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Canadian artist Harry Manx fuses musical traditions
from the east and west in his songs, layering American
12-bar blues with mystical Indian sounds. This unique
style has seen him win numerous Juno and Maple
awards and garner fans like Bruce Springsteen --
which pretty much makes us fans by default. Essential
viewing for lovers of the blues. Fly By Night Musicians
Club, June 5-6, flybynight.org.
COMING UP: Powderfinger
One can imagine the legions of Powderfinger
fans sobbing into their pillows at night trying
to work out where it all went wrong: 21 years,
seven studio albums, and now, a break-up
announcement? You know what they say
about good things... But before the end,
Powderfinger are heading on a farewell tour
of the nation. Best get your tickets quickly.
Supreme Court Gardens, September 24,
With 150 million album sales around the
world, you can almost forgive Engelbert
Humperdinck for his ridiculous stage name.
The romantic crooner returns to Perth with his
Legacy of Love tour in November. Burswood
Theatre, November 3, ticketek.com.au.
Katie Noonan & The Captains
A classically trained jazz and opera singer, Katie was
in alt-rock outfit George but is now pursuing a solo
career. She returns to Perth with a new band, The
Captains, promising an evening of lush pop-rock
and introspective lyrics. Fly By Night Musicians Club,
June 12-13, flybynight.org.
Be taken on a journey to ancient Japanese times
in this breathtaking fusion of Taiko drumming,
martial arts and the softer "voices" of the Japanese
flute and horizontal harp. This highly successful
production has been in sell-out world tours and
was the number one box-office smash hit of the
Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Perth Concert Hall, June
Foster and Allen
Break out the Fairisle sweater. Sweet singing and
popular Irish duo Mick Foster and Tony Allen have
two shows scheduled in Perth. Mandurah Performing
Arts Centre, June 20, www.abpresents.com.au; Perth
Concert Hall, June 21, bocsticketing.com.au.
They may have busted onto the music scene at an
age when most teenagers are busting their pimples,
but Operator Please have garnered a reputation for
writing songs mature beyond their years. They are
supported by local electro duo Tim & Jean. The Astor
Theatre, June 18, moshtix.com.au.
The Temper Trap
A rising star on the Australian music scene, The
Temper Trap garnered international success in 2009
with the release of their single Sweet Disposition. The
song reached number six in the UK Singles Chart and
saw the band perform sell-out shows through the US
and Europe. Tickets are sure to sell quickly when the
Melbourne lads return to Australia for a national tour
including Perth. Metro City, July 22, ticketek.com.au.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja is a fiery, passionate
and colourful violinist. She also performs
shoeless, as the title suggests. Taking on a
guest director role in this concert, Patricia will
perform three concertos with the Australian
Chamber Orchestra. The program is varied
and energetic, swinging from Vivaldi to Haydn
and even some original compositions.
Perth Concert Hall, July 14, aco.com.au.
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