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CAREERING THROUGH THE BEDSIT

October 3, 2018

Hello everyone

I hope October proves to be a kind month for you. Here’s my music news.

NEW EP ‘OTHER ROOMS’

Other Rooms is a digital EP featuring five songs. Four of them are previously unreleased and were recorded and mixed for the Bedsit album but were culled so as not to turn Bedsit into an elongated oddyssey. I believe they’re all worthy nonetheless. Thanks to everyone who has bought the download so far, it’s available along with all of my other solo releases at Bandcamp. It’s also available on all other digital platforms and streaming services.

CAREERING THROUGH THE BEDSIT SHOWS

These are happening very soon, starting late this month in fact. All three shows will consist of two sets, the first set will mostly be a request-fest. I’m doing my best to work through all of the requests you’ve sent, I’m happy still to receive suggestions although I only have minimum storage space left in my brain. I appreciate all your suggestions and feedback but I also greatly appreciate pre sales as that means I and the venue/s know that you’re indeed coming. Ticket links below.

Melbourne – Oct 27th at LongPlay – TICKETS

Sydney     –   Nov 1st at The Camelot Lounge – TICKETS

Brisbane  –   Nov  2nd at The Junk Bar – TICKETS

THE TALL GRASS

We’ve got a show coming up this week with some good friends, a casual Sunday afternoon affair.

Sun Oct 7 at The Union Hotel – JMS Harrison/ Cabin Inn/ The Tall Grass/ Alana Russack

5pm FACEBOOK EVENT

JH

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OTHER ROOMS

August 29, 2018

Hello everyone

Welcome to September. I returned from France early last month after doing a bunch of shows with Infinity Broke, The Tall Grass   and Mark Moldre. We were there at the behest of the Binic Folk Blues Festival, plus a few other venues. An an amazing time was had courtesy of all of the people at La Nef De Fous, especially Ludo. Mark wrote a tour diary for Doubtful Sounds which sums it up in a very lovely manner. You can read that here.

NEW EP

I will have a new EP out on  Mon Sept 17th called Other Rooms. It will be available digitally, and you’ll be able to download it from my Bandcamp plus all other digital and streaming platforms. Other Rooms features four tracks which were recorded for the Bedsit sessions but couldn’t be squeezed in. Bedsit is still available on CD/LP/Digital here. I’ve got a small of run of shows coming up in honour of all of this which is what I’ll blab about next.

SHOWS

Sun Sept 9 – The People’s Republic of Australasia in Camperdown, email nickshimmin@zoho.com for further details and to confirm attendance – 7:30 pm. This is a fantastic private space, I’ll be talking about and playing my songs solo and it’s entry by donation and BYO.

Careering Through The Bedsit Shows

This will be a last solo run in support of Bedsit and Other Rooms, to make it more appetising for you I’m doing two sets. The first set will be retrospective in nature similar to my Careering Through The Wilderness run a few years back. If there’s an oldie you want to hear (and you’re definitely coming) get in touch, I’ll put it in the hat and hopefully remember how to play it! First in etc… I’d love to see you at one of these shows. A couple of the venues are very limited capacity.

Sat Oct 27 – LongPlay, Melbourne.

Buy tickets here

Facebook event here

Thur Nov 1 – Camelot Lounge, Sydney

Buy tickets here

Facebook event here

Fri Nov 2 – The Junk Bar, Brisbane

Buy tickets here

Facebook event here

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JH

UPCOMING FRANCE TOUR

July 2, 2018

Hi everyone

Welcome to Winter, where I am anyway. I’ve had a little break as I got hitched and then went to Vietnam so thanks to all the well wishers!

Of course my latest album Bedsit is available, it was recorded and sequenced with vinyl in mind, it’s a single run pressing and I still have stock. Grab one HERE (plus an immediate download), available on CD and digital too.

I hope to do a small solo run later in the year, stay tuned.

