This music came from a journey along the Savannah Way, across the top of Australia from Cairns to Broome in 2018. We explored this vast and mesmerising part of our country for six weeks, making music as we went. The music attempts to capture some of the landscape, isolation, history, beauty and peacefulness of the places we visited, along with musical ideas we brought with us which to be coloured by the trip. We hope that as you listen, you too will travel the Savannah Way.
From Here or Somewhere Else asks questions of identity and belonging, what connects and holds us, what it means to put down roots, and the responsibilities we take on if we do. We don’t own this country, we are custodians. We should nurture, share and celebrate it, which is why we made this album.
released April 12, 2019
Graham McLeod – Guitars, Holly Downes – Double Bass, Chris Stone – Violin.
Produced by The String Contingent, recorded and mixed by Mischa Herman, mastered by Adam Dempsey.
Photos by Michael J. Lutman (except panorama by Holly Downes), artwork by Annika Romeyn, graphic design by Shay Tobin.
Thanks to Camilla, Margaret and Greg, Anne, John and Pam, Mel and John, Sue, Scott & Roslyn, all our ACF donors, Lucy and Mischa, Oliver, Mike and Tori, Annika, Shay, Dallas de Brabander and Lesley Kemmis. Without your support this music and album would not exist.
To Wally T. Wombat, for always watching.
The String Contingent have reached ‘the upper echelon of instrumental exploration, arrangement, composition and performance’
(Tony Hillier, Rhythms Magazine). Their music ‘brings to mind the bluegrass records of Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer … with elements of Bach, Kronos Quartet and sometimes a splash of Philip Glass ... they are incredibly skilled ...’ (Ulf Torstensson, Lira Magazine)....more