For immediate release
Playing classic jazz and Gypsy swing guitar since his youth, Liam O’Connell has toured Australia with Swing and New Orleans style bands for over a decade. Through the seminal sounds of early jazz, he discovered Western Swing, Cajun folk tunes, Caribbean Calypso and old time Country music. It is this melting pot of the pre-Rock n Roll Americas that focuses his creativity and sparks his writing.
In 2009, Liam collaborated with eight of his favourite Melbourne associates to record the twelve original songs that comprise Mild Wood Swings During production, he was struck down with a major stroke and required neurosurgery. He has spent the years since recovering, rebuilding and now, finally returns to his hometown to launch this hallmark album of original music. Featured on the album are the legendary Peter Baylor, Andy Baylor, Michael McQuaid and Leigh Barker.
Joining Liam for the Canberra launch is Canberran Elrond Veness [The Dreamlanders, The Kingstons], old mate and interstate neighbour. Sharing a deep musical camaraderie and friendship, the two guitarists team up to reinterpret these songs in duet form. The intimate locale of The Front Gallery is the perfect venue for this stripped back, acoustic version of Liam’s music.
Good Gosh launch the album Mild Wood Swings at The Front Gallery and Cafe, Sunday October 19. Music from 6pm