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Gurrumul ‘The Gospel Album’ National Tour

With the July 31st release of Gurrumul’s third studio recording, The Gospel Album fast approaching, comes a first look at the cover art and track listing and the announcement of a national tour in support of the album.

The cover image of Gurrumul, captured by Sydney photographer Nic Walker, is a strong interpretation of one of Australia’s most revered artists. Walker had long harbored a desire to photograph Gurrumul, preparing over a number of years for the shoot. He has delivered a strikingly beautiful portrait, an image completely at one with the Gospel themed album.

To mark the release of The Gospel Album, Gurrumul will embark on a six-date national tour, The Gospel Songs, a rare opportunity to see this mesmerising performer live in concert. Accompanied by local choirs, he will commence the tour at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on 29th July, taking in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, and concluding in Perth on 12th August. Tickets for The Gospel Songs live event go on sale next Friday 12th June (with Adelaide & Melbourne on sale now).

Gurrumul’s The Gospel Album is a dedication to his mother and aunts, who brought him up with songs and lullabies from the church at Elcho Island. As a small boy Gurrumul was not only influenced by the traditional music of his clan but by the gospel music he heard every Sunday at the local Methodist church. The Gospel Album is a re-imagining of the spiritual songs that came to north-east Arnhem Land via Christian missionaries.

The Gospel Album was produced by Gurrumul’s long-time collaborator, Michael Hohnen from Skinnyfish Music.

Discussing the creation of The Gospel Album, Mr Hohnen said, “The process we took for the making of this album was very organic. We worked with Gurrumul for a little pre-production of any Gospel songs that he knew or remembered. He came up with ‘Riyala’ and’ Baptism’ straight away and that was enough inspiration for us to set a date to record. We entered the studios not knowing what would come out, but we did know that inside Gurrumul’s mind and memory was a body of work that had never been revealed before to mainstream audiences.

The studio sessions were musical, improvisational and pure in their exploration of creating music, rather than recording in a predetermined way. Outcomes were unknown until we recorded them!”

The Gospel Album track listing is as follows:
1. Jesu
2. Trinity
3. Nhaku Limurr
4. The Sweetest Name
5. All God’s Children (Yo Djamarrkuli)
6. Baptism
7. Garray Jesu (My Lord)
8. Hallelujah
9. Walu (Time)
10. Saviour
11. Amazing Grace
12. Riyala (There Is A River)

THE GOSPEL SONGS TOUR 2015
TICKETS FOR ADELAIDE & MELBOURNE ON SALE NOW
TICKETS FOR ALL OTHER SHOWS ON SALE FRIDAY 12 JUNE, 9AM (local time)

Wednesday 29 July Enmore Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)
www.ticketek.com.au 132 849
on sale FRIDAY 12 JUNE

Sunday 2 August QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane (All Ages)
www.qpac.com.au 136 246
on sale FRIDAY 12 JUNE

Wednesday 5 August Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide (All Ages)
www.bass.net.au 131 246
on sale now

Saturday 8 August Supersense Festival, Melbourne
www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
on sale now

Monday 10 August Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra (All Ages)
www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au 02 6275 2700
on sale FRIDAY 12 JUNE

Wednesday 12 August Perth Concert Hall, Perth (All Ages)
www.ticketek.com.au 132 849
on sale FRIDAY 12 JUNE

For complete tour and ticketing information please visit: http://www.chuggentertainment.com/

Gurrumul The Gospel Album released 31st July on Skinnyfish Music/MGM.
Facebook: : https://www.facebook.com/gurrumul
Website: http://skinnyfishmusic.com.au/artist/gurrumul/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gurrumul

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