Rory Faithfield

Press Release - March 2016

MEDIA RELEASE

RORY FAITHFIELD

2016 Album Launch: SOUTHERN CROSS NORTHERN SKIES

 

The whispers, hopes and memories of our young Anzacs reach out across time in FIRST TO FALL – contemporary folk artist Rory Faithfield’s bittersweet homage that features on his emotive fifth album SOUTHERN CROSS NORTHERN SKIES to be released May, 2016

Commissioned by the ANZAC Commemorative Committee of Albany, Western Australia, FIRST TO FALL captures the youthful bravado, loyalty and mateship of those who heeded the call to arms through the misty eyes of an old digger; remembering his youth and friends who never made it home. The song honours the brightness of life in the moments before it is lost and reflects a pensive, emotional maturity that threads its way through Faithfield’s latest body of work.

With Celtic song lines in his head and grains of sand between his toes – Rory Faithfield embodies the lyricism of his Irish heritage, the raw passion of his early Punk band days and the clear-eyed sensibilities of his life on the coast of Western Australia.  In SOUTHERN CROSS NORTHERN SKIES, the consummate storyteller introduces “looping” into his performance, giving his carefully crafted folk narratives their old-time blues stomp edge.  Dedicated to Rory’s late father Enn Truupold, the album is threaded with motifs of moving forward, trust and taking a chance in love and life.

Searching for and finding his wife’s wedding ring in the sands of WA was the unlikely inspiration for REBEL SONGS.  The meditative rhythms of sweeping the beach with a metal detector gave Rory the space to reflect on how the world has moved on.  Like many, Rory’s family history is entwined with Ireland’s tempestuous past, he reflects that the rally cries of “The Troubles” no longer hold sway.

Rory heeds the hypnotic power of the siren’s song in WINE, WINE – one of two compositions written for Margaret River’s Cullen Winery Wine Song Project – as the unrelenting caress of a glass of red attempts to fill the void of lost love.

CLOSER TO BLUE THAN GREEN explores the grace of surrendering to life’s losses (Blue) as a means to reclaim the innocence of youth (Green), whilst THE BLOODY HOOKLINE strikes a chord of irony as it parodies the bog standard chord structures that are rife mainstream music today.

Like all “old souls”, Faithfield sees both the profound and the whimsical. His fourth album “Songs for Sooner” was dedicated to his dog Sooner who was his teenage companion.  This album finishes with the unconditional love of MY MY PRETTY DARLING in which Rory channels the unflinching devotion of Beaujo, his wife’s Ruby Red Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – a beautiful expression of love, trust and the wonder of taking the next steps together.

Quite simply Rory Faithfield and SOUTHERN CROSS NORTHERN SKIES are compelling.

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SOUTHERN CROSS NORTHERN SKIES

Composition: Rory Faithfield

Production: Noah Shilkin

Vocals & Acoustic Guitars: Rory Faithfield

Piano, Keyboards, Drums, Percussion Programming, Bass and Additional Guitars: Noah Shilkin

Violin: Erik Kowarski

Backing Vocals: Bella Blakemore

Press Release - Feb 2010

Media Release

“Sooner or later you'll find your way home”

Rory Faithfield - Songs for Sooner

Australian CD Release 19 February 2010

Australia’s acoustic powerhouse Rory Faithfield is coming home to launch his fourth album – Songs for Sooner. With Celtic songlines in his head and grains of sand between his toes, Rory has conjured an alluring songbook of life, love and consequence.

Applauded by the often unforgiving Irish music media, Australians will get the chance to experience our best kept secret when Rory performs at both the Nannup & Port Fairy Festivals as part of a 2010 local tour.

Dividing his time between Dublin Ireland and Vasse on the West Australian coast, Rory has honed his craft on the European pub circuit to create this authentic home-coming album. Big Blue Western Skies casts a wistful spell; capturing the hypnotic harsh beauty of our summers, while the single release Born in Sydney Town is a little piece of home for every erstwhile Australian traveller. Clonard beguiles as a Celtic ballad of the journey.

Much of Songs for Sooner was written in Australia, then recorded with a full band in Ireland featuring Nick Scott (Van Morrison) on bass and Johnny Boyle (The Frames) on drums. Rory has co-produced this fourth album with industry veteran Gavin Murphy.

Originally inspired by artists such as Christy Moore and Luka Bloom, Rory Faithfield owns the art of storytelling. We should be proud that he is one of ours. Rory will kick off his 2010 season at the Nannup Folk Festival in WA on 27 February, followed by the prestigious Port Fairy Folk Festival and a full national tour.

More info and tour dates at: www.faithfield.com

Credits:

Album: Songs for Sooner

Label: Blind Romantic Records

Producers: Gavin Murphy & Rory Faithfield

Musicians: Rory Faithfield, Gavin Murphy, Nicky Scott, Bill Shanley, Johnny Boyle, Christian Herzberger, John O’Brien, Lorcan Daly, Ciaran Byrne.

Rory Faithfield is available for interview or for further media information, please contact – Vamp Publicity Ph: 02 9569 7225 or 0403 820 220 e: vamppublicity@bigpond.com