On the back of a successful, but all too brief Australian tour this month, Chugg Entertainment and Bluesfest Touring are delighted to confirm a prompt return to Australia. With special guests: MORGAN JOANEL & JOLAN.
Following the release of Write It On Your Skin, his third studio album, demand has been high for the English singer-songwriter, playing four intimate club shows this month, including sold out shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Newton will be coming back in 2013 for an extensive run of dates around Australia, including an appearance at Bluesfest and West Coast Blues & Roots Festival 2013.
After years of invention, innovation, reinvention and creation, Newton Faulkner has returned with his third album, Write It On Your Skin. How has he reimagined things this time? The dreadlocked balladeer has opened himself up to the talents of other writers and players. Not, it should be hastily added, the latest Scandinavian pop hit-machine maestros. And not the best Los Angeles session vets. True to idiosyncratic form, Faulkner has squirreled out empathetic and unique talents to help colour out his always robustly melodic songs.
Still only 27 years of age, Newton Faulkner’s career has followed an illustrious trajectory in which he released three studio albums that garnered him universal acclaim. Faulkner’s rise was sharp, reaching number one on the UK charts in 2007 as a youthful troubadour and his guitar with his debut release Hand Built By Robots, an album that went platinum in both the UK and Australia. Where his debut introduced the world to the fleet-fingered prince’s sparkling guitar pop, 2009’s follow up Rebuilt By Humans further cemented Faulkner’s place as one of the world’s best one-man bands.
The first single off the new album, Clouds was written by Newton in a garage in the LA sunshine with his brother Toby and Sam Farrar (Phantom Planet). The track sums up over-riding themes on the album, which is “I know things appear to be bad now but they will get better.” During the recording process of the album, Faulkner opened himself up to the talents of other writers and players with his brother (aka songwriter Billy Battenberg), Farrar and production writing pair, Nexus. The result is an album bristling with spontaneity and the best kind of DIY imagination.
Whether you missed out on his swift September string of dates, or are longing to experience another spellbinding performance, there is no excuse to miss Newton Faulkner on his sweeping Australian tour in 2013.
ABOUT MORGAN JOANEL
Perth born solo singer/songwriter and artist-cum-designer, Morgan Joanel, is a self-confessed chaos addict spending her days colouring in and playing dress ups; her nights with music and darkness…
From a love of creating something interesting, Morgan makes music best enjoyed live. Whether playing solo or with her band, she’s always got her feet tapping away at her looping pedal allowing her to create layers of guitars, percussion and vocal harmonies – all made live on stage from scratch.
Morgan has just finished up in the studio recording her latest EP, with covers from artists as diverse as The Dandys Warhols, Gorillaz and Madonna. It will be released through Sony in on Friday 8 March.
With Perth singer/songwriter and self confessed chaos addict, Morgan Joanel, already set to join Newton Faulkner on his upcoming Australian tour, we’re excited to announce acoustic duo Jolan has been added to the line up!
Following on from the release of their debut album on the always quirky independent record label Laughing Outlaw Records, opening for Newton Faulkner at all of his headlining dates will be the first national tour for the Wollongong raised Jolan.
Recording their first EP in 2008, the last few years have seen the band playing live along the East Coast of Australia as well as continuing to write and record and develop their sound. As an avid supporter of cancer research and charities, Jolan raised $13,000 from one single gig to give as a surprise gift to a patient at the Prince Of Wales Hospital in Sydney.
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