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More December news 2014

Slowing down. As we head closer to Xmas things can get so busy…the stress and exhaustion of the year builds.

We have had so much rain ..and that causes delays too…but yesterday I had five minutes of sitting on the back verandah

with the dog; The wind and rain were wild. It was the first time in ages that I felt like I didnt have to go anywhere, do anything,

or rush about. It was so lovely, and so easy to be there…in the middle of a torrential storm, yet peaceful.

Early this morning- the water, the shining steel, the glass and coffee cups rinsing in the sink spoke of the beauty in the simple.

March 2014

Whilst in Chile we visited the Andean mountains around Pucon, close to the Argentinian border. Here we are with the Volcano el Lanin in the background.

July 2013

Hi , welcome to  the site for Australian guitarist Luke O’Neill.

I have been taking some time to read some interviews from a pile of ‘downbeat’ music magazines from the 70′s;

master drummers like Philly Joe Jones and Tony Williams, bassist Alfonso Johnson, conga player Mongo Santamaria…Guitarists: Santana and Phil Manzanera. Philly Joe had some interesting things to say on touring overseas and eeking out an existence as a jazz player in the U.S…how in Europe there were great gigs and appreciation but he was at home in the U.S.; this is where he chose to work even if that meant it wasn’t as easy financially.

Professional artistic people have to make these decisions all the time.

April 2013

We have chosen where to live…made a commitment! And I handed in my Masters thesis yesterday! It’s all come together.

June news

Life is thankfully setting down. Clearing and clawing my way through a murky swamp of foreign influences and ‘trabajo’.

Still on the move but resolution has to be near…doesn’t it! To stick to the decisions we make can be hard! If you’re born to do something you must do it. Been completing my violin and guitar piece “On the Gib” for Jacqui Miller…it’s all in the editing…I could keep refining this for ages but deadlines have prevented this indulgence.

May News

Straight into May… life by the sea isn’t all smooth sailing, won’t go much further than to say I’m learning alot. A great deal of challenge in many areas of my life. Remind myself to breathe; lots of good food and good sleep. Here is a drawing of an iris by my daughter of the same name.

March news

Still alot going on…but April will bring a break! Just back from gigs in Melbourne  (the Forum) and Sydney (the Enmore).

Very busy doing charts for my students and learning a Bartok flute and guitar duet. And there is still Masters work and ‘multimedia audio concepts’ to cover. Why have I done this to myself?

My wife Robbie is opening her SAGE photographic exhibition at the moment so routine has evaporated. The exhibit has been well received though and it’s great to see all the work come to fruition. The rain has made Picton lovely and green again.

February news

So much happening. Too many commitments and not enough time. I’ve needed to backburn my material for a few weeks till things settle down. By April I will start getting things ready to re-record the Nest CD songs. March events include some touring gigs, finishing off ‘the mutual acquaintances’ CD project, and sound design research. I’ll be happy if I stay afloat!

Studio return

We’ve just had a week camping near Moruya on the South Coast of NSW. On the way we spent a couple of nights in Bungonia National Park.

Very inspiring and refreshing to be close to nature again. Really needed a full week to unwind and be ready to get back into it. More holidays please!

Luke O’Neill/ music/guitar

September news: and Luke O’Neill

Following a serious head-down period of teaching and academic wrestling I’m coming up for air. A position working as music development officer with Aboriginal musicians in Wingellina, W.A., presented itself too. However I’ve decided to keep things simple and stick to my family focused lifestyle. Mind awareness is what I want to develop at the moment and I don’t want too many new things in the way of this learning. On top of this I need to stay with my commitment to get new music recorded by christmas.

Iris is getting her artwork ready for entry into the Picton show. Here is a vibrant horse image that she has been developing for a while.

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