Musicians who love people listening, are creating a co-op database of great rooms. As a musician, I love rooms where people really listen to my music: house concerts, local halls, music clubs and venues that encourage a listening audience. All musicians love it when people appreciate our dedication and artistry.  If you love that listening atmosphere…

House concerts are not only a viable way to supplement income as an artist, but they are a place where people really listen to your music. Many musicians and other performing artists are embracing them for those reasons, but also because of the difficulties of finding supportive venues to play at. “House concerts are far…

Your favourite musicians at home?  ” Sitting there up close and feeling the vibrations in the air and through the floor, hearing the smallest detail of finger on wood, fibre on strings. Proximity has tremendous effect, and it makes no difference that I’m not a Celtic folky or bluegrass fan — being there really is…

Playing For Change raises lots of money to build schools in developing communities around the world. Playing For Change producer Mark Johnson, talking at Bluesfest, to the ABC: The initial idea came when I was recording music in New York City. I was on my way to work one day in the subway and there…

Remember the joy of mulberries? Hidden in the tree, guzzling as many as you could lay your purple hands on. I took this photo in my back yard today. The fruit on the HMJ tree is twice as big as it was last month, ready for people to pick it and turn it into delicious…

How good is that? I’m warm, comfortable, and listening to one of my favourite artists live in my own lounge room! Everyone is tapping their feet and I sing along. I get to eat some Persian Love cake that the neighbours brought over, and lots of compliments on such a wonderful evening. Life doesn’t get…