. We parked our van in plenty of time to make the flight at one of the off site parking places and got in the parking companys' 12 seater van to go to the airport. I had my acoustic guitar and my Ibanez archtop in a flight case I'd borrowed from Matt Walker and some cases which carried clothes, books and Clares' keyboard.

We pulled up at the airport, there was one other person in the van and the driver went to get us our bags. Only he wasn't able to open the door - it refused to budge. We stood there while he huffed and puffed and kicked and pushed the door and we did some heaving of our own. Another driver had a go and then we waited for his boss to come and he charged at it as well. No luck. All the luggage was between the door and a steel, wire cage that kept it snugly in the back of the twelve seater. Tight as a drum from floor to ceiling. The boss took to the cage from the inside with a set of bolt cutters while Clare went to the check-in counter.  Eventually the boss had the door open and came out from inside the van with blood on his hands and t shirt, apologizing profusely. All three of us had missed the flight but luckily the airline was feeling generous and we made the next one.

We arrived in Brisbane where we picked up a car and drove to our hotel.
In the late afternoon I did a WORKSHY book event at a great shop called AVID READERS in the West End. A great turnout of people and the interviewer was Leanee de Souza and she was excellent.
They recorded the event and you can hear it here.

The next morning I went to the ABC offices in Brisbane and did an interview with Sarah Kanowski for the Conversation Hour. This is heard all over Australia - except for Melbourne. It was all revolving aound my book WORKSHY and she was an amazingly good interviewer. Usually, I feel like I'm on trial in these sorts of situations. I don't mean to say that I'm scared or anything, more that I am being asked to prove why I should be there. She was very generous and had read both of my books and heard a lot of mys music- especially post Coral Snakes . It was great!

You can listen back to it here. (45 minute interview)

Brisbane was very hot and humid and threatening to rain all the time.We drove to Nambour on the Sunshine Coast through some serious downpours, stopping at another ABC studio along the way.

We made show with guitar and keys in a  lovely boutique venue called the Bison Bar. Like a classic half circle bar and stage right in the lower depths of a very unprepossessing concrete shopping zone.

Had a  great time.

We then drove back through teeming rain to Brisbane. We had to pull over to the side of the Freeway a couple of times to let the squall dump it's load so we could carry on.

The next day we did a 4pm and a 7pm show at the Junk Bar in a Brisbane suburb called Ashgrove. We were doing four shows and they were all sold out a week ahead. A set of vibes was delivered and we made show with deluxe sounds and gear.

The afternoon before the Sunday shows we visited some very dear friends who took us to Ed Kuepper Park in suburban Oxley Creek. It happened due to a real local and online petition. Small and modest (?) in  a real suburban setting. You really have to travel to see it. I mean it's not in a tourist area or on many peoples' commute.

All the shows in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast were great. Thanks to everybody who came along.
We played lots of different material, including three songs I'd written when I tuned my op-shop 1Direction guitar to an open G and started experimenting with some slide. Three songs fell out straight away. "You're All Wrong", "Hell Babe"  and a"You've Been In My Mind". The latter is of course the title for an abum we put out in 2012. In rock music it's  a "thing" to achieve that; to have a song appear with the same name of a previous album - years later. Thank you, rock universe.

We have our February single out now, "SONG OF LIFE" and I have recorded and mixed "YOU'RE ALL WRONG" to be released next. We have started rehearsing new material with the mistLY and will be previewing songs at our April residency in the front room of the Croxton Park Hotel.   

I started the year with a  real feeling of ennui in regard to the kinds of rooms that you can play and experience music in in Melbourne. I know we have more gigs than most other cities but I just didn't want to deal with the industrial/business mindset of a lot that goes on. I just wanted a different situation. I thought it would be good to ask Facebook if there were any non traditional/ non- pub rooms or places I could just play some music in. I didn't want to be dealing with high priced drinks or security or all that junk. Venues that leave it up to the artist to do all the publicity . Fuck it, I wanted to do something freaky and "for the hell of it". 

