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Behind The Songs – Life On The Border

Welcome to the first in a series of videos where Ill be talking about the songwriting process and the recording of each of the songs on our CD Life on the Border.

The Wishing Well launches ‘Life on the Border’ single

Released 20th January 2008. Download the press release as a PDF.

jai-pic11.jpgBeguiling orchestral and lush, Melbourne band The Wishing Well create spellbinding sounds which produce a rich tapestry of mesmerizing folk, pop and rock.

Performing together for just over twelve months, they are relative newcomers to the scene, The Wishing Well however come with an impressive musical maturity and remarkable background. Lead singer Jai Larkan has previously supported artists such as Bob Geldof, Andy White, Liam O’Maonlai and Tim Finn.

Clearly The Wishing Well have defined their craft in a remarkably timeframe together, having played an impressive 130 gigs on the live national circuit, including playing at the Queenscliff Music Festival.

Music Oz Awards finalists (2007), The Wishing Well evoke an extraordinary gamut of emotions with their compelling and awe-inspiring arrangements spun around magnificently poetic lyrics. A cacophony of three part harmonies, wistful violin and majestic rhythms all melded to lead singer Jai Larkan’s achingly strong and haunting vocals. Continue Reading »

Musician’s gain from pain – Article

This article was written by Kelly Brown for The Moreland Leader on 05th Nov 2007.

Jai Larkan FROM Cairo to Brunswick, Jai Larkan’s song “Life on the Border” has been a hit with audiences. Now he’s won the latest heat of the Moreland Good Folk Song competition.

The song about taking control during change, written a world away in Egypt, took out the final heat of the competition at the Brunswick Hotel on October 23.

The first of three finals was last Tuesday night. The second final will be held on November 13.

Larkan (pictured), of St Kilda, was in Egypt for most of 2005, while his wife studied Arabic and she  encouraged him to take control of his career.

“It was there I started playing more and became more of a performer,” he said. “I’m now nurturing an ongoing career as a performer rather than just being a lounge room songwriter.”

Larkan said he sang the song to English speaking audiences at various clubs and festivals in Egypt and since returning to Australia has taken every opportunity to have himself heard.

“It’s about being in that transition period between different parts of your life, the past and future,” he said.

One lyric is ‘A pearl has grown where the pain was thrown’ that says with difficult things positive changes can come out of them.”

The Wishing Well at The Noise Bar Oct 27th

We’ll be playing a very special night of music at The Noise Bar that will be filmed live and several other great acts will be offering up their musical talents on the night as well.

When?  Saturday 27th October, 7.30pm

Where? The Noise Bar
291 Albert Street
How Much ?  $10

Here’s the poster.

Live at the Noise Bar flyer


Dying With You Baby – Live Video at Musicland

This is a live performance we did at Musicland in Melbourne, May 2007. Enjoy!

Website Launched

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