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Travellers

Keller/Murphy/Browne

Travellers

Keller/Murphy/Browne

The Keller Murphy Browne combination was a precious one. Emerging organically out of Al Browne’s residency at Bennetts Lane, and a particular affinity between the three musicians that grew and simply grew, it had its own voice – as trios do. With Allan’s passing in June 2015 this recording taken from two gigs in the Bennetts Lane small room in February 2015 has special significance.I listen to Travellers on the train to my country home. I listen coming in to the city. The lambs gambol with more vitality with ‘Queen for Tea’ in the ears. Willows along a river are more evocative with Tamara Murphy’s bass, alongside the tender lyricism of Andrea Keller’s piano in ‘ A Call, A Whisper’. And Al Browne ever perfectly present in the background. The heart contracts at the sound of Al reciting poetry in ‘Empty Garden’, and the landscape takes on extra meaning with thunderstorms looming and my own sense of dislocation palpable.

We are all travellers here, and you could do no better than to join this band of intrepid wanderers. Tamara’s strong hands and strong ideas imbue her with the qualities of a warrior. I would not mess with Tamara Murphy, but I would choose her at my back. She sees and plays patterns and the world makes different sense with her in it. Andrea is an intellect — and hers is an emotional intelligence. Quicksilver thinking, light, strong and sensitive fingers on the keyboard; a considered and infallibly creative touch. And behind them, always, Al with his gifts and enchantment; the witty, wiry conjuror of our Monday nights.

I’m only a listener, and susceptible to music. I don’t know how a musician evokes this emotion or that. Without knowing which chord or combination or other technicalities carry me on the intention of the composer and player, I am happy to listen, and to go where I am taken.

‘It’s in our garden that I miss you most,’ recites Al. I am sure that Andrea and Tamara miss him everywhere. Fare thee well.

This journey is one I commend to you.

Miriam Zolin
October 2015
miriamzolin.com

credits

released December 4, 2015Andrea Keller – Piano
Tamara Murphy – Double Bass
Allan Browne – Drums

Recorded live February 9th & 10th 2015 in the small room at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Hadyn Buxton.
Photography by Hayley Miro.  www.hayleymiro.com
KMB photo by Mick Meagher.
Design by Hoof  www.hoof.net.au

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Big Creatures & Little Creatures

Murphy's Law

Big Creatures & Little Creatures

Murphy's Law

Murphy’s Law’s acclaimed fourth album, Big Creatures & Little Creatures, features music by Murphy’s Law. The music incorporates electronic soundscapes, lush melodies and grooves with stereo drums.
In 2012 the inaugural PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission was awarded to Tamara Murphy enabling her a unique opportunity to develop a small seed creative concept into a complete work that doubled as a live event and radio broadcast content.
The result, Big Creatures & Little Creatures is a suite made up of five movements, each featuring different members of the ensemble. The order of the movements is not set and the movements are deconstructed on stage as part of the performance to form a larger, organic structure that fits intrinsically into the space in which it is created. Featuring the double-drummer line up, the ensemble ventures into new sonic areas in an aim to readdress the traditional band format.


“an exploration of timbres and textures in a way that was tonally and percussively rich — even luxuriant at times.”
Roger Mitchell – AusJazzBlog, 3 June 2012


“****… truly dream-like sequences”
John McBeath, The Weekend Australian, Oct 4th 2008


“… a wildly successful integration of classical, jazz and electronica” Roger Mitchell – Sunday Herald Sun, Sept 21 2008

 

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A Tribute to Charlie Haden

Various

A Tribute to Charlie Haden

Various

Each of the 50 artists contributed a solo performance (mostly recorded at Pughouse Studios, Melbourne) free of charge as a tribute to the late great Charlie Haden (6.8.37 – 11.7.14). All proceeds are donated to Medecins Sans Frontieres.

 

Artists:

  1. NICK HAYWOOD The Law Years 02:54
  2. GEOFF KLUKE Ziggy/Spirit of Jannie 02:53
  3. MICK MEAGHER In a bit 02:56
  4. ANITA HUSTAS Calm Sea 03:39
  5. DEAN ADDISON Inter Tidal Zone 06:45
  6. TAMARA MURPHY Lullaby 04:40
  7. HOWARD CAIRNS Drift 03:16
  8. OSCAR NEYLAND Body and Soul 06:03
  9. ROSIE WESTBROOK Low Tide 04:39
  10. TIM NIKOLSKY Open Heart Open Mind 05:00
  11. CHRIS FRANGOU Liberation 04:44
  12. BEN ROBERTSON Dimming of the Day 03:22
  13. ZVI BELLING Nkosi Sikelele Africa 03:52
  14. STEVE ELPHICK Silent Night 02:19
  15. MARTY HOLOUBEK Rainforest 03:45
  16. MARK SHEPHERD Shenandoah 03:20
  17. TOM LEE All For You 04:47
  18. STEVE HADLEY For Charlie 05:00
  19. LEIGH BARKER Peace 04:57
  20. ALEX BONEHAM How Deep Is The Ocean 05:14
  21. EVRIPIDES EVRIPIDOU Charlie’s Angels 08:08
  22. SHANNON BIRCHALL Waltz For Ruth 03:54
  23. FRANK DI SARIO The Shadow Of Your Smile 03:41
  24. CHRISTOPHER HALE Spiritual 03:43
  25. JONATHAN DIMOND Silent Key 04:32
  26. SAM ZERNA Law of Threes 03:02
  27. SAM PANKHURST Agnes Hilton 03:29
  28. GARETH HILL The Sound Of Sand And Surf 03:21
  29. CHRIS BEKKER Folksong 2 02:59
  30. HORST NONNENMACHER Chaden 07:16
  31. KAIN BORLASE Pokarekare Ana 02:30
  32. NICK TSIAVOS Payer For Charlie 02:42
  33. ARLENE FLETCHER Knot 02:57
  34. KIM MAY The Escape Of The Pot-Bellied Pug 02:23
  35. JONATHAN ZION 15 Steps 03:09
  36. CAMERON UNDY The Path 05:37
  37. MARTIN LILLICH Voices Remembered 01:33
  38. LOUIS GILL Traces of Jasmine 03:56
  39. DIRK STRAKHOF It’s Only A Paper Moon 03:53
  40. ZOE FRATER Yellow Is The Sun 02:58
  41. PHILIP REX Martha’s Mood 03:58
  42. JEREMY ALSOP Charliehaden 03:21
  43. BEN CRIPPS Metro Gnome 04:00
  44. DES WHITE Cinema Paradiso 02:55
  45. BRIAN TAIRAKU RITCHIE Charliehaden 04:36
  46. SIMON STARR Charle 03:40
  47. DJUNA LEE Song For Charlie 03:22
  48. LINDA OH California Charlie 01:48
  49. JON HEILBRON Untitled 04:36
  50. BEN HANLON Folk Song 05:04

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Tanuki's Revenge

Murphy's Law

Tanuki's Revenge

Murphy's Law

The Third album from Murphy’s Law – half recorded live and half in the studio, giving a full pictures of what this band does. Featuring compositions by Tamara Murphy, as well as select covers by Jeff Buckley and The Eurythmics.

Julien Wilson – sax, Shannon Barnett – trom, Nashua Lee – gtr, Tamara Murphy – bass, Joe Talia – drums.

released 16 September 2008

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Street Art

Murphy's Law

Street Art

Murphy's Law

Murphy’s Law, with string quartet and turntables, is inspired by many musical styles including electronica and Australian improvised music. Featuring ‘Jumps’ on turntables and some of Australia’s musical heavyweights.