INFINITY BROKE / THE TALL GRASS / MARK MOLDRE – IN FRANCE

The tenth Binic Folk Blues Festival happens from July 27, 28 and 29th of July in the lovely town of Binic in Bretagne in France. I’ve performed at this festival four times so far so this will be my fifth. This time around three of the acts I’m involved with have been asked to perform. Scott and Reuben who play in Infinity Broke also make up the rhythm section of Mark Moldre’s band and will also be stepping in for this role as part of The Tall Grass, so the three of us will be busy bees. We’ll be doing some other dates as well, we’re there for a week. Firstly though we’ll be doing a Sydney show to raise funds and celebrate.

SYDNEY BON VOYAGE SHOW

Fri July 13 @ The Factory Floor

Infinity Broke + The Tall Grass + Mark Moldre

8PM $18 pre/$20 at the door

TICKETS

FRANCE DATES

24th July @ Le Galion-Lorient

Infinity Broke + Mark Moldre + The Tall Grass

25th July Place aux Artistes-Saint-Quay Portrieux

Mark Moldre + The Tall Grass

26th July Folks Blues Birthday Party-Binic

Escape-ism + Bench Press + Infinity Broke + Mark Moldre + The Tall Grass

27/28/29th July @ Binic Folks Blues Festival-Binic

27th The Tall Grass + Infinity Broke

28th Infinity Broke-Mark Moldre

29th The Tall Grass-Mark Moldre

For more info on the Binic Folk Blues Festival go to http://www.binic-folks-blues-festival.com

JH
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NEWS UPDATE: REVIEWS

May 13, 2018

Hi

Thanks to all of you who came out to see the Bedsit tour, it was great to play these songs to you and sweet to sell out Sydney and Brisbane. I have some other news but if you wanted to catch up on interviews and reviews I’ve put together a bunch below.

LISTEN/WATCH

Live performance and interview with Bernard Zuel on The Right Note on Skipi TV. Check it out HERE

Interview with Dave Graney on RRR’s The Banana Lounge. It was a pleasure to talk to Dave who I’m a fan of, we talked regional touring,  unintelligibly strong Australian accents, the trials of learning to surf and my new album Bedsit. Have a listen HERE 

An interview and a couple of live tracks on 2ser’s The Outpost with Vinnie Ramone. Listen in HERE

REVIEWS FOR BEDSIT


A thorough 4 star review by Bernard Zuel

A 4 star review for The Music and Doubtful Sounds by the talented Chris Familton

Jamie Hutchings – Bedsit (Andrew P Street for The Age)

A bedsit is a combined bedroom-living room, normally wiht a little gas stove and maybe a sink. It’s barely space enough for one person, and living in one is rarely a sign that one’s life has become a series of triumphs. It’s thus a perfect title for the fifth solo album by Jamie Hutchings, whose songs feature characters in various states of quiet crisis. Opener Second Winter acts as a good litmus test: if you’re entranced by a seven-minute song that begins with a Kafkaesque short story, then you’re definitely in the headspace for what’s to come. It’s a gorgeously intimate work, with Hutchings’s voice cracking with emotion and blue notes in what sounds like a series of first takes. Reuben Wills’s double bass helps to anchor most of the tracks; there’s also the odd, tasteful flourish from guests such as sister Sophie Hutchings on piano and washes of Jay Kong’s violin lines, while Mark Moldre’s keening harmonica cuts across It’s On Me are like grinding train brakes in the distance. It’s also an album anchored in place, especially December Park ’s ominous evocation of a humid Sydney evening: “ And it’s raining jacaranda/The bats seem to beat as one/Hey man what ever happened to you? / I smell a storm’s about to come.” Hutchings is best known as the leader of Bluebottle Kiss, one of Australia’s most frustratingly underrated rock bands, and while it’s hard to imagine Bedsit will reverse his fortunes, it’s nonetheless a rough gem of an album.

JAMIE HUTCHINGS: Bedsit (Daniel Johnson for the Courier Mail)

Ex-Bluebottle Kiss frontman Jamie Hutchings has returned with his first solo album in seven years, and it’s his
starkest release yet. The album begins with Second Winter, which features sparse piano accompaniment and restrained double bass, and despite its seven-minute running time, it doesn’t wear out its welcome. The earnest, wavering vocals and percussive strumming of It’s On Me make it one of the album’s most striking moments, and the languid Walking Dream and comparatively ebullient Here Comes the Frost are also highlights. Bedsit is a challenging listen, as fragile and introspective as it is darkly humorous, but those who invest the time in unpacking its intricacies will be richly rewarded.

