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The Travelogue continues – we are blessed to have the opportunity to travel to some incredible places to play our music.

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We headed north to Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival in October travelling through Kelly Country and were diverted by floodwaters.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, caught up with old friends and made some new ones too.

Luckily living in a beautiful part of the world, it is always a pleasure to return home after some travels.

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We were really lucky to be booked to play at Happy Wanderer Festival.

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Small, friendly and very welcoming – a lovely Festival.

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Having moved house in the last six months we took a little time to play shows a little closer to home….

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Appalachian Heaven String Band were kind enough to invite us to join them at Open Studio for a night of ole time string band music – it’s a real honour to know one of Australia’s finest bands that play old time string band music.

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MOTH – Music on the Hill has very quickly established itself as a premium venue for live acoustic music.

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We supported the incredibly talented Tresses featuring Ella Hooper, Melody Pool and Gena Rose Bruce.

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Next stop Tasmania for the Cygnet Folk Festival.

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Tasmania would have to be one of the loveliest places to visit in Australia – incredible food, gorgeous natural environment and fantastic music – we had an absolute ball.

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Friends have just bought an old bank in Queenstown Tasmania and have opened an amazing gallery called Q Bank Gallery.

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We found an old church on a hill in Gretna…..

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Cygnet is a beautiful town and Cygnet Folk Festival has really grown since we had been there about 10 years ago.  We were spoiled by the most glorious weather!

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We stayed in Dover.

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The little church on the hill…..

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As always all photos by Jennifer Land unless otherwise credited

Jen on instagram

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Travelogue – Slim Dime released 2016

CD Baby – Travelogue on CD Baby

iTunes – Travelogue on iTunes

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It also takes us to places we may not have traveled to otherwise. Here’s a wee Travelogue of the journey so far and a list the Festivals we’re playing 2016.

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At Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival photo thanks to Ian Fisk

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Great Alpine Pick

Friday 15th April to Sunday 17th April 2016

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Mt Beauty Music Festival

Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May 2016

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Kelly Country Pick

19th August – 21st August

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Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival

2nd – 4th September

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Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival

14th – 16th October

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Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

21st – 23rd October

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Happy Wanderer Festival

28th – 31st October

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Cygnet Folk Festival

6th – 8th January

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At Kelly Country Pick photo thanks to Ian Fisk

All photos by Jennifer Land unless otherwise credited

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Banner2A travelogue is a record of a journey: an account of roads traveled and places visited.   This is a catalogue of stuff we’ve seen, heard and done. Some of the songs are old, written years ago but never recorded, some of them we wrote specifically for this album.

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All of them were recorded live, with no overdubs. You can hear a chair creak, breathe and finger on fret board. Our songs are about being humans on the road of life.

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It’s customary to “Launch” a new CD so we’d love to invite you to celebrate with us.

Oscar’s Alehouse – Sat 9th July

Some Velvet Morning – Sun 17th July – with support from The Stragglers

The Wheatsheaf Hotel – Adelaide – 16th September

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We’ll be pluggin’ it on radio too over the week –

thanks to Denise Hylands and David Heard!


PBS – Acid Country with David Heard

3 – 5pm  Thurs 14th July


3RRR – Twang with Denise Hylands

2 – 4pm  Sat 16th July


Making a CD is a collaborative process and we’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone that helped us on the road.

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All 13 songs were recorded live by a collection of beautiful vintage microphones by Matt Walker and Rowan Matthews at Stovepipe Studios, the album was produced by Matt Walker and mastered at Deluxe Mastering by Adam Dempsey. Our current bio was penned by Elizabeth Williams.

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If you want to buy a digital copy of the album please head here and follow the links to your preferred music purveyor. If you would like a physical disc, you old fashioned soul, please email us to arrange purchase. slimdime[@]gmail.com

To listen to Travelogue go here.


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At The BUg – photo thanks to Mal Lloyd

Folk ask about our lyrics – so here they are………….


