Oakleigh RSL, 95-97 Drummond Street, Oakleigh Victoria 3166

LIZ STRINGER

With a reputation for utterly captivating live shows and a string of albums already behind her, Liz Stringer has established herself as one of Melbourne’s most exciting and talented musicians. Described by the Herald Sun as “an old-fashioned, Springsteen-style storyteller with a soulful, mature voice”, Stringer combines intimate, complex narratives with haunting vocals to create unique contemporary roots music. With special guests: SWEET JEAN

Stringer spent most of 2012 on the road, touring her fourth studio album Warm In The Darkness nationally as well as several other tours with the likes of Mia Dyson, Van Walker, Suzannah Espie, Chris Altmann and Jordie Lane. Warm In The Darkness earned Liz two Age EG award nominations and was named the best album of 2012 by Brian Wise of Rhythms Magazine.

Warm In The Darkness sees a departure from the intimacy of 2010’s solo record Tides of Time in favour of a bigger, more bombastic sound, with horns, organs and guitars accentuating, the rock-solid foundation of long-time bandmates Tim Keegan (bass) and Adam May (drums) with the addition of Van Walker on guitar. The album was co-produced by Stringer and the Killjoys’ Craig Pilkington, who engineered and played guitar on Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’s renowned debut and has produced/engineered many of Australia’s greats. There were several guest musicians that appeared on the album including Matt Walker, Suzannah Espie, John Bedggood, Steven Teakle and Adam Simmons.

Described by the Music Australia Guide as “a true wordsmith”, Stringer’s indescribable voice and intimate stories capture the full spectrum of human emotions. To see her perform live is to see an audience utterly captivated, hanging on every word and every hook as Stringer guides them through journeys of heartbreak, sorrow, hope and love.

Bursting onto the scene in 2006 with her impressive debut Soon, Stringer’s smoky voice and deft guitar work attracted the attention of ARIA award winner Mia Dyson, with whom she toured in 2006 and 2009. Supports, tours and shows with the likes of Ash Grunwald, Jeff Lang, Weddings Parties Anything, Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea, Eric Bibb (US) and Joe Henry (US) soon followed. Stringer was also invited to be part of Deborah Conway’s 2008 “Broad” tour, with performances at the Sydney Opera House, QPAC in Brisbane and Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. More recent festival highlights have included Port Fairy Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Mossvale Music Festival and the Australasian World Music Expo.

A passionate advocate of independent music, Liz released Warm In The Darkness and her earlier recordings as a firm independent. Amazingly & without label backing, Liz has a ground swell of interest within the independent and greater music industry, and is widening this interest and acclaim with the releases of Pendulum, Tides of time and now Warm In The Darkness.

“These are some of the finest lyrics I have heard from a local artist in recent years.” – Brian Wise, Rhythms Magazine

“Warm In The Darkness is all about inspiration rather than imitation, and a major achievement from one of our true originals.” – Alec Morten, Upstream Whispers

“Make no mistake. This is a phenomenal album from a major talent.” – Les Thomas, Unpaved

“In anybody’s language, Liz Stringer is a star.” – Jeff Jenkins, HOWZAT

Saturday 31 January
Doors open at 8pm (Showtime 8.40)
Price: Reserved Seats- $27+bf, General Admission- $20+bf
$22 at the door (if still available)