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Fairytales of Montmartre: CD
  • Fairytales of Montmartre: CD
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Once upon a time in the streets of Montmartre the sun was shining and The Dirty Ragtimers were playing. From their violin and guitar an old melody rose into the air, heard by Alan the chevalier as he rode by in his great white truck. Suddenly transported to another era, he ferried the minstrels up the hill to his cosy Tavern Chez Camille. So began the Dirty Ragtimers' Sunday Montmartre fairytale...

After twelve months of toil, The Dirty Ragtimers traversed the seas near and far, to try their songs and test their courage with audiences of scurrilous Australians. With joy in their hearts and promises to return, they next journeyed to the wintry climes and darkness of the Chicago underworld. Following musical encounters in dark taverns, they made a rendevous with Alex the wizard of HiStyle Studios Chicago. He captured and brewed their sounds until a new fairytale was born.

Fairytales of Montmartre - The Dirty Ragtimers Heather Stewart - vocals, violin, whistle track 7 Lucas Montagnier - guitar, vocals, kazzo track 5 and Rick Sherry - jug track 5 and 6 credits released September 7, 2019

The Dirty Ragtimers Lucas and Heather would like to send their warmest appreciation to Alex of HiStyle Studios, Sascha Kommer, Rebecca Moon, Rick Sherry, the special folk of Chez Camille, family and friends from all around the world who have come to hear each new chapter as it unfolds. Special thanks to Ethelle, Leigh, Beatrice and Mathilde for inspiring the fairytales.

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City With No Name
  • City With No Name
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Acoustic blues & folk CD featuring Dan Dinnen, Danny McKenna & Heather Stewart. City With No Name is the third album in Heather's acoustic blues journey and brings songs and fiddle tunes inspired by old blues and folk music from America, Mali and her Australian homeland. Exquisite artwork by "A Cookie and a Racehorse". Mastered by Branford Marsalis' sound engineer Robby Hunter (USA).

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Flow Like Wine: Jazz
  • Flow Like Wine: Jazz
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21st Century Blues and Swing drawn from the deepest wells of Jazz tradition. Featuring Heather Stewart on vocals and violin with Australia's best Jazz musicians.

Liner Notes: I come at music as a jazz dancer. And jazz dance is a response to jazz and blues music. It is about the excitement and euphoria of hot jazz and swing, the energy of high tempos and bright emotion. But it is also about the shared moment of a sustained note, the spaces between counts, and the connections between people.

In these recordings the musicians leave each other space and time to get their jobs done. No one rushes anything. As a swing dancer, this is exactly what I want to hear: there is nothing cool about rushing, and jazz is all about being fashionably late to a party. Then spending most of the night in the kitchen eating and telling dirty jokes. The thing that I like about this album is that it begins in a very traditional blues realm of the senses, then charts a trajectory from the 1920s to the modern moment. Ending with a live recording seems most appropriate: this is old art, but it still has use and meaning and value in the current moment.

I am perhaps best familiar with the New Sheiks' work as a band playing for dancers at social dances, and as a collaborator with my friends and teachers in the Melbourne Rhythm Project. This group begins with the informal social conversation between jazz musician and jazz dancer and takes it to the more formal relationship of the stage. Yet they still manage to embody the very point of jazz: improvisation and innovation. Conversation. Social engagement.

This album is not only something to sit and listen to, and think about. It is, more importantly, something with practical, physical use value. There's music here that makes for very good dancing. It makes you want to get up, to let your backbone slip, and to stop thinking.

  • Sam Carroll Sydney September 2014

Recording Information

Track 1 is originally from the session that produced 'The Sales Tax' (LBQ2012) and was recorded at C.I.T Canberra by Mark Webber in November 2011. Mixed by Jem Savage and re-mastered by Rob 'Wacko' Hunter.

Tracks 2-5 and 8 recorded at HiHat studios, Canberra in December 2012. Engineered and mixed by Greg Stott (and Mark Sutton).

Track 6 and 7 Recorded December 30th 2012, Originally commissioned for 'Sunday Live' on ABC Classic FM - produced and engineered by Haig Burnell

Bonus track recorded on a 'Zoom H2' by Matt Boden at 'Vivaldi's Theatre Restaurant', December 2013.

Produced and Mixed by Leigh Barker and Greg Stott. Mastered By Rob (Wacko!) Hunter at The Attic. Album graphic design by Hetty Kate Pakenham - 'Pixels at Dawn' Photography by Nick Monk and Tadryn Gregory

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