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Grass is the second single from Newcastle-based quartet The Violet Bunnies. It’s a Country-tinged Folk ballad that draws influence equally from the likes of Steeleye Span and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Opening with an instrumental hook straight out of a traditional English Folk song, the sweet and intimate verses swell to a chorus in three-part vocal harmonies. The minimal instrumentation lends the recording the earthy quality of the Violet Bunnies’ acoustic live act.

Composed by locally based Australian songwriter Alex Moon, Grass is an ode to moments of peace stolen from a hectic everyday life. We asked Alex what he had to say:

“I wrote Grass when I was living in London. I’d just discovered English Folk music. I remember learning that Henry VIII wrote a song, Pastime with Good Company, that’s about coming together as people, sharing music and finding joy in an otherwise miserable world. I love that so much of England’s musical history is about putting this feeling into a traditional song format that’s versatile but also stands the test of time. I tried to do something like that with Grass. I wanted to bring a kind of Americana feel to the Violet Bunnies version. I think it works.

“The whole thing was recorded in two four-hour sessions. Mark and I did the piano and guitar, then Chriss and Mirka did the vocals. I joined them on the chorus, which I enjoyed a lot. Matt’s brought it all together beautifully with a kind of less-is-more approach, putting the time into making the quartet sound its best. Aside from a couple of subtle digital instruments, it’s us. It’s polished but it’s raw.”

“I run a Folk and Acoustic night at The Globe called Old Tom with Chriss, who sings lead on Grass. It’s been so rewarding meeting so many brilliant original artists. Watching them do their thing is always a Grass moment for us. In that spirit, we’ve asked four of our favourite local original artists to join us at the launch. The night’s as much a celebration of local music as it is of Grass. It’s going to be huge.”

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