Midnight Oil

Midnight Oil

Subject: Rob's solo album
From: Stephan Jänsch
Date: 4/10/2014, 1:45 am
To: Powderworks

Exciting news from the Office:

Rob’s solo album will be released this coming Tuesday as a free
download, details will be posted on the Oils Facebook page.

He has had a very small run of hard back books with CD insert made up
featuring his daughter Ella’s exquisite artwork.  At this stage just 60
copies of these books will be made available for purchase from the
outlets below.   The release is not showing on these websites yet but I
thought the list would like some advance notice.



Rob Hirst is releasing his first album-length solo offering. The album
is a perfect musical accompaniment to Berlin-based artist, Gabriella
Hirst’s  gouache songbirds on silk. Both the art and the music display a
strong affection and respect for the land, sky and sea, for the wondrous
creatures which inhabit them, and for the courageous people who protect
them.  The single from the album, The Truth Walks Slowly (Preview here)
is based on the true story of a six-generation Queensland cattle farmer,
who’s forced into a fight when the beauty and solitude of his pristine
property is threatened by a gas mining company.

Hirst is joined on the recording by Rick Grossman on bass, Peter West on
cello, Rob Woolf on keys, Jack Howard on trumpet, Johnny Graffham on
steel and Jason Millhouse on guitar, to name just a few.

Rob Hirst is a musician and songwriter, a published author (Willie’s Bar
& Grill through Momentum
<http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/willies-bar-and-grill/>) and magazine
contributor. He is also one of the founding members of Australian rock
group Midnight Oil. Probably best known for his incredible performances
as the band’s drummer, Hirst has written or co-written many of The Oil’s
best loved songs – a musical legacy which has thrown the spotlight on
important issues from indigenous land rights through nuclear
disarmament, youth homelessness and asbestos related diseases.

The album is available now:  a gift to Rob’s friends, fans and family.
As Rob says:/ “I wanted to record some new songs at an unhurried pace,
at our local studio, then invite some brilliant players I know to drop
by and add their magic. My daughters Lex and Gabriella also sang along
with me on a couple of tracks – for the first time ever - and Gabriella
kindly allowed me to ‘borrow’ her beautiful painted birds for the
artwork. It all came together so well: the whole project has been joyful
from the beginning to the end.”/

Over the last 30 years, Rob has played, sung and written songs in The
Ghostwriters, Backsliders, Hirst & Greene and The Angry Tradesmen and
more recently with the instrumental surf rock outfit, The Break which
features two of his fellow members of Midnight Oil, Jim Moginie and
Martin Rotsey and Bass player Brian Ritchie of  the US group, Violent
*Limited edition hardcover CD booklets available from:*
Basement Discs*
24 Block Place, Melbourne VIC
*www.basementdiscs.com.au <http://www.basementdiscs.com.au/>*

*Rocking Horse*
245 Albert St, Brisbane Qld
*rockinghorse.net <http://rockinghorse.net/>*

*Mall Music*
Shop 430 Warringah Mall
Brookvale, Sydney NSW
*mallmusic.com.au <http://mallmusic.com.au/>*
*RRP $45