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Review by Barry O’Sullivan - Nov 10, 2016 

Album:  Weave 
Artist:   Leigh Carriage 
Release Date: 2016 
Label:    Independent 

Weave is a collection of ten original heartfelt songs representing key events and milestones in the Byron Bay vocalist Leigh Carriage’s life.This poignant and beautifully crafted collection of original compositions subjecting nature,complicated love,atonements to dear friends and a tragic event that changed her life make up her fifth album following on from the success of her highly acclaimed  Mandarin Skyline. 

Woven into the fabric of this album is the musical input from an extremely impressive line up of mainly Melbourne based top flight musicians to compliment Carriage’s creative output. With Steve Russell on piano,Steve Magnusson on guitar,Danny Fisher on drums,Frank Di Dario and Brendan Clarke alternating on bass there are also outstanding contributions from the horns of Julien Wilson,Carl Mackey,Phil Noy and Angela Davis plus numerous others on strings and vocals. 

The album emanates feelings of joy,passion and pain and an overall mood of introspection.On the outstanding tracks Blank Slate and Catapult (dedicated to fellow Byron Bay musician the late saxophonist Dave Ades) Carriage attains her star status vocally with faultless technique,sublime control and some very fine scatting. 

Rhythm Section: Stephen Magnusson (guitar), Frank Di Sario (bass), Steve Russell (piano) and Danny Fischer (drums). Horns: Julien Wilson, Carl Mackey, Phil Noy, Angela Davis, Tony Buchannan and Carlo Barbaro. Strings: Lizzy Welsh, Charlotte Jack, Natasha Conrau and Anna Webb.

Jazztrack with Mal Stanley 


Woven together: On this week's new music set we're giving vocalist Leigh Carriage's latest CD a spin, which features a star cast of Australian heavyweights.  

Leigh Carriage has enlisted the help of a number of local stalwarts, including Julien Wilson, Angela Davis, Stephen Magnusson and Danny Fischer to name a few. Her new album is called Weave, and it contains a selection of original material. We'll sample one of those on this episode - a track called 'Filament.' 

Broadcast  Sep 5, 2016. 9:00pm - 9:30pm  & Sep 10, 2016. 10:00am - 10:30am


Interview Vince Jones & Matt McMahon August 2016 

It was delightful to spend time with Vince and Matt for another APRA workshop here at SCU. This moment captures the warmth and ease of the discussion. This week I have the pleasure of introducing our students to the impressive writing of Kristin Berardi!

'Weave' is completed!  

I'll be embarking on a National tour commencing at the Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday 30th October then on to Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and back to Byron with a few other dates in between. Really looking forward to playing these new tunes with brilliant musicians and meeting new music lovers. 

Mastering now in process with William Bowden in Tassie 

I love this stage, Jim has mixed the album into perfection - what a journey and as always I learn so much from him during the mixes. Now William is mastering the ten tracks in Tassie - only heard a few so far - stunning! Then Heidi and I will work on the design, and away we gooo....Planning launches in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Byron starting in late November. Bit excited!

Concert at Brisbane Jazz Club  

Thursday 11th Feb
My parents were weavers; my father the repairer of broken toys, car engines and skinned knees, my mother weaved wools, fabrics and healing words, and weaved her magic in the soil. Much like them I too weave - melody and word, and together David, Thierry and Steve we weave songs. Joni Mitchell wrote we are 'condemned to wires and hammers, strike every chord that you feel'. Please come to an evening of music weaving combining wood, metal, muscle and wire - plus new songs from my new album! 


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