These are Penelope's albums. Click on the highlighted ones to get the
- Between Light And Dark (PSCDOOI) 1993
on Foot (CC59521) 1995
- Homemade Wine (BMM 212.2) 1997
- Live At Woodford (BMM 218.2) 1998
Your Longings to the Doctor (BMM 222.2) 1998
- "Archive": Demos, out-takes and one-offs 1995-2000
- Monkey Comfort 2003
- "Archive Vol 2: Songs from the Borderline" 2005
- Skin: Deep - Polymorphous Love Songs 2007
Where can I buy Penelope's Music?
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Penelope is distributed by Black Market Music, and in Australia can be
found in HMV, JB Hi-Fi ad good alternative CD shops. http://www.blackmarketmusic.com.au/
Buy CD's online
sites also carry Totally Gourdgeous and some harder-to-get albums
A few of Penelope's songs in MP3 format are available at for free http://www.mp3.com.au/artist.asp?id=316
Penelope Swales / Homemade Wine
Penelope Swales / Justifying Your Longings To Doctor
Penelope Swales / Monkey Comfort
Penelope is also available on iTunes
"Monkey Comfort" (BMM 269.2) 2003
"Some people seek comfort in religion. Some use money, some like
power. Others prefer intoxication, adrenalin, oblivion, a whisky sour. But
the analgesic of my preference would have to be my own insignificance -
and I'll tell you how....."
- title track - Monkey Comfort
Praise for "Monkey Comfort"
"A stunning tour of moods and emotions not only for the
Folkies. Swales has enough power to touch anyone."
The Sunday Herald-Sun, Melbourne
"An outstanding collection..... 'Monkey Comfort' is Penelope Swales at
her very best ."
Rhythms Magazine, Australia
"A double taste of some of the best writing I have heard for some
time...a fantastic blend of musical ability and writing dexterity."
Trad and Now Magazine, Australia
"A formidable achievement. It signals a mature woman and an artist with
a humanist eye and one with formidable courage and skill."
Barfly Magazine, Cairns
Comfort” was Penelope's 7th solo CD in 10 years, and the
album was in the top 10 of the Australian Independent Blues and Roots
charts for 4 months from Jan – April 2004. Two CD's and seventeen tracks honed over 3 continents and four
years, it brings a whole new swag of thought-provoking ideas and
intriguing stories to bear. Monkey Comfort is a playful mix of
anthropology and anthropomorphism that draws on the lush imagery of the
natural world to describe the human condition. It examines both the
idealistic and cynical side of us as human beings, and strives to remind
us that we are, after all, animals and we are an inalienable part of the
Natural World. Intimate tales of daily life are set back to back with
world shattering events and an attempt to explain the very origins of
"The Raven and the Phoenix" tells the anguished story
of a friend who's baby was burned and highlights the way hard times
brought out the best in the surrounding community. "Farewell
Margaret" opens gently and excruciatingly the topic of how we say
goodbye to our dead and deal with the possessions they leave behind.
"Natural World" invites us to look again at Nature - not as a
resource to be plundered or even as a mythical icon to be worshipped, but
with genuine understanding and an awareness that only by both accepting
our own animality and learning to control it will we as a species have a
lasting future here. The title track "Monkey Comfort" digs even
deeper - it questions the very fabric of how we as people deal with the
big issues of life, death and our place in the scheme of things.
But love and sexuality are never far from the surface in Penelope's
work "These songs are from my Older-woman-younger-man suite" she
quips on stage. "Because I've graduated. I'm now old enough to be
older to anyone who's young enough to thing that I'm old. The fun bit is
that those people are now above the age of consent!"
"King Monkey" is an exuberant romp of a song, all delight and
surprise, while "20 Summers (Over you by Tuesday)" deals with
the slightly messier side of being an Older Woman. "Physical
World" explores the delights of being in love with a computer geek
(sadly not the one maintaining this website!)
Social Commentary and Politics are eternal themes in Penelope's work.
In Monkey Comfort she brings to the fore two beautiful and little known
songs from Australia's rich songwriting tradition. "Lionhearts"
by Dale Jones, a moving tribute to third world activists, and "Tell
Me Now" by Melanie Shanahan (ex Arramaieda) which asks people to
rethink the whitewashed version of Australian history in relation to the
treatment of indigenous people. From Penelope's own pen comes
"Safe Home" - which both deals with the human tragedy and
delivers a searing commentary on the "festival of political
opportunism" that followed the Sept 11 terrorist attacks. It also
contains a pointed dig at Australia's attitude to refugees.
"Antarctica" (written with Dale Jones) highlights the last great
wilderness and how the attempts to keep it a World Heritage area are
threatened by mining interests.
"Archive Vol 2: Songs from the Borderline 1989-1992"
Released at the behest of fans, "Songs From the Borderline"
features the best of Penelope's first 3 releases. "John's Sister:
Live in the Kitchen" (1989) "Songs From the Borderline"
(1991) and "Complacent Nation" (1992) These recordings were
originally released on cassette and have been unavailable for over a
decade. Newly remastered that have been made available on CD for the