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Estuary

by Minus Circus

Australian based Irish singer-songwriter - with strong melodies, and lush production including violin, cello, and piano. Hints of alt-country tinged with folk-pop.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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2. Guarantee
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4. The Gem
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
First of all, thank you for taking the time to come here and find out more about my music.

The journey in making this album has been an epic one. I started writing and demoing this album in late 2008, and began recording in late 2009. It's been a massive roller-coaster of a ride getting to this very point. It most certainly would not have been possible without a few key people in my life that I would like to thank. Here goes -

Thanks
Vicki (for being all four pillars) and being the voice of reason at every corner
Brendan O'Brien/Melvin Tree for being a true friend/producer and one of the main reasons this album managed to get completed. You're a diamond.

To my entire family Pauline, Raymond, Niall, Louise, Roisin, and to my extended family Noel Taylor and Frank Kearns for all their words of wisdom and guidance.

All my friends and supporters for coming out to shows, buying CD's and helping support me along the way. Thank you so much for paving the road on my journey.

Special Thanks:
Donna Schultz Pratt, Lesley Shannon, Barbara Brabow, Theodora Strano, Damian Ennis, Helena Kardahji, Katrina Irene Pruitt, Larry Canavan, Kendon Martin, Alaister Pitt & Petraea Costello, Mark Leonard, Aodhan Fynes, Gavin O'Leary, Epiphani Soileau, Kevin Synott, Colum O'Gorman, Steve Ryan, Cliff Morin, Chris Lytlle, Jack Knight, Annette Thompson, Catherine Murnane, Anthony Furey, Stephen Branigan, Max Greenwood, Brian Lynch, Rob Maguire, Niamh Hughes, Dan Conway, Tenielle Neda, Ray Heffernan, Leroy Lee, Erin Alden, Cheche Alara, Rafa Sardina, Claris Sayadian-Dodge, Chris Vallejo at Linear Studios Sydney, Jan Bangma, Jess Randall, Damien O'Dell, Jenny Burns, Geoff Woods, Johnny Boyle (for the teas and cakes), Aonghus Ralston, Gavin Ralston, Scott Maher, Anthony McKeon and all at Bondi FM, Shawn Fitzmaurice from PWRadio, Natalie Herman, Peter Nagle at 2uiBestow, Roddie Cleere, Stephen Lawler from Feedbackmusic.com.au, Amanda O'Neil, Jim Lawless and The Coronas, Barry Heavey from D3 Promotions, Annette Paradies, Ray Mac Geabhann, Sophie Hirst, Neralyn Jordan & Cole Porter, Oliver Berger, Monika Lackmann, Myspace Australia/NZ, Roddie Cleere, Natalie Herman, Oliver Berger, Javi Beltran and Sergio, Shay Cotter (The Original Circusman), Danny Monaghan, Gavin Glass, The Butcher, Kevin Synott, Linda Sharkey, Mike Cooke, Jack Carty, Mark Bulgin, Sophie Hirst, Tanya Batt, Cormac Curran, David Sweeney, John Kilby, Helen & Ash, Luke Schreur, Bruce Collier, Rebecca Adams, Niall Rooney, Will Rees & Joe Kelpie at Electroacoustic Club London, Stephen & all at BalconyTV, Keiron Black, Philip Taafe, John Dunne, Joanne Scullion, Linda Aloir, Nathan Powell, Matthew Tibbles, Paul Bates, Katie Forrest at The Syllabus Agency London,

All tracks were pre-produced in Wicklow, Ireland and re-recorded and produced in Linear Recording, Sydney, Australia from November 2009 to November 2010.

Produced by Melvin Tree
Mixed by Melvin Tree at The Treehouse, Perth, Australia
Assistant Mix Engineer - Brody Green
Mastered by Kathy Naunton DB Mastering Sydney, Australia

Album Artwork and Design: Marco Eychenne
Cover Photo: Simon Grimmett

Credits:
HOME
Acoustic Guitar & Vox - Minus Circus
Drums - Johnny Boyle
Bass - Melvin Tree
Electric Guitar - Dan Conway
Electric Guitar - Melvin Tree
Piano/Synth - Melvin Tree
Backing Vox - Melvin Tree

GUARANTEE
Acoustic Guitar & Vox - Minus Circus
Drums - Johnny Boyle
Bass - Aonghus Raltson
Electric Guitar - Gavin Ralston
Mellatron - Melvin Tree
Hammond Organ - Melvin Tree

WHERE IS THE LOVE?
Acoustic Guitar & Vox - Minus Circus
Drums - Johnny Boyle
Bass - Aonghus Ralston
Electric Guitar - Dan Conway
Keys - Geoff Woods
Backing Vocals - Keely O'Brien and Lisa Hill

