DanCing with my Spirit

It’s hard to believe that Dancing With My Spirit was recorded nearly a quarter of a century ago, and since that time, for a variety of reasons, has been sitting ‘unreleased’ on a shelf in my studio. The album contains a gift of inspired songs written by Archie, and brought to life during pre-production by the talented musicians who performed on it – Bruce Haymes (keyboards), Dave Steel (guitars), Stuart Speed (bass) and Archie Cuthbertson (drums).

But the songs truly entered another dimension when the Tiddas came to the studio and added their gorgeous, bold harmonies to the mix. The combination of these 3 women and Archie singing together created a magic that’s rare and precious, and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have witnessed this creation.

I suppose it’s just that Dancing With My Spirit has been waiting for the right time to reveal itself to the public. That time has now come, heralded by the Tiddas’ announcement that they are reforming especially to sing with Archie once more, and to showcase the songs from the album via series of performances around Australia.

Needless to say I’m absolutely thrilled at this turn of events – thrilled that a recording I truly believe in is finally being released, thrilled that the Tiddas are finally returning to the stage, and totally thrilled to be involved as producer of the album and one of the performing musicians in these upcoming shows. Some things are truly worth waiting for..

 


Track List

1. A Child Was Born Here
2. Colour Of Your Jumper
3. Dancing Shoes
4. Dancing With My Spirit

5. F-Troop
6. Give Unto Ceasar
7. Heal The People
8. Hold On Tight

9. Morning Star
10. My Grandmother
11. Nowhere To Go
12. The River Song

Release Date: December 2017


Archie recorded his ideas for this collection of songs in October 1994 and I was given the honour of working on the pre-production for what was later to become the album ‘Looking for Butterboy’. The cassette tape handed to me was simply labelled ‘Album No. 3 demo tape’ - such a humble title that belied the magnificent gems contained therein. What a thrill it was to listen to these songs in their rawest form! Archie’s voice soared above the simple acoustic guitar chord patterns and the lyrics shone through weavieng stories around family ties, love, loss and his intimate connection with spirit and country.
— Jen Anderson: Producer of Dancing with my Spirit

 

Interview

Rare interview about 20 year old Butter Boy album

A classic and rare interview of Archie and Looking For Butter Boy producer, Malcolm Burn talk about the album over 20 years ago. The album, Archie's third, was recorded on his mother's ancestral lands in southwest Victoria and went on to win multiple awards.


 
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