Last Saturday, Thomas Kalleske and I played the last of three Garden Ruin gigs at the Edinburgh Castle as part of Guitars In Bars. On the Garden Ruin front it’s been a busy year with a string of performances around Adelaide and demoing new material for an EP. The Guitars In Bars gigs were particularly special since they were longer than usual sets (stretching past a hour – a real test of endurance!) and featured the addition of my friend and excellent musician Thomas Kalleske on backing vocals, guitars, banjo and ukulele. Tom would join me for the middle section of the show, breathing new life into older Garden Ruin numbers (“Ladybayonet”, “Blackberry Rust”) whilst adding his lovely touches to new songs like “Queen Tide”. A selection of cover songs were featured over the three gigs including Robyn Hitchcock’s “Flanagan’s Song”, The Byrds’ “Everybody’s Been Burned”, Elvis Costello’s “Love Field” and Songs: Ohia’s “The Gray Tower”. Good times, all round.
Now that my sound design commitments with Emma Beech’s Life Is Short and Long project are taking priority, I’m looking forward to taking a little break from Garden Ruin activities. However, hopefully there will be time for the occasionally gig in the latter half of the year as well as recording some new material which I’m very much looking forward to sharing.
A demo of a new song recorded in the Piranha Shed yesterday arvo. Hopefully recorded with a few new tracks for an EP later this year.
There’s a particular emphasis on Garden Ruin activity at the moment as my work in sound art and experimental music is to be purposefully quieter this year.
Over the weekend I recorded an arrangement of Richard Thompson’s “Walking On A Wire” in my kitchen (see embed below).
Following a gig at the Gaslight Tavern last week, there’s another appearance schedule for the Grace Emily on the 5th of May supporting local duo, Yield.
As my singer-songwriter project Garden Ruin prepares to play its first proper show on the 9th of March at the Gaslight Tavern, I’ve been spending a bit of time updating the various Garden Ruin platforms with new content and updated info. If all goes well on the night, I’m hoping to play more shows this year.
A primer of Garden Ruin tracks can be found below.
Southern Gothic is the first proper Garden Ruin release since the 2013 EP, Horseplay.
An album dedicated some of the haunts and curios discovered and recovered around my hometown. Thoughts also go out to the ghosts of stylus grooves, the remains of demolished partitions, the streets still without streetlights, the last of the dirt roads, inevitable boredom, recurring dreams of guarding 3 Field Street at night, Jason Molina, David Bowie and Frank Cook.
Currently available as a free download over at the Garden Ruin bandcamp page.
Something new from the house of Garden Ruin. A new album is in the works.