Carus Thompson (WA)

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Following on from his performance at the 2019 Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, having just released his latest album, Shakespeare Avenue, we are excited to welcome Freo’s Carus Thompson back to The Shiraz Republic.

Free entry. Lunch from 12pm. Music 2PM-5PM.

Globe trotting troubadour Carus Thompson has toured the world alongside The John Butler Trio, The Waifs, Xavier Rudd, Jack Johnson & Pete Murray, selling over 30,000 albums along the way.

He returns with his seventh studio album Shakespeare Avenue.

Recorded in Dartmoor, in the South-West of England with Mercury nominated producer Sean Lakeman, the album takes its name from a street in Bath, Somerset where Thompson’s late Grandfather lived, before he left his home for Australia.

In the reverse of his Grandfather’s journey, for Shakespeare Avenue Thompson moved his family to Dartmoor to write and record with a new approach that delved further down the folk path, spurred by his connection with good friend and folk-star Seth Lakeman.

Seth, his brother Sean (who’s supurb production perfectly accentuates Thompson’s songs), and Sean’s partner the sublime Kathryn Roberts all feature on Shakespeare Avenue. Often referred to as a “virtual folk dynasty”, the trio bring their heavyweight musicianship to the record.

Thompson’s narrative, character based, emotive songs have long earned him comparisons to Springsteen and Mellancamp, however this time there is also a distinct Richard Thompson, Christy Moore, Dick Gaughin folk edge.

The connection with the Lakeman clan, together with the move to England, has paid dividends with what is undeniably Thompson’s best work to date.

He launches the album around Australia through October / November before taking these new songs to Europe & the UK in 2020.

“This is quality songwriting” – Jeff Jenkins, Living in the Land of OZ

“A treasure in the Australian musical landscape” – The Dwarf

As always expect some great Shiraz Republic wines on pour, Cornella Brewery beers on tap and a fully stocked bar with everything else.

Food stall details tbd. Shuttle buses available from Bendigo & Heathcote.

The details:
* Free Entry.
* Shiraz Republic wines and Cornella Brewery craft beers on tap with producers available for chats
* Fully-stocked bar with your regular favourite drinks and soft drinks also available
* Pop-up food stall
* Music 2PM – 5PM
* Shuttle bus from Bendigo & Heathcote TBD