Colin Lillie

Colin Lillie

 Alice Springs, Northern Territory, AUS
BandFolkAcoustic

Truth is I cant label what i am or what my music is, that is up to the listener. All I know is I am at my best when i am being open and honest to my heart and soul because as a singer songwriter that's what I do bare all in the hope that I can touch another the same way many have touched me.

Biography

INTRODUCING
COLIN LILLIE

Colin Lillie started life in a tough mining area in view of the Scottish capital. It was a place of long dark days and the kind of cold that ices up windows from the inside. There were cornfields, tales of ruins and the pub was your living room.
As a teen, Colin donned patches and leather and hung with the clan of local metal heads. But he also harboured a secret record stash of Marvin Gaye and the Commodores, which he kept stowed under his bed, hidden from his mates. He’d skive off school and end up trawling the free art galleries in nearby Edinburgh. In his late twenties, Colin decided to travel around Europe. The fact that he had no money, couldn’t play guitar and was accompanied by an Irish girlfriend who missed home, did little to quash his spirit. He bought a cheap rattly tanglewood guitar, stashed clothes, tent and iron in his backpack, and took to the road.
He ended up in Alice Springs.
A remote dusty town in the middle of the Central Australian desert is as likely a place as any for the gypsy Scotsman to find his voice, hone his craft and launch his musical career. Since arriving in Alice, Colin has written many original songs and has performed extensively throughout the Northern Territory and interstate. He’s fast building a reputation as a gifted songwriter and commanding performer, having been likened to Cat Stevens and Otis Redding, creating a sound that he has labelled as “folk Soul”.
Colin has travelled a long way, physically and metaphorically, from the small horizons of his hometown to the limitless horizons of the Red Centre. He recently recorded a 4 track EP which he launched in early 2012 to a sold-out audience. He recently signed a three-year publishing deal, has toured interstate, most recently to Tasmania to full houses and performed alongside Bill and Kasey Chambers. Two of his songs were finalists in the 2012 NT Song of the Year folk category. He has just finished a successful performance at this year’s Alice Desert Festival, sharing the stage with artists like award-winning Catch the Fly, hip hop roots outfit Radical Son and Darwin duo Sieta, as well as playing with Country star Warren H Williams. Colin has just released his first music clip for his single Man’s Broken Heart. He is an Ambassador for RADD (Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes against Drink Driving) and is part of this year’s TV and radio Sober Bob campaign.
Looking to the future, Colin is currently working on his debut album, writing and working with other musicians to perfect his music for recording. He will be heading to the east and west coast to tour and build his profile. This October, Colin will be working in the Central Coast of New South Wales with Bill Chambers to record Jacinta Price’s debut album which will include the co written song Night and Day that was runner up in this year’s NT Song of the Year Folk category. Also he is excited to have been asked to write songs for Imparja TV childrens’ show Yamba’s Playtime. Colin is looking forward to the festival season where he will be taking part in some of Australia’s prestigious music events, making and working with new friends to move and inspire those who listen to his story.

Lyrics

New Land

Written By: Colin Lillie

A sailed the seven sea's in search of new pastures,
Some where I could hide from my birth,
For mistakes had filled my heart with fear
And a never quiet knew my true worth,

So I came to this land of sea and sky
Some where I could lose my body and hide
But I could never run from my mind,
So a traveled deeper and deeper to hide,

I arrived in this red hot dusty land,
So far and foreign from my home land,
And the people's they spoke in different tongues,
An a knew this is where I belonged,

My blood may have never bled on this land,
But my blood now belong's to this land
And I may return to greener fields of a far,
But the dreaming brought this soul to its heart,

Be brave be bold let the wind carry you away x 4

Man's Broken Heart

Written By: Colin Lillie

verse 1
Do you know where a man goes when he has a broken heart
Where he goes to when he has nothing to give

verse 2
Do you know where he turn's to when he needs to cry... needs to cry
After he says good bye

chorus
I will never make you cry
Never tell you lie's
I will never hide away
I will never make you cry
Never tell you lies
I will never hide my heart away

Bridge
I will shelter you from the dark
I will show you the wonders of the stars above
I will show you true love from the bottom of my heart.... yes from my heart
But please don't you break this heart tonight.

verse3
Do you know where he look's to when he's on his knee's
Begging please...Begging Please.... Please take me!

chorus
I will never make you cry
Never tell you lie's
I will never hide away
I will never make you cry
Never tell you lies
I will never.....never hide this heart away

outro
Do you know where a man goes when he has a broken heart
Where he goes to when he's nothing to give.

