Sarah Carroll and The Psychedelic Wildmen
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Sarah Carroll and The Psychedelic Wildmen

Clifton Springs, Victoria, Australia | SELF

Clifton Springs, Victoria, Australia | SELF
Band Americana Singer/Songwriter


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"Home And Heart"

Sarah Carroll presents, " How to make a fine record in 5 easy steps ": 1. Call up a bunch of friends and family; 2. Have them all be talented musicians; 3. Have them meet you at Barry Stockley's ultra-hip Fatsound Studios, where Stockley himself will twiddle the knobs; 4. Write a folder of fine songs; 5. Sing and play them in a way that will put a smile on any listener's face. As the title suggests, this is domesticated folk-rock, the kind of music talented people might make around a kitchen table. Opening song NEW SHOES is a Sunday afternoon easy-rocker, featuring Marcel Borrack's electric guitar and a lovely singalong melody. PONTY WOOD brings in a touch of New Orleans zydeco (sic), its acoustic guitar carried along by Gleny Rae's fiddle. Skate Park is a jaunty little Rockpile rocker with typically hot Chris Wilson as the harp lead. WILD GARDEN is where it all comes together - a gorgeous tune carried on an undulating bed of violins, bass and guitars. NYMAGEE SUN GOES DOWN is the great Leigh Ivin stepping out on a pedal-steel instrumental. And how can you not love a song called UKULELE BITCHFIGHT? It's warm, but never fuzzy. Jeff Glorfeld, Friday, May 6, 2011 - The Age EG, Melbourne, Australia


Home And Heart 2011, Wahine 2008, Yippee 2006, Pirate Girl (EP) 2006. Also numerous albums with Git (1997-2004) and an album and EP with The Junes (2008, 2009).



I am a musician who cannot remember a time when music was not the most enchanting thing in life. I have grown to encompass the performance, composition and teaching of music into a lifestyle that brings me joy every day. I love unusual singers whose voices are completely individual. Currently, my favourite singers include JoJo Smith, Joanna Newsom, Robbie Fulks, Rosie Flores, Doris Duke, Elvis (always), Jackie Marshall, Lucie Thorne, Kim Dellavadova, Rosemary Clooney and Seu Jorge. There is not a style I won't listen to.

I play all over Australia with bands such as The Junes and my own Psychedelic Wildmen, or accompanied by Marcel Borrack (a great pop/country writer and player).

My husband is famous harp player Chris Wilson and he has had a big part to play in encouraging me to get out there and fly my flag. His belief in me, and the unwavering admiration of our sons, is the single greatest force in my life. Chris and I play in The Pirates Of Beer, a band named by guitar legend Bill Kirchen during a conversation about Aussie rock legends the Beasts Of Bourbon, whose name Bill could not recall at the time! Chris' harmonica adorns all three of my solo albums.

To describe my music is hard; it is country-flavoured but also tinged with the folk I listened to as a child, the blues and soul I discovered as a teen, the Aboriginal and Islander music I heard as a young woman, and all the riches I've been offered by friends along the way. Harmony singing is a particular skill I possess and use in The Junes and The Cartridge Family, a new combo featuring three part old-timey harmonies in the style of the great old American groups of the 20s and 30s. I've also done backing vocals on albums by artists such as Suzannah Espie, Chris Altmann, Mick Thomas and Jeff Lang.