Tim Rogers, Jen Cloher, Amy Shark and the gigs they’d most like to see
For Tim Rogers, it’s the thrill that comes from taking a punt, stepping through the door of a random venue, listening to an unknown act and being blown away. For Jen Cloher, it’s the buzz of seeing an artist they’ve followed for years come into their full glory. For Sally Seltmann, it’s a classical concert in a candle-lit church.
We asked a bunch of our favourite local musicians to tell us which gigs they’re most looking forward to seeing over the months ahead, and their responses – much like their music – were inspiring and full of surprises. Enjoy.
Jen Cloher with T’HONI.Credit:Marcelle Bradbeer
Melbourne-based singer/songwriter whose latest album. I Am The River, The River Is Me, is out in March.
My pick is Moju with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. They have a new album coming out on March 24, a tribute to their uncle and inspired by their Filipino ancestry.
I’ve known Moju since they were about 19; we used to jam around the kitchen table back in the day. I think they have really become one of the great artists of this country, a sensational guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, a great musician, and they really know how to put on a show.
To hear their music with a symphony orchestra at the Sydney Opera House for Sydney World Pride (February 21), and at Hamer Hall (Arts Centre, March 17), will be really something.
Just to see them in those venues, they’ve earnt their place to be on those stages, they have worked solidly for 30 years as a touring artist. So yeah, lots of respect for Moju.
Jen Cloher plays Perth, May 6; Adelaide, May 12; Brisbane, May 20; Melbourne, May 27; and Sydney, June 1.
Canberra-based Kofi Owusu-Ansah is better known by his stage name. His debut album, Smiling with No Teeth, is out now.
The Groovin’ The Moo line-up goes pretty crazy this year, there are quite a few acts I’d like to see there (various dates nationally). The Chats are Australian icons. We did a cover of Psycho Killer by Talking Heads once, great guys. Royel Otis, soon-to-be superstars; their song, Bull Breed, was my No.1 song of last year. Denzel Curry, Fatboy Slim, Skepta and my fellow Canberrans, Teen Jesus & The Jean Teasers. Stacked. Plus Groovin’ was the first festival I ever played so it’ll always have that sentimental value for me.
Genesis Owusu plays Brisbane, March 3; Sydney, March 23.
Tim Rogers and the Twin Set.Credit:Jason South
The frontman of You Am I and a solo artist, Rogers has recently swapped St Kilda for the country. His new album, Tines of Stars Unfurled, is out on February 24.
Being on tour myself for the next couple of months, I haven’t really spotlighted anything so what I am hoping is just to take a punt on something. Like any night in most places in Australia when there’s not a virus raging, to walk along the streets of a town and duck into somewhere you hear music coming from – jazz or death metal or hardcore punk.
So, the gig I am looking forward to is the one I know nothing about yet. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised over the years by taking a punt. When we do shows or tribute nights, we always try to suggest to the audience to go off the beaten track a bit.
Tim Rogers and the Twin Set play Sydney, February 4; Brisbane, February 11; Gold Coast, February 12; Melbourne, February 17; and March 3, Adelaide.
Amanda Brown.Credit:Lisa Businovski
The former Go-Between’s debut solo album, Eight Guitars, (“just 20 years in the making,” she quips) is out on March 3.
Can I choose two? They are both touring in early March and they’re both super exciting. The first is Eilen Jewel, an Americana singer/songwriter from Boise, Idaho. I’m very fond of her album, Queen of the Minor Key. On the rare occasion I perform, I cover one of her songs from it, Santa Fe, which is where she went to college. It’s just a beautiful song.
The other show I am really excited about is Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, a husband and wife banjo virtuoso duo. Fleck is known as an incredible practitioner of the banjo and has taken it into world music and country music, and Washburn is one of the foremost practitioners of the clawhammer banjo style. They play together and she sings and I just think that will be a really superb tour; they are also appearing at WOMADelaide.
Amanda Brown plays Sydney on June 30, with more dates to be announced.
