MAN OF HON­OUR

Singer-song­writer Lee Ker­naghan will ex­plain the sto­ries be­hind some of his most loved songs in a show hon­our­ing our war he­roes

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Coun­try mu­sic su­per­star Lee Ker­naghan will ser­e­nade his home­town this week­end with a show un­like any­thing he’s done be­fore.

A two-part con­cert se­ries, The Songs and the Sto­ries In Con­cert tour will see the lo­cal singer-song­writer ex­plain the sto­ries be­hind some of his most loved songs.

In the sec­ond part of the show, Ker­naghan will per­form the songs from his chart­top­ping al­bum Spirit of the An­zacs for the first time.

The al­bum chalked up four con­sec­u­tive weeks atop the ARIA al­bum chart, ex­ceeded plat­inum sales within three weeks of re­lease and is the long­est-run­ning chart­top­ping re­lease from a lo­cal artist this year.

“This is some of the most pow­er­ful ma­te­rial that I’ve ever had the priv­i­lege to record in my ca­reer,” Ker­naghan says.

“The al­bum takes you on a real jour­ney, from the trenches of the Western Front to the bomb­ing of Dar­win, Kokoda, Long Tan and the dust of Uruz­gan Province in Afghanistan. It is a pro­ject that goes to the heart of who we are as a na­tion.”

Ker­naghan says he and his band have been hard at work in the gym pre-tour to give him ex­tra edge.

“It’s the big­gest pro­duc­tion I’ve ever had on the road and it’s much more ex­pan­sive than any other show I’ve brought out,” he says.

Ker­naghan says in the lead-up to the tour, he felt the weight of re­spon­si­bil­ity in shar­ing com­pelling per­sonal di­aries and rec­ol­lec­tions from fam­i­lies dur­ing war time through song.

“Although the al­bum has been recorded, it’s time to take it to the coun­try,” he says.

“All I’ve ever wanted to do from the be­gin­ning is to hon­our the men and women who have served this coun­try and made it what it is to­day.”

Lee Ker­naghan is ex­cited to play songs from Spirit of the An­zacs for the first time.

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