Elderbrook Chronicles (4 volumes) are somewhat complete. Still tweaking chapters. More memory than invention, this world continues to grow more vivid.
Meanwhile, we offer you the double album ethereal soundtrack Elderbrook – for sale at this website shop.
Reprints of earlier album titles will occur late 2020.
Stepping down as president of the Australian Fairy Tale Society in 2019, I’ve revisited manuscripts that had lain dormant in years of recording, jobs and travel, e.g. Madame Alchemier (novel) and The Yellow Mansion (short stories), both magic-realism, along with the Elderbrook Chronicles.
2017 garnered two new releases: a water compilation Torlan and soundtrack Elderbrook (due Nov 2017).
Fae Magazine in the UK has asked me to write an article about the Australian Fairy Tale Society. A lovely assignation. Our 2017 Annual Conference blessed us with attendance from several states, with record renewal rates.
A high ranking journal, TEXT: Into the Bush: Australasian Fairy Tales – Special Issue of TEXT http://www.textjournal.com.au/ Editors: Dr Nike Sulway, Dr Rebecca Anne Do Rozario, Dr Belinda Calderone has released my essay & story (link via News/Announcements).
History project for Storytelling Australia Victoria (Vic Storytelling Guild) unfurled tributes on my fairy blog, along with chronicling Australian fairy history over the turn of the century: Wonderwings Fairy Shop (Part One) – pioneers of the world’s first fairy shop:
[Now at Australian Fairy Review – I’ll insert the new link soon – Feb 2020]
Hob album is partially complete, forestalled with Mark’s illness & my financial hiatus while caring for him.
Recording ‘cello lines by Caerwen Martin for 4 songs: ‘Evander the Unicorn’; ‘Wingblown’ (by Mark Krol); ‘Cindercone’ and ‘Ludos’ (latter two from a collaboration with Olaf Parusel), all in post-production.
Making my first music video clip – filming courtesy of Ian Clarke’s videography, Rachael Hammond’s dancing and dramatic carnivalesque contribution of Melissa Rose Tonkins. My own part was minimal as I’m happier with a mic than a camera. We missed the presence of Mark who is ill, but as co-songwriter he is supportive of this venture.
Setting up Bandcamp site for several new & old or remixed songs from various projects, including some from forthcoming Elderbrook.
Finalised commission of Sabine-Adelaide for 2 illustrations. (Despite my cancellation of the Book-Cd release, I’ve remained on very amicable terms with the record label of which Sabine is co-founder.)
Continuing to revise the Elderbrook Chronicles (4 volumes)… preparing to approach publishers in the New Year.
Starting the Melbourne Fairy Tale Ring, under the auspices of the newly founded Australian Fairy Tale Society.
Flying to Coromandel Valley, South Australia, for further production at Pilgrim Arts studio.
Mixing Silo String Quartet at Mad Cat Sound studios, recorded December 2012.
Revising Elderbrook – alongside reading fairytales, fantasy & magic-realism – replaces concerts for the foreseeable future.
Completing sessionist contributions; grooming recordings from Spring Studio, Mad Cat Sound & Pilgrim Arts.
Liaison for design of Book-CD: prepare abridged story (English & French); maps; character profiles. (Retrospective note: I made the difficult decision at the end of 2013 to cancel the release / contract due to various personal responsibilities & artistic directions.)
Reviewing & mixing Silo String Quartet, African Kora and other sessions from 2011 – 2012.
Arranging & editing with Nicholas Albanis (Dandelion Wine) at Crustacean Creations.
Translation of abridged story into French by Bertrand Villmur. (Retrospective note: I’ve paid the translator’s commission to retain rights to the text in both English & French.)
Instead of a tour, we present a preview of my Book-CD, Elderbrook: www.elderbrook.com.au
It features my first audio-reading: a chapter of the unfolding Elderbrook chronicles.
Also a new song, ‘The Fountains of Alderbee’. Another version, ‘Singing Fountains’, is on a fairy compilation Graines de Berceuses: prikosnovenie.com
Development of instrumentation continues for Elderbrook music in 2013, involving 40 musicians from many nations.
Visit to Australia from our longtime German collaborator Olaf Parusel – contributing to both Elderbrook & Hob projects.
Co-hosting fairy festivals including Phantosea (Melbourne & Adelaide), Feline Faery Fest (x 3), Elf Winter & Midsummer (Adelaide).
Continuing to record soundtrack for Elderbrook Chronicles & continuing to write these volumes of fantasy.
Recording a new album with husband / co-songwriter Mark & longtime producer Brett Taylor entitled Hob. On pause. For renewal 2020.