So there you go. If you haven’t got the album yet head over to BANDCAMP 

INFINITY BROKE / THE TALL GRASS / MARK MOLDRE HEAD TO FRANCE

The Binic Folk Blues Festival have invited all three groups to perform at their 10th anniversary of the festival. This takes place in the town of Binic in France and the festival goes from July 27 – 29th. We will be doing some side shows in the area as well, more details on that soon. In the meantime we are going to do a farewell show with all three groups performing and sharing members. The Tall Grass will have Scott and Reuben joining on bass and drums for this show and French run and Mark Moldre‘s, who’s album I’m currently working on, features Scott, Reuben and myself as well as Adam Lang as part of the backing band.

This is the first time Infinity Broke has performed in almost 18 months, hopefully see you there.

Fri July 13th at The Factory Floor
Infinity Broke + The Tall Grass + Mark Moldre
TICKETS 
FACEBOOK EVENT 

PARLOUR

I’ve recently teamed up with Parlour Gigs who facilitate shows in people’s loungeroom. If you’re interested in doing one of these you can apply to host HERE 

That’s about all I can think of for now, thanks for reading

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JH

NEW ALBUM : BEDSIT & NATIONAL TOUR

February 12, 2018


NEW ALBUM OUT MAR 2ND
My new album Bedsit comes out next month, March 2nd to be precise. You’ll be able to purchase it HERE on limited edition LP/ CD/ digital or you can hunt around for it in a record store as well. I look forward to you hearing it. I’d again like to give a big thank you to all of you who facilitated its release via my Pozible campaign. I’ll be mailing out those packages over the next week or two so you’ll receive it before the official release date.

TOUR DATES
I’ll preempt these dates by mentioning that if any of you feel like doing a poster run in your town to help promote the below dates I’d be greatly appreciative. You would of course get a door spot and a CD as well as a round of hearty appreciation from yours truly, just let me know and I’ll mail some out.

I’m visiting some far-flung corners on this one, it’s the most inclusive national tour I’ve done for a long while and on most dates I’ll be accompanied by Reuben Wills on double bass. Make sure you come out, if you can purchase a pre-sale ticket (links below for ticketed shows) that would be ace too.

Sat Apr 7th – Four5Nine w/special guests- PERTH, WA

Tickets

Sun Apr 8th – Mojos w/special guests – FREMANTLE, WA

Facebook Event

Fri Apr 13th – The Yarra w/Laura Macfarlane + Michael Beach – MELBOURNE, VIC

Tickets

Sat Apr 14th – The Grace Emily w/ Alana Jagt – ADELAIDE, SA

Tickets

Thur Apr 19th – No 5 Church Street – BELLINGEN, NSW

Facebook Event

Fri Apr 20th – The Junk Bar – BRISBANE, QLD

Tickets

Sat Apr 21st – Sonic Sherpa Records ( daytime instore) – BRISBANE, QLD

Sat Apr 21st  – The Bison Bar – NAMBOUR QLD

Tickets

Sun Apr 22nd – Nimbin Bush Theatre – NIMBIN NSW

Facebook Event 

Thur Apr 26th – The Edwards w/ Ben Leece – NEWCASTLE, NSW

Facebook Event

Fri Apr 27th – The Newsagency w/ Sophie Hutchings – SYDNEY, NSW

Tickets

Sat Apr 28th – Drill Hall Gallery w/ Tom Lyngcoln + Shoeb Ahmad – CANBERRA, ACT

Facebook Event

Sun Apr 29th – Frank’s Wild Years w/ Liz Little Sky – THIRROUL

Facebook Event

 

THE TALL GRASS


Our album Down The Unmarked Road recently made the AMP long list, so nice to get a bit of critical love there. It is of course available HERE on CD and digital. We’ve got a cool little show coming up in Wollongong, details below –

Sat 17th Feb at 6.00 pm – Disgracelands w/ Lax Charisma + Tiny And The Broken Hearts

Tickets 
Facebook Event

CROWD FUNDING FOR SOLO ALBUM NUMBER FOUR

November 6, 2017

 

Thanks to all of you who have got on board, some have pretty much sent money for very little in return which is super generous and appreciated but…there is heaps of stuff on offer, I’ve tried to squeeze my imagination into all sorts of shapes to get something special out to you, and in return finance the pressing and promotion of this album.

