Update December 2012

After a year of great variety* and since returning to Melbourne in late October after a successful tour of Europe, Mick is finally getting back to working on new material for his next album, and is preparing material with Sophia Brous for her debut album to be recorded early in 2013. Special appearances have been set up for Einst├╝rzende Neubauten's February shows in Australia, and there is also a chance Mick may make guest appearances with the reformed Crime and the City Solution, as their and Neubauten's dates intertwine around the country. Additionally there are 3 shows set up for New Zealand in late March - Mick's first solo excursion across the Tasman. Mick will be joined on the Einst├╝rzende Neubauten shows and in New Zealand by Rosie Westbrook on double bass and JP Shilo on guitar and violin.

2012 saw the release of Bambi Lee Savage's 'Darkness Overshadowed' produced by Mick and featuring Rosie Westbrook on double bass and James Cruickshank (The Cruel Sea) on guitars and keyboards. Recorded in late 2011 at Atlantis with David McCluney it is a collection of beautiful mood pieces with a bite to them and well worth checking out. Available through Amazon and iTunes.

Clare Bowditch also released her new album in September on which Mick played bass on most of the basic tracks with Clare on piano/guitar and Marty Brown (the producer) on drums in their Coburg studio in early 2012.

* Various other one-off activities during 2012 included -

January - Finishing PJ Harvey dates with Australian Tour.

February - A 6 song Young Charlatans set at the St. Kilda Bowlo, Ballroom reunion night.

March - Filmed 3 songs in Loene Carmen's living room with her and Loius Tillett - video now online.

April - 5 shows in Melbourne and Sydney with The Nearly Brothers. Recorded album with Portuguese singer Mazgani and John Parish in Bristol UK.

June - Opening of 'Transmission' in Campbelltown NSW featuring collaboration with artist Rachel Scott. Drummer for Cramps set at Community Cup playing with Blue Ruin and JP Shilo.

November - Filling in on bass for Clare Bowditch at the World Music Expo.

December - Meredith Festival as part of Sophia Brous's band and also playing with her at 'Key of Sea' at Hamer Hall.

David Atkinson