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Monthly Newsletter No. 1 December 2014 - Ashley Carruthers


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Hello and welcome to my first ever newsletter. Firstly thank you for signing up to hear about my latest musical adventures. I'm writing this to you from Darwin, Australia, preparing to board the Diamond Princess tomorrow to head towards Sydney via a few of my all time favourite ports...Port Douglas, Airlie Beach, Brisbane and Sydney. It's a special cruise for me as I'm turning 30 on the 7th of December and so I've dragged my girlfriend Samantha along with me to celebrate. Although I am a little friends got together and bought me a sky diving ticket, and my parents are sending me cage diving with great white sharks off the South Australian coast, which brings me to the conclusion that my friends and family are not too concerned with my welfare to put it lightly! (Photo: Samantha and I below at my early 30th birthday with family and friends in Newcastle).
So far this year has brought a lot of surprises, fun times onboard ships, great orchestras to perform with and amazing ports to explore. A highlight for me was visiting Komodo Island, Indonesia. It's a place I never thought I would visit, but have always seen documentaries on the dragons etc and found it so interesting. Whilst at Komodo Island I did a walking tour and were lucky enough to see a few dragons... (Photo: Komodo Dragon below!)
I've been working as a solo guest entertainer for just on 12 months now and I've loved it. I've always loved travel and music and so this job combines my two loves for me. It's been so great to meet people from every country in the world and all walks of life, amazing orchestras, production teams and friendly crew. 
Samantha and I will be spending Christmas and New Years Eve onboard the Azamara Quest which will be cruising throughout Asia. It's always hard to be away from family at this time of year but I couldn't resist the ships' itinerary and the opportunity to perform on a new cruise line! 

2015 is going to bring a lot of new things for me, the release of my first album in the next few months, plus single releases of my own compositions to follow shortly after my album, new cruise lines including Regent Seven Seas and Oceania, more video clips to be uploaded online, a blog, video blog and a new apartment in my home town of Newcastle Australia with the move set for January...busy days once we get back from our Azamara Christmas and New Years cruise / work!!
Early morning arrival at Sydney harbour.
Paradise found at Mystery Island, South Pacific.
Tauranga, New Zealand. My new favourite NZ port!
A temple at the Reclining Buddha, Bangkok, Thailand.
 Flying into Bangkok, Thailand to explore the city, pre boarding.
Seas off the south coast of New Zealand.

Where am I? Darwin, Australia.
Next Ship? 5th December Diamond Princess
Last Ship? 3 days ago, the Celebrity Millennium
Current Book? Jerry Lee Lewis' Autobiography
Last movie? Hunger Games 3, The Mockingjay
Listening to? Ben Folds Live...Favourite Album Of All Time
Looking forward to? Airlie Beach and Whitehaven!
Not looking forward to? Sky diving birthday present.
When am I home next (Newcastle)? 13th January 2015.
Again a great big thank you from me for signing up to my newsletter. I aim to send out a monthly newsletter with a few stories, photos, videos etc from my adventures playing music on the high seas and everywhere else. If you want to drop me a line please click the contact button below or send an email to or if you are a social media fan please feel free to drop by Facebook, Instagram or any of the other options below.

Merry Christmas to you and your families, I hope you have a great silly season and hopefully we can cross paths again somewhere in 2015. 

Until next time, 
Ashley Carruthers. 
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