Biography

Meadow Argus

Australian psych folk freaks, Meadow Argus travel forgotten mountain tracks and narrow country lanes collecting imagined folklore and abandoned ephemera. Found sounds intertwine with bubbling synths, intricate acoustic guitars, and spaced-out electrics. Woven into a tattered and worn tapestry of pastoral acoustic abstracts, whimsical electronica, and sparklingly dark jangle fuzz pop songs.

Hailing from the outskirts of Eastern Australia’s hinterland town of Maleny, traditionally Gabi Gabi and Jiniburra country,  Meadow Argus infuses elements of traditional psychedelia and space rock with themes common to the folklore and balladry of the British Traditional Folk Revival. Although a certain rural whimsy pervades the extended, cinematic pieces, the music still glimmers with power and invention.

 

Main songwriter and producer, Jevan Cole is an interpreter of folk music, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist whose musical output has always veered towards the dark corners of the human psyche. As well as drawing from the deep well of traditional folk music and lore, his compositions are influenced and informed by mythic literature, esoterica and ecological soundscapes. His songs blend the earthy with the esoteric, dirt with space, logic with spirit. He is also a gardener, field ecologist and environmentalist.

Jevan Cole

Meadow Argus is the studio-based project from Australian guitarist, producer, and audio tinkerer, Jevan Cole.

Following a brief stint in the mid-80s with Brisbane Psych-Pop kids, Baton Rouge, Jevan dove headlong into 30 of years of performance and recording with a series of bands that could loosely be described as 'folk', 'trad', or even 'art / trad / folk'.

 

During this period, he released 10 albums with various acts: One Straw, The Charlie Moorland Trio, Ragged and in various collaborative combinations with Seamus Kirkpatrick (vocals, wind), and Jan Van Dijk (fiddle).

 

The years spent immersed in this music culminated with “Cole and Van Dijk's" critically acclaimed second album, “Sins of a Li'l Later Kiss”. 

After the subsequent promotion and touring of 'Sins…', the pair hung up their stage glitters and went their own ways.

 

While Jan jumped into the burgeoning Brisbane gypsy jazz / a' la Django scene, Jevan dove down the rabbit hole of psychedelia, early electronic, and wyrd-folk; all genres that had piqued his musical heart early in life. 

At his home in the bucolic hinterland town of Maleny, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, a shed was transformed, gear was begged, borrowed, and recovered from long lost recesses of old, dusty cupboards and Meadow Argus was born.

Through the new-found freedoms of individual practice, occasional collaboration, and absolutely no deadlines, Cole created an imaginary sonic world inhabited by the ghosts and aliens of soundscapes collected from years of musical exploration, collection and wonder.

And while all of the new flashing lights and twirly knobs truly captured his attention and imagination, his deep and abiding affection for acoustic music remained, resulting in a gloriously messy cross pollination of genres and sounds. 

 

With nods to the giants of musical innovation, exciting new protagonists and, of course, the most wonderful outliers in the folk / psych / wyrd world, Meadow Argus emerged, fully formed and ready for flight.

A Potted History of (mis)Remembered Events and Highlights

From Meadow Argus backwards in time to Baton Rouge with some favourite tracks

Meadow Argus (2017 - Present)

Instruments, Singing, Field Sounds, Production

 

With:

Ellie Dalton: Vocals, Organ

Emma McDonald: Saw

David Megarrity: Vocals, Guitar

Nick Lavers: Modular Synth

Rob Longstaff: Percussion

Kaitlyn Hold: Guitar

Audrey, Django, Coby, Maia: Ebow Drones

Coby Cole Stegman: Vocals

Lizzie O'Keefe: Theramin

Releases:

 

Silverling (LP - 2021)

Elapid (EP - 2019)

Fish Dreams the Universe (EP - 2019)

No : No : Winter (EP - 2018)

Hats for a Hollow God (EP - 2018)

 

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Small Engine Chorus (2019 - Present)

Effected / Affected Guitars

With:

Nick Lavers: Modular Synth

 

Releases:

 

Phosphenes Vol. 1 - Re/Structure (EP - 2020)

Cole and Van Dijk (2002 - 2013)

Acoustic Guitar

With:

Jan Van Dijk: Fiddle

 

Releases:

 

Sins of a Li'l Later Kiss (CD - 2012)

Tunes of Curly Nature (CD - 2003)

 

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Performance Highlights:

 

East Coast Canada Tour 2013 - Folk Alliance International, Toronto to East Coast Music Awards, Halifax.

including Concerts with "Diesel", Old Man Leudecke", Vishten, Dave Gunning, Andy Brown, Tim Chaisson.

