The Burning Bridges have announced the launch of their CD Close To Home set for 9:00pm on Friday 8th April at The Lomond Hotel, Brunswick Melbourne.
The band will also feature a stellar line up with Justin Vilchez on mandolin and guitar and Kat Mear on fiddle and Andrew Forrer in double bass. The Burning Bridges includes Fran Martin on guitar, Tom Somerville on guitar and mandolin as Peter Somerville on banjo.
Kat Mear is well known in Victorian music circles and most festivals for her fiddle playing. She is a classically trained violinist but lets rip through her old time fiddle playing. In another facet of her musical career she plays in Cash Savage and the Last Drinks’ which is a full on rock band. She also plays Cajun fiddle with Craig Woodward.
Not so well know in Victorian music circles is 2 year old Justin Vilchez. He spends the warmer months living in Canada and working on a musician visa, then back to Australia when the Victorian winters are not so savage.
The new album features 14 tracks, many of which are old-timey in feel and presentation, with Fran Martin singing much of the lead vocal along with partner Pete Somerville. The majority of songs/tunes presented are written by Fran, Peter and Tom. In fact the album features nine of the fourteen songs written by members of the band. Other tracks come from the more traditional stable, such as Cindy, Trouble in Mind. Then, there is Merle Travis’ Dark as a Dungeon and A Satisfied Mind from the pen of Joe (Red) Hayes and Jack Rhodes to add to the mix.