IMG_1133Happy New Year! The current issue of Diabetic Living magazine features my profile of Greg Donovan for its regular ‘Diabetes Hero’ feature.

Founder of the annual Big Red Bash music festival and Big Red Run desert race, Greg has used these outback events to raise $1.1 million for Type 1 diabetes research over the last five years.

Talking with Greg at the 2018 Bash was a real honour. And the festival’s far-flung setting – 35km beyond Birdsville beneath Big Red, the Simpson Desert’s largest dune – is beyond spectacular.

It’s claimed as the most remote music festival in the world, and I can vouch for it as the ideal location for an earful of decibels from the Hoodoo Gurus, John Farnham et cetera.

 

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For the last couple of orbits I’ve been kicking about Sydney’s music traps with Mysterious Universe, contributing electric mandolin, harmonica, guitar and songs.

PIA12266_origRESIZEmuThe first Mysterious Universe release, a four-song EP also called Mysterious Universe, is now ready for the judgement of this world’s ears on Bandcamp.

That’s Mercury on the cover, by the way, not the Moon. It’s that wild Mercury sound (Dylan joke)…

It’s digital-only for now but hopefully not forever; a vinyl or CD version would not be ungood. Meanwhile Mysterious Universe has a website and a Facebook presence, both with information on upcoming shows, et cetera.