I will never, ever ask Facebook anything ever again.

People came back with all sorts of dumb ideas. People who never go out or saw us play some time in 1985 or 1994. People who thought I needed a gig because I never do any. It was a bad insight into that world. Suggestions of rooms that were just the sort of thing I wasn't looking for.

I was thinking of BYO halls and afternoon sets in cafes. Folk clubs! Jazz rooms! Loose breathing, informality, awkwardness. NO SECURITY.

I will never, ever ask Facebook anything ever again.

Then we remembered doing a  gig in the front room of the Croxton Park hotel in High st Thornbury with Harry Howard and the NDE. It was a room with brand spanking new carpet and fittings and PA. A beautifully fresh joint. 

"Yes, lets do Sunday afternoons there".

We are going to be previewing new material and revisiting songs from selected older albums each week. There will also be different opening acts each week.

GUEST on April 1st Thomas Hugh Vecera

GUEST April 8th Lisa Crawley


GUEST April 22nd Anna Smyrk

GUEST April 29th ???????

March 24th - Dave Graney and Clare Moore are playing a set at 12:15 as part of the opening of the UPWEY COMMUNITY RECREATION AND SPORTS HUB.
Every Sunday in April from 4-6pm. presenting different albums weekly and previewing new material.
Book here
- choose your Sunday


Saturday April 28th - Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes play Dashville-GUMBALL festival in NSW.
Dave Graney and the mistLY play ADELAIDE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel August 10th/11th/12th - BOOK HERE

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

SONG OF LIFE - first digital release for 2018

We have a new digital single out now. Recorded mostly in late 2017. It's called Song Of Life.
I wrote the song when in hospital for an appendix operation earlier that year. I was feeling very mortal as it was an old school operation due to being a  pretty advanced case and then I got a bit of an infection.
So I thought of writing a song about my life.

I was laying there in my cot and thought that that was they it ends up for most people, if they're lucky. Looking out from their cot... just like they were when they were babies.

I'm unsure where "zip-a-dee-doo-what is/was/that/this?" came from. Maybe it's the sort of thing that would be the last lick to loose through your mind as you slip outside this house for good?

Twelve string acoustic guitar, fuzz bass, vibes and melodica. Its both stark and grand.
A big chorus. Two verses.

Dave Graney - 12 string acoustic guitar , fuzz bass, beat, keys and vocals
Clare Moore - vibes, congas, melodica
Stu Thomas - bass

Recorded at the Ponderosa November 2017 by Dave Graney and Clare Moore. Released February 23rd.


yeah starin' out from my cot
back where I started
where it begins
where it stops 

meet everybody by the age of ten
you search for those cats again
all your life
faces in the street
you put 'em to that lens
try everything on in your teens
even though so much is down to your JEANS
never knew such plenty in your twenties
get real sentimental in your thirties
get awful mean in your forties
get even better in your fifties
then you better find somethin' else to do
song of life 
zip-a-dee-doo-WHAT is/WAS/THAT/this?
zip-a-dee-doo-what IS/was/that/THIS?
yeah it all closed in on me
my mind seized down
chucked all my toys out
staring out from my cot

song of life
zip-a-dee-doo-WHAT is/WAS/THAT/this?
zip-a-dee-doo-what IS/was/that/THIS?

Its at Bandcamp now.

Here is  a Universal link for Spotify, iTunes, Amazon etc.

Here it is at Soundcloud.

When were in Europe in September/October 2017 we shot some scenes of us hanging about in Esch (near Luxembourg). Barry C Douglas edited into a video.

 I have continued recording some songs but am very keen to get into the studio with the mistLY and do a  proper session in the first half of this year. We have quite a few songs ready to go.

To get them into shape we are playing a month of Sundays in the excellent front room of the Croxton Park Hotel, 607 high st Thornbury, showtime from 4-6pm.

We will be previewing songs as well as revisiting specific albums and have special guests each week.

Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes play GUMBALL/DASHVILLE near Newcastle April 28th.  

Dave Graney and the mistLY play ADELAIDE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel August 10th/11th/12th - BOOK HERE


Monday, February 19, 2018

Every Sunday in April - 4-6pm front room of the Croxton Park Hotel.

Hey, we realized we hardly ever play in Melbourne, where we live, so we will be playing a  residency in April. Every Sunday 4-6pm at the Croxton Park Hotel. We'll be revisiting some favourite albums and previewing some new material.

Every Sunday in April from 4-6pm. presenting different albums weekly and previewing new material. Book for the first Sunday here.

Take your pick of any of the Sundays below.

Dave Graney, Clare Moore, Stu Thomas and Stuart Perera. Dave Graney and the mistLY. Two guitars, drums, keys, vibes and bass. Acoustic guitars, electric guitars, six and twelve string guitars. And four voices.
There was the Moodists, there was Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes and there is  
Dave Graney and the mistLY.

april 1st tix link - opening set from Thomas Hugh Vecera
april 8th tix link - opening set from Lisa Crawley
april 15th tix link - opening set from the Routines)
april 22nd tix link- opening set from Anna Smyrk
april 29th tix link - opening set from ????

A debriefing of recent shows and events.

Clare Moore and myself had a run of shows booked in New South Wales. We rehearsed a great set of vibes and guitar, we were playing mostly regional areas and small rooms at that. Then tehre was a sudden illness in Clare's family in Adelaide and it was determined that I'd complete teh shows solo.

First up was a Wednesday night at Smiths Alternative in Canberra. I took three guitars  to have a bit of textural difference in the set(s). My K Yair acoustic 12 string, Maton EB808 acoustic and my '57 Ibanez Salvador archtop guitar.

In the rehearsal time I had started playing the archtop with a  slide in open G and three songs had tumbled out.  In the week leading up to leaving fo the tour I recorded one of the tracks, YOU'RE ALL WRONG. It'll probably be our next digital release after SONG OF LIFE.

On the Tuesday I did my show, BLB, at 3Triple R in Melbourne. It was an interview with old friends Dave Ruffy and Seggs who were in town to play as the RUTS , opening for the Stranglers at the Forum. You can stream the interview here.

I left town straight after the show and drove about five hours to the town of Gundagai. A pretty spot off the Hume Highway.

I mostly listened to a three disc set of 50's Kenny Burrell albums all the way.  Jazz guitar. And some Janet Jackson.

The next day I drove into Canberra. I played two sets to a sold out room. A former bookshop which will soon be expanding into the shop next door, its a great, accessable venue right in the middle of Canberra. Robin Casinader, of the Coral Snakes, lives in Canberra and joined me for the second set. He played the standup piano which is on the stage.

We played The Stars, The Birds and Goats, I'm Not Afraid To Be Heavy, Warren Oates, Robert Ford On The Stage , Mt Gambier Night and All Our Friends Were Stars (both of which he learned that night) and a few others. We had a great time and then sat at some tables on the street to eat some great food that Robinspartner Christine had made and we ate it in the warm summer air. (Its tough to get anything to eat in Canberra after 9pm on a week night).

I should say I'd started the 5/2 diet. Two days a week of around 600 calories only. I also hadn't eaten any meat or bread since December.

The next day I drove to Wollongong where Justin Frew put a show on at his back porch and 50 people  paid to sit in deck chairs and listen to me play for about 90 minutes. Justin had a small vocal pa and people went for a swim in his pool after I played. The venue I had been booked into had closed a fortnight before and Justin had suggested this patio show. Thanks comrade!
This was the scene before the show.

Justin has been collecting small dogs and they kept wandering onto the stage. Never work with animals, hey! I disciplined them after the show. Indi still licked my face.

