I am thrilled to announce my first UK shows since 2006 and my first European shows ever. All of the gigs are in a stripped back acoustic format and I’ll have my compadre Matthew Engelbrecht alongside playing guitar, mandolin and bass. I’ll be playing songs from all of my records as well as a fair bit of new stuff that will comprise my new album.
See the ticketing details below and come along and say hi.
27 Apr Dublin Whelans On sale now
29 Apr Glasgow Cottiers Theatre On sale now
30 Apr Manchester Ruby Lounge On sale now
1 May London Bush Hall On sale now
4 May Cologne MTC On sale now
5 May Hamburg Prinzenbar On sale now
6 May Amsterdam paradiso amstelkerk
Greetings from Madrid. My family and I have temporarily relocated over here again while we have the chance and are enjoying ourselves immensely. Autumn (Otoño) is just kicking in. After spending almost all of my life in Brisbane which has essentially two seasons -
1. Farken hot and steamy
2. a bit less hot and steamy for about two weeks in August
- it’s a beautiful thing to witness the kaleidoscope of colour and temperature that northern hemisphere seasons present. Red, yellow, orange,purple and brown. Soon enough it will give way to glorious blue skies and icy sierra winds as the craggy, leafless trees battens down the hatches for winter. For now it is beautiful. I do miss Jacaranda bloom time in Brisbane though.
After a bit of a break I am in the beginning stages of writing a new record and am looking forward to playing some new songs at the shows coming up in Australia in late January. A new album is still a way off which explains why we aren’t doing gigs all over the country. So don’t hassle me, ok? That will come later next year. I haven’t played any new songs at live shows for about 10 years so I am excited about doing that again. So if you do decide to come along, please clap or boo vociferously depending on how the songs strike you. It would be great to have the feedback.
I haven’t set myself any kind of agenda for the type of record I am going to make, but am just sitting down with my guitar and seeing what comes out. I suppose I have returned to the way that I have always written, which is to say…….let it happen. No agendas, no exclusions and none of the arbitrary rules that I imposed on myself last time I was here. I learned a lot from the experience of making Departures and feel like I have already found a lot of benefits in returning to simple ideas. Listening to Hiss Golden Messenger, Courtney Barnett, Little Feat, Ryan Adams and Leon Russell has certainly inspired me in that regard. So I am happily busy and enthusiastic about the time ahead and looking forward to catching up with old friends and new when I get back.
I hope that most of the time, you are well and happy. See you next year.
After spending the past European summer in Madrid, Bernard’s well-earned break was interrupted by his oldest partner-in-crime: his acoustic guitar. Now, with a refreshed take on his distinctive and relentless songwriting, he brings home a new album along with a summer tour. Performing at the stunning surrounds of Leeuwin Estate in Margaret River, and the Melbourne and Taronga Zoo Twilight Series, an intimate night at the Newtown Social, and a hometown show at friend and Powderfinger’s bassist John Collins’ new venue The Triffid.
Bernard and his band will bring to life his acclaimed ‘Tea & Sympathy’ and ‘Departures’ albums, featuring hit singles “Wish You Well”, “Songbird”, “Watch Over Me” and “Battleships” as well as debuting to Australian audiences as yet unheard new material.
Sydney’s Little May will join Bernard to open all shows, in a music scene awash with thumping bass and auto-tuned rap, their arrival was a bolt from the blue – their songs emotionally charged, intimate and lyrical and their music an entirely original take on folk with blues and indie influences that saw music writers invent the term ‘ghost folk’.
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Thursday 22 January – THE TRIFFID, Brisbane
Thursday 29 January – NEWTOWN SOCIAL CLUB, Sydney
The members pre-sale tickets will be available from 9am (local time) Wednesday 29 October.
The unique pre-sale link will be sent to you via this newsletter with a special message from Bernard on Wednesday 29 October before 9am – look out for it!
Tickets to the Twilight At Taronga show are on sale now. Click HERE to access tickets and use the code: ZOOBERNARD