Goodwills, The - Loungeroom Legends

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After a couple of years wondering if we'd be brave enough to record another CD, we had the good fortune to meet Pix Vane-Mason, a talented sound engineer who just happen to have a studio at Conondale, about half an hour's drive from our home in Maleny.
So one evening in August we invited 40 people over to our place for a house concert in our lounge room. Pix Dismantled his studio and set it up in our spare room to record the event!
We were very happy with the end result, which incldues some special moments with our local choir, Tapestry.
Our musical collaborator Silas Palmer played piano, fiddle, mandolin and chimed in on harmony vocals a few times.

CD REVIEW - by Richard Owen

The Goodwills (aka Bob and Laurel Wilson) left behind the hustle and bustle of Brisbane in 2002 for a “Treechange” in the Queensland Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Maleny.

However, the metamorphosis would not be complete until Bob broke The News Corporation’s grip on his journalistic talents and started writing songs again in retirement, resulting in the release of The Goodwill’s new Loungeroom Legends album (in November).
The album is so named as it was recorded live in Bob and Laurel’s home one night in August this year under their own label before a necessarily small, but suitably adulatory, group of hard-core supporters.

Recording quality has not been sacrificed in pursuit of such indulgence though, thanks to the efforts of sound engineer Pix Vane-Mason who also managed to accommodate performances on two tracks by the 18-strong Maleny community choir Tapestry.
The musicianship of piano, violin and mandolin virtuoso Silas Palmer deserves special mention in dispatches for his uplifting influence on the group’s sound and dynamics.
Those not familiar with The Goodwills’ body of work to date will no doubt find the equally well-produced eight pages of album notes of assistance while tuning-in to The Goodwills’ wavelength on tracks such as “Small Frog Song”, ”Crossroads of Love” and “She’s Apples”.

Bob Wilson’s clever lyrics and liberal application of dry wit in his insightful analyses of the every day and some of the more confronting conundrums of life (or Laurel’s mastery of the kazoobugle for that matter) may not appeal to all folk aficionados.
If so Loungeroom Legends caters for purer tastes through the inclusion of traditionals like “(Poor) Wayfaring Stranger”, Antoine Gerin Lajoie’s “Un Canadian Errant” and “Women of the West” penned by GE Evans and Sandy Wybird – a founder with husband John of Toowoomba’s legendary Quart Pot Folk Club where Bob and Laurel once performed regularly.

The chatty commentary and live format effortless transport The Goodwills from their loungeroom in Maleny to yours for a polished and entertaining performance reminiscent of those intimate country town folk concerts of yesteryear.


This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 06 July, 2008.


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