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The Woolshed Sessions
Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:50 am


‘You can hear the landscape in these songs. The balmy simple Golden Bay surface flows over dark secret underground caves. Life is sweet with unfathomable darkness lurking. Strings summer strumming with plenty on our minds.’ Gaylene Preston, film maker, owner of the Takaka woolshed

In late 2007 a bunch of Wellington musicians got together in an old woolshed in the Takaka Valley to record some songs. From this summertime project The Woolshed Sessions band and album was born.

Distinguished by lashings of lap-steel guitar, lush vocal harmony sing-a-longs, taonga puoro and banjo punctuations, The Woolshed Sessions is a fresh approach for New Zealand songwriting.

Starring in The Woolshed Sessions are Age Pryor - guitar/vocals; Andy Hummel - guitar/vocals; Jess Chambers - guitar/vocals; Justin Firefly Clarke – guitar, banjo, vocals; Al Fraser - taonga puoro, guitar/vocals; Lee Prebble - lap steel; Peter Hill – bass; and Brett Skinner – drums.

A hand numbered limited edition The Woolshed Sessions CD and booklet featuring documentary photographs by Andy Morley-Hall is available October 2008, and to mark the occasion the musicians are bringing the woolshed experience live on stage at BATS Theatre, Wellington and The Nelson Arts Festival.

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’ - 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 old time blues wash over the assortment of modern New Zealand 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.

THE WOOLSHED SESSIONS STARRING

Age Pryor - guitar/vocals
Andy Hummel - guitar/vocals
Jess Chambers - guitar/vocals
Justin Firefly Clarke – guitar/vocals, banjo
Al Fraser - taonga puoro, guitar/vocals
Lee Prebble - lap steel
Peter Hill - bass
Brett Skinner – drums

THE WOOLSHED SESSIONS Album

Hand Numbered Limited Edition CD and booklet featuring photographs by Andy Morley-Hall Available October 2008

THE WOOLSHED SESSIONS Live Show

BATS Theatre, Wellington
Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th October, 2008
Bookings: Phone: (04) 802 4175 or Email: [email protected]

Nelson Arts Festival, Nelson
Founders’ Mainstage
Thursday 23 October, 2008
Info: www.nelsoncitycouncil.co.nz/ArtsFestival

The Woolshed Sessions Album Production

Produced by Age Pryor and Justin Firefly Clarke
Recorded by Age Pryor and Lee Prebble
Mixed by Lee Prebble at The Surgery
Mastered by Mike Gibson at Trident Sound Studios
 

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