Giving signs in Ballina
Give Signs is Ash Grunwalds fourth album. Not a bad recording run given that his first album was released only four years ago. That album was Introducing... Ash Grunwald and what an introduction it was, resulting in awards for his debut efforts and a huge response from the Aussie public.
The new album is the first to have all original songs. It is still, like the previous albums, a solo effort featuring Ash, his guitars and his exciting experiments in percussion.
Tracing his recording history, you can hear the journey this young Victorian is on. Inspired by the soulfulness of American blues, informed by his Aussie-African heritage, fascinated with percussive innovation (he was blown out by Tom Waits use of mundane objects like pots and pans in his recording work), Ash Grunwald is a muso on a mission.
Ash discovered the blues when he was twelve. I dont know at what age he discovered dreadlocks but they have become de rigeur for musicians performing this type of rootsy, guitar-based music. (Think Xavier Rudd, Ben Harper, John Butler.)
Fresh from full-house shows at the Woodford Folk Festival, Ash Grunwald (with his guitars, stompbox and smooth-as-whiskey voice) will do his Delta-bluesy thing at the Ballina RSL Club next Wednesday, January 17, at 9pm.
Tickets are $12 available from the venue (6686 2544) or from www.theatlasagency.com. Or $15 at the door.