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Pencarrow

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Pencarrow contains 8 new originals, an acoustic re-working of Best Country Song finalist "Baggage" and a great version of Paul Kelly's "When I First Met Your Ma", which has long been a staple of Rob's live set. The album also features members of Rob's backing band The Small Mercies: Hamish Graham on drums and backing vocals, Alan Norman on keys, Murray Costello on bass, and guests Kim Bonnington on backing vocals and Tony Burt on Dobro.

While Rob's previous album "Black and White" was a deeply personal work that collected a group of songs written around the break up of his marriage, Pencarrow is the work of a songwriter whose life is in a much better place. 

Review for first single "Souvenir":
"The band has the goods, with layers of sound and brilliant vocals to entertain the masses. Souvenir is catchy with brilliant lyrics and a country music style. I'm looking forward to hearing the whole album in 2019."

4/5  Kerri Kingi, https://www.music.net.nz

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Black and White

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"I've always loved this sculpture. I think Max Patte has captured something of what it takes to not just live in this town, but how it is possible to face down to whatever life throws at you. Solace In The Wind is a pretty good metaphor for many of the situations explored in Black and White."

"I called it Black and White because I set out to keep the arrangements relatively minimal. Relative to my usual love of layering sounds, that is. I've always been a big fan of lots of harmony and adding textures to arrangements, but in the last couple of years I have been playing solo quite regularly and have been enjoying hearing the songs unadorned. Less can be more. Of course more can be more as well. It's just a matter of working out where to draw the line on a particular song."
Long time cohort Hamish Graham contributes drums on Lost at Sea and Kiss Goodbye Another Year, while Wayne Mason plays piano on both of those songs and Hammond organ on The Winter Bells. Harmony Vocals on this song come from Laura Collins and Andrew London, making it a bit of a Too Many Chiefs production."