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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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Busy Times Ahead

It’s been a quiet, cold winter out there. In my world however quiet ... and not so quiet. I’ve been piecing together the songs that will become the next solo album. In fact recording has only just begun with maestro, Shane O’Mara at the helm. 

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Here’s the majestic drum kit sans drummer, I never did get a good shot of tub thumper Ben Wiesner. Thanks Ben. 

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Shows are springing up across the country, which gives me the opportunity to play these new tunes, read from the B O O K and revisit the familiar. 

Also Acoustic House Concerts are back on!!!! Since I haven’t booked my flights quite yet, have a look to see if there’s a date that suits your town either side of my shows (below) and we’ll take it from there.

I’m playing a show at the stunning new side bar of The Caravan Music Club with Shane O’Mara in about a month's time. Saturday August 25 in fact. It’s small, intimate, 50 person capacity known as The Winnebago Lounge ~ would be good to see you there and get a sense of how the new tunes are settling into the set. TICKETS

The Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 has invited me to chat with Romy Vager (RVG) in a series at ACMI. We’ll be there Sunday September 2 at 2:30pm.
DUETS ~ in conversation with Romy. TICKETS

There’s also a big show with some Go-Betweens in Melbourne ~ performing the songs from 16 Lovers Lane at The Arts Centre with some stellar guests ~ Paul Kelly, Jen Cloher, Romy Vager, Dave Graney, Alex Gow, Laura Jean, Clare Moore, and ... me. TICKETS

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Songs from the past, present and future


Sat 25 Aug ~ Winnebago Lounge with Shane O'Mara, Melbourne VIC
Sun 2 Sep ~ Melbourne Writers Festival with Romy Veger at ACMI, Melb VIC
Sat 6 Oct ~ The Go-Betweens 16 Lovers Lane at State Theatre, Melbourne VIC
Fri 12 Oct ~ The Junk Bar, Brisbane QLD
Sun 21 Oct ~ Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide SA (afternoon show)
Sat 3 Nov ~ Smith's Alternative, Canberra ACT
Sun 11 Nov ~ Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle WA (free afternoon show)


Also I found this old clipping in a cardboard box. 1992, shot at The Standard Hotel, Fitzroy with our first Melbourne line-up. I don’t recognise myself. 

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See you soon,
ROB

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THIS FRIDAY~ BES w/ strings at The Melb Recital Centre

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Hoping you can all be there to see and hear the stunning string arrangements our piano player Kiernan Box has worked on over the preceding months for this Friday’s show at The Melbourne Recital Centre.

It truly is something to behold. Colour, drama, beauty, lushness and grandeur. There will be 14 of us on stage ~ Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors) joins us on trumpet and the uber-talented Clare Moore (Dave Graney and the Mistly) on vibraphone, along with our six piece string section.

Come one, come all ... step right up. 

Special guests ~ instrumental leviathans  ~ The Hungry Ghosts.

See you there,
ROB X

A snippet from the strings rehearsal in preparation for Susans + Strings at Melbourne Recital Centre, April 2018.

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Not long now...

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Not long now until our Susans + Strings show at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday, April 20th. If you’re yet to secure a ticket you might like to take advantage of the new seats in the wings and circle areas that have just been released. The wings in particular look great for those that like a high vantage point with good views of the stage.  Location, loca…

We’re certainly excited about it. Six Blackeyed Susans + six string players + Clare Moore (The Moodists / Coral Snakes / Dave Graney & The Mistly) on Vibes + Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors) on Trumpet = a bloody, big and beautiful band! Can't wait...scores are being written, set lists finalised, rehearsals booked…it’s gonna be lush. 

Special guests are the the sublime instrumental leviathans ...HUNGRY GHOSTS, led by our own J.P. Shilo.

ROB X

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**SYD & WOLLONGONG** this weekend**

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve performed in solo mode, a tad anxious I must admit. Wondering just how the new and old and not-so-old songs will be received. 

