Kaurna is back and better than ever.
Words: Sharmonie Cockayne
With his feet firmly planted on Aussie soil again, Kaurna returned from the European leg of his ‘Glass Fool’ tour with his voice in fine form and not a hair out of place. And with support acts, Ollie English and Cosmo Thundercat, it was a babe filled night, I’ll tell you what.
Beginning with two acoustic songs, soulful bluesy-rock singer-songwriter, Ollie English, wowed the room right from the start. His band accompanied him for the rest of his set, belting out Jimi Hendrix covers and the occasional unnamed song from his soon-to-be released EP, Cabin Thoughts. Ending the set with his newly released single, 'I Know You’re Gonna Leave', Ollie left a lasting impression: the man has a voice.
Special mention needs to go out to Ollie’s keyboardist, Lewis Brideson, who runs a really cool local music blog called One & Three. You’ve probably heard of it. It’s pretty good.
Self-described garage-folk-pop band, Cosmo Thudercat, followed, and they killed it. When they played 'Raging Wars', I felt all of the emotion. Their biggest fan felt a different kind of emotion though – disappointment. She really really wanted them to play 'Cigarette Lover', but much to her dismay, they did not. I take a lot pleasure in that though. People who unashamedly annoy bands and their audience in intimate venues annoy me.
When Kaurna graced the stage, the audience was ready. The folk singer-songwriter captivated his adoring audience, seducing with his voice and charming with his between-song banter. As always, his songs were good, but his lyrical inspirations and song descriptions were great: Stockholm – a story about accidentally camping in a kindergarten in Sweden. Not alone – a song about being stranded on the autobahn in Germany. Goodbye To You – “a song of no CD.”
Kaurna had the audience in fits of giggles with his 'I Drank All The Rum' by Tom West rework. “It’s stolen, but I’ve rewritten a lot of the lyrics,” admitted Kaurna, grinning.
Finishing with 'Inside Your Town Is Inside Your Head', Kaurna left the audience in a state of happiness and with a sense of contentedness. When our local musicians love our state as much as our state loves them, why would we look elsewhere for our folky, bluesy tunes?
Damn our music scene is good.