Beloved Aussie singer/songwriter Missy Higgins has just announced a one-off Australian tour called OZ and she will hit the Geraldton stage on October 15th.
The announcement of this special concert series follows hot on the heels of two other major Missy announcements. Firstly she revealed that she is due to give birth to her first child in early January (hence her strictly limited touring plans). Secondly she just unveiled a brand new album of eclectic Australian cover versions and a companion book of essays. Both the album and the book are called OZ.
OZ - the album, and OZ – the book, will be released on September 19.
Now comes news that OZ ... the tour ... will commence in Cairns the day after these book and album releases. Fittingly the strictly limited tour will then take the ARIA Award winning singer/songwriter right around Australia before finishing in her hometown of Melbourne on October 29.
The concerts will see Missy combining some OZ songs with her own classics such as “The Special Two”, “Scar”, Steer”, “Where I Stood”, “Unashamed Desire” and Everyone’s Waiting”.
Special guest on the tour will be acclaimed young singer/songwriter, Dustin Tebbutt whose evocative songs “The Breach” and “Bones” have made him one of triple j’s most played new Australian artists.
Also appearing on most dates will be Jherek Bischoff who co-produced OZ. Jherek has worked with leading innovators including David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Amanda Palmer.
Explaining the OZ project Missy said, “I wanted to put together a group of wonderful Australian songs just as a different sort of challenge. I wanted to avoid all the obvious ones though because “Great Aussie Songbook” collections have kinda been done to death. All that mattered was whether I felt I could make the songs my own so the tracklisting ended up as a real mixed bag of lollies.”
“Then I thought it might be fun to also try writing some essays to accompany the music in various ways and that lead to the book.”
“The essays and the music are meant to be enjoyed together like I’m nattering away while the album plays. But, of course, if people just want to just enjoy them separately then that’s fine too.”
Most local listeners will probably already be familiar with classic OZ songs like Paul Kelly’s “Before Too Long” or The Angels “No Secrets”. However, this will be many people’s first encounter with gifted composers like Sydney taxi driver Perry Keyes (“NYE”) or Melbourne art-rock combo The Drones (whose epic “Shark Fin Blues” is one of the album’s centerpieces). Then there’s works like the indigenous anthem “Blackfella/Whitefella” and Slim Dusty/Joy McKean's country classic “The Biggest Disappointment” which deserve to be heard outside the communities in which they’re already iconic.
Throw in critically acclaimed artists like The Go Betweens (“Was There Anything I Could Do?"), Don Walker (“The Way You Are Tonight”), Neil Murray (“Calm & Crystal Clear”) and Something For Kate (“You Only Hide”) plus the accompanying book and it’s clear that OZ is not ’just another covers album'.
Over the last decade Missy Higgins has become one of our most beloved singer/songwriters. Her three previous albums, The Sound of White, On a Clear Night and The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, have sold more than a million copies. They’ve each gone to #1 on the Australian charts and each has also been recognised with ARIA Awards.
Missy Higgins will play to a Geraldton audience on Wednesday, October 15th at the Queens Park Theatre.