Over four delightful Sundays, Georgia Mooney All Our Exes Live in Texas) brings together some of Australia’s best songwriters for an intimate night of new songs, reinvented favourites and spontaneous collaboration.
Seated in a semi-circle, surrounded by lamps, rugs and moody studio-esque vibe, four unique artists go round the group in a game of musical pass the parcel – each sharing a song while the others become the backing band in the live collaboration you didn’t even realise you were dreaming of. It’s their first writing session, their first rehearsal and their first gig all at once.
Expect melty magic, potential bangers, absolute clangers and a bunch of rambunctious chitter-chatter.
DATES & GUEST LINE-UPS: (bios below)
MARCH 31st: R.W. Grace, Fanny Lumsden, & Stu Larsen
APRIL 7th: Tim Rogers (You Am I), Rhob Cunningham, & Ben Salter
APRIL 14th: Dan Kelly, Brian Campeau, & Alyx Dennison
APRIL 21st: Paul McDermott & Steven Gates (Gatesy), Olivia Hally, & Seja Vogel
The HOST: Georgia Mooney is one of Australia’s foremost singer-songwriters. As one quarter of indie-folk band, All Our Exes Live in Texas, she has circumnavigated Australia and the globe multiple times over, collecting an impressive array of awards along the way – including an ARIA and AIR Award for their debut, ‘When We Fall’. Not a group confined by genre, All Our Exes Live in Texas have shared the stage and/or studio with The Backstreet Boys, Midnight Oil, Kesha, Passenger, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Megan Washington, Kate Miller-Heidke, Neil Finn, Boy & Bear, Marlon Williams, Urthboy, Tiny Ruins, St Paul & The Broken Bones and many more. In her own right, Georgia has a reputation as a remarkable solo performer and a sort after session vocalist, recording for television, film and taking part in many musical collaborations. Georgia’s new baby, ‘Supergroup’ (a very millennial name for a child), springs from her love of story-telling songwriters, their ability to have a yarn and the fact that they rarely get to do it together.
Joining Georgia on MARCH 31st:
R.W. Grace possesses the ability to convey both great power and gentle fragility on stage. She’s a truly mesmerising performer who pours herself into every show as if it’s her last. Which means, given the deeply personal subject matter of songs, every performance packs a hefty emotional punch. Whether performing solo, or with band, an R.W. Grace show is never anything short of transcendent.
Fanny Lumsden: With a recent string of accolades including two ARIA nominations, two Golden Guitar awards and the AIR Best Independent Album of 2018 for her second record ‘Real Class Act’ (which debuted at #1 on the Country ARIA charts), western NSW born and raised Fanny Lumsden is taking the music industry by storm one small town at a time. Fiercely independent, releasing on her own record label Red Dirt Road Records and running her own touring company The Country Halls Tour, Fanny is taking her own brand of alt country to the masses. ‘On her own terms and in her own lane, Fanny Lumsden is the Queen of New Australiana’.
Stu Larsen: With no home, no job and few possessions, Stu Larsen is living the life of a vagabond, spending his days on the road across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, North America and Europe. Currently working on his third full-length album while on the road in South America and Mexico with Passenger, Larsen will return to Australia for this one off show and to pay a long overdue visit to his mother.
Joining Georgia on APRIL 7th:
Tim Rogers (You Am I): With a career now motoring along in its third unique decade, Tim Rogers remarkable resume encompasses the world of Music, Film, Television, Stage and Literature. As the frontman of You Am I, one of the essential Australian rock n’ roll bands, guitarist and vocalist Tim Rogers along with band mates Russell Hopkinson, Andy Kent and Davey Lane, have released ten studio albums to date. Three of these releases have debuted at number one on the ARIA charts with the albums also receiving multiple Platinum and Gold status for commercial sales.
Whether as part of You Am I or as a solo artist since 1999, Tim Rogers has received 13 ARIA Awards, including Male Artist of the Year, Best Group, Best Independent Release and Album Of The Year. 2017 saw the release of Tim Rogers first book, Detours, to critical acclaim and best seller status, of which The Australian said: “A heartbreaking work off staggering honesty.” And The Guardian: “Authentic, beautiful, unusual, brave.” Hailing from a mining town in WA, Tim Rogers has spent his considerable energy over these very memorable years, taking his talents to the world. And now in his 40’s and with a kit bag of experience and wisdom under his belt, has become a fully formed truly modern Australian icon.
