Creative Sunshine Coast couple have released debut album
FOR a Noosa hinterland couple the well of creativity continues to overflow.
The past few years have seen fifty-five-year-old Annette Hughes and sixty-year-old Geoffrey Datson channel their creativity into the release of the duo's debut album. The creation of this very beautiful music marks another point in lifetimes devoted to the artistic pursuits of writing and music.
The project, which has taken almost three years, has resulted in the recording of a double album pressed in vinyl.
"It was always going to be vinyl," Hughes said.
"From the moment we first imagined making a record, we knew it had to be in that form - a double vinyl record in a gate-folded sleeve with a fabulous, intricate cover, just like the albums I saved up for and loved as a youth."
The sleeve is designed by artist Benjamin Paskins, also part owner of The Time Machine, and while the music is available for digital download and streaming, hard copy will only be available in limited edition from the artists.
"It has taken so long to make, so many hours spent in perfecting it, a digital file in cyberspace just doesn't seem sturdy enough to carry it," Hughes says.
This is the culmination of not only the long process of recording, but the culmination of a life's work for Geoffrey Datson.
"I have been poking at these songs for 40 years, and when Kalju (who had just moved to the region) appeared in our life, I had arrived at a point where I felt I needed help," he said.
"It is extremely difficult to record and mix oneself.
"A great book never goes to print without editorial advice and polish.
"Neither does great music.
"Kalju understands where the work is coming from and has done a beautiful job of hearing and enhancing our sound and capturing our best performances.
"It is a great privilege to work with such a gifted artist, and critical to the quality of the project to be able to have such beautiful work mastered professionally by one of the best in the business."
Their melodious music includes dulcimers, guitars and cellos and provides a rich background to their poetic songwriting skills.
It is no wonder; they have found an enthusiastic audience at house parties.
Geoffrey Datson and Annette Hughes have been artistic collaborators since 2000.
They have been building their independent Stickylabel since moving to the Noosa Hinterland 11 years ago, and the album is recorded at their Greenroom studio.
For more story and song: Datson+Hughes.com.au