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October - November
Jazz, Folk, Funk, Techno and covers! 
Some highlight gigs for October and November have included:
- Performing with NOU at Lazybones Lounge
- Performing Yutaro Okuda's original music with Dave Quinn at Hibernian House
- Performing at Petersham Bowlo and Marrickville Festival with Funk Engine
- Djing techno/industrial tunes at Georgia Webb's EP launch.
August - September
Oxford Arts solo drum gig, Covergirls & All Ears with Marcus Whale 
Throughout August and September, I have been playing a whole variety of gigs!

On Friday the 14th of September I played my first hybrid drum solo set as .ilex at Oxford Arts Factory Gallery for the event 'Bodies to Bodies', curated by Anna May Kirk. I composed my own percussive and textural track and combined this with live drum and percussion beats.

Covergirls have also finished recording our demos, and have been playing many gigs around Sydney. My favourite was playing Amy Winehouse's tunes at the Soda Factory for their Amy tribute night.


Amongst other gigs, I also played accordion and zither in Marcus Whale's performance for the 'All Ears Listening Party' at Campbelltown Arts Centre. The program as a whole was amazingly curated. The performances were interesting and informative, featuring creative and diverse queer artists.

June - July
Funk Engine Gigs,  Lettuce Tribute with Pat Powell and DJ Debuts
These past months Funk Engine has been getting back into the swing (or should I say funk?) of things. We've played shows with Melbourne friends Masco Sound System, performed Swedish Funk at the annual Scandinavian Film Festival, and packed out Venue 505 with out 'Tribute to Lettuce' show (featuring Pat Powell).

I've also started to DJ as .ilex! It's something I've wanted to do for a long time. I particularly enjoy spinning techno/tech house and house mixed with interesting textures. If you're interested in hearing some of my mixes, you can check out my Mixcloud.


April - May 
Lessons with Dave Goodman, and gigs with the Wireless and Nou
Recently, I've been playing some intimate and cozy shows with Heather Prowse's jazz quartet 'The Wireless', Tina Stefanou and Joseph Franklin's 'Nou', and exploring some new directions with my drumming! Through lessons with Dave Goodman, I hope to expand my soloistic ideas, and get a fresh perspective on how to approach the drums!


March 
Funk Engine 5th Birthday at 505
Funk Engine is 5 years old! To celebrate this milestone, the band performed at 505 on March 23rd. It was a lot of fun playing to a sell out crowd and reflecting on the last 5 years. We've come so far as a band, musicians and people. Here's to the next 5!




January - Feb 2018
Korea and Japan!
Through January and February this year I was lucky to spend time in both Korea and Japan, experiencing many new things, exploring, and of course checking out some awesome music (mainly electronic music, and jazz). Highlights included seeing Sebastian Mullaert play an all night live set at Vent in Tokyo; catching Object, Wataru Sakuraba and Maa at Contact; Ko Omura at Pignose in Nakano; and Hakuei Kim at Keystone Club. Left is a Japanese woodblock, Korean temple block and some jingles that I picked up while away!

November 2017
Funk Engine's last gig for the year
Well, this was Funk Engine's last gig for the year.  It was fun to be able to play the late-night set after Terri Lyne Carrington, at this year's SIMA International Women's Festival.  It was amazing to see Terri Lyne's flow, groove and freedom around the drums, and she also very kindly let me use her beautiful Yamaha kit and Zildjian cymbals for my set! It was a great end to a full year for Funk Engine - releasing our second album, and playing shows in Sydney, Melbourne and the Blue Mountians. 2018 will be our fifth year playing as a band! Keep an ear out for some new releases next year!

October
Big Week for Funk Engine
This week Funk Engine let loose on Radio Skid Row 88.9 Marrickville for a live performance, followed up on Friday by a sell-out album launch at Venue 505! It was a real treat to play for a totally packed room, and to perform with all the musicians that played on the album. Also, Funk Engine are feeling extremely privileged to let everyone know that...we'll be performing the late-night set following Terri Lyne Carrington's Sydney performance at the SIMA International Women's Festival. The show's on November 10th and it's shaping up to be a great festival.

September 
Lots of gigs this week!
I'm very excited to be part of many different shows this week as part of: Speak Satellite Festival Wollongong; Underbelly Arts Late Night Lab, co-hosted by the NOW now; Manly Jazz Festival; Funk Engine's Album Launch; and a live performance on radio.
See photo for details.

GWS Giants AFL Semi-Finals
I had so much fun playing at the AFL this evening as part of the Greater Western Sydney Giants Marching Band!  Next week they'll take on Richmond for a spot in the grand final.  Fingers crossed.

Marcus Whale at Sydney Contemporary
This Thursday evening I'll be playing with Marcus Whale at the opening of Sydney Contemporary at Carriageworks, curated by Vice.  We'll be in the "talks space" at 7:45.pm. Come and find us amongst the art!

August 
Top of the Lake is now on air
Well, after recording in November last year, Top of the Lake Season 02 China Girl is now out!
You can hear my drumming in the soundtrack along with Jaques Emery on double bass & Andrew Bruce on piano.
Music by Mark Bradshaw and Marcus Whale, with production by Matthew Mcguigan.

August 
I will be playing drums on TV!
You can catch my playing in Episode 5 of the new ABC TV Series 'Growing Up Gracefully'.  Thanks to ABC TV and Giant Dwarf for having us.  Fellow marching band members Kali Gillen (left), Bec Scolnic (middle), Heather Prowse (right), Nish Manjunath (not pictured) & Dan Moore (not pictured) will also be featured.

June
Funk Engine is in Melbourne!
We play at the Evelyn Hotel with supports from China Beach and the Knack. Here is a photo of us enjoying ourselves with some good Melbourne brunch.

May
Swampland Issue 02 Launch Party
Had a great time playing Marcus Whale's Music alongside Jaques Emery at the Swampland Issue 2 Launch Party in Melbourne. Excited to see what Issue 03 will look like. Biscotti Band, Spike Fuck and Emlyn Johnson also performed. Here is a video from the night.
Funk Engine Album Numer 2 Taking a Ride is out now!
Our Sydney launch will be happening at Venue 505 on Oct 6th. To stay up to date with Funk Engine gigs, please follow us on Facebook or see our website.

April
Funk Engine write-ups in the Paper - Blue Mountains Gazette, Inner West Courier and Cantebury-Bankstown Express.
Thanks to the Cantebury-Bankstown press for making me feel like a local! Funk Engine's new album "Taking a Ride" will be dropping very shortly, with our Katoomba launch happening on Sunday April 30th at Hotel Blue.  You can listen to two of the singles already at https://soundcloud.com/funk-engine

April 
Holly Throsby Australia Tour - all done!
The Holly Throsby tour is now finished.  I had a great time drumming and singing backing vocals to Holly's beautiful songs, and couldn't have had a better time playing with other band members Abel Cross - bass, and Tim Kevin - guitar.
We have received several reviews of the live show, including praise from the BragThe Music.Com.Au; and the Newcastle Herald.
To keep up with any upcoming shows, visit Holly Throsby's website: http://hollythrosby.com/

March
Holly Throsby National Tour
Holly Throsby's Tour of Australia is about to kick off, starting in Katoomba next week!  I will be playing drums and singing BV's on Holly's T's beautiful songs along with Tim Kevin on Guitar & Abel Cross on Bass.  
Check out the poster for dates.