Firstly, I want to apologise for the lack of postings lately. I recently took a cruise and made sure I had some content to drip through while I was away. But I didn’t account for my husband taking sick on the ship and all the time I’d spend at the hospital over this last week. It takes some doing to juggle that with paid work, and something has to slide. I need the music though, so I’m going to try to somehow find time for this too.

I’m easing my way into it to let you know about Katie Noonan’s latest collaboration with Karin Schaupp, Songs of the Latin Skies. The talented women last worked together on Songs of the Southern Skies in 2012, a record which saw them nominated for an ARIA. This time around they’re turning their attention to the great South American songbook with covers of iconic songs from Heitor Villa-Lobos, Luis Bonfa, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and more.

“In this, our third release together, I feel like Karin and I have made our best work yet,” Katie confirmed in a press release. “Playing with Karin is like floating on a gorgeous cloud – it is such a pleasure to make music together and this new selection of beautiful songs has been our most comfortable musical home yet. We can not wait to share this music with you around the country!”

Songs of the Latin Skies is in stores now. Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp will play shows around the country from March to support its release. Tickets are on sale now.

17 March 2017 – The Spiegeltent, Hobart
18 & 19 March 2017 – The Spiegeltent, Adelaide
23 March 2017 – Quarry Ampitheatre, Perth
24 March 2017 – Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Bunbury
11 May 2017 – City Recital Hall, Sydney
12 May 2017 – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford
13 May 2017 – IPAC, Wollongong
19 May 2017 – A & I Hall, Bangalow
20 May 2017 – Queensland Conservatorium @ Griffith University, Brisbane
8 June 2017 – Bendooley Estate, Berrima
9 & 10 June 2017 – Street Theatre, Canberra
11 June 2017 – Joan Sutherland PAC, Penrith
30 June 2017 – Melbourne Recital Hall, Melbourne

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In this world of digital downloads and shuffle modes, I’ve heard many people say that the concept album is dead. But it seems they forgot to tell Katie Noonan. She’s created what is arguably one of her most ambitious albums to date with her new release With Love and Fury.

With Love and Fury sees Katie and the Brodsky Quartet collaborating for the first time on songs with lyrics drawn from the poetry of the late Judith Wright. The pieces were composed by a who’s who of the classical world including Richard Tognetti, David Hirschfelder, Carl Vine, Elena Kats-Chernin, and even Katie herself.

I must admit, when I first slipped this album on, I just wasn’t sure whether I’d write about it or not. It’s so different to anything I’ve heard Katie Noonan doing before. I couldn’t quite get it. But Kate is one of those artists that is ever evolving, producing quality music and moving on to the next project before things get stale.

The Brodsky Quartet are some of the UK’s best musicians, and Katie Noonan arguably has one of the best voices in this wide brown land. I’ve always known that, but listening to this album I think even I had underestimated her. She hits heights I’ve never heard, delivering songs that are impressively operatic.

I’m still not sure this is the kind of music I’ll reach for time and time again. It’s just so different, with songs that veer wildly from the classic structure of verses and choruses. While that meant I struggled to get into some songs, others really moved me. This album is brave and creative. And in a musical landscape that has a little too much beige, those virtues count for something.

With Love and Fury
is released on April 1. Kate will tour the album with the Brodsky Quartet all around the country.

28 April 2016 – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane
29 April 2016 – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
30 April 2016 – Canberra International Music Festival, Canberra
1 May 2016 – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide
2 May 2016 – City Recital Hall, Sydney
4 May 2016 – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany
5 May 2016 – Perth Concert Hall, Perth

Katie Noonan’s musical evolution has been nothing short of stunning. I always eagerly anticipate her album releases because I’m never sure just what I’m going to get, but I’m confident it’ll be beautiful.

She’s about to begin her latest chapter with the release of Transmutant on July 24, an ethereal collection of songs which takes Katie back to fronting a band. With her new outfit Vanguard she creates exciting soundscapes which pair beautifully with her heavenly voice.

Katie’s Vanguard will take Transmutant on the road later this year with shows in intimate venues around the country. Tickets are on sale now.

15 October 2015 – Grand Hotel, Mornington
16 October 2015 – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
17 & 18 October 2015 – Melbourne Festival, Melbourne
22 October 2015 – The Triffid, Brisbane
23 October 2015 – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay
24 October 2015 – Spicers Hidden Vale, Grandchester
25 October 2015 – Majestic Theatre, Pomona
28 October 2015 – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle
29 October 2015 – The Gov, Adelaide
30 & 31 October 2015 – John Painter Hall @ AIM, Sydney
5 November 2015 – Brass Monkey, Cronulla
6 November 2015 – Street Theatre, Canberra
8 November 2015 – Spicers Vineyard Estate, Hunter Valley

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It’s fascinating the way that remixes can change a song. I’ve been sitting here listening to a variety of remixes of Katie Noonan’s new single “Peace is My Drug,” and marvelling at the way the treatments have brought new aspects of the lyrics and Katie’s stunning voice to light.

