Q&A Scene: Greg Arnold – Things of Stone and Wood

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

This is a real one-off Christmas good vibe show for us – I live in Geneva now so any chance to play with the ol’ band is just awesome – and with James Black too – that’s a Christmas present for me worth traveling around the world for!
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

We are a coopers beer, an oaky chardonay, a pesto pasta with lots of semi-dried tomatoes – like my haircut and beard – we’re an effectively frozen cafe meal from the early nineties – and we’re coming back I tells ya … any day now.
Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

I really love “In our home” off The Yearning, it’s got a huge TOSAW emotion to me, but lately I’ve been into “Rain fell down” – hits me right in the nostalgias.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

I once played a show in Freo with Carus, and someone came up to afterwards and said.

“I liked your version of Happy Birthday Helen. Sounded so like the original” To which I replied happily that I was glad it sounded like the original, it being me and everything. And then they added, “So that’s actually your song? You wrote that song?” again … happily I soaked up all the good vibes – affirming my role in the original song again … as I do whenever I get the chance …   “Really? … You’re really the guy?” They continued … “You really are Mick Thomas from the Weddoes?”
Where do you draw inspiration from?

Everything … all the time … eyes and ears open. You never know when a song is going to hit you in the head.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

“The Boxer” by Paul Simon. Perfect. Stellar melody and what a lyric! Verse two … unbelievable. “Let it Be” is no dog either.
What’s next for you?

Hopefully writing novels. Or more to the point, writing novels that somebody reads.

What’s your scene?

Well, I love melodic power pop and 70s rock, but I guess I’ll be forever associated (and happy about it) with acoustic music.

Seriously … you folk one rock!

About Things of Stone & Wood

Things of Stone and Wood  – Exclusive Melbourne Show  – MEMO Music Hall 18 December

Their only Melbourne appearance for 2015 will be held at MEMO as an exclusive Christmas show with Special guests: THE OLD MARRIED COUPLE (Syd).


Twenty-six years ago a rag-tag bunch of folkies got together and formed a band called Things of Stone and Wood that went on to define Melbourne in the early 90s.

Off the back of their top 10 single ‘Happy Birthday Helen’, the band achieved national success, international tours, a gold album ‘The Yearning’ and even a Late Show parody, kicking off a career that would place them as one of Australia’s most loved Folk-Rock bands.

Described as “Melbourne’s most inspired and inspiring acoustic band” (Michael Dwyer), their imaginative use of organic instruments set off an acoustic/folk movement that paved the way for the likes of John Butler, The Waifs and Angus & Julia Stone.

The band reformed last year for their 25th Anniversary and sold out three Northcote Social Clubs, as well as venues all around the country.

They’re back for their only Melbourne appearance for 2015 with an exclusive Christmas show at MEMO Music Hall on Friday 18 December.

Don’t miss this fantastic, energetic and iconic Melbourne band.

Gig Info

Doors Open: 8pm, Showtime 8.4011pm (with intermission)
Reserved Seats: $40.00 +bf
General Admin: $30.00 +bf
At the Door: $33.00 (if still available)

Tickets at www.memomusichall.com.au

MEMO Music Hall, 90 Acland Street St Kilda (Venue entrance at the rear of the RSL, via Albert Street)

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