''Naked' presents a marriage of exceptional lyrics and sensitive yet innovative music.' _Geoff Hayes, Rim Music, Australia ''Naked' has both tranquility and pace, which are captured beautifully, giving it an essence of life, warmth & charm...some kicking slide guitar...steamy sensuous violin & guitar...heartfelt vocals...A fine piece of work and an essential purchase.' Folking.com 'With strong vocals & excellent musicianship, the duo produce a unique sounding folk, that at times is fused with elements of jazz & blues. Jay uses a clever slide & thumbpick technique, while Cath's violin playing is smooth & elegantly phrased...A world class act.' Barfly Magazine, Australia 'Though the songs are shorn of extraneous instrumental trappings, the sound is far from bare...indeed extremely full in tone...Here the musical settings serve to generate the immediacy of the duo's vibrant live performances with great success...A very satisfying album.' _David Kidman, UK Featuring: Catherine Mundy (vocals, violin, piano, kalimba, percussion) Jay Turner (vocals, acoustic guitars in various tunings, blues harp, percussion) with occasional additional percussion by: Nigel Pegrum The Story... Mundy-Turner's second album release was recorded during 6 cyclone-threatened days in April 2000 at Select Sound in Cairns, Tropical Far North Queensland, Australia. The material featured songs sketched and written over the previous two years. Some pieces were written only weeks before the sessions. Most of the instrumentals & the songs Georgia-A Ladder to the Sky & You're No Angel were developed from Cath's musical score for La Boite Theatre's 1999 production of Jill Shearer play 'Georgia'. (The play was about the later life of legendary American visual- artist-painter Georgia O'Keefe.) In January 2000, Jay wrote a stunning song called Naked. It was almost painfully honest & so emotionally raw, whilst also poetic and elegant - breathtaking songwriting. Naked was instantly obvious as the title track of the album. Making a complete break from the band-concept of the duo's debut album High-Life, the artists created an intimate acoustic setting: more personal, more close-up and sparse in arrangement. The gorgeous black & white photography is by Miriam Millner, an exhibiting Art Photographer from Christchurch, New Zealand, who the duo met at the Canterbury Folk Festival, Wainui, during their NZ Tour 2000. Cath & Jay tell the story: "Miriam invited us to her home studio because, she said, she liked our onstage energy, but wanted to shoot beyond the public face and capture our 'essence'. Miriam's innate ability to put us completely at ease helped to make the session a treat. When we received the proof-sheet, whilst still on tour in NZ, it became clear that these were the images to go with our new album - they were perfect."