22 June 2023

Old church to reverberate with new Biilmann album at intimate solo show

| Gail Eastaway
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Jack Biilmann will present a solo show at Cooma Little Theatre this Friday. Photo: Jack Biilmann.

An 1870s Snowy Mountains church has provided the perfect location for local songwriter Jack Biilmann’s latest album.

“Divided Mind” will be presented to a Snowy Monaro audience this Friday night at the Cooma Little Theatre.

Side A of the album was recorded in the Round Plain Church, Rocky Plains, once owned by Jack’s grandfather.

Jack said the acoustics in the church were reverberating and triumphant and he couldn’t be happier with the results.

The record was written for the space, captured 100 per cent live via generator power, mixed by Matt Barnes (Hands Like Houses, Madi Diaz) and mastered by Ian Pritchett (The Beautiful Girls, Angus and Julia Stone, Boo Seeka).

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Side B is a recording studio product, a powerful re-entrance to the blues/rock arena with the newly formed band The Black Tide.

It has moments of reflection, foresight, fun and darkness in a neat six-track package that will leave you wanting more. It was mixed and mastered by Pritchett.

With the saltwater of the Far South Coast of NSW and the crystal-clear water of the Snowy Mountains running through his veins, Biilmann has been surrounded by inspiration his whole life.

This has been absorbed and used to write a signature brand of blues, rock, soul, country and folk-influenced song collections.

After 10 years of national and international touring, a world-famous Maton Guitars endorsement, hundreds of thousands of streams, four albums and a reputation for a hell of a live show, Biilmann has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s most talented artists in the blues/roots/rock scene.

While releasing music and touring for the past eight years, his songs and guitar playing caught the eye of world-renowned guitar brands Gibson and Maton, resulting in official player partnerships.

Whether it be intricate finger-style playing, percussion, clockwork-like finger picking or lightning-fast blues licks, Biilmann’s skill set is undeniable.

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Vocally, he is a true storyteller, which leaves audiences captivated by his emotional realness and growling vocal power. With the addition of clever foot percussion, harmonica and looping, Biilmann has always had an unmistakable sound.

The past four years have seen him play more than 100 live shows or festivals a year while sharing the stage on the festival circuit with some of the country’s biggest artists, including John Farnham, The Cat Empire, Tash Sultana, Kingswood, You Am I, Bobby Alu, Citizen Kay, Ian Moss, Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls), Jay Whalley (Frenzal Rhomb), Abbe May and Kim Churchill.

Friday’s show will showcase the solo/side-A songs of the new album plus old favourites.

This intimate show features Berridale local Klaus Tietz in support.

Performance details:

Date: Friday, 23 June, from 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm.

Pricing: $26.09.

Book at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/…/jack-biilmann-divided

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