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Bony Flowers - Land/Williams/Taylor

Bony Flowers

flies a gypsy moth

her dusty wings have eyes


Bony Flowers is tall and lean

ancient,     old       and wise

Bony Flowers     snaps her gum

blows clouds that pop on her chin

she keeps loose change and feathers

pockets full of air      to keep them in


Bony Flowers and her gypsy moth

their bones have welded

their skin is patched ragged

their hearts       nearly melded


Leaves snail tracks,   plane trail

silver thread unwounding

over patch worked ground verdant green

velvet,        button            and pearl


Bony Flowers is a gypsy moth

dusty wings   clear eyes

one thousand feet and rising

that’s the way,     this story flies

I’m Satisfied – John Smith Hurt

I’m Satisfied, tickled too

old enough to marry you

I’m Satisfied, it’s gonna bring you back


First in the country, then in the town

I’m a total shaker from my naval on down


There was a time that she treated me fine

Send all them shivers up and down my spine


I pull my dress down to my knees

give my total all to whom ever I please


Bless my Soul what’s wrong with me?

I’m a shakin’ like a leaf on a fuzzy tree


I’m Satisfied, tickled too

old enough to marry you

I’m Satisfied, it’s gonna bring you back

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Mary Jane - Land/Taylor


Oh Mary Jane

Tell me your game

What’s in a name

you’re still the same

I’ve nothin’ left to gain

My Mary Jane


Oh Mary Jane

leaving is the aim

escape without pain

slowly going sane

I’ve nothin’ left to say

My Mary Jane


Oh Mary Jane

I can hear the rain

on my window pane

running down my brain

time to break the chain

My Mary Jane


Oh Mary Jane

you can never be tamed

moving with the grain

unknown despite your fame

lost inside the frame

My Mary Jane


Oh Mary Jane

I’m so glad that you came

I was a little lame

in a lot of pain

now I’ve gone and changed

My Mary Jane


Oh Mary Jane

Farewell is the aim

leaving in the rain

solitude’s OK

thank you once again

My Mary Jane

In the Shadow of the Mountainside - Land/Taylor


In the shadow of the

mountainside

cold as the grave

too late to save my

soul


Surely it must be

endtimes

whiskey in my veins

nicotine stains

on my fingers on my nails

and on my

eyes


Silence in the cold blue

morning light

alone in the pale

locked in the jail

of my

mind


Bottomless well

deep in my soul

cup that never fills

bruise on the hills

iron in my chest

and in my arm


In the shadow of the

mountainside

cold as the grave

too late to save my

soul

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Circling the Wagon - Land/Taylor

Estelle - Land/Taylor


The house was old

And falling down

Cockroaches crawled up out of the ground

She answered the ad

We needed her rent

It was my fault the money was spent


She was so thin

Ugly as sin

I know you shouldn’t judge - it’s only skin

She was using & I didn’t know

My flatmate did & asked her to go


Her last three houses burned right down

Up in flames burned to the ground

All she had left, all that she owned

Were four blurred photos & a stained t-shirt


I could’ve been sorry

I should’ve been sad

I was so young I didn’t care

She moved on

Went away

No-one was sorry that she didn’t stay


If I knew then

what I know now

You can’t go backwards anyhow

People come & People go

Some you don’t really get to know

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I see you now - Land/Taylor


I’ve been watching you now

for the longest time

wondering who you are and

what goes on in your mind

I see you now

Haven’t slept well at night

in the longest time

wondering where you are now

and if you’re alright

If I could see you now


If I could see you right now

I’d apologise

I wasn’t thinking clearly when

I spoke my mind

If I could see you now

If you were here right now and

I could see your eyes

Then I’d know if you were smiling

or if you were crying

If I could see you now


I must have met you in a

thousand lives

you’re so familiar I feel

I know your eyes

I see you now

I’ve been watching you now

for the longest time

wondering who you are and

what goes on in your mind

I see you now

One Room - Land/Taylor


And the night comes rollin’ in

creepin’ up the valley walls

the chill creeps in my bones

as the darkness quietly falls


Do I see a blade

that yr holdin’ in yr fist?

Do I hear those words

from the lips that I have kissed?

