Half a dozen songs, a six pack of impressions... great expectations, indignation, whimsy, melancholy, incredulity and barefaced revisionism. The 4th solo release and 1st EP from ARIA award winner Brendan Gallagher (Karma County, Jimmy Little).
With longtime comrades Jonathan Zwartz (double bass), Rob Souter & Declan Kelly (drums), and some new pals, Julien Wilson (sax) & Eamon Dilworth (trumpet) along for the tale. But a distinctly Gallagher account of real and imagined things.
DOUBLE album released Sept 2013
★★★★☆ "We've long known that Brendan Gallagher is a fine musician, but what's clear in his latest work is his surpassing skill in the studio. For four years he's worked on the 21 tracks that comprise this two-CD set, laying down guitars, keys, bass and assorted other instruments, bringing in mates to help on drums and embellishments, but pretty much single-handedly crafting a package that sounds as good as anything you'll hear this year. Elegant, warm, without pretension, the material ranges from a powerful deep-blues walk through the standard Baby Please Don't Go to the beautifully crafted pop of Tonight On the Great Verandah and The Good Baker's Dream." JEFF GLORFELD, Sydney Morning Herald 4.10.13
"Wine Island is Brendan Gallagher's love letter to the rich assortment of musical styles that first inspired him. He's taken elements from these different styles, mixed them up in his quirky way and recorded them beautifully. It's a love letter that took decades to write and it's all the better for those rich years of experience it spent simmering in his musical brain." LUCKY OCEANS ABC Radio Daily Planet
Second solo album released 2009
"Full of sweet melodies and typically insightful and incisive lyrics, Tooraloo & Tender is a sublime recording from an artist whose songs continue to mine so-called ordinary life for the extraordinary richness of its stories." Michael Jacobson, Gold Coast Bulletin
"The clue is in the title. There is a real tenderness to 'DJ Old Brendo's' words and music in this simple collection. The words tumble out in quiet conversations. His exemplary guitar playing has a warmth that, while having the technical skill of a man who's even written books on the subject, has an ease and humanity which gains your attention, without stridently demanding it." Ross Clelland, Drum Media
Debut solo album 2006
"It's not only the lyrical content, as in Karma County's Dexter & Sinestra, which oozes coolness, it's his vision for his music and his arrangements that make him so special. As his first solo album it becomes obvious this is not your average 'I can write a song and live in your street' kind of deal. He's a skilled guitarist, credible songwriter and producer and it's a wonder he hasn’t released a solo album sooner. On Eve St is a patchwork of instruments layered together by one of those few blessed with musical ears."
Claire 'Polly' Polanski, Tsunami Magazine
"Karma County front man Gallagher has crafted 12 songs with the virtuosity and maturity of a seasoned pro. The rich lyrics deal with the detail and broad brush strokes of a life lived somewhere on the fringes, while the music travels from multi-layered guitars to lush strings supported by a sure footed rhythm section led by Felix Bloxsom. Ably assisted by Jimmy Little, David McCormack, Charlie Owen and Lucky Oceans. A cut above the rest."
John Moyle, Leading Edge Magazine