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Sacred Heart, Darwin, Melbourne & Sydney

From St Kilda to Kings Cross, well not quite, a return to Marrickville and this time Django Bar.

I’ve always loved The Palais Theatre and harboured a deep seated desire to sing on that stage, so it’s both wonderful and fortuitous to be asked to perform at The Heart of St Kilda Concert for The Sacred Heart Mission. An organisation that supports people experiencing homelessness, preparing over 400 meals each day, every day of the year. The line~up this year includes The Teskey Brothers, Joe Camilleri, The Meltdown, Dan Sultan, Rebecca Barnard, Billy Miller & more, hosted by Brian Nankervis ~ it’ll be swell.

I’ll have the gals from BROADS, Shane O’Mara, Sean Simmons [musical saw] and Rebecca Barnard joining me to perform a couple of tunes from Sparrow & Swan.

Then I’m off to Darwin to play The Lucky Bat on Sunday Oct 27. A return to the heat and battering sun, it’s been quite a while.

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In November I’ll be at The Post Office Hotel in Sydney Rd, COBURG for a month of Sundays with Shane O’Mara and Kiernan Box kinda alternating [well that’s the plan]. Returning to Sydney in solo mode at Django Bar on Sat Dec 7. Tickets 🎫 available here.

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My pal Sandy runs Hope St Space in Brunswick, an incredible gift shop which caters for the eclectic. He’s been kind enough to stock my last album there in amongst the cards and beautiful, unusual objects ~ so if you’d like a copy and live that side of town you can find it there.

Hope all is well in your world.
Rx


Big thanks to Robert Dunstan and the good folk of Willunga ...not so sure about the macaw. [Photo Peter Dalgleish]

Big thanks to Robert Dunstan and the good folk of Willunga ...not so sure about the macaw. [Photo Peter Dalgleish]

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Tour over, thanks from Rob

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Heartfelt thanks to all who came along to the shows and bought a copy of “Sparrow & Swan”. It’s really been a joyful experience performing the songs from the new album with a full band in Melb and in duo~mode with Shane O’Mara interstate.

We have one more duo show lined up in Melbourne, at Mick Thomas’ bar ~ The Merri Creek Tavern in Westgarth | Northcote South on Friday July 12. It’s an intimate space and there’s only a handful of tickets 🎫 left so head here quick if you’re keen ~ special guests for the night are gal/guy duo ~ AMARILLO.

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Since things are slowing up through winter I’m intending to perform a few acoustic house concerts ~ if you’re keen on hosting one please write to RSHQ for details and availability. Options are performing solo or in duo mode with Shane O’Mara.

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There’s literally only a handful of tea towels left and if you missed out you can buy online from the shop, CDs available here too.

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I’m going into difficult musical terrain and taking on some majestic songs from Scott Walker later this month at The Thornbury Theatre [Fri July 19] and Caravan Music Club [Sat July 20] ~ what they’re saying ...

‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore – The Songs Of Scott Walker’ is a well-deserved homage to one of the most influential artists of the 20th century; featuring ‘the cream of Melbourne musicians: Rob Snarski, Dave Graney, Dave Bowers and Moogy Morgan with Stephen Hadley, Shane Reilly, Clare Moore and Jack Howard.

See you somewhere, thanks again to you all ~ Rx

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WA this weekend ~ the WA edition

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Heading to WA this weekend with Mr O’Mara to play The Bassendean Hotel Fri June 21 and Aardvark [Norfolk Hotel] in Fremantle Sat June 22 ~ with special guest Catherine Traicos [who is performing in trio mode]. Also hoping Catherine will join us in song for “When will you come my way”.

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I thought I’d include a pic of my WAMI award from 28 years ago. According to people present there wasn’t any footage of myself to show the audience on the night and instead played some footage of David McComb. I was overseas at the time, recording with David and Kenny Davis Jnr in London ~ songs that appeared on “Depends on what you mean by love ... “ later to be released on Welcome Stranger [The Blackeyed Susans].

Prior to all this ....

