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Ancient Freedom Songs

by Blue Umbrella

Water, love, freedom and space are the central themes of this jazz tinged rock album.
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Secrets
4:02 $0.99
2. Ancient Freedom Song
4:32 $0.99
3. Jean De Luz
4:23 $0.99
4. Corrugated Iron
4:21 $0.99
5. Crying Wind
4:24 $0.99
6. Blue Umbrella
3:28 $0.99
7. Indian Pacific
4:21 $0.99
8. When the Light Is Almost Gone
4:07 $0.99
9. Throne
3:15 $0.99
10. Blue Sirens
4:48 $0.99
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“Ancient Freedom Songs” is the name of Blue Umbrella’s debut album. The words and music were written on singer/songwriter Bailey’s ten-metre yacht at Rottnest Island, twenty kilometres off the west coast of Australia. With the help of co producer and long time collaborator, Murray Campbell, the band Blue Umbrella was formed. Rehearsing and recording at Campbell’s Beatworld Studio in seaside Cottesloe, the band soon compiled thirty songs and began performing at local venues.

After a series of gigs with bassist Roy Martinez, the band entered Satellite Studios and laid down twenty-four of Bailey’s songs. Ten songs were chosen and became the debut album “Ancient Freedom Songs”. Bailey’s evocative poetry and vocals were perfectly balanced by generous guitar harmony, Tony Borthwick’s haunting saxophone, and the funky bass and drums of Martinez and Campbell.

Engineer, producer and percussionist, Murray Campbell, mixed and mastered the recording at Beatworld in Cottesloe.

The result is a unique, original collection of contemporary songs from the antipodes.



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Rob F

Pleasantly Surprised !!
Blue Umbrella is an Australian quartet led by singer-songwriter-guitarist John Bailey and his long-time collaborator, drummer Murray Campbell. Based in Perth, on the shores of the Indian Ocean, “Ancient Freedom Songs” was composed and written on Bailey’s ten-metre yacht anchored at Rottnest Island and recorded at Campbell’s Beatworld Studio at Cottesloe. If you don’t hate them enough already, I suggest googling the island.

Needless to say I approached “Ancient Freedom Songs” with the most open of minds, and was pleasantly surprised. Their mix of rhythmic rock, smooth ‘80s pop-jazz (think Sade’s early records) and Bailey’s lyrics work very well, and on a smattering of tracks, Tony Borthwick‘s saxophone makes for a lush finish. In particular “Jean De Luz” and “Blue Sirens”, both of which sound like radio standards, the sort of thing you’ve grown up with, though you’re hearing them for the first time. Bailey’s a talented guitarist, though his playing is always understated and he adds subtle colour to the songs, rather than splashy solos and power chords. His playing on opening track “Secrets” wanders and weaves; yet it’s the song that you’ll notice first. “Corrugated Iron” sits comfortably between Colin Hay and Paddy McAloon, and “When the Light Is Almost Gone” shows they’re not immune to their location, and a little trop-rock and reggae groove tiptoes deftly onto the record.


This CD is one of the rare few that can "take me places". Relaxing and inspiring, the saxaphone-driven tracks on Ancient Freedom Songs keep Blue Umbrella in the list of my favourite bands. Their unparalled ability to produce a sound which is both live and deep, even when confined to a compact disc, sparks the soul in my body and tempts me to gyrate ever so sweetly. For me, Corrugated Iron takes the trophy home for best song, despite the fact that sometimes it makes me feel a little too good.

Congratulations, on a beautifully crafted CD, where each track does its duty, both as a unique and compelling story and also in working together to form an excellent album which showcases a band who are finally entering their prime.

Buy. This. CD. It's impossible to regret.