David Ross Macdonald | Southern Crossing

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Southern Crossing

by David Ross Macdonald

12 Australian handcrafted guitars, a sublime instrumental journey to soothe and inspire performed by Australian artist David Ross Macdonald. Featured in 'Acoustic Guitar Magazine' .
Genre: Easy Listening: Background Music
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1. Yeskimo
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2. Boston
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3. Bedtime
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4. The Pearl
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5. Old Mac's Tractor
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6. Waltz For Kim
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7. Tri Continental
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8. There For Me
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9. Bela Flak!
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10. Waiting For Claire
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11. The Hammer
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12. O'Carolin's Last Pint
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Album Notes
Listen up you lovers of finger style steel string guitar! Imagine traveling about Australia visiting 12 favourite luthiers and recording, on guitars they have built, twelve of your original tunes for an album.

The results would be stunning if you could play and write like David Ross Macdonald.

Southern Crossing is an accomplished acoustic album for those who love guitar, and I would imagine for those who build guitars. The pieces are for the most part contemplative, the sort of music guitarists manage late in a successful lone session when they're in a groove and smiling inwardly, broadly.

David Ross Macdonald, who amazingly doubles as The Waif's drummer, demonstrates a light touch and a sure feel for the dynamics of guitar playing. Open tunings on the guitar lend themselves to the types of sweet melodies Macdonald creates and of course he's playing some damn fine guitars.

David Churchill, Rad, Gerard Gilet, Greg Beeton, Tim Wright, Scott Wise, David Worthy, Jack Spira, Dan Dubowski, John McGrath, Bryan DeGruchy, and Jim Redgate are the luthiers celebrated. All of the guitars are wooden bodied steel strings except for Greg Beeton's brass-bodied resonator (which is owned by Jeff Lang).

It's tempting to try to compare the guitars on the album but that would only be possible I suppose if Macdonald played the same tune on each - which would be awfully boring for most listeners, so we'll just have to say that they all sound terrific.

And how things have changed in the recording department. Macdonald carried with him a couple of mikes, a laptop computer and some nifty software. He didn't even have to bring a guitar. (David chooses to use a Churchill guitar, as does Jeff Lang.) He recorded the album in various friendly lounge rooms, kitchens and workshops, often in the presence of the maker of the guitar.

Bliss for everyone.

- Steve Baker
ABC Radio National
Wednesday, 17 December  2003

Country of Origin: Australia
Music Genre: Chamber/Instrumental
We rate it: 4/5 stars


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Cayt S

Takes you on a fine journey
Each track seems to take the listener on another road of discovery. Very inspiring.
A delight to add to the growing emerging Australian musicians making an impact.

PPP

Any mood you have just gets better
Was immediately hooked when I heard the music on the website and it gets even better when hearing it many times. And whatever mood I'm in, this music just makes my day better. Thank you David Ross Macdonald!

Berf

An inspiration
I bought this album on a whim having heard a few sound bites that I liked and being very interested in Australian luthiers. I was absolutely blown away by the quality of the recordings... wonderful, varied arrangements played with great touch and tone. I now constantly return to this album and it always lightens the mood when played. If anything, our toddler even loves listening to the "guitar music" more than me! If you're into solo acoustic steel-string guitar, this album is highly recommended. As an added advantage to get to hear the guitars of a range of Australian luthiers and read a little about their work in the fold-out. Maybe, like me, it will encourage you to order your very own custom build. Thanks David for a wonderful vibe... now eagerly awaiting the arrival of your other 2 albums...