Based in Byron Bay’s forested hinterland, Starboard Cannons is the creation of Ash Bell and Matt Bone. Fundamentally anacoustic duo, Ash and Matt have been writing and performing together since 2009. Over the last decade, Ash has established himself as a unique and hard-working singer/songwriter, performing both as a solo artist and with several bands throughout Australia. Matt has been part of the Australian alt-country scene for many years, playing many shows and festivals Australiawide.
Many attempts have been made to describe Starboard Cannons’ style of music: ‘alt folk’, ‘Australiana roots’, ‘Celtic colonial’ are just a few. The sound is distinctively Australian, laced with the classically evergreen overtones of traditional Gaelic music. Ash’s lyrics tell the stories of ordinary people, small towns, faraway countries and glancing thoughts. His Oz-inflected, natural delivery and the honesty of his words gives a human element and shines an introspective light into every song.
Starboard Cannons have just released their debut album Somebody’s Opus through Vitamin Records. Co-produced by Jordan Power (Angus Stone, Powderfinger, The Vines) and featuring some of Australia’s finest musicians (including a duet with Sara Tindley), Somebody’s Opus will hit stores today and will be available online at www.vitamin.net.au.
You can see the Cannons at the Sheoak Shack, Saturday.