Emma Donovan.Credit:Justin McManus
The Melbourne-based artist performs solo and with her band, The Putbacks; their album, Under These Streets, is out now.
I need to acknowledge the tributes for Uncle Archie Roach at all the festivals; since we lost him late last year, there’s been many. They have been really important to me. We did one at the Woodford Folk Festival, then there was his State Funeral. At the St Kilda Festival this month, which has a beautiful line-up, one segment pays tribute to Uncle Archie; I’ll be playing one of his songs. You always hear of one tribute, but for him there are so many.
The Port Fairy Folk Festival last year honoured Uncle with his own stage, and he was there to witness that. We are going to be there to do a tribute this year. They are the shows I wanted to share with you – I think there are going to be a lot more of these beautiful tributes to Uncle’s music because there are so many people that want to sing his songs. Everybody feels so connected to it, not just blackfellas. Festivals, that’s his home, that’s his extended family, paying homage to him.
St Kilda Festival runs February 18-19; Port Fairy Festival runs March 10-13.
Sally SeltmannCredit:Darren Seltmann
Also known as New Buffalo and for her work with Seeker Lover Keeper, Seltmann has a new single out now, Your Energy.
My standout is actually next week. I am going to a concert with my dad at St Stephen’s Church in Macquarie Street, Sydney. It’s a really old church and they sometimes host gigs. I’ve played there with Seeker Lover Keeper and I’ve seen Laura Marling there, which was amazing. We are going to see Candlelight Chopin’s Best Works, it’s a classical show. I grew up playing classical music including some of Chopin’s works. I’ve seen some photos of the Candlelight events and it’s just hundreds and hundreds of candles in the space; it’s meant to be beautiful. I also think it will bring back memories of practising and practising, learning piano, playing Chopin, and for my dad, his brother used to play Chopin, so it’s going to bring back all those memories for him.
Sally Seltmann plays Port Fairy Festival in March.
Singer/songwriter Shannon Busch took her stage name from a T-shirt; her debut album Those Days Are Over is out now.
I can’t wait to see Marcus King when he’s out in Australia for Bluesfest in April. [Marcus King is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter based in Greenville, South Carolina. His second album,Young Blood, released last year, made its debut at No.1 in the Billboard top blues albums chart.] I’m a huge fan of blues and soul music and I think he meshes the two together perfectly, not to mention he has a beautiful, soulful voice. I think he and his live band will put on an amazing show.
WILSN plays Melbourne, April 13; Geelong, April 15; Sydney, April 20; Canberra, April 21; Adelaide, April 27; and Perth, April 28.
The Gold Coast-based singer/songwriter is currently a judge on Australian Idol.
My pick is Lorde at Riverstage in Brisbane in March. Her songwriting has influenced me so much and I haven’t seen her live in a few years. I can’t wait to see Lorde bring the Solar Power album to life, particularly Secrets From A Girl which is one of my faves. [Shark is a big fan of the Kiwi artist – she has a Lorde lyric tattooed on her ribs, which she got when Pure Heroine came out in 2013. The 36-year-old has also covered Lorde’s Green Light.]
Amy Shark plays Canberra, April 23; Bendigo, April 29; Sunshine Coast, April 30; Bunbury, May 6; and Darwin, May 20.
Tsehay Hawkins aka the new yellow Wiggle.Credit:Wolter Peeters
A singer and salsa dancer extraordinaire, Hawkins became the Yellow Wiggle in 2021.
I love Michael Buble and he is coming to Australia in June, which is really exciting. The Wiggles met him last year in Canada. I imagine there’ll be a lot of classic jazz songs, and everything from Frank Sinatra to Sway by Dean Martin, and then his iconic songs like Just Haven’t Met You Yet. I love his vibe; it’s also a concert that people of all ages can go to.
And a cheeky extra few: I know that Harry Stiles and Ed Sheeran are coming, which looks absolutely sick, and the Vengaboys. My first live concert was The Wiggles, which is pretty funny.
The Wiggles are touring NSW in March.
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