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Karma County front man and hands on producer behind albums like Jimmy Little's instant classic Messenger, author of international best seller The Open Tuning Chord Book For Guitar, film composer, songwriter, veteran performer and sometime session guitarist for people like David Bowie and more.

Find out more about Brendan in his bio, check out dates to see him play live or go to shop to get some music... djoldbrendo soft rockin' in the free world.
 
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10 songs, 32 minutes, Short and Sweet! Recorded with The Magnolia Orchestra - Aldo Betto (guitar), Giacomo Da Ros (bass) & Youssef Ait Bouazza (drums) - at Yellow Fridge Road in the Tuscan seaside village of Porto Santo Stefano in April 2017.

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SOLO! 

I'm playing a handful of solo shows to celebrate the release of new album Short & Sweet, recorded with The Magnolia Orchestra in Italy last year.

1st March Bent On Food, Wingham NSW TIX https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=354059&

2nd March Tintenbar Up Front, Tintenbar NSW TIX https://www.tintenbarupfront.com/friday-march-2-2018-brendan-gallagher.html

3rd March #5 Church St, Bellingen NSW TIX https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=349671&

Then I'll be playing some shows in Italy mid April with The Magnolia Orchestra. A presto Italia! Brendo

Short & Sweet 

New album Short & Sweet will be out first week of February. Recorded with The Magnolia Orchestra - Aldo Betto (guitar), Giacomo Da Ros (bass) & Youssef Ait Bouazza (drums) - at Yellow Fridge Road in the Tuscan seaside village of Porto Santo Stefano, Italy. Engineered by Daniele Di Giovanni and Max Costa. 10 songs, 32 minutes, Short & Sweet!

Over the last ten years I've made some great connections in Italy, played a lot of shows with Aldo & Giacomo, and more recently with Youssef as well. Three nicer blokes you wouldn't meet on a day's march.

Check out this making of Short & Sweet clip set to an instrumental version of Fred Buscaglione's classic Guarda Che Luna.

I'll be doing a handful of solo regional gigs in NSW in March and then some shows in Italy in April with The Magnolia Orchestra. Check dates page for more. See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo

Summer 

Dust has settled on elections for the board of APRA and I'm very pleased to say I've been returned as a Writer Director. Thanks to all those members who voted for me. And congratulations to Nigel Westlake who was also returned as a director and picked up an ARIA award earlier this week to boot.

Now I can get back to work on the album I started recoding in Italy in April with The Magnolia Orchestra - guitarist Aldo Betto, bass player Giacomo Da Ros & drummer Youseff Ait Bouazza - and engineers Daniele 'The Chipster' Di Giovanni & Max Costa. Should be out in February with hopefully an east coast Australian tour with The Magnolia Orchestra in March. Here's a taste of what's to come Xmas Tree.

Much to do in 2018: Buried Country shows in Tamworth, Sydney and more, a new Dead Marines album, more projects with the fabulous Dave Mason. Keep an eye on Tour Dates. See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo (pic by Marco Piazza)

Winter 

Have been back in Oz just over a month after five weeks OS but only feel now I've caught my breath. The week I got back we buried my dear friend and legendary drummer Robbie Souter. A wonderful gentleman of Australian music who I performed countless shows with over nearly thirty years and played on many records I produced, from Karma County's first album to my last solo album Sonofobituary. A lovely, lovely man.

Played Dark Mofo in Hobart with Buried Country in early June then flew to Darwin and on to the Barunga Festival, a fantastic experience. Next week I'll be setting up at my fave recording space, Bondi Pavilion studio 1, to continue work on the recordings I made in Italy in April with musicians Aldo Betto, Giacomo Da Ros & Youseff Ait Bouazza and engineer Daniele 'The Chipster' Di Giovanni. This one has got a lot of story, some real 'funk' in the ensemble recordings, and I hope to bring the guys out to Australia next year to tour. See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo

Autumn/Prima Vera 

I'm off to Bologna mid April to play a few shows with my Italian friends Aldo Betto (guitar), Giacomo Da Ros (bass) & Youssef Ait Bouazza (drums). I met Aldo over a couple of guitars at a gig in Tuscany in 2009, and subsequently Giacomo too, and have played with them many times since. I've yet to meet Youssef but Aldo tells me he is the bomb. 

