The Darling Downs preview new album

The Darling Downs Live Listening Party

On Sunday the 10th of February 2013, the pride of St Kilda hosted it's popular St Kilda Festival with seven stages and a multitude of performers. The day before, in a beautifully decorated house in a tree lined avenue, there was an alternative St Kilda Festival of another kind.

At this invite only affair, the day started at 2pm on a sunny afternoon with a laid back set from Fraser A. Gorman and Big Harvest. Next up, Jack Howard and his band performed their highly impressive songs from his extensive back catalogue. Jack's band features the superb Nicky Del Rey on lead guitar and Ed Bates of The Sports fame on pedal steel. Jack played trumpet with ARIA award winning Hunters and Collectors and upon request, he ended his set with the Hunner's classic, 'Throw Your Arms Around Me'.

One of Australia's most talented songwriters, Charles Jenkins was on hand to grace his presence in the front room. Charles' most recent album Love Your Crooked Neighbour With Your Crooked Heart made many 'Best Of' lists last year. So with great pleasure, it was a total joy to hear this whole album performed live in it's entirety, with Charles' crack band of marvellous musicians, The Zhivagos. Highlights include 'Pray My Dear Daughter', watching Davey Lane mastering his guitar and a crowd cheering rendition of 'Went To The Chapel'.

The Darling Downs have released two critically acclaimed albums, How Can I Forget This Heart Of Mine? in 2005 and From One To Another in 2007. After two separate month-long residencies at The Old Bar, the two driving forces of The Darling Downs have decided to get back into the studio and record a third album of new material.

Made up of the most unlikely of collaborations between longtime members of the fertile Australian rock scene, The Darling Downs comprise of Kim Salmon on banjo and acoustic guitar (The Scientists, Beasts Of Bourbon, The Surrealists, Salmon, The Business, Precious Jules) and Died Pretty’s energetic frontman and songwriter Ron Peno. Kim states, "Ron would say of this album that we’ve moved away from the Appalachias in the 1940s to Greenwich Village in the 1960s and I agree . There is a whole lot more Simon and Garfunkel here than before."

The whole set was recorded live on video. You can have a sneak peak at the exciting forthcoming Darling Downs album here, as well as selected songs from Jack Howard and His Band and Charles Jenkins And The Zhivagos, by going to the following link with your web browser:

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