Tony is an award-winning singer/songwriter and deft guitarist, whose deeply poetic writing has attracted comparison to introspective artists like Nick Drake. His 2007 debut album Desire Lines garnered widespread critical acclaim, with Bruce Elder in the Sydney Morning Herald describing it as “a remarkable CD from one of the most talented performers on the Australian folk and festival scene. Listen and be amazed at how rich and intelligent modern folk can be”.
Tony’s musical roots lie in the UK folk revival of the 1960s/70s (with a nod to the earlier tradition) with material ranging from exploration of romantic relationships to biting social critique and witty satire. His song ‘Sally Cross the Water’, about a woman escaping domestic violence, won the 2016 Alistair Hulett Songs for Social Justice Award, while another audience favourite ‘Portugal Beach’ was World/Folk runner up in the 2008 Music Oz awards.
Tony has also been a member of several a capella groups, including the enigmatic Spooky Men’s Chorale, and in 2019 co-founded Hobart’s highly successful Kunanyi Folk Club. Now resident in Melbourne, he is procrastinating on his long-awaited second album.
Sat 19 Aug: 11:30am – The Gaelic Club
Sat 19 Aug: 3:50pm – The Quakers’ Hall