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Head north of the river for the best in new songwriting

25 Mar 2013

Ever wondered where the next big thing in Australian music is coming from?

The answer is north of the river (the Yarra that is) where Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) Bachelor of Australian Popular Music students have just released We Went Down to the River: Volume 1 - a compilation of songs written and performed by the songwriting majors within the degree program.

While the album covers a multitude of pop cultural genres - from acoustic stomp punk to chamber folk poetica to the classic singer-songwriter sound - the centrality of the song never dissipates. From track one: the lush, melodic pop of Georgia Fields (winner of NMIT's 2009 songwriter of the year award) to track ten: the pirate Prog Rock of Wez Rowe, it is the commitment to the art and craft of songwriting that glues this collection together.

The album was produced by Greg Arnold (APRA Songwriter of the Year, ARIA winner with Things of Stone and Wood) who lectures within the NMIT program.

“People love songs. I believe an understanding of songwriting is essential to any student of modern popular music. Teaching within this program and working with such promising songwriters has been incredibly rewarding,” says Arnold.

The We Went Down to the River: Volume 1 project was also the result of collaboration with NMIT's Bachelor of Illustration Program with Illustration degree student, Lorena Monsalves, creating the art and design work for the CD sleeve.

The launch of We Went Down to the River: Volume 1 will be a mini song-fest with the songwriters performing their songs while Greg Arnold will be doing a special show with his long time collaborator - Bedgy (Bernard Fanning, Lior). The launch will also be the only chance to get a copy of the album (free at the door), so come on down, grab the album and celebrate the launch.

What: We Went Down to the River: Volume 1 CD Launch
Where: The Wesley Anne (250 High Street, Northcote)
When: Saturday, 7 November. 8 pm.
Cost: $10 or $8 concession (includes free CD).
Enquiries: Greg Arnold 03 9269 8949 or

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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on seven campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.