For the last 6 months or so I have made Berlin my home.. it has been an amazing time of learning curves! There are so many things to learn when you decide to live in a new country. Things like - obviously, the language, then the rules of politeness or social behaviour - is it different to what I already know? and do? learning to read the food labels, read the menu, read the signs, listen on the bus and train to announcements over the intercom and try to decipher what it means... I have settled into 2 apartments since I've been here in Winter -18'C.. one in Neukolln with old friends from Australia and Germany, and the latest one in Spring 25'C in another part of town - Steglitz, with new friends. Both of which I love and loved in different ways.. Steglitz feels like home to me, something about the amount of trees and greenery lining the streets, the beautiful old architecture, the flowers, and local shops.. the way that people know you in your favourite cafes and shops.. the friendly smile and wave. There's something comforting about being snuggled in amongst these old buildings in an established neighbourhood. I look out my window each morning to a big old beautiful tree that fills up the inner courtyard of the apartment building I live in, it greets me with it's abundance of green.. and a tiny squirrel who lately has been munching on the nuts and pods growing on the tree. I am yet to put my name on the letterbox, I think about it every time I pass it in the lobby.. damn forgot again.. next time.. just a small sticker with my last name so the posty knows where to drop my letters. They still come but sometimes I wonder if some are lost in post-space.. I've had a few interesting experiences too with the postal system here - like when mum sent me a package I asked for - my soft guitar case (ok) - with a small container of 'super green' powder (not ok) German laws are pretty strict about what you can and can't post into the country - and I found out by receiving a notification that I had to go and pick up my package at 'customs' centre down the road.. I went with the document (very important to take lots of documents with you wherever you go somewhere like that)..there I waited in line to be served.. then after some paperwork shuffling.. waited in a waiting room for anther hour or so.. then eventually my number was called and I got to go into another area where they get you to open the package and tell them what's inside etc.. I was lucky the first time and the guy let me through with my stuff - seeing as the guitar case was already mine and not new - and the 'super green powder' after internet inspection of ingredients - was ok - 'but don't do it again' - so I was allowed to go after a good couple of hours.. the next time was for some t-shirts I ordered.. seeing as they came from America - and the receipt was not on the outside - I had to go in again to do the same process - after a couple of hours I had to end up paying tax on my goods before I could take them home.. lesson learnt.. don't order things outside of the EU! So anyway.. apart from all this learning of the systems and language and moving twice.. I have also been on tour a lot - all around Germany and in England, Holland and Denmark.... and it's been a busy few months of getting established and getting my music career off the ground here in Europe.. All in all I love it here and I wouldn't change a thing.. I've had so many adventures and good times, and when I go through hard times I know it all makes me stronger.. In a couple of weeks I am going 'Home' to Australia to visit for a month or so and tour around the country.. I look forward to catching up with my family and friends and visiting my favourite places again.. I want to touch the ground in the Kimberlies and see the red red earth again set against the vivid blue sky, I want to sit at my favourite place on the river in East Fremantle and watch the sunset over the swan while magpies chatter nearby in the gumtrees, I want to go to South Beach (Wedding Beach) to sit and talk to the ocean - my favourite visioning spot, and I want to be amongst the trees at my mum's place in the hills and watch the stars out at night in between the tall leaves.. I wonder how I will feel when I am 'home' in Oz, will I feel strange now or will I feel at home? will I be different or will it be different? will my friends be the same? will I miss my new home in Berlin? it's sort of un-settling and settling at the same time to think about my different homes.. I hope to feel my roots again, my culture and my home.. touch base with familiarity, then leap off again into the unknown.. the big wide world.. I like being an adventurer.. I think I have always liked it.. and I think I always will... but I also know that I will always want a home.. wherever that may be..