The last time I performed in Wollongong may well have been with The Blackeyed Susans and The Dirty Three. I remember Warren being quite playful saying something along the lines of “Good evening Newcastle!!” before launching into some sonic violin swell. 

Anyway, let’s see if the weather holds up, if the baby sitters are organised and the stars align ...hopefully I’ll be seeing you. 

Rob x 


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Sydney & Wollongong ROB

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Well it looks like Django Bar is selling well enough to move the show into the bigger room upstairs at The Camelot Lounge, more seating and comfort I’m guessing. Hope that’s alright for everyone. Purchased tickets are valid and booking is still the same. Ticket info here.

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In the meantime I was approached by a chap in Wollongong who’s decided to host an intimate gathering on Sunday March 18 (early afternoon) in his backyard with a little PA.

Open to anyone friends. If you’re interested the information is here.

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New songs are taking shape and the temperature in Melbourne is a mild 20 degrees. 


See you soon,

R x

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Solo guy S Y D N E Y

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To have sung with The Triffids over the years and now more recently with The Go-Betweens at Sydney’s State Theatre I feel like the mountains to climb are somehow fewer. Or have I simply missed some. Where should I be looking ..? It was such an honour to have been asked by Lindy, John and Amanda to sing Quiet Heart from 16 Lovers Lane, to duet with Romy Vager and to warble with Dave Mason this last week. Where to now one wonders..? I’ve attached some pics from behind the scenes. 

Here’s a review of the concert also if you’re interested ... another review here.

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I’m heading back to S Y D N E Y to perform in solo mode at The Django Bar @ Camelot Lounge, Marrickville on Saturday March 17. 

It’s an intimate space and I’m singing songs from the past, present and future ... yes that’s right, some new tunes. I’m hoping to share a few chapters from my B O O K of vignettes.

Try here for tickets.

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Also a reminder The Blackeyed Susans perform at Melbourne’s Recital Centre with a string section on April 20, expanded by the addition of Clare Moore on vibes and Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors / Midnight Oil) on trumpet. It’s promising to be beautiful and lush. Tickets here.

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Thanks friends,
R x

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Susans with Strings/Rob with Go-Betweens...

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We’re delighted to announce that THE BLACKEYED SUSANS are playing the MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE on FRIDAY, APRIL 20th! How classy and grown-up! And befitting such an occasion, we’re expanding the line-up with a STRING SECTION, plus CLARE MOORE (vibes) and JACK HOWARD (trumpet) will be joining us for the evening. It’s going to be LUSH! What’s more, J.P. SHILO'S sublime instrumental group HUNGRY GHOSTS will be kicking off proceedings with a rare opening set. This is it, folks; The stars have aligned. Your favourite MOODY ROMANTICS playing the best room in Melbourne with STRINGS and a raft of very SPECIAL GUESTS. Reasonably priced too. 

Never before staged in Melbourne, SUSANS + STRINGS sold out at the Sydney Festival in 2016. We humbly suggest you DON’T MISS OUT…

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This week I’ll be in Sydney singing songs from 16 Lovers Lane at The State Theatre with members of The Go-Betweens and a stellar array of singers ranging from Dave Mason, Peter Milton-Walsh, Romy Vager, Steve Kilbey and more. All part of The Sydney Festival, celebrating a classic Australian album. 

Here’s a little snippet from an ancient scrapbook I’ve got tucked away ... nearly thirty five years later. Who would have thought?

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I’ll be returning to Sydney for an intimate show at the Django Bar in Marrickville, Saturday March 17 - playing songs from past and present, reading chapters from “Crumbs From The Cake” and taking a request or two ... if there’s anything you’d like to hear, best let me know soon and maybe jot that date down in your diary. 

R x

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Christmas Sale: LOW FIDELITY CD $9.95

Seasons Greetings.

