Troubadour back on home turf
FOLLOWING sold-out album launches across Australia and an extensive US tour, indie-folk troubadour Darren Hanlon is back in familiar territory for a special flood benefit concert at Pomona’s Majestic Theatre next week.
Gympie boy Darren, with special guest Carry Nation, will be kicking off another Australian tour following the critically acclaimed 2010 release of I Will Love You At All.
All profits from this show will be donated to the Queensland Flood Disaster Fund.
2010 was a stellar year for Darren. After releasing his fourth studio album I Will Love You At All, on Flippin’ Yeah Industries in Australia and on seminal label Yep Roc in the US, Darren went on to sell-out album launches across Australia before embarking on a three-month US tour, performing with the likes of Billy Bragg and Sean Lennon.
After his latest tour, Hanlon said he would continue to promote the album, but was looking forward to getting back into the studio.
“I’ll be taking these songs to other parts of the globe before disappearing to some secluded cabin/cave to work on the next album or whatever,” he said.
Darren chose the Majestic in 2006 to record his third album, Fingertips and Mountaintops, which features pianist and trumpeter Cory Gray as well as Shins drummer Jesse Sandoval.
Since then, Hanlon has made regular appearances at the theatre and his concert last year was a sell-out, giving every indication next week’s event will be the same.
Long-time collaborator Cory Gray, Lucksmith’s Mark Monnone, Triple J’s Steph Hughes and vocalist Shelley Short have backed Hanlon all the way and will return to the Majestic for one final tip of the hat to the last album I Will Love You at All.
For those who don’t know, Hanlon grew up on Gympie’s Southside and spent a good few Sunday matinees at the Majestic Theatre.
His own grandmother attended school dances there and now years later the building could boast being the oldest operational silent movie theatre in the world.
Hanlon has again chosen to kick off his latest Australian tour at the Majestic on Friday, February 25, from 7.30pm.
Advance sales through flippinyeah.com are $19 plus a billing fee or tickets at the door are $25. To avoid disappointment, book your tickets at www.themajestictheatre.com.au or phone 5485 2330.
Hanlon has been described as: “Our nation’s most wonderful wordsmith” – Album of the Issue – BMA, and as “The Australian singer-songwriter (who) has a way with both the wry and the wistful” – Who Weekly.