I played songs like I'm A Good Hater, You Need A Kleek, Klook, Be Sad For Me, How CanYou Get Out Of London?  Drugs Are Wasted On The Young, I Held the Cool Breeze, Night Of The Wolverine, You're Too Hip, Baby, The Stars, Rock'n'Roll Is Where I Hide, Lets Kick This Mob Out, SONG OF LIFE, Warren Oates, Robert Ford, Everything Was Legendary With Robert, I Wanna Get Lost Again, Maggie Cassidy... and my three new songs You're All Wrong, Hell Is You, Babe and You've Been In My Mind
I asked for requests at the end of the gig  and a lady asked for I'm Gonna Release Your Soul and Rock'n'Roll Is Where I hide.
The next day I drove to Orange, New South Wales where I checked into the motel and then played at a venue called the Agrestic Grocer. A stonewashed restaurant/ store on the edge of town in a  former Oats factory. Absolutely beautiful sounding room and a sold out crowd. Had a fantastic time. 
I asked for requests here and pretty much all were for songs from the Soft'N " Sexy Sound. Songs like Dandies Are Never Unbuttoned, The Pre Revolutionary Scene (Both of which I had only ever played with a  band when the album first came out in 1995)  and Rock'n'Roll Is Where I Hide.

All these gigs had been very hot days. Over 30 degrees anyway. I still wore my 70s checked coat, t shirt and slacks.

The next day was very hot and bright as I drove back toward Sydney and to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. A little bit cooler but I still went for a walk in a t shirt after sound check.
This show was in a reception / ballroom of the guesthouse I was staying in. Beautiful dark wood panneling everywhere, like in the movie Barton Fink. The show was sold out and seats arranged as in a concert situation.
The sound was not as resonant to me as it had been in the beautiful high ceilinged stone room the day before. this was more of a low ceilinged, carpeted room. I did two sets of music here. I always enjoy playing in Katoomba. 
The requests here were for Am I Wearing Something Of Yours?,  Mt Gambier Night, Rock'n' Roll Is Where I Hide and My Schtick Weighs A Ton.
I encored with the Doors, The Crystal Ship and Love's ALONE AGAIN, OR

The next day I drove through Sydney from 9-30am to 1:30 when I arrived at Brooklyn station on the Hawkesbury River, on the way to Newcastle. I put my three guitars, effects bag and amplifier into Steve Griffiths boat and we sped over to Dangar Island

There are no cars on the island so I pushed my amp on a  trolley to the Bowls Club.
I was about half an hour late so I  set up and played straight away. I did two sets . There were people all around me, sitting on the grass in the sun and in the shade. 
I was also playing Kris Kristoffersons I've Got To Have You at these shows. 

After being at the club for about three hours and playing for two of those, I got back in the boat wth my three guitars, bag and amp and Steve drove me back to my car. I then drove back through Sydney and onto teh town of Yass. This drive took about 4 hours.

The next morning I woke early and checked the oil, filled up with petrol and gas (Van is currently at 594,000 ks of driving around Australia) and headed toward Adealaide. After about two or three hours I got to a sign where I had to turn onto the Sturt Highway. It said that Adelaide was a further 993 kilometres.
The drive took about 15 hours. I got pretty delirious. You could pull over and stop here and there but the eerie silence just creeped you out. 

  I ate a tin of Dolmades, some tinned fish and drank water from a  bottle I'd filled up. Also some almonds I had in a bag. I listed to the incredible last two albums from The Beastie Boys, To The Five Boroughs and Hot Sauce Committee Vol 2. Amazing. I had also aquired The Immortal Story, which was a compilation from The Only Ones, equally as thrilling, and the best of Helen Reddy.

I got to Adelaide at about 12:30 am and fell out of the car, which must have stunk!

The next day, I was present at the funeral for Clare's father, Brian Moore. A great South Australian, lifle-long publican, Gilbert and Sullivan society life member and all around powerful and present individual. 

