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Tiffany Eckhardt New Release Starry Stuff 2023
In March 2022, we recorded Starry Stuff. It was recorded live over 2 days by musician/ technician Jed Pickett, at the Rolling on the River Studio in the Huon Valley, Tasmania. The band on the album consists of some of Tassie’s finest including… Dave Steel (guitars), Ross Smithard (violin and mandolin), Matt Boden (piano), Louis Gill (bass) and Jeremy Marcotte (drums).
“The weekend of the sessions was magic, there was a lot of nervous energy in the air because we had so little time to get all the tracks done. The studio is an old apple shed perched over the Huon River so the views out every window are amazing. I’m sure this inspired us somehow…. nature does that…Jed was great at getting us all settled… the first song was Cold Country, it took ages, I think because I just needed to relax… after that they all went down pretty easily….it was just a wonderful weekend of musical collaboration with a bunch of highly skilled and big-hearted people. We ate lunch out on the deck and Jeremy enjoyed a spot of fishing and paddle-boarding in the breaks which was entertaining. It was an intense weekend, but we all left with the feeling that we had just been a part of something really special. Everyone’s contributions were incredible and there was a lot of love floating around, love for doing this thing that is at the core of us all There’s nothing like recording live like this…. It’s so organic you get the spirit of it somehow…and something magic happens…
Dave Steel mixed the album in our home studio. He did the most amazing job, we were hoping to capture that old fashioned sound of some of our favourite albums, I think the mixes are truly great… the mastering guys Tony Mantz (and John Clayton) were also really helpful giving us some feedback about levels and frequencies that needed to be tweaked. This is gold when you’re working in a slightly dodgy home studio situation where you’re not sure what you’re hearing… so yeah…. A whole lot of love and joy went into this album… and I think it comes through….
I'm so happy to send this little bird out into the airwaves. I feel thoroughly honoured to have worked with such wonderful people on this project, they are each one of them masterful musicians and technicians and every note and careful tweak is deeply appreciated. This was truly a team effort.
I am looking forward to singing these songs out in the world and hope to see you all out on the road very soon.
Award winning songwriter Tiffany Eckhardt has written and recorded 11 independent releases and has been adopted by the Australian festival circuit as a firm favourite. Her folk/roots music is inspired by nature and the human spirit and has received rave reviews and airplay across the country. Now based in Tasmania, Tiffany is currently studying a Masters of Music Therapy at Melbourne University . She also facilitates community music projects and directs 'The Little Boat Choir' Franklin.
In March 2022, Tiffany Eckhardt recorded her most recent release. Starry Stuff was recorded live over 2 days by musician, technician Jed Pickett at the Rolling on the River Studio in the Huon Valley, Tasmania. The band consists of some of the finest Tasmanian musicians including Dave Steel (guitars), Ross Smithard (violin, mandolin), Louis Gill ( bass), Jeremy Marcotte (drums) and Matt Boden (piano).
The songs pick up on themes of motherhood, change and stargazing... she describes it as ..."an album about life changes and how to cope with them"...With a sound inspired by albums such as Neil Young's Comes a Time and Lucinda Williams' Wrecking Ball, it is 11 heart-melting gems reflecting influences of folk, jazz and blues.
Tiffany's album Found, is a collection of songs she has written since moving to Tasmania in 2014. Musicians on the album include; co-producer of Found, renown guitarist and songwriter Dave Steel, fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, Ross Smithard, Fellow Songwriter, and piano player Anne Toner and bass players, Graeme Beer and Sandy Brady. The band has recently returned from touring Victoria and appearing at a string of festival appearances including;
The National Folk Festival, Canberra 2019
The Port Fairy Folk Festival, 2019
Wintermoon Festival 2019 QLD.
Cygnet Folk Festival Tas 2019
Tamar Valley Folk Festival 2019 Tas.
Here are some words about 'Found', 2018
'…5 years ago, we moved to Southern Tasmania and now live in the Huon Valley on a small farm. It is a very beautiful part of the world and I can now say I feel very blessed to live here, though for the first couple of years, I was very homesick. The songs on this album have been written over the past 2 years and are about this journey of change, some sadness, but a lot of joy too, a reflection and celebration of finding ourselves and our feet in this new land. My songs are greatly influenced by my love of the natural environment, my interest in the human spirit, my family and also my furry and feathered animal friends (of which we have many!) . Events in the wider world have crept into this album too… The band on this album includes my husband, guitarist -Dave Steel, multi-instrumentalist, Ross Smithard, and fellow songwriter and piano player, Anne Toner. It has been such a pleasure working with these guys and we can’t wait to get out there and do some shows together...'