Youngcare Benefit Concert

POSTED BY: 30.09.2015


How are things?

We have managed to make our way back to Australia after another stint in Madrid. I spent most of the year locked in the basement writing and recording extraordinarily low quality demos, eating kilos of jamon and cheese, sipping mojitos on Mojito Tuesday made by a Filippino genius named El Chino, speaking Spanish like Con the Fruiterer, learning a bit about flamenco (no I am not going to insult an entire culture and attempt any on my record), listening to Jackson Browne, The Band, Constant Bop, The Boss, De Pedro, Hiss Golden Messenger, Bobby Blue Bland, John Murry, John Prine, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Marc Maron WTF, Prince and Beck, a bit of travelling, watching and reading about cricket (I went to the first two days at Lord’s – it all went downhill after we left) and just generally being annoying to my family by playing the same songs over and over. Doesn’t sound like much but I can assure you it was as busy and unstructured as the previous sentence.

Not long after we had been back doing some shows in Australia, Matt Engelbrecht and I did a short tour of Europe which, apart from having a lurgy go through the camp (2 people – Matt and I), was a resounding pleasure and success. Sorry again to those people in Germany that planned to come along to what we eventually cancelled. I have always had a sad romantic fantasy about having a backpack and guitar and getting around Europe on trains and playing small acoustic shows with as small a group as possible. I have to say after that experience that ROAD CREW are possibly the only people as under appreciated as lead singers in rock bands. That itch is now well and truly scratched and I am looking forward to returning to traveling with an enormous entourage in the manner to which both Bronwyn Bishop and I are accustomed………private helicopter flitting between 7 star resorts. Oh and by the way Bronwyn, see you later and thanks, on behalf of the Australian public, for being so gracious about the whole incident. We really appreciate it. Oh and while I am at it, deeply insincere thanks to Tony Abbott too. Such a stunning and visionary leader cut down in his prime. Anyway, for a complete change, I digress. I DID love the shows and hope to do some more intimate stuff like that in Australia next year.

So now we are settled in and getting ready to record a brand new , destined for the middle- lower charts quadruple album* set for release next year. It’s always an exciting time getting ready to do this and I am chomping at the bit to get started. We are going to be playing a few of the new songs at the 10th Anniversary Youngcare Benefit Concert at Brisbane City Hall on October 10. It’s not very often that they let people like us play in there so it should be worth coming along. Mosman Alder, #1 Dads and my band are all performing sets along with funny men Julian Morrow and Joel Salom. Also we have a particularly special surprise guest. ………………….Brisbane music royalty is all I can reveal. It’s a great line up so get in and grab the last remaining tickets and help out young people that need a hand.

Purchase tickets to the Youngcare Benefit Concert here

Keep up the top work everyone and see you soon.


POSTED BY: 13.03.2015

Hi Everyone.

I am thrilled to announce my first UK shows since 2006 and my first European shows ever. All of the gigs are in a stripped back acoustic format and I’ll have my compadre Matthew Engelbrecht alongside playing guitar, mandolin and bass. I’ll be playing songs from all of my records as well as a fair bit of new stuff that will comprise my new album.

See the ticketing details below and come along and say hi.

27 Apr Dublin Whelans On sale now
29 Apr Glasgow Cottiers Theatre On sale now
30 Apr Manchester Ruby Lounge On sale now
1 May London Bush Hall On sale now
4 May Cologne MTC On sale now
5 May Hamburg Prinzenbar On sale now
6 May Amsterdam paradiso amstelkerk

Tickets here




An update from Bernard

POSTED BY: 30.10.2014

G’day Everybody,

Greetings from Madrid. My family and I have temporarily relocated over here again while we have the chance and are enjoying ourselves immensely. Autumn (Otoño) is just kicking in. After spending almost all of my life in Brisbane which has essentially two seasons -

1. Farken hot and steamy


2. a bit less hot and steamy for about two weeks in August

- it’s a beautiful thing to witness the kaleidoscope of colour and temperature that  northern hemisphere seasons present. Red, yellow, orange,purple and brown. Soon enough it will give way to glorious blue skies and icy sierra winds as the craggy, leafless trees battens down the hatches for winter. For now it is beautiful. I do miss Jacaranda bloom time in Brisbane though.

After a bit of a break I am in the beginning stages of writing a new record and am looking forward to playing some new songs at the shows coming up in Australia in late January. A new album is still a way off which explains why we aren’t doing gigs all over the country. So don’t hassle me, ok?  That will come later next year. I haven’t played any new songs at live shows for about 10 years so I am excited about doing that again. So if you do decide to come along, please clap or boo vociferously depending on how the songs strike you. It would be great to have the feedback.

I haven’t set myself any kind of agenda for the type of record I am going to make, but am just sitting down with my guitar and seeing what comes out. I suppose I have returned to the way that I have always written, which is to say…….let it happen. No agendas, no exclusions and none of the arbitrary rules that I imposed on myself last time I was here. I learned a lot from the experience of making Departures and feel like I have already found a lot of benefits in returning to simple ideas. Listening to Hiss Golden Messenger, Courtney Barnett, Little Feat, Ryan Adams and Leon Russell has certainly inspired me in that regard.  So I am happily busy and enthusiastic about the time ahead and looking forward to catching up with old friends and new when I get back.

I hope that most of the time, you are well and happy. See you next year.


BJF  xx