Warwick poet releases classic new album
WARWICK'S favourite wordsmith Marco Gliori is back with his eighth studio album.
The bush poet has made a name for himself across the country, over a career spanning more than 25 years, with his classic Aussie sense of humour, bawdy tales and heartfelt odes.
The new album, Poets Never Lie, is his second double album and is a crowd-pleasing mix of his classic poems and some newer favourites.
The bulk of the album was recorded live at various venues across the country, interspersed with studio recordings.
The album was put together in the home studio of Warwick radio personality Cedric Robins, before being sent for mixing and final production in Sydney.
Warwick musician Phil Vellacott lends his talents also, accompanying Marco on several of the tracks.
Mr Gliori said the album was a chance to revisit some of his classic works.
"My voice has changed over the years,” he said.
"It's more mature and measured and recording this album was a great opportunity to re-record some older works with the voice of Marco today.
"There are the classic stories like Weewondilla Hill, the first poen I had published and The Cake Makers Revenge, which I performed on the original Red Faces show hosted by Daryl Somers.”
The double album features 44 tracks, some recorded at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
"There's also some from a great gig I did in Rockhampton, which gives me a chance to try to preserve the live performance on tape - especially for the comedy tracks,” Mr Gliori said.
"After so many years doing these stories live, they're clear and concise and exactly how I want them to sound.”
Mr Gliori said the double album was full of tracks people will remember.
"Granny and the Snake and The Bony Mountain Bachelors are favourites,” he said.
"Poems like Million Star Motel and Ode to the Sausage Kings are newer ones that I get a lot of requests for.
"There's poems about the tragic loss of my brother Geoff in the 1994 Moura Mine Disaster, a tribute to country mothers, and An FJ Holden love poem, this album will appeal to the soft hearted, with a good dose of hilarious Aussie humour tossed in.
"There's a lot of very personal stuff, so it's great to have it all out there.”
Mr Gliori said he re-recorded several of his more heartfelt works in the studio.
"I much prefer working in front of a live audience,” he said.
"But you tend to perform the sentimental tracks faster in front of a crowd.
"In the studio you can put more time in to the tracks, pace them better and pause for effect.
"I have gathered so many poems from true stories about race meetings, wild characters and local legends, it was a relief to finally get them onto the double album.
"I am proud to have several locally inspired poems, that still prove popular today, on the CD.”
Marco will officially launch Poets Never Lie at the Longyard Hotel where he hosts the Poets Breakfast each day at the Tamworth County Music Festival.
Poets Never Lie is available now exclusively from Hynes Newsagents.