THE GEM
Vox - Minus Circus
Acoustic 12 String - Melvin Tree
Drums - Josh Schuberth
Double Bass - Jan Bangma
Electric Guitar - Dan Conway
Hammond Organ - Melvin Tree
Piano - Melvin Tree

COME ALIVE
Vox - Minus Circus
Drums - Johnny Boyle
Bass - Aonghus Raltson
Electric Guitar - Dan Conway
Keys - Geoff Woods
Hammond Organ - Melvin Tree

FOOLPROOF
Acoustic Guitar & Vox - Minus Circus
Drums - Johnny Boyle
Bass - Aonghus Ralston
Electric Guitar - Dan Conway
Violin - Jenny Burns
Keys - Melvin Tree
Piano - Geoff Woods

THE TRUTH (FOR THE 96)
Acoustic Guitar & Vox - Minus Circus
Drums - Josh Schuberth
Double Bass - Jan Bangma
Electric Guitar - Dan Conway
Piano - Melvin Tree
Violin - Jess Randall
Backing Vox - Melvin Tree

NUMBERS
Acoustic Guitar & Vox - Minus Circus
Drums - Johnny Boyle
Bass - Aonghus Raltson
Electric Guitar - Gavin Ralston
Violin - Jenny Burns
Piano - Melvin Tree

OUTSIDE
Acoustic Guitar & Vox - Minus Circus
Drums - Johnny Boyle
Bass - Aonghus Ralston
Electric Guitar - Dan Conway
Piano - Geoff Woods
Hammond Organ - Geoff Woods

LEAVE A LIGHT
Acoustic Guitar & Vox - Minus Circus
Drums - Johnny Boyle
Bass - Aonghus Ralston
Pedal Steel - Damien O'Dell
Electric Guitar - Dan Conway
Fender Rhodes - Geoff Woods

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SOME NICE PRESS REVIEWS
“Minus Circus produces the kind of music that should be played on all radio stations….by law!”
Roddie Cleere (Irelands John Peel) – WLRFM

“Hands down one of the finest acoustic releases 2008. It’s not a question of if, but when international stardom beckons for Minus Circus.”
MySpace Music

“Working with him is quite exhilarating. He’s a prolific singer/songwriter. “
Rafa Sardina (11-time Grammy winner & Producer/Mixer/Engineer)

“..flawless and exceptionally talented performer”
Rick Grossman (Bassist from Hoodoo Gurus, Divinyls)

“Ireland native singer-songwriter, Gerry Scullion, aka Minus Circus, enlisted 11-time Grammy winner mixer-engineer Rafa Sardina (Stevie Wonder, Luis Miguel, Macy Gray) and co-producer Cheche Alara (Christina Aguilera, Pink) for his new EP ‘Hide & Seek’. The result is a too-short taste of impressive, soaring pop songs not heard much since Oasis last hit the charts. Thankfully Scullion leaves the Gallagher brothers pretention back in the U.K., delivering instead a set of ear friendly radio fare.”
7/10
MUSIC CONNECTION (US) Online and Print

“Minus Circus is the nom de guerre of LA domiciled Irishman Gerry Scullion who trades in impeccably produced pop rock that manages to find a perfect middle ground between the electric and the acoustic.On this EP, the effortless swing of the opening track ‘Good Soul/ Bad Soul’ the gentle beauty of ‘Hide & Seek’, the addictive hook of ‘Revolve’ and the more introspective mood of ‘Hold on Tightly’ make for four different but equally enjoyable tracks.”
HOT PRESS (Ireland)

“It is altogether an engrossing EP well worth the attention of those who appreciate the merits of accessible indie-rock with a lyrical edge.”
FREQUENCY IRELAND (Ireland)

“..if you can’t decide between the vibrant band and singer-songwriter scenes in Dublin, look no further than Minus Circus, whose acoustic brand of rock perfectly blur the line between the two…”
EVENING HERALD (Ireland)

“Minus Circus? The name conjures images of a big top filled with a capacity crowd of clowns, strong men and bearded ladies with the ring inhabited by trained elephants mounted by candyfloss-brandishing children while 20 middle aged tradesmen and housewives appear from inside an impossibly small car.
Minus Circus, from a musical standpoint at least, sounds nothing like that slightly unsettling image. Gerry Scullion, the man behind the bizarre name is a 27 year old Dubliner with big ambitions. Those ambitions are plainly evident in his production team, namely Rafa Sardina and Cheche Alara who have lent their skills to acts a big as Stevie Wonder, Macy Gray, and Christina Aguilera. That makes him kind of a big deal.
His sound nestles comfortably between electric indie rocker and acoustic balladeer. From the thumping audacity of ‘Good Soul/Bad Soul’, to the moving sentimentality of ‘Hide & Seek’, he manages to balance the two styles without coming off like a one-legged tight rope walker.
This is an impressive debut and any one of the four tracks could be chart material. Roll up, roll up, there’s a circus in town.”
THE LANDLORD
BALCONY TV (Global)


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