Julien Wilson – saxophone; Shannon Barnett – trombone; Nashua Lee – guitar; Tamara Murphy – double bass; Joe Talia – drums; Jamshid ‘Jumps’ Khadiwala – turntables; Attila Kuti – violin; Erkki Veltheim – violin; Cerid Davies – viola; Naomi Wileman – ‘cello.

released 16 September 2008

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Telling Tales

Murphy's Law

Telling Tales

Murphy's Law

The first Murphy’s Law album, released in 2004, with artwork by Luke Fraser. Julien Wilson – sax, Jordan Murray – trom, Nashua Lee – gtr, Tamara Murphy – bass, Joe Talia – drums. The music speaks for itself – have a listen.

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Three Minute Blitz

James Macaulay Quartet

Three Minute Blitz

James Macaulay Quartet

“It’s a creeper, this record. I was there when it went down, but I can’t recall the tracking order – I wonder if it was the same as they appear here. Actually, who cares – the result is gorgeous; a portrait of honesty and humility that threatens to crack it’s so fragile at times – a bit like James/Jimmy/Bison in that respect…

I like that I can ‘hear’ him on this record – literally, obviously, but I mean the fella too. He’s a paleo-romantic; old-school, that is – heart on his sleeve (foot in his mouth often enough), that sort of thing. Hates a drink, loves a rave; happiest when they coincide. A (mostly) walking contradiction; a disciplined lush. I mean, look at him: Hair like a beast (bison?), worst posture ever… But what a sound – you can’t argue with that – brimming with generosity, wit, and a whole lot of Higgy.

He’s also bright enough to surround himself with greatness in Stevie (check him out on Lingering Notes), Tam and James/Jimmy drums: never static, never coasting; always bringing themselves to the party. You can tell too that James’ gigantic brain has had a hand in writing the tunes, but thankfully it’s the lyricism in them that leaves the most lasting impression.

He’s a lot of things is James, as is this record. But mostly he’s a sweet guy who plays the ass out of the trombone and writes some cool tunes.”

-Eugene Ball

James Macaulay -trombone, Steve Grant -piano, Tamara Murphy -double bass, James McLean -drums

Recorded and mixed at The Pound on Oct 25 2013 by Phil Noy. Mastered by Phil Rex. Produced by Martin Martini. Photograph by Amelia King. Design by Stuart Geddes.

Released 2014

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Carried by the Sun

Keller-Murphy-Browne

Carried by the Sun

Keller-Murphy-Browne

Andrea Keller, Tamara Murphy, Allan Browne

(Jazzhead, HEAD072)

Andrea Keller – piano; Tamara Murphy – double bass; Allan Browne – drums.

9 tracks (8 originals & 1 standard). Recorded in February 2006.

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Stoneflower

Stoneflower

Stoneflower

Stoneflower

With beauty and craftsmanship, Australian trio Stoneflower steal the hearts of audiences around the country with their evocative journeys through vocal jazz, Brazilian bossa nova and sublime pop adaptations. Stoneflower Trio brings together the artistry of PBS Young Elder of Jazz Award winner Tamara Murphy (bass/vocals) and the silken voice of Jacqueline Gawler (singer/percussionist with Coco’s Lunch) with one of Australia’s most distinctive and virtuosic guitarists, Stephen Magnusson.

10 tracks

 

Every Dog

Fran Swinn Trio

Every Dog

Fran Swinn Trio

A quirky jazz trio with an indie rock aesthetic and an emphasis on melodic, interactive improvising. Recorded by Mal Stanley at the ABC studios Melbourne March 4-5, 2009. Originally commissioned for ‘Jazztrack with Mal Stanley’ on ABC Classic fm.Featuring:
Fran Swinn – guitar
Tamara Murphy – double bass
Ben Hendry – drums
released 10 January 2011

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Seasons of Love

Graeme Lyall, Tony Gould, Gian Slater, Eddie Perfect and many others.

Seasons of Love

Graeme Lyall, Tony Gould, Gian Slater, Eddie Perfect and many others.

Whether the song is for voice, trumpet, clarinet, flugelhorn, French horn, sax, marimba, recorder or voice, there is something unique and inviting about every arrangement produced under the watchful eye (and pen) and soundful ear of Graeme.

