A story about Dave Graneys 22 year collaboration with Tony Mahony who has done all the imagery and artwork for every album since "lure of teh tropics" in 1992, as well as video and photographs.

Story in AUSTRALIAN MUSICIAN MAGAZINE JUNE 2014

Story by Dave Graney in the MELBOURNE REVIEW

TRACK By TRACK in MESS AND NOISE

An interview from Rhythms Magazine by Chris Hollow.

An interview for TIM magazine.

Patrick Emery interview for the Sydney Morning Herald

Reviews collected at Dave Graneys Blog

Further reviews and images collected at the Blog

BEST REVIEW EVER from art critic and academic Chris McCauliffe

Audio interview with Bethany Atkison-Quinton at Syn FM

Interview withWelsh based literary magazine "QUESTING BEAST- SCRAWL"

Interview in a NZ magazine August 2014

Dave Graney and Clare Moore undertook a short tour of New Zealand recently. Whilst there, they did an interview and live session with Emma Smith at Radio NZ.
http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nat-music/audio/20147781/dave-graney-session

September 30th was Dave Graney Day on Basic FM. Broadcasting nothing but Dave Graney music for twenty four hours!

 

 


 

 


The Courier-Mail, Edition Canvas
SAT 31 MAY 2014,

By: Noel Mengel

DAVE GRANEY FEARFUL WIGGINGS (Fuse) *****If I've learnt anything in my years of writing about music it's that if you are going to do anything of worth in this tough game, you better have your own thing. Today's generic is easily replaced by tomorrow's. And yet you need to be flexible, to follow wherever the songs demand. In the case of this, only the second credited as a solo album among 30 or so Graney releases, it's a curious yet welcoming lane he walks you down, with acoustic guitars, not much percussion, vibes, smooth sounds. At the end of it you feel like you've awoken from a strange yet pleasant summer's dream. As shot by Luis Bunuel. It ranges from off-kilter reveries (A Woman Skinnies Up a Man, The Old Docklands Wheel) through to the softly seductive (How Can You Get Out of London) and the downright arch (Look Into My Shades, Everything Is Great In The Beginning.) This is music that is neither folk, nor blues, nor country, but it's all Graney, somewhere out to the left field beyond Lee Hazlewood's raised eyebrow. It's astringent on the tongue but sweetens in the telling.


The latest installment from iconic Melbourne musician (and Triple R broadcaster!) Dave Graney is as compelling and unique as ever. On this record we hear the distinctive vocals and poetically concise lyricism Dave is known for presented in new and ever more expressive sonic form. Throughout the course of the album Dave Graney and partner Clare Moore explore everything from sparse folk, jazz, to adventurous art pop, all with a richly textured ambience.
simon winkler RRRfm

- Fearful Wiggings is the latest addition to the extensive back catalogue that is Dave Graney’s. Ever the contrarian, this mainly acoustic effort follows on from the seriously rocking album that was Dave Graney and the MistLY’s You’ve Been In My Mind, and from the first notes, one can’t help but reflect on just how self-determined Dave is. From his work in The Moodists, with The Coral Snakes and the MistLY, and with roughly two dozen albums under his belt, Dave has never been beholden to trends, never one to accept mediocrity and has always searched for his own voice. This has been happening over five decades. Dave hasn’t gone away, he’s kept coming up with the goods.
It all begins with the glorious A Woman Skinnies a Man Up, a song for the aspirational romancer inside all of us, desperate to find that special one. One doesn’t need to consult the non-verbal dictionary here, Dave has laid it all out for us. How Can You Get Out of London is possibly a meditation on years gone by, a stint living in the English capital and subsequent abrupt ending. Country Roads, Unwinding details a love of long-distance driving. It also makes an important point, Dave is no farmer. What Dave is however, is a great documenter, and never dull. His songwriting subjects cover any matter of curiosities, something which is strongly stamped on this album.
The title track Fearful Wiggings though, deserves its own review. A dedication to his musical partner of many years, Clare Moore, it’s a courageous song in that it’s deeply personal. It speaks of the union that has defined a lifetime of music. It feels like you’re watching an old European film, it’s both touching and at times hilarious. The line “Now’s not the time for tears / Don’t know when that is” simply floors, whilst the image of Dave riding a scooter off the train into city traffic is laugh out loud funny. And well, “all this emotional stuff,” people do lap it up!
Technically speaking, Dave’s vocals and guitar playing really come to the fore on this album. The vocals were recorded by Lisa Gerrard (of Dead Can Dance) at her rural Victorian property and one could argue Dave’s voice has never sounded better. Nick Harper, son of folk legend Roy, supplies some stellar guitar parts. Clare Moore provides her backing vocals and percussion to many of the songs with great effect.
All in all, it continues the musical journey of Dave Graney. For all of those already familiar with the story, they will find a new love with this album. It may take a few listens, but arguably all the best albums do
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- Ian Powne.TripleZed fm Brisbane

