Geoff Farina – The Wishes Of The Dead

Having found such a refreshing sense of informality, looseness and balminess across two delightful albums in 2010 with the multi-talented Chris Brokaw – namely the covers-only The Angel’s Message To Me and the originals-led The Boarder’s Door – it’s relieving that erstwhile Karate frontman Geoff Farina has retained many of the same musical … [Read more...]

Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina – The Boarder’s Door

Having already delivered one of the most enjoyable releases of both their careers earlier this year - in the shape of the stripped-down vintage covers-based The Angel’s Message To Me - journeying veterans Chris Brokaw and Geoff Farina have rapidly, but not prematurely, returned for a second joint-billed installment. Strictly speaking, The Boarder’s … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#12 (Geoff Farina on 1928 Sessions/Avalon Blues)

Geoff Farina (Karate, Secret Stars, Glorytellers) on… Mississippi John Hurt’s 1928 Sessions / Avalon Blues (LP and CD release respectively, various labels/years) John Hurt was known as a musician for only a short time during his long life. He enjoyed brief popularity in 1928 when he recorded these 13 classics for Okeh, and again during the … [Read more...]

Chris Brokaw and Geoff Farina – The Angel’s Message To Me

As rock conventions and clichés dictate, revisiting the hand-me-down songs of pre-WW2 blues, folk and ragtime is too often a cynical excuse for artists to ramp up rootsy credentials, cover material with less copyright-laden financial complications, plug gaps left by writer’s block and fulfil a few contractual obligations.  Consequently, the … [Read more...]