SO FAR, SO GOOD

Josh Pyke will take a break from tour­ing next year but be­fore then he is per­form­ing his beloved folk tunes to fans around the na­tion

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One of the most sooth­ing voices in folk mu­sic will ooze out of the Mar­ketta speak­ers tonight, as Josh Pyke stops in to take five.

The tour, which be­gan at the En­more The­atre on July 28, is a cel­e­bra­tion of Josh’s ca­reer so far and a tem­po­rary farewell as he takes a break for 2018.

“The Mar­ketta show I’m play­ing two sets; the first half will be play­ing my first al­bum Mem­o­ries and Dust all the way through then the sec­ond set is kind of a ‘Best Of’,” he says.

“There’s so many songs to choose from but The Sum­mer, Make You Happy, Light­house will all be in there. We re­ally just go with the feel on the night.”

The shows come with the as­sur­ance that he’ll be back, even­tu­ally, but for now it’s a chance to con­nect with fans and rem­i­nisce.

“It’s just a hia­tus from tour­ing my own stuff,” he says.

“It feels good; it’s been a re­ally cel­e­bra­tory tour. It’s the full gam­bit of how I’ve per­formed th­ese songs over the years.

“It’s also ex­cit­ing be­cause I know I’ll be back some­time but for now it’s just a mat­ter of do­ing my own thing for a while.”

The shows have also served as an op­por­tu­nity for fans to com­mu­ni­cate the im­pact Josh has had on their lives, and even as a third party, it’s heart­warm­ing stuff.

“The crowd’s been re­ally warm and telling me the ex­pe­ri­ences they’ve had with my songs over the years,” he says.

“I met a cou­ple who have seen me live 10 times, they played one of my songs at their wed­ding,

“An­other girl has a tat­too of my song lyrics and there was a guy telling me just last night his sis­ter played one of my songs dur­ing the birth of her child. “It’s pretty sem­i­nal stuff.” Hear­ing those ex­pe­ri­ences re­minds Josh why he be­gan mu­sic in the first place, and the piv­otal role mu­sic plays in so many peo­ple’s lives.

“It wasn’t ex­pected, es­pe­cially when I started out, but you can’t ever ex­pect those things,” he says.

“I know the role mu­sic has played in my life, I had Iron & Wine play­ing at my wed­ding, Rolling Stones while my son was born.

“It’s in­cred­i­ble how sem­i­nal mu­sic is in those mo­ments. Con­nec­tion and en­gage­ment, that’s what you’re shoot­ing for as an artist. You re­alise you’re mak­ing art to con­nect.” Josh Pyke per­forms at Mi­ami Mar­ketta tonight, sup­ported by Kyle Lion­hart. Doors opens from 6pm. Tick­ets avail­able from Oztix or on the door if not sold out.

Aus­tralian singer-song­writer Josh Pyke will per­form at Mi­ami Mar­ketta tonight.

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