Castlemaine Coffee Tour 2012 – by Drew

Castlemaine Coffee Tour 2012 – by Drew

One of my favourite relaxations is reading my morning newspaper. As a sport, politics and share market junkie, newspapers are marvellous things. Fortuitously this hobby has been nicely complemented by the booming coffee culture that has taken hold across Australia over the past 20 years. I can now venture almost anywhere, pull up a seat and happily do my own thing sitting in the corner by myself with a paper and coffee. So when I recently found myself staying in the Chewton Hills just south of Castlemaine, with time to kill, a local coffee tour was a no brainer. First stop was Pepe’s. Now to be honest, Pepe’s isn’t a cafe as such, its’ actually the lounge room of our friends Mickey and Annie. Mickey was recording an album for my partner Nicola, who in the...

Nicola Schultz “It’s OK Now”

From Swirl to Soundtracks

From Swirl to Soundtracks

During the 90’s I played bass and sang in the Australian indie band Swirl. We started in a northern beaches garage (actually, in our case it was a Yurt and a granny flat), as many bands do, and soon our musical chemistry was good enough for us to begin playing the Sydney pub circuit and build a following. Luckily Nic Dalton and Stephen Pavlovic, two of the mainstays of the Australian independent music scene liked what they saw in Swirl and we were soon releasing records and touring. We enjoyed numerous releases through Half a Cow Records in Australia, Kitty Records in Japan and Dirt Records in the US. Swirl had fun touring America twice, zig-zagging across the countryside in a van, dodging deer, playing local bars and pizza joints with underground bands such as...

Swirl “Tears”

Swirl “The Last Unicorn”