We've literally flew in from Perth, Western Australia just a couple of days ago and are about to head south for some shows in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, USA. No rest for the blessed!!! Our Australian tour was amazing. Will, Bobbi and I got to hang with Bobbi's family in Melbourne. Bobbi' s brother has a beautiful property in Research with an in built family of kangaroos and Kookaburras. We also visited the Harper Clan in Perth. I hadn't seen my Mum and Dad for over ten years and some of my sisters for 15 years. We had a great time with our families. The shows were a lot of fun too. The German Harmonie Club in Canberra was a full house, lots of old friends like Margaret and Ian Ferguson turned up. Then we got to hang with the incredible James Glendenning at the Sydney Blues and Roots Festival. We did some touristy stuff like visit the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and in Melbourne - The Healesville Sanctuary. Will Rideoutt my fabulous guitarist got to see Emus, Wallabies, platypus and wombats. The Towradgi Beach Hotel was also a lot of fun. We had two shows at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. I would have to say that the second show was the best Ive ever performed in my home country. Our Aussie Midwest Kind- of Andrew Robson and Adrian Sutton did a great job of learning the all original repertoire. The flight home was not so good. Will's flight to Vancouver was canceled because the plane hit a pelican. Our flight from Perth was delayed, then our flight from Sydney to Vancouver came in late, so we missed the connecting flight to Toronto. Then our Flight to Detroit was delayed by one and half hours. Plus Bobbi and I were security checked at every city. But we arrived home safely with all our bags, harps and didgeridoos intact!
The big news is that the HARPER AND MIDWEST KIND NEW CD GO FUND ME CAMPAIGN has reached the new total of $4160 raised https://www.gofundme.com/peterdharper
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We have covered the cost of the recording studio (yay) and now we are well on the way to covering the costs of the CD pressing and artwork (double yay). We have one more month to go, so if you haven't checked out the website please do so now before we close it down.. We have lots of goodies on offer: You have several choices: a pre release signed copy of the new CD and a signed poster or a Tee Shirt or all three. Maybe a house concert or harp/didgeridoo lesson in your own home as well! Bobbi and I could also bring "Australian Didge-ucation" to your local school or library. A huge thank you to those who have spread the word and supported this campaign. We certainly intend to give something back for your amazing support.
Hope to see you all out on the road this Fall and Winter here in the USA. Wishing you all the very best for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday!
Thanks and Peace,
Harper and Midwest Kind
www.harper.biz (Official Harper Website) CDs
http://www.harper.biz/workshops.html Australian Didge-ucation
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