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 Triebsch, The 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