Gerner, Mitchell in Ararat
Kiwi folk songstress Jenny Mitchell will support singer-songwriter Liam Gerner when he returns to Ararat next week.
Gerner last performed for not-forprofit music collective Ararat Live in March 2016.
Ararat Live’s Rob Shea said since then, Gerner had worked tirelessly to create a new album with The Sunset Pushers along with ‘performing at every festival imaginable’.
Gerner and Mitchell will perform in Ararat Hotel’s Red Room on November 7 from 8pm.
“Ararat Live is excited to have secured Liam for another gig as part of his very extensive Australian ‘Spring’ tour,” Mr Shea said.
“Jenny is also on her own ‘Wildfires’ Australian tour and after playing in Ararat she heads north to play in New South Wales.”
Mr Shea said Mitchell was a new talent for the Ararat Live audience to discover.
“Although a student by day and songwriter at night, she has already played for audiences not only in her home country but also in Sweden, Ireland and Australia,” he said.
“Jenny’s talent, passion for her craft and unique style – a blend of Americana, folk and alt-country – has won acknowledgment in New Zealand through winning the NZ Gold Guitar Award, MLT Songwriting Award and the Southland Entertainer of the Year Award.”
Mr Shea said Mitchell’s performance would be a wonderful lead-in to Gerner’s return to the Red Room.
“Liam grew up in the Adelaide Hills, steeped in blues and country music, and after a stay in London and California is now based in Melbourne,” he said.
“Liam left behind a record deal with RCA in London to pursue his own path in the music business.”
Gerner said he loved performing his music.
“What drives me is the storytelling, great musicianship, books, laughing, politics and matters of the heart,” he said.
Gerner toured throughout the USA with Ryan Bingham playing guitar in Bingham’s Texan rock ’n’ roll band, The Dead Horses.
Gerner has toured extensively through Europe, Australia and the USA, performing with artists such as The Drive By Truckers, Paul Weller, Jason Isbell, Pnau, Tobbie Fulks, Alanis Morisette, Roger Daltrey, Paolo Nutini, Newton Faulkner, Amy MacDonald, Duffy and many more.
Mr Shea said the touring, listening, collaborating and writing inspired a new album, Liam Gerner and the Sunset Pushers.
“Jenny and Liam will make this evening in the Red Room one not to be missed,” Mr Shea said.
Entry to the show is $20 for adults. Entry fees go to performers and future gigs.
Shows are open to the public but Ararat Live leaders encourage people to join a mailing list by messaging their details to David Nicholson on 0409 848 960 or emailing araratlive@ davidsmedia.com.