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Here’s my pre-release tape of Born Sandy Devotional passed on by Chris Read from Hot Records in Sydney. I listened to this album for the first time on this very tape, in a share house on Morrissey Road, Erskineville ~ 1985, overwhelmed by their new found soundscape and David’s songwriting.

Here’s a snippet of a new tune I’ll be playing ~ oh, Castlemaine and Ballarat were my beloved guinea pigs.

See you soon ~
ROB

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PERTH **venue change** MELB in~store + CASTLEMAINE & BALLARAT

Firstly, there’s been an unexpected change to the Perth venue due to circumstances beyond our control ~ we’re now performing at The Basso in Bassendean [not Lyric Lane in Maylands]. Apologies to those annoyed by this but not much we can do, the fact is the venue isn’t ready to open. Sad face~!

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On a happier note ~ this Friday [lunchtime] Shane O’Mara and I are playing for free downstairs at Basement Discs at 24 Block Pl, Melb [city] starting about 1230pm ~ but if you’re not a city dweller or worker and can’t make it, we’ve added a new Melbourne pub show. Heading to Mick Thomas’ bar ~ The Merri Creek Tavern on Fri July 12 + special guests Amarillo.

Tickets here ~ 🎫

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It’s no secret that I love The Junk Bar but I didn’t expect such tremendous musical moments with the hostess and host last weekend. Check out these video snippets where Mia [golden voice] and Jamie [musical saw] join us ~ just incredible~!

Don’t forget we head out to Castlemaine & Ballarat for our first regional shows at The Bridge Hotel and Lost Ones Basement Bar ~ come one, come all. I know so few people out that way so hoping for a few pals to pass on the news.

See you somewhere ~ big thanks to those of you who have bought and are enjoying Sparrow & Swan.

Rx

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BRISBANE, then BASEMENT DISCS

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Heading to north to BRISBANE SAT JUNE 1 to play THE JUNK BAR in Ashgrove [my favourite venue this side of Twin Peaks]. Such an incredible place ~ we’ll be joined on stage by the host and hostess ~ Mia Goodwin will be singing with us, whilst Jamie Trevaskis will be bowing his musical saw ~ can’t wait.

Afternoon & evening show ~ tickets 🎫 available here & here.

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Special thanks to all the good folk of Canberra who ventured out to SMITHS on Saturday night ~ what a delight it was to have Juliet Ward and Mikelangelo join us for some tunes. Glorious~!

Here’s another little video teaser for the song Robert Mitchum at Mitcham Station ~ filmed by Taryn Lee Steere at [you guessed it] Mitcham Station.

Those living or working in Melbourne, Shane O’Mara and myself will be heading down to Basement Discs Friday June 7 for an in-store performance from 1230~ish. Albums & tea towels will be available.

If you could tell your pals in Castlemaine & Ballarat we’re heading out that way for two intimate gigs [dinner & show available].

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Thanks again,
Rx

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CANBERRA & BRISBANE ~ Sparrow & Swan

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Let’s not talk about CANBERRA **except** I head there with Shane O’Mara on Saturday night to play SMITH’S ALTERNATIVE. Yes, this SATURDAY!!!! The wondrous Juliet Ward ~ “intoxicating singer of post~punk, everything goes Canberra/Sydney band ~ The Lighthouse Keepers” + The Widdershins and solo performer, singer-songstress will be joining us for a tune or two as well.
Tickets 🎫 available here ~

In fact everywhere we go I’m inviting a friend along to sing with us. Big thanks to Amanda Brown for stepping up in Sydney to sing and play violin ~ it was an absolute delight.

At JUNK BAR [Brisbane] we have Mia Goodwin [It's Magnetic] cocktail connoisseur and supreme hostess within the dimly lit, exotic walls of JUNK joining us also. Looking forward to sharing the stage. Two shows ~ twilight and evening.
Tickets 🎫 available here ~

Plenty of shows lay ahead ~ Castlemaine, Ballarat, Perth and Fremantle ... and an in-store at Basement Discs [lunchtime] on June 7 for Melbourne city dwellers.

