Abbe’s home­town party

South Western Times - - Entertainment - Emily Ace

Bun­bury’s own Abbe May is an­tic­i­pat­ing her re­turn to the Prince of Wales Ho­tel will be a night to re­mem­ber, as she is set to kick off New Year cel­e­bra­tions early be­side The South­ern River Bank and The Tom­my­hawks on the Plug Into 2019 tour.

“I think we all have a lot of cathar­sis to go through, be­cause a year is a long time,” May said.

“A lot of stuff can go down in that time and I think New Year’s Eve and the days lead­ing up to it can be a re­ally good chance to take stock and let go of a bit of steam that has pent up through­out the year.”

And what a year it has been for the singing and song­writer su­per­star, hav­ing re­leased her lat­est record Fruit – a five-year labour of love cre­ated af­ter a ter­ri­fy­ing near-death ex­pe­ri­ence.

Af­ter pro­duc­ing well-recog­nised al­bums Kiss My Apoc­a­lypse and De­sign De­sire, May had a seizure on tour that forced her to stop ev­ery­thing.

May con­tin­ued to write while she took time off, which shaped the al­bum as a story of re­cov­ery.

This year she has re­turned to the stage with a new sound, shift­ing from the rock’n’roll, blues and elec­tronic mix of her pre­vi­ous works to a more soul­ful, R’n’B vibe.

“I have peo­ple singing the lyrics in the front rows and it has been es­pe­cially won­der­ful hear­ing from au­di­ence mem­bers what the record means to them,” she said.

Tick­ets to the De­cem­ber 29 show are avail­able at coolperth­nights.oztix.com.au.

Abbe May will lead into the new year with a show at the Prince of Wales Ho­tel on De­cem­ber 29.

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