A group of former south-west musicians, better known as Jarrah, has hit the studios again to record its latest work. The five-piece is recording a seven-track EP at Warrnambool's Motherlode Studios under the watchful eye of engineer Tony Peel.
For more than four years Gavin Somers (vocals and guitar), Paul Smith (drums), Lee Morgan (guitar and backing vocals), Dana McPadden (percussion and backing vocals) and David Beaton (bass) have been making in-roads.
Though based in Melbourne, all the members originally come from the south-west and preferred to record in Warrnambool because it was more intimate and they had worked with Mr Peel before.
They said because Jarrah was playing so much new material, but unable to provide punters with a CD at gigs, they thought it would be prudent to hit the studios again.
The group has released CDs previously but the newer, up-tempo, "rockier" style was unavailable to the fans. Ms McPadden said it was always good to promote a new product while performing.
Mr Somers, who also writes most of the songs, said everybody had their own particular area of input. He said they had a preference for festivals rather than "sweaty" pub gigs and were looking forward to the Port Fairy Folk Festival and Perth's Stomping Ground festival in the coming months.
However, Jarrah is setting further goals for itself with an aim to play in Sydney during the 2000 Olympics.