Hello My Lovelies!! (Hallo Mein Lovelies)!! and Holy Guacamole!! how many shows have I got coming up!! I am so excited to be touring all over Germany, England, Italy!! and back in Australia in August - September too!! So.. where do I start.. ?? Since I last sent an email newsletter so much has happened! The quick run-down * I toured all around Germany, from the North to the South to the East and WEst!! including: the Island Fehmarn, Hamburg, Berlin, Nurnberg, Bamburg (beautiful!!), Eislingen, Straubing, then a quick 3 day holiday in Spain!! with my Brother & his wife (awesome), then continuing on tour - Hanau, Halle, Erfurt for the 'Fete de la Musique' , Berlin, Trittau.. ( so many stories.. ) this is Bamburg!! *I met a friend of a friend who has a music company in Berlin and introduced me to a producer in Berlin who I just 'clicked' with and on our first 'session' we recorded two of my brand spankin' new songs.. more on this later.. *a lady stormed into a gig and threw a cordless drill at the stage :?? what the ::?? ( I dont have a picture of her.. ) *I met a Cuban Trumpet player! who I am going to jam with later.. 🙂 *I watched (with half of my neighbourhood) Germany win a 'foosball' game at my local awesome Italian restaurant! *I met loads of wonderful people many of whom taught me new 'german words' to add to my vocabulary.. I made new friends and fans and can be your tourist guide next time you come to Germany..!!!! Favourite new Deutche words include : vielleicht = maybe; Schnarchen = snoring; and einfach = easy... *another lady gave me a beautiful bunch of wild-flowers from her garden ( much nicer gift than the drill) *I tried the 'famous fish drink' in Gluckstaadt.. *I had an amazing 3 days in Spain with my big bro and his wife (Zak and fifi = you guys rock!! ) they flew me down to Barcelona! picked me up and then whisked me away to Catalonia where we ate, drank and were very merry!! and I started booking my next BIG AUSTRALIAN tour!! for August- September 2012.. 'Postcards from Europe' Prita's OZ Tour 2012 With ‘Postcards From Europe’ Prita will be playing a special handful of Shows in her 'home-town' and around WA, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide! 31/8 Mundaring Hotel 1/9 Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle (WA) with special guests TBA 9/9 Diver’s Tavern, Broome (WA) 13/9 Ellington Jazz Club, Perth (WA) with Jade Diary 15/9 Indi Bar, Scarborough (WA) with Toby 19/9 The Wesley Anne, Northcote (VIC) with special guests TBA More details to be announced soon.. Zo.. anyway.. Come and say 'HI' at a show and have a drinky-poo with me!! ( I like bubbles and rose' at the moment - just in case you're wondering ;)) and as always you can check all things Prita on www.prita.com.auor if you're a facebook type-a-person you can add me, friend me, like and all that on www.facebook.com/pritagrealy or www.facebook.com/prita.music and if you feel overcome with the need to hear or own some of your very own Prita Music - you can do so by clicking here.. www.cdbaby.com/prita and!!! I almost forgot!! I designed all these awesome brand new T-shirts for Prita Merch!! and you can check out your colours, styles, etc here.. http://www.reverbnation.com/store/store/artist_586701?item_type=merchandise
PRITA Tour Announcement SHOW SCHEDULE The Balmoral Perth, WA, AU Wed Sep 28 11 08:00 PM The Ellington Jazz Club Perth, WA, AU Thu Oct 06 11 08:00 PM Tickets The Velvet Lounge Mt Lawly, WA, AU Fri Oct 14 11 08:00 PM Wedding Perth, WA, AU Sat Oct 15 11 06:00 PM The Indi Bar Perth, WA, AU Wed Oct 19 11 08:00 PM The Balmoral Perth, WA, AU Wed Oct 26 11 08:00 PM Clancy's Fish Pub Fremantle, AU Thu Oct 27 11 08:00 PM Wedding Function Perth, WA, AU Sat Oct 29 11 04:00 PM Houghtons Winery Perth, WA, AU Sat Nov 05 11 03:00 PM McQueen Shoreditch London, UK Wed Nov 23 11 08:00 PM THE CROWN TIDDINGTON STRATFORD UPON AVON, UK Thu Nov 24 11 07:00 PM Tickets Broad Hinton Village Hall Swindon, UK Fri Nov 25 11 07:00 PM The Railway Winchester, UK Sat Nov 26 11 08:00 PM The Hideaway, Archway, London London, UK Sun Nov 27 11 08:00 PM The Medicine Chest Brighton, UK Fri Dec 02 11 08:00 PM > See More / Details FIRSTLY HELLO!! AND Have you got your tickets yet FOR my NEW EP LAUNCH 'AFTER