Glen Helen Homestead Lodge an outback oasis...
Glen Helen Homestead Lodge
an outback
oasis...

Chris Aronsten

Chris-Aronsten
If Chris Aronsten wasn’t born on the west coast of Ireland, he should have been. For his latest collection of songs The Road to Ballyvaughn strikes to the heart of the English and Irish folk tradition. Yet this sensitive singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, based in Byron Bay, remains a unique and unashamedly Australian voice.

Aronsten plays guitar, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, spoons and stomp-box. And there is no shortage of energy in his solo performance. A typical concert includes original songs and a few selected covers played on the various instruments. He blends the songs with fiddle tunes, American-style bluegrass flat-picking on guitar, and instrumentals on mandolin.

In recent years Aronsten has begun making headway into the UK festival circuit. He has spent the past few northern summers there, playing folk clubs, country halls and house concerts across England, as well as some time in Ireland’s County Clare playing in sessions and meeting some great musicians. He appeared at the Warwick Folk Festival and the Broadstairs Folk Week in Kent In the U.K., and back in Australia at the Maldon Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival in Canberra.

Aronsten did two Australian tours with Maddy Prior in 2000 and 2002 and has supported Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, Bert Jansch, Christy Moore, Seamus Begley and Jim Murray, Lunasa and Fairport Convention when they’ve toured Australia.

His Album The Road To Ballyvaughn:

What makes The Road to Ballyvaughn so special is that Aronsten has pared back the instrumentation to produce what is essentially a live recording of 12 finely-crafted, simple melodies and stories. First he recorded the guitar and voice together – only keeping first or second takes from start to finish – then adorned them only as needed with lines from the mandolin or violin, which weave images of countryside through which he has wandered, thinking of loves lost and love within reach. His time spent playing in England and Ireland with the masters of traditional form is evident in the skill he brings to the lyrics and tunes.

“I wanted an honest presentation of the songs, without any cutting and pasting. Then it becomes a true reflection of my performance.”

www.chrisaronsten.com

Testimonial1

Of all the places we stayed during our one week trip around Alice Springs this is the only place I would love to go back to. I do not care that there is no television, no air con and pretty simple accommodation. The atmosphere is lovely and personal, there was a roaring fire and live music in the evening, a toy box in the reception area for children, old books and magazines and after days of eating over priced chewy pizzas the restaurant was like arriving in heaven! Proof that you can have nice food in a remote location – we were looking forward to dinner every night and enjoyed kangaroo, camel sausages and crocodile spring rolls matched with great Aussie wines. It was the one place we would have loved to have stayed longer – the images speak for themselves. Will be back for sure.

Loved it – great food in the outback!!!

2015-05-12T10:06:47+00:00

Loved it – great food in the outback!!!

Of all the places we stayed during our one week trip around Alice Springs this is the only place I would love to go back to. I do not care that there is no television, no air con and pretty simple accommodation. The atmosphere is lovely and personal, there was a roaring fire and live View Full →

Testimonial4

Just a quick e-mail to say how much we enjoyed our recent stay at Glen Helen, such a stunning location, friendly atmosphere, super service and great food – and accommodation, while as advised was basic, we found it spotlessly clean and all we really needed was there for an overnight stop. The highlight was the Ormiston Gorge Helicopter flight, just jaw droppingly beautiful – I think the pilot thought our microphones weren’t working, when in fact we were just speechless!

Jaw droppingly Beautiful

2015-05-22T10:50:57+00:00

Jaw droppingly Beautiful

Just a quick e-mail to say how much we enjoyed our recent stay at Glen Helen, such a stunning location, friendly atmosphere, super service and great food – and accommodation, while as advised was basic, we found it spotlessly clean and all we really needed was there for an overnight stop. The highlight was the View Full →

Testimonial3

We arrived from the west, so the place felt like the middle of nowhere, but really it is only 45 minutes easy drive from Alice Springs. The staff were friendly and helpful; the room was cozy but small and not real flash, however this is an unpretentious place and the value was there. We were amazed to find a terrific restaurant here and had a fabulous meal which would be worth driving out from Alice for, even if you weren’t staying over. Thoroughly recommended. PS Please ask the tour bus operators not to de-stone their dual wheels in front of the bowser!

A friendly oasis

2015-05-22T10:49:48+00:00

A friendly oasis

We arrived from the west, so the place felt like the middle of nowhere, but really it is only 45 minutes easy drive from Alice Springs. The staff were friendly and helpful; the room was cozy but small and not real flash, however this is an unpretentious place and the value was there. We were View Full →

Testimonia2

Glen Helen Resort was one of our stops on our travels through the Outback. all hotels were pre-arranged and we didn’t really now what to expect. Glen Helen Resort was out first Outback stop along the red centre way, and provided us with a with a real outback feeling. The Resort is very simple, the rooms small and cozy, but very clean and the staff were really friendly and kind. The evening meal was superb, the music in the evening was very fitting and could be enjoyed outside on the patio as well. The sandwiches we got the next day to take with us were the best sandwiches we had all trip. All in all avery simple but very nice and authentic resort.

Authentic Outback

2015-05-12T10:07:21+00:00

Authentic Outback

Glen Helen Resort was one of our stops on our travels through the Outback. all hotels were pre-arranged and we didn’t really now what to expect. Glen Helen Resort was out first Outback stop along the red centre way, and provided us with a with a real outback feeling. The Resort is very simple, the View Full →