- 1 / 4 "One Eye Open" | Roscoe James Irwin (2013)
- 2 / 4 "So Many Nights" (The Cat Empire) - Roscoe James Irwin : Trumpet, Piccolo, Flugel and Horn Arrangements
- 3 / 4 "Step It Up" (The Bamboos) - Roscoe James Irwin: Trumpet and Horn Arrangements
- 4 / 4 "Four Seasons In One Day" (Paul Kelly & Angus Stone) - Roscoe James Irwin: Trumpet and Horn Arrangement
Roscoe James Irwin
An artist like Roscoe James Irwin could only ever have come from the city of Melbourne. In a place that is crammed full of musicians working across all kinds of genres, Irwin has cemented his place as a kind of musical mastermind.
Since his debut release in 2011, Roscoe James Irwin has been a busy man touring internationally and locally with The Cat Empire, The Bamboos and Julia Stone’s band. Add to this Vance Joy supports, and working on arrangements with Josh Pyke, Gossling and Vance. You wonder how Roscoe ever found the time to write and record his own works.
Challenging the acoustic sensibilities established in his debut LP the ‘Hunting Road', Roscoe’s latest work is his 'Wasted EP' where creates a complex blend of folk pop melodies, ambient electronic sounds and orchestral layering. Roscoe returned to The Shed Studios in Melbourne to record in stages with producer John Castle (Vance Joy, Josh Pyke, Sweet Jean) who produced his debut release.
His engaging personality has charmed audiences Australia-wide, surrounded by instruments, looping up a multitude of complex sounds.
‘Irwin demonstrates strong, beautiful vocals…..a stunning layering of sounds which show his impressive compositional skill.’ – Faster Louder.
‘A multi-instrumentalist whose voice is at times reminiscent of Jeff Buckley’ – Tone Deaf
His skills of performing horns and arrangement were recently lent to Josh Pyke on his The Beginning and The End of Everything album (Warm In Winter, Order Has Abandoned Us and Stories That Get Told), Vance Joy’s God Loves You EP (Play With Fire) and Gossling’s debut album.
Considering his iconic status as a bandleader and large-scale composer, Irwin’s debut solo record, The Hunting Road, come as something of a shock. There is no stabbing brass, there are no sweeping strings, no jungle percussion breaks. It seems that Irwin, whose musical palette is colourful and wide ranging, has surprised us all with a record that is simple, thoughtful, and beautiful.
Irwin’s lyrical storytelling is also strikingly original. Equal parts Sundance Kid and Heartbreak Kid, he is as likely to take us on a darkly surreal journey through densely wooded hills as he is to leave us misty-eyed and sighing at the end of the pier. At its core this record seems to be about the conflict between our need to be loved and our need to be alone, the tension between the loving friend and the wild vagabond.
What was unique about his debut was the way that Irwin was able to focus his extremely colourful musical imagination into a bunch of deceptively simple folksy pop songs. The music appeared at first familiar to us, warm and well-worn sounds – the tapping of feet on wooden floorboards, tasteful country fingerpicking and lo-fi drums – but it soon became clear that this music had a deeper layer to it, a harmonic complexity and dynamic scope that lies half-hidden behind its whisky-and-dust façade. Occasionally Irwin’s full, unrestrained extravagance shined through brightly, whipping the music into joyful hurricanes, but it was always a well-controlled process.
Roscoe James Irwin, whose bio on his Facebook page describes him as “Indie Pop’s suscpiciously energetic Mr. Nice Guy”, does not seem like he wants to leave us in a pensive mood for very long. More often than not, his songs reach a point of combustion, exploding into soaring, joyful harmonies. It’s almost as if he’s saying: ‘Well, I’ve told you my story, now I just want to wail.’ And wail he does, shifting gears beautifully into a powerful upper register. It is in these moments that we realise we are not just listening to another folksy troubadour or broken-hearted warbler.
This is one of Melbourne’s most gifted and diverse artists baring his soul, and, more importantly, his imagination.
