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Livespark: Sue Ray & Brad Butcher
March 19, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm UTC+10
Breeze into the week with a good dose of free, all-ages live music on Sunday afternoons. Join us at Livespark each Sunday for an ever-changing and eclectic mix of indie, pop, folk, alternative country and rock.
3.30pm – Sue Ray
Sue Ray is an awarded singer/songwriter that has been performing professionally for over 15 years. In that time, she has released two critically acclaimed albums, Red Roses and Best Beware. Sue Ray’s album Red Roses has aired regularly Australia wide on many Indigenous and community radio stations and has been awarded Album Of The Week on Radio Larrakia 94.5FM in Darwin and on Radio Goolarri 99.7FM in Broome.
Tracks from Red Roses have been in the Top 5 of the AMRAP’s AIRIT charts and three songs off the album made it onto four episodes of the Australian TV drama Time Of Our Lives– staring Claudia Karvan on ABC.
4.45pm – Brad Butcher
A true Renaissance man at heart, Butcher always yearned to create. He grew up to the sounds of his mother play Bach and Beethoven on the family piano and spent his nights writing songs on his hand-me-down guitar. But for the central Queensland country kid, the dream of making it in the music business seemed impractical. Butcher soon accepted a job as a cabinetmaker. He took to the manual labor well, working 10 hour days, only stopping when his boss turned away. Still he spent many sleepless nights discovering his passion for songwriting and wondering if he was on the right path. Pretty soon, cabinetry led to the confines of the coalmines which offered him the time to focus on his music.
For over a decade, Butcher kept his voice and his songs largely to himself, privately honing a singer/songwriter style that mixes the working class grit of Springsteen with the tender expression of Ray LaMontagne. He released his acclaimed self-tilted debut album, which earned him nominations for a range of Australian and international songwriting and artist development awards, as well as supports and guest appearances alongside Busby Marou, Bill Chambers, Mark Seymour and Pete Murray.