See you soon.
Rx

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SYDNEY this Friday, CANBERRA soon and big thanks MELBOURNE

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Heading north to Sydney this Friday with maestro guitarist producer Shane O’Mara to play at Camelot in Marrickville ~ comfy and lounge~like. Even more special is the wonderful Amanda Brown [film track composer, violinist, singer, Go-Between] will join us for a few tunes. Exciting as I’ve never had the opportunity for Amanda to perform one of my own songs before... given how long we’ve known one another. In fact we first met in Sydney when Chad’s Tree were recording our debut album Buckle In The Rail ~ 33 years ago! Yes, really ~ 1986.

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Fast forward >>>>> I was lucky enough to be asked to sing and play harmonica with The Go-Betweens | 16 Lovers Lane shows in Sydney and Melbourne last year so I’m looking forward to this long awaited musical moment ~ thank you Amanda.

Also thanks to the good folk of Melbourne who came along to the launch of Sparrow & Swan [north-side] on Saturday night at The Spotted Mallard. The band and I were touched by your warmth and spirit, twas a special night for us.

Heading to Canberra soon too, tell your pals in the ACT if you could. In fact the cover shot of the album was taken by Brandon Jarrett in the very venue we’re playing ~ Smith’s Alternative ~ 🎫 tickets here ~

See you soon Sydney.
Rob

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BE QUICK ~ MELBOURNE / SYDNEY

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Saturday night May 4th sees the return of my band with no name [featuring Shane O’Mara/guitars, Rosie Westbrook/double bass, Kiernan Box/piano, organ, accordion, Ben Wiesner/drums, Kelly Day and Rebecca Barnard/bvs]. We’ll be in full flight [northside] launching Sparrow & Swan at the The Spotted Mallard ~ 314 Sydney Rd, Brunswick. Just possibly the last chance to catch the musicians who helped create and shape this album of mine + very special guest Rebecca Barnard ~

Tickets available here ~ 🎫

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Sparrow & Swan is a brilliant album. Snarski has produced his best work to date and one of the best albums of the year - 9/10
[Spill Magazine | Canada]

One thing is clear Snarski is a born singer-songwriter, savouring subtle narrative details as much as every sumptuous syllable of his phrasing.
[The Weekend Australian]

Last night I saw Rob Snarski sing an eight minute song about two girls in Belfast crossing the peace lines in search of Van Morrison. If there’s a better song going around I’d like to hear it.
[Mick Thomas]

The voice is, as always, treacle poured on warm oats but the stories of Sparrow and Swan will keep you sated for days. A record that will have you wandering outside, adrift of time and geography, happy as a lark.
[Tim Rogers]


Next up Shane O’Mara and I head north to Sydney to play Camelot Lounge in Marrickville, Friday May 10. So nice to have Amanda Brown joining us for a few tunes ~ tickets here 🎫

Big thanks to all in Adelaide who came along to The Wheatsheaf, thankyou. Rx

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ADELAIDE *Sunday* ~ WA in June

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Firstly, a big, big thanks to all who attended the south-side launch for Sparrow & Swan at The Caravan. ‘Twas a fine night ~ the musicians, the audience, the ambience ~ thanks for listening, so attentive ~ couldn’t ask for anything more.

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I’m taking my moustache, a couple of guitars and maestro guitarist Shane O’Mara to ADELAIDE to launch Sparrow & Swan at The Wheatsheaf, Thebarton this Sunday, April 14 **one show only** ~ 5pm doors. Looking forward to playing my favourite pub in Adelaide.

Tickets 🎫 available here ~

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Also, finally ... very pleased to announce two shows in WA ~

Lyric Lane, Maylands
Friday June 21
Tickets 🎫 here ~

The Aardvark, Fremantle
Saturday June 22
Tickets 🎫 here ~

See you soon ~ Rx

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🚀 FRI NIGHT LAUNCH ~ Sparrow & Swan

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Very excited to be able to perform all these songs tonight with the talented folk who have contributed to the sound and shape of the album ~ Shane O’Mara, Kiernan Box, Ben Wiesner, Rosie Westbrook, BROADS and Rebecca Barnard ~ all join me ~ come one, come all.

