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FLOYD THURSBY – songs & stories from the dark & the light

Schooled in ancient texts & early jazz, centuries of street & prison slang, French decadence & cinematic spectacle, Floyd Thursby’s songs tell of love and death, brimstone and ecstasy, the sacred and the profane.

He performs solo: one guitar, one voice. Occasionally, he’ll say something funny.

“Floyd Thursby has a fascinating voice. But of course, all that would be insignificant without great songs as vehicles for that voice. Thursby has armfuls of them.” (Rhythms magazine)

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FLOYD THURSBY – songs & stories from the dark & the light

Floyd’s been song-hunting in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. He’s spun Bulgarian transvestite gypsy dance pop in clubs. He slumbered by the Flaming Crater of Darvaza. He sang chansons françaises for the French consulate in Saigon. He gave a private show to the Squatter King of Hanoi. He founded avant-garde instrumentalists the Ang Fang Quartet. He fronts acclaimed jazz manouche and French chanson ensemble La Mauvaise Réputation. He’s composed scores for award-winning films. He’s been to an orgy. He’s been to the High Court.

Songwriter, singer, nightclub entertainer, instrumentalist, DJ, film-score composer, gentleman adventurer, hedonist, lawyer & social justice campaigner, Floyd is one of Australia’s most versatile musicians. Schooled in ancient texts & early jazz, centuries of street & prison slang, French decadence & cinematic spectacle, his songs tell of love and death, brimstone and ecstasy, the sacred and the profane. He performs solo: one guitar, one voice. Occasionally, he’ll say something funny.

Based in Melbourne, Australia, he has performed at festivals and high-profile events across Australia including Port Fairy Folk Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Brisbane Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, OzManouche, Inverloch Jazz Festival, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Boite World Music Café, Northcote Social Club and the Spotted Mallard, on ABC Radio National’s The Music Show and many other radio programs. International touring has taken him to Europe and South-East Asia.

Thursby’s critically-acclaimed debut album ‘A Thief’s Journal’, produced by Marty Brown (Art of Fighting, Clare Bowditch), was released in 2007 on Ang Fang Industries through MGM. Thursby’s new album ‘Sinatra’s Bones’, recorded by Neil Thomason at Head Gap, is out now.

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‘A Thief’s Journal’: ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Radio Adelaide; ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PBS FM; RRR TOP TEN

‘Finally, a folk/country record where you can tell one song from another… Thursby writes with just enough ornament to trigger your imagination, never straying into pretension…This album is hard to fault.’ Forte Magazine

‘Floyd Thursby has a fascinating voice… But of course, all that would be insignificant without great songs as vehicles for that voice. Thursby has armfuls of them. There’s not an uninteresting moment on this debut LP…. an endlessly rewarding recording.’ Rhythms magazine

‘An intriguing sketch of brilliant songwriting… the band has delivered a masterpiece…. A Thief’s Journal goes straight to the poolroom.’ Rave Magazine (BRIS)

‘Lyrics from Bob Dylan’s new album? No, from Floyd Thursby’s debut self-titled 5-track CD. Go see him and hear for yourself. A powerful new addition to Australia’s most original singer/songwriters.’ Billy Pinnell

‘Striking voice and strong lyrics.’ John Watson

‘Babylon Gate is one of the best songs, lyrically, that I’ve heard all year.’ Claire Stuchbery, PBS FM

‘Overall, the sound is something like anyone from the Candle Records stable trying to cover Tim Rogers’ solo stuff…the standout track is the impressive Babylon Gate. Thursby whittles his own version of the classic country-style epic of bloodshed and revenge.’ Beat

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