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HIGH ACE INTERVIEW: Jeff Lang and Alison Ferrier

London born and raised singer/songwriter/guitarist/violinist Alison Ferrier has released three solo albums and most recently has been touring and releasing music with the highly regarded Opelousas, alongside Kerri Simpson and Anthony Shortte. Their debut album ‘Opelousified’ won Music Victoria Best Blues Album of the year.

Acclaimed guitarist, singer songwriter Jeff Lang has won three ARIAs, collaborated with countless artists including Malian Kora virtuoso Mamadou Diabate and Tabla maestro Bobby Singh in Djan Djan. He’s toured the UK, US and Europe multiple times and played extensively in Asia, including appearances in major festivals in Japan, China and India. In 2021, Jeff published his first book – “Some Memories Never Die” – a fascinating and funny memoir of his life on the road.

Together, the wife and husband team have created a fascinating new musical project they’ve called High Ace and have now delivered a fabulous debut album, Snowcap Menace.

Born out of the spare time provided by Melbourne’s extended lockdown period, the genesis of the High Ace album material was a ‘reverse’ function video app that their kids were playing around with.  Ali and Jeff found the sonic results of their app play to be intriguing. As a result, they discovered a unique and magical song-writing method: deciphering strange incantations played in reverse, and following what the unusual, twisting cadences of those vocalisations were telling them.

Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips caught up with Alison Ferrier and Jeff Lang over zoom for a chat about the creation of High Ace’s debut album ‘Snowcap Menace’.

Also released recently in conjunction with the album is the fusion of folk country, the guitar led ‘Rattle Your Drums’ See the video below.

SNOWCAP MENACE RELEASE TOUR

Saturday 30 July – Matinee 1pm
Brunswick Ballroom, Brunswick VIC
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Friday 5 August – 7pm
The Dust Temple, Currumbin QLD
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Saturday 6 August – 7pm
The Imperial, Eumundi QLD
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Sunday 21 August – 4pm
George Lane, St. Kilda VIC
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Friday 26 August – 7pm
The Great Club, Marrickville NSW
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Saturday 27 August – 9.30pm
Smiths Alternative, Canberra ACT
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Tickets and details – www.highacemusic.com/shows

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