Ned Collette with Leah Senior and Michael Beach


7:00 pmFriday, 24 March


Brunswick Ballroom

314 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056

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After almost five years and everything that went with it, Ned Collette returns to Melbourne to play one hometown show, freewheeling it with extra special guests Leah Senior and Michael Beach. Having spent much of that time extensively and almost exclusively touring the US, Ned will reveal new material alongside work dating back to his seminal debut album Jokes & Trials, recently reissued by Feeding Tube Records. Instead of playing solo or with a fixed band, the three friends will guest on each others songs, backed by various familiar faces.

Collette has long established himself as a songwriter whose literate, evocative songs are paired with music that's both adventurous and eclectic. His early background in experimental guitar has resulted in six albums of uncompromising vision, released on a variety of international labels. 2018’s double LP Old Chestnut is a deep and complex folk song-cycle featuring musicians such as The Necks’ Chris Abrahams amongst Ned’s regular collaborators. His live performances drift between hazy, lyrical folk and heavier jams, while the excellent liner notes for the Jokes & Trials reissue describe “a rich velvet voice somewhere between fragile youth and aged sage”. Ned has also released albums such as 2019’s Afternoon—Dusk, a trio record of long-form instrumental music with James Rushford and Joe Talia, and is currently working on new material featuring Abrahams and Dirty Three’s Mick Turner. He has previously performed and worked with such artists as Joanna Newsom, Cat Power, Bill Callahan, St Vincent, Jim White and Deerhoof, amongst many others.

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