My Tunes is a brand new live acoustic series with a personal touch. Each month Giant Dwarf is inviting a prominent Australian figure to host a musician special to them. It could be the album that helped them through a breakup, a song that alleviated a bout of homesickness, or an artist whose passion and talent ignited their love for music altogether.
The evening consists of a couple of exclusive live and intimate acoustic performances by the artist followed by a Q&A with the host. Not only will the audience hear about the influences and stories behind the artist’s music, but the artist will be given the opportunity to talk to the host about the specific period of time that led them to their music. The Q&A will be interlaced with memories shared by listeners and audience members.
Having completed stints as a supporting guitarist and keyboard player for the Lucksmiths, the Simpletons, the Deerhunters and Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), singer/songwriter Darren Hanlon officially stepped out on his own in 1999. A charming and clever songwriter, drawing comparisons to Evan Dando and Billy Bragg, Hanlon wasted little time in establishing himself as a compelling storyteller and prolific songwriter with his observational wit and memorable pop hooks. Known for his engagement with his audiences, through his down-to-earth storytelling at his live shows, Darren has toured with Billy Bragg, the Magnetic Fields, Violent Femmes and continues to tour across the globe. In January 2015, he released his fifth studio album Where Did You Come from?
In 2009 Tom Ballard became the youngest person to ever win the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Best Newcomer Award for his debut stand up show. The following year he took a seat behind the microphone as the youngest ever host of the breakfast show on triple j and now, five years on, he’s a relative comedy veteran with sold out shows and national tours to his name. Tom’s been seen on The Project, This Week Live, Can Of Worms, Spicks and Specks, Good News Week, The Melbourne Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala and It’s A Date. In 2013, after he and his on-air comrade Alex Dyson took out the ARIA for Best Comedy Release, Ballard decided to hang up the headphones to focus on his two biggest loves: stand up and sleeping. In 2014 Tom fronted the coverage of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for SBS 2 and hosted his very own show for ABC TV, Reality Check – a show dedicated to celebrating (and taking the piss out of) the insane inner workings of reality television.
- My Tunes: Tom Ballard presents Darren Hanlon
18 November 2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm