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Departures Only
United States, Oregon, Portland

About Departures Only

During the sunny, California summer months of 2001, the musical group Departures Only formed when Reggie Freeman and John Kirby were introduced to each other by a mutual friend. The friend's name is worth mentioning here... quite interesting, Karma Spore. Both Freeman and Kirby had been involved in successful music projects in the past, but at the time neither of them was engaged in any musical en ... read more

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John Kirby

John writes all the songs, both the music and the lyrics. He also plays rhythm guitar and is the lead vocalist. The songs are arranged primarily by John although sometimes Reggie helps with this as well.

John Kirby

Composer Guitarist Lyricist Songwriter Vocalist
John writes all the songs, both the music and the lyrics. He also plays rhythm guitar and is the lead vocalist. The songs are arranged primarily by John although sometimes Reggie helps with this as we...

Lliam Hanrahan

Lliam Hanrahan makes a living as a studio musician playing the bass. When he is not busy with that he is kind enough to share his incredible bass playing skills with Departures Only. Listen to his bass lines in these songs..... he is truly remarkable!

Lliam Hanrahan

Bassist
Lliam Hanrahan makes a living as a studio musician playing the bass. When he is not busy with that he is kind enough to share his incredible bass playing skills with Departures Only. Listen to his bas...

Lliam Hart

Lliam's home base is Oakland, CA. Since he is the kind of drummer that can do ANYTHING he is constantly being asked to travel and tour with other musical acts. His first choice though are the songs written by John Kirby.

Lliam Hart

Drummer
Lliam's home base is Oakland, CA. Since he is the kind of drummer that can do ANYTHING he is constantly being asked to travel and tour with other musical acts. His first choice though are the songs w...

About Departures Only

During the sunny, California summer months of 2001, the musical group Departures Only formed when Reggie Freeman and John Kirby were introduced to each other by a mutual friend. The friend's name is worth mentioning here... quite interesting, Karma Spore. Both Freeman and Kirby had been involved in successful music projects in the past, but at the time neither of them was engaged in any musical endeavors. They did, however realize that they both wanted to get back into doing what they loved to do most, creating music. Soon they both began to realize that they each had something to offer the other. Freeman - lead guitar virtuoso and engineering wiz, was fully ready to go with an American made Strat, Pro Tools and a loaded G5. Kirby - songwriter extraordinaire with songs so original and hook-ey Freeman nicknamed Kirby 'The Hook' , had just come off writing a set of brand new songs. So, off they went. ~ We need just a little bit of history here though:
Reggie Freeman cut his teeth playing in the Boulder, Colorado club circuit for a few years. Then, after moving to San Anselmo, a very cool, small city in Marin County, California he got involved in engineering, mixing and performing in Marin venues and various recording studios. He was associate producer and engineer on Shauna Morrison's (Van's daughter, also from San Anselmo) first album. He also did sound for numerous downtown San Rafael clubs and night spots. From these roots Freefall Arts studio was born. Freeman created his own unique multi-track studio located in an old railroad ticket building in the heart of San Anselmo.
After the life and death of two noteworthy, local independent San Francisco bands in the 1990's, (Vavoom, Ritalin Kids) singer/songwriter John Kirby's original songs had already been established and were popular. Over the course of a couple of years he had compiled two long sets of well thought-out, totally original and melodic acoustic guitar bred songs. After playing solo in various SF clubs for just under a year, John wanted to put a band together again. He moved north across the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County. This is where Kirby and Freeman met. John was eager to get back into the studio again, and soon became drawn into Freeman's Freefall Arts studio recording experience. And soon after Reggie heard John's original songs, he realized they were too good not to start making a record and immediately proposed a partnership. John's previous drummer, Oakland resident Lliam Hart (Vavoom, Minus 1, Black Balloon, Ritalin Kids, Information Society, World Party) and the highly sought after local Marin studio genius bassist Lliam Hanrahan formed the rhythm section of the band and soon the Departures Only project took off.
Fast forward to the present!
The group's latest incarnation sounds better than ever. Kirby's acoustic guitar and crafty songwriting sculpted with synergy and finesse along with the expertise of Freeman's studio production and gifted lead guitar have made this group's sound hard to categorize and one-of-a-kind. Also the energy watching them live on two acoustics is super sonic. Departures Only now makes it's home in Portland, Oregon and the band's live show is not to be missed.

--R. Reed ~ STANZA Literary Arts Magazine 2012

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Just uploaded the song River of Tears. Please check it out and message the band about it. We would love to hear from you! And thanks so much for your support and for listening to Departures Only!

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Thank you to supporters and all listeners! ~ Please have a listen....Don't Worry About Ted is #1 for Alternative, Oregon.

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Greetings Departures Only Subscribers! ~ Just wanted to take a minute to let you know about a new song we have out. It's called Don't Worry About Ted and it is about a friend of ours, his name is Ted of course! The song came about because Ted is one of the most together people we know - he has his own business, owns a house, a couple classic cars and he is just an all around great guy. He does, however spend a lot of time working in his shop for his business and many of our friends who also know him talk about the fact that he works too much and doesn't get out enough. Well, we think these people should just keep their unverified opinions to themselves because that's the way he likes it ~ he likes his life that way, so don't worry about him! Check out the song, and I'm sure you will agree! Thanks again everyone for subscribing and for your continued support of Departures Only!

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We appreciate all the support we have received for our newest songs, Ocean and Jane's Club! If you haven't had a chance to check them put, please do so. Share them and like them on Facebook and keep listening and checking out our site periodically. We will be posting new material again soon!

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Well hey all you mailing list subscribers!!! Reg and I want to thank you for listening to our songs and for your continued support and interest of Departures Only. It really means a lot to us that you have taken the time to check out our music and comment on the songs. We welcome and encourage you to listen more and to let us know when you can relate to what's happening in the music; or if you can't relate we'd like to know too. We are posting a new song today and would love to get your feedback. In this song Reggie plays a Cuatro which is an eight stringed mandolin-type instrument that originates and is usually heard in the country of Puerto Rico, Reggie's chidhood playground. So listen for it, and see if you recognize it!! Thank you all again and please keep in touch.

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