 

East Coast of Australia Tour, 2012. With Vishten, Andy Brown, Tim Chaisson, Andy Gunning

QFF Festival of Small Halls Tour 2012 with Rose Cousins and Jordy Lane

 

Featured artist, Closing Concert, "Atlantica Pacifica", Woodford Folk Festival, 2012, 2013

Featured artist, Fire Event, Woodford Folk Festival, 2013

Featured artist, Fiddler's Concert, Woodford Folk Festival, 2012

 

Live Collaborations with MacMaster / Hay, Josefina Paulsen, Vishten

 

Support slot for Seamus Begley and Jim Murray, The Powerhouse, 2006

Support slot for Sharron Shannon, The Powerhouse, 2006

Woodford Folk Festival 

Apollo Bay Music Festival

Fairbridge Folk Festival, WA, 2013

Port Fairy Folk Festival, Vic, 2013

National Folk Festival, ACT, 2013

Mullum Music Festival 2012, 2013

Woodford FF Site Plantings and Program Launches

Other Highlights

 

2 Nominations for Best Song at the 2012 Queensland Music Awards:

          Red High Chair / Old Leaves and a Cold Cree

          Got me all at Sea

The Charlie Moorland Trio (2001 - 2006)

Acoustic Guitar

With:

Seamus Kirkpatrick: Vocals, Clarinet

Jan Van Dijk: Fiddle

 

Releases:

 

Exentrique (CD - 2003)

 

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Performance Highlights: 

 

Featured artist, Woodford Film Festival - Live improvisation to Buster Keaton Movies

Live Collaborations with Ewen Mackenzie (Gypsy Jazz Guitarist)

Live Soundtrack to "Brown Room" theatre production, 2006

 

Woodford Folk Festival

The National Folk Festival

Tablelands Folk Festival

Apollo Bay Folk Festival

Port Fairy Folk Festival

Brunswick Music Festival

Woodford Plantings and Program Launches

Ragged (2003 - 2005)

Acoustic Guitar

With:

Jenny Fitzgibbon - Vocals

Jan Van Dijk: Fiddle

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Releases:

 

Live at the Powerhouse (CD - 2003)

 

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Performance Highlights:

 

Support slot for Martin Wyndham-Read, The Powerhouse, 2002

 

Woodford Folk Festival

Cole, Kirkpatrick, and Van Dijk (2000 - 2006)

Acoustic Guitar, Octave Mandolin

 

With:

Seamus Kirkpatrick: Vocals, Clarinet, Flute, Whistle, Acoustic Bass

Jan Van Dijk: Fiddle

 

Releases:

 

Crows Three (CD - 2002)

           

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Performance Highlights:

 

Featured artist, Guitar Concert, Port Fairy FF 2001

 

Woodford Folk Festival

Hervey Bay Folk Festival

Port Fairy Folk Festival

National Folk Festival

Brunswick Music Festival

Apollo Bay Music Festival

Jevan Cole and Seamus Kirkpatrick (1996 - 2000)

Acoustic Guitar, Octave Mandolin

With:

Seamus Kirkpatrick: Vocals, Clarinet, Flute, Whistle, Acoustic Bass

Releases:

 

Feet Marked by Change (CD - 2000)

Gamins and Grandees (CD - 1998)

Performance Highlights:

 

Support slot for Richard Thompson, The Tivoli, Brisbane 1998

Support slot for Bert Jansch, The Tivoli, Brisbane 1997

Live accompaniment to Hervey Bay FF Fire Event 1997, 1998

Live accompaniment to Harvest Rain's theatre production of Bocaccio's 1347, outdoors at the Mt. Cootha Botanical Gardens, 1996

 

Woodford Folk Festival

Hervey Bay Folk Festival

Port Fairy Folk Festival

National Folk Festival

Tablelands Folk Festival

Solo Performances (1994 - 1997)

Acoustic Guitar

Solo fingerstyle guitar instrumentals

Releases:

 

The Gatekeeper (CD - 1997)

Performance Highlights:

 

Support slot for Bert Jansch, The Aussie Nash Hotel, Brisbane 1996

Featured artist, Guitar Concert, Woodford FF 1997

 

Woodford Folk Festival

Helidon Folk Festival

The National Folk Festival

The Toothfaeries (1993 - 1994)

Mandolin

An early, pre-recording, pre-publicity line up of Brisbane's Feral Funksters. Lots of fun gigs - 4ZZZ Market Days, Hervey Bay Folk Festival, Cafes, Bars, Green Left Actions etc... I bailed at the first mention of seriousness...

With:

Marcello Milani - Vocals, Guitar

Grant MacMillan - Vocals, Guitar

Robert Pound - Bass

Ben Ely - Congas, Vocals

One Straw (1991 - 1994)

Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion

With:

Annie Deller - Vocals, Silver Flute

Michael Peterson - 12 String Guitar, Mandolin, Glockenspiel

Bill Rodgers - Wooden Flute, Celtic Harp, Whirly Tube, Whistles, Percussion

Steven Stanley - Double Bass

and an earlier, brief incarnation with:

Chris Burton - Acoustic Bass

John Edwards - Congas

Releases:

 

Spinner's Dance (CD - 1992)

Performance Highlights:

 

Support slot for Fairport Convention 1992????

After party gig for De Dannan, 1991

 

Maleny Folk Festival (1991, 1992, 1993)

Cabarlah Folk Festival

Helidon Folk Festival

Pangola Rainforest Festival

Hervey Bay Folk Festival

Port Fairy Folk Festival

National Folk Festival

Tablelands Folk Festival

Residencies at The Valley Markets, Petrie Markets

Lots of Medieval Fayres and Weddings

Baton Rouge (1986 - 1987)

Electric Guitar, Phasers, and Paisley

With:

Ian Walker - Vocals, Bass

Sean Koerner - Guitar

Tod Lindemann - Drums

Releases:

Baton Rouge (3 Track Demo Tape)

Performance Highlights:

 

Various seedy bars and parties around Brisbane whilst still underage:

The Outpost

The Love Inn

St. Paul's tavern

Rochedale Scout Hall

Backyard parties