9 September 2019
The KITTY & FRANK album launch tour starts this week! with shows in Cowra, Canberra & Candelo! All of 'em with Hamish Stuart, Alice Williams and Chris Abrahams! Tix & details here
26 August 2019
Happy Release Day little rekkid! I proudly and lovingly present to you, dear listener, KITTY & FRANK. You can now listen to the whole album right here on bandcamp - where you can also purchase the album on LP, CD, or as a digital download.
As many of you know by now, this is an album about two real-life characters, a 'concept record' about a young frontier woman, Kitty Walsh, and the charismatic bandit who became her lover, Frank Gardiner. I first heard the wild true tales of Kitty & Frank from Craig Lawler, tour operator at Blind Freddys Bushranger Tours, after a show at the Gooloogong Log Cabin back in 2015. By the time I'd landed home in Melbourne that night I'd written 'Nothing Comes Close', and demo-d it there n then, in the wee hours, in my little cabin in Pascoe Vale, under thunderous skies. (There's a bloody loud thunder clap on that original demo right when I sing "...my ears strain for hooves like thunder." *Seriously!) A little whiles later I wrote 'All The Love", and when I started playing those two songs out, the idea of writing a whole album for Kitty & Frank crept in...
Fast forward to April 2018, when I sent myself off on a song-writing retreat to a little shack on the Howqua River in north eastern Victoria. I had a week's supplies, a simple recording set-up, plenty of firewood, a borrowed midi-keyboard, and songs to write! The whole wild story of Kitty & Frank had clearly been rolling round my head for a long time by this stage, but it was there in that week on the Howqua that the shape of the record really flew in, something shifted/lifted, and I could suddenly taste just what kinda record I was gonna make.
In the spring of 2018 I assembled my dreamteam (again!!) - Hamish Stuart, Dave Symes and Chris Abrahams - and at the start of the summer we tracked nearly all of the album live to tape over three days at Sydney's Golden Retriever Studios with consummate engineer Simon Berckelman. I played with those recordings some more back home at the Rezza ranch over the summer, and mixed the album with the wonderful John Lee at Phaedra Studios in April 2019.
I'm so grateful to the whole beautiful team for everything everyone's brought to this project. I really love what we've made. And I'm SO EXCITED to finally share it all with all of you!
Happy listening, lovin comrades
23 August 2019
the next song from Kitty & Frank - 'Catherine Christie' - is now streaming on all the streams! You can listen now on spotify, youtube or dial it up on your platform of choice. 'Catherine Christie' opens Side B of the album, and it's one of my favourite chapters in the 'Kitty & Frank' story; they've managed to escape the heat of the law in the south... and make it all the way to Queensland, where they start a new life - as Mr & Mrs Christie, running a general supplies store at Apis Creek, on the road to the Peak Downs goldfields. Featuring my mighty mighty band Hamish Stuart, Dave Symes and Chris Abrahams!
17 August 2019
The very first show of the album launch tour is happening right in the heart of 'Kitty & Frank' territory! at the amazing CORRIDOR project near Cowra on Friday 13th September. Playing with my all star band Hamish Stuart, Alice Williams and Chris Abrahams! AND the one n only Craig Lawler (from Blind Freddy's Bushranger Tours - who also made this cracker poster!) is gonna be warming up the proceedings with a Special Presentation. ! And you can book for delicious dinner... and even accom! What a way to start th tour! Can't wait!! All dates & bookings info here.