Personally, this version remixed by cln is my favourite. It just gives the song a little more room to breathe than the others I listened to by Oisima and Inkswel. I believe there’s another two on the Peace is my Drug EP, which is available now exclusively through PledgeMusic.

Katie is such a chameleon that it’s always exciting to see what she does next. Fans can get a taste of her new musical direction and enjoy some old favourites at the following shows promoting the single.

12 March 2015 – The Toff in Town, Melbourne
13 March 2015 – Wellers Restaurant, Kangaroo Ground
14 March 2015 – Aurora Spiegeltent, Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide
18 March 2015 – Lizotte’s Restaurant, Dee Why
19 March 2015 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
20 March 2015 – Heritage Hotel, Bulli
21 March 2015 – Brass Monkey, Cronulla
22 March 2015 – Lizotte’s Restaurant, New Lambton
27 March 2015 – Ipswich Civic Centre, Ipswich
28 March 2015 – The Triffid, Brisbane
29 March 2015 – Sol Bar, Maroochydore

With her Songs That Made Me album now in stores, Katie Noonan and some of her musical sisters are set to take the CD on the road.

Following the successful 2013 tour, Katie and other amazing local female talents have laid down tracks which pay homage to the songs that shaped their lives. Not only is the album full of fabulous music, 100 percent of the profits from sales will benefit the Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon campaign.

I am so thrilled to be able to join with these remarkable women, utilising the Songs That Made Me concept, to raise funds and awareness for Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon campaign,” Katie said in a press statement. “It’s not every day that you get to work with such incredibly gifted artists and contribute something meaningful at the same time.”

Featured artists Angie Hart, Melody Pool, and Sam Buckingham will join Katie for these very special shows.

30 October 2014 – Artbar, Perth
7 November 2014 – The Gov, Adelaide
8 November 2014 – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne
13 November 2014 – Joan Sutherland PAC, Penrith
14 & 15 November 2014 – The Basement, Sydney
16 November 2014 – Lizotte’s, New Lambton
21 November 2014 – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay
22 November 2014 – Old Museum Concert Hall, Brisbane
23 November 2014 – Soundlounge, Gold Coast

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If you can count on Katie Noonan for one thing, it’s that you never know which musical direction she’ll head next. Her latest project sees her partnering with Circa for Love-Song-Circus, a fusion of song, circus, and history. Yep, you read that right.

Katie’s already roadtested the show, which pays tribute to Australia’s convict women, at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2012 and The Famous Spiegeltent in Melbourne last year. Now it’s Brisbane’s turn.

Katie was inspired to create Love-Song-Circus when she saw an exhibition called Love Tokens at the National Museum. It told the story of the way convicts would engrave pennies with messages and images for the loved ones they’d left behind.

“As a woman and mother I felt deeply compelled to explore these stories. I soon discovered that the lives of the first female convicts is a part of our history that has been explored by few,” she said.

She began researching these stories with trips all over the country, but felt her project needed a visual element. So she found Circa, a contemporary circus group that would help bring her dream to life.

This video gives you just a taste of what Love-Song-Circus is all about.

Love-Song-Circus hits The Cremorne Theatre at QPAC on March 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. The soundtrack, Fierce Hearts, hits stores on February 28.

Katie Noonan, Abby Dobson, Angie Hart, and Martha Marlow are teaming up for a star-studded series of shows which pay tribute to their greatest musical influences. Dubbed Songs that Made Me, the concerts will see these leading Australian vocalists putting their own stamp on songs from Carole King, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Kylie Minogue, Fiona Apple, and more.

The ladies previewed the shows at Sydney’s Camelot last month, and got such a response that they couldn’t resist taking the concerts on the road.

“There is nothing I love more than sitting around with my girlfriends, talking and sharing stories. But as a musician, I find we don’t get to share the stage with other artists very often – especially female artists,” explained Katie. “I thought this would be a wonderful and unique opportunity to share the stage through story and song and hang out with cool chicks at the same time! I am very excited to share the space with these gorgeous
women whom I admire and respect, and think it will be a very special night
for the audience and us!”

Tickets are on sale now for the following shows.

