ASA – A Farewell to Irish

Photo courtesy of Kevin Gleeson

Photo courtesy of Kevin Gleeson

Well, last night saw the Australian Songwriters Association – Tasmania‘s final gig at Irish Murphy’s in Salamanca Place. It was a raw night to be out and about – the weather here in Hobart has been typically Winter (with a capital W) since last month’s plunge into single digit temperatures. However, kudos to all the brave folks who came out on such a night to support and perform – you are all diamonds!

It bears noting that the opening act was emerging songwriter, Cassie O’Keefe, who has really improved as a performer – so much so that I let her use my Seagull guitar last night!

Cassie ASA 1 June 2015

Cassie has really come into her own in the last year or so, thanks in part to the amazing support of her wonderful family and friends – and shows like the ASA, which provide a wonderful avenue for new writer/performers to share the stage with proven hands like Tony Brennan, myself and the consummate professional, Ian Paulin.

I’m therefore very pleased to tell you all that I’m taking Cassie down to Belfry Studio next month, where she’ll be recording with my favourite engineer in all the planet, Malcolm Battersby. It’s an incredibly gratifying experience to see someone grow from an uncertain child into a powerful young woman, who can turn a pub crowd on a Monday night into a listening audience, and hold them in the palm of her hand. It’s every teacher/mentor’s dream and inspires me to keep doing what I do 😀

Also, I must mention the fine work by the ASA Tasmania coordinator, Matt Sertori. His job has been so difficult over the last few months, with people pulling out at the last minute or turning up late for their set. Seriously, organising musicians is like herding cats, and not for the faint hearted – we are a difficult mob! Matt has kept his temper and his outrageous sense of humour well intact and I thank him for all his support and unwavering friendship over more than ten years of ASA shows.

I’m not sure where the ASA will be heading next, there isn’t a venue lined up at the time of writing – but that in itself is kind of exciting and makes me wonder what we can do next!

Watch this space and stay safe and well, wherever you are on this beautiful planet ❤


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alan Gilmour
    Jun 03, 2015 @ 07:49:53

    Hi Debra, can I use this blog in the June ASA magazine? Are you on the mailing list? Alan.



    • Debra Manskey
      Jun 03, 2015 @ 09:41:30

      Hi Alan, long time since I’ve seen you! Yes, by all means, you may use this blog in the magazine. As long as I’m appropriately credited as the author – you know, all the usual rules 😉
      Hope you’re well



      • Alan Gilmour
        Jun 03, 2015 @ 10:46:45

        Thanks, Deb. All’s well here. Great to see that you’re still performing. Do you write anything in the country genre? I have a country radio show on TodaysCountry94one and I am always looking for good independent artists to showcase. Let me know if you have anything suitable. Rgds,


      • Debra Manskey
        Jun 03, 2015 @ 10:54:31

        Thanks for the offer of airplay but pure Country isn’t really one of my genres Alan. Closest I could come would be some Blues/Roots style material I recorded with Malcolm Battersby when we were The Fringe Dwellers.
        There is a CD “After Time” 🙂


    • Debra Manskey
      Jun 03, 2015 @ 09:43:26

      I’m not on the mailing list – but Matt is I’m sure. I can read his copy 🙂



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