Joe Creighton Collection now on Green South Records 

Joe Creighton is the musician’s musician, a consummate professional and gifted multi instrumentalist. 

He has played, recorded and toured with John Farnham, Kylie, Olivia Newton John, the Black Sorrows, Tina Arena, Tim Finn and Lee Kernaghan to name but a few. 

Once upon he was best known as a bass player and session singer but now his body of work as a solo artist has undisputedly established him as an outstanding singer, songwriter and performer, commanding audiences with his powerful vocals and charismatic delivery. 

Joe’s albums - Holywell, Falling Again and Running Free, as well as his compilation album explore his Celtic roots and draw on his soul, gospel and R&B influences.  

They are beautifully crafted bodies of work that leave you in no doubt that you’re listening to an amazing artist at the peak of his powers. 

Joe Creighton, now available on Green South Records.  

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Graham Dodsworth 

Graham Dodsworth has been part of the Australian folk music scene for nearly 50 years and is regarded as one of the finest guitarists and singers in the land. 
His three albums have found a new home on Green South Records and they’re now available for the first time on all the major digital music providers around the world. 
Graham’s passion and love of the music are obvious in these recordings; his effortless flowing finger picking guitar and pure voice draws you in to the story, connecting you with the words, the moods and the emotions. 
Over the past five decades he has played in front of hundreds of thousands of people all around the world, performing his own material, and reimagining the classics. 
He is also a noted writer and historian, proudly carrying the torch for folk music in Australia. 
These albums are masterclasses in the genre; you can hear a performer in command of his craft and someone who has a rich and deep knowledge of the music he plays. 
Needless to say we’re really happy that Graham has chosen to reissue his albums with Green South Records and we hope you enjoy the music.

 

Liminality: RiverMead 

Liminality’s new album RiverMead is our latest release on Green South Records. 
I had the privilege of being at the controls for the recording and mixing of this album and I am really thankful to have had the experience. 
Over the course of making an album you get to know the music on a really deep level. And there is something very special about being in the same space as a group of talented musicians while they ply their craft. 
When the magic happens, it is something very tangible. And with the three members of Liminality, there was a palpable energy shift in the room as a take was being played.  
It’s not unlike the feeling you get when you walk into a sacred space, there was a stillness, a sanctity, and overriding sense of calm that took over the room and existed until the last note faded. 
I think the key to good recordings is being able to get some of that energy onto the album and have it felt by you, the listener. 
Let’s hope it worked.  
RiverMead is now available on CD or download. 

 

Peter Anderson - The Fakir O'Fyvio 

Anyone who has followed Celtic and Folk music in Australia for any length of time would no doubt have seen Peter Anderson at some stage. 
A gifted multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, he’s at home and infamous on the chromatic accordion, the Appalachian dulcimer, guitar, tin whistle and concertina. 
His album, The Fakir O’Fyvio, is a spot on calling card, telling you pretty much everything you need to know about the man and his music. It’s equal parts original and trad Celtic styled tunes and arrangements of traditional songs, interspersed throughout with the odd cheeky parody, sometimes venturing into the bawdy! 
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John Armstrong - Busker at Heart 

Back in 1982, Cobbers frontman John Armstrong released an album of his own material called Busker at Heart, taking him back to the start when he began his musical career as a busker in Queensland. 

'Over the years we must have seen the inside of every motel room in the country. Most of these songs were written in an attempt to keep those four brick walls from closing in on me,' John said. 

This album has never before been released digitally and we're thrilled that we've been able to preserve this classic body of work for ever more. 

“When you play music for a long time you meet a lot of good musicians but you rarely get to play music with them. 

Making this album has allowed me to do that,” John said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter O'Shea - Ribbons round the Pegs 

It's Peter O'Shea's stated aim that he's going to record an album every year until he can't do it any more. And keeping to his word, his latest release on Green South Records taps into his vast catalogue of original instrumental tunes, producing ten beautiful tracks of world class music. 

Peter's enthusiasm for his craft is as strong as ever, and his audience is equally enthusiastic, if the packed house at his recent CD launch is any indicator. Peter is not only a gifted musician and writer, he is also one of the most inclusive artists we've had the pleasure to work with. He has taught thousands of people to play fiddle and mandolin over the years and is held in the highest regard by his contemporaries and students. 

We're so happy to be a part of Pete's journey, being involved in the recording, mixing and promotion of these important bodies of work. The album title, 'Ribbons Round the Pegs' pertain to the four black, one red and one silver ribbons tied around the tuning pegs of his Violin. They are there as a tribute and to commemorate the lives and memories of his sister Debby, his parents Lorna and Albert O'Shea and his dear cousin Alison Grayden who all passed away over a short period a few years ago. The red ribbon is a little extra one to go with the black and is there for his Mum and also her father. The silver ribbon reminds him that no matter how dark and horrible life can be, given time, a new dawn arrives and a new wisdom and appreciation becomes part of you and you live life better as a result of a temporary spell in hades on earth. 

Neil Quinlan 

Neil Quinlan’s (Q) 1998 classic album, ‘Well,’ She Said is is one of those albums that everyone who has heard it raves about it. It falls into the ‘I can’t believe it didn’t go gangbusters’ category. 

The album features original songs by Q and is still garnering praise almost 20 years after its release. The album is a mix of rock and folk styles, including two traditional Irish songs (Raglan Road and She Moved Through The Fair). 

The production is world class, the songwriting superb and out the front, Q holds it together with his captivating vocals and engaging delivery. 

Now living outside of Lismore on the far north coast of New South Wales,  Q continues to play solo gigs around the Northern Rivers region, including regular appearances at the Nimbin Hotel, the New Tattersalls Hotel, the Lennox Hotel and the Hotel Illawong at Evans Head. He is  working on his second book, an historical novel set during the Old West of America in the 19th Century. 