Thanks to all who’ve come along to my solo shows, the book launches and The Blackeyed Susans’ “Close Your Eyes and See” tour across the country, throughout the year...and of course the recent weekend of Christmas Shows in Melbourne. 

It’s been a bit of a hectic year, productive with some unexpected moments.

Very much looking forward to being part of 16 Lovers Lane - The Go-Betweens concert at The State Theatre in Sydney as part of The Sydney Festival 2018. I’m one of a handful of guest vocalists performing the songs from 16 Lovers Lane with past members Amanda Brown, John Willsteed and Lindy Morrison.

Tickets still available here but be quick, they’re nearing capacity.

Also, The Blackeyed Susans will be performing at The Melbourne Recital Centre with a string section in April. Our only Melbourne show for the first half of the year. Tickets will go on sale in January so keep an eye out as it’s not often we have the opportunity to perform with such a resplendent backdrop.

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I’ve recently been bestowed a supply of my 2015 CD “Low Fidelity” (Songs By Request Volume 1) - a quirky collection of songs chosen by/requested by y’all. Covering everyone from Joni Mitchell, Lee Hazelwood, Spiritualized, Pulp, Lou Reed, Edwyn Collins to Glen Campbell and many, many more. Recorded in parts on my iphone in the hills of TECOMA before Shane O’Mara coloured the musical palette with all manner of sounds and exquisite guitar noodlings. The artwork also features two works by renowned Melbourne painter, extraordinaire Fiona McMonagle. 

Available now at very special, lowly Christmas price of $9.95 plus postage. Be quick.

Here’s a little video I put together too. Don’t ask me how to change the music, I haven’t mastered that.

Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year. 

Rx 

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The Blackeyed Susans: Now with added Killjoys

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It gives me great pleasure to announce that THE KILLJOYS TRIO (Anna Burley, Craig Pilkington and Caroline Schwerkolt) will be our very special guests at our annual Melbourne CHRISTMAS SHOWS in December. 

The two bands go way back, having shared a manager in the early '90s and a drummer in the mid '90s when BIG DAVE FOLLEY filled in on the MOUTH TO MOUTH tour. In fact BIG DAVE, ANNA and PHIL KAKULAS were GO-BETWEEN GRANT McLENNAN'S backing band on his ’94 world tour and later CRAIG PILKINGTON produced and engineered our 2003 album SHANGRI-LA. So yeah, we have history. Looking forward to Anna joining us on stage to sing a few songs too.

Tickets are selling fast (thank you!) with all tables now booked out for the Caravan show and just a few tables left for the Saturday and Sunday shows – so GET IN QUICK if you want to book one. Plenty of standing room still available at all shows.

This will be the 9th consecutive year we've dusted off the tinsel and fired up the Christmas lights, for what has now become, well, a bit of a tradition. As usual they’ll be a SMORGASBORD of Christmas-related songs, plus CHOICE CUTS from our latest album and the best of our back catalogue.

2017 has been a big year for The Blackeyed Susans, with our latest album CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SEE getting rave reviews from fans and critics alike (thank you again!) and a successful national tour to boot. So, come help us celebrate the birth of little baby Jesus with a song or two this Christmas. 

FRI 15 DEC – CARAVAN MUSIC CLUB, Oakleigh VIC  Tickets

SAT 16 DEC – SPOTTED MALLARD, Brunswick VIC  Tickets

SUN 17 DEC – SPOTTED MALLARD, Brunswick VIC  Tickets  (kid-friendly matinee, under 12s free entry with guardian)

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Solo shows, The BES Christmas, a Go-Betweens invitation and more ...

Busy times ahead. 

A few shows that may be of interest; including a solo performance, a writing panel in Geelong, The Blackeyed Susans Christmas Shows and an unexpected invitation to sing songs from 16 Lovers Lane with some past members of The Go-Betweens at The Sydney Festival.

The Caravan Music celebrates its 10th and sadly its last birthday under the helm of Peter Foley who has handpicked a stellar cast to perform this coming Sunday afternoon. Tickets selling fast.

