at SWAMPLANDS, THORNBURY
with: Grace Cummings AND Sean Lee McCoy’s trio
$10 on the door
Teresa Duffy-Richards crafts hauntingly bare songs, ultimately steeped in the vast traditions of folk and country music. It might sound sweet but there's an ever present grit and fragility to her voice and songs that prods at the most tender of wounds.
Following the successful release of her debut single 'Mama's Song' comes her self titled record. Out March 1st on Night Owl Records, it is a collection of songs, carefully crafted, peppered in Australian imagery and drawing heavily on the classic work of 20th century troubadours (Dylan, Mitchell), and the Tennessee reared yodellers and old world songbirds of the deep American South.
The stark opener 'This City', is an ode to Gram Parsons played on acoustic twin guitars reminiscent of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. From there the catalytic work of Neil Young rings out in over driven number By and By and settles into Golden Era/ alt country territory on Any Soul before simmering out on the lonely acoustic heart breaker, Like Only Lovers Do.
Teresa's full band, The Fifty Foot Women hears her timeless voice and delicate finger picking surrounded by Joshua Jones' distinctive acoustic guitar and wailing lapsteel. The unique voices of Claire Birchall (the Phantom Hitchhikers, Paper Planes) and Ruby McGrath-Lester (Team Love), create swelling three part harmony to Rival Dolly, Linda and Emmylou. It's music that is appropriately comforting in its familiarities and bold and creative in its differences.