Q was born in Sydney, Australia, at a very early age and has been in the grip of music since childhood. He recorded his first ‘album’ at the age of seven, a seven-minute opus on reel-to-reel tape, which included him singing one verse each of Let It Be by the Beatles and Daydream Believer by the Monkees as well as a couple of really bad jokes. Both bands are still waiting for their royalties. 

At the age of twelve, Q began to play drums and two years later picked up his Mum’s nylon string classical guitar and began teaching himself from an old tuition book she owned. Forty years later, he’s still strumming, although his fingertips are starting to get really sore. 

Q was the drummer in several high school bands, all of which have gone on to international obscurity. In his early twenties, he began playing solo gigs on acoustic guitar and also becoming the drummer for Sydney rock band Red Rain, who once supported British musician Steve Taylor as part of his international tour. 

Moving to Melbourne in 1990, Q soon found solo gigs at various pubs and restaurants across the city and particularly around his chosen home of the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne. He was a founding member of the much-loved folk band The Gunda Guys and later joined The Rock Wallabies. Both bands had an immense local following playing their own brand of Irish, Scottish and Australian folk songs, reels and jigs. The Gunda Guys’ album, Having The Craic, was released in 1999 and soon sold out. 

Along with guitarist Phil Smith and bassist ‘Cousin Ronnie’ Elischer, Q was also the drummer for three-piece outfit The Conrays, a self-described rockin’ R&B band who played across Victoria, including several appearances at the annual motorcycle Grand Prix on Phillip Island, at which their greatest achievement was getting out alive and relatively sober. 

Q also spent some time as guitarist and backing vocalist for well-known Melbourne singer/songwriter Maria Forde, touring Sydney with her and her band in 1997. He also toured Tasmania and Singapore as guitarist and singer for The Brazen Heads. In more recent times, Q played electric and acoustic guitars and sang for Melbourne Beatles tribute band Come Together, regularly selling out shows at local venues. He also played guitar for the Phill Deeh Band.

Cath Connelly 

Spiritual director, retreat leader, and one of the world’s finest Celtic harpers, Cath Connelly has come to Green South Records. 
Her music sits in that liminal space where music meets spirituality, kindling serenity and inviting meditation and reflection. It explores the veil between the here and the hereafter, when it appears so thin that you can almost reach out and touch the other side. 

 

She is well known for performances that invite audiences to engage in quiet reflection and a deeper sense of being.

In true Celtic fashion, Cath also incorporates storytelling into engaging concerts that span Irish folklore, Celtic tradition, music and spirituality. Her music is deeply grounded in the Celtic tradition, with its potential to dwell in that liminal space between the known and the unknown. It is here that Cath’s music melds contemporary spirituality with the ancient Celtic harp tradition.

Paul Carroll 

Dublin born singer Paul Carroll is a wandering troubadour, a musician who has lived and performed in Ireland, Australia and now settled in his adopted home in the USA. His album, The Road You Take, is now available on Green South Records. 

He's one of those rare singers who can bring an audience to a halt, engaging everyone in the room with his tales of Dublin streets, ballads of freedom, songs of revolution, unrequited love and heartache. 

Paul grew up in Dublin during the ballad boom of the sixties where the pubs were packed with folk singers and ballad groups.  It is there that he found a love for the music and songs that were to be part of his life. 

He credits his mother for giving him the gift of song.  She was a fine singer in her own right and he remembers fondly the “hooleys” in the house. 

Paul emigrated to Australia in the early 70’s but he never strayed very far from the music, singing in the folk clubs of Sydney, Perth and Melbourne. During his time in Melbourne he was a founding member of the Celtic band, Poteen, who were Australia’s premiere Celtic band, sharing the stage with icons like Eric Bogle, The Dubliners, The Furey’s and Boys of the Lough. 

Paul made his home in New Hampshire, USA, for nearly 29 years and in recent times has relocated to Phoenix, Arizona.

Johnny Adams 

Johnny Adams, iconic South Australian folk singer and voice of the Adelaide streets has joined the Green South Records family and we couldn’t be happier. 
Poignant, direct, unfettered story telling, hard times, good times, sad and crazy. The quality of the songwriting on Johnny’s two albums, Be a Lazy Dog and Burning, are undeniable. 
The story is King. There’s no getting caught up between a haze of metaphors and a favourite literary giant from the past. These are the songs that tell you about his life and his experiences in a plain and honest way. 
The children’s author Mem Fox was once asked why it takes her six months to write a 250 word book. Her response was, ‘it’s not what you write, it’s what you leave out.’ 
And this is the case with Johnny’s songs. The economy of words, the story and the narrative all combine to create a compelling body of work. 
The recordings themselves are rough and don’t have the spit and polish of a recording studio. Initially, this can come as a bit of a shock to the ears, given what we’ve become accustomed to. 
But once engaged by the songs, the quality of the recording is a minor consideration. It’s more like Johnny’s need to record and get his music out was far more important than the polish. And coin would have come into it as well. At the time of writing these songs, Johnny was doing it tough; he spent time living in his car and just didn’t have the means to get into a studio and record. 
The first album we’re releasing, Be a Lazy Dog, was recorded into a Dictaphone, totally contravening mores around the ‘right’ way to record. It’s just another reason to love what this guy is about. 
Let your ears adapt to the sounds, remove expectation and allow another world to open up. In some respects it feels like a recording that could have been made half a century ago; Woody Guthrie, early Dylan. 
There’s a swing and swagger in the jangling acoustic guitar that underpins the journeys and experiences of his home town, travels through dank European streets and stories of mutiny. 
This is unpretentious music, written and told by someone who lives right inside the story. 
Needless to say we love it and we reckon you will too.