We’re excited to announce the release of our new album – “The Long Journey Home”.

We had been writing material around the theme of “Home” for a couple of years and had planned to release a double album – an album of originals and an album of covers/traditional songs. The global COVID-19 pandemic hit and like everyone our plans changed……. With the loss of all our gigs, very suddenly we had to reassess what we could afford. With everyone self-isolating at home the meaning of “home” changed too, for us all.

Over the last few years we have been incredibly lucky to find a community of people who have welcomed us – it felt like a homecoming. Although we love Bluegrass and Old Time Music, the music we make is neither of those genres.

We recorded with Mark Woods, in his lovely home studio late 2019 and early 2020, the last session was in-between lock downs. The recordings capture our live performance style – Bluegrass style around a condenser microphone, improvisational lead guitar from Chris and stripped back, acoustic arrangements. We had a huge list of possible material – poor Mark! The songs that are on this album are the ones that we performed best, the ones that fit together best, and the ones that were ready to come home.

Home is where the heart is, home is our safe place, home is where we all get to be most ourselves. We all use the phrase “at home’ to describe feeling comfortable or at peace. In Gospel music home is where we are reunited with our loved ones at the end of our life journey. For us it has been a long journey to find a place that we can call home, both as musicians and as people.

So here we are, just two people, playing acoustic instruments, and singing about the stuff we think about a lot, death, loss, connection, human experience – from our home to yours,

Thanks from

Jen & Chris

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nifty reviews from kind folks

Australian Bluegrass Blog – thank you Greg McGrath

Listening Through the Lens – thank you Rob Dickens

some folks appreciate lyrics (because you asked so nicely Eryn) – we do too – that’s why we write ’em – link to lyrics

Purchase The Long Journey Home – link to our store – choose the purveyor of your choice or email us on slimdime(at)gmail.com to purchase a CD

Thanks to Mark Woods, Heath, Tom & Andrea, Paul, Lou, Mark, Gage & Mae, Christina & Garry, Graeme & Lynn, Mark, Belinda, Andrew & the MPA folks, everyone who has come to hear us play
& given us awesome hugs.

some folks like photos – we do too – have to say it because Jen takes a lot of ’em

our lovely home

we stayed in gorgeous Maldon when we recorded – thank you Graeme!

I know, but creepy good right?

We even recorded at a home studio – thank you Mark – you’re awesome!

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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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Happy Wanderer Festival

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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Open Studio

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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Point Leo

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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Penguin in Penguin Tasmania

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

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Art by baby gorilla

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

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Gretna Tasmania
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Gretna Tasmania

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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Dover Tasmania

The little church on the hill…..

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Dover Tasmania

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

Bandcamp – Travelogue on Bandcamp