European Busking Adventure

It is the last day of my busking tour of Germany, Austria, Poland and The Netherlands. I am in my van making coconut and coliflour curry and reflecting on what has been a epic adventure. Ive met so many people, seen old friends and made new ones and made plenty of cash along the way. In fact I have succeeded in funding the entire trip from the proceeds of busking. What a pleasure it has been! Here are the highlights:

Heidelberg Germany 🇩🇪 

This photo is taken on the foot bridge over the river in the old city. Your technically not supposed to play there but who’s looking?! Look up to the right and you will see Heidleburgh castle.

Bella my travelling companion and I found a forrest park up at the top of the mountain.

And drank beer..

And then hit the streets again the next day.

I had a small problem with my violin so found a local violin maker. He advised me that my violin was absolutely fine but I had an issue with my technique.. haha!

Vienna Austria 🇦🇹 


I found an easy park up by the Danube river. It was only a short train ride from the centre of the city where I played mostly in Stadtpark.

The ambiance of the park complemented the classical violin and I was pleased to find that the public were very appreciative. Vienna is the seat of classical music but it is geared to tourist prices. I provided the experience without the price tag!

Here is the monument to Strauss in Stadtpark which I frequented.

I did manage to find one affordable chamber concert in the beautiful old St Anna’s Church. https://events.wien.info/en/4sg/concerts-at-st-anna-church/

Krakow Poland 🇵🇱 

Krakow is a city steeped in history and beauty. The Jewish Quarter is one of my favourite places that I visited on my travels. It was a hot sunny day and I took an hour out of my sightseeing agenda to entertain the locals at The Florian Gate.



I travelled to Poland specifically to visit my dear friend Suwindi. We used to perform in a comedy gospel choir together in Sydney many years ago! She now lives on a homatherapy eco village in the Tatra Mountains close to Krakow. I had the pleasure of spending a week living in their community. What a special place and community it is! You can see what its all about here: https://agnihotra.pl/en/


Amsterdam Netherlands 🇳🇱 

Risksmuseum has a reputation for having the best acoustics in Amsterdam! They are indeed pretty special. I took a break from the classical set and had a jam with Rafa playing ‘Seven Nations Army’ White Stripes.

And of course I had to catch some time to see the famous Dutch Oils.

Haarlem, half an hour west from Amsterdam, is a great spot for busking. It is a bit more quiet than its neighbour but has a lively centre square where there are restaurants, cafes and shops frequented by the locals and tourists. I met Zeb and we teamed up for some audio and visual entertainment of contact ball and juggling set to violin.

And a final snap of me in my van. Do I look happy?!

Catch you soon 😀

Eliza

 

 

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Busking Under A Waxing Moon

It is so nice to be back with my kindred spirits around a fire. The moon waxing high in the chilly night sky. I took the opportunity to show everybody the classical violin pieces I’ve been brushing up for busking. I plan to hit the road to Holland and Germany in August busking with my violin and my new record.

Bela Bartok – Romanian Folk Dances – Yehudi Menuhin

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Images by fellow traveller artist Johnny Jan Simunic.

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Recording Harp and Drums in Beautiful West Wales

Back in the land of song wrapping up final bits for the new record. Three tracks from the album are already placed with BMG Publishing and things are sounding great! I am looking forward to getting everything in the bag & moving on to mix.

I booked a beautiful recording studio in West Wales called Mwnci. It sits in a secluded woodland area on a river and comes with wood cabin, log fire accommodation. Time to lush it up yo! We started with drums courtesy of the very talented Yotin. I have A new track which employs full size pedal harp and vocal. As it is so sparse and exposed both parts needed to be recorded beautifully (thank you Joe and Jethro) and the right performance captured. Luckily Wales is also the land of harp! I found Elin online and we hit it off immediately.

Thanks guys Its been a blast!!

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Self portrait by Yoyo

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Joe and Steve the studio pushkins.

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Chao for now Eliza x

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Guerilla Mechanics

My front wheel spring has snapped leaving the wheel arches only 2 inches off the tires. I’m glad we caught it & I wont be doing 60mph along the motorway when it finally goes! My mate, mechanic & fellow traveller has offered to do the job THANKS BOB! In the mean time I am stranded & forced to spend time with my new midi foot controller.. Oh, the joy of midi possibilities! The world is my oyster! Check the joyous expression.. 😉P1000050P1000051P1000056A couple of days later – Job done! Phew!

On the road again on my way to Southampton to play one of my favourite south coast music venues The Art House. Chichester Castle appears on the horizon.. blink & you’ll miss it..

Catch you again soon..

 

Eliza x

 

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Where There’s a Will.. 

Loving my full body wetsuit whilst bathing in the English channel. Its spring time but the water is still only 10 degrees..

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Get the kettle on to warm up & then get stuck into some van recording..

Like The Artist formerly known as Prince said ‘Sometimes it Snows in April’. Indeed it does! This was filmed on Brighton sea front only days after his passing..

Have a great day!

Eliza

 

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Sydney Bass Lines


New dimensions for the new record arrive with Abel Cross’s double bass parts recorded at Free Energy Studios in Sydney. Many thanks to Richie B!

  

Also! Please join me for an intimate gig supporting the wonderful King Curly at The Gasoline Pony in Marrickville 20th Feb on stage 7pm.

Thanks for visiting!  Cheers

Eliza

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Cutting a Record in Wales

Gig snaps at The White Hart Swansey courtesy of Candi Fridge Farquhar (music connoisseur & overall Bruce)

December found me in The Mumbles, Swansea cutting a new record! I had a wonderful time there with the masterful Joe Gibb, who in the past has recorded albums for Catatonia (International Velvet) & Leftfield (Leftism). Recording was punctuated with blustery coastal walks, soothing yoga & a cullinary cacophony including lava bread, cockles & a conga eel!

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I arrived in Sydney New Year’s Day & soaking up some family times here. More adventures to follow..

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