Caravan Music Club, 16 January 2016
“The Occoquan River is one of the best songs of the year-Australian or International”
Brian Wise, Off The Record, Triple R FM
“Every track on The Occoquan River is carefully yet simply crafted, as if each has come to him effortlessly, organically and fully formed. The crown jewel of the album is the title track: a truly haunting, mournful piece.”
Lukas Murphy, theMusic ★★★★☆
“Surfcoast artist Gallie has delivered a brilliant release in The Occoquan River. At first, it sounds like easy to hear folk music but combine this with a killer story and you have the masterful art of Gallie and The Occoquan River.”
Tex Miller, Forte Magazine
“…this is the kind of music adored by Americana music fans’
Jeff Glorfeld, The Age/ The Sydney Morning Herald
On Saturday 16 January Gallie and his talented five- piece band perform at Caravan Music Club, reprising the recent sell-out launch of his acclaimed debut albumThe Occoquan River at Caravan’s sister venue MEMO Music Hall.
The album has received national airplay, reviews and exceptional feedback since its release in late September 2015. It was recorded and produced by Mark Stanley(Glen Hansard, Eric Bibb, The Mary Janes, Krystal Warren and Martin Simpson) at Red Room Studios in Emerald. The album features backing vocals by Melbourne songstress Liz Stringer, with Ed Bates (The Sports) on pedal steel and Joe Doyle (The Frames) playing bass and Colin Berwick (The Who and Big Country), playing piano.
He was voted by Tom Waits as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, Renee Geyer has approached him to cover his song ‘Anybody Seen’, Stephen Pigram recorded his song ‘Look Away (Walking Blues)’ and he got a standing ovation when he nailed ‘Hurricane’ before full houses at Melbourne’s Dylan tribute BOBFEST. Gallie is an exceptional singer/songwriter.
Gallie’s original songs contribute his own colour to a significantly rich canvas that echoes the influences Van Morrison and Neil Young. The character and emotion bestowed upon a generation of songwriters, at the hands of a 1970s Dublin childhood, is transcribed into song by this Irish born singer/songwriter/guitarist, who now calls Melbourne his home.
His 20-year musical career has also seen him open for an impressive line-up of international acts. These include Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, KT Tunstall, Glen Tilbrook, Squeeze, Newton Faulkner, Glen Hansard and The Frames. He has shared the stage with luminaries such as Santana, Chris Isaak and Jimmy Cliff and some of Australia’s greats Liz Stringer, Suzannah Espie, Chris Wilson and Shane Howard.
He is in demand on the festival circuit; on the bill for Nannup Music Festival in March 2016 and recently performed at Queenscliff Music Festival and Port Fairy Folk Festival. He has also played the Yackandandah and Fleurieu Folk Festivals, Moyston Music Fest, Deni Blues and Roots Festival and the Turning Wave Festival. He joined an all-star line-up in November’s ‘Forever Young – Neil Young 70th Birthday Celebration at MEMO, produced by Shane O’Mara.
Gallie is also a talented visual artist and created the album’s intricate and beautiful artwork with a humble Bic pen.
The album’s title song ‘The Occoquan River’ (pronounced Ah-koh-kwahn) tells the true story of two Irish brothers who fought for the New York 69th Infantry Regiment in the American Civil War which changed them both irreparably. North Virginia’s Occoquan River was the location of many of the war’s most significantbattles and skirmishes, including the event described in the song.
Date: Saturday 16 January 2016
Venue: Caravan Music Club, 95-97 Drummond Street, Oakleigh Victoria
Tickets: $20-$27 plus booking fee www.caravanmusic.com.au
You can see a clip of Gallie performing “The Occoquan River here: here
Official Websites: www.onepagelink.com.au and www.gallie.com.au
I was born in Dublin Ireland and left there in the late nineties.
At the time Dublin was a very poor town, this was before the
economic boom. My career officer in school showed us how to sign on to the dole and gave us a number to ring in London where we could get a job on a building site labouring, following countless thousands before us who were forced to emigrate.
Options were pretty thin on the ground. When my band split up, I felt there was nothing left for me in Ireland, so I grabbed my guitar, stuck my thumb out and hit the road. The next fifteen years were spent traveling and gigging around the planet.
I learnt to surf. For someone growing up in a cold grey city, on the wave poor east coast of Ireland, surfing was as far away from reality as you could get. To say I caught the bug would be a massive understatement. For me surfing wasn’t real, it was a bit of Hollywood, something you watched on TV, the blue skies, blue seas and white sands were just about as far away from where I grew up as one could possibly get. I was living the dream.
I travelled the world chasing waves by day, playing music in bars and clubs by night. I got into snowboarding and skiing and spent the winters in the mountains and the summers by the coast in the surf. I’ve gigged from Vancouver to Texas, Mexico to Indonesia, and in Australia and Europe. I’ve even played a show in Western Sahara, in a Bedouin tent with the dark blue raging Atlantic to my left and the endless yellow sands of the Sahara to my right.
But I stopped writing. In ten years I only wrote about twenty songs. Then one evening while visiting friends here in Australia I went to an open mic night on Chapel Street. I played one of my songs, got a standing ovation and that was it, the song writing bug was back and I’ve been writing every day since.
I’ve been in Australia four years now. I’ve recorded two unreleased EPs and two LPs. This album ‘The Occoquan River’ is my first official release. I raised $15,000 through a crowd funding campaign to make it, all monies donated by fans and friends, people that I met on my travels. I had a donation of €1500 from one guy in France who had seen me perform in France about five years ago. People’s generosity in helping me to create this album has been overwhelming.