In bringing together many of Australia’s finest jazz and classical musicians there is always a possibility that the two styles won’t necessarily sit as comfortable bedfellows. In this case nothing can be further from the truth with the results demonstrating how easily and seamlessly the musicians featured on this album can be transported from one style to another.

With vocalists Eddie Perfect and Gian Slater we had a rare and very special blend of vocal talents. Add to this our jazz trio, under the legendary and magical musicianship of Tony Gould, Tamara Murphy on bass and award winning, multi-faceted drummer and percussionist David Jones and the stage is set for an unforgettable experience. Then add legendary, inspiring and incredibly versatile players John Hoffman on flugelhorn, David Griffiths on clarinet, Gianni Marinucci on trumpet, Graeme Lyall on sax, and Peter Marks on French horn. There is even a guest appearance on one track from world renowned recorder virtuoso, Genevieve Lacey – listen out for this magical arrangement of an old favourite. And of course, equally importantly, the string orchestra was put together by Marco van Pagee and led by Miwako Abe.

TONY GOULD COMMENTS: Another memorable and fantastic experience – what great music-making is all about! What talent in the one studio, and all under the direction of the genius of Graeme Lyall’s arrangements and conducting. No one in the world writes better for strings, or for any other instrument for that matter. (It is no surprise that Sammy Davis Jnr. tried to entice Lyall to go with him back to the USA. But fortunately for us, he stayed!)
And what a collection of soloists that has been put together: Eddie Perfect, Gian Slater, David Griffiths, John Hoffman, Gianni Marinucci, Genevieve Lacey, and Sergei Golovko, with a rhythm section of Tamara Murphy and the remarkable David Jones, with a pianist whose name temporarily escapes me!
The Project’s creator Peter Marks and I chose the pieces and he even played the French horn on a track or two! Each piece is a classic in its own way, and without exception all are endowed with glorious melodies; pieces from Gershwin’s wonderful “Porgy and Bess”, standards including “On A Clear Day”, beautiful tunes including, “Tammy”, Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns”, “Sunrise, Sunset” from “Fiddler on the Roof” to name but a few.
The project would not have happened had it not been for the passion and enthusiasm of Peter Marks. Thanks to him, from start to finish it was a joy for all concerned. Importantly, I think this came across in the end product. Memorable all around.

Released 18 July 2013.

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Dreaming in Blue

Andrea Khoza

Dreaming in Blue

Andrea Khoza

After extended trips to South Africa to host music and cultural tours with her husband Valanga Khoza, Andrea has a deep connection to South African music. With these varied influences, Andrea has recorded and released her first debut album, Dreaming In Blue, in 2013. Working with talented musicians such as Fran Swinn, Tamara Murphy and Ben Hendry, she has managed to capture a sound that is peppered with jazz, world and roots.

Andrea Khoza – voice; Fran Swinn – guitar/banjo; Tamara Murphy; acoustic/electric bass; Ben Hendry – drums; Ben Grayson – Hammond organ; Adrian Sherriff – trombone; Valanga Khoza – vocals/kalimba; Ousman Sonko – djembe; Carl Panuzzo – voice; Jacqueine Gawler – voice; Timothy Slater – voice; Mary Helen Sussman – voice; Esther Holt – voice.

 

9 tracks. Recorded in January 2012.

Fate of a Bachelor

Devil Goat Family String Band

Fate of a Bachelor

Devil Goat Family String Band

There are plenty of rumours about inbred families and bluegrass, and The Devil Goat Family String Band are proud to have started a lot of them. They are a family of five been-around-the-block musicians whose disparate musical pedigrees have interbred in an orgy of string band collaboration and celebration. Between them they’ve sired something that music purists may regard as a cross-eyed bow-legged step-cousin of bluegrass, but in truth their forbidden rendez vous has widened the genre gene-pool and created a hilly billy Frankenstien that is more powerful, stronger and multi-faceted than any of the pure-bred species they left back on the farm. A Devil Goat Family String Band gig consists of orginal tunes in the hillbilly and bluegrass ouvre that are not afraid to venture into the swampy badlands of Country, Folk, and Gypsy, and delivered in the style of a passionate high-energy string band. They also throw in some blistering covers such as Foggy Mountain Breakdown to keep the Good Ol’ Boys from reaching for their shotguns.

