Bonello, Gareth

The Gentle Good Australian Tour

Gareth was invited to perform at Perth International Arts Festival and Great Southern Blues Festival, Feb 23- March 16 2015. The festival is Western Australia’s foremost cultural event and he was offered support slots with blues legend Charlie Musselwhite and folk pop stars First Aid Kit. He was also offered a headline show at the Great Southern Blues Festival in Albany.

Gareth said:

"This was a wonderful opportunity to build my audience in Western Australia and I feel that I have done that. I hope to return to perform regularly in the future and have made the professional contacts to make this possible. The tour was also an excellent learning experience and gave me new confidence as a performer. It was great to work with my partner Jennifer Gallichan and to perform with string quartets based in Albany and Perth. Being part of a large festival with a very professional outlook helped me to develop my stagecraft. The audiences were fascinated by the Welsh language songs in particular and the CDs quickly sold out.

The trip was also an inspiration that will contribute to my creative output in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Driving through Karri forests on the way to Albany from Perth was an experience I’ll never forget, the normally lush green forest turned black and orange from bush fires. I made many recordings of the natural landscape of WA, some of which will appear on my new album".

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