'Sanctuary' is the long-awaited debut album from Magpie Diaries.
The album is released via Dashville on Friday 16th November 2019.
Debut single 'When Love Comes', typifies the laid back sound and wry poetry of writer Magpie Johnston's music.
"The monsters of the hellish day were suddenly, non-violently, given the bum's rush by a mob of brightly coloured elves whose singing and dancing and smiling was, frankly, infectious. My mind was then soothed by the far-off mating of bittersweet prairie guitars and knowing back-verandah harmonies, a saxophone soaring on the wedgetail's wing, the music propelled with carefree grace by lyrical beauty and honesty mined directly from spirits unbound. It was, as you can see, an all-time subconscious jam, detonated by one serious drink, this fluke potion with voodoo healing power.
The name for this wonder came to me in a vision... I called it Magpie Diaries."
Dashville born and bred, Magpie Diaries will release their debut album 'Sanctuary' to Australian audiences Nov 16th.
Though some of the songs are over 10 years old, the album was recorded in various locations over a three-year period. Mullumbimby, Laguna, Nashville and Maitland. The album was produced by Matt Sherrod.
This will be the first official release for Dashville as a label. We hope you enjoy the music, if so please buy the album so we can release a few more!
The album is available for purchase through the Dashville store
Stay tuned for an announce on a national album tour kicking off in January 2019.
Magpie Diaries is the authentic folk musings of singer-songwriter and Dashville founder Matt "Magpie" Johnston.
Sanctuary is a journey through the past and into the future, where one can still roam with wild exuberance, where the desire to perform is matched with the desire to escape and unravel inside the music.
Sanctuary is Magpie’s happy place.
The band title and songs centre around the unique mind of singer-songwriter and Dashville founder Matt ‘Magpie’ Johnston.
Matt committed to being a resourceful trojan hosting music festivals in his parents front yard since 2004, had somehow acquired a working pseudonym as the Magpie, due to his nature of swooping in on anything tangible that would potentially provide service to the festival site.
In the winter of 2012, after the sudden tragic passing of a close friend, Johnston began the Magpie Diaries project as a way of coming to terms with the loss. The emotional journey led him to revisit past musical escapades and written memoirs, where he pieced memories together in order to play a special solo show at his favourite pub in the world, the Junkyard.
Fast forward to July 2018, together with his wife Jessica on drums and vocals, national treasure Lyle Dennis on lead guitar, Chris Dale on bass and special guest Cassie Bofinger on tenor saxophone, the band known as Magpie Diaries are excited about the prospects of touring the east coast of Australia throughout July and August in support of this first official release.
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