Clare and I drove back to Melbourne where we had a  gig to play with our band, the mistLY at the Grand Hotel in Mornington. It was great to be back in the fold with our comrades Stu and Stuart and to play some music in a rock band in a  rock'n'roll room.
We played for two solid hours.

everything was legendary with robert
midnight to dawn
your masters must be pleased
too hip baby
feelin kinda sporty
the stars, baby
I need to be hot
I aint hi vis
are you out of your mind? 
heroic blues
blues negative
flash in the pantz
how can you get out of London?
sometimes you can see yourself
drugs are wasted on the young
we need a champion
rock n roll is where I hide
you wanna be there but you don’t wanna travel
I’m not afraid to be heavy
warren oates
bodysnatcher blues
This is the Deadest Place I’ve ever died in
all our friends were stars

The next day I did  a solo show at a pub in  Collingwood.

I didn't know what to expect and it was standing on the floor in the middle of a pub. They were paying a good fee so I set my gear up and made show. A silver haired guy was yapping at me as I set up about how he'd never seen me play but loved that song  Rock 'n' Roll is Where I Hide. He went on about how Triple J voted it "the greatest song ever" and his female friend tried to stop him yelling. After a while I just said I'd be doing whatver I liked and hoped he enjoyed that too. He just yelled the name of the song and wanted to slap my back or hi - five me. 

I went and sat down to wait a half hour or so to play. I did the same two sets I had been doing in regional New South Wales and had a great time. What seemed like a rowdy bar room crowd became a listening audience after the first few bars. The silver haired drunken man left after the first two songs.

pic Barry Douglas 

The next day I didn't have a show..

But I had to take part in an art exhibition talk with Mick Harvey at  Heide Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of a career spanning exhibition by Jenny Watson. She had painted the portaits on the first Go-Betweens album and had taught Nick Cave at art school. She had also painted portaits of the early Boys Next Door. I arrived late but got to chat a little bit.

APRIL MELBOURNE RESIDENCY - DAVE GRANEY AND THE MISTLY IN THE EXCELLENT FRONT ROOM OF THE CROXTON PARK HOTEL.Every Sunday in April from 4-6pm. presenting different albums weekly and previewing new material.

We have a new single out . SONG OF LIFE.
Video edited by Barry Douglas, shot by Dave Graney and Clare Moore in Luxembourg 2017. 

Its at Bandcamp now.

Get the song at all other portals-iTunes etc here...

Sunday, January 28, 2018


We did a deejay set at the NGV in Melbourne, as part of the TRIENNIAL exhibition.

photo - Sarah Sparks

"We" were deejays HASHISH and LIQUOR - Graney and Moore.

Do deejays post their playlists?

HASHISH AND LIQUOR do! Well just this once anyway.

It was extremely hot and we were on a podium out in the blazing sun. Still scorching at 6pm.  We couldn't put any vinyl out on the decks and had to find a shady spot to stash it. We had to fashion small sun-shades for the desk so as to be able to read the information on the CD display screens. Yes, that's right the COMPACT DISCS, lucky thats what we mainly brought to the partay.

Anita Lane- Home Is Where The Hatred Is
Penny Ikinger - Impossible Love
The Cruel Sea - Black Stick
The Bush Tetras- Too many Creeps.
The Beastie Boys - Shambala
Jim James - Same Old Lies
The Stress Of Leisure - Girl On A LiLo
Wire - Kidney Bingos
The FALL - Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul  (RIP MES)
The Happy Mondays - Lazyitis
Killing Joke - 80's
The Birthday Party - Mr Clarinet
The Ancients - Bad Weather Report
Ed Kuepper - I Told Myself
Tupac - California Love (vinyl 12" version)
Jimi Tenor - Outta Space
War - Low Rider
The Rolling Stones - Miss You (12" version)
Shelia E - the Glamourous Life (vinyl)
Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper
Kelis - I Got Your Money! (with ODB)
Zhane - It's A Groove Thang
Captain Beefheart - Tropical Hot Dog Night (vinyl - also- it was a very tropical, hot and humid night)

Photo Brendan Young

At this point Captain Beefheart drove Cathy McQuade and Film Maker Kriv Stenders (Red Dog/Blue Dog / the Go Betweens-RIGHT HERE) to breakout to mad dancing...THANKS!

