Darren Hanlon performs at the launch of his fifth album I Will Love You At All with (from left) vocalist Shelley Short, Triple J’s Steph Hughes on drums, Lucksmith’s Mark Monnone on bass guitar and Cory Gray on keys and trumpet.
Darren Hanlon performs at the launch of his fifth album I Will Love You At All with (from left) vocalist Shelley Short, Triple J’s Steph Hughes on drums, Lucksmith’s Mark Monnone on bass guitar and Cory Gray on keys and trumpet. Contributed

Darren Hanlon launches new album

FEW singer-songwriters can captivate an audience with their new work like Gympie’s Darren Hanlon.

At home for the launch of his fifth album I Will Love You At All, Darren’s performance at the Pomona Majestic Theatre on Friday night was as enchanting as it was entertaining.

It was as if Darren had slipped on a pair of his favourite slippers when he took to the stage to showcase his latest work to family, friends and loyal fans.

He was in familiar territory — Darren’s grandmother had attended school dances held in the very same hall, he told the crowd, and he had developed a passion for silent movies ever since he watched his first at the very same theatre.

Darren’s gift of the gab is what sets him apart from his peers. His storytelling abilities combined with a quick wit had the crowd buzzing from go to whoa.

The audience was treated to a mix of old favourites and songs from Darren’s new album with one listener describing his music as, “a happy sound with soulful, even profound lyrics”.

Between picking up the banjo to play Falling Aeroplanes off his Early Days album to an encore performance of Elbows from Fingertips and Mountaintops, Darren was backed by long-time collaborator Cory Gray on keys and trumpet, Lucksmith’s Mark Monnone on bass guitar and Triple J’s Steph Hughes on drums for his latest songs off the new album.

Up-and-coming vocalist Shelley Short, whose haunting vocals feature on I Will Love You At All, sang with the band to recreate the sound and opened proceedings with a performance of her own enchanting alt-folk gems.

This “awe-inspiring” performance kicked off Darren’s Australian tour which will be followed by a 21-city tour of the US.

Gympie Times


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