And the wind begins to blow

howlin’ in the trees

yr not smilin’ now

as yr down there on yr knees


Darlin’ when I found you

like an angel from above

you & me we fit each other

tighter than a glove

And the flowers start to bloom

on the mountainside

the days are getting’ longer

and yr right there by my side


The promises we made

were golden in the light

sugar candy melting in the

sweetness of our height

And the nights are hot & close

the days are long & bright

I can’t see my edges anymore

in the night


When we went out dancin’

you held me oh so tight

but yr eyes they were roamin’

to the left & to the right

And the leaves begin to fall

all golden, red & bright

everything is falling apart

in my mind


You say that you love me

that I’m the only one

last time you were lyin’

so I gots me a gun

And the rain begins to fall

on the roof above my head

crimson tide is risin’

up the walls of my shed


The silence spreads in waves

unbroken in the night

the moon she rises slowly

up the dark blue mountainside

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The Code of the Mountains - H. Taylor, K. Davis & P. McAdory


There’s a code of the mountains, way down in the backwoods

There’s a code of the mountains, and an unwritten law

There Harry and Joe Brown, way down in the backwoods

There Harry and Joe Brown, shot Charlie McGraw


They caught him at daybreak, way down in the backwoods

They caught him at daybreak, down on his knees

He pleaded for mercy, way down in the backwoods

He pleaded for mercy, but they heard not their pleas


Said Harry to Charlie, way down in the backwoods

Said Harry to Charlie, you thought you were sly

But the code of the mountains, way down in the backwoods

The code of the mountains, says you must die


He loaded his rifle, way in the backwoods

He loaded his rifle, Joe loaded up too

One shot and another, way down in the backwoods

One shot and another, and then it was through


They buried poor Charlie, way down in the backwoods

They buried poor Charlie, without any prayer

The code of the mountains, way down in the backwoods

The code of the mountains, is the only law there


Deep in the earth now, down in the backwoods

Deep in the earth now, lies Charlie McGraw

For the code of the mountains, way down in the backwoods

The code of the mountains is the unwritten law

The Leaving Song - Land/Taylor

Sally’s packing up the bar and callin’ out, “last drinks”,

washing all the dregs of beer and ciggies down the sink.

It’s the tail end of a long night, the kind that just won’t end.

The same old crowd of punters driving her right round the bend.


Sam’s still sitting at the bar, been sitting there all week.

His Mrs upped and left him after 13 angry years.

He shoulda seen it coming: he couldn’t be surprised.

Still he can’t forget the wounded look deep in her eyes


It’s something we all know

without having to be told

when it’s time to go

you’d better go


Em and John have been together now for 20 years,

stuck it out together through the heartbreak, laughs and tears.

Now she can’t remember, who it was she loved,

that happy young man that she married - vanished into dust.

They talk in different languages, lead their separate lives,

quiet daggers stabbed in backs using just their eyes.


Judy’s gonna stick it out, doesn’t wanna quit.

She’s gonna keep on hanging on to get her little bit.

She knows she’s bloody earned it, it’s her bloody due,

and if she doesn’t get it, well, maybe she’ll sue!

 

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Lil Darlin - Land/Taylor


You have been by my side

for so long Lil’ Darlin’

You’re there in the morn and in the night

You have been by my side

for so long Lil’ Darlin’

My one, Lil’ Darlin’ my light


I will be with you

‘til the end Lil’ Darlin’

There in the dark and in the light

I will be with you

‘til the end Lil’ Darlin’

My one, Lil’ Darlin’ my light


I have walked by your side

so long Lil’ Darlin’

I can feel your hand in mine

You have been so long

by my side Lil’ Darlin’

My one, Lil’ Darlin’ my light


You are there when I close

my eyes Lil’ Darlin’

You’re there inside my heart

I have been so long

by your side Lil’ Darlin’

My one, Lil’ Darlin’ my light

Comin Home - Land/Taylor


Oh don’t you roam

Oh don’t you go

Oh don’t you roam

So doggonne far from home


Oh don’t you cry

Oh don’t you sigh

Oh don’t you cry

Until I’m dead and gone


Oh don’t you know

Oh where to go?

Oh don’t you know

This long and lonely road


Darlin don’t you cry

You’re the apple of my eye

Darlin don’t you cry

Until I’m dead and gone


Oh you must know

This hard and heavy load

Oh you must know

this long and dusty road


Oh all alone

Please help me find my home

Nowhere left to go

Lord, please let me go


Oh Lonesome Road

So lost and alone

Oh Lonesome Road

Lord, please bring him home


Oh Lonesome Road

So far from home

Oh Lonesome Road

Lord, I’m coming home

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Lay Down My Ole Guitar - Land/Taylor