Roy Budd -Get Carter - main theme
John Barry - Theme From "The Persuaders"
Lalo Schifrin - Mission Impossible
Isaac Hayes - Theme rom "Shaft"
Beastie Boys - Futtermans Rule
Bobbi Humphries - Harlem River Drive
Sly and The Family Stone - If You Want Me To Stay

photo Brendan Young 

That was it - two hours of intense Compact Disc selection.  We had brought enough for another three or four hours. Next time!

Feb 7th Dave Graney and Clare Moore at Smiths Alternative in Canberra, ACT Book Here

Feb 8th Dave Graney and Clare Moore at DisGracelands, Wollongong, NSW.Also appearing, Justin Frew. Bookings here.SOLD OUT!

Feb 9th Dave Graney and Clare Moore at the Agrestic Grocer, Orange, NSW Book here.
426 Molong Rd , Orange NSW
Feb 10th Dave Graney and Clare Moore at the Metropole Guesthouse in Katoomba, NSW
Feb 11th Dave Graney and Clare Moore at Dangar island Bowling Club, NSW,

Feb 16th - Dave Graney an the mistLY at the Grand Hotel, 124 Main st - Mornington, Victoria

Feb 17th - Dave Graney solo at the Gem bar , Wellington st Collingwood.

Saturday Feb 24th Dave Graney and Clare Moore at THE JUNK BAR in Ashgrove , Qld

Sunday Feb 25th Dave Graney and Clare Moore at THE JUNK BAR in Ashgrove, Qld.(4pm) SOLD OUT! Now adding a Sunday night show too.

March 11th Dave Graney and the mistLY at SOUNDS IN THE SECRET GARDEN - the Events Foundry,74 Brougham st, Geelong.

We've also been working on a new release that should be out as soon as we can arrange it. Perhaps three or four weeks, a digital single.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Feb 2018 shows in NSW-QLD and Vic more WORKSHY launches.

2017 ended on a high note with a fantastically enjoyable run of dates around Sydney and an equally fine trip to Perth and Fremantle.

Our 5th annual Boxing Day show in Adelaide at the Metro was the best yet! Though we only do it as a public service, a valuable social valve we've opened for people who desperately need to let some steam off at that time of the year.

For Christmas I was given a handlettered Hi Vis jacket with WORKSHY written on it by Adelaide friends Rolf and Sybille.

Below  is a still from a shoot we did a couple of weeks ago for this film in development, a documentary on Clare Moore and myself and our work over the last three (and counting) decades. Nick Cowan kicked it off with a pozible campaign a while ago and it's moving forward. Saw a fantastic teaser clip for it as the production people Nick, Mark Patterson and Matthew Bates go to get further funding. Very flattered , of course. They did a great job on it.

Dave Graney memoir-WORKSHY-out on Affirm press.Order it here.
If in the UK - Book Depository is the best place to order from. Free postage.

 Another snap from the film teaser shoot. We were at Her Majestys Theatre in Adelaide. They will be knocking it all down soon. Well, keeping the facade and renovating it.

January 27th - DJs Hashish and Liquor (Graney and Moore) will raise the roof at the NGV in St Kilda Rd , Melbourne
Feb 7th Dave Graney and Clare Moore at Smiths Alternative in Canberra, ACT Book Here

Feb 8th Dave Graney and Clare Moore at DisGracelands, Wollongong, NSW.Also appearing, Justin Frew. Bookings here.SOLD OUT!

Feb 9th Dave Graney and Clare Moore at the Agrestic Grocer, Orange, NSW Book here.
426 Molong Rd , Orange NSW
Feb 10th Dave Graney and Clare Moore at the Metropole Guesthouse in Katoomba, NSW
Feb 11th Dave Graney and Clare Moore at Dangar island Bowling Club, NSW,

Feb 16th - Dave Graney an the mistLY at the Grand Hotel, 124 Main st - Mornington, Victoria
Feb 17th - Dave Graney solo at the Gem bar , Wellington st Collingwood.

