MU­SIC DUO RE­TURN­ING TO PIL­BARA

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle -

Chris Matthews and Luke O’Shea, Fri­day, May 19, 8pm, Walkabout Ho­tel Port Hed­land. Satur­day, May 20, 7pm, Iron Clad Ho­tel, Mar­ble Bar

Ku­nunurra mu­si­cian Chris Matthews and award-win­ning singer song­writer Luke O’Shea are join­ing forces and bring­ing their show to the Pil­bara as part of their Statewide tour.

Tonight, May 17, at Whalers Restau­rant in Ex­mouth, Matthews and O’Shea will de­light au­di­ences with their acous­tic tunes, story telling and hu­mor­ous ban­ter.

The pair met when Syd­ney-based O’Shea trav­elled to the East Kim­ber­ley to play a cou­ple of shows at El Que­stro Sta­tion where Matthews has been a res­i­dent mu­si­cian for the past decade.

“We found we had the same love of a great story in a song — and a twisted sense of hu­mour and have been good mates since,” Matthews said.

O’Shea said he jumped at the chance to join Matthews on the West Coast tour af­ter tour­ing Tas­ma­nia to­gether ear­lier this year.

“We both love the road and meet­ing such in­spi­ra­tional peo­ple along the way. It’s the rea­son we do what we do,” he said.

“Con­nect­ing to au­di­ences through the sto­ries and melodies in song is a real gift and we both know we are very lucky to be able to see this in­cred­i­ble coun­try do­ing what we love to do.

“Both of us tour con­stantly around Aus­tralia through­out the year but we don’t get the op­por­tu­nity to join forces too much as we have our own things go­ing on. Chris is based in Ku­nunurra and I’m in Syd­ney so there’s a bit of space be­tween us.”

O’Shea has been play­ing mu­sic and per­form­ing for decades and has de­vel­oped an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of awards through­out his ca­reer, in­clud­ing six Golden Gui­tars at the Coun­try Mu­sic Awards of Aus­tralia.

Al­though O’Shea is well known in Aus­tralia’s coun­try mu­sic scene, he said his style of mu­sic doesn’t fit into one genre. “De­pend­ing on which song or al­bum or era of my mu­si­cal evo­lu­tion you may hear, it cer­tainly doesn’t fit into one cat­e­gory . . . well, I sup­pose it does — mine,” he said. “I cer­tainly have my own style and voice but I sup­pose ‘sto­ry­teller’ sums it up best for me.”

Matthews is a self-taught, multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist who has toured the State ex­ten­sively.

“As soon as I picked up the gui­tar at age 13, I just knew I wanted mu­sic to be my life,” he said.

Matthews said his mu­sic and songwriting was in­spired by the peo­ple he meets along the way.

“I’m in­spired by the writ­ers who speak the truth and have a great story to tell,” he said.

Luke O'Shea and Chris Matthews will be play­ing gis in sev­eral Pil­bara lo­ca­tions this month.

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