Roscoe James Irwin The Hunting Road (2011) - Songwriter, Vocals, Piano, Harmonica, Trumpet, Organ, Harmonium, Producer
The Ross Irwin Soul Special – Little Soul Circus (2006)Roscoe James Irwin – The Hunting Road (2011) - Songwriter, Vocals, Piano, Harmonica, Trumpet, Organ, Harmonium, Producer
The Cat Empire – The Sun (2002) - Trumpet and Horn Arrangements
The Cat Empire – Tapes, Breaks and Outtakes (2003) - Horns and misc. arrangements
The Cat Empire – The Cat Empire (2003) - Horns
The Cat Empire – On The Attack DVD (2004) - Misc.
The Cat Empire – Two Shoes (2005) - Horns
The Cat Empire – Cities (2006) - Trumpet, Flugel, Backing Vox, Co-writes, Horn and String Arrangements.
The Cat Empire – So Many Nights (2007) - Trumpet, Piccolo, Flugel and Horn Arrangements.
The Cat Empire – Cinema (2010) - Trumpet, Flugel, Backing Vocals and Horn Arrangements.
The Cat Empire – Live on Earth (2009) - Horns, backing vocals, string arrangements
The Cat Empire – Live On Earth DVD (2009) - Misc.
Felix Riebl – Into The Rain (2011) - Producer
The Bamboos – Tighten Up 7” (2004) - Horns
The Bamboos – Step It Up (2006) - Trumpet and Horn Arrangements.
The Bamboos – Rawville (2007) - Trumpet and Horn Arrangements
The Bamboos Live at No Standing (Cassette) (2007) - Horns
The Bamboos – Sidestepper (2008) - Trumpet and Horn Arrangements
The Bamboos – Listen! Hear! The Bamboos Live! (2008) - Horns/Tambourine
The Bamboos – 4 (2010) - Trumpet, Flugel, Co-writes, Horn and String Arrangements.
Kylie Auldist – Just Say (2008) - Trumpet, Flugel and Horn Arrangements.
Kylie Auldist – Made of Stone (2009) - Trumpet, Flugel, Horn and String Arrangements.
Various Artists – Black Feeling (2008) - Horns
Various Artists – Black Feeling 2 (2011) - Trumpet, Horn Arrangements
Lanu – This Is My Home (2007) - Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Lanu – Her 12 Faces (2011) - String Arrangements
Cookin’ On 3 Burners – Baked Broiled and Fried (2007) - Horns
Cookin’ On 3 Burners – Soul Messin’ (2009) - Horns
Jackson Jackson – The Fire is on the Bird (2007) - Backing Vocals on “Eliza”
Regurgitator – Mish Mash (2004) - Horns
Paul Kelly – Stolen Apples (2007) - Trumpet on “Queenie and Rover”
Paul Kelly and Angus Stone – He Will Have His Way (2010) - Trumpet and Horn Arrangement on “Four Seasons in One Day”
Tex Perkins – The Man In Black DVD (2010) - Horns
Angus and Julia Stone – Misc (2011) - Horns
Miami Horror – Illumination (2010) - Trumpet on “Holidays”
The Paper Kites – Woodland (2011) - Horns and arrangement on “Featherstone”
The Wolfgramm Sisters – Self titled (2010) - Trumpet, Horn Arrangements
Electric Empire – Self titled (2010) - Trumpet, Horn Arrangements
Carl Cox – Misc. (2010) - Horns
NAB Dream Festival – Soundtrack (2009) - Producer, Co-Writer
Hating Alison Ashley – Film Soundtrack - Horns
Strange Bedfellows – Film Soundtrack - Horns
Live Performance Credits
(Spanning over 150 Cities across 24 countries)
The Cat Empire - Band member (The Empire Horns) - trumpet, backing vocals
The Bamboos - Band member – trumpet, tambourine, backing vocals
Washington - Touring band – organ, vocals, trumpet, glock, harmonica, tambourine
Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2006 - Special event – Arranger, trumpet, harmonica
Brooke Fraser - Touring band – keys, vocals, trumpet, glock, percussion
Belle and Sebastian - Touring Band (Aus) - trumpet
Tinpan Orange - Touring band – piano, backing vocals, trumpet.
