|April 28, 2018|
|Smiths Alternative Bookshop|
Captivating vocals, catchy, offbeat guitar picking and a swig of poetry, you can see why Mary Webb has been described as “a shining light” in the Adelaide Folk scene. She is an engaging solo performer, best experienced up close and personal. Mary’s songs are thoughtful yet frank, exploring human fragility, self-discovery and connection.
Mary will be taking her latest album ‘Love Like Planets’ on the road through March and April with shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle.
Love Like Planets was recorded in Montana, USA with Brett Allen (Death Cab For Cutie, Swell Season, Matmos, Wayne Hotvitz, Justin Townes Earl), and local South Australian producer Mike Kirkham. While her previous releases have been predominantly acoustic, the new album also features an impressive four-piece studio band from Portland, Oregon, and utilises range of analogue synthesisers, all recorded live to 2-inch tape.
“…an original music prodigy.” –Stereonet
“Mary Webb clearly possesses an innate talent for music.” –Music SA
Mary will be joined in Canberra by Pete Wild & The Only Ones.
Pete Wild’s first piano was rescued from a bulldozer at a demolition site.
He lives on the NSW South Coast in the village of Candelo; reported by the UK Guardian in December 2017 to be one of the most exciting underground music scenes in the world.
There are only 300 people in the town, but it’s more exciting than any city – it’s pure creativity coming out of the bush.
Highly regarded as a performer and songwriter on the NSW South Coast, Pete’s debut self-titled album was featured as album of the week on Radio National. His song Mars 1 won the 2018 APRA Cygnet Folk Festival song competition.
Combining his theatrical background and idiosyncratic honesty, Pete’s performance is deeply compelling as he moves from quirky theatrical absurdities to unexpected poignant and passionate expression.
Pete is touring his freshly pressed album Calm, presenting indie-folk pop. A collection of vibrant vignettes which read as a survival manual for contemporary small-town country Australia; caravan renovations, insomnia-inducing anxiety, romantic beginnings on South Coast beaches, losing your lover to the Mars 1 colonisation project…
Pete will be playing at Smith’s with his band, The Only Ones, featuring some of Australia’s finest musicians: Heath Cullen, Robyn Martin, David Ross Macdonald (the Waifs) and Kate Burke (Trouble in the Kitchen, Kate and Ruth).
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