Best known as frontman and songwriter for country rock and roll giants The Re-mains, and after twenty years on the road through Australia, Canada and Europe, Mick Daley has taken a turn for the verse as a solo troubadour.
In November 2015 he’s releasing a solo album, Tiny Violins. By turns tender and savage, its seven songs tilt with politics and swarm with humanity.
Recorded with Melbourne singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Matt Walker (Liz Stringer, Broderick Smith, Jimmy Dowling,) they feature Matt’s devastatingly distinctive stringed instruments and pump organ. The unmistakable allure of Melbourne’s Suzannah Espie is all over the seven tracks, after her brief visit to the studio yielded a feast of smouldering vocals.
Tiny Violins comes hard on the heels of Mick’s 2014 album, Courage and Shuffle the Cards, recorded with his band The Corporate Raiders at Sydney’s Megaphon studios.
With these ballads and dirges he delivers a rich history as a genuine Australian folksinger. Coming on top of the eight albums of original material released by The Re-Mains and played on national radio and television and in Europe and Canada, this represents a significant body of work. Jeff Glorfeld of The Melbourne Age called The Re-mains “arguably Australia’s best country rock band” and as that band’s songwriter Mick has a broad back catalogue to draw from on this tour.
Kicking off at the Dashville Skyline Americana festival in the Hunter Valley in October, the Tiny Violins tour will snake its way across the nation over the next six months.
See mickdaley.com for more info.
Praise from S Sorrenson in the Echonet Daily
“Mick’s words are starting to smash like bullets. His music is cracking the wall of noise. He expresses a reality that is greater than any fabricated national narrative.
“Like Ned Kelly, Mick’s armour is thick, and his guns are loaded. The stories are of a real Australia, of long drives, of long working hours, of love of land, of mining company ripoffs, of government betrayal, of women won and lost.
“In a world where compliance and consumption is the goal, where myth and jingoism is the language, Mick’s words sparkle with clarity, bounce with melody.”