Singer songwriter Liam Gerner and celebrated fiddler Luke Moller release a new album The Bulletin Debate - Henry Lawson vs Banjo Paterson out now.
The 'Bulletin Debate' was a public dispute in The Bulletin newspaper between two of Australia's best known writers and poets, Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson. The debate took place via a series of poems about the merits of living in the Australian bush, published in 1892.
Singer songwriter Liam Gerner has turned these poems into an album of songs with Luke Moller. Luke and Liam recorded the album on Banjo Paterson’s childhood farm ‘Illalong’ NSW under a tree on a hot afternoon by the creek with flies, cockatoos, and bemused farm dogs.
The songs was released on the same day of the year the poems were originally published in 1892.
Speaking about The Bulletin Debate project Liam says:“... I found these poems in an old book and felt they helped me think about my connection to the bush. I felt they warranted exploration so I tried singing them. It was a pleasure to record the songs under a tree on a hot summer afternoon on Banjo’s childhood farm with my mate Luke Moller. It was a very unfussy one take recording affair, just us two playing music with lots of cockatoos, flies, and farm dogs by the creek Banjo played in as a kid.”
The Bulletin Debate live national concert tour will accompany the release of the album in late 2021/22 featuring Liam Gerner, Luke Moller and special guests.
Steeped in blues and country music, Liam Gerner left the Adelaide hills to try his luck in London. The young guitar slinger quickly made a strong impression and earned a crust opening for Paul Weller, Jason Isbell, Drive by Truckers, Paolo Nutini and many more. Liam then headed to the US, joined Texan country rocker Ryan Bingham’s band and experienced frontline American roots music. Returning to Australia in 2014, Liam released his debut album ‘Land Of No Roads’, a startling collection of original songs he composed while touring with Bingham and cut with some of LA’s finest players and his follow up ‘Liam Gerner and the Sunset Pushers’ (2017).
Since then Liam has been touring relentlessly throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Now based in Melbourne, Liam has developed his songwriting, collaborated with local musicians and formed The Sunset Pushers, a band as fluid and soulful as his songs.