Rhob Cunningham (Ireland): Singer-songwriter Rhob Cunningham has just returned from a year in Vienna where he wrote, recorded and released his 7th album in eight years, entitled Step Outside. His debut album, under the moniker Our Little Secrets, brought him to prominence on Irish airwaves in 2010, introducing his “lyrical stylings that rouse and soothe” – The Irish Times. Cunningham has worked with much of the current crop of Irish talent, collaborating and touring with Villagers, Lisa Hannigan and James Vincent McMorrow in studios and across Europe, and has opened for such luminaries as John Martyn, Bobby Womack, Gil Scott-Heron and Kristin Hersh. Having previously recorded albums in Reykjavik (with Bjork / Bonnie Prince Billy producer Valgeir Sigurdsson), Wexford, Nashville, Paris and Berlin, Rhob Cunningham makes his Australian debut this March!
Ben Salter: Based in Tasmania, Ben Salter has toured Australia and the world for nearly 20 years, both solo and as a member of The Wilson Pickers, The Gin Club, Giants of Science and Hownowmer. Regularly cited as having one of the best voices in the country, Ben’s performances highlight his storytelling, humour and sincerity, while his recordings experiment with a diversity of styles, from acoustic ballads to rock, folk and avant garde. His songs traverse convict life, suburban streets, video game galaxies, and indigenous poetry, with an idiosyncratic and literary style in the tradition of songwriters John Cale, Robert Wyatt and David Byrne. He counts among his collaborators some of the industry’s most respected names, such as Marlon Williams, Gareth Liddiard, Mick Thomas, Tim Rogers, Bernard Fanning and London-based producer Aaron Cupples.
Joining Georgia on APRIL 14th:
Dan Kelly has released four albums of technicolor mind adventure songs over the last decade. Seen by many as an oracle, he uses his words and fancy guitar shapes to alter the course of history towards kindness, more shade, general dancing and healthy oceans. Nominated for many awards, and receiver of one, he forges a path through the song forest, looking for the ancient ways that will shape the future.
Brian Campeau: Canadian folk artist, Brian Campeau, is mostly known for his complex guitar playing accompanied by long sorrowful vocals. He is less known for his charm and willingness to please his audience. Some don’t like his sense of humour. He continues to make jokes regardless.
Alyx Dennison is a vocalist and composer who cut her musical teeth on experimental/pop duo kyü before releasing her self-titled debut in 2015. The Guardian’s Kate Hennessy praised her “ability to take pain to the loom and spin it into pure light.” She frequently performs with various ensembles, and has written original music for film, theatre, dance and radio. She is currently recording her second solo LP set for release later this year.
Joining Georgia on APRIL 21st:
Paul McDermott and Steven Gates (Gatesy): have been friends for 20 years and singing together in private for five years. Best known as the middle-men of two of Australia’s greatest musical-comedy trios, McDermott (Doug Anthony All Stars) and Gates (Tripod) have been performing their strange hybrid of heartfelt and, at times, whimsical songs all around the country, adding dates in all the Fringe/Folk and Comedy Festivals. “Compellingly beautiful” – Fringe Review, Adelaide
Olivia Hally: is best known as the front woman of Oh Pep!, a band she’s been touring the world with over the past few tears. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and Rolling Stone, on NPR’s Tiny Desk and the stages of Glastonbury. She has toured with the Mountain Goats, Billy Bragg, Lake Street Dive, National Rateliff, Lord Huron, Valerie June, Martha Wainwright, and more. She sometimes write music for other people and is currently working on a musical in NYC, baby!
Seja Vogel started playing music as an integral member of Brisbane synth-punk trio Sekiden. 2007 saw her joining iconic genre-mashers Regurgitator as a full time member, touring throughout Australia, Asia and Europe. An artist constantly wanting to push her own creative boundaries, Seja has lent her synth and singing skills to touring buddies such as SPOD, Dave McCormack (Custard) and Ben Salter as well as creating two solo albums; We Have Secret But Nobody Cares and All Our Wires. Seja was the winner of the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship in 2013 and hosts Australian music podcast HearSej where she interviews musicians about their artistic process and their strangest show experiences. On the side, Seja creates tiny replicas of analogue synthesizers out of felt under her textile label Pusewidth.
Presented with support from the City of Sydney and APRA AMCOS as part of Giants in Residence 2019
Courtyard bar opens at 5pm for a 6pm start. Pop in before the show for a drink and a mingle!
Giant Dwarf is a licensed venue. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.