We’re looking for a #Melbourne #drummer and/or hand #percussionist with #1960s sensibilities. If you’re interested or can help us find someone, we’d lava for you spread the word or email your questions or suggestions to contact@annieandbern.com

We’ll be rehearsing once a week and performing about once a month in Melbourne. We plan to play some out of town festivals and shows, and tour interstate for a few weeks later in the year. We’ll also be recording our third album this year. We’re looking forward to our new sound and we hope you’ll like it too. As you’ll see in our video below, we have a cabasa, maracas, jingle stick and sleigh bells but not enough hands!

 

Hello! We’ve just released a Christmas single / Christmas card and we’re going on tour!

The song is called Christmas With You. It’s a sing-a-long knees-up duet, complete with sleigh bells, whistling, key changes and lush 1960s-sounding “bup-bup” interludes. Its message is that you don’t “need lotsa money for the latest festive trends – Even cracker jokes are funny when it’s Christmas with friends!”


The CD’s colourful sleeve makes it a fab Christmas card and gift, with plenty of space to write greetings. A white envelope is included, for posting or for presentation as a gift. We’ll have it for sale at our gigs or to order from our online shop. You can also listen or download it here.

Christmas Card

Our tour starts on November 22nd, and goes to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, McLaren Vale, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Canberra and Euroa. We’ll post date and venue details in a future post, but you can also check them here now. We hope you like the song. It’d be fab if we can say hello in person at one of our gigs between now and Christmas!

Hello! Annie here with a bit of news and a bit of fun.

Bern and I are in the midst of recording our upcoming single. It’s a knees-up, with whistling, sixties-style “bup-ba-da-dah” sections, two key changes, Bern singing and me impersonating a trumpet (or perhaps a chicken). It also lends itself to comical onstage ad-libbing and a good old audience sing-along. The King of Skiffle, Lonnie Donnegan, has perhaps been more influential on us than we hitherto realised:

The single will be out in late October, and we’ll be out and about from late November, touring Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, The Gold Coast and further locations to be announced. We’ll keep you updated here, but you might also like to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. You’ll find extra stuff on both of those, when we have too many bits and bobs to include in these blog posts, or something very short notice.

This photo HAD to be included in today’s post though. We were very honoured recently when one of our very supportive and creative fans put her heart on her sleeve. Awww!

Fan denium jacket art

Hello! Annie here. This post is a little collection of things we’ve been up to, listening to and watching. If you’re into vintage style or music, there’s a good chance you’ll find something of interest, and we’re up for a chat if you have any comments!

TV: If you’re staying in THIS SUNDAY NIGHT July 26th (and you’re in Australia) you might like to catch some top telly on ABC TV at 8:30pm. Inspector George Gently is a police show set in North East England in the 1960s, with all the vintage style, Geordie charm and historical issues you’d expect from such a setting, as well as timeless drama and heart. Series 7 has just aired, and so it’s back to series 3 this week, but the jumping about doesn’t matter that much as each episode stands up on its own anyway, aye pet.


Music: I was chuffed a few years ago when I found this video of my favourite Beatles song being performed by my favourite contemporary musicians, Miles Kane and Alex Turner. As The Last Shadow Puppets, they’ve masterfully covered a lot of 1960s songs and composed plenty of originals influenced by sixties styles. Their 2008 original album, The Age of the Understatement, has a great sound. Speaking of covers, I recently discovered that The Beatles covered a lot of songs themselves, especially on their first few albums. It’s nice how songs go around and around. What’s your favourite Beatles song? Do you have a favourite cover of a Beatles song? Do you have a favourite cover version performed by The Beatles? A friend told me that his favourite Beatles song was a B-side, You Know My Name Look Up The Number, which was quite a revelation. We’d love to know your picks.


Photography: As you might’ve seen in our blogsite header, we have new photos. When our friends, Dallas and Simon, heard we were looking for a 1960s-style setting, they generously invited us to use their lounge room and kitchen nook. THANKS Dallas and Simon! The photos were taken by Kelli Morris Photography. We highly recommend Kelli if you need group, portrait or wedding photos. She gets a good bunch of shots in a short space of time, gently directs you, and makes the whole thing a light-hearted adventure …as you’ll see in our next post!

 

This Sunday June 14th brings what I expect will be our most fabulous gig to date. We’re performing at The Bobby Dazzler Market‘s British Invasion Special! It’s a party, in a market, in a pub! We’re on at 12 noon, followed by mod bands The Sons Of Mod and The Pollydevlins.

There’ll be stalls packed with vintage clothing, vinyl records, accessories, furniture and art. There’ll be go-go dancers. There’ll be tarot readings. There’ll be food and drinks. There could well be scooters. There’ll be designers of vintage-style clothing AND there’s even a competition you can enter at the event page to have a dress or flares made especially for you!

It’s at The Provincial Hotel in Fitzroy, 12noon-6pm. Entry is free. Come.

THIS FRIDAY February 20th we’re returning to The Thornbury Local! We’ll perform 2 sets, mixing our romantic vintage-pop originals with hits made famous by Lulu, Sandie Shaw, Petula Clark, The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Troggs, The Kinks and many more 60s British greats! We’re on 9:30-11pm. Entry is free, and the kitchen is open 6pm-midnight.

In the meantime, here’s our first video! It’s a live performance of our original song, If You.

Hello! We’ll very soon be playing our debut gigs in Melbourne and regional Victoria, and are on the lookout for venues that will complement us. We’re thinking something cosy, a bit swish, with good service, maybe with an early-1960s vibe. Have a listen on the Listen & Download page, and a read on the Story page, and if you know of any venues that you think might suit us, we’d love for you to let us know.