In late 2007 a bunch of Wellington musicians got together in an old woolshed near Takaka to record some songs. From this summertime project The Woolshed Sessions was born.
Distinguished by lashings of lap-steel guitar, lush vocal harmony sing-a-longs and banjo punctuations, The Woolshed Sessions debut album is in-store and online this October 2008. To mark the occasion the musicians will reunite at Bats Theatre, Wellington and The Nelson Arts Festival in October, bringing The Woolshed Sessions experience live on stage.
Starring in The Woolshed Sessions are Age Pryor; Andy Hummel; Jess Chambers; Justin Firefly Clarke; Al Fraser; Lee Prebble; Peter Hill; and Brett Skinner.
The Woolshed Sessions album was captured on an improvised recording set-up; essentially a borrowed collection of nice microphones plugged into an old computer. The musicians worked four days straight, morning, afternoon and night, jamming and recording "live" - everyone singing and playing together, often with many attempts made until getting a version down that was felt to be "the one".
Echoes of folk, country, 1920's swing jazz and hillbilly blues wash over the assortment of songs that were written by various members of the collective before and during the recording session. The end result is tinged with the ambient resonance of the space the music was created and recorded in; a converted woolshed with bare timber floors, lined with plywood and clad in corrugated iron.
Age Pryor (guitar)
Al Fraser (vocals, guitar, bass)
Jess Chambers (guitar)
Peter Hill (bass)
Andy Hummel (guitar)
Brett Skinner (drums)
Andy Morley Hall
Justin Firefly (guitar, banjo)
Lee Prebble (guitar)
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