Gus (banjo), Kate (fiddle) and Jamie (guitar, harmonica and slide guitar) first started jamming on the front porch in 2003 and began gigging in seedy bars in 2004 with Tamara joining on double bass in 2005. In 2006 Johnnie Carr added dobro slide guitar, mandolin and sparkling tenor harmonies. Through lots of regularly gigging these players have become a tight-knit group of stringband innovators.

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En Vivo

Colectivo 29

En Vivo

Colectivo 29

Quintet, Tango Nuevo, Australian Composed and re-imagined Tango. A project created after an extended study period in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This beautiful quintet plays acoustically and their debut cd comes from a live performance in Melbourne, recorded in 2011.

Andrew James – piano; Rachael Kim – violin; Mischa Herman – accordion; Penelope Witt – cello; Tamara Murphy – bass

 

10 Tracks

Released in 2012

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States of Play

Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble

States of Play

Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble

This beautiful Spanish, Flamenco-infused contemporary jazz CD features four of Australia’s finest independent contemporary musicians performing music by 2 x Australian Jazz work of the year nominated composers Elissa Goodrich and Clare Shannon.

Phil Bywater – saxophone/flute; Tamara Murphy – double bass; Elissa Goodrich – vibraphone/percussion; Daniel Farrugia – drums.

11 Tracks. Recorded November 2012. Released in 2013

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Bach Conversations

Elissa Goodrich

Bach Conversations

Elissa Goodrich

A reimagining of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No.3 adapted for solo marimba by Elissa Goodrich and in duet improvisations-conversations with some of Australia’s finest independent world and jazz musicians.
“Exquisite…ear-opening” –  The Australian
Released in 2013

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Playtime

James Osborne Collective

Playtime

James Osborne Collective

Since moving to Melbourne in early 2008 and taking a musical hiatus to settle in, James Osborne has played with some great musicians and has used the recording of Playtime as a chance to pay tribute to his mentors and influences.

The material on Playtime includes works from an often neglected but fruitful time in American jazz, the 1990s. Songs like Mr. Cool Breeze by Donald Harrison and In God We Trust by percussionist Winard Harper helped shape James’ appreciation for jazz music.

James Osborne Collective:

Tamara Murphy – bass

Simon Mavin – piano

Christophe Genoux – tenor

Brae Grimes – trumpet

James Osborne – drums

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The Key of Sea

Various

The Key of Sea

Various

THE KEY OF SEA 2012!

WHAT IS THE KEY OF SEA?

The Key of Sea started out as a project to create a quintessentially Australian album and in 2010 the Key of Sea vol 1 was released with great success. Each track a beautiful collaboration between one of Australia’s finest established artists and an extraordinary musician who brought their cultural heritage from across the sea, escaping war, hardship or persecution.

WHY THE KEY OF SEA?

The Key of Sea is based on a single premise, that Australia is a great country for its cultural diversity. Often the extraordinary success of Australian society is overshadowed by people who want to upset and discourage the diversity we all enjoy. They seek to make race and heritage a wedge with which to drive communities apart. The Key of Sea is a direct, profound and, most importantly, positive response to those people. This project is a reminder that, with a little work and an open heart, Australians of all races and creeds can create beautiful and lasting things together, celebrating our shared humanity.

