Living a reclusive life in the mountains, The Bard is a solitary activist and political poet, who challenges society, government and corporations by his forthright lyrics. The Bard's political activism expressed through his songs is to remind people of our precious freedom of speech that must not be taken for granted. Loss of this freedom is the price we will pay for our lack of vigilance. The Bard is unafraid to sing about controversial issues, especially those that contradict the opinions and beliefs of the majority.
A musical journeyman, The Bard has written and recorded many albums, not all of which are politically driven, however. Beginning with folk-style, haunting melodies in “Sands of Time”, he created the definitive cruising album in 2005.
Followed by “Speak the Truth” in 2007, this album is a compilation of challenging acoustic guitar instrumentals and catchy songs which were recorded live during The Bard’s performances in and around Ballarat before he vanished to the mountains. Around the same time, “The Bard, Live in Ballarat” was recorded, showcasing the best of the Bard’s live, foot-stomping and very individual renditions of popular covers.
2008 saw the birth of “In a Golden Dawn”, a journey through the Bard’s soul where listeners can relate to the various subjects taken from the Bard’s life experiences and perspective. Real life issues about family, love, loss, the environment, and the meaning of life are expressed through The Bard’s musical landscape.
In 2010, The Bard released ‘Songs of Dissent’, an album best described as politically incorrect; a bold, outspoken response to government policies, both economic and environmental. This album’s intention was to be a wake-up call to society at large, to spark a new wave of social consciousness. The Bard dares to speak the truth and expose the hidden agendas of secret societies, secret agencies, governments and corporations in “Songs of Dissent”.
The next album, 'Far out to Sea', released in 2015, is a heady mixture of politically-driven songs, ballads and spiritual reminders. From The Bard's musical lens, in the five years between 'Songs of Dissent' and 'Far out to Sea', the world at large has not progressed enough to make a difference in people's lives.
Currently, there is no other Australian artist, mainstream or alternative, who is a political singer/songwriter of this calibre, who covers real issues that affect us all on the everyday level. The Bard’s political activism through his songs is in an effort to make sure that we continue to hold on to the freedoms we all enjoy, but which are quickly disappearing. The Bard is the voice to wake up the people!
Eureka Records supports our local, regional session musicians, and we thank the following artists for their contributions to 'Between the Lines'.
Dividing her time between Mitchell Conservatorium in Bathurst, New South Wales, and her gigs in the duo 'Momentum', Lauren generously found the time to lay down some superb vocals on Track 4, 'Still Around'. Lauren's warm personality certainly shines through in this song, and it was a privilege to have her contribution.
A truly generous spirit and an amazing talent on electric harp, saxophone and flute, Martyn never fails to capture the essence of a song and to add that special magic touch. Having recorded his artistic contributions on The Bard's previous album (Secrets from Seasons), it was truly a pleasure and a privilege to have his music performed once again on 'Between the Lines'.
For lovers of classic rock, and even for those who are new to the genre, this album will tick all the boxes. A variety of strong, melodic electric guitar, instrumentals, rock/pop style ballads and rock songs reminiscent of the bands of the eighties, this album will make you feel nostalgic for those heady days of rock. The range of songs spans across classic rock, political ballads and urban country, and the range of instruments used in this album will surprise you. It’s a musical feast for the ears.
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