It’s going up until November 23rd so plenty of time to have a guernsey. Stuff to check out includes: the original charcoal on paper drawing by Chris McGirr that makes up part of the album artwork (one only), handwritten lyrics (only one left), house shows (go on) etc.

The album will be called Bedsit. At this stage I am doing a very limited vinyl run, probably only around 200 which you can preorder via my Pozible campaign. I’m up to 126 supporters as I type, again, thank you.

More details are HERE

GIGS

The Tall Grass continues to play regularly which I’m enjoying immensely. It’s a collaboration between myself and Peter Fenton of Crow. Our album Down The Unmarked Road came out in April and you can listen to and purchase it at BANDCAMP  Or visit us on FACEBOOK 

We have these three shows in various formats

Sat Nov 4th Django Bar (Marrickville)

Dusty Ravens (album launch)

The Tall Grass

TICKETS

Sun Nov 3rd The Factory Theatre

Hindsight – A Night For Simon

A tribute to the sadly departed Simon Holmes with all proceeds going to his family

Featuring – Ratcat, Custard, Drop City, Smudge, Ups and Downs, Disneyfist, The Tall Grass and many more

TICKETS

Thur Dec 21st Marrickville Bowling Club

The Gin Club

The Tall Grass

Wifey

MORE INFO HERE

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JH

NEW SOLO ALBUM : CROWDFUNDING

September 30, 2017

                                                                         Pic By Hadassa Haack

This Sunday October 1st from 9am Aussie time until mid November I’ll be crowdfunding to raise the needed funds to press and promote my fourth solo album. It’s already up for your viewing pleasure so you can have a look through the pledges HERE

I’m looking forward to keeping you up to date and thank you all muchly in advance. I’ve plumbed the depths of my imaginative powers here…you’ll find the first ever Bluebottle Kiss cassette only release from 1994 with bonus tracks on limited edition signed and numbered CDR amongst other things. These recordings will feature the line up previous to the one that recorded our debut, out of circulation for over twenty years, a rare bird. There’s also house shows, LP and CD packages, handwritten lyrics, guitar and songwriting help, lots of stuff! The album is a very bare and personal recording, the first album to have been recorded by myself out in the wilds of Bathurst on a ’90’s era 16 track half inch machine.

 

                                                                         Pic By Hadassa Haack

The Tall Grass
We are doing our final show for our Weathervane mini tour and it’ll be in four piece band mode in our home town of Sydney. It’s the last headline show we have so we’d love to see you there.

Sat Oct 7 @ Django Bar (Marrickville)
The Tall Grass (band mode)
w/ Wifey
Tickets

It’s a small venue so grab a pre-sale, under 18’s if accompanied by an adult are welcome, food available as well.

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Jamie

WEATHERVANE

August 31, 2017

The Tall Grass have a new videoclip for Weathervane which is taken from our album Down the Unmarked Road.

This one was directed by my talented brother Scott. Here it is:

To celebrate we’re going to do one last small interstate run and we’d love to see you at a show.

THE TALL GRASS – WEATHERVANE TOUR

Sat Sept 9 Brisbane (duo)
The Junk Bar 7 @ 7:30 pm

TICKETS HERE

+ Sonic Sherpa Records instore performance at 1pm

Sat Sept 23 Melbourne (duo)
LongPlay @ 8pm
+ Peter Fenton (solo) + Jamie Hutchings (solo)

TICKETS HERE

Sat Oct 7 Sydney (band show)
Django Bar 8pm
+ Wifey

TICKETS HERE

Facebook Event 

The album is available from us direct at BANDCAMP

Also look out for my crowd funding campaign for my fourth solo album which I’ll be kicking off on October 1st.