I am travelin’ down that road

leaving off my heavy load

havin’ journeyed long & hard

through near & far

I am not far now my dear

If you listen you will hear

as I lay

down my ole guitar


I will lay

down my ole guitar

and we’ll sing that ole song

one more time

come on round you

good ole friends

and we’ll sing ‘till the end

and then I’ll lay

down my ole guitar


I am weary let me rest

waitin’ for that final test

nothin’ left for me to do

for me to say

Can you hear our ole time band

Lord we travelled this wide land

can’t you hear the music

as it plays


I have done the best I can

I would do it all again

I have tried with all my heart

to keep the beat

I’d rather be your shot of whiskey

than be everyone’s cup of tea

you can pour me on now

I’ll take it neat

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4am & Pickin’ Oakum – Two Instrumentals – Live at the Harrietville Caravan Park!


Instrumental songs are like picture books: they tell stories without words.

here’s one that is light



and one that is dark



and a story in pictures

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Buckland River – Porepunkah

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View of Mt Bogong
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Mt Beauty pondage
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self portrait in Yackandandah
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Falls Creek
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all photographs taken in April 2016 while at the Mt Beauty Music Festival

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We recently traveled to Harrietville for GAP – the Great Alpine Pick. We stayed in the most excellent on-site caravan. It was so terribly awesome that we filmed some videos there.

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It had an autumnal burnt orange vibe that absolutely matched the beautiful Autumn weather.

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I fell in love with it and took WAY too many photographs of it’s 1970’s splendor.

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I particularly loved the bedside lamp.

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“Estelle”  is a song we wrote a few years ago and with the encouragement of our Goddaughter we dusted her off and added another verse. We recorded it recently and it will appear on our new album ‘Travelogue’ – which you can preview here.

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A classic folk song about share house living that tells the true, but sad story of Estelle, who owns only a few photos and a stained t-shirt as a result of her last few houses having burned down.

“Estelle” – Live at the Harrietville Caravan Park!

One of the reasons that we named our album ‘Travelogue’ is that we like to travel &    I always take photographs as we go……. Here are some from that journey

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all photographs taken in April 2016 by J. Land – instagram

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We’re just finished recording another album; it’s called Travelogue.

A Travelogue describes the experience of a traveler, often in images.

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We recorded at Stovepipe Studios with Matt Walker and Rowan Matthews.

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We prefer to record a live performance, preserving the human sounds of fingers on fret boards, breath and squeaky chair. It means it isn’t perfect, it feels more important to sound real in these times of heavily processed sound.

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If you close your eyes we are sitting in the room with you, just two people playing music and singing.

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photos thanks to Matt Walker

We recorded 16 songs over a day and a half, with no overdubs.

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It’s important to find the right studio for the songs. Matt and Rowan immediately understood what we were looking for. It is challenging to record a live performance in a studio environment but they were up for it. For those of you who have never recorded, it’s important to have nice clean recordings of each instrument/ voice without anything spilling over into it, which is very hard with a live recording when the room is filled with sound. With the help of some really lovely microphones and their technical know how they caught our performances beautifully with very little “cross contamination”.Recording25

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photo thanks to Matt Walker

 

After recording the songs all the tracks are mixed together – it’s a process……..

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photo thanks to Chris Taylor

Very soon we’ll have an album to share with you all – till then here’s a track from it we recorded by our friend Chris – “Coming Home”.

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photo thanks to Chris Rickard

With the help of our friend Chris we recorded our original song “Coming Home”.

This song has been, in one form or another, in the repertoire for a while now but recently got a rewrite, buff and polish and it’s come up a treat! It’s a two point perspective story, two sides of a situation, two voices each in turn.

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photo thanks to Chris Rickard

We are all on a journey “Home” – to that place where we feel most ourselves, whether that be a geographical location, an internal sense of peace or the kinship found within a relationship.

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unknown photographer – please let us know if it’s you!

It can be hard to hear the lyrics clearly so they appear below. Chris plays banjo in the clawhammer style.

Coming Home  – Lyrics & Music by Slim Dime

Oh don’t you roam

Oh don’t you go

Oh don’t you roam

So doggonne far from home

Oh don’t you cry

Oh don’t you sigh

Oh don’t you cry

Until I’m dead and gone

Oh don’t you know

Oh where to go?

