Living a reclusive life in the mountains, The Bard is a solitary activist and political poet, challenging 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 Australia’s definitive balladeer, the true voice for the people.
Leaving the political world behind for a while, The Bard has focused his attention on the needs of Mother Earth. With each subsequent generation, good and bad things have happened to the earth, but now, more than ever before, humanity is more alert to, and aware of, the damage that has been done. We live in a time when the earth is under extreme stress from our own making. Urgent changes must be made for the healing to begin. With this in mind, and given that each generation must do its fair share to heal the earth, The Bard created an album of seasonal songs about nature to remind us of the fragile beauty with which we share the planet. As custodians, it is our duty to take care of the environment and the animals.
‘Secrets from Seasons’ is an album of 13 songs in celebration of nature’s gifts that will delight and motivate all who listen to it.
Misty Morning Glow
Light and Dark
Seed of Discovery
Spiral of Light
Wash Wallow Whale