Peter Farnan - Album Launch (George Lane Matinee Sessions) Lucie Thorne + Matt Walker & Ben Franz (evening)


3:00 pmSaturday, 25 February 2023


George Lane

1 George Lane, St Kilda

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Peter spent dark, sweaty evenings upstairs from George Lane at the Crystal Ballroom with his post-punk band SERIOUS YOUNG INSECTS. As the 80s unfolded he moved into the pop mainstream with BOOM CRASH OPERA before establishing a career as a theatre composer and sound designer.

His new solo album, ’HOME', sees Peter returning to his art-pop roots with music that is both idiosyncratic and universal, and which echoes some of the artists - The Beatles, Talking Heads, XTC - who first inspired him. Peter’s band even opened for XTC in the Ballroom.

Sharing the bill with Peter is CATHERINE MCQUADE. Catherine’s recent album, titled ‘ KISS HIM GOODBYE’, brings together all of her experience as an award winning film composer, chanteuse and bass player. The result is a rich, dream pop mix of Jazz, Latin, Classical, electronica and ‘60s film score references.

It’s no small coincidence that before playing with DECKCHAIRS OVERBOARD, Catherine was also playing shows at the Crystal Ballroom as bass player with post-punk band, THE EARS at the same time as Peter. Peter’s earliest recording experience was producing the first and only recorded version of The Ear’s song, Dogs In Space. That band and that song were the basis of the Richard Lowenstein movie of the same name.

Shared histories, location and rich musical legacies come together in this matinee double bill.

Peter will also be joined by a guest appearance from Rebecca Barnard for this show.


Lauded for writing "some of the most simple and beautiful songs you will hear" (****The Age), Lucie Thorne has earned her place as one of Australia's most striking contemporary songsmiths. With twelve releases to her name and a prodigious touring schedule, Lucie Thorne continues to carve out an extraordinary creative career.

After several years working quietly under the radar, Thorne's 2009 release Black Across The Field brought her to the attention of a much broader audience. This album was shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Music Prize; was awarded Best Roots Album of 2009 by the Sydney Morning Herald; and had a song selected for inclusion on a Universal Records international compilation alongside Leonard Cohen and Radiohead.

Since then Lucie has been touring far and wide in a sensational duo collaboration with legendary drummer Hamish Stuart. Their 2011 release Bonfires In Silver City was hailed as "World-class” (AMG); “an album of powerful intimacy and poetic deliverance” (Life&Style) that "...reveals a subtlety and craft that eclipses Thorne's prior work" (Rhythms Magazine)

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