TIM Guy is one of Australia’s best-travelled musicians and he’ll be at The Front Gallery & Cafe in Canberra on Saturday launching the release of his new album “Dreaming of a Night Mango”.
This will be Guy’s fourth fourth album release, but oddly enough, the first in Australia. Signed to Bic Runga’s label in NZ, he is now returning home to Australia to establish his music, following some great success across the ditch.
Inspiration for “Dreaming of a Night Mango” came when Guy spent time at a friend’s house in northern NSW, enjoying balmy nights on the balcony by the Tweed River listening to records.
Back in Melbourne, he recorded from his home studio, looking out over the old Pentridge Prison wall, a very different environment. “We lived there for one year with the sole purpose to make an album,” he says, “the wall is a massive, imposing figure and definitely provided a backdrop for the album. During the days, birds would dip down inside the walls, and in the night the moon would loom large shooting its light through the old watchtowers.”
Moving around was a trend in Guy’s formative years, from the east coast of Australia, out to west Queensland and up to PNG and back, setting the tone for the drifting lifestyle of a future troubadour.
As a boy he was obsessed with Chuck Berry, the Beatles, AC/DC and Jimmy Barnes, but on moving to the Gold Coast he delved into the art of song writing, recording an EP, “Habits of Highly Effective People”, in 2000 with his then-band The Burrows.
After living in Melbourne for a time, in 2002 he signed to the label of popular NZ songwriter, Bic Runga, after a chance meeting at her sound check in Melbourne. Recording in bursts across a year in Melbourne, Auckland and Christchurch, Guy eventually turned in “Blazey”, a debut album of pop. In 2004 he joined Runga on a 25-date tour of NZ.
In 2008, Guy travelled to Spain where he spent five months gathering songs for the nucleus of “Big World” that was released in NZ in 2010 and which led to a European tour.
“Dreaming of a Night Mango” marks the end of a long journey for Guy.
Tim Guy, at The Front Gallery & Cafe in Lyneham on Saturday, April 13, tickets at door.