GILBERT ON TOUR AGAIN (NAT­U­RALLY)

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Courses And Classes - Tanya MacNaughton

IR­ISH song­writer and record­ing artist Gilbert O’Sul­li­van re­gards it as a won­der­ful com­pli­ment when another singer cov­ers one of his songs, and he has had flat­tery in spades.

“I’ve had the likes of Diana Krall, Michael Bu­ble, Neil Di­a­mond, Sarah Vaughan; the list is won­der­fully end­less,” O’Sul­li­van said.

“There is a hard rock ver­sion by a very fa­mous Ja­panese band cover of Alone Again at 200mph and I even like that.”

Based in Jer­sey in the Chan­nel Is­lands, O’Sul­li­van will cel­e­brate his 50th an­niver­sary in the mu­sic in­dus­try with his first na­tional tour of Aus­tralia, fea­tur­ing a full band and his hits in­clud­ing Alone Again (Nat­u­rally), Clair, Noth­ing Rhymed and Get Down.

O’Sul­li­van will also re­lease a new al­bum in Au­gust which he re­cently fin­ished record­ing with pro­ducer Ethan Johns.

“I think the sus­tain­abil­ity of song writ­ing is the fact that I’ve never lost the love of it,” he said.

“When I look around at my con­tem­po­raries, it’s ar­guable that at a cer­tain age they lose in­ter­est; per­haps they don’t like the mu­sic scene as much as they used to when they were younger.

“With me, I’ve al­ways en­joyed the mu­sic scene and song writ­ing is the key.”

O’Sul­li­van said in 1962 when The Bea­tles ar­rived, like mil­lions of other kids around the world, all he wanted was to be in a band.

“Be­cause they were so young and ca­pa­ble of writ­ing such great songs, you felt ‘Well if they could write, it was pos­si­ble that you could’,” he said.

■ Com­mu­nity News has 10 dou­ble passes to give away to im­merse in the tal­ents of Gilbert O’Sul­li­van at Crown Theatre Perth on March 24. En­ter at www.com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au by 10am, Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 16.

The mu­sic scene has al­ways been a pas­sion for Gilbert O’Sul­li­van.

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