Fes­ti­val beck­ons blues mas­ter

North West Telegraph - - North West Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

Blues and roots mu­si­cian Ash Grunwald is re­turn­ing to WA’s north to play at Froth Craft in Ex­mouth and New­man next month.

On Satur­day, Septem­ber 9, Grunwald will per­form a solo show at the big­gest event on New­man’s cal­en­dar, the Out­back Fu­sion Fes­ti­val, and then travel to Ex­mouth for a gig at Froth Craft on Fri­day, Septem­ber 15.

Grunwald said he would play a “smat­ter­ing” of songs from his nine al­bums in­clud­ing two new sin­gles which will ap­pear on his new­est record, set to be re­leased next year.

New sin­gles Ham­mer and You Ain’t My Prob­lem Any­more have been well re­ceived by fans dur­ing Grunwald’s re­cent tour.

“They’ve both been go­ing re­ally well,” he said.

“Ham­mer’s a real sin­ga­long one too — ever since I first wrote it, which is now about al­most two years ago, I started play­ing it straight away and peo­ple just sing along — it’s pretty easy to get peo­ple to sing along with.”

Grunwald said he had six tracks ready for the new al­bum, which he de­scribed as “pretty darn bluesy” and he planned to re­lease dig­i­tally and on vinyl.

“It’s a bit of a re­turn to my early solo stuff,” he said.

“It’s more down that track which I know a lot of my long-term fans have wanted, but I’ve been, I guess ex­per­i­ment­ing, a lit­tle bit over time and this will be my 10th al­bum.”

“You do a lot of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion over 10 al­bums and there’s a lot I love about all of those dif­fer­ent eras.”

Grunwald said he had not been to Nin­ga­loo for more than 10 years and was look­ing for­ward to get­ting back. “The Nin­ga­loo Reef is just phe­nom­e­nal — one of the won­ders of the world,” he said.

“Since then I’ve been lucky enough to go surf­ing and do a lit­tle bit of snorkelling in some beau­ti­ful parts of In­done­sia and the Mal­dives and stuff and I still think it’s noth­ing like that co­ral on the Nin­ga­loo Reef.”

Grunwald said he hoped to ex­plore the “mag­i­cal” Nin­ga­loo Reef some more in the six days be­tween his two north­ern gigs.

“Ex­plore it on a surf­board is the idea,” he said.

The Out­back Fu­sion Fes­ti­val show­cases and cel­e­brates New­man’s rich cul­tural di­ver­sity, with this year’s line up fea­tur­ing Zap Cir­cus, Grace Barbe, Kevin Kropiny­eri and heaps of lo­cal tal­ent and cul­tural per­for­mances.

Visit east­pil­bara.wa.gov.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

For tick­ets to Grunwald’s Ex­mouth show, visit ash­grun­wald.com.

Pic­ture: Jane Ran­tall

Ash Grund­wald will per­form in Ex­mouth and New­man next month.

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