24 July 2019
Here's the music video for the new single Golden Plains! Starring magic-mover Courtney Meacham, filmed & edited by Andrew Watson at Semiconductor Media. Thanks to theMUSIC for premiering the video yesterday! Album preorders will be shipped from the start of August, and all spring tour dates are on sale now.. xx
16 July 2019
Tickets are now on sale for the Spring album launch tour! And I'm excited & delighted to share the next sneak preview...! If you head over to the bandcamp page you can now stream the album's opening track and next single - Golden Plains (and you can download it too with an album preorder xx). The music video for Golden Plains will be officially premiered next week... but here's a little pressie for your ears in the meantime.. xx
13 July 2019
Our Kitty & Frank Album Launch tour dates have just been announced! All tickets will go on sale this Tuesday 16th July. Check out the tour dates here, watch the video for Wheogo Hill here, and preorder your copy of the album here. More news - and the next single! - coming real soon xx
9 July 2019
Delighted to be unveiling the Kitty & Frank cover art! A painting by fabulous Australian artist Jonathon Throsby. I've been a fan of Jonno's work for years and first saw this painting - entitled 'Mungo' - at an exhibition of JT's in Melbourne many moons ago. I'm so thrilled that it's gracing the cover. You can purchase your copy now - on LP, CD, or as a digital download - and we'll lovingly send out all preorders from the start of August! xx
27 June 2019
Loving thanks to everyone who came out to the Wheogo Hill shows this month! It's been a fabulous, musical, heartening June xx We'll be touring far n wide throughout the Spring to launch Kitty & Frank... stay tuned for details. And... just announced! We'll be back at one of our very favourite festivals in the land - Mullum Music Festival this November!
You can join the mailing list here for tour news - and purchase your copy of KITTY & FRANK now (on LP, CD, or as a digital download) and we'll send it to you before its offical release date in August. You'll also get a free download of the first single WHEOGO HILL when you pre-order the album xx
5 June 2019
We made a video for WHEOGO HILL! Starring.. WHEOGO HILL! Footage by Craig Lawler (of Blind Freddy's Bushranger Tours fame) & John Daly, edited by Simon Bailey & Damian Fitzgerald. To quote Lawler, 'In the 1860's Gold Fever came to Wheogo, and like Deadwood, it didn't end well'. In the central west of NSW, in the heart of Wiradjuri country, Wheogo is where Kitty's family, the Walshes, were peaceably farming cattle before gold was discovered at Lambing Flat. It's where Kitty first met Frank. And it's where they ran from when the heat of the law hit fever pitch. Find out more about Kitty & Frank.
WHEOGO HILL Single tour starts this weekend in Melbourne with two shows at the Merri Creek Tavern, with Hamish Stuart & Alice Pearl Williams. All details and ticket links here.
14 May 2019
The first song from KITTY & FRANK is released today! All over the internets! You can listen to WHEOGO HILL & buy a copy of it here on bandcamp, and you can also listen to it on all the various streams including spotify.
We've also just launched the ALBUM PREORDER CAMPAIGN! You can purchase your copy of KITTY & FRANK now (on LP, CD, or as a digital download) and you'll receive it before its offical release date in August. You'll also get a free download of the first single WHEOGO HILL when you pre-order the album.
And... in purchasing your copy of KITTY & FRANK now you're also really helping me get this whole kit-and-caboodle over the line! And I thank you xx
10 May 2019
In anticipation of new musics hitting the internets very soon, a fair swag of the back catalogue is now available on all the streams! You can now find me up on spotify, and wherever else you stream the musics... Follow, like, share, play it on repeat, etc.. x Me, I like to sit by a stream, lie on its banks, swim in it, float down it.. keep real still and watch for platypus.. Anyways, it's 2019, and i'm gonna join the other streaming world for a bit too x And as ever, all the musics are available to purchase directly from me - in either digital or physical form - via bandcamp.
In other news, playing one more SOLD OUT show with JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN in Melbourne tonight! X
17 April 2019
Just announced! A selection of intimate shows in June in VIC, ACT, NSW & QLD! Most of them with Hamish Stuart! And we'll be celebrating the release of the FIRST SONG from the forthcoming album! That's right folks... the new album - Kitty & Frank - is set for release at the end of August and the first single will be hitting the internets on May 14th! Tix for these June shows are on sale now. And there'll be more news on the new musics coming real soon! Stay tuned xx
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