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SONGS THAT STRIKE A CHORD


GEELONG LIBRARY AND HERITAGE CENTRE
Saturday Nov 18
1:00-2:30pm 

Panel Discussion with Neil Murray, Rob Snarski, Charles Jenkins.
At a minimum, a song lyric is working if it connects to the listener on an emotional level. Join three of Australia’s most well-respected and lyrical masters of song as they explore the techniques and inspirations that turn their craft into the scores of our lives.
Session Chair: Andrew Nette

Adult $20
Concession $17
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There’s also an acoustic “salon” performance in the evening with Chuck Jenkins... 8:30-10:00pm. Tickets


Well, drum roll please, because it's time to announce The Blackeyed Susans' Christmas shows for 2017. 

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This will be the 9th consecutive year we've dusted off the tinsel and fired up the Christmas lights, for what has now become, well, a bit of a tradition. As usual they’ll be a SMORGASBORD of Christmas-related songs, plus CHOICE CUTS from our latest album and the best of our back catalogue.  

FRI 15 DEC – CARAVAN MUSIC CLUB, Oakleigh VIC  Tickets
SAT 16 DEC – SPOTTED MALLARD, Brunswick VIC  Tickets
SUN 17 DEC – SPOTTED MALLARD, Brunswick VIC  Tickets  (kid-friendly matinee, under 12s free entry with guardian)


Sometimes I find it incredibly difficult to separate the singer from the “Fanboy” that occupies my very being. Having some of The Go-Betweens ask me along to sing songs from their classic album 16 LOVERS LANE along with Dave Mason, Steve Kilbey, The Clouds, Peter Milton Walsh, Romy from RVG ... is indeed an honour and to be performing at Sydney’s State Theatre ... well, I’m really chuffed.  Tickets

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Occasionally I still perform my solo private acoustic house concerts. If anyone is interested don’t hesitate to get in contact with Andrew Fuller at RS Headquarters.

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Jeremy’s acoustic house concert, Yarraville.

Thanks friends,
ROB

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The Blackeyed Susans Christmas Shows 2017

Well, drum roll please, because it's time to announce our Christmas shows for 2017. We’ll be playing in Melbourne at the Caravan Music Club on Friday 15 December and the Spotted Mallard on Saturday 16 December and Sunday 17 December (special kid-friendly matinee show).  
 
This will be the 9th consecutive year we've dusted off the tinsel and fired up the Christmas lights, for what has now become, well, a bit of a tradition. As usual they’ll be a smorgasbord of Christmas-related songs, plus choice cuts from our latest album and the best of our back catalogue.  
 
2017 has been a big year for The Blackeyed Susans, with our latest album Close Your Eyes and See getting rave reviews from fans and critics alike (thank you!) and a successful national tour to boot. So, come help us cap off a great year and celebrate the birth of little baby Jesus in style this Christmas!  

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CHRISTMAS SHOW DATES:
 
Fri 15 Dec – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh VIC | Tickets
Sat 16 Dec – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick VIC | Tickets
Sun 17 Dec (matinee) – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick VIC | Tickets

Now, not to put the hard sell on you or anything but we figure you’re probably thinking that Christmas is miles away with plenty of time to buy tickets, and fine, that makes sense, but we just want to tell you not to leave it too long because these shows do have a habit of selling out. 

Sweet.

Special guests to be announced soon...  


ps. Need to buy some early Christmas presents? Why not visit our gift store for all your wants and needs.

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BES in Adelaide, Clare Bowditch and more B O O K news ...

The Blackeyed Susans finish their national tour in support of our latest album "Close Your Eyes and See" in Adelaide at The Wheatsheaf Hotel on Saturday July 29 (with special guests Adelaide, alt-country sweethearts The Yearlings) and a special Sunday matinee on July 30 (BES playing two sets, no support, it's a kid-friendly afternoon) 

Ticket information here.

