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CD launch

When I released my CD, I held my launch in conjunction with Paul Irwin. Paul is a friend of Brian’s and mine who is a fantastic nature photographer. Over 200 people came along to have a look at Paul’s lovely photographs and help me celebrate the release of my CD. Thanks, everyone! The venue was the Macleod Country Golf Club in Mt. Ommaney, not far from where we live, and this was a great spot for an afternoon launch. The members of staff at the club were very helpful and certainly the view from the Westlake Room was just lovely, particularly as the sun went down and the shadows lengthened over the greens – beautiful!!

Brian Brett acted as compere for the afternoon and he did a good job, (and he didn’t tease me TOO much in front of everyone!) Paul got up and said a few words about his photographs and I thanked everyone for their support and help throughout this project. The club provided some yummy nibblies for the crowd and the drinks were well priced.

We started out the launch with just my flutes and me, and I played a couple of tracks off my CD – Time In A Bottle and The Voice Within. Then guitarist Richard Farmer joined me on stage to play Let It Be. Richard runs his own guitar teaching school - Check One Two Guitar Schools ( and he is a great guitarist and an all-round nice guy! Annie’s Song was performed with Elise Crawford on keyboard, along with Brian Brett on guitar and Ian Evans on bass.

We invited Mary Brettell up to perform a couple of songs for us all and Mary was GREAT! I loved her choice of songs! Mary is a top singer and guitar player and gets the crowd going with her super songs.

After a bit of chatting time, our percussionist, Steve Stiller joined us and then all of us in Silken Thomas played Moondance just prior to stirring up the Irish spirit in the crowd and playing some Irish and a few non-Irish numbers to round the afternoon off. The three hours flew and before we knew it, it was time to pack up and head on home.

I also held a couple of CD launches in Eastern Canada – one in my hometown of Sackville, New Brunswick at the Bridge Street Café and one in a neighbouring town, Amherst, Nova Scotia at Bella’s Café. My CD was very well-received in both towns. In Sackville, the CD went straight to number one in sales, with one man buying 10 of them!!! LOL

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