Tickets 🎫 here ~

As well as the album we’ll have a new range of tea towels for sale. Using the inside sleeve painting by the wonderful Madeleine Stamer, Sparrow & Swan 100% cotton ~ they really are quite lovely.

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Shane and I dropped into Radio National yesterday for an early morning performance of “That Whole Summer Long” ~ you can hear it here about 2:10 into the show.

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Thrilled to have Amanda Brown [soundtrack composer, violinist, singer and Go-Between] join us for a few songs at our Sydney show next month at The Camelot 🐪 Lounge ~ Fri May 10. Guaranteed to be special ~

Tickets 🎫 here ~

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See you TONIGHT at The Caravan ~

Rx

ps. Due to circumstances beyond my control the Adelaide shows at THE WHEATSHEAF have merged into one ~ 5pm [2pm has been axed].

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GIDDY~UP 🐎 ~ SNARSKI ~ Melb & Adel shows looming

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This week has been filled with radio commitments and rehearsals. The band is sounding mighty fine to my ears, just keeps getting better and better. Spoilt.

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Not many people would know this but I sang at the opening of the ABC building at Southbank, there on the rooftop in the presence of the then Prime Minister ~ Paul Keating ~ 1994. Nice to be reminded of this as I wandered into the ABC where I had a chat with Henry Wagons on Double J ~ for Tower of Song.

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Great also to chat with Brian Wise on 3RRR last Saturday morning for his long-standing show Off The Record.

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M E L B O U R N E ~ The album launch 🚀 is merely days away and there’s still plenty of tickets left at The Caravan Music Club this F R I D A Y ~ come one, come all ... try to be early [830pm] to see the BROADS. We’re on at 930pm [full band] ~ see you there.

Tickets 🎫 here

A D E L A I D E ~ hope you’re all coming along to The Wheatsheaf where I’m in duelling mode with guitarist Shane O’Mara ~ Shane has been the right hand man to many great singer-songwriters including Paul Kelly, Chris Wilson, Stephen Cummings and with his own band Rebecca’s Empire ~ would be great to see some familiar faces at The Wheaty.

Tickets 🎫 here

Here’s a snippet from rehearsal ~ Equine Dreaming [outro] with BROADS.

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Sparrow & Swan: the musicians, plus video peek

Pleased to unveil just some of the ensemble involved in the recording of SPARROW & SWAN and who will also be joining me along with super gal duo BROADS and Rebecca Barnard for the album launch at The Caravan Music Club.

Here we have ~ Ben Wiesner : drums, Rosie Westbrook : double bass, Shane O’Mara : guitars, yours truly and Kiernan Box : keyboards. Rehearsals have been sounding exceptional ~ if you don’t mind me saying.

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We had a lot of fun putting this footage together. Here’s a video teaser for the single ~ ALL GOD’S CREATURES ~ shot in the Sherbrooke Forest not far from home, by my good pal Taryn Lee Steere 🎥

Thanks to all the children who starred ~ energy levels were cracking the richter scale, no limbs were broken and no-one was bitten by a snake or attacked by a wombat, thankfully.

Album launch coming up all too soon at The Caravan, Friday April 5th ~ see you there with this stellar cast ... then onto Adelaide with guitar maestro Shane O’Mara for two special shows at The Wheatsheaf [early and not so late] Sunday April 14th.

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Come one, come all.
Rx


Just on a fanboy note ~ saddened by the news of the great Scott Walker passing away. If you’ve never heard Scott 1-4 and love lush orchestrations, visceral and visual lyrics sung beyond beautifully, he may be someone you’d like to tune into. Here’s one of my favourites ~ ROSEMARY.

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CD Out ~ Shows Ahead ~ Album Launch

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Tick-tock... the album launch is only three weeks away ~ so get in real quick for a table seat at the new Caravan Music Club. I’ll be joined by the magnificent players on the record ~ Shane O’Mara [guitars] Kiernan Box [piano | organ] Rosie Westbrook [double bass] Ben Wiesner [drums] and the glorious vocals of Kelly Day and Jane Hendry aka BROADS, singing back-up, with Jane adding a touch of violin. We’ll be concentrating on the new album but also delving into some of my favourite songs from my back catalogue ~ Wounded Bird, Low Fidelity and There Is Nothing Here That Belongs To You.

