Tim Freedman's Fireside Chat will be an evening of grand piano, sweet melody and pointed opinions. Already renowned as a raconteur between songs, this year Tim will link the tunes together with some extended yarns such as "How I learned to stop worrying and hate Triple J" and "Why Caroline Overington described my father as a Jewish accountant in The Age".
Tim Freedman is best known as the lead singer/songwriter of The Whitlams, an ARIA Group of the Year, with a string of gold and multi-platinum albums. His songs of charming well-crafted cynicism can sound as if Randy Newman had joined Crowded House.
His first themed solo tour in 2005 coincided with the launch of the DVD "The Whitlams Years 1992 - 2004" and told the story of the band's early days. His second, which culminated in six-night run at the Vanguard, Sydney 2009, grouped his songs from across the albums according to which girlfriend they were written about.
It is no surprise that Tim's solo shows have become as popular as his four-piece band shows. The Whitlams' success has always been about the emotional clout of his songs, which is laid bare when the rock adornments are removed. The last few years saw Tim play The Whitlams' "Best of" with every state orchestra around the country including seven nights with the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House. Their 1997 album, "Eternal Nightcap", was recently voted No. 17 in the Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time on his favourite radio station Triple J.
Late last year Tim released his solo debut album, "Australian Idle", and toured with his new band "The Idle". The album is an unabashedly joyful 70's piano-pop outing, and the first single is a remake of Billy Field's " You Weren't in Love With Me", which is enjoying extensive airplay nationally.
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