Karen Knowles has recently completed her 7th studio album Solid Ground which features songs by Karen Knowles accompanied by musicians Michael Kokinos (guitars, harp) and Caerwen Martin (cello). Authorised sacred songs from the Wirradjirri indigenous people are also featured including spoken word introductions by Wirradjirri elder Min Mia. The album will be officially launched in March 2020 to coincide with International Women’s Day so the gift of Min Mia’s songs can be celebrated with all Australian women.
This release has been brewing for some years and is built upon Karen’s work with Wiilpa (wiilpa.org) and her relationships with indigenous people throughout Australia going back to 1995. Some songs like Listen and Hit the drum were written in 1999 but seem most appropriate and relevant in today’s time. Others like The Birds, And I knew, Solid Ground, and The Shipwreck song (inspired by Karen’s experience at a Shipwreck site on the New South Wales coast) were all written in 2018. The melody for Belong was written by Karen in Tuscany in 2016 with lyrics written in 2018 at the time of the recording of the Solid Ground album.
“I have felt inspired to add this new direction to my music and open up a new audience for people that are aching for connection to our land and a true and deeper sense of “coming home”. Ever since I spent a lot of time in Europe in the 1990’s, when I was able to see the potential of Australia from afar, I felt that we need to earn our right to grow roots into the ground here by honouring the First Nations people and our history. I think many Australians have a hard time coming to terms with these complex issues and I don’t think we should be afraid of feeling uncomfortable. There is so much growth and a much deeper experience to be had living here connected to country by giving time to create a relationship with the land that we call home and to our brothers and sisters stories – truly honouring all the people that have come before us that have known and loved this ancient land and made it possible for us to have the privilege of living here. The reason for choosing this selection of songs for the Solid Ground album is that they all feel aligned with the themes of listening, noticing, being truly and deeply connected to country so we have an embodied feeling of truly belonging. I feel so privileged to have been asked by Min Mia (Wirradjirri Indigenous elder and lore carrier) to record some of the sacred songs of the Wirradjirri people which I’ve grown to love over the past decade of spending time with her. The Solid Ground album is a dedication to our earth and to help the healing of the disconnection so many people are feeling at this time in history. May the resonance reach you all on all levels” – Karen Knowles
Solid Ground Album tracks
•Track 1: Listen (Knowles / Freeman-Smith)
•Track 2: Shipwreck (Knowles)
•Track 3: And I Knew (Knowles)
•Track 4: The Birds (Knowles)
•Track 5: Hit The Drum (Knowles / Freeman-Smith)
•Track 6: Belong (Knowles)
•Track 7: Solid Ground (Knowles / Kokinos)
•Track 8: Min Mia Speaks
•Track 9: Dtharn Dtharn Yang
•Track 10: Mirrah
•Track 11: Nungeena-Tya
Tracks 9, 10 and 11 compositions copyright Min Mia on behalf of and as steward for the Wirradjirri people of New South Wales, Australia
SOLID GROUND – AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2019/2020
Karen will be launching the new Solid Ground album in March and will be touring with this album in 2019/2020.
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We look forward to your feedback on the new album and to seeing you at one of the future performances.