'To describe Innes Campbell as a guitar player is somewhat of an understatement.....this CD lends credence to the fact that he is not only one of the country's finest flatpicking guitarists, but is a talented songwriter also'
Greg McGrath, CD review 'Something Quick and Neat', Australian Bluegrass website.
Innes and Present Company are a modern bluegrass band from Brisbane, Australia led by Scottish-born 2009 National bluegrass guitar champion Innes Campbell.
Since their inception in late 2009 they have delighted audiences at festivals and urban venues around Australia with their blend of high energy bluegrass, thoughtful songwriting, tasteful harmony singing and surprising arrangements of contemporary songs.
Innes + Present Company perform old-style around a single microphone and present a visually interesting show. The band's sound arises from the combination of guitar (Innes Campbell), mandolin (Mick Patrick), fiddle (George Jackson) and acoustic bass (Markus Karlsen), with the occasional appearance of banjo (George) and dobro (Innes), set off by Innes and Mick's alternating lead vocals and harmonies from the other band members.
The band perform a selection of their own arangements of bluegrass classics, Innes's original songs, ballads and contemporary songs done in the band's style. Their live performances showcase not only their extraordinary musicianship but their sense of fun. Expect to be entertained!
'Innes Campbell performs traditional bluegrass at a very high standard, sings traditional folk sweetly and with feeling, and his original songs highlight his lyrical skill and quiet sense of humour. Not to be missed.' Ann Infante, The Folk Rag, Brisbane.
Markus Karlsen - Acoustic bass
Michael Patrick - Mandolin/Vocals, Fiddle/Vocals
Innes Campbell - Guitar, and Vocals.
Debut album 'Something Quick and Neat' 2010
CD Review - 'Something Quick and Neat'
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To describe Innes Campbell as a guitar player is somewhat of an understatement. In 2009 the folks at...To describe Innes Campbell as a guitar player is somewhat of an understatement. In 2009 the folks at Tamworth awarded him the title of National Guitar Champion. This CD highlights Innes’s extraordinary guitar work and gives credence to the fact that his is not only one of the country’s best flatpickers, but a talented songwriter also.
Innes Campbell has delivered a range of music styles in this CD. Seven of the fourteen tracks are original songs or tunes with influences from the folk, country, swing and bluegrass. As a very capable song writer he covers topics ranging from the serious (with questions to the overly serious Richard Dawkins) to the absurd (bemoaning the fact that his baby has contracted a case of the dreaded the swine flu). His arrangements of traditional tunes like St Anne’s Reel, Clinch Mountain Backstep, Big Sandy River and Beaumont Rag are further testament to his musical dexterity.
This CD features a host of other great musicians in his band Present Company with Luke Moller on mandolin, Mark Webber on bass, George Jackson on fiddle and The Davidson Brothers also playing banjo and mandolin.
I have had this CD playing in my car for the past three weeks. Nothing disappoints in this CD and there is every reason to add it to your collection.
Typical set list (45-60mins)
Clinch Mountain Backstep
Some Day (The Strokes cover)
(I don't Believe) What I can't see
Never Know Why
Sweet Georgia Brown
Big Sandy River (duet gtr / fiddle)
Bella and Ivan (duet gtr / fiddle)
I'm On Fire (cover; orig Bruce Springsteen
Armadillo Breakdown (high energy hoedown)
The Dark of The Matinee (Cover, orig. Franz Ferdinand)