Monthly Archives: December 2016


Do you appreciate original handcrafted music?  Do you like to support Tasmanian artists?  Do you like fingerstyle ukulele and acoustic-based sounds in general?  Do you like diverse musical styles ranging from exotic gypsy jazz, Near Eastern, baroque, rembetika, swing & 20s jazz, tinpan alley, bluegrass, gutterblues and more?

This limited edition gift box contains all this and more!  Five CDs of original songs and instrumentals spanning the last 10 years, composed & played by myself, carefully brewed in Tasmania’s deep south and lovingly wrapped in artwork created also by myself.  These recordings document most (tho not all) of my creative musical exploration during that time.  The albums are:

Spondooli Brothers – An Anthology of Revised Ambiguities (2006)

Marzipan – Bradfield Dumpleton (2007)

Limited Emission CD – Bradfield Dumpleton & Ross Sermons (2013)

Pigbox & Co. Vol 1 & 2 – Bradfield Dumpleton (2016)

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I don’t have the money to get them printed professionally, nor do I have time to chase up a crowdfunding program, but I can guarantee these recordings are sparkling with great playing and a huge range of musical ideas, mostly instrumental.  My recording process is generally to keep it honest and to capture the authentic voice of the instrument, but I spend a great deal of care on crafting the music.

On Spondooli Bros I play fingerstyle acoustic guitar alongside Luke Yates (also guitar), on Limited Emission I play fingerstyle ukulele and am joined by the exceptional Ross Sermons on doublebass.  On all other recordings I play everything myself – various ukes, acoustic & electric guitars, cello bass, mandolin, balalaika, octave mandola and all kinds of percussion.

There are too many musical flavours to summarise here, but you can preview any of these albums on my bandcamp site.

You can also hear tracks and read blogs about the process of each album here:

If you are a discerning music listener (ie not a musical snob, but someone who enjoys the listening experience), you will find a wealth of pleasant surprises in this set.

5 CD set incl lush artwork – $50 plus postage.  Order by contacting me the old fashioned way, in person via




THU JAN 12 | FRI JAN 13 | THU FEB 2 | FRI FEB 3 @ Cooper Screen Academy, 131 Macquarie St, Hobart

10am – 3pm | $100 / day| ages 9 – 14 only (why?)

PLEASE NOTE:  The Creative Cartooning intensives are for dedicated drawers, who enjoy being immersed in drawing for long periods of time.  If you think your child will have difficulty focusing for that long, please find them a more suitable activity as this is a class not a childcare program.

Please ensure your child brings plenty of (nut-free) food and drink for the day.  Students must stay onsite at all times.

These 5-hr workshops make use of innovative drawing games & processes Bradfield has designed over 25 years of teaching.  Drawing is an important creative thinking tool, and an excellent way to build connections in the brain, especially for children.  Drawing enables children to have fun (relaxed brain) while problem-solving (alert creative focused brain).

Each workshop is different, shaped by the ideas of the group.  There are structured activities which become springboards for either specific drawing concepts or open creative exploration.  There are times to free-draw.  Throughout the day, each student can make suggestions, contribute thoughts and share (or question) ideas.

The idea is to encourage a learning environment that is vibrant yet calming, inspiring and reflective, where the common bond is creativity.

Bradfield breaks down drawing by modelling simple ways to experiment with creative cartoon & drawing techniques.  These techniques can be applied to any style of drawing.

Students are encouraged to think about their process as they draw, to learn from each other & extend beyond their usual drawing habits.  Observation, line control & technique, focusing & making new connections are just some of the skills developed.

Limited to 12 spaces only!

Please book early to ensure the course goes ahead: | 0413 575 113

Bradfield is a professional arts educator & illustrator, and has been teaching creative drawing and thinking skills for over 25 years.