April 2016, blog – Anzac special
Hi everyone. I am back in the rainforest now, in Cairns Australia where I am working on the edits for my upcoming album . I LOVE it up here in the tropics, swimming in water holes, eating fresh papaya and mangrove crab.
This time last year, I was in Gallipoli (Anzac Cove, Turkey) for Anzac Centenary, playing live in the presence of 24 world leaders including Prince Charles and Harry. Representing 2 cultures and acting as a peace ambassador was the ultimate experience, as this is why I make music and basically what my art is about.
In honour of the ongoing Anzac Centenary commemorations, and an offering of peace, I'm offering a free mp3 download of the exclusive "Season of Plums, Istanbul Edit" to all who sign up to my mailing list. This “Istanbul-ized” version of the song is not available for download anywhere else. It features the oriental stylings by fretless guitarist (Sinan Cem Eroglu) and was recorded especially for Russell Crowe. The song was given to him personally on the set of his "The Water Diviner" film, in Istanbul and he not only played it on the set but had the name of the song painted on a movie prop too. Can you imagine my surprise when I saw, on the big screen, the words "SEASON OF PLUMS" painted on a hessian sack in the middle of the Gallipoli war field??!! The sack got blown up in the opening scene, and I too was blown away!
I was blessed to work with Russell Crowe for a day and experience his generosity, while again representing both my cultures in the spirit of peace.
You can download your own copy of the song directly from my new website:
And here's a link to a little slide show video of the Water Diviner film shoot: