Jim Low - singer/songwriter

ABOUT THE CDs

Journey's End Across the Blue Mountains The Further I Travel CD Above the Creek Bed

NEW!

Across the Blue mountains

I am very happy to announce the release of my new CD Journey's End on Rouseabout Records via Undercover Music. it contains fifteen original songs, including musical settings for three special poems.

I always appreciate having somewhere to return to at the end of a journey. That place is called 'home' and for me that happens to be in the Blue Mountains NSW. The memories gathered from the places visited, the people met and the new things discovered sooner or later start to inhabit my mind, inspiring thoughts and ideas that sometimes then develop into songs. And the songs on this new CD have travelled these various pathways. Some began on the journey, some were finished before the journey ended and some were ideas that needed more time to develop when the journey was long over.

Two Blue Mountains songs serve as appropriate bookends for the other songs. The opening song Half an Hour From Midnight snapshots the years spent singing in local restaurants. A new mix of Journey's End, the title song, seemed the obvious choice to conclude the CD.

It's always a special privilege to have your songs reach the recording stage. I have again been very fortunate to collaborate with Chloe and Jason Roweth. During the recording, I appreciated the enthusiasm and sensitivity given to each song by these two very talented musicians.

Recorded in their home studio in Millthorpe, central western NSW, I was constantly delighted with the results of their innovative, musical decisions. Listen for the subtle, oriental echoes that enhance my song about the plight of a Chinese gold digger in Just Fair Game and the evocative suggestion of a child's music box that can be heard in A Special Place. And I'm sure the old time, Australian country music feel that the Roweths recreate in the song The Man With the Smile and Song, would have greatly impressed Smoky Dawson, the subject of the song.

 

JOURNEY'S END
JIM LOW with Chloe and Jason Roweth
ID: Rouseabout Records RRR68

TRACK LIST

    1. Half an Hour From Midnight
    2. At Bogan Gate
    3. The Loch Ard
    4. The Man With the Smile and Song
    5. The Broken Soldier
    6. Just Fair Game
    7. Tooraweenah
    8. A Strange Dream
    9. Honour My God
    10. There is a Green Hill
    11. From Oakland to Brisbane
    12. A Special Place
    13. Keeping to Uncle Tom's Time
    14. Polly Flood
    15. Journey's End

All words and music © Jim Low except the words to At Bogan Gate by Jim Butler, Tooraweenah by Hod Cay and A Strange Dream by Jim Harper.

Recorded mixed and mastered in Millthorpe NSW by Chloë and Jason Roweth.

The lyrics are included in the 20 page booklet which was designed by Jim's daughter Susannah Low in her Briar Hill, Vic studio.


Performing on the CD are:
Jim Low:
vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Chloë Roweth:
backing vocals, mandolin
Jason Roweth:
fretless semi-acoustic bass, electric guitar

sample page from booklet
[sample booklet page]

 

Across the Blue mountains

Across the Blue Mountains is Jim's second album on Rouseabout Records released via Undercover Music. The CD contains 18 songs about the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains of New South Wales have been an inspiration for many of my songs. I have lived here for almost two thirds of my life.

Some of these songs are direct responses to the unique beauty and grandeur of the Mountains. I value living here, enjoy walking in the bushland and have developed a loving respect for this place I call home. I am continually excited by what I see and hear around me. There is always something new to learn about the Mountains.

The human impact has made this area rich in history and I have tried to capture some of this history in my songs. But reading the history has also made me aware of the fragility of the Mountains. They have been marked in many devastating ways by human hands. However, I believe that they have a capacity to survive. I have seen the resilience of the landscape after a bushfire.

I have also enjoyed adapting and sharing the responses of others to the Mountains through conversation, poetry, song and oral history recording. There is so much to appreciate about this area and there are countless stories still to tell.

