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1037 page views in 30 days.

Feels like it’s going to snow tonight. Thanks to everyone who stopped by, it’s a great beginning.

Sweet Company

Well here’s an absolute corker and one for the record books. Gaz and I heard this tonight for the first time in 25 years and we had shivers up our collective spines from start to finish. Kept playing it over and over and over. Wish we were back on that stage. Happy listening to all of you who remember……Gordon.

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Night Time

Have been away for a while busy with other things, time to update some stuff.

Here is another unearthed from Craig (Slim). Recorded on portable cassette (oh for the days of grunge technology) at lower Rankin st, Bathurst in the mid ’80’s. Out of a ‘Book for Boys’. Armed with only two guitars, primitive recording device  and good ol’ doc R.

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No One Knows

Here’s an unearthed gem from Craig. This was one of my favourites from the latter days of the band. I believe this is a rehersal take, (working out guitar bits and getting the drive right). Recorded on the fly, ’84 at lower Rankin St. Hope you enjoy.

Also added to; Splinters | A Book for Boys

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No hiding place for a good comment.

To good to be left hiding on the ‘About’ page so I’m throwing this comment of Gordon’s up front. As Gordon says we’ve spent some time going through the 100+ tapes we have between us and found a goldmine of un-recorded, un-finished, un-plugged songs, many that I had forgotten, and that’s bad, because I wrote many of the ghosts we found on our most recent run.

So this is what Gordon had to say…

“You know, this started off as a fleeting notion to somehow mark the phenomenon of our time writing and playing music together under a number of names: the Arc, Hardwood Falls, A Book for Boys, then under various combinations of two of us, and then individually with others.
It has always surprised me how often people will approach me to ask after the band, after all this time. We thought it might be nice to direct people to a website when they asked after us.

Well that fleeting notion has far outstripped my expectations! It’s worth noting that none of us would’ve believed how much recorded material we actually have, ranging from rough cuts & home demos to polished studio quality. I expected to find maybe 4 or 5 songs but we have spent hours and hours so far going through analogue tapes and we’ve barely scratched the surface!

Little by little our technical wizards will clean these up and post them on the site for you to enjoy as we have.

Meanwhile, we’d love to hear from any of you out there who have photos, newspaper cuttings, old posters, videos or recordings from the 1980s that might help to build this site.

And yes, Slim, Gary and I are inspired by all this activity! Stay tuned….Gordon”

So here’s one we found. I wrote it in the late ’70’s and Gordon added a verse or two after he first heard it and it was eventually recorded some years later.

Can’t you get enough.

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Arranged by Gordon (and what a gem of an arrangement)

Look around for some of Gordon’s other comments

In a child’s eyes

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Splinters | Gary and Gordon | In a childs eyes

Recorded to tape in Gordon’s loungeroom some 14 years ago. The little voice who times us in is now 17 years old.

This is the song in it’s original form before being re-written and recorded with Michael Macken of Studio 301 at the helm in ’97.

Stronger than the sun

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Splinters | Jam sessions | Stronger than the sun

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Recorded on tape during an afternoon jam session somewhere between 05-06 at Ryde with KIm Stubbs, Micheal Slattery and Gordon on killer harmonies.

This love is

Spent some time going through old tapes today and came across this one of Gordon and I working through a song that had just been written by yours truely some 10-15 years ago. We were at Gordon’s place then and had a couple of run throughs, Gordon plugged in some extra verses and lo and behold our first co-written song. Recorded on the fly, a jam session that worked out well.

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Abnormal activity?

443 page views in 13 days.

A good friend of ours was blocked from visiting ‘Hardwood Falls’ at his workplace today due to the site being categorised as a security risk, 🙂 apparently because of the level of “abnormally high activity for a new site”.

Thank you all for bringing ‘hardwood falls in time and space’ from complete obscurity to the top of the 14,700,000 search results for “Hardwood Falls” on Google.

A little more……

In amongst the closing of the day we found these, memories from everywhere.

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