Lyrical, timeless and swelling with rich, full clout that hits you with the gentlest of nudges, 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 lead single 'Mama's Song' comes Teresa Duffy-Richards’ debut self-titled album. Out March 1st via Melbourne’s Night Owl Records, it is a collection of songs, carefully crafted. Peppered in Australian imagery, from Teresa’s country NSW home town, to the Victorian city she now calls home, the songs also cleverly draw on 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 numbers ‘By and By’ and ‘Halfway Out the Door’ and settles into Golden Era / alt country territory on ‘Any Soul’ before simmering out on the lonely acoustic heartbreaker, ‘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 guitar and wailing lap steel. 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.
Recorded in its entirety at Rolling Stock Recording with Myles Mumford at the helm, the album will launch on Friday the 1st of March 2019 at Swamplands with exquisite singer songwriter Grace Cummings opening the show solo, before Sean Lee McCoy’s trio pick and fiddle their way back to the dust bowl era. Teresa will end the night, moving seamlessly between her long honed bare folk and alt country grit accompanied by The Fifty Foot Women.