This is the official website of Australian Singer Songwriters Carl Cleves and Parissa Bouas. Their latest album 'HALOS 'ROUND THE MOON' is released on Stockfisch Records.

From heart wrenching, award winning ballads and rousing anthems to gripping stories, Carl and Parissa’s genre-busting songs have riveted and uplifted audiences from Berlin to Brazil, Madagascar to Melbourne. Better known in Australia as The Hottentots, their classic folk melodies combine with exceptional lyrics and an international flavour, featuring Parissa’s ‘sweet, rich and soaring’ vocals, Carl’s warm rustic baritone and guitar magic.

SMH, Bruce Elder **** “This is one album worth owning simply because there are a number of amazing songs..”


Tour Tasmania 2019

Dear friends and fans,

Carl and I have been on some epic creative journeys of late: Carl with a stunning new solo album, just launched and me with my wonderful all female Afro Brazilian percussion, song and dance ensemble Meninas da Lua!!!  But we have missed our little duo project, so we very much look forward to coming down to Tasmania over January!!! 

We’ll be performing songs from ‘Halos ‘round the Moon’ locally  at  Cygnet Folk Festival, Tasmania , January 11-13, and  a retrospective smattering from our 5 previous albums.  Carl will also be performing songs from his new album 'Before Twilight turns to Night'  and he will also share some travel tales from his page-turning memoir, ‘Tarab: Travels with My Guitar’ (Transit Lounge), an epic, mesmerizing tale of high adventure and the search for meaning.

We will be performing some other shows and house concerts around the lovely isle, keep you posted!

We are very happy with the response to our latest CD, ‘Halos 'round the Moon’. 

Halos ‘round the Moon’  is our 2nd album produced by famous tone meister, Gunter Pauler, who’s worked with Clapton, Sting and The Stones, and released on his renowned German audiofile label, Stockfisch Records.  As with our first Stockfisch release, this CD is a super audio, surround sound, high fidelity album, that can be played on CD players of all descriptions!  But, the songs are not available for digital download.
On previous albums we’ve woven threads of world music with folk.  ‘Halos ‘round the Moon’ skirts new territory with a slight jazz inflection fused with folk sensibilities.  This just happened to be the kind of songs Carl and I were writing when we went into the studio.  Our often socio -political subject matter is, this time, more introspective and personal.
Some good news - Carl won't need thumb surgery, so there will be more tours booked in for next year!! keep you posted...

Many thanks to the fabulous house concert hosts for our past tour to Tassie ...many fond memories

Hope to see you soon
All the best,
Parissa and Carl

The Bethlehem Bell Ringer Live


Dear friends, 

Transit Lounge Publishing has released a NEW EDITION of my book of travel and music stories around the world “Tarab. Travels with my guitar’. The edition has been expanded to 400 pages with more stories, several of them in Australia and is now not only available in print format but also digitally as a Kindle eBook through Amazon.com and elsewhere on the web. I am thrilled with the new look. What do you think?
The book is accompanied by a CD of songs, which can be purchased through CD Baby
An early draft sample story can be read at http://www.carlcleves.com/roadstories.html
‘By any measure, Cleves deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Thesiger, Burton and Newby. He is an astute observer, a passionate participant … ’ Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald
‘An extraordinary tour of wild times and wilder places. I have laughed, gasped and loved every startling page. ’ Jeni Caffin, Writers Festival director

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