Dirty Water

Written By: Colin Lillie

Oh mother sweet loving mother
I have fallen fallen from your grace...
Oh father guiding father
how your wisdom has been replaced.

chorus
When the angels come wont they please take there time
When the angels come wont they please take there time
When the angels come wont they please take there time
Cause I've got to get back to mine.

Wo the children oh my beautiful children
will you forsake me if I do not change my world today?

Dirty water run's through my veins and my sun gets darker day after day
And I ignore my pain yes I ignore my pain
By wearing designer shades.

chorus
When the angels come wont they please take there time
When the angels come wont they please take there time
When the angels come wont they please take there time
Cause I've got to get back to mine.
Yes I've got to get back to mine.

Night & Day

Written By: Colin Lillie & Jacinta Price

Night and day

I was hiding in the dark
Looking out for my heart
Living in a world full of fear

I had my head in the clouds
But my feet on the ground
Not sure if I was ready to feel this way

Night turns to day
And I would run away
Happy to stay in the grey

But if you reach out to me
My hold won’t sway
I’ve got enough fire inside to light the darkest day

CHORUS

Lay your arms down
I will lay me down
And let me in
I will let you in
We’ve broken all the rules
It’s time to live again

Night turns to day
And I would run away
Happy to stay in the grey

But if you reach out to me
My hold won’t sway
I’ve got enough fire inside to light the darkest day

CHORUS

BRIDGE

Drink from my lips
Bathe in my arms
I’ll bring you back to life
I’ll keep you safe from harm

CHORUS

Neverland Lullaby

Written By: Colin Lillie

Verse 1
The night is falling down and the moon is all around
The stars they light the way all the way to your home town
And you’re Kiss that I miss

Verse 2
With paper flower in hand I walk the road to your garden gate
The steps to your front door remind me of mountains far away
To your kiss that I missed

Chrous
Then you open the door and your eyes meet mine
And you welcome me in and I leave my shadow behind

Verse 3
You take me by the hand and lead me to your sacred place
And just like peter pan I have found my never land
And your kiss that I’ve missed
Solo
Chorus
And I rise to meet you and you smile at me
And we share in this moment with your kiss sweetly from your lips

Lanananalalananana (as the verse)

Outro
Yes your kiss that I’ve missed
Yes your Kiss sweetly from your lips

Discography

1. Ti Amo
2. Dry Auld River
3. Make A Difference
4. Sound of the City

Self Titled EP
Tracks:
1. New Land 3:40
2. Man’s Broken Heart 4:26
3. 2 Hearts 2:49
4. Dirty Water 3:37

EP credits:
Producer: Amira Pyliotis
Recorded at Sound Park (Northcote, Victoria), Silky Brown Studio (Sunshine) & Colin’s (Alice Springs*)
Recorded by Marrs Coiro & Amira Pyliotis*, Assistant Engineer Tulay Kaplan
Mixed and Mastered at Atlantis Sound by Dave McCluney
All songs by Colin Lillie, except ‘2 Hearts’ by Kish Mauve (publisher of 2 Hearts is)
Guitar & vocals: Colin Lillie
Bass & handclaps: Lucas Taranto
Piano, fiddle & Mandolin: John Bedggood
Backing vocals: Amira Pyliotis
Percussion & handclaps: Neda Rahmani
Handclaps: Shona Devlin

Notes:
‘New Land’ is about Colin’s journey from Scotland and the discovery of a new world and life, in the heart of Australia (Alice Springs).

‘Man’s Broken Heart’ is an honest look at how men are just as afraid to be broken-hearted, and how love is what we all seek.

‘2 Hearts’ is a Kylie cover, We put a blues and gospel twist to it and had a lot of fun

‘Dirty Water’ is a kind of prayer. If we dont change within, it’s about what can happen to us when we hit rock bottom

Band Bios:
Producer Amira Pyliotis is also artist Tecoma. She is working on a number of other peoples’ projects, as well as her own at the moment.
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Lucas Taranto plays bass with award-winning artist, Goyte, with whom he is currently on tour. He recorded on the Like Drawing Blood album. myspace.com/lucastaranto
Mandolin and fiddle player John Bedggood has also played with The Wilson Pickers, The Audreys, and on former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning’s solo album, Tea & Sympathy. myspace.com/johnbedggood
Percussionist Neda Rahmani has played with The Cat Empire and Mista Savona amongst many other bands.
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Shona Devlin is a documentary-maker & TV producer, who hs worked for jtv.
Dave McCluney is a mixer and recording engineer from Melbourne with over 20 years in the music industry. He has worked with artists such as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Kim Salmon, Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes, The Drones, Robert Forster and Maurice Frawley, just to name a few