 

ACROSS THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
Jim Low with Chloe and Jason Roweth
ID: Rouseabout Records RRR59

TRACK LIST

    1. Land from Long Ago
    2. From the Days of the Dinosaur
    3. The Quest
    4. Seven Men and Four Horses
    5. To Cross the Mountains
    6. George Evans
    7. William Cox
    8. Mrs Elizabeth Hawkins
    9. The Pioneer Way
    11. Railway to the Sky
    12. Old Mr Murphy
    13. One of the Battlers
    14.There's A Fire
    15.The Bush
    16. With the Poet Lorikeet
    17. The Wattle
    18. Journey's End

More information on the special site: Across the Blue Mountains - acrossthebluemountains.com.au

Words and music © Jim Low except Blue Mountain Blue by Alan Chinn and the words to The Bush by James Lister Cuthbertson.

Recorded mixed and mastered in Millthorpe NSW by Chloë and Jason Roweth.

The lyrics are included in the 20 page booklet which was designed by Jim's daughter Susannah Low in her Briar Hill, Vic studio.


Performing on the CD are:
Jim Low:
vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Chloë Roweth:
backing vocals, mandolin
Jason Roweth:
fretless semi-acoustic bass, electric guitar

 



The Further I Travel - Jim Low


Highly acclaimed Australian singer/songwriter
Gary Shearston says:

"As you will discover, Jim Low gets about the place. He travels gently, digs out rich nuggets of Australiana, observes them acutely and with compassion, and then puts his historical vignettes to melodies that pass 'the old grey whistle test' with distinction. 
Go with him on his travels.
I think you'll enjoy the journey."

 

Review by Jenny Watson
Organiser of Sutherland Acoustic

Review by Margaret Bradford
House concert organiser and folk performer

THE FURTHER I TRAVEL
Jim Low with Chloe and Jason Roweth
ID: Rouseabout Records MTCD02

TRACK LIST

    1. Towns on the Castlereagh
    2. Boyd's Tower
    3. Boundaries
    4. Dreaming With Open Eye    [background]
    5. The Further I Travel
    6. The King (1907)
    7. Pennyweight Flat
    8. Myall Creek Station
    9. Engines of the Southern Cross
    10. Luna Park
    11. Songs of Peace
    12. Dancing in the Dust
    13. When Angledool Was Young
    14. Mr Eternity

Words and music © Jim Low except the words to The King and When Angledool Was Young which are based on poems by Jim Harper.

Recorded mixed and mastered in Millthorpe NSW by ChloŽ and Jason Roweth.

The lyrics are included in the 20 page booklet which was designed by Jim's daughter Susannah Low in her Briar Hill, Vic studio.

Performing on the CD are:
Jim Low:
vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
ChloŽ Roweth:
backing vocals, mandolin
Jason Roweth:
fretless semi-acoustic bass, electric guitar





Above the Creek Bed


Respected folklorist and musician
Warren Fahey says:.

"Jim Low's songs deserve to be heard. They are genuine story songs that have a direct link to this land and this precious culture of ours. In many ways the songs link us to our history in the same way traditional songs served us in allowing us to record our emotional history. In this rapidly changing world many of our stories, especially those set in song, tend to be lightweight and dumbed-down. Many of them, masquerading as 'folk songs', are far removed from reality and, unfortunately, musicality. I've been listening to Jim's songs for some years now and have been taken by his ability to create and sing songs that get to the heart of the story, entertain and beg to be listened to again. This is a very satisfying selection of songs that should take his songs to a wider audience."

See Review by Col Johnson
Producer/Presenter Kaleidoscope Cairns FM 89.1

ABOVE THE CREEK BED
Jim Low with Chloe and Jason Roweth
ID: MTCD01

TRACK LIST

    1. Sunny Corner Mine
    2. The Trapper
    3. The Country in Me
    4. Fields of Eldorado
    5. The Shiralee
    6. Like Mawson in A Blizzard
    7. Sailing Through History
    8. At Stringybark Creek
    9. Changed Our Neighbourhood
    10. Folksinger
    11. Myall Grove
    12. Margaretís Song
    13. Negatives of Glass

 

All words and music © Jim Low except the words to Myall Grove which is a poem by Jim Harper.

Recorded mixed and mastered in Millthorpe NSW by ChloŽ and Jason Roweth.

The lyrics are included in the 20 page booklet which was designed by Jim's daughter Susannah Low in her Briar Hill, Vic studio.


Performing on the CD are:
Jim Low:
vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
ChloŽ Roweth:
backing vocals, mandolin
Jason Roweth:
fretless semi-acoustic bass, electric guitar