The “ Blood & Longing” tour will be in Auburn, SA at the Hats Courthouse – one of Neil Murray’s favourite venues in regional Australia.
DATE: Saturday, August 24th
TIME: 8 pm
VENUE: Auburn Courthouse
PRICE: $25.00 pre-booked $28.00 @door
TKS: bookings @hatsincsa.com OR T 8849 2420
What’s not to love about a Neil Murray concert? This talented Singer & Award-winning songwriter is the ultimate travelling troubadour who loves to travel this wide brown land plying his craft and gathering stories for his next song. He always captivates and inspires where ever he goes his passion and talent knows no bounds. His sensitivity and love of his country told through his songwriting makes for a wonderful night out. He has released a remarkable string of albums – the latest being Blood & Longing which will be
available on the night. Make sure you get along to what will be yet another fabulous Hats Concert.
Neil will be supported on the night by local group The Little Blue Bees
Rod and Judith Dawson are “the little blue bees” a duo presenting a mix of both original and eclectic covers. Judith is the winner of the South Australian Country Music Association’s Songwriter Award 2019, the prestigious Frank Harding award for musical excellence, as well as being a two-time finalist in the Judith Crossley songwriting award. She is an accomplished poet whose achievement has also been recognised as the winner of the CJ Dennis award for poetry.
NEIL MURRAY’S NEW ALBUM
Blood & Longing
Hills of Burra 4.13
The Footsteps of Blackfella Bob 3.02
Byjantic Man 4.12
Cry my Darling 5.58
Every Time I Turn Around 3.40
Kind of Day 5.31
Dja Dja Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrun
Who will Ride with Stuart? 5.14
Waiting to be Born 5.20
My Secret Heart 4.29
Come Too Far Now 4.15
Old Land (instrumental) 2.14
Let the Dead Rise Up 6.20
Those who know and appreciate Neil Murray’s work will find in “Blood & Longing” an impressive addition to his already remarkable catalogue of songs that continue to refine a sense of place, purpose and identity. Those that don’t, stand to be converted.
“Wherever I go in this country, I always think of the old people of that place. Sometimes it overwhelms me. Many of the songs come from these powerful feelings.” – Neil Murray
Blood & Longing starts out with energy and drive, as our broke, yet upbeat troubadour passes through Tennant Creek while grappling with the digital age – Hills of Burra, then meanders through a series of encounters:- the historical narratives, The Footsteps of Blackfella Bob and Who will ride with Stuart?, the celebration of a post-apocalyptic survivor in Byjantic Man – featured in the cover art, the plea for a dying river Cry My Darling, the visionary ballads Kind of Day and Waiting to Be Born, the ever-present yearning of Dja Dja Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung and My Secret Heart. Throw in the lighter, Every time I Turn Around, before arriving at Come Too Far Now, which predicts the troubadour “washed up and broken down”.
In the Australian backcountry, the haunting Old Land (instrumental) would seem a final requiem. But the last word of Blood & Longing is a redemptive sermon of sorts, Let the Dead Rise Up, spoken to an arresting musical score by David Bridie and John Phillips.