It’s Adelaide’s turn next with two shows at The Wheatsheaf [early and not so late] on Sunday April 14. Shane O’Mara will be on the road with me for the remainder of the tour ~ he’s the producer of the album and took great care in shaping the sound of the record, not only that but he’s a maestro guitarist ... incredible.

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Thanks again to all those who pre-ordered SPARROW & SWAN. It should be in your local, beloved record shop by now but you can still purchase online here for a signed copy from me.

The album is also available to order via Bandcamp and iTunes.

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Here’s a little bit about Track 3 ‘Robert Mitchum at Mitcham Station’ ~ a train trip [over the course of decades] pays homage to forgotten Hollywood star Robert Mitchum ~ if not for one little vowel. The song deals with the intimacy of the train carriage’s enclosed space, blasé and apathetic behaviours ~ conversations overheard, drug dealings, romantic notions, and our obsession with popular culture.

Things we do and sometimes dream up to try to escape the general ennui we experience in our day to day existence.
Rx

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New CD Sparrow & Swan is here

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~ NEWSFLASH ~


Amazing, Sparrow & Swan is earlier than expected. It’s here ~ Sparrow & Swan have landed [I know, terrible ...obvious pun]. Excuse my excitement.

The anxious, arduous wait is over and I can send out all the pre-orders to the kind folk who have purchased the CD - so expect a delivery in the next few days, and for those overseas, I’m guessing a week. It’s the one time I don’t mind waiting in the queue at Australia Post. Yippee-i-O.

This recording has exceeded all my expectations ~ mainly through the generous time given to the project by the immensely talented folk involved in its conception. Big, big, BIG thanks to Shane O’Mara, Ben Wiesner, Kiernan Box, Ben Franz, Rosie Westbrook, BROADS [Kelly & Jane] and the wondrous Rebecca Barnard ~ the majority of whom will be performing these songs with me at The Caravan Music Club [Melbourne] for the southside album launch on Friday April 5 with special guests ~ BROADS. Be quick to get a table seat, lickety split, tickets available here.

Shane O’Mara will also take off with me around the country to play you these tunes at some of my favourite venues in some of my favourite cities. Can hardly wait. Hopefully see you there.

The album should be available in your beloved local record store on March 15, but if you rather a signed copy sooner, head here:

Hope you all like the tunes.

Bye for now ~ I’m off to the post office.
R x

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Sparrow & Swan

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I’m thrilled to announce the completion of my brand spanking new solo album SPARROW & SWAN.
Recorded and mixed by Shane O’Mara at Yikesville Studio, Yarraville over last spring and our current summer. It’s a collection of songs I’ve been working on over the last few years ~ primarily written by myself, with one co-write from “Evil” Graham Lee (The Triffids | The Blackeyed Susans)

SPARROW & SWAN sees a gravitational pull towards the narrative, a change in direction and a newfound song writing process. Conversations turn into song, late night tales become the tunes ~ there are stories here from Brisbane cab drivers, girls from Belfast ‘74 in search of Van Morrison, football players and their protégés, relationships sparked in TABs, sightings of Robert Mitchum at Mitcham Station, a sailor in search of Helsinki ...and the weather ~ there’s always the weather, the extremities ~ the sun burning a hole in the sky or snow falling upon ancient ice ...and birds ~ what’s with the birds?

A delightful cast of musicians contributed to the recording of the album ~ including the vocal talents of songstress and singer extraordinaire Rebecca Barnard, along with the wonderkinds ~ Jane and Kelly aka Broads, the nimble fingers of Kiernan Box on piano, organ and accordion, along with both Ben Franz and Rosie Westbrook on double bass, and king tub thumper Ben Wiesner on drums and percussion. Add to this Shane O’Mara’s distinctive, intricate guitar work and production and the musical palette lies somewhere between Havana and Helsinki ~ think a cuban cigar with a liquorice ice cream.

