by K Kym Wating
Ended on September 30th 2017
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Hello, Geoff Bates & Kym Watling here, songwriters from Unumgar in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia, seeking your support for our first full length album – Small Town Tales.
Small Town Tales will feature fourteen original songs, many of which we have been performing live for the last few years. Our producer is Thor Phillips, and we are now in the final stage of production, laying down some finishing touches, and getting ready to mix down.
Small Town Tales shares songs from both writers, each with a different outlook and approach to the world around them.
Bates is the observer, presenting portaits of people and places through time, demonstrated by works such as Small Town Tales, Florence Met Frank, Such Is Life, and In The Dead Of Night.
Watling deals with ghosts of the past and the murky confusions of the human mind, with songs such as Ciderville, Train Leaving, and Wondering About My Time. Newer works such as Minus Three and Barry and Adrienne show a newfound appreciation of the simple joys of life.
Watling & Bates provide the instrumental backbone, with Bates on rhythm guitar and Watling on fiddle, banjo, and guitar.
They are joined by local guests Thor Phillips on Dobro and guitar, Gareth Bjaaland (Barkers Vale Brothers) on banjo, with cameo performances by Johnny Rumble on bull fiddle, and Slim Pickens on mandolin.
Guests from futher afield include Brisbane’s John Willsteed (Halfway, Disgraceland) who reprises fretless bass in homage to days gone by; and expatriate Queenslander Christopher Ridgway who has delivered some epic mandolin in an international online collaboration from the United States.
In addition to the studio recordings, we have sourced field recording from far and wide.
Old time piano wrangler Bill Mark from Dorrigo NSW, internationally-renowned bellringer of St Carthages Cathedral John James Maloney, Kyogle’s own heavy-horseman Robert Horder and steed Clancy the Clydesdale, and our own dear departed Rocky the Rooster, have all contributed to the old time feel of Small Town Tales.
We are now in the final stage of production, with a little more recording to go before Thor Phillips completes the final mix down.
The album will be mastered by Paul Blakey at 12th and Vine Post; with CDs, digital distribution files, and a 12 page booklet of song lyrics to be manufactured by Troy Horse in Sydney.
Our crowdfunding aim is to raise $3000 to cover the mastering and manufacturing costs, and your help in pre-purchasing a CD or taking up any of our rewards will help us greatly toward this goal.
Thank you so much for your time in consideration of our project. We hope you can join us in bringing the stories and sounds of Small Town Tales to life!
Today was a landmark day - the day that all the flags dropped to start the manufacture of our Small Town Tales album!
Producer Thor Phillips, graphic designer Jasmine Phillips of Wild Honey Creative, and mastering engineer Paul Blakey at 12th & Vine Post, have given their all, and the wheels are now turning at Troy Horse in Sydney. Our CDs are expected to reach us in the lead-up to Christmas, and we are now getting busy preparing your packages.
We are hatching a plan for personal delivery to folks in Brisbane and the Northern Rivers, in time for a Yuletide listen. We'll be in touch with those folk soon. Folks further afield can expect their rewards in the New Year, or as soon as postie gets back on the bike after the public holidays.
Thanks again for your support, it really does feel like Christmas now!
Cheers, Kym & Geoff