To Mahina – Reworkings of the Doomed Bird track by Kemper Norton

From Front & Follow HQ -
“‘To Mahina’ begins with the ships that formed part of the Cornish diaspora to Australia in the nineteenth century, and imagines an encounter between a Cornish emigre miner  and  a Japanese pearl fisherman who has made a similar journey. Because of dangers such as shark attacks, risk of drowning , equipment failure and the bends,  many Japanese pearlers died before working off their passage.  The Thursday Island pearling  fleet, which relied heavily on immigrant labour , was the major victim of Mahina. Most victims were never named.
Mahina features on The Doomed Bird of Providence’s Blind Mouths Eat, released in November 2013. Continuing an exploration into the darkest regions of Australian colonial history the album takes the style and content of their first long player (Will Ever Pray) into a more violent, death ridden landscape supported by a more eclectic and experimental approach to song writing, and featuring an extended line-up including Katie English aka Isnaj Dui.
To Mahina will be available to download from Monday 21st April.
Kemper Norton’s album Carn is out now on Exotic Pylon.
He returns later this year with an album for Front & Follow and a bonus album of remixes and rarities (including this EP, and many other tracks, on CD for the first time).”

The Doomed Bird say, “Thank You.”


A small message of thanks to everyone that supported The Doomed Bird of Providence in 2013. 

It was a lot of work putting the album together but in the end I think it turned out well and I am very grateful to everyone involved in making it happen.


Thanks to Justin and Helen Watson for their fantastic support in releasing and promoting the album.  Thanks to Mark Beazley, Peter Aldrich and Kevin Craig for their contributions to the album also.

Many thanks to the promoters, reviewers, DJs and music makers that helped us out in whatever way.  I won’t single people out, I’ll just say thank you to all for going out of your way to support the band. Much appreciated.

And speaking personally thanks to everyone in the band who contributed to the album and/or played live with the band.  I think the collaborations really made for some great moments on the album and for some pretty good live shows too.  So thank you Drew, Richard, Staff, Katie, Rachel, Angela and Bryan.

Lastly thank you to those that bought and enjoyed the music.  I really appreciated some of the feedback I received from those that listened to the band and shared their thoughts and reflections.

All the best in 2014.







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