Teacher’s mu­sic ca­reer takes off

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Lo­cal pri­mary school teacher and tal­ented mu­si­cian Steve Jones has re­leased an im­pres­sive de­but al­bum ‘The Devil’s Mas­quer­ade’ with ac­com­pa­ny­ing film clip from his folk rock band Steve Jones and The Vel­vet Gloves.

Band mem­bers Steve Jones, Mat­tiss Schu­bert, Bray­den Robb, Ben Baker and Glenn Sears have worked hard to re­lease the al­bum, which boasts a unique line up of in­stru­ments such as the vi­o­lin, man­dolin and pi­ano, with in­flu­ences rang­ing from rock to coun­try and clas­si­cal.

Based in Gee­long, they of­ten travel in Vic­to­ria and NSW with their fan­tas­tic live shows.

Mr Jones, who went to Fin­ley High School, stud­ied a mu­sic de­gree at Charles Dar­win Univer­sity.

He now trav­els to work as a pri­mary school teacher at both St Joseph’s Jer­ilderie and South Gee­long Pri­mary School.

The EP con­sists of a real, fresh and unique sound with great in­stru­men­ta­tion and con­tains five new songs.

A bonus song, The Bal­lad Of The Bush

ranger Kelly, won the 2011 Aus­tralian Ned Kelly Song­writ­ing Com­pe­ti­tion in Jer­ilderie.

‘‘Mu­sic means a lot for me,’’ Mr Jones said.

‘‘It’s good to be able to be cre­ative and travel to play gigs.

‘‘We’ve spent a long time get­ting the al­bum and film clip to fruition and we hope lis­ten­ers are as just happy with it as we are.

‘‘We had an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence per­form­ing at the Queen­scliff mu­sic fes­ti­val in 2012 and we hope to get in­volved in more folk fes­ti­vals to hope­fully gar­ner at­ten­tion from a record la­bel.’’

Mr Jones, who is the sole writer for the band, said he finds his cre­ative in­spi­ra­tion through his life’s jour­neys, with many per­sonal anec­dotes and re­la­tion­ships with women and whiskey hinted within the al­bum.

The Devil’s Mas­quer­ade was recorded at Gee­long’s Nova Sounds Stu­dios. The clip was filmed, un­der di­rec­tion of film­mak­ers Jon­ji­flex, in St Kilda and at the Max Ho­tel Gee­long.

Peo­ple can watch the film clip at

www.youtube.com.

The al­bum is avail­able to pur­chase from iTunes, or vis­it­ing

www.cd­baby.com.

St Joseph’s Jer­ilderie teacher Steve Jones and his band have re­leased their de­but al­bum and film clip.

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