David Ross Macdonald | Knuckled Brass and Bone

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Knuckled Brass and Bone

by David Ross Macdonald

American Songwriter Magazine “Macdonald is one of those few songwriters like Nick Drake, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and Josh Ritter that can captivate his listeners armed only with a voice and guitar” by David Ross Macdonald.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 'til I'm Gone
4:01 album only
2. Shoulders Brown
4:09 album only
3. Paper Crane
4:15 album only
4. Old Joe's Cane
3:56 album only
5. We Don't Live Forever
4:34 album only
6. Easier Said
3:21 album only
7. Waltzing Matilda
5:07 album only
8. Gibson Blues
4:16 album only
9. Who Have a Dream
6:37 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
From outback desert uranium mine geologist to drummer for Australian folk popsters The Waifs touring with Bob Dylan, David Ross Macdonald’s poetic eye for the human spirit coupled with his sublime fingerstyle guitar playing is an artist who’s music emotionally evokes and inspires.

The July 2006 release “Knuckled Brass and Bone” is his 3rd and most humanist work to date.

These 9 tracks effortlessly navigate the listener through simple emotional narratives and into uncharted waters deep in social comment and darker contemplations all the while beguiling the listener with his hypnotic fingerstyle guitar playing.

His poignant arrangement of the unofficial Australian national anthem “Waltzing Matilda”, the ode to his grandfathers walking stick “Old Joe’s Cane” or the bittersweet “Til I’m Gone” never fail to touch and soothe the listeners being.

Not one to take himself too seriously here, “Shoulders Brown” is a lost love lament with a wry last line twist while politically the closing track “Who Have A Dream” is a stark narrative on poverty inspired by his worldly travels but who’s coda optimistically drifts into a Latin / Creole
musical celebration.

What Folks Say !

American Songwriter Magazine
“ Macdonald is one of those few songwriters like Nick Drake, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and Josh Ritter that can captivate his listeners armed only with a voice and guitar.”

Acoustic Guitar Magazine quotes “ ..a further revelation .. MacDonald's vocals, lyrics, and intricate fingerstyle guitar playing bring to mind a collaboration between Nick Drake and a mid-1970s Bruce Cockburn... evocative songs with a haunting, poignant quality.”

Sing Out Magazine puts it bluntly, “A pretty damn good guitarist!”



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Haunting, enticing, and beautiful. Macdonald's elegant playing and gentle, searching voice creates an amazing piece of work.


It stays with me
After listening to it for approximately the twentieth time I just can't wait to hear it again. I love the soothing and sometimes joyful guitar, the haunting voice of Macdonald, the other instruments used in all the right places and the melodies and lyrics that stay with me, long after the last song has ended. The contemplative "Waltzing Mathilda" is the most beautiful version of the famous song I've ever heard. I'm afraid from here on all other renditions will be disappointing. Warmly recommended!


Knuckled Brass and Bone
As with the other two albums from David Ross MacDonald this is a quality buy and will be played many, many times, especially during dinner parties. Guests never fail to asked about "Far from Here" and "Southern Crossing" I'm sure they'll love this one too.

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We love "Knuckled Brass and Bone"!
Internet Music Radio, "Gone Fishing for Blue Skies", loves the world of David Ross MacDonald.


Great stuff!
My household is really enjoying Dave's new album. His fantastic finger-pickin' guitar and mellow vocals are wonderful and the other instruments really add something special. We especially love the Dobro on Shoulders Brown. Looking forward to seeing Dave play in Adelaide soon!