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The raw energy speaks of the great contemporary folk tradition, but the sophisticated studio sound marks the single Crooked Jack by Brisbane band Sunas as a crossover project like no other.
Digitally released today on Australia’s premier classical CD label, ABC Classics, the track is an iTunes preview of the Celtic Road CD/DVD slated for physical release on 18 February.
Recorded in the fever-pitch of inspiration during sessions in Brisbane in October, the album represents ABC Classics’ first full-scale venture into contemporary folk.
‘I heard Sunas accompanying the great Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean at a private concert in March and I knew instantly that they were a band capable of adapting to the modern world of crossover,’ says Manager of ABC Classics Martin Buzacott. ‘We already have a successful Folklorica sub-label and several elite Celtic fiddlers among our ABC Classics artists, but this was the first time we explicitly set out to make a contemporary folk record that touched both the classical and pop traditions as well.’
Crooked Jack is a classic Irish protest song featuring the extraordinary vocals of Sarah Calderwood. Its fiery feel and driving rhythm offers a foretaste of what listeners can expect from the album and bonus live DVD that has the Australian folk community talking following radio play of outtakes from the sessions that generated a widespread, rapturous reaction.
Album tracks range from The Cure’s Lovesong through to the traditional Bushes & Briars, recorded with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
A teaser to the album, using audio from Crooked Jack, can be found at http://www.vimeo.com/17289241.