A narrator reflects over his experiences which have lead him to become the Funeral Troubadour. Written during his emerging adult life, his songs detail events of loss, loneliness, depression, death, and isolation. The narrator, who plays accordion at funerals by day, joins a group of disaffected poets to drink away their sorrows by night. Slowly recovering from former tragedies, he finds purpose through his love for the Scottish barmaid, Alice, who has fled to Australia to follow her passion for interpretive dance. The lovers support each other with dreams of finding an alternative existence, helped by the young and energetic fashion graduate Daisy, who relates to the narrator through their shared loss.
Writing for catharsis, the narrator shares his memories with his poet friends. Tom the carefree Irishman whose poetry is inactivity and Charles the eccentric Englishman, whose charisma provides shelter against the society which surrounds their poetic enclave. Slowly the narrator deals with each of his past sorrows, finding reason within the process of writing emotionally charged songs and interpreting the events that have shaped his life. The Funeral Troubadour's contemplations on life and nature are translated into art in an attempt to communicate with humanity. His journey is a search for the delicate balance which will reveal the key to an inoffensive existence.
released November 19, 2015
Album and novella composed and written by Fabian Toonen
Vocals, Maton Acoustic Steel String Guitar, Knauss Coblenz Piano Forte, Brevetto Scandalli Piano Accordion performed by Fabian Toonen
Drums, Percussion, Contrabass performed by Adam Casey
Recorded and mixed at The True Vine, Melbourne, 2015 by Adam Casey
Mastered at Jack The Bear's Deluxe Mastering, Melbourne, 2015 by Adam Dempsey
Graphic Design by Eri Berry Art & Design
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