I am making a new CD.
It is going to called Boundary Road, on account of that is where I live now.
It is a counterpart to a CD I made in Adelaide / Honiara few years back, and gave copies to a few folks, which was called
Live at Home.
The style will be noisy folk, with banjo and mandolin and drums and yelling, a bit similar to some of the Luker and Southern stuff but without Emma Luker’s deft touch to stop the whole thing degenerating into anti-folk which is where the record is currently headed. Maybe one day Emma will play violin on a few tracks when I am back in Adelaide.
Here’s 2 sample tracks:
The Love in Your Heart
I already put up a demo of this last year. This one is better.
This continues the tradition of me getting Emma’s favourite folk tunes and kicking the crap out of them. The lyrics are about me learning to drive somewhat later than most Australian men.
I just imported the old Luker and Southern site over here wholesale. That site is pretty much closed. Future gigs with Emma Luker of the one-off variery may occur but it’s not going to be soon…
Another Luker and Southern demo for ya. This one is a slow tune for Emma to do some more of her WALL OF VIOLIN work with multiple distorted violin parts.
The beginning has a verse straight away in this version, but if we do a full version, I’d like an Irish whistle solo before the singing starts.
Vox on the demo still a bit dodgy but other than that I kinda like the boomy sound and would want to do something similar on a proper version.
mp3 to download The Weaver’s Ghost
Incidentally, the chords / melody at the end of each verse are from an English trad tune called the Weaver and the Factory Maid. I love this song immensely, probably my favourite Maddy Prior tune. It was important to me at around the time my Dad died so I think that is why the lyrics to my version have ended up being about that.
mp3 to download Steeleye Span – The Weaver and the Factory Maid
These are some Luker and Southern demos I’m putting up so Emma and Jeremy Phillips can have a listen and play along.
They aren’t real hot quality wise, but the songs will get there in time.
is about a nutter in jail. It is based on the Glenville Reel I blogged about a few months ago. Harmony in the chorus. Barlinne Reel
Long Gone Running in Old Barlinnie
Nobody Knows If I’m Lower or Higher
Been Locked Up for Twenty Mississippi
Play Me a Reel and I’ll Set You On Fire
is kind of about how fishing can be lame because it gives people too much time to talk to each other. It’s to a well known Fisher’s Hornpipe (Didn’t Catch a Thing) tune. Turlough O’Carolan
Actually it has been for some time now.
Mp3s are available at the
Luker and Southern site.
Go there to find out more, including album art, gig dates and so on.
What are the defining features of a demo version?
Instruments out of tune
Singer has a cold
Pieced together out of stray bits of audio
Lyrics still subject to change
Ahem. Without further ado may I present the demo version of a new Luker and Southern number pending your veto:
Tony’s Tune / The Love in Your Heart (Luker / McKenzie).
Plenty of room for you to practice violiny bits and an intended reprise of the tune at the end.