Felix Riebl - Touring Band – electric and acoustic guitar
The Soul Special - Band leader – vocals, trumpet, synths, songwriter
Magonolia - Band member – flugelhorn, glock, co-writer
FGHR - Extended band member – keys, flugelhorn, vocals, percussion
Los Delincuente All-Stars - Band leader – composer/arranger, trumpet
Paul Kelly - Guest musician – trumpet
Brian May and Roger Taylor (Queen) - Special event – arranger, trumpet
Karnivool - Guest musician - trumpet
Axis of Awesome - Special event - trumpet
Leroy Jones - Concert – musical director
Regurgitator - Guest musician - trumpet
Gin Wigmore - TV Performance – trumpet
Dan Sultan - TV Performance – trumpet
James Morrison - Misc. – trumpet, arranger
David Bridie - TV performance - trumpet
Chuck Findley - Concert – musical director
Nic Cester (JET) - Special Event - trumpet
Human Nature - TV Performance - trumpet
Eagle and the Worm - Guest musician – trumpet
Hey Ocean! - Guest musician – trumpet
King Curly - Guest musician - trumpet
Ross Wilson - Special Event - trumpet
Michael Feinstein - Tour show - trumpet
Brian Cadd - Guest musician – trumpet
Joe Camilleri/The Black Sorrows - Session member - trumpet
Diesel - Special event - trumpet
Marci Hines - Touring band – trumpet
Deni Hines - TV performance - trumpet
The Resin Dogs - Touring Band - trumpet
Jimmy Barnes - Special event - trumpet
Harry Connick Jr.- TV performance – trumpet
John Butler Trio - Guest musician – trumpet
Custom Kings - Guest musician - trumpet
Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) - TV performance – trumpet
Thirsty Merc - TV performance – trumpet
End Of Fashion - TV performance - trumpet
Hugh Jackman - Special event – trumpet
Ella Hooper - TV Performance - trumpet
The Red Ball - Special event – musical director/orchestra contractor
Eddie Floyd - Touring Band (Aus) – trumpet, arranger
Leah Flanagan - TV performance – trumpet
Black Joe Lewis - TV performance – trumpet, arranger
Betty Harris - Touring Band (Aus) – trumpet, arranger
Syl Johnson - Touring Band (Aus) - trumpet
Big Day Out - (National)
Falls Festival - (VIC/TAS)
Byron Bay Blues and Roots - (NSW)
West Coast Blues and Roots - (WA)
Meredith - (VIC)
Golden Plains - (VIC)
Bass in the Grass - (NT)
Homebake - (NSW)
Park Life – (National)
WOMAD – (SA)
Sydney Festival – (NSW)
Ripe Festival – (QLD)
Sunset Sounds – (QLD)
Southbound – (WA)
Woodford Folk Festival – (QLD)
Chill Island – (VIC)
Chill City – (VIC)
Livid – (NSW)
Days Like These – (NSW)
Melbourne Jazz Festival – (VIC)
Manly Jazz Festival – (NSW)
Noosa Jazz Festival – (QLD)
Adelaide Cabaret Festival – (SA)
Sydney Soul and Funk – (NSW)
Splendor in the Grass – (QLD)
Caloundra Music Festival – (QLD)
St. Kilda Festival – (VIC)
Margaret River Masters – (WA)
A Day on the Baseline – (VIC)
Glastonbury – (UK)
O2 Wireless – (UK)
Edinburgh Festival – (UK)
Summer Sonic – (Japan)
Blues Balls – (Switzerland)
Nuke Festival – (Austria)
Osheaga – (Canada)
Winnipeg Folk Festival – (Canada)
Ottawa Blues Festival – (Canada)
Big Day Up – (Canada)
Calgary Folk Festival – (Canada)
Rock am Ring – (Germany)
Rock am Park – (Germany)
Festival D’ete Quebec – (Canada)
Festival Mundial – (Netherlands)
Oerol Festival – (Netherlands)
KulturArena Festival – (Germany)
JRF Festival Vercelli – (Italy)
WOMAD – (New Zealand)
Queenstown Festival – (New Zealand)
Oshkosh Waterfest – (USA)
Live at The Chapel
Hey Hey It’s Saturday
The X Factor
The Today Show
Good Morning Australia