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
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.