Kasey Chambers to break performance drought with headline show

The longest break Kasey Chambers has experienced in her two-decade-long solo career will soon come to an end, with the singer-songwriter set for a Melbourne headline show at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on March 14.

The Live at the Bowl program, which kicked off in January and runs until April, has helped revive Melbourne’s cultural heartbeat after the 2020 lockdowns. When Chambers and her band take to the stage, after more than a year off, they’ll dip into some of her most cherished songs, including from debut album The Captain and ARIA award-winning follow-up album Barricades & Brickwalls.

Kasey Chambers will be live on stage for Live at the Bowl on March 14.Credit:Mushroom

“I’m very excited and you certainly don’t have to twist my arm at the moment to play a gig,” the country music star said. “I already know all the songs we’ll be playing. We’ll go back and play some of those older songs, and I’ve had a lot of time writing over this last year, so we might throw in a couple of new ones, too.”

Following sell-out shows from the likes of Lime Cordiale, and upcoming performances from Archie Roach, Bernard Fanning, Thelma Plum and Ball Park Music, Chambers’ show will be “very intimate, not really a big party gig”.

“We tell a lot of stories,” Chambers says, “and this very civilised way of doing a gig, with [crowd] restrictions actually suits me really well.

“I’m so keen to get back out there and to be playing, sharing music with people – and people are craving it. We’ve got to tread carefully and make sure we’re doing it in a safe way, but however we make gigs happen at the moment, I’m all for it.”

Rising country music artist Brad Cox and alt-country musician Andy Golledge will also be performing on stage at the Bowl on March 14.

Chambers said a new album was “not happening next week or anything” but she’s in the process of making new music. “It’s been a long time for me to make a full band, studio album. I try not to over-think it too much but that’s a step that’s coming soon.

“It’s the gig thing that I’m really craving at the moment, to interact with people through live music.”

Tickets for Kasey Chambers’ Live at the Bowl show will be on sale from midday on February 11. Pre-sale tickets available from 11am on February 10. Go to ticketek.com.au or call 13 28 49.

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