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13 Dec

is writing a song about Red Riding Hood and the wolf.

12 Dec

Today, my album reached 25% funding. Thank you awesome people! Sending you a ‘Thank You’ video. http://igg.me/p/40240?a=236223

Two inspirations

8 Dec

Both an inspirational woman and an inspirational man: St. Vincent covers John Lennon’s ‘Dig A Pony’

the horror, the horror

6 Dec

If my body clock gets me up at 06:30 every morning, does that mean I have to start exercising?

She got game (with scarves)

2 Dec

Re: the funding campaign. You still seem to like CDs. Noone’s pre-ordered a download pack. Only 7US/6.2AU/5,2EU. Should I do a download/scarf pack?

 And so you know I’ve got game when it comes to scarves: this is my Berlin scarf collection. Yes, I’m in my dressing gown. yes, that’s a Collingwood supporter’s scarf.

Buzz,
Wasp Summer

Pre-order a Wasp Summer download or CD

29 Nov

Dearhearts,
In August 2011, in Italy and Switzerland, I made my debut solo record with producer Henry Hugo and some fantastic musicians from all over the world. This record was one of my two goals when moving to Berlin in 2009.

I’m really proud of the songs, collated from ten years of writing, and the performances. Having refined my initial demos in Melbourne with Jon Shannon, I then busked for a year in Berlin’s U-Bahn, gigged a lot and took the songs on tour. I sang each track with the aim of giving myself goosebumps. I hope you’ll hear them in the record which will be called ‘Close as a Slow Dance’.

This album sets me up as a full-time musician. It is my calling card, my door-opener, my booking agent, my aeroplane, my big break… and a showcase of my songwriting to date.

I need to raise money to mix, master and manufacture the record on CD. It’s going to cost €3000 (AUD $3960/US $4090). So, I’m asking friends, fans and kind supporters to pre-order the record as a digital download and/or a spunky digipack CD through my Indie Go-Go campaign.

If you will kindly support the album by pre-ordering the digital download or CD in one of my incentive packages, your donation will help me book concerts, sell enough records on the road to get to the next town, get reviews, get radio airplay and live my vocation as a working songwriter and musician.

To look at the incentives and see my video plea made by Ken Burke, check out my campaign below. The video was made during the photoshoot for the album artwork in Berlin’s Rehberge park.

You can also help by sharing my campaign via email or facebook or twitter with people you think might enjoy an old-fashioned album of Alt.Country Folk heartbreak and love.

http://www.indiegogo.com/project/widget/40240?a=236223

Artwork by Jan Bechberger, Elizabeth Delfs and Damian Stephens.

Much love,
Wasp Summer

Wasp Summer Konzerte Heute und Sonntag

25 Nov

Hiya Dearhearts,

Two great shows this weekend as I celebrate my return to Berlin. First, tonight I perform in Berlin COMPASS North, a four-night multi-disciplinary survey of Berlin’s performance scene hosted by Sandra Serala. 20:00 sharp at Club der polnischer Versager, Ackerstr, Mitte. 8 EU.

Details for Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows at
http://on.fb.me/rYKpcJ

A Headful of Bees and Ken Burke present the final show in the Month of Sundays singer-songwriter concert series. 20:30 at Cafe Hilde, cnr Metzer Str and Prenzlauer Allee, P’Berg.A wonderful way to end the weekend.

Details of the lineup: http://on.fb.me/t8SJs9

Love, Wasp in Winter

Wasp Summer Australian Tour Poster

25 Oct
Awesome! My Australian Tour Dates in one amazing poster. Photo by Jan Bechberger. Design by Damian Stephens.

Retrogressive Melbourne Mayor Robert Doyle’s response to Occupy Melbourne

23 Oct
23 October, 2011

Mr. Doyle,

I am appalled by your venomous, disingenuous and impolitic response to the peaceful Occupy Melbourne protesters. The windy desert of City Square now stands fenced off from the public on whose behalf you artlessly proclaimed to liberate it, so what was the point of calling on the state riot police to violently evict people? You then compounded your shortsightedness by both denying police violence occurred, (“a minimum of force”, you lie) and falsely claiming it was provoked in a dog-whistle Herald Sun op-ed, when the whole operation was openly reported by the press and captured on video many times over by Melbourne’s citizens.

Your bluster marks you as reactionary and completely out-of-touch with the tenor of the times. You have kicked the right of peaceful, public dissent in the small of the back with a polished brogue. “Allowed to continue for a week”, you said. As several other commentators have pointed out, there is no time limit on legitimate expressions of democracy. I think you will find that your heavy-handedness actually alienates us, the average Melburnians you say you act for, come election time. I saw no evidence of the criminal damage, the lust for violence in the protesters that you claimed to see.

You now align yourself against the needs and wishes of the broader community. As in many of the other democratic, public political movements this year, it is not now only the “noisy, confused minority”, the “serial, professional protesters” who were there witnessing and protesting, who were punched, pushed, sprayed and dragged over the public’s City Square. Members of your council were involved, city workers, business people, volunteers, engaged students. Many of the ordinary Melburnians you represent now also have an inkling that they, too, can participate peacefully and effectively in their democratic process. And if some of the protesters are serial, aren’t there some very valid reasons why they need to bravely represent us again and again?

So why are we so angry? The privileged make a lie of the adage that hard work rewards. I work in the cultural sector and I have never been amply financially rewarded for the culture and cachet I have helped generate. I am expected to be content with facilitating the opening nights you attend to clothe yourself in unearned civility. Your response as Mayor is far from civilised. People of the political class convert the police our state tax dollars pay for into a name-tagless reactionary private security force favouring private interests above the public good. The lack of transparency in government and business sees bungle after hard-hitting bungle with no consequences for the incompetent and greedy. And now the gagging of legitimate protest. You are not listening to all the people you represent. You are not walking amongst all the people you represent.

As a proud Melburnian musician who can only make a living in Europe, I often spruik for Melbourne’s impressive cultural and social bounty. Unfortunately, what I am most frequently asked about is Australia’s reputation for venomous creatures and bigotry. Your actions will make the international press and so you’ve sadly marred your reputation, and ours, by residing in both categories.

Yours sincerely,

Samantha Wareing
Berlin, Germany and Melbourne, Australia

The picture belongs to The Age newspaper.
You can email Mayor Doyle at lordmayor@melbourne.vic.gov.au
You can email The Age letters at letters@theage.com.au
You can email the Herald Sun letters via their website.

Wasp Summer live @ The Captain’s Rest 03/07/2011

31 Aug

Some kind soul took video of my last tour show at The Captain’s Rest in Glasgow. Great night!