I have embarked on a national autumnal tour with maestro guitarist and producer Shane O’Mara accompanying me throughout. He knows the songs of SPARROW & SWAN intimately, having weaved his colour and sparkle through the songs. Playing some of my favourite venues around the country.
I’m thrilled to announce the completion of my brand spanking new solo album SPARROW & SWAN.
Recorded and mixed by Shane O’Mara at Yikesville Studio, Yarraville over last spring and our current summer. It’s a collection of songs I’ve been working on over the last few years - primarily written by myself, with one co-write from “Evil” Graham Lee (The Triffids | The Blackeyed Susans)
SPARROW & SWAN sees a gravitational pull towards the narrative, a change in direction and a newfound song writing process. Conversations turn into song, late night tales become the tunes - there are stories here from Brisbane cab drivers, girls from Belfast ‘74 in search of Van Morrison, football players and their protégés, relationships sparked in TABs, sightings of Robert Mitchum at Mitcham Station, a sailor in search of Helsinki ...and the weather - there’s always the weather, the extremities ~ the sun burning a hole in the sky or snow falling upon ancient ice ...and birds - what’s with the birds?
A delightful cast of musicians contributed to the recording of the album - including the vocal talents of songstress and singer extraordinaire Rebecca Barnard, along with the wonderkinds - Jane and Kelly aka Broads, the nimble fingers of Kiernan Box on piano, organ and accordion, along with both Ben Franz and Rosie Westbrook on double bass, and king tub thumper Ben Wiesner on drums and percussion. Add to this Shane O’Mara’s distinctive, intricate guitar work and production and the musical palette lies somewhere between Havana and Helsinki ~ think a cuban cigar with a liquorice ice cream.
The first single ALL GOD'S CREATURES is available here for your listening pleasure.
ALL GOD’S CREATURES takes a stroll through a dramatic Australian summer day where our seasons clash big time, “the heat shakes the air ...and the rain vows to kiss the ground” ... and somehow within the struggle of grander ideas ~ the science of climate and the existence of a God.
SPARROW & SWAN is available now: