About the artist: Chloe and Jason share a passion for Australian folklore and bush music, and take great satistfaction from breathing new life into forgotten songs. Always a captivating concert experience, Chloe and Jason present a striking mix of strong original songs, old-style ballads, well known bush song, and lively dance tunes, accompanied by some fascinating background on where the items come from, and the performers who played them.
That Was Still
(vocals, mandolin & bouzouki) (
guitar & bass)
Jim McWhinnie (bodhran)
again we've rounded up a diverse mix of Australian material for
the new CD, "A Voice That Was Still." There are some
magic old poems set to music, some bush songs and few more contemporary
ones, and even a couple we've written ourselves, with a sweet
selection of tunes to round it all out. Bob Rummery of Sorento
in WA has been a wonderful source of material for our recordings
and this one is no exception - thanks Bob! and please keep on
sending them over. Bob has a knack for setting songs to music
so naturally, you'd swear the poems were born wearing those tunes,
and he write s a mean mazurka too...
of the songs on this CD resonate with a pioneering spirit, a willingness
to make your own way, and when some of the stories themselves
are of times long past, there is a certain poignancy or universality
that we find very appealing, and which seems to unite the present
with the past.
thoroughly enjoyed making this CD, playing once again with Jim
McWhinnie, bodhran player and bodhran maker from Bathurst, NSW.
The arrangements seemed to fall naturally into place and the resulting
"band" sound of the recording is very satisfying for
us. See what you make of it..
Chloe & Jason Roweth (with
Jim McWhinnie) - A Voice That
Was Still Review
by Ian Dearden
Chloe and Jason Roweth (who
happen, happily, to be married
to each other) are two of
Australia’s fi nest contemporary
performers of traditional
This album of songs and tunes
from and in the tradition, was
recorded at home, in snatched
opportunities based on their
toddler’s sleep patterns.
A recording tip from Chloe and
Jason for new parents – take over
your (nearby) in-law’s house in
their absence (gives you peace
and quiet), pop the baby monitor
under a fi sh bowl (no static on the
recordings) and go for it like crazy
and watch those little fi ngers on the
fl ashing buttons and dials when the
little one’s awake.
Let me tell you – they’ve used
their snatched moments well
and concealed the stresses with
Chloe’s strong and delightful
voice takes the lead vocal on most
of the songs, with Jason’s sturdy
baritone rumbling underneath her
alto on the choruses.
Jason’s guitar and bass playing is
tasteful and rock solid, while Chloe’s
mandolin and bouzouki plays a
delicate ornamentation on the top
Jim McWhinnie (the third person
in this duo) lends a deft hand, where
appropriate, on the bodhran.
There are eleven songs (with
Jason taking the lead on a couple)
and fi ve tunes (or tune sets) which
weave themselves beautifully into
the fl ow of the album, gliding it to
its end with Megan Jane’s Mazurka
(written by Bob Rummery).
The songs, including a number of
poems set to music, range across
the classic tropes of the Australian
musical landscape, featuring tales
of shearers, diggers, farmers and
This is a delightful album, from a
couple who have not let parenthood
get in the way of recording (and
sharing) great songs and terrific tunes with all of us.
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 20 May, 2009.