Late in 1989, musicians Michael Allen and Greg Arnold were sitting around having a few beers, and just for the fun of it, began knocking together a few tunes. They liked what they heard.
Not long after, Tony Floyd came into the fold with some tunes of his own to donate to the cause, and the nucleus of one of Australia’s most innovative and tuneful bands was serendipitously in place.
In the three decades that have passed since that fortuitous coming together of like-minded musicians, Things Of Stone And Wood have enjoyed great success – two Top 10 albums, a Top 10 single and five other charting hits, European chart success, an ARIA, and an APRA Songwriter of the Year Award for Greg Arnold.
This year, the next chapter of the band’s story has been written, in the form of their latest recording – The Final Forest – their first new studio recording in 17 years. Set for release on March 6 it is a record richly imbued with the band’s trademark harmonies and melodies but also, if the lead single, If You Go Down To The River, is anything to go by, it will also explore some darker tones arising, perhaps, from just being a little older and wiser these days.
The album is produced by James Black (The Back Sorrows, The Rockwiz Orchestra) who adds his own occasional musical flourish to the band’s mix of rootsy instrumental delights.
Things Of Stone And Wood will be bringing their 30th Anniversary Tour to the Garden Of Unearthly Delights, performing in the Spiegeltent on Saturday March 14, at 7:00pm. The show will be packed with all of their hits and a few songs from the new album to tempt and tantalise you all.
Grab a ticket now!
Things Of Stone & Wood, will play the Spiegeltent in the Garden Of Unearthly Delights on Saturday March 14, at 7:00pm.