28 November 2013 – Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide
30 November 2013 – Thornbury Theatre, Northcote
5 December 2013 – Factory Theatre, Sydney
14 December 2013 – Old Museum Concert Hall, Brisbane

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If you weren’t paying attention, you might have missed the release of Katie Noonan’s new album. There was little fanfare when Songbook hit record store shelves recently, but it’s an album which shouldn’t fly under the radar.

The disc sees Katie reinventing key songs from her career with the help of a lush strings section. This version of “Breathe In Now” from her George days made me melt. I’m desperate to wrap my ears around the rest of the album.

Songbook is available in limited numbers through Katie’s website and iTunes. It’s been launched in conjunction with a real songbook which features sheet music, rare photographs, and the stories behind the songs that made Katie a household name.

This is such a personal album that it’s only fitting that Katie wants to introduce it to her fans in a series of intimate shows. Making them extra special, Katie promises to share the stories behind the songs she plays with her audiences. She’ll also play her first ever shows in America this week as part of the Songbook tour before returning home for the Australian dates.

27 February 2013 – Tin Angel, Philadelphia
28 February 2013 – Rockwood Music Hall, New York
2 March 2013 – Room 5, Los Angeles
7 March 2013 – Garden Of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide Fringe Festival
6 April 2013 – Old Museum – Concert Hall, Brisbane (with string quartet)
11 April 2013 – Heritage Hotel , Bulli
12 April 2013 – The Abbey, Canberra
13 April 2013 – The Basement, Sydney (with string quartet)
14 April 2013 – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba
27 April 2013 – Flinders Performance Centre, Buderim
2 May 2013 – Brass Monkey, Cronulla
3 May 2013 – Lizotte’s, Dee Why
4 May 2013 – Lizotte’s, Kincumber
5 May 2013 – Lizotte’s, New Lambton

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Katie Noonan is something of a musical enigma. You never know quite what you’re going to get as she flits between bands, duos, and solo endeavours. Her latest project sees her joining forces with classical guitarist Karin Schaupp for a brand new album, dubbed Songs of the Southern Skies.

As the album’s title suggests, this disc is all about exploring the music close to their collective hearts. It features covers of tracks from some of Australia and New Zealand’s best. There’s everything from the Cold Chisel to Gotye to classical guitarist Richard Charlton represented. It’s also got an enviable guest list, with Iva Davies, Gurrumul, and Chris Cheney all making appearances.

“This project brings together my two main musical loves, classical and pop music,” Katie Noonan explained. “As an artist I love blurring the boundaries of genre and hearing musical worlds collide. This project is a wonderful opportunity for Karin and I to do exactly that!  Karin is a wonderful, virtuosic and sensitive player and combined with our fantastic arrangers and some of Australia’s leading composers, it is really great to hear these songs we know and love come to life in a new and exciting way!’

Songs of the Southern Skies hits music stores in August. Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp will play the following shows to support its release.

4 August 2012 – Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville
13 September 2012 – Community Centre, Byron Bay
14 September 2012 –  Jetty Theatre, Coffs Harbour
15 September 2012 – Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie
19 September 2012 – Capital Theatre, Bendigo
20 September 2012 – Wellers Restaurant, Kangaroo Ground
21 September 2012 – Recital Centre, Melbourne
22 September 2012 – Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta
27 September 2012 – Entertainment Centre, Albany
28 September 2012 – Winthrop Hall, Perth
29 September 2012 – Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah
1 October 2012 – The White House, Adelaide Hills
5 October 2012 – Empire Church Theatre, Toowoomba
6 October 2012 – Starcourt Theatre, Lismore
11 October 2012 – Lizotte’s Restaurant, Newcastle
12 October 2012 – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford
13 & 14 October 2012 – Street Theatre, Canberra
18 October 2012 – The Majestic Theatre, Pomona
19 October 2012 – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane
26 October 2012 – Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong
27 October 2012 – City Recital Hall, Sydney

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Katie Noonan has parted ways with Sony Music Australia after three years and two albums.

Katie worked with Sony on her Beatles cover album Blackbird and Emperors Box, the album with her band The Captains. But now she’s spreading her wings as she looks to stretch herself artistically in a more creative, independent environment.

“My creative musings have always been fairly left of centre and we just felt that, moving forward, this may be better housed in an independent environment,” she said in a statement.

Katie will leave The Captains, at least temporarily, as she returns again to Elixir. The trio plans to record an album inspired by the poetry of Thomas Shapcott. It sounds intriguing, as most Katie Noonan projects do, so I can’t wait to give it a listen when it hits stores around August!

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