Black Ducks retells a tale from a Northern Rivers bushman of how he used to catch black ducks on the riverbank in Coraki NSW. His method was so ingeniously simple that the ducks were lulled into a state of relaxation as they awaited release. Bates gives the tale a very human existential twist.
The work features Geoffrey Bates on vocals and guitars, Nick Peterson on piano, Kym Watling on banjo, fiddle, and backing vocals, and Scott French on keyboards and drums.
Black Ducks was recorded, arranged, and produced by Geoffrey Bates at Watling & Bates’ Unumgar Studio in NSW, with additional recording, engineering, and final mix by Scott French of Lovestreet Studios, Currumbin Qld and mastering by Paul Blakey of 12th & Vine Post, Broadbeach, Qld.