Saturday Feb 24th Dave Graney and Clare Moore at THE JUNK BAR in Ashgrove , Qld

Sunday Feb 25th Dave Graney and Clare Moore at THE JUNK BAR in Ashgrove, Qld.(4pm)
March 11th Dave Graney and the mistLY at SOUNDS IN THE SECRET GARDEN - the Events Foundry,74 Brougham st, Geelong.

March 24th, Dave Graney and Clare Moore playing at the grand opening of the Upwey Tecoma Community  Recreation and Sports Hub 2-5pm Chosen Ave Upwey.

Below, some of the theatrical signatures on the wall at Her Majesties.  Clare moore snapped this to get Wilfred Hyde Whites (Old man Steptoe) scrawl.

Bummed to hear of actor Peter Wyngarde's passing. What a list of giants passed in 2017? Walter Becker, Chuck Berry, Glen Campbell, Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, J Geils. RIP, comrades!

We've been writing and playing music. I've been experimenting with some slide guitar as well as aquainting myself with an autoharp that I bought last year. Seems to take a half hour to tune it every time you pick it up. I'm playing slide on this guitar I bought for $6 in an op shop in Ararat. It is covered in One Direction stickers which only adds more blues to it , for me. I strung it with nylon strings and tuned it to open G. 

It sounds quite lovely with the nylons. Strictly for house playing though. Too special to take out on the road.

Another from the film shoot. I really hope the funding comes through. These guys are a great team. And Clare Moore is a fascinating subject!

There will be a new single coming out soon and work will begin on a 2018 album. 
Also, Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes have been added to the bill of a festival near Newcastle called GUMBALL in late April...   Stay tuned!


2014 solo album from Dave Graney. *****"If I've learnt anything in my years of writing about music it's that if you are going to do anything of worth in this tough game, you better have your own thing. Today's generic is easily replaced by tomorrow's. And yet you need to be flexible, to follow wherever the songs demand. In the case of this, only the second credited as a solo album among 30 or so Graney releases, it's a curious yet welcoming lane he walks you down, with acoustic guitars, not much percussion, vibes, smooth sounds. At the end of it you feel like you've awoken from a strange yet pleasant summer's dream. As shot by Luis Bunuel. It ranges from off-kilter reveries (A Woman Skinnies Up a Man, The Old Docklands Wheel) through to the softly seductive (How Can You Get Out of London) and the downright arch (Look Into My Shades, Everything Is Great In The Beginning.) This is music that is neither folk, nor blues, nor country, but it's all Graney, somewhere out to the left field beyond Lee Hazlewood's raised eyebrow. It's astringent on the tongue but sweetens in the telling." Noel Mengel Brisbane Courier Mail

you've been in my mind

June 2012 super high energy pop rock album - blazing electric 12 strings - total 70s rock drive. Greatest yet! available via paypal - $20 pp

rock'n'roll is where I hide/- 2011 "vintage classics/ re recordings" on LIBERATION

SUPERMODIFIED - August 2010 remixed/re-sung/re-strung//remastered/replayed comp via PAYPAL

also available as a digital album

Knock yourself (2009)-first ever dg solo set-filthy electro r&b-available via Paypal- $20

available as a digital album too

We Wuz Curious (2008)-blazing R&B jazz pop album available via paypal-$20


Keepin' It Unreal-(2006)-minimalist/lyrical vibes,bass and 12 string set - available $20 via Paypal

Hashish and Liquor (2005 double disc by Dave Graney and Clare Moore) available via Paypal $25

Single album HASHISH available as a digital release

Heroic Blues- "folk soul" set from 2002-Available $20 via Paypal

UNAVAILABLE ! Completely sold out!

It is written,baby-book released 1997- available $10 via paypal