This sophisticated and brilliant
debut album dissects and absorbs an intriguing variety of musical influences
and coupled with a spirit of place - Tropical
Australia - translates into a fresh new sound that is charming
music lovers all over the world.
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Barron Delta Blue was one of 1999's best Australian releases.
Mike Daly, The Age, Melbourne
Barron Delta Blue is a gorgeous collection of 11 great
songs. For sure theres blues but also hefty doses of jazz, country
and folk. His lyrics are strongly evocative and the resultant gumbo
is richly textured and enormously satisfying.
Helen Farley, Rave Magazine, Brisbane
Its a real tour de force of the songwriting and
musical talent of Andy Collins. I could go on describing the songs and
enthusing about the musicianship, but really, you should listen to the
Ridwan Sedgewick, BarFly, Cairns
Barron Delta Blue is one of those refreshing albums you
discover by accident,play incessantly and thank continually for restoring
your faith in the existence of musical diversity.
Arkin, Tsunami Magazine, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Collins has a voice as smooth as an ocean breeze.
Fred Kraus, minor 7th.com USA
Andy is a good story teller.
Justin Raymond, Centralian Advocate, Alice Springs
Collins album is one of the finest produced here in Cairns.
Tony Hillier, BarFly, Cairns
You are the first recording artist I know of to really
capture the spirit of Queensland in your music.
Gavin Miller, Brisbane
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On a trip around Australia some years
ago l kept noticing these road signs saying BEWARE VEHICLES UP TO 50
METRES LONG.(Roadtrains are huge trucks pulling 3 trailers) One day
l just started singing " Im going to ride a train from Bamaga
Aust. Songwriters Assoc. Folk Song of the
l have had a shack up on the Pascoe for many
years and l have lived every line of this song from sitting in
a tinnie at the mouth of the river to sitting with the songmen
Wolfie and Joe Blow Pascoe of the Ku ku Yau tribe ( pronounced
cookie ow ) who are the traditional owners of the land where lve
got my shack. The Pascoe River is about 800 klms north of Cairns on
the east coast not far from the very tip of Cape York Peninsula.
The flood plains of the Gulf of Carpentaria
were always going to be a tough call when it came to white settlement
and this is a reminder of the hardy pioneers who went out there and
gave it a go. Mostly they lost their battle with the land and the crows
picked their bones.
Back in the old days when the cane was burnt
before it was cut there was nothing quite as spectacular as a drive
down the Freshwater Valley on a cool winters night when the cane season
was in full swing and the sky was ablaze. And the pub in Stratford used
IN THE TREES
Youve probably heard about people up
north going troppo during the wet season. It really does happen. This
song is about the dark side of paradise and refers to local crazies,
a crocodile attack in the Daintree River, suicide at Cape Tribulation
and the dangers in the streets of Cairns late at night.
About a swagman ( hobo ) l used to see around
Cairns back in the 80s. Stuart Creek is the prison down in Townsville
about 350 klms south.
7.I FOUND LOVE
I fell in love with Cairns and l fell in love
with a beautiful woman.
My arrangement of this song has always been
a crowd pleaser. Its the only non original on the album.
My first love played me for a fool and l had
just broken up with her when l got a letter from a friend telling me
why not come up to Cairns. So l did and never looked back.
10.ROUND THE BEND
A mate insisted that the broken nose
song be included on this album.
I wrote this one in India. A homeless young
Indian lad of about 10 sort of adopted me one day on a long train trip
and insisted on carrying my guitar. It was tough saying goodbye when
l reached my stop at the end of the day and as the bus pulled out of
Trivandrum bound for Kovalum Beach the words started tumbling round
The Barron Delta
In Australia you can also order this album at all good
record stores through
Only Blues Music Distribution.