"They all have a place for me. My life is a nice blend of everything from 20,000 plus festival in India to 15 – 20 people in a local pub. It's a nice blend and I appreciate it for what it is.
I used to get a little frustrated sometimes when the crowd is small and a little less appreciative than I anticipated. But now I just enjoy it for what it is. You know, the crazy shows are good, but they are crazy you know. The small shows are nice to take time to try new material and actually take a breather, tell some stories and have some fun; same goes for my travelling lifestyle, a nice blend between hotels and nights with the band in the bush. So it's finding that balance is really cool."
"This year I will be doing less touring and staying within Australia and Fiji. Last year I started the year in India with the Saarang World Cultural Festival and toured flat out, flying and driving (sic) flat out, so last year was insane. In fact the last ten years have been insane. So this year I'm sticking mainly to Australia and Fiji and then next year we are hitting the World Music Festival scene around the world.'
Jay's friendly and approachable manner is certainly easy to admire and appreciate. I enjoyed talking with him and seeing him perform and relate to his audience.
B]For details of Jay Hoad's CD's Warmth in the White, Stories for the Soul, Home is Where the Heart Is and Earth Music check out his website.[/B]
***** out of *****
Austral Hotel, 205 Rundle Street, Adelaide
Fri. July 4th 6pm
Bacchus Bar, 253 The Esplanade, Henley Beach,
Sat. July 5th 8.30 pm.
Grosvenor Hotel, Victor Harbor
Sun. July 6th 2.00 pm
Full Moon Party at Uprising Beach Resort, Pacific Harbor, Fiji Islands. Phone: (679) 3452200).
Uprising Beach Resort.
Friday 11 July & 12 July 2014 (Still partying)
Golden Vine Hotel 135 King St. Bendigo Vic.
Fri 18 July 8.30 pm.
Snowline Hotel Harrietville
Sat 19 July 8.00 pm
Swindlers Mt Hotham
Sun 20 July, 21, 22, 23, 24th 8.00 pm
New South Wales & Queensland
Noosa heads Surf Club 69 Hastings, Noosa Heads Qld
Sat 26 July 9.00 pm.
Sun 27 July 3.00 pm
Nomads 44 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads Qld
Wed 30 July 8.30 pm
Hoey Moey 44 Ocean Parade, Coffs harbour NSW
Thurs 31 July 7.00 pm
NO.5 5 Church Street, Bellingen NSW
Fri 1 August
Palmwoods Hotel 34 Main Street, Palmwoods Qld.
Sat 2 Aug 8.00 pm
Caloundra Surf Club 1 Spender Lane, Caloundra Qld.
Sun 3 Aug 3 pm
Further dates to be advised. Watch this space.