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

Buckland River
Buckland River
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Autumn in Porepunkah
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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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Yackandandah
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Falls Creek
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Tawonga
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Tawonga
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Tawonga
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Tawonga

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all photographs taken in April 2016 while at the Mt Beauty Music Festival

by J. Land – instagram

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.

photos thanks to Matt Walker
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

photo thanks to Matt Walker
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
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
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.

photo thanks to Chris Rickard
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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photo thanks to Chris Rickard

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,

photo thanks to Chris Rickard
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.

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!

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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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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.

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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”.

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Sliver Tongue & Gold Plated Lies video still

We play it slow.

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

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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
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$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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We’ve been writing songs for a new album and played one of them the other night at the Mountain Pickers Association. It’s a really lovely song we called “Lay Down My Ole Guitar”, one of those magic songs that feel as though they write themselves. We were so incredibly lucky that Angus Golding recorded it for us and that Emily Dittman took a great live photograph so we put the two together and made a wee video. I (Jen) was worried it’d be too boring with a static image but it’s kinda lovely to just focus on the music, we played pretty well and it’s a song we’re both really proud of. Now we’re really looking forward to recording again……….