The Last Of The Field Street Blues

by Alex Abbot & Tristan Louth-Robins

  • Streaming + Download




This is a partial document of the last music recorded at 3 Field Street, Normanville in early 2001 before the property was sold by my dad in February 2001. This is the house I spent a large portion of my childhood growing up in and later became a place to stay on weekends away from university in the city.

Alex Abbot is an old friend of mine from high school and my early 20's, a good 25 years my senior he taught me a great deal about playing acoustic blues music, banjo picking and we spent a good deal of time between 1997-2002 playing music together. A massive influence on my early musical development and what would later manifest itself in the current Garden Ruin activity.

In January 2001 I bought a new Tascam 424 Portastudio and brought it down to Normanville one weekend. Alex came by with his open tuned Yamaha acoustic guitar and banjo and I had a DeGrucy acoustic as well as a few old guitars my dad had hung on the wall. (you can hear my dad's Epiphone 12-string acoustic on the version of the traditional 'Delia's Gone'.)

I get pretty moved hearing 'Delia's Gone' now, by my 19-year-old standards it's a pretty good performance and Alex's work (vocally and with guitar) is just, well...simply class. This set also contains a cover of Bob Broznan's 'Death' and a stab at my own 'Basement To The Attic',

It was a fun afternoon and I have very fond memories of it. We recorded a lot more stuff, but this is all that was mixed to a C90 cassette. The original tracks had since been erased over a decade ago.

TLR, June 2013.


released January 20, 2001

Image courtesy of Julie Robins. Photo taken at The Annex Shed in December 1998. TLR sitting, Alex Abbot foregrounded.

Alex Abbot - vocals (Death, Delia's Gone), Epiphone 12-string guitar and banjo.
Tristan Louth-Robins - vocals (Basement To The Attic), DeGrucy 6-string guitar.

All tracks recorded in early January 2001 to a Tascam 424 Portastudio in the living room of a house on Field Street.



all rights reserved


Garden Ruin Adelaide, Australia

Garden Ruin is Tristan Louth-Robins' singer-songwriter guise. His songs cover an eclectic sonic terrain of folk, Americana and slowcore. On stage he'll often wear a colourful shirt, have a tremolo pedal handy and is occasionally joined by comrade and masterful string flexer, Thomas Kalleske (Athletic Teenage Joggers, Porchlight Parade). ... more


contact / help

Contact Garden Ruin

Streaming and
Download help