Archie’s high on life.
Has been for a while. Probably a long while.
He’s back at uni and loving it and enthusiastically gets out of bed in the morning and irons a shirt and packs his low-carb lunch and off he goes. Because not only is uni grand, Archie’s band (although widely unknown) is keeping his spirits high.
A few months ago Archie was wandering through the city and came upon a group of buskers playing classical music. Within the group was a lovely young girl playing the violin and singing vocals and Archie was drawn by her talent. When the group stopped for a break Archie (who as you know gets right in your face and doesn’t hold back), said, ‘You’d be good in my band’. And she was totally surprised to be sure but interested as well. Archie questioned her and found out she is a Year 12 student at the Conservatorium of Music where she proficiently plays the piano and the violin as well as having singing lessons.
Learning she is still in school was a bit of a concern but Archie quickly recovered from any thoughts of disappointment that might be imposed due to her study timetable and said, ‘Well, we wouldn’t take up too much of your time because you’re obviously really talented so you’d pick it all up in a heartbeat and if you’d like to join our trio, here’s my details. There’s some u-tube stuff you can look at and here’s the link to our facebook page. If you’re interested, I’d love to hear from you’.
Can you believe the girl actually contacted Archie, said how much she loved his music and that she’d love to join the folk band. Archie was thrilled. They rehearsed with the new girl a couple of times and found she brought a wonderful new dimension to the group. They now have Archie on lead vocals, guitar and harmonica, David on mandolin and vocals, Nat on double bass and Emma on violin, piano and vocals.
So the next thing was to gig and Archie announced to the group they had a gig booked. ‘Where is it?’ they asked. ‘We’re doing the trains’, said Archie.
And so last Friday night the band, together with all their instruments (and I do feel so very sorry for Nat with the double bass), boarded a train at Kings Cross Station. Nat with the double bass found a spot where she could lean against a wall so she could stabilise herself then Archie yelled to everyone on board, ‘We’re Jack Selwyn and we’re here to entertain you. One, two, one, two three, four and Archie began the foot stomping and the passengers sat there stunned and the band played and Archie began to sing the songs he’s written.
And no one stopped them. Everyone seemed to love it or they were too scared to say they didn’t and they all brought out their i-phones and recorded the performance and stomped along with the beat. In the next couple of hours Archie and his band rode all over Sydney gathering an audience. One woman had an auntie who’s a record producer and she has passed on the band’s details to her and she has already asked Archie to send in a demo. The morning after the train gig their facebook likes had increased by one hundred. Archie is on a high and he just can’t wait to get into the recording studios – that’s the next step.
They were on the trains Monday night as well. Archie always walks in completely wasted. ‘What’s for dinner, mum?’
‘You could exclude the rice’.
‘Thanks, mum, I’m trying to get in shape. And here’s the MX paper. Look what someone wrote in and said…
‘To the band that was playing on the Eastern Suburbs train that left Town Hall on Friday 7.17pm; I didn’t catch your name. Do you play live gigs anywhere else? You guys were great. Well worth being at work late to catch your performance.’
Is that a widely read paper, Archie? (I’d never heard of it).
‘Not really mum, it’s just something everyone grabs so they have something to read on their journey. But what the guy said was nice. We’ve got to keep doing this, mum. People on the trains seem to really embrace a live performance’.
Probably because they think they’re getting more than their ticket’s worth. ‘Good on you, Archie; you’re helping create a kink in their otherwise routine journey. No wonder you’re getting a wonderful response’.
The band will be doing a gig to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia on Sunday, 10th March at the Mosman Hotel at 5pm. If you would like to come and are in the area, here’s all the information you need…
Now this is really poor quality and it’s extremely brief but here’s what a stranger uploaded from Friday night’s performance…