David  Hyams and the Miles To Go band

David Hyams and the Miles To Go band

 South Fremantle, Western Australia, AUS
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Australian big band of roots fusion on a world spanning array of instruments that includes cello, uillean pipes and digeridoo. A celtic infused musical mix that ranges from outback inspired lyrical guitar to blistering jigs and reels with their roots firmly planted in the source traditions.

Biography

"The band includes some of the finest players of Celtic music in the country and is a refreshing combination of imaginative new material with deep respect for source traditions...There is nothing else quite like them in Australia." Fairbridge Festival Artistic Director Steve Barnes

The "Miles To Go band" has often had the chance to live up to its name, since coming together around the first album from composer and instrumentalist David Hyams, with the band, based in Western Autralia's isolated capital city of Perth, having to regularly travel long distances to festival and gigs in regional western australia and across the other side of the country.

David’s musical history spans blues bands to the innovative folk rock of Devils on Horseback and Press Gang. He plays acoustic, electric and steel guitars as well as mandolin and bouzouki in various musical styles and is known for his instrumental accompaniment of singer songwriters, including Peter Brandy, from WA's remote Kimberley region.

In 2000 David released his first collection of acoustic based instrumentals "Miles to Go" , at what became the first performance of the Miles to Go band.

The band now boasts some of WA’s finest musicians from diverse musical backgrounds in a surprising and innovative combination; a rhythm section consisting of percussionist Dana Ogle alongside bassist Manoli Voyoucalos; guitarist & didge player Dan Bright and a wind section of Brett Hirsch on saxophone, uillean pipes and whistles, and Stuart Patterson on wood flute and whistles. They are sometimes joined by trombonist Nola Formentin and kit player Russell Wilson.

The album and live performances were quick to gain recognition, as evidenced by a nomination for “Best Folk Act” at the 2000 WA Music Industry Association (WAMI) awards. The band was also featured on the ABC 'Planet' TV series and the music included in an international compilation for the Tim Winton “Dirt Music” CD. Their second album, Knowing the Place, was released in 2005 and received a thumbs up from leading UK world/roots magazine “fROOTS”. It also recently came in as one of the Top Albums and Songs of 2007 on the Folk DJ List (compiled from 149 mainly USA Folk DJ Radio Playlists).

The Miles To Go band has made a number of major festival and concert appearances, including opening for international acts Marianne Faithfull and Bob Geldof. In 2011, they have been once again been recognized by the industry with their 7th consecutive WAMI nomination for ‘Best World Music Act” following on from nominations in the 2006 and 2007 national MusicOz awards (incl. runner up in the ‘Instrumental’ category). They have opened for Ireland’s Sharon Shannon at the Perth International Arts festival, with revered Anglo-Irish flautist Mike McGoldrick (BBC Radio 2 Folk awards “Musician of the Year”) as a special guest.

The band toured North America in its trio line up in 2010, after an invite to the Folk Alliance Convention in Memphis.

Lyrics

In This Summer

Written By: David Hyams

In This Summer David Hyams

In this Summer we’re heading south
Where the long sandy beach meets a wide river mouth
You can reach your hands up and just cradle white clouds
In this Summer

In this wagon bags are all packed
Taking her down the windiest of tracks
And I can just feel the wind at my back
In this Summer

In this summer, days of content
we’ll give up on wondering just where the time went
watching the sun on its lonely descent to the ocean.
no need for any more paradise dreams
they melt on the pavement like fallen ice cream
waiting shore just glistens and gleams
and we’re gone…

Down on this coastline, salt air so fine
We’ll leave all our shoes and our worries behind
Until only a sunset is filling our minds
In this Summer

In this Summer, grass turning brown
Mercury’s rising and dams going down
But the crickets are back with their heavenly sounds
In this Summer

In this summer, days of content
we’ll give up on wondering just where the time went..etc

In this Summer
Salt breeze so strong
Sailing boats dance to a windswept sea song
And we’ll almost forget winter lingered so long
When its summer
When its summer
Cant wait for summer….

Shine On

Written By: David Hyams

See the light on the hill
Shine through dust on the track
And the trees silhouette
As the sky turns to black

Shine on
Bring this town into night
Shine on
Let it fade with the light

There’s a fire on the ground
And the dogs start to fight
Its been dry for 4 months
And there’s no end in sight

Shine on, bring this town into night…
Shine on, as you bring in the night

The stars are so much brighter here
You can just reach out
Reach out and touch them
I sit on this rock, watch the land rise and fall
And I don’t miss the city at all

When Im back in the smoke
Concrete filling my eye
I’ll be counting the stars in the Kimberley sky

Shine on, bring this town into night
Shine on, let it fade with the light

Shine on, as you bring in the night
Shine on, as you turn on the lights…
to bring this dusty town into night

Another Day

Written By: David Hyams

They empty out your pockets taking everything you’ve got
Beat you and they break you, chew you up and all for what?
Days are slow and nights so long the darkness never leaves
Reach for something to pull you through
keep your heart inside your sleeve

Cast out from the system
Close your eyes but we wont go away
Abandoned by humanity,
bordering insanity
We watch the passing of another day…

Politicians scramble to be toughest ones on crime
when you’re riding high on speed or ice
that’s the last thing on your mind
the papers scream blue murder
‘make them pay for what they’ve done’
and victims seek hard justice, but revenge don’t change a thing…

Cast out from the system….

Old habits die much harder, old friends better than none
the only ones who understand the anger and the shame
Days come in endless motion and leave much the same way
don’t know what tomorrow brings,
cant remember yesterday

Cast out from the system…

Travelling Bones

Written By: David Hyams

Leaving the ones you know
Home’s light just a distant glow
parting sorrow burns you slow
Feel it sinking way down to your…
Travelling bones

Boots stir the pavement dust
Move before your colours run to rust
Only seen 3 of the seven seas
Not enough to satisfy these…
Travelling bones

One of these days and its not far
Feel like you could sit for a while
Put down this old guitar
But hope fans the flame of dreams
Keeps you moving down that open road, so endlessly

When’re you gonna rest your travelling bones….

Last night music filled the air
They forgot their troubles for a day
As your notes flew everywhere
Eyes wide above their smiles
You remember how it used to be, standing in those aisles

When’re you gonna rest your travelling bones….

Sun leaps up, your boots are tied
Path is steep but the road is always wide
Somewhere in your minds eye
Tall green forests reaching for the sky…
Where you’ll rest your
Travelling bones

One of these days and its not far
Feel like you could sit for a while…etc

When’re you gonna rest your travelling bones

Discography

MILES TO GO 2000
KNOWING THE PLACE 2005
TRAVELLING BONES 2013

Set List

The band generally does a 2 set performance, featuring a mix of music from the albums, and songs from the soon to be recorded 3rd album. A typical set is copied below:

MILES TO GO BAND - SET LIST

1. STOLEN KISS
2. COMING UP FOR AIR
3. RAMORNE/TWA CORBIES
4. OCEAN ROAD JIGS
5. FLIGHT OF THE SEA SLUG
6. MILES TO GO – CANTOLIBRE
7. WORLDS COLLIDING
8. KNOWING THE PLAC
10. WATCHING THE WHEELS
11. BIG SKY COUNTRY
12. SOMETHING FOR NOTHING
13. NEW YEARS DAY JIGS
14. FLAT OUT LIKE A LIZARD DRINKING
15. BACK OF BEYOND