I've also been talking about the B O O K with various folk in a variety of locations. 

John Willsteed (The Go-Betweens) in Brisbane at Avid Reader, William Yeoman (Book reviewer/ editor at The West Australian) at Northside in Perth and in Adelaide I'll have the opportunity to talk with Robert Dunstan (B-Side Magazine Editor) on Saturday afternoon (July 29) at Mr V Music - 115 Semaphore Rd, Semaphore from 1pm, with a Q&A and a song. Come along Adelaide friends, get your two Bobs worth ... it's free.


What people have been saying about "You're Not Rob Snarski / Crumbs From The Cake" ...

"An absolutely superb collection of vignettes about life 'n' music. Poignant, insightful and frequently moving." 
Stuart Coupe (Music journalist, 2SER Dirt Music Presenter)

"Rob Snarski's book is not only an illuminating, witty and often touching insight into the life of working musician ... but it also casts a keen eye over our Australian music scene."
Brian Nankervis (Rockwiz, ABC774 Friday Revue Presenter)


Clare Bowditch invited me to share a guilty musical pleasure on her afternoon show on ABC 774 recently. Unusual in that after I chose the song, I realised it was the very first song I remember coming into my consciousness as a little kid - well, other than the nursery rhymes or songs my mother would sing. What was the song you ask..?

'Twas  ...  "The Green ,Green, Grass of Home".

Clare and I sang the song as a duet, and yes Clare Bowditch truly sings like a bird, weaves a melody effortlessly, quite incredible really. Listen for yourself here ...

See you in Adelaide,

ROB x

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The Blackeyed Susans: Two Nights with a Bearded Lady, BRISBANE

We bring news of a brief liaison with a Bearded Lady plus a vinyl launch and a date with Vincent Van Gogh.

BRISBANE, JUNE 9 & 10

This weekend we travel to BRISBANE for two shows at THE BEARDED LADY on FRIDAY JUNE 9 and SAT JUNE 10. We’’ll be playing songs from our new album, CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SEE, plus the best of our back catalogue. Special guests on the Friday are THE STRESS OF LEISURE, self described 'Sub-Tropical Post Punk Pop crossed with Art School Brisbane Indie.' Whilst on Saturday night we’re pleased to be joined by the atmospheric improvisations of JIVE CANYON.

Either way, come help us launch the album. It’s been getting embarrassingly good reviews from critics and fans alike and the live shows have been just as warmly received, with SELL-OUT SHOWS around the country. We’ll have VINYL, CDs, BOOKS and more available from the souvenir stand too.  

Hope to see you there.

Fri 9 June - The Bearded Lady, Brisbane  TICKETS
Sat 10 June - The Bearded Lady, Brisbane  TICKETS

BOOK THING

While in Brisbane, Rob is popping by Avid Reader Bookstore (193 Boundary St, West End, BRISBANE) this Saturday afternoon at 3pm to talk about his book "You're Not Rob Snarski" and answer any curly questions you might have about memoir writing. He's taking his guitar and promises a tune. See here for ticket info.

VINYL LAUNCH, MELBOURNE, JUNE 18

We'll be launching the vinyl edition of our new album with an acoustic in-store performance at Greville Records, Melbourne on Sunday, June 18 at 4pm. Signed limited edition hand-numbererd vinyl available on the day or (signed on request) from our online shop.

NGV FRIDAY NIGHTS, JUNE 23

Join us at the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, Van Gogh and the Seasons, for a special after-hours performance at NGV Friday Nights, Melbourne on June 23.

Doors open 6pm. Susans from 8.30pm in the Great Hall. (NGV Friday Nights tickets include entry to the Van Gogh and the Seasons exhibition.)

Fri 23 June - NGV Friday Nights, Melbourne  TICKETS

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Words vs Music

Currently galavanting about the country with The Blackeyed Susans. The new album "Close Your Eyes and See" is being well received and the shows so far have been pure joy.