The first single ALL GOD'S CREATURES is available here for your listening pleasure.

ALL GOD’S CREATURES takes a stroll through a dramatic Australian summer day where our seasons clash big time, “the heat shakes the air ...and the rain vows to kiss the ground” ... and somehow within the struggle of grander ideas ~ the science of climate and the existence of a God.

Pre-orders for the album SPARROW & SWAN are available here through our Big Cartel shop if you’re keen to be first off the blocks ~ we promise to post them out as soon as the CDs arrive from our dear friends at DEX.


SPARROW & SWAN NATIONAL TOUR


I’ll be embarking on a national autumnal tour with maestro guitarist and producer Shane O’Mara accompanying me throughout. He knows the songs of SPARROW & SWAN intimately, having weaved his colour and sparkle through the songs. Playing some of my favourite venues around the country.

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Friday 5 April - Caravan Music Club, Melbourne VIC | Tickets | with full band and special guests ~ Broads
Sunday 14 April (2pm) - The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide SA | Tickets
Sunday 14 April (5pm) - The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide SA | Tickets
Saturday 4 May - The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne VIC | Tickets | with full band and special guest ~ Rebecca Barnard
Friday 10 May - Camelot Lounge, Sydney NSW | Tickets
Saturday 25 May - Smith's Alternative, Canberra ACT | Tickets
Saturday 1 June - The Junk Bar, Brisbane QLD | Tickets
Friday 14 June - The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine VIC | Tickets
Saturday 15 June - The Lost Ones Basement Bar, Ballarat VIC | Tickets

Hope to see you out there......Rx

Always a joy to work with  Madeleine Stamer  who has provided us with a beautiful artwork for the lyric book of the album.

Always a joy to work with Madeleine Stamer who has provided us with a beautiful artwork for the lyric book of the album.

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All God's Creatures

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Very excited to announce the completion of the new album SPARROW & SWAN due for release mid-March.

With the first single ALL GOD’S CREATURES available here for your listening pleasure. It features exquisite guitar work from Shane O’Mara, beautiful harmonies from gal duo BROADS and a Havana~style piano solo from the wandering hands of Kiernan Box. ALL GOD’S CREATURES takes a wander through a dramatic Australian summer day where “the heat shakes the air and the rain vows to kiss the ground”.

We're bringing the band to the Caravan Music Club for the launch of SPARROW & SWAN on Friday April 5 with special guests ~ BROADS. Tickets on sale now.

More news coming very soon...
Rx

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ALL GOD'S CREATURES

The heat shakes the air as it rises from the ground
The shadows from the trees shift with the breeze without a sound
Bugs and the bees, flowers and the trees close around you
As the heat shakes the air
Agapanthus, dandelions reach out towards the sun
The willow weeps along the creek sensing that the spell has just begun
Dragonflies and birds of prey awaken to a brand new day
As the heat shakes the air
Grass seeds cling onto your clothes they’re hanging off them weary bones
It’s 29 there in the shade, welcome to a summer’s day
Cicadas drone their lonesome song that follows you until you’re home
As the heat shakes the air
Thunder’s cracking overhead affirmation of a change
The mercury drops and the seasons clash again
Clouds wrap themselves around the sun relief for everything and everyone
As the heat shakes the air
Now the rain has vowed to kiss the ground
For all God’s creatures

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Thank you 16 Lovers Lane / BRISBANE tonight / and more

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It was such an honour to be part of the stellar line-up for 16 Lovers Lane. If I were to be honest, I’d tell you I almost choked during the spoken word part of Cattle and Cane ~ those of you who’ve read my book might recall how important that song is to me. Lindy, Amanda and John - so important to have had the chance to revisit these glorious songs. Thank you for inviting me.

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I’m back in solo mode, playing two shows in BRISBANE at The Junk Bar - TONIGHT!!! 🌲🌲🌲
~ the hippest bar this side of Twin Peaks. Tickets for the late show are still available. Early show **sold out**

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My first show at The Standard Hotel in Fitzroy felt incredibly strange ~ almost like I’d never walked through those doors before.

