Daryl James New Single  Pays Tribute To ‘Alison’ 


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Daryl James’s new single ‘Alison’sees him take a new approach in what has been described as the Bohemian Rhapsody of the Blues/Roots world. This multi-dimensional song traverses vast musical terrain. Based on a roots Weissenborn slide guitar groove, vocal choirs and ethereal Lapsteel guitars interweave there way though Humarimaba melodies and heartfelt lyrics.

The song also has a deep story entwined within it, which started as a seed growing to take on a life of its own.

“A few years back I did a crowdfunding campaign for his debut single ‘27’, and one of the rewards people who donated could choose, was a personal jingle composed by yours truly. My dear friend and Aunt in law Alison donated and chose a personal jingle, which is how the song came into existence.”

Alison had been fighting cancer for a number of years and after beating it time and time again against all odds, passed away a few months ago. She was a musician herself and a deep and innovate thinker highly involved in the local community in various forward thinking and conscious projects.

Unfortunately she never got to hear the song in its final form.  “I felt incredibly guided in the recording of this song, and I believe her spirit lives on in it. I feel the song itself is cathartic in its nature and for all those suffering loss, I hope it can help light the way.” – Daryl says.

Listen to ‘Alison’ here exclusively on Bandcamp. All proceeds from now to 26th August will be going to Cancer Council QLD who did so much great work caring for Alison, and all the other thousands of people they support day in day out. Name your price, or if you can’t afford anything you can stream for free no worries J

“I worked with Alison and her team at Woodford Folk Festival, doing workshops with an instrument called a Humarimba. It is basically a giant marimba that you strap to 2 people who suspend it, and then 3 people can play it. I actually recorded the Humarimba on the track you can hear it underneath the guitar solo.” 

Launch parties will be collaborations with Phil Barlow –

Aug 18th | Brisbane | The Junk Bar 3pm

Aug 25th | Sunshine Coast | Foxy On Coolum 3pm


Daryl James fuses gritty psych/blues with Celtic influenced raw acoustic roots, with intricate guitar body percussion and fingerpicking to ripping raucous lapsteel with uncouth effects, beatboxing and live looping, all accompanied by his home made foot drum setup.

Hailing from Snowdonia North Wales UK, after a few years of travelling he ended up on the East Coast of Australia with a backpack and a guitar, where he began honing his craft as a busker. 2 EP’s and a critically acclaimed album later, he now has 2 international tours under his belt, and has become a festival favourite performing at Blues on Broadbeach, Nimbin Roots Fest, Airlie Beach Festival of Music to name a few, alongside many top acts such as Glenn Matlock (Sex Pistols), The Superjesus and the Beautiful Girls.




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