Wednesday 15 March 2017
BEGUILING PERFORMER & ESTEEMED SINGER-SONGWRITER MARTHA WAINWRIGHT WILL RETURN TO CANBERRA IN 2017
Martha’s new album and first in four years, Goodnight City will be released on 11 November (Inertia), and is poised to be her best record yet. The 13-track album is confessional, impressionistic and dynamic – songs that twist and turn with a surging intensity, showcasing her distinguished songwriting craft and an astonishingly versatile voice; a voice that soars, sighs, provokes and tells secrets.
Goodnight City includes several original works as well as songs written for the album by Beth Orton, Rufus Wainwright, Michael Ondaatje and Glen Hansard. The album was produced by Thomas Bartlett (Sufjan Stevens, Glen Hansard) and Brad Albetta (Angus and Julia Stone, Teddy Thompson).
Martha’s commanding stage presence has taken her to some of the world’s premiere music festivals, from Glastonbury and Bonnaroo to Lollapalooza and V Festival, at which she performed with Snow Patrol in 2007. With an undeniable voice and an arsenal of powerful songs, Martha has sold out iconic venues including NYC’s Carnegie Hall and more.
Joining Martha as Special Guests on the full tour are local pop duo Oh Pep!. Stadium Cake, the debut release from the talented outfit has been praised by Rolling Stone as “faultless folk-rock”, while Stereogum described it as “instantly captivating”. The Australian noted “…acoustic pop earworms… gloriously hummable hooks” in a 4-star review.
The daughter of folk legends Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, Martha’s immersion in music from an early age is evident in her command of the stage and her masterful handling of a spectrum of musical styles. Her songs provide a window into her life without artifice or pretension.
“Wainwright moves amid prettily finger-picked folk-rock and more eccentric arrangements”
– NY Times
“…taking music and wringing from it a startling wealth of shiver-inducing moments.” – Pitchfork
“…her stage presence suggests several things at one time – defiant and strong, yet with an edge of sadness and vulnerability as well.” – Spin Magazine
“…a grand, glowering gravitas – part Patti Smith, part Leonard Cohen” – Uncut Magazine
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Chugg Entertainment & Graynor Crawford
160 minutes including interval
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