May 2008

September 2007

We’re creeping closer to the release of the new record folks- it’s finally in production and the first single goes out on NFS 117, next month.
You can expect a swag of new material featuring various Dead Setters & some very talented friends (including James Gillard, Michel Rose, Robbie Souter & Gary Brown) along with a bunch of new songs and favourites from The Parwills & Mark’s first two solo albums, recorded live in the studio with the Dead Setters. Once again Glenn Skarratt co-produces with Mark- a fitting end to a very productive decade or so.
In the meantime take care out there, don’t let APEC get you down- hope to see some of you on the streets of Sydney on Saturday 8th Sept.
Thought for the day: “The problems we face will not be solved by the minds that created them”. – Albert Einstein.

August 2007

Greetings people!
It’s been a while but we’ve finally finished our new album- should be with you in a matter of weeks now- here’s a preview of our tasteful cover art.
Sadly Dead Setter gigs in Sydney are increasingly rare these days, especially since the old watering hole, The Bald Faced Stag went for covers bands and now most of the country/roots venues have gone the same way but, fear not, a night of good music in aid of a great cause approaches this Thursday night 2nd August at the Bridge Hotel as we are appearing in full band mode with the Okapi Guitars (great African guitar band) opening proceedings. There are rumours of other guest artists but you’ll have to check with the Jamm 4 Genes web site for details. Some of you will remember last year’s extravaganza at the Orange Grove- we’ll see if we can’t raise some more dosh for the kids.

February 2007

2007 has got off to a cracking start in the Dead Setters camp with a very successful string of dates at Maguire’s during the Tamworth Fest as well as various other appearances around the town. As a largely non-touring act we really look forward to these festival events as they give the band a chance to really get our teeth into the material and stretch a little. Sadly these were Glenn’s last dates with the Dead Setters, at least for the foreseeable future, as he is moving on to embrace new challenges. After working with him for nearly 14 years from the early Parwills days and through 4 albums, he will leave a sizeable gap and will be a hard act to follow, however we are pleased to say that we are making progress with this and have Bruce Reid (guitar/lap steel- The Catholics) with us at the next Stag date.
We are well into pre-production for the new album and have paired 25 songs down to 16 at last count- looking forward to getting the project in the can by mid-year. Watch this space. We are also looking at having a live recording available shortly.
In other news Mark has been selected as a finalist in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition, in the er…Americana category (the same award that our good mate Karl Broadie took out the previous year… you see there was a Scotsman & an Englishman and they both migrated to Australia to become Americana artists…all we need now are the Irish & Welsh contingent!). Many of you will know that Mark tends to be a little cynical about these things (given the highly subjective nature of judging and so on), but Australian country music being obsessed with talent quests and awards and with the lovely Bec Urquhart, who looks after our publicity etc, being wiser in these things, persuading him to be in it to win it- he gave it a go and here we are- actually he’s pretty chuffed so there you go.

You can vote in the ‘Peoples Voice’ category at
The song is “For Everything Else I Got You” (from the White man Soul cd), which he wrote for his lovely wife Suzy, so that’s pretty cool too (& he didn’t really write to get out of strife either- truth).