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Homeward Dove

by Swampfish

Hillbilly, alt-country, blues and roots from the sub-tropics of Australia. Originals, old-time and gospel with a jugband feel. Guitar, banjo and autoharp - with an emphasis on vocal harmonies - supplemented with piano accordion, standup bass and drums.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fantasy Life
4:02 $1.10
2. Going Nowhere Fast
2:53 $1.10
3. Thinking Small
2:48 $1.10
4. All On My Own
2:58 $1.10
5. Seduced
2:52 $1.10
6. Take It as Read
2:43 $1.10
7. Dance Me to the End of Love
4:54 $1.10
8. Guilty
3:31 $1.10
9. Troubled World
3:02 $1.10
10. Stay At Home Man
3:38 $1.10
11. Gypsy Love
3:46 $1.10
12. Your Long Journey
2:45 $1.10
13. Greenbank Stomp
4:26 $1.10
14. Who Will Sing for Me?
3:49 $1.10
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Album Notes

'Swampfish' is an old fashioned alt-country duo from Queensland, Australia. They specialise in songs from the 1920's - 1950's, and originals written in the same genre, as well as a bit of hippy era wondrousness. Comprising guitar, banjo, and autoharp with an emphasis on vocal harmonies, Swampfish play mellow, laid-back, harmonious music, as well as danceable, foot-stomping good-time roots and blues. Swampfish are Liz Hall-Downs and Kim Downs (aka Mary-Raelene Finstelmocker and Travis Pharoah when the banjo makes an appearance).

SWAMPFISH - the short version

They met in Byron Bay in 1992. She was a writer, performance poet and literature major who’d also fronted a few Melbourne punk and folk acts, he was an American expat playing around Byron and surrounds as a solo singer-songwriter and covers band leader. Six months later they shacked up together.
Performance, poetry, publishing and touring in Oz and the USA followed; he published a novel and some poetry, she several poetry collections and a creative writing thesis.
They married in 1994 by the river in Brunswick Heads; it cost $200 and the price of an ad in the Byron Shire Echo urging friends to bring food and champagne. It still rates as one of the most memorable parties of their lives.
They moved north to Brisbane in ’96, hit the poetry scene and then the folk circuit.
Twenty years married, they still think singing and playing together is the most fun a couple can have with their pants on. ‘Homeward Dove’ is their new album – they say ‘it’s not perfect but it ain’t too shabby’.
They hope you’ll buy it!


Swampfish Homeward Dove
1. Fantasy Life (K. Downs)
2. Going Nowhere Fast (K. Downs)
3. Thinking Small (K. Downs)
4. All On My Own (K. Downs)
5. Seduced (Gary Tigerman)
6. Take It As Read (K. Downs)
7. Dance Me To The End Of Love (Leonard Cohen)
8. Guilty (Randy Newman)
9. Troubled World (K. Downs)
10. Stay At Home Man (K. Downs)
11. Gypsy Love (K. Downs)
12. Your Long Journey (Arthel ‘Doc’ Watson/Rosa Lee Watson)
13. Greenbank Stomp (K. Downs)
14. Who Will Sing For Me? (John Thomas Ely)*


Kim Downs: Guitars, Banjo, Trombone, Vocals
Liz Hall-Downs: Vocals, Autoharp, Maracas
Ian Hall: Percussion
George Valenti: Double Bass, Accordion, Ukulele
Wayburn Downs: yahoos, yeehaars and glass clinks on Tk.2

*Track 14 from the vault in old-timey mono style, featuring Gary Nunn on accordion.
Recorded and produced by Kim Downs at ‘Euphoria’ way back in the day, then remastered in 2014 by Josh Ingram.
For our mothers.

Heartfelt thanks to all our friends and family who supported this project via crowdfunding. You rock!

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Josh Ingram.
Produced by Josh Ingram and Kim Downs.
Front cover photo by Kim Downs.



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