Club­bing, gigs and shows

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAYCONTENTS - – ROSE SADLEIR

AS a teenager, Shaun Kirk (pic­tured) al­lowed his gui­tar to be­come his get­away and mu­sic his sal­va­tion. The now award-win­ning one-man-band re­calls his 16-year-old self ‘‘caus­ing mis­chief’’ and hang­ing out with the wrong crowd – that was un­til his mum strate­gi­cally placed a six-stringed in­stru­ment in his room. ‘‘She saw things weren’t go­ing the right way for me and I needed an out­let,’’ he says. ‘‘I guess mothers know what to do when the time is right. Lots of the peo­ple I was hang­ing with have been locked up or haven’t changed much. I guess mu­sic was my saviour.’’ Kirk can also thank his mum for guid­ing him into the world of blues mu­sic. ‘‘I was 21 when I first dis­cov­ered blues. Mum in­sisted I went to an Eric Clap­ton con­cert,’’ he says. ‘‘Then I dis­cov­ered other blues artists. It just felt right and real, I had never heard any­thing like it. It had soul.’’ Kirk be­gan ex­per­i­ment­ing with other in­stru­ments. ‘‘I started walk­ing around the house with a har­mon­ica around my neck,’’ he says. ‘‘Then I added the stomp­box, but it was a pretty stan­dard thing, so I added six drums at my feet. I have the stomp­box, a kick drum, snare drum, hi-hat, tam­bourine and cym­bals. They are elec­tronic but they sound au­then­tic.’’ The Melbourne-based blues and soul trou­ba­dour re­leased his de­but al­bum Cruisin’ in 2010 and fol­lowed it with Thank You for Giv­ing Me The Blues the next year. Recorded and filmed at Wick Stu­dios in Melbourne, Kirk says his new record and DVD The Wick Ses­sions is in­spired by blues le­gend Fred­die King’s In Con­cert: Dal­las, Texas 1973. ‘‘There aren’t many mu­si­cians re­leas­ing things like that th­ese days, it’s an ex­cit­ing and dif­fer­ent way to re­lease an al­bum. I wanted to do some­thing new, creative and unique, oth­er­wise it’s just an­other al­bum among the thou­sands and thou­sands out there.’’ Kirk says The Wick Ses­sions cap­tured the en­ergy of his lively gigs..

Shaun Kirk, Dan Hannaford and Kenny Slide play The Loft on Chevron Is­land to­mor­row night..

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