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by Catherine Traicos

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Luminaries I 02:41
Crashing 03:53
Bitter Bones 03:13
Coming Home 05:09
Tide 03:56
Ghosts 03:50
In A Song 03:33


At the start of 2017, Catherine Traicos returned to the studio with a full band after a hiatus of four years from band work and just one year from her solo work. Together the all-star team made the album, Luminaire, at Jim Moginie’s scenic Oceanic Studio on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Uniting past collaborators from her work with the Starry Night, Darren Nuttall, Gareth Skinner and Paul McKercher, the group joined up with Sam Worrad (The Holy Soul, Loene Carmen) on bass and Cec Condon (The Mess Hall, Roadhouses, Grinding Eyes) on drums. The result is a melding of some truly majestic and inimitable musical sensibilities.

Rolling Stone has described Catherine’s work as “...an impressive meeting of the earthy song-writing of Beth Orton with the grim undercurrents of, say, Portishead” The Age’s Melbourne Magazine has called it “...redolent in parts of the ragged, eerie estrogen blues of PJ Harvey or the gaunt bluegrass sonnets of Gillian Welch.”

Catherine has graced stages from Nashville’s Bluebird Café
to the Live at Heart Festival in Orebro Sweden and to our own Sydney Opera House. Her hauntingly beautiful voice manages to incorporate both a delicate fragility and an impressive strength.


The album was in the works for over three years and very nearly did not get made. Recording an album is such a mammoth undertaking when you want to do it with ace musicians and a brilliant producer, as I was lucky enough to. I didn’t know if I had the energy for it – because you have to drive it and it is work and truthfully this was the toughest of all my albums in that regard. I don’t feel I relaxed much during the recording process except for the times I was playing and singing.

Some of the songs had a long time years to ripen, others a few months. There is always the worry that with a body of work over such a long period of time that the pieces might lack cohesion when they are brought together. But when you record as a band in a special place like Oceanic, things take on their own character and recreate themselves.

And maybe that’s why I get really tense recording – because it is a new creating of something, a rewriting almost. Everything before is concept, sketches, and then what comes from that, the product, is re-made by the musicians and the producer in a new setting. So you have to be adaptable and work with that but also focus and make sure everyone is happy and being looked after and having a good time. I worked with some amazingly talented and creative people on this project and am so happy about that.

I hope you enjoy Luminaire.


released November 10, 2017


All songs by Catherine Traicos
Catherine Traicos vocals, guitar, auto-harp
Darren Nuttall guitar
Sam Worrad bass
Cec Condon drums and percussion
Gareth Skinner cello, backing vocals
Paul McKercher glockenspiel, omnichord
Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Paul McKercher at Oceanic Studios and Free Energy Device Studios.
Assistant Engineer at Oceanic Studios– Matt Wickens.
Assistant Engineer at Free Energy Device – Julia Goyen.
Mastered by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering
Photography by Caitlin Worthington.
Artwork by Studio Papa


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Catherine Traicos is a critically acclaimed singer songwriter hailing from sunny Perth, Western Australia. Her songs ‘simmer with noir’*, the lyrics raw and emotive, her voice strong yet vulnerable; the whole - ethereal. She has graced such diverse stages as Nashville's iconic Bluebird Café and The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

* Barnaby Smith, Rolling Stone Magazine, 2014
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