I’m looking at doing a limited release of a very rare Bluebottle Kiss release that has been out of circulation for over 20 years, amongst other things.

I look forward to giving you more news on that soon.

The Tall Grass – Down The Unmarked Road

April 10, 2017

Hi

The Tall Grass album is called Down The Unmarked Road is out as of Friday April 7th, 2017.

You can listen and to and buy it on Bandcamp

Robert Forster even wrote the liner notes.

The Tall Grass is a collaboration between myself and Peter Fenton of Crow. We’ve been crafting away on it for a few years, much blood, sweat and fears. We hope you approve.

We have some launches lined up, they are listed below for your perusal.

THE TALL GRASS – DOWN THE UNMARKED ROAD TOUR

Newcastle Thur April 27 – The Edwards Duo mode + Jamie Hay

Facebook Event

Sydney Sat May 6 – Leadbelly (Newtown)
co-headline launch with Adam Gibson and The Ark-Ark Birds
+ Christine Jane

Both acts launch their albums this night and we will be expanding The Tall Grass to a full a band for the first time.
Facebook Event

Be fancy and book a table or a general admission ticket here

Brisbane Fri May 19 – Junk Bar
Duo mode

Facebook Event

Limited tickets here

Melbourne Fri May 26 – The Yarra
Full band show + Harry Howard and the NDE + Charlie Marshall and the Body Electric

Facebook Event

Melbourne Sat May 27 – The Reverence (Safety in Numbers benefit)

Facebook Event

SOLO SHOWS

Bathurst Fri May 21 – T. Arts Gallery
Solo improv guitar show to accompany the excellent Chris McGirrs exhibition Power And The Imperfect World

Facebook Event

Melbourne Sat May 27 – The Reverence (Safety in Numbers Mental Health Fundraiser)

Facebook Event

Melbourne Sun May 28 – The Old Bar (afternoon show)
I’ll be performing a low key and rare solo show off the back of The Tall Grass launch
JMS Harrison + Cabin Inn. Free entry. 3pm start.

Facebook Event
https://www.facebook.com/events/692281434311771/

Upcoming Dates

March 29, 2016

JamiePosterJepandDep

Hi here’s a bunch of palaver –

Jamie Hutchings at The Camelot Lounge Thur Apr 21st
w/ Jep and Dep

Yes that’s me. I’m returning to The Camelot Lounge for the above date. It’s the only show of its kind that I have happening this year thus far, for those who’ve come before you’ll know I will play just about anything from the past twenty years, for those who haven’t – come along.

If you have a specific request for a song feel free to hit reply to this newsletter and I’ll do my best to accommodate you. Along for the ride will be folk-noir duo Jep and Dep. For the long time listeners out there they feature Darren Cross of Gerling infamy, we used to share the stage a bit back in the century before this one.

Doors – 7pm Music 8pm Finish 10pm
Great affordable food is available, you can sit or stand and under 18’s are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
Tickets $18 + bf if purchased in advance or $25 at the door.

Buy tickets HERE

Facebook event HERE

The Tall Grass Gig List

Peter Fenton and myself are The Tall Grass. You can keep up to date at
The Tall Grass Facebook Page

Here’s some dates for us –

Wed Mar 30th Newtown Social Club front bar – free entry 6:30 pm
NEWTON SOCIAL CLUB

Sat Apr 2nd The Cambridge Hotel (Newcastle)
Newcastle Dog Rescue Benefit
Entry – $10 7:30pm – 1:00am
Tickets HERE
Facebook Event HERE
We will be on at 10:50pm

Fri April 8th The Vanguard
Great line-up!

Peg
The Tall Grass
J M S Harrison
Mark Moldre (feat myself, Scott and Reubs)
Sam Shinazzi

The Tall Grass on stage at 10pm Mark Moldre on stage at 8:30pm

Buy Tickets HERE

Facebook Event HERE

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J.H