I’m back there this Sunday before I head off to ADELAIDE and miss one. Two more Sundays, Oct 14 & 28 from 5pm-7pm ~ 293 Fitzroy St, Fitzroy **free**

R x

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16 Lovers Lane / 3 Sundays in Fitzroy / 2nd BRISBANE Show

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Just a reminder that “16 Lovers Lane” ~ The Go-Betweens classic album is part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival this coming Saturday. Lindy, Amanda and John revisit the last album they made together with Robert Forster and Grant McLennan before they parted ways. Special guest singers include myself, Paul Kelly, Dave Graney, Jen Cloher, Laura Jean, Alex Gow (Oh Mercy) Dan Kelly & Romy Vager (RVG)... all taking place at The Arts Centre Saturday in the heart of Melbourne.

I’m returning to one of my old haunts this Sunday. When I wasn’t just another bar fly I poured beers at The Standard Hotel (293 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy) and sang occasionally on their stage. Sunday, I’m starting a three week residency - performing two sets from 5-7pm. These three Sundays - Oct 7, 14 & 28 ~ I’ll be away in Adelaide at The Wheatsheaf on the 21st (in case you were wondering).

B R I S B A N E ~ don’t forget there’s been a second show added at The Junk Bar - a late show with a 930-ish start time. It’s a lovely intimate space - come along.
***FRIDAY OCT 12***
Lots of new tunes, some BOOK reading, familiar songs, old and in-between ~

Here’s a nice quote from Mick Thomas “Last night at the Merri Creek Tavern I saw Rob Snarski play an eight minute ballad about two girls in Northern Ireland crossing peace lines to go to a secret Van Morrison gig. Chasing Van it was called. If there's a better new song going 'round I'd like to hear it.”

See you Rx

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This Friday (Melb) + Junk Bar Late

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Grand Final Eve looms large in Melbourne and I look forward to sharing a few tunes and tales at the Merri Creek Tavern in Westgarth this Friday. I’m contemplating wearing a football guernsey ... then again, maybe not.

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Thanks to all who’ve bought tickets to The Junk Bar in Brisbane ~ we’ve added a second show now ~ Ashgrove, the closest I’ll get to Twin Peaks.

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Rewind <<<<

The video for The Blackeyed Susans “A Curse On You” has been doing the rounds, here’s a still. This is what I looked like with a head full of hair.

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Spring < solo > shows & GOBs

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Shows are popping up like daffodils across the land - great to be able to share my new tunes last month at a sold out show at The Winnebago Lounge with Shane O’Mara - thanks to all who came along.

My first < s o l o > show for spring starts at Mick Thomas’ new bar in Westgarth, that little southern pocket of Northcote on Grand Final Eve. Yes, the Friday holiday we’re indulged with in Melbourne. I’ll be playing two sets, including a lot of the newly penned tunes, interspersed with the old and familiar, reading from the BOOK as well. Promise I’ll sing a thinly disguised song relating to football. 
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Members of The Go-Betweens have put together a stellar cast of singers to perform the songs from “16 Lovers Lane” as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival ~ Paul Kelly, Jen Cloher, Alex Gow, Laura Jean, Romy Vager, Dave Graney, Clare Moore and myself all have the honour of revisiting the past and singing the much loved songs of Robert and Grant on that vast stage of the Arts Centre Melbourne. 
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Perth solo shows have been added to the calendar. Playing The Bassendean Hotel on Friday Nov 9 with special guest Catherine Traicos.
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Also heading to the Fremantle Arts Centre on Sunday for the afternoon session. There may even be a slot left for an acoustic house concert on Saturday Nov 10 - if anyone is keen to have me grace their living room let Andrew at RSHQ know.

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<<<<< rewind - from the archives

My brother Mark was in town briefly (he lives in Madrid these days), encouraged to sort through the rubble of his belongings he came across this tape. I know I have one somewhere. It’s a recording made with David McComb, Kenny Davis Junior and myself in 1990 at Island Studios, Chiswick UK. David encouraged me to sing ... to sing the song. 

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