For some, the path to music industry glory leads from TV talent quest to ring-tone fame. In the world of folk and roots, however, there's no room for fakers. It's about stories; about struggle, survival and finding the truth in the simple life. It's about intimate performances. A man and his guitar. A microphone and an audience. In the creative hub around Castlemaine, Mick Ahearne lives his life as just another 'tradie' about town. His latest album Forward displays the same boyish enthusiasm and grassroots love of the trade that charms audiences from festival stage to country pub.
The singer-songwriter's previous album In the Pocket was released to shining reviews. Forward is the next step along the path of his passion. It's also a truly local product. Recorded in Bendigo, it's a collection of songs written by Ahearne and friends. Friends like national legends Broderick Smith (the pair travelled together for 10 years) and Shane Howard (ex-Goanna). Acclaimed musos on the recording include `The Reverend' Mick O'Connor on keyboards and sax-man Tony Buchanan.
Distinctly Australian at heart, the new tunes are a mix of flavours, blending elements of earthy, rootsy folk with a splash of jazz.
Mick Ahearne ‘Forward’
CD Review by John Williams
Mick Ahearne is a well known singer/songwriter who has
performed with various bands such as The Bandicoots Bush Band and a cover band,
Harvey, since 1973.
He also performed with Broderick Smith for a ten year
period. He now lives in Central Victoria where he has built his own recording
There are ten tracks on this beautifully crafted
The opening track is ‘The Weaver’ and Mick’s soulful vocal
sets the listener up for a worthwhile experience.
This track and ‘Change My Mind’ were written by John Beavis
and are given thoughtful treatment by Mick and his backing
‘Free at Last’ is an interesting song with a sensitive
didgeridoo backing by Steve Davies.
This soft didgeridoo backing is also an important part of
‘Change My Mind’.
Mick O’Connor, piano, and Tony Buchanan, saxophone, provide a
terrific backing for ‘What If You Lost Her’.
This is a great song and would be most enjoyable on a quiet
evening with a drink in hand.
‘I Have No Song’ is one Mick co-wrote with Broderick
The lyrics are enhanced by Tony Buchanan’s flute
It is a shame it is the only self composed track on the
‘Ballad of 1891’ is one of my favorite tracks and is about
the shearer’s strike of that year.
The same event prompted Banjo Paterson to write ‘Waltzing
The CD also includes ‘C’est La Vie’ and Shane Howard’s ‘For
The Love Of Music’.
The final track is an interesting version of the classic
‘Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square’.
This is a mellow CD with an easy to listen to
Mick is an experienced performer with the ability to create
the exact sound he wants using his own resources and it shows on this
It is one I can recommend.
This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 08 February, 2009.