Most of these songs were written whilst on the road, over the past two years of almost constant touring (throughout Australia and Europe) since the release of her last album, Black Across the Field. But the sound of Bonfires In Silver City has grown largely out of the musical empathy and camaraderie Thorne has developed during this period with legendary drummer Hamish Stuart. Produced by Thorne in close collaboration with Stuart, most of the album was tracked live over three days in April 2011, and shining at its centre is their remarkable duet sound. Expansive, playful, loose and real.
Thorne’s last album, Black Across The Field (2009) was awarded Best Roots Album of 2009 by The Sydney Morning Herald, was short listed for the prestigious Australian Music Prize, and earned her a place as one of Australia’s most distinctive contemporary songwriters, and with Bonfires in Silver City she has clearly hit her stride.
“Bonfires In Silver City reveals a subtlety and craft that eclipses Thorne’s prior work.” (Martin Jones, Rhythms Magazine)
“I’ve been listening to three great female artists in the last month; the first two, Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris require little introduction …the third is a name lesser known, but her album Bonfires in Silver City is undoubtedly the best of all three. Lucie Thorne is one of our own, and with this album she makes a firm statement that she is one of our finest. World-class”
(Chris Peken, Alternative Music Group)
“Mitchell fans will sense a resonance of 1976’s Hejira, for many her masterpiece, in Bonfires In Silver City.... the records are strikingly similar; poetic, introspective works that have a solidity and wholeness.” (Ian Cuthbertson, The Australian)
“Thorne writes some of the most simple and beautiful songs you will hear” (**** The Age)
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