bluehouse

bluehouse

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

The Australian duo bluehouse meshes powerful, intricate vocal harmonies with wicked wisecracking and stellar musicianship.

Biography

The bluehouse gals blend strains of sharp rootsy pop, soul, jazz and blues with classy original songwriting and artfully arranged covers. Genuine, fresh, feisty, upbeat, and endearing.

As one of Australia's premier independent bands, bluehouse has stamped out their own unique style by combining folk-flavored pop melodies meshed with powerfully intricate harmonies and inspired guitar and bass playing (along with healthy doses of sardonic wit thrown in between songs).

The dynamic duo, Jacqueline Walter and Bernadette Carroll, met in a pub in Melbourne in 1995 and moments later were singing together on stage. Together with the third member, Samantha Harley, they forged a successful career as a trio by combining widely varied musical influences, honing their performance skills, and creating a loyal fan base through near-constant touring.

After performing sold out shows all over Australia, they moved on to play to audiences in Europe, including spots at WOMAD and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Beginning with their first tour of North America in the summer of 2002, they have continued to wow audiences at many prestigious US music festivals and showcase venues.

< THE DUO > Since 1995, Bluehouse independently released two EP’s and three full-length CD's: "big" (1999), “6 Minutes of Breathable Air” (2001), and "These Days” (2004). In 2006 Harley left the group and Walter and Carroll have continued to tour as a duo. The first project the new group has recorded,“One More Kiss” (2007), was produced in Nashville by Aussie guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel (who also played nearly all the instruments on the album).

bluehouse has shared the stage with names like Neil Young, Cowboy Junkies, UB40, Elvis Costello, Neil Finn (of Crowded House), and has toured multiple continents as an opener for Tommy Emmanuel. They've played to an estimated worldwide listening audience of 200 million on the Mountain Stage radio show based in West Virginia and have appeared on the nationally syndicated Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour.

The Sydney Morning Herald recognized the band's essential eclecticism, terming their music "delicious folk-pop...tinged at times with sweet gospel soul, before plunging into raucous guitar riffs" and "exuberant, sad, wise, harmonically dazzling...a lively display of both instrumental and a cappella with attitude and polished pop."

Lyrics

i'll find u

Written By: carroll/harley/walter


I flew and I drove and I walked to the ends of the earth
Searching for something new
I looked and I tried and I sampled all the things that I could
None of it was true
I’m never gonna change my ways
‘Cause I like myself better these days.

& I’ll find you, I’ll find you
It’s just taking me a little longer
I’ll find you, I will find you
It’s just taking me a little longer

I kissed and I touched and I slept my way through my life
Longing for that special love
I feel now I’ve changed and I’ve woken up something inside
That I can be proud of
I’m never gonna change my ways
‘Cause I like myself better these days.

I’ve stopped and I’ve looked now I’m waiting for the sunrise to come
& smile upon your face
When that morning comes I’ll open up the doors to my heart
& you’ll walk into that space
I’ll never make you change your ways
We’ll love each other every single day

I’m never gonna change my ways
‘Cause I like myself better these days.

let it go

Written By: carroll/harley/walter

2.LET IT GO

I always thought that I’d live by the sea & watch the waves from my verandah
But the closest that it seems I’ll ever be is seeing surf on my screen saver

I want a lover in the category of happy ever after
They’ll think the world of me, but they will just have to be into girls, guitars and laughter

And the only way to make them real
Is to keep ‘em nice and close and let it go

I’m having trouble with my job today ‘cause my head is in the sand
Obligations that I must fulfill before my dreams become my plans

There’s been some worries, there’s been some doubts
One thing I have learned is to let it out & let it go

Figure out what matters most - hold it tight and then let it go

I know one day I’ll live by the sea with my best friend beside me
But for now I am content to be believing.

Let it go…. I’ve got no worries got no doubts
One thing I have learned is to let it out and let it go

Beside You

Written By: Sharin Anderson

i'm here you are there always on
the other side of the world
but i know what you're thinking
& you know i'm receiving
i hear you calling me, this time
i should be fast asleep
bu i know what you're thinking
& you know i'm receiving
i'm putting out all i can give....

i'm lying right out there beside you,
i hear you call
i'm lying right out there beside you,
so cry, cry all you want to.

you're a million miles away, the
only thing that matters to me
is that you're happy, never alone.
always laughing, not feeling low.
i hear you calling me, this time
i should be fast asleep
but you know what i'm thinking
& i know you're receiving.
i'm putting out all i can give....

Eyes closed

Written By: Jacqui Walter & Bernadette Carroll

walking with my eyes closed to
the world all i see is you

we wake and we're talking, have
breakfast, go walking
these are my favourite days
nothing to do, just to be here with you
forever and always
let's just be you and me

we stop by the cafe' you look at me that way, you put your hand in mine
it couldn't get better being together
this day has been so fine
i love to be you and me

brunny street windows
trying on new clothes
lunch by the yarra
it doesn't matter
feels so free, you and me

....such a happy girl...

Sydney 2

Written By: Jacqui Walter & Bernadette Carroll

looks like the rain's set in,
we'll have this for a week
pack my bag i'm leaving home
to meet you, i'll see you
catch the train from south cronulla
to the city like no other

it's all that i need to get me through
if i have you....& sydney too

king street do the coffee run,
the tourists are about
hard to get a seat nowadays
unless you're out of work
halleluiah! it's the weekend
in my hometown with my best friend

glebe st (or the uts) harbour bridge
(central station's best) bondi
(how about the) town hall steps

let's just skip the opera house
hop a ferry to the beach
god, i really love this place 'cause
nothing's out of reach
these are days of milk and honey
i've got love and a little bit of money

Walking down the line

Written By: Jacqui Walter & Bernadette Carroll

slipping from the ordinary into the great unknown
distance calls me from it's heart & i'm a million miles from home
don't know if it's overdue or
if it's right on time
all i know is i've got to get out,
got to get what's mine

i'm fine walking down the line

pale horizon beckons me with
the promise of the age
always seems the closer i get
well, the further it slips away
but i know that it's the journey that
keeps me on this track
never look back, never look back...

