No one can do everything. I cannot sing, not in tune at any rate, but for few reasons, decided that I wanted to record some of my songs anyway. And one day in January, some musicians who can both sing and play brilliantly came to my house in Adelaide, and we recorded four songs. A couple of them are songs I wrote a while ago; a couple are more recent.
The musicians were extraordinarily indulgent. It was a great day.
About the Musicians
Taasha Coates and Tristan Goodall are The Audreys. Todd Richmond Bennett is the former bassist for Dirty York. Enrico Mick Morena has played drums with a list of performers around the world as long as your arm. Neville Quist plays tennis, but not as well as his uncle Adrian, who was Australian Singles champion 3 times, and between 1936 and 1950 won numerous doubles open championships, including Wimbledon, the US, French and Australian.
Francisco de Asís Tárrega y Eixea was a 19th century virtuoso and composer for the Spanish guitar who really did, as a boy, run away and join the gypsies.
About the Guitars
Tristan and Robert play Maton 6 string and 12 string acoustic guitars, which are Victorian, and an Eko Ranger, which is Italian. They also both play a Fender Stratocaster, and Todd and Tristan both play a Fender Precision bass; these are made in the United States. On When the Love Died, Robert plays his beloved wide-neck classical by Graham Hawkes, who builds his guitars in Western Australia.
About the Photographs
Louise Woodhouse is an English professional photographer and florist who now lives and works in Adelaide.
About the Cocktails
This is not the first cocktail to be named for The Audreys, and probably will not be the last. To make it you will need a cocktail shaker. The ingredients are 4 parts Hendricks gin, 2 parts St Germain, 1 gomme, 1 lime, 5 muddled strawberries and cream for floating.