Great to get a mention in this list of Melbourne songs by Marty Boulton in ‘The Age’. A nice old Overnight Jones live clip attached too!
Yep, quite a theme – thanks Jon!
One of the most astounding songs I’ve ever heard that incorporates water and memory and metaphor is John Prine’s Lake Marie. I was lucky enough to see John perform the song live at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne (thanks to my mate Gerard). I remember on that night, another muso mate – James Kenyon – was sitting not far from me, in the front row. I remember James’s head swaying through the gig, and that he was wearing a green trucker’s hat with ‘Lake Marie’ printed on the front of it.
So, we gave the song a go on the show – sounds a bit weird with my Australian accent. Vale John Prine. What a writer. D
Lake Marie: Bass – Nathan Farrelly; Lap steel – Ed Bates; Accordion and BVs – Dave Evans; Guitar & Vocal – Dan Warner
As Pumpy was away that Sunday – we played a bonus track: Nanci Griffith’s Banks of the Pontchartrain…
Banks of the Pontchartrain: Bass – Nathan Farrelly; Lap steel – Ed Bates; Accordion and BVs – Dave Evans; Mandolin and vocal – Greg Field; Guitar & Vocal – Dan Warner
This is the sole release of the celebrated Melbourne 90s duo – Dan Warner and Al MacInnes. Dan & Al were known for their long residencies at The Punters Club, The Corner and The Great Britain.
All the tracks are single takes, recorded either live at a gig or live in the studio.
I’ve always loved the Kenneth Slessor poem, Five Bells, written about his mate Joe Lynch who drowned in Sydney Harbour (he fell off a ferry on his way to a party).
Anyway, I had a crack at reading Five Bells on the RRR show. I lopped off the opening invocation, just to shorten it a bit. I also made a couple of small mistakes – apologies to the purists.
My mate Mike Thatcher recorded it, mixed it and produced it – thanks Thatch!
This week, JVG’s theme for the radio show was ‘Protest’.
Many years ago, in the ’90s, I sent these lyrics to my good friend Sally Dastey from the band, Tiddas. Sally wrote the perfect music and melody for the words – a song all about words.
The song is called Anthem and the definitive version, believe me, is on Tiddas’s self-titled record from, I think, 1996.
Incredibly disappointing that this song is still relevant today.
Bass – Nathan Farrelly; Lap steel – Ed Bates; Accordion and BVs – Dave Evans; Guitar & Vocal – Dan Warner
Yes, I love Roy Orbison, but I love Linda Ronstadt even more…
Luckily Barb Waters was in at the station that weekend and saved the day with some beautiful harmonies.
BVs – Barb Waters; Accordion & BVs – Dave Evans; Mandolin & BVs – Greg Field; Guitar & Vocal – Dan Warner; Recorded and mastered by Mike Thatcher