In between gigs I'm heading out to do some book readings, Q&A events.

Planet Northside in Perth hosts the first of these book events.
Saturday May 27 at 2pm
192 William Street, Northbridge WA 6003
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The second will be held in Brisbane at The Avid Reader Bookstore and Cafe.
Saturday June 10 at 3pm
193 Boundary Street, West End QLD 4101
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For those interested, here's an audio file of the JOHNNY CASH chapter from the B O O K.

Books available here friends.

Thank you all.
ROB

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The Blackeyed Susans: NSW, WA, Vincent and Vinyl

Our album tour continues with launches in NSW and WA in May, plus a special after-hours performance at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne in June. 

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Tickets are selling fast to the Saturday show at Leadbelly, Sydney on the 20th May. Get in quick or you just might miss out. Should that happen, we'd love to see you at the Sunday matinee show.

Supports for both performances are the wonderful Peter Milton Walsh & Amanda Brown (from The Apartments). Looking forward to playing Lizotte’s Newcastle again too on Friday, 19th May. Great room for casting spells – which is exactly what J.P. Shilo will be doing in a special solo set before The Susans take the stage. 

Fri 19 May – Lizotte’s, Lambton Newcastle NSW  TICKETS
Sat 20 May – Leadbelly, Newtown Sydney  TICKETS
Sun 21 May - Leadbelly, Newtown Sydney  TICKETS

WA

We’re going back to where it all began - some 28 years ago!

Great to be playing Perth again in May, especially now The Holy Rollers will be reforming to support us at Mojo's May 26th and Badlands May 27th. Long time fans of Perth music will fondly remember Greg Dear’s indie legends and their song Above The Law, amongst others. Susans’ fans get this exclusive opportunity to see The Rollers in their first performances since they played a few songs at Perth’s SOTA festival in 2014. 

Fri 26 May – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle  TICKETS
Sat 27 May – Badlands Bar, Perth  TICKETS

NGV FRIDAY NIGHTS Melbourne VIC (June 23)

Join The Blackeyed Susans at the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Van Gogh and the Seasons, for a special after-hours performance at NGV Friday Nights on June 23rd.

See the exhibition, then enjoy a bite to eat in the company of a string quartet, before wrapping up the evening  with a live performance by The Blackeyed Susans in the Great Hall.

Doors open 6pm. The Blackeyed Susans from 8:30pm. (NGV Friday Nights tickets include exhibition entry to Van Gogh and the Seasons.)

More info & tix HERE.

VINYL RELEASE AND LAUNCH

We’re on track for a mid-to-late May release of the vinyl edition of Close Your Eyes and See and to celebrate we’ll be launching it with an in-store performance at Greville Records, Prahran Melbourne on Sunday, June 18th at 4pm. Pre-orders for the limited edition, hand numbered vinyl album still available, along with CDs and other curiosities from our online shop.

Hope to see you soon

ROB X

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The Tour Begins Saturday

Thanks to everyone who's come along to the book events recently. It's been a lot more enjoyable than I imagined, somehow easier talking about writing memoirs than the slippery subject of songwriting.

Having said that I'm part of the Rock n Roll Writers Festival in Melbourne along with Mick Thomas and Hugo Race amongst others. Check in here for tickets for The Abbotsford Convent chats.

The Blackeyed Susans first tour in over a decade is about to kick off this Saturday April 1 in lovely H O B A R T at The Republic Bar. We're launching our new album "CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SEE"; beautifully mixed and produced, it's sonically and visually stunning. For Melbourne friends, our show at The Corner in Richmond follows on Saturday April 8. Tickets to all shows available here.

Books and CDs available here.

Hope to see you somewhere soon.

