Blues and roots pairing to wow local audiences
TIRED of being holed up in drab studio spaces, Grace Hickey and Hugh Murray decided to try out something a little outside the box.
They took their show on the road - performing, recording and rehearsing in strange, often isolated, locations around regional Australia.
"When Hughie and I first started writing together, we realised that neither of us were interested in hiding out in a studio,” Ms Hickey said.
"We wanted to write and record in strange and challenging locations - to meet people on the road and have their stories directly influence the songs.
"The idea of taking the piano on the road to do it captured both our imaginations... and piqued the interest of strangers who would slow their cars down to take in the bizarre sight of a piano by the side of a dirt road.
"There's something about the idea of two musicians travelling with an upright piano that pulls people in. A piano in a pine forest is one a hell of a conversation starter,” she said.
Both hail from rural regions and say that it suits their own shows and way of life to perform away from the major cities.
"When it came time to book shows and tour the album, it made sense to play rural and remote venues considering the album's beginnings are on the back roads.
"Hughie and I both grew up in regional and rural areas, and we have found touring theatres outside major cities very rewarding.
"Rural audiences really appreciate a night of listening to original music and singing along in full voice to songs they know and love.”
They're bringing their electric live act to Stanthorpe tomorrow night, Friday, August 16.
"We're excited to shake the rafters at Stanthorpe Little Theatre this Friday.
"The show is an entertaining mix of original music from our album including co-writes with Don Walker (Cold Chisel) and Bones Hillman (Midnight Oil), cover songs the crowd will be able to sing along to, as well as stories from life on the road.
"The line up features myself on vocals, guitar and percussion, songwriter/performer Hugh Scott Murray (INXS, Keith Urban, Lou Rawls) on vocals and piano, and session musician Jamie Sullivan on bass and lead guitar.”
Grace + Hugh
When: Friday, August 16 from 7.30pm
Where: Stanthorpe Little Theatre, 20 Connor St
Tickets: $30pp from graceandhugh.com/tour. $5 from each ticket goes back to the Little Theatre company.