Then on to Porto Santo Stefano to record at Yellow Fridge Road studio with long time friend and former Karma County tour manager/mixer Daniele Di Giovanni. I've got a bunch of songs for a new album and can't wait to workshop them with these great artists. And maybe a little food & wine too, tutte bene!

Port Fairy Folk Festival 

I'll be playing Port Fairy Folk Festival 10-13 March in many guises - Buried Country, Karma County, THE PINKS play the blues and one show playing my solo stuff with The SOBs - drum legend Rob Souter (Hepnotics, Slim Dusty) jazz bass maestro Jonathan Zwartz & young WA guitarist Doug Nairn. There are some sideshows too in Sydney, check dates page for deets.

After Easter I'm off to record in Europe with my friends Aldo Betto on guitar, bass player Giacomo Da Ros and drummer Youseff Ait Bouazza. Aldo and Giacomo have played with me many times in Italy since 2009 and now's the time to put something down with my old friend The Chipster, Daniele Di Giovanni, at the controls at his Yellow Fridge Rd studio in Porto Santo Stefano. Molto bene! 

And a heads up for one, maybe two, special events as part of Vivid Sydney 2017. More to come next newsletter. See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo

Merry Xmas/Happy New Year  Podcast

2016's been a big year and 2017 is shaping up as a cracker as well. Over hols I'll be mixing Paddy McHugh's new album - pretty much recorded live in the studio with his fabulous 5 piece band, raw, big and painfully honest. If they get on festival circuit in 2017 they will blow everybody else out the window.

Speaking of which I'll be playing Port Fairy Folk Festival 10-13 March in many guises - Buried Country, Karma County, THE PINKS play the blues and one show playing my solo stuff with The SOBs - drum legend Rob Souter (Hepnotics, Slim Dusty) jazz bass maestro Jonathan Zwartz & young WA guitarist Doug Nairn.

After Easter I'm planning to record in Europe with my friends Aldo Betto on guitar and bass player Giacomo Da Ros. We've played together many times in Italy since 2009 and now's the time to put something down with my old friend The Chipster, Daniele Di Giovanni, at the controls at his Yellow Fridge Rd studio in Porto Santo Stefano. Molto bene!

And a heads up for one, maybe two, special events as part of Vivid Sydney 2017. More to come next newsletter. See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo
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Sonofobituary  Podcast

My new 6 track EP Sonofobituary is out NOW! Get your limited edition CD here

I'll be launching with my SOBs - Rob Souter, Jonathan Zwartz & Doug Nairn - at 505 in Sydney Friday 7th October. Tix here. More shows interstate over the next few months so check out dates page for more. Meanwhile give track 1 Town Hall Steps a spin. 

I'll be in Melbourne in October as MD for two special Buried Country performances at Melbourne Festival. It will be a great theatre event with a diverse range of established and emerging indigenous singers and a cracking' house band. 

Enjoying my time as an APRA Director in an fast changing music business environment, is hard to keep up. See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo

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I'm back  Podcast

Been a bit busy. Just mastered my new 6 track EP Sonofobituary with Don Bartley. Should be out next month with some shows interstate and in Sydney Sept/Oct/Nov, keep an eye on dates page. Meanwhile give track 1 Town Hall Steps a spin.

Will be in Newcastle 20th August as music director for the premiere of Buried Country at The Playhouse and 12 and 13 October at Melbourne Festival. It will be a great theatre event with a diverse range of established and emerging indigenous singers and a cracking' house band. Some shows with THE PINKS and others coming up too.

Enjoying my time as an APRA Director in an fast changing music business environment, is hard to keep up. See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo
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Summer 2015 

No cicadas yet but it sure feels like summer. Silly season is upon us but there's a few things to be done before putting my santa hat on, mostly planning and preproduction for some big events next year - deets in 2016!

In November it was great to welcome my buddy, composer and former Go-Between, Amanda Brown to APRA Board. Looking forward to collectively kicking some goals for the membership.

Only a couple of live dates coming up before Xmas then it's time to hang out at the beach for a bit of R&R. Give the gift of music this Xmas with a Brendo Triple Set.

Meanwhile check out The Good Baker's Dream clip, my Xmas/summer song - peace on earth and cold beer at Xmas time!

See youse all on the mean streets… Brendo