Rx

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On The Road Again

It’s been a busy time in the land of Susan: First a new single, then a new album and now our first national tour since 2009 is about to get underway! We have much news to share with you…

Close Your Eyes and See

The new album has been receiving glowing reviews around the country. 4**** and counting ... sonically, it’s the most beautiful work we've produced yet with sweeping pedal steel and seductive rhythms combining with our honey-voiced singer and song-writing smarts ... bruised optimism, splinters of resignation ... the world is far too beautiful, far too cruel to make sense of, we do our best to float through it, relatively unscathed. This is one for the dreamers and the lovers.

CDs, digital downloads and pre-orders for vinyl available now:

Album Launches

We’re touring the country over the next few months to launch the new album, playing selections from the new record as well as the best of our back catalogue. To get ready well, naturally, we’ve been rehearsing and the new songs are sounding grand. Check out this video of us playing Not Quite The Same at Bakehouse Studios recently.

Saturday 8th April – Corner Hotel Richmond, Melbourne

With special guests The Spoils play The Velvet Underground & Nico and Skyscraper Sam and The Commission Flats.

What a golden bill we have for you - majestic in fact.

Everyone's favourite album of all time - The Velvet Underground & Nico - re-interpreted in full by The Spoils, plus the tallest man on the planet to ever swing a guitar - Skyscraper Stan, and his his band The Commission Flats. Both join us for a luscious night of song. You gotta come along, there's no excuses. We've even made it more comfortable for y'all with tables and chairs in a cabaret style for those with weary limbs. First in best dressed, grab a table, pour a drink and leave the rest to us.

But before that…

Saturday 1st April – Republic Bar, Hobart

We’re starting our tour in Hobart! It’s been too long since we played in Taz – scene of the infamous hire car incident many years ago. We’d love to see you at the Republic Bar on Saturday 1st April. Get there early as J.P. Shilo will be opening the evening with a special solo set of underwater sounds and songs.

Plus lots more dates to come here.

ROB X

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Paperback this Friday

Thanks to everyone who came along to the B O O K launch at Readings in Carlton last Friday. Photos taken by my friend Siri.

Strange to be reading the opening chapter in the same place, with the same little kid in the audience who uttered the words "YOU'RE NOT ROB SNARSKI".

One more book reading in Melbourne before music takes over again. I'll be in Melbourne's iconic Paperback Books, 60 Bourke St this Friday from 5:30pm to read a chapter or two and sign copies. Hopefully see you there.

Rob x

I still have several copies at home and it's easy to order on-line here if you'd like a signed copy posted out to your home.

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It's Out Today!

The new Blackeyed Susans album, Close Your Eyes and See, is released today and to celebrate we’ve got a brand new video for you, more tour date news, a vinyl pre-order offer and maybe even more...

Use it as a shield in the defense of beauty, a salve, a sop, a libation…in digital download or deluxe double-gatefold digipack formats from our Bandcamp shop.

"A strong and eclectic batch of atmospheric noir." **** 4 stars
Steve Bell - The Music

“Late night music for lovers”
Jeff Jenkins - Stack Magazine

“Close Your Eyes and See is the assured work of a confident and inspired band still at the top of their game” 8/10
Graham Blackley - Beat Magazine

 

LIMITED EDITION VINYL

You’ve asked and we’ve listened. Now available for pre-order in high quality 180 gm vinyl with full colour sleeve and insert. Includes digital download of the album plus a bonus code for three additional tracks. Hand-numbered release of 300 copies.

 

DREAM ON – THE VIDEO

Step in to the strange and wondrous world of The Blackeyed Susans as imagined by filmmaker and photographer Lyndelle Spruyt of LJ Spruyt Photography. Make up by Dana Leviston. Song written by JP Shilo, Rob Snarski and Phil Kakulas. Produced by Dan Luscombe. Performed by The Blackeyed Susans.

 

THE TOUR

New dates added in Brisbane and Adelaide. Tassie, see you soon:

Buy tickets to the shows.

 

THERE’S MORE?

Tea towels, CDs, ticket bundles and special offers available at our Bandcamp shop.

 

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