By Ian Browne Shamrock News
Running into Rob Bruce means talking about Arabian horses; his journeys through Latin America, and then promptly purchasing his CDs. I have three of them, but Tanglefoot is my favourite. Tanglefoot is dedicated to the sacred medicine of the four winds, Achuma, and to Hikuri, the Little Deer of The Huichol. A beautifully interwoven guitar-n-vocal set of bluesy-folk songs, Tanglefoot drifts into the Northern Rivers’ landscape while caressing you with the mysteries of Central and South America. I think that’s what I like most about this album, it keeps you guessing. Is Rob Bruce talking about ‘here’, or ‘there’? Now he is singing about our beloved Channon. Oh, wait a minute, no; it’s Shenandoah, the fields of Shenandoah.
By Ian Browne
During the Lantern Parade in Lismore, Ren Waterfall was busy within Rognvalds Lith Viking Encampment adjacent the Oakes Oval, playing medieval tunes with musicians Leif Larkin during the lunch feast, and Gerard Lynam during their dinner feast. During the afternoon he joined Orkeztar Lizmore for two performances that included locally written arrangements by Jude Magee and Mark Bromley.
I caught up with Ren after his usual Sunday morning gig at the relaxing and colourfully inviting Phoenix Rising Café, situated by the creek at the Nimbin Bush Theatre. Alongside local musicians Gerard, Laya, Rainer, Steve, Deborah, Raine, Kavi, Yolanda, Katrina, and many others... a diverse mix of enchanting world music, influenced from such places as India, the Middle East and from throughout Europe is presented.
Influenced by the dazzling coastal waterways of the Gold Coast region, CC THE CAT’s second full length album is a reflective ambience for all occasions. This tranquil yet tantalising collection of reggae-soul pays tribute to the heart’s perils and paradisiacal palpitations. Kindly-charismatic, writer and singer ‘CC-Claire Cottone’ walks the convergence zone between indie-alternative and mainstream worlds with ease. This CD is as much at home on commercial radio as it is on Bay FM or 4ZZZ, and it is always beautiful to see fans and friends pitching in to support the lifeline of a band with the contemporary success of crowd-funding.
Village Journal #307
What, you’ve never heard of the Cocteau Twins? Or perhaps you left them to the forgotten 4AD Goth days? Have you ever pondered the origins of the sweet voice within Massive Attack’s Teardrop? Sensibly; ultimately-nurturing, they kissed the ether with more albums that tranquilised the corrupted days of empty fear and workplace tensions till 1996 with their final album Milk & Kisses. So let’s begin from there shall we, at the end.
To my Northern Rivers letterbox the CD arrived. Lisa is a friend of a friend, a Wollongong talisman. I first heard Tina Arena sharing the keyboard with Megan Washington; I was too busy drifting within its subjugated ease to notice any religious message. Okay, songs of praise may not be the usual accompaniment to my musical safari, and perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea, but while we are talking ‘chai’ who knows what Hindi wisdoms fall into my ears with the trancey Indian sounds I love so much. In a part of the world, where in many respects Lord Krishna or Buddha are a more desirable appetence, at first glance this message may seem hard to sell beyond the Christian community. “Not so!”… Lisa King is a Triple J ‘Unearthed’ talent and has been shortlisted for the Tamworth Music Festival. Her message transcends religion; it is about care and respect.
Her appeal crosses all borders; her music is far too beautiful not to.
Lisa has a somewhat sombre yet seductively melodic voice that sooths the days end with a gentle hug. The 2nd song on Light, Constant begins with a hippy-folk feel. She draws out subtle, hollering notes with the journeying of piano, singing her undying love to the Lord of all… “You’re my constant.” I like how the piano within ‘You won’t let me go’ tumbles in, whilst ‘I will lift your name’ begins like the curtain raiser to a film classic, perhaps a Jane Campion drama. “I will rest in you, I will lift your name and I will lift you high”…honourable sentiments. This is a 5-track CD you know you will search out once again. It will give you goose bumps; make you blush at bitter, corrosive thoughts you may harbour towards others. It is a moment put aside to find inner peace and honour to a higher, protective purpose. It will feather many, like me, not overly religious, yet who definitely identify with the inner beauty of humility.
Lisa King may be a friend of a friend, but I would like very much to meet this talented, gentle person; gather in her thoughts and desires before the world snaps her up, and her word becomes known to us all…..LIGHT.