 


Here is a page with the story of FEARFUL WIGGINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The thing to note is the billing. No ‘&’. This is Lord Graney alone, other than consort Clare Moore on various percussiony things, and occasional guitar embroideries from Nick Harper – son of the near-legendary Roy. The songs’ subject matter is his usual observer’s musings on the human condition and worldview, but presented here as quieter conversations – sometimes in a highway servo café (Country Roads, Unwinding) or, as in The Old Docklands Wheel, perhaps a ‘60s coffee house beat poet overheard down the hall.
Ross Clelland Drum
Some physicists believe that what we assume to be the world around us is actually a holographic projection. If that's so, where does Dave Graney's reality fit? On Fearful Wiggings Graney is in soft and crooning jazz-lounge mode, casting his idiosyncratic gaze to London, Australian rural culture and his own existentialist personality (I'm the Stranger in Town). On the album's title track Graney pays romantic tribute to his wife and long-term musical partner Clare Moore; on Everything Is Perfect In Its Beginning he celebrates the purity of original thought. Maybe Dave Graney exists only in his own realm and all we can see is his projection.
PATRICK EMERY the Shortlist

 

Dave Graney explains things this way: “[t]he title comes from a 1920s book of French stories. I came across a new word and looked it up in the glossary and the meaning was put as ‘fearful wiggings’. I took it to mean ‘great anxiety’.”

Thankfully, with the exception of Everything Is Perfect In It’s Beginning [sic], there is nothing anxiety-provoking about the album. Rather, his latest, stylish collection of musings is mostly soothing.

It’s unmistakably Graney. The album is carefully crafted and a beautiful, languorous listen. In a time where 30-minute albums are de rigueur, the longer play is refreshing.

The songs are united by a dream-like lethargy. We are kicked out of the idyll only temporarily in Everything Is Perfect In It’s Beginning. It’s discordant – purposefully so and makes for unsettling listening. Otherwise, nothing’s urgent here. Sometime’s Graney’s barely singing and the album is sparsely arranged.

It’s worth noting that he is joined on I Know You Can’t See Me by Lisa Gerrard, but you wouldn’t know it. She can sing the shit out of anything, but her vocals are confined to background ambience. It’s a sad song, with lines like, “I know you can’t see me, since I quit drinking.”

Mostly though, the lyrics are surreal. Who the hell knows what’s going on? It doesn’t matter. It’s always been hard to know whether Graney is taking the piss. This album is no different. He’s smarter than the rest of us, but again, it doesn’t matter. Just listen…


BY MEG CRAWFORD -Beat

Press for You've been in my mind 2012

Press for Rock'n'roll is where I hide 2011

Press for SUPERMODIFIED 2010

Press for Knock Yourself Out 2009

 

lyrics for FEARFUL WIGGINGS

 

 

 

 
notices 4 Keepin it unreal
press for we wuz curious

notices 4 Hashish and Liquor

notices 4 the brother who lived

 

a short bio of Clare and David