Wed 6th June, 20188:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Two of the UK’s leading contemporary songwriters join forces in a celebration of song. Touring the UK in May and June of 2018.
Jack Carty and Maz O’Connor are two of the most engaging songwriters on the U.K. acoustic scene and have ploughed independent furrows on their paths to success. Jack has recently relocated from Australia following the considerable success of 4 full length albums, 2 EP’s, national awards and sold out shows across all seven states; Maz has spent a year developing new repertoire for a wider, more contemporary audience after being hailed as one of the UK folk scenes brightest stars.
2018 sees their paths converge for one very special UK tour, celebrating independent voices and the power of great songwriting:
Maz’s most recent album “The Longing Kind” (produced by Jim Moray: 2016) was hailed by press and pundits alike and established her firmly in the roots scene as a force to be reckoned with. Performances on the UK festival scene followed, as did numerous accolades. Maz’s considered and perceptive lyricism explores complex relationships between people and their surroundings, often presenting the modern city as a microcosm. She possesses the rare ability to create a whole world in a single song.
Never one to rest on her laurels Maz has recently begun to explore a more contemporary soundscape. Collaborations with producers from the world of electronic pop music have lead to an exploration of new sonic spaces, and inspired a collection of shadowy, Scandinavian-esque, folk-noir songs, to be released in 2018. This tour sees the first performances of that new repertoire.
‘Maz O’Connor’s ace, apart from her remarkable songwriting talent, is her captivating voice ****’ (Q Magazine)
‘There is an inquiring intelligence as well as an emotional sensibility at work here…she plays and sings beautifully *****’ (Songlines)
Award-winning Australian songwriter Jack Carty has released four critically acclaimed full-length albums and 2 EP’s; toured extensively across Australia, New Zealand, The USA, Canada, The UK and Europe; co-written with the likes of Dan Wilson (Adele, Taylor Swift, Semisonic), Josh Pyke & Blair Dunlop; and received both the National MusicOz award for Acoustic Singer-Songwriter of the year and a biannual APRA Professional Development Award in his native Australia.
In the midst of all this he decided to start his own label and release an album he produced, performed and recorded entirely himself in his own home, completely independently. The result was “Home State”, one of Rhythms Magazine’s Top 10 albums of 2016. It debuted at #1 on the AIR Independent album chart and #36 on the ARIA Album Chart. Such was the stir it created on home soil that it was picked up for release in the UK by Gilded Lily/Absolute; and so began Jack’s love affair with touring the British Isles. It’s an adventure that’s seen him share British stages with the likes of Keston Cobblers’ Club, Josh Pyke, Bernard Fanning and Blair Dunlop, and sell out a recent 3 night residency at The Green Note in London.
Jack has just finished a brand new album titled ‘Hospital Hill’ set for worldwide release in May 2018. Written and produced with long-time collaborator Gus Gardiner (Papa Vs. Pretty, Montaigne, East) ‘Hospital Hill’ was recorded live in the studio over two days in Sydney with members of The Australian Chamber Orchestra.
“Carty might well have found his happy place” ★★★★ (The Sunday Star Times)
“An album of confession and honesty, but also humour and the sublime” ★★★★ (The Sydney Morning Herald)