From Melbourne, Australia - one of the musical capitals of the world, Frank Jones is the songwriter and singer with the legendary Whirling Furphies, the Moomba Victims, the Whole Town and BiG FOLK.
As well as penning Melbourne's iconic anthem, 'My Brown Yarra', one of the great songs about Melbourne, Frank's lifetime of cross-genre songwriting includes five outstanding albums of his own and a multitude of songs written for and co-written with other artists.
Frank has won the LawsonPaterson Songwriters’ Award (Port Fairy Folk Festival), two Labour Day Song Awards, an Apollo Bay Music Festival Song Award and an Australian Songwriters’ Award First Prize.
'Boys Like You', a song Frank co-wrote with rapper 360 (Matt Colwell), was nominated for the 2013 ARIA Song of the Year, 2013 APRA Urban Song of the Year and Most Played Australian Work of the Year. It was a quadruple platinum selling single and was voted Number 8 on the 2012 JJJ Hottest 100. It has now been included on high flying American rapper G-Eazy’s recently released ‘Mama Always Told Me’ off his Beautiful and Damned album.
His songs have been recorded by the likes of Renee Geyer who recorded a sweet version of 'She Loves Me Not'. He has co-written songs with Ross Wilson, Brent Parlane, Gary Pinto, Nathaniel Willemse, Jamie McDell, MDC, Stephen Blackburn, Emmanuel Kelly, Bobby Flynn, Andrew Lowden, Jess Guille, Dave Darmasana, Rod Bustos and Vanessa Amorosi. > More
Young troubadour and old-time folk singer William Alexander, has joined the Green South Records team and we're thrilled to have him on board.
William’s old school ways are who he is, he plays the music that speaks to him and he sings with a passion and conviction that leaves you in no doubt you’re listening to the real deal.
His voice and guitar picking are evocative of folk music giants Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan and his interpretations of classic folk songs are quite simply superb, they are earnest and sublime.
He travels light, just he and his Gibson acoustic, heading off from his home in the country to play concerts and festivals all over the land.
William Alexander has been called many things in his short but full life, including titles such as the 'Gentleman of the Bush', 'The kid from Bourke' or ’Young William’.
He is most at home when close to a river and surrounded by the plants and animals that bring life to this country.
He has always had a love for history and knowing about what life was like back when people stashed all their savings in their bed mattresses instead of the banks. Like many musicians, music is a way that William can communicate his experience of life in song, though he often finds the words of others to be valuable for telling stories of love gone wrong, living on the road, and working in the sun.
So for William, folk songs are the perfect coupling of his twin loves of history and story-telling song. If heart touching (breaking) tales from the Appalachian mountains interest you or the stories told through early Australian and American country music get your heart pumping, then perhaps William Alexander is your man.
For the first time ever, Whirling Furphies entire back catalogue is now available online and we're over the moon to be associated with a group who really helped define the folk music landscape in Australia.
The legendary Whirling Furphies stormed onto the Australian folk scene in 1989 with their swirling mix of acoustic instruments.
Their hooky pop-style songs coupled with the band’s brilliant musicianship quickly established them at the forefront of the acoustic and folk scene in Australia.
Frank Jones’ lyrics reflect the urban experience of Melbourne in the early nineties, and along with Paul Kelly and Mick Thomas they helped establish a new and very contemporary Australian folk song style.
Their four releases included the two seminal albums, Lizard Tree and Head Over Heels along with the EPs Whirled Music and Don’t Stop.
Port Fairy Festival in 1998 was supposed to be the finale for the Furphies, but fifteen years later, in 2013, they surprised themselves by the pleasure they found in playing again.
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.
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’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.
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!
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.
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’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.