Ash Grunwald in Merimbula to tidy beach after night of rocking blues

CARING FOR WORLD: Well-known blues man Ash Grunwald will perform at Club Sapphire in Merimbula on Friday, April 5 with doors at 8pm.
CARING FOR WORLD: Well-known blues man Ash Grunwald will perform at Club Sapphire in Merimbula on Friday, April 5 with doors at 8pm.

If you ask around about Ash Grunwald, you will probably hear he is a nice guy. And if you tell him that, you might just make his day.

"I'm stoked!" he laughed. 

"I'm always trying to be like that.

"There's a great selflessness in that, that leads to happiness. 

"But sometimes I'm too agreeable, in some aspects of my life I naturally just like things to be easy and going well." 

The 42-year-old is embarking on a tour in Australia with the aim of cleaning up a beach in every town the day after he performs - and is inviting the community to join him in removing waste from the beaches so it does not pollute the ocean. 

"The reason we have a plastic problem is massive corporations are pushing to get their product out," he said.  

"They say 'you need a plastic straw, you must have a plastic straw!'

"It's not evil, it's just a company trying to get its petroleum product used." 

Grunwald was speaking the day after he got back from Bali, as he is moving back to Australia due to how busy his life and career is becoming. 

Not only is he creating a podcast and has a new album coming out, he also has a book to be released titled Surf By Day, Jam By Night in which he interviewed the likes of Kelly Slater, Steph Gilmore and Jack Johnson - "surfing musicians and musician surfers". 

Second Guess - Ash Grunwald

"It's a really good mid-life crisis-y book!" he laughed. 

"But I also think it's a really good book for a young person as well.

"It's about how you can create positive change every day from now to the end, which I hope is a long way away for me. 

"I'm someone who's been lucky enough to follow my dreams my whole life, but I probably started the book in a bit of a slump so I was working that out using all these inspirational people to ask them why they do what they do. 

"A lot of the time I'd do a chapter and I'm changed now from doing that chapter." 

He describes his music style as "bluesy, most of it is pretty darn blusey",  and is very proud of his new album Mojo.

Half of it was recorded five years ago in North America with blues legends such as harmonica player Kim Wilson and singer and guitarist Terry Evans - but then the recordings were lost. 

Eventually the recordings were found again - although sadly Evans had passed away in that time - and last year Grunwald teamed up with Australian musicians such as the Teskey Brothers and Kasey Chambers to record more tracks and it will be released this August. 

He will perform at Club Sapphire, Merimbula on Friday, April 5 with doors at 8pm. Tickets $30. This is an 18+ event. 

The beach clean-up will take place on April 6 from 9am-10.30am at Spencer Park, Merimbula. 

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