Join The Tall Grass (Peter Fenton and Jamie Hutchings) in full band mode and Adam Gibson and The Ark-Ark Birds, as both acts release new albums into the world. The Tall Grass with Down The Unmarked Road and Adam Gibson and The Ark-Ark Birds with Cities Of Spinifex. Both artists boast a wide open and uniquely Australian take on the romance of loss, landscape and the road. Opening proceedings is gifted cinematic blues artist Christine Jane.
The Tall Grass is a collaboration between Sydney based singer/songwriters Peter Fenton (Crow/soloist) and Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss/Infinity Broke/soloist). Both members rack up a very impressive and long history in the Australian independent music scene.
Peter Fenton is the charismatic frontman for Sydney legends Crow - a band with a formidable underground reputation and a catalogue of four outstanding albums. Fenton has also released a solo album, In The Lovers Arms, and worked regularly as an actor both in stage and in film.
Jamie Hutchings was the frontman for the equally iconic Bluebottle Kiss. The group released six albums and cemented themselves as one of Sydney’s great cult acts. He has released a number of solo albums, worked as a producer/guitarist/arranger and currently fronts experimental rock group Infinity Broke.
Adam Gibson and the Ark-Ark Birds are poised to release their second album, ‘Cities of Spinifex’, following on from the 2015 album ‘Australia Restless’ and Adam’s two records with former band The Aerial Maps. These were variously praised as "an Australian classic" by The Courier Mail and placed the band, according to the Drum Media, in an “esteemed space occupied by Australia’s finest bands. Long-noted for the forensic detail embedded in his songs on Cites of Spinifex, Gibson takes this even a step further, naming names and delving into personal history. He again Investigates various shades of the Australian experience, telling stories in a voice that is as distinct as it is universal. Loves, lives and loss …the cities and towns and spinifex grass and the black miles of bitumen road linking them all.
Christine Jane’s unique sound is self described as ‘cinematic blues’. She has been compared to artists who share her love of storytelling, darkness and the enigma of song such as Nick Cave, Cat Power, Beck, Feist, Fiona Apple, and Neil Finn. Her songs are deeply personal and reflect on loss, love, listlessness, and the shadows of despair. Each can be a world unto itself, collaging sound, mood and substance depending on the character she inhabits. She cut her teeth collaborating and performing with artists such as Jack Moffitt (The Preatures), The Hoodoo Gurus, Died Pretty, Jack Ladder, Peter Fenton, The Johnnys, The Apartments, Steve Clisby etc.