Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Sounds of History as Told by Eastern Brown

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Sounds of History as Told by Eastern Brown

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Byline: Lesley Apps

THE Clarence Valley's rich and varied history is inspiring stuff, the stories and legend behind the myriad tales, some well known, others buried deep in the memories of old timers and archival vaults, are just ripe for the taking.

This is kind of what Eastern Brown is about.

The solo recording project of Grafton musician Glen McClymont, who you may recognise as one-seventh of the funk groove outfit The Ninth Chapter, Eastern Brown is a foremost story-teller applying his well honed musical trade, and that of his friends and collaborators, to his original compositions, the foundations of which lie in folk and country.

"I love local history, history full stop really. Right across the board, painting a picture and creating atmosphere by choosing instruments that tell that story. But it's also a collaborative project. I might initially think violin but end up using cello at someone else's suggestion."

McClymont has been tinkering away with Eastern Brown since early 2015, a reasonably slow process due to the time spent generating the funding streams required to keep it kicking along in the background, namely his day job.

"It takes the pressure off the art form but some days I do get home and the last thing I feel like doing is picking up the guitar."

Thankfully that's not too often as the musical fruits of his labour are starting to garner interest beyond his own backyard, his debut release One Ten slipping seamlessly onto a national listening platform despite his initial feedback that it was not radio-friendly.

"I recorded the demo to what I thought sounded right. It was complete but I had to push myself to put it out there and let it go. I do want people to hear it, so it went to few spaces like Facebook and to personal contacts and figured it would find where it needs to be."

Where that space is at the moment is national radio thanks to Triple J's Roots and All program. And while McClymont says he's not sure how it ended up on there he was "surprised" to receive consecutive plays due to the amount of music out there. …

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