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Over the course of a ca­reer that spans three decades, Ru­fus Wain­wright has es­tab­lished him­self as one of the great­est male vo­cal­ists and song­writ­ers of our time.

Since the re­lease of his self­ti­tled de­but record in 1998, Wain­wright has gone on to re­lease seven cham­ber popladen stu­dio al­bums, col­lab­o­rated with the ilk of El­ton John, David Byrne and Lou Reed, and con­tin­ued to ex­pand his cre­ative pal­ette by ex­plor­ing the worlds of film, theatre and be­yond.

Last year saw the re­lease of Vi­brate: The Best of Ru­fus Wain­wright – a ca­reer-span­ning com­pi­la­tion de­pict­ing the most poignant mo­ments of his il­lus­tri­ous back-cat­a­logue.

“The rea­son that this al­bum came about was be­cause of my close friend, Bar­bara Charone, who al­ways in­sisted that I needed to do a ‘best of’,” he says.

“She’s also a good friend of Neil Ten­nant of the Pet Shop Boys, an­other close friend of mine. When it came to com­pil­ing my bod­ies of work, I re­ally let those two cre­ate the list. I didn’t want it to just be what I thought was im­por­tant.

“In the ini­tial stages, it was very im­por­tant for me to lis­ten to other peo­ple’s opin­ions. I wanted the per­spec­tive of two other peo­ple that I hold dearly.

“Of course I made a few tweaks to their se­lec­tions and added a few things that I thought were def­i­nitely nec­es­sary.”

Wain­wright re­turns to Aus­tralian shores this week for the first time in three years for a run of head­line shows. He prom­ises to tra­verse the many broad mu­si­cal spec­tra of his ca­reer.

“I haven’t ac­tu­ally per­formed a show solo in Australia for a long time,” he says.

“How­ever I’m bring­ing along my younger sis­ter, Lucy Wain­wright-Roche. She’s an amaz­ing mu­si­cian,” he says.

Ru­fus Wain­wright is back in the coun­try.

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