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Trad & Now reviews “We Made the Steel”

We’re delighted with the reviewTrad & Now - June 2014 in the June 2014 edition of Trad & Now of We Made the Steel. Thanks Graham!

A few new reviews of “We Made the Steel”

We’ve recently received a few reviews from the British Isles of our latest CD, “We Made the Steel“. We’re chuffed…


“Not only are the singing and playing on this disc uniformly excellent and highly characterful, but the actual presentation of this release is also exemplary…. A benchmark release; and highly entertaining and inspiring to boot.” – Folk Roundabout (UK) #167 [read the full review here]


“A CD packed with ripping yarns, dry humour, poignant laments and lots of great choruses … we can hear many of these songs becoming classic folk club material in future years.” – Living Tradition (UK) #96 [read the full review here]


“Outstanding among the Connaughton/Warner compositions is The Price of Steel, which tells of the effects of the steelworks’ pollution on the health of those living and working around them, and has echoes of Alistair Hulett’s ‘He Fades Away’. … This is an album worth having for the songs alone, with the bonus that it tells a really good story as well.” – Shire Folk (UK) #123 [read the full review here]


“Albums like this can so easily lapse into beer-induced nostalgia and sentimentality, but this one mostly escapes, especially by means of its tight lyrics. … Though this is New South Wales, the songs are applicable to the steel industry anywhere in the world, especially the Don Valley.” Stirrings (UK) #155 [read the full review here]


“An entertaining CD for anyone interested in life in heavy industry, especially in the antipodes. There is an excellent booklet with the words of all the songs, which also has many images of the New South Wales steel industry.” – Tykes News (UK) Spring 2013 [read the full review here]

National Folk Festival 2013

National Folk FestivalThe Roaring Forties are stoked to be singing in the Union Concert at this year’s National Folk Festival in Canberra. The festival has also scheduled our workshop on the steelmaking life, “We Made the Steel” with enough time for all the songs and Robin’s introductions and slides.

Besides concert spots on the Friday afternoon and Sunday evening, we’re also hosting the singing session on Friday night.

The full list of performances from the interim programme is:

Day Time Details
Friday 3:50pm Concert
Flute & Fiddle
Friday 10:00pm Singing Session
Song Room
Saturday 3:30pm Union Concert
Budawang
Sunday 11:30am We Made the Steel
Trocadero
Sunday 9:50pm Concert
Terrace

We’re working on an entry for the Infinite Song Competition and we’ll be found lending our voices to the singing session most nights too!

CD Reviews – We Made the Steel

We Made the Steel

We Made the Steel

We’re very excited by some reviews of our latest CD, “We Made the Steel“, that we’ve recently received – including one from Jez Lowe. There’s also a longer one by Nigel Walters that was published in the December 2012 edition of The Cornstalk Gazette, and more….

You can read them on our reviews page.

Roaring Forties gigs in October 2012

We Made the Steel

We Made the Steel

The Forties will be launching their new CD, We Made the Steel, at the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club on Friday 19th October – complete with narration and slides; and then hotfooting it down to the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival on the Saturday and Sunday (20th and 21st) for another performance of the steel songs and lots of shanties.