Missing You. Everything Reminds Me CD, Marcia Howard
Everything Reminds Me from the new album Everything Reminds Me, Marcia Howard. Released Friday October 6th at the Workers Club Geelong and The Thornbury Theatre, Saturday October 7th.
'The Paris Apartment'. Jane Curtis.
Marcia Howard - Everything Reminds Me
My good friend Jane Curtis painted the 'Paris Apartment'. This is where I stayed in Paris in 2015. I had been invited to perform in England so after the gig in Alton, I travelled to France and stayed with French singer songwriter, Lise Hanick in Paris and started writing the songs for this album there. I jammed with some amazing Parisian musicians at her house. I then headed over Ireland and did some gigs with my Irish friends in Dingle, Mayo with Irish harpist Laoise Kelly and a house concert with Liam O'Maoinlai in County Cavan. I was in Dublin the night marriage equality was announced and celebrated with my family at Roisin O's gig in Dublin. It was a great night to be alive and walking the streets of Dublin seeing crowds celebrating! Lets hope we see legislation enacted in Australia soon!
From Dublin I headed to friends in New York and did some gigs in America. These friends of mine suggested I go and record in Nashville, Tennessee. I managed to do that with the help of Australian producer, Mark Moffatt who lives in Nashville. Mark suggested a studio and producer and local players. I recorded the EP, Nashville Sessions and then came back to Australia and launched that EP at the 40th Port Fairy Folk Festival.
This album, Everything Reminds Me, pays homage to my beautiful mother who was born in Port Fairy, Victoria. Mum shared her love of music as a singer and piano player with her seven children and our community. She passed away in 2014 at a great age and my dad passed away four years earlier. I was caring for them at home in Warrnambool where I had raised my son and daughter. After my mother passed away and my children had left home I looked around and I was suddenly alone and I was at a loss. Grief and endings can send you in all directions. I set out on this musical pilgrimage.
When I came back from overseas I lived in Melbourne for a while and began teaching music. My nephew encouraged me to go on the television show, The Voice to launch my career again to a new audience. I was reluctant but was surprised to get through to the auditions and I ended up on Delta Goodrem’s team and went through to the Super battles. It was a great opportunity for exposure and I met some great people.
I packed up my house and my life after ten years of living in Warrnambool and these songs are part of my past and my future now as a new chapter begins. My mother, Teresa was a singer and pianist so this album is a piano album. It is a house of song that I grew up in and it was full of music, stories, laughter and harmonies! I was fortunate to grow up in a musical family. I have a great band that play on this album, Isaac Barter who co produced and engineered the album in Geelong, plays bass guitar on the album. When I was packing up my home in Warrnambool I found lots of tracks I had recorded in my home studio and in my travels. I took them to Isaac’s studio in Geelong where we built the band tracks around these grooves and arrangements. I was also recording myself and the artists on the album while packing up and travelling!
Lee Morgan (guitar) and Richard Tankard (keys) are from Warrnambool and Matiss Schubert (mandolin and fiddle) is Geelong based. Justin Olsson plays drums. They are wonderful musicians and bring their beautiful musical skills to the songs. I am playing piano and acoustic guitar and doing harmonies with my brother, singer songwriter, Damian Howard. My son Liam Gubbins plays lead guitar on Heartache.
Some of the tracks on the album are co writes and I have re recorded two tracks that are old favorites, Heartache and Everything Reminds Me. I wrote House of Song last year for the National Celtic Festival in Portarlington. It was great to have the audiences at the festival join me in singing that song.
Gunditjmara song man and song woman, Andrew Alberts and Patricia Clarke helped me write Wouldn’t Hurt You At All. My brothers Damian & Shane Howard and I co wrote, Love Will Always Lead You Home which we performed together as the Howard Family at the Port Fairy Festival. Missing You was written in Paris. Man and The Moon was a co write with my friend, writer, Sherri McIver, written about a mutual friend of ours. Grandma’s Hands is a Bill Withers song that I have always loved and sung for years. The fabulous Deline Briscoe from Cairns sings this with me and includes her names for Grandma in her mother tongue, Kuku Yalanji. Come Go With Me, is a song sung by the Staple Singers, which I have put together with Peter Tosh’s great song, Walk and Don’t Look Back.
There are lots of different genres on this album, from gospel to soul, reggae, blues, folk and jazz. This collection of new and old songs are songs I love to sing and the album is a dedication to my mother who gave us a house of song which I tried to create for my family.
We launch the album this Friday October 6th at the Workers Club in Geelong, near Goanna's old stomping ground the Eureka Hotel with Canada’s Madison Violet and Bec Goring. Saturday October 7th we do it again at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne with my son, singer songwriter Liam Lewis (Gubbins) opening for us. Please join us and help support live independent music. Tickets are available online through the venues and at the door.
We hope you enjoy the shows and the album!
Marcia Howard EP
“It is with great pleasure that I acknowledge Marcia as the 40th Port Fairy Folk Festival, Maton Artist of the Year. This award is recognition of her generous contribution and support to many independent, local musicians and artists; her song writing, musicianship and stagecraft; her ongoing quest to sing out for justice; her persistence and strength as a role model for all female musicians in this country; and, her beautiful, generous and giving spirit to audiences around the world.
By Damian Howard.
"Throughout our childhood, we sang with our brothers and sister at home and in public, surrounded by the music our mother sang and played . . . I’m so glad we shared those amazing Goanna experiences together and many more since, from Indigenous Australia through to our ancestral Ireland. Marce is musically and personally brave. She has a great musical gift and an energy and exuberance to match, be it in her writing, singing or playing. She carries with her an old family tradition of music, passed down to us by our mother and many more mothers and fathers before her”.
By Shane Howard"
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