This is great news!
And free too!
Great background and description, I'm looking forward to this.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Saturday, 4 October 2014 1:46 AM
Subject: [powderworks] Rob's solo album
Exciting news from the Office:
Rob's solo album will be released this coming Tuesday as a free download,
details will be posted on the Oils Facebook page.
He has had a very small run of hard back books with CD insert made up
featuring his daughter Ella's exquisite artwork. At this stage just 60
copies of these books will be made available for purchase from the
outlets below. The release is not showing on these websites yet but I
thought the list would like some advance notice.
*ROB HIRST - THE SUN BECOMES THE SEA*
Rob Hirst is releasing his first album-length solo offering. The album is a
perfect musical accompaniment to Berlin-based artist, Gabriella Hirst's
gouache songbirds on silk. Both the art and the music display a strong
affection and respect for the land, sky and sea, for the wondrous creatures
which inhabit them, and for the courageous people who protect them. The
single from the album, The Truth Walks Slowly (Preview here) is based on the
true story of a six-generation Queensland cattle farmer, who's forced into a
fight when the beauty and solitude of his pristine property is threatened by
a gas mining company.
Hirst is joined on the recording by Rick Grossman on bass, Peter West on
cello, Rob Woolf on keys, Jack Howard on trumpet, Johnny Graffham on steel
and Jason Millhouse on guitar, to name just a few.
Rob Hirst is a musician and songwriter, a published author (Willie's Bar &
Grill through Momentum
<http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/willies-bar-and-grill/>) and magazine
contributor. He is also one of the founding members of Australian rock group
Midnight Oil. Probably best known for his incredible performances as the
band's drummer, Hirst has written or co-written many of The Oil's best loved
songs - a musical legacy which has thrown the spotlight on important issues
from indigenous land rights through nuclear disarmament, youth homelessness
and asbestos related diseases.
The album is available now: a gift to Rob's friends, fans and family.
As Rob says:/ "I wanted to record some new songs at an unhurried pace, at
our local studio, then invite some brilliant players I know to drop by and
add their magic. My daughters Lex and Gabriella also sang along with me on a
couple of tracks - for the first time ever - and Gabriella kindly allowed me
to 'borrow' her beautiful painted birds for the artwork. It all came
together so well: the whole project has been joyful from the beginning to
Over the last 30 years, Rob has played, sung and written songs in The
Ghostwriters, Backsliders, Hirst & Greene and The Angry Tradesmen and more
recently with the instrumental surf rock outfit, The Break which features
two of his fellow members of Midnight Oil, Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey and
Bass player Brian Ritchie of the US group, Violent Femmes.
*Limited edition hardcover CD booklets available from:*
24 Block Place, Melbourne VIC
245 Albert St, Brisbane Qld
Shop 430 Warringah Mall
Brookvale, Sydney NSW
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