Europe Good Times 2013 Tour

Media Release – For Immediate Release – 19 June 2013

Claude Hay continues the ‘Good Times’ in Europe with his new single

Following a massive 7 week East Coast Australia tour, Claude Hay continues the Good Times to Poland, The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium in July. He revisits Poland after the successful 2012 tour this time performing in the capital Warsaw at the prestigious Royal Castle as part of the “Blues on a Sunday Summer Stage” series.  He then hops over to Germany Ingostadt’s Bluesfest summer series and then goes on for a bunch of shows in The Netherlands and Belgium including the Big Rivers festival in Dordrecht.

Claude Hay - I Love Hate YouGood Times is the second single to be lifted from Claude Hay’s third album I Love Hate You. This latest album has been garnering praise and airplay since it hit the shelves in late 2012 and Good Times ups the ante with infectious hooks and a pogo-inducing beat. Like all of Claude Hay’s music, this new track is a DIY effort, lovingly and painstakingly constructed in Claude’s downstairs studio in Sydney’s Blue Mountains, featuring hand-built instruments, frankenstein-like circuitry and customised kitchen utensils. Claude Hay took out the Best Male Vocalist category at the 2013 Australia Blues Music Chain Awards adding to the swag of awards he received for his second album, 2010’s Deep Fried Satisfied. In the same week, Claude Hay’s song Stone Face successfully made the semi-finals in the Blues category at the International Songwriters Competition, which is judged by industry heavy weights such as Bruce Iglauer (CEO, Alligator Records), Tom Waits, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi and other internationally recognised producers and label A&R executives.

About Claude’s Guitars

Claude Hay makes all his own instruments, customising found objects to suit his developing musical requirements. Good Times features Stella (Mark II) which Claude made from a $7 baking tray. This new guitar has separate piezo string outputs which run through octave pedals to produce a bass tone and the sound is somewhere between a banjo, a dobro and an electric guitar. This second generation Stella came about from combining the best pasts of the last 2 guitars (Stella Mark I, and the short lived Lucy who only saw the stage 3 times). Stella will now be always travelling with big sister Betty, Claude’s signature twin-neck made out of a kitchen benchtop.

Hay was inspired to write Good Times by the live music venues he’s spent most of the last few years playing in, specifically a wicked little pub in Maitland NSW, fondly known to the locals as The Junkyard. The Junkyard is the kind of place that has almost ceased to exist in big cities, where all too many great pub venues have been castrated by noise complaints. The bar itself is broken from one too many punters dancing on it, the federation architecture is still in ‘original condition’, the publican takes the time to silence the punters and introduce the oncoming acts, and the only security are the locals themselves. Basically the kind of establishment custom-made for Claude Hay’s original take on the blues and roots genre.

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‘Good Times’ Europe Tour Dates

Thursday 4 July 2013
Klub Ćma Barowa (Barfly Club)
Warsaw, Poland
with FEBRA
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Friday 5 July 2013
Polskie Radio (Polish Radio)
Rzeszów, Poland
Koncert transmitowany połączony z oficjalną premierą albumu
“Live in Tarnobrzeg” – obowiązują zaproszenia
(live broadcast combined with the official release of the album
“Live in Tarnobrzeg” – by invitation only)

Saturday 6 July 2013
Dwór na Wichrowym Wzgórzu (Mansion on the Hill)
Przybysławice, Poland

Sunday 7 July 2013
Blues na Niedzielę Scena Letnia, Arkady Kubickiego (Blues on Sunday Summer Stage, Kubicki Arcades)
Warszawa, Poland

Monday 8 July 2013
Neue Welt (New World)
Ingolstadt, Germany
with San 2 & Basti
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Wednesday 10 July 2013
Kulturalne Lato (Cultural Summer, Old Town Square)
Torun, Poland

Thursday 11 July 2013
Blues w Leśniczówce, Klub Strych (Attic Club)
Kartuzy, Poland
with Bluesferajna

Saturday 13 July 2013
Muziekkaffee De Kroeg (Music Cafe Pub)
Geldrop, The Netherlands

Sunday 14 July 2013
podium Stadsherberg (Big Rivers Festival)
Dordrecht, The Netherlands
free open air festival

Tuesday 16 July 2013
Cafe ‘t Spektakel
Asten, The Netherlands

Wednesday 17 July 2013
Café Boulevard
Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Thursday 18 July 2013
Den Ingel
Thorn, The Netherlands

Friday 19 July 2013
Openluchttheater/Backstage 6 (in Gemeentegrot)
Valkenburg, The Netherlands

Saturday 20 July 2013
Le Parc (Coffee Park)
Liège-Droixhe (Luik), Belgium

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