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No Time To Die

Fireside Bellows
No Time To Die

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Liz Stringer, 2008

Jordie Lane and Tracy McNeil produce songs and performances as moving
as they are skillful  and inspiring. The beauty of Fireside Bellows makes
me weak at the knees, makes me smile, makes me weep. Powerful and
extraordinarily tender.

John Carver, Across The Tracks, 106.7fm PBSFM

Happenstance is a wondrous thing. A totally unexpected connection made from thousands of kilometres away turns out to be simply magical.
That's what happened when Canadian Tracy McNeil came to Melbourne and teamed up with Jordie Lane to become the duo Fireside Bellows. And what a wonderfully evocative name they chose. Their Americana harmonies are gorgeous and warm just like the invitation from a winters day open fire. Their songs are luscious and all engaging. The album No Time to Die is exactly right. Whilst there is music like this being made, there is no excuse for bad things happening in the world.
This album is a must for anyone's collection. File it along with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings! Long live the Fireside Bellows!

Wally De Backer (Gotye)

Fireside Bellows' Jordie Lane and Tracy McNeill have voices that sound
like they've been superglued together since birth. Their guitar and banjo
work isn't half brilliant either.

Mia Dyson

I love the album! It's so melancholy and beautiful. Harmonies are insane.

Jeff Jenkins, JB HI FI Magazine Dec 2008

Jordie Lane is an emerging star. 2009 will bring his debut solo album, but he also has a duo, Fireside Bellows, with Tracy McNeil, a Canadian singer now based in Melbourne. Sad songs say so much, and the opening cut here sets the tone for the album: “You’ve been cheatin’, you’ve been lyin’, you’ve been untrue …” This is a classic country and bluegrass collection, with tales of longing, loss, desperation and death. There’s something magical about a male and female voice together and No Time To Die is a downbeat delight. 4 stars

Jo Roberts EG, The Age 2008
You know that swoony feeling you get when you hear the voices of a man and woman blend so seamlessly, it’s as if their hearts are also beating in unison? Gram and Emmylou always do that for me. And now, Jordie Lane and Canadian singer-songwriter Tracy McNeil as Fireside Bellows. They have produced a breathtaking debut in No Time To Die, an album grounded in American roots from which the duo have branched out with their own sweet alt-country fruits… Lane and McNeil’s unhurried vocals remain the crown jewel amid sparkling company.

4 Stars

Sam Fell, Inpress(#1045, Nov 12, 2008)

One of the best musical unions seen and heard around these parts in some time.

The Daily Planet, ABC Radio National

Their debut CD No Time to Die covers the full gamut of country styles from tragic murder ballad to oh-so-clever love ditties via rockabilly and a touch of western swing. There are some memorable guest appearances from Garrett Costigan (pedal steel), Andy Baylor (fiddle) and the horn section known as the Hoodangers. But the real strength of this CD is the sweet harmony vocals and classic lyrics. 

Tim Burke, Inpress 2008

When local song writing talent Jordie Lane and interloping Canadian troubadour Tracy McNeil sat down one night and wrote On The Run together, Fireside Bellows was born. Less than a year later, the duo have released No Time To Die, and album of pure magic. Aside from their obvious musical chemistry and haunting harmonies, there is a dark humour and beauty to this album that is hard to ignore.

The opening refrains of I Ain’t Gonna Fall set the standards for the entirety of the album. Simple guitar drenched in those sweet harmonies that sing of heartbreak and a love gone astray. When the strings mournfully creep in during the second verse you feel your heart may break with along with that of the protagonists. On The Run is a brilliant first time effort, warm and emotive, yet displaying the often odd humour of the duo. In the Pines (a sinister take on Where Did You Sleep Last Night?) is a standout track. When Andy Baylor’s  fiddle comes in you get a chill that lingers till the end of the song. Understated The Last Road is charming, Jordie’s voice at its best. The title track goes on to highlight the subtle yet perfect harmonies the duo seemingly conjure at will, while closer Lost Along The Way is simply gorgeous, enhanced by a sublime guitar line throughout and enchanting strings on the outro as the song, and the album, gently fade away.

There are lighter moments throughout. Hypochondriac Blues proves a more humorous ode to heartbreak, allowing the duo to bring in friends like Liz Stringer on banjo and have some fun. Likewise Come Back Julie will inspire you to take your partner by the hand and dance up a storm, while the horns (supplied by the Hoodanger Horns) on Prime Time will keep you out there, like you got to wind down after a long day prospecting for gold. Tracy showcases her dark wit on Push Your Lover Down, a raucous ditty with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

A variety of influences have been improved upon here, as No Time To Die honours a mutual love for American roots music whilst staying true to the talents both artists have as individual musicians. A stunning album on all fronts.
#1047 Nov 26, 2008

JP, Readings Monthly Feb 2009

Local troubadour Jordie Lane has teamed up with now Melbourne-based Canadian songstress Tracy McNeil to deliver one of the more beautiful albums of recent times. Although recorded in Brunswick, a rich stream of Americana roots and bluegrass runs through the album, evoking such luminaries as Gillian Welch and David Rawlings (particularly the haunting Lost), Flying Burrito Brothers and Emmylou Harris. Te main attraction of Fireside Bellows, though, is the heavenly blend of Lane and McNeil’s harmonies,which make this album a must have for any relaxin’ evening.