February 2012 Tour returns to Australia

by Colin Hay, December 1, 2011

The Master Of The One Man Show Returns! 

After sold out launch shows here earlier this year to support the release of his acclaimed album ‘Gathering Mercury’ Colin Hay has gone from strength to strength in North America, selling out venues across the continent. This summer he returns to Australia for his biggest solo tour here in many years.

Colin Hay is a master of the one-man show. Armed with an acoustic guitar, his rich memorable voice, and decades of road experience, Hay is an entertainer in the true sense of the word. His show takes his audience on a journey through song and stories and if the reviews from his recent tour in the United States are anything to go by, that journey will be an experience not to be missed.

“Hay is a master storyteller of the hilarious kind. Mostly talking about the early days, his family, and life in America, Hay had the crowd doubling over with laughter for what seemed like half the show. Yes, we paid to hear that pure, raspy voice sing those incredible songs, but this was like getting two shows in one.” Kevin TriebschThe Atlanta Music Examiner.

“Hay is funnier than most stand-up comedians, so he’ll split your sides and then drop a heartbreaking ditty on you.”  The Houston Chronicle

The set list for his solo shows is meshed together with new tunes from ‘Gathering Mercury’, tracks from his extensive catalogue as a solo song writer and, of course, from his time with the monumentally successful Men At Work. There is a subtle thread through the show, which bonds the audience and performer. You’ll get more than you thought you’d get, and then at the end, you’ll want more still.   

“I’ve been singing, playing guitar, writing songs, and trying to entertain people since I was 14 years old.” Coin said. “I feel, at the present time, that I may, on any given night, be getting the hang of it!” 

Inspired by the loss of his father, ‘Gathering Mercury’ reveals Hay’s emotional depth and musical diversity whilst captivating listeners with his optimism and quizzical, instantly recognizable voice and it has delivered some of the best reviews of his career.

“His endearing narrative approach and  his genuine emotion backed with a lilting vocal throughout combined to make a fully entertaining experience.”  Drum Media Sydney

Gathering Mercury, his 11th solo release, contains some of the finest songs he has ever written.”  The Australian – 4 stars 

As front man and principle songwriter for eighties hit machine Men at Work, Colin Hay is responsible for one of the most identifiable sounds in pop music. He may be best known as the lead singer for Men At Work but he feels that his new album is the best he’s ever done and this has been recognised by picking up an ARIA Awards nomination for Best Adult Contemporary album.

COLIN HAY – Gathering Mercury Australian tour dates February 2012. ALL TICKETS ON SALE NOW

2nd Feb             Boathouse, Launceston TAS @8.30pm
PH Mojo Music (03) 6334 5677

3rd Feb              Devenport Ent. Centre, Devenport TAS @ 8pm
http://www.decc.net.au (03) 6420 2900

4th Feb              Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS
http://www.theatreroyal.com or PH (03) 6233 2299 @8pm 

7th Feb              Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
http://www.lizottes.com.au or PH (02) 4368 2017 @8.30pm

8th Feb              Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
http://www.lizottes.com.au or PH (02) 4956 2066 @8.30pm

9th Feb              Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
http://www.lizottes.com.au or PH (02) 9984 9933 @8.30pm

10th Feb            Canberra Southern Cross Club, ACT @8.30pm
http://www.cscc.com.au or PH (02) 6283 7200

11th Feb            Caloundra Events Centre, Caloundra, QLD @8pm
http://www.theeventscentre.com or PH (07) 5491 4240

12th Feb            Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD @8pm
http://www.brisbanepowerhouse.org or PH (07) 3358 8622   

15 16th  Feb     The Basement, Sydney, NSW @9.45pm
http://www.thebasement.com.au or PH (02) 9251 2797   

17th Feb            Regent Theatre, Ballarat, VIC @8.30pm
http://www.regententertainment.com.au or PH (03) 5330 5555

18th Feb            Wangaratta PAC, Wangaratta, VIC @8pm
http://www.wangarattapac.com.au or PH (03) 5722 8105

19th Feb            Riverboats Music Festival, Echuca, VIC @4.45pm
http://www.trybooking.com or PH (03) 9005 6418

22nd Feb           Wellington Ent. Centre, Sale, VIC @8pm
http://www.ebbwec.com.au or PH (03) 5143 3200

23rd Feb            West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul, VIC @8pm
http://www.wgac.org.au or PH (03) 5624 2456

24th Feb            Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong, VIC @8pm
http://www.gpac.org.au or PH (03) 5225 1200

25th Feb            Playhouse Vic Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC @8.30pm
http://www.theartscentre.com.au or PH 1300 182 183

COLIN HAY – ‘Gathering Mercury’ – out now on Compass Records through The Planet Company via MGM


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