I Owe the River
Out now, Apr 2021
Cover photo by Sam Anning
Guardian of the Thunderhead
Guardian of the Thunderhead is a collection of songs written and performed by Sam Anning alongside an all-star cast of internationally acclaimed musicians.
The music is performed by Ben Vander Wal (drums), Ben Franz (pedal steel), Craig Fermanis (e. guitar), Mallory Glaser (voice), Toby Anning (bodhrán), Hemi Anning (accordion), Meaghan Burke (cello), Eugene Ball (trumpet), Marcelo Woloski (hand percussion), Simon Mavin (mellotron), Keisuke Matsuno (e. guitar), Natasha Fearnside (bass clarinet), and Sam Anning (voice, guitars, basses, piano, songwriting, production).
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Off with the Blades
a wordless call for peace enshrined in a homage to the great drummer/singer-songwriter Brian Blade.
Hey Ariki don't you cry
listen to this lullaby
everything will be ok
we're so glad you're here today
Rest your little weary head
such a big day that you've had
in your dream time you can fly
way beyond this tiny sky
Don't look down no need to try
a lover in denial of the end of the relationship.
Love Like Lahar
inspired by the Guatemalan town of Quetzaltenango (Xelajú). Situated at the foot of an active volcano which has erupted multiple times, burying the whole town. The survivors continue to rebuild on their relatives entombed by the catastrophic lahar (pyroclastic mud flow). The stories from this humble town were an education in how deep and monumental love and humanity can be.
that ecstatic feeling when you’re hopelessly in love.
I Walk in Your Sleep
written while on tour in Europe and the trials of time zone differences whilst trying to connect with loved ones.
started as a voice memo on the way to meet a gumtree seller on Faraday St, now it is a celebration of the great food culture of Melbourne that brings people together.
Precious with Meaning
starting as a protest against the curious affectation of non-Americans singing with an American accent, something about it feels ingenuine to me. That becomes a statement against Donald Trump and his own brand of dishonesty and deception. It also serves as a reminder for me to stay honest in my music.
Fields are Sewn
a pastorale documenting a farmer's growth and loss in time pre-dating modern medicine.
written after a frightening hold down while surfing at Point Addis. Life flashing before my eyes and realising I wasn't ready to die.
a love song inspired by the Australian bush and Aboriginal people of Australia. The title is the Wadawurrung people's word for 'wind'. Always was always will be.
Three Innocent Wishes
dedicated to my mother Helen, and all survivors of domestic abuse. If her suicide attempt was successful then my brothers and I wouldn't be here now. I am more than grateful for her resilience.
inspired by an image of the burnt corpse of a parent shielding their child from a blast during the firebombing of Dresden. Illuminating the fragility and strength of human spirit in the face of extreme adversity.
Up Forward & Fast
an experiment from a recent songwriting class. She loves him but wants more from life.
Thank you for supporting live music, and thank you to Flora Carbo, Theo Carbo, Leigh Fisher, Helen Svoboda and all who have encouraged me to keep on writing.
'Guardian of the Thunderhead'
featuring Ben Vander Wal (drums), Ben Franz (pedal steel), Craig Fermanis (e. guitar), Mallory Glaser (voice), Toby Anning (bodhrán), Hemi Anning (accordion), Meaghan Burke (cello), Eugene Ball (trumpet), Marcelo Woloski (hand percussion), Simon Mavin (mellotron), Keisuke Matsuno (e. guitar), Natasha Fearnside (bass clarinet), and Sam Anning (voice, guitars, basses, piano, songwriting, production)
Debut album from George & Ivy
Out January 2021
George & Ivy are an independent band based in Melbourne, Australia. There are no record labels, managers, booking agents, or PR teams involved, just good old-fashioned musicians creating music for your pleasure. Your support will directly to help creating more music and opportunities for the musicians.
We sincerely hope you enjoy listening as much as we do creating,