Well this year has started off pretty rainy where I live in northern NSW, Australia. As I write this, my local town has just escaped from major flooding with rivers rising and more rain on the way. (Great weather for songwriting!) It reminds me of our time in the UK last summer. One of the festivals we were booked to play at was cancelled at the last minute due to flooding, which then led us to going to Amsterdam spontaneously. One of the many things I learnt on tour was how important it is to make the best of any situation, to improvise when life doesn’t go as planned (and quite often it doesn’t!).
Andrea Soler’s “Daydreamer” Tour – Paris
Our tour in Europe had ups and downs, and sometimes I just wanted to pack up and go home. When we had nowhere to sleep, being lost in a foreign country, our car boot not locking (with all our music gear inside), getting stuck in traffic for hours and hours, and of course dealing with mud and rain. In retrospect, I can see how these chellenges also helped me to grow and understand more about myself.
It also makes the good times SO darn good!
There is some exciting plans for 2013. I’ll be heading back into the studio to finish off my forthcoming album, and planning another tour to the UK and also a national tour in Australia. Thanks for the support! If you are interested in hearing more music, or to check out my tour dates, you can head to
ANDREA SOLER | Sydney, NSW, AU | Folk / World / Roots Members: Andrea Soler-Vox, Guitar, Uke James Ross-Electric/Acoustic Guitars Elvis Calaghan-Violin Alex Elfes-Double/Electric Bass Shay Henderson-Drums
Ok, so who in their right mind would plan three months on the road, visit ten different countries, drive over 12 000km’s, and perform at over 50 shows? We did! After months of planning, preparation and fundrasing through www.pozible.com, we got the show on the road. If you have just recently joined my mailing list, then you can click here and go to youtube and watch videos from our Daydreamer tour in the UK and bonus film clips. This tour was one of the most wonderful life changing times for me. It opened my heart, showed me faith in this big wide world of ours, the people that live in it, and in music. My passion to create and share music was taken to a whole new level and since coming home I have already started working on the next album, which will include this brand new song which we recorded in the south of France – No Ordinary Love Song.
We made so many new friends, had many laughs and smiles, experienced approx 4 mudded out festivals, 1 gig in the back of a semi trailer, 5 countries I’ve never been to before, radio play all over Europe, approx 2000 photos taken by Goba, a few mid-gig guitar string snaps, lots of German and Beligium beer, bratwurst, coffee, towering infernos, eggs on toast, and apple pie from Amsterdam – best breaky ever! (Did I forget to mention the Swiss chocolate?!)
From Paris With Love x x
I couldn’t think of a better place to end our three month tour than in Paris. This is the city that stole my heart seven years ago when I bought a one way ticket to France to learn to sing in French and follow my dream to make music! I was a regular at lots of the open mic nights and would try out new material in front of audiences that didn’t really understand what I was singing about, but appreciated it just the same. It was so great to be back in my old stomping ground.
James and I performed a few shows in Montmatre, and also did some busking on sunny days. Our clips for the last part of the tour – Amsterdam,Germany, Switzerland, and Paris will be up online very soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these photos taken by Goba from our time in France. Big thanks to our Paris promotion partner Phil Cartwright from HorizonVU for your help in getting some shows off the ground.
Bistro 82, Montmatre...Where the bar lady sets the bar on fire!
HorizonVU showcase and fundraiser at Le Cafe Oz, Paris
Cafe Oz, Paris
Le Tour Eiffel, Pareeeeeee
James and I busking on a sunny hot day at La Butte De Montmatre
Playing at a bar in Montmatre with a very eclectic audience
Our new Parisian friends...after our Montmatre gig
What's the caption for this pic, then, eh?
Another busking session, right next to Le Sacred Coeur Church, Montmatre
Family in the south of France…
It was really special for me to take some time off from the tour and get together with some of my French family down in the south of France. Whenever I come back here it always helps me to feel my roots and my ancestry. I believe it’s really important to know where we’ve come from to know where we’re heading. ( I also really enjoy the local vin rouge!)
Tata Anne Marie, Louisette, Me and my cousin Alix
Some of my family from the south of France. (Laungedoc Rousillion region)
Mum, my aunty and me walking along the Canal Du Midi, South of France
Big thanks to a few special people who really made the Daydreamer Europe tour happen – Goba for all your love, kindness, driving and camera skills, James Ross for your fun energy on stage, enthusiam and arm wrestles! Thanks to Merch Muma for helping us on the road in many different ways, and also BIG thanks to all of you for your support.
It’s already been over a month since we’ve been in the UK and
it’s been an incredible tour so far. We are setting off tomorrow
to head to Amsterdam and then onwards to Germany later this week.
Below is a youtube link, a snap shot of what we’ve been up to
since being on tour.