& I don't know if my heart is in it
not sure where i'll stay
but i got to keep on moving
through it 'til my dying day.

slipping from the ordinary
into the great unknown
i'll never look back
distance calls me from it's heart &
i'm a million miles from home
but i never look back
walking down the line i'm fine

One More Kiss

Written By: Bernadette Carroll & Jacqueline Walter

Take me to your ocean
Let me feel the breeze
Think I’m going to drown here
Can’t find the words

If I’ve made a holy mess
Don’t deserve your tenderness
I am willing to confess

All I need is more than one more
All I need is more than one more
All I need is more than one more.. kiss

I am in a desert
All I feel is heat
Think I’m going to burn here
Can’t say the words
Think I’m going to burn up here
Can’t find the words

Now I’ve made a holy mess
Don’t deserve your tenderness
I will never live unless
I have more than one more
All I need is more than one more
All I want is more than one more kiss…..mmmm

Think I’m going to die here – heaven in your arms
No need for words

Discography

7 recordings total: 4 LPs, 2 EPs, 1 DVD

DVD - LIVE AT CENTER STAGE (2008)
Records a live concert at Sierra Nevada Brewery Big Room, Chico, CA.

ONE MORE KISS (May 2007)
Produced by Aussie guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel, features thirteen new songs from Jacqui Walter and Bern Carroll with Tommy Emmanuel on guitars and drums. Stand out tracks include title track "One More Kiss","Beside You", "Eyes Closed", "Sydney 2", "Walking Down the Line" and a fun, lively cover of Kris Kristofferson's "Help me make it through the night".

These Days (2004)
Recorded over three sessions between May and August in NYC with Producer/Engineer Ben Wisch. This release highlights rich acoustic arrangements with a more pared-back approach than previous recordings and is laden with the beautiful three-part harmonies that the bluehouse was so well-known for. Guest musicians of the highest calibre include T-Bone Wolk (bassist), Duke Levine (guitarist) and Ben Wittman (drums/ percussion). This CD includes more original songs from the three singer/songwriters, audience favorites plus the unique covers of 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' and 'Only You'.

6 minutes of breathable air (2001)
The second full-length CD by the bluehouse was recorded in a backyard shed (renovated for the project by the band…with a little help from their friends). Produced by James Black & the bluehouse, it explores a more ‘pop’ leaning to their original songs (except 10 – written by S. Anderson & arranged by the bluehouse) while keeping in with the acoustic/harmony content of their ‘sound’. Additional musicians include; Tony Floyd (drums), James Black (bass/harmonium), Damian Smith (keyboard), Ed Bates (pedal steel), Liz Sadler (musical saw) and also by Doug Brady (loops) who mixed the CD.

big (1999)
The first full length CD by the bluehouse came together over 10 days in SoundHouse Studios in Richmond, Melbourne, Australia. Jeremy Allom produced (with the bluehouse), engineered and mixed the CD. bluehouse sang and played guitars to their original songs and were joined by a number of wonderfully talented musicians. They include; Michael Barker (drums/perc), Helen Mountfort (cello), Hope Csuturos (violin), Janine DeLorenzo (grand piano), Bruce Haymes (keyboard), Andrew Entch (double bass), Steve Morgan (electric bass), Jeremy Allom (programmer), Kevin Keogh (synth/guitar).

"independent review: AMG Rating ****1/2
The first full album by Australia's premier folk-pop group is an astonishingly mature affair. The three-woman trio known as the bluehouse developed a huge following in four years of local gigs and touring, and was able to fund the production and manufacture of the CD entirely by pre-sales - an astonishing feat. The fan's got their money's worth here, with a collection of stylistically varied material that is beautifully performed and recorded. The three women in the band have gorgeous voices, and the sometimes jazzy, sometimes folksy arrangements suit them perfectly. The general quality is so high that it's hard to pinpoint standout tracks. From the beautiful, wistful folk of "Crying" to the jazz/soul workout of "Last Name", this band can handle just about anything in high style. The production is impeccable, the material excellent - in short, 'big' is a must-have album for anyone who likes bold acoustic music with lots of style and character. - Richard Foss, ALL MUSIC GUIDE online sept 2002

EP - a little bit live (1997)
This 5-track selection of original bluehouse songs was recorded live at The Continental in Melbourne, Australia, on the 26th April, 1997, to a packed house and captures just a snippet of the experience that is ‘bluehouse’. The band was again accompanied by Andy Fitzgibbon on drums, with a special appearance by Hillary Green on steel pan.

EP - bluehouse (1996)
This is the first independent recording by bluehouse, recorded at Woodstock Studio, Melbourne Australia. All songs were written & performed by the band – Carroll, Harley, Walter (except 4 – bluehouse & DeLorenzo). Mark Forrester produced (with the bluehouse), engineered and mixed the E.P. (additional mixing by Stuart Day) and it is dedicated to the memory of Mark who tragically died just after it’s completion. Additional musicians include; Andy Fitzgibbon (drums), Mark Forrester (synth & bass), Kerry Gilmartin (bass/piano) and Helen Mountfort (cello).

Set List

Original music with a few choice covers appropriate to the audience and venue. Set lists change from gig to gig.

Usual sets are 45min long - no more than 2 per concert, or one set of 90min + encore. Set lists are available on request.