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Unmissable night of folk music
Award-winning antipodean singer-songwriter Jack Carty will be much closer to home when he tours the UK during June 2018 – because last year he relocated from Australia to Britain, setting up home in Gloucestershire. His co-headlining tour with Maz O'Connor, who hails from the north of England, plays Birmingham's Kitchen Garden Café, in Kings Heath, on June 7.
Award-winning: Jack Carty (pic: Natasha Saba)
During the tour Jack will be accompanied on stage by former Papa vs Pretty bassist Gus Gardiner on cello to perform tracks from their new collaborative album, Hospital Hill.
Jack says: "Many of the songs on Hospital Hill were born on tour here in the UK, before I made the big move over. It's exciting to be touring it here in my new home before we head anywhere else!"
Thematically, Hospital Hill explores the pull of nostalgia, the weight of time and the release of gratitude, delivered with the trademark honesty that has won Jack a dedicated following.
He explains: "I've been thinking a lot about home these past few years, specifically the small town I grew up in. I'd been so focused on getting away for so long that it came as a surprise to notice it was still with me wherever I went. It was comforting, too."
Best friends: Jack Carty and Gus Gardiner (pic: Natasha Saba)
Jack and Gus met at university in 2009. Since then, Gus has contributed bass and cello to three of Jack's four studio albums. Hospital Hill features 10 songs, co-written and produced by the duo, and a stunning performance by a string quartet that includes members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Jack's previous release, Home State, his fourth studio album, was made available in August 2016. Self-recorded and produced in a tiny Brisbane apartment, it debuted at number one on the AIR Independent album chart, number 36 on the ARIA Album Chart and was named one of Rhythms Magazine's Top 10 albums of 2016.
Jack Carty/ Maz O'Connor 2018 UK tour dates:
June 2: The Stables, Milton Keynes; June 5: The Islington, London; June 6: Chapel Arts Centre, Bath; June 7: Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham; June 11: Junction, Cambridge;
June 13: The Greystones, Sheffield;
June 14: The Cedar Room, Manchester;
June 15: Old Cinema Launderette, Durham;
June 16: St Cuthbert's House, Northumberland.