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Alchemy Music

To create 'Alchemy' and the new album, Julie-Ann has again teamed up with Gypsy Rose lead guitarist, John ‘Willow’ Williamson. To produce and engineer the tracks, they sought the expert assistance of the widely-respected Jim Moginie (ex. Midnight Oil), and the trio’s work deftly charts nuanced and inspired aural landscapes.

'One thing leads to another' features new material, some previously recorded tracks that have been re-arranged and a few specially selected covers. The album has been described as "Meadow Rock" and crosses many musical genres, including country, folk, roots, jazz and more. A bold collection of songs, with a few subtle and thoughtful meanderings that will leave you inspired and uplifted!

Alchemy is a compelling live act, driven by an extraordinary and seductive vocal quality and lush melodies. Alchemy is a golden myriad of influences that always leaves their audiences wanting more!

One thing leads to another

Here are 12 diverse compositions: intimately soulful and pouring forth a magical energy that resists easy categorisation. At times it brings to mind the legendary folk artists from the halcyon 1960s and ‘70s, such as Joni Mitchell, Sandy Denny, Tim Buckley and Fred Neil. At other times - Emmy- Lou Harris and Eva Cassidy, as well as recalling the great blue-eyed soul singers ……Jackie de Shannon, Dusty Springfield.

Jeremy Stevens

Freelance Journalist

JULIE-ANN Jules GLUR

Julie-Ann is a Sydney based singer songwriter. With her sweet soaring melodies and powerful lyrics, she gracefully mysticises and seduces her audience. As an artist, her passion is to write songs that will influence people positively and have them heard globally.

Julie-Ann has covered significant musical ground in Australia, Asia and Europe. From smoky cafes in Amsterdam, to the golden sands of our beaches up and down the east coast. Performing solo, duo and in full-band ensembles, in country and inner-city pubs, to local and interstate Folk and Arts Festivals. Singing back-up vocals with an off-beat country band, to supporting such acts as Osibisa, at the Pacific Hotel at Yamba, and performing at The Basement, Sydney, for The Intonations Choir of world music.

Other highlights include:

  • Released debut EP titled 'Goin’ Somewhere' in 2004.
  • Teamed up to create band 'Gypsy Rose' in 2005 /6 with John 'Willow' Williamson, Ivan 'The Kombi' King, Peter Fahd and Wayne Rigby.
  • Recorded a 7 track EP self titled 'Gypsy Rose'.
  • Song titled 'My Life in G' was placed in the top 100 Australian country songs for the MusicOz Awards.
  • Performed at Arts and Music Festivals along the east coast of Australia, including The Coogee Arts and Music Festival, Surfing the Coldstream at Yamba, The Umina Beach Music Festival, The Northern Beaches Folk Festival and The Arts and Music Festival at Bundanon.
  • Recorded and Co-produced a CD for children in 2009, called 'Follow the Music', and is currently involved in teaching music appreciation to young children with Einsteinz Music.

John Willow Williamson

Willow’s first guitar, was his mother’s 'Harmony' Hawaiian Steel String guitar.

Basically, as self-taught guitarist, he says "The three guitarists that have had the most influence on me, I call the 'G' Men. Gallagher, Garcia, and Green".

He also gained much experience while working as stage manager, and behind the scenes, with such acts as Midnight Oil, J Geils Band, Joan Armatrading and The Drifters.

Willow plays acoustic and electric rhythm and lead guitar, bass and slide guitar, as well as guitar synthesizer. He has performed on television, as well as in the US and Asia.

Willow teamed up to create band 'Gypsy Rose' in 2005 /6 with Julie-Ann Glur, Ivan 'The Kombi' King, Peter Fahd and Wayne Rigby.

He says, of his collaboration with Julie-Ann 'Playing and writing with Jules is a delight! Our voices blend and compliment each other. Together, we take the songs on a magical journey that has now lead us into creating a musical chemistry which we call 'Alchemy'! '