THERE was more than a little magic in the air on Sunday afternoon at the Tamworth launch of Enchanted Wood, Wendy Wood’s debut album.
Twenty years in the making, the capacity crowd in the Honky Tonk Bar of the Family Hotel would agree it was certainly worth the wait.
The quality songs, the musicianship, the expert recording by Steve Newton at ENREC Studio and the overall presentation of the album was simply stunning.
Her band was a first-class outfit, with album producer Steve Newton, Steve Charles, Phil Weaver, Kym Beare and Scotty Troutman.
Opening the show for Wendy were Tamworth-based The Voice finalist Brett Clarke and Currabubula’s favourite son, Steve Charles.
Wendy began her part of the event with a tribute to the late Gary Brown, who produced the song, A Bell Is Ringing Out In Beaconsfield, which she also included on her debut disc.
Carolyne Morris joined Wendy for on-stage harmonies and the finale featured harmony vocals from Carolyne, Bruce O’Hara, Kerry Walsh and Mike Casey.
Wendy’s made a huge commitment with this album, and from each sale, $2 will be directed towards research into cystic fibrosis, a cause very close to Wendy’s heart. Her daughter Cassie has CF and they have many friends with the illness.
Wendy sold about 40 CDs on the day, in addition to all the pre-orders she’d had through her Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign. People paid a gold-coin donation at the door and there were raffles, which were well supported by the audience. It’s expected several hundred dollars will result from the afternoon, all of which will be directed to CF.
“I got such lovely, positive feedback from the day,” Wendy said.
“I couldn’t pick my jaw up off the ground when I saw how many people turned up. It was quite overwhelming.”
At this stage, albums are only available from Wendy, but she is in the process of arranging to put it up on iTunes and it may be available in selected Tamworth outlets – and of course, at one of her gigs.