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Wednesday 4 Mar
8:00 PM

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Bill Callahan and his four piece band return to Hamer Hall with songs from his generous and profound new album Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest

Bill Callahan‘s late-phase hot streak continues with his first record since 2013, Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest.

Recording under the band name Smog, Callahan has produced 16 albums with Chicago indie label Drag City and garnered an impressive cult following. His 2013 release Dream River was critically acclaimed, cementing his already solid reputation as a brilliantly lucid songwriter and singer.

After Dream River, Bill’s life went through some changes. Good changes – marriage and a kid – which have informed the shape of this new album. His songs have always been elusive, landing lightly between character study and autobiography, as the singer-songwriter often does. Characterised by his rich baritone voice, deadpan delivery, and dry observations, Callahan’s music is beautifully intense, understated and profound.

Callahan was last in Australia in 2017 with his guitarist Matt Kinsey for Vivid Festival and an exclusive residency at Melbourne venue, Howler. These intimate shows were a stark contrast to the grandeur of his 2015 visit with Australian performances in Hamer Hall and Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall.

Shepherd In a Sheepskin Vest is a different, livelier kind of record for Callahan – it’s warmer more generous, longer and possibly his most profound. It is the perfect record for him to return to the majestic surrounds of Hamer Hall for one unmissable evening this March.

Supported by special guest Xylouris White, with Georgios Xylouris on Cretan laouto and vocals and Jim White on drum kit. Xylouris is known and loved by Cretans and Greeks at home and abroad and has been playing professionally from age 12. Jim White is an Australian drummer known and loved throughout the world as the drummer of Dirty Three, Venom P Stinger and now Xylouris White. For the last four years these two men have been performing as Xylouris White, the culmination of 25 years of friendship forged through music and place.

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