Ian Shortall – Me and a Borrowed Guitar
Ian Shortall is a Melbourne-based singer-songwriter who bridges the gap between country folk and blues. Not one to shy away from outside influences and bring something new to the table, Ian also pulls imagery from the metal world, which is echoed and hinted at throughout his lyrical content. Above all, Ian’s style and process is guided by songwriting principles passed down from country folk forefathers Gillian Welch, David Rawlings and John Prine to name just a few.
Ian cut his teeth in Dublin in the late 90s, and has had the opportunity to play alongside Mundy, Damien Dempsey, Declan O’Rourke and Paddy Casey. Living abroad in Ireland, he played regularly at Whelan’s Bar in Dublin City, on nights hosted by Dave Murphy, a legendary talent scout in the Dublin circuit.
Fast forward to today, Ian is back in Melbourne and setting the wheels in motion for his debut album later this year. Ian has now released a Demo version of his new album.
Shortall’s sound is harking back to the old singer/songwriter sound, just a clean microphone, a guitar and a head full of lyrics. With minimal production this album is like a story told one on one to the audience, it is engaging, thought-provoking and raw all at the same time.
Our take on this album-
This is a beautifully composed, soul-touching and tear-jerking performance from Australian artist Ian Shortall. The acoustic guitar is consistently heavenly and minimalistic, proking an array of emotions and feelings from the listener. The vocals are often soft, delicate and genuine, but can vary. The opening track, 'Catch The Midnight Train' is a perfect example of this, drawing in the listener and drafting an array of emotions. I am in love with this album and I am looking foward to future projects by Shortall.