Strange Brew!

They surely were ‘Songs of Mystery & Imagination’ at Staves Brewery yesterday, just like the ad said!

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A big and cosmic thanks to our sonic comrades WAHOO GHOST and CROW MOUNTAIN (photos below) for making the evening so much more.

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Wahoo Ghost (above) are ethereal with an edge; there’s something harder beneath the shimmering surface of those atmospheric guitar textures, like a coral reef.

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Crow Mountain’s particular sea-coast of Bohemia just might be Appalachia. Bluegrassy originals are complemented by a rotating roster of guest musicians – here’s a squeezebox player; there’s a Flatt-pickin’ guitarist. Seize hold of their new CD ‘Shallow Water’!

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Mystery & Imagination

IMGP1039aA heapin’ helpin’ of Universal Mystery and Multidimensional Love upstairs at Staves Brewery (Glebe, Sydney) the other night when Mysterious Universe teamed up with 3D Love for a night of alt.rootsish (stick that in the dictionary pronto!) vibed music. IMGP1043aIMGP1021a

I took on the job of kicking off with a solo Starfired set, then 3D Love moved on in with their double-vocal attack. Finally the rest of the Mysterious Universe joined in for a full serving of our regular program, spiced up by doing the last three songs on the Guild Starfire archtop instead of the electric mandolin.

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Strange Brew

Recently Mysterious Universe manifested a couple of scaled-down turnouts at Sydney’s Harbour View Hotel in guitar-mandolin duo mode. Here’s the photographic evidence. Note the Harbour View’s impressive taproom library, and the welcome presence of Mysterious Universe guest star Professor Ken D’Aran on cajon (along with fellow guest star Zack Guitarman on tambourine, who also snapped the pics).

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RXHD1805Which brings us to October 21st, when Mysterious Universe show up at Staves Brewery in Glebe, Sydney (near Broadway Shopping Centre in Grose Street) to share the bill (and surely a brew or two) with the fabulous 3D LOVE, who have a fantastic sound and superb original songs in what has been referred to as a ‘glam-folk’ vein.

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Come along to Staves and lend them your ears!

The music kicks off at 8pm and there ain’t no cover charge.

Four What It’s Worth

With a quarter of Mysterious Universe marvelling over the rhinos and elephants of Western Plains Zoo way outback near Dubbo, we played a pared-back set to the punters of Gasoline Pony a fortnight or so ago. Many thanks to Luke Collings of Greasy Lake, who stepped in for six-string duty on our last number You’re Mine, which he made his with some top harmonies thrown into the mix as well.

Anyhow, we’re back to four on the floor this week. On Wednesday July 26th, the full-strength Mysterious Universe touches down at the Town Hall Hotel in downtown Newtown to plant some electric mandolin and other sounds in this good earth.

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Live & Original In Lewisham

Mysterious Universe lands at the Louis Hotel’s Bucket Lounge night in full four-piece mode Thursday 24th November (the Louis is the Lewisham Hotel renamed – 794 Parramatta Rd Lewisham). Come on down! Bucket Lounge is a great showcase for independent music with several venues around Sydney and we are mighty honoured to make our Bucket debut. To quote some of the official blurb…
14708018_563178840555490_2733430787604321654_o“Bucket Lounge has a truly talented bunch of individuals hitting the stage next Thursday night for Live & Original at the Louis.
Fire performed last month at Cronulla and brought some pretty awesome music to the stage; new to our stage will be Mysterious Universe ~ recommended to us by the illustrious Bill Hunt.
You will often see names on our bill unknown to you. That’s a good thing! A big part of our ethos is the element of discovery.
Come and discover…
The music kicks off at 7:30, happy hour from 5-7 with $5 beers, plus meal deals for 10 bucks from the kitchen. Our wonderful friend, Justine Wahlin will be the Host for the night.”