David Lumsden and Martin Evely have immersed
themselves in traditional and contemporary Folk music for over thirty-five
years and have built up a very extensive repertoire of songs and tunes that
span a wide range of musical genres. They can fit with equal ease into a
program of Australian Folkmusic; Americana; Country Blues;
Celtic songs, Country music; Original songs or English ballads. Several of
Martin's original songs have a Welsh connection. The depth of their song list
had been well documented in their two CDs, "Lumsden
and Evely," ‘Old Devil Time,’
Martin’s solo release ‘The Long Road’ and recordings by other artists. David has also featured on the CD
re-release of the seminal folk album "Moreton Bay" along with Brian Mooney
and Martyn Wyndam-Reid. Lumsden and Evely are known to many Melbourne music lovers from their regular
appearances on Don William's radio program "Traditionally
David is a third-generation singer. He comes from a
family that one Victorian record producer has described as "Australia's
answer to the Seegers." The Seeger connection is a real one as David
played with Pete Seeger on Pete's first Australian tour, and Lumsden and Evely
were asked to play at a reception for Mike Seeger on his solo tour. David's
grandmother Elizabeth Jamieson was the source-singer from whom the
often-recorded "Gentle Annie"
was collected, and his parents, Kath and Arthur Lumsden were folksingers and
collectors of note, to whom several well known performers have acknowledged a
debt of gratitude.
David was a central figure in the Melbourne folk music
boom of the 1960s and his gentle voice and intricate banjo playing are well
known to generations of folk song enthusiasts from his performances with
Martin; wife Lynne St John; Glen Thomasetti and others and from his early
recordings with Dennis Gibbons and others. Many current exponents of the
five-string banjo in Victoria
owe their ability to David's lessons at the Council of Adult Education and
In addition to his skills as a musician David is an
accomplished artist and a builder of model ships whose handiwork has graced
maritime museums around the country.
Martin also comes from a musical family. His paternal
grandfather played several instruments and was a singer of Music-Hall songs and
what are now known as Industrial ballads. His hymn writing featured in Dr Keith
Cole's 1989 book on that subject. Martin's song "Just Another Miner Going Home" tells the story of his
Martin has been a prolific songwriter in recent years
and is a six-time finalist in major song writing competitions. His work has
been praised by Tom Paxton amongst others. Notwithstanding his song writing Martin's first love is traditional
folksong and his affection for this element of the duo's repertoire is obvious
Martin is also the author of two books and a
cartoonist and caricaturist whose work appears on the cover and label of the CD
"Old Devil Time."
Although David and Martin's day-jobs have been outside
the field of music their long collaboration and deep understanding of their
material generates a quiet musical synergy that is all their own.
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 07 July, 2008.