THE STORM' ? which will be at the fabulous Ellington Jazz Club next week!! Thursday, 6th October! buy tix here: http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/index.php/schedule/month/10/show/1507 Secondly I’d just like to mention a change of date ** for the Clancy’s Freo (full band) Show – it was the 13th Oct but has been changed to the 27th OCT!! J it would be fabulous to see you there also!! Well here I am back in Australia for a couple of months. It feels good to be home but the lure of adventure will have me gone again as November comes around. I will be re-locating to the UK for the next installment of touring and continuing to grow my career and myself! Along with some very warm clothes to welcome an English winter.. I was lucky enough to spend my first week home with my family in Broome, and for my birthday they took me on the famous 'Cable Beach Sunset Camel Ride'.. pretty spectacular views.. The last 4 months away touring and travelling have been an amazing time for me, I have played many gigs in countries and places I'd always dreamed of playing in; I've fallen in love and had a beautiful summer romance in Greece; I'm sad that its over but I am glad I took the chance, which left me with many good memories and lots of new songs!! It was a very inspiring time for me and I have practically written a whole new album on love and lost love! (11 new songs – we will be playing at all the big band gigs!!). I also had the pleasure of recording 6 tracks live in Athens at Sierra studios (NEW EP ‘AFTER THE STORM’) with the marvellous Akis Paschal, all tracks were recorded live -playing guitar and singing at the same time to capture the ‘live’ feel of the songs! All except for my beat-box loop pedal song ‘Get out of your own way’ which we tracked individually and some added harmonies on some of the songs. As we speak it has been sent off to print and will (fingers crossed) be back in time for my first big Perth show at the Ellington on the 6th October! With my fabulous band -Roy Martinez on bass, Timothy Bates on drums, and Sam Graham on trumpet! Come and hear my new songs live!! Gig dates Perth/freo Thurs Oct 6th, Ellington Jazz Club (full band) with Minky G, doors 8pm show starts 8:30 -11pm tickets $15 table/ $10 bar, buy online http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/index.php/schedule/month/10/show/1507 Fri 14th Oct, the Velvet Lounge,(solo) Mt Lawley with Elk Bell, Sian Brown and Minky G, $8 tickets on the door (or presale from me), show 8pm Weds Oct 19th, the Indi Bar (band) with Ryan Webb and the method, doors 8pm show 8:30- 11pm tix $5 on the door And the very last BAND SHOW!! Before UK!! Thurs Oct 27th, Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle, with Lucy Peach, 8pm doors, Show 8.30pm – 11.30pm $10 tickets on the door! My fabulous friend Caroline Wise (Wise Designs) worked with me to do the graphic design cover with beautiful photos by Rachael Ward (UK), my aunty Andrea, and even one of my own (Avebury tree)!! I’m looking forward to the next adventure and soaking up the Aussie energy before I go.. I'm sitting in a park as I write this overlooking the beautiful swan river at one of my favourite quiet spots in east Freo.. Eucalyptus trees, green grass and lots of birds.. soaking up some sunshine.. I just got a visit from a few magpies so I threw my crumbs and they all sang for me! Funny the things you forget you miss.. There's nothing quite like the magpie song.. MY NEW EP ‘AFTER THE STORM’ will be available at gigs for $15, online at www.cdbaby.com/prita, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send it to you myself! ReverbNation Twitter Facebook
I will be returning to Perth and Broome this September and October fr a few show around town with my band and solo! Dates to pencil in your diary: Broome Fri Sept 9th, Matsos Brewery 6:30-9:30pm Perth Thurs Oct 6th Ellington Jazz Club, with Minky G support ((Thurs Oct 13th Clancys Fish Pub, with Lucy Peach support)) ** CHANGED to Thurs Oct 27th!! 🙂 Fri Oct 14th Velvet Lounge, Solo, with Elk Bell, Sian brown, Minky g Weds Oct 19th Indi Bar, with Ryan Webb & The Method I'm really looking forward to catching up with everyone and playing in my home town after 4months on the road in Europe!!