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Welcome! But how did you find me?
Maybe someone you trust, and who tends to graze for music in the rarer climes where tunes and words take their time to grow far far away from the maddening FM feedlots, has passed on a good word and told you about me.
Well, I am truly grateful and thank you both.
But no good deed should go unrewarded so my gift of appreciation takes the form of a little lucky dip box (directly to your right and up a bit) into which you can gingerly place your email and receive a free download of rare spares, B-sides, musical excerpts from the road and album cuts for your listening pleasure.
So, welcome to my humble online abode and please, make yourself comfortable.
Recorded & mixed in Melbourne by ARIA award winning producer Shane O’Mara, THORNS TO SLEEP is the third release Macdonald and Shane have collaborated together on and the result is a beguiling work reminiscent of the quintessential folk albums of the early 70′s by British folk luminaries such as Nick Drake, John Martyn, Bert Jansch & John Renbourn.
The record showcases Ross’ fingerstyle guitar prowess on his 1935 Gibson acoustic along with subtle, lush and ambient accompaniments of double bass, cello, vibraphone, bass clarinet, piano and even a small brass band. ‘THORNS’ succeeds in its evocation of a rare and sonically sublime nocturnal dreamscape through which Macdonald conjures narratives of love, loss, hope and lifes’ ironies and crypticism.
‘THORNS’ VINYL NOW AVAILABLE!
|THORNS TO SLEEP
Some Folks Say
“(I)t is his brilliant acoustic fingerstyle guitar prowess that makes this recording a standout collection of songs. Much of it is played on a gorgeous 1935 Gibson acoustic guitar that Macdonald is able to make sing. This is one cool album.” Canberra Times
“Exquisitely poetic lyrics, lullaby vocals, finger-picked acoustic guitar, warm orchestral instrumentation, like double bass, cello and vibraphone … and space; cavernous, still, dark space in which such things can bloom and resonate.” Rhythms Magazine
“… gentle grace and captivating melodies … songs (that) employ powerful imagery to evoke strong emotions and a poignancy … stirring and soothing – often both at the same time. Masterful” Penguin Eggs Magazine