The long awaited launch of ‘The Tramp’ took place on Sunday, 12th February at Burnie Regional Art Gallery. An enthusiastic crowd gathered to enjoy an afternoon of music and literary delights. The band assembled
as Roger Jaensch, MP, became MC
and, reading an excerpt from the novel, introduced the song, ‘Cottage By The Sea’.
Three more tracks from the CD were preceded with a reading by guests, each shared passage and song a tantalising tidbit of what lay within the pages of the novel.
Michael related the story of how ‘The Tramp’ evolved from a dream he had and the journey of the last two years to the culmination on this afternoon.
Michael was supported by some amazing musicians who also appear on the CD. Julie Swain played the baby grand piano;
Neil Gray, lead guitar;
Phil Tibbits, bass guitar; Nick Turner, lead guitar;
Gary Pine, harmonica
and Kane Wylie, drums.
Husband and wife team, Tony & Judi Swain, expertly synchronised backing vocals and harmonies.
I nearly forgot to mention, Michael Cannon, acoustic guitar.
The final number, featuring the fabulous voice of Natasha Bakker, had the audience clapping, singing and dancing.
The excited crowd called for encore and Michael obliged with a thought provoking ballad. The entertainment was over, the bar was still open and many were compelled to take home a copy of the book and CD. Our friend, Jude, came all the way from W.A., her help was invaluable.
A big ‘Thank You’ to all who have believed in Michael, we really appreciate your support. Looking forward to the next project……
Photography courtesy of Chris Swain and David Harvey. Thanks guys.
The paperback and Kindle are available online at Amazon.com, Kindle at Amazon.com.au and the CD at Bandcamp.com
Both CD and paperback are in stock at Burnie Regional Art Gallery and ‘Not Just Books’, Burnie, Soon to be on shelves of bookshops around Tasmania and at tigerdreaming.com.au. Alternatively, you can use the contact form on this site for more information or to purchase a copy.