The Lineup: Grand Casual gears up for new single launch

Tunes on the way: Grand Casual's latest single 'Western Border' is set for release on April 16. Photo: Jayden Walker.
Tunes on the way: Grand Casual's latest single 'Western Border' is set for release on April 16. Photo: Jayden Walker.

I'm finding it rather hard to wrap my head around the multitude of things I need to achieve for the day, the week, the month, the year. I've decided to disconnect from the television, from the daily news. I'm quite positive that this constant disruption of calm, this invocation of fear is destabilising my general forward momentum.

Whipping people into a frenzy is whipping my mind into a frenzy, one which is generally in a frenzy, honestly it doesn't need any more kinetic energy. After a brief stint of down time, a part of my focus has returned squarely to Grand Casual.

Currently I'm piecing together a month-long tour for mid-year, also working towards our next single release titled 'Western Border' set to go live on April 16. 'Western Border' is my personal favourite tune to date, which makes it a whole lot easier to pour a substantial chunk of hours into its promotion. If we believe in something it's so much easier to get behind, and for this single I'm all in.

Our summer run of Open Mics at the Cannery Arts Centre come to an end, with our last of the series falling on March 13 from 5.30pm. Open Mics are an essential element of a thriving music scene as they provide developing artists a supportive environment within which to hone their live performance skills, also creating an event where local musicians are able to meet their counterparts creating the potential for collaboration down the line.

I'd like to thank BJ's Fruit and Veg, Castletown Liquor and Liquor Barons Esperance for coming on board and sponsoring the summer series of Open Mics at the Cannery. Your funds aid with marketing, administration, roadie and equipment that allow the events to run smoothly.

If you're a local musician or just a lover of live music, head on down to the Cannery Arts Centre this coming Friday to catch some great live music, or maybe play a few yourself. Entry is $5, children are free, with attendees welcome to BYO beverages and nibbles. PA and electric drums are supplied on the night, look forward to seeing you there.

This year marks the first time I will make the voyage this coming Saturday March 14 to Grass Patch for the biennial Yabby Classic. The day kicks off at 1pm at the Grass Patch town hall/oval with free entry for all. And a cracking line up of activities for the whole family featuring Yabby Races and competitions, a range of kid's activities, live music, licensed bar and free camping for the night - honestly what is not to love. Laura Petrie, Rachel Vibart and I will be performing some casual acoustic tunes from 4-7pm followed by the Lazy Boys from 7.30pm. If you're looking for something different the Yabby Classic 2020 is for you.