Five of Sydney’s superlative songwriting talents return to The Gasoline Pony in Marrickville to present an early evening of music and song with some surprises along the way.
Sam Newton writes songs that dig deep into melancholy, devotion and flawed and fascinating characters. He has the uncanny ability to find a direct line into the central themes of his songs with a raw and poetic honesty.
In 2016, Newton undertook the challenge of writing 100 songs in 100 days before releasing his second album, Violet Road. An expanded and more subtle musical palette was partnered with songs that traded in an unflinching honesty, dialling directly into the heart of subjects such as infatuation, mental health, relationships both damaged and on the ascent.
Since touring Violet Road at bars, pubs, festivals around Australia, Newton has already completed recording his third full-length album, due for release mid 2017. Diving further into sweet country melodies and an even greater blending of styles – from Wilco to Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson to Paul Simon, the album is yet another step forward for Newton in the great art of songwriting.
DIREWOLF (Matthew Dewar)
Drawing inspiration from artists such as Bon Iver, Ben Howard and Tallest Man on Earth …24 year old Matt Dewar (aka “Direwolf”) is a stout product of the undiscovered indie/folk movement.
“I can hear this being a really special song to a lot of people. It’s filled with some pretty genuine emotion.” – Dave Ruby Howe, Triple J
“His name is true to his music, tragic and wolf like. Full of howls and a lingering sadness” – Sofar Sounds, Sydney
After dusting off some formidable gigs at some of Sydney’s best alternative and mainstream venues, Direwolf plans to tour the east coast of Australia on the back of his most recent release.
Discovering music as a latent talent and fusing it with a natural passion, Chris Neto creates folk tunes with a touch of ambience. In the past couple of years, Chris has been building his profile around Sydney and has played at the Metro Theatre, Sofar Sounds sessions, The Basement, Hibernian House, and many other prestigious venues. Chris enchants with thought-provoking lyrics that will lift listeners up into dream land.
Liam Gale is a Sydney based musician, collaborator and writer. His work fluctuates between singular songs and one-off ditties to collections and albums of congruence and concept. He vaguely fits the confines of blues, folk and country but palms them off them with elements drawn from soul and Motown, rock and prog, jazz, rhythm and blues and other improvisational forms. Ultimately, either alone or with his band (a collective affectionately knows as the Ponytails) he creates cohesive works; songs that ebb and flow together.
Bill Hunt is a vocalist, songwriter and musician from Melbourne, Australia who currently calls Sydney home.
Bill’s music is as varied as has been his life to date. Having started out wanting to be nothing else but a songwriter and musician, he set about doing everything but that; working a series of jobs from truck-driver to ferry-driver, scuba diver, landscape gardener, farm-hand, carpenter until chance (and an accident that saw him incapacitated for several months) led him to take up writing for a small town newspaper, which in turn led to a career as a journalist and photographer – and eventually editor – for a major newspaper group.
Along the way though, the call of music was always there – prodding and nagging away, serving up gentle, and not so gentle reminders of the passing of time and the final destination we all share.
Bill booked studio time and in February 2016 headed back to Melbourne to record his first album, Upwey, which was released in July, 2016.
In his Words about Music review, John Hardaker wrote: “Across Upwey his voice moves from hurt, to declamatory, to bent-by-blues, once even to an almost Gospel frenzy… the almost seven minute ‘What you Choose’ has Hunt serenading the street-life in and around him, in an almost Van Morrison/James Joyce stream-of-consciousness linear rave. It captivates with pictures, some drawn by a child’s hand, some painted by a drunk Dylan, some harshly photographed by a journalist (all of which Hunt, the lyricist, is)”.