My Goodness, McGuiness! are connected to an older tradition, of which Bart k himself was enthusiastically a part, and which was best expressed in the jazz idiom by Gil Evans. It is the artist as ethnographer, equipped with education and knowledge but wanting to learn something new, opening their ears to the world and letting it sing to them. The arrangements live up to this attitude in every way, from their openness and light melodic touch to the chosen instrumentation. Insular Peninsular, is the first recording from the group, and will be released through Rufus Records/Universal in May 2011. It features a mostly gentle instrumental landscape of blue-blood 1970s pop covers and original songs by leading man, Lucian McGuiness. A trombone player, composer, and producer, McGuiness has performed with ensembles as varied as Joanna Newsom, the Mike Nock Project, King Tide, Steve Hunter's Nine Lives and the Orkestra of the Underground. MGMcG! began as a catharsis for Lucian, a way to process the tunes that he grew up with. With his childhood friend - saxophonist Dan Junor - the group continue that theme.Using Fabian Hevia's simple percussion (one conga, a cajon and a shaker) instead of the more bombastic sounds of the full kit allows more room for lyricism and balance.
1. Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye
2. Oh! You Pretty Things
5. Ghost of a Chance
6. Angel & Rickie-Lee
7. Miss Gradenko