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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.

Video still from "Shady Grove"
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!

Video Still from "Shady Grove"
Video Still from “Shady Grove”

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!

Video Still from "Shady Grove"
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.

Video still - Take On Me
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!

Video still - Take On Me
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.

Video still - Take On Me
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……

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Despite having a really busy month, with the help of our friend Chris we recorded some wee home videos. She lives in a gorgeous house with a brilliant garden. The Spring blossoms were bloomin’ up a storm.

Sliver Tongue & Gold Plated Lies video still
Sliver Tongue & Gold Plated Lies video still

Silver Tongue & Gold Plated Lies was written by K. T. Oslin – country stalwart songstress, although we learned it from Suzanne Thomas on the excellent album “O’ Sister – The Women’s Bluegrass Collection”.

Sliver Tongue & Gold Plated Lies video still
Sliver Tongue & Gold Plated Lies video still

We play it slow.

More like a blues song than a bluegrass number………

Sliver Tongue & Gold Plated Lies video still
Sliver Tongue & Gold Plated Lies video still

Lots of fantastic musicians play this excellent song – this is our version!

Everything we do, we do with a little help from our friends…….

thank you!

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It’s September – Spring has sprung and we’ve got a huge month of gigs – get along to what you can – we’d love to see you!

Some regular spots – our monthly show at Oscar’s Alehouse the 13th Sept from 5pm & a show at The Drunken Poet‘s Women, Wine & Whiskey on the 16th Sept from 9:30pm.

Really looking forward to our debut at Berwick And District Folk Club, who are putting on a Bluegrass night with us & The Weathered Heads Friday 18th Sept. Doors open 7:30 – Music starts 8:00pm
Old Cheese Factory
34 Homestead Rd., Berwick, 3806
Entry
$12:00 Guests

Another new venue for us The gorgeous Cosmopolitan Hotel in Trentham – three sets from 1pm on Sunday 20th Sept.

And – I’m tired already! – a show at lovely French Restaurant The Little French Deli from 7 – 9:30pm on the 24th September.

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Banner2We’re heading up to lovely Emerald to play live-to-air and chat with David Miller on his show The Dotted Line on 3MDR tomorrow night – Wed Sept 2nd…

You can listen to the show at any time by clicking the link below and going to the show on Wednesday 2/9/15 9pm-11pm. Enjoy! we sure did

3MDR – The Dotted Line – with David Miller

Photo thanks to Jenn Davidson
Photo thanks to Jenn Davidson

We’ll play a few songs and chat about what we’re up to over the next month, so tune in!

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