THE dwarf band / KELLAWAY SAGA
Songwriter Alf had amassed 10 years of lyrics, but could not play an instrument, when he purchased a Casio keyboard. With single finger major chords, two finger minors and the extremely demanding three finger 7ths, he placed the tunes in his head behind the words. Thirty-five songs spewed forth in one long weekend, warbled into a cassette recorder with Casio plodding along roughly in time. Nine of the 35 formed the basis of Cube, It and Bent. Not long after, Ken offered his dwarf studio (located on the corner of Cubitt and Bent streets) and recording commenced. In 9 nights, at 1 song each, the album was completed.
Cube It & Bent provided the foundation for the early Kellaways recording process. John (Deano) organised the various bits and pieces - Alf was not big on intros, instrumentals, endings or clever chord variations - and laid down an acoustic track. Alf did a rough vocal, Ken did the rest. The final vocal followed and Ken and John did the harmonies. In honour of the studio, the band was christened dwarf band, small in number and ambition. A 10th song (Golden Rule) was added 3 years later, because the album seemed small in number too.
As with all the following 8 albums comprising the saga, the cover art was 'done' by Alf the Scavenger and fairly faithfully reproduces the cassette or CD cover of the original 'release'.
Read on chronologically for the tale of a band that never really was (for nine albums).
released December 31, 1990
Songs and vocals: Alf Davies
Backing vocals, acoustic 6 & 12 string Matons, mandolin: John Dean
All other instruments, engineering & arrangements, all
aspects of production: Ken Stephenson
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