 

Tracks:
1. Silence Of The Guns – Jinja Safari and Knife
2. The Boat – Paul Kelly and The Cambodian Space Project
3. Az Eshq Tho – The Tiger And Me and Murtaza Jafari
4. Lively Boys – Lanie Lane and Adam Starr
5. Fear Like You – Chet Faker and The Royal Swazi Spa
6. Come Along – Brous and Awaz
7. Islands – Clubfeet and Alex Toumazos
8. Open Hands – Sietta and Sunameke
9. Open Your Heart – Dick Diver and BCR
10. Client JGT 683– Kim Salmon and Waleed Aly
11. Apuse – David Bridie and Hein Arumisore
Released 2012

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Save My Soul

Cam Butler

Save My Soul

Cam Butler

Cam Butler (Cam Butler & The Shadows Of Love, The Coralinas, Ron S. Peno & The Superstitions, Silver Ray) is a unique electric guitarist and composer with an instantly recognisable sound. Rather than relying on fx, Cam uses plectrums, his fingers, found objects, brushes, capos and tunings to fashion his soulful, 21st century guitar music. A lover of the sound of strings, he has composed epic music for string quartets, string orchestras, singers and bands.Save My Soul, his sixth after 2008’s, Dark Times, features a 23 piece string orchestra and is out now. The album will be played live in cinemas, accompanied by a film and video installation.In order to present Save My Soul live, Cam has enlisted the help of 4 film makers (plus himself) to make a video to accompany each of the 5 tracks on the album. These film makers are an international collection, hailing from Melbourne, Berlin and Kabul. Cam’s music has often been described as cinematic and the combination of each of these directors’ visions with the lush beauty of Save My Soul’s music is a true, immersive, multi-media experience.
Released 23 March 2012

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Ambrosia

Jacqueline Gawler

Ambrosia

Jacqueline Gawler

Jacqueline Gawler’s debut solo album Ambrosia is a sumptuous and electrifying feast of indie/jazz/rock/ vocal adventure featuring original songs of incandescent beauty – stories of humanness, the end of the world, sweaty men & singing flight attendants. Featuring an all-star line-up of: Jacqueline Gawler (voice, keys, kalimba & percussion), Fran Swinn (guitars, loops), Christopher Hale (electric bass, acoustic bass guitar, lap steel guitar, mandolin & percussion), Ben Hendry (drums, percussion) plus special guests Anthony Schultz (piano accordion), Ben Gillespie (trombone, voice), Eugene Ball (trumpet) Tamara Murphy (double bass) & Simone Lang (cajôn) with additional programming by Hadyn Buxton. Engineered, mixed, mastered and co-produced by Hadyn Buxton, funded by an Arts Victoria grant.

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Yma Jam Yma

The Natives

Yma Jam Yma

The Natives

Saxophonist for well known artist Gotye, Gideon Brazil presents 7 original compositions, featuring some of Melbourne’s finest improvisers including Ed Fairlie (trp), Shannon Barnett (tromb), Darrin Archer (pno), Ronny Ferella (dr) & Tamara Murphy (dbl bs)
Released 2008

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Worlds Within Worlds

Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble

Worlds Within Worlds

Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble

“Inspired jazz poetry” Melbourne Weekly Review.

“With “translations by Iranian-born poet Ali Alizadeh, set to music, Exquisite calm, torn by spiritual longing. an ear-opening testimony …in an exciting new format.” John Jenkins, ‘From Page to Stage’ The Australian, Arts.

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Libran Balance

Cam McAllister Quintet

Libran Balance

Cam McAllister Quintet

Contemporary jazz from Australia. Melodic basslines, contemporary harmony, memorable melodies.
Release Date: 2008

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Dust on My Shoes

Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing

Dust on My Shoes

Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing

Michael Barclay – drums/percussion/vocals; Ed Bates – pedal steel; Jerry Boys – engineer/producer; Darren Hanlon –bass/guitar/harmonica/keyboards/mandola/vocals; Tamara Murphy – upright bass; Ray Pereira – percussion; Craig Pilkington – trumpet; Mick Thomas            bass/guitar (Rhythm)/vocals; Matt Walker – guitar (Steel)/ pedal steel; Mark Wallace – accordion; Rosie Westbrook – upright bass.

16 Tracks. Recorded 2001.

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