Daughter's Fever Record Launch

with special guest Erkki Veltheim (violin)

Daughter's Fever


“Truly beautiful, one of the Australian albums of the year so far.” Utility Fog, FBi 94.5

Daughter’s Fever is co-led by acclaimed composer/trumpeter/sound artist Peter Knight, leader of the Australian Art Orchestra (trumpet and electronics) and singer-songwriter, Paddy Mann, of revered alt-folk group Grand Salvo, along with highly regarded Australian contemporary classical/jazz musicians Joe Talia (drums & Revox B77 tape machine), Erik Griswold (toy piano & prepared piano), Vanessa Tomlinson (junk percussion, marimba & vibraphone) and Andrew Brooks (saxophone). The group spins haunted folk, ambient pop and free improvised textures into an other-worldly place similarly inhabited by David Sylvian, Mark Hollis and Dean Roberts.

Paddy Mann’s distinctive tenor voice floats over spatters of electroacoustic crackle, bowed cymbal drones, junk percussion and toy piano, to create a sound that is at once alluring and strange. He reveals dreamscapes in whispers, sings of unresolved longing, and tells of a mysterious illness that threatens the life of a child.

A project that started with a chance meeting between Peter – a composer with abstract ‘new music’ ideas, and Paddy – a singer/songwriter with an interest in the avant-garde,- the pair began in earnest with this project around three years ago. Developing a truly collaborative approach using improvisation and some unusual approaches to songwriting, Daughter’s Fever embraces spontaneity and accident to create a truly hypnotic sound world.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and HellosQuare


Paddy Mann, vocals & guitar
Peter Knight, trumpet, bass & electronics
Joe Talia, drums and Revox B77 tape machine
Erik Griswold, toy piano and prepared piano
Vanessa Tomlinson, junk percussion, marimba and vibraphone
Erkki Veltheim violin



The idea sparked when folk singer Paddy Mann (Grand Salvo) and Australian Art Orchestra trumpeter Peter Knight discovered they both wanted to merge abstract musical expression with more direct forms such as singing. Three years and many collaborative sessions on, their wishes were fulfilled. The pensive fragility of Mann’s voice drifts in and out of arrangements bent on either hypnotising or haunting you. He sings of a daughter’s “fierce” fever – “It burned in her cheeks/And soaked in her sheets” – her bygone ailment staining the songs a melancholic sepia. In a time when production makes anything possible, this record reminds you what rich inner worlds can be summoned without it. There is electronic shading here but it never diminishes the record’s tangibility. With its Krautrock beat, care of drummer Joe Talia, The Dark Room is as anchored as these airy yet psychically suffocating compositions get. Vanessa Tomlinson and Andrew Brooks (saxophone) round out the rare chemistry.

, Sydney Morning Herald

Music that pushes boundaries in a delicate, thoughtful way too – not just by pulverising us with volume or distortion.

AMP Music Prize longlist judges’ description