Saturday, 01 December
John Schumann + Shane Howard – Live in The Brewery
Two of Australia’s most influential singer-songwriters – John Schumann (Redgum) and Shane Howard (Goanna) – will take to the stage with The Red Rockin’ Dirt Band in The Brewery at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi on Saturday 1 December. They will be supported by Tobias.
JOHN SCHUMANN + SHANE HOWARD
John and Shane have recorded together on a number of occasions but this is the first time they are appearing together in concert.
John is best known for his leadership of Redgum and his Vietnam veterans anthem, ‘I was only 19’.
Shane is best known for his leadership of Goanna and his powerful, evocative statement on behalf of indigenous Australia, ‘Solid Rock’.
Between them, there are so many other cracker songs too: ‘Razor’s Edge’, ‘I’ve Been to Bali Too’, ‘Talk of The Town’, ‘Poor Ned’, ‘In The Long Run’, ‘Heart of My Country’ – the collective playlist sure is impressive.
Howard and Schumann have also recently written and recorded a song together – ‘Times Like These’.
There are storm clouds on the horizon. The so-called Leader of the Free World is busy dismantling the progressive work of decades. The conduct of Australia’s own national affairs is marked by blinkered vision and political self-interest. No one believes in anything anymore. Howard and Schumann simply can’t stand it anymore.
Times like these: the distance between rich and poor grows ever wider. The gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia is still unconscionably wide, yet we continue to ignore our historical responsibilities to our Indigenous brothers and sisters. Our veterans return from wars physically and psychologically damaged, only to find they have to keep fighting on, for themselves and their families.
Times like these: offshore, behind razor-wire, our government detains men, women and children who have committed no greater crime than to seek a better life for themselves. Our response to the global shock-wave of terror is simplistic at best – and at worst, simply racist.
Times like these: 50% of the Barrier Reef is dead, extinctions run at 10,000 times the natural order, our generation has just about dug everything out of the ground and we’d rather consign our grandchildren to extinction than change our behaviour. Times like these: vast numbers of Australians sit stupefied in front of the television, watching inane talent quests and cooking shows while serious artists and journalists are shuffled off the intellectual stage.
Times like these: Australia’s commercial media is dominated by tub-thumping climate change deniers and scribblers on the political continuum to the right of Pinochet. Fossil fuel magnates, with politicians in their thrall, try desperately to wind back the clock.
Times like these: who will raise a voice?
For a start, these two raggedy poets will – John Schumann and Shane Howard.
Hopefully, they won’t be the only ones.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see what will be a goosebumps performance – capturing something essential of the spirit of Australia in words and music.
Two decades performing on the international stage, Tobias has cemented his reputation as one of Australia’s leading folk pop artists. He has performed alongside Missy Higgins, Jen Cloher, Archie Roach and Toni Childs.
Often described as “Beck meets, Paul Kelly meets BruceSpringsteen” – Tobias’ music brings the room to life withhis craftsmanship and songwriting ability.
His latest single ‘When The Sun Comes Up Again’ – became #1 in Australia in 2017.
Known for his exceptional breadth and experience with writing music, he comes to life on the guitar and his acoustic performances bring this alive.
TICKETS: $45 (+ booking fee) through OZTIX – CLICK HERE or at the Imperial Hotel (Ph: 5442 8811)
Doors open 7.30pm
Imperial Hotel Courtesy Bus
The Imperial Hotel’s FREE courtesy bus operates Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm + Wednesday and Thursday nights from 4.30pm – 9pm travelling to Eumundi, Belli Park, Cooroy, Doonan, Eerwah Vale, North Arm, and Verrierdale. Phone Gary on 0467 414 171 to book.