Billy Tea to Burgers

by Origami

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    THIS IS A DOUBLE ALBUM: the second CD is the bonus track, a full 58:30min expanded version of "Here and there" - it was performed in one take to a small studio audience.
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    Comes in an 8-page foldout digipack cover - two CDs - the second CD being an extended version of "Here and there", a one-take recording stretching to almost an hour, intended as a an aural journey from town to town in the Australian outback.

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The Australian landscape informs its inhabitants and nature – its vastness, expanse and harshness. When travelling, one is struck by the great variety in the ever-changing terrain. 
There is a similar diversity of people and culture that is evolving for reasons both positive and negative around the country.

“Billy Tea to Burgers” (Disc 1) is a musical celebration and commentary, reflecting on the experiences and qualities that unite and inspire us as a people – the shifting textures and colours of the outback landscape, the characters in the public bar of a hotel that is the entire town, the adventurers who came by boat so many moons ago or those arriving now, and the ubiquitous burger that each town boasts is the best.

“Here and There” (Disc 2) is revisited and developed in this extended aural road trip between outback towns.

Adam Simmons


released June 1, 2015

Adam Simmons - alto sax, bass clarinet, voice
Howard Cairns - double bass, concertina
Hugh Harvey - drums

Tracks 1–4, 6 & 8 composed by Adam Simmons
Track 7 composed by Howard Cairns
Track 8 composed by Adam Simmons & Hugh Harvey

Track 1 composed by Adam Simmons
Arranged by Adam Simmons with Howard Cairns, Hugh Harvey & Myles Mumford

Recorded by Myles Mumford
Burwood Music Centre, 20 Dec 2014
Mastered by Adam Dempsey, Deluxe Mastering

Design by Celsius Design
Spiral data taro design by Philip Chapman-Bell

Adam is a Selmer artist and performs exclusively on a SELMER Paris Privilege bass clarinet
Adam is a Temby artist and performs exclusively on a Vintage Temby alto saxophone

Thanks to Melbourne Recital Centre where the suite was premiered, Hares & Hyenas for the roadtest and to those who inspired the music: Prince Charles, those courageous seafarers past and present in search of a better life, Niagara Café (Gundagai, NSW) and of course, Greggie. Special thanks to Raff, John and Carmen, who helped us focus for the extended “Here and There”.

© 2015



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Track Name: Greggie
These are the notes used as a basis for the recording - you may notice a few differences here and there...

he’s goin out to get a parcel

he’s goin out to get a parcel in the morning, Greggie

he’s heading out in the morning

I met greggie a few years back

I was travelling with my 5yo daughter on our way to Urandangi, which is about 200km SW of Mt Isa. we’d left Winton after going to the Waltzing Matilda Museum, seeing the fake dinsouar tracks, playing on Graeme Leak’s Musical Fence and checking out Arno’s amazing wall with lawnmowers, motorbokes, kitchen sinks and more.

two hours further west into the outback we stopped at Middleton – not even a crossraods, there was just a pub, a derelict house, a phonebox and a rickety structure offering shade, with a sign on it, naming it “The Hilton”

We stopped for a drink, though we still had two hours to get to Boulia. Got to chatting with a coupla people, while Lily got to immediately playing with a girl, who was just about 9yo, though we would see her driving her parent’s ute in the morning – things are a little looser in the outback

car – jump the river


about greggie – opal miner,
opal cutter for sister in Rocky
part owner of a shopping centre

but tomorrow, he’s goin out to get a parcel

the big companies have the technology but not the knowledge, they get propped up by their mates in government but they still don’t know where to look, but greggie does, he can get a parcel any time he wants.

He’s got the home in Winton, but he stays at his missus’ place – the cops are looking for him… 10 years ago was the last time, but he knows the land, he knows they won’t find him… but he prefers it out here anyway… under the stars, in the country his father shared with him

he and I, we talk all night… bonding over countless anaemic XXXX’s, both marginalised, ranting about politics, exploring on the fringes, looking for the next discovery. He can get a parcel any time he wants – and he’s goin out in the morning to do just that, get a parcel.

But if he can, why hasn’t he cleaned up? Why is he still going out searching? What’s he doing in the middle of nowhere?

He’s the same as an adventurer seeker, a scientist, the monk, an artist, that curious kid… he’s got the spirit of those who risked their lives to travel halfway across the world on a boat in search of a better life. He’s about “I wonder… ? “what if? “ what else is there?” – its not really the stone he’s after, he just loves the journey, the life, the mystery, the stars, the edge, the unknown,

he and I, in the middle of nowhere, pissed as farts, he and I, two blokes against the world, we’re not so far apart.

He knows where it is – he can get a parcel anytime he wants – he knows where it is
Greggie – he’s goin out to get a parcel in the morning