Oh don’t you know

This long and lonely road

Darlin don’t you cry

You’re the apple of my eye

Darlin don’t you cry

Until I’m dead and gone

Oh you must know

This hard and heavy load

Oh you must know

this long and dusty road

Oh all alone

Please help me find my home

Nowhere left to go

Lord, please let me go

Oh Lonesome Road

So lost and alone

Oh Lonesome Road

Lord, please bring him home

Oh Lonesome Road

So far from home

Oh Lonesome Road

Lord, I’m coming home

Lord, I’m coming home

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With the help of our friend Chris we recorded our version of the traditional song            “I wish I was in Bowling Green”, which we learned from the Kossoy Sisters, adding to it with more lyrics: somethin’ old, somethin’ new, somethin’ borrowed & somethin’ blue.

The lyrics talk specifically about the town “Bowling Green” in Kentucky in the US of A, but the song for us is about the longing for that place that feels like home and a nostalgic recollection of the place you grew up in, or belong to.

A perfect home…….

Traditional songs last in popular culture because the message or meaning is timeless, continuously relevant, like any cliche there’s a deep truth enfolded inside,

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photo thanks to Chris Rickard

Slim Dime play “I wish I was in Bowling Green”

Wish I was in Bowling Green

sittin’ in a chair

One arm round my pretty little girl

‘Tother ’round my dear

‘Tother ’round my dear,

                  Bowling Green

         Oh you good old Bowling Green.

Wish I was a bumblebee

sailing through the air

Sail right down to my true love’s side,

Touch him if you dare.

Touch him if you dare,

Bowling Green

                  Oh you good old Bowling Green.

If you see that man of mine,

tell him once for me

If he loves another girl,

Yes I’II set him free

Yes I’II set him free,

                  Bowling Green

                  Oh you good old Bowling Green.

Goin’ through this whole wide world,

I’m goin’ through alone;

Goin’ through this whole wide world,

I ain’t got no home,

I ain’t got no home.

Bowling Green

                  Oh you good old Bowling Green.

Wish I was down in the South

where folks treat you kind

Listening to a pretty little song,

with that love of mine.

With that love of mine,

Bowling Green

                  Oh you good old Bowling Green.

Been around this whole wide world,

walkin’ all alone;

Goin’ through this whole wide world,

I ain’t got no home,

I ain’t got no home.

Bowling Green

                  Oh you good old Bowling Green.

I ain’t got a dollar Dear,

I ain’t got a dime

But I got a sweetie pie

who loves me all the time.

Loves me all the time,

Bowling Green

                  Oh you good old Bowling Green.

Goin’ back to Bowling Green,

any ole way I can;

when I get to Bowling Green,

I’ll never leave again,

Never leave again.

Bowling Green

                  Oh you good old Bowling Green.

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Shady Grove” is a lovely Bluegrass standard, which many really great musicians have done versions of.  One of our favourites would have to be Doc Watson’s.

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Video still from “Shady Grove”

Link to wikipedia entry on “Shady Grove

We recently enlisted the help of our friend Chris to film us playing a few of our favourite cover songs/standards. All these clips were recorded with a Nikon D90 – the sound quality is pretty good considering we’re outside!

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We don’t make a huge fuss about our guitars but we get asked a lot what we play. Jen plays a Martin LXM  tenor guitar and Chris plays a Martin D00-18V acoustic guitar. Neither have pick ups – all acoustic!

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Video Still from “Shady Grove”

So here’s a link to our version of “Shady Grove” – hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy playing it!

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We write our own music but we also enjoy doing covers of well known songs in a Slim Dime kinda way. Enormously successful in the 80’s, Euro synth pop hit, “Take On Me” – lyrics & music by Pal Waaktaar, Mags Furuholmen & Morten Harket is a great example. Although recognisable, without that synth tag it sounds totally different.

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Video still – Take On Me

With the help of our friend Chris this was recorded September 2015 in a house more picturesque than ours on our trusty iPad so the image and sound quality isn’t excellent but it’s certainly good enough. God bless technology!

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Video still – Take On Me

We decided to share this particular song because it isn’t something we’d ever put on an album but it is a song we put in the set along with country & bluegrass numbers. It has that lovely bittersweet quality that we love so. And it’s fun to surprise folk with something a little unexpected.

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Video still – Take On Me

One of the memorable things about this song is singer Morten Harket’s incredible vocal range, we don’t do that either! It’s more fun to make a